Environment of People

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The Native Nations March is currently taking place through D.C. and at the White House, capping off a four-day protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. As indigenous groups from all over the country continue to call for a meeting with Donald Trump, news outlets need make sure the voices of water protectors and environmental activists are heard.

Because I feel like kids of color don’t hear it enough: domestic abuse is not a part of your culture. 

A lot of us were raised with the idea that “its normal for wives/children to get hit! it helps them learn– only white folk don’t get beaten when they misbehave”. That’s not true, white people aren’t the only ones who deserve a safe and abuse free environment. Black and brown people can and do have loving families. 

If you’re in a situation where you are enduring abuse and people use your culture to justify it, I want you to know that what they’re telling you are lies.

Can we stop pretending that bullies who hate queer kids are usually queer themselves?can we stop pretending that we are our own worst enemy? Can straight people take responsibility for the environment and people they’ve cultivated for once????

omnivore: actually vegans are the cruel ones because soybeans farming takes resources from poor countries and thats why i eat meat and won’t be vegan

reality: 85% of soy goes to animal feed, even if you ate nothing but soy you’d contribute less to this problem than you do by eating animals

omnivore: *does not change their behavior because they don’t actually care about poor people and were just looking for excuses to not change their behavior*

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so let’s talk about how we can end the stigma surrounding mental health 🌱

🗨 TALK🗨

Start a dialogue about your own experiences
💖 Mental Health is still stigmatized and that can make it difficult to talk about openly, but the more we talk, the more we help to normalize the discussion. But it’s not just about helping the world see Mental Health differently, but about your perception too; talking about your problems can help you work through them, and see them in a more realistic light, and it helps the people around you understand your needs.

Challenge incorrect information
💖 If you see someone spreading incorrect information about mental health, be brave and step in. Remind people that mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and are usually due to chemical imbalances, in the same way that disorders of other organs might be due to a vitamin deficiency, or the body not being able to produce the right amount of hormones.

Ask others about their experiences
💖 Encourage others to talk about their own mental health issues, if they feel comfortable doing so.  

💭 LISTEN💭

Provide a judgement-free environment
💖 Sometimes people just need to vent, rather than have a discussion, and as well-meaning as you might be you need to respect that. Ask if they’d like to discuss their issues or if they’d just like to vent and be given a sympathetic shoulder to lean on. Mental Illness can make us hyper sensitive to perceived criticism, and feel unable to open up. Create a judgement-free environment by giving them your full attention, and by allowing people to talk at their own pace, without interruption.

Ask what they need, don’t assume
💖 What we need and what someone else needs might be two different things, so ask and listen to what someone says when they talk about their needs. It might be tempting to think “they’re just being lazy” or “if I give them a push they’ll get there eventually”, but respecting their wishes is not just about whether or not they know best. Ask them if they need their boundaries pushed, or if today is a good day to try. There will be days where they are more open to pushing their boundaries. If you force them too early you may deter them from trying again, and it may hurt their trust in you.  

💬 CHECK💬

Check in
💖 Now’s a good time to check up on the people around you. Don’t just say hello, ask how they are feeling; specifically how they feel mental-health wise. It becomes a habit to say “I’m fine”, even when you’re not, and mental illness makes it harder to be forthcoming with how we feel. Give them the option to say “well, now that you mention it…” instead of the usual small talk.

Check up
💖 Have you been ignoring your own mental health needs? Procrastinating on getting proper professional help? Now’s a good time to make an appointment with your GP for a check up!

Check yourself
💖 Even the most open-minded of us need to keep our own privilege and bias in-check. If you hear someone talk about an issue or symptom they face that you think might be exaggerated, made-up, or their own fault, consider that your own bias, privilege, or lack of understanding may be clouding your judgement. Everyone’s experiences are different, so try to remember not to compare. Have a judgement-free discussion, give advice or offer alternatives, but in the end: trust THEIR judgement of THEIR situation.

The normalization of child sexualization and pedophilia in fandom spaces has created such an unsafe environment for people and when someone gets called out on it suddenly they’re a victim of abuse and harassment. Calling someone out on defending and/or making/consuming child porn/pedophilic content should not be a bizarre concept.

contrary to popular belief, someone who is fluent in their second language (L2) is unlikely to slip into their first language (L1)  in these circumstances:

  • if someone just said something to them in L2 (this a big unconscious cue, and you’d be really unlikely to respond in L1 right after that)
  • when swearing in the middle of a sentence (e.g. “oh merde, i forgot my keys!”)
  • during sex
  • when speaking to someone they normally speak to in L2

it is slightly more common in these circumstances:

  • swearing, as long it’s not part of a sentence (e.g. they might just mutter “merde” if they forgot their keys)
  • if they’re surprised (especially if falling/tripping or experiencing sudden pain!)
  • when speaking to someone they normally speak to in L1
  • in their sleep or talking to themselves
  • when very disoriented, such as when concussed or on certain drugs

that being said, it is very common for people to intentionally use their first language in front of people who don’t speak it for a variety of reasons (they might use a short expression they only know in L1, call their partner pet names, dirty talk during sex because their partner finds it attractive) – but this is on purpose!

also this doesn’t account for people who grew up in an environment where people often mix multiple languages in their speech (e.g. spanglish or franglais) – in that case, they may accidentally drop an L1 swear into an L2 sentence, though they’ll still generally stick to L2 when speaking to people who only speak that language

wlw deserve better than Supergirl

Honestly, I know you are all coming at Jeremy and rightfully so but screw Melissa in particular. Because she is the lead. She is the main character. She is the role model of the cast, above anyone else. She is the one who holds the most responsibility. Not only to be a good role model but to be a feminist because that is what the show and character is about. And not whatever she is because it certainly isn’t feminism. Like yeah, she went to a women’s march. Nice. Yet she openly mocks and ridicules wlw. When she is the star of the show and when taking in such an important role she signed up for all the extra responsibility. This is a show where she plays Supergirl, a female superhero. As a lead. And a show with wlw canon representation. She plays a character that is meant to be the embodiment of acceptance, open mindedness, female empowerment and feminism in general. Yet she was having fun being homophobic on camera, on purpose, at a convention about said show, for the fans to watch, knowing most of the audience is lgbt.

Like this isn’t even about ships. The actors were not simply mocking a ship when they did that. Or making a joke. They were mocking the concept behind it. They were mocking the fact so many wlw saw two women on tv and thought maybe they could be together, maybe they wouldn’t be straight. They were mocking these wlw viewing themselves as these characters or seeing them as characters validating their identity. They find that funny. Melissa, who is playing Supergirl and has become a role model to young girls everywhere, openly mocked women even daring to relate to those characters and hoping that they could end up together.

Young girls everywhere will see these actors they look up to that play characters they look up to mock wlw. These girls will feel like being attracted to girls is ridiculous and wrong. Because they saw these grown adults mock and invalidate it. This is a show for families and for young girls in particular. Having the cast do this is awful. It goes against everything the show should stand for. Everything Supergirl and Kara as a character should stand for.

Not to mention how it validates homophobia. It will validate homophobes everywhere. In fact, it already has. I’ve already seen so many homophobic posts because of this. Because the cast was homophobic so everyone thinks it is okay to be that way. Young people learn from media. Everyone knows that. Young people will watch this video and repeat such behavior. They will start to think being lgbt is bad. That shipping gay pairings is ridiculous. This validates all that negativity.

Basically, Melissa should get as much or even more backlash. Not because Jeremy isn’t to blame but because she supported such behavior. And not only that but she joined in. While not only being one of the characters in such ship, therefore someone these women admired, but also while being the lead character of the show

You know who was the only person there that showed any actual professionalism and female empowerment/feminism? Katie McGrath, who tried to give the lgbt fans watching, wlw in particular, validation despite the fact the rest of the cast were mocking them and her for doing so. She went against her cast to try and make sure these young girls knew it is okay and that they are valid. Bless her. Because she did not have to do that. In fact, if anyone should have done that it was Melissa, who again, is the lead and the biggest role model. Yet Katie went out of her way to be the only one to actually display a good set of morals and risk ridicule for the sake of being a good person. She was in a toxic and tbh weirdly aggressive homophobic environment with people she has to continue working with and still decided to speak up about it. That is being a good person.

And then we have Chris Wood mocking the situation again and interrupting Katie. Because of course, the guy that is playing the love interest of Supergirl would do something gross like that. Not only that, but it adds up with all the Mon-El issues that teach young girls that they should look for abusive disrespectful entitled lazy guys who do not listen to them and then they should spend their time babysitting the guys until they are sorta barely decent boyfriends. Oh, and that these guys should definitely be their whole world and priority. Very progressive. Not to mention this was the same guy that said he loved the negative things about this ship. Which really means he ships it because he enjoys the abuse.

The worst thing is they knew exactly what this would do. Jeremy was purposely insulting the fans as he looked straight at the camera and aggressively yelled it out. He was yelling out homophobic things not to joke around with the cast but directly at the lgbt audience. Melissa called mocking lgbt people “brave”. You know what is brave? To dare to identify as such. Or to dare to identify with a character on tv when you know they will never be written that way. Or to openly support a gay ship despite the fact they are either canon and treated horribly or they are never canon. That’s brave. Being openly homophobic? That has been standard behavior since forever. That’s bigoted and close minded. It’s cowardly, not brave.

And don’t get me started on how they wrote Sanvers into their show as an attempt to lure lgbt fans in and exploit them for views yet everyone in the crew/cast are clearly homophobic. The crew is included for the treatment of their canon lesbian ship. They know the lgbt fans are watching because there is a wlw ship yet they had no shame in being homophobic on camera for everyone to see. If anyone had any doubt about why they wrote Sanvers now they have confirmed it exists for ratings only. Because clearly, the concept of women loving women is not realistic enough for them. Melissa supporting Sanvers? A publicity stunt because she obviously loves mocking wlw and their ships.

Im not even going to get into Jeremy’s “apology” that was really him making himself sound like the victim and acting like lgbt fans were overreacting and dramatic about it. We apparently can’t take a joke. Okay, but maybe being homophobic isn’t a joke nor is it funny. We have to deal with homophobia every single day. It is something that oppresses us. It is something that is used against us in every way. Homophobia can literally threaten our lives yet somehow we are supposed to laugh about it like it’s hilarious? Oh yeah, how funny. Silly wlw thought for once two women could be in a relationship or that they could simply pretend they are in one. So funny. Hilarious.

Great role models. Amazing. The CW should be very proud. Somehow there’s only like 3 decent people in the cast now and only one of them is brave enough to speak up against homophobia. And it isn’t the lead actress that claims to be a feminist. No. She’s too busy being homophobic.

↑ Rising Signs ↑

Aries: You’re bold, and tend to speak loudly. You usually stick out and make your presence unforgettable. You speak the truth, whether it’s good or bad. I admire how you’re not afraid to stand up to someone. You’re also very funny too.

Taurus: You’re seen as someone easy to approach. You have a calming aura around you, which tends to attract people to you. You also have this studious presence. At times, you may be awkward at socializing, but you warm up quickly. 

Gemini: It’s all about the talking to you. You’re very talkative, and able to adapt in the environment quickly. People love you because you have this ability to make it seem like you and the other person were old friends that just met. You also have a witty sense of humor. 

Cancer: You’re very quiet around strangers. You have a tendency to fade in the background and observe the people around you. Because of this, many people may not notice you. Once they get to actually know you, you’re very sweet and caring. 

Leo: Like Aries, you’re very bold, and you make people laugh. You stand out and shine brightly, which makes a lot of people attracted to you and envy you. You can hit up a conversation with anyone, and make them feel special. 

Virgo: Like Cancer, you tend to not speak and observe instead. You love helping people out, and try to make them realize their own potential. People flock to you when they need your assistance on something important because you always seem like you know what you’re doing.

Libra: People adore you because of your sweet and generous personality. You make everyone feel like they’re home, and that you’re always ready to take care of them. Libra risings attract a lot of people because their habit of giving. Though be careful because people will most likely try to take advantage of you!

Scorpio: You’re seen as someone eccentric. You can be super closed off at times, and maybe even mysterious. But beneath that cold exterior, you’re so kind and pleasant to be around with. People may find you a hassle at first, but in the end, it’s worth it when you get to warm up to them.

Sagittarius: You have such a charismatic personality. You’re funny, easy to socialize with, and most of all, such fun to be around with. You make everyone feel like they were originally friends with you. Because of this, a lot of people want to talk to you and hang out with you. Though you can be a tad annoying, you’re the best one to have around when everyone needs a little cheer up.

Capricorn: You give off such a mature aura to people. You know how to overcome your obstacles, and you don’t like it when things are in the way of achieving your goal. People see you as someone very logical and ready to accomplish anything.

Aquarius: Because of your hilarious and popular personality, you draw so much attention to you. People love you because of you’re ability to stand out without even trying to. You’re so amusing to talk to because you always have something to say. You’re also able to make a joke out of anything. 

Pisces: You have such a warm and delightful personality. Many people go to you because of you’re ability to make everything feel right. You’re like a cute animal that everyone wants to pet because you just make everything feel so dreamy and ideal. 

BTS’ REAL Rising/Ascendant Signs

Disclaimer: This post, and the rest in my upcoming “Exposing BTS” series, are based off rumored birth times. Their birth times have not been released officially, but these look very accurate to me, so let’s roll with it.

For background knowledge, your rising, or ascendant sign, is how you appear and behave in public. It’s how you are perceived by others; your first impression. It also greatly influences your physical appearance. Knowing BTS’ rising signs gives us much more insight on what makes up their true identities.

Jin - Pisces Rising

  • pisces risings have a dreamy, other-worldly aura
  • a “go with the flow” attitude that attracts many people
  • naturally inclinded towards the arts, music, dancing, film, etc.
  • in touch with nature
  • have a soft spot for animals
  • natural care takers
  • impressionable people whose personality can change day to day
  • they are almost like chameleons, blending in naturally to their surroundings and taking on characteristics from the people around them
  • due to this, they’re excellent actors and thespians
  • irresistibly charming and romantic
  • jin’s ascendant is 29 degrees in the sign pisces, which puts him in the third decan
  • the sub ruler of the third decan is pluto, the ruler of scorpio
  • those in the third decan are much more confident and fierce than their pisces rising counterparts
  • they don’t struggle as much with figuring themselves out, more self-assured
  • grants him the determination and willpower to turn his big dreams into reality
  • and with the influence of scorpio, sensuality and sexual attractiveness is heightened
  • physical characteristics: dainty, ethereal, features, soulful, dark colored big eyes,  pale, full faces, rosy cheeks

Originally posted by seokjinstae

Yoongi - Aries Rising

  • aries risings leave a bold impression wherever they go
  • intense auras
  • they’re known for their forthright, honest, no bullshit approach to life
  • some are hot-headed, quick to anger
  • full of sass
  • fiercy self-reliant and independent
  • ambitious people. constantly chasing success
  • they’re fearless when it comes to reaching their goals
  • thought to be a bit egotistical and self-centered, but this is due to their extreme focus on their goals
  • stand up for themselves and what they believe in
  • their strong outward appearance often hides a soft soul, especially in the case of yoongi who has a pisces sun
  • prone to overworking 
  • yoongi’s ascendant is 4 degrees in aries putting him in the first decan
  • first decan gives him the typical traits of an aries rising
  • physical features: intense gaze, thin or medium lips, slim, often very sexuality attractive as mars (the god of war and sex) is their ruler

Hoseok - Aries Rising

  • has some of the same traits as yoongi, but being in the third decan, there are differences
  • the sub ruler of the third decan is jupiter, the ruler of sagittarius
  • jupiter is the planet of benevolence and good fortune
  • its influence creates someone whose heart knows no bounds
  • warm hearted, optimistic people
  • will do anything for their friends and family
  • tend to look on the bright side of life
  • born to make people laugh and help those who are feeling down
  • still have the same ambition as the typical aries rising, but third decans tend to use their energy to push others forward instead of themselves
  • physical characteristics: the tallest of aries risings, fast paced movements

Originally posted by yourpinkpill

Namjoon - Scorpio Rising

  • these people have a presence that attracts attention
  • they behave in a manner that demands respect
  • people either love or hate them
  • mysterious, brooding auras
  • intimidating
  • extremely observant people
  • detail oriented
  • a bit reserved in public, but outgoing with friends
  • captivating charm
  • their emotions are intense and powerful
  • often very creative, passionate about their craft
  • in touch with the spiritual world
  • he falls in the third decan which is sub ruled by the moon/cancer
  • this creates a deep attachement to family and friends
  • will protect their loved ones fiercely
  • the moon is a feminine planet, and people in this decan often closely resemble their mothers
  • affected deeply by their environment and the emotions of people around him
  • physcial features: piercing eyes, usually small or squinted in size, icy gazes, above average height, deep, raspy voices that are often described as sexy

Originally posted by knjedits

Jimin - Cancer Rising

  • the definition of gentle souls
  • with the moon ruling their ascendant, they wear their heart on their sleeves
  • there’s an aura about them that attracts people in need
  • this is because of their caring nature and amazing listening skills
  • sometimes they take on the role of therapist and it’s becomes mentally tiring 
  • the best nurturers of the zodiac
  • always have the backs of their loved ones
  • will sacrifice themselves for others
  • sympathetic, compassionate, kind
  • people easily trust them
  • timid and shy, especially in unfamiliar environments
  • a bit self-conscious
  • prone to moodiness
  • he falls in the second decan which is sub ruled by pluto/scorpio
  • this gives him more endurance and will-power than other cancer risings 
  • more mysterious and sensual
  • enhanced sex appeal attracts many admirers
  • physical characteristics: feminine, doll like features, dreamy, watery eyes, small mouths with full lips, short, very full, round faces, plump hands with short fingers, delicate hands and feet

Originally posted by parkjiminer

Taehyung - Sagittarius Rising

  • light-hearted explorers
  • see life as a constant journey
  • optimistic souls
  • often have a very large circle of friends
  • outspoken
  • strong willed
  • many are blessed with a good sense of humor
  • child like, playful personalities
  • crave freedom and independence 
  • charismatic and outgoing
  • despite their light hearted nature, they’re often seen as intimidating
  • taehyung falls in the second decan whose sub ruler is mars/aries
  • this adds more forcefulness and bluntness to his nature
  • prefers to lead than follow, likes to take charge
  • full of energy and excitement
  • physical characteristics: above average height, long limbs, broad forehead, cheerful expression, thick bushy eyebrows, a confident almost arrogant look, large bony hands, slow and deliberate manner of speech

Originally posted by sirminmin

Jungkook - Libra Rising

  • a naturally pleasant and gentle aura
  • charming attitude that wins the hearts of many
  • refined tastes
  • like to dress neatly and look presentable at all times
  • polite and well mannered
  • can come of as a bit emotionally detached or aloof
  • many put a lot of importance on their physical appearance and due to this may struggle with insecurities
  • avid lovers of the arts
  • talented at music, literature, photography, etc.
  • being ruled by venus, the planet of beauty, they usually have very attractive features
  • he falls in the first decan, giving him the typical traits of a libra rising
  • physical characteristics: effortlessly graceful movement, above average height, well proportioned bodies, symmetrical face, dimples, cleft chins, soft melodious speaking voice, many are gifted singers

Originally posted by nochuie

i wish that more people would take a page out of miyazaki’s book and actually learn how to deliver a pro-environmental message without coming across as annoyingly preachy or anti-technology and progress

Our elders have been warning us about this for generations now—they saw the unsustainability of settler society immediately. Societies based on conquest cannot be sustained, so yes, I do think we’re getting closer to that breaking point for sure. We’re running out of time. We’re losing the opportunity to turn this thing around. We don’t have time for this massive slow transformation into something that’s sustainable and alternative. I do feel like I’m getting pushed up against the wall. Maybe my ancestors felt that 200 years ago or 400 years ago. But I don’t think it matters. I think that the impetus to act and to change and to transform, for me, exists whether or not this is the end of the world. If a river is threatened, it’s the end of the world for those fish. It’s been the end of the world for somebody all along. And I think the sadness and the trauma of that is reason enough for me to act.
—  Leanne Simpson, Nishnaabeg writer and theorist