Ungoliant’s Lair


This is mostly radical feminist stuff + body positive stuff + whatever else I find intriguing today 🧡

Last update
2020-11-26 14:40:36

    I think about my ancestors all the time. They were people, people who fell in love, people who had pets, people who had a favorite book, people who were passionate about a specific topic, people who went through their own tragedy and suffering. Every single one of them was a person with their own unique life experiences.

    And sometimes I think of the really old ones- the ones who spoke languages that are no longer spoken, who lived alongside wildlife that no longer exist, who belonged to cultures that are only known through remnants of pottery. I think of the people who saw the world when it was wilder and more beautiful.

    it’s the way that phrases like:

    “biological sex is real” “climate change is real”

    “wearing masks prevents the spread of viruses” “black people shouldn’t be murdered by the police”

    “children shouldn’t be detained in cages”

    “women should have bodily autonomy” “lesbians don’t like dick”

    “poor people shouldn’t die because they can’t afford medicine” 

    “prostitution is harmful”

    are all controversial gives me a headache.

    best part of supernatural is all of us shipping destiel and being totally resigned to it not going canon. and then they have cas say i love you and all of us, being intelligent human beings who enjoy thoughtful storytelling, are super excited to see where they take this. and then they do nothing with it and it turns out to be a queerbait/fan pandering situation (definitively in impact, if not in intent). and then they’re mad at us for being mad the ship didn’t go canon. we didn’t really… think you were gonna do it. but then you did it. so… why are you mad at us for… a situation you explicitly put yourself into


    Prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with the tallgrass prairie being the most endangered. Only 1-4% of tallgrass prairie still exists. Prairies are critically important, not only for the unique biodiversity they possess, but for their effect on climate. The ability to store carbon is a valuable ecological service in today’s changing climate. Carbon, which is emitted both naturally and by human activities such as burning coal to create electricity, is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere. Reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, a group of more than 2,000 climate scientists from around the world, agree that increased greenhouse gases are causing climate change, which is leading to sea level rise, higher temperatures, and altered rain patterns. Most of the prairie’s carbon sequestration happens below ground, where prairie roots can dig into the soil to depths up to 15 feet and more. Prairies can store much more carbon below ground than a forest can store above ground. In fact, the prairie was once the largest carbon sink in the world-much bigger than the Amazon rainforest-and its destruction has had devastating effects.



    I just have to add–that extensive root system? It’s not just how the plant eats, and how it keeps itself from getting pulled out of the ground during storms, or dying when its aboveground portion is eaten… it’s how it talks to its friends and family, how it shares food with its friends and family, and more than likely, how it thinks. That’s a whole plant brain we’ve domesticated away, leaving a helpless organism that has trouble figuring out when it’s under attack by pests, what to do about it, has very little in the way of chemical defense so it can do something about it, and can’t even warn its neighbors. Even apart from the ecological concerns, what we’ve done is honestly pretty cruel.


    Here’s some more articles on this too!




    Whether or not you think this should qualify as a form of “intelligence” as we know it (which in itself as a pretty nebulous and poorly defined thing), plants exhibit complicated interactive behaviors that help them grow and thrive, and the way we harvest a lot of them for our produce just doesn’t even give them a chance to reach their maturity and begin trading nutrients the way they’re supposed to.


    this is why I get so defensive about grass on Tumblr, and yes, I recognize how ridiculous that sentence is. The anti-lawn-culture movement - which is great in many ways! - is very anti-grass, because they think of grass as this plastic green stuff that American dads spray on everything, at the cost of Perfect Beautiful Nature. But grass is incredible. The reason that people commonly like to surround themselves with grass is because it is a fantastic plant. And yet it’s associated with the boring and mundane! People think of it as, like, background noise. They think of it as the floor. It’s like some kind of carpet to them, to be complained about occasionally because it isn’t a forest or vegetable garden. They don’t even care about it, and then they complain about it. But let me tell you: the Grass Fandom is extremely rewarding.

    Obviously, it isn’t a good idea to terraform landscapes into lawns. Golf courses can fuck right off. Nobody needs to water lawns (if lawn grass turns yellow in the heat, it is almost always because it has simply gone dormant; it’ll turn green as soon as it gets some water. You don’t need to water it, it will resurrect itself.) But neither is it a universally good idea to rip up established lawns and yards and greens in order to replace them with vegetable gardens or whatever (unless you need to, or if the grass can only live there with extensive life support in place.) Grass is an excellent plant to have around the home or town; it allows pets, poultry and children to play and piss and shit and walk, and it kindly breaks all of it down; you can walk on it, and it forgives you; it prevents erosion, saving our vanishing topsoil with a ferocious stubbornness; it locks the moisture into the ground, produces a renewable harvest of grass clippings that can be composted for rich green manure, and respires nearly year-round in some areas.

    I mean, grass resists being stomped on all day! It keeps high-traffic outdoor areas from becoming mudpits or dusty swathes! That’s seriously impressive in a plant. To replace that durability in public and private spaces, you’d often have to lay down gravel or chippings for people to walk on, which isn’t green and doesn’t grow and has to be acquired from somewhere. Isn’t grass impressive? Name another type of plant that will carry you like that.

    Like, the OP mentions grasslands and climate change. You almost never hear about this, because the eco-public prefers the concept of trees as the Most Eco Plants Ever. Everyone loves trees sooooo much, that there is this constant background insistence that planting loads of trees will fix environmental damage forever, and that the world would be better if it all looked like some Eurocentric fantasy of a mossy fairy forest.

    Now, trees are great! I am also in the tree fandom. But trees aren’t hugely efficient at fixing carbon - and across most geographical swathes of the planet, they only work part-time. They only grab carbon dioxide and produce oxygen during the stages of their life cycles when they are “awake” and actively growing - so not during winter, not in their old age, etc. And contrast with wild native grass, which apparently considers carbon capture and sequestration to be its favorite hobby. But you almost never hear people going on about “preserving grassland” or being “grass-huggers” - and that is incredibly important! Let’s talk more about grass!

     And vast tracts of the world - magnificent biomes on every part of the planet - are not native forests, but native grassland. Steppes, tundras, prairies, savannahs and scrublands are places that trees don’t dominate, but they are bursting with important and diverse life - often centered around the rhythms of native grasses. Trees don’t live in Antarctica, but grasses do! Grasses are GREAT. They harbor life! They support life!

    Grass forms the basis of the human food supply - we eat grains more than anything else. Grains are grasses, and we also use and eat the animals that eat grass. The great domesticated cereal grains of the world - maize, rice, millet, wheat - allowed for food storage, which allowed towns and civilizations to form. And the domesticated animals which have carried our societies on their backs for so long - cows, sheep, horses - all eat grass. Grass is so incredibly important to our daily lives. And it’s beautiful! And complicated! And clever! It’s so much more than a floor covering.

    Resist the insistence that grass = lawn. (and in some climates and geographies, embrace that ‘lawns’ are a natural environment.) Encourage and celebrate the native grasses of your area! Whether they’re tallgrass or bamboo, they are very exciting and important. Perhaps you’d like to meet the nearest patch of grass - a lawn, a park, or a strip of green in a city. Is it delicate bentgrass? Tough and resilient ryegrass? Is it invasive? indigenous? Formerly invasive but now naturalized? What is it used for? Who loves it?

    Just. Grass is so great! Join the Grass Fandom today!

    It’s a grassroots movement


    This is so beautifully written.


    Broke: fuck grass and lawn culture

    Woke: replace your generic Home Depot lawn with native grasses


    I don’t understand Christians who look at the climate crisis and go “oh, well, God will save us if it gets bad, we don’t have to do anything about it” like he did very much make Noah build an entire gigantic boat by hand


    God also told exactly one man to save some animals and his family and nobody else, so. Any time a Christian says that God will protect us from climate change all i can think is

    “Last time the world flooded, God saved only one guy. How narcissistic of you to expect that this time, that one guy will be you.”

    no, your life is not over because you didn’t achieve ____ by 18 or 21 or whenever: female edition

    every post that talks about finding success at a later age than you expect is usually full of men, so let me switch up the narrative for y'all because I know society is much harsher on women as far as appearance & aging. you need to hear this. these are only a few examples that i can think of off the top of my head. <3

    gwen stefani was 26 when no doubt’s breakthrough album came out, 28 when it blew up, and 34 when she began her solo career.

    nicki minaj started to bubble behind the scenes at 26, and dropped pink friday right before her 28th birthday.

    rina sawayama is 30 right now. her career is starting to bloom & she is poised to be a force of nature in music.

    taraji p. henson was born in 1970 and didn’t appear in her first film until 2001, at the age of 31. it could be argued that “hustle and flow” was what really blew her up; this film came out when she was 35.

    kerry washington was 35 in her first year as olivia pope, the role that would make her a household name.

    christina hendricks gained the reputation of being one of the most desirable, smoldering, and talented actresses on television at the age of 38, when she was cast as joan holloway in mad men. she had been trying for many years prior to break into the industry with only minor successes here and there.

    marilyn monroe’s breakthrough year was when she was 27. sadly when she was younger her attempts at career moves led her to be exploited, a symptom of the disgusting way girls & young women are treated in entertainment (and why it may be better to blow up later in life)

    lizzo was 32 when “truth hurts” blew up even though she had released it at 29, and had been trying in the music industry for years.

    vera wang got engaged at 39 and started her business at 40.

    madonna’s career started to explode in her mid 20s, but she had been trying for 6+ years before that happened.

    anna wintour worked as an editor for a penthouse-style magazine in her late 20s. she would not begin to work for vogue until 39.

    jessica chastain appeared in her first film at 31.

    sia was 39 when the world met her & embraced her as a solo artist.

    leslie jones achieved fame as a comedienne at 45. when discussing life as a “late bloomer” in an interview, she said that she’s happy success came to her when it did, because when she was in her 20s she was not “nearly as confident, and damn sure not as funny” as she is now. 

    you NEED to learn to block out the bullshit if you want to be happy in life. nobody who tells you that you’re too old to accomplish any career or life goal is worth listening to. they are speaking from a place of fear and lack, which is the complete opposite of the mindset you need for success. everyone’s story is different, and no one else gets to write your story for you. the only way you can be stopped is if you sit around waiting for something to happen to you, or give up because you think it’s too late and you’re too old to make it happen.

    you’re not “too old”. babe just go for it. maybe if you had achieved that goal at the age you wanted to, you would have been too immature, too insecure, too inexperienced, and you’d have fucked it up for yourself beyond the point of redemption. always remember…nothing that is meant for you will pass you.


    Holy shit dude

    This sounds like... really important? What the FUCK Disney??


    They are just straight up not paying loyalties! "Disney’s argument is that they have purchased the rights but not the obligations of the contract."

    This is seriously dangerous to creators

    Read the letter from Alan Dean Foster:

    Dear Mickey,

    We have a lot in common, you and I.  We share a birthday: November 18.  My dad’s nickname was Mickey.  There’s more.

    When you purchased Lucasfilm you acquired the rights to some books I wrote.  STAR WARS, the novelization of the very first film.  SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE, the first sequel novel.  You owe me royalties on these books.  You stopped paying them.

    When you purchased 20th Century Fox, you eventually acquired the rights to other books I had written.  The novelizations of ALIEN, ALIENS, and ALIEN 3.  You’ve never paid royalties on any of these, or even issued royalty statements for them.

    All these books are all still very much in print.  They still earn money.  For you.  When one company buys another, they acquire its liabilities as well as its assets.  You’re certainly reaping the benefits of the assets.  I’d very much like my miniscule (though it’s not small to me) share.

    You want me to sign an NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) before even talking.  I’ve signed a lot of NDAs in my 50-year career.  Never once did anyone ever ask me to sign one prior to negotiations.  For the obvious reason that once you sign, you can no longer talk about the matter at hand.  Every one of my representatives in this matter, with many, many decades of experience in such business, echo my bewilderment.

    You continue to ignore requests from my agents.  You continue to ignore queries from SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  You continue to ignore my legal representatives.  I know this is what gargantuan corporations often do.  Ignore requests and inquiries hoping the petitioner will simply go away.  Or possibly die.  But I’m still here, and I am still entitled to what you owe me.  Including not to be ignored, just because I’m only one lone writer.  How many other writers and artists out there are you similarly ignoring?

    My wife has serious medical issues and in 2016 I was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer.  We could use the money.  Not charity: just what I’m owed.  I’ve always loved Disney.  The films, the parks, growing up with the Disneyland TV show.  I don’t think Unca Walt would approve of how you are currently treating me.  Maybe someone in the right position just hasn’t received the word, though after all these months of ignored requests and queries, that’s hard to countenance.  Or as a guy named Bob Iger said….

    “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”

    I’m not feeling it.

    Alan Dean Foster




    Because you know if Disney gets away with not paying creators, everyone else will want to see if they can get away with it.


    A friendly reminder to never give Disney any money, because they refuse to pay any of the people they owe.

    I know the election is over and everybody is prepared to suppress the horror show that was the last four years but I want it known that I will in no way forgive a significant portion of the population for getting so mad that a black guy was elected president they enthusiastically embraced fascism.

    I will never forgive the dozens of millions of Americans who became apoplectic over Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem but made jokes about James Alex Fields killing a woman with his car when he drove into a crowd of protestors. I will never forgive the Americans who clutched their pearls over protests becoming violent but celebrated Kyle Rittenhouse crossing state lines with illegally acquired firearms to murder protestors of racist police violence.

    There's a huge portion of Americans who created a movement focused on rabid police worship and xenophobia in reaction to calls to action against police violence against Black Americans.

    We cannot get back to life as it was because in the face of adversity you turned to idolatrous authoritarianism. When rich men stole your life savings you believed them when they told you it was the Black Guy's Fault. When public pressure revealed the rotting racist core of Law Enforcement in the USA, you chose to turn your back on your neighbor in deference to a militarized police occupation.

    I cannot live and let live with people who wouldn't care if I died so long as their taxes are low.