is this our punishment

  • what she says:i'm fine
  • what she means:regardless of time/place, i am consistently lowkey angry about the fact that we exist in a capitalist racist ableist transphobic heternormative patriarchy that dictates and monitors our every thought and action according to arbitrary, fabricated, outdated societal "rules" that both limit our personal expression and encourage the swift and violent punishment of anyone that dares to step outside of the arbitrary construction of "normalcy"

The Disappearance of Ashley Morgan

by reddit user The_Dalek_Emperor

Trigger Warning: sexual violence, child death

@sixpenceee here but I’m posting this from my personal blog, @sixpencee(with 2 E’s). I wanted to repost some of favorite content from sixpenceee onto my personal blog!

It’s funny what you remember as a kid. I don’t remember my 5th birthday or my first day of school. But I remember very clearly the day my dog died. It’s been 12 years now, and it’s still the most vivid memory of my childhood.

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I drew this for my Perceptual Drawing course. (The books presented in this illustration were not drawn to scale. Also, please do not remove credit.)


Today me and my friends got suspended for fighting for what we believe in. We all got a 3 day suspension and we have been told we might not be able to walk the stage. Please share the injustice the still thrives here in San Antonio, Texas. Far left to right: Jocelyn Thomas is the designer and the leader of our movement and the clothes we are wearing are her designs. Victoria Hall is an inspiring artist looking forward to studying in Austin this Fall. Me, Daija Wilkes is attending school to be a filmmaker, and lastly Teylor Nelson is a high school freshman. In addition to the above punishments, Victoria, the VP of our class won’t be able to make her speech at graduation and I won’t be able to put on my musical that I have been working on for a year.

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Garnet used to know these gems

She’s not just upset because she’s horrified by the idea of forced fusion. She specifically calls them ‘Crystal Gems’. Part of her own team. “The ones we couldn’t find.” At first, she can’t bring herself to hurt them, and apologises to the botched fusion.

Then she struggles to retain her fused composure, both physically, then mentally as her two sides react separately to this devastating realisation.

“We couldn’t have known they would do this.”
“This is where they’ve been. All the ones we couldn’t find. They’ve been here the whole time.”
“Rose couldn’t have known…”
This is punishment for the rebellion.”
It’s not our fault!

There’s a lot implied in those few lines. This ‘experiment’ began 5000 years ago after the rebellion on Earth. These fragments were Crystal Gems fighting with Rose Quartz to liberate Earth. They were defeated in battle, their gems broken. The few remaining Crystal Gems searched for their fallen sisters and recovered their gems, but some have always been missing.

The Sapphire side of Garnet (blue eye showing) seems to be trying to convince herself that Rose didn’t know what happened to the other fallen Crystal Gems. The Ruby side (red eye showing) is angry, seeing this inhumane experimentation as Homeworld’s version of punishing the defectors. For resisting the command to utilise Earth, they picked up shards from the gem battlefield and left them in Kindergarten for 5000 years to see if they could force the pieces together.

The Sapphire side then reads Ruby side’s guilt at having not protected these gems, or gotten them to support the rebellion in the first place, and tried to assure the both of them it’s not fair to blame themselves. It’s too horrifying for Garnet to react as one entity, and her sides respond in their own way, but they’re not in danger of unfusing like they were when the shock hit, because although they have split emotions (anger and guilt / empathy and support) they continue to reason with and help each other. Not arguing, but working through separate issues. 

The gems she’s holding were real people that she, Pearl and Rose once knew, fought beside, and searched for fruitlessly when the war was over.

“Policing in our society has everything to do with punishment. Regardless of laws that claim we are all innocent until proven guilty, the results of wrongdoing and office referral, investigation and trial, always start and end in punishment. Our society takes this punishment as justice, and even though it is the nature of this system to attempt to prevent crime by deferment regardless of circumstance, many of us still cling to the idea that at its core the system means well. Many of us think to ourselves that aberrations of this are merely “bad apples” and we must expunge or punish them, but the reality is that this is not a unilateral system of justice at all. The police enforce a steady system of punishment on our streets, and punishment is specifically and intentionally directed at Black or Brown people.”

–  Against Hired Guns

USA blogger and activist Feminista Jones speaking about Black Patriarchy, intra-black community colorism/shadism, sexual violence, and misogynoir in the USA - spoken at WOW 2015: Beyond The Booty - full session

“We have an issue in the United States, … [where] we’re [black women] punished for not being white. Like, our men especially punish us black women for not being white women. And so, the CDC just did a report on our teenagers and found that black female teenagers are 80 percent more likely to be beaten on purpose by their boyfriends than white girls. There is this culture of ‘You [black women] are not good enough and because we’re stuck with you, because these white women don’t want us, then we [black men] will punish you for that’, and that’s why our domestic violence rates are higher, our sexual assault rates are higher, all of these things, these inflictions, our street harassment is worse, is because we’re punished for not being white women.

So, I mean, I don’t know if that’s across the board in other countries but that’s something that we’re battling right now and so, the lighter skinned women are prized and the closer you are to whiteness – and that’s everywhere – the closer you are to whiteness the more you’re prized but it’s become like a violent thing within the American black community. And so, we have a situation where black men are more than twice as likely to have white spouses than black women. We have all these kinds of things going on in which black women, black American women, are being raised basically from birth to not [have] worth. And we have two studies that found within the last five years that up to 60 percent of black girls are sexually assaulted before they turn 18. This is coming from within our family, over 90 percent of the perpetrators are people that they know: fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, friends in the neighborhood. They’re sexually assaulting little [black] girls.
So, there’s something there that is centuries old that our own [black] men are punishing us [black women] for not being white.” - Feminista Jones

Notes from a Mercy player.

With 50 hours on Mercy, I have some things to say.

If you decide to spam the medic button, I will still heal you because it’s my job to help as much as I can and I will not let my healing score be punished or our team lose just because someone is annoying.

If you don’t notice a flanker and I die, it’s ok. I’ll respawn just like we all do and I’ll be back as soon as I can. I will not make you feel guilty.

I don’t expect someone to run back near spawn every time I die just so I can fly to them and return to the objective a little quicker. That’s kinda ridiculous.

If you’re being attacked and I’m being attacked, I don’t expect you to drop what you’re doing to save me and likely die in the process. Better me than both of us.

I will never yell at you to protect me because I am not the objective. I may be more vulnerable than most but we all have a job to do, and if you (or the rest of the team) is constantly focused on my well-being instead of the point/payload/enemy in front of you then we’ll never get anything done.

If you do protect me or save me I’d like you to know that I’m thankful. Anyone stepping in to help anyone is very kind and beneficial to the entire team assuming you’re in a safe position to do so.

Basically I’m saying that while “Protect your healer” is a great idea, I’ve seen far too many Mercy players being unbelievably rude about it and I wanted to show that not all of us are like that.

Originally posted by andrastian

P.S. it’s nice to be up-voted at the end but I don’t expect it just because I’m the healer. I fully appreciate my teammates with a buttload of elims or high damage blocked and whatever else. You’re all great.


The Creed of the Assassin Brotherhood teaches us that nothing is forbidden to us. Once, I thought that meant we were free to do as we would. To pursue our ideals, no matter the cost. I understand now. Not a grant of permission. The Creed is a warning. Ideals too easily give way to dogma. Dogma becomes fanaticism. No higher power sits in judgement of us. No supreme being watches to punish us for our sins. In the end, only we ourselves can guard against our obsessions. Only we can decide whether the road we walk carries too high a toll. We believe ourselves redeemers, avengers, saviours. We make war on those who oppose us, and they in turn make war on us. We dream of leaving our stamp upon the world… even as we give our lives in a conflict that will be recorded in no history book. All that we do, all that we are, begins and ends with ourselves.