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Best of Tumblr: Dormouse Edition

Tumblr is a magical land full of gifs and fandoms and a lot of grassroots activists. Here are the best things that crossed my dashboard this week that made me laugh and think.

What I love about Tumblr is that there are so many different ways to communicate. You can use images, gifs, articles, stories, journal posts, etc., to get your point across to a whole lot of folks! Let’s start with the images and go from there.

Text art imitating a dictionary entry: Tomorrow (noun) A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored
A very fitting definition

Too apt a picture to show up on Tumblr because too often, I leave things for tomorrow because of that website.

And then here we have a comic by Tumblr blogger Sailor Swayze on loyalties and gaming consoles:

Four panel comic in which a mom berates her son for having a Sega Genesis in his backpack because theirs is a Nintendo family
If blood is thicker than water, is Nintendo thicker than Sega?
There are a decent amount of reimagined Disney princess images floating around Tumblr these days, and I really like what some of the Tumblr artists have been doing!
Image of Princess Jasmine, wearing a long-sleeved dress and hijab
A more accurate representation of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, wearing non-slave like attire and a hijab. Via ablueberrynight
Often, the most amusing part of Tumblr posts is the commentary that accompanies articles and images. In this case, the commentary is why I thought this photo was worth reblogging:
Picture of 16 bald eagles gathered together; comment thread below reads, "So if you attract pigeons with bread what did THAT guy throw outside?" "...freedom." "a bit of america."
I have no further comment on the image below except, “LOL.”
Still from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with the head of Russell Crowe as Javert photoshopped onto one of the Beauxbatons girls as they enter Hogwarts
You know nothing of Javert. Via jalapenobiscuits
The power outage at Sunday’s Super Bowl game inspired the Tumblr community to make Bane/Beyonce comparisons like this:
Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, captioned "Beyonce merely adopted the darkness."
The Super Bowl’s reckoning is at hand! (photo courtesy of The Mary Sue’s tumblr)
Now let’s head on into gifs that made me giggle with another Beyonce Super Bowl mashup.
Animated gif of Beyonce from the Single Ladies video, dancing and deflected animated footballs
Beyonce won the Super Bowl, hadn’t you heard? Via thepizzadog
A little girl parking her bike like a boss:
Animated gif of a young girl riding a bike with training wheels, spinning the bike to slide it into a gap between two other bikes against a wall
Reminds me of MIA’s video for Bad Girls.
Zach Galifianakis was asked, “On a scale of one to ten, how attractive do you think you look to other people?”
Animated gif of Zach Galifianakis saying, "To certain people I probably am a one."
Animated gif of Zach Galifianakis saying, "and then to other people I'm a strong two."
To see the full commentary that accompanied the following gif, go here, but to sum up: “Be as resilient as your vagina.”
Animated gif of female reproductive organs, with glitter!
“Shine bright like your vagina.”
My next item is for all the science geeks out there who should be in love with Emily Graslie like I am. Graslie is a volunteer at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum on the University of Montana campus, and she hosts the youtube show “The Brain Scoop.” You should check out the show and her tumblr page and bask in the awesome cleverness of this lady geek.
Emily Graslie
Emily Graslie, my favorite youtuber by far!
In other news, we come to find out that teachers don’t give equal talk time to boys and girls in their classrooms even though they think they do!

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.

So if you’ve ever felt overlooked in class, this is probably why. Now if only more teachers were aware of this study.

And finally, from Feminist Disney, the following quote drew my attention and made me think long and hard about what it means to be a woman who also calls herself a feminist:

The buzz word in popular feminism today is empowerment. When I became a feminist many years ago, the word we used was liberation. Unlike empowerment, liberation is a collective concept which means that even if my life is all rosy and ’empowered,’ it doesn’t mean shit for those women who are doing low paid jobs while trying to raise families. In fact, there is a very good chance that elite women’s empowerment is built on the backs of other women whose exploited labor provides the goods and services that enable a good career and a comfortable lifestyle. The low pay of nannies, cooks, cleaners, sweat shop workers, and day care providers means that wealthier women are freed up to make a salary that no doubt does feel empowering. -Gail Dines

So what did you find on Tumblr last week?

By Dormouse

Bilingual (and a half) white girl who spent thirteen of her formative years in Africa. She is a writer, mentor, coffee drinker, wife, cat owner, language lover, photography dabbler, aspiring speaker, and a lifetime student. She keeps her writing going over at

14 replies on “Best of Tumblr: Dormouse Edition”

No, it’s fine! haha. What I mean is I was technically still enrolled but quit turning up to class, so I failed those classes and then they said, “This isn’t working out,” and unless I wanted to state my case on why they should still let me be enrolled, I no longer was.

There were a lot of reasons why I quit going, but one of the main ones was I was a creative writing major with no $$ and no desire to rack up a bajillion dollars in loans for a major that I technically didn’t have to have to do what I wanted to do.

EEEEE I’m so Glad you mentioned Emily! I have a nerd crush on her (As well as a regular crush) and The Brain Scoop is super fun. (I also watch Sci Show, whose field trip is what got brain scoop started.) A friend of mine calls it the dead animal channel. I’m considering trying out re-articulation now, actually, and maybe having a colony of dermestid beetles at some point.

I think I’ll actually end up doing it more towards the fall, as that’s when hunting season is and you have to make sure you can legally own certain animal remains. If it’s a legal hunt kill, then there’s no issue with it. Otherwise I’ll have to call the Game Commission here- which might happen anyways. My mother has some land and they sometimes find natural falls.

I’m so excited about the beetles you have no idea.

Between now and then, though, we are planning on doing Kombucha as a mother-daughter thing. (My mother has no interest in the dead animals.) Which is similarly bio fun- it’s a specific culture of fungus and bacteria! Me might do Kefir too, but that would be for my mum more than me.

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