how do you even justify them. i just can't understand how they came to be

anonymous asked:

so basically according to you it'd be ok for me, a lesbian, to run a blog called "the bisexual experience" despite not being bisexual, or what about "the-trans-label" as a cis person? the word lesbian is a word for women who are EXCLUSIVELY attracted to other women. i don't see why you can't just change your url if you want to reblog straight porn. it continues the society wide idea that lesbians all secretly like men too. even though you're not a lesbian, your blog is called that.

I’m getting really angry now. This is ridiculous. I’ve been dating girls and sleeping with girls exclusively since I was 14, not that I need to justify my ‘qualifiations’ for the URL I have. I’ve explained so many times why my blog is called the lesbian label and how it isn’t meant to be reflective of me but more a reflection of the labels people impose upon us. Like you are with me right now.
And also, can I just say that just because someone reblogs something doesn’t mean they are that. Just because I reblog something straight doesn’t mean I’m straight or that I want that. It means I appreciate that post for what it is and I’m reblogging it. Because i like women doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other kinds of love. It also doesn’t mean I want that for myself, I can appreciate someone or something without wanting it. stop reading into everything I post and criticising me for it.
I have no desire to be with a boy, none at all. The only reason I don’t like defining myself as a lesbian is because at the end of the day I think we fall for who we fall for and I dont know what the future holds.And whether I was strictly 100% lesbian and only ever would consider being with a female or not, doesn’t change the fact I can still appreciate and reblog things that include males. For fuck sake, being a part of the queer community is all about inclusivity and open mindedness, not condemning people because they don’t fit the mould you want them to. There are different ways to be gay, none of them are any less valid than the other. There are different types of gay, none any less valid than the other. Yes I know what the word lesbian means but it’s not exactly like I’m promoting the hetrosexual agenda on my blog, almost everything I post is gay! I reblog pictures and art, some that are straight and that doesn’t change the validity of my sexual orientation or make me less gay because not all my posts are exclusively girl and girl. It just means I like the post. I’m not changing my URL because the word lesbian is in it. If you listen to me and how I made my URL you’d know why it is what it is. my whole life is about girls, I’m perfectly justified in naming it that. It’s a part of me, a part of how I came out, a part of how I found an escape on a website that for the most part (with the exception of messages like this) is about supporting and celebrating the differences in us and educating each other, building each other up, connecting through art across borders of all kinds, because at the end of the day we are all human beings worthy of love and respect.
Just because I’m gay in a different way to you and just because you might identify as a lesbian and for you that means all straight posts are gross and unworthy of being on your blog, doesn’t make me less gay. Sometimes posting something doesn’t mean I want that for me, it can be about objective appreciation. I’m honestly really sorry if I have offended anyone or you don’t get it or get what I’m saying. But please try to, please think about it for a moment. Please try to understand instead of criticise. And if you can’t understand what I’m saying then ok, you can either unfollow me cause that’s fine or just try to accept the fact that not everyone is going to feel the same way you do about porn, art, sexuality, life, etc so just shut up and respect it.

anonymous asked:

Oh come on. You can't just leave it at that, can you?! Please continue the oblivious/college AU fic! I must know what happens next! (If you're okay with it, of course.) Thank you for your A+++ writing as always!

Anon 2:  Well, hello *tries to flirt* *fails* I just read your college AU and I LOVED IT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WRITE PART 3 *puppy eyes*

Part 1 Part 2


Will didn’t want to talk about it in the morning. After Nico had left, Will had shut the lights off, curling up under the covers of his bed but entirely unable to sleep. He was left staring at his ceiling for hours, watching his tired eyes make patterns out of light on the blank dry wall. He had briefly considered calling Nico, he knew that he would still be awake, but he quickly squashed that idea, figuring that both he and Nico needed the night to cool off and gather their thoughts.

What exactly was it that he was going to say to Nico? Honestly, Will didn’t know. He knew he was mad at Nico, but for what? Not reading the signs the way Will wanted them to be read? That wasn’t his fault. Nico was just naturally oblivious. Will realized with a start that he really had no reason to be mad at Nico, besides his comment about being a massive flirt with everyone he came into contact with. Will wasn’t a player.

But even then, Will couldn’t really justify his anger with Nico. He hadn’t meant it like that, and Will knew that. The only thing he could do was lay everything out on the table. Honestly tell Nico how he felt and let Nico take it from there. If he wanted a relationship, great. If he didn’t, Will knew Cecil had enough ice cream in the freezer to nurse a broken heart.

-

“I overacted. I was upset that it had taken you three years to notice how hard I’d been trying to woo you, but it wasn’t fair to you to act like I did. I’m sorry.” Nico was staring at him, and Will was starting to get nervous. He fidgeted with the charm on the bracelet he wore as he waited for Nico to react.

“I’m sorry it took me so long to notice. And what I said last night, I didn’t mean to make it seem like I was calling you a tramp. You’re not, you’re just really friendly and bubbly with everyone.” Will felt his cheeks heat up.

“Yeah, I know you didn’t mean it that way,” Will rubbed the back of his neck. “Look, Nico, I really do really like you. I want you to actually know that. I think you’re great and smart and really cute. But, I understand if you don’t want to try anything after how I blew up at you. I know that it wasn’t very becoming.”

Silence fell over them and Will thought he’d royally fucked up again. When he lifted his eyes up to glance at Nico, he caught sight of a dark blush and a grin. “You know, you’re pretty red, and I heard that taking your pants off and going up higher helps cool you off.”

Will couldn’t help but laugh out loud, the joke was too bad and Nico’s cheeks were too red. “You’re a terrible flirt, Neeks.” But Will was already halfway up the ladder to Nico’s bed, kicking his pants off.


I had to bring that joke back

anonymous asked:

sorry if you've answered this before, but what are your feelings towards LGBTQ muslims? someone i follow on twitter recently came out & the amount of hate she got made my blood boil. her fellow muslims calling her kafir, saying she can't be gay & muslim, and even wishing death on her specifically during Ramadan so she 'may have a chance to get to paradise' one of them even made a joke saying "she escaped from the shooting [in Orlando]" and like 5 laughing emojis. 1/2

2/2 the fact that these ppl questioning her faith said stuff like that & still have the audacity to call themselves good muslims makes me livid

LGBTQ+ Muslims are valid and their sexualities/gender identities doesn’t make them any less of a Muslim. They have existed since the Prophet’s (PBUH) time and are capable of having a strong iman just like anyone else in this world. A person’s sexuality does not prevent them from submitting to God. A person’s sexuality is also no one’s concern.

Today the world has seen it’s first openly gay imam, Daayiee Abdullah, who has studied the Qur’an (obviously) and argues that the homophobia in today’s Muslim societies has less to do with the religion itself and more to do with culture. The culture of Muslim societies promotes violent homophobia; the religion does not.

Although we regard Abdullah as the first and only gay imam, we know that can’t be true. He might be the first openly gay imam we know of, but I do not doubt that there are others both today and in our history. Being gay did not prevent these people from studying the Qur’an and becoming worshippers. In fact, these people will know more about Islam than your average Twitter-fingered Muslim, and if they can reconcile and justify their being gay by scripture and (reliable) hadith, then the only thing holding back the rest of the population is knowledge.

A straight Muslim is no better than a trans, gay, or lesbian Muslim. Their iman is not weaker. Their belief in God is not dismissible. For other Muslims to try and act as if they are better, stronger in their iman because they are straight simply means these Muslims are bad, and hateful Muslims. If they really disapproved of being gay, if they think their iman is just *so* strong, then they would follow the Prophet’s (PBUH) example and God’s instructions to love and accept their fellow Muslims. Being a part of the LGBT+ community is not a crime. They are not killing anyone. They are not disturbing society. They’ve broken no laws that require punishment in the Qur’an (because believe it or not, there is no punishment outlined in the Qur’an for being gay, even though there’s clear punishments outlined for other things like robbery and adultery). Therefore, if a Muslim feels so strongly about this, then they should do what our religion advises us to do, which is to leave that point of contention to be resolved between that person and God. We Muslims behave as interlopers in that precious and private relationship when we start to behave as the arbiters of justice and as all-knowing. We are neither, but God is both.

Your rage is acceptable. Your rage is understandable. It boils my blood too, to hear about how hateful these Muslims are, and how at the same time they expect everyone to feel bad for them. You can’t have it both ways; you either show love to those whose perceived “transgressions” against God are none of your business, or you accept the fact that people are going to blame you for the culture of homophobia that you’ve cultivated and continue to cultivate.

You can’t wish death upon someone during the month of Ramadan so they may “have a chance in paradise”. There are multiple hadith that show the Prophet (PBUH) stating that cursing someone is not only irreligious but that the curse will come back on the person who states it. It’s even stated in the Qur’an that humans have no place in cursing people, and only God can do that:

You do not have any decision in the matter whether He will forgive them or punish them. Verily, they are oppressors. (3:128)

That verse also makes it clear that we cannot decide who will be forgiven and who will not be. Even if a Muslim perceives being gay as a transgression, they have no place in deciding what their fate will be. By doing do, you become an oppressor, and oppressing others, especially towards believers in Islam, is a sin.

My views on LGBT+ Muslims are therefore irrelevant. I can despise murderers, I can despise oppressors, I can despise those who harm and abuse other people, but I can’t despise those who have done nothing to harm or oppress others. LGBT+ Muslims are my brothers and sisters in Islam. There are those who surely have stronger iman than me, and God will love them for it. Those who struggle in their society yet still call themselves believers are participating in a jihad that will surely be rewarded. Those who only want to silence or oppress those who have done no harm to them or others, especially in the month of Islam, secure no blessings by doing so. They are not better Muslims for it and their iman does not become stronger; if they hold issue with something, then they should recognize that the issue should be settled between that person and God and absolutely no one else.

Keep in mind that these Muslims will justify their hate through one thing alone, and that’s the story of Prophet Lut (AS). The translation of that story has been taken very literally by Muslim scholars, and many have ruled that reading it literally is the only proper way to read it. But as partytilfajr says, the Qur’an is eternal, our understandings of it are not. The failure to revisit this topic and explore other interpretations of it, as other Muslim scholars are doing, limits us as a society, and makes us willfully ignorant Muslims. Especially when this topic of homosexuality appears only in this story, and isn’t defined a crime with a clear punishment. The people of the city of Sodom had committed many, many crimes, and to single out being gay as one of the them (and the only crime) makes us, again, willfully ignorant.

This got a lot longer than I wanted it to be, but I felt it important to fully explain my thoughts.

anonymous asked:

Hi there, it's the anon from earlier. I'm honestly curious as to why you don't see Rhys as abusive when he drugged feyre under the mountain and made her perform sexual dancing and then forcibly kissed her? To me that's pretty abusive. Tamlin was also really abusive during calanmai but I feel like Rhys was just as bad under the mountain if not worse? I haven't read ACOMAF so maybe I'm missing something but I can't possibly see how those actions of Rhys can be 'redeemed' even if he was

He Even if he was a victim himself. Like maybe he had some good motivations (I’ve read some spoilers) but that still doesn’t excuse his actions and make them not abusive? Even if it was for a greater good? Idk I’m just very confused about how a lot of fandom can see Rhys as not abusive at all. His actions under the mountain count as sexual assault, no matter the ‘reason’

TL;DR: I’m not going to argue that everything Rhys did was grand (even though I think if you consider him not doing the things he did things would have been considerably worse) but I am arguing, flat out, until the end of time, that they were not abusive. This fandom seems to want to throw the word abuse around like it’s the newest great fashion trend. It’s not. It’s an incredibly serious, psychologically damaging and traumatic experience for someone to go through. It’s not something that should be used lightly. Especially not in this context when Rhys is a victim himself and instrumental to Feyre’s recovery. 

Reading ACOMAF is…pretty essential to understanding Rhys’s character as well as his situation UtM and therefore his actions regarding Feyre. I’m not going to sit here and argue that Rhys giving Feyre the wine (I think drugging is a little strong)/kissing her were wonderful things. 

This fandom (And I do mean this fandom, this isn’t directed at you there has just been a lot of this flying around recently) needs to understand that if a character does something they don’t like they can’t just call it abuse. They can call it bad. They can call it amoral. They can call it unnecessary. They can rail against the action and argue that it shouldn’t have been done. They can call the character out and explain why the action was wrong. They can’t call it abusive when it’s not. Abuse is systematic, traumatic, psychologically damaging.  

Consider what Tamlin does to Feyre. He prioritises his mental health and his recovery over hers. And he makes her do this too. Feyre doesn’t push him on several occasions because she thinks that he desperately needs this, that it’s the least that she can give him after everything he’s done for her. She cripples herself for him, she doesn’t train her body, she doesn’t train her magic, she doesn’t help rebuild. She won’t even let herself be happy at her own wedding because doing what Tamlin wants is more important to her.  

Even UtM Rhys never did this. Rhys empowered her. Rhys told her to face down Amarantha and not to let her see her break. Rhys came to Feyre, helped her, kept up her morale. Rhys took her out of her cell and Feyre came to like the nights of the wine. It got her out, it was some horror that she didn’t have to remember. And the paint that Rhys put on her body meant that she always knew that neither he nor anyone else had ever touched her.

 Drugging Feyre should have been a way for Rhys to control her, to use her, to violate her without her remembering. But he takes steps to prevent this. It gets her out of her cell, it aligns her with him which extends a sphere of protection around her as well as pissing off Tamlin. Are these reasons excusable? Maybe, maybe not that depends on your morals. Are they abusive? No. You want to know why? Because Rhys explains himself to Feyre. He tells her why he’s doing this to her, he explains how the paint works and she uses that to know he hasn’t ever done anything to her. He explains why he’s doing this to frustrate Tamlin and he explains why he wants to do that as well. 

Contrast that to Tamlin in ACOTAR. He continually kept Feyre in the dark. He drugged her when he took her to Prythian so she had no idea where the gap in the Wall was or how they had arrived at the manor and therefore had no way to get home. He glamoured the faeries around her so that she was continually exposed only to the people that he wanted her to be exposed to. He refused to tell her about Calanmai and what that entailed despite her repeatedly asking him and despite the fact that it put her in very serious danger. Rhys gives her Feyre as much control over the situation as he can while playing the part he has to. She appreciates not being able to remember what she’s being put through and she understands Rhys’s reasons. She knows what he was doing and why and that prevents Rhys’s actions from being abusive. Whether or not you accept them as right/moral is up to you but they were not abusive. 

For the record he does apologise for the kiss in ACOMAF; despite the fact it almost certainly saved Feyre’s life. Something which she knows. He still apologises and expresses remorse. This is not something an abuser would do; it’s not something Tamlin does after Calanmai. He blames Feyre for his actions. He tells her she deserved them. He tells her his actions were justified and expresses no remorse; in fact he does the opposite he demands it from Feyre instead. This is abusive behaviour. The bite/aggression itself was not, the bite plus the way he acted in the moment, warning her not to disobey him again, the way he behaved afterwards, blaming her for it, telling her his actions were her fault is what constitutes abuse. 

Rhys kissed her because he had no choice. I accept that, and so does Feyre, because she’s aware she would have been killed/tortured/seriously hurt by Amarantha had she been discovered with Tamlin. And Tamlin wasn’t exactly going to get them out of that situation. Rhys did what he had to. Feyre understands his reasoning and so does the reader. Rhys also apologises for this later, despite the fact he knows it was utterly necessary to save her life. He still expresses remorse. He doesn’t try and blame his actions on Feyre or Tamlin or the situation. He just tells her he wishes that he could take it back. This is why I don’t think Rhys is abusive. He doesn’t try and explain away his actions. He takes responsibility for them. He explains them, he makes sure Feyre understands what’s happening and gives her as much control as possible. 

Rhys is instrumental to Feyre’s recovery in ACOMAF. He helps her to understand what a healthy relationship should look like. He gives her choices and freedoms and a purpose, indepdenence. He allows her to prioritise herself, put herself first. He teaches her how to read, she learns how to fight, she learns how to look after herself. Tamlin consistently forced Feyre to rely on him. He never taught her to read, he never taught her to take care of herself. That was his job. He needed to feel like he was protecting her to make himself feel better after what happened UtM. This was destroying Feyre but that didn’t matter to Tamlin. He didn’t care what she needed only about what he did. And he made Feyre believe this too, believe that she was second class to him, believe that his health and happiness were always more important than his. This is the thing that Rhys denies at every turn. 

Even UtM in ACOTAR Rhys displayed this behaviour. He bet on Feyre when no-one else did, (which is something that resulted in his being punished by Amarantha, by the way) but he believed in her, he had faith in her when no-one else did; least of all her. He helped her stand up to Amarantha, to resist her, kept her safe, ensured she was being well treated. He came to her and risked himself to do so. He saved her life in the second task. He saved her soul afterwards when he sent that music to her and stopped her from giving up. And he allowed her to make her own choices/to understand what was happening around her. 

riana-one  asked:

On your earlier Cersei question, what should or could she do to secure her son and power base (if you were her) against the Tyrells?

If I were Cersei I wouldn’t remotely be in this situation in the first place. I’m not an ambitious person, I’m not a jealous person, and I’m not really politically oriented. (Not to mention all of Cersei’s other problems, they obviously just don’t apply.) Honestly, if I woke up and found myself in Cersei’s body at the start of AFFC, I’d just take Kevan’s offer – give him the Regency and head home to Casterly Rock and be the ruling lady there – because I don’t want to deal with conflict, and I don’t like the politics of King’s Landing, and I don’t care if the Tyrells get power. I’d be much more confident on a lower more personal level, trying to rebuild the Westerlands after the Wot5K, trying rebuild the Lannisters’ reputation and my own (fairly improbable but it’s worth a shot).

But that’s me, that’s not Cersei. This is Cersei:

The rule was hers; Cersei did not mean to give it up until Tommen came of age. I waited, so can he. I waited half my life. She had played the dutiful daughter, the blushing bride, the pliant wife. She had suffered Robert’s drunken groping, Jaime’s jealousy, Renly’s mockery, Varys with his titters, Stannis endlessly grinding his teeth. She had contended with Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and her vile, treacherous, murderous dwarf brother, all the while promising herself that one day it would be her turn. If Margaery Tyrell thinks to cheat me of my hour in the sun, she had bloody well think again.   

So I’m really not sure how you can start with these principles:

  • Cersei is Queen Regent and will not give away that power to anyone else
  • Cersei wants Tommen to be safe and secure, but also wants him to grow up to be a powerful forthright ruler (like how she idealizes Tywin)
  • Cersei wants House Lannister to succeed above all others, especially House Tyrell, and will not give an inch if she can help it
  • Cersei doesn’t trust the Tyrells (and is actually justified in this distrust despite everyone else’s doubts of her distrust)
  • However, Cersei can’t just get rid of the Tyrells, because she does need their money, army, food supplies, and especially their PR abilities (which is why her eventual plan for removing Margaery included ruining her reputation)
  • Cersei doesn’t have many capable and trustworthy allies… or at least none who will let her do as she pleases if she gives them equivalent royal power (e.g. Kevan or Jaime or various others)
  • The Tyrells want to take every bit of power that they can (remember that when Kevan made Mace Hand, Mace showed up to the Small Council that very day with a hand-shaped oaken throne. That wasn’t made in a day, tyvm), and would be pleased to push all the Lannisters out of power if they could
  • While the Lannisters hold the royal “Baratheon” power in the first place because of murder, an illegal coup, and treacherous incestuous adultery, the Tyrells have also proven themselves willing to commit murder and framing innocent parties for a stronger hold on the throne

…and find any sort of feasible political process. The only point both Cersei Lannister and the Tyrells are willing to agree on is that Tommen is king and his legitimacy cannot be questioned – otherwise Cersei cannot remain Queen Regent nor can Margaery be Queen – so threats like Stannis’s letter (and army) and the like must be defended against. But other than that? There’s too many fundamental conflicts here.

But, fine, fine. Say you’re Cersei now (haha, she’s your problem not mine), what do you do? Jaime has irritatingly refused to be Hand, Kevan won’t be Hand unless you give him the Regency too. If you appoint a Lannister bannerman Hand who’d be good at his job (like Roland Crakehall or Forley Prester), you’re not going to be as powerful a regent, so it’s not something you’d like. You can’t be Hand yourself because, idk, sexism. (Why GRRM has a political system where a woman can control the king in every political way as his regent, but can’t be the king’s most powerful political advisor, I have no idea.) You don’t trust the Grand Maester because… I dunno, you think he sucks at his job. You don’t trust the Tyrells on the Small Council – Lord Mace, Mathis Rowan, or Paxter Redwyne (master of ships). Your only advisor you think is any good is the former master of coin, Petyr Baelish, and he’s off in the Vale trying to keep power as regent to its boy-lord. If you demand he comes and helps you in King’s Landing, you’re going to lose control over there. You’re also going to gain a council member you don’t know that you really shouldn’t trust and who will actually be working against you, so that’s honestly not a good choice either. If you look to your future in-laws the Martells to be your allies (since they don’t particularly like the Tyrells either), you don’t know that’s another group who will be secretly working against you and trying to bring you down.

So, frankly, given the options of capitulating to the Tyrells and letting them have the power they want (which is what Tywin did after the Battle of the Blackwater, and Kevan did after Cersei’s arrest, and neither of them liked it very much)… or appointing a Hand who will decrease your power as regent… or trading control of the Vale for a snake in your bosom… or bringing in even more poisonous (sand) snakes… you’re pretty much screwed. Sucks to be Cersei, doesn’t it?

But, like I said, I’m not the most politically oriented person. Maybe there’s something I haven’t thought of here, some method of giving away power but retaining it at the same time… idk, something in The Art of War or Machiavelli that I wouldn’t even know applies here. For that, I’d again suggest @warsofasoiaf or @racefortheironthrone (or @goodqueenaly for general understanding of queens or @joannalannister for general understanding of Lannisters or @poorquentyn for general inventiveness) and see if they’ve got any solution to Cersei’s Catch-22. Although whatever it is, I’m sure it involves making Cersei not be Cersei, and that’s an even harder job than solving her problem, I think.

THE SIGNS IN HELL
  • Aries: Walks around with their head up and a giant grin on their face. Probably was a devout atheist.
  • Taurus: Keeps telling the demons that they are torturing them wrong, to use [blank] instead of [blank].
  • Gemini: Literally switchs between crying cause they can't see their aunt, whos in heaven, and laughing cause they know that their enemy is burning to a crisp right next to them.
  • Cancer: Reliving their past like 4 times and crying durning it all. And whatever breaks they have.
  • Leo: They and Aquarius are yelling at Satan for hogging all of the attention.
  • Virgo: Tries to keep calm, ends up losing it and throwing things around in a giant fit. Also kills like two people, who just regenerate without fingernails.
  • Libra: Died, and came back without fingernails. Keeps dying. Finds it justified cause you were a fucking prick.
  • Scorpio: Somehow they found shit that even YOU aren't into... Have fun with that.
  • Sagittarius: Your mouth is stitched shut and you keep on trying to speak with hand geatures that no one understands.
  • Capricorn: Thinks that Sag's gestures are all sexual, and keeps laughing as they go through sever withdrawl symptoms.
  • Aquarius: Debating with Leo about how Satan is hogging the throne, and how they should be up there instead. Also complains about how Satan is slacking and insists they could do a better job. Possibly creates a plan to overthrow Satan.
  • Pisces: I don't know why in the Hell you're here, but you are talking Aquarius out of overthrowing Satan.
"I've Got This" - A Holistic Look at Fili in the Hobbit Movies

AKA Why I Personally Think We Shouldn’t Be Super Disappointed With How Little or How Much Fili We’ve Actually Gotten in the Movies

i’ve been waiting to make this post ohmygod i’ve had some time to think about it, and after three viewings of BOTFA (and an impending fourth in about 30 hours), i think i’ve got enough to make my point come across

contained within: MAJOR BOTFA spoilers, some biased fangirling, and also mentions of Kili.

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anonymous asked:

"Reblog if you KNOW you can't be an animal lover and consume animal products" You think you know that, but its not true. I love my pets, and me and my pets BOTH consume animal products. In fact, my pets are human to me. I know the biggest tree huggers who eat meat. One who has loved animals since she was a little girl. (and is currently a young teenager) Please don't say things If you don't know what you're talking about. Because basically what you are doing is telling people their own feelings.

Considering we live in a world where there is a vegan alternative to every single type of food, clothing, etc. that would require an animal to be slaughtered, how exactly is it that you justify your continued participation in the Animal Torture & Murder Industry™? 

You think you know what it means to give a shit about non-humans, but it’s not true because you continue to try to justify your entirely unnecessary exploitation of them. You might say you love animals, but the evidence shows you love your own fleeting pleasure more than their entire lives. 

If you can see your pets as “human,” how is a pig or a cow or a chicken or a fish any different? Oh, I see, they’re not as important to you if they taste good, right? If I came and offered you $500 to slaughter your puppy for my next meal, you’d be horrified, but you let others enslave, torture, and kill other animals for far less than that, even though it is completely unnecessary, as evidenced by the millions of vegans who live without participating in such industries (quite literally putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to caring for animals). 

So you know one hippie or something; doesn’t make her a “tree hugger” or anyone who actually gives a shit about nature in general, because if she did, she would know that the animal exploitation industry is the #1 killer of those trees she loves to hug so much and causes more environmental destruction than any other industry

I think it would be quite beneficial to you to take some of your own advice and refrain from trying to justify your love for your pet as equivalent to a real understanding of the ethics of animal exploitation. You’re just creating oxymorons. 

I have no doubt that you feel the way you do. All I try to do is show you how those feelings are baseless and hollow without any follow through. Actions speak louder than words. 

Alright, so, anyone who follows me pretty much knows I barely ever post, and I especially don’t voice my opinions on things like this very often, at all. I’m a very quaint person; I don’t like big fights or debates, but I came across something today on Facebook that kinda just irked me a little.

Now, I’m going to say it, I’m white, too. I KNOW that fact. I was born into a upper class lifestyle that a LOT of people don’t get to experience in their lives. However, I’m posting this, because I know how it is for the opposite side of the spectrum. No, I’ll never be able to live through any of your shoes, and I’ll never REALLY knows how it feels to be Black. But I still know that a human life is a human fucking life, no matter what color, shape, size, WHATEVER it comes in.

I may never be able to feel what its like to be Black, but I definitely, 100% know what it feels like to be discriminated against. I’m a homosexual, trans individual, AMAB. That, right there, is cause for a LOT of hate and discrimination, right off the bat. My current boyfriend, of which today, December the 28th, is our 2-year anniversary, is an African-Native American mix, who comes from a childhood in foster care. He saw his brother shot in the middle of a sidewalk for no fucking reason.

Now, this isn’t just some silly, “oh look haha the white girl doesn’t understand her privilege” post. The person who posted this picture today is one of my old friends from high school. This wasn’t just a “spur of the moment” random upload that just HAPPENED to coincide with everything that’s been going on, recently. No; this old “friend” of mine has been spewing posts ALL over the place, recently, blaming each and every one of the murder victims for their own deaths to the hands of the police.

Trayvon Martin.

Aiyana Jones.

Michael Brown.

Tamir Rice.

Deandre Joshua.

Ezell Ford.

John Crawford III.

Akai Gurley.

Eric Garner.

Shawn Gray.

Renisha McBride.

Dante Parker.

Antonio Martin.

Oscar Grant.

So many names. So many screams, drowned out by the media. It just disgusts me, to think that people could claw and scratch for literally just any point that could make these killings “justified” in their minds. It doesn’t matter how irrelevant the things they’d done in the past were, and it didn’t matter what condition they were in at the time of their deaths; one small mistake scrounged out of HOURS of tireless research, and these victims suddenly became “good-for-nothing thugs who got what they deserved.”

How relentless.

How absolutely, ridiculously relentless, to not even realize what claims you’re MAKING. These people belonged to a FAMILY, at one point. These people had DREAMS, they had ASPIRATIONS. We’ll never know now just WHAT they could’ve done for this world, because YOU went and SHOT THEM TO DEATH. Yes, YOU. YOU who lives through your life still believing that the fucking police are there to AID you. YOU who somehow can’t get it through your thick skull that people will DO whatever they CAN in a position of power to look RIGHTEOUS, including lying, stealing, and even killing. YOU especially who decide NOT to speak up, NOT to do a damned thing about it simply because it isn’t YOUR FUCKING LIFE THAT’S BEING AFFECTED.

so, NO. I’m NOT going to “keep calm” and I’m sure as all hell not going to go “thank a police officer” for doing a shitty job and not taking their actions SERIOUSLY. Not until I’ve lived in a fucking world where people aren’t mowed DOWN just because of how they fucking look.

I’m terribly sorry if this brings up anyone’s anxiety, tonight. This just really bothered me to see, especially after seeing the bullshit “patriotism” website the logo came from. Sorry for the rant, I just can’t fucking take staying so silent about how people are acting, anymore. This isn’t a game. This is life.

ourqueenfelinefatale  asked:

Hey I saw you reblog a gif of Major Miles and it got me thinking about his character for a bit. Now personally I DO like him, but I don't like the way he approached Scar about the Ishvalan genocide. It seemed like just because he had Ishvalan blood he felt he could lecture and look down on Scar for how he chose to handle his trauma. But it's like Miles WASN'T THERE so he can't TRULY understand why Scar acted the way he acted but the story wanted us to side with his opinion. That rubs me wrong.

I’m sorry I answered this so late (I needed to go to sleep lol) but I also needed time to think. But to answer your question of “Does Miles have any right to lecture Scar?” Yes and No. It’s not definitive but let’s look at this in different ways.

Let’s think of Scar. He’s been through a lot, including a state-alchemist-wiping spree due to his experiences in Ishval. His whole family had died there, including his dear brother, who sacrificed his life for him. Scar got his brother’s arm with the power of deconstruction alchemy, and used its powers to decimate the forces that caused the most damage in the Ishvalan genocide: state alchemists. Now remember that Scar was also a warrior priest, meaning he devoted his life to the religion. But alchemy is forbidden by Ishvala, and him possessing the power was enough to drive him from the religion.

So in effect, Scar’s family, religion, and home were completely destroyed during the genocide. It gives him a good, justifiable reason for wanting revenge, because he literally had nothing left. I personally believe that Scar had every right to seek revenge on state alchemists, except Edward Elric, because really, he was teeny tiny at the time of the war, and while he might benefit from the military and have privilege as an Amestrian, Ed really had done nothing wrong to Scar.

But the “don’t seek revenge” thing can get a little iffy in terms of race, because while the message is “don’t be blinded by your hatred, which will only destroy you, endure what has happened and seek to improve the system”, it can sometimes be interpreted as “lol don’t do mean stuff to oppressors”. Because it can sound like that. The message is a double-edged sword. 

Now let’s think about Miles. He’s definitely suffered at the oppression of the Ishvalans, mostly because he looks exactly like one of them. He’s definitely lost family and suffered discrimination, and was fully prepared to be fired from the military.

But remember: His commanding officer is Olivier Mira Armstrong. And even during the war, he’s her second-in-command, and the highest ranking soldier in all of Briggs, and basically takes charge when she’s gone. That’s a large amount of power for anyone. And he’s wondering: “why doesn’t she get rid of me?”

And he’s fair to wonder. Why does she want an Ishvalan. simple: She doesn’t discriminate. It’s not that she doesn’t care what race you are, but rather she appreciates the difference and the perspectives that can be given by having a feet in both worlds. And Miles gets used to this version of the military. Simple, effective, undiscriminating.

And perhaps this is the reason that he lectures Scar, since he is used to a family at Briggs, and not the rest of the corrupt military. Miles has his experiences to go by as well, and this at least, gives a reason for why he lectures.

But does he actually have a right to tell Scar how to deal with Ishval’s aftermath? Well, not really. At least I don’t think so. While Miles does suffer under the Amestrian military, he didn’t do so as much as Scar. Scar’s whole family was taken from him, and from what Miles mentions, he still has a wife and family. Scar’s whole life came crashing down, while Miles has been steadily climbing the ranks. While Miles knows some of the things the military does, ultimately, he doesn’t have the trauma Scar has and doesn’t have the right to tell him what to do. Is there a better way to deal with this rather than going on a murderous rampage? Probably. But someone who doesn’t know his pain lecturing him? Not a good idea. I know Scar’s master does it, but this is because he knows Scar and went through the same thing. He gets a say.

And remember, this is all the opinion of little ol’ me, and people might disagree. I do love Miles and FMA, but this is also something that bothers me.