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I̭̦̳'̡̢̫̝̟̭̬͇̰̟̋ͭ̿̕m̨̯̪̟͓͚̭̻̫̩̔̿̕ ̧͎̱̠̜̝̺̿̄ͭͧͅa͍̙͙̹ͩͩ̑ͤͩ̄ͨ͆ļ̭͔̮̤̖̹̤̰͈ͭ͗̊̈w̢̳̜̜̍̋̓̑͑̓ͬa̵̵̝̫̗̮͊̎̐ͪ͌̍ÿ̯͓͎ͣ̅͋̐̈̎͆́̚͜ṣ̹̳̲͂͑ͤͪ̎͐̀ ̧̥̻̺͎͙̝͙̲̎͗̚͞t̢͍̤̃̈͜h̠̹͔̤̣̐̅ḛ̴̯̲͕̖̩̼̜̮̀͐̇̓́́͠ṛ̩̠͔͉̖̔͒̈ͦ̏ͨȩ̸͍̝̬̱ͥ̉̉̓ͣͥͧ̕.̤̤̩̦͉̥̳̆ͦ̊̇͠ ̴̟͆̾̃̾T̰̐͆̽ͭh̨̗̼͉͎̝̘̲ͩͪ̍̉͞ͅͅe̴̟̣̩̖̪ͪ̃͗̌͒̿͜ ̛̙͍͉̺ͨ̉ͥͩ́̀̍͢ç͖̟͕̦̼̜ͮ̉̅ͫ̆͛̚o̷͔ͫ̍ͦ̓͜r̷͍̝͙̗̻͎̥̽̏̽̄ͦͅn̢̫̯̤̜̲͖͓̾̏̚e̯͗ͭŗ͖̖̦̣̹̯̂̂̉̓ͬ̇̚͞ ̙̳͖̔ͅô̧̬̗̺͊̉ͅf̷̨̖̜͖̘̈́̿ͤ̉̆̚ ͚̠̩̣̳͙ͩ̒͆̀̈ͤͯ͑́y̸̡̛͉̮͇̰͔ͪ̍͊ͅö̧͍̪̩̱̉͒͆̾ü̷̢̜̣̝̮̻̬̣̣͂ͥ̒̅r̢͍͈̳̥̲̩̳̾̐͑̄̀͞ ̱͚͓̮ͧ͟e̵̜̪ͨͮ̓yͮ͋̊̈́͞҉̩̤̘̱͉̠̟̫ē̞̙̰͙̟͚̬͂̂͒̀͆̌ͬ̚͢,̸̡͕̝̱̼ͭͤ̃̆ͧ́̂̏̓ ̴̺̭̲ͫͯ̓̀ͪt̢̊͊̏ͫ͌͗͝͏̺h̡̛ͥ̀̿͏͚͙̹͍̥ḛ̱̦͚̫̩ͥ̂ͨ̏ ͎̲̇͐ͦ̑͗d͇̦̙̪̹̬̓̉̄̕͞ͅȃ̱̯̆̈́ͯͯ̏́͝r̾̐ͮ̈̇͢͟͏͖̪̮̦ķ͎̞͉̬̗ͧͪ͂̾̇̀e̤̟̦̍͊͂̊͑ͣ̕͢s͖̜̰͓̣̟̗̄͒̈́ͬ̊͆̓ͣ͟t̶̫ͦ̏̇ ̡ͨ̾͏̸̪̬̰̬̝̫̦̞̙c̭̬̖͖̩̭̜̒ͪ͘ó̷̒ͬ҉̝͕͓̪̤͍͓͘r͌ͩͦ͊̒͆҉̧̥͓̳̣̬̺̯͙n̶̗̣̜͛ͪ͐ͭͨ͟͝e̲̜͇͈͚̘̊̓̈̍ͭͬͅrͫ͆͊ͫ͆͏̵̼̳͟s̻̙͇̝͎̒̅̿͂͋̋̎̊̀,͈͈̹̠̰͉̜͗͊͐̈͆͑ ̮̟̮͔̜̪̫̍ͪ̏́͒ͫ͘ͅt̖̣̠̫̣͙͉̔̿̃̆̒͊̍͑ͅh͇̯̬̟̻͙̒̂ͣ̑ͯ̀͂̚͟͝ͅͅe̢̯̻̎͛ͬ̓̽̽ͫ ͍͎̩̭͈ͮ̊́ͧ̿̓̑̌̑c̨̮̤̭̹̺͆̈̾̊ͦo̟̻̮͔̗̝̻͙̒͝l̠̪̪̺̒ͯͧ͟d̥̻̲̭̞̐͌̏̃͌́ ̂̊҉̹̳̯̥͇̣͜b͍̉ͬ͗̆̂̑̆͜͡ŗ̱̞̥̽ȇ͉̠̝́͠e̼̠͈͚͒̓̀ͥͧ͋̀͝z͚̭̊͒̇͒̈̋͟ȩ̨͖̹̥̙̩̪ͩ͋ͬ̋͊̍̔ ̨̛͕̠ͭ̅̉̔͝t̜̘͓̜̝͓̳̯̑͂̆̓̈͂̉̒͘h̠̪̱̃͗̀ͣ̔̀ͤͨr̡͈͔̪̮͕͚̮̼̃̂ͣ̃͡ơ̚҉͕̮̼͉̮̼̪̗u̵̸͔͍̼̭̼ͣͥ̒g͇̰̞͚̲̯͔̋̆͑͐̈ͨ̅́͢͟h̪̩̝͇̰̗͙̺͉͛͋̈ ̮̇̿̓ͯͯͯ̈ͩ̀̀y̷̖̜̖̯͊̽̐̐͡o̻͍̫̝̮̟̞͍̬̿̎u͉ͭŗ̺̝͍͙̩̥͍̣͚͂ͪͧͬͭ̚ ̸̥̞̹̟̰̰̥ͬͧ͂͞d̢̦̠͊̂ͅȍ̧̢̼͓̪̙ͪͨͯͣ̚͜o̶̢̠͉̻͚̺͈͑͗̇r̷̙̪̳̤̲ͨ̃ͨ̊̀ͯ.͖̩̟̝̮̎͊͆ͦͨͭ͑ ̜͓̙̲͇̞̝̹̍̏ͯ͛̅ͨ̈̈́͝I̾͒ͭͫ͋̈́͋҉͈͙̳̠͇̭ͅͅn̷̬͈̜̮̠̤̽͗̓͛̽͋̓̅ ̵̷̙̻̺̖̳ͩ͐̒͒̓ͨ̋t̛̞͐̌͑ͤ͞ḫ̖̩͎̟̝̹͈̓ͭ͗ͦ̾͑͋͋ē̸̺̹̹͉̂̑ ̘̬͍͎̰̎͌ͥ̈́͆͜ͅd̨͉̮͍̹̦̫͇̅̍͜ë̡̜̺́́ͧ͂ͪ̈̄ͦą͇̤͕̥̲̣͊͠d̶͙͕̱̝̩͋ͪ̽͜ͅ ͇̙͚̣̞̈͜o͇͇̲̞̝͊̓͡͞f͐̈͒͗̋̈̎̏͏͙̳͝ ̋͗͒̔͊҉̪n̷̸̿ͮ͋̿ͥ͂͌̏ͯ҉̳͇͚i̘̦͍̖̮ͣ̌̆̿ͫ̑ͦ͜g̨͇̣͕̳̜̦͈̿ͣ͌ͭh̴̥̲͎ͥͭ͊̓ͨ̾̄̚͢t̠̣̥̝̤̆ͫͦ̿͐̎̽ͧ̒,̩̖̤͕̙̲͓̠͒ͬ̆̄͑͗́͟ ̖̬̬̝̋̃̔ͥͅI͖̮̬̙̫̹̽̉͆͜͝ͅ ̜̻̜ͧ̀̿ͤͬ͂s̳̪̓ͫͭ́̇͟͝͝t̡̧̫̠̯̠͇̰̟͑͒ͧͯ̋ͪͤ͡ͅa̫̼̽͆ͮͪͥ͌͜͢l̷̘̥̭͇̭͇̥̓ͧ̾̊̅͒̓͗͞k̶̹̦̟͆͝͞.͈̫͌̏͑ͫ͝ ̷̻͚̈̓̀ͥͩ
͉̰̗͕̦ͨ̽̏̈́͂̒̊̚͞I̞̪̖͎̗̦̩͌̐ ̠̻͎̩̋ͩ́ͅn̵̹͖̻ͧ̊ͥḙ̗̩̻̖͓͌̎̊̅̅v̛͉̻͚ͬͯ͐͑ͅe̜̦̰̲͐̅͐ͫͩ̒̇͟r̶͎̬̮̔͗͗ ̧̘̝ͭ̄̔͑͋̃̌ͬ͞l̟͓͕̠̤̏̾͛ͯ͢͠ȩ̭̫̭̻͙ͯ̇̃ͭ̾͑̋͢͡f̺̭̭̜͎̌̋͢͞ͅt̸̜̪̗ͮ͊̽̈́ͬͨ͐́̚.̵̹̗̟̣̻͇̘ͦ̉̍̓̐̐̋ͭ͘

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Some of my black and white out takes from the DC Public Schools Walk Out Protest at Trump International Hotel on November 15th, 2016.

Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing
“fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you. 

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The Most Difficult Thing about the Lord of the Rings fandom

….is that it has such a crazy range of politics/beliefs.

On one hand you have the staunch conservatives and fundamentalist Catholics who see Lord of the Rings as nothing more than a Christian allegory….

….and way on the other side of the spectrum you’ve got your Bleeding-Heart Liberals who argue the Shire is a socialist paradise, pipe-weed is legal marijuana, Everyone is Gay,  and/or that LOTR blurs gender roles by praising men who act stereotypically “feminine” (men who are compassionate/emotionally open, men who don’t want to fight, men who are healers and caretakers, men who cry, men who write poetry about their feelings, men who openly talk about how much they love each other, etc.)


On one hand there are actual horrible White Supremacists who pretend LOTR is an allegory for the “white race destroying inferior races…”

 …and then there are people who point out that Tolkien himself was vocally anti-racism, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest Tolkien wrote many of his characters as POC and his fandom just assumed they were white, Peter Jackson was wrong to portray all the main characters as white, and/or though we acknowledge its deep inarguable flaws the entire point of the series is that people of different races should accept each other as equals

And it’s really difficult???? Because usually when you meet another person from a fandom you can kind of guess what their politics are??? Like if you know someone’s a fan of Steven Universe, you can be 99 percent sure that person supports LGBT rights

But with LOTR 

The person could be anything

and you just have no idea