thinks about trans albus severus potter shedding the weight of her awful name and choosing one more fitting like literally anything else
#ok but maybe she chooses to honor better heroes#names herself minerva with a shivering tongue and harry has never seen such happy tears from mcgonagall#or andromeda because teddy’s grandmother was the sweetest bravest slytherin she’d ever known#chooses from the legions of dead she never got to admire chooses from an eternity of heroes whose tragedy she chooses to take on#whose bravery embeds itself in her name and in her#and she may not have been the first to bear the name she chooses#but it’s her name and she chooses it#and they are names that it is an honour and privilege to bear (queer-werewolf)
WHEN IT IS TIME FOR THE DOCTOR 100th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL:
Matt Smith will be 81.
David Tennant will be 92.
Christopher Eccleston, if he is still alive, will be 99.
And Paul McGann will be 104 and not have aged a day.
So that means we already know what 3 of the four will look like, then.
Because I love history, and I believe in the weight of all those stories: thousands and thousands of beloved artists who started out mediocre.
The past is full of people who weren’t great, who were doing nothing of import, who made art that wouldn’t last. It’s spattered with people, too, who were the best and brightest — geniuses and visionaries.
In the end, history doesn’t care if you were part of the latter group or the former. History only cares if you were one of the ones who dared: that is brilliance, and anyone can shoot for it.
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts."