essentially everyone

jack morrison: uses a tactical visor that gives him perfect accuracy
ana amari: one of the world’s deadliest, most elite snipers, with superior marksmanship and a cybernetic eye
widowmaker: a good enough marksman to defeat ana in a sniper duel
jesse mccree: a deadeye with perfect aim
gabriel reyes: spins around really fast firing shotguns one-handedly and tells you to fuck off

tbh i’m here for my boys too, like i’m here for every boy who cried alone, wiping away tears quickly and guiltily, because crying wasn’t “manly”, i’m here for fat boys, skinny boys, boys who rejects hyper-masculinity and are shamed for it, i’m here for every boy who was laughed at in the locker rooms, every boy who loves lipstick and mascara, and every black or brown boy who is afraid to walk home at night because of violence that may come from anywhere in society but is always targeted at him, i’m here for every boy who was told he wasn’t a boy, i’m here for every conflicted boy who must choose between what he believes is right and what he was raised with, i’m here for every boy who was manipulated by this twisted patriarchy we all exist in and is trying in some way to make things right.

Bag Essentials (for everyone really)

I know there are a million posts like this, but this is also partially for my own reference.  And also a call for others to add anything that’s missing!  Stay safe!

  • tampons - I mean, you know why.
  • tweezers - not just for stray hairs, but also splinters/dry skin on your face/etc.
  • mirror - to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  • chapstick - I like to wait until the moment before I arrive to apply lipstick so it’s fresh.  I wear chapstick the whole way there so that my lips are soft when I do apply lipstick.  This is good for days you don’t wear makeup anyway.
  • mascara and eyeliner pencil/an angle brush - you can use the angle brush to tap the end of the mascara wand and apply it as eyeliner, then follow up with mascara.  Fleeky in a pinch.
  • concealer - unless you have amazing skin, which I sure af don’t.
  • napkins/tissues - some countries don’t have toilet paper everywhere.  Also good for spills or a runny nose.
  • hair ties - tie back hair or use to tie your shirt or hold something in place
  • safety pins - wardrobe saviors
  • bobby pins - for flyaways/bangs if they’re being annoying.
  • bill check marker or whatever it’s called I can’t think of it - especially if you don’t know/trust the guy
  • pen - a nice-ish one (I like Paper Mate InkJoy because it looks professional enough and is smooth) that won’t leak or break but also won’t cost you a million dollars to buy and replace as needed.
  • phone charger - you never know.  Doesn’t have to be your turbo charger, something small for emergencies.
  • brush ups - those finger strip toothbrush things in case of bad breath or unexpected overnights
  • gum - optional, I like it in case of bad breath.
  • Plan B - I always have this on hand just in case.  The sooner you take it after unprotected sex, the more effective it is.  The packaging is too big for the pill, so I like to cut around the plastic so it’s just a little square with the pill in it.
  • perfume sample - they sell tiny sample bottles or a lot of times you can get them free at places like Sephora.  These are great for travel.
  • slip of paper/notepad - to write things like your phone number on.  A couple post-it notes will do fine.
  • sunglasses - protect your eyesight and the sensitive skin around your eyes from the sun.
  • nail clippers - get rid of hangnails or trim strings from clothing or even hairs (like eyebrows)
  • Advil - nothing ruins the mood like a headache.  I am super injury-prone, so I take this a lot because having a sore back is NOT sexy.  You can buy cute little pill cases, or they sell travel bottles and little packets with one dose at drug stores.
  • Band-Aids - for cuts or blisters so you don’t have to bleed everywhere or walk in pain
  • water-based lube - they sell small bottles of this.  Make sure you don’t use an oil as this will break down condoms.
  • condoms - like at least 3.  As many as you can fit/feel comfortable with.  But at least 3 per person you plan on seeing.
  • a clean pair of underwear - a thong is fine and usually takes up less space, just something to change into if you need to.
  • (optional) oil-absorbing sheets or blotterazzi by beauty blender - my skin is super oily, and these things absorb oil so you don’t have to apply more makeup and risk caking.

Honestly this stuff could all fit in a clutch bag (maybe not the phone charger and lube depending on the size).  Please feel free to add things!  xoxoxo

American followers of voting age - on behalf of my friend whose life was saved by Obamacare, and my friends whose continued access to healthcare depends on it, and my friends who depend on benefits, and for my younger self who got by on food stamps, and my not-so-younger self who got by on unemployment insurance, and essentially everyone who would be fucked if we gave in and let ourselves follow the UK’s lead in how we treat people who need help, I’m gonna ask you to vote tomorrow if you haven’t already, and I’m gonna ask you to vote the straight democratic ticket top to bottom, barring any particularly odious assholes if any should happen to be blighting your district.

This is an act with real consequences.  Policy decisions affect lives, and sometimes end them.  Please vote for the viable party that will acknowledge that global warming exists.  Please vote for the viable party that will acknowledge that trans people have a right to exist.  Please vote for the viable party that you want picking the supreme court justice who’s going to sit and make these macro-level decisions for the next few decades.  Do it even if it’s a hardship, even if you have to wait in line, even if it doesn’t match up with how you think things ought to be.  Here and now, there are lives to be saved and work to be done.

That’s today.  I will be back to talking about hella cartoons tomorrow, and we can start planning the revolution again on Wednesday, or whenever is good for you.

theatlantic.com
Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum
The majority of those with autism are unemployed, but new pilot programs at big companies, such as EY and Microsoft, are discovering unexpected benefits from having "neurodiverse" colleagues.
By Bourree Lam

Found a great comment on this article by Laney Chandler. It’s wasted in a comments section, so I’m sharing it here.

So now imagine what it is like for an autistic person to work with neurotypicals. Our nervous system is structured completely differently. The challenges we face apply to essentially everyone around us.

People expect us to read non-verbal communication, but we have a neurological deficit that prevents this and yet people are not shy about chastising or rejecting us for our disability, so we are operating from a place of anxiety all the time.

The way we dress is based on sensory challenges. Many of us cannot “tune out” tactile information, so while you may put on a pair of woolly socks and find them scratchy, you soon forget about it. For many of us, when we wear certain materials, cuts, or something, we have the equivalent of someone following us, beeping loudly in our ear all day. It becomes excruciatingly painful.

People around us say one thing with their words and another with their faces - which we often cannot read. We need to verbalize things, and we are direct. We are susceptible to lies and manipulation because we have challenges in reading certain non-verbal aspects of social communication. It means we are abused and exploited many, many times, and yet, most of us continue to try and show up. Only to be told we are “too direct”.

Repetitive behaviors can have several causes. Tic disorders are extremely common, which means that many of us have repetitive movements that are of neurological origin that cannot be controlled. You think it is annoying to see someone shake or roll their head? It is much harder to endure the social scrutiny that follows an involuntary movement, not to mention pain from repetitive strain.

In other cases, repetitive movements are a natural form of self-regulation in response to a vastly different sensory system. Some people have hyposensitivities, which creates anxiety. Thus rocking may be an effort to feel where one’s body is in 3D space. We also routinely take in 2-4 times as much sensory information through the 5 standards senses, which means the world is intense and chaotic. Repetitive movement helps to ease the neurological pain we experience from that. The only analogous experience in neurotypicals is physical pain.

We generally cannot filter sensory input either, and cannot multitask. Our cognitive functioning is different - we have to focus deeply. It is how we are wired. If you startle a person on the spectrum while they are focusing, it can be extremely painful. So what you dismiss as behavior is actually an acutely difficult experience.

Temple Grandin is not the archetype for what autism is. What Grandin does is pass, whcih means that, even though she has sensory needs and experiences pain, she has learned to pass as neurotypical (as close as she can manage), by making her own needs and pain subordinate to the needs and expectations of neurotypicals. It doesn’t change her disabilities - it just hides them from your view. Many autistics do this out of fear of social punishment, rejection, etc. But that does not make it right - the problem here is that no room is made for someone with different neurological needs. Not all of us CAN pass, and the damage from passing is cumulative and devastating. Imagine having to hide who you are and sweat bullets because you are in agony in every single social encounter just so you will not be punished. It damages self-esteem. Fundamentally.

If neurotypicals can bother to learn about the differences and at least meet autistics half way in communication, a lot of the challenges would be avoided, including what you call “trouble with men.” What is actually happening is that autistics - the people with significant neurological challenges and disabilities - are being asked to shoulder the entire burden of bridging the communication gap. They are being asked to mask who they are and live in pain so that neurotypicals, already in the majority, can have a seamless experience of the world.

In terms of providing accommodation for a disability. autistics are being asked to accommodate neurotypicals far more than neurotypicals are being asked to accommodate autistics.

So in terms of having a “thick skin”, autistics are absorbing the rougher end of that. It is worth remembering that. Because they endure the challenge of dealing with difference in 99% of the people they meet. Likely all of their work colleagues (if they are lucky enough to get a job). And they struggle with this for their entire lives, feeling like an alien species and shut out of most of social life. A little compassion in place of a zoological taxonomy would go a long way.

Reasons John Adams in 1776 is essentially the same character as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton

1. They’re both short-tempered, loud-mouthed Federalist cuties

2. whose main way of dealing with problems is by yelling at them

3. they are both very smol but also 177.6% willing to fight you 

4. seriously they will fight you

5. they both enjoy dissing Jefferson via song and dance

6. …and throwing shade on new jersey

7. People would gladly pay good money to make them be quiet for five minutes

8. no but seriously

9. they’re both Very Loud and Very Done

10. but at the end of the day they’re both just super passionate about creating a country they can be proud of, and if that means also having zero chill, well…

VIRGO - Deep Inside

They need to be organised in their mind, sometimes all their energy is taken from organising their mind that they have a difficult time organising their surroundings. They easily look too deep into an issue and over analyse what they percept. Virgo is ambitious and strives to always know more and have more. This is in their eternal quest to bring order to chaos. Even if an order is obtained from an outsiders’ point of view, Virgo will not be settled for they have a very active mind that is always thinking and can never be silenced. Virgos want to be of use, they need to be important and essential to everyone in their lives and in everything they do. Virgo’s major life lesson is to learn to trust in and have faith in the unknown. They have to understand that things in life happen for a reason that is not always known to them, they do not have to always know everything. They need to learn to calm down and not over-analyze a situation or event. Deep inside, Virgo is very sensitive and they need to be appreciated for all the things they do. When is Virgo is offended or hurt, they may never show it.

The Signs in a haunted house

Aries: Reluctantly brings up the back of the group and is constantly looking over their shoulder only to be so focused on what’s behind them that they get separated from the group and runs into one of the “monsters”
Taurus: An employee that loves scaring the living daylights out of everyone, the one who lurks in dark corners and then jumps out
Gemini: Accidentally punches an employee in the face
Cancer: Tries to scare the employees instead
Leo: Refuses to enter
Virgo: In the middle of the group so is essentially the safest
Libra: Forces everyone to go and is the one that leads the group into each new room
Scorpio: Screams at everything, even before entering the house 
Sagittarius: Talks to themselves to try to calm themselves down but to no avail 
Capricorn: “If i’m paying this much for a haunted house, I better die” (almost pees pants in the first room)
Aquarius: Acts tough at first but then starts crying once inside
Pisces: Lil baby that has to be held almost the entire time; tries their best to keep their eyes closed

Pro-tip for reader insert writers

Just because you use the term (y/n) in your imagines/fics/reader inserts/whatever you want to call them, doesn’t automatically mean all of your readers will be able to insert themselves into the story.

I know the new popular thing to do is include gifs of what the “reader” is doing/what the “reader” supposedly looks like, but guys. That literally defeats the purpose of a reader insert.

A reader insert means that the fic is supposed to be neutral enough so that the many different types of READERS can INSERT themselves into the story. If all of your gifs are of a white brunette girl (I pick this example because that’s the most common one I see) then you’re essentially alienating everyone who isn’t a white brunette girl that looks exactly like the one in your gif.

“But I mix it up! I just want to enhance what the physical actions look like!”

Fam I appreciate what you’re trying to do, but I have yet to see a fic with gifs of girls that aren’t skinny and white.

And the worst thing I’ve seen is fics that claim to be gender neutral, yet the gifs are still female. I understand that the vast majority of these are written as female readers because 1. The audience is majorly made up of those who identify as female 2. It’s difficult to write things with gender neutral pronouns. But it sucks for the person who FINALLY finds that gender neutral fic they’re looking for, to see that surprise! It’s actually still about a chick.

This isn’t the “fandom police”. If you want to keep using “reader gifs”, then go for it. Nobody is stopping you. And by no means am I speaking for everyone. I’m sure plenty of readers don’t mind it. It’s just some food for thought.

No one is perfect. Everyone is essentially flawed in some way. Forgive yourself, don’t try to be perfect because perfect doesn’t exist <3

So I just saw a quote from the Russo’s and they basically said “He dropped the shield, he rejected the Captain America identity, and embraced the Steve Rogers one instead.” I, of course, started sobbing at this part, but when I read this quote it all became more clear.

When Tony says “I was wrong about you, the whole world was wrong about you” is 100% true. The whole world, even his friends, saw Steve as this selfless, patriotic hero, willing to save the day no matter what. But that’s not necessarily all Steve, that’s mostly Captain America. Yes, Steve is incredibly selfless and brave, but he was also just a kid from Brooklyn before getting the Cap persona. When he went under, he essentially lost everyone who knew him as “just steve” not “Captain America”.

So when Bucky comes back in his life, he’s more Steve Rogers. “When he said Bucky, I was the 16 year old kid from Brooklyn again.” Steve doesn’t have to be Captain America around Bucky. Steve doesn’t have to be this hero that everyone needs him to be. Because Bucky would rather be saved by Steve Rogers than Captain America.

Steve dropped the shield, rejected the idea of Captain America, because in reality, he isn’t just “Captain America,” he’s also Steve Rogers. And that scrawny kid from Brooklyn would do anything to save his best friend, even if that meant rejecting what the world saw him as.

A Witcher Thing I have noticed is that most men love Triss more and a lot of women I’ve talked to love Yen more.

Obviously this isn’t universal but in a lot of online forums you have a lot of pissbabies who say Yen’s a mean ice queen bitch all the time while Triss is perfect and can do no wrong.

Like nah bruh Triss is just more in line with the Traditional Fantasy Love Interest™ who is clearly into the protag and wants him no mater what, etc etc. I like Triss, but Yen is different in that she doesn’t want to please Geralt all the time, isn’t as open with her feelings, is more “masculine” in terms of her expression of love toward Geralt.

That, and Yen is just a lot more direct/blunt/aggressive and pissbabies just can’t handle it when women aren’t nice all the fucking time.

Anyway, these are my parents and they’re married.

Originally posted by shinigami-dhrum

oh man, ghostbusters (2016) has taken over my life for a good while now and i need to speak about one particular aspect of it for a second.

you have NO IDEA how refreshing it was to sit in a theatre and watch a ‘family film’ with a *most probably* openly queer character, just chilling. existing. building fucking insane ghost gadgets (which essentially saved everyone). flirting. killing the shit out of paranormal things.

i’ve been a massive fan of kate mckinnon’s for some time, so obviously i was going to be a sucker for holtzy anyway, but, seeing her up on that screen made me feel like a proud mom.

even though it was never confirmed within the movie that holtzmann was in fact a lover of ladies, the little hints here and there were enough to make my heart EXPLODE. she spent the majority of the movie lovingly gazing at all the other ghostbusters, goofily dancing to impress erin, “come here often?”, “i’d talk to  you at an AA meeting”, hell, she was even wearing a shirt which said ‘one of the boys’ on it in one scene. her slightly slightly androgynous dress sense.

it felt so damn good to sit in that room surrounded by people of all ages and genders and see someone so accurately close to me up there. the online haters can say whatever they wish but they’ll never change my opinion on this movie. i’m so grateful it exists. it’s so important. so feminist. SO badass. 

 hello friends! so, school begins again for me and a lot of others tomorrow – exciting, right? or terrifying, depending on how you look at it. anyway, i’ve been spending my day sorting out my school bag and i thought i’d make a little post on some essential items everyone should have in their backpack!

no.1 – the bag itself! i have the ecocity classic college backpack (i think that’s the brand anyway) and it is really good! the straps are comfortable and easily adjustable, there’s loads of room in the bag which is great for me because i have to carry huge folders, and the materials used are all completely eco-friendly! it is a little on the pricey side but there are great sales sometimes.

no.2 – pencilcase it doesn’t really matter what pencilcase you get (mine’s just a bog standard one from smiths), but the most important thing is to make sure you have a big enough case! it’s always good to have extra pens, pencils, rubbers etc. in case one breaks or someone ‘borrows’ something of yours for an indefinite amount of time. i also have some cute matching sticky notes!

no.3 – planner this is probably my most important possession! i use my planner to record everything from homework to birthdays to books to read so i always make sure to have a big planner with lots of space to write in! luckily this one fits the bill and it goes with everything else! win-win. plus, i can use it to carry my ever growing sticker collection

no.4 – the Mom Bag this is my everything bag that is affectionately known to my friends as the Mom Bag! it holds skincare stuff, plasters, hair ties, sweets, paracetamol – all of the little bits and pieces i could need in the school day. i really recommend that everyone has something like this in their bag, it’s so useful and practical and literally will save your life on a daily basis.

no.5 – notetaking supplies my basic notetaking kit is a perforated A4 book of lined paper and some flashcards. simple, but very effective.

no.6 – coffee cup! now i’m in the sixth form we get a little kitchen and coffee is necessary for survival when you have 20 essays to write. again, i love this cup because it matches so perfectly!

no.7 – highlighters kind of an add-on to the notetaking tools, but i thought it worth mentioning that these are pastel coloured highlighters and completely adorable. i think they’re stabilo ones?

no.8 – umbrella this is england. it’s going to rain, and i don’t want to look like a drowned rat.

no.9 – purse pretty self-explanatory, but incredibly important. always have emergency bus fares on you, people!

no.10 – house keys always, always, always carry a copy of your house keys, just in case. i use some pretty ribbon to tie mine to the lining of my back so they don’t get lost!

and there we have it! my back-to-school basics. obviously i carry around other things as well, but these are the important bits i always make sure to have with me. please feel free to add your suggestions/need-to-have items!

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For anon…y/h means your house and f/n means friend’s name.

Y/N laughed with her friends as they made their way outside. Her friends were all talking about the Weasley twins and their latest pranks. None of them had the pair in their classes, but they were essentially legends meaning everyone heard about their pranks. 

Soon the topic of conversation switched to Ron Weasley, and quickly Harry and Hermione as well. Y/N rolled her eyes.

“We get it, f/n,” you groaned sarcastically, “You’ve got a fondness for Harry.”
“Who doesn’t?” another friend giggled.
A third friend raised their hand slightly. “Me. To be honest, I find Hermione to be worthy of some attention.”

Y/N was about to respond when she felt a tug on her robe. She turned around to smile at Draco. She giggled when she noticed he was ducking behind a column. She turned back to her friends.

“I’ll meet you all down there. I forgot something in the common room,” she lied.

Luckily, her friends bought it.

“Alright, see you later,” f/n responded, “And we know everyone adores you, but try not to stop and talk so much!”
Y/N giggled. “Okay, I won’t!”

When her friends were safely out of sight, Y/N strolled over to her half-brother. She smirked slyly at his skittish behavior. She raised a teasing brow.

“Afraid Granger might box your ears again?” she teased.
He smirked. “No bloody way, Y/N,” he scowled and muttered, “What a mudblood.”

Y/N punched Draco’s arm, hard. He let out a surprised yelp before he began to nurse his injury. His sister, however, seemed quite cross.

“Don’t you dare say that word in front of me or I’ll box your ears! When you call her a…a mudblood that means you think the same of me! Is that what I am to you? Some mutt? I know I’m in y/h and we’re not exclusively pureblood, but that shouldn’t make a difference.”

Draco quickly shook his head. His features had morphed into a sincerely apologetic one.

“No, no, Y/N. I’m so sorry,” he apologized, “You know how much my father believes it. It just slips out.”

She squinted her eyes. “I’m glad we only share a mother, but,” she sighed, “that’s still no excuse…you love me, right Draco?”

A little shocked, he nodded, “Of course, Y/N. You’re my sister.”

She gave him a small smile. “Then think of me whenever you want to call someone that vile word, okay?”

He gave another nod, not quite understanding. Y/N gave him a hug. She was thinking, if he felt guilty when he’d say it, he could possibly stop calling others that. She soon let go of her brother and pecked his cheek.

“Alright. I’ve got to go, but remember to focus on schoolwork. Practice for quidditch, don’t skip meals, and make sure to get enough sleep!”
Draco smirked. “I will. Now go. Your friends are waiting.”

She waved as she walked away from him with a grin. Draco gave a small wave from behind his pillar. They may only be half-siblings, but he loved her as much as he loved his full family.

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