Nothing more hilarious than seeing a guy’s behavior towards you completely change as soon as he realizes he’ll never get anything out of his interaction.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
I talked to my ex yesterday. Probably shouldn’t have, but I felt the need to. Anyhow, the conversation was nice, and he told me stuff like “you’re the only one I’ve ever loved and I haven’t felt like dating anybody else since”m which made me smile. We talked for like two hours, and towards the end, and completely out of the blue he told me “I know you are (*insert spanish word that means crazy-for-sweet-things*)” and then mentioned his dick. Completely out of the blue. And honestly, I’m glad I talked to him…cause I just needed reassurance that I made the right decision when I left him. And can we just talk bout how empowering it was to stand up for myself and tell him “I won’t talk in those terms with you or anybody. It makes me uncomfortable.” to which he responded “….sorry”. I said it was ok and he sent me some emoji, such a mature way to handle things. And I left by saying “I guess there’s nothing else to talk about. I’m going to bed”. I felt sad after it, cause part of me wanted to go back and continue talking to him like nothing had upset me..but part of me now knows that’s the way our relationship used to work and it was wrong. I shouldn’t feel guilty for getting upset when he acts like a douchebag. He shouldn’t turn things around and act like the victim when he’s the one at fault. I cut that cycle and for that I’m thankful.
If someone were to forcibly enter a woman’s house without her consent no one would go up to her and say “maybe if your house didn’t look so expensive this wouldn’t have happened, you should make it look less wealthy” so why is that if someone forcibly enters a woman without her consent they say “if you didn’t dress like a slut this wouldn’t have happened, you should dress more modestly”?why doesn’t this have more notes