Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

If you're looking for substance, there's a handy link called "Analysis" right down below, which I invite you to check out. The rest is shorter thoughts, humor, caps lock, and the occasional personal post. Ask me anything you like.

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poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

the growth that gave the name to the green line dividing west and east beirut, 1982, overtaking the then-uninhabitable area.

Apr 19

 Quvenzhané. A small force of nature. (x)

image

Apr 19

In the film, Quvenzhané has an ear-splitting scream that completely expresses her frustration at the difficult world she lives in, and after her father tells her that her mother “swam away,” she screams for her mother to return. No one will ever forget the power of that scream.

“I’m mostly a girl so I really do these things but I scream and that came to me and I’ve been doing that since I was a little girl,” she said, “and I would always scream for my brother so the other team can lose. That’s not very girlie but it’s something that I know how to do and always did.”

“Did they know about that when they put you in the movie?”

“No. Well, the first day, the audition, I didn’t tell them at all. So when I got the audition and I first got to the set, I did it. So they didn’t even know about it. Right in the middle or in the beginning or something. They didn’t even know about it; they were kinda surprised.”

“What did they say?”

“They said, ‘WOW, YOU ARE VERY LOUD!’ And I was just like, ‘I know, that’s why I didn’t do it.’ And when they came to the scene where I had to burp, I had to secretly act like I drank some water and I burped and then they asked me, ‘how did you burp?’ And I said, ‘cause I know how to do it on command,’ and they said, ‘do it,’ so you know? I burped and they was like, ‘WOW, you should have told us before.’ So it was really funny to see them react to what I did and they didn’t even know about it.”

“They learned more about you every day.”

“Thank you. Anybody calls for Quvenzhané, I know they’re calling me, cause that’s one of a kind.”

Anonymous asked: there's no such thing as black theology. It's either the study of black people/culture or the study of theology. Same thing goes with feminist metaphysics

epistemologicalfallacy:

analyticphilosophyandlife:

millionsofmonads:

wittgensteinsmister:

millionsofmonads:

epistemologicalfallacy:

no

Metaphysics and theology are completely different which allows for such things as black theology. Metaphysics is the study of the true nature of reality, and theology is the study of how people mistake the true nature of reality.

You follow me. You should realize by now that I’m a vocal atheist with no problem making fun of any form of theology. 

I mean, isn’t there something true about this though? Were God to exist wouldn’t what God is or is not be determined independently of human minds? What God is would just be a function of the states of affairs in the world that were about God. On the other hand if God doesn’t exist then theology has no subject matter and the propositions it asserts are entirely false. If this is the correct conception (which it is) how would ones ethnic background influence what was true or not about God?

Regarding feminist metaphysics, if you mean something like ontology of gender, that is a genuine subject matter to explore, but it doesn’t seem that having a correct view about women and gender roles has any bearing on most metaphysical issues. 

In short the fundamental nature of the world has nothing to do with us.

Theology is “logical talk about God”. You talk about this “true nature” of God, but how the hell are we supposed to get at that? We can’t transcend our own perspectives and orientation in the world. How are we supposed to talk about God? We have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is from our own conceptions. Every people’s conception of God is influenced by their different perspectives. But these conceptions can then be examined for logical consistency, which is what theology aims to do.

People need to do research on what Black Theology actually is. But instead everyone on here is simply combining the meanings of the two words and making their judgment from that. It’s much more complicated and nuanced. Do you know how important religion was for slaves in America and how it shaped a culture and how it was influenced by previous African traditions? So first of all, there is a history aspect to Black Theology, and then there is the more philosophical side which explores questions of God’s attitude towards the oppressed and a liberation theology. 

Can atheists honestly NOT comprehend that there are people who believe in a God and that there is a way to study such a belief and its logical and philosophical implications??? It’s fine if in the back of your mind you are thinking that it’s all bullwash, but are you honestly not willing to engage in discourse on metaphysical entities that you don’t necessarily believe in? You’re not even willing to consider it?? Even when it is within a cultural framework? Fuck that.

(And no, I’m not accusing Atheists as a whole for this. But there are certainly very many that I know of for which this applies. So if you’re an Atheist and you don’t feel that way, I’m not talking about you.)

…how do people not get that you can have a cultural or gendered or otherwise specific perspective and/or methodology, and that that perspective can then be applied to a discipline or subject, and the product of their interaction is a distinct framework? What is difficult about this? Of course there is such a thing as Black theology and feminist metaphysics and Islamic feminism and so on and so forth. How could there not be?

Apr 18
Apr 18

themaefive:

FUCK BODY SHAMING MOTHERS

GO JOAN GO

Apr 18

ardatli asked: I've been through your 1500s tag and not found what I needed, so I'm hoping you can point me in the direction of something I've missed. Have you come across any contemporary images of WOC from the 16th cen in middling class -> aristocratic dress? England/France preferably, but I'll take anything you've got! This powerpoint of mine desperately needs some variety on the female side.

alaynyala:

medievalpoc:

Hmmm. I might not have exactly what you’re looking for, but i’ll do my best.

*rubs hands together*

Women of Color!!!! 1500s or as close as possible!!!! European!!! Fancy-Looking Ladies Only!!!! Aaaaand….GO!

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1500s, Italy/England:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, France:

image

1600s, Netherlands (Rubens):

image

1600s, Holland:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1600s, Scotland:

image

1500s (ish), France:

image

image

Italy, 1600s:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, Netherlands:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

And:

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Holland:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1600s, Italy:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

More info at the links. I hope that helps?

I love this post so much…I’m actually crying a little bit. This is literally the very first time I am seeing women who look like me in art I *wish* I could have studied in art school. I am currently in debt from pursuing a degree that is largely indifferent to the history of my people, especially our women. Instead of memorizing and writing essays discussing the same images of the same white people over and over again why couldn’t we have learned about these beautiful renderings? I feel largely betrayed but inspired.

I am so excited to research these works independently and share what I learn with other POCs of all ages. Especially the young ones. I may start teaching again because of this post. This very well may have been just the spark I need to start some bitchin’ fires.

Apr 18
Apr 18

kayleyhyde:

kateoplis:

I still work.

We all know that feeling, vending machine

Apr 18
kayleyhyde:

kateoplis:

I still work.

We all know that feeling, vending machine

illbeoutback:

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’

“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”

Doesn’t Bush know you’re supposed to go from shitty artist to war criminal, not the other way around?

oh my god

Apr 17
illbeoutback:


“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’
“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”


Doesn’t Bush know you’re supposed to go from shitty artist to war criminal, not the other way around?

oh my god

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Saturday April 19th 2014 at 05:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

the growth that gave the name to the green line dividing west and east beirut, 1982, overtaking the then-uninhabitable area.

In the film, Quvenzhané has an ear-splitting scream that completely expresses her frustration at the difficult world she lives in, and after her father tells her that her mother “swam away,” she screams for her mother to return. No one will ever forget the power of that scream.

“I’m mostly a girl so I really do these things but I scream and that came to me and I’ve been doing that since I was a little girl,” she said, “and I would always scream for my brother so the other team can lose. That’s not very girlie but it’s something that I know how to do and always did.”

“Did they know about that when they put you in the movie?”

“No. Well, the first day, the audition, I didn’t tell them at all. So when I got the audition and I first got to the set, I did it. So they didn’t even know about it. Right in the middle or in the beginning or something. They didn’t even know about it; they were kinda surprised.”

“What did they say?”

“They said, ‘WOW, YOU ARE VERY LOUD!’ And I was just like, ‘I know, that’s why I didn’t do it.’ And when they came to the scene where I had to burp, I had to secretly act like I drank some water and I burped and then they asked me, ‘how did you burp?’ And I said, ‘cause I know how to do it on command,’ and they said, ‘do it,’ so you know? I burped and they was like, ‘WOW, you should have told us before.’ So it was really funny to see them react to what I did and they didn’t even know about it.”

“They learned more about you every day.”

“Thank you. Anybody calls for Quvenzhané, I know they’re calling me, cause that’s one of a kind.”

 Quvenzhané. A small force of nature. (x)

image

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Saturday April 19th 2014 at 11:13am. Its tags are listed below.

http://copperbadge.tumblr.com/post/83192003943/prairie-grass-copperbadge-holy-shit-i-just

prairie-grass:

copperbadge:

Holy shit I just got a promotion. Like without applying for it or anything. Straight-up out of the blue promotion.

Holy shit

And then the sky started RAINING DIAMONDS AND UNICORNS!

Hopefully it’s the kind of promotion that comes with extra…

THIS HAPPENED TO ME RECENTLY (too many things going unexpectedly well at once) and I won’t lie, my first reaction was a two-day anxiety episode. You’re doing well!

Anonymous asked: there's no such thing as black theology. It's either the study of black people/culture or the study of theology. Same thing goes with feminist metaphysics

epistemologicalfallacy:

analyticphilosophyandlife:

millionsofmonads:

wittgensteinsmister:

millionsofmonads:

epistemologicalfallacy:

no

Metaphysics and theology are completely different which allows for such things as black theology. Metaphysics is the study of the true nature of reality, and theology is the study of how people mistake the true nature of reality.

You follow me. You should realize by now that I’m a vocal atheist with no problem making fun of any form of theology. 

I mean, isn’t there something true about this though? Were God to exist wouldn’t what God is or is not be determined independently of human minds? What God is would just be a function of the states of affairs in the world that were about God. On the other hand if God doesn’t exist then theology has no subject matter and the propositions it asserts are entirely false. If this is the correct conception (which it is) how would ones ethnic background influence what was true or not about God?

Regarding feminist metaphysics, if you mean something like ontology of gender, that is a genuine subject matter to explore, but it doesn’t seem that having a correct view about women and gender roles has any bearing on most metaphysical issues. 

In short the fundamental nature of the world has nothing to do with us.

Theology is “logical talk about God”. You talk about this “true nature” of God, but how the hell are we supposed to get at that? We can’t transcend our own perspectives and orientation in the world. How are we supposed to talk about God? We have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is from our own conceptions. Every people’s conception of God is influenced by their different perspectives. But these conceptions can then be examined for logical consistency, which is what theology aims to do.

People need to do research on what Black Theology actually is. But instead everyone on here is simply combining the meanings of the two words and making their judgment from that. It’s much more complicated and nuanced. Do you know how important religion was for slaves in America and how it shaped a culture and how it was influenced by previous African traditions? So first of all, there is a history aspect to Black Theology, and then there is the more philosophical side which explores questions of God’s attitude towards the oppressed and a liberation theology. 

Can atheists honestly NOT comprehend that there are people who believe in a God and that there is a way to study such a belief and its logical and philosophical implications??? It’s fine if in the back of your mind you are thinking that it’s all bullwash, but are you honestly not willing to engage in discourse on metaphysical entities that you don’t necessarily believe in? You’re not even willing to consider it?? Even when it is within a cultural framework? Fuck that.

(And no, I’m not accusing Atheists as a whole for this. But there are certainly very many that I know of for which this applies. So if you’re an Atheist and you don’t feel that way, I’m not talking about you.)

…how do people not get that you can have a cultural or gendered or otherwise specific perspective and/or methodology, and that that perspective can then be applied to a discipline or subject, and the product of their interaction is a distinct framework? What is difficult about this? Of course there is such a thing as Black theology and feminist metaphysics and Islamic feminism and so on and so forth. How could there not be?

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Friday April 18th 2014 at 05:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

themaefive:

FUCK BODY SHAMING MOTHERS

GO JOAN GO

ardatli asked: I've been through your 1500s tag and not found what I needed, so I'm hoping you can point me in the direction of something I've missed. Have you come across any contemporary images of WOC from the 16th cen in middling class -> aristocratic dress? England/France preferably, but I'll take anything you've got! This powerpoint of mine desperately needs some variety on the female side.

alaynyala:

medievalpoc:

Hmmm. I might not have exactly what you’re looking for, but i’ll do my best.

*rubs hands together*

Women of Color!!!! 1500s or as close as possible!!!! European!!! Fancy-Looking Ladies Only!!!! Aaaaand….GO!

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1500s, Italy/England:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, France:

image

1600s, Netherlands (Rubens):

image

1600s, Holland:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1600s, Scotland:

image

1500s (ish), France:

image

image

Italy, 1600s:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1500s, Netherlands:

image

1400s, Netherlands:

image

1600s, Netherlands:

image

And:

image

1600s, Germany:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Holland:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1600s, Italy:

image

1600s, Netherlands/Belgium:

image

1500s, Germany:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

1500s, Italy:

image

More info at the links. I hope that helps?

I love this post so much…I’m actually crying a little bit. This is literally the very first time I am seeing women who look like me in art I *wish* I could have studied in art school. I am currently in debt from pursuing a degree that is largely indifferent to the history of my people, especially our women. Instead of memorizing and writing essays discussing the same images of the same white people over and over again why couldn’t we have learned about these beautiful renderings? I feel largely betrayed but inspired.

I am so excited to research these works independently and share what I learn with other POCs of all ages. Especially the young ones. I may start teaching again because of this post. This very well may have been just the spark I need to start some bitchin’ fires.

kayleyhyde:

kateoplis:

I still work.

We all know that feeling, vending machine
kayleyhyde:

kateoplis:

I still work.

We all know that feeling, vending machine

kayleyhyde:

kateoplis:

I still work.

We all know that feeling, vending machine

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Thursday April 17th 2014 at 08:17pm. Its tags are listed below.

illbeoutback:


“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’
“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”


Doesn’t Bush know you’re supposed to go from shitty artist to war criminal, not the other way around?

oh my god
illbeoutback:


“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’
“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”


Doesn’t Bush know you’re supposed to go from shitty artist to war criminal, not the other way around?

oh my god

illbeoutback:

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’

“I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”

Doesn’t Bush know you’re supposed to go from shitty artist to war criminal, not the other way around?

oh my god