2. typette:



    “There was a place near an airport, Kowloon, when Hong Kong wasn’t China, but there had been a mistake, a long time ago, and that place, very small, many people, it still belonged to China. So there was no law there. An outlaw place. And more and more people crowded in; they built it up, higher. No rules, just building, just people living. Police wouldn’t go there. Drugs and whores and gambling. But people living, too. Factories, restaurants. A city. No laws.

    William Gibson, Idoru

    It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above….

    Kowloon ‘Walled’ City lost its wall during the Second World War when Japan invaded and razed the walls for materials to expand the nearby airport. When Japan surrendered, claims of sovereignty over Kowloon finally came to a head between the Chinese and the British. Perhaps to avoid triggering yet another conflict in the wake of a world war, both countries wiped their hands of the burgeoning territory.

    And then came the refugees, the squatters, the outlaws. The uncontrolled building of 300 interconnected towers crammed into a seven-acre plot of land had begun and by 1990, Kowloon was home to more than 50,000 inhabitants….

    Despite earning its Cantonese nickname, “City of Darkness”, amazingly, many of Kowloon’s residents liked living there. And even with its lack of basic amenities such as sanitation, safety and even sunlight, it’s reported that many have fond memories of the friendly tight-knit community that was “poor but happy”.

    “People who lived there were always loyal to each other. In the Walled City, the sunshine always followed the rain,” a former resident told the South China Morning Post….

    Today all that remains of Kowloon is a bronze small-scale model of the labyrinth in the middle a public park where it once stood.

    This isn’t to say places like Kowloon Walled City no longer exist in Hong Kong….

    — from Anywhere But Here: Kowloon “Anarchy” City

    here is a reddit AMA from someone who actually lived in this place. Here’s a list of the questions he got and what he answered. 

    Nothing is more fascinating than hearing a first-hand account.

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  3. hellionkitty:






    Even little kids have a wage gap

    • Boys, on average, spend two fewer hours doing household chores per week than girls do (they play two hours more).
    • If they live in households where children are compensated for doing chores, boys make and save more money.
    • A 2009 study conducted by University of Michigan economists found a two-hour gender disparity in responsibilities per week in a study of 3,000 kids.
    • 75 percent of girls had chores, while just 65 percent of boys do
    • This disparity in chores and free time continues into adulthood all over the world. According to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), men “report spending more time in activities counted as leisure than women. Gender differences in leisure time are wide across OECD countries.”
    • Year after year, studies repeatedly confirm these patterns.
    • The problems women face with unequal pay and housework duties actually start in childhood.
    • The fact that boys’ chores appear to be more profitable makes the childhood chore gap even more disturbing. Turns out, parents tend to value the work that boys do more.
    • Gender stereotypes dictate these patterns.
    • men who grow up with sisters do less housework than their spouses and are also significantly more socially conservative.

    Just had to bold that bottom point there because of the amount of misogynists who claim that because they have women in their family, they can’t POSSIBLY be sexist ever.

    oh my fucking god

    I vividly remember all the families in my church where the grade-school boys were goofing off with toys and the girls were being handed younger babies and turned into babysitters.

    Boys got to be boys, but girls had to be Moms.

    Really, it ‘s a serious drag that even little girls today could answer #WithoutTheWageGapIWould

    This actually kind of wows me because I was one of those people who do though this was the opposite? My boyfriend was raised by his four older sisters and he’s a really hard worker, like he just jumps up and does it for you before you even ask so IDK. My little brother also only has sisters and I can admit that my mom works him way harder than she did my sister and I. I mean she even makes him do chores that are considered feminine like the dishes and vacuuming so I’m glad we’re doing something right.


  4. "

    Gossip magazines keep us constantly abreast of what’s happening to the bodies of famous women. Their weight fluctuations are tracked like stocks because their bodies are, in their line of work, their personal stock, the physical embodiment of market value. When celebrity women have babies, their bodies are intensely monitored during and after—from baby bumps to post baby bodies.

    Women, for that is whom these ecstatic diet food commercials and celebrity weight loss endorsements are for, can have it all when they eat the right foods and follow the right diets and pay the right price.

    They are the unachievable standard toward which we must, nonetheless strive. They are thinspiration as the parlance goes—thin inspiration, a constant reminder of the distance between our bodies and what they could be with the proper discipline.


    Basically every paragraph in this piece by Roxane Gay is quotable. Women and weight, The Biggest Loser, what we deserve, what we deny, how we punish, our shameful narratives, our shame about our shame about our shameful narratives…

    Every day I think how sad it would be if the entire story of my life was about my war with my body. How pathetic. I have a really good, interesting, full life. I’ve been married almost 24 years in a relationship I love. I enjoy deep friendships. I have a faith that means so much to me. I have a writing career I never imagined. I’m a National Book Award Finalist! How do I let the story about myself be about weight, and how I’m not good enough because of it, day in and day out? HOW? What in the hell, how has this happened, why am I not yet beyond this.

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    So well said. 

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  6. robbiejeffers:

    Tessa Violet. Culver City, Ca. October 2014 —45


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  7. Wait, are you saying that this bird understands the displacement of water?!

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  8. kotakucom:

    Extreme apologizing. For when you’ve really pissed her off.

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  9. f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

     Mana Morimoto  : charming embroidered photography

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  10. allforshipshipforall:

    Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

    Think Different. 


    Inspired by THIS


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