i've been researching a lot lately

spirit-of-the-cat-eye-moon  asked:

Hey! Since ya wanna talk about art, I wanna ask ya...how'd ya get so good drawing the hands of muscles of anthropomorphic characters? I've been practicing with that A LOT lately and I'm pretty rusty xC

Hi there!! Thank you so much for your question! Personally, I’m still learning a lot about arms and hands, and I would take everything I say with a grain of salt, because honestly I did some research one night when I got frustrated with my progress on both subjects, so for arms, I use the lightening bolt technique! 

(There is a full video about this along with a trick for foreshadowing on arms/legs since the technique isn’t so great for that aspect, but it’s great for any drawing if you want draw arms in general! Big shout out to Sycra, they have so many helpful videos for drawing! Go check out the channel!)

So with this technique, you literally connect the dots after drawing out the general gesture of the muscles, this gives you a better sense of proportion and get a better sense of the important things to get out of from the anatomy without having to dive too deeply into the science behind it. But I’d still highly recommend looking at references and continue to practice!

The same goes for hands! Which is something I’m still struggling with! But with turtle hands, I’ve been drawing them for so long, so I feel like it’ll be okay to give out a pointer or two! Obviously, the best way to get a sense of how hands works is to sit down and sketch out our your own hand as a reference, it’s extremely helpful! 

Hands are a whole different story, but if you stick with basic shapes, it’s a good start! Also, don’t be afraid to get absolutely messy with your sketches! Sometimes the best way to handle things is to scribble until it eventually looks like something! As you continue to practice, you’ll eventually learn how to get those shapes and gestures that are worth keeping when you sketch!

(Also! Thumbs can be pretty tricky to keep track of, so a good reminder is to always step back and take a look at where you’ve placed the thumb because it can be so easy to misplace it on the wrong side of the hand. Which is why it’s a good trick to use your own hands as a reference if you’re not sure!)

Anyways! I hope this was somewhat helpful to you! If not, that video will surely be able to successfully show you how to handle the lightening bolt technique! Good luck on your art journey! :)

anonymous asked:

so i've been calling myself autistic for some months now and getting used to that identity, but i've been thinking, what if i'm not actually autistic and i'm just socially awkward? or just a late boomer in socializing? how do you truly know that you're autistic? i don't want to use a term/community that isn't mine to claim if i don't belong. i've researched autism a lot since i first questioned and i fit the criteria but what if i'm making my social issues more serious than they actually are?

Unfortunately, there is no conclusive way to say whether or not a person is autistic. Autism isn’t clearly defined like something like diabetes is. There aren’t any concrete tests, like a blood test or brain scan or anything, that can be used to conclusively diagnose autism. Autism is a collection of traits that have been observed over time and noted to have occurred together in a way that leads to impairment. As such, diagnosis is very subjective, just as diagnosis of most neurodivergencies. 

The best thing you can do is to continue researching and learning about autism as much as you can. The more you find yourself in what you read, the more confident you will be in your self diagnosis. 


cyberbotanist  asked:

So I've been wondering this for a while but since you were researching possums lately it seems like a good time to ask: if you watch videos of possums eating fruit, they just smack their jaws open and closed. So how does their jaw structure actually work? Can they not grind their teeth to chew? If not, where does that trait fall in mammal phylogeny? Is it a marsupial thing or something associated with their feeding habits? Thanks!

Ooh, you mean like these cute babies? 

om nom NOM NOM NOM

You can learn a lot about an animal’s diet by examining their dentition. Teeth shape, number, and size tell you what sort of things that organism eats, and gives you hints about their eating behaviors. 

You know how many teeth these guys have? FIFTY. 

They’re very toothy animals, and in order to cram all of those teeth in they’ve grown really long faces. The great distance from the back of their jaws - where their masseter [cheek] muscles attach to their zygomatics - to the front of their mouths creates a pretty substantial degree to which they have to open their big faces to chomp up all that food. Other animals, with fewer teeth and shorter rostrums, don’t have to open their mouths as wide to get the job done. Virginia opossums are also considered primitive mammals having been in N. American for about 3 million years, and their teeth are not as specialized as, say, those of the American cougar, which has been roamin’ our planet for only 200-300,000 years. So no, they don’t have grinding teeth nor the ability to move their jaws side-to-side with flat-surfaced teeth like a cow.

Great question! Thank you for asking! It gave me an excuse to spend my evening watching videos of opossums eating stuff

suspicious-pigeon  asked:

Ok I want to follow the nhl next season. The only knowlege i have of hockey is from the aihl (which i started following this season) and i think I've seen Mighty Ducks like once. What should i research and how do i pick a few teams to follow

Just want to apologize in advance for the novel I have written.

So I was super into the AIHL last year but this year the games have just been on to late for me this year. Like 3 am.

First of all the NHL is a lot bigger than the AIHL, obviously. But that means there are a lot of resources on NHL teams and the league as a whole. There are a few really interesting documentaries I would suggest you looking up. 

Kings Ransom - This is a documentary about the trade of one of the biggest NHL players and athletes of all time, Wayne Gretzky. This isn’t a lot of info on like the operations of the league but you’ll hear the phrase “Even Gretzky got traded” as a way of a hockey fan/player/reporter saying “anything can happen” quite a bit. It also shows you how CRAZY the fans can get over this kind of thing. Trades are a big deal and this documentary is a good representation of it.

The Last Gladiators - This documentary centers around what hockey is predominantly known for, which is the goon. However, this also shows how that part of the game is dangerous, harmful and is slowly being removed from the game. It follows former Montreal Canadien, New York Rangers and Boston Bruin Chris Nilan, a Boston native with the nickname “knuckles.” It gets even crazier when you realize all three of the teams he was on were huge rivals. 

NHL 36 - These are short documentaries that follow NHL Players around for the 36 hours before a big game. They show the preparation and other things NHL Players do in their off time. It’s more modern than the others and features mostly current NHL Players.

A Day That Changed The Game: NHL Expansion - Up until 1967 the NHL saw teams come and go except for 6, these teams would be named the original 6. From 1942 to 1967 these 6 teams were the only ones in the NHL. The 67′ expansion saw another 6 teams join the league with only one that is not in operation anymore, RIP golden seals. This Wikipedia page goes through all the expansions, or you could just watch the documentary.

You can also catch all the all-star games, skills competitions, and drafts on youtube! And I would really suggest doing so they’re a lot of fun. There’s also a documentary called Big Shot, it’s not as informative but it is SUPER interesting.

There’s also a youtuber called Steve Dangle, he makes videos about the Toronto Maple LEafs but every now and then he has something to say about other teams, leagues and any huge event in hockey. He has his own channel but also he has videos on the sportsnet channel that are interesting. He also has his own podcast called The Steve Dangle Podcast and they’re like an hour long but they Cover EVERYTHING.

And Now, because this post isn’t long enough, I’ll go through a quick rundown of all the teams and I’ll link to their websites where you can look at full rosters and highlights and stuff.

Anaheim Ducks - This would be the team named after the Mighty Ducks. They used to be the Anaheim Mighty Ducks but they changed the name and the color scheme to something more unique to them. They seem to fluctuate between really good and really bad and were seen as Stanley cup favorites for the past few years, but they’re trending down now. This is a Californian team AND they’re one of the most hated teams on Tumblr. They play a little dirty here and there and I never understood all the hate, but it’s there and it can be a lonely team to love.

Arizona Coyotes - They used to be the phoenix coyotes except they don’t play in phoenix so they changed their names. They were good once and now they seem to be getting better again. There one of the teams that actually doesn’t have cap issues, and they have to work to reach the floor (there’s a cap floor and cap ceiling, you need to stay in between, as in you can only spend so much money on players). They have a lot of good young players but no one is too sure of their future success. Their fan base is definitely one of the smallest, but they’re passionate and no one really hates them.

Boston Bruins - I’m biased because this is my team. They’re one of the Original Six but all that really means is they have a huge fan base and a long history. They’re known for being the Big Bad Bruins but in recent years have tried to trend closer to having a faster game. They were really good from 2010-2013 and then 2014 happened and they’re still fighting back. They went through a mini-rebuild and even the fans don’t really know who's’ on the team. They’re generally seen as the perennial bad guys in the NHL however, the organization as a whole has a really good record of being progressive. Basically, a good team if you like the villain but also have morals.

Buffalo Sabres - Since I started watching hockey years ago, they have always been the bad team, the easy win on the schedule. This is about to change. They have some of the best players in the league going into next season, their only issue seems to be goaltending.  Their big names are Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and it doesn’t matter after that. They’re about to surprise the rest of the league in the next few seasons.

Calgary Flames - They fluctuated between really fucking good and “why are they even here” for a bit. They seem to be solid on every front except goaltending and yet the whole team would fall collectively many nights. They just addressed their goaltending issue and with a very hot offense I wouldn’t be surprised if they shot to the top this season. No one really hates the flames and they’re Canadian, so they have a solid fan base.

Carolina Hurricanes - This team is a mess because they aren’t good and they don’t have a lot of fans. They won a cup in this century so that’s a good thing at least. Except they held onto that same lineup and now they’re all dead. They just signed the league’s most mediocre goalie to a 2-year deal and got rid of the face of their franchise, Eric Staal. They have some young talent, but they’re not really special in any way. The team as a whole has a small following but they have some popular players.

Chicago Blackhawks - The Blackhawks have been the most consistently good team in the NHL since 2010. They’ve won 3 Stanley Cups since 2010 while also getting rid of a lot of players after each win. Their core and coaching staff is mainly to thank for the wins. However, their players have been accused of some terrible things and have been known to say some pretty bad things. They’re one of the most popular teams in the NHL now but proceed with caution. 

Colorado Avalanche - They were supposed to be good and nothing happened. They have a lot of really good players but they haven’t been able to do anything with it. Fun fact, they’re also the NHL team who is furthest from any other NHL team. They have a crazy coach named Patrick Roy who is a big deal. They also managed to make Jarome Iginla one of the most iconic and amazing NHL players in HISTORY, irrelevant. Seriously, I’m not sure if the hockey world is aware he still plays. 

Columbus Blue Jackets - I’ll sum this team up with one stat: They have only won 2 playoff games in franchise history. Now in their defense they’ve only been around since 2000….but that’s really not that good of an excuse. The only reason they made the playoffs to begin with, was their goaltender, who was AMAZING, but shouldn’t have had to be. They have an overpaid mediocre lineup. I don’t have much good to say about them because along with being bad at playing hockey they also are dirty and don’t draft well. Their fans are fun actually, blue jackets games look like a blast. Oh and they have a cannon that pisses off the rest of the league.

Dallas Stars - This is the new up and coming team to get into. If you want to feel like you’re following a team to the top start with them. They have a killer lineup that basically destroys teams. Sadly for them you only get 2 points for a win regardless if you win 2-1 or 7-1. THey don’t know how to balance being good in the regular season and being good in the playoffs yet but they’ll get there. You would think a team from texas would have a small fanbase and maybe they do…in texas…but the internet LOVES them and their mediocre looking white boys.

Detroit Red Wings - Only the second original 6 team on this list. They’re pretty legendary honestly. They boast the first Russian player to win the stanley cup, the longest playoff streak, and some of the most iconic names in hockey (Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom ect.). Recently though they HAVE been making the playoffs just they don’t seem to do much after that. They have a huge fanbase but they’re a pretty middle of the pack team. I think they’re slowly going down hill but Red Wings fans would punch me for that. They also just lost their biggest name, Datsyuk and the rest of their lineup is either old, mediocre or Dylan Larkin.

Edmonton Oilers - OOO boy where do I start with these guys. First of all, they have some of the best forwards int he game on their team and have been the WORST team in the past decade, and that’s not even an exaggeration. As far as I know, no one has looked into a babe ruth-esque curse for trading Gretzky but they should. This team can’t get anything done right. They draft the best players year after year and year after year they come in last (or second last whatever). They have the player who may be the Wayne Gretzky of our generation (Conor McDavid) AND traded one of their best players away and while it was a terrible trade Edmonton still has so many amazing forwards they may have still managed to make their team better. Basically, they could have a breakout season anytime now and maybe you want to jump on now so you can say you’ve been around since they were bad, but don’t hold your breath because they have the worst luck EVER.

Florida Panthers - beware, if you chose this team you will be faced with a lot of “lol they have ice in florida?” which may actually be something you can relate to coming from Australia. They have had their years of being meh, bad and good. It seems like they’re in their good years right now. They have Legend and immortal Jaromir Jagr who is currently the oldest NHL player. THey also have Aaron Ekblad who is very obviously lying about his age and maybe the most loved social media goalie, Roberto Luongo. Their a good pick for a team in my opinion but their fans are few and far between. 

LA Kings - From 2010 to 2015 only three teams won stanley cups, The Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015, the Boston Bruins in 2011 and The LA KIngs in 2012 and 2014. For those 5 years they were generally considered one of the best teams in the league as it seemed they always made it far in the playoffs. However, people started questioning them this year when they got knocked out uncharacteristically early. Either way, their part of the team why a California Swing (basically a set of away games that are all in California and usually include all three californian teams) is not considered a relaxing vacation. But also one time a player on the Kings was asked to move his car on a kings game day because Kobe Bryant was coming to watch the game and needed t park his car there. Oh Cali. I hate picking on out of market teams but sometimes it’s too easy.

Minnesota Wild - You know how I said the Carolina hurricanes were old and dying. Well so are the wild and they’re embracing it. They made the playoffs this year but only because the western conference was abysmal this year. Seriously just steer clear of this team. They may have big shiny names like Zach Parise or Ryan Suter or Eric Staal, but don’t be fooled because they are all way past their expiration date. there are better teams in the grocery store. unless of course. you still believe, in which case take it home with you and pray you don’t get food poisoning.

Montreal Canadiens - This team is the exact opposite of the Boston Bruins, and for good reasons considering they are the leagues Biggest Rivals and have been for 90+ years now. I’m not kidding. The rivalry is almost as old as the league. we HATE each other and it’s literally one of the best parts of hockey. Even non hockey fans watch these games because it’s very possible someone might be murdered. So basically the habs are seen as the perennial good guys, and their organization is shit. They just traded their best player who was universally loved by literally EVERYONE but their GM and coach. PK Subban literally donated 10 million dollars (he only makes 9 mil a year BEFORE taxes) to a childrens hospital in Montreal. Everyone was super pissed about it and so was I, but as a bruins fan I was also happy he got out of there.They’re historic, have the most stanley cups by far, speak french all the time and they’re a great franchise. It’s just not the time. Give them a few years. 

Nashville Predators - it’s pretty ironic this team comes after the habs considering this is the team PK Subban got traded to. Their goaltender is either amazing or terrible, they have a really good looking defense, their offense is eh and their logo is an anatomically impossible saber tooth cat. I guess when you’re a vague predator tho you can make shit up. But basically this team is p in the air whether they’ll be better or worse next year remains to be seen.

New Jersey Devils - now a few years ago this teams average age was like 50. They don’t really do anything and honestly they’re so irrelevant I don’t know who’s on the team. Actual conversation I had with a friend of mine: “I don’t even know who their captain is” “They have a captain?” regardless they see to have a good size fan base and they boast one of the best goaltenders of all time, Martin Brodeur. but he retired. so. who cares.

New York Islanders - a few years ago these guys would have been irrelevant to me except then they did this thing where they built literally the worst arena of all time. Like their old arena apparently used to RAIN, IN DOORS, and yet it’s still worse than that. THey built this place in brooklyn like a year ago and they used it for one season and they’re already planning on moving to Queens now. because it’s that bad of an arena. Not to mention they’re the Islanders because they’re frm long island and play in Brooklyn right now. They’re just a mess. But they’re good. So we’ll see. I heard a lot of players wanted to get th ehell out because of the arena but that could have been a rumor. although Okposo, one of their best players, did leave for Buffalo.

New York Rangers - Okay I’m biased again because this is my least favorite team but I’ll do my best to stay straight forward. Basically they were pretty good for the past few years but couldn’t get anything done. They brag about having the best goaltender in the league. And their original 6 team. that’s all i could do. Anything else i could say would be tainted by my hatred. But their huge, a lot of people love them and i knew a kid who was named after them, not fucking joking.

Ottawa Senators - So basically they’re kind of screwed. Their team is okay at best, their best player is their only good player and they have an internal cap, meaning they have less money than the league says they can spend on players. They’re not doing too good and HAVE to make the playoffs next year just to have enough money to exist. and People are wondering why they aren’t putting a new team in canada, Y’all can’t even handle 7 and you want 8? chill.

Philadelphia Flyers - This team, similar to the boston bruins, is the perennial bad guy. They were the Broad Street Bullies and now they’re just Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and the highlighter boys. They’re not Terrible but they’re not necessarily getting any better either. Only choose this team if you have a good pair of sunglasses because those jerseys are AW-FUL.

Pittsburgh Penguins - They’re the Montreal Canadians to the Flyers Bruins. They’re generally seen as the good guys, and they hate the flyers (they also hate the bruins, go figure). They boast the best players in hockey like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre-FLeury. And they just won the stanley cup. This is probably the team new fans would pick. Either way, if you decide to hate them you have to promise not to make any sidney crosby crybaby jokes because they’re uninspired and douchey. 

Saint Louis Blues - Okay this is an interesting team. They’ve been at the “should win the Stanley cup” level of talent recently and yet have not been able to actually do it. They made a lot of moves and lost a few players this offseason and I’m honestly not sure if they got better or worse. If you want to hate the blackhawks like most of us do, this is a good team to root for instead. Plus their named after a music genre and they have a music note as their logo, that’s pretty unique.

San Jose Sharks - Listen, they’re good, they’re pretty damn good actually, but they’re not getting better. This team is old and they have great players but they could all conceivably be my father. Their goaltending is pretty amazing but they rely on guys like Joe Thronton and Joe Pavelski who are great but past thier prime. otherwise, they don’t really do anything to hate them for. one time Joe Thronton said he would masturbate if he scored four goals during another teams interview so that’s cool. They also made the stanley cup final this year so they have a few more years of being good.

Tampa Bay Lightning - Look, I’m not in love with this team so this next part may sound biased, but it’s all fact. THis team is about to murder all of the other teams and crush their way to a cup. I’m not joking they have every single piece they could ask for. They got both of their best player sto take a 2 million paycut AND they have a bunch of other players you could argue are their best players. The Lightning are set up for success right now and it’s REEALLY exciting. THey also have the cheapest tickets in the whole league, so if you ever take a trip out to tampa why not go to a game maybe??

Toronto Maple Leafs - hahahahhahaha all i can do is laugh. they’re such a big mess i don’t know where to start. I guess the good news is their probably going to be one of the best teams in a few years. Like their prospects are amazing, but the past few years has been ridiculously entertaining. This would be why you watch Steve Dangle, cause even if you don’t like the leafs, they’re doing some weird shit that you want to hear about. They’re also the biggest franchise in the league, the most popular and are set up to be very good. They’re a good choice if you want all of canada to hate you. On the flip side if you want leaf fans to cry just say “it was 4-1″ they’ll all get it (this will also simultaneously make a bruins fan very happy so use wisely). 

Vancouver Canucks - Just stay away from them. They were really good for a few years and now when you talk about them and you want to say something nice you gotta be like “well…the view is nice” there’s just no good about this team. They keep getting rid of good players. like seriously. they let go of two goaltenders in the past few years and both of them have arguably turned into the best goaltenders in the league right now. Their GM Jim Benning may not even be a real person. just, avoid them.

Washington Capitals - Literally th e most exciting team right now. They have Alex Ovechkin, I would say be their fan just for that reason alone. Ovi is the best scorer in the NHL right now maybe one of the best of all time (no scratch that he is one of the best of all time). Ovechkin is the answer to the NHL’s prayers because he’s fun, he’s AMAZING, his personality could light up literally any room, and he encompasses everything that makes hockey exciting. And yet they still shit on him because he’s russian and the NHL hates russians (that’ll become clearer the more you get into it). They won the presidents trophy which just means they were the best regular season team this year, their goalie won the vezina for best goaltender. This is just a good team to watch.

Winnipeg Jets - Okay they somehow made the stanely cup playoffs two seasons ago but last season were one of the worst teams in the league. go figure. Their fans LOVE them but that’s about it. They will be exciting very soon because their prospect pool is amazing, however right now they’re bad to okay. I don’t really have a lot to say about them honestly.

Well that was really long and extensive. Hope that answered your question. If you have any more questions feel free to send them to me. Also consider checking out leagues like the NWHL and CWHL. women’s hockey is also super awesome and fun.

bellsravenclarke  asked:

idk if i've ever told you this but it makes me so happy that you love tudors! i'm absolutely obsessed and i would definitely read the book you're working on right now if it was published. on another note, i was wondering if you've ever thought about what mbti types henry's wives or even elizabeth I or mary queen of scots might have been? i've been thinking about it a lot lately and i would love your input since you're the best mbti blog around imo and a tudor fan as well :)

The Tudor dynasty and all their kin is totally fascinating, so … yay for history fanatics who love it as much as I do.

Also goodie, I’ll sell at least one book.

I reserve the right to come back later and edit this post, because I am not positive on the types of a few of them and will need to do more research on the ones I’m not completely familiar with.

These are based on the historical figures, not film adaptations.


This one is so obvious. He was larger than life, dramatic, incredibly popular and physically present, forever pursuing new and exciting physical experiences (beautiful women, jousting, hunting) … and he could be ruthless and cruel in a way that only bad Fe users can be.

Katharine of Aragon: ESFJ

She had incredible power and charisma and used it skillfully to win people to her side and gain support not only as a queen but during the annulment / divorce precedings. Her former experience both with Henry and her own upbringing in Spain made her a formidable enemy during the latter events, and also reinforced her belief that Mary should remain in the line of succession — she had absolute confidence a woman could rule, and why not? Her mother was Isabella of Spain, the warrior queen.

Anne Boleyn: Either an ENFJ or an ESFP

This one I am unsure about, because she was such an enigma of her time and all the reports we have on her are biased by contemporary writers who hated her (most information about her behavior comes from Eustace Chapuys, the Spanish ambassador who preferred Katharine and Mary, so his interpretation of events is questionable). That being said, she was obviously using Se/Ni (expensive taste, very specific in her vision for the future, which included her on the throne and the Reformation coming to England). I haven’t read about Anne in awhile; I’ll have to do so before making up my mind.

Jane Seymour: ISFJ

A mild-mannered, socially-appropriate woman who learned from the mistakes of her predecessors.

Anne of Cleves: ESFJ?

Everyone loved Anne — except Henry, and even that changed after they were no longer married. Smells like a Fe-dom at work, and I think she learned from others’ mistakes and happily granted Henry a divorce. But I know the least about her, so I might change my mind later on.

Katherine Howard: ESFP

A highly immature one, who lived totally for the moment and recklessly pursued following her sensual pleasures and feelings in the moment all the way to the chopping block.

Catherine Parr: EXFJ?

The wife who shared her opinions freely and was chosen primarily as a nurse and companion… but whose passion for the Reformation might have killed her had Henry lived long enough to give the order. Sounds like another enthusiastic Fe-dom... and a somewhat unhealthy one, considering what she allowed her husband to do to Elizabeth.

Queen Mary: ISFJ

A traumatized queen dominated by her past, who for the moral good of England tries to wipe out the lingering Reformation. Unfortunately, an excellent example of a naive, fearful, and deeply unhealthy ISFJ.

Queen Elizabeth: XNFJ (?)

Here is another enigma, just like her mother, but I think that her vision for England was a strong one, which indicates a fairly high Ni. Highly emotional and passionate, with the same fiery disposition of both her parents, and concerned for the well-being of her country but also quite emotional. That being said, I haven’t read up on Elizabeth for awhile, so I may change my mind digging into her biographies.

King Edward VI: ISTJ?

Te/Fi. Could be quite harsh and unyielding. Had a cruel streak toward those who disagreed with him on religious matters. Might have been a tyrant to parallel his father had he lived.

Mary Queen of Scotts: EXFJ?

I haven’t read much about her yet, but I tend to remember her as being quite emotionally-driven. Unsure.

Lady/Queen Jane Grey: IXTJ

Someone pointed out to me (in a subsequent post) how Te-Fi Jane was and looking back, I can see it. To use my own words in the other post: A Fe user would have been much more amenable to persuasion, and Jane’s total refusal to budge from her beliefs (Fi) wound up being a significant factor that played into her death in the end. Fe would have been much more careful around Queen Mary as well … and she wasn’t.

ETA: clarified on Jane and Edward.

woofpearl-deactivated20150412  asked:

Hi, I have a question. I wasn't at Dashcon, but I was wondering if you discussed people fetishizing queer folk? Specifically homosexual men. And if not, what are your views on it? I see it a lot, typically done by heterosexual folks, and lately I've been feeling uncomfortable because of it. People seem to not take being queer seriously.

Oh yeah.   We discussed it from a lot of angles —  first of all how it feels to queer people when it is bad, blatant, and/or creepy.  For me it is very much linked to a shallow-view of LGBT allyship where heterosexual people think they can just, ya know, support gay marriage or be like ‘gay people are just people toooo’ without doing any real research into what queer people’s lives are like.  The result is unrealistic not just sexually (as Mark pointed out GAY MEN DO NOT USE MOTOR OIL AS LUBE EWW) but it devalues the intricacies of our lives and the oppressions we face.  It also tends to ignore sexism, racism, etc.   I talked about the deal that needs to exist between straight people and queer people — if they want to write queer stories, do queer art, and other fanworks then they need to be BETTER and more educated than the average ally.  And if they write m/m as ‘I’m not gay I just love youuuuu’, erase bisexuality (like erasing Peggy from Steve Rodgers story to ship him with Bucky), or make ‘I love my [insert ship name here] but real gays are gross’ then I believe my exact quote was “those people should die in a car fire.” :D

BUT we also talked about how accusations of ‘fetishizing’ is used as a sexist tool against female fans predicated on the implication that everyone writing m/m ships is straight.   It’s a way to devalue that a great deal of m/m content is written by queer women.  It’s a way to ignore that the richest characters for fanworks are often men because female characters are so rare or poorly written — essentially letting the sexism slide so the finger can be pointed at female fans instead of the powerful forces behind our media.  Basically it can be a total crap accusation and it really depends on the fandom, ship, or particular work.   

TLDR: Straight people need to do a lot better and we all need to examine these things through a critical lens.

- Sarah 

anonymous asked:

Lately I've been noticing several young muslim girls and boys coming out and I cant get over how crazy that actually is.. I once supported the gay community cause I want everyone to be treated equally but the more I researched about how and why its forbidden in Islam the more it made sense. Its all a test.. Allah is testing them/us. We need to control our desires and lusts. Yes we're born with them but its up to us to control ourselves and stop doing haram. A lot of people dont understand this


anonymous asked:

I've been thinking, why is Finland 'Finland' in all the other languages, but not in Finnish (and Estonian, I believe?) This has been bothering me a lot lately..

My common sense would have been telling that it’s originated from the words suo (swamp) and maa (earth or country) but it isn’t.

According to newest researches it’s a loanword from either Indo-European word (*gʰm-on) meaning “man”, or from Proto-Baltic word (*žemē) meaning land. But nobody knows for sure.

The name Finland could be related to the tribe Finns and foreigners have called the land by the people who live there. And maybe Finns already had their own word for their land and decided to stick with it. Who knows.