and from different people ha

Mountain lion, puma, cougar, panther—this cat is known by more names than just about any other mammal! But no matter what you call it, it’s still the same cat, Puma concolor, the largest of the small cat species. So how did it get so many names? Mostly because it has such a large range, and people from different countries have called it different things. (photo: Scott Pollard)

Stop Transgender bullying at “On The Road Again” shows

Our fandom has a lot of people from different gender identities beyond cisgender. All of them should be respected.

At the Pittsburgh stop of the OTRA tour, an 18 year old trans girl and volunteer of Rainbow Direction was pointed and laughed at, and was also photographed without her consent. She reported that the bullying didn’t come from younger fans, but adults.

This kind of behavior isn’t acceptable. Most trans teens are still coming at terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to deal with this on top of it as bullying will trigger their insecurities and oppress them.

It is also important to refer that concerts are supposed to be an environment of safety, comfort and community. If you see your friends, family or even a complete stranger attempting to bully someone and it is safe for you to do so, please educate them and explain to them that it is wrong.

Make it clear that derogatory jokes/remarques shouldn’t be excused or tolerated.

If you have become a victim of bullying, harassing or abuse, these resources can be helpful.

You can inform yourself about transgender and transexual people in our TMHFN Trans Series.

You can learn more about fighting transphobia here.

And you can learn more about how to act around a trans person here.

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Okay I ad to put up with another person who told me that there were no attractive male actors in classic who and I’m just like…

Oh

No

Of

Course

There

Aren’t …

As soon as Lauren coming out sank in, I realised what was gonna happen next in our fandom: people making it about Larry (positively or negatively)

omg can you maybe NOT? She’s coming out, can you please just focus on that? Please? Please?? Her coming out of the closet has nothing to do with Louis and Harry. Leave her out for the love of God.

in light of that one interview i just want this scene
  • corrupted jasper writhing on the ground or s/t: we all get what we deserve, I deserved for this to happen
  • garnet, sitting placidly cross-legged on her shoulder: the hilarious thing is that's completely true but not for any of the reasons you think
The Women of Middle Earth: On the Subject of Body Hair

Until I joined the Hobbit fandom and started reading fanfiction about Dwarven society, I’d never seen body hair on women mentioned in books or shown on TV. Historical and fantasy shows and movies always portrayed women with smooth legs, even if they were medieval peasants or in the wilderness or aboard pirate ships. It confused me as a kid, and I started to feel bad about myself, because why did I have leg hair when these women didn’t? So when I read my first Hobbit fanfiction that mentioned Dwarven women with beards, it made me happy, and even excited.

Dwarves helped me feel good about myself, because here you have this race of people that has beauty standards completely different from what we’re used to. I’d read tons of works exploring dwarf society, about dwarf women whose beards were considered beautiful. About how it was attractive to have pudge and muscle and bulk and hair, regardless of gender. 

Then I realised: no women in Middle Earth would have reason to get rid of body hair. The trend of shaving doesn’t fit the cultures of Tolkien’s women. Shaving is a trend that only started in the last century or so by the beauty industry, which didn’t exist in Tolkien’s world. Human women wouldn’t have had the time or means to indulge in that kind of thing, and probably wouldn’t have considered it in the first place; they’d have been busy managing land or looking after kids or fishing/farming or leading countries (besides, infections from shaving blade cuts could be potentially deadly, and access to proper facilities and products would have been impossible for some). 

Elves, according to Tolkien, are equal in just about everything except the ability to bear children (and the parts necessary for it), which means that their care of their bodies would be almost the same. Nowhere is it stated that elves don’t grow body hair, and in the movies they are always wearing wrist-length sleeves, trousers or long skirts, so you can’t tell either way. Just because the men generally don’t grow beards doesn’t mean their bodies are completely devoid of hair elsewhere, and if they have it, the women would have it too (I assume that they can be classified as mammals since they nurse children, in which case they would most likely have some form of body hair).

Hobbits take pride in their pretty curly foot hair, so why would they shave elsewhere? It wouldn’t make sense to them why different kinds of hair would be considered acceptable or unacceptable. They’re some of the most nature-loving and body-loving creatures in Middle Earth.

The point is: body hair is natural, and most people in Middle Earth would have it and be completely fine with it. Eowyn, Arwen, Aredhel, Luthien, Haleth, Nienor, Belladonna Took, Rosie Cotton, etc. would have it, and they’re still amazing women, skilled, strong and beautiful. I hope that this knowledge can help people feel more confident in their own bodies, because it sure helped me. 

Am I the only one who didn’t even once feel scared or influenced by Kylo Ren? Just the opposite, tho he has one of the best outfits for a villain and his moves are killing af, I felt nothing like fear or anger towards him but sympathy and sadness. To me he is an emotionally unstable and misunderstood character. He is more like “too good to be dark”. And I want his redemption as darkness is not where he truly belongs. So when I read how some people (those who dislike him of course) describe him with every negative adjective possible I feel like this character managed to brought up completely two different emotions from people. To half of the fandom a worse monster has never been introduced before and he needs to die but to the other half he is the villain who could as well be the hero of the story if not all those overwhelming feelings which led him to the wrong side.

blackjackgabbiani told me that people made cyrus and archer brothers and I kinda thought it was a little cute so I drew it out.

I miss fall. Please let me live in cold weather forever.

Introducing Jelly
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Humanity is connected like never before. In fact, recent white papers have concluded that the proverbial “six degrees of separation” is now down to four because of social networking and mobile phones. It’s not hard to imagine that the true promise of a connected society is people helping each other.

Let’s Help Each Other

Using Jelly is kinda like using a conventional search engine in that you ask it stuff and it returns answers. But, that’s where the similarities end. Albert Einstein famously said, “Information is not knowledge.” Knowledge is the practical application of information from real human experience.

Jelly changes how we find answers because it uses pictures and people in our social networks. It turns out that getting answers from people is very different from retrieving information with algorithms. Also, it has the added benefit of being fun. Here are the three key features of Jelly.

Friends follow friends.

Jelly works with your existing social networks.

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Jelly is designed to search the group mind of your social networks—and what goes around, comes around. You may find yourself answering questions as well as asking. You can help friends, or friends-of-friends with their questions and grow your collection of thank you cards. It feels good to help.

Paying it “Forward”

There is strength in weak ties.

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My mom used to say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Any question on Jelly can be forwarded outside the app—to anyone in the world. Maybe your friend, or even your friend’s friend doesn’t have the answer. However, your friend’s friend’s friend just might. It’s a small world after all.

Point, shoot, ask!

Questions with images deepen their context.

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In a world where 140 characters is considered a maximum length, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Images are in the foreground of the Jelly experience because they add depth and context to any question. You can crop, reframe, zoom, and draw on your images to get more specific.

How Does Jelly Work?

Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, “What’s this?” That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers. (See video.)

No matter how sophisticated our algorithms become, they are still no match for the experience, inventiveness, and creativity of the human mind. Jelly is a new way to search and something more–it makes helping other people easy and fun. We hope you find Jelly as useful and rewarding as we do.

—Biz Stone, Co-founder and CEO

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Just took my mum to go see ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and she’s the world’s biggest Sam/Steve shipper and it’s pretty much the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen in my life.