The Hobbity Ballerina

Bits and pieces all over the map, all compiled by a thirty-something fangirl and PhD candidate in Religious Studies.


Really Jewish, really unapologetic. Invested in social justice, and in the power of art to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I'm not a nice Jewish girl.


Gender identification: cis woman, often high femme. Pronouns: she/her/hers.


Expect Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Dormer, Richard Armitage, all things Tolkien, Sherlock, Horatio Hornblower, and all sorts of pretty things. Food pictures. Loads of commentary and opinions. Possibly footnotes. And kittens. Always kittens.


For ballet specifically, check out my side blog, Beginning at the Barre

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The Avengers as a Western

Steve is the Sheriff. Clint is his deputy. Tony is the Blacksmith. Natasha runs the Saloon. Bruce is the physician with a split personality and Thor gets into a hell of a lot of tavern brawls.

Together, however, they manage to bring order to the once corrupt town of Triskelion.

Remember The Avengers as a 70s Cop Drama? A Western might be cooler.

Wolverine as the rancher who is a retired gunslinger.

where’s Fury, Sam, and Rhodey?

pffftt don’t be silly. for there to be Fury, Sam, and Rhodey in an Avengers Western au would mean that 1) black men actually contributed to the plots of Avengers movies and were valuable members of the team AND that 2) there were black people in the West. obviously neither of these is true. 

wolverxne:

Photographer  took these took these photographs of an adorable Giant Panda Cub waking up.

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sansaregina:

the l a d y in the t o w e r 

(as requested by feelsandotps)

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Beren, also called Beren Erchamion, was a man of Middle-earth, a hero whose romance with the Elf Lúthien was one of the great stories of the Elder Days that were told for many ages after he lived.

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down-the-muddy-river:

James having fun in an interview.x

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If you, like me, ever find yourself feeling guilty or ashamed about being a disabled student, doubting whether you really need or deserve accommodations, I encourage you to think back to the 504 protests. If you ever feel society tugging at you to “get by” without accommodations, “toughen up,” “suck it up,” “stick it out,” because “the whole world doesn’t cater to you,” remember that you are part of a community that has spent enough time living in an inaccessible world. If you feel tempted to do an ableist society’s work by torturing yourself for being disabled, remember that over a hundred protestors (and an infestation of crabs) stayed in a building for nearly a month without the comforts of home or any accommodations or accessible structures. Remember that all the discomfort and indignities they faced as protestors were so that you wouldn’t have to go through the same thing. You’re relieved of any duty to feel guilty or ashamed about being a disabled student.

Fighting Shame with History

Longmore Institute student assistant Katie offers a bit of advice, history, and humor to help her fellow disabled students fight back against the internalized ableism that crops up at the start of the semester.

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theheirsofdurin:

The Hobbit cast 

└ Richard & Graham 

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catsbeaversandducks:

Dead leaves and the dirty ground… Autumn is here!

Photos via Flickr (Please click on each photo for sources)

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hi-coup:

cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.
The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.
Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 
"We don’t need feminism" 
"Maybe he just worked harder"
"*any MRA bullshit*"

I had to read this study for class. It is thorough as fuck.

hi-coup:

cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.

The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.

Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. 
source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 

"We don’t need feminism" 

"Maybe he just worked harder"

"*any MRA bullshit*"

I had to read this study for class. It is thorough as fuck.

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