half woman half man

Someone is complaining that Black Panther isn’t realistic.

So a movie about a half-man, half-alien traveling with a woman who was raised to be a weapon, a wise-cracking raccoon who is a genius, a sentient tree and a strong let literal-minded alien is realistic?

Really? Just say you hate black people. It’s shorter.

Tyler Dillot Gets In Shape


Tyler Dillot was 27 years old, not good looking, and very much “out of shape.” The last time he had been “in shape” was back in high school at Regis Prep when he had been on the track team. Back then he had gone by Ty, the Dill Man, or Dildo (only by his closest companions). Then college had come and gone, as had his physique and his innocence, and then he became “out of shape.” In fact there was no shape to him. He wasn’t a rhombus or a quadrilateral or even a parallelogram. He was a torso and limbs. But he was determined to make a change.


It was a Calvin Klein advertisement that prompted the sudden urge for physical enlightenment. The billboard was on the corner of East Houston and Lafayette and depicted a half naked woman and half naked man embracing while only wearing Calvin Klein underwear.  The half naked woman was beautiful and Tyler had seen her before on some Instagram feed on one of his late night rabbit holes, but the man on the billboard was otherworldly. The man’s body was rippling with muscle, and Tyler very quickly became aware of how sweaty he was under his thin t-shirt, even though it was only 65 degrees out and breezy and not even mid April and all he had done that Saturday morning was wake up at 11:20, eat a bagel, drink an almond latte with an extra shot of espresso, check Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, then Instagram again. He could feel a pimple forming on the back of his neck.


“I am going to join a gym,” he announced to the world.


“Shut up,” said a stranger passing by.


Later that day he had joined Equinox ($200 initiation fee, $250 per month), bought a new pair of Nike Free Run Trainers ($130), three pair of Nike Flex Running shorts ($45 per pair), and three Under Armour t-shirts ($25 each).


He had wanted to get Nike shirts as well, for he hated mixing brands almost as much as he hated wearing brands, but the Nike tops were all too tight on his chest and made his nipples feel exposed. Being self conscious about ones nipples is one of the worst things in the world, aside from global hunger and YouTube personalities who play the ukulele, so he went with the Under Armour shirts which were more forgiving on both his physique and his wallet.


He would have to phone home and let his father know about the additional charges to the card, but he was still skiing in Aspen and wouldn’t be home for another week. The charges wouldn’t be an issue, he just wanted his father to know so he could be proud of his son for the effort. His father was rich and the rich are always happy when their children spend money. If they don’t have any children, they spend their money on Porsches or plastic surgery, both of which have a near 100% success rate.


Tyler had planned on getting into the gym early the next morning but had drank too much that evening at Erik Brennan’s 32nd birthday party. Erik was from an improv class Tyler had taken when he first moved to the city, and had recently made a video where he interviewed people on the street and asked them what their favorite sexual positions were. Then Erik explained to them if they were subconsciously sexist or not. The video had gone viral and been featured in both Vox and Bustle that morning and subsequently retweeted by Ellen. It was important work and Tyler had shared it on his own Facebook page with the caption “funny + thought provoking work = Erik Brennan.”


The party was at a Mexican bar in the East Village, and Tyler had a few beers, said hi to Erik, had two shots of tequila, sang Erik happy birthday, had a Sangria, said bye to Erik, then ate 2 slices of pizza (one sausage, one sausage and pepperoni), and left at 2 AM. When he got back he ate a spoon of peanut butter straight from the jar (for protein) and fallen asleep.


He woke at 11 AM, checked Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, than Instagram again, where he liked one of Erik’s photos from the party, taken after he left. “Good friends, good timesss” he commented. Then he got dressed and went to the gym, stopping only to purchase a green drink ($7), a Smart Water ($4), and a protein bar ($3).


Equinox was packed, like church on a Sunday morning, only with more self-righteousness and sweat and judgment, and Tyler felt as if everyone was staring at his nipples. He had planned on pairing with a physical trainer but none were available when he arrived at noon, so he sojourned into the unknown, alone.


The treadmills were all full, as were the ellipticals, and he briefly entertained the idea of trying out the rowing machine, before realizing he had never rowed a boat in real life, why would he start on a lie. So he made his way to the floor of free weights and barbells.


Tyler did a few reps on each arm of the twenty-pound dumbbell then moved over to one of the benches where a muscular man with a tan was just finishing up a set with a large amount of weight. He was grunting and panting as if mid-coitus, and when he finished he let out a moan of pleasure Tyler had never released in all of his life.


“Are you finished with the bench?” Tyler asked.


The tan man took one of his headphones out.


“What?” he replied.


“Are you finished with the bench?” Tyler repeated himself, a little louder this time.


“No need to yell bro, all yours,” the man with the tan said as he walked away. Tyler watched him make his way over to the water fountain and noticed a tattoo on the back of his bulging neck. “For Strength & Honor” it read in a cursive font worthy of an encyclical.


Tyler smirked and made a joke in his head about how any neck tattoo should really just say “unemployable,” then thought about tweeting it and ending up typing it out and saving it in his drafts to tweet out later that day when he was likely to get better circulation.


He sat on the bench and checked the weight on either side of the bar. It was 150 pounds, forty pounds less than what he weighed. He knew he wouldn’t be able to do any reps of it, but he was curious as to see how heavy 150 pounds really was.


“For strength and honor,” he whispered to himself, chuckling.


He lay back, ducking his head to fit under the bar. He reached up and gripped the steel, still wet with sweat from the tan man’s hands. He exhaled then pushed up slightly. The bar didn’t budge. Then he pushed slightly harder and felt it move a bit. Finally, with a grunt like a small boar, he pushed up with all his might. He felt it lift up a little then raise into the air just an inch.


The bar was already wet from the tan man’s hands, and Tyler’s soft palms were oily and sweaty and added to the steel’s slippery state, and so as slippery things often do, the bar slipped.  


It fell from his grasp and rolled just over the edge of the cross beams meant to hold the bar secure. 150 pounds came crashing down onto Tyler’s throat and crushed his windpipe, severing his intake of air. He screamed but nothing came out and the tan man with the tattoo couldn’t hear him due to his headphones being noise-cancelling. 


By the time he noticed it was no use. Tyler was finally in shape. 

anonymous asked:

Hi. Sorry my English really bad. I see your thread on twitter about poc. Can me (white girl) say 'SH has much POC' so i not have to say 'sh have one chinese man, one half mexico half lebanese woman, etc.' Or is it mean to say? Please educate me!!! Thank in advance.

Okay, I’m going to clarify the proper use of the term people/person of color (POC).

Where does POC come from?
It’s important to note that the term of color came from people-first language so it would not be quite right to say POC women or POC actors. It’s not the worst if you do this but it’s still awkward in the “ATM machine” sense. You should instead say women of color or actors of color.

When can you use the term POC?
POC is a great term to quickly encompass all non-white people, especially when referring to instances where they appear as a group like your example with a diverse cast containing many different races and ethnicities. Using it in that case is 100% fine. 

When should you not use POC?
When referring to individuals or to media that speaks directly to a specific race, it’s important not to throw it under the umbrella of POC. Magnus is an Asian* bisexual; Moonlight is about a gay black man. These characters and stories speak specifically to certain groups, so designating it as overall “POC” media erases the individual race/ethnicity for whom the characters/stories speak to.

*Truthfully, even “Asian” is a bit of a large umbrella because Asians are a huge diverse group within themselves. Issues that affect East Asians do not always overlap with those that affect South East Asians do not always overlap with those that affect South Asians. For example, my sister, a SE Asian who is very light, does not have same difficulties moving through airport security as her husband does, who is South Asian.

Why is it not okay?
This erasure is significant because for several reasons:

1. It leads people to assume that POC can be interchangeable. And when people feel that one “POC” can stand in to represent “diversity” for all POC, it results in them thinking they’ve done enough to cast one or two brown people and call it a day. So when I talk about how I don’t have a lot of rep, I get given a long list of non-white characters as if to say, “You have these, why are you still complaining? Isn’t it enough?”

First of all, even with the entire list of POC it isn’t enough to make up for the number of white characters that have dominated media for decades and second of all, once you reduce that already small list to their individual races/ethnicities, there’s even less.

2. It results in people not understanding the specific stereotypes that apply to certain races/ethnicities. For example, Magnus is especially susceptible to desexualization and feminization as an Asian man so things that are okay to talk about with him (i.e. being very…large) would not be okay to do with a character who is a black man, as black men are frequently hypersexualized.

Why do POC sometimes use the term POC instead of their race then?
These questions spawned after Harry did, in fact, use the term person of color and I want to clarify that a person of color using that particular term to stand in solidarity with other people of color is completely different than white people using it to lump us all together. For those of us who aren’t white, I think it was clear to us what he was doing – underlining the importance of any LGBT+ POC being recognized over white LGBT+ – which is a nuance I guess gets lost when you are outside the community.

So yes, some of us under specific circumstances will choose to use the identifier POC rather than our specific race for purposes of solidarity. However, as I said in that thread, white people cannot stand in solidarity with us. They can only stand beside us as allies. So it carries completely different connotations when used by them. It only serves to throw all POC under the same umbrella.

Anyway, I hope this helps clear things up; I realize it can be complex and especially on social media platforms where people like to type shorthand, it’s easy to just throw it in wherever. And frankly, some of us are guilty of this, too. But basically, just remember that while diversity of all kinds is important to all people of color, each race/ethnicity has unique issues to overcome and unique experiences they identify with. So the continued use of POC as an umbrella perpetuates the idea that one “POC rep” is enough for all of us and meant to be shared among us, which is a concept that really needs to end if we are to further push diversity in media.

LIP March Madness: Introduction of Human Emotions in a Virtual System

Summary: There are some thing you should not mess with. Katniss should have known that before stepping inside the Dreamatorium. Now she has to run through its simulations to find her friend Beetee before he’s lost forever. Sort of. Based on Community season 3 episode 16 “Virtual Systems Analysis”.

Rated: T

A huge thank to @titaniasfics for betaing, and to the ladies at @loveinpanem for hosting this round.

I don’t own THG nor Community


The battle rages all around her. She sees the Men in White fall by the dozen, but the gray uniforms of the rebels lay on the ground, too, marred with blood and dirt.

The epic music swells in a crescendo of brass and percussion.

She uses her bow to block the shotgun-axe of a soldier, then punches him in the guts and stabs him in a soft spot of his neck with her combat knife.

The Crafter is at her side, wielding his powerful plasma spear with purpose. They need to open a path through the battlefield to get to the Reasoner and the Hunter, who have almost reached the President’s camp, leading the assault.

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“The oldest mythological stories of world’s birth in Scandinavia often contain a folklore, where a nation/tribe has an animal ancestors – most often a bear or a moose. Kola Samish people believe they are descendants of a Deerman, who was half-deer, half-man. A human woman, who slept with the Deerman, gave birth to Kola Samish people from this union. The folklore tells that Deerman’s mother was a powerful witch, who could take a form of a deer. Kola Samish people have also folklores of raven and seal, who both marry a human woman. Where the Deerman taught the humanity how to hunt and thus represented forest, Raven was the symbol of air and Seal the symbol of water.  

Kolta Samish people believe that they are descendants of bear; on a one cold winter night, a young Samish girl had found a shelter from a bear’s nest, slept with the bear and gave later birth to Kolta Samish folk.

Samish have multiple folklores, where a human transforms into a bear, either by their own will or as a result of being cursed by a witch. Witches could summon a bear to attack someone, and such bears were called Lifted. 

“…The bear of Kurtakko and Kallojärvi (Skull Lake) was Lifted, it was one of those bewitched bears
Otherwise it wouldn’t have hurt anyone. When the bear had been slayed
they found a belt with a knife underneath its skin. It had been a cursed human…”

- Story told to Samuli Paulaharju, in 1920

Wolf was an animal living in packs, so a witch could use their summoning skills to summon a punch of dead people back to Earth in forms of wolves. This kind of story was told in Utsjoki in the beginning of 1900. There was a wolf pack tormenting the area, so a priest was called to help people. He couldn’t help, so a sage called Kovven was called next. He was able to send the restless spirits back. Kovven had, after sending the spirits back, muttered angrily that “Seems that anyone can nowadays summon dead spirits to wander in form of wolves, but then they have no idea how to tame and send them back.”

(source: Hobohobo Freegame Magazine)


transcribe: RoamingPhantom
translate: ao–metal


To lighten up the ENG fandom, we decided to translate the articles from Hobohobo Magazine, there are still quite some articles, but we’ll give this to you for now UvU

Special thanks to chacharhythm for buying us the magazine


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anonymous asked:

hi! i wanted to ask you something, not as mr. expert-in-transexuality but as you, do you think we should cut the "man" and "woman" titles in half, like one half is cisgender and one half is transgender when explaining transexuality? (also, congrats on the baby!!)

What??? I really don’t know what you mean by that? Also please do not say transexuality - transexual is a HUGELY outdated term that’s only really for reclamation by individuals who choose it for themselves. Transgender is the appropriate term.

Two final headcanons then bed:

Somehow the fact homophobia exists never reached Ahk’s ears until a homophobic exhibit had a problem with a gay couple who’d visited the museum on an open night. Ahk couldn’t work out why it was such an issue for this exhibit, and a handful of others, and when it was explained to him for a few seconds he legit thought Larry was joking. 

The entire concept of homophobia is completely absurd to Ahkmenrah. He just can’t wrap his head around why that would be an issue for anyone.

Also Ahk talks about sex in the most casual manner possible. It took everyone by surprise at first, but they got used to it eventually. It amuses him that the others outright splutter like shocked, blushing spinsters whenever he talks about sex. In Ancient Egyptian culture sex was deeply important, spiritual and a vital part of their belief system, he really doesn’t get why people are so scandalised, especially Americans when there’s things like a massive damn poster of a half naked woman straddling a half naked man on a building across the street WHAT ARE THEY EVEN ADVERTISING THERE??.

(First part inspired by the debate on what Ancient Egyptian views on homosexuality were, and the fact that there’s evidence to suggest they were chill and pretty much nothing to suggest they weren’t)

fire: boy meets world - what the video left on, and demian is the coming-of-age tale of a boy coming to terms with his own identity and pure personhood

begin: “The realms of day and night. Two different worlds coming from two opposite poles mingled during this time.” - the main dualistic theme of demian is the idea of two opposite but intermingled forces primarily described as the good and the bad, the evil and the just, the righteous and the scoundrels, the pious and the greedy. this is how demian begins and is the main concept for which the story operates on, emil sinclair and max demian eventually realize they share the same outlook on the existence of good and bad because it is innately human to have both

lie:  “ My parents’ house made up one realm. This realm was familiar to me in almost every way – mother and father, love and strictness, model behavior, and school.“ - in demian, the main character emil sinclair recalls the memory of his first lie, the lie that ate him up like a demon and ripped him away from the innocence and purity of his pious christian life. if he had not made the egregious lie of stealing the apples, he would have not been blackmailed by kromer. the realm of spiritual purity has been abandoned

stigma:  “…it was the first fissure in the columns that had upheld my childhood, which every individual must destroy before he can become himself… Such fissures and rents grow together again, heal and are forgotten, but in the most secret recesses they continue to live and bleed.” - after sinclair comes home from the first of much torment from kromer, he is afraid to announce that he has lied to his father. his father scolds him for bringing his dirty muddy shoes and tracking mud into the house, and sinclair’s thought is ‘if you only knew’ of the misdeed and sin he has partaken in. this is the first time sinclair feels stronger and more superior to his father, the first inclination of individualism and self-sufficiency he experiences and he realizes he must release the reassuring chains of innocent childhood. stigma is by definition “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance” his particular circumstance is lying (which later escalates to theft) in this case

first love:  "There are numerous ways in which God can make us lonely and lead us back to ourselves. This is the way He dealt with me at the time.” - over and over sinclair sees images of many people who he feels the connection to, later we find that the mark of cain connects many of these people to him and his metamorphosis into his older self shows us his inner-turmoil and unique experience shapes him into who he becomes. spiritually, the world will not obtain world peace until every individual soul accepts peace, what hermann hesse is saying is that we can only discover ourselves through ourselves and we can only strive to use what is innately human to do such. sinclair has vivid dreams of a sparrow hawk and of a half woman half man godlike being who at first sinclair assumes is demian, only to find out later that it is actually demian’s mother that he is seeing in his dreams. later he realizes that his own paintings (of the god and of the sparrow hawk breaking through its egg) show aspects of himself and sinclair realizes that he is becoming his own abraxas (the god who reigns over everything both good and evil) as he recieves mentoring from eva, demian, and pistorious, he eventually becomes the mentor to a young boy at school and this is the first mark of sinclair realizing his own place as a mentor to someone who needs him the way he needed demian. though it is not a typical romantic love, i do consider his unadulterated affection for demian love of sorts, and his continual return to demian (who symbolically stands for more counter-culture things, ie. going against the traditional reading of cain and abel) shows his innate human tendency to embrace duality

im gonna try to explain my gender as best as possible
-i want men to see me as a man
-i want women to see me as a woman
-i want nb ppl to see me as a woman as well
-i have top & bottom dysphoria sometimes
-i sometimes consider myself a woman, sometimes genderless, sometimes half genderless half woman, sometimes half woman half man
-i dont feel comfortable w any labels on my gender
-i dont know if im cis or not but i dont think im not

anonymous asked:

There are masculine deities and feminine deities. Are there any deities who represent the in between, or genderless deities?

I actually have a document from a class that was all about this. The Instructor gave me permission to post it on here for you. Her name is Darlene Wagner and she’s a huge activist for LGBTQ+ rights. These notes probably have what you’re looking for and much more!

The Spirituality and Cultural Diversity of Transgender Persons

An individual with inborn traits, appearance, or social role different from the traditional definitions of gender within his/her society is termed “Gender Non-Conforming”.  Different societies around the world and throughout human history have had different names for gender non-conforming people, while in Western societies, transgender has become the preferred term.  Many traditional cultures attribute religious or spiritual meaning to gender non-conformity.  In some traditional, non-Western cultures, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals are grouped with gender non-conforming individuals.  By comparison, Western society considers LGB persons as   separate from transgender.  Western society also seeks to exclude LGB, transgender, and other gender non-conforming people from religious and spiritual life.  Here, I seek to empower transgender, intersex, and LGB people with a sense that the Divine encompasses their gender non-conformity and sexuality.  

I. Terminology of Gender Non-Conformity

- Modern Western

 

Transgender is the most widely accepted term in developed countries for gender non-conforming persons who self-identify as gender role distinct from biological sex.  Transgender is considered an umbrella term encompassing individuals who permanently change their gender, individuals who live as the opposite sex without permanent physical change, individuals born with ambiguous sexual anatomy, or individuals who self-identify as neither male nor female.  Sexual orientation of transgender individuals can be gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual.

Cisgender is used to refer to non-transgender people.  A non-transgender person performs gender roles or have a gender identity that conforms to expectations of his or her society. Cisgender remains a controversial term since it tends to dismiss gender non-conformity among non-transgender people, such as gay men and lesbian women.

Male-to-Female Transgender - Transwoman - MtF.  Born anatomically male but identifies as female or feels “inwardly” female. During transition or change to living full-time as female, may take estrogen as pills or injection. Sometimes have “bottom surgery” or sex-reassignment surgery.  Not all transwomen living full-time as women take estrogen or seek bottom surgery.

Female-to-Male Transgender - Transman - FtM. Born anatomically female but identifies as male or feels “inwardly” male. During transition or change to living full-time as male, may take testosterone injections.  Sometimes have “top surgery” or breast removal.  Not all transmen living full-time as men take testosterone or care to have top surgery.

Intersex Individuals born with genital configuration, endocrine function, or genetic characteristics giving biological characteristics of both sexes or indeterminate sex.  Not all intersex people identify as part of transgender community.

Genderqueer is a broad categorical term for individuals not strictly to identify as male nor female.  Sometimes prefer to be called by non-gendered pronouns such as they or ze.  Genderqueer may include agender or non-binary persons who identify as no gender.  Genderqueer may also include bigender or genderfluid individuals who are comfortable presenting as either/both male and female. Not all genderqueer people identify as part of transgender community.

Transvestite is widely considered a derogatory term in Transgender community.  Cross-dresser is a more acceptable term, but some biologically male individuals who dress as women prefer terms such as gender queer or gender fluid.

Tranny , Shemale, and He-she are very derogatory — often used in hate-speech by non-LGBT persons and is too often inappropriately used as a term of endearment by LGB persons.

Hermaphrodite is also widely considered a derogatory term in Transgender community.  Hermaphrodite is occasionally used in academic or medical contexts to to refer specifically to intersex individuals born with both male and female anatomical characteristics.

Transsexual is acceptable, but is becoming less commonly used. Typically only transwomen and transmen who permanently change their bodies and societal roles are inclined to self-describe themselves as ‘Transsexual’.  Some individuals in the transgender community only use transsexual to self-identify with respect to surgical change, as in pre-operative or post-operative.  Some postoperative transsexuals do not identify as part of the transgender community.

- Historical Western World

 

Eunuch - An individual born male but having testes removed (partial castration) or both penis and testes removed (full castration).  Given the association between castration and slavery in Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, it is not surprising that the term eunuch, is not favored in the modern world.

Castrato - In renaissance Italy, opera singers having testes removed before puberty to maintain soprano or alto singing voice  - usually dressed and presented as male, so not necessarily transgender or gender-non-conforming

Gallus or Gala - Cross-dressed and/or castrated males transformed into priestesses to various Goddesses in the Roman Empire.  Galli serving Cybele, the Great Mother and Protector of Rome, have the most written accounts surviving from the ancient world. The Galli were systematically exterminated during the 5th Century AD after Christianity was made the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Note that there are no historical terms known to the present day for female-to-male gender non-conforming individuals

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