Jeliza Patterson

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she’s perfect i want to be her

Valerie Kasanita Adams (formerly known as Valerie Vili), ONZM (born 6 October 1984) is a shot putter from New Zealand. She is a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and Commonwealth champion. She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres.

Adams is one of only nine athletes (along with Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She is the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships.

(via fitocracy)

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A man in the grocery store line today approached me and said, “Sir, when I first saw you I was extremely attracted to you, but then I noticed that you are a boy. How… I mean, why do you dress so provocatively?”

I responded, “Well, in today’s world the majority of the straight male race view women as objects, or something that belongs to them. I dress provocatively because it attracts the attention of men in a sexual and OBJECTIVE way. However, when realized that I am actually male, they often become confused, disgusted, upset or all of the above. By inflicting this minor emotional damaged upon the ego of a man raised by twisted societal gender norms, maybe, just maybe the individual will think twice before viewing another woman with an objective attitude and sense of belonging. No woman, belongs to ANYONE. Male or female, the equality of human beings needs to be a priority. It is something worth dressing up for.”

I AM NOT KIDDING. The woman behind me, the female cashier, the old lady bagging groceries and the woman in front of me who was talking on the phone STOPPED, …. and proceeded to gasp and clap. The man shook my hand, told me to have a blessed day and then said, “excuse me ladies, I need to visit my daughter.”

…. I was shaking by the time I walked out of the store.

- Elliott Alexzander

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Fashion Olympics, 2008

So I’ve seen several of the photos from this shoot wandering around tumblr, but it never said what they were from, so I figured I’d put them all together with a link. Because more Lucy Liu is always a good thing?

Also I will never get over how much I love her face in that boxing one.

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Mammoth Tusk Ivory Carving

This artistic carving was confiscated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service from an unknown location in Alaska. I want to meet the carver and shake their hand.

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Seen above are pieces from a gallery on display at the Institute of Native American Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Below is commentary by the creator of these pieces, Native American artist, Cannupa Hanska Luger.

STEREOTYPE; Misconceptions of the Native American

The “boombox” has literally been carried on the shoulders of the America’s late 20th century sound history. The stereophonic audio system was battery powered, had no cords or wire to trip over, it was portable, loud, and at over 100 decibels of power-packed bass, it was heard on every urban street corner in the country. A designated DJ represented the individual, as well as the community, who set the tone for what was heard, dubbed, and re-mixed on the streets. Accompanied by the weight of the sturdy unit, bearers stood with a contrapposto tilt. A new renaissance was built, fashioned with a Michelangelo’s David stance. These posed silhouettes were dynamically relaxed and set the tone for what was to become a visual and cultural phenomenon that defined our relationship to sound (music), object, and culture.

Ceramic-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger’s solo exhibition STEREOTYPE: Misconceptions of the Native American reflects upon the attributions of the boombox sub-culture’s impact to enforce and reverberate a sensory ordinance on our current cultural knowledge of Native America. Currently labeled Native America(n) and stocked on the shelves of our retail stores and virtual shopping sites are products that continue to market a blanket image mash-up of an over generalized cultural identity. 

In keeping with the Greek origin of “stereos” as solid and “tupos” as impression or type, Luger creates a solid impression with his new body of work to initiate a visual dialogue that questions notions of cultural appropriation and mis-appropriation. Luger recognizes how sound history has transcended over the past twenty years towards progressive innovations of portability with privatized acceptance of the Walkman, CD-player and now iPod, yet at the same time misconceptions of Native America remains stasis. 

Ceramic and mixed media pieces:

  1. The Ghost
  2. The Indian Princess
  3. The Curtis
  4. The Drunk
  5. The Big Chief