cultural idiosyncrasies


Title : Luna 

Characters : Taehyung (V) of BTS & You

Genre : Smut, Vampire!Taehyung, Alternate Universe

Rating : M

Summary : "Over my rotten corpse!“ You spite in coarse voice, and nearly, nearly regretting it the next second because the vampire prince’s eyes fire up so treacherously bright.

And If imprudence kills, you might as well write a death wish.

Word Count : 8,171 words

A/N : This is a Vampire AU, sounds pretty self explanatory, but I work hard on the world building (which explains the length of this story T.T), and on the plot line too because i don’t want a pwp.  I really hope you read through it all because I spend a lot of time writing this, which was also abundantly fun!

Please please please reblog and/or like if you read this (and enjoy), because every note sincerely put a smile on my face. Feedbacks are entirely welcomed too, and definitely will make my day!

My Other Works : Bread Pudding (Jungkook of BTS), Submerged (Dream!Namjoon)Good Cop (Jungkook of BTS), My Favourite Pair of Eyes (B.I of IKON), Friend from College (Zico of Block B), Darling? (Jimin of BTS)

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A Thought

I’m not going to bring this up often (hopefully), but I would like to discuss something: Homestuck.

Homestuck is terrible in a number of ways (See: The entire first act), but it also has some really wizard concepts?
Like, the quadrant system. The way love is viewed is cultural (like some cultures insist on monogamy, others allow for men to have various female wives, etc.), and I loved the quadrant system because it showed that. It was very unique and that was amazing.

I would like to relate this back to the “humans are weird” post series.

Alternia has clearly been shown to be war-torn, especially since the Condescension pits the blood-castes against each other (which was a really cool way of showing how there is prejudice to be found within all species that didn’t directly mimic humans’ prejudices). So Alternia is more developed technologically and when it comes to war? They are the supreme rulers, all that is left to do is p r a y. But humans would have developed medicine and art in ways that Alternia had never even dreamed of. Alternia housing seems to be very spread apart, from what little we’ve seen and heard of it. I imagine that if a revolution were to happen and make Feferi empress- or something similar to this course of action- then Alternia would become much more crammed as all of the adult trolls wouldn’t be shipped off to kill and be killed. Obviously, humans are well developed in cramming people together- infrastructure!- and this could be one of the selling points of creating amicable trade between Alternia and Earth.

So culture shock. Humans and Trolls think differently. We are literally wired in drastically different ways neurologically. Trolls seem to be naturally stronger and faster and have these weird extra-abilities. The clashing romance systems- trolls adopting more human customs and humans adopting more troll customs; maybe trolls find out about human polyamory and humans and trolls have heated debates about whether or not the quadrant system would count as polyamory. (EX: “You’re romantically involved with multiple people with all of their know-how! That is literally the definition of polyamory!” “I would never do that to my quadrants! They are each the only of their section!” “Ugh!”)

So how would humans keep up? We have our merits, but this is a possible enemy that could easily take us out. If we realized we were hopelessly outclassed weaponry-wise, what would we do? Would we start using bionics? Withhold information/knowledge? Create anti-psiionic technology? Would we mass produce media/the arts? Start some medicinal revolution? Humans have complexes, we don’t like feeling or being inferior. How would humans deal with a species that was sentient (something we pride ourselves on being the only known of sentients), a species that was more technologically advanced, that had already scoured space (the final frontier- sorry I’ll take my Star Trek references back into the closet), that was physically stronger than us, that had people that could utilize psychics and voodoos? How would we handle this if we were forced not to fight, to insult, but to harmonize somehow?

I am very into culture and into how brains work, so it’s an interesting thought.

What would trolls think of humans?
How would humans compensate for an entire race of people that seem to be better than us in many ways?

vorpalgirl  asked:

My MC is a Detective from a Mexican-American Catholic family in SoCal. Near the start of the story, her teen daughter is murdered. While not hardcore observant, my MC and her family are somewhat more than Christmas-and-Easter level; I'm wondering what your suggestions might be on portraying this? The killer was somebody who seems to be the perp from one of her own cases and IS NOT caught yet, so there's some feeling guilty/helpless there but I think that would be normal even for non-Catholics.

You’re right, I think anyone in that situation would feel guilty/helpless.  XD  Also, a quick note that I don’t know a huge amount about Mexican-American Catholic culture specifically, although I know that Mexican-American Catholics tend to be less traditional than their Mexican counterparts. Nonetheless, I’m sure there are culture-specific idiosyncrasies that I don’t know about, and I just want to make that clear up front.

I’m not sure what, to you, lies between “hardcore observant” and “more than C&E.” I’m going to define that as “goes to church regularly (as in, almost every Sunday) but isn’t on any committees,” which would make sense given that her profession–and raising a family–probably keeps her busy enough without also having to attend committee meetings. I’m also going to assume her teen daughter attended church with her and was known to the youth group.

So, the first thing that would happen would be she probably calls her priest. When and how this happens depends on her closeness to the priest and when she discovers her daughter’s body, but he’ll be somewhere between phone calls two and five. If it’s late at night she’ll be able to call an “after hours” number at the church and impress upon them that it’s an emergency and she needs pastoral care right away because HER DAUGHTER WAS JUST MURDERED!! Under the circumstances, the priest will probably try to make a visit as soon as feasible.

A priest cannot perform Last Rites/The Anointing of the Sick on a deceased person, but he can give a blessing of some kind. This might occur at the hospital or at the morgue, depending the events, and will essentially be a prayer: they might hold hands and touch the body (in order to include the body in the circle of prayer) and the priest will say a few words about how we deliver her into your safekeeping, Lord etc. etc. This will serve to bring some closure to the family, although of course there’s still work to be done (like bringing a murderer to justice!!!).

The pastoral care team at the church will now get in touch with her and see if she has any needs, like if she would like some meals provided or help planning the memorial, etc. Or, depending on the type, they may very well just start bringing over food. Your character may start getting phone calls from people she knows at church, expressing condolences and asking if they can help. The youth group may want to be involved in some way as well.

Speaking of memorial, the daughter is entitled to a Catholic funeral mass if she was Confirmed or was a catechumen, meaning she was taking classes toward Confirmation in the Church.  There are aaallll kinds of rules concerning the funeral rites themselves, but you can read all about them on the Internet (there’s a Wikipedia article!) so I won’t go into them here.  Note that there are also rules about when funeral masses can and can’t be conducted.

Not long after the funeral, she’ll receive a call from the priest just checking on her to see how she’s doing. She’ll probably want to have a nice chat with him, maybe at the church or maybe at her home, about everything that’s on her mind. As you said, she feels really guilty and helpless–like she brought this on her family–and she can unburden herself with the priest. And it can also be very helpful for the author too, from an expository standpoint. XD

Hope this helps! Be sure to check the notes, as my followers may weigh in with helpful tips of their own.


anonymous asked:

well i mean you shouldn't WANT to be rude because people are confused. you could politely clear it up for them?? things they might not understand.

I tagged the ask as “sarcasm” and “unreality” to avoid anyone thinking I was an actual meanie, but I guess maybe you didn’t see that! I don’t really want to be rude, nor was I trying to be rude in the previous ask.

I believe that educating people about gender and sexuality is important, but that anon (the original one, from the biology ask) didn’t want that. They wanted to know what kind of sexy parts I, specifically, was was working with.

“Tumblr user a-fragile-sort-of-anarchy has a vagina,” is not a fact that would enhance anyone’s understanding of gender as a whole. So, I joked around rather than indulging their weird curiosity about my genitals.

I’m sorry if that confused or upset you or anyone else.

Gutting my identity and laying it all out on the internet for everyone to prod at has never been something I’ve been interested in doing, but in response to the deafening rally cry of, “YOU PASSED UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY EDUCATE SOMEONE, YOU LITTLE SHITHEAD!” that is my ask box at the moment, here ya’ go:

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When did Romance become so dominant? Amatonormativity and Fandom

First of all I will preface this with two things: 

1) I am asexual and aromantic and it is AWESOME and if you’re ace or aro or both you are awesome and your feelings are valid.

 2) I love love LOVE fandom and will defend it to the ends of the earth.

HOWEVER. I am here to tell you about a harmful idea called amatonormativity, and explain why it’s important in the context of fandom as well as real life. (thesis statement ftw) 

For those of you who don’t know, amatonormativity is basically the idea that having or desiring a close, exclusive, romantic relationship is the default, normal setting for EVERYONE. It’s problematic because it invalidates a whole slew of people who may not desire such a relationship, including but not limited to aromantic people, celibate people, or single people who are just fine with being single for whatever reason they might have. It can be really hard to explain to people why we might not desire a relationship, because it’s so prevalent all over media to have all the main characters couple up at the end, or use romantic love as a fix-all to a character’s problems, etc.

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“Why did Walmart leave Germany?”

Article from Oct 29, 2011 - By David Macaray for Huffington Post

Walmart can boast that it has more than 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names, that it’s the largest private employer in the United States, the largest in Mexico (as Walmex), and the third largest in Canada. In fact, it’s the biggest private employer in the whole world. It has 108 stores in China alone, and operates another 100 Chinese outlets under the name of Trust-Mart.

Still, for all of Walmart’s conspicuous success, the retailing giant, after having set up shop in Germany in 1997, was forced to withdraw from the country in 2006, abandoning Germany’s lucrative $370 billion retail market. Even though this happened five years ago, the German debacle still reverberates. It’s still being discussed. After all, as anyone who’s been paying attention can tell you, Walmart rarely fails in these endeavors.

Because America and Europe share similar cultural and political antecedents, one might naturally assume that an American enterprise would have a better chance of succeeding in Europe than in Asia. But the German smackdown proved that’s not always the case. Indeed, while the nominal Communist regime of the People’s Republic of China embraced Walmart’s corporate philosophy, the Germans rejected it.

Though no one can say precisely why the venture failed, there’s been no shortage of explanations. One is that Germany was too “green” for a slash-and-burn outfit like Walmart, with its plastic bags and plastic junk. Another is that Walmart couldn’t hack the pro-labor union culture of Germany. Another is that Germany is anti-American when it comes to name-brand retailers (even though Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are popular there). Another is that German consumers prefer small neighborhood stores rather than impersonal chain (even though Aldi, a discount supermarket chain, is successful).

While there is probably some validity to all of these explanations, three additional cross-cultural idiosyncrasies have been identified as determining factors.

One issue was the chanting. Walmart employees are required to start their shifts by engaging in group chants and stretching exercises, a practice intended to build morale and instill loyalty. Fiendish as it sounds, Walmart employees are required to stand in formation and chant, “WALMART! WALMART! WALMART!” while performing synchronized group calisthenics.

Unfortunately, this form of corporate boosterism didn’t go over particularly well with the Germans. Maybe they found it embarrassing or silly; maybe they found it too regimented. Or maybe they found this oddly aggressive, mindless, and exuberant exercise in group-think too reminiscent of other rallies… like one that occurred in Nuremberg several decades earlier.

Another issue was the smiling. Walmart requires its checkout people to flash smiles at customers after bagging their purchases. Plastic bags, plastic junk, plastic smiles. But because the German people don’t usually smile at total strangers, the spectacle of Walmart employees grinning like jackasses not only didn’t impress consumers, it unnerved them.

The third was the “ethics problem.” Back in 1997, Walmart not only required employees to spy on fellow workers (and report any misconduct), but prohibited sexual intimacy among its employees. Apparently, while the folks running the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company had no problem with screwing the environment, they couldn’t abide employees doing it to each other (alas, a German court struck down Walmart’s “ethics code” in 2005).

Whatever the specific reasons, the German market is now verboten to Walmart. Clearly, the failed experiment was a severe blow to the company’s pocketbook and pride. And while no one can predict where a company as aggressive and acquisitive as Walmart will turn up next, presumably, they will pick up the slack by opening a store in Libya.

David Macaray, a Los Angeles playwright and author (“It’s Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor”), was a former union rep. He can be reached at

I love being Black.

I love our skin.  I love the sun on our skin.  I love the tones and the richness.

I love our shared culture and idiosyncrasies.  I love sharing secrets with people I’ve never met. I love silently communicating with the only other Black person in the room.

I love our kinship.  I love how we look for each other in any situation.  I love our sense of community and shared heritage that we built from scratch.

I love our joy.  I love our joy.  I LOVE OUR JOY!  I love our ability to live out loud in spite of everything.  I love our laughter and our volume.  I love our unabashed enjoyment of life’s highest highs.

I love being Black because the world keeps telling me not to.  I love being Black in spite of the weight of being Black.  I love being Black not as an affront to whiteness, but as a necessary state of affirmation and encouragement for myself and those around me who don’t yet know how to love themselves the same way in a society that doesn’t appreciate them. 

I am so Black.  I am so Black and it is beautiful and I love myself.

Y'all talking about this movie having too many stereotypes, but in Mexico we loved it! 

The so called “stereotypes” weren’t actually offensive for us. In Mexico we love parodies, we make fun of everything, even ourselves. Plus, many things were actually true! (But we don’t dress like that always anymore, the story was probably set in the 1920’s, seeing as the Revolution had already ended in the movie).

And to the ones saying the movie was exaggerated, do you even know us? We like to exaggerate things, we like things colorful, and big, full of details! I love that the movie showed that side of us, and the whole point of the movie was for people from other places to learn about part our culture and our idiosyncrasy.

Also, for the ones saying they can’t “relate” to this movie because it was “too Hispanic” ─fun that you decided to generalize again ─, what? You thought people from all the world could physically, socially, and culturally relate themselves to the average white American protagonist in your average American movie?  We don’t, but there are values in American movies that are universal, and I think there are also values in this movie that are universal too.

On a side note, please don’t think that this movie is a representation of all Latin America or even all Mexico. That was just a part of our culture, and we hope you can learn something from it and become interested in our culture, our country and our people. But Latin America is big, actually almost all of the American continent, and each country has their own special culture, with all that goes with it, such as their own traditions. So, don’t generalize either.

Overall, I loved the idea of showing a piece of our culture to all the world for two things, 1) we need more representation of diverse cultures in the media, and this movie and others such as Rio have been great steps to accomplishing it, and 2) Mexico has been greatly antagonized for decades by the USA, though a great part of the population is of Mexican origins and also many Western states were originally part of New Spain, and then of Mexico, and maybe, seeing a part of our culture, can change the stereotype of the lazy Mexican, who’s drunk all day long and that goes to the USA to “steal jobs”.

That’s all. Thank you for reading.