ES: For those anons asking us for a pic of the necklace that I’m curious about. It was first mentioned in an interview she did during the winter. Time Magazine I think but could be wrong. The interview mentioned her wearing it and she’s been wearing it to cons and other things since. It makes curious because she doesn’t wear much personal jewelry. That we know of. So for her to wear it so often, she must really like it or it must be meaningful or both.

drumchiksworld answered: I told someone in 8th grade I took anti-depressants and for my entire high-school career I had people asking me or telling me “you look really good for a druggie”

UGH THIS INFURIATES ME!! I hate the stigma of taking psych meds. If I had diabetes and took insulin no one would say anything but if I have depression and take anti-depressants people call you a pill popper or a druggie. 

I think (especially when you’re young) it is so confusing to have to take medication on a daily basis so you can feel better. Kids don’t understand and they tend to just default to being mean to what they can’t comprehend. 

Thanks for sharing your story. I’m 27 and I STILL have a lot of self shame for having to take anti-psychotics and other medications for my disorders and that all stems from traumatic experiences in high school and young adulthood. 

When I was 18 I moved into my first apartment with my girlfriend (who later became my wife) and she didn’t understand why I took anti-depressants. “Because you seem happy. And if you take anti-depressants you are saying you’re not happy with me” so she had me flush them down the toilet. I remember feeling SO ashamed. 

Now I’m like FUCK THAT. I NEED these medications and I have to look at it from the stand point if I had ANY other disease I would take medication to save my life without hesitation. We REALLY have to end the stigma.

Yes, Furiosa exists in a lineage (see above), and, yes, plenty of other action films have featured female leads. But what’s notable here is how Furiosa being a woman both is and isn’t integral to her character. (In the same way that her missing arm both is and isn’t integral to her character.) In Alien, the character of Ripley was written as a man, then cast as a woman, which was a breakthrough at the time — but also a kind of cinematic drag act. Why can’t a woman play a man’s role? Well, sure — but the better question, only now being asked, is, Why can’t a woman’s role take the place of the man’s role? Furiosa could never be played by a man — the character would make no sense — and not, as with many other female action heroes, because of the kind of costume she wears. She is not simply Indiana Jones in hot pants or Lolita with armor-piercing rounds. Furiosa is a woman, and she is a hero, and she’s cool as hell, and she’s simultaneously recognizable and revelatory as all three. If you’re an action fan and you can’t admit that you’d eagerly watch ten more Furiosa films in the next ten years, then I’d have to ask again if you’re an action fan.

okay so one time back in grade 7 my class had an assignment where we had to design and create an invention for helping other people then present it to the class. At that time my next door neighbor had multiple sclerosis and was almost always in his wheel chair. My mother was his carer and one afternoon i was telling him about my day and watched as he struggled to balance his food on a stable table. At that moment i knew exactly what I was going to make. It took hours of searching the most common types of wheel chairs, heaps of money (which we didn’t have much of) to get the materials and a fair bit of tricky wood work but i was absolutely determined to make my project the best i could. Finally when it was done I took it over and tested it on his wheel chair and my god did he love it. It was a wooden tray table that clipped onto the arm of the wheel chair and had a cup holder and non slip material. He used it everyday until I had to take it in for presentation.

Now i was sure that i would get the best mark in class for my project. it met all the requirements and i had worked extremely hard on it. But when i got my mark back i had only just passed with a C. I went up to the teacher thinking there had to be a mistake of some kind. Even now I still remember exactly what she told me, word for word, “Sorry Cassie but that’s not exactly a useful tool for everyone now is it. There aren’t that many people in wheel chairs, it isn’t worth it to us in the same way the other children inventions are.” But the boy who taped a stick of deodorant to a fucking piece of wood got a fucking A!! As if that wasn’t an idea already thought up. For fucks sake he did it that day, literally drew up the plan that morning!

Look I know this is a big long post but I am saying this to point out Ableism is a big, important issue. I gave that tray to my neighbor, despite the school saying they had to keep it because it was technically “school work” and he used it until the day he died. And after that he gave it to a friend to use it. I made three others for more of his friends when he had to move into a home and they loved them because even in a place that was supposed to cater to their needs a stable tray that would not fall off their knees was apparently not something they had thought to provide, especially to people with inhibited dexterity. And yeah this probably had been made before at the time when I was making mine but looking now the cheapest I can find is at least 50 bucks! Hardly assessable for people with little money.

Years later and my blood still boils when I remember that the kid with stick deodorant got a better mark then I did, that his “invention” was considered useful while mine was not. I am still so angry that a school teacher would tell a child that what they had built to help someone they cared for was not useful or important or wanted or needed and that those people were so few and far between that they didn’t matter. That the only thing that did matter was US, the able bodied people. I didn’t quite understand the way I do now at the time but I was still upset, my mother was pissed as hell and my neighbor, well when I told him it looked as though he had expected it.

These issues need to be addressed, and they need to be fixed. Teachers at schools separating the able bodied from those who aren’t and putting the able bodied above them only continues the discrimination and the attitude that there aren’t enough disabled people to really make it an issue worth their worry.

tldr: Albeism is taught from a young age to not only be the norm but to also be taught to the point where making everyday simple things for disable bodied people isn’t worth their time, effort or focus

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Posting here because I’ll admit I made this with the IY fandom in mind…but it can apply to pretty much any fandom for which next-gen OCs have been created. As well as possibly/probably offspring of non-fandom OCs.

I don’t think I’ve seen much of this from y’all tumblr folk, nor have I really read it in too many fanfics; it’s mostly amateur dA folk who make this mistake. But I wanted to make the point anyways.

Keep this in mind while designing a next-gen character: it’s good and natural for them to inherit different traits from their parents, but if they can’t also stand alone as an aesthetically pleasing non-“next gen” character, you’ve done a poor job of designing them. Because ultimately, while kids (or pups or kittens or foals or whatever species you’re working with) can and do look like Mom and/or Dad, they are also their own individuals…not just awkwardly mashed-up clashing combos of their parent’s traits.

Episode 102! Pretty chill this week, we’re discussing the #BBHMM video, Amy Schumer, and our writing process. Breakdown:

2:00 - Rihann’s #BBHMM - Amazing? Fucked Up? Feminist? Anti-Women? All Of The Above?

16:00 - Amy Schumer and Why We’re Over White Feminist Comedy

31:00 - Listner Question - On The Writing Process

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anonymous asked:

What do you think of Asian actors playing ethnicities other than their own? e.g. a korean actress playing the role of a chinese character.

I think a lot of Asian actors are forced to take what minute amount of roles they can get since Asian people are so rarely represented in Hollywood. I also think it shows a lot about the (usually) white people casting them who don’t give two shits about whether or not the ethnicities of the characters are accurate because “all Asian people look the same!”

WATCH THIS: We all have to applaud Alicia Walters (left) for how she handled this woman, Dr. Wendy Walsh. Especially when Walsh claims to have a multiracial family but blatantly disclaims the black experience by saying the line we all know too well by now: “can we just agree that there’s one race, and it’s the human race?”

anonymous asked:

I really hate to burden you, but this has been bothering me: So, I'm also Russian (from Vladivostok), and recently got into an argument with a Korean friend of mine over wether or not Russians should be included in the "Asian" (and, i guess by extension, POC?) cultural group. I said it depends, but generally yes, but he claims that Russians should solely count as ethnically european. Being all the way in Vladivostok, I care to disagree... Any thoughts?

I’m gonna try to be as unbiased as possible, but that will be impossible. 

The answer to your question in short: It Depends.

The answer to your question in long:

What immediately comes to my mind is the fact that very often, people tend to forget 

A: How freakin’ big Russia is

B: That Russia is not populated border to border with european-descendants

C: That European Russians way back when they were expanding out into the land also did their fair share of native-siberian-people killing and stifling. 

Here’s a fact - There are over 40 different language groups (we’re not even talking about individual languages here) in Siberia alone. Out of those, Russian is predominant, but it is the only Slavic language. The rest are languages that had been spoken there BEFORE the Russian Slavs came in and settled there. We’re talking from the languages of the Eskimo-Aleut of the north, to the Tungustic languages, to the languages of Paleosiberia (the language of the Chukchi people) to the Uralic languages to the Mongolic language family ranging in the southern border of Siberia. 

Here’s another fact - these languages, and these people, are dying out. They are driven out either by disuse, or abandonment, or simply the economical and social pressures that these people are facing. These are the people that you never see on posters about Russia. These are the people that are never mentioned when you talk about Russia. These are the invisible inhabitants of a massive chunk of land that, realistically, many people know NOTHING about. 

They look like this:

and like this

and like this

and they are, by anyone who views them from the outside, labeled as ‘asian’ and not necessarily ‘russian’. 

Living in Vladivostok, I’m not surprised that you are irked at your friend thinking that Russia is a white-washed piece of abandoned land. But what are they supposed to think? That’s all they ever see on TV, in books, etc. 

Here’s another fact - I used to joke about being Asian. When I first immigrated to America, I got lots of shit for being ‘new’ and ‘exotic’. It appeared in all forms of teasing and harassment. But I remember at one point my friends were talking about how ‘asians are supposed to be good at math’ and I bit out in an annoyed voice “I’M ASIAN. I was born in Asia.” And they snorted and laughed and said politely “No, you’re from Russia.” And I had to think back to that moment, and realize that Siberia, where I grew up, where I read stories that had been originally Mongol stories, where the walls of my great-aunts’ house were hung laden with rugs, and where I learned about the bloody history of the country’s war that never reached us, but nonetheless impacted our lives for the next 50-some years and counting and I realized that they knew NOTHING about my country, and they never would. 

And you know what? 

I’m still fucking white. I inexplicably am. Regardless of my heritage on my grandfather’s side, or what stories I heard when I was growing up, or what language they spoke before they spoke Russian, I am no longer connected to these people. My family had been white-washed for a few generations now. I have features which allow me to pass for your average white american easily. I collect privilege in handfuls when I open my mouth and perfect English comes out. 

On the other hand, let’s look at my friend. Well, no, I won’t show her face. That would be rude. But she is from the same city as me. She came to America with her mom at the same time as I did. We learned English at about the same time, both attended college, even went to the same University. 

The only difference between us? Her mother’s hair is dark and straight, like hers, they share the same features, the same eyes, the same nose. They do NOT pass for white in America. In Russia, they would be sorted as Russian regardless. But in America, they have undoubtedly faced discrimination and been repeatedly mistaken for Japanese, or Chinese, and then endured the same stereotypical discrimination. 

So, the point of all of this? 

It’s so fucking complicated. But the bottom line is, Russian is a nationality, not an ethnicity or a race. 

Not all Russians are ethnically Asian. 

Not all Russians are racially white, either. 

There’s so many people that share a mixed heritage, but very often, they forget one part of it because their parents know that it isn’t valued, and they know that they will only be ridiculed for speaking the language of their grandmothers and grandfathers. 

:/ 

i’m getting a lot of messages pointing out half asian actresses in shows. which is cool. like let’s definitely highlight asian characters!

but it almost feels like tokenism? like “look, here are three examples. LOOK HOW MUCH REPRESENTATION YOU HAVE.”

also when i say i want to see someone who looks like me in television i mean i want to see someone who LOOKS like me. when you have a plethora of white actresses to choose from, you are bound to find one that looks very similar to you if you are white.

however, if there are a grand total of three or four half asian actresses (all with varying ethnicities) and you’re a half asian woman, they’re most likely going to look nothing like you.

that’s like if i picked out a photo of taylor swift and compared it to any random white girl and said “HEY SHE LOOKS LIKE YOU!”

they’re probably going to look nothing alike, even if they’re ethnically and racially the same. 

anonymous asked:

I'm blind but still "watch" Castle. I love listening to fanfiction. I think Stana is an amazing person. How would you describe her to a blind person? My mum described Nathan to me and I think he's great too but I kinda fangirl over Stana and I'm too embarrassed to ask someone in person. Thanks in advance.

Oh wow, that’s incredible, like that’s so awesome that you can still listen to fic and watch Castle and everything. 

I’m not exactly sure how good at this I’ll be, but more people can feel free to add on!!

Also, sorry if this is an insensitive question, but have you been blind your whole life? I just realised I was gonna use colours but you might not know them? But ok i’ll use them cause Idk how else to? I’ll put it under a read more, I hope that’s ok!

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