the last week of september is sea otter awareness week. where most marine mammals rely on a layer of insulating blubber to keep warm in the water, sea otters make use of their dense fur coat.
in fact, their fur is so thick and soft that for centuries humans have hunted the animal. by 1929, sea otters had been virtually eradicated from alaska to california. and while populations of the animal are currently making a remarkable comeback in british columbia, they nevertheless remain an endangered species.
sea otters play a vital role in their aquatic ecosystem. in the absence of the animal, sea urchin populations explode, leading to the eradication of kelp forests, which in turn affects fish, sea birds and even eagle populations.
photos by tom and pat leeson (peekaboo otter), veronica craft (vogue otter), hal beral (sleepy otter), brian maxwell (cuddling albino otter), jeff foot (super excited screaming otter), matt maran (shouting otter), joe robertson (holding hands otters) and suzi eszterhas (happy otter)
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People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
I can guarantee that any man who calls women “females” should be 100% avoided
Wait what’s wrong with this???
Females is a dehumanizing term. You call an animal a male or a female. You don’t call a woman that. Implies worthlessness. Females is a childish word to me.
Wait wait wait…WHAT? REALLY?!?
I’ll accept that calling grown women “girls, baby, shorty, dame, sweetie, broad, bitch and cunt” as derogatory but “female”? Yeah I guess in the context like, “ugh, these females here…” but let’s switch up with hearing some woman going, “ugh, these males (or men) here!”
Part of the time I wonder if we know what is insulting or when we are reaching and take things out of context.
I just don’t know anymore, we guys should just stop talking period and just to acknowledge others.
For me I only tolerate being called “female” purely in the biological sense, and only generally as a collective term for any given species when, and ONLY when, used IMPERSONALLY, with no interest (for whatever reason) in individuality. Female as a adjective has one context, female as a noun has another.
Think of it like this:
"Bri is female." Indeed I am, I do not object to this statement.
"Bri is a female." Er… Still true, but it emphasizes femaleness as a biology, a thing, rather than the person, me. Female in and of itself is not a mean word, but you know that "Ugh, men!" is more like "Ugh, women!" than "Ugh, females!"
its not about terminology, its about connotation. In modern English, female is an accepted adjective for all species, but inappropriate as a collective term for female human beings.
Holy. Fucking. SHIT.
Sabrina Reid just put me on to a police dash cam video from South Carolina regarding an incident that occurred between Levar Jones and a state trooper on September 4, 2014.
The video shows a state trooper pulling up to a gas station as Jones gets out of his car.
The trooper yells for Jones to produce his license.
Jones bends into his car to get his license and the trooper opens fire and strikes the man.
Jones, in shock, backs away from the car WITH HIS HANDS IN THE AIR.
In a stunning act of inhumanity, THE TROOPER CONTINUES TO FIRE UPON JONES—WHO CLEARLY HAS HIS HANDS UP.
Jones falls to the ground and the fucking trooper yells “Get on the ground!”
The wounded Jones, already on the fucking ground, says to the trooper, “I was getting my license. You said ‘get [my] license.”
The trooper continues to treat Jones as though he were guilty of some heinous crime, talking to him as though he had already been tried, convicted, and sentenced.
He walks over to Jones and tells him to put his hands behind his back.
Jones asks, “What did I do??”
The trooper ignores him and continues to tell him to put his hands behind his back.
“Are you hit?” the trooper asks.
“I think so,” the confused Jones says. “I can’t feel my legs.”
“Why did you shoot me?” Jones asks.
“Well, you dove head first back into your car.”
NO HE DIDN’T. HE FOLLOWED YOUR ORDERS TO RETRIEVE HIS LICENSE.
“I was telling you to get out of your car,” the trooper said.
Yes, but he SHOT Jones at CLOSE RANGE even before Jones had the chance to COMPLY with the BRAND NEW ORDER the trooper gave to get out of the car. He literally FIRED ON JONES WHILE HE WAS TELLING HIM TO GET OUT OF THE CAR.
And why? Because the man unbuckled his seat belt before coming to a full stop in the gas station.
This was all over a seat belt.
Look, I’m fucking tired.
I’m tired of marching.
I’m tired of praying.
I’m tired of talking.
I’m tired of singing spirituals.
I think I’m gonna be sick.