i’ve been sitting on my couch all day, wrapped up in a blanket, eating chips ahoy and retweeting every upsetting tweet on my timeline, in the worst funk i’ve ever felt. just shock. disappointment. doubt. my anxiety, my depression-everything in my mind spiraling and bringing every bad vision of the future to the front of my mind, but then i realized something- this is what he wants. this is exactly what donald j fucking trump wants. he wants us like this. he wants the LGBTQ+ community to lose hope and dull their colors. he wants women to stop speaking out and believe that nothing will ever change for us. he wants every person of color to feel anxious and scared. he wants us to believe that we’re done. he wants us to believe that this is it. he wants us to believe that all this progress over the years was for nothing. and if you give up, that means he wins. have hope. have fire. if you can’t find a reason, have the revolution running inside your veins out of spite. if you continue to be loud and proud about who you are, weather it be as a woman, as a person of color, as someone who is disabled, as someone a part of the LGBTQ+ community, that means his mission has failed. he wants us to feel so small that we want to hide underground, but fuck no, we’re going to rise right out of this. if there’s anything i’ve learned about my peers as a teenager in america, whether i like them or not, is that the modern youth of this country right now are phoenixes. rising out of the ash of the country we were born in, glowing with new ideas and morality. what’s one more flame to set and crumble for us to come out of the other side, a powerful new being? if you think of this as anything, take it as motivation. motivation to do everything he’s against. have a voice. fight for your rights, and other people’s rights, take none of his shit. be there for your friends who are worried. we stand for love and equality for all, and there will never be anything more powerful than that. so love one another. celebrate your differences. have each other’s backs. never lose the lightning in your mind and thunder in your words. because there is nothing more inspiring and beautiful than living in a country with a leader who wants to tear you down, as you keep growing and rising above with your fist high and a fucking smile on your face. the future belongs to us. we may hit a few hurdles along the way, just like now- but we. will. win. he doesn’t get the last word. we do. with love, jules (a 17 year old aspiring writer who is very fired up)
i can’t stop thinking about what kind of criers dan and phil would be. i feel like dan’s crying would be a slow build up. his eyes just get watery at first, and he tries so hard to keep it in, but eventually the tears start cascading down his cheeks. he’d get a runny nose and his forehead would crease out of frustration because he hates crying, but he does it all the time. when his crying hits its peak, he’d be a blubbering mess, wiping furiously at his tears and constantly blowing his nose. he doesn’t like to be comforted while he’s crying, but when he’s finished and all that’s left is tear stained cheeks, he’d cling to the closest thing, preferably another person that would play with his hair, rub his back, and comfort him quietly.
phil on the other hand is a quiet crier. it happens really suddenly because he’s not afraid to be emotional and soft. his tears build up and he doesn’t try to hold them back. his eyes get red and puffy, and he tries to wipe away the tears quickly with his sleeve. he gets sniffly, but hides it by taking deep breaths through his mouth. his eyes are glossy and doe-like when his crying reaches the climax. he likes to be held the whole way through, even if it’s just someone holding his hand or resting a hand on his knee. physical contact calms him down and helps him feel more real. his favorite thing is when people rub their fingers up and down his arm, it nearly lulls him to sleep, but it distracts him from whatever it is he’s crying about.
they say he stole her,
as if Persephone were only something to be coveted
and not a goddess in her own right,
as if she were not as feared in their realm as he.
they say that he corrupted her,
that Hades’s flower wilted under the stench of his death
but they forget that Spring is rebirth,
that if anyone could be touched by the underworld and flourish,
that it would be her.
they say that he tricked her,
that she did not want to stay.
but they forget how the winter drags on,
how each year it creeps in sooner,
leaving bones aching for a hint of her warmth,
and it is not because he will not let her leave
it is because
she does not want to go.
Can we talk about how extremely well-written are ladies of yoi?
First of all, we have Minako-sensei and she is just such a badass character she was once one of the best dancers on Earth but she never acts like some diva she’s super supportive and easily excited and although she’s shown as a bit lonely there’s no “regretting putting career before family” trope. She also has a drinking problem but no one is judging her because of that (and it is shown as a problem rather than a joke).
Then there is Yuko who became a mother at a very young age (of triplets how insane is that) and she’s raising them while still working at Ice Castle. Despite being main character’s ex-crush she’s never sexualized or objectified (not even by her husband). She is also crucial to the story by being so kind and supportive that she is the one person for which Yuuri wants to learn and perform Stay Close to Me.
Also, Mari who is such a badass character she stayed at home to help their parents when Yuuri was away working on his skating career but she never complains or makes him feel guilty. Although being very practical she has that fangirling side of her and she gets so happy while being in Barcelona, bless her. And I’m kind of in love with her look and she’s smoking and it’s so realistic?
Then we have Mila and I just love Mila so much because it is shown that she is so strong she just casually lifts someone above her head but at the same time she is super cute and soft and funny and cheery I want to see her performance SO badly she’s like the definition of “strong woman character” quite literally.
And let’s not forget about Sara who is basically strong enough to tell her own twin brother that she’s not having any of his abusive behaviour even when he calls it love but at the same time she cares for him and supports him. She’s also so confident in herself she knows that she doesn’t need anyone’s support to qualify to GPF.
And last but not least Isabella and at first she’s shown like that mean, arrogant bitch but then turns out to be the sweetest and most supportive fiancee in the world and her relationship with JJ is just so heartbreaking because she’s so proud of him and so happy or sad for him and if there’s someone who loves this boy for just being himself it’s definitely her.
And as a kind of bonus Katsuki mum is obviously just the best and she’s so cute and proud of her son, a real queen (and probably Kubo-sensei herself).
Edit: Sorry I forgot about Lila, there were so many people reminding me of her, please forgive me! Of course Lila is important, I mean she acts like that stereotypical prima ballerina at first but then you can see how hard she actually worked to be where she is and how tough you need to be to achieve the things she did achieve, also she helps when her ex-husband asks although she doesn’t need to at all and she really makes Yurio better but also cares about him in some weird but honest way? Yeah, Lila is great!
And I hope I didn’t forget anyone important but you know it still amazes me how in this anime, not a single girl is shown in stereotypical or sexualised way like it’s so rare in any kind of pop cultural industry that I’m still in awe.
“Hanahaki Disease is an illness borne of one-sided love, causing flowers form and grow in the lungs of the unrequited, the petals coughed up with increasing frequency. If the love is not returned, the flowers filling the patient’s chest will eventually prove fatal.”