and she goes 'have you seen this man'

Today on "A day in the life of a smol trans dude": Milo's adventures at target
  • ME: *finds pants I want to try on*
  • Mom: "Go try those on, I'll meet you over there."
  • Me: *Goes to fitting room* *falters at which side to go on because Im so used to going to the girls side*
  • Target lady: "This side little man" *Points to mens*
  • Me: *is Happy* *Leaves after trying on pants*
  • *5 minutes later*
  • Mom: *goes to fitting room* "Have you seen my son?"
  • Target lady: "Is he really good looking?"
  • Mom: "That's him"
  • Target lady: "He just wandered off... He's almost too pretty to be a boy."
  • Mom: "Haha yeah he is really good looking, thanks."
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  • Man if only she knew : ')
Post-Season Character Analysis 3: Peridot

(don’t get your triangles in a knot you wonderful little gremlin)

(Disclaimer:  I am a liveblog!  I’ve seen up through episode 105, Know Your Fusion, and all analysis and assertions made herein are based upon such information as I have received to this point.  Please don’t spoil me about future events in the reblogs!)

Man, what more do I even say, here?

Peridot’s redemption arc was one of the best-handled parts of the entire show.  Now that she’s fully a Crystal Gem (when star outfit) it’ll be interesting to see where she goes.  While I’ve seen the start of season 4 and the delightful Looney Tunes homage that was Kindergarten Kid, Season 3 is our topic of discussion today; I wish we’d gotten to see Peridot go on a mission before that, but watching her interact with Lapis and then the *hilarious* result of the timeskip before we saw them again was a delightful way to bring the character to a state of normalcy.  Her actions in regards to Jasper really speak to how much the character has grown (and how much Jasper has refused to), and how she’s come to embrace everything she once looked down on about the Earth.  Peridot’s going to be a focus character, I hope, as she gets to know more about life on Earth and goes on more missions with the other Crystal Gems (star outfit when).

Welcome to freedom, Peridot.  It’s good to have you along for the ride, even if Tumblr doesn’t recognize yOUR GODDAMN NAME

Some SasuSaku Fluff ~

It was unusual for Sakura to come back home early, with her hectic schedule at the hospital, she considered coming back home at 1 a.m. a lucky day.

Sasuke was just finished with putting Sarada to sleep when Sakura walked into their apartment. It was just 9 p.m.

He looked at her questioningly before stating the obvious, “you’re home early.”

The pinkette sighed, looking absolutely exhausted as she dragged her feet across the carpeted floor and dropped onto the purple couch in the corner. “Sit down Sasuke.”

Dispute his confusion, he complied. Sasuke was a very calm and collected man and Sakura was never the demanding type, so it goes without saying that he was fairly surprised when he felt his heart begin to race. He was already imagining worst case scenarios.

“Can you not look like you’ve seen a ghost,” Sakura pleaded and Sasuke’s eyebrows knotted in confusion. “I have uh…something huge to tell you actually…”

“Yes?” Sasuke promoted, hoping she wouldn’t suddenly ask for a divorce or anything crazy…or worse, tell him she has some sort of terminal illness. There was many things the Uchiha man can handle; losing his family for the second time is definitely not one of them.

“I’m pregnant Sasuke.”

His mind went blank. Huh?

It took a few minutes for the news to sink in and Sasuke almost laughed. His sigh of relief was unmistakable.

“Jesus Sakura, I thought- I thought you’ll have some really bad news to tell me, I was really beginning to imagine worst case scenarios.” Sasuke said chuckling.

Sakura bit her lip nervously, “yeah but, we haven’t exactly planned this out.”

“Really, with what I was beginning to imagine, I’m actually kind of glad you’re pregnant.” Sasuke nodded his head, convinced that it could have been so much worse, his racing heart was already starting to slow down.

Sakura groaned hiding her face in her hands. “Sasuke, you’re missing the point…this is…this is another wild ride on a rollercoaster.”

“Rollercoasters are fun.” Sasuke shrugged, a grin threatened to plaster across his face.

Sakura groaned again causing Sasuke to kneel between her legs and remove her hands off her face. He was met by a pair of distressed green eyes. “Do you not want this baby?”

Sakura stared back into his onyx eyes, her mouth suddenly very dry. “Its not that I don’t want it, it’s just that…Look at how busy my days are Sasuke, how am I going to fit another baby into that?”

“Sakura you’re forgetting something: I’m here now. No more raising children on your own.” Sasuke assured her. “Besides, I think Sarada would be quite excited.”

Sasuke smiled thinking about their five year old daughter and how thrilled she would be when she learns she’ll soon be an older sister. Being an only child was sure lonely.

Sasuke squeezed Sakura’s hand again, smiling reassuringly at her, “It’ll be okay.”

Sakura sighed once more but nevertheless smiled at her raven-haired husband. “I guess you’re right.”

“Always am.” Sasuke smiled rather proudly.

His smile widened even further when Sakura pressed her lips against his.

“Stop smiling so I can kiss you properly.” She groaned against his mouth, but that only caused him to start chuckling into the kiss.

She pulled back to pout at him but he was fast to kiss it off.

“You’re really whiny when you’re pregnant.” Sasuke mocked her standing up and pulling her onto her feet.

“You’re really annoying when I’m pregnant.” She retorted but couldn’t stop the smile that made its way to her face. “Can you run the bath for me?”

“Of course, baths are always a great idea.” He grinned lovingly at his wife.

“Only if you’d join me.” She grinned back, her thumb tracing his lower lip.

“Thats what I had in mind.”

Man, in high school, I used to be friends with this guy, and I have him on Facebook, and he’s dating this girl who shares all these feminist nonsense posts like “teach men not to rape” and talks about how much she hates guys, and he always posts, “what about me?” and she goes, “No, you’re one of the good ones.” It’s honestly one of the most pathetic things I’ve ever seen and I feel so sorry for him.

Why Stevonnie is so Flippin’ Awesome.

What you need to know while reading this is that I’m cisgendered, I’m biologically female and self-identify as a female, and I have no idea what it’s like to be non-binary or genderqueer. Hear me out. You should also know that I’m a huge fan of Steven Universe. Seriously, this is an amazing show with one of the nicest fandoms I’ve seen on this site. 

This is Stevonnie, a fusion of characters Steven (a boy) and Connie (a girl). Stevonnie is described as neither a man or a woman, but an experience.

 I know someone who was raised with she/her pronouns but now goes by gender-neutral ones, and I’ve respected this. I did not, however, understand. I referred to them in conversation as “they,them,their” but I was still doing something terrible. In my mind they were still a woman, and though I never said such a thing to their face, I’d often think of them with she/her pronouns. I cared about them and would never want to hurt them, but the fact remained that I didn’t really understand what they were trying to tell me. 

Fast forward to the first time I saw Steven Universe episode “Alone Together”, which is when we meet Stevonnie. Maybe it’s stupid, but for some reason after seeing this episode it was easier to support my friends, and it’s easier to accept what “gender” means to them. Today I view this as natural as me saying I’m a girl, which is the truth to me and what I’m most comfortable with. And even if I never voiced my thoughts, they were still negative and therefore damaging. 

My point is, this is why representation is so important. For someone like me it makes me a better support for those I care about and more understanding. Like I said, I’ll never know what it’s like for people to question my gender or even claim it’s made up or that I’m using it for attention, and I’ll never know what it’s like to never see someone I can relate to on television. Stevonnie is neither man nor woman. It’s a simple fact that I understand, just as now if someone were to explain their gender to me, I’d respect them and not challenge or scrutinize it. 

 Representation is incredibly important, because if I grew up seeing more characters like Stevonnie on television, I wouldn’t have been so confused the first time someone said that they don’t use male or female pronouns. In the future there’ll be more diverse characters for a younger audience, which to some may mean little, but will actually make a huge difference as the kids who watch shows like Steven Universe grow older. 

Dark Swan & heart theory

I was wondering about Emma’s look as she crushed the heart in the teaser we got from the Dark Swan. I would preface this by saying I know it might not be a scene within the show itself but I would like to share a theory on this.

Emma’s face goes from enjoying what she is doing to the man and enjoying the feeling she get from crushing the heart - to then breaking down into disappointment and something we have seen before; the face of the lost girl.

Emma told Graham in season one that sometimes, not feeling anything was the best option when what you were feeling sucked.

So what if Emma’s frozen exterior, diamond hard face and look meant that she was not just empty but did not feel a thing. Emma crushing heart isn’t just about being a villain with a penchant for sadist behaviors but actually seeking feelings. Crushing hearts to feel something because she feels hers is gone, frozen, empty.

Emma’s heart has always been something quite important in the show; be it her unrippeable heart, her inability to open herself up to people, her incapacity to love fully, or Killian’s line about protecting her heart.

We watch a show that deals with heart constantly, people take them away to avoid feelings, people crush them away, etc… Hearts are powerful things, Emma’s is shaped by true love magic.

What is hers lost the ability to feel anything because of the Dark One’s curse? It would mean Killian Jones has to help her feeling something; it would parallel Emma to Killian being brought back from his own darkness, it would be  following the path created in s3 and s4, Killian Jones protects her heart and knows hers best.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor (1 Peter 6-7)

Three times now we have seen Jamie helpless to save Claire - and Jack Randall is involved every time:

  1. 01x09 “The Reckoning” - at Fort William
  2. 01x15 “Wentworth Prison” - in that terrible cell
  3. 02x06 “Best Laid Schemes…” - the duel in the Bois

Every time, Randall taunts Jamie:

  1. First she orders you to fire, then she orders you to flee. Who’s the man in this marriage, Fraser?
  2. Make me a better offer…
  3. How did she forgive you?

Every time, Jamie goes absolutely feral.

Yes, it’s painful to watch. Jamie and Claire’s love is threatened - tested - over and over. They prove again and again just exactly what they are willing to sacrifice for each other. To suffer for each other - again and again.

Gladly.

Because we know - and they know (or at least come to know over time) that each tragedy only makes them a stronger couple. Their love is so much more powerful than one evil man’s hatred - much stronger than that man’s best efforts to destroy them, to dehumanize them, to cheapen their connection.

Notice that in 1 and 3, Jamie doesn’t even bother responding to Randall’s taunting.

In 1, it’s because he’s just so focused on Claire that he won’t be distracted by anything.

And in 3, it’s because he doesn’t need to. He *knows* Claire has forgiven him - and, more importantly, she has helped him forgive himself. That is a very private victory. By withholding this information from Randall, it prevents giving that terrible man the satisfaction of thinking that he has irreparably broken Jamie and Claire’s bond. And this removes Claire from the equation altogether - respecting her, keeping her safe - so that Jamie can focus on what he needs to do.

Epic love.