"I wonder how biology can explain the physical pain you feel in your chest when all you want to do is be with someone."

— Dan Howell (via corruptional)
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The Association Francophone de Boston University has organized a three-day event on Homosexuality and Islam to be held on April 21, 22 and 23. 

We at the Association Francophone de Boston University hope that our event will achieve three main goals: 1) to provoke a real debate and discussion on the subject on Homosexuality and Islam; 2) to promote an alternative, and long overdue, reading of sexuality in Islam; and 3) to display a more liberal, progressive Islamic view on this question.

Events and Locations

April 21 at 6PM: Keynote by Denis Provencher (In English)

Room 216
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Boston University
685-725 Commonwealth Ave 
Boston, MA 02215

April 22 at 6PM: Informal Discussion with Ludovic Zahed (In French)

Room 527
College of General Studies (CGS)
Boston University
871 Commonwealth Avenue 
Boston, MA 02215

April 23 at 6PM: Panel Discussion with Ludovic Zahed and Ani Zonneveld (In English)

Room 211
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Boston University
685-725 Commonwealth Ave 
Boston, MA 02215


Ludovic Zahed is from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and author of Le Coran et la Chair, as well as the founder of the first gay-friendly mosque in Paris. Zahed speaks in favor of an Islam which would not be homophobic or misogynistic. He has declared that if the prophet Muhammad were alive, he would be marrying homosexual couples.

Denis M. Provencher is Associate Professor of French and Intercultural Communication, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is currently finishing a new book based on language, sexuality, Islam, and Maghrebi cultures in France.

Ani Zonneveld is the president and co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a non-profit organization in the United States, Canada, and Europe, which supports interfaith marriages, gay marriages, gender & sexual minorities, as well as sectarian minorities. Zonneveld will be speaking via Skype.


BU Student Academic Enhancement Fund
African Studies Center, Boston University
BU Study Abroad
BU Romance Studies Department
Greater Boston PFLAG
BU Department of International Relations

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i need genuine people in my life. all those fakers are wearing me down 

thank you to all the honest and sincere people out there. i’m grateful we are friends

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The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science-Fiction

When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.

“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”

“Science fiction,” I say.

Jane instantly glazes over. “I’m afraid I never read science fiction.”

In other instances, people who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—“even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”

The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.

This may partly be due to the fact that the word “genre” has two different meanings which are often muddled up. The basic meaning of “genre” is simply kind or category or form of fiction, and in that sense, any work of fiction can be assigned to some genre or another. But “genre” is also used in a different way to make a distinction between “genre” and “non-genre” fiction. “Non-genre” fiction is the stuff that is placed on the “general fiction” or “fiction and literature” shelves in Barnes and Noble. “Genre” fiction is the stuff that is placed in its own designated corners: Crime, Fantasy, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction.

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Looks like rain, Jeremy Mann

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German guy confused by the meaning of “Party Pooper”.

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Paro + Costume Porn

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Luma Grothe for Glamour Italia April 2014

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Elie Saab

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The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
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tagged as:   #yay merica

something happened along the way and i lost grasp of my ability to charm others. i want to be the center of attention, but at the same time, i dont want it. i want to be a leader, but i want to hide in the shadows too. 

im just so tired all of the time 

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tagged as:   #sigh   #goodnight

i feel so closed up and cut off from the world. just a little pea in a tiny pod. 

wish i spoke out loud more often. i wish i wasn’t fearful of voicing my opinions out loud. why do i long so much for approval from the people around me

why do i care so much 

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(Threw a space background on my WIP for omgslothsinspace)

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Lais Ribeiro after Gaultier Couture (with makeup)

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