Yay! I have a real awl for punching paper and leather (when I don’t need a big honking hole like from the hole punch. Not that the hole punch isn’t useful, like when you need to use rivets or new holes in a belt, but when you want to sew…)!
I should scrounge around my leather scrap (well, all my leather is scrap, but, you know) and see about making a not at all period but Ren Fest legal sheathe for my axe. :3
I’ll use my actual leather tooling kit for the first time too to decorate it. :D (I used xactos and tiny screw drivers, bits and bobs that could be pounded with a hammer, etc. before to tool leather :VVV VVV: )
— Phil Hine (via courier5)
I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation."