it will just be stagnant

tbh 99% of the time it’s useless to make a film adaptation of a video game. its not the same as making a book-to-film adaptation because at least you’re changing from a written medium to a visual one. but visual-to-visual just seems like you don’t want to respect video games’ interactive way of telling a narrative. like if you want to create a film with a unique story using that universe? fine. but whats the point of forcing a dynamic visual form into a stagnant visual form? you’re just always going to lose something significant in that translation while not really gaining anything in return

The 3 Elements of a FLAWED Character

You know that moment when you find an old notebook, and you start reading the story you were writing years ago, and after about one page…  

And then after a few more paragraphs … 

This has happened to me several times. On every occasion I want to curl up in a small box and wait until everyone forgets I was ever a writer. And every time, no matter which old story it is, what sends me crawling into that box is the same thing: the main character. Even after I had learned to incorporate empathetic qualities into my heroes (as listed in the last post), my protagonists were still deeply annoying – if not more unbearable than before. 

Why? What made them this way? They had winningly empathetic traits! Were they terrible people still? No, and that was the problem. They were perfect. Smart. Noble. Brave. They had dazzling martial arts skills. They loved people and people loved them. They were Chosen in some way and destined for greatness. Angst-plagued though, of course. They were tragic little heroes, misunderstood and abused, driven by the desire to vanquish all who caused them suffering.  

I could’ve composed a Gaston-like song enumerating their virtues and sorrows. 

And the only thing that would’ve made them more punchable is if they did use antlers in all of their decorating.

Characters can’t be completely likable. Yes, they must possess strengths that win the reader’s empathy, but without an equal amount of flaws … they can’t function. If they’re not flawed, they shouldn’t be the main character. Story is about someone changing, for better or worse. Under the surface, all good stories are about this process of human growth or decline. So if a hero is perfect from the beginning, there’s nowhere they need to go. And consequently, there’s no reason for a reader to follow. 

The inclination to follow a story is begun with interest in the premise, of course – but it is locked in when empathy occurs, when we begin to care – the moment the reader transposes their own external and internal lives onto a character’s life. A process which starts when a reader recognizes a shared something between themselves and the hero. Sometimes, this is a goal or strength or situation. And sometimes, it’s a flaw. We meet a character that is weak in the same way we are, and a strong internal connection is born between the reader’s life and the life on the page. On a deep level we’re thinking “This person is like me. What happens to them? How do they deal with it?” And because of this connection based on what is lacking in our lives, we want to live the story, see how it ends, and find out how the main character – who is just like us – reached that ending. Because it’s our lives we’re reading about, and if we play it out in advance, maybe we can reach a positive ending too. 

So! In what way should a main character be FLAWED? 

1) Weak in a way that only hurts themselves. 

Let’s call these MIND.

2) Flawed in a way that hurts others. 

Let’s call these MORAL.

The most realistic – and most compelling – characters have both types.  

And if a character has these flaws, the story must be steering them towards what they NEED to overcome them. The main character needs to learn something, a truth, a new way to live. This is the theme of the story. Theme is a statement the story seeks to prove, to the main character and the reader, about how to live a better life. It’s the solution to whatever moral and mental conundrum they’re facing. So … 

3) The SOLUTION to their moral and mental weaknesses. 

How does that work? To illustrate, let’s look at Stitch and Alexander Hamilton. (What a combination.) 

STITCH

Moral: He’s destructive. Violent. Rude. Vindictive.  Manipulative. Enjoys the suffering of his enemies.

 And in general, pushes everyone and everything away.  

Mind: Despite his violent ways, he yearns to belong, and senses that he can’t.

He believes he’s alone, he’s unlovable, he’s monstrous, he’s never had a family and never will – he’s lost, like the Ugly Duckling. He’s missing a family he’s never had.  

Solution: He just needs to start treating people like family to be accepted into one. 

HAMILTON

Moral: He’s selfish. (“Be careful with that one love, he will do what it takes to survive.”) He’s arrogant. He’s self-centered. (Think of the entirety of Burn.) And in his obsessive journey to succeed, he pushes everyone out of his path.  

Mind: He has a fixation on death, on time running out, which drives his manic desire to achieve. (“I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.) He’s insecure. ("Graduate in two and join the revolution. He looked at me like I was stupid. I’m not stupid.”) 

Solution: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? Eliza tells his story. Hamilton’s goal throughout the story is a legacy; he strives to achieve this immortality in any way possible, even if it means neglecting his loved ones, or even ruining their lives. He needs to learn that his loved ones are enough. Eliza is enough. And through her, he will live on. 

What would have happened if they weren’t flawed? The stories would have been boring. What would have happened if their flaws had been treated like attributes that didn’t have to change? The stories would have ceased to be. Progress couldn’t happen, because by accepting the status quo of their mental and moral states, we’re refusing the call to adventure outright. They’d just exist in the same state they were in the setup, stagnant, somewhat lifeless. Flawed characters must motor towards that NEED, or solution, that will save their lives. 

(I realize this “need” element is rather vague, so it’ll get its own post.)  

But in conclusion, this balance of strengths and flaws – and how this fictional person deals with the adventure they’re thrown into – is what makes a main character compelling, empathetic, and real. 

So when I unearth a notebook years in the future, containing one of stories I’m writing now, maybe the main character won’t make me feel like this:

Maybe it’ll even be like this: 

And best of all, maybe one of those characters will make a reader somewhere feel understood and helped and not alone. Wow. That would be amazing.

Well, there’s my writing motivation for today. I’m going to go make my main character more of a lovable jerk.

We are supposed to be the most progressive and transformative community in pop-culture.

We who…

  • Hyper-focus on white, male characters
  • Contort these male characters into heteronormativity 
  • Marginalize and erase characters of color
  • Write out women and replace them with men, especially in shipping
  • Attack women for “getting in the way” of our preferred ships
  • Hold female characters to higher standards than male characters
  • Hold characters of color to higher standards than white characters
  • Latch onto any single excuse to marginalize female characters
  • Utilize any single excuse to demonize characters of color
  • Put women on pedestals and act as if we’re doing them a favor
  • Justify white and male abuses or dismiss them as “mistakes”
  • Use actual mistakes to denigrate female and non-white characters
  • Romanticize white, male pain and mental illness
  • Expect female characters to perform all the emotional labor
  • Expect characters of color to be perfectly mentally healthy forever
  • Expect everyone to subsume their own mental health for the white males’
  • Dismiss the traumas and experiences of characters of color
  • Minimize the achievements of female characters

And then we wonder why mainstream media is so regressive, especially compared to us. We all talk as if mainstream media creators are behind the times.

They’re not.

Fandom likes to imagine itself as being progressive because of all the slash - a mechanism of progress which conveniently boils down to extra attention on overwhelmingly male (and overwhelmingly white) characters. This form of progress is one which takes a minor deviation from the social norm (homosexuality), only to end up ultimately supporting or even amplifying the status quo, by virtue of over-focusing on male characters (and over-representing white ones in the process).

Strip back that gay window dressing, though, and you’ll see that at best, fandom is just as socially stagnant as mainstream media and mainstream culture - or even worse, by virtue of engaging in media that overwhelmingly sidelines several other marginalized groups in order to prop up one.

Professional women have long known the old adage, “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought of half as good.” What no one seems to realize is that fandom is still doing exactly the same thing.

We expect female characters to be twice as good for half the acclaim, we expect characters of color to be three times as good for a third of the acclaim, and we let white, male characters be only a quarter as good for four times the acclaim.

Mainstream media is keeping up with the times and with social progress just fine, it’s us who’ve deluded ourselves into believing that we, as a community, are more progressive than we actually are.

It’s not just a ‘lost decade’, it’s a lost two decades. Via Census Bureau.

Stagnant wages, as coporate profits hit record highs, is textbook income inequality.

What Your Sign Has Taught Me
  • Aries: People are forever moving, and just because you're content with being stagnant doesn't mean everyone else is going to be too.
  • Taurus: People are going to do what they want to do at the end of the day. No amount of "warnings" or "Oh but I love yous" are going to stop them.
  • Gemini: Words are more than just words when they are articulated with passion and emotion. Be careful how you use them.
  • Cancer: There is an extremely thin line between a "joke" and blatant mocking and insulting. Sometimes, we cross it without even thinking, and that's simply unhealthy.
  • Leo: You should never apologize for dressing up, or spending money the way you want to, or being happy. If you're not hurting anyone, you should do as you wish.
  • Virgo: Some people just like to complain. It helps to take the edge off. So when they don't have anything to complain about, they might just pull something out of thin air.
  • Libra: As far as your first instincts about people go, you should trust them, at least a bit. Maybe she really is fishy, or maybe he can be a real douche. Just keep it in the back of your mind.
  • Scorpio: Just because someone can hold an intelligent conversation, talk with you all night, and make consistent, beautiful eye contact, doesn't mean they're hopelessly in love with you.
  • Sagittarius: There is still love in "tough love." While it can hurt, it does not create the absence of caring, nor should it.
  • Capricorn: It's okay to look up to others. Sometimes, through admiring another person's qualities, we can learn more about where it is we would like to someday be.
  • Aquarius: Although many people do not change, a change is possible. Sometimes it's just waiting for the right moment to develop.
  • Pisces: Don't confuse an emotional, sensitive person for a good friend or a good lover. Someone can be totally self-pitying and not care one bit how you feel.
cleansing yourself when your disorder is acting up

notes from things i personally do. for when you can’t bring yourself to shower or do rituals, when you can barely get out of bed and when you’re just exhausted

  • wash your hands, feet and face. water and soap, classic
  • or wipe them with wet wipes/toner/etc. who says they don’t have energy cleansing properties?
  • brush your teeth. mint helps with healing, plus you’ll feel better and cleaner physically
  • drink water. both important for your body and cleanses from the inside
  • lie down. just lie down on your bed or anywhere else and imagine your stagnant, stuffy energy being replaced with a new and comforting one
  • eat something. a piece of toast? great! cereal at 2 am? no problem. eating is good to help clear out any blockages caused by hunger and you’ll feel your energy circulating a lot smoother after
  • listen to music. lie down with your phone and blast some songs you associate with cleansing, bam
  • watch your favorite videos! they act just like songs, plus you’ll be having some fun too
  • say, “i am cleansed and feel better the moment i wake up.” mean it. really mean it, then take your nap or sleep for hours on end. whatever makes you feel better
  • and just be mundane for a little while. your craft won’t go anywhere, it’s always waiting for you when you’re ready to dive back in again
sugasets → gintoukis

For my love, Gintama’s Sakata Gintoki. ♡ Please like if you see this! Mutuals, I would appreciate if you could reblog as well! ♡

Corner Shop Part 1 (Routines)

Summary: Peter Parker visited the popular corner shop in Queens everday. Little did he know the owner had a cute daughter.

Word Count:1389

Pairing: Peter Parker x reader

Warnings: none

A/N: This series will have 12 or so parts! Most of it is written and I should be posting a part every day. Thank you for reading!

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Originally posted by hardyness

Routines made people comfortable. People liked to be in control of their lives and they felt secure when the same sequence of events happened daily. That’s why a person gets frustrated when they’ve ran out of coffee, someone took their usual parking spot (or for students, their seat in class or at lunch), or even when there’s unexpected traffic. So, when things were out of order, people had the propensity to fix the issue so that their schedule was the way it’s supposed to be.

For instance, Peter Parker attended high school every day. Sometimes he would skip class, sometimes he’d forget to do his homework, yet it didn’t make a major change in his routine. On the other hand, when he was stuck in detention, such as days like today, it messed up his routine. Right after school, he usually headed towards Y/L/N’S Deli and Groceries, the popular corner store in Queens that sold sandwiches, snacks, and other things. The place attracted many Midtown students, especially around 3 in the afternoon; they go there to eat afterschool.

In order for Peter to feel that he had fulfilled his plan for the day, he skipped detention. Coach Wilson, the educator who watched the students during the tortuous confinement, was distracted by whatever was displayed on his computer screen. Right after he took attendance, he gave his attention to the internet. The only movement Coach Wilson made was his eyes scanning the bright computer screen or moving the computer mouse around. Peter took light steps towards the door, then made a run for it the moment his foot touched the ground outside of the classroom. Wilson was aware he left, but he didn’t care enough to stop him. Peter was in the detention for no more than ten minutes since he ditched.

Jumping over fences and taking other shortcuts, Peter still made it to his favorite store before the other Midtown students got there, and they even had a head start. He always wanted to get there before them because people like Flash bothered him every chance they got, and the owner didn’t like the fuss.

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Why do I stay busy all the time and burn myself out so frequently??  hahaha just to escape the existential dread

life is full of very long stagnant periods where everything is the same for too long and then all of the sudden literally everything starts changing at once. but you always adjust you know like in the middle of an avalanche of change you’re thinking it’ll never be the same and you’re sad and scared to say goodbye to what you know and then months later life is back to stagnant again and it just feels like normal. you’ve adapted through so much change and you’ll continue to even when you think this time you won’t, you will.

thefoxninja17  asked:

As a Christian, how have you responded to the people who try to disprove and denounce your faith with science and evolution?

Calmly.

I don’t agree with the belief that science and faith cannot coexist. Yes, many of the greatest minds in history never practiced religion, however, just as many of the greatest minds did. These minds did not believe their faith contradicted what they studied from the world around them, and these individuals have greatly impacted the way we study the world. Max Planck? Issac Newton? Lord Kelvin? The very men we name units of measurement after? They believed in God. In fact, many of them became stronger believers the MORE science marched forwards.

“In the last few years astronomy has come together so that we’re now able to tell a coherent story of how the universe began. This story does not contradict God, but instead enlarges [the idea of] God.”

Joel Primack, co-developer of the cold dark matter theory

However, I also believe that denying science is just as narrow-minded and arrogant as denouncing religion as intellectually stagnant. I believe that is completely disrespectful towards those individuals who have dedicated their lives towards the noble goal of understanding the world around us. Yes, some scientists are arrogant and dishonest, but every group has some of those kinds of people so let’s not paint in broad strokes. Scientists put a lot of work into what they do; show them some appreciation.

We just want to say that we appreciate Touka’s growth as a character so much. Some people claim that she’s been stagnant, but that’s just not true. She used to be so hot-headed and rash. She was rash enough to go try to enact revenge on Ryoko’s killers as a teenager, but now she no longer jumps to the bait and is able to think rationally.

She was beginning to change when we see that Touka had regrets about angrily attacking Kaneki in chapter 120.

She had been trying to reign herself in by this point – and is trying to learn to listen to others without reacting. She even attempted to run off and get herself intentionally killed during the anteiku raid until Yomo stopped her.

And while we love this Touka, we also love how far she’s come. Old Touka would not have been able to have the conversation that she had with both Akira and Amon calmly. She probably would have lashed out, and communications would have broken down. She would not have been able to keep from showing weakness when fighting Mutsuki when he and the oggai attacked Re.

She probably would have charged in tried to save Yoriko as well, consequences be damned if she were still a rash teenager. Remember aogiri? She was determined to go after Kaneki, even if it meant that she would be going by herself. She’s able to make a choice now, even if it’s painful. She can think, trying to save those that she can, and letting go of those who she cannot. The years have done well by Touka, allowing her empathetic qualities to blossom, but also tempering her anger, even if it still comes out sometimes.

Even when being attacked, she’s able to calmly come up with a plan when she and her loved one are all on the verge of death. She doesn’t even react when Mutsuki insults her.

Old Touka would have made a petty remark right back.

And is able to let go when Yomo tells her to run away, since she still has things to protect, even when we know that it’s killing her inside to make that decision.

Touka is in no way a stagnant character. She is almost entirely different from when we first see her true colors in chapter 2. And that’s amazing.

Literally just as I was starting my shift at work today, I had the greatest idea for an AU ever and I had to suffer through my entire shift with this beautiful AU consuming my mind, so here, have a Victuuri rivals!au:

  • At twenty years old, Victor Nikiforov has been at the top of the figure skating world for four straight years, ever since his senior debut, and he is bored out of his skull. Everything is just so easy and there are no worthy rivals to push him to be better, so he’s just kind of standing, stagnant, at the top.
  • And then, in his fifth season, a dark horse appears from Japan, and his name is Yuri Katsuki. He appears from completely out of the blue, with no amateur or junior division experience under his belt, and he sweeps through the ranks at a terrifying pace, snatching the gold medal right from under Victor’s nose at the Grand Prix finals that year.
  • Victor is left stunned and frustrated, and most importantly, excited. Here is a man to push him to be better, to give him inspiration, to be the rival he’s so desperately yearned for these past four years. Victor can no longer afford to stay stagnant if he wants to keep his position at the top.
  • The two rivals fight neck and neck, always vying back and forth for first place. They’re so evenly matched that many in the industry consider them both tied for first place as the most talented figure skaters in the world, despite which of them has the gold that year.
  • The media just loves playing up their rivalry, especially since Victor and Yuri’s encounters always end with chilly stares and barbed taunts thrown at each other with sickeningly sweet false smiles plastered on both their faces. They seem to absolutely loathe each other.
  • The truth is though, Yuri absolutely worships the ground Victor walks on, because Victor had been his role model and his inspiration when he had first started skating, and he was so excited to be able to compete against him when he finally broke into the senior division. But he was so nervous when he met Victor for the first time that he accidentally came off as aloof and downright asshole-ish, and Victor had replied in kind and then the media blew the situation up, declaring that Yuri hated his rival, and so now Yuri feels compelled to pretend like he hates Victor so whenever they meet he puts up this facade, and he’s pretty sure by now that Victor completely hates him.
  • Victor, on the other hand, is sad that his rival hates him because he actually admires Yuri a lot, because Yuri is the only person Victor has acknowledged as being as talented as him, and he is Victor’s inspiration.
  • Then suddenly, Yuri is 23. He makes it to the Grand Prix finals, as expected. And he’s just so excited to face off against his rival and idol again. But just before he’s supposed to perform his free skate program, he gets a call from home. His beloved dog, Vicchan, has died. The news absolutely destroys him. He makes a few too many mistakes in his free skate program. And his stellar performance in the short program the day before can only take him so far. He ends up finishing in fourth, without a medal for the first time in his career. He’s crushed.
  • That year, Victor doesn’t smile as he is presented his gold medal. Because he is angry and disappointed, and the victory leaves a bitter taste in his mouth, without Yuri at his side accepting silver.
  • The two run into each other as they’re leaving to head back to their respective homes, and they get into a one-sided argument that is actually just Victor yelling at Yuri for messing up, for not taking the competition seriously, and Yuri just standing quietly, taking it all. This only makes Victor angrier. Why can’t Yuri just say something? Why won’t he just defend himself?
  • A few months later, rumours start emerging that Katsuki Yuri has retired, and Victor is having absolutely none of that. He books a plane ticket to Japan, shows up at his rival’s home, and ends up being naked for their first ever conversation outside of a competitive setting.
  • Yuri refuses to return to competitive skating, and Victor refuses to go home until Yuri has agreed to not retire.
  • As a result, Victor stays at Yu-topia for something like a week. During that week, he and Yuri get to know each other, and he realizes that his cute rival actually doesn’t hate him and that he actually idolizes him. And that makes Victor really fucking happy. Because, now that they both know they don’t hate each other, obviously that means they’re automatic best friends, right? Yuri is a little hesitant, but eventually he gives in and lets Victor befriend him.
  • Victor also finds out that the reason Yuri did so badly on his free skate program is because he found out that his dog had died, and Victor understands. Because he knows how absolutely heartbreaking it is to lose a dog. And he knows he’d probably have reacted similarly if he’d suddenly found out something had happened to Maccachin.
  • After a long heart-to-heart, and a surprise appearance from a very angry little Yurio, Victor is finally able to convince Yuri not to retire from ice skating.
  • But now, that begs the question. How the hell is Yuri going to find a coach on such short notice? He’d already cut off ties with Celestino, and while he’s sure the man would understand, Yuri is still too ashamed to face him.
  • Victor has the Best Idea Ever™.
  • Yuri is convinced it’s actually a terrible idea. But with Victor assuring him that everything’s going to be okay Yuri-kun, just trust me, he decides to take the leap.
  • And basically, that’s the story of how Yakov gets to his rink one day to find that his top skater, after a week and a half disappearance off the face of the Earth, has dragged home a little Japanese stray.
  • After a few hours of yelling, Yakov agrees to coach Yuri for the upcoming season.

Here’s a fic based on the first part of this post w/ College AU klance, Lance sick and stranded at the airport, and Keith knowing what caretaking is.

For Lance, bad news comes in the form of a woman’s voice, calmly notifying the lobby full of passengers that their flight to Michigan has been delayed for five hours due to severe weather conditions. His stomach drops. Uncomfortable dread washes over him. He can’t take another five hours in the airport, he just can’t.

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So this morning I weighed myself and I’ve officially lost 30 pounds. I would always get close then I would gain a little or just stay stagnant. Working out makes a difference guys! I know “abs are made in the kitchen” but I’m pretty sure I got the healthy eating habits down so I need to get the working out habits down. And losing 4 pounds in one week really shows me that balance is key 💪

A Breach of Trust: Chapter 17

(Act 1: Chapter 1-9 )

(Act 2: Chapter 10 || Chapter 11 || Chapter 12 || Chapter 13 || Chapter 14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter 15.5 || Chapter 16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18)

(Act 3 Chapter 19+)


The end of the battle had left an emptiness, a silence beating down on Ritsu that seemed to fill his mouth and lungs with a white-noise nothing. The bleachers pressed cold, firm indents into his back. Mud lapped against his heels. Heavy raindrops spattered his face, rhythmic and dense. And Teruki’s hand gripped firmly around his own.

Ritsu did not return the pressure. His dislocated shoulder would not allow it.

Instead he sunk his left hand into the icy puddle by his side and leaned his weight against it. Shakily, he stood. He braced his back against the bleachers so that they might support him. He did not trust his own shaking, numb legs to support him, the water sloshing at his ankles, flooding his socks, sending shivers down his spine.

Gently, Ritsu tugged his limp hand free from Teruki’s grip, with only as much force as the pain would allow.

Teruki stared at his own extended hand, empty now, palm out and dripping from the rain water still pouring.

“You didn’t shake my hand,” Teruki said.

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Words change. Meanings change. Connotations change. No one brings up old definitions and usages to “prove” a word is still the same when tons of people have always known the word to be different.

And that’s without a reclaiming movement that specifically centers around changing the context of a word and how its used.

Queer is an identity, like any other. The context of the word has changed. Its no longer a word that gets seen as a weapon by our oppressors EXCEPT in the exact same sense they see the rest of our identities as weapons.

A cishet weaponizing “queer” sees it as an insult the same way they see “gay” as an insult; because they see it as a bad thing to be. And the fact that hundreds, probably thousands of us have experiences worse with the word “gay” than with “queer” but you insist on only referring to one as “a slur” means its not actually about how hurtful a word is to community members.

Y'all drudge up old definitions and usages to defend why you do this, but its fucking bullshit. Our language evolves over time, which you well fucking know. We do not use a lot of words the same way we used to. You know this.

Dragging our identities through the mud because “it used to mean negative things” when a) we worked HARD to change that fact and outmode the term from those connotations in a specific act of community defiance and b) you don’t give a DAMN about current identities that are used to mean negative things NOW shows that its only about one thing.

You hate the term personally, for whatever reasons, and you’re forcing that opinion on other people. You’re going to make sure the world views our identities in a negative light, no matter what, because you can’t stand it that there’s less stigma around them.

Every single one of our community identities is equally weaponized. From “gay” to “lesbian” to any other variation of “slur”, people who hate us view every one of them as an insult because being them is bad to them. The popular societal connotation of something being “gay” and equalling “bad” doesn’t somehow turn that identity into a slur you have to put gloves on to handle, despite the number of us with bad histories associated with it.

The only defense I’ve ever seen offered to that is “it has a different origin than queer” and my guys, no one gives a fuck about that. What the hell do word origins matter? What matters is how they’re used NOW.

Gay and Queer are both perfectly acceptable personal identities. Yes, there are people who are hurt by their usage, because our oppressors weaponize our language in a way that’s DESIGNED to make us feel bad associating with it. Its not those people’s fault. But it doesn’t make our identities slurs.

Lack of personal reclaiming of a term doesn’t change the way it has changed and evolved in society. You can feel negatively about a term, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a different word socially.

If someone with a bad past with the term gay said “some of us haven’t reclaimed gay so you need to be careful with it and treat it like an unreclaimed slur and only use it on yourself ever,” they’d be laughed to silence. If you don’t treat queer people the same way, you clearly have a biased agenda for the term which can only make me conclude you’re either selfish, influenced by bad people, or a bad person yourself.

Our identities deserve respect. They are not slurs. You can be respectful of how some people feel badly about them without turning them into “slurs.” Our history and movements to reclaim them matter. Their development over time matters. Stop treating our identities like they’re stagnant and stuck in the past just because you don’t like them. That’s nothing but ignorance and bias.