Good to know. A little heavy for some people, but people react differently.
Akira - Being the very supportive, but publically shy individual (I mean come on, he literally puts Tora’s sign on front of his face when he helps him), Akira would have no problems. He might insist that they get over this with some Futaba style exposure therapy, but you know he’d never leave your side. Morgana - Well… I don’t know how to answer this one. I mean if you really want to. I guess. I guess he’d sit in your lap and tell you to sleep off some of your anxiety? Ryuji - Ryuji is a lot of things. He’s energetic, kind, and loyal. Out of his many things, observant is not one of them. If you have troubles telling him about your anxieties, he will not notice until you’re close to a panick attack. After he finds out, he’d be incredibly supportive, trying to take care of everything himself. When this fails, he’d probably offer a comprimise. Ann - Ann would try to make you feel better by making you drop dead gorgeous. When this inevitably backfires (rather Ann messes up or people keep staring at you), she then attemps to make herself drop dead gorgeous so people stare at her instead of you. When this fails, she says “Screw it” and she just makes you so preoccupied (with her face) that you won’t notice anything around you. Makoto - She understands. She hasn’t been social for long, so she knows all about anxiety. Mostly preformance anxiety. But anxiey non-the-less. She’ll proudfully defend and protect you from the stares, and the gropers (with her fist). If you have to do anything involving school speeches or presentations, she will be involved. She will be very involved. And you know, behind your back, that she’ll directly threaten every last one of your schoolmates in order for you to feel comfortable. Yusuke - Another introvert, Yusuke would probably be in a similar boat as Ryuji. He won’t notice your fidgeting, your heavy breathing when in a crowd, or your flickering eyes when you think people will stare at you. Unfortunately, with Yusuke’s bombastic and flamboyant preformances in public, people will stare. Maybe after the fourth or fifth time, he’ll subtly notice and shift his extravelant concerts to a more indoor location. Like Leblanc. Futaba - Assuming Akira has finished her confidante, Futaba will be gitty to know that you’re like her. She’d make up battle plans in order to tackle your anxieties and go off in an explosion of joy to know that she isn’t alone. She’s also all too eager to make sure you know you’re not alone too. Unfortunately, she’s not as good as, let’s say, Akira when it comes to the public face but she does have some great ideas. And terrible ones. And the terrible ones will involve everyone staring at both of you. And when people stare at her, she relapses into becoming a bumbling mess. But, luckily, Futaba has some great friends (to make sure that this doesn’t happen). It would only take a brief moment for Ryuji to scream at the top of his lungs that Ann, a popular fashion model, was here. Or for Yusuke to boast at the top of his lungs that he wished for volunteer models. Or Akira to give a speech about something completely unrelated [Bless you Tora]. After that ordeal, regardless of if your anxiety improved, video games are a must after. Haru - She wouldn’t care. She prefers indoors anyway. Alone with her flowers is the perfect time to relax herself. She’d invite you too, if she thought it would help. It’s not as bombastic as the others, but she genuinely cares none-the-less. Akechi - Let’s just say he’ll keep a loaded gun on him in public, just for you.
A/N: So I have no idea where this came from. Probably from how I was feeling yesterday and this morning. And a bit of inspiration from the song Say Something. And I know it’s a little heavy when people were expecting sexy, but hey…such is life huh? Hope it strikes someone’s fancy.
Warnings! For slightly triggering content, such as depression, or other potential mood disorder
Val watched carefully as one of the students in his 2nd hour recitation squirmed in her seat in the back row. It was the same girl that caught his eye every week, same girl that showed up ten to fifteen minutes late to every session, her seemingly thin frame swallowed in one overly large hoodie or another.
i want to clarify this isn’t shitting on anyone reblogging them - that’s what their appeal is designed to do, to appeal to people, to make people who have been shut out of things feel included, to drum up social media profile.
here’s the thing:
they cost $85! 85 us dollars for single items of underwear. that speaks to a botique quality no one expects out of a small outfit like chrysalis - or a price point set deliberately high to squeeze an anxious audience comprised of struggling women who might be convinced to see small 3-figure purchases as necessary if painful investments and well-off, stable women who can drop ludicrous amounts of money to salve personal anxiety.
their pitch is wrapped up in transmisogynist garbage about clothes worn by “drag queens”. this is savvy advertising but evil trans politics - it’s a way of separating us into sheep and goats and pressing anxiety on the ostensible sheep by reminding them of how easily they could be mistaken for goats. it’s a way of saying to especially insecure, young, and lonely trans women: “have you considered you look like a drag queen? well, don’t worry, this product can help.”
they also limit sizes pretty strictly. they don’t go bigger than a 38, and that’s for a D. got a 38B? good luck buying here! this means that at a 44C i can get some sports bras at walmart ($10 for a 3-pack) or some random ass BOGO tshirt bras at torrid or cacique ($40-50 for 2) but sure as shit not at chrysalis, the website for real trans women’s real clothes.
the response to this, incidentally, is why i’m least about it: it was to emphasize that they’re focusing on, quote, “natural beauty”. fun phrase! to copacetic cis women passing it along that sounds enough like an endorsement of body diversity to pass surface-level muster, but to its trans audience it’s calculated to specify “we’re focusing on Real Women, who are natural, unlike you know who.” the people who shouldn’t have transitioned - people with implants, people with large frames and heavy weights, people with little to no breast development, these people are not welcome in this store - it is for realness, and we are fake, and make the reals look bad.
in summary: fuck chrysalis! fuck ‘em. order lady things literally anywhere else. even if i was sure no one would see a red cent of the money they received except the trans women involved, i don’t feel like rewarding them for preying on the self-hatred, status anxiety, and communal body policing that are killing us as a community does anyone any good. i want to see these bourgeois pricks out of business
This is ‘Smile’. Someone did this on Dame Lane. I pass it everyday on my way to work, and it never (well, rarely- lets be honest) fails to cheer me up. It’s a little faded now, but I’m sure I’m not the only one to have taken a pic of it for posterity and I think it worked nicely in HLP#102. I have a real tendency to needlessly over complicate things sometimes, so I was very happy with the simplicity of the message. SMILE :)