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anonymous asked:

I know there's a Hawaiian tradition of wearing flowers on your ear and one side means single and the other means taken. Any more info about that? Is type of flower important? How about flowers in the leis. Any flower language involved there?

Hey Nonny,

Generally, a flower worn above the left ear is considered a sign that the woman is taken (in a relationship of any sort), and a flower worn on the right side implicates being available, albeit it doesn’t have to mean you’re also looking for someone, it just simply means single. While all sources agree that the ear and placement of the flower is important, there is never a specific flower mentioned. Given that, arguably any flower can be worn by your character. If they choose so while attending any type of major cultural or family event (like a wedding), they should look into the meanings the flowers might be given in association to the event taken place to avoid a faux pas.

Even if the tradition with its meaning doesn’t extend to men, wearing flowers in your hear isn’t exclusive to them and some men may choose to wear a flower simply for its fragrance or beauty.

Commonly a lei is considered a collection of flowers, or other materials, to be hung around the neck, but instead of wearing it like a necklace, a lei should be gently draped over the shoulders, hanging over both front and back.

While flower lei (always lei) are probably the most common, lei can be crafted out of many other materials including nuts, seeds, shells, feathers, fern and sometimes even bones and teeth of various animals. There is no limit to the material and creativity when it comes to making lei. Most commonly they are crafted out of plumeria, orchids, tuberose, ti leaf or kukui nuts.

There aren’t many rules to wearing a lei, and they’re not exactly rules either it’s more a form of an unspoken cultural custom. A lei can be worn by anyone, anytime. However, when offered it should never be refused, as a lei is viewed as a welcome celebration of one person’s affection for another, which in turn would make a refusal obviously quite rude. It is also considered rude to remove a lei in the presence of the person who gave it to you, the scale is quickly upgraded because in all technically this includes everyone present while they gave it to the recipient. The giver should remember to kiss the recipients cheek, while the recipient should generally wait till they are alone to remove the lei if that is not possible your character should be as discreet as possible about the removal.

One important thing should be added though, it is considered bad luck to gift a pregnant woman a closed lei, the florist or lei maker should be asked to open the lei in this case. An exchange of lei is also a common part of weddings.

Overall there seems to be no flower language in the same way it developed in the Victorian era involved (which also clearly was not involved any of the above), but there is still a cultural use of flowers with meanings, values and customs attached to them. Which in my opinion makes a flower language of its own.

- Mod Jana








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2DocWeek Day 1 Genderbends  

Quick 2doc doodle *pretend they are holding hands because i cant draw hands* 

I thought it be easy but Murodc was hard even as a lady and i hope you think she’s pretty. 

I had fun with 2D because of the Hawaiian shirt and pineapple earrings (and sideways belt) she came out cute. 


SYABM comic 38 “Chi-Fact”

Okay, someone help me out here.

I know there are a lot of “anti-racist” people who think that racism is “(institutionalized) power + prejudice”. And since white people have the power, that means that only white people can be racists. “People of Color” can only be “racially prejudiced”.

So…what was the Civil Rights movement? How did black people change anything if they don’t have any power? I know there were white folks marching with Doc King and sitting at lunch counters, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t exactly the driving force.

A lot of colleges and universities discriminate against white and Asian applications, but in favor of hispanics and blacks. It’s literally institutionalized racial discrimination. Does it only count when it’s against Asians?

What if a white person is racist, but in a way that’s not institutionally supported? Like shooting up a church? White supremacists have been basically a non-entity in the US for my entire life, and I’m typing this when a certain big-eared Hawaiian is still President. Heck, some of ‘em are rebranding to look more friendly, which is like a shark trying to lure people in by getting a boob job.

The answer, of course, is that it’s still racism. Even the anti-racist folks still call it racism. Because they don’t really believe in their definition. They only use it when someone accuses ethnic minorities of racism, to try and get some kind of moral high ground. It’s not a moral principle.

It’s just convenient.

And now some of them looking at the incident in Chicago, and desperately telling themselves that it was targeted at a disabled man, not a white man, and trying to avoid mentioning race entirely. 

Except when they say that the people talking about it hate black folks.

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Being racially ambiguous is such a weird thing.

Depending on what I wear, I somehow switch races. Put a flower on my hair and somehow I’m Hawaiian??? Puts on hoop earrings and suddenly I’m a mixed Latina??? If I braid my hair into one plait, then magically I’m Native American??? What?

Because I literally get confused for everything under the sun, I feel like a weird alien with no place, because I look like I don’t even belong to my own culture. As a result, people in my own culture push me into other cultures. It’s frustrating and confusing. I don’t feel like I have a place.