in which i am a horrible human being

So it’s been almost a month since Season 2 ended, but the Rebels hype is still strong here….. which lead to some crazy ideas and now here I am officially starting my Rebels Animal Au…. art fun… thing. Anyway, so this is just the lineup but there is still more to come.

Edit: I FORGOT CHOPPER MY GOSH, I’M A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING!!! I’ll get him up soon i promise

Edit: I GOT CHOPPER!!! 

there are certain archetypal characters in fiction that are kinda cliche and perhaps overused but I ADORE which are

1) a powerful protagonist who fights for their friends, growing in power in order to protect them (and even better if they befriend villains in the process)

2) an overwhelmingly powerful being, usually non-human, who is capable of terrible destruction but loves humanity greatly and fights to protect it (bonus if they are also soft and kind in nature)

3) the lone hero who isolates themselves from the world, and their legend grows in their absence, which could be good or bad in nature

4) a character who has suffered greatly at the hands of others but nevertheless bears little to no ill will towards anyone, and still is very free with the love they give

5) a powerful character whose loved one[s] have been terribly hurt or killed, so they go on a rage-fueled mission to exact revenge, and the villains stand little to no chance against them (fridged wife/gf is kinda bleh at this point tho)

Crusading Against ME

by Elliott

When the word ‘autism’ is dropped, I pay attention. For me, it’s personal. I have great friends who are autistic, and I am autistic as well. When someone starts a conversation about autism, it’s a chance for me to look into the way non-autistic people speak about autistic people. How do they view us? What do they think about our being on the spectrum? Are they educated about autism? Or do they use functioning labels to oppress us and discredit our voices and achievements? 

There’s a lot to look for. I never like to hear the (unfortunately) common rhetoric that autism is a horrible disorder which renders autistic people barely human. How they love to say that we are not human. They divide us falsely into two camps: the “low-functioning” and the “high-functioning”. I’ve never met a functioning label that I liked, because any day you could apply multiple labels to me justly. If you see me speak passionately about something I like, you might say, “Okay, so this person is a little quirky, but he must only be mildly autistic!” If you see me staring into space, rocking back and forth under my weighted blanket, you might say, “Wow, this person is severely affected by autism!” Neither label does us any good. If you are “low-functioning,” your abilities are discredited and you are considered sub-human, while if you are “high-functioning,” your voice on autism doesn’t count, but you are still not quite human. Either way it’s the perfect tool to take power and control away from disabled people, and it certainly gets used a lot.

When I hear that the founders of Autism Speaks–an organization much maligned by the autistic community for their search for a cure, dehumanizing language, misuse of funds, and many other offenses–are being saluted as heroes in a popular magazine, I take note! The headline says they are “Crusading Against Autism”. I feel like they are crusading against me. Autism Speaks’ brand of hate says that I am not a person capable of having rights and making my own choices. This hate says that I am worse than dead, that I am missing, that I am a burden to my family.

Autism Speaks, I AM NOT MISSING. I am right here! I am one proud autistic who has been scarred by your hateful rhetoric. Words matter. And your words do everyone a disservice. So the next time you drop the word ‘autism,’ I dare you to do so without all the hate.