an accurate representation of myself at the moment

Listening to the voice of disabled people regarding disabled representation is crucial. Doing otherwise means that you’re just willing to instrumentalize us and that your piece of media is inherently bad. I’m saying it as someone who is autistic, as well as someone who actually was almost ableist a couple days ago.

I watched this movie, “Hush”, on Netflix. It’s about a deaf woman, a writer, who has to face a serial killer and is using everything around her and in her soul to survive. I was very moved by this movie because the woman protagonist was strong, willful, fierce. I thought to myself “That’s what i want to see in a movie with an autistic protagonist !”.

I was going to post a very positive review, but i’ve decided, at the last moment, to check out some reviews about the movie written by members of the Deaf community. I was shocked. What i thought was good representation was actually terrible.

The actress was not deaf herself, her use of the ASL was almost ridiculous, they weren’t accurate at all most of the time, and, apparently, the director of this movie was very dismissive towards members of the Deaf Community who tried to reach them.

I’m not deaf myself or hard-of-hearing. I discovered with this experience that i know nothing about deafness and the Deaf community and i feel a bit ashamed about the fact that i almost praised this movie as a very good representation. I was ignorant, but ignorance is not an excuse. I need to educate myself.

What i mean is that you definitely need disabled people’s input on your creation, if you want to include us as characters. No matter what disability you’re talking about.

A thing about credentials:

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll have noticed that I generally do not name places I have worked or volunteered or where I went to college. This is a very purposeful choice I made as this blog began to become more popular, and it serves a number of purposes. 

First, I care a lot about my privacy. This is why I also do not blog about my personal experience with animals or my training clients. I prefer to not release information about where I have lived, worked, or gone to school for that reason - not to 25,000 people. 

Second, it is important to me to be able to continue working in multiple animal-related fields, and I need to make sure that as a professional I retain an identity somewhat separate from this blog. I do not want to accidentally give the impression that my opinions are those of the places I have worked, nor accidentally speak for those facilities in any capacity.  I am aware that in the future employers will have to consider that when hiring me they are also hiring someone who is known for speaking independently on a public platform, and I work hard to make sure that places I am currently involved with see that I am able to separate the two worlds. Part of that is keeping confidential information off of this blog, and part of that is not associating myself with them unless I have been given express permission to link my name with their organization. 

I am still figuring out how to write an author bio for the WADTT website and this blog that fulfills these goals while still giving an accurate representation of my professional experiences. For the moment, what I say stands at this: I got my bachelor’s degree in animal behavior with a focus on cognition and training, my senior thesis was written in conjunction with professionals who design informal science education programs, I have interned/volunteered at multiple AZA accredited facilities in the past six years (in husbandry, education and medical departments), I spent multiple years assisting the behavior and training department of a local animal shelter, and have been training dogs in a professional capacity for over a decade.  I have attended multiple professional conferences yearly in both the zoo and dog training fields since college and take every opportunity to continue my education through online courses, reading academic texts, and picking the brain of every willing professional in any animal-related field.

Do you ever watch a show with a lot of poc representation and think “ok now they’re just trying too hard.” I find myself thinking that every now and then and I have to correct myself! I have gotten so accustomed to watching a series of white families/friends with the occasional poc friend. (See: Friends, That 70s show, Supernatural, Sherlock, Bones, Gilmore Girls, HIMYM, Drop Dead Diva etc.) So when I finally see a show with accurate representation of a poc, I automatically think “they’re just trying to gain approval and get more ratings.” That is such a gross way of thinking!!! Especially from a poc myself! Why is that my first thought? Because seeing white actors get good roles has become the norm for me. So much so, that I sometimes find myself preferring it. And that’s messed up.


This is all true! More fun polychaete facts:

1. In some species, the female epitoke eats the male epitoke, then explodes, spraying fertilized eggs everywhere.
2. Some human cultures harvest epitoke swarms and eat them raw or fried.
3. There are over 10,000 species of polychaete worms! Only some of them perform epitoky like this. Some are even weirder.

I think since Rahggi is like a trollsona and therefore an alternate version of me, then her dancestor would just be…myself? This is an accurate representation of what it’s like to hang out with me in real life, except that this conversation would continue for literal hours. Sorry, you asked me about my OC and now you learned about epitoky, sucker!

It amazes me that apparently some MOBA tanks/bruisers refuse to throw themselves down to buy their team a few seconds to get an objective cleared.

Like, if you have no coins and you know you can help your team get clear, why wouldn’t you launch yourself into a suicidal cage match? At that moment, you are the most expendable. Running and letting the enemy team murder your team is just stupid. A zero death score means nothing if it caused the objective to crash and burn.

11/10 would throw myself into an entire enemy lineup just to buy a few seconds for my teammates to get clear.

…oh my god I AM VARIAN.

^pretty accurate representation of the above scenario. Pity the other team didn’t have a Gul’dan.

anonymous asked:

Hello there, just fyi, I'm a 100% gay guy, and I support Liam Payne (and Zayn) 100%, why? Because, since the first time I seen them, my gaydar told me that they are not 100% straight!... thank you.

Hey there fella! Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree with you that their behavior with each other is, imo, several steps past platonic.

In fact, I came into the fandom because of Harry and Louis. I didn’t know anything about Liam and Zayn except that they were Harry and Louis’ bandmates and were cute as hell. So one day I was watching 1D interviews (for the Larry moments) and Ziam hit me like a ton of bricks.

Louis in this gif is an accurate representation of my reaction:

LOL I wasn’t even checking for them at that point. I didn’t find them, they found me.

And when I looked into it more, yep, it was all there. It reminded me of myself and my friends. That’s exactly how teenagers flirt with each other: Any excuse to be touching. Pointlessly messing with each other just to have a reason to interact. Always closer than you need to be. Everything the object of your affection says is smart, fascinating or hilarious. The body language: Looking at/facing each other while talking to someone else. Snuggling just because. Legs open. Neck baring. Eye fucking. Like?? Hello obvious!  It’s amazing to me that literally everyone doesn’t see it. They had a full blown mating ritual going on. Bless.