brands ethics

I don’t know if anyone uses my tags, but just in case :

  • Cheap = Less than 30€ for a bra
  • Luxury = Over 70€ for a bra
  • Full Bust = 32 bands and under and FF cups and over
  • Plus Size = Over 38 bands
  • Small bust = Little support and/or small bands and cups combos

I try to include at least one of each in my selections, but sometimes it’s hard to balance with trying to promote ethical brands as much as possible.

Enneagram Asshole Archetypes

@humanarchetypehouse - I’m reposting them, because they’re hard to access.

5-1-2 Combos: The Insufferable Know-It-All. They think they know everything there is to know about everything, and they cannot contain their urges to share their knowledge with absolutely everyone. They correct people over the tiniest mistakes with no concern for any self-consciousness this may cause and then act disingenuously confused when others get upset.

5-1-3 Combos: The Neurotic Over-Achiever. These are the students who cry over getting a B+ or not being the best at their extracurricular activity of choice. They tend not to do very well outside of school unless they get to become doctors. Even then, they usually end up overly competitive and have hollow social and family lives.

5-1-4 Combos: The Ivory-Tower Prophet. Think they have a perfect vision of what’s best for the world based on nothing but untested theory and fantastical introspection. Needs to actually get out and talk to people in order to actually refine their ideals, but they are often unwilling to because that might involve admitting they are wrong or dealing with people they consider less than them.

5-8-2 Combos: The Armchair Shrink. Read a Psych 101 textbook once and now thinks they are qualified to give drive-by diagnoses and overly impersonal life advice. Tends to be very overbearing about it and generally refuses to listen to further information from their “patients”, particularly if it goes against their assumptions.

5-8-3 Combos: The Cult Leader. Has some bizarre philosophy that they propagate using hollow social influence and brutal aggression. Speaks in pyramid-scheme language and literally never shuts up until you are brow-beaten into submission because your own mind intimidated itself trying to figure out what the hell they were trying to say.

5-8-4 Combos: The Self-Important Jerk. Like the Cult Leader, but lazier and with fewer social skills. Turns their nose up at any preferences or modes of living other than their own and resents anyone who doesn’t see eye to eye with them 100%. They’re very bossy, but their instructions are often terse and unclear, and to make matters worse, they just get mad at you when you tell them to explain because they’re over-sensitive about being misunderstood.

5-9-2 Combos: The Unsolicited Mediator. They hate conflict, but they can’t stand to stay out of it, either. If you’re having a dispute with somebody, expect them to show up spouting inappropriate objectivity and some sterile, by-the-book advice about using I-statements and whatnot. This is actually pretty effective in resolving the disputes, but not in the way they want it to - instead of being mad at the person you were initially disputing with, now you are both mad at The Unsolicited Mediator and must unite against the common enemy.

5-9-3 Combos: The Amoral Monster. Not much seems to bother them, which is nice at first until you realize their “tolerance” stems from the fact that they have no sensibilities to offend. They lack conviction and will use flimsy, pulled-out-of-ass logic to dodge responsibilities and defend their selfish decisions.

5-9-4 Combos: The Pretentious Hippie. The most reclusive of all the archetypes. You aren’t good enough to be their friend, so don’t even try. You’re not on their level and you harsh their vibes, man. They tend to be very unhappy unless they’re living in a sustainable homestead in the middle of nowhere. Bitches about how the Internet is destroying our minds but spends most of their time online anyway.

6-1-2 Combos: The Sanctimonious Sap-Addict. They talk as if they live in a Hallmark card, chain e-mail, or cheesy coming-of-age film. They probably feel really guilty about dumb things, and then you start wondering if you should, too. They tend to be religious and intolerant of those who don’t share their views or ways of life. Thankfully the ways they tend to show this intolerance are pretty harmless - panicking and crying. Nobody can stand to listen to them because, despite the motivational tone of their messages, they make everyone around them feel awful for not being as wholesome as they are.

6-1-3 Combos: The Thought Police. Similar to The Cipher (6-9-3 Combos), but more prone to forcing their boringness on others. While the Cipher avoids personality clashes by either blending in with or withdrawing from those with different priorities, those of the Thought Police archetype wage a crusade against them by asserting the moral superiority of their way of life. They have convinced themselves they are perfect so to avoid the emotional pain of having to re-evaluate their lives, but in order to maintain this illusion, they must live in an echo chamber. Don’t put them in the same room as the 6-1-2, it’s not a pretty sight.

6-1-4 Combos: The Ball of Self Hatred. Nobody wants to listen to these people, no matter how good their ideas might be, because they can’t even listen to themselves - even when they want to. They certainly have minds of their own, unfortunately, they don’t tend to use them unless it’s convenient (Spoiler Alert: it rarely is.) They ruin their own lives by repressing positive emotions, ruminating on wrongdoings (both theirs and those of others), and being unable to trust or feel good about anything unless it is completely beyond criticism.

6-8-2 Combos: The Overbearing Meddler. Anything they wouldn’t do is a bad idea that you need to be scared and bullied out of. This also goes for many things they WOULD do, because they are hypocrites. They say it’s for your own good, but they wouldn’t know the first thing about that if it bit them on the nose because they live with their heads in their asses. They tend to have plenty of their own issues, which they chronically avoid by micromanaging others. More projection than a cinema multiplex.

6-8-3 Combos: The Overworked Grouch. These are people who cannot wind down for the life of them. This tendency would generally not affect anyone other than themselves, but it does because they get mad at other people for relaxing. They see others’ satisfaction with less as an affront because it means that maybe all their overwork was for nothing, but instead of giving relaxation a chance, they choose to act like arrogant dicks in hopes that others will change to suit them instead.

6-8-4 Combos: The Extremist. Fiercely and belligerently loyal to a set of beliefs that no one else shares. Believes their pet issue (frequently something that directly affects them) to be the center of the universe and ridicules opposing viewpoints. They might be nice to you if you agree with everything they say, but even then, they probably won’t - you come second to the crusade.

6-9-2 Combos: The Martyr. No will or interests of their own. Gives their entire life up for the sake of an individual or a group - and it’s usually a dysfunctional one. They don’t even complain if they aren’t appreciated or thanked (they don’t expect it), but Heaven forbid there comes a time when they are no longer needed. They will plunge into depression and impotent rage as they search desperately for another object of their overly-submissive affections.

6-9-3 Combos: The Cipher. Your next-door neighbor who thinks the street you live on is the center of the universe. It’s not completely certain that people of this archetype actually have personalities or if their attitudes and behavior are just absorbed from their surroundings and upbringing. They may be rigidly set in their ways or they may be a perpetually-shifting chameleon (depending on the order of the numbers) - there isn’t much in between, but either way, they’re unbelievably boring.

6-9-4 Combos: The Special Snowflake. They at least try to be interesting, if only on a superficial level, but can’t keep it up for very long. They might seem endearingly quirky until you meet the people they hang out with, who are all pretty much just like them. To their credit, they’re usually pleasant enough company in that they couldn’t be cruel if they tried (though they are plenty judgmental in their thinking), but their flakiness and squirrely behavior usually prove too annoying for anyone to really keep them around for long.

7-1-2 Combos: The Wack-tivist. Thinks they’re hot stuff because they’ve helped out in a bunch of Third World countries. That’s great, of course, but it would be a lot better if they could shut up about it for five minutes. Excessively smug about all the different charity groups they participate in through their church and/or university while you just wonder where the hell they find the time and what you’re doing wrong with your life.

7-1-3 Combos: The Tweaker. Okay, so they may or may not actually use speed, but one thing is for sure; this archetype never sleeps. Ever. They have a full time job and several different hobbies, clubs, and volunteer groups, and they feel the need to excel and gain recognition within all of them. They are always on the go, but unlike the Overworked Grouch (6-8-3 Combos), they’re eerily chipper about it. In fact, they’re very sad when there’s nothing to do, because then they are forced to think about their feelings, which they are notoriously bad at. And it should be obvious how they feel about being bad at anything (Hint: it isn’t positively).

7-1-4 Combos: The Fanatic. A obnoxious mass of scatterbrained and stubborn behavior. Has their own personal brand of ethics and spirituality, which tends to involve a lot of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. They at least practice what they preach, so that’s one good thing about them - unfortunately, they don’t ever really talk much about anything else. They just find a million different ways and contexts in which to talk about it.

7-8-2 Combos: The Bootstraps Idealist. Like the Overbearing Meddler (6-8-2 Combos), but with an extra dose of irresponsibility. They think the answer to all your problems is for you to do extremely difficult or extravagant things without considering whether or not you have the time or resources. Often refuses to acknowledge health issues (both mental and physical), as well. Any reason why you can’t do the things they are telling you to do is because of your lack of positive attitude instead of actual reality. Usually has more than a few terrible habits, but will try and fool you into thinking they have all their ducks in a row by giving faux motivational speeches.

7-8-3 Combos: The Inconsiderate Douche. It doesn’t really get any worse than this. Loud, obnoxious, and hopelessly shallow, a person of this archetype may seem very popular, but their circle of friends is a revolving door because they just won’t stop screwing people over for the sake of their ambitions or disregarding their feelings. Stay far, far away.

7-8-4 Combos: The Conspiracy Theorist. Being paranoid and accusing the government of hiding all kinds of scary, exciting things from us is fun for them. Imagining that there is at least one conspiracy that targets them personally is even more fun. What they don’t understand is that it isn’t as much fun for everyone around them. If you tell them you don’t believe them or even that you’re just sick of hearing about it, they flip their lid and go off about how you’re an idiot and just want to remain ignorant.

7-9-2 Combos: The Walking New-Age Store. This complete knob of an archetype has a saying or quote for everything, but never really seems to think critically about or have anything of their own to add to the words they are repeating. Hardly anyone has the heart to tell them how canned-corny and downright unhelpful they are, because they just seem so blissful and earnest. It would be like popping a hot air balloon, on every possible level.

7-9-3 Combos: The Goldfish. Completely without any self-awareness, this archetype flits perpetually from one superficial interest to the next. Unsurprisingly, they find very little satisfaction from anything, no matter how enthusiastically they may dive into it. The creepiest part about this is that they are so numb and hollow, they barely even notice how unsatisfied they are - they’ve fooled themselves into believing this is a happy existence.

7-9-4 Combos: The Entitled Vagabond. Goes on long road trips for no real reason, couch-surfing all the way. Quite possibly has no permanent address or bank account, and they are okay with this. Does a lot of odd jobs and possibly illegal things; has never had an actual job in their life, because it just isn’t their style, man. They’re actually not too insufferable as long as you don’t expect much from them and don’t mind their mooching. Unfortunately, whatever positivity they may bring to your life will be short-lived; as soon as they pick up and leave (which they will), they will all but forget you even exist.

The Ethical Sugar Baby

Brilliant news – your Sugar Daddy wants to take you shopping for some new designer gear -but wait – how do you know which designers are ethical?

It’s a complete myth that every Sugar Baby dreams of owning a fur stole and python skin handbag; there are plenty of Sugar Babies that don’t support the fur trade or cosmetic testing on animals, many more are concerned about environmental factors and the issue of child sweat shops.

With this in mind this article will provide you with a list of cutting edge and luxury designers, who won’t put a blot on your conscious.

Clothes

Stella McCartney – A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney doesn’t use any fur or leather in her designs.

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (Vaute Couture) – the former Ford Model’s brand Vaute Couture (the v stands for vegan!) aims to create high-end fashion that is vegan, created from recycled fibres and produced locally. The brand is favoured by the likes of Emily Deschanel and Alicia Silverstone.

Vivienne Westwood – Doesn’t use real fur in any of her designs.

Tommy Hilfiger – Stopped using real fur in 2007.

Calvin Klein – One of the early adopters of animal friendly designs, Calvin Klein has opted for fake fur since 1994.

Shrimps – The zany London brand uses bright colours and faux fur to create a bold statement. A coat will cost around £600

Huit - an ethical swimwear brand committed to transporting goods by sea rather than air thus reducing their carbon footprint. Celebrity fans include; Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.

Shoes

Olsenhaus – Brainchild of Elizabeth Olsen, Olsenhouse creates shoes that are animal product free. Shoes range from £100 - £250.

Beyond Skin – Brighton based company selling vegan footwear. There’s a wide range of styles available. Prices start from £80 – £250. Natalie Portman has also been spotted wearing them.

Noah – Italian vegan leather - sounds like a dream come true! Noah offers a range of hand-made Italian shoes that are 100% vegan. Prices start from £100 - £250.  

Cult of Coquette – Vegan shoes that are made out of the most environmentally friendly materials available. The brand states its handmade shoes are for women who aren’t afraid to rock a heel.

Bags

Stella McCartney – A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney doesn’t use any fur or leather in her designs.

Matt & Nat – The name Matt & Nat stands for Mat(t)erial and Nature, which is the ethos of the company. Patrons of the brand include Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman.

Melie Bianco – An affordable, chic, animal friendly range of handbags for every occasion; think Balenciaga, Celine and Miu Miu styles, but without the cruelty.

Wilby – All products are animal friendly and the brand is well known for being eco, and environmentally friendly. Prices Range from £40 - £120.

Accessories

Mirabelle - Worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Mirabelle makes handmade fair trade jewellery. Think pretty pendants at reasonable prices.

Helen Moore –brightly coloured, patterned and innovative designs. She creates faux-fur clutches, muffs, collars and scarves. One of these fun accessories will cost £40 - £150.

Polly Wales - Polly uses vintage and rough jewels to produce unique and imperfectly perfect rings, necklaces and earrings. Her designs use ethically sourced gems that shun the use of child labour in diamond mines.

Please be aware that this guide is not exhaustive and is subject to change at any time. If you’re in any doubt – it’s best to e-mail the customer services department of the brand you are interested in and ask for their policies and commitments to animal and human welfare.

I hope this guide was useful and you (or your Sugar Daddy!) can enjoy shopping for some ethical high-end luxury!

~ KittensPeach ~ x

activism in the west is totally commodity based. Hey, what ethical brand should I buy? Which make up/clothing/beauty brand is cruelty-free? Which coffee bean is local/organic/fair trade? While it’s awesome that you wanna give support to companies that needs support, it feels like activism is less about building a coherent movement here and more about a personal statement. Pretty sure this is how Democrats lose every time. Liberals take it so seriously like some kind of personal branding, and do not understand that it is about compromising and building a large base to make a lasting impact. They’d rather rely on feel good advertising and easy to understand slogans.

anonymous asked:

Im so gay, i was talking to this vendor at the beauty store, she was so passionate about her job and her brand's ethics and products i thought it was adorable. Then she was like let me show you how we recommand to apply it and she //////takes my hand in hers and starts pressing it gently with her palm to apply the cream and my heart /////SANK im so useless/////

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Made from the high quality canvas and brass hardware, this bag surpasses everything about the everyday purse. Stay hands free and never lose your bag! Comfortable, functional and badass sexy.

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anonymous asked:

I luv ur videos n recipes. I luv ur V necklace too n was excited when I saw it on a site. I wanted to buy it, but realized it was $120(not including tax, shipping n handling). The point is to get the word out u said, n if that were true, then ur sabotaging the goal. If that were really true, u would make vegan items affordable for all. We vegans want to support the cause, but this is more about greed than the actual cause. The price is ridiculous n not many would spend that much for V necklace.

This kind of message just shows how society really has no idea how much it costs to make ethical, quality products!!

Of course you can walk into a store and buy a crappy or even medium quality piece of jewellery/clothing/product and it’s cheap as cheap! But have you ever wondered why it’s so cheap??
What kind of materials where used to make it? where they came from? who was exploited to create the product?

Sometimes I pick up things at a shop and look at the price and I’m like…“how is it possible that this only cost $5… between the manufacturing process, the materials, down to the cost of the shop and the people that work in the shop”…

We are so use to getting things for a cheap price without actually considering who is suffering in result of the price. The truth is that western societies exploit other countries like china and India, pay workers next to nothing and force them to work inhumane hours in horrible conditions. Just because the demand for CHEAP products goes up and up and up.

Buying ethical products that are made with quality materials cost more, because… the materials are expensive and the workers are expensive (rightfully so)…

YCL jewellery is made in India in an ethically factory that Fab (owner of ycljewels) set up, she went over there to talk with the workers and make sure everything was done 100% to her standards, which means they are paid proper wages and the quality of the jewellery is very high meaning it will LAST!

At first this was a hard concept to wrap my head around but it’s important that we know and understand the back story to the products that we support with our money. Just like our food….every dollar you spend is a vote for what you believe in. If you buy something you are saying…“yes I support this, I like this, this is good”

I’m not saying I’m perfect, not every single thing I buy has a golden tick of approval (ethically speaking) because a lot of that information can be hard to find. But I do try my best, and I definitely support ethically brands and know that it’s worth paying the extra.

I see the break down of what it cost to make these necklaces and the price they are set at is VERY reasonable. Not only does Fab have to pay for the product to be made she also has to afford to live, and that’s the beauty of supporting an artist and a small business. Fab truely is an artist and I love her jewellery therefor happy to pay to support her and her ethical practises.

I’m not saying you are silly or ignorant at all, it’s very easy to not understand because no one tells us. Hope this helps you understand the price behind the jewellery ❤

Watch the “true cost” documentary to learn more..
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Sophia Bush photographed on her collaboration visit to Uganda for three ethical fashion brands employing and supporting local women.

“It’s a really incredible thing to go that far away from the place that you call home and feel so at home. What strikes me whenever I travel somewhere so distant is that, really, we’re all just the same. Everyone is the same, and we want the same things, we dream in the same ways, we want the same things for our families and our children. It’s such a beautiful thing to be in a place with people that you might otherwise never encounter and realize that you’re all into exactly the same thing, you all like the look of the same sort of creation, and you laugh at all the same jokes. It’s just a really special thing to be reminded that we’re all just one great big collective.”

when i see ppl debating over which makeup brands are ethical, like, “dont buy from this brand, they did this, blah blah blah” im always like??? wtf?? what a waste of conversation, because every single industry that relies on exploiting women and selling us an idea of “beauty” and convincing us that we can get “miracle brows”  and “fix” ourselves is evil… theyre all evil… makeup is evil

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The last few decades have seen a massive change in the fashion industry, with clothing becoming cheaper and more available than ever. While some may revel in the abundance, the mass availability of low-priced garments has an underbelly — namely, underpaid workers and environmental devastation. It’s this oft-overlooked aspect of the production process that drew the ethically minded brand VIRTŪ to create The Perfect Shirt, a “beautiful, handmade, top quality, slim-fit male shirt that aims to break with the unfairness of the fashion industry without compromising on style.” To that effect, they began working closely with designers and producers in the Dominican Republic, Berlin and Paris, in order to provide a shirt that was both ethical and highly fashionable. Now, over a year later, their Kickstarter project will help them bring the final product to production.

TG:RE Chapter 53 Meta - SPOILERS - Kaneki and His Mother

Let’s talk about what happens in chapter 53. If you don’t want spoilers, I suggest you stop reading immediately. Also, disclaimer that the intro to this meta is based off of a video Chibi Reviews released, but I’m going to diverge/disagree with him about some stuff. So, the image above is confirmed to be Kaneki, as a child, being abused by his mother. Obviously, if you’ve been a long time reader of the series, you probably recognize at this point that this changes the entire ball game. But before i open up that can of worms, I just want to point out what a complete god Ishida is.

So way back at the end of part one of Tokyo ghoul, there’s a scene where Shironeki and Kuroneki are talking in this hallucination. You know the one where Kuroneki is a kid, and Shironeki hugs him? Well look at this panel from chapter 140.

Kuroneki is holding his chin. He’s lying to Shironeki about liking his mother. mind blown, right? It’s something you wouldn’t in the heat of the moment, but this is what makes Ishida exceptional. His ability to foreshadow stuff like this is something that honestly escapes my comprehension.

So what does this mean?

Well for one thing, it means that everything we thought we understood about Kaneki is almost completely wrong. The most pivotal moment in part one, in my opinion, is the torture Jason inflicts on him. The reason this moment was so impactful was because we saw a person’s entire system of morality crumble before our very eyes. His torture was not just about his body or mind; it was about fundamentally shifting his entire worldview.

The way that we process the world is through a subconscious meta-narrative that colors how we view things. This meta-narrative is a product of our personalities, upbringing, culture, influences, beliefs, and systems. This is something that works behind the scenes, something you’re not aware of. It’s what compels you to look at Westboro Baptist Church or Donald Trump and scrunch your nose because these people are obviously despicable. This isn’t objective reality – it’s a projection of your brand of ethics and political/religious views informing your opinion on them.

So lecture aside, this is really important in light of the torture he endures. Kaneki’s meta-narrative follows a simple aphorism that he says he inherited from his mother: it’s better to be hurt than to hurt others. This maxim is basically a perfect summary of his entire system of morality. Jason’s torture, specifically when he makes Kaneki choose between the mother and child, was perfect in dismantling that. After this, Kaneki is almost completely jaded with his previous worldview. The maxim doesn’t hold up any longer because it makes him and others suffer. Then, his hallucination of Rize begins to feed him a new idea, while he’s at his lowest point, after his systems of right/wrong, good/evil, justice/injustice come crashing down. She tells him that all of this is his fault and that he needs to learn to choose. He has to prioritize harming one party to save another. Kaneki clings to this idea, but it’s chilling when you realize that this idea had to have been floating around in the back of his mind, even before the torture with Jason. Otherwise Rize, who’s just a mental projection, wouldn’t have known to say this. As he processes Jason’s “all disadvantage in this world stems from a person’s lack of ability” idea, he subconsciously conjures up Rize to convince him of this. Rize is not autonomous here – she’s serving a very specific psychological purpose that Kaneki’s subconscious is projecting.

So what I’m getting at here is that Kaneki undermines his own system by using Rize as a scapegoat so that he doesn’t have to confront the idea that he’s the one that came up with this idea. By blaming Rize, he can pretend that he was swayed by her, instead of confronting the fact that he changed his mind through his own volition. This is scary and needs meta in its own right, but this notion is crucial.

The entire thing is a ruse. If Kaneki’s mom did in fact abuse him, then she never imparted her personal brand of ethics to him. I simply cannot overstate the complete mindfuck Ishida has pulled here. If Kaneki didn’t get this worldview from his mother, then how do we make any sense of what’s happened in the entire series after the torture arc? We’re left with an incredibly stark image – Kaneki was truly alone.

So where does he come up with this idea? Well, he gives us the answer: his mother gave him the idea. This isn’t referring to his real mother, but rather a projection of a mother that he concocts as a child to make sense of this abuse. In this light, that adage of “it’s better to be hurt than to hurt others” makes perfect sense. Kaneki has just justified his own abuse at the hands of his mother by using his fantasy mother’s words of advice.

I’ll try to unpack this because it’s a little dicey. Kaneki feels like he deserves the abuse. As a young child, being beaten by his mother had to have lead him to question why it was happening in the first place. Desperate for an answer, he imagines an ideal version of a mother; someone who is kind and loving and infinitely giving, to a fault. This ideal mother serves the same function as Rize did in the torture arc. Instead of coming up with the justification himself, he has his ideal mother give him the words of advice his subconscious already came up with. This way, he can obey his “real” mother, the projection in his head, and take comfort in her words while enduring the abuse his mother inflicted on him. This is incredibly sad. As I said, Kaneki felt then that he deserved this abuse. After all, a kind person can still be happy by virtue of their kindness. This is the construction of a meta-narrative brought on by his upbringing. So in a sense, Kaneki didn’t lie to us. His mother really did make him believe this, but not in the way we thought. Rather, she made him believe this indirectly through her abuse of him, which forced him to arrive at this conclusion himself.

Rize serves as another mother figure and helps transform his worldview yet again. His view changes to “I will destroy anything that threatens my peace or loved ones.” In this moment of extreme psychological stress, Kaneki undergoes a metamorphosis and becomes an entirely different personality – Shironeki. Both of his views as Kuroneki and Shironeki are motivated by his need to not feel alone. By justifying his mother’s abuse, he finds a way to still love her, even if she’s nothing more than a projection in his mind. As Shironeki, he is absolutely ruthless in ensuring his loved ones are safe.

So what is Haise’s worldview in :re? It isn’t either Kuroneki’s or Shironeki’s view. Despite that, the aversion to loneliness is something that persists. It’s a little unclear what Haise really believes in because he’s such a mess psychologically that you can’t pin anything down as fact.

I’d argue that Haise has a view that resembles Shironeki’s, but it’s informed by both his new contact with humanity and the CCG. Haise is, like Arima, the perfect soldier. He feels an obligation to his comrades/squad members – the Q’s. There’s a fierce drive to protect them, but it’s not Shironeki’s brand of ruthless psychopathic violence. There’s no world in which Haise would re-enact the 103 bones treatment on Ayato, even though he probably would care about Touka just as much as Kaneki did. He wouldn’t go that extent. This is why he’s merciful to ghouls when he’s given the chance. Shironeki doesn’t have the word “mercy” in his vocabulary.

Still, Haise is remarkably blank beyond that. Beyond his innate kindness and drive to protect his squad members, Haise is mostly programmed as a practical soldier. This is where he diverges from Kuroneki. Kuroneki would’ve gotten destroyed by Takizawa. Granted Haise didn’t fare too well, but Haise recognized Takizawa as a threat, and when he was given orders to engage him alone, he instantly obeys. He has no qualms with fighting Takizawa and potentially killing him, while Kuroneki would’ve been plagued with indecisiveness and terror. So, in a sense, Haise is both a melding of the two Kaneki’s, and his own person at the same time.

I think this illuminates the psychological struggles Haise faces pretty nicely. It’s more than just different personalities vying for control within the same body. Rather, it’s three entirely separate worldviews trying to claim dominance. Haise, for his part, tries his best to remain as neutral as he can. However, beyond the two Kaneki’s, there lingers the elephant in the room – his psychotic kakuja personality.

Centipede is ruled almost entirely by instinct. Just as a tiger does not show mercy when it devours its prey, Centipede doesn’t even understand what mercy means. He’s ruled by the drive to eat and commit violence. There’s a psychoanalytic position you could take here and say that Centipede is actually his true nature or Id given his violent, primal impulses. The danger for Haise, in his eyes, is not Shironeki as much as it is Centipede. Centipede would completely hijack all control he has and would lay waste to everything in sight, potentially his squad members. An even more immediate and obvious concern is that the second Centipede takes over, the CCG are going to kill him on site. They’d be forced to dispose of him, so it’s not just out of mental concerns that Haise fears Centipede but because Centipede threatens his basic survival.

Here’s where things get really terrifying. I made a point of saying Haise fears Centipede more than Shironeki, but this is wrong. He should fear Shironeki more. In this chapter, Shironeki strangles Haise in the hallucination, and he says to Haise, “Don’t you remember? Trivial coaxing. I often received it from the person I loved.” This is where the panel of Kaneki’s mother abusing him appears. There’s some ridiculously chilling dialogue here, and I don’t how legitimate the translations are, but there’s two different voices speaking here as his mother is beating him, one in black and the other in white.

This panel is pretty terrifying. Shironeki goes on after this telling Haise how he fantasized about death, how he was excited to meet “A Death God” (Arima). This stuff is so chilling because Shironeki is convincing Haise, the personality, to kill himself. He tells Haise, “And finally, I want to have an awesome death!” Haise expresses doubts, asking Shironeki if this is really what he really wants. Shironeki repeatedly assures him it’s what they want, going so far as to ask Haise, “Can you do it?” Haise looks at him, but at the end of the chapter, we’re left with the words “Sleep well, Haise. Your wish has been granted.” I’m interpreting this to mean Haise’s wish for self-annihilation being granted. Shironeki is telling him to sleep. What’s going on here could be Shironeki asserting himself as the dominant personality after having convinced the current main personality, Haise, to “Sleep well.”

Ishida also posted a drabble on his twitter called “The Sky Falls.” I’m not going to post it here because this post is ungodly long already, but here are some interesting lines.

“She laughed and squeezed my throat.

It’s always like this.

Only people dull to pain hurt me.

She truly loved me,

Only she didn’t know how to love.”

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“My brain becomes transparent, and there’s nothing I can’t see.

On knowing the things you didn’t know, you die.

I had a dream where the sky fell.

A checkerboard sky.

Squashed by it, I died.

Yes, I wished for that.”

These lines are perfect for this chapter. The line about a woman laughing as she squeezes his throat is almost definitely a reference to his mother. The end is Haise’s perspective on what Shironeki is proposing, how he’s come to wish for death. Wild stuff.

Chibi talks about how Shironeki represents Kaneki becoming what he hated: his mother. I’m not sure we can make that leap considering Shironeki doesn’t abuse anyone he cares about. Sure, the scene with Ayato is most definitely gruesome, but Shironeki hurting Touka’s brother, who had severely harmed her, is not comparable to a mother beating her child. Chibi uses this point as a spring board into the idea that the entire series was foreshadowed by Eto’s book, “The Black Goat’s Egg.” I can get behind this notion, but I don’t think we have all the pieces yet to say for sure. In Eto’s book, the main character’s mother is a serial killer, and when he finds out about this, he is repulsed. However, he later realizes he shares the same sadistic impulses she did. We’re almost there, but until we can establish a more concrete connection between Shironeki and Kaneki’s mother, we can’t say for sure. However, all indications point to this being true in some regard. This is pretty ridiculous considering we were introduced to the book in Chapter fucking 1 of Tokyo Ghoul part 1. Based Ishida.

There’s so much going on here that it’s impossible for me to break everything down. I just had a lot of thoughts and wanted to share them, and I apologize if it’s a little all over the place. All I can say is that this next chapter is the precipice of something incredible about to come. What that is I don’t know. We’re just gonna have to sit tight and wait for sensei to release the next chapter.

Final note: in my opinion, the most interesting dialogue in the chapter so far is when Shironeki says the following: “I was also a bug like my mother, but I couldn’t be killed.”

Reference to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”? Reference to “The Black Goat’s Egg”? Just stuff to ponder.

I’d appreciate any feedback and reblogs because this took hours to write.

EDIT:

Okay, so in light of better scans, I want to edit the post and revise the meta a bit. Turns out I was wrong about a big thing here. My scans were really dark and stuff, so I got it wrong: Haise is strangling Shironeki. You can see his hand shooting up to grab Shiro by the throat, and he says, “Quiet.” Then he flips their roles and sits on top of Shiro and starts a monologue about dying and killing Kaneki, but then he stops.

Shironeki smiles up at him and guilts Haise by saying that he was used to being beat by the people he loved. I think this is why we see Haise and Shironeki talking normally in the rest of the chapter.

The dialogue just gets really confusing from here on out given pronoun ambiguity. There’s parts where Shiro says he wants to die, and then there’s parts where Haise says he wants to die. There’s parts where one of them refers to the both of them wanting something. It’s all super confusing and I read over the ending like thirty times, I shit you not.

I’m still backing my theory that Shironeki’s manipulating Haise here. It’s just a pain because of the pronoun ambiguity. So here’s my evidence. I think Haise speaks in the white textboxes, and Shiro does in the black ones. I’m going to bold the pronouns and adding parenthesis who I think is being referred to make a point so bear with me:

Haise: “Did… I (Haise) want to die?”
Haise (internally): Your (Shiro) salvation was but sleep and sweet dreams.”
Shiro: “Yes. Definitely. That’s why I (Shiro)… This time… Make sure… To do something that will allow you (Haise) to be loved by everyone. A good thing, a bad thing, it doesn’t matter. And after that you see, I (Shiro) want to die in style!”

Quick pause here. When Shiro says “I want to die in style!” he’s referring to himself and both of them at the same time, in my opinion. It’s like his request to Haise on how he wants them both to die. As you can see, it’s pretty ambiguous.

Shiro (internally): “… I (Shiro) am a sweet dream. Once the sleep falls from my eyes and I begin to cry, it’s all over.”
Haise: “Will that… Will that be your (Shiro) salvation?”
Shiro: “Yes.”
Haise: “What… What do you (Shiro) mean?”
Shiro: “So, can you (Haise) manage it?”
Haise (internally): “Somewhere along the way, I (Haise) mistakenly began to once again desire.”
Haise: “…. Yeah.”
Shiro: “Goodnight, Haise. I’ve (Shiro) had enough of dreaming.”

This is all confusing, and this is just my interpretation. I think that Shironeki’s last line means he’s done being the subdued personality, he’s had enough of dreaming, and now he wants to take over. Again, I could be totally wrong, but hear me out.

Shiro’s basically asking Haise to say his last words. He tells Haise to do something that will allow him to be loved by everyone. This use of “you” makes no sense if it’s about Shironeki wanting to die. This is his “salvation” and what Haise seems so reluctant to do, but it seems that Haise is finally at the end of his line. Still, even at the end, he says that he’d started to want something again, which gives him some reason to stay alive.

Furthermore, Shironeki says “Goodnight, Haise,” which makes a lot more sense if Haise was the one going to “sleep” while he took over, now that he’s sick of dreaming. Shiro should’ve said “Goodbye, Haise,” if he intended on committing suicide. There’s also the line he says about sleep falling from his eyes resulting in it all being over, which means that he refuses to sleep anymore, his current state cannot be sustained anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, Shironeki is undoubtedly suicidal, but that doesn’t mean he wants to die now. I think Shironeki is allowing Haise one final moment to do something spectacular before he takes over and Haise “dies.”

The other interpretation here is that Shironeki is convincing Haise to kill the body itself. I think this is an equally valid stance to take. A comment I saw summarized the whole thing pretty nicely:

“Kaneki asks Haise if Haise could manage it and then says goodnight Haise, I’ve had enough of dreaming. This could mean that Haise who obviously was Kaneki’s happy dream was sent to sleep and now Kaneki who has enough of dreaming is back. Or Kaneki said goodnight to Haise leaving things to him because he’ll be gone forever from now on.”

Honestly, I’ve been thinking about this chapter non-stop, and the more I think about it, I’m feel less and less sure about everything. Like, this chapter alone completely changed everything in part one, and is, in my opinion, the best chapter of anything I’ve ever read. It’s just amazing. Feel free to disagree with me, but just know that I’ll probably agree with you.

anonymous asked:

My boyfriend says you sold out and got paid to promote your new jewellery on youtube and instagram

Yeah I’m SUCH a sell out. A vegan blogger who designed a vegan jewelry collection with a friend and owner of a vegan, ethical jewelry brand 😂😂😂

Look at me go!!!! 🙈

anonymous asked:

Hello Ally, My daughter is a follower of yours. Looking at your blog she has all the same kinds of interests as you for example:1. She is vegan and passionate about it and health.2. She loves Harry Potter, One Tree Hill, FRIENDS etc. 3. She wants to travel more than anything but I'd be afraid to let her on her own. She is almost finished university now. Do you have any recommendations for some Christmas presents for someone like you? I am anonymous because I don't have a tumblr!

This is the sweetest message ever!! You are so kind and thoughtful, your daughter is incredibly lucky to have you. When the day arrives, please wish her a happy christmas from me too :)

This made me so excited to research for haha. My family doesn’t really do presents anymore but I still have plenty of ideas for things she might like!

I’ll give you the link to my Amazon prime list, it’s basically a bunch of presents I would buy for myself but can’t justify, so they should be in keeping with her taste and things she might enjoy receiving.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/15B1L85CEJRDF/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

There’s 10 or so books on there that I want to read and I think books always make a fantastic gift, especially during the holidays when there’s time to read. Some related to health and veganism might be ‘How Not To Die’ or a cool plant based recipe book. My friend @emilyhuntt is releasing an ebook soon with vegan recipes and nutrition facts, that could be a nice idea!

Some cruelty-free make up could be nice! My favourite products I own right now are Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara, Tarte’s liquid eyeliner, and ELF’s highlighter. A Sephora voucher is a great idea if you have those near you. LUSH vouchers are always well received too.

Something in particular I’ve had my eye on online for years but never been able to justify is a hoodie from ‘Keith Scott Body Shop’. It’s a One Tree Hill reference, and that might be something your daughter hasn’t seen before but would really appreciate. 

This tote bag features my favourite quote from John Muir, but there are plenty to choose from, even some Harry Potter selections

This bar necklace is lovely. My friend has one that says ‘wanderlust’ but you could pick a word that is meaningful to your daughter

A Harry Potter ‘H’ knitted jumper would be amazing to unwrap on Christmas morning! I’m sure she’d love that as a fan.

This Gryffindor tapestry/blanket is obviously wicked cool

This divination planner might be the most awesome thing I’ve ever found

These cactus earrings are adorable

There are some great ethical brands to support too! YCL make stunning, simple necklaces, Vegan Style do gorgeous shoes and boots, In The Soul Shine makes apparel, and so on :) If you aren’t vegan yourself, I’d say a pretty awesome gift to her would be offering to sit down and watch a documentary of her choice! I asked my friends to do that for me in lieu of presents, to check out ‘Earthlings’ on Youtube. 

If it’s within your price range, a camera? I have a Canon G7x and love it, but the Sony equivalent is just as good and hugely discounted for Cyber Monday sales right now (I think it’s gone from $650 to $300).

A polaroid camera is always a nice idea, I think they go for around $60 these days

I love scented candles! Your daughter has her own taste I’m sure, but my favourite smells are salted caramel, vanilla, pumpkin spice and coconut.

If you’re open to it, I’d really reconsider the view on travel. I’m assuming your daughter is around 21, which is perfectly old enough to go travelling on her own! I have many friends who went at 18 right after high school, and that period of self exploration and seeing the world really transformed them as a person, bringing newfound confidence, independence and global perspective. If you really don’t feel comfortable, could you let her go with a friend? Or to visit a friend who lives somewhere else? Finally, if that isn’t an option, what about going with her? You could take an awesome mother/daughter adventure somewhere together. If you live in USA or Japan I would surprise her with a trip to Wizarding World (my parents did that when I graduated high school for my christmas present and it was the happiest day of my life). 

I hope some of this has been helpful! Feel free to message again with more information or your thoughts :)

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Brand Identity - Lush Cosmetics 

“Identify the brand identity of the company. What do you associate this brand with? 

Identify the unique selling point of this company. What makes this brand different to any other? What has it got that others haven’t?

Identify the company narrative. What is the story this company tells us about itself? What do they want  us to believe?”

The brand identity of Lush Cosmetics is to be a moral and ethical brand. They do this by supporting  different charities with products based on give some percentage of profit to said charity, they also campaign against animal testing, the killing of badgers and the ban on fox hunting being taken back. 

They are 100% against animal testing and it is clearly displayed on their website and they also sell canvas/tote bags that say “Fighting Animal Testing” this is also shown on bags given to customers when bagging up products. . From this they have made a very honest brand which upholds a strong reputation.

I personally associate the Lush brand with good customer service, honest policies and home-made products. This is because their products are in a sense sort of personal. I feel this way because  on each black pot is a sticker which show which employee created the product  and when. They also use a font on all their signs that look home-made. 

The U.S.P of this brand is how it puts in that personal touch not only to their products but also with their customer service within Lush Stores and the Customer Care they provide online.Their  font is quite well known now as well since they rebranded. This is because they use it throughout stores, online and on products - linking the brand together. 

Another unique selling point is the ethical code they live by.On  Lush’s website, it states the products are 100% vegetarian, the ingredients for the products are ethical bought and handmade.

Lush have also made their brand customer service based by introducing their beliefs in supporting animal rights, human rights and environment sustainability. They also do a “Random Act of Kindness” a day where a customer will be given a product for free. 

Lush have told the consumer the story of their company being the good guy, the cosmetics company that is vying for the underdog. This is shown, again by the animal right campaigning but also when gay marriage was announced in the USA and UK they released a large bar of glittery gold soap that read “gayisokay” and started a worldwide hashtag online to show support for the LGBT community. 

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Jenna  and Cam put together a blog to talk about ethical shopping and she even gave some documentary suggestions to watch to get better educated! 

Ethical Shopping.

Through the internet and social media, the younger generation is more aware then ever about the suffering being endured by animals
and the damage being done to the environment around us. While this is a good thing, sometimes the information can be overwhelming and leave people feeling like the problems are too big to fix and that there’s nothing they can do on an individual level.

As the population continues to grow, placing increasing pressure on business and agriculture, its more important then ever
for us to become aware of the power and consequences that our daily shopping choices have.

It’s a misconception that big businesses are inherently evil. They are simply providing products that are in demand, at the
most affordable price possible. The quest for the cheapest product is what leads to an increased use of chemicals, labour exploitation, environmental and animal abuse.

Though it is not made known to consumers through labelling, most cosmetic brands conduct animal testing prior to general
public sale. When you buy cosmetics that are tested on animals, you are funding those companies to continue their practices. The same goes for things like washing detergent and shampoos that aren’t biodegradable and end up polluting the ocean.

I can guarantee you right now that if tomorrow the entire world said “I am not going to eat Mcdonalds Hamburgers anymore”,
they would stop selling them in a week. While it sounds extreme, it’s really as simple as that. All you have to do is spend a little more time researching the products you buy on a regular basis, and try to find the most ethical brands to support.

Veganism aside, it’s important to note that western society has developed an over dependence on animal products, placing
extreme strain on the environment. You do not have to give up the foods you love, but making the effort to replace a few of your regular meals with vegetarian alternatives is an effective way of reducing this stress. Avoiding fast food restaurants is a great
place to start, as these companies are notorious for damaging the environment, exploiting animals and selling harmful chemical-laden food.

I recommend checking out the following documentaries and books to provide you an insight into consumer choice and the agriculture
business’ effects on the environment.

“Cowspiracy”
“Food. Inc”

“The Thrive Diet” - Brendan Brazier
“Meat is For Pussies” - John Joseph

Pretty Little Liars's Shay Mitchell: “Every Time We Make a Purchase, We Have the Power to Help Someone”

Actress Shay Mitchell may be on hiatus from her hit showPretty Little Liars, but that doesn’t mean she’s resting on her laurels. Instead, the 27-year-old recently embarked on a trip to India with ethical fashion brand Raven + Lily to help the team with its mission of helping women around the world break the cycle of poverty through safe jobs that provide a sustainable income. Mitchell first learned about the company when she noticed a friend “wearing a beautiful necklace,” she tells InStyle shortly after her trip. “She told me it was a company called Raven + Lily and that the necklace had been made from melted down bullet casings by HIV+ women in Ethiopia.” Mitchell found the story so rich and inspiring that she just had to learn more.

 InStyle recently caught up with Mitchell to talk about her experiences on the trip, and what we can all do to help.

What prompted you to take this trip with the team?
I’ve always had a huge passion for helping women and have been involved with a lot of other organizations that support women in various capacities. I have also always dreamt of traveling to India and was actually in the middle of planning a trip of my own, so it was serendipitous that Raven + Lily offered me the opportunity to travel along with them and get to meet the women and girls they are working with personally.

Part of the trip involved a visit with former trafficking victims, which is a cause you’ve fought for before. Why does it affect you so?
No woman should ever have to experience this. Ever. But human trafficking is something that is uncomfortable to talk about and, for that reason, it’s often swept under the rug or not discussed. In order for this to end, we have to talk about it. We have to talk about the issue of human trafficking, the solutions and the reality that it’s happening everywhere.

What was the best moment of the trip? Worst moment?
The best moment of the trip was going into the homes of women in the Raven + Lily partnership in Northern India. They are one of the longest-running partnerships Raven + Lily has and so they’re really an example of what is possible with this model. We visited the home of a woman named Ferdoz, who has five daughters. In India, girls are traditionally thought of as a burden because of their dowry and after her fifth daughter was born, Ferdoz’s husband left her alone with no money to care for her family. Women in this Muslim community were not allowed to work outside the home, but the system that Raven + Lily uses allows them to work on jewelry and paper goods from inside their home, allowing them to respect the local culture, while also accessing sustainable income. Fast forward years later and Ferdoz now has a safe, clean, comfortable home where her daughters can live and thrive. They even showed us their dance studio where they taught me how to Bollywood dance!

The hardest part of the trip was facing the extreme poverty in India head on. It’s everywhere and it’s inescapable. It can be really overwhelming, but I think it’s important to stay focused on helping these communities one person at a time because every single person matters.

What does taking a trip like this make you realize?
This trip made me realize how far we’ve come already. Raven + Lily started with a small group of a few artisans and has grown into 13 partnerships employing thousands of women. But that being said, there is still so much more work to be done. In every partnership we visited, the women are hungry for more work so that more people in their community can have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families and live with dignity. There are millions of women all over the world who just need to be given the opportunity to work.

What was the greatest thing you learned from the trip?
A job is a powerful thing. By giving a woman a chance to discover what she’s good at and use her time, talent and skills to contribute to her community, she not only can provide for herself and her family, but she also gains confidence and dignity. She will feel like she can take on the world.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a day that celebrates the achievements of women while also calling for greater equality. This year’s theme was “make it happen.” What can we do today—big or small—to make change happen for women around the world?
It’s up to you and I to make wise and careful choices about the products we buy because every time we make a purchase we have the chance to help someone. I know that it can feel overwhelming, but start small. Find companies like Raven + Lily that are fair trade, ethical and environmentally-friendly and make a point to shop from them when you need things for yourself or for a gift. By doing so, you’ll have a chance to help people around the world, but you’ll also feel good about it—and you’ll have a great story to tell every time someone compliments what you’re wearing.

teenvogue: Many girls all over the world don’t have access to the simple things like food, a home and healthcare. By choosing to shop from brands that are making ethically-produced fashion, jewelry and more, we can help to make the world a better place every day just by what we buy. #IWD2015 xo, @shaym / photo: Melinda DiMauro