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Reasons to learn languages

◆ it’s fun

◆ it is courteous to know a language before you travel to the origin of the language (and can help you in situations that can be dangerous)

◆ watching foreign movies without subtitles!

◆ because you can call yourself a polyglot if you learn more than one!

◆ it looks good on your résumé!!!

◆ a lot of languages actually sound very beautiful

◆ you can pretend you don’t speak your native language if creepy/annoying/weird people talk to you

◆ you can curse at people in another language and sound awesome as fuck doing it

◆ you can communicate with new and awesome people!

◆ because learning languages is epic!

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@bext-k So today I got these texts. And I just want to be clear that no matter what you are, to not listen to the haters. to ignore them. click the block button, or the report button because what they are saying is not true. You are Worth so fucking much and no matter what, being gay, or trans, or queer, or bi, or anything, doesnt mean its a mental disease. you are who you are. nobody can change that. so be proud in who you are. Bex Taylor klaus taught me this. She taught me that no matter what you are, you are still an amazing human bean. So spread love, not hate.❤️💛💚💙💜

Check your Criticisms.

I don’t know why I feel the need to post this rant, but here it goes. 

I’ve noticed a strange trend online, one that I’m sure you’ve all seen as well: Criticism and critique is no longer based on the quality and worth of something. Now it seems that increasingly cynical and myopic criticisms are being based on perceived deficiencies in works being produced, not in the way the stories are told on their own merit.

I’ll use the backlash that Joss Whedon received for his portrayal of Black Widow as an example.  He created a perfectly valid and personal reason for Black Widow to feel and act the way that she does in “Age of Ultron”, but he was derided online for not handling her story the way that “the internet” found worthy.  Instead of critiquing the story structure, or the handling of her character WITHIN the context of the backstory and character that HE had developed, he was raked over the coals for not presenting a strong enough feminist argument with her. But that wasn’t the story he was trying to tell with her.  He wasn’t trying to create an icon of feminism in her character, he was trying, at minimum, to tell a story of a girl who had everything taken away from her, including choice, and how she dealt with her past as she developed into a hero.  That was the point. I may be wrong on the specific details (I don’t know what was in his mind specifically), but he created a very compelling story for her in the very few minutes of screentime that she had. 

Just because he didn’t create a banner image of the feminist ideal does not make the story he created for her invalid!  But the internet BLEW UP at him, and it baffled me.  She wasn’t a weak character. She wasn’t a damsel in distress, she was in every way an equal to the rest of the cast, and in fact she had a much more compelling reason to be a hero than many of the other characters. I’m all for stories that the world needs to hear, that champion the rights and strengths of women as individuals and not just fantasy.  I want more and more of those stories. And guess what? That story was there with Black Widow. Just because it didn’t align with the way “you” would have wanted the story told doesn’t make it bad.

I’m starting to feel that if creators are too concerned with pleasing tumblr, or twitter, or their peers and fans on any social media, they might start forgoing plot, theme and character in order to advance “ideals”. Ideals are great, the world needs to hear them,  but work them in organically if they are of the utmost importance to you. And then lay off other creators who don’t see the world the same way that you do, or who create something that you feel “would be better if he/she just did this…”  

I remember that recently an online comic shut down IMMEDIATELY after it started, all because a few critics balked at the idea of a non-Japanese person creating a manga about Japanese voice actors.  Really?  Is that creator’s desire to tell a story invalid because they may get a few facts and idiosyncrasies about Japan and it’s culture wrong? It was a love letter to something the creator cared deeply about, but the creator decided to shut down the comic, drowning under the voices of a few idealists who decided that the problem of what it lacked (an actual Japanese voice) was more important than the story that it was trying to tell.

I see people who love swords criticize, complain and antagonize a creator for the way sword are held in comic books.  I’ve seen an artist CRITICIZED for the amount of “muscly dudes” that he draws because, as he said, that’s just what he likes to draw.  Hey, critic, here’s a great way to approach an artist that you see “lacking” diversity - “Hey artist ‘x’, I love your work! I’d love to see more of the women you draw as well, because they look amazing! Just as amazing as the guys you draw!”  or “I love that you have such badass sword fight scenes in your comics! I love swords and sword fighting technique! Here’s some reference you might find handy for future issues!” Maybe he/she will give you what you want, maybe they won’t, but the point is, be nice.  

Let’s continue to talk about diversity. Let’s continue to make WORKS that talk about diversity. Let’s make works that DON’T contain diversity because maybe that’s not the point of the story being told.  Let’s make works that pass Bechdel Test. Let’s make works that DON’T pass the Bechdel test.  Let’s keep encouraging people to make works that speak to us and which are important. Let’s make dumb crap that doesn’t have a deeper meaning. But let’s try to stop criticizing people who don’t live up to our very very fickle or very very rigid standards for content.  If you have to criticize something, criticize it for being just TERRIBLE, like The Dark Knight Rises.