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archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.


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Some characters are meant to have a pronounced sexuality. It’s a character trait. Some characters are arrogant, some are humble, some are compassionate, some are icily pragmatic. Some characters are confidently sexual. That manifests in flirtation, charisma, and the ways they physically present themselves to the world and the reader….

…Female superhero characters can and should still be sexy — but sexy in diverse ways, driven by character, respectful of the fact that women are not objects. There probably isn’t a single adult woman in the genre who hasn’t been presented as a sultry siren, but we can surely all draw comparable lists of the characters who we think actually ought to belong in that category.

Characters like Poison Ivy, Emma Frost, and Catwoman should play up their sexuality, just like Dick Grayson, Noh-Varr or Gambit. A character like She-Hulk, on the other hand, should be treated more like Thor — confident in her sexuality, physically impressive, but never submissive. A character like Wonder Woman should be afforded the same respect as Superman — so if you wouldn’t present Superman a certain way, don’t present Wonder Woman that way either. Spider-Woman and Spider-Man are both implausible acrobats — but they should find themselves in poses ripped from porn to an equal degree, which is to say, never….

…Some artists do great sex like some artists do great spaceships, but spaceships don’t typically belong on the cover of crime noir comics, and Milo Manara butt shots don’t typically belong on the cover of comics launched at Women in Marvel panels….

…Sex will always be part of superhero comics, and rightly so; it’s a big part of the appeal. But, biff bam pow, superhero comics aren’t just for straight guys anymore. Having more women in the clubhouse means changing the way superhero comics operate. There are some fans who act like this is going to be the death of the comics that they love. In fact, showing women the respect they deserve may be the genre’s best hope for survival.

http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-dc-female-audience-female-characters-female-creators/

I highly  recommend you read this article generally speaking but the quotes above really sum up an important point about comic books I am very much in agreement with.

Depending upon the character, and context there is nothing wrong with depicting a female character as sexy or flirtatious or attractive/desirable to other characters. The problem is when they’re demeaned or objectified through that or have little to them beyond that or when that is the overwhelming majority of female depictions.

There should be VARIETY in our female characters and the depictions of sexuality in comics because not only is it closer to life but the male characters get to have more variation so the female characters should as well.

It’s basic equality and treating these characters as, well…characters. Not men or women, but just people, characters, with thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, high points, low points, flaws, heroic moments or even moments of moral ambiguity.

And when you do that with ANY set of characters you automatically increase the quality of the work across the board. I mean regardless of issues of gender or sexism doesn’t it just make more sense to make things less homogenous?

Doesn’t that make it more interesting and less stale? Like how in the 90s when every other character was a violent, gun wielding anti-hero/borderline villain with implausible muscles? Contrary to popular belief that character archetype isn’t inherently bad it just doesn’t appeal to everyone and it especially doesn’t do that when there are so many of them that they sort of become so similar it’s hard to distinguish. It’s boring.

That’s why I actually don’t wholly agree with the concept that female characters should  be sexy because some of them should be others don’t have to be, the same way not every super villain MUST be morally grey. Some of them can just be out and out bad the same way some characters (male or female) can be overtly sexual and it could have something to do with their past or it could just be that that’s the way they are.

Mary Jane and Black Cat are prime examples of this actually. Despite the cheesecake they’ve been used for in the past, neither character is a true sex object except when the writers choose to make them that. Like the odd issue here and there MJ or Felicia have been used just as the person Spider-Man or whoever has sex with and that’s not good.

With Felicia it’s gotten worse as you get to her depiction in the Brand New Day era onwards and she really is little more than a nymphomaniac sex object used to indulge adolescent fantasies and/or the fantasies of middle aged men. But she isn’t a true character anymore.

And yet amidst all that MJ and Felicia are legitimately sexy as part of their characters. And that’s fine. It doesn’t make them worthy of slut-shaming by some fans or inherently examples of how female characters are just sex objects by others. 

(via marvelmeta)

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bogleech:

florafaunagifs:

Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

The constant wobbling as they move is a part of their disguise, making it seem as though the “leaf” is only moving because of a light breeze.

If you blow on one it will also shake around in the hopes of matching any actual surrounding leaves


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foxmouth:

Perpetual Calendar, 2013 | by Arina Pozdnyak

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laina:

laina:

laina:

this guy was watching the vmas with me and now he’s educating himself how precious is that

he keeps asking me all these questions about aspects of feminism and he’s like “so basically it’s about letting women do what they want without being judged for it” and I was like yea and he was like “oh okay that’s so simple why isn’t everyone a feminist” it’s precious

update: I banged him

laina:

laina:

laina:

this guy was watching the vmas with me and now he’s educating himself how precious is that

he keeps asking me all these questions about aspects of feminism and he’s like “so basically it’s about letting women do what they want without being judged for it” and I was like yea and he was like “oh okay that’s so simple why isn’t everyone a feminist” it’s precious

update: I banged him


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fluffymb:

The moment when the table turns.

(Source: baahts)


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rdreamwalker:

asilookatthemoon:






The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.
I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.



The internet is over, everyone can go home

It’s just as beautiful as I always imagined.


My life is complete.

Life is over as we know it

rdreamwalker:

asilookatthemoon:

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.

I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.

The internet is over, everyone can go home

It’s just as beautiful as I always imagined.

My life is complete.

Life is over as we know it

(Source: theamericankid)


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sandandglass:

Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.


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huffingtonpost:

Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Watch his the full brilliant 10  minute monologue on racism and Ferguson  here. 


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alinomster:

nateswinehart:

Being good to each other is so important, guys.

plot twist


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