and i can't find any source

anonymous asked:

I'm working on a project about all the LGBTQ pride flags and the meanings of the colours I can't seem to find anything about the lesbian flag. I'm talking about the one in your header (6 stripes shades of red and pink and 1 white stripe). Do any of y'all or your followers have a source as to who designed and what the colours mean?

history lesson time!

i’m sure we all know the rainbow pride flag by now, but not everyone knows that there was a rough draft of that! designed by gilbert baker in 1978, this was the original pride flag. he dyed and sewed the first one himself.

in order of top to bottom, the colors stood for sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art, harmony, and spirit. the pink and turquoise were later removed, and their meanings combined with red and blue. this makes what we now know as the official pride flag!

this flag was originally used for the entire lgbt community – they were all just kinda lumped into one big group, as discussions of differentiation between genders and sexualities hadn’t become prominent yet. later, groups such as lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people, as well as subgroups of the community, wanted more specific symbols that stood for them.

to elaborate on that, let’s move into some lesbian history!

the labrys symbol was adopted by lesbians due to its association with the amazons. there is no inherent connection between the amazons and lesbians, it was basically just “they are cool and we are also cool so it’s ours now.” the labrys was the popular lesbian symbol of choice in the 70s.

this symbol was put on a purple flag, which was designed by a man (kinda ironic). however, the flag and labrys symbol were also used as an identifier by feminists (who weren’t necessarily lesbians). additionally, they’ve come into wider usage by radical feminists, many of whom are transphobic, so the community has shied away from it. 

another lesbian flag that was popular a few years ago is the lipstick lesbian flag, which denotes a subgroup of femme lesbians. it was designed by a lesbian wordpress user in 2010, and while the colors aren’t explained, it’s worth assuming that they were chosen because of a combination of aesthetics and their association with various lipstick colors.

however, not all lesbians are “lipstick” – or even femme – so this wasn’t a great flag for the whole community…but the labrys wasn’t a good alternative. hence, the lipstick overlay was removed, and now the lesbian flag is used by a variety of members of the lesbian community – butch, femme, neither, and so on.

it’s unclear who came up with the idea of removing the overlay to make a universal lesbian flag, but the original design is by the same wordpress user as linked above, as that is the only difference between the two.

and that’s where the lesbian flag, as we know it, came from!

acaramela  asked:

Hey can I ask you something and this is a thoroughly ignorant question but I'm Latina and I grew up learning that Castro killed his own people and that he just was a terrible dictator. I even have friends from around the region that support this and say that Castro and communism are responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people. Could you explain to me why this isn't the case? I just can't find any other reliable sources to inform myself. Thank you.

im sorry this is long, but read the whole thing, its all important information

First, Cuba isn’t a one-man or military dictatorship. A lot of people don’t know this, especially in countries allied with America, but Cuba is highly democratic, and even takes measures to stop corruption in politics. For example, elected representatives are paid workers’ wages, so there is no monetary incentive to run for office, all voting is by secret ballot, votes are counted in public, voting is voluntary, elected representatives can be recalled at any time, women make up 48.9% of the Cuban government (a hell of a lot more than the US which can’t even break 20% in its Congress), it is illegal to spend any money on political campaigns to advertise for particular candidates, and candidates’ biographies and their reasons for standing are posted on public notice boards so everyone has equal exposure.

The nomination and election of local candidates for office is done in public meetings, with return meetings happening every 6 months. There are limitations in higher levels of the government, where voters must choose to either accept or reject a single nominee, but as far as i know, the principles of recall and community nomination still hold true.

You can read more about Cuban democracy here:

Why Cuba Still Matters // Representative Government in Socialist Cuba // Cuban Democracy Fact Sheet // How to Visit a Socialist Country // 

As for the specific claim that Castro is a dictator, its on very shaky grounds (to say the least). Its true, of course, that Fidel and Raul have been the only presidents of Cuba since the revolution. However, the presidency isn’t chosen like it is in America, directly (well, its not even direct in America, but thats another topic). The presidency is chosen through the elected parliament (national assembly).

Delegates to the National Assembly are elected every 5 years, half nominated from municipalities and half nominated by mass organizations (like trade unions, women’s orgs, cultural orgs, etc.). Each nominee must receive at least 50% of the vote. All in all, there are 612 delegates, and 48.9% are women. 

The National Assembly votes on who belongs to the Council of State, which appoints the ministers, Presidency, and Vice Presidency. And following a 2011 Congress of the Communist Party, senior elected officials can only serve two terms (10 years) in office. That means in 2018, Raul Castro will step down and a new President will be chosen.

We should also talk about what exactly “dictatorship” means. All societies are dictatorial for some and free for others, because all states are institutions of class rule. Cuba, while I don’t believe it has a socialist economy (and thus not a socialist government) has absolutely shown what can be done with the support of the mass power of the people, and drawn a line between it as a free and independent country and imperialists.

So how is Cuba in service of its people? It raised literacy from 60-70% to 96% in two years- today 100% of Cubans are literate. It has a massive amount of doctors per capita and has lower rates of infant mortality, HIV, and malnutrition than the US. They have state subsidized SRS and HRT, some of the best current LGBT rights in the Caribbean, despite their historical struggles with homophobia. They are the most sustainable country in the world, despite the embargo. 

(The Embargo is absolutely devastating to the Cuban economy, too. Never let a discussion of Cuba’s economy go on without discussing the impact of the embargo)

Still, compare those achievements to Haiti. A country that has been and still is politically and economically crippled by US and French imperialism, which suffers under a neocolonial elite, which is paid starvation wages to make Levis and other commodities for the US, which receives little to no aid when natural disasters hit (which are exacerbated by the ecological devastation of the island).

What is really responsible for the suffering of the people, not just in Cuba, but in Haiti and all countries in the global south? Is it really the ideology of socialism that fights for greater rights and the accessibility to basic needs? Or is it capitalist-imperialism, which strangles Cuba with economic blockades, and parasitically leeches off of its neighbors?

As for the claim that Castro killed “his own people”… the phrasing of this (and of course this isn’t your fault, anti-communists always phrase stuff like this) makes it seem like its better if politicians kill others in imperialist war. Killing “your own people” is somehow far worse than killing the people of countries you want to invade or control. Castro and Che did kill people, yes Cubans. But again, we have to look at the class forces involved. Who were those fleeing? Who were being killed? Historical records show most were rich, white Cuban plantation owners or otherwise of the middle and upper classes, who backed the former military dictator Batista:

All weekend a Cuban exile contingent of right-wing ‘gusanos’ have been gathered on Calle Ocho street in Miami’s “Little Havana” to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. However the hatred was always mutual; as Fidel characterized the first 1960’s waves of wealthy white parasitic former land owners who were part of the Batista dictatorship he overthrew as “gusanos” (worms), based on their reactionary politics, intransigent support for the blockade, and desire to team up with the CIA to carry out terrorist attacks all across post-revolutionary Cuba. (Note, not all exiles fall into this category, especially more recent arrivals).

The zenith of gusano interference was the 1961 U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, which Cuba’s government defeated, and afterwards Fidel pointed out the wealth of many of the 1,100 exile soldiers that his troops captured (and later released back to the U.S. in exchange for baby formula). Within those 1,100 soldiers were: 100 plantation owners, 67 landlords of apartment buildings, 35 factory owners, 112 businessmen, 179 living off inheritances, and 194 ex-soldiers of Batista.

Over the decades since that time, the aging gusano contingent in South Florida has proven to be perhaps the most corrupt group (on a per-capita basis) in American politics—which is saying something. In their dying off ranks you can find Batista’s old BRAC secret police goons, ex Cuban mafia, CIA contract killers, and former oligarchs of vast latifundias. As essentially Miami is still controlled by the remnants of Batista’s dictatorship and their off-spring, a regime which killed 20,000 Cubans and tortured tens of thousands more.

(from here)

Almost all (and i only say almost because i don’t know of any who were not) of those executed were members of Batista’s army, informants, rich landowners who backed Batista, etc. And, contrary to the idea that these were executions against the people, they were actually popularly sanctioned:

Serving in the post as commander of La Cabaña, Guevara reviewed the appeals of those convicted during the revolutionary tribunal process.[9] The tribunals were conducted by 2–3 army officers, an assessor, and a respected local citizen.[105] On some occasions the penalty delivered by the tribunal was death by firing squad.[106] Raúl Gómez Treto, senior legal advisor to the Cuban Ministry of Justice, has argued that the death penalty was justified in order to prevent citizens themselves from taking justice into their own hands, as happened twenty years earlier in the anti-Machado rebellion.[107] Biographers note that in January 1959, the Cuban public was in a “lynching mood”,[108] and point to a survey at the time showing 93% public approval for the tribunal process.[9]Moreover, a January 22, 1959, Universal Newsreel broadcast in the United States and narrated by Ed Herlihy, featured Fidel Castro asking an estimated one million Cubans whether they approved of the executions, and was met with a roaring “¡Si!” (yes).[109] With thousands of Cubans estimated to have been killed at the hands of Batista’s collaborators,[110][111] and many of the war criminals sentenced to death accused of torture and physical atrocities,[9] the newly empowered government carried out executions, punctuated by cries from the crowds of “¡paredón!” ([to the] wall!),[100]

thats from wikipedia, no less

Always remember- all states are the power of one class over another. Whether that class is the working class by itself (or in alliance with a progressive and anti-imperialist bourgeoisie as in Cuba), or whether it is a reactionary or imperialist bourgeoisie armed against the working class of the world (as in the US)- states are not just democracies or dictatorships- but institutions of class power. Its interesting how we call Cuba a dictatorship when the rich landowners flee or face persecution or god-forbid *gasp* their land is redistributed to campesinos! But the United States, which has the largest (mostly black and brown) prison population in the world (both by number and per capita), which is established on stolen land, and which regularly exercises its power to interfere in and mess with other countries independence, is seen as “free.”

Here are some more resources on Cuba:

[Documentary] Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism // 20 Reasons to Support Cuba // Cuba: A Revolution in Motion // Cuba and its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion // Work and Democracy in Socialist Cuba // The Sugarmill: The Socio Economic Complex of Sugar in Cuba 1760-1860 // Cuba and the US Empire: A Chronological History // A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution // Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War // The World Economic and Social Crisis // The Economic War Against Cuba // Race in Cuba //

anonymous asked:

It's because of your blog that I found Melodies Unheard but felt all the Same and I want to thank you! I can't hear out of my left ear and the hearing in my right ear isn't so great either and it's nice to know of a story about a deaf character where the writer actually studied before writing and had sources and links added for their readers to check out. Do you have any other disability victuri stories that are good and respectful?

First of all, I’m so happy to hear that you found a great fic that is respectful and relates to you, in a way! This is the goal of my blog, that everyone is able to find a fic that they love and can even find a fic that can relate to their life and their circumstances. I’m so happy to have you on my blog, thank you for requesting this! I hope the fics here are not offensive in any way, I tried to pick fics that had a lot of great feedback and support! 

Note: Some of these fics may have content that could be triggering/difficult to read. Please read at your discretion.

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Yuuri/Victor Has a Disability 


Melodies Unheard, but Felt All the Same by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 76k
Yuuri wanted to make history as the first deaf man to win the Grand Prix Final. Of course he’s a little skeptical of Victor Nikiforov’s presence, especially considering the reactions from others who have learned about his lack of hearing. AMAZING fic!!

Unspoken by daretoliveforever, Gen, 5.9k
“You see Yuuri, when your soulmate says something about you, like a compliment or a special message, their words will appear on your skin.“ I’m sobbing

Silent Ice by ofskatesandwatercolor, Mature, 28k (WIP)
Viktor Nikiforov had never dreamed he’d find the inspiration to enjoy his life-long passion again, until he met deaf figure skater Katsuki Yuuri. Great fic, but starts off pretty angsty because of misunderstandings!

Prism by kanekki, Mature, 13k
Yuuri is losing his hearing, but gaining more than he ever could have imagined in return. Thumbs up!

Your Voice by DandereMikuo, Teen, 10k (WIP)
After a certain incident, 19-year old Katsuki Yuuri is unable to skate, and now confides in his newfound interest: music. Meanwhile, famous figure skater 23-year old Victor Nikiforov is in Japan for personal reasons. Musician AU!

Love Unseen by KaylaBellissima, Explicit, 28k (WIP)
AU where Yuuri went blind within the first year or so after he became a fan of Victor, and never pursued figure skating for himself. Told through Victor. Inspired by Melodies Unheard, but Felt All the Same!

Can You Hear My Heartbeat? by W84U, Mature, 6.8k (WIP)
Yuuri Katsuki is a florist in Japan, he’s never heard a voice before. Viktor Nikiforov is a famous skater with a prodigy little brother. Yuri is Viktors adoptive little brother he’s never been in love. Minami Kenjiro is Yuuri’s best friend with a heart of gold. What happens when they all meet? Very sweet fic!

Knowing your love by Viktor_OnInk (Magik_Lester), Teen, 6k (WIP)
Yuuri Katsuki had not always been blind. There was a time when he could see the grass, the trees, the food he ate, his mother’s face as she tucked him in at night and sung him a little song before he closed his eyes and went to sleep. He was in awe with the beauty of the world and when his sight was taken away from him, it was the cruellest of fates for the young boy.

Rise Above the Tides by Kashoku, Explicit, 34k
Yuuri was going to go out on top, just like Viktor had. He was going to win gold in his third World’s appearance and then retire to spend the rest of his life with his husband. But when a freak accident during his finale free skate leaves him blind, Yuuri finds himself spiraling into a world darker than the one in front of his eyes and he must learn to Rise. You will definitely cry, but there is a happy ending!


the birth of comets takes place on the tip of your lashes by apollothyme, Teen, 15k
His eyes are sick, were always going to be sick and will only get sicker as time progresses. There’s no treatment for it, just glasses and maybe prayer, if you’re into that kind of stuff. Well researched, and great writing! (Otayuri not victuuri, but still great!)

anonymous asked:

((Please don't interpret this as rude I'm just trying to understand and you seem wise)) Where does it say Keith is Asian? I'm not saying he's not I just can't find it. Cuz his dad is Texan, right? Which makes his mom Galra and thus not of any Earth ethnicity? Please I'm not trying to be rude you just seem smart in this issue.

  • No canon source has listed Keith as asian (as far as I know)
  • People headcanon him as Korean because of his voice actor (Steven Yeun) or as Japanese because of his earlier counterpart (Keith/Akira Kogane)
  • Assuming his mom is full-Galra, Keith is therefore half-Galra. 
    • However, there is the possibility that his mom is only part-Galra herself. Keith’s mom could therefore be asian herself, and we just don’t know it yet.
  • Keith’s father, assuming that was Keith’s biological dad, is inferred to be from the South, possibly Texas. We have no idea what race/ethnicity Keith’s dad is, because that information hasn’t been given to us yet.
  • ‘Texas’ is not a race or ethnicity, because Texas is only a state. You are Texan if you live there or were born there, but if you were doing a census you wouldn’t write ‘Texan’ as what you identity as.
    • A white person can be from Texas.
    • An asian person can be from Texas.
    • Anyone of any race can be from Texas, they just have to be born in/live there.

TLDR: The Korean Keith theory is still alive and well, hallelujah.

anonymous asked:

Do you, per chance, know when asexuals first started using the term 'aspec'? I can't find any sources on it and it would be useful to know, given the recent arguments from aphobes.

Here’s what I know without doing a ton of searching that I don’t have the energy for because today was the day from hell:

The concept of asexuality-as-a-spectrum dates to ca. 2003.

That, over time, evolved into the term asexual/ace spectrum. While I have no exact timeline for this, I do know that ca. 2015 a non-zero number of aces were using “on the spectrum” to refer to asexuality, which resulted in autistic aces mentioning that hey, this is not really a cool thing to do because “on the spectrum” has been used specifically and consistently to refer to autistic people. Here’s one example of this, and here’s another that specifically suggests that aces use aspec instead because it is not a term the autistic community used.

My gut feeling is that aspec/a-spec is a term that I first recall seeing late 2015-early 2016. I don’t have any posts at this moment to back that up, though. Gotta do the research some day, I guess.

People who have done the research have turned up exactly zero instances of autistic people referring to themselves as aspec, though interestingly apparently the term is also a car term.

I can also tell you that at one point, when the aspec tag was much shorter than it is now, I went through it. The entire thing. I actually did find the first post that used aspec to mean “asexual/aromantic spectrum”. There were zero posts, before or since then, that referenced autism except for those made by/about autistic aces.

So that’s it. That’s what I know.

anonymous asked:

Can you post credible sources that says Emma Watson criticized Bey on her approach to being a feminist? I'm doing some googling and I can't find any. What I found out was that Twitter blew up and created that tension. I'm just curious. Cos I don't think Watson slut shamed Beyoncé...

“As I was watching [Beyoncé’s visual album] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.” (x)

Because apparently women can only express sexuality if it is for men. 

And that’s not the first time she’s ever said something like that. I stopped liking Emma Watson in like 2009 because she went on some bullshit rant about Kristen Stewart “selling sex” in twilight and then she said this bullshit in 2011

“I’d never go out in a mini-skirt. It’s nothing to do with protecting the Hermione image. I wouldn’t do that. Personally, I don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. What’s sexy about saying, ‘I’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything I’ve got?’My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.” (x)

She slut shames, she criticizes women for being sexual, and she continually tries to drill it into women’s heads that they need to dress modestly in order to be respectable. And that mindset contributes to rape culture, and its gross.

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do you know how to add baseball jackets to a fairy kei coord? I've seen some cute pastel ones, but I can't seem to find any good examples. Thank you!!

I have a few cute pics featuring baseball jackets, but I’ll post some general cute jackets since they’re great coord references~

Think of them as another item for adding layers to your coord! You can leave it unzipped to reveal a cute tshirt or sweater, or zip it up and add cute badges and layers on top.

image source: Setsuki Haruna

image sources: _Milklim

image source: Mayumero7

image source: @pastelbat

image source: @tokyo-fashion

I hope that helps♪

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The River, 2016

anonymous asked:

Hi!! I'm kinda new in the fandom and keeps seeing people saying that Lance being bisexual is canon, but I can't find any source for it? Was it mentioned in a interview or did I miss hints in the show? Or is it fanon being accepted as canon? I really wanna know since bi representation would be awesome and I don't wanna get my hopes up if it isn't true...

I’m bi and I understand wanting representation so I’ll say this outright–there’s nothing about Lance being bi in canon, it’s just widely accepted fanon, I’m really sorry. The showrunners did talk about wanting to include lgbt representation in the show (and they’ve said they’re fighting for it), but there’s nothing to indicate that it’s Lance–that’s mostly just from people wanting k/l to be canon or identifying with Lance. 

But he’s only ever expressed an interest in girls in the show and comics, and Lauren and Joaquim referred to his future love interest with female pronouns. Also personally as a bi guy who’s been in this fandom I long time, I myself just?? Really don’t see it?? This is the same animation team that made Korra though, which ended with two main character bi girls being together. So, they have done bisexual representation before! And even though I don’t think we’ll see any lgbt rep from Lance, it’s possible there might be another bi main character. 

beaglebug  asked:

Hey! Sorry hello, but I was wondering where you saw the thing about Laurens thinking black people shouldn't be allowed to read? Cause I have like scoured the internet and can't find anything about it but I'm not Sherlock Holmes so idk. Not trying to attack or anything, just genuinely curious about history. It seems a little off character, but it's not like I knew the man or anything. Thank you!

Here’s my source btw

& quotes found by @louisthesixteenth


During the 1778 winter in Valley Forge, John sent frequent requests to his father for appropriate clothing for himself as an officer but when Henry sent a checked shirt and hunting shirt for their slave, Shrewsberry, John’s response was “if there be any difficulty in getting him Winter Cloths, I believe he can do without.””

“ HEADQUARTERS, 21st August, 1777.

My Dear Father: As we shall probably move to-morrow, I write to inform you that I must be obliged to use your horses and servant farther on there having been no possibility of supplying myself with these articles here. Shrewsberry says his hat was violently taken from him by some soldiers, as he was carrying his horses to water. If James will be so good as to send him his old laced hat by the bearer, I hope he will take better care of it. If the enemy have a design upon Charles Town which does not so clearly appear to me as it does to most people, I hope we shall ruin the northern branch of their army, and that however they may for a while distress an individual state, their efforts against the general confederacy will be less likely to succeed than ever. I commend myself to your love and remain Your ever affectionate JOHN LAURENS.”

“ “‘Le Bresseur’ was probably one of Laurens’s servants, and “one of the ‘negroes’” was presumably Laurens’s longtime servant Shrewsberry.“

Part Of Your World
Darren Criss
Part Of Your World

Here’s the dope: I don’t know where this is from, but I really want to know. I cannot for the life of me find it in any masterpost, someone gave it to me (late 2010) on a USB with a heap of Maggiano’s (and some other) performances. Please help!! :)

anonymous asked:

Tell me about Tefnut! :)

Originally posted by heartsnmagic

Heck yeah! I present you with a fine blend of historical information and SPG/UPG*.

Tefnut and Shu are the Twin Lions, the children of Atum or Ra (depending on whom you ask and when), spat out at the beginning of Creation. They are gods of the atmosphere; Shu is the air and Tefnut is the moisture and the heat. As a consequence, they are inherently intertwined and inseparable—there is water suspended in the air, and air dissolved in water. I see their union as an archetype of perfect compatibility and perfect love.** They also sometimes are represented in hawk form, which makes sense given that they are atmospheric deities.

Because Tefnut is the Lady of Moisture, and a lioness, and a pure and vengeful Eye of Ra, I see her as a Shield and Protector. She is the atmosphere that protects us from the rays of the sun; with Shu, she is the blanket of air and moisture that wraps around the earth and keeps it warm enough to support life.

Because of her associations with heat and rain, SPG has her associated with storms and lightning. I also think of her as a Purifier, who cleanses through both fire and water. Also, she is referred to as a purifier in the Heliopolitan temple to their Ennead (although she is not unique in that respect; Netjeru are named by the dozen in purification rites afaict). I pray to her in my personal purification/cleansing rites.

Tefnut permeates life on earth. As the primeval Lady of Moisture, she is in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ground we build on, and the food we grow in it–our very bodies, and our very lives. She is immanent, and yet has a distinct Personhood beyond her diffuse presence throughout our lives and our planet. I adore her.

Thank you for the ask! If you want to know more, let me know. :D

* Lemme know if I wasn’t clear which is which.
** Totally not sure how supported or contradicted this is by the surviving myths. It’s hard to find info about Tefnut. I’m willing to be disproven.

anonymous asked:

I remember that time I find out how Plath died. Right after reading The Bell Jar. I googled it. Out of sheer curiosity. The first image; of her legs sticking out of the oven. Scared the hell outta me. I couldn't sleep for several days. I never read any of her books after that. Can't bring myself to, knowing that she died so horribly.

…I am unsure whether this image is even real? I mean the actual oven image. It floated around on flickr several years ago but I never saw a proper source, just this black and white image and underneath something along the lines of “Plath with her head in the oven”, blah. The circumstances are real. Surely, the concept alone can be quite traumatizing to the eye. But there’s certainly way more to Plath than the way she chose to put an end to her life and Idk, I suppose I cannot relate to you at all in this. She’s a glorious poet and her work (especially her poetic work but also her diary work in my opinion) is of immense value. You perhaps need time to process this & read her at some other point but…well. Don’t let an image, conceptual or not, prevent you from reading this woman. She was a fine woman and a fine writer.