stormsimmer  asked:

Eating strawberries and listening to pop music supposedly is supposed to make you have a girl , I've never heard that it has anything to do with twins though. Hope this helps :)

Blah. My sims keep having twins, I deleted one of the twins because I’m not trying to go down that road again, I don’t even have the ley line trait on their home, and I feel like I’m doing something that encourages them to on accident? I think watching children’s TV encourages it, so google is telling me, now. 

The LEGO Movie was my favorite movie of 2014, but it strikes me that the main character was male, because I feel like in our current culture, he HAD to be. The whole point of Emmett is that he’s the most boring average person in the world. It’s impossible to imagine a female character playing that role, because according to our pop culture, if she’s female she’s already SOMEthing, because she’s not male. The baseline is male. The average person is male.

You can see this all over but it’s weirdly prevalent in children’s entertainment. Why are almost all of the muppets dudes, except for Miss Piggy, who’s a parody of femininity? Why do all of the Despicable Me minions, genderless blobs, have boy names? I love the story (which I read on Wikipedia) that when the director of The Brave Little Toaster cast a woman to play the toaster, one of the guys on the crew was so mad he stormed out of the room. Because he thought the toaster was a man. A TOASTER. The character is a toaster.

I try to think about that when writing new characters— is there anything inherently gendered about what this character is doing? Or is it a toaster?

—  Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg commenting on how weird gendered defaults in entertainment are, and why we should think twice about them. Excerpted from this longer original post.

For the first time in a decade, the classic children’s television show Sesame Street will introduce a new Muppet on the air.

Her name is Julia. She’s a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes. Julia likes to paint and pick flowers. When Julia speaks, she often echoes what she’s just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia has autism.

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street’

Photo via Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

Guys if you never read the Roman Mysteries series you missed out they are some of the greatest kids books ever i swear to god i mean it’s four kids gallivanting about the roman empire solving mysteries, it’s so historically accurate it hurts and the story manages to get the characters involved in most of the big events in roman history it a way that totally works, and did you say representation bcus holy shit are these books full of it - from the beautiful, kind, gentle, slave girl Nubia to a family of Jews (whose stories are greatly affected by the persecution of jews in the roman era, including the sacking of Jerusalem) to a mute homeless boy who is an incredible artist, I mean these are kids books, which are hardly known for having great representation in them. They have platonic friendships between boys and girls, they have exiting storylines, they have DOGS, they have pirates and prophets and emperors and gladiators, seriously there isn’t one problem with these books they are genius.

OH and it was a pretty incredible TV show. Yeah. Its fucking amazing.


sunny just can’t take aunt josephine’s shit

An extraterrestrial being, newly arrived on Earth—scrutinizing what we mainly present to our children in television, radio, movies, newspapers, magazines, the comics, and many books—might easily conclude that we are intent on teaching them murder, rape, cruelty, superstition, credulity, and consumerism. We keep at it, and through constant repetition many of them finally get it. What kind of society could we create if, instead, we drummed into them science and a sense of hope?
—  Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark’


The Disney show Star vs. the forces of Evil, probably Disney’s next great animated show after gravity falls, released the episode “just friends” in late February which along with important plot points, it featured the first LGBTQ+ kiss in children’s television, not only that but also the second, third, fourth, and fifth.

But sadly this progressive episode has been quietly pulled from streaming on the Disney XD website, then replaced with the pilot episode. While the episodes before and after it remain available. It has also been removed from the re-run streaming list for the Disney XD tv channel.

It still remains available for streaming on iTunes and Google Play, assumably because these are both third party distributors.

If they did pull the episode because of people complaining the LGBTQ+ content is not kid friendly we need to make a stand. The worst case scenario is they pulled the episode to give them time to edit the episode to remove the gay couples or just replace them with straight couples. Showing that even in this day and age LGBTQ+ individuals are still viewed as not natural or even perverse.

beyoncé giselle knowles-carter didn’t symbolically baptize herself and her two unborn children on live national television for you to be a hater all your life.