Hey! I'm Panda. I'm 21, a recent college graduate who studied creative writing and film, and I am a huge nerd. I'm a self-assigned jack of all trades, a master of none. That's me in a nutshell. And if I'm in a nutshell, that must make me a nut.

A thought experiment: Imagine how people might react if Taylor Swift released an album made up entirely of songs about wishing she could get back together with one of her exes.

We’d hear things like: “She can’t let go. She’s clingy. She’s irrational. She’s crazy.” Men would have a field day comparing her to their own “crazy” exes.

Yet when Robin Thicke released “Paula” – a plea for reconciliation with his ex-wife Paula Patton disguised as an LP — he was called incoherent, obsessed, heartfelt and, in particular, creepy.

But you didn’t hear men calling him “crazy” — even though he used it as the title of one of tracks.

No, “crazy” is typically held in reserve for women’s behavior. Men might be obsessed, driven, confused or upset. But we don’t get called “crazy” — at least not the way men reflexively label women as such.

“Crazy” is one of the five deadly words guys use to shame women into compliance. The others: Fat. Ugly. Slutty. Bitchy. They sum up the supposedly worst things a woman can be.

WHAT WE REALLY MEAN BY “CRAZY” IS: “SHE WAS UPSET, AND I DIDN’T WANT HER TO BE.”

“Crazy” is such a convenient word for men, perpetuating our sense of superiority. Men are logical; women are emotional. Emotion is the antithesis of logic. When women are too emotional, we say they are being irrational. Crazy. Wrong.

Women hear it all the time from men. “You’re overreacting,” we tell them. “Don’t worry about it so much, you’re over-thinking it.” “Don’t be so sensitive.” “Don’t be crazy.” It’s a form of gaslighting — telling women that their feelings are just wrong, that they don’t have the right to feel the way that they do. Minimizing somebody else’s feelings is a way of controlling them. If they no longer trust their own feelings and instincts, they come to rely on someone else to tell them how they’re supposed to feel.

Small wonder that abusers love to use this c-word. It’s a way of delegitimizing a woman’s authority over her own life.

Most men (#notallmen, #irony) aren’t abusers, but far too many of us reflexively call women crazy without thinking about it. We talk about how “crazy girl sex” is the best sex while we also warn men “don’t stick it in the crazy.” How I Met Your Mother warned us to watch out for “the crazy eyes” and how to process women on the “Crazy/Hot” scale. When we talk about why we broke up with our exes, we say, “She got crazy,” and our guy friends nod sagely, as if that explains everything.


Except what we’re really saying is: “She was upset, and I didn’t want her to be.”

Many men are socialized to be disconnected from our emotions — the only manly feelings we’re supposed to show are stoic silence or anger. We’re taught that to be emotional is to be feminine. As a result, we barely have a handle on our own emotions — meaning that we’re especially ill-equipped at dealing with someone else’s.

That’s where “crazy” comes in. It’s the all-purpose argument ender. Your girlfriend is upset that you didn’t call when you were going to be late? She’s being irrational. She wants you to spend time with her instead of out with the guys again? She’s being clingy. Your wife doesn’t like the long hours you’re spending with your attractive co-worker? She’s being oversensitive.

As soon as the “crazy” card is in play, women are put on the defensive. It derails the discussion from what she’s saying to how she’s saying it. We insist that someone can’t be emotional and rational at the same time, so she has to prove that she’s not being irrational. Anything she says to the contrary can just be used as evidence against her.

More often than not, I suspect, most men don’t realize what we’re saying when we call a woman crazy. Not only does it stigmatize people who have legitimate mental health issues, but it tells women that they don’t understand their own emotions, that their very real concerns and issues are secondary to men’s comfort. And it absolves men from having to take responsibility for how we make others feel.

In the professional world, we’ve had debates over labels like “bossy” and “brusque,” so often used to describe women, not men. In our interpersonal relationships and conversations, “crazy” is the adjective that needs to go.

By Men really need to stop calling women crazy - Harris O’Malley (via hello-lilianab)

shingeki-no-freeojin:

iamavithejester:

professorfangirl:

feministsupernatural:

stephgonzal:

sparklingganymede:

abaldwin360:

What would Jesus not do?

Things Jesus would do:
Flip tables
Turn water into fine wine to save your wedding party
Tell the weather outside to STOP
Curse trees for producing shitty fruit
Bring people back from the dead
Go fishing
Give you food
Whatever the hell he wants to on the Sabbath
Make furniture
Walk across the ocean because you need to stop

This…is the best

As Stalkingstalkerthatstalks said: Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.

Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.

CAN I GET THAT ON A TSHIRT

Fanon Jesus is a white guy who hugs lambs 
Canon Jesus is a sassy middle eastern guy who hung out with prostitudes and spread peace and acceptance of everyone

shingeki-no-freeojin:

iamavithejester:

professorfangirl:

feministsupernatural:

stephgonzal:

sparklingganymede:

abaldwin360:

What would Jesus not do?

Things Jesus would do:

  • Flip tables
  • Turn water into fine wine to save your wedding party
  • Tell the weather outside to STOP
  • Curse trees for producing shitty fruit
  • Bring people back from the dead
  • Go fishing
  • Give you food
  • Whatever the hell he wants to on the Sabbath
  • Make furniture
  • Walk across the ocean because you need to stop

This…is the best

As Stalkingstalkerthatstalks said: Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.

Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.

CAN I GET THAT ON A TSHIRT

Fanon Jesus is a white guy who hugs lambs 

Canon Jesus is a sassy middle eastern guy who hung out with prostitudes and spread peace and acceptance of everyone

chloridecleansing:

You can be proud of your sexuality and still in the closet for your own safety. Not everyone you know has to know that you’re not straight for you to be a ‘good’ queer/gay. Protecting yourself from homophobes is not ‘contributing to the issue’. Do not come out into a dangerous situation with no support network or without any financial independence. If you think someone might out you, don’t tell them shit.

accio-percabeth:

sketch-elf:

A muggle-born’s sibling sends them a howler in the middle of the school year and it arrives while they eat. When they open it, all it does is simply scream “WHAT TEAM?”. Nearly all the muggle-borns shout “WILDCATS!” before returning to their meal, leaving the pure-bloods in total confusion of what the hell they just witnessed.

I accept and fully support this headcanon