I'm 26, Christian, geeky, a dancer and a smart-arse. I'm married. I'm sarcastic sometimes, far too opinionated and love far too freely. I post my life, my thoughts, my ups and downs and my love for my Creator.
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I’ve added a few new designs to the store - John Green’s Make Gifts for People, Thoreau’s Happiness is like a Butterfly and the recent poem It Couldn’t be Done.
tumblr taught me so much about representation tho…. today i literally can’t watch a film without thinking
"why is everyone so white"
"why is everyone straight"
This is really important.
I considered myself pretty intelligent, culturally aware, and open minded before tumblr. I was aware of the atrocities that my country had commited including a genocide of the indigenous people of the state I live in.
And I jokingly referenced tropes like the black guy dies first in horror movies etc. There wasn’t a lot of “difference” in television, movies, and books, let alone when that difference extended into cultures or genders or sexual orientation. I was aware but… I wasn’t. I wasn’t thinking about it, I didn’t have a problem with it.
But until it was explicitly pointed out to me, and until I was friends with people of colour who actually talked about it, until I made friends with people who were non-binary genders with sexualities and romantic tendencies that varied so much did I actually get the message.
The fact that it is so institutionalised scares me greatly. The fact I didn’t notice, really actually notice, scares me.
I’m really sorry for the way I used to think. And I’m sorry that we live in a world where that thinking was normal. Is normal.
Please know that it’s the kind of thing I bring up in conversations now. That I don’t let people get away with when they flippantly make a comment. That I mention it if there wasn’t a person of colour who doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (which is, yes, for women, but can be extrapolated in my opinion). If everyone was straight. I know that it’s not much, it’s just one voice. And I probably don’t do it as eloquently or as thought provokingly as I should. But that the narrative exists in my head. And if I can help it exist in someone else’s head… well that’s a start.
Kirito reminds me of Akito Tenkawa from Nadesico. All the ladies love them and they’re so awkward and don’t know what to do and rise to be heroes.
If you watch it, can we please talk about it because I’m watching Season Two as it airs and no one else is.
BUT I do get really pissed off at the misogynistic shit. Sometimes Asuna is like “I DO WHAT I WANT” and sometimes she’s like “KIRITO FIGHT FOR ME”. But maybe I’m failing to understand something about guilds as well in the way that they seem to have ownership of their top players. I’ve never been in a guild like that. I’m sorry, if two men said they were going to fight over who I belonged to I’d kill them both and do what I wanted. Or at least ask to fight for myself. Not because “I don’t need no man” (which I don’t, but that’s beside the point) but because I have the right to fight for myself.
Aside from the feminist rage I love it and it’s awful and wonderful and you should watch it too.
It’s too late for me to remember where I put the receipts for this, but IIRC more experiments + forced hysterectomies on women.
keep in mind Tuskegee happened at a HBCU and lasted 40 years (originally only planned to last 3 months) and the US knew of a ‘cure” penicillin.
In Puerto Rico: oral birth control pills trials (with not full disclosure given to participants and some deaths during trials) more at PBS “The Puerto Rican Pill Trials" this also happened in Haiti.
My testimonio re: not celebrating the pill here. (tw: white folks don’t like my pov just see comments and this article was posted on other sites where white folks didn’t dig it either).
forced sterilization of PR women (we still have the highest rates of sterilization, read more about the 3 generations of sterilization (non-consensual and consensual) in her book, Matters of Choice, Iris Rodriguez who does qualitative work interviewing women in families, she also coined the phrase “agency within constraints” in her texts about this topic. this has happened with various women of color and women with disabilities throughout US history and currently.
reblogging for info
If you or anybody close to you is Puerto Rican and you’re not aware of “Compulsory Sterilization,” you better educate yourself on our history. The US government’s eugenics practices (birthed in America, tested in Puerto Rico and some 30 odd states, taken to a whole other level by Nazi Germany) amongst people of color throughout various “low class” communities in the US and on the island of Puerto Rico is one massive stain in this nation’s history.
Be sure to look up Harry H. Laughlin - the man responsible for eugenics policy and legislation.
Most of those articles are old and easily accessible through Google. Do your homework, get to a library, pull as much information as you can online. This is one thing they definitely won’t teach you in your history classes.
I can’t say it better than crushedglass and in some ways, I wouldn’t want to, it’s his cultural history.
Want to hear something messed up? In Australia, Darwinism was so prevalent that people used to literally put a collar on indigenous children and walk them on a lead, treating them like dogs or pets. Anyone today would be mortified at that behaviour.
Don’t turn around and pretend your country is blameless. They’ve all done messed up shit to people they believe are inferior. And yes, America was very interested in eugenics and some American scientists moved to Germany when Hitler came to power because the country was doing more with eugenics and had less rules around ethics. Because in 1940 eugenics seemed like a really good idea to the powers that be.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.