i feel like i'm a part of history

bc we‘re doing this lately - chaol

I just wanna share my feelings (SHOCKER). They are not pro-Chaol. They are not anti-Chaol. I liked him in ToG and CoM. His chapters bored me in HoF. In QoS he pissed me off. But I never thought it was his fault Nehemia died and I never thought he was abusive (which some people do apparently???)

When he and Celeana had been doing it for like a week and he was thinking marriage, I was kinda…

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But… I love that he’s loyal af to Dorian. Because I heart Dorian. And he’s an incredibly conflicted character whose notions of right and wrong are constantly being challenged. Which is just part of growing up? And I can Relate.

And the thing is, whatever I feel about him now, I’m sure that after his novel I’ll like him more. I think it will just naturally happen when we learn even more about him (I was thinking, maybe we’ll get flashbacks or history? that’d be cool), so… my feeling about Chaol and his novel are like a… 6/10 right now. Favorable, but nearly neutral.

anonymous asked:

Dear seddm! I know this ask is not related to wholesome week or any other current ongoing event but I would still like to ask you, since I feel like everyone else I ask just thinks I'm hating. Or don't have an answer at all. So here goes: where does the MoonToffee thing come from again? I've been look at this AU for a while and it just really puzzles me. I'm sure there has been a long post explaining it somewhere, could you direct me to it? Thanks

The idea itself probably originated from a handful of lines from season 1, indicating that Toffee had a history with the Royal family, and that he possibly knew Moon, or at least knew a lot about supposedly secret parts of their magic (the Whispering Spell)

This has been confirmed by Into the Wand, showing us that Moon and Toffee did fight, and the Queen’s expression, along with Toffee’s almost surprised one, might suggest that they hadn’t always been enemies. 

And, while this Tweet by Volpe might sound a bit ominous to Moonfee shippers, it’s not that unlikely for the two of them to have been friends, or at least having interacted together, in the past.

Anyway, most shippers know that, so far, it’s an unlikely and crack ship, but still like the idea, even more since it involves Moon with the concept, that in canon involves mostly Star, of monsters and Mewmans trying to live together. After all, Eclipsa already ran away from Mewni to follow her monster lover.


Alas, poor River.

PS: if your ask was a simpler “Who was the first artist to get onto the idea creating this AU where Star is Toffee and Moon’s daughter”, then it’s @kabuki-akuma , talented and prolific artist, and source of 90% of the Moonfee content in the fandom.

anonymous asked:

I agree that we should accept Whizzer's death, though it is really painful, but may I ask why you support that idea so strongly?? I totally get it, and agree to some extent, but I'm just wondering why you feel that way 💖💖💖

even though whizzer is an original, fully developed character, he’s also representative of your stereotypical gay man in the 80s (their culture and the struggles they went through), and thus it feels kinda wrong to be like “au where he didn’t die” because to me it seems like trying to erase a huge part of gay history (even though i know that’s probably never the intention) bc so many men just like whizzer died the same death as him. and because the aids crisis is so often erased by our society (ex. we never talked about it when i was in high school), i feel like it’s super important to face our country’s (painfully recent) history through stories like falsettos.

excess-of-cats  asked:

I've got a Dungeons & Dragons character who's pan, and for a long time I've also really felt that she's polyamorous (one of those things where a character takes on a life of their own). But I've been hesitant to portray her as such because I'm not poly myself and I don't feel like I know enough about it to do it right on my own. What are some things to keep in mind when writing a polyamorous character?

Hi!

While Poly is not technically part of the LGBT banner, I have some history here, so I’ll take an initial exploratory swing here.

1. Poly people are people. They fall in love at about the same rate as everyone else (you can, of course, be ace/aro and poly), they find attraction at about the same rate as anyone else. And yes, they feel jealousy sometimes, but there are ways to deal with jealousy (including just stopping doing the jealousy-making thing, or bargaining, or a sort of therapeutic debate that breaks down the elements of the jealousy and deals with them once they are manageable)

2. Poly people are not superhuman. Being poly grants no extra time or stamina. So even if I wanted to sleep with everyone, I couldn’t, and more than two would require better calendar keeping skills than I have.

3. Poly people are not always healthy. Just as everyone else can be abusive, codependent, or just plain jerks, do not assume poly people cannot be also. Some poly people present their lifestyle as this sort of zen, godlike status that raises them above petty human society. That’s bullshit. See point number one.

4. Poly people talk more than you’d expect. In order for a poly relationship to work, everyone involved has to agree on the groundrules. And renegotiate them if anything changes. Consent becomes not only consent with the two or more people in bed at the moment, but also with any other relationships that might be affected.

5. Poly relationships come in many types, and all are equally valid as long as everyone is okay with it. Just about anything you can imagine is possible. Here are some I have seen personally:

  • Poly Triad: three people faithful to each other and no one else.
  • Primary/Secondary; You and I are the main relationship. We’re both allowed to form other relationships, but they must be subordinate to our in all ways.
  • Gender Exclusive: “You can date only men. I can date only women.” or “I can date anyone, you can only date women.” 
  • Playmates: People can come share but no attachments, and we only play according to certain limitations, often allowing a person to explore avenues the other person is not interested in.
  • I Don’t Want to Know About It: You can date who you want, but don’t tell me
  • Only Together: Variant of Playmate, you only fool around when we’re together
  • Other Rules: I have to meet them. Only when I am at work. Only if you don’t fall in love. Only if you do fall in love. Only socially. Only as a cuddle mate. Only as a BDSM servant. Only one-night stands. Only people you want to keep in a long-term relationship. Only dates. Only swingers. 

And on and on and on. Some of these work better than others, of course.

Thing to keep in mind: most especially, they work out the rules and boundaries themselves.

Hope that helps.



~~Mod Scix

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips/suggestions for someone starting an art history masters program in the fall? Maybe how to manage imposter syndrome (which I'm already feeling...)?

At the time I am writing this, you have probably just begun your Master’s program. My sincere apologies that I wasn’t able to reply sooner, but I hope the advice below will still be useful to you. 

Part One: The MA Program

When starting your MA program, make a list of all important department due dates or deadlines for things like financial aid, enrollment deadlines, and degree requirements (e.g., language exam date, comprehensive exam date, thesis due date). Ensure you understand the degree requirements: the number of courses you have to take (and in what areas), whether or not your program requires a comprehensive examination, how many languages you will be required to test in to receive your degree, how many readers your thesis should have, and if there are any special requirements for your thesis. Also take note of financial opportunities available to new or repeat graduate students including tuition or stipends, travel grants, or photography grants. Some funding will only be open to second-year students, some will only be open to doctoral students, some to ABD, and so on. If you have a teaching or TA assignment, make sure you’re aware of any training sessions you are required to go to and introduce yourself to your faculty supervisor, if you have one.

Once you’ve figured out the red tape, get a layout of your campus, if you aren’t familiar with it already. Get to know the staples of your department (who processes the paperwork? is there an image library? where is the Chair’s office and your advisor’s office? etc.) and find out whether or not your program has a dedicated graduate student lounge. Figure out where the library is, what resources the library offers, and what databases your school subscribes to. Also see if your library offers individual study corrals for graduate use, lockers, or conference rooms. (This probably seems like common sense, but I’m including it here just in case.) If you like coffee, tea, or beer, try local coffeeshops and bars for environments you like and could potentially study/work in. (Because working in an Irish bar is definitely something I have never done …) Figure out what local eateries are fast, cheap, and do not have a throng of undergrads, since sometimes you will only have a few minutes between classes and will need to grab something quick. (More common sense, but every campus town is different – there were some marked differences between certain places on campus at my alma mater that took way too long to figure out.) Next, see if your school has discounted transportation tickets, museum/theater/movie tickets, gym discounts (or a gym on campus!), restaurant discounts, and so on. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, familiarize yourself with physical and mental health services available to graduate students.

So, by now you’re comfortable with your new institution and department – onto academics.

In my experience, there are three key factors to success in graduate school:

1.     Time management. Start papers early and finish them early; leave time for revision.

2.     Selfcare & maintaining extra-curricular relationships. Make sure you have people you can confide in, whether they are friends, family, or professionals. Don’t get lost in your work; nurture your relationships. Part of selfcare involves keeping your academics in check: striving for excellence in your work, rather than perfection, is mentally more manageable. Take some time each day to completely relax and take your mind off academe.

3.     Continual improvement of your skillset and knowledge. You were already awesome when you entered graduate school, but you need to work on improving your weaknesses and honing your strengths. You also need to learn as much as possible about your area of specialty, so read, read, read. Lastly, keep your career in mind: watch for CFPs, fellowship, internship, and teaching opportunities.

As far as what to expect with regard to coursework, you will likely be expected to take courses across a variety of time periods and cultures. Thus, you might encounter art from a culture or period you aren’t familiar. A little intimidating, right? Maybe, maybe not. If this happens, read as much as you can about the subject before the first day of class to try to get up to speed, and try to draw connections between the unfamiliar subject and what you do know. On another note, remember that you will be expected to know how to read at least 1 language other than English. You will be tested on this in your official language exam(s), but you will also be unofficially tested during coursework when do the weekly readings, participate in discussion, or write papers (i.e. doing research in X language related to your area of specialty). Be prepared to receive constructive criticism on your papers from your peers if your program requires students read their term work aloud; in the same vein, be prepared to provide constructive criticism to your peers.

I’m sure there are other aspects of coursework I’m not mentioning here, but this is what I can think of at this late hour.

Keep in mind that graduate school is what you make it. You get what you put in. These statements are cliché, but they’re true.

Part Two: Imposter Syndrome

With regard to how to overcome imposter syndrome, I was going to type my advice, but I honestly couldn’t say it better than the author of this article, which I hope you find valuable. Before you click through to the link, though, please know that if you are experiencing imposter syndrome, or if you experience it in the future, you aren’t alone. I have experienced it, as have most graduate students. The hallmark of imposter syndrome is that a person feels like a fraud and will be found out and exposed as such. He or she thinks they don’t actually know anything about their field, don’t deserve to be where they are, that they didn’t earn it, and they’re just going through the motions. 

If this sounds like something you are feeling, take a breath. Allow reality to set in: You got where you are because you earned it. You are accomplished and will continue to accomplish things. Your department believes in you and recognizes your potential, or else you wouldn’t be there. If your cohort has more accomplishments than you (publications, fellowships, scholarships, etc), that’s fine – we all work at our own pace, to the timing that is meant to be. Be aware of your role in your success, but stay humble at the same time. There is only so much you can achieve in a day, month, or year, and you need to balance your ambition with your physical and mental ability and stamina. 

Imposter syndrome manifested alongside severe panic attacks for me, and at the time, I was too stubborn to take the hour or so to visit a professional for help. If you find that you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, I strongly recommend visiting a therapist or doctor for coping strategies and/or medication, depending on your personal situation.  (For more advice, again, see this article.)

I hope this helps! I didn’t do enough affirming of your accomplishments in the above text – trust me, anon, you are where you are because you deserve to be there. Go do great things!

anonymous asked:

Hiya, so I have this friend whose dad is from Mexico and mom is from the Dominican Republic, an island nation in the Caribbean. And she and her mother are darker skinned. But the thing is she makes jokes as if she's African American; about slavery and black culture. And this bother's me bc I'm half black and half white. Sure her ancestors are from Africa but they never suffered through slavery, or had any part in our history. And she constantly makes me feel like she's more AA than me. What do?

I’m not Black but you did know there was slavery in the Dominican republic right? Slavery wasn’t abolished there until 1822. It sounds like she’s Black and has a right to talk about that.

mod m

anonymous asked:

1L here. I caught mono early in the semester which pretty much wrecked me. I'm starting to get better now, but it's led me to dropping a class. So I now have Property, Civ Pro and my writing class. I'm really struggling to catch up to 7 weeks of info even if it's only 2 classes worth. Any tips for efficiently getting through backlog? I feel like I'm constantly swamped and I only seem to be able to focus on one thing at a time so all of the missed material is unfocusing me more. Any tips please?

Oh hun that is awful. Make sure you take it easy on yourself during recovery because mono has a history of flaring back up on you if you don’t allow yourself to ease back into things. 

Now for the fun part : How to Catch Up When You’re Behind (aka How LawSchoolRuinedMe passed law school): 

  1. Start by setting yourself the goal of reading absolutely nothing from your syllabus prior to today’s date. 
  2. Continue the readings for classes as you normally would. Make notes of words (particularly in civ pro) that you don’t understand, or legal tests you’ve never heard of (particularly in Property) 
  3. Start prepping for your finals now. Like, actually now. 

But, wait,  you ask, how do I learn by writing my outlines? Shouldn’t I know this shit by now and before I start outlining? The answer is no. I always learned more by prepping my outlines then I did sitting in class and typing verbatim. Because doing my outlines, at my learning pace, allowed me to digest all the information

  1. Go back to your syllabus, use the headers in their to map out your outline. Your teacher thinks this is how the work should get broken down to digestible chunks. Trust their judgment. 
  2. Now fill in each of those “header” sections with whatever the teacher included in the slide shows / class outline 
  3. Now add into those sections all the other necessary information from your lecture notes. If you missed some classes because of the mono, ask a friend for their lecture notes. 
  4. Now, after having done all three of the above, if there are still sections where you look at the information and go “what the fuck does that mean” or there are words or tests from Step 2 above that you haven’t got an answer to, I want you to go back to your outline and look at that very specific piece of information you don’t know about it 
  5. Read only that section of the textbook. Fill in your outline with the information accordingly 

When this outline is finished, ask some other 1L friends if they can set aside some time one afternoon so you can all study-sesh the shit out of some practice exams and the course outline. And, to help you get an idea of how to make this time most fruitful, here’s how my friends and I used to approach these study sessions:

  1. Everyone brings their own already-prepared outlines to the session. Have coffee and snacks and get fucking comfortable because your asses are going to be there a while 
  2. Go through your outlines in the order of the course syllabus. 
  3. Talk about the important issues / decisions in cases and make sure everyone has highlighted the same issues and decisions. 
  4. Ask questions when you don’t understand things. This helps not only you, who gets to hear it in language more accessible to you as it comes from a peer, but it helps your study partners because they have to explain legal concepts in accessible language which forces them to digest their understanding of it
  5. Highlight where other people have made note of “professor said X thing was important” or “professor said this three times so it’s probably important” 
  6. After you’ve gone through the entire syllabus (I told you your asses would be there for a while), take a shot take a break and then come back and issue spot practice exams together. Talk about what cases / law you would use to address these issues. 

The one beautiful thing about law school is it is cumulative. It’s not like taking high school science where you accidentally missed the entire chemistry section and now the class is into biology but at the end of the year you’re going to be tested on both. The stuff your class was taught at the beginning of the year was the principals upon which the stuff that’s being taught now is based upon. With a little sleuthing, active listening, and reading decisions where judges like to set out the entire history of law just for shits and giggles as a precursor to their decision, you can pick up a lot in these last few weeks. 

You got this. 

anonymous asked:

I don't understand what's the hate (& stereotypes) against East/SE Asian men (especially the women of the same race who gets internalized racism/LGBTQ+ Asian males who are excluded when it comes to issues). Ofc it's the white male's fault cuz they make Asian women think that white is the most attractive race. Idk why I feel like that (since I'm an Asian female), (I'll continue on part 2)

(pt.2) It hurts me to see Kpop fans reducing Korean males (as well as other EA/SEA men) to attractive celebrity or anime boys. It also affect EA/SEA who believe that they’re not attractive compared to male Kpop idols. Most (especially white) Kpop fans don’t care about us when it comes to racial issues/fetishization.


It’s a long history that was originally aimed at Chinese men that came to America during the 1800s. The Chinese men would work for lower wages so employers would hire them over white workers. After they were run out of these businesses by those fragile crackers, the Chinese men went into the laundry business which was seen more as “feminine.” They also had the cue hairstyle where the front of the head is shaved and a long, braided ponytail hangs in the back. Eventually, some of the Chinese men started marrying white women so white men couldn’t handle all of this and began to soil the image of Chinese men. These images were later applied to all Asian men.

Of course they don’t care about racial issues or fetishization, they’re the ones who are responsible for all of this lol. White people invented race and racism in America. What they don’t get is that some of the diaspora Asian folks like Kpop, anime, Asian dramas, and whatnot because they’re industries where Asian people are represented. The Asian diaspora barely get representation in the countries they live in so a lot of folks have to look back to the homelands. This isn’t true for everyone but it’s a legit reason for some.

Angry Asian Guy

Random thought of the day -time.

Well okay this was from two days ago, but I’m still thinking about it so have another episode of “I feel old”.

I got into Harry Potter back when there was only three books, and I was a HUGE fan back in the day. (I think I could probably still recite parts of the first book…)

My mental image of the Potter books has always been that they’re pretty timeless and feel very contemporary, but while visiting my friend we listened to the audiobook of the first book, and when the narrator starts listing Dudley’s birthday presents and suddenly wow, a window to the past and WHEN DID HARRY POTTER START SOUNDING LIKE HISTORY ohgosh.

anonymous asked:

You know what I love (and i mean this sincerely!) Supernatural puts SO MUCH time, consideration, and work into the writing, characters, emotion, etc, all for a show that has less than 2 million viewers--abysmal ratings for any other network. Like. We're a small audience but it always felt much bigger because the fandom is so strong and involved. I love it so much and i've never been part of a fandom quite like this. It wouldn't be like this with a larger show.

(cont) I mean, SPN definitely is a large show; it’s massive, with 12 seasons so far clocking in at over 20 eps each. It’s just that SPN was on for 8 years before I even heard of it and was introduced by chance by a friend. It’s just funny and surreal to think that it could’ve ended with me never even knowing it existed, and here I am so involved now:P

RIGHT?! I mean, it’s pretty incredible. The worst thing is I’ve known about it since before it started. I saw promos for it before s1 started, and told myself I was definitely gonna watch it, but I missed the first episode or two before I realized it… then missed a few more (hey give me a break, we’d just put our house up for sale and were shopping for a new house and things were kinda busy…). By the time I saw another promo for it, it was January and I’d missed half the season. I figured I’d catch up on summer reruns (when summer reruns used to be a thing you could catch up on), and then… never did… (I did mention it was sorta hectic in my life that year…).

But then Netflix happened, and suddenly I could catch up! I actually subscribed to Netflix BECAUSE of Supernatural. :D And it was actually a friend on twitter talking about the show at the end of s7 and the beginning of s8, and then talking about Gishwhes in 2012 that prompted me to watch. I caught up REAL fast, and was absolutely starving for more so I sought out the fandom online. I have never done that for a tv show before. Needless to say I was delighted and overwhelmed by the sheer size of the fandom’s presence online. :P

Then I started hearing about the conventions, starting finding all the meta, all the fanfic, all the absolutely delightful content fans were producing for the free enjoyment of the rest of the fandom, and I was hooked.

It was weird finishing an entire series and then immediately going back and watching the whole thing again. I’ve never done that for a tv show either. Occasionally I kick myself for not trying harder to watch and catch up back in s1, but heck I’m here now. And I love it. I love you, I love all of you. *holds the entire fandom and pets y’all gently*

anonymous asked:

Just to expand on your other anons message I'm from Pakistan and have have been called a liar by white american exchange students when I told them I am Asian as they insist "Pakistan is a Muslim country full of terrorists and we bombed it, so you are not Asian, you are middle eastern". They even got into an argument with our history teacher who said Pakistan is part of Asia (we are in UK), I was also accused of trying to pretend I was part of "the superior Asian race", weeaboos are a nightmare.

God this is so horrible. I feel like this is also a good reason for why Asian representation is so important. We don’t all look like East Asians with pale skin or mono lids and Asia doesn’t only mean Japan or Korea or China. Asia consists of over 50 countries and an even larger amount of different ethnic groups. Representation is so important, not just in our media but apparently very desperately needed in our classrooms and education… yikes.

- lily

anonymous asked:

I used to be pan but then I changed to bi bc basically I figured pan = bi, so better go with bi bc it is recognized and makes more sense. But I've been pan for so long that I feel like I don't have a right to be in the bi community, or feel like I'm a part of history. Like I can't look up to bi icons and think about how we face the same bi-related ups and downs, bc I used the pan label for so long. Idk what to do. Do I even deserve to be in the community? Feeling like a faker and impostor.

There are no fake bis! You absolutely belong here if this is where you want to be! None of us was born identify as bi. Some of us have been through many identity labels, especially trans, nonbinary, or genderqueer bi people whose understanding of their orientation might shift with their understanding of their own gender. Some people use multiple labels alongside bisexuality, like pan or queer achillean. You don’t have to choose one label or the other, but you also have every right to be here. Regardless of how new you are to identifying this way, you are a part of the present community, which will be bi history in just a little while! You belong and I recognize you as part of my community. In fact, the self doubt you are feeling now is a pretty common example of bi-related ups and downs. 

anonymous asked:

Lots of people bashing the Star Trek Discovery titles. How do you feel about them?

Oh, I liked it. That’s why I gifed it, actually.

I didn’t really want another title sequence that was just the ship zooming around space. I like the disassembled parts and the sketchy quality. My first thought was that it was a reference to Da Vinci’s sketches, which I’m not sure was intentional, but it put me in mind of history and legacy and the nitty-gritty of building things.

I love the part with the two hands reaching towards each other. Which might be a ham-fisted reference to the Creation of Adam?? But I still dig it. It’s a nice image of cooperation. And my sister arbitrarily decided that the hands are “gay,” and you know what? I support her.

Oh, and the itty-bitty ship is very cute, imo.

anonymous asked:

I'm a lesbian so pls let me know if I'm out of line but whenever I hear people say they id as pan instead of bi because they like "hearts not parts" or some other variation of that a part of me dies inside. I used to id as bi so I looked a lot into the history of the term and how it's not purely binary so it upsets me a little when people say this buf idk what are your thoughts

No you’re not out of line at all, and in fact you have every right to feel queasy when you hear that line because it’s a transphobic, cissexist, and homophobic line. It’s not just pansexuals who do this - I’ve heard plenty of bisexuals say this as well because they don’t have a good way of explaining or conceptualizing their bisexuality in front of heterosexuals. Not that this is an excuse, but rather some of them believe explaining their bisexuality to heterosexuals using the “hearts not parts” line works. It doesn’t because heterosexuals reduce us to our sexual attraction anyway, so it’s ineffective. 

Anyway, the line is bad for the following reasons:

  • It implies that people can be reduced to their genitalia, which is something that’s always used against women and trans people, especially trans women. It’s quintessential cissexist rhetoric. 
  • It implies that bisexuals and pansexuals are more “open-minded” than lesbians and gay men, which is homophobic. It also reduces gay and lesbian sexualities to sexual attraction while positing bisexuality and pansexuality as more “personality oriented”, which as we know is ridiculous, given that every person usually falls for personality, lol. 
  • It implies that bisexuals and pansexuals are intrinsically less transphobic than lesbians and gay men, which is homophobic because it falls into the trap of “monosexual privilege” rhetoric and it’s transphobic because it absolves a certain subset of cis people of their transphobia and it ignores the existence of trans lesbians and trans gay men. 
  • It’s a ridiculous and simplistic way of reducing bisexuality and the complexity of the bisexual experience. Now, I get why some bisexuals try to explain their bisexuality like this. They’re so used to straight people associating sex, threesomes, kinkiness, and adultery with them that their reaction is to try and remove that association and explain to ignorant and close-minded straight people that bisexuality is not, in fact, sinful or kinky or whatever. But like, the thing is that we can’t throw other LGBT people under the bus, we can’t reduce our own complexity like this so that heterosexuals can understand us, and nine times out of ten this kind of explanation doesn’t prevent heterosexuals from enacting homophobia against us. Moreover, I find that a lot of straight media tries to avoid explicitly labeling bisexual characters by making them use stupid lines such as “hearts not parts” and “I’m flexible” and “I don’t see gender/pay attention to genitalia” which is stupid, biphobic, transphobic, and homophobic. 

What pansexuals do that irritates me is that they use the outdated bi = two definition which ignores the existence of bi trans and nonbinary people as well as the existence of cis bi people who are dating trans or nonbinary people. Again, they go along the same lines of the “my sexuality is more open-minded/radical than yours” and the “my sexuality is intrinsically less transphobic of yours” which is, ironically enough, transphobic in and of itself. I find that some of them fetishize trans people and reduce them to their genitalia by conceiving of trans men and women as an entire “third gender category” when trans and nb people all have different genders that you can’t pinpoint as a “third gender category”, at least not the way westerners conceptualize trans and nonbinary genders. 

Anyway, all of us cis people need to stop using rhetoric that reduces humans to their genitalia. It’s not just bisexuals who do this, of course, but it’s not just gay and lesbian people who do this either. I’ve seen plenty of bisexuals engage in transphobic and cissexist rhetoric by using the “hearts not parts” lines or the “nonbinary people are an Entire Category of their own rather than a group of people with diverse genders” and I’ve seen gay men and lesbians who say “I like dick/pussy” (which is cissexist). What this boils down to is simply that we cis LGB+ people are transphobic, period. One sub-group is not more or less transphobic than the other because all cis people are oppressive against trans people. Sexuality or ostensible “radicalism” associated with it have nothing to do with it. 

i have this weird mixed feeling about westerners who are fascinated with eastern european culture, like that’s nice but something about them just makes me uneasy and that’s that

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  • hey angel: are u as obsessed with me as i am with yooouuuu?
  • drag me down: thx for putting up with my bullshit. u never had to but u did anyway, which is great because i'm rlly scared of being alone, ya feel?
  • perfect: fear of commitment™
  • infinity: u left and OUCH u hurt my heart u dick (talkin to u zayn)
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  • long way down: u hurt me and that was soooo unpredictable, i'm saaaaaad
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  • history: we are great, we are cool. pls don't leave (like zayn did)
  • temporary fix: LOOK WE ARE ADULTS WE DO THE SEX II / 'friends with benefits' is an underappreciated concept
  • walking in the wind: a-ooo-ooo-ooo i'm just going for a walk but i like to make even the smallest goodbyes very dramatic a-ooo-ooo-ooo
  • wolves: they call me unreasonably paranoid, very possessive boyfriend for a reason
  • a.m.: drunk banter in the early hours of the morning, fuck yeah

fight-until-the-wars-done  asked:

1/2 I saw a post you made on Native Americans, and it got me curious. I'm huge on my family history/culture, however my family could care less it seems. My great grandma is Native American, does this make me mixed, or is that just part of my history.

Would my dad have to be full Native American in order for me to identify as mixed? I don’t want to identify, or pretend to be someone I’m not, I just don’t really know who I am.

Identifying as Native American

If you feel Native— if you feel like it is part of your spirit, part of your identity, part of who you are— and you take on the pain and responsibility that goes along with it, of taking care of the earth, of fighting for your brothers and sisters, of accepting the past and taking on the full weight of what being Native means, you are Native. How much blood you have and where it is in your history does not matter as much as what is in your heart.

My blood by heritage is 1/8 Native. I could not be “officially” Native by the Canadian government’s standards because I am “not Native enough” according to their rules that try to exterminate us. But everywhere I have been, I am accepted as Native American. Because it is part of my spirit.

I am also Icelandic— a heritage I hold very close to my heart— and one does not detract from the other. I don’t personally identify as mixed because in Canada this holds a very, very specific label (Metis) and there’s a general consensus of “you’re either Native to the full extent of the spirit or you’re not”. But I am just as Icelandic as I am Native.

That doesn’t mean you can’t identify as mixed; I’m just explaining my own label. What matters is you take on the responsibility of your tribe and of all tribes. It can be equal to other parts of your heritage, or it can be greater, or lesser. Just always keep that responsibility.

Some Native tribes don’t allow mixed people, and have certain “rules” for who is “allowed” to be Native and not, but a lot of us don’t. It’s a very hard feeling to explain, but if you want it because you ache for that feeling, that community, your history, then by all means: claim it.

A lot of Natives are mixed. My Wyandot (adopted) uncle is a redhead with pale skin, and he’s the chief’s brother. He said I looked more Native than he did. I know a lot of others who have heritage that is a patchwork of colonization and assimilation but still. They found their roots and watered them.

If you feel like you are part of us, and feel that our history is your history, then you are Native. Please, do not let how far back your roots are stop you from thinking they are yours. If you tend them, they will grow.

~Mod Lesya

anonymous asked:

I'm a junior in college, and I've just declared my art history major. I've taken a few art history classes in freshman and sophomore years, but the info hasn't stuck with me. Now I'm in an upper level class and I just feel like everyone else knows so much more, any tips for catching up/fighting the insecurity? Thanks xo

 What you’re feeling is entirely natural. Take heart because you’re not alone, and there are tangible steps you can take to abate your sense of insecurity. That being said, you should also know that being in courses with others who know more than you do is part and parcel of college life. They will have knowledge and skills that you don’t have — but the opposite is also true. Spend some time thinking about where your strengths lie. What has stuck with you throughout your freshman & sophomore years? Has it stuck with you because it is the art, period, or artist that speaks to you the most? In other words, figure out what your art historical interests are and begin (or continue) to focus on this as you make decisions about what classes you take and what you want to research for term papers (and possibly your senior thesis).

Next, think about what your strengths and weaknesses as a student are:

  • Exams: What kinds of exams do you do best, and worst, at? (For common exam types, see page 7 of this PDF.) If you’re terrible at timed essay exams, practice for them by timing yourself as you write about the images from your course.  If comparisons or unknown slide IDs are your downfall, try making a Style Sheet to help yourself better understand how artists’ choices impact their style.  Make sure you have a solid grasp of the readings required for your classes as well, because you may be expected to incorporate what you’ve learned from the readings into your exam answers.

  • Research and Writing: You will likely start to receive more intense research projects during your junior and senior years than you did in your first two years of college. Have your classes required you to do any research papers or projects? If so, how did you do? If you are unhappy with your research skills, see if your university’s library offers training on the specific resources available at your institution. You may also want to sign up for JSTOR’s free, online Research Basics course. If you are unhappy with your writing skills, talk to your professors about how you can improve. If your university has a writing center, don’t hesitate to visit it, especially before and during the writing process.  I strongly recommend that you learn the Chicago Manual of Style (if you haven’t already), as this is the standard used by most (U.S.) art history departments.

  • Reading: When you read the required readings for your classes, do you feel like you’ve absorbed and understood the information & arguments presented to you? If not, this may be part of the reason why you feel behind. If there are sections of readings or entire articles or books that you’re hung up on, try discussing the text with a fellow student, your TA, or professor. If you are having trouble with the readings, think about your reading style. How are you making the information in your readings memorable to you? Highlighting, underlining, margin notes and post-it notes are all good methods of annotating text, but (if you aren’t already), take these basic methods one step further by rewriting tough paragraphs in your own words, outlining authors’ arguments on paper, and keeping a journal of texts that you find interesting and/or would be useful for your own research. If you’re not having any trouble with understanding or keeping up with the readings, great! Keep reading art historical texts. If you aren’t sure what to read, try starting with the history of art history. The two best ways that you can increase your knowledge of art history are to spend lots of time looking at art and reading about it.

  • Memorization: There are three major things art history involves: writing, reading, and memorization. It seems like memorization (things sticking with you) is your major problem, so remedy this by experimenting with study techniques (like Style Sheets), doing compare/contrast exercises, having friends test you with flashcards, looking at lots of art from the areas that you struggle with. Giving specific works of art a backstory may also help to make details such as the artist or date more memorable. One way to do this is to note any interesting visual or historical details about the artwork or artist on the reverse side of flashcards.

Hopefully the above has helped give you confidence in your strengths and figure out where you need improvement.

The best advice I can offer you is to be intentional about your education, and this is much easier to do once you have insight into what kind of student you are and what drives you. During your junior and senior years, find an art historical niche, challenge yourself, study abroad (if you can), go to museums, practice talking about art … tap into what it was that drew you to art history in the first place, and use that as motivation to increase your knowledge of the field, not for the sake of competition with your peers but for the natural self-confidence that following your interests will yield.

 I hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

Lmao maybe 1 is what is the question again

Like…75 maybe?

It’s definitely noticeably better than average but I also hate memorization (the names/dates part of history, the leg-bone-is-connected-to-the-foot-bone part of anatomy, etc). It’s more that I have very vivid memories of specific situations and I recall things pretty much constantly - everything reminds me of something else. I’m good at remembering the important things but if there’s a book in which to look things up I get really annoyed if I’m asked to memorize. I do have a good memory for conversations and people’s interests or hobbies or jobs (more so than names because like…the fact that someone is named Jessica isn’t as interesting as the fact that they write NIH grants at least not to me). I remember numbers pretty well though as do many math nerd types.

My theories re: Si are that because it’s so experience-based, we do need to have pretty good recall of details of experiences, hence the good memory stereotype, but also we recall memories A LOT. It’s how we go through the world. So those pathways just get used more hence better recall - if someone worked on memory deliberately they’d be better (the book Moonwalking with Einstein is about this, btw).

An example I may have brought up before is that I remembered approximately what date a play went up at my university when I was an undergraduate. However it’s not that I remember “Oh, yes, in November of sophomore year, this play was performed.” I remember “I wanted to see that play but didn’t end up going because I was tired, and I remember calling my friend I was supposed to go with from this room, which was my dorm room sophomore year. And I was feeling tired specifically because I’d been up having a really serious talk with this person, because we’d had this major fight, and we talked it out until late that night, and I know that was a couple months into the semester and usually plays don’t go up just before finals plus I know we’d made up well before finals so it has to be November.” It’s a combination of remembering a lot of unrelated details surrounding the event and a little bit of logic/common sense that let me pinpoint it rather than the stereotype of “Brain, find calendar from sophomore year, flip to opening of that play, return the date”.

look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now, helpleeeessss THEY ARE ASKING ME TO LEAD look around, isn’t this enough HE WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED what would be enough HE WILL NEVER to be SATISFIED SATISFIED SATI- HISTORY HAS ITS EYE why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room, why do you assume you’re the smartest in NON STOP HE WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED ISN’T THIS ENOUGH history has its eyes why do you write like you’re running out of time NON STOP why do you fight like HISTORY HAS ITS EEEEEEEYYYYEEEES ON YOOUUU I am not throwing away my JUST YOU WAIT I am not throwing away my JUST YOU WAIT, i am ALEXANDER HAMILTON HAMILTON JUST YOU WAAAAAIIIITTTT I AM NOT THROWING AWAY MY SHOT.
—  Me, attempting to sing all 14,892 parts to “Non Stop” simultaneously