Rear Admiral Grace Hopper would have been 107 today, and is being honored with a great Google Doodle. It’s quite literally impossible for us to imagine, as we sit here reading about her on the internet, but people used to use things like paper and pencils and chalk and slide rules to solve (and often not solve) complicated problems. Grace Hopper quite simply helped usher in the modern age, her impact, I think, is no less than the steam engine or the cotton gin.
Some awesome stuff she did: Grace Hopper developed first compiler, allowing computer calculations to move beyond simple arithmetic and into more complex problems. She also developed first standardized computer language, COBOL, which laid the groundwork for all the languages we use today.
One day she found a dead moth disrupting one of the electronic relays in the Mark 1 computer, and upon removing it (and fixing the computer), the term “debugging" was born. Here’s her daily log from that day, with the offending moth taped to the page:
Beyond that, she was a charming scientific communicator, and she possessed a marvelous ability to make people, and mind you this was in a time when almost no one owned their own computer, truly appreciate both the importance and the complexity of computing technology.
She famously carried around a bundle of nanoseconds in her purse for illustrative purposes. Here she is charming the socks off of David Letterman, and giving him a nanosecond of his very own (don’t miss the picosecond joke, either) :
If you’re white, don’t call yourself an “intersectional feminist” and don’t use “intersectionality” for white people
I recently learned from
Black feministsstrugglingtobeheard and other feminists that we are appropriating this word. A Black feminist named Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw came up with the term intersectionality to talk about how race and gender intersect for women of color. It was never intended for white women to use to describe our own feminism or an allegiance with woc—or, worse yet, intersecting oppressions for white people.
We can be anti-racist, we can be allies, we can be social justice bloggers, but we are not “intersectional.” We don’t experience the intersection of race and gender.
The thing is Crenshaw never gets credit for coining this term and white feminists ignore the fact a Black woman invented it to describe her experience as a Black woman, and for other women of color to use. We as white feminists often use this term without ever engaging with Black womanists and Black feminists or other feminists of color, which constantly sidelining their issues, and being racist ourselves or not checking our privilege. Also, I’ve seen white women go to a desi woman’s ask box, when she was talking abou racist white feminists in her grad program and tell her, “oh it’s too bad there are no intersectional feminists in your school!” And she had to tell them, “nope they call themselves intersectional feminists, but they are still racist and throw woc under the bus.”
Some of us like to think if we call ourselves “intersectional” than we’re not like ~THOSE~ white feminists those ~non-intersectional~ white feminists, but that’s not true. We are white feminists—we have white female privilege. We benefit just as much from white supremacy as anyone else and we are just as able to be racist and exclude, talk over, invalidate or ignore woc.
I used to use this term for myself and I used to use this term to describe “intersections” of my oppressions. But this isn’t right. That’s not how the term was intended. And us white people steal too much shit from POC—especially women of color—ESPECIALLY Black women.
So let’s stop appropriating this term and give it back to the women who it was made for—women of color.
I couldn’t find it, but the first post I read on the subject was by strugglingtobeheard… I’ve looked everywhere for their post on it to link it in this post but couldn’t find it. If anyone knows which post I’m talking about let me know. They talked about a speaker’s event they went to where wthey discussed how white feminists using the term “intersectionality” was akin to white people playing rock and jazz…
I also apologize for not citing strugglingtobeheard as the primary source to begin with - that’s very white feminist and shitty of me.
I added gradientlair’s post, because that’s where I first heard the term contributed to Kimberlé Williams
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B O O S T
Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War Draft
Fuck yes. Forever reblog.
s/o to my grandad thooo
Reason i dont join the military now
this puts things into perspective
What if alongside the Odinsleep
there was Odinsleepwalking
so one night Laufey opens his ice-curtains or whatever
and he’s in his dressing gown and he’s like
“for fuck’s sake Odin go home—oh my god you’re not even wearing shoes”
and brings him inside until Frigga arrives to take him back home
hair in fucking curlers
My middle school orchestra teacher has this hanging in her room. It’s fantastic.
This is what it sounds like. REALLY good song.
My friend keeps practising it. Fucking amazing. I’m fairly certain the music got written by someone doodling geometric figures on a sheet of music paper and then realizing they’d actually written the song of the gods.
“Arranged by Accident”
It sounds like a boss battle.
REBLOGGING THIS BECAUSE SOMEONE ACTUALLY GOT AN AUDIO VERSION OF THIS. I never knew it was ACTUALLY a song. I grew up seeing this floating around and just thinking it was a joke.
I AM FUCKING TERRIFIED
You need at least 15 fingers to play this song!
I’ve been listening to this piece on repeat for the last 15 minutes, grinning like an idiot.