facts about the world

“I’m serious, Yu. You don’t realize how terrifying humans are.”

anonymous asked:

would you ever draw camila? like with lil nina?

camila loves her happy lil girl more than anything

Asking questions

Aries is naturally curious, almost like a child. They want to know who, what, when, where, and why. They want to always be in the know and to never miss out on anything

Taurus wants to know the logistics of it. Why will it work? Why will this happen? They usually ask why and how more than anything

Gemini wants to know absolutely everything there is to know. They are so excited about learning new ideas and things, especially about people

Cancer wants to know who? Who is that? Who do I need in my life? Who is to blame for this? They like knowledge of people

Leo asks about themselves. How do they come across? How much do you love me? Why am I important? They aren’t ashamed to ask for validation

Virgo learns subtley and quietly, but they ask the necessary questions. They almost always ask for more details, as they are very detail oriented

Libra will ask about people, wanting to know about people’s lives or snoop around. But they also love to learn how things work, usually scientifically

Scorpio wants to know all the deep and intimate facts of life. They ask the deeper questions everyone else is afraid to ask. They are naturally inquisitive

Sagittarius wants to explore life and learn what it’s about. They ask philosophical questions. What is life about? Why am I here? They like to explore and ponder

Capricorn sometimes prefers not to ask questions, but they like to ask why and how. They like to know the logic and reason behind everything

Aquarius is naturally curious and excited to learn. They love to ask if you know little facts about themselves or the world, and they ask any question they can, always wanting to know an answer

Pisces asks about the world, about your experiences and how you view life or view a certain situation. They ask for your input and advice as well

20 Out Of This World Facts About The Universe That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

We’ve compiled a list of the 20 most incredible facts about the universe you will ever come across. The infinite expanse of stars and galaxies are riddled with mysteries which leading scientists and experts are yet to explore. In their quest to unearth the hidden secret of the universe, startling facts and information have emerged - 20 of which we’ve featured below.

1. When you look into the night sky, you are looking back in time.

Originally posted by apparently-artless

 When we gaze at stars in the night sky, we are actually looking into the past. This happens because light emitted from a star has to travels many light years ahead to actually become visible to our eyes. For  example, Orion is 640 light-years away, so the light left the star around 1370 is what we are seeing now.

2. The Hubble telescope allows us to look back billions of years into the past

Originally posted by dreamofthedragon

NASA releases some incredible images of space, from time to time, and it’s made possible with The Hubble Telescope. Here’s an image which is a collection of 10,000 images captured by The Hubble. 

3. You can watch the Big Bang on your television

Cosmic background radiation is an after effect of the Big Bang, the event that allegedly gave birth to the universe. This can actually be seen on television where the old fuzzy noise we saw contains 1% of the same radiation. 

4. There’s a giant cloud of alcohol in Sagittarius B

Sagittarius B, is a huge cloud of vinyl alcohol whizzing in space near the Milky Way. It’s important as it leaves crucial information for scientists about how early life forms originated in space.

5. There’s a planet-sized diamond in Centaurus named after a Beatles song

Originally posted by iclalove

A planet , made completely of diamond, which has been called Lucy by scientists after the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,”  can be found 50 light years away in Centaurus and weighs in a mind boggling 10 billion-trillion-trillion carats. 

6. It takes 225 million years for our Sun to travel around the galaxy

Originally posted by toomanythoughtanddreams

While our planets in the solar system circumnavigate the Sun, the star itself it on a orbit around the Milky Way. And if we’re counting in humans years, it takes 225 million years to complete the journey. 

7. Our solar system’s biggest mountain is on Mars

The tallest mountain in our solar system is Olympus Mons, located on Mars. It’s calculated  to be three times taller than Everest, spanning 600 kilometers across and 26 kilometers in height. 

8. Uranus spins on its side, with some rather strange results

Originally posted by spaceplasma

Uranus is not just unique because of its strange spinning, but the consequences of that effect results in 42 consecutive years of summer sunlight followed by another 42 consecutive winter darkness.

9. A year on Venus is shorter than its day

Originally posted by spaceplasma

Venus is the slowest rotating planet in our solar system - it takes longer to finish a rotation on its axis than orbit the entire Sun!

10. Neutron stars are the fastest spinning objects known in the universe

The fastest spinning known pulsar, a neutron star which emits a radiation beam as light, cycles on a whopping 70,000 km per hour speed.

11. A spoonful of a neutron star weighs about a billion ton

Neutron stars are unimaginably dense, in fact one spoonful of one such star would weigh around a billion tons!

12. The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the most distant human-made object from Earth

In 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were released into space as an ambitious project and are still cruising the outskirts of our galaxy and maybe beyond to help us explore space even further.

13. Voyager 1 captured the most distant photograph of Earth

The same spacecraft, Voyager 1, took the most distant photograph of Earth: Voyager 1 took a shot of the Earth from the far reaches of space in 1990, and the small speck at the end of the image that is the world we’re living on right now became known as the Pale Blue Dot. Astronomer Carl Sagan noted,“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.”

14. Scientists are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial life on Earth

Originally posted by ajshostak

One of the most exciting mysteries of the universe is a quest to find aliens, or as termed by scientists a project called The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), where they are pulling n all data about extraterrestrial life on other planets through evidence they have at their hands.

15. It is estimated there are 400 billion stars in our galaxy

Originally posted by thelucidnation

Our own Sun is one of 400 billion others, some astoundingly larger, some smaller, in the Milky Way alone. 

16. There could be 500 million planets capable of supporting life in our galaxy

“Goldilocks Planets” are  habitable planets which fall into a specific zone around the star to make life sustainable on it. Many factors come into play to get this perfect distance such as temperature, atmospheric content, water, chemical compounds on the surface etc. 

17. There are probably more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe

Based on extensive calculations, using data from the Hubble Telescope and as far as it can see into space, there’s a probable 170 billion galaxies besides our own Milky Way.

18. There could be an infinite number of universes

Originally posted by sci-universe

Speculative theories in advanced branches of science such as mathematics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics have summed up that we could be living in a “multiverse”- a convergence of an infinite number of universes. 

19. The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe

Originally posted by teapotsandroses

Our brain is a blueprint for the most complex network in the universe, with over a hundred billion neurons and quadrillion connections- this system isn’t even the tip of the iceberg which we know about what our brains have the potential to achieve.

20. We are all made of stardust

Originally posted by drugsruleeverythingaroundme

Carl Sagan beautifully summarises this fact, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” In fact, every element on Earth transpired from a burning heart of a star.

One And The Same - Opposition Signs

Due to the name ‘Opposition’, it becomes an easy assumption that this means the two are polar opposites. This is in fact not true. Opposition signs, also known as sister signs, form a unity. They have the same desires, wants and goals in life, but the opposing thing being how they come about these things. One takes one route to their goal, whilst the other takes the alternative. This can create a lot of harmony between the two, a harmony not often talked about. Obviously, it can also make them like oil and water and cause arguments or distaste towards each other, but this post intends to explain the side of sister signs less talked about: the unity and rich lessons to be learnt within the paradise the sisters can find in each other.

This post relates to no placement, but to the archetype formed by the sisters.

The Sister Signs are:

  • Aries and Libra
  • Taurus and Scorpio
  • Gemini and Sagittarius
  • Cancer and Capricorn
  • Leo and Aquarius
  • Virgo and Pisces

Aries and Libra are bonded over creation, destruction, and the balance of these two things. Aries is passionate, impulsive and headstrong, where their sister Libra is thoughtful, peace-yearning, and indecisive. Upon successful unity, they fuse their traits together to destroy the negative, and to create the positive within both their lives. Aries offers the impulse and passion Libra needs to draw them out of worrying and help them take control of their own peace and outcomes. Libra provides Aries with the thought and concern for their actions and well-being, which allows them to use their impulse for their own good. When done right, these sisters achieve peace.

Taurus and Scorpio find fusion in the deep and the stubborn, wishing to avoid the fake in life. Taurus can be one of materialism, but this does not mean they enjoy fake and superficial things. Taurus is linked to values, hence the stereotype of materialism, but this also means value of self, others, and morals. Being Venus ruled, they want a loving, comfortable and worthy life and mindset. Scorpio wishes to avoid superficiality too, but often this relates more to emotions than values. Scorpio is wise and investigative of the things in life we’d consider to be soul deep within us. A real connection and meaning - whether of an ethical idea or a complex theory - is what these two aim for. When done right, they achieve stability and consistency.

Gemini and Sagittarius are fun-loving signs who want to learn things about the world. Gemini has a love for facts and experiences, often wanting to harness a thousand things at once. Sagittarius aims for the wider world of experience, wanting the memory of what they’ve learnt to be long-lasting. When put together, they’re a powerhouse of reminiscent intelligence. They offer each other the missing parts of their biggest, and smallest, questions. When done right, they achieve complete knowledge.

Cancer and Capricorn are signs wishing to nurture, advise, and guide others. Cancer does this through their emotions, often having vested interest in the advice they give to others, and allowing a personal nurturing feeling to aid and guide those they help. Capricorn takes a more structured and objective approach, often leaving their own view out of their advice. Where Cancer is like a parent, Capricorn is like a teacher. They learn to fuse the two approaches in order to get the best from themselves and to output that into the world, too. When done right, they achieve wholehearted guidance.

Leo and Aquarius are concerned with originality and individuality. Leo aims to achieve these through their radiating light, allowing their smile to light up a room. Leo finds their spark in now and who they are. Aquarius instead does this with their thoughts and future. They show individuality with their ideas and genius plans. Leo can teach Aquarius to store some of their spark within themselves, whilst Aquarius can teach Leo to draw out their radiance into ideas and the intangible. When done right, they achieve beaming light.

Virgo and Pisces want to achieve helpfulness, service and purpose within their life. Virgo is known for their want to do the little things, and their nagging nature to try and help people. Pisces is known for their sacrificial nature, and want to take on everyone else’s pain to save them. With Virgo covering the little helpful deeds, and Pisces catching people’s backs as they fall, the two can change lives and happiness when working together. They can learn from each others’ approaches to not only better their route to the goal, but their own self happiness. When done right, they achieve relentless compassion.

hey wanna think about the fact that, just like he himself constructs his own world, shao loves to give identities and titles to those he loves ? and that’s how you can tell he loves them ? “books”, “my alien brother”, “ra ra god of the sun”… those are declarations of love

anonymous asked:

Will you be doing I Didn't Know for Jewish American Heritage Month (May, aswell!)? That'd be really cool but it's fine if not :D I love them and it's so cool to learn new facts about the diverse world we live in.

I have wanted to do that!!!! I usually get to do one of these per month, but I figure the celebration of different people doesn’t necessarily have to be within the designated month, right? Is that a correct line of thinking? So, if not this month, soon! Would that be ok? I have definitely wanted to do that!

People hold hands a lot in LOTR and it’s really nice? It’s not just Frodo and Sam, but I never noticed before this reread. Pippin just now took Gandalf’s hand, and earlier he’d taken I think Bergil’s, a kid (ten, so old enough to walk around without help) he just met, as they walked around the city. So it’s apparently not weird, it’s just a Normal Thing.

Vaguely of relevance as well is the fact that Frodo says “he is very dear to me” of Aragorn after, what, about a fortnight of knowing him. I’m not saying he doesn’t have cause; it was a very crowded and busy fortnight. I too would probably call someone very dear to me if they had saved me from dying from stabbery and guided my friends safely through the wilderness.

It’s just all those ‘my dear Sam’ and ‘I love him’ that he and Sam do, even though they’re a product of extreme circumstances, aren’t even out of line with the culture they live in. They’re still just as meaningful, and I don’t think their power is decreased by that. I just think it’s notable that this isn’t even beyond the bounds of “propriety” for really close friends in high stress situations.

This isn’t where I meant this post to go, but I think this is why this story resonated with me so hard specifically as an aro and why I still don’t ship anything romantically in the Tolkienverse, because the world of Middle Earth is one where loving your close platonic friends and companions to the point of being physically and verbally affectionate is a normal occurrence. It’s just how things are. There’s a lot to be said about the cultural implications of that vs here and now, but I’m not really in a position to say it. But I think even before I knew How I Was, I knew that friends were much more important to me than romance seemed to be. And I feel, with the preponderance of love interests in most adult fiction, like Lord of the Rings was the first Grown Up Story where I saw that aspect of myself reflected.


“[…] Like the fact that the person Sirius cared most about in the world was you,” said Dumbledore quietly. “Like the fact that you were coming to regard Sirius as a mixture of father and brother. Voldemort knew already, of course, that Sirius was in the Order, that you knew where he was — but Kreacher’s information made him realize that the one person whom you would go to any lengths to rescue was Sirius Black.”

ikeracity  asked:

thac!! which one is rafferty and which one is solace? :DD they're so beautiful!!

THANK YOU @ikeracity AND @camisadobondaxx!!! Sorry that I took so long to answer! Here are some facts about my OCs :)

This takes place in a parallel world where humans may or may not exist, but all humanoid mythological creatures we can think of do. Every species lives in their own discrete territories, and aside from trade or war, interaction between all the species is at a minimum.

So that’s Solace, the mermaid king of the pacific ocean. Sol’s personality fluctuates between that of a child and a very old, powerful deity. Sol has always been very lonely because of his status and his power, which his fellow merpeople shun, fear, and yet also hold the utmost respect for. But all he really wishes for is a friend - he’s never really had one. As it is with all merpeople, he loves pretty things, and he’s ridiculously vain and meticulous with his appearance, but he isn’t remotely anything proud or arrogant. He’s a very passionate soul, and can be both extremely gentle and so extremely temperamental that he has caused devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. But mostly he’s gentle.

Rafferty is a knight of the sky, sort of a low-ranking angel. Angels are sort of a militaristic species, so Raffie is very reserved, shy, and can seem emotionally distant to those who don’t know him. Generally, Raffie is very, very gentle. His power is sensing life force and manipulating it to a certain degree; he can heal wounds, speed or slow down the growth of living things, but nothing too extreme. He loves impressing Sol with growing flowers from seemingly out of nowhere. He has rage, too, but it doesn’t manifest as anything as dramatically physical as Sol’s fits - instead, it’s an eternal ember that kills you excruciatingly slowly and painfully if you happen to be the target of his rage.

He would never say exactly how it came to be, but Raffie keeps his eyelids closed all the time, so Raffie is effectively blind. Nobody really knows whether he has damaged eyes, or that he is just no longer allowed to use his otherwise functional eyes, but we know for sure that his sightlessness was the work of a superior angel who was furious with him for falling in love with a mermaid. Blinding was chosen to make sure Sol was punished too.

I’m gonna be drawing my OCs every once a while, depending on my mood, and I hope you’ll come to like these precious beans. :)

Chart Overlay Series

Sun in your Partner’s House  (Synastry/Compatibility)

Other than synastry compatibility based off aspects, and of course planets and asteroids, astrology has much more depth in compatibility. In a synastry chart overlay, one person’s natal birth chart is layered on top of another person’s chart to show how your signs, planets, and houses work together. Especially where their planets are in your chart. It’s this that explains why rising signs are so important, you can still use this if you don’t know their time, but you’ll need to know at least one person’s time. You of course will have more understanding with both rising signs. The point is to see where their/your planet falls in your/their chart and the specific house, to see the influence it has on your relationship and bond. Remember to take both combinations of yours and theirs together. If you don’t know their rising and therefore their houses, look at their planets in your houses for now. These are the characteristic of their/your sun, in your/their house:

Your sun in their first 

A really good blend of energies, as it builds self-confidence in each other because of how complimentary this placement is. Both of you seem to click together very well because of how alike you guys are to each other, always being on the same page. In fact, you guys probably drive each other to do the best. The sun has a strong sense of expression that opens the first house person thirst to do the same; it’s often a cooperating energy or competitive energy. I definitely think their is potential to click well though, similarities smoothen and compliment the bond like icing on the cake; there is a promise of attraction. 

Your sun in their second 

The sun person admires the house person a lot and builds their esteem. It makes them feel loved and talented so in turn the house person spoils and treasures the sun person. It can help put the house person’s energy to create more material security. The problem is that the Sun person may become too dependent financially on the house person and make them feel used, or the house person can become too dependent on the sun person to build self-esteem. All in all, this is the house of possessions so you guys help each other financially grow and feel secure. This isn’t necessarily all work and no play, you guys desire each other a lot and can become possessive of each other. 

Your sun in their third 

Both of you will have strong mental connection, creating intellectual rapport and similar interests. Their won’t be many misunderstandings, as the sun person makes the house person feel understood. There’s promise of deep talks and conversations that seem endless and have no expiration timing, they could go on forever. It also means that you guys can communicate well in other forms other than verbal communication, such as writing, texting, and perhaps ways a long-distance relationship can benefit from. This placement actually plays well if you guys are around each other physically, as you guys feel very comfortable with each other. It’s not an emotional connection, so make sure planets or other overlays form that. 

Your sun in their fourth 

It may feel like a deep and meaningful connection, almost an instant attraction. You often find home within each other, and perhaps make each other get a taste of home or family that’s far away. The house person makes the sun person feel comfortable with talking about family and other deep issues/topics ,letting them confine to the house person. The sun person always wants to protect and defend the house person, as the house person is deeply sensitive towards them. You both can be emotional dependent on each other, as it lets out the youthful aura in the house person. Regardless there is a strong connection between you two. 

Your sun in their fifth 

It’s a very playful and beautiful overlay; it unleashes love, playfulness, romance, and so much more. Both of you are active together and perhaps risky, always having fun in life. The problem is you look at this house for dating (dating is short-term) so you have to make sure the flame doesn’t die out, because it’ll be frustrating for you both when the honeymoon phase dies out (of course other placements matter). You guys may want children, and this can be challenged if the sun is harshly aspected. Both of you may be jealous and possessive but this is more shown from the sun person. Nonetheless you both have romance boiling between each other with a zest of fun. It screams fire, just like the sign ruling this house. 

Your sun in their sixth 

With this overlay, you have to be careful not to give too much servitude to each other as it can go unbalanced, as one can do too much. You guys seem to build and understand an orderly routine together, even if it’s discussing work or helping each other with health and/or other duties. You guys may be critical of each other. The sun person can help their health a lot, as their efforts in work too. It makes me paint the picture that you both are reliable and stable to each other, it’s very supportive. Difficult aspects can make many of these things a burden, like being completely criticized and overly watched over. Almost like being babied, yet this placement works between with flowing aspects between personal planets. As I said, it’s highly supportive. 

Your sun in their seventh 

You both have traits that you both admire in each other, yet balance each other out in the areas you guys lack in. This placement indicates respect, admiration, romance, support, and a strong connection between each other. You both love each other’s company and yet help each other blossom in the world too. This placement is great for not only partnerships, but business too. The strong, “meant to be connection” is more felt for the house person,as the sun person has traits of the ideal partner they need. The sun person has to be wary about this because they’ll demand more alone time and be protective as well. The match can also go downhill and have lots of resentment and more. Nonetheless it’s a magnetic attraction that can go both ways depending on how you allow it to manifest. 

Your sun in their eighth 

You guys can make great financial partners or/and the sexual attraction sizzles between you guys; the sun person helps the eighth house person go through the transformation their 8th calls them to do so. The sun person is deeply, deeply attracted to the house person that it often feels magnetizing. Or the sun person can feel uneasy with the house person. The affect is more detectable on the house person, as you affect them greatly. The house person sees the connection as very intimate and strong. They have more sensitivity towards their partner but the problem is that the sun person may not feel the same, yet they can (it goes both ways). 

Your sun in their ninth 

Extremely, extremely good for romantic compatibly. You’d except the seventh to be but that’s merely the house of opposites and learning from the partner. The ninth house is of second marriages which makes sense. In fact I rather have my partner have their sun in my 9th than 7th (why would you want the first, when you can have the last). The Ninth house is about everything being elevated; truth, expansion, growth, happiness, and profound love. In the long run you want a love that has respect, shared ideals, and makes you feel hope. This person has a high possibility of being your life long partner, because the relationship is constantly growing and expanding. It never gets stale. You two inspire each other and share many ideals. In fact, you guys help each other open the eyes about world. It’s like becoming a newborn baby and exploring every layer and corner of the world, mentally and physically. There’s also a possibility of adventure between you two, is this the person you travel the world with? Possibly so. 

Your sun in their tenth 

The sun person values the house person’s identity a lot in society. The house person may see you as someone with status or class. The problem is not a lot of attraction can fizzle here, but that depends on compatibility as a whole. Such as other planets in the houses and the compatibility of the planets together itself. You guys inspire and improve each other’s work, pushing each other. This is much more evidently done by the sun person. You have to be careful not to be overbearing or overwhelming for the house person. The sun person may feel strongly awed by the house person; they admire you, want the qualities you have, and have the desire to impress you. You’re the sun person’s precious gem. The sun person may even be more responsible and patient with you. In return, you help them with their career and ambitions a lot, something they want. There’s a lot of admiration between you guys but other aspects and placements will help build more chemistry. 

Your sun in their eleventh 

You both want friendship and find it in each other, finding an equal in each other. Both of you may share common interest and even friends. It helps you guys express your individuality, freedom, and greatness, often creating a relationship that is even a “best friend” bond. Both of you are nonjudgmental of each other but at the same time you have to look for other aspects and placements because you guys might just see each other as only friends, which doesn’t necessarily have to happen but it can. I feel like air signs would benefit from this, in a sense of gaining comfort and freedom with a partner. 

Your sun in their twelfth 

Both of you are fascinated by each other, but it’s this mysterious aura that can cause misunderstandings under the illusive charm this overlay creates. The sun person is capable of making the house person feel an array of emotions. It’s a sacrificial match as the house person can give up much; it can cause heartache and it also may cause the relationship to be too private or a secret as well. Nonetheless, and just like the 12th house, it can be highly rewarding. There can be a strong karmic connection between the two. The sun person can put the house person on many, and sometime extreme, emotional highs and lows. Yet the sun person helps them discover themselves when the waves aren’t crashing in. In return the house person makes the sun person dig deeper to discover themselves too. It’s a very spiritual and sensitive bond, yet confusing. It’s highly influential. 

sum thoughts about beauty
  • beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform is innately, inherently harmful to us & works to alienate us from ourselves and our bodies, to force us to police ourselves, to make us waste time and money and energy (emotional and physical) trying to live up to a standard that we can be subjected to violence for failing to meet, and in many cases to physically restrict us and to cause us physical harm. it is not merely standards of beauty that must be challenged or redefined or expanded, but the very concept of beauty as something that women must live up to in order to be treated as vaguely worthwhile (useful / usable) must be eradicated in order for us to be able to truly + freely occupy our own bodies without anxiety, self-consciousness, self-hatred, and fear (n of course this entails eradicating patriarchy).
  • women need to be able + allowed to say that we are parsed as beautiful or as ugly as a means of describing our lived experiences with beauty and the ways in which we are treated, without being accused of being vain or of having low self-esteem, without anyone attempting to knock us down a peg or to comfort / reassure us–we need to be able to state facts about how the world receives + reacts to us without our words being misdirected or trivialised, as if our recognition of the reality our embodiment + how it affects us is necessarily connected to our sense of self-worth (as if our sense of self-worth must come from beauty), as if we are merely talking about how we feel about ourselves rather than trying to open a dialogue about how beauty works on us.
  • of course beauty’s impacts on our self-esteem are very real and cannot be ignored (see the earlier point about beauty alienating us from ourselves and forcing us to police ourselves), but to act as if the impacts of beauty are all in women’s minds, and to focus on women’s minds as the sole battleground on which a war against “beauty standards” is to be waged, serves only 1) to ignore how beauty is wielded against us externally in our everyday lives (those of us who are parsed as beautiful and those of us who aren’t); and 2) to ensnare us once more in the same trap from which we are trying to escape, in acting as if any specific beauty standard is the problem and all we need to do is to accept that this one thing about ourselves is beautiful–rather than problematising the idea that our worth (including our self-worth) should come from beauty (speaking, again, specifically of “beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform”) in the first place
  • obviously, the things that are considered beautiful in women, while constantly shifting, are more or less affixed to upper / middle class white cis (+ non-intersex) womanhood, and the reasons that certain women are considered “undesirable” (and therefore, in many ways, inhuman) are often heavily tied into racism (and, hugely, antiblackness & colourism), classism, transmisogyny, ableism, etc. (see, white women being considered “delicate” while brown & black women are masculinized due to histories of colonialism)
  • as such, women of colour & trans women (not to say that the two groups are either mutually exclusive or completely analogous) have extremely complex relationships with beauty, and this needs to be treated with nuance + with compassion. when you’ve been dehumanised for e.g. racialised aspects of your appearance, when you have a very real and visceral sense of how your race + gender are embodied, how they are being parsed as things that are inherently ugly and aberrant/abhorrent, and how those appellations (that is, ugly and abhorrent) feed into and become each other–and, not for nothing, but it is largely dark-skinned women and especially dark-skinned black women who are parsed this way–it is very tempting to look to beauty (meaning, the beauty reserved for upper / middle class white (cis) womanhood) for a sense of self-worth–but, again, while this may make us temporarily feel better, it does nothing to combat the harm that beauty does in the first place.
  • that being said, I do think that there is a way to declare that racialised features, e.g. dark skin, are beautiful without meaning beauty as in “beauty of the kind that women are expected to perform,” but rather, a kind of beauty that is perceived as innate and arises / is recognised and articulated in contradiction to and rebellion against racist & antiblack / misogynoiristic dehumanisation based on the inscription of race onto bodies–that is, not saying “this thing is worthwhile because it is beautiful, and therefore I am worthwhile because I am beautiful,” but rather, “this aspect of myself is beautiful because it is worthwhile, and because I am worthwhile, when I and people like me have been told that we are not worthwhile + have been oppressed through the inscription of race onto our bodies & the racialisation of these aspects of our bodies.” this kind of thing is, again, responding to a deeply felt knowledge of how race is embodied that I think we need to be given room to articulate.
I Give Up - part 28 FINAL (A Baekhyun Series)

“The pictures are out.”

Those four words held so much power. You felt a definite tremor inside your chest as you watched Baekhyun’s face closely. He had looked up into your eyes when he said it and his hand gripped his phone. It jumped around as he waited for something to load, staring down at the small screen with his eyes darting around and his bottom lip held tightly between his teeth.

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It took me a few minutes to figure out what this meant… It’s kind of a disheartening thing to hear from your protagonist, It kind of sounds like he has like some other stupid reason for doing this and he doesn’t care about his friends. For the first few minutes I felt intensely uncomfortable… But then I thought about it…

I think it’s just a symptom of the previous conversation Kaneki had with Hide…

Kaneki is still in his depression. He’s found a reason to stay alive but not a reason to live. His heart isn’t in it. He doesn’t truly care about what he’s doing because currently his only “special reason” for doing what he’s doing is he promised Hide he’d keep on living. And he had the job thrust upon him by Arima and Eto.

He feels empty and like the words he said to Takizawa he has his own “chain to hold on to…” In his case it’s fixing the world.

 He still cares about his friends hell the scene with Amon pretty much points to the fact that deep down he cared more about them specifically than fixing the world…

But I think his interest in the world and fixing it besides going through the motions of "doing the right thing”  will never really be there unless or until he finds a real reason he wants to stay in it.