1. The stories of Mo’Ne Davis and Emma March are extraordinary and inspirational. They are stories everybody can be proud of. But they are not proof the system works. Rather, they are proof that the system is letting us down and has let down thousands of girls across the country, girls who might have had the chance to do what Davis and March are doing this year.
  2. This, of course, is the big reason why Davis’s story is so inspirational. It’s one thing for a 13-year-old girl to waltz into Williamsport and throw 70 MPH fastballs right by the best baseball playing boys in the country — tossing in some clutch hitting and utility woman versatility for good measure — but she’s doing so while navigating a morass of institutionalized sexism from coaches, parents, fellow players, and fans parroting what they’ve heard from their older role models. She’s doing this in a world where, as Emma Span wrote for the New York Times, most girls who show baseball talent are heavily pressured to move to softball. And she’s doing despite the fact that many males don’t view her as a legitimate athlete at all. In case you hadn’t heard, Mo’ne Davis isn’t the only girl to appear in this year’s Little League World Series, either.
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    Clue (1985)

    Tumblr was just a red herring.

    Reblogged from: melizabethhughes
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  5. His answers are unfiltered and to-the-point, often poignant but always unsentimental, not rude but refusing to infest the garden of honest human communication with the Victorian-seeded, American-sprouted weed of pointless politeness.
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