the situation on bts’ colorism in the japanese magazine
this is a long post, however i believe theres lots to understand on this subject that cannot be dismissed. i have two disclaimers: first, please read until the end before criticizing because when i say i made an effort to include all views i mean it. second, there will be hetero references in this since the interview was about their ideal girl.. i apologize n i dont mean to assume their sexuality or anything.
there are three main parts to this; 1) lets understand the whole picture, 2) be fair and 3) for those who were hurt by the “interview” and to those who want to dismiss them (this is not patronizing, i really fucking sympathize here)
lets understand the whole picture
to begin, I’m pretty much positive they didn’t actually interview bts for the magazine… rather, they drew on old interviews for the magazine… i don’t think the members were actually involved in any way with this magazine specifically. there a few posts about this and i’ll like them, but the best was by @jkguks. they showed how each exact response was recycled from an old interview. the post can be found here. comments have also been made that this magazine is known for such moves in the past and that their credibility isn’t so great. @allforbts pointed out here that the magazine didnt have a photoshoot – they reused pictures from other sources – which probably indicates they didn’t have an actual interview; however this isn’t real evidence. in my own personal opinion i dont trust the person who posted the translations on twitter. yes the translations are correct as far as we all know, but what i mean is… i think she knew the interview was old/reused. everyone that asked about the interview’s date received no response from her. she even made a comment about how many followers shes gained. if she cleared up that the interview was old or reused then this whole thing would die out n she’d stop getting followers. anyway i find it suspicious but i could also just be reading too far into it. the whole point of this is that at this point we can pretty much conclusively say that the interview is recycled n this is not something they said recently. this is not to devalue the weight of their words because it still hurt a lot of people. old or new, getting told your skin color is “unideal” is painful. however we do wanna look at this because we at least now know that their status of “since educated on colorism and racism and now pretty pc/sensitive” is not going to be revoked! they’ve since educated themselves, that is still the truth. this is just the ugly past come to rear its head.
on the other end of understanding the whole picture, i’m going to make a sorta controversial statement. hopefully in fully explaining it, you all will get the full idea… but for the sake of k-armys who are getting attacked by intl fans constantly and also for the sake of perspective – which may lessen the blow of their words for those hurt by them – i need to say this. the concept of colorism is alive and well in korea… it just isn’t the same as it is in the west. in the west – for the most part – we are more ethnically/racially diverse while korea is almost entirely racially/ethnically homogeneous. so how does this effect the meaning of colorism? well because one of the largest identifiable traits when looking at the differences between the world’s races n ethnicities is skin color, race/ethnicity will always be tied to skin color, especially in really diverse areas. in the west where we are consistently exposed to different races/ethnicities as part of our daily lives, a preference of skin color holds not only colorist implications but also racist implications. if some mayo dude said “i think darker skin is ugly on girls” we can safely assume hes a racist fuck on top of being colorist. however, since korea is homogenous, there isnt any real racist implications. let me elaborate: korea has issues with being racist against other poc, however in an interview discussing ideal types where the ideal type is already assumed to be at the very basis korean (or maybe another east asian ethnicity if you’re stretching it), the statement on skin color is directed at people of their shared race. so how is this less problematic? it is still problematic definitely – i’d like to make this clear – but in korea, the concept of skin color amongst koreans as a beauty standard isnt racially or ethnically motivated and therefore its more akin to saying “i prefer blue eyes over brown eyes on white girls” because they’re discussing a physical variance within their own race. in the end, it’s still colorist, but please try to understand that in korea the remarks arent as horrible. they still shouldn’t say that, and really, any discussion of skin color preferences is ugly, but it’s extremely important to be considerate of korean culture. intl fans forget constantly that we are guests to korean culture. if you were invited to someones house you wouldnt bust in there feeling entitled n doing whatever the fuck you want. you’d try and respect their rules and how they run their home. if you had a problem with something there, you’d politely ask them to accommodate you, explaining why that accommodation was necessary. you wouldnt fucking trash them for not having their house already equipped to your preference. thats incredibly selfish. this is the same way. you are guests to this culture, and while you shouldnt allow colorism to continue, this theme of entitlement amongst intl fans – especially when we have done very little to respect their culture; we demand they understand ours while continually paying theirs no regard – is really shamefully. i ask that people reading this do their best to be more considerate in the future. not everything is black n white… lots of things have grey area and we can afford to be more socially conscious. im pretty sure most k-fans have it about up to here dealing with koreaboos criticizing their culture…
this is a short statement but i need to remind you all that most of the members were problematic in that interview and if you are only trashing namjoon you need to fucking stop. you are allowed to offended, of course – i was pretty bothered too seeing how im the opposite to namjoons ideal in every way, my bias who i’d fucking die for – but if your whole focus is “namjoon this and namjoon that” than youre being a biased ass and im gonna need you to sit down. if youre going to be mad, by all means, be mad, but dont fucking pretend the other members said nothing wrong. im sick of people pretending every member but namjoon is perfect and unproblematic. present day he’s probably the most un-problematic member since educating himself on racial issues, feminism, n lgbtq rights, making himself an advocate for them all while idols remain silent…. hmm…. but keeping pushing that “problematic member” agenda sure. yeah lets pretend the facts dont exist ok
for those who were hurt by the “interview” and to those who want to dismiss them
fans who read through the interview n realized they kinda fit their bias’ ideal type – esp in terms of skin color – please don’t make comments on how people need to “get over this”. for many fans, especially non light skinned poc, this really hurt. not only as a “i don’t fit my bias’ ideal type” but also as a betrayal of trust. many non light skinned poc have experienced some type of discrimination for their skin color and many had their sense of self confidence fucked over for it. its not just a “you dont think darker skin is beautiful, aw :(” its more of a, “you are someone i love and support and the fact that you’d call my skin color less attractive – the skin color for which i’ve had to struggle to find my own confidence in – just like so many others, feels like betrayal”. its really hurtful. so don’t be dismissive. you don’t understand. this isnt your discussion, im sorry.
and lastly, to the fans who were hurt by the interview. im sorry boo. im sorry that the industry you support continues to hurt you. im sorry someone you decided to love and support made you feel like that. please remember that the ideal type is such a flimsy concept. they really dont mean anything. those questions were grossly specific n they were so unnecessary, but at the end of the day, they are still made up preferences. the boys wouldn’t find you unattractive for not meeting the bits on their checklist – fuck no. attraction just doesnt work like that. no one falls in love with the person that hit everything on their little “ideal type” checklist. honestly, if you asked me to describe my ideal type n i just listed shit off the top of my head, it probably wouldnt add up to namjoon…. but in every way namjoon perfect to me. im fucking whipped. this is the same. dont take their ideals to heart, dont feel like anything on you needs to change. you are exactly the way you need to be, and dont ever let some guys “ideal type” make you feel any less. n if anyone every tries to tell you that you’re failing to meet their beauty standards… fucking kick them. fcuk them seriously. dont let this shit effect your self confidence. gross comments like that dont deserve a thought in your head
I thought i should make this guide with suggestions for people who:
1. Don’t always have internet.
2. Go somewhere where there’s no internet.
3. The internet is slow/barely working in their area. 4. People who want to be prepared. 5. Others that i can’t think of now.
Everything I’m going to say works offline so in case the light went out for a couple of hours and you don’t know what to do to practice your target language, here are some suggestions.
You should have a notebook with grammar in it and it doesn’t really matter if you just copy-paste an entire grammar book. (However it would be pretty good if you actually pay attention to what you write otherwise you’ll have to work twice. 1st you copy-paste then you have to figure out what’s important and what isn’t and that takes pretty long time.)
Print a book. try to find a place where the printing is cheap. Usually these are small bookshops or so. Take a walk around the town and check out many places or ask friends of yours, maybe one of them knows a place.
Buy a book
Print some lists with verbs and their forms.
I’d suggest you guys to always have a list with irregular verbs. If you have time you can actually make a big poster with their forms and practice them daily (or just look at the poster, after a while you remember what you wrote) or keep it for days with no internet so you can study them.
Alternative: you can download a PDF but if you have no light for hours, your phone/laptop will die pretty soon and you might need them for more important stuff.
Always have books, magazines, comics in your target language.
Now, it doesn’t matter if they are PDF or physical. My tablet has comics in Danish in case i have no light and i’m bored. It’s pretty handy to have something to read.
Idioms all the way~
You might be a beginner so you didn’t really want to learn idioms usually because you think they are “too advanced”, however, it’s no harm to have 2 packs of flashcards at you in case you want to play a game. I said 2 packs so i should explain why. 1 is in your target language while the other is the translation. Put all the cards with their writing facing the rug/table/book/whatever and turn them 2 at the time. If the translation is the right one for the other card, take them out or leave them with their “face” up, if not, turn them again and turn 2 cards again.
pro tip: have a list with the pairs since you don’t know the meaning of the idioms.
You can buy one/download a pdf or use an offline dictionary. I’d recommend using ProDictor BitKnights Ltd. You need internet only for 5 min to download all the content and then your app is good.
Try to have at least 2-3 movies in your laptop or on a flash stick/USB. Now, if you stay 1 month at your grandparents, you might learn the lines of these movies but at least you used your listening skills.
I’m pretty sure 95% of langblrs have at least 1 song in their target language(s) but i’m still going to say this. When you’re bored, these songs will save you, also, singing improves your pronunciation.
Apps that work offline
Pocket- basically, you need internet at first (the app has to download the content and you have to log in) and after, you have to save a few stuff. The app allows you to read articles offline. It saves the page and you can acces it later.
While you are at a computer you “save” the page through the browser’s extention and they will be added to the app from your phone.
50Languages - just like every app i’m going to mention, you need internet only at the beginning. This app has games, audio, vocab. I like it for the fact that the audio is really good. As you guessed, it’s for 50 languages.
Fun Easy Learn- it has a version for words and one for phrases. The app has 7 games and you have to play them all in order to have “learned” the vocab.
Memrise - everyone knows it so i won’t say anything else than the fact that you can download a couple of their courses. (i’m not sure if for ios you can download them but i know that on os you can)
Learn- this app has audio and vocab. The game for “teaching” is more of a way of testing you after you learned the words but it’s still pretty handy.
Learn Languages - this app is built to work hand in hand with 50Languages and i just love them? So, you use 50langs for the audio and LearnLanguages tests you for what you know. If you don’t know a certain word or phrase, the app will send you notifications with what you don’t know and its translation. You set the timer (15min, 30min, 1h, 3 h).
If you have words that need to be learned and you don’t know how, Quizlet might be a good option since it has different games and also a flashcards option.
If you by any chance don’t understand something, write it down. Try to have a notebook or a paper only for questions. When you have internet again, use HiNativeor ask a native friend of yours.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve watched Amy on SNL. She did the weirdest characters and was this tiny little thing that was so bold and brave and hilarious. She’s my hero [because of that and because] she fosters a community of young women. She’s the reason Broad City is around!”
– Tatiana Maslany for Fashion Magazine
Hey guys! I wanna say something: Yesterday I saw the new pics of Bill and I was not shocked - I was surprised and proud. Why proud? That’s easy: He’s doing what he wants and he give a shit of stupid comments! This is one of million reasons why I call Bill fckng amazing Kaulitz my biggest inspiration!!! In my opinion the shoot says: “I can wear what I want and it doesn’t matter if I’m a woman or a man!” And I’m so happy, that there are more positives comments. If you don’t like it, constructive criticism is also OK, but the insult is only a big bullshit (keep it to yourself)! And this is an another thing where I really know why I have this alien on my arm. Bill, you are a great person and an amazing artist! Damn, you made it! 💪 This photoshoot wasn’t only a shoot, it was pure art! I love you babé!
So in the next issue of Emerald we’re getting more about Onodera, and we’re also getting Hatori… (which I suppose will continue to be untranslated?) So great, more TakaRitsu, and so the countdown continues!
Aaaand we’re getting some Junjou Mix. In a way, it would make me happy to read more about the other couples if this were that kind of mix. (I think the last things we got about them was the bath time one?) But as much as I like them… I kind of want to go on reading the Romantica storyline. Even if the Mix were focused on their side (like the one with Haruhiko, Takahiro, and Tanaka), it would feel like fluffy side dishes more than “meaty” content.
Still, April -or May/June, when we get the wonderful scanlations- can’t come soon enough! ^_^
A Reaper/Gabriel Reyes x Reader Office AU fic. Originally written for lilith-chii’s contest, but I couldnt finish it in time and instead sent in a soldier 76 smut piece lol. Still not finished, so it’ll be divided into chapters
Work was busier than usual. So many reporters have been trying to get interviews with the co-presidents of Overwatch since the big announcement of the joining of Overwatch and Talon. Two separate companies suddenly merging together was quite the big fuss. After Rico Reyes passed away last month, ownership of his weapons company was passed to his favorite son, Gabriel. Despite the fact that Gabe had left the family business ten years ago to join Overwatch. Now the billionaire ex vice president of Overwatch was the co-president of… Overwatch. They decided not to change the name. Though Talonwatch does have a ring to it. Or maybe Overtalon? Nah, not as catchy.
Overwatch was a much larger company than Talon, so it’s not entirely unusual for the two to combine. Though it’s less of a combination and more of Overwatch swallowing up the resources Talon provides. As the secretary of the president and vice president (now co-president), you had your hands full. Emails, phone calls, lawyers, and reporters that thought they could just prance in and get an instant meeting with Mister Reyes or Mister Morrison. Such was the case now. A reporter for some women’s magazine just pranced right in and stalked right up to your desk, standing haughtily in front of you.
“I’m here to get an interview with Jack Morrison and Gabriel Reyes. Now please.” The nameless reporter spoke, tapping a perfectly manicured nail against your desk.
“I’m sorry, but Mister Reyes and Mister Morrison are currently in a very important meeting. I’d be happy to try to add you into their schedule, though.” You informed with a polite (and absolutely fake) smile. She looked appalled, absolutely confused that she had just been told no.
“I’m sure their meeting could wait. I’m from a very important magazine, ‘Eyecandy,’ I’m sure you’ve heard of it, yes? This interview simply can’t wait. Why don’t you go get them and tell them who I am and we can have this interview right now?” The woman didn’t so much ask as she did command.
“Oh, and get me an ice water while you’re at it, will you? I need to use the little ladies’ room.” With the toss of her hair, she turned around and strutted down the hall, where the bathrooms were.
What a bitch. She was obviously raised wealthy, never having been turned down before. She likely used her good looks and demanding attitude to get what she wanted. It was incredibly unlikely that she would leave without speaking to the co-presidents, and you didn’t really want to deal with her any more than you already had. You had work to do. A lot of it. So you got up and went to the meeting room right in between their offices, knocking gently on steel door. No response, only faint mumblings from inside, but the room was rather soundproof.
Taking a chance, you cracked open the door and peeked inside, hoping it would be enough to catch their attention. However, it seems like you walked in on an argument, and it didn’t seem to be a productive one either.
“Su traje es mierda y no le queda, lápiz blanco!”
“Stop yelling at me in Spanish, you know I don’t understand what you’re saying!”
The first homosexual club in Switzerland was the ladies-club Amicitia, which was founded in 1931 by Anna Vock (picture), Laura Thoma and three more women. Originally a club for all women, no matter the sexual orientation, it soom became a club exclusively for lesbians. Laura Thoma also released, together with August Bambula, the first lesbian magazine called the “Freundschafts-Banner (Banner of friendship). Amicitia dissolved in the late 30s, the magazine was later renamed “The Circle”, and became one of the most important magazines for gay men in Europe at that time
ATTENTION, NEWS ABOUT ANDREW AND EMMA:
• Grazia Magazine reported some new news about Andrew and Emma:
the magazine said that a source told to them: “Behind the scenes in an event, they are as devoted as ever, but PRIVATELY they agreed they should each have this time to SHINE. Emma and Andrew have always hated the attention they garner as a power couple and they knew it would be heightened during the Oscar Season.” - “That’s why Emma said to The Hollywood Reporter that she was single in November 2016.” - “Anyone who has spent time with Emma and Andrew knows that they are total soulmates. They’ve never been comfortable to be a typical Hollywood couple. They never liked it.” the source adds. “EMMA CAN’T IMAGINE HER LIFE WITHOUT HIM.” - “There’s no one else in Andrew’s mind. It’s always been Emma.” the source continued. “After the Oscar Season, Emma and Andrew will regroup! But they’ll do it quietly.” said the source. “They always supported each other, it’s clear that they mean the world to each other.” Read the screencaps to be sure about the fact that they are back together. Definitely. But we shared with you guys other things like the Oscar Season! ❤
For the past few days, you have been frustrated. Really frustrated. At some point during the past week, you started seeing Conor with different eyes. Suddenly, you wanted to be more than his friend, more than his go-to shoulder when he was upset. And it was all because of that fucking cover.
Not a song cover, but a magazine cover. Gleam had managed to get Conor into the cover of UK’s most important fashion magazine, and you were regretting getting a copy. The photoshoot featured inside, a 5-page-long fucking shoot, had your insides tingling. You had never seen him look so sexy, so ready to pin you up against the wall. And God, did you want him to pin you up against a wall.
Your favourite picture of him was strategically kept at the bottom of your drawer, as if you were a crazy ass 13-year-old fangirl. Shame? None. He was sitting down on a wooden chair, his chin lifted up slightly. His eyes were closed, his hair too bed-like for you to handle, and his left hand was grabbing his pants. He was biting his lip, and so were you.
That’s why, when he asked for your help with a video, you had struggled not to imagine him biting his lip, head thrown back in another situation that involved you kneeling down in front of him. Because that was all you really wanted.
Jack had told you he had a thing for you, but you knew it was smart not to trust Jack with everything he said. Since then, you thought you had seen him looking at you in a different way, yet you still thought you were imagining it. But you were tired of playing games. Lately you have been craving his touch, and not in the friendly way it always happened. You didn’t know where your obsession with Conor had come from, or why, but you sure were more than fine with it.
You were behind the camera, checking that everything was going well as Conor and Anth sung whatever they were recording. Your mind could only focus on Conor’s voice, and how good it would sound if he moaned your name with you on top of him. You sighed deeply.
“Sounded great, guys” you told them once they finished off “Don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t know you could sing so well, Anth”
The boy laughed, making you smile “It’s really a pleasure to surprise pretty girls like that” he said, and you saw Conor giving him a look by the corner of your eye.
You didn’t like Anth like that, and you well knew you weren’t his type - Jack had told you how he was trying to get with an LA blonde chick. But it didn’t mean you couldn’t have some fun with the situation “It was a pleasant surprise, indeed” you told him, and then you winked at him just for the sake of it.
“Let me see if we need to do another take” Conor said coldly, grabbing the camera from your hands without even looking at you. You knew that serious expression on his face, and you were enjoying every second of it.
“Want to stay for a drink, Anth?” you asked him, ignoring Conor right besides you.
“He’s going out shortly, aren’t you?” Conor interrumpted, not even letting his friend speak up.
You noticed Anth was going to acept your invitation, but after Conor’s words, he changed his mind. He could tell his friend was annoyed for some weird reason, and the last thing he wanted was to get him upset “Actually, yeah” he said. You raised an eyebrow “I’d love to, but I’m in a rush tonight. Maybe some other day, Y/N”
He smiled at you, and you smiled back at him “Sure” But you were pissed off. It was not because you wanted Anth to stay, but because Conor had no rights to uninvite people from your plans.
“Okay, no need for a second take” Conor informed you after a few minutes.
“Right, then” Anth said, grabbing his jacket from the desk “I’ll see you tomorrow, mate. Bye, Y/N, thanks for your offer again”.
And with that, he left. When you heard the main door closing, you turned your head to Conor, who had his eyes fixed on the video “What the hell is wrong with you?” you snapped, getting him to lift his gaze.
“Hey, what did I do?” he sounded confused, yet you noticed a slight sass on his voice.
“Anth wanted to stay, but no, pretty boy over here had to be a dick about it and remind him that he had to be somewhere else” you crossed your arms in front of you.
“He really needed to be somewhere else” he said. After what seemed like three hours, he spoke again “Sorry I ruined your plans to flirt with him, if that’s what’s bothering you”
Your mouth hung open “Excuse me?”
He chuckled sligtly “Consider yourself saved” he said, and you adopted a more defensive position “I love him, but he’d leave you the morning after”
You raised your eyebrow again “And why do you even care?”
He left the camera on his desk, and walked towards you. You took a step back as the sudden image of him on that chair filled your thoughts again “Because you’re my friend” he smirked, and you couldn’t tell if he was joking or not.
But you sure knew it was a game for two “Right” you mumbled “If you were a real friend you’d have encouraged me to get with him, if that’s what I wanted”
He laughed, and you suddenly felt ridiculous. Maybe your attempt to look and sound tough wasn’t working as well as you had planned “I don’t think that’s what you wanted, love”
You gulped as he took a step closer to you. It was impossible that he was insinuating himself to you, you were probably just imagining things. But then, your eyes met his and you instintively bit your bottom lip.
“You don’t even know what you want yourself, let alone what I want” you said, your words stinging on his chest.
He shook his head, and lifted up his thumb to chew on his fingernail, his eyes never leaving yours. You could tell he was nervous “Right, I see you wanna play” he mumbled, and before you could take in what was happening, you found yourself pressed against his body, the cold wall behind you sending chills down your spine.
He pressed your foreheads together, his lips hovering at yours “I fucking know what I want” he whispered, his voice sending you on a state even more intense than his pictures had made you feel “And it’s you”
Your lips immediately pressed against his hungrily. You cupped his face on your hands while his roamed your body, pressing it closer to his. You moaned inside his mouth as he deepened the kiss, wanting nothing more than to have him inside you. Because you couldn’t take it anymore, and the friction you had been making between your legs wasn’t helping anymore.
“I need you inside me, badly” you moaned, unable to keep teasing around anymore.
“How bad do you need me, princess?” he asked you, already unblucking his belt.
“Conor, please” you begged as you felt his lips on yours again. His hands travelled to the small of your back, gripping at your sides in such a hot yet caring way it was driving you insane.
You jumped up and wrapped your legs around his waist, as he started walking towards his bedroom. However, the steamy pressure your lips were making on his neck made him stop halfway, and he placed you up on the kitchen counter instead. He attacked your lips again, your hands instictively going to his bulge. You massaged it tightly, trying to get him to react. He moaned into your neck, making you tighten your grip.
You jumped off the counter to remove your leggins, as he did the same. He grabbed your waist and pulled you up again, pumping his now bare member with his hand. You opened your legs, admiring his actions in front of you, because you couldn’t count with the fingers of both hands how many times you had imagined yourself in that situation.
Eventually, Conor slid inside you in a swift move, giving you no time to adjust to his lenght. You let out a high pitched scream as he thrusted in and out. Your arms wrapped around his neck, holding on for dear life as his hands were on your waist, steading your body as he rapidly pounded inside you against the kitchen counter.
“Fuck, Y/N” he moaned, his face hidden on the crook of your neck. Your walls clentched around his member, making your both whimper in pleasure. He went on for a couple of minutes until he hit your spot, and you screamed his name in arousal, and he wasn’t able to take it any longer.
“Conor, that was…” you whispered as your head rested on his chest, recovering from your previous actions.
His arms tightened around your bare skin, and he kissed the top of your head “I love you, Y/N” he whispered back, catching you off-guard “I couldn’t see you flirting with Anth when all I wanted was to have you like this” he breathed out. He kissed your head again “My princess” he whispered to himself.
You lifted your head to look at him. You placed your hand on his cheek, caressing it carefully “Hey” you smiled “It’s fine, Con” He took your hand and placed a soft kiss on it.
“Let me at least take you out on a date?” he smiled, as you saw your cute old friend Conor Maynard again, instead of the hot mess in that photoshoot, and suddenly you realised you loved both way too much.
“I’d love to” you smiled, before leaning in and kissing his soft lips again.
lol Reita got yoinked by Uruha apparently for the new Rad Market stuff. he wanted to do a pouch at first. but heard rumours that Uruha was also doing a pouch and he was like, i can’t do that now. and a staff member was like, lol what about a parka. and Reita was like, lol fine.
ALSO, VITAL INFORMATION: the Abyssin tablets are ramune (it’s this Japanese fizzy drink, i would describe it as kinda citrus) flavoured. about the lip cream, Uruha, bless his soul, said that he chose the fragrance himself but DID NOT MENTION WHAT FRAGRANCE IT IS (idk if it’s on the JP website; i still can’t access the JP website and the EN website will only be up on Wednesday).
Summary:Ashton’s life changed drastically when he was diagnosed with cancer and had to change home out with the hospital. But his source of light and happiness was always found by the new cancer patient Y/N living 13 rooms away from is own.
Thrasher Mag, 1995 published an article “GIRLS WHO SKATE” which shared the narratives of many women facing the exact same issues we do today. Check out the full spread on our blog to read. We find it interesting and exhausting to find something this comprehensive existing in the archives of one of the most important skateboard magazines in the world. The fact of the matter is “girls” have been constantly sharing the SAME narratives to the SAME men in the skate world, yet, the issues have remained the same. We have regular proof that PATRIARCHY IS ECONOMIC STRATEGY, where men defend territory and exclude, even if subconsciously, for their own self interest 💵. You cant always attribute exclusion and violence to ignorance. This is why it’s important for women in skateboarding to start creating their own media and economies around the lifestyle and work with men who understand the importance of that. There is no reforming an industry that doesn’t and hasn’t shown it gives a fuck. Supporting women skateboarding, whether you are a man woman or GNC person, is the only thing keeping skating anarchic and anti-industry. Moth, South Sioux: 🏄🏽♀️"keep on riding and show up for other chicks"
Alright we’re gonna talk guns because my twitter is full of people talking about AR-15s. “Why would a civilian need this?” and all that in the wake of the Texas shooting and many before it.
My very real advice to any of you who really care about gun control and saving lives? You probably shouldn’t even talk about the AR-15 and the more focus is put on it, the less likely positive change will happen.
People fixate on “assault weapons” like they are this huge class of lethality above everything else. I was going to write a whole thing on why this isn’t the case, but I want to keep this brief so trust me. The difference between an “Assault Rifle” semiautomatic rifle and a “Hunting” semi automatic rifle is minor, especially in terms of lethality (often its exactly the same) and most of the focus of military weapons is reliability/cost, not maximizing lethality and most of the other capabilities are close to the same. What do they have in common? Semi automatic and a capacity for large magazines.
THESE ARE THE TWO PRIMARY IMPORTANT THINGS. When people talk about AR-15s or whatever, they’re giving the NRA an out. “We can throw a few things or a few gun features under the bus as a ‘assault weapon ban’ without actually losing much”. They know about guns and most pro gun control people do not (particularly legislators) and this is exploited. After the old Assault Weapon ban turns of weapons were made to skirt the rules. And those bans, while saving no lives, emboldens people in the NRA. “Yeah see, they are taking their guns! And they’re too stupid to know what to take! They’re out of touch city people!”
This is the type of stuff you’ll see pro gun people post about this stuff like “haha what idiots”. And the information is right, but what you do with that information can be different!
FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT. Magazines, semi-automatics and general regulation. Don’t make it easy for the NRA to let a few specific guns die on the sacrificial alter to absolve the sin of everything else.