21 10 / 2014

wheresagnes:

aztec-princesss:

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

*runs to target- i need to get my babydoll one for her 1st bday

ohmygosh and the one from Ethiopia has natural hair which you can’t get from the American Girl “just like you” dolls!

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20 10 / 2014

spcsnaptags:

wolvensnothere:

kurtiswiebe:

This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 

Yup.

So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

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20 10 / 2014

leafsfeelings:

choptail:

*SLAMS REBLOG BUTTON*


HIT REBLOG SO GODDAMN FAST

leafsfeelings:

choptail:

*SLAMS REBLOG BUTTON*

HIT REBLOG SO GODDAMN FAST

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20 10 / 2014

maliciastarling:

pastelfalcon:

My wife (who graciously agreed to help run motherfuckyeahnickfury with me) and I have gone through, oh, about 150-250 pages each of both the Nick Fury and Samuel L Jackson tags together, queuing up content to keep the blog active for months to come while we also regularly reblog new content. 

And holy shit, if the travel thus far has taught us anything, it’s that fandom sucks. No, seriously. Fandom is racist, obnoxious, and fucking stupid. The number of white people who think literally every black actor older than 25 is Samuel L Jackson, is grossly high. The number of white people who include Fury in their otherwise all-white photosets because he’s the funny gruff old black guy and thus pleasing to them rather than threatening like Rhodey, is grossly high. The number of shitty Stony and ClintCoulson shippers who shove him into their fics for a blink for laughs and then tag it Nick Fury, is grossly high. The number of white people who seem to think Samuel L Jackson is scary and would physically harm them if they called him cute/sweet to his face is bizarrely high (seriously why does everyone think this?) The number of white people who seem to think Nick only exists to sass back and forth with Tony or Loki and then go back into his box, is grossly high.

I am white. And there’s a lot of content I’ve come across that’s smacked me in the face with how shitty I am about this stuff too. Like overusing cursing in Nick’s dialogue because I think it’s funny, but really it’s because I’m putting Fury in the same ‘rambunctious black neighbor’ trope that’s really popular on the news, shown only to say a few rough-languaged things so we white people can all laugh and then go back to the important white business. Like limiting his presence in my muses to ‘guy who comes in to give orders and then leave, or guy who’s off in Europe somewhere kicking HYDRA ass but let’s not think too heavily on it, it’s not as fun as chasing Bucky roadtrip!’ Like headcanoning his character into a father figure to everyone and thereby making his character one of familial connections only, without agency and without romantic or friendship based relationships. I don’t always do these things (I claim to love Fury to pieces and it’s true, it’s fucking true) but I do them enough that I need to be mindful of how I treat his character and how I apply those behaviors to creating content about his character. 

Fuck me and anything I’ve ever said/done to keep perpetuating this shittiness. I can do better. Fandom can do better. Nick Fury watched everything he’d ever done in his life burn to the ground, then razed what hold it had left on him in that storage unit, and dusted the ashes off his shoulders so he could keep going even if it’s alone. Nick Fury has friends, loved ones, and a whole fuckton of trust issues. Nick Fury keeps his eye on the big picture, the long game, and he’s not afraid to make hard decisions to make sure the world is on the right track, even if that means Captain America looks at you with judgement and mistrust, Natasha Romanoff looks at you with betrayal, and Phil Coulson looks at you with anger and confusion. Even if that means you have to ask your friends to lie and hurt on your behalf. Even if that means you have to die to make sure that long game has a better chance in the future. 

Nick Fury is not white fandom’s funny uncle. Nick Fury is a badass worth a hundred thousand words of meta, a million words of fanfiction, a thousand detailed graphics photosets and gifsets that include all the nuanced little expressions he makes, two dozen ships with fangirl tears and capslock, a million lowercase-written headcanons, and a billion keyboard smashed tags detailing all the feels you can’t help but get caught up in whenever you see him snark, bleed, laugh tiredly, look disappointed, or smile. Nick Fury is worth every fucking bit of what we give to all our white dude characters, and fuck everyone, including me, for not acknowledging that often or extensively enough.

ok thanks for reading ilu :)

tags via dammit-mcu

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20 10 / 2014

courfeyclause:

wings-for-castiel:

headmeetsdesk:

radioactivemoose:

so for some reason hershey’s thinks that golden apples would be great to sell as valentine’s candy

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so i got one and wrote this on top:

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and left it on a table in the studio

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less than five minutes later people were fighting about it

my plan has thus far been a success

I love you

you do realize this is how the trojan war started right

this is definitely how the college au of the iliad starts

(Source: utsuutsu-chan, via mockeryd)

20 10 / 2014

starborn-vagaboo:

pyrositshere:

mastercreart:

leg refences

Reblogging this not only for artists but also for people who write werewolf (and other animal transformation) fiction.  If a human turned into a wolf, their knee joints would not reverse— what some fic writers mistake for the knee is actually the ankle.  A wolf’s hind feet are relatively long, and they are always walking in way roughly analogous to human “tip-toeing.”

For anyone curious, the artist is Marshall Vandruff and he has a free webinar up on Imaginarium as well as dvds from Gnomon Workshop!

starborn-vagaboo:

pyrositshere:

mastercreart:

leg refences

Reblogging this not only for artists but also for people who write werewolf (and other animal transformation) fiction.  If a human turned into a wolf, their knee joints would not reverse— what some fic writers mistake for the knee is actually the ankle.  A wolf’s hind feet are relatively long, and they are always walking in way roughly analogous to human “tip-toeing.”

For anyone curious, the artist is Marshall Vandruff and he has a free webinar up on Imaginarium as well as dvds from Gnomon Workshop!

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20 10 / 2014

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20 10 / 2014

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20 10 / 2014

ps4official:

hOLD THE FUCK UP spy kids two is supposed to be a light hearted film for the whole family not make me have an existential crisis

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20 10 / 2014

worldoflis:

girldwarf:

Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

YAAAAEEESSSSSSS

You know what I like, and feel is so important? That he doesn’t say “Men thinks those are THEIR positions”. He says “We think those are OUR positions.”

As a male feminist, he still doesn’t exclude himself from the group of men.

(Source: exgynocraticgrrl, via misandry-mermaid)