experiment in international living

anonymous asked:

I've never had a girlfriend and it worries me because I don't know how relationships really work and I really want one but I'm worried because of my inexperience

i don’t have great advice in this area, because my only gf was a very short-term relationship, but… i’m not too worried about it, and i don’t think you should be either. dating norms and expectations presume heterosexuality as the default, and they don’t take into account the fact that gay people have vastly different experiences, from dealing with internalized homophobia to having difficulty finding each other. our lives very rarely mirror those of straight people, and that’s okay! 

dybrien  asked:

What are the most important skills an astronaut should have m?

First of all, the basic requirement is a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, and 3 years of experience (which can also be substituted for by an advanced degree). Other than that, operational experience (things with a technical/active/hands on nature like flying airplanes, SCUBA diving, taking things apart and putting them back together, basic fix-it skills, etc. etc.) is very important, as this is an integral aspect of every day of a space mission.  What we call “expeditionary skills” are also essential, basically the types of things you try to instill in your children, like how to play nicely with others, self care, team care, etc.  I like to think about this on the lines of a camping trip and who you would like to have along with you …someone that is competent and can take good care of themselves and their equipment, someone that contributes to the team and helps with group tasks, someone that is good natured and pleasant to be around, etc., someone fun!  These things are increasingly important now that we are regularly doing long duration missions (typical International Space Station mission is 6 months).  Experience living in extreme/remote/isolated environments with small teams is also useful, as it is similar to what we experience as astronauts.     

thatlethalsoul  asked:

I have a huge group of mercenaries that I'm building up to write about for a Team Fortress inspired writing, but I'm super conserned on how to make my "sneaky and shifty" spy character of the team. What races/ethnicities would you guys reccomend I avoid putting into this role to avoid the worst negative stereotyping?

Avoiding Stereotypes by Avoiding Tokenism

If you only have one of any particular ethnicity on a team, none of them will avoid negative repercussions. 

We’ve spoken about tokenism before, and this is a prime example of why you should avoid it. Having only one member of any ethnicity on a team means all of their traits are representative of their ethnicity, so you’ll be enforcing the worst of the behaviour.

On the flipside, avoiding having the Token PoC be any sort of “meaty” role in fear of avoiding stereotypes denies them their humanity. Part of good representation is letting us be the messy people we are— which includes sometimes doing stuff that fits stereotypes, even if they’re negative. The problem isn’t the “they have negative traits.” The problem is “there’s only one of them of that ethnicity.“ 

By having 2+ of any one ethnicity, you give people the room to be themselves because there’s another member of the team not like that. It breaks down the unconscious associations between the character’s ethnicity and the negative traits, by removing “of course [character]’s behaving like that, they’re [ethnicity]!” with “but [other character] doesn’t do that, and they’re [ethnicity], too.” 

(You will always get people insisting the one who doesn’t behave in the morally reprehensible way is just “one of the good ones”, but this helps cut them down— also why it’s important to have a diverse background cast with similar variety in personality types, jobs, and moral alignments)

Fear and Representation
I’m going to talk about a deeper issue I see here, which is fear of messing up. You don’t want to hurt people by doing it wrong, don’t want to be yelled at for reinforcing negative things.

This fear hurts you more than it helps you.

We get a lot of “how do I avoid stereotypes” questions. We get a lot of “how do I not hurt people” questions. We don’t answer the majority of them because if you write from a place of fear, you will not represent PoC well.

Writing good representation is not handling a bomb that’s about to explode if you press it wrong. Writing good representation is about a curiosity, love, and respect for people not like yourself. You’re curious about their stories and are invested in telling them. You love them as people, as their genuine reality. And you respect them enough to want to do them justice in your writing.

If you approach writing diversity with fear, you will not let us be human. Because by fearing writing us, you end up creating model minorities because you just can’t let them be evil, that’s bad. You other us even further by not letting us have the same internal lives and same shades of experience as white people.

People mess up. People have complex morality. Not letting us mess up or have other moral alignments than goodie two shoes strips us of our personhood.
Put all types of us into your stories. Some things you Don’t Do— like Jewish blood mages and Natives who are so much simpler but so much happier because of it— but if you approach us like people with different backgrounds, you’re at least on the right track. And if you make it that multiple people of the same ethnicity exist, then you don’t have to worry about one character being the be all end all of representation.

The thing about these types of questions— “what stereotypes do I avoid"— is you’re not really asking What Do I Not Do. You’re asking "can you tell me what to do so I don’t get yelled at for it”, as if there are magic lists of 100% Safe Traits for different ethnicities.

Safe Traits are not people. Until you ease down your fear of being Safe, of Not Reinforcing Bad Things With One Character, you will not be able to truly tackle representation in your work. The work you have to do is much deeper than putting in “acceptable representation.” 

You have to redefine “acceptable representation” in your mind. It cannot mean “a character who is safe to write without hurting anybody.” What it can mean, however, is “showing the diversity of humanity by displaying multiple people having worthwhile, nuanced, dynamic, and messy stories to tell that reflect their lived reality.”

~Mod Lesya 

>>  I’m super conserned on how to make my “sneaky and shifty” spy character of the team. What races/ethnicities would you guys reccomend I avoid putting into this role to avoid the worst negative stereotyping?

I’d especially stay away from making this character Jewish since that’s already a stereotype for us, and East Asian since there’s a negative trope about East Asians being “inscrutable” (i.e. “you can’t tell what they’re thinking so they could totes be plotting bad stuff!”)

Standard disclaimer that if you have a cast of many many Jewish characters or many many East Asian characters you can make one of them sneaky because the rest of them will show that it’s not an inherently Jewish (or East Asian) trait, but it sounded like you wanted a variety of ethnicities for this project so probably best just to stay away from making the Spy either of those two groups.

–Shira

Mute Part 3

Part 2

Genre: Angst
Words: 1,808
Pairings: Bucky Barnes x Reader
Warnings: Rape mentions, flashbacks, TEARS (pls don’t read if this will trigger anything & also i’m here to listen if anyone needs to talk)
Summary: Bucky doesn’t know what to do when traumatizing events result in your witty remarks dying down to nothing.


Your kept your shaking hands hidden by crossing your arms over your chest. Bucky’s form in front of you was tense, the muscles in his back standing out from stress. You wanted so badly to reach out and rub the sore muscles until he felt better, both physically and emotionally, but you couldn’t help but feel somewhat guilty for his stress. The heavy burden on your shoulders did nothing to help your relationship with others. All you wanted to do was let it crush you, and if it weren’t for the man you loved trying his best to take care of you, you would have let it. You fought the suffocation, though, because you didn’t want to let him down.

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Here’s the thing I want to say most about Allegiance:

It is so so important to me that there was no happy ending.

Sure, it ended on a positive note, but remember that Sammy:

* Never reconciled with his sister

* Never reconciled with his father

* Only reconciled with / actually MET his niece near the end of his life

* Lived isolated and in anger for 50 years

* Very nearly died bitter and alone

I love that they didn’t go with an easy “and then the war ended and the internment was over and we learned so much together” story, because that wasn’t the story of the people who went through that bullshit.  

Instead, they showed the raw truth that the experience of internment and the war tore families apart and destroyed lives, and that never ended and only through the Miracle of Broadway did it only kind of heal for *one person in that story* near the end.

It hurts, but I love it.

It hurts because everyone in that story was a kind of hero, fighting for what they believed in and demonstrating integrity and patriotism in the only ways they could.

It hurts that these profoundly righteous people were pitted against each other as enemies because of how they reacted to the acts of the powerful who were hurting them as a community.

It hurts because it needs to be told that trauma doesn’t end after the traumatic event, and it spreads beyond just the people directly traumatized.  Hanako’s life was made worse by something she wasn’t even alive for.

It hurts because it’s true that sometimes there can’t be healing, and it’s not the fault of anyone trapped there, but entirely the fault of white America who put them there (and to a lesser extent the rapacious imperialism of Dai Nippon Teikoku).

But at the same time you also can’t ignore or forget that so many people found ways to work around this and get the happinesses in life that they could–that Hanako was a blessing to many in that family, that Sammy continued to fight for the rights of Japanese-Americans in politics like he had on the battlefield, and that they all worked hard to put their lives together after that experience.

The fact that this music was willing to show the brutal life-long consequences of a single racist sequence of events is… incomprehensible to me.  But so intensely important.

Fact about me: I kill my enemies during the night; I stab them a thousand knives, push them off a cliff, or drown them. I also came to a point I want them to slowly feel the pain, by taking first of the skin, to their muscles, nerves and internals; I want them to experience death while they are still living. I usually do all these killings at one place only, in my dreams.

“Lust” by Lady Frieda Harris, commissioned by Aleister Crowley.

Remembering The Red Lady.

Part of the difficulty of talking about details in regards to my first forays into witchcraft is that my records from those times were either badly kept, or completely lost during my first move from my parent’s house into the group home. 

But some things are hard to forget. Witchcraft makes it hard to forget. 

I would like to think that my spiritual initiations into the Craft didn’t start until the summer of 2010 when I performed my first dedication ritual to the compass directions. Make it all nice and neat you know? 

But today I remembered something that occurred before that.

… Or was it the Candlemass after that?

My memories blur around the edges, time is often transient and un-pinnable in the spiritual worlds. 

It started with a Candlemass ritual. 

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anonymous asked:

Hahaha... I must agree. Capitalism and Communism are western ideologies. But I'm far to be a BuzzFeed White guy, even though I'm western. But I see your point. This Islamic view that you mentioned is somehow linked with the Gadaffi's book? I'm interest about it p.s.: Communism is not a tool for oppression. Although some countries used that way. Have you ever read The Communist Manifesto?

Reading the communist manifesto is something only USA Americans ask and is a laughable question.

You must be from the USA.

No I have real experience living under communism, I know history, politics, international relations, decisions, capitalism, finance and other such tools to understand the reality of the ideology rather than take a stupid ideological regurgitation approach to understand the system. 

Joachim Trier: Being a Film Director

Reprise. Oslo, August 31st. Louder Than Bombs. Cinematic meditations with the existential at their cores, bringing to light the question about how we experience life and surrounding that pondering with themes such as human connection, love, memory, and identity, Joachim Trier also emphasizes–with one of the artist’s most impacting tools: subtlety in the form of engaging and perceptive artfulness–the importance of the filmmaker’s style. We do not simply watch his films: we experience them, we live them. Trier accomplishes this through his interest in cinema as an art form with a language. As he expresses in this video interview with Ny Tid, Trier believes filmmakers ought to be ambitious about what an image can do and not just reduce it to the cliché of what it could easily represent. He, in essence, directs himself to the idea of cinematic beauty, of which the master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa said:

There is something that might be called cinematic beauty. It can only be expressed in a film, and it must be present in a film for that film to be a moving work. When it is very well expressed, one experiences a particularly deep emotion while watching that film. I believe it is this quality that draws people to come and see a film, and that it is the hope of attaining this quality that inspires the filmmaker to make his film in the first place. In other words, I believe that the essence of the cinema lies in cinematic beauty.

Touching upon the influence of his personal life and the topic of suicide in his films, the misunderstanding and awareness of the cinematic image’s significance and potential to communicate human experiences, and Andrei Tarkovsky’s execution of cinematic realism through the mind’s sensual and perceptive encounter with the moment, Joachim Trier and Ny Tid produce an enlightening video interview that is as inspiring as Trier’s own film works.

Early on, I came to movies being very formally oriented but as I’ve developed my film language I think now these days I’m very, very concerned with expressing experiences of human behavior, human experiences, experiences of thinking, seeing, being. A movement towards a harmony between form and content, much of what Joachim Trier preaches as a filmmaker deals with a specific note on filmmaking: Cinema’s essential instrument is your approach to storytelling, your filmmaker’s style…Hone in on how you want the audience to experience your story. What he tries to achieve with his filmmaker’s style is a likeness to how we internally and externally experience our lives through film language and within the context of his films’ stories. Thus, content informs form, and form informs content.

In discussing Oslo, August 31st, Trier shares that he’s never experienced heroin addiction but he came to that story as a metaphor to express loneliness and isolation, metaphorically using it to express an existential issue. His interest was to present a story about being lost and the search for a way forward. With Louder Than Bombs, he hasn’t had the experience of being a war photographer but his approach to the film was to ask about what roles we choose or are forced upon us in a family and how we do not always feel that they do represent us. It is a direction towards matters of the soul rather than the surface of who his characters are that allows Trier to access a way to story tell that moves the viewer emotionally, spiritually, and philosophically. For Trier, There’s some existential dimension to these characters that I’m interested in, that deal with being lost, asking questions, loading the everyday with a different gaze because of the appearance of death, which in a strange way is what cinema also does.

In reflecting on the kind of cinema that he seeks to offer audiences, Joachim Trier gives a fascinating and inspiring interpretation of what cinema means:

I like telling stories, I like characters, I like observations of people, but I’m not the guy who just wants to tell a story. I’m interested in making cinema, somehow, and exploring what cinema could be. When I use that word I don’t mean it to be pretentious. It’s just to rhetorically point to the fact that we are working in a medium that’s only a hundred and ten years old and has yet places to go. The pondering upon how to deal with memory, thinking, time in cinema is endless…What is cinema? It’s in a way a recontextualization of moments captured…So already at play in the film medium is an essential thing I’m curious about: how do we remember?

Trier’s definition of cinema as a recontextualization of moments captured implies more than that arrangement of imagery being based on a stylistic making of the film director; it also indicates that recontextualization demands the participation of the spectator–a filmmaker’s style ought to necessitate an audience’s attention and involvement. The director believes cinematic storytelling is best when the viewers are given space to develop their own relationships to the story and to the images–and what is the greatest achievement of art if not the creation of a relationship between artwork and spectator? We thus recall the ambition that Trier points to: about what an image can achieve outside of its reduction to what it could easily represent. Moreover, we are led to the significance of “realism” in cinema.

In speaking about “true realism,” Joachim Trier guides his discussion to one of the greats in filmmaking, Andrei Tarkovsky. Throughout this video interview, Trier intrigues with personal and artistic insights on creativity and filmmaking as well as philosophical and socially concerned ones, making this an essential watch, and when he refers to Tarkovsky, we get even more wise words on the art of cinema. What is interesting about Tarkovsky for Trier–and should stir the interest of all filmmakers and film lovers–is his awareness of realism as a parallel tradition of beauty and realization through images. Again, as a filmmaker Trier alludes to that meaning of cinema as a recontextualization of moments captured:

What is realism to Tarkovsky? He writes about this in Sculpting in Time, his wonderful book that he wrote. He says if you walk down a street and you see a man walking opposite you and you want to capture that moment of you seeing that man on film, you try to cast a man that looks like that man and you try to put the camera where your eyes were at the time and you shoot that, you capture nothing; because that man maybe reminded you of your uncle or your father, or maybe that day when you saw him and something in his eye caught you, you had just broken up with your girlfriend and you were melancholic. So he says it’s the sense of mind and perception of mind that needs to be expressed to reach what he then talks about as a sense of realism. It’s not the outer mimesis, the mimetic alone. It’s the sense of perception in of itself. And that’s damn hard, it’s complicated.

The Rise Of Mysticism

It may not be called by that name any longer, however, mysticism is making a return to our daily lives.  More and more people, including celebrities, are beginning to speak about living from the heart, and an internal experience that gives them insight into their lives.  We are seeing many people that are beginning to question the way humanity lives, including mass protests, and the over throwing of oppressive governments, with the idea of revolution in mind.  We are seeing more and more spiritual teachers and guru`s rise up and become beacons of light for those still lost in the suffering of their own minds, and the cognitive dissonance of the world.  Even science is now beginning to understand through quantum physics that reality is created by the observer, and is able to be changed depending upon the perspective.  Neuroscience also knows that the human body mind, is like a computer, and that the subconscious mind, can be reprogrammed to let go of old habits and lifestyles, through a very simple reprogramming technique, should someone apply themselves to it.  Mystical experiences are on the rise in the common household, and the idea of other dimensions, extra terrestrials, and the origins of humanity are finally beginning to emerge from our memories.

There is still a long way to go, as the old paradigm has a death grip on humanity.  Yet slowly, and surely, the cracks are beginning to appear, and the idea of a shift in consciousness is beginning to be more and more widespread, and freedom of expression is now being sought.  Which is where things like burning man are coming from.  Yoga is becoming more and more popular, as well as floatation tanks, and other energy healing modalities.  Even meditation is starting to become disassociated with religion, and is seen not as a religious ritual, but as a tool for healing, and enhancing the quality of life, because people are beginning to witness that they have an addiction to thought.  The first mystical experience many people have, is a brief glimpse, of the present moment, where even if its just for one second, they lose their identity, as well as their suffering, and feel like they are a part of something bigger.  That is often enough to spark even a small amount of curiosity to explore further.  This is why the books by Eckhart Tolle, after being promoted by Oprah, have taken off into popularity, it is because the words in the book describe an experience that many haven`t quite been able to put into words yet, so the books resonate.  This is the entry into mysticism.

There are many different mystical experiences that people can have. The basic experiences, are an internal experience of letting go of identity.  Letting go of the ego, and seeing it from a perspective that is something other than the ego.  This is the beginning of living in the present moment, it is the point of it.  To be able to see what is, as it is, without judgement or attachment or as a victim of it.  As a result, there is a sense of peace even in the turmoil of the situation, simply because it`s not taken personally, which gives that person the ability to respond in a manner that is not dictated by the situation.  This is the fundamental experience of mysticism, the empowerment and liberation from suffering, which increases your ability to help others, and be the example through living true to yourself.

Another kind of mystical experience, is where you feel oneness with creation, that you are not separate from it, but a part of it, as a whole.  This is where the idea that reality is an illusion comes from, that separation is an illusion. Which can change your entire view of reality, where you realize that other beings, other people, are actually you, having a subjective experience forming the idea of two people with two separate identities, in which, you are co-creating reality with.  So from this realization and experience, you understand suffering.  You understand the saying `do unto others as you would to unto yourself.` Because others are yourself, and so when you see others suffering it`s really you suffering, so you lose interest in doing things for personal gain, or having power over people in ways that cause harm to them.  This is when you follow your heart, and share yourself with the world, because you are the greatest gift that you can give to others.  Your compassion, your talents, your creativity, your support, your ability to listen and be there for those in need, as well as taking care of yourself.

Then mystical experience begins to deepen.  An out of body experience may occur, or strong connections between people and synchronicities are witness, and coincidence becomes a thing of the past as you see a divine plan guiding you to events and people as you follow your heart.  This is when you realize that not only is there a oneness of all creation behind the separation, but that you are not bound to your physical body either.  It also shows you that beyond the physical dimension, there are other dimensions, that feel just as real as physicality.  You also come to understand that you are a being of energy, that you have more than one body.  You have a physical body, and an energetic body. So as you begin to get comfortable with these revelations, which can take a while, you begin to understand that your state of being is the key to the reality you are living in, if it wasn`t apparent before.  You begin to explore where the borders between the physical and the metaphysical merge, many practice astral projection techniques as a result.  However, there is also another way, and that is to understand that the mind is a tool, and it is also your bridge between worlds.  When you slow your brain down to the alpha and theta levels, consciously, you begin to feel energy more strongly, this is where the physical meets the metaphysical, it is where you attract energy to you, using thoughts and visualization, to reprogram the subconscious mind, to make changes in the physical reality.  Going into alpha state is very similar to being a computer hacker.  You have the ability to hack reality, and change things to a more preferred reality.  This usually takes time, as things manifest slower in the physical, however, with dedication, and perseverance, you will begin to notice the changes coming into your physical life, because your state of being, is no longer a match to your old circumstances.  Alpha state is where we are able to work with our chakras, clear out old patterns, and unblock ourselves in ways where our potential may have been stifled.  The existence of chakras, is no longer questioned after a deep alpha state experience.

Theta state of mind, is the state we all enter when we dream.  Many of us only remember glimpses of dreams, because we do not enter it consciously.  If it is entered consciously, theta state gives us the hardest to adapt to mystical experiences.  In this state, we are usually out of body, while our physical body is paralyzed.  Many people wake up into this state in the night, and it freaks them out as they cannot move, and they never want to have the experience again.  Some may also feel like there is a presence surrounding them, or weird noises, or a voice calling their name.  Theta state mystical experiences shed light on the idea of other beings, extra terrestrials, angels, demons and the idea that through consciousness, we can communicate with anything, and anyone who has ever existed, which also means, that the entire knowledge of the universe exists in this state, and we can tap into it and bring forth wisdom into the world.  Many channelers, such as Bashar, Abraham Hicks, Kryon, and Barbara Marcinak, as well as the author of conversations with god, and a course in miracles, are communicating with beings not of this world, in deep alpha and theta states.

It is also in these states where we come to the understanding, that humanity is kept in the dark, deliberately, about its own origins, and multi-dimensional abilities.  That there seems to be, something that is blocking humans ability to tap into the infinite potential beings that they are, keeping us trapped in the physical plane, and a slave to the 5 senses.  Which is why we get amnesia the moment we are born, and why our origins are so mysterious.  Yet when a human makes an effort to go beyond this blocking mechanism, this conditioning, they have an awakening experience, this goes back to the identity experience.

There are of course, many other experiences, and ways that we can hack into reality and change it.  Including that of completely giving up personal identity and being taken into a void in which you have an experience that tells you through feeling alone, that the entire universe is inside you. Mysticism, is rising up in today’s world, and more and more people are beginning to understand what it means to ascend beyond physicality which is undoubtedly the direction in which humanity is evolving.  Space is not the final frontier.  Mysticism is beginning to open a whole new series of frontiers that the evolved humanity will explore, as we birth a new earth.  This isn`t the end times, it is simply the end of the dark ages.

Anyone who says that Rowan “couldn’t deal with rejection” entirely missed the point of his character arc. His backstory is literally a mirror for Erin’s, only he didn’t have someone like Abby come into his life to legitimize his supernatural experiences. He had to live as a pariah, and internalize all of the shit people threw at him.

Found a Reason

A/N: I got @dancepartysolosolo for the White Day Event for @international-idols​! 

I was originally going to go for an edit or the drawing you asked for, but my computer broke earlier this week and it’s getting repaired right now ;-; My writing’s not the best but I really did enjoy composing this, so I hope you like it & happy White Day! :^)

Summary: Maki decides to take baking classes, unknowingly from the country’s greatest chef’s daughter.

Paring: NicoMaki

Words: 2700+

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HOME!

So Hello! its been awhile. Sorry for ignoring my blog but i just had the experience of a lifetime. These past 4 weeks have been amazing and i was very busy trying to make the best of it. I didn’t mean to stop blogging but i just got so involved that by the end of the day i had no energy to. Now im back and i have a plan so here it goes. Im gana post something about the trip every day starting from the beginning until i get to the end of the trip. I have a TON of pictures and stories that i really want to share so this may take a while :) I hope your ready for a flood of post from me on your dash. 

straight women freak me out and so do women who talk loudly to me and anyone who will listen about how much they want to date/kiss girls but the moment i try to engage them in a convo about lesbian dating they shut down. hope all u grown ass people talking about “softe girls” but never confronting your internalized homophobia or engaging w the lived experiences of your out lesbian friends know how shitty it feels 👌🏻

I grew up knowing that I would always be safe. There was a plan, and if I followed it exactly, I would never have to worry. All I have to do is go to school, get good grades, get a good job, find a man, get married, have kids, and retire in my little house, where I’d watch each generation after me do exactly the same thing. There is nothing wrong with that plan, but for reasons I still can’t explain, this plan terrifies me. I realized I couldn’t continue on that track so, with a travel guide in hand, I decided that things were going to change.

“Oh, there’s a river that winds on forever

I’m gonna see where it leads

Oh, there’s a mountain that no man has mounted

I’m gonna stand on the peak”

I hopped on a plane to Dublin, Ireland, and it opened my eyes to experiences I never thought I would ever have.  I met a city glowing in the rain, surrounded by nature, and rich in history.  My ancestors came from Ireland, and I did everything I could to immerse myself in the Irish culture.  I had to learn about them to learn about myself.  I traveled through the country meeting people, seeing the sights, and falling in love with a country I had only dreamt of just months before.

“To the ends of the earth would you follow me?

There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.”

After my trip to Ireland, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the places I could see. I spent the following year taking every opportunity I had to see the world. I went all over Europe and even into Central and South America. Displacing myself so often led me to experience my lowest lows and highest highs. When everything I was comfortable with was gone, I faced challenges, made hard decisions, and learned to adapt. I am grateful for these times that exposed the real me, and I reacquainted myself with all the values, beliefs, and hopes that thrive inside of me.   

“Out there’s a world that calls for me, girl

Headin’ out into the unknown”

There is a plan, but there isn’t THE plan. 

When people tell you that you are doing things wrong, that you are ungrateful, or you shouldn’t waste your time, remember that this opinion is according to THEIR plan. We all only have one life to live, and it should be lived to it’s fullest. Set goals, keep dreaming, and strive for the moments that give you the purest form of happiness. For me, I’m happiest testing my own limits: embracing culture shock, participating in somebody else’s rituals, and enriching my soul with new experiences. Today, I’m doing this by working and living in Florida, interning for TWLOHA where I am able to explore the intricacies of the human mind and help break the stereotypes around mental health that hold us down.  

I am continuing to head out into the unknown. My plan may have its twists and turns, but I know I’m going in the best direction for me.

- Catie, TWLOHA Summer 2014 Intern

Care package bound for ISS launches from Virginia

NBC News: Orbital Sciences launched an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus supply capsule on Sunday from a Virginia NASA facility.

The capsule is carrying food, clothing, experiment materials and other supplies for astronauts living on the International Space Station. The launch is part of Orbital’s $1.9 billion contract with NASA.

Photo: Antares Orbital-2 mission launches (via @nasahqphoto)

Free to Play Documentary: Coming Soon

Experience the first International through the eyes of players who lived it. Free to Play is Valve’s feature length documentary detailing the efforts of three Dota 2 players as they battle to win the first million dollar grand prize in the history of competitive videogames.

Free to Play will be available for free on Steam March 19th. When the film is out, you’ll be able to show your support for the featured players by purchasing the Free to Play Competitor Pack, which will be available through the Dota 2 Store and Steam. With the Competitor Pack you’ll receive several in-game rewards including pro player item sets for Pudge, Doom, and Sven. You’ll also obtain a Free to Play courier, a special ward, and a custom HUD skin. Plus a portion of each purchase will go toward the players featured in the film: Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Benedict “HyHy” Lim, and Clinton “Fear” Loomis.

messydivorce  asked:

are you a terf? there are amab butch women?

I’m a lesbian feminist (lezfem) which means a lot of things. One part of this means I have a radical, class based analysis of gender. This is feminist speak for: I believe gender is hierarchal class structure that’s assigned at birth based on the presumed role in reproduction. Therefore people born with a vagina are assumed to later have heterosexual sex and then reproduce. As such they are socialized & traumatized as second class citizens from birth to serve and be ruled over by men. This process is lifelong and requires the breaking the psyche of women and forcing them to perform femininity. The word for this class of people is women who are adult human females. 

You cannot reform oppressive structures, you must abolish them. 

Lesbians are women who are exclusively interested in women. 

In response to your statement about amab people: butch is a lesbian specific term. So, if you’re a man your not butch?

However, I’m a big believer in this whole “words have meanings. they unite us.”
So, one of the reasons I’ve (VERY VERY recently) started becoming interested in butch issues is because women who fail to perform femininity are viewed as degenerates. We’re seen as failures. To some degree: we are. We have failed to do the only thing patriarchy (men and traumatized women doing his dirty work) has spent our entire lives telling us to do. This is punished with corrective violence. Some of us are really lucky, we only receive micro aggressions. (For me this looks like “why don’t you remove the hair on your face?” “you should wear skirts to work” “your hair is so beautiful PLEASE GROW IT OUT” “if you don’t wear makeup to this family event then you can’t come” “Ma’am, you’re in the men’s section/would you like me to get you a pair of these from the women’s section” ) I am very fortunate that these are the extent of my experiences. I’m not complaining. 

A butch women is a woman who experiences these corrective aggressions and violences, and whose a lesbian. So she’s doubly fucked over by patriarchy. (which says that women ought to be juvenile, hairless, and on her knees sucking his cock at his beckon call while simultaneously saving her virginity or what not..)

A “butch amab” is a heterosexual man and doesn’t experience either of these problems (lesbophobia, being a GNCW). Soo… 

Yah.

I’m not exclusive to people who experience dysphoria. I prioritize lived experiences over internal identity, so I’m not a man because my lived experiences aren’t of a man.. they’re of a woman..who likes suites to prom dresses. Mine, or yours, or anyone elses feelings about gender roles are irrelevant unless used to create widespread change. 

Lezfeminism is really focused on the specific issues associated with lesbians, but we share a lot in common with radical feminists. I’m also openly advocating for abolishing civ. so i’d like to point out the humor in this being the only kind of shit I get in my inbox.