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✨looking for tips + collaborators✨so my mom wore this bra in the 80s and it’s been mine for many years now. it’s not a a luxury item but lasted for decades of frequent wear because it happens to pre-date the ca 2005 fast fashion boom. your children will not inherit HM underwear bought today but there are amazing sustainable/ethical lingerie brands out there that do live up to this standard and if you are one of them i would love to work with you! please consider getting in touch for styling/photo collaborations. and please tag your favourite ethical makers so i can find them✨ some of my favs include @evgenialingerie @hopelesslingerie @angelafriedman @amaella_lingerie .. the list goes on ((jewels are by me: ‘little moon dark’ and 'pleiades’ silver pendants, set with smoky quartz and cz/faceted glass respectively. both in stock).

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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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/////

anonymous asked:

blythe, i am wretched poor so i never get around to //really buy clothes that are produced under any better conditions than the next h&m brand, how and can i at all still hold my marxist up?

basically- the material conditions of workers will never be changed by capitalist consumption. it is a capitalist myth that consumers dictate the market through their purchases. even if you shift all of your consumption to ‘ethical’ brands, you’re still supporting the inherently exploitative systems of capitalism. and as a member of the working poor, capitalism especially doesn’t give you the privilege of buying more expensive goods.

the most you can do as a marxist and anti-capitalist is to “educate, agitate, organize” around the abolishment of capitalism and wage labor entirely. but participating in it through whatever form of consumption, work, etc does not make you a hypocrite. it’s just a reality of survival. you can abstain from purchasing certain things for the sake of your conscience, but that abstention alone will not significantly affect capitalism/workers rights if that is your main concern.

anonymous asked:

So, the other day Ivanka Trump says she disagrees with her dad on some stuffs, do you love her yet

White Feminism Barbie has never offered a single concrete example of where she disagrees with her father; all she cares about is her brand, she has no ethics or convictions, and aids and abets this moral dumpster fire of an administration at every turn. fuck that bitch.


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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..

anonymous asked:

Hey Ally! Where do you normally get your shoes from? I have such a hard time finding cool shoes that are also vegan, and I really like your style!

Hey anon!! You’ll appreciate the shoe brand I mentioned in my latest ‘favourites’ video :) I would say one third of my shoes are from cheaper brands that use synthetic products, one third are from a store called Vegan Style that stocks ethical brands from all over the world, and the other third are thrifted (or exercise runners, which I actually don’t think are ever really vegan). 

a bit all over the place really! My boots are generally from brands like Nice Guys Don’t Wear Leather or Wills Vegan Shoes, runners are by Asics (I’m not sure if these are vegan but they’re the only brand I can wear with my injuries at the moment) and sandals are often from markets or little tiny stores around the world.

and thank you!!

affordable, ethical fashion (+tips): minimalism journey

shopping sustainably and ethically can come off as an expensive alternative. Though these brands tend to cost more than most commercial brands, having a mindful wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank.

why is it expensive?

sustainable materials cost more: natural materials, generally grown on farms in a certified organic way, farmed in a way that pays workers fairly and ethically

tips to build a conscious wardrobe: 

  • shop second-hand (thrift shopping): not only is it affordable and sustainable, but it can be fun creating your own style and doing more with less // you’ re preventing items from ending up in landfills // look into local  and online “swapping/trading events” // shop at stores that sell ethical brands, but second-hand // shop less at malls 
  • have a minimalist or capsule wardrobe: not spending so much on every new “trendy”, fast-fashion pieces of clothing, allows you to save up and afford the more expensive brands and products that are sustainable //  with a small clothing budget, you’re allowed to be more mindful as to what you add to your wardrobe (even if it’s one piece) // new shopping habits: quality or quantity // due to the concept of “year-round-clothing” with minimalism, you’ll be able to buy pieces that actually last 
  • find a balance between conscious brands and second-hand clothing that works with your budget: this depends on your situation (age and location), budget/finances, needs, and lifestyle // the impact your wardrobe has, also is affected by how you care for your clothes // don’t always wash your clothes in hot water and dry in hot dryers, in order to not waste energy and allow your clothes to last longer/not replace items continuously 
  • research your brands: check their websites, google about them (reputation), and read their “about us”/”what they stand for”/ “their mission” // allows you to make a more mindful investment in your clothing // look for certifications (e.g. GOTS or FairTrade) // research by country, brand or production criteria (e.g. Eco Fashion World) // read about blogs and websites about sustainable fashion 

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.”

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.”


“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.


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.

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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vegantine-deactivated20170422  asked:

Opinion on planet fitness? It's closest to my house but I've heard lots of iffy stuff

Planet Fitness knows their market. Their policies have ensured that they appeal to a wide consumer base that’s willing to pay upfront, will visit the gym less than regularly, use equipment lightly (making it less likely that equipment will be broken or need to be replaced often), and will primarily focus on exercises that don’t require significant education and experience on the part of their personal trainers. They’re also incredibly accepting of a balanced diet, encouraging members to eat pizza and bagels on their property. This is an awesome “screw you” to diet culture that helps their facilities feel less intimidating to the average person, someone who won’t be participating in hardcore gym culture. Planet Fitness knows exactly what it’s doing. 

I’d really like all of this if their policies simply discouraged serious lifters from signing up. Catering to a more casual clientele is fine: Some people do just want accessible cardio equipment and a low monthly rate without dealing with more serious patrons, and those people deserve to have a gym too. The problem comes when Planet Fitness moved away from “We’re not really a lifting gym” to “No lunks allowed.”   

See, Planet Fitness doesn’t need any of their “lunk” propaganda in order to discourage lifters from joining. People who are into heavy weights already know that they need to look into other gyms. One tour around the facility is enough to show that loud and clear. Planet Fitness simply doesn’t have extensive lifting resources, therefore lifters will go elsewhere. If it stopped there, no one would get hurt and we wouldn’t have a problem. But that wasn’t good enough for Planet Fitness - They needed to demonize and insult lifters (specifically, women lifters) in order to seem more appealing to the people they wanted to sell to.

Their commercials and in-gym advertisements frequently paint weight lifters as dumb, egotistical, obnoxious and barbaric. This plays into the stereotype that all lifters are Bros and not like the “normal people” that go to Planet Fitness. It’s a completely unnecessary attack. Not only is it body shaming and offensive to people who value certain body types, but it’s hypocritical when placed next to this concept of a Judgment-Free Zone. It enforces this idea that a person’s worth, personality, values and ability to respect other patrons can be judged solely on appearance. It’s pretty ridiculous.

But again: This may be a problem, but it wouldn’t be such a huge issue if Planet Fitness just stopped there. But they kept going and just had to hurt more people: They’ve aired multiple transphobic commercials that mock and body-shame female bodybuilders. Their commercials accuse female lifters of being too masculine to actually be women, while women cardio-buffs are apparently air headed and arrogant super models. This is misogyny and transmisogyny at its finest: Women literally can’t win. No matter what their goal is at the gym, they’re going to be condemned for it and painted as an Other. And it’s trans women who end up being hurt the most.

Planet Fitness has also had a lot of trouble with body shaming women within their actual facilities. This past year, there was a report that the company asked a patron to cover her stomach up, while another facility forced a Muslim woman to either remove her headscarf or leave. It’s still women who are being hurt by their strange brand of Judgement Free ethics. 

I honestly don’t care if Planet Fitness caters to serious lifters - On average, there are enough other gyms out there to keep “lunks” engaged and active. Lunks are going to be just fine. But Planet Fitness does not have the right to demean or devalue people based on their bodies. To my knowledge, they’ve stopped their worst advertising campaigns and don’t have any misogynistic or transphobic commercials being aired anymore, but the damage is done. 

If you can vote with your wallet, then choose a different gym. If not, then hopefully your local gym is run by better people than the company at large. There’s a lot of both good and bad stuff going on here, so it mostly depends on what you value most.