looking this good must be a crime.
aesthetic appreciation of vaguely lesbian things

May 29th | 2288

❝The fact that colonialism is so central to science-fiction, and that science-fiction is so central to our own pop culture, suggests that the colonial experience remains more tightly bound up with our political life and public culture than we sometimes like to think. Sci-fi, then, doesn’t just demonstrate future possibilities, but future limits—the extent to which dreams of what we’ll do remain captive to the things we’ve already done.❞

Mar 31st | 4501 meggannn:

There’s no such thing as a painless lesson.



(Source: wasoncecyborgias)

Mar 20th | 3588


All too familiar with all the things he had done or not done in his life, novelist Keiichiro Hirano had trouble accepting himself as a “good” or a “bad” person, until he realized that maybe he was a bit more complicated than that.

Above, moments from his beautiful TEDxKyoto talk, “Love others to love yourself.” (In Japanese with English subtitles)

Watch the whole talk here»

3588 notes Mar 20 via fyeahlilbit3point0 originally tedx
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Dec 23rd | 5147


everything is yuri if you believe

(Source: deathbyyuri)

Oct 29th | 7699





"MATANGI MUDRA is a meditation pose for a Hindu Goddess, which dates back 5,000 years. It involves raising your middle fingers. I raised my middle finger at the Super Bowl and I’m having to go through a court case…"

"I don’t know why the West turns these things into negatives and then feeds them to its own people. (…) These concepts are being used to control and manipulate people, but who are the people who did that? Those are the questions I’m interested in asking."


7699 notes Oct 29 via transetheralbrimwylf originally miamatangi
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Oct 25th | 59967 commanderspook:


Let’s address the fallacy that a capacity for empathy is a necessary quality in a friend. A narcissist may also be a valuable companion.



Let’s address the fallacy that a capacity for empathy is a necessary quality in a friend. A narcissist may also be a valuable companion.

59967 notes Oct 25 via arsonwitch originally catfoxwolf
tagged: ▫artcomicimportant things
Oct 17th | 27094




I am desperately sitting here going “latino wizards give me south american wizards of all sorts”

yeah seriously tell us how wizardry’s done in the new world tell me how the wizards from france and spain and britain stamped out the brujos and the medicine men and set up their own schools tell me what the fuck the british raj did to fucking india because the patel twins are going to school in scotland and what are they told about their history, tell me about native american kids learning to say wingardium leviosa with hate in their hearts and tell me about wizarding rabbis bickering about whether you can use potions on the sabbath tell me about the slaves on their ships with their wands broken, mouthing curses in the dark tell me about the runaways that made it with garter snakes wrapped around their wrists that told them when they tasted dogs in the distance, tell me about the underground railroad and abolitionists with unbreakable vows and home-spun invisibility cloaks and disilusionments, using obliviate, using imperio, knowing that they served a higher justice, tell me about what happened to black wizards in the fifties, about what gates they were storming in the sixties tell me about queer wizards taking love potions every morning in their coffee to stay married to their husbands and their wives because what else could they do?

the world only begins and ends with straight white christians if you don’t bother looking any farther than that and too many people don’t and i am tired, tired, tired


Give me wizards that learned to swallow their rage when the kaffir came and plundered their lands and enslaved the minds of their people; give me the Queen of Ophir and Kinabalu, slowly fenced in by jungle and scorn of their “more civilized” kin; give me those that inherited the Saka, who can become tigers and bears at will and yet are classified as “Beasts”; give me wizards who left the Kingdom when the demon opium ate their lands and Heaven’s Mandate flayed open by low cunning and base treachery; give me a people that had to learn to hide not only from the mundane world but from their “superior” brethren, lest they be “taken in” for “re-education”; give me a Ministry of Magic that ruled a land that made it a goal to make all those that practiced their magic poor copies of their colonial masters; give me all of that and not a magical people who ran away and did not suffer with their people, because how cowardly is that? How base is that? Where were you when they were flaying us alive? Who suffered with us? Is this your fight? Or are wizards all the same inside?

27094 notes Oct 17 via moniquill originally roachpatrol
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Oct 8th | 209075




Body Positivity for the win.

9 out of 16 are WoC from 9 different nationalities - Spanish, Native American, Middle Eastern, Greek, Hawaiian, South African, Indian, African-American and Chinese.

Even the “white” people don’t all come from the same place - French, Irish, American, Scottish, German, and English.

I’m really sorry if I left out YOUR nationality or YOUR body type, but if I kept going to include every single possible woman in the world I’d never have time for sleep or school work.




(Source: fortress-of-the-damned)

Oct 4th | 2011


Here’s the truth: you don’t need red lipstick or leather or steel-toed boots or acid-washed jeans for men to be afraid of you. 

You just need to be honest about the your pain and men will do everything in their power to shut you up, to silence you. They’ll say that you’re scary, that you’re terrifying even when you are recalling the worst moments of your life and shivering in fear. You can feel weak and they’ll see that as a threat. 

You will frighten men so long as you are honest, so long as you are unapologetic about your pain. So long as you don’t capitulate on the fact that you have been hurt, you will be the most terrifying creature. 

(Source: fauxcyborg)

2011 notes Oct 4 via originally fauxcyborg
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Sep 16th | 3204
Sep 8th | 684

(Source: joan-watsons)

Sep 4th | 5921

❝And when you say justice, it doesn’t have to be war. Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly.❞

Kanye West 

Behind Kanye’s Mask - NYTimes

(via thatneedstogo)

#i hate people who hate kanye

(via emotionalcompromise)

(Source: heavenrants)

5921 notes Sep 4 via philcoulson originally heavenrants
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Aug 6th | 12085
Jul 27th | 11780


a couple days ago i saw someone raise the question of why Pacific Rim only seems to be resonating with millennials, and i didn’t know the answer, but i’ve been thinking about it a lot and suddenly i understand

it’s because it’s a movie about young people who are smart and capable but nonetheless handed a broken and nightmarish dying world, which is hurting everybody but especially them because they’re the ones who have to live their whole lives in it

and maybe it’s somebody’s fault but maybe it’s nobody’s fault, it doesn’t matter, but

there is a solution—which is literally to allow those young people to connect with and lean on each other and to give them the resources to take care of it themselves—but those in power refuse to take that solution seriously, so all the money and resources and power that should be going to fixing the problem are going into useless holes that aren’t going to save anybody

and everyone knows there’s no chance that things will get better. they know that everything is going to be terrible for the rest of time

and these young people take that world and the pathetic bottom of the barrel that’s been left for them and they spit and rebel in the faces of all of that, screaming that they won’t let it take them down after all

it’s a story about young people, together, exercising hope and power when they are afforded none and the stakes are so high

and it’s your story, too, if you make it be

Jun 26th | 126

Things You Should Understand About Me:






I was just thinking about this the other day after a few conversations I had.

Basically, sometimes I’ll make a post or a response to something and I’ll talk about a fandom or a character or something, and then someone will respond to me and argue about what is canonically true or not based on what the author of the original work is trying to convey. I’m not saying that people bring up the author, what I’m saying is people tend to talk about things purely in the context and perspective given in the original work, in other words, the way the author intends for the audience to interpret it.

The thing you need to understand about me is that author intent does not factor into my interpretations of fiction. I am always interested to know what the author feels about their work, but at the end of the day my interpretations of fiction have nothing to do with them and everything to do with:

  • my own understanding of how the world works and the people in it.
  • the socio-cultural context of something, I.E. how would this scenario be interpreted in real life rather than how the author has framed it.

So when we talk about characters like Regina from OUAT (Eshusplayground has expressed these kind of sentiments before on how she interprets fiction), I’m not particularly interested in what Adam Horowitz and Co. feel about her character. I don’t care if they want me to see her as the big bad villain, because that’s not what I’ve seen with my own eyes, and that’s not how the reality of her situations would be interpreted had she actually been real and not written from the perspective of the Charming family.

So when we talk about Loki, I don’t particularly care if the writers want me to interpret his character as completely evil or not. I don’t really care that they used the common male writer’s tactic of giving him random over-the-top misogynistic dialogue in order to make his villainy more obvious - especially when that dialogue is not there to portray the misogynistic culture of Asgard, because that’s clearly not even what the writers intended Loki’s lines to even indicate. We may speculate on that, but that has nothing to do with the writers intentions. And that’s my point.

The writers tell a story, but I can critique the way in which they frame their characters when it comes to the real world scenarios that their stories mirror. Regina’s story mirrors the real world lives of women of color. I’m not going to buy the whole “she’s evil!” thing no matter how much the writers may want to hammer that sentiment into their audience. (spoilers: they use things like rape meant to look like a BDSM fantasy to prove it so is it any surprise that I roll my eyes in disgust at them?)

Loki mirrors the real world lives of men who do not fit the patriarchal ideal and thus suffer the harsh scrutiny of their peers, he mirrors the lives of many introverted and neglected people, He mirrors the lives of many people who suffered emotional neglect at the hands of a parent. Comic book Loki could be interpreted as genderfluid, considering there were instances in which Loki was bullied by the Asgardians for shapeshifting into a (trans through shapeshifting?)woman and living as one for a time and does in fact live as a woman (“Lady Loki” - due to complex circumstances) in a run of the comics. (And if you don’t think that’s important than I have some Darcy/Lady Loki femmeslash to direct you towards) He’s played by a white man, but his story perhaps codes to some as a Frost Giant strongly negatively impacted by imperialist/colonialist Asgardians - whom he then attempted to emulate in order to be accepted (and there are discussions to be had on the problematic nature of white people playing fictional marginalized races, but that’s another post).

Those things may or may not be what the writers intended for the audience to see in him, but the fact of the matter is that he does mirror the lives of real people, and that, at the end of the day, is more important and interesting to me to talk about than trite, simplistic statements like “Fangirls think Loki is misunderstood and that’s stupid and wrong!”

Because really, if “you’re just making excuses for your faves!” is how you see anything I have to say about any character, you’re probably not getting where I’m coming from, and that’s why I wrote this post.

Copy and paste for emphasis:

Because really, if “you’re just making excuses for your faves!” is how you see anything I have to say about any character, you’re probably not getting where I’m coming from, and that’s why I wrote this post.


This goes even farther than “Death of the Author” really. Writers are people, and they bring all of their cultural baggage and thought systems into their works. A work is always going to show more than what the author intends to put in - ALWAYS. I mean maybe this is easy for me to say because I’m an anthropology major and “culture is the air we breath” and “nothing is ever only as simple as the surface” are no brainers for me but. It really frustrates me when people insist on plugging their ears and looking at something on a very basic textual basis. Yes, that aspect of the story may justified in-universe, but here’s the thing: the story is entirely fictional. The author decided the rules of that universe, and it behooves us to be critical of why they decided that. It’s not “overexamining” or “being too PC”.

To the bolded: exactly.

Bless this entire post. This is exactly my mindset when dealing with fiction and exactly where I’m coming from when you see me going in on Bioware games for various reasons.

(Source: actualgothicheroine)