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so this may not be the best time given the content of today’s clip, but i do want to talk for a bit about the work skam has been doing this season with exploring what it means to be in the closet and why it’s so important.

it’s not anything new to feature the closet as part of lgbtq storylines in cultural texts, since most of what we’ve seen in popular media depictions of lgbtq characters so far has been focused (almost obsessively so) on the self-discovery and eventual coming out narrative. skam doesn’t get originality points on that front, although i will always maintain that it’s important that we’re seeing isak at a different stage of self-identity than most other characters going through this narrative. what we’re seeing in s3 is not really a sexuality crisis; it’s a social identity crisis hinged on sexuality. that’s a significant distinction, largely bc it means that, so far, the show has avoided retreading the same, tired tropes about self-loathing gays. contrary to most other handlings of the coming out story, skam gets that not all or even most internalized homophobia is rooted in a deeply felt sense of shame or disgust about gay attraction, and that’s wonderfully refreshing to see.

equally refreshing imo has been skam’s treatment of the closet, and of isak as a person who is still closeted. it’s been entirely too easy, in the versions of this story we’ve seen so far, to see closeted people shamed, humiliated, or even vilified for not being ready to come out. for so many reasons, this. is. so. damaging.

the closet is a weird, complex thing, and it’s a lot of things to each person who has ever spent time in it. but what it isn’t is the near-universal state of fear and self-loathing popular media has tended to depict it as. this isn’t the case for everyone, esp given individual variations in ideological background and how/with what moralistic sexual values someone was raised. but for most lgbtq people, the closet has nothing to do with self-denial and most everything to do with self-protection. it’s a space to stay while you figure out what being lgbtq means for you, both personally and socially. it’s a space where you can be overlooked while you work through your fears and anxieties, not about being lgbtq but about the very real systemic material, political, and social consequences that still come with being publicly recognized as such. as awful as it is to say, it’s a space where you can prepare for the possibility that you may have to deal with the most negative of those consequences should you come out.

and that’s not to say that the closet is a perfect or ideal place. it’s not. its very existence is predicated on deeply entrenched cultural systems of heteronormativity and homophobia, and there is always some level of social coercion and external pressure in the decision to remain in the closet.

the closet is painful to live in, and it’s painful to maintain, bc there is a certain amount of denial of yourself required by the actions that keep you closeted. it’s painful to do things like go along with gay jokes, or not correct a family member’s gendered language when they ask after your dating life, or stay quiet while your straight coworkers talk openly and without thought about their significant others bc you’re still unsure what their reactions would be should you even mention yours. it’s painful to hit those little reminders, constantly and everywhere, that society doesn’t consider you and your relationships as “normal.” that’s something that doesn’t go away, no matter how comfortable you are in your sexuality or how many times you’ve come out.

on another level too, esp for people like isak who are still working through what it means for them to identify as lgbtq, the closet is painful bc, the more self-aware you become, the more isolating it starts to feel. last episode illustrated that beautifully, as we saw isak struggle with the question of whether to confide in jonas, and esp in the wake of today’s clip, i’m so so so glad he decided to. but on a broader level too, the closet is isolating bc it cuts you off from public connection to a community of people with similar experiences and perspectives. to eskild’s point in 3.05, it cuts you off from the history of that community, from the stories of those who came and fought before you and the challenges they faced, and from the stories of how they overcame those challenges. it cuts you off from a support network that is vital to lgbtq survival, esp for lgbtq youth.

for me, as a viewer, this is the biggest part of why isak’s story on skam this season has been so important. the closet is isolating, and so much of that stems from the fact that we almost never see discussion of what it means or feels to be closeted. but with isak, the focus is explicitly on the social experience of his closet, and how he has started to become aware of his closet as part of also becoming aware of his sexuality. we can literally see him working through all of these issues, the anxiety and the fear of discovery before you’re ready and the daily untold microagressions and the increasing isolation. and we can see (in a way i’m still not happy about) the trauma that gets caused by the incredibly fucking hurtful and dangerous mentality of “hey, it’s 2016, why don’t you just come out already,” particularly bc that mentality denies the very real reasons people still feel pressure to remain closeted in the first place.

watching this season is the first time i can remember seeing the closet, and the choice to remain closeted even after you’ve realized you’re not straight, actually explored, rather than just condemned. and bc of that, it’s one of the realest feeling depictions of what it feels like to be closeted, and eventually to come out, i’ve ever seen. the closet is a lot of things, and all of them complex, but it is not a place of inherent cowardice, self-loathing, and shame. i can’t thank skam enough for understanding that.

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Her Name is Ginger!

May I present to you: Ginger Pointy-Sweet (Read her backstory here!)

After staring at pictures of beautifully costumized MH dolls for ages, she and my amazing Spectra became the first two ghouls of my collection. I got her undressed and repainted from ebay, but her hair was an absolute mess. We went a long way together and - oh my god, finally! - she’s ready! <(^o^)>

Thanks to all these amazing shops:
bear hat ♥ guppykisses (she’s so friendly!)
ginger wig ♥ HaselsAesthetics (the wig cap is not well-made, tho)
dress ♥ Koky4dolls (this dress is everything! *0*)
stockings ♥ thedaughterwhosews (so many colours and patterns)
boots ♥ HelloCoolCat (I replaced the white lace)

I made Ginger a cute little room featuring a bed, a closet with little bat hangers and a coffin shaped dressing table that opens and has tiny vampire teeth, as well. If you’re wondering why there’s Gigi’s stuff all over the place, read their story! (I also took some pictures of Gigi)

Hope you like her. I certainly do!

anonymous asked:

I REALLY love the closet feature on RoE 2 and LoveHacks. There are so many gorgeous outfits in all versions of The Freshman that for its last book, but aside from book 1, you usually only get to see them for a chapter or two. I would love it if Pixelberry would link our diamond-purchased outfits (from all books and specials) for us to use in the last book of The Freshman. It would be a chance for them to make more money too -- I'd certainly purchase more outfits if they could be worn whenever

Let me call you Fashion Anon! 💕 I super support this!

4 days Bankgok, Tokyo, Dubai

After years in Japan I learned to appreciate every single minute of travel, and sometimes my trips have a slightly crazy schedule. So here is a mini guide what to do in a very short time and have a fabulous trip. 

Bangkok (noon till evening)

For a bit of local arty / fashion experience try: It’s Happened to be a Closet, all fashion people go to this shop / atelier / restaurant. There is a manicure room, a foot massage parlor, DIY ateliers to make your own jewelry, and a fantastic European style restaurant (order anything with truffles and you will not be disappointed), there is a store, bakery and enough colors to make your energy levels really high.

124/1 Soi Sukhumvit 23 | Khlong Toei Nuea (they do not have a website, it is a best kept local secret)

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Just nearby there are three most amazing interior furniture shops, even of you travel light you should check them for inspiration. Run by the same owner each shop has a very distinguished look and feel, and there is a lot to see there in a tiny 2 floor space. Each shop is a bit of a tiny fabulous apartment, the one where you really want to meet the owner. They are all next to each other and have these beautiful names: Incredible, Eligible, and Unforgettable.

Incredible 


Eligible

Check them out at: 116/6 Sukhumvit 23, Sukhumvit Road, North Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok 10110.


Tokyo 


At My Little Box and Pommery event 



Catching Pokemons across Japanese capital is the most fun.



Quick gateway to Enoshima in summer



Dubai

After Tokyo, Dubai came next, despite summer heat there are always many new restaurants and places to visit. It changes everyday.


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A shisha bar and Chanel baboosh


Finding street art in Dubai is a real treasure hunt as messages are hidden across construction sites everywhere. And after dinner at night a walk by the beach is a bliss.

I did a Muffet makeup test a few weeks ago (featuring some closet-pulled-together-costume-and-wig). I really like her personality in the game, she’s an interesting character to say the least! I had to edit my natural eyes black in this photo, however everything else is mostly eyelash glue and pain. :’)

I’m not completely sure if I’m going to pursue this cosplay as I would probably require some sclera lenses, but making her extra arms is tempting so we will see where things go! :)

anonymous asked:

Hi! Can you call me Curious Anon cuz I'm always curious about EVERYTHING! Speaking of which I'm curious if in #LoveHacks and/or ROE bk2 if you've tried using the closet feature as someone other than MC? I would try but the app isn't working on my device. You're my only hope Holly! Thanks, love ya!!!

Hi Curious Anon! Sending love back!

You can only use the Closet feature for your MC.

Thanks for the ask!

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[Plotting intensifies]

Mod: The first panel was drawn and submitted to me by Enderstine which I’m sure is a follow-up to this, I would have liked to make the background dark as well but if I wanted a floor so would it be darker which would make Enderstine very hard to see.

Featuring: Enderstine and Flashy Closet.

Click here to see Flashy’s and Enderstine’s replies to this post!

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We’ve compiled a selection of great moments from our archive of Closet Picks, featuring Liv Ullmann, Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Mike Leigh and many more!

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The traditional model of residential American development is to lay out a grid of streets and line them with two-story houses featuring giant closets and voluptuous two-car garages.

Austin’s Mueller Community, in contrast, is intentionally dense development. Construction began in 2007, and today, walking along the sidewalks, you notice tiny yards and big, inviting front porches. The car is still king here, but many of them are hybrids and electrics, and they’re out of sight.

With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

Photo credit: Julia Robinson for NPR

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Sense 8, Netflix’s new series, is out in June.

One moment links 8 minds in disparate parts of the world, putting 8 strangers in each other’s lives, each other’s secrets, and in terrible danger.”

Its also very relevant to this blog “The show, which Straczynski said is “an examination of politics, sexuality, gender identity” in today’s society, features a closeted gay character, a character dealing with some hidden secrets, and a transgender character, who is played by an actor who is transgender. (Co-creator Lana Wachowski is also transgender.)” So I’m really hopeful about the diversity in this one.