every time i go into my notifications and i have to see some 13 year old with a peridot icon arguing over the sexuality of a 70 year old comics character my depression is strengthened even more…. I Don’t Actually Care and this post wasn’t intended to start discourse like holy shit leave it be let me rest
So it’s Yom HaShoah today (that’s Holocaust Remembrance Day for the goy in the room) and I’ve been trying to think of something meaningful or insightful to say for most of yesterday. I’m sure most of the people who follow me aren’t Jewish and that’s fine, but because you’re not you will never understand the mental space the Holocaust takes up for us. I think about it all the time, it’s place in a wider Jewish story. In 2015 the world Jewish population finally reached the same level as it was in 1939. Think about that for a moment, it took us over 70 years to recover. When my Grandfather the son of European immigrants was born in 1924 there were about 9,500,000 Jews living in Europe, today 93 years later there are 1.4 million, in the countries of Eastern Europe there were 4.7 million Jews before the war, 867,000 in 1945 and only 70,000 today. Poland was 10% Jewish over 3 million Jews, speaking their own language, Yiddish. 90% of Polands Jews died, today only about 80,000 Jews live in Poland after 800 years as the beating heart of European Jewry. Yiddish went from 10 million native speakers to an all but dead language. The world of my great-grandparents is gone, I can never go back to where they came from because it’s gone, in the blink of an eye. However in some ways their world is alive and well, tonight, the night of Yom HaShoah over 7 million French people voted for a party founded by an anti-semitic fascist Holocaust denier. His Daughter that party’s candidate for President, the person over 7 million French voters wanted as their President, just this week denied any French responsibility for the deportation of France’s Jews to death camps. She gets to be in the run off election in two weeks and polls say 40% of French people will vote for her, she wants to BAN the wearing of Yarmulkes in public. And today of all days France choose not to reject her but move her forward. Never Again means Never Forget.
Steve x Reader Summary: Soulmate AU in which Steve overestimates the powers of the super soldier serum and comes to a startling realization
Prompt: You can choose to take the pain of your soulmate away (from this post)
Word Count: 2163 Warnings: none
Soulmates were a thing of the past.
Although it had been common throughout the early 1900s to be born with the small cursive words on your wrist, after the second world war more and more children were born without them. Many blamed it on the plethora of chemical and nuclear weapons, others on the traumatizing pain it had caused throughout the war, but nobody knew for sure why they had disappeared.
That’s why it had been such a big deal when you’d been born with a mark. Your grandparents, old enough to have their own, were ecstatic. Your parents, on the other hand, had urged you to keep it hidden away from the public. It was unusual in their day and age and they feared the attention it might bring.
So for much of your childhood you listened intently to your grandfather’s stories of soulmates in his time, eyes wide and a large grin plastered on your face despite having to keep your own mark a secret.
However, the excitement soon disappeared as you grew older.
Grandma explained that during the war the only way to know if your soulmate was alive and well was to feel for their pain. When your soulmate was hurt a numbness would spread across your own body, alerting you and allowing you to choose whether or not to take that pain away. When you failed to feel that numbness even through your teenage years, you knew what it meant. You might have been lucky to be born with a soulmate, but you sure as hell weren’t lucky enough to meet them.
The supersoldier serum pumping through Steve’s veins did many things. He could run faster, think harder, jump higher and most important of all, he could heal quicker. It was a significant advantage he had over the rest of the Avengers. Even with a bullet in his side Steve would push forwards, the pain all but forgotten and his enhanced body already racing to repair itself.
What Steve didn’t realize was that his pain wasn’t just being forgotten – it was being taken away.
On the other side of Manhattan, another person was willingly taking the pain as their own. Every bullet wound, every slash of a knife she felt so he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t let him. He was her soulmate and after believing he was gone for so many years, she would do anything to protect him.
So Steve continued on fighting, completely unaware that the girl he’d thought was left in the past was in fact alive and well only a few kilometers away.
It’s forbidden to die in Longyearbyen, Norway. The town’s only cemetery closed over 70 years ago because it’s so cold that bodies previously buried there have never decomposed and some still carry traces of an influenza virus that caused an epidemic in 1917.
You know what? Fuck it. I’m sick of sitting passively by, listening to people ask “how do you know if you’ve never tried?” and tell me that no-one cares while you sit there with a shit-eating grin and say “this is a great debate we should do this more often”. A debate? My sexuality is a debate?! Fuck you. Telling me that I bring up great points when I’m giving you facts and you ask stupid fucking questions that I hear all the time is not a debate. It’s a chore.
And how DARE you? How dare you say to me that I need to be fixed, that I can be cured if only I could “find the right somebody”. “How do you know if you’ve never tried?” you ask me as though I haven’t tried. You assume I haven’t?
I destroyed great friendships because I tried to convince myself I had a crush on them. I tore myself apart in so many ways because I tried to tell myself that there was someone out there just for me. My life has been a living hell because I TRIED. Every goddamn fucking day, I’ve tried. And then you ask why I’m angry??
Fuck you. Of course I’m angry!! I’ve been sold this idea of love and romance and sex being the be all and end all of the universe every goddamn day of my life. Every single fucking thing I’ve watched, read, listened to - about him or about her. About how True Love saves the day. How they only live happily ever after when they’re married and riding off into the sunset staring longingly into each other’s eyes. And then I’m forced to endure sex scenes and romances that are so out of place that it jars me out of the narrative so utterly and completely while everyone else applauds and nods and agrees “Yes, they are so in love”. Then they point at a background character who hasn’t even got a goDDAMN FUCKING NAME and tell me “Look! There’s your representation! Be happy!!!” all the while writing fanfiction about that character passionately fucking another character because #OTP #loveislove
FUCK. YOU. Of course I’m going to be absolutely fucking livid! You give me representation and then take it away all in the same breath! I watch as characters who are asexual are cured of their medical condition and suddenly they are not asexual anymore! I watch as characters that have never expressed any interest in romance - who have been around 60, 70, over 100 fucking years!!! - are paired off in heterosexual relationships (as though there aren’t enough of them around). Characters who are made canonically asexual and then a couple of years later, a new writer doesn’t agree with that and rewrites the entire canon so the audience can relate to them more (as though they weren’t a fan favourite already). Characters who are made the butt of jokes, characters who are placed in the same bracket as incest, characters who we are very clearly meant to hate.
And if the canon doesn’t fuck them over, the fandom sure fucking does.
Pages and pages and pages of fanart and fanfiction all dedicated to shipping my representation with other characters, while I’m shoved aside and told “it doesn’t matter. It’s not a big deal, there’s no need to yell”.
No need to yell? And yet you’ll start entire so-called ‘fandom wars’ over Shiro/Keith and Keith/Lance? You’ll yell and get angry and start a riot when gay characters are made straight and I’m not allowed to do the same for asexual characters? How DARE you.
How very fucking dare you?
I am made to endure and put up with all this shit and then - on top of all of that - then you have the audacity to tell us we are not welcome in your safe spaces, that we don’t exist, that we’re seeking attention (because bringing attention to a sexuality is such a bad thing, right?). I have to sit and listen to you as you describe us as aliens - as emotionless, unfeeling robots. You tell us we are as far removed from human as you can get. I have been told that I’m not right, I’m broken, I’ll never be understood and nor should I be. I spent years telling myself those very same things before I even came across the word asexual, piling on depression and anxiety and loneliness. I don’t need someone who doesn’t even take the time to try to understand to tell me that I must have a medical condition or that I was sexually abused as a child or that I just need to “give it a chance”. I don’t need people telling me that “it sucks” that I’m aroace, that I’m “not normal”, or asking me what I’ll do when I’m old and have no-one to look after me. I don’t need it. I don’t.
I’m already told all this in a hundred thousand different ways every day when I walk outside and see a billboard featuring another ‘sex sells’ advert. Every day, when I watch TV and see yet another out of place romance. Every day, when I walk into a shop and a love song is playing over the speakers.
“How do you know if you’ve never tried?” How do YOU know?
I’ve had people ask me “isn’t it lonely?” They ask me how I’ll ever feel fulfilled if I never experience love and when I point at my friends, they laugh and say “no, I mean romantically” as if the way I love isn’t valid. Why is romance so much more fulfilling than platonic? “It just is,” they’ll reply as though that explains everything. It doesn’t.
They tell me how love is so amazing and great and then in the next sentence moan about their significant other or cry about how heartbroken, how depressed they are because their boyfriend/girlfriend broke up with them. “I’ll never love anyone ever again, I guess that makes me asexual” they say as they chat up their next partner and I grit my teeth and smile and nod because I’ll never understand so how can I judge?
So fuck you. I’m not going to just sit here and let you tell me that my representation doesn’t matter. Not when it took me 17 years to finally find asexuality. Not when it took others far longer. And definitely not when some go their whole life feeling broken or force themselves to do things they don’t want to just to try to fit in. We exist whether you understand us or not and we need our representation too.
An incomplete list of stuff in the pjo-verse that I would love to know more about:
Demigods who made it into adulthood. There must be a lot, especially if they lived their whole childhood at Camp Half-Blood. It’s assumed that there are no campers past college-age, which means that they all “graduate” and go into the mortal world. This wouldn’t even be a new concept; all of the Ancient Greek heroes were already adults, so making it in the mortal world might even be considered some kind of rite of passage. I would particularly love to know how the Greek demigods handled the Battle of the Labyrinth and the Battle of Manhattan—some of them must have wanted to help. Maybe there were some adults that joined Kronos. It’s peculiar, because the oldest modern demigod we know of by name is Luke, but there must have been some players in the war that were older than him.
Think about old campers coming back to visit and seeing their little siblings and bringing their kids!
There must be Hunters of Artemis who are daughters of the Big Three, which would add an incredibly interesting dynamic once Percy, Nico, Bianca, and Thalia emerged
Demeter’s kids could technically be eligible for the Great Prophecy, if we assume that “eldest gods” is used because the masculine form is dominant in the English language. This must have come up at least once over the 70 years that they were trying to figure out the prophecy, and I wonder how they came to the conclusion that her kids couldn’t be prophecy children.
How and when did the gods move to America? If they move with Western civilization, would they stay in England until America became a world power? Or did they sense the shift in the air as soon as the Revolution was won? Did George Washington lead the Revolution against the gods’ will (and have a huge fight with Athena about it)?
Literally how did Chiron not know about the Labyrinth entrance in the camp
When did the last Oracle die and like… who was she
When did Dionysus first come to camp
To what extent were the children of the Big Three involved in World War II and what happened to the ones under 16
To what extent were demigods involved in the Civil War
how many kids are in each cabin?
How many siblings does Annabeth have? are they really all blonde, and why, like does Athena just have a thing for blondes or something? does Annabeth like her siblings? is she the oldest?
Do Percy and Annabeth have actual friends at camp besides each other and Thalia and Grover?
Who are these famous demigods that we keep hearing about and like, do campers brag about their famous siblings ever? And do you honestly expect me to believe that no one in the camp besides Piper has ever been related to somebody famous? Like, hear me out: the gods definitely fuck celebrities all the time.
Are there any kids at camp with gay parents, because like… gods can do that (I’m looking at you, Athena)
How do things work at camp like where do they wash their clothes and does every cabin have bathrooms inside and how many bunks are in each cabin and which cabins are always sparse and which are always full?
Are they really not allowed to have technology? Surely the borders would protect them from attracting monsters when they’re using cellphones?
Is their a hierarchy at camp depending on godly parent? There must be. And there must be some people who are bitter about it. I bet the Zeus cabin used to rule the camp, back in the day
JUST GIVE ME SOME MORE DEMIGOD HISTORY, MAN. How was the camp founded? When was the camp founded? Oldest living demigods? Heroes of the Civil War and World War II and the Revolutionary War? Are all of the Beatles really demigods? Was camp ever segregated? Did George Washington have other demigods or was the army mostly mortal? Are we supposed to think that all wars throughout history had a demigod side and a mortal side? Who built the camp? Honestly, did they really only accept Olympian children until Percy came around? Like, frankly, I just don’t believe that it was never a problem until Luke???
According to Natasha the winter soldier had around two dozen missions over the last 50 years but he was captured 70 years ago
means it took 20 years to break, manipulate and train him
HE FOUGHT BACK 20 YEARS
to all of you Riverdale fans who suddenly seem to be able to acknowledge Jughead’s canon asexuality. What I need you to know, though, and I know you don’t care, only acknowledging it to defend what has happened in the last episode by explaining to me, and the rest of the asexual community that has been standing up for one of the few canon asexual characters we have to represent us, what asexuality is and how identifying as one has nothing to do with your interest in relationships, is outright rude, to say the least.
You’re right, Jughead has only been canonically referred to as asexual, nothing else. And I’m not blaming you for not being able to see this as obvious as an aromantic person, but as such, I would like to tell you that his aromanticism is as obvious as his asexuality. There are multiple examples of this in the comic, basically everything about Jughead is proof.
And I know that someone wants to comment on how that is only a recent addition, how he was ‘gay-coded’ or a ‘woman-hater’ before 2015. And that is true. The latter at least. Jughead is not a gay-coded character unless you’re talking about those denying his asexuality. He was called a woman hater because a teenage boy not being interested in women must mean that he hates them. Sure, maybe not being interested in women means he is interested in men. Only that he never showed interest in men either. Back in the 40s they just didn’t have to mention that, because being gay wasn’t seen as normal.
Jughead Jones was always a character that stood out from the rest of the Archie gang due to his lack of interest in dating, in contrast to Archie who’s constantly torn between Veronica and Betty.
So yes, asexuality has nothing to do with your interest in relationships. But Jughead Jones is just as aromantic as he is asexual, so next time you think about telling us to quit complaining about Riverdale’s portrayal of him, remember that unlike you, who wants to ship two fictional characters romantically, despite them having shared such a beautiful friendship for over 70 years now, the reason we complain is because we seek representation. To be heard, and seen. To get a chance at being understood and accepted. I’m not saying you can’t ship them - go ahead and do whatever you want. But don’t you dare tell me that I don’t get to complain about a character that means so much to me because I have seen him reflect me in ways that I never thought anyone else shared with me. And making me realize just how much about me is due to my sexual and romantic orientation.
It’s not about your shipping, it’s about my identity.
10. Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines.
9. The fuel for each of Nazi Germany’s V2 rockets was made from 30 tons of potatoes.
8. The swimming pigs of the Bahamas. They live freely on the beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf. The pigs are exceptionally friendly, running from under the shade of the almond trees to greet visitors that bring them treats.
7. Tony Perkins, the leader of an anti-LGBT hate group, who claimed that God uses natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding to punish homosexuals and their supporters, had his own house destroyed by a flood.
Around 541 million years ago, relatively simple microorganisms suddenly began diversifying into the types of animals we know today. Over the next 70 to 80 million years almost all the known phyla of animals suddenly appear in the fossil record. The Cambrian Explosion was basically evolution’s Big Bang.
• James is absolutely horrified when his hair starts to turn gray.
• But than much to everyone’s annoyance he looks like a fricking anime character and his hair remains messy and full until the very end
• Lily makes this really horrible pranks like she doesn’t remember people or stories and practically kills James every time she does it
• James loves to tell anyone who will listen about their romance and how it started
• He goes into the most meaningless details and bores his grandchildren, shoppers, baristas, nursing stuff, doctors and even random people on the street
• but they all listen because he tells it with such an excitement and spark in his eyes
• they are both forced into retirement eventually because they won’t quit
• “ old?!?! What do you mean old?!?! Of course I can bloody go on a mission I just need a hand out of this chair”
• when they are finally retire they spend every possible moment with their grand children
• and are OF COURSE the best grand parents ever
• James spoils them waaay too much
• Lily just never says no to them
• they love to go to the park together with or without the kids
• they sit on a bench in the sun, Lily’s head on James’s shoulder as she reads him a story
• because he can’t see -let alone read- a bloody thing (but would never ever admit it)
• they also kiss a lot
• especially in public
• both of them are so proud to be “high school sweethearts” who are still very much in love
• James tells Lily everyday that she is only getting prettier with age
• Lily would brag about all of her family’s successes even the silliest things
• “oh how nice that your son is a healer BUT my grandson just burned down his house while discovering his magic!”
• Lily learns how to knit and loves it
• James loves watching her while she sits on the sofa with her little glasses at the edge of her little nose and just stair at her in awe
• she really did got only prettier with age
• they host a brunch almost every sunday
• and they invite EVERYONE over for every single holiday
• and James tells the same old lame dad jokes every year
• and Lily keeps on laughing even after over 70 holidays together
• Harry calls them every single day and still asks them for advice about everything
• Harry sings to his kids a lullaby that Lily used to sing to him
• which makes Lily so very happy because it’s a muggle lullaby that her father sang to her
• they have a competition to see which one can outlive the other one
• but inside both of them want to lose
• because after all these years they don’t even want to imagine life without the other
Wars are a gruesome affair, this is a fact known to most people. Blood, sweat and gore accompany a conflict, and if one wishes to win it, they must first have necessary manpower, supplies and arms. And an icon of that is the M1 Garand. This WWII-era battlerifle has managed to become an icon of America, both of the war effort and far past it.
The Garand begins life with it’s Canadian-American designer, Jean Cantius Garand, more commonly just called John C. Garand. A fan of machining and target shooting, this melded into firearm design and Garand’s first design was a light machine gun developed in 1918. While it lost out to other designs, his work soon caught attention of Springfield Armory, and they hired him.
By the 1930′s, there was a craze in the world for a semi-automatic battle rifle to replace older bolt actions. These led to a flurry for new designs, many of which ended in development limbo excluding a few like the SVT-40, G41 and Ljungman. In America, the trials boiled down to two main designs, the Garand rifle and the Pedersen rifle.
The Pedersen rifle was developed by Remington’s main designer John Pedersen, relying on a toggle-lock action and waxed ammunition. Garand’s rifle was a gas-operated rotating bolt. Both chambered in the prototype .276 Pedersen cartridge, concern began to brew on the logistics of the new ammo. Seeing an opportunity, Garand managed to work his rifle to use standard .30-06, something that Pedersen could not. This led to Garand and his rifle winning the trials.
And just at the right time, as the Second World War soon began and the US entered it with the Garand.
The M1 Garand was the US Armed Forces rifle of choice alongside the older M1903 Springfield. And while the rest of the world used bolt-actions or had semi-automatics in low production, the Garand was standard issue and gave US soldiers a giant fire power advantage in the field.
However the Garand was not without flaws, the loading mechanism used metal en-bloc clips and used a spring meaning the clip would be flung out of the gun when empty, famously making a metallic “ping”. While its actual impact on the battlefield is fairly limited, it showed many flaws with the Garand design and the rifle was not due long in the ever advancing Cold War years.
Despite its age, the Garand lasted fairly long after the war. The rifle served into Korea and even the early days of Vietnam, though many had been replaced by that point by the later M14 and M16 rifles. Many nations both inside and outside of NATO used them, some still using the Garand today for ceremonial purposes.
The IRA were famous for using Garands, even well past the introduction of AR’s and AK’s, many police departments used them after the war and even to this day, the Garand is a favorite in both 1st, 2nd and 3rd world.
And with over 70 long years of use, many Garands are still in operation across the world. Many countries still use them for ceremonies such as Veteran Parades, Honor Guard and Volley salutes. The gun’s age makes it common to find in many gunshops across the world and even still, militias still use Garands to fight their foes.
With the rifle’s fame in the world, it is no wonder the Garand is a very common sight in movies. Everyone from Dean Martin and Don Haggerty to Heath Ledger and Clint Eastwood have wielded the Garand. Almost every movie set within World War II or Korea features it, many movies in Vietnam feature it as a throwback and modern movies tie it in. Nothing quite says “Get off my lawn!” than an M1 Garand.
And it is these same WWII themed movies that help begin the FPS genre. Films such as Saving Private Ryan and more had a wide impact in the media at large, and video games are no exception. Many series began with WWII and this massive influx of 1940′s combat games lead to many portrayals of the arsenal of the era, Garand included.
Call of Duty, Brother in Arms, Battlefield and many other franchises began with simple WWII first-person shooters, and these helped propel the Garand to fame on the computer screen. But as the WWII-era game faded away, the Garand seemed to disappear. But the rifle was not done yet, as many games still feature the rifle. Some use it as a throwback to their earlier games, others attempt to paint forgotten areas like Korea and Vietnam, even some set in a world inspired by the 1950′s and 1960′s feature the rifle. The Garand seems to deal just as well on the computer screen as it does on the silver screen. Where there is video games, there will be a Garand.
And that is the long history of the M1 Garand, the warhorse. Despite being out of service since the early 1960′s, the Garand is still famous. While it has some flaws, the gun is simply unstoppable. From the seas of France to the jungle of Vietnam, the Garand has kept on going and going far past any expectation. When you need a gun that could work in anything, you go for the Garand.
my dream team that marvel would never do because they're boring and predictable, is have Sam take up the shield and be Cap while Steve is gone, and then have Steve and Bucky both be Nomad-type heroes that secretly back Sam up on missions while they're hiding from the government
LITERALLY THIS IS ALL I WANT, THIS IS THE STORY WE DESERVE!!! It would be good for so many reasons, for example
Steve wouldn’t be dead. Killing off main characters for shock value is not shocking when a. everyone and they mama already thinks it’s what you’re going to do, and b. every writer ever seems to think it’s groundbreaking and earth shattering as a plot device. It’s not, it’s boring.
Bucky wouldn’t be cap. Hear me out - Bucky as Cap right now doesn’t do him justice. Poor guy hates himself, blames himself for the hell he was put through, doesn’t trust himself or his own mind. Bucky needs to see himself as good, before he’s put in a suit and made to live up to Steve’s image and carry on Steve’s legacy. Let him be a hero in his own right, don’t just have him be Cap, it’s weak, you can tell a better story.
Sam would be Cap. Imagine how fucking stoked young black kids would be to go to an Avengers movie or a Cap movie and see someone that looked like them as Captain Freaking America? Imagine the Uncle Sam jokes he could make. Imagine seeing Cap jump out of a plane without a parachute and it not being reckless bc he can still use the Falcon wings. Just imagine the possibilities.
Steve Rogers saying fuck you, not today, to government after it’s done nothing but screw him over for 70 years is what we deserve. It would also make sense as a follow on from Civil War if we’re having to accept it as canon. He was so against the accords, against government control, against being told where and when he can help, so why not have him be a hero without a country. Why not have him help where he wants and where he can as a vigilante of sorts.
Steve and Bucky living on the down low, healing together, figuring out who they really are together, after everything that’s happened to them, fighting side by side? Yes please and thank you, it’s the content we deserve.
Sam and Steve and Bucky being the ultimate dream team, but no one knowing so Sam gets all the credit and Steve and Bucky not minding but Bucky being snarky about it just out of tradition.
Listen. Nomad Style Steve and Bucky with Cap Sam is such a good concept, would be such a strong story, would be so interesting to watch and also for Chris, Seb and Anthony to play, can Marvel just fuckin do it adaiusijsin