— Teddy Roosevelt (via m-w-9-2)
“If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.” Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884–1980), daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
Alice enjoyed shocking people, a characteristic which remained over her long life. When she was first daughter, a guest in the President’s office, annoyed by Alice’s frequent interruptions, demanded that Alice be disciplined. Roosevelt sighed and said, “I can either run the country or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.” The media loved this presidential wild child. They dubbed her Princess Alice, and the attractive young woman was the source of songs, poems, even a color (Alice Blue). When her father banned her from smoking in the White House, she went to the roof to puff away. She bragged about setting speed records in her friend’s roadster, as they drove around the Northeast unchaperoned. While representing her father on an official government junket to the Far East, she literally made a splash by jumping into the ship’s pool fully dressed. Hardly scandalous these days, but her antics were quite newsworthy at the turn of the century. She married a playboy Congressman from Ohio, Nicholas Longworth. It was not a happy marriage by any accounts, but it kept Alice in Washington, where she became a fixture in the Congressional and Senate galleries. She was staunchly Republican, and there is some debate to how much she worked behind the scenes to kill Wilson’s League of Nations. She denied it, but her father and Wilson were great enemies, and after her father’s death, Alice seemed determined to make sure her father’s idealisms be carried out. During the debates surrounding the League of Nations, Alice invited Senators to her home to meet informally with other Senators who opposed the League. She hosted late night pow-wows of the group fighting the League on the Senate floor. And she was in the gallery the day it was defeated. After her husband’s death, Alice remained in Washington and became known as “the other Washington monument.” Her home was a salon, full of politicians, writers, movie stars — anyone who kept her entertained. She kept a pillow on her sofa with the following phrase embroidered on it: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.” She loved gossip, and while she denied ever creating them, many one-line quips are credited to her, such as “Coolidge looks like he was weaned on a pickle.” She had one daughter, Paulina, with whom she had a strained relationship. After Paulina’s death, Alice fought for — and won — custody of her granddaughter, Joanna, giving her a second chance at motherhood. Alice died in 1980, at the age of 96. (via Alice Roosevelt Longworth Biography)
— John Green (via peachnaked)
For my 1000th post I wanted to post something more near and dear to heart.
I am female and I like video games. A few years ago I first discovered online gaming and the world it opened up. I was so excited to play with other people, so happy to find people who liked what I liked.
The things written here are just a few of the things other gamers have said to me without provocation while playing online. Sometimes I spoke up. Sometimes I didn’t. But no matter what I did, chances are the next game would be exactly the same. If I didn’t make a big deal of it, the teasing and insults continued nonstop. If I spoke up, I’m “too sensitive”, a label that once again circled back to me being female. Eventually I stopped playing, no matter how much I loved the game.
This is by no means true of all male gamers. There are plenty of civil, polite male gamers out there, but the others outnumber them, or rather it seems that way because they are more vocal. Like in many areas of life, women have to defend, justify, or prove ourselves just because we are women. This should not be the case, especially when it comes to something that’s supposed to be recreational. Supposed to be fun.
You like to play. So do we. And we like to play with you. Don’t be mean to us, or insult us, or make assumptions about us just because we’re girls.