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A love letter to women’s soccer

Dear women’s soccer,

you are the best thing that happened to me. You taught me countless lessons that changed my life. The world is a cruel place. It is often unfair to those who work hard, but go unnoticed. But you give those people hope, you gave me hope when I was an insecure little kid and still give me hope today as a young adult. You lifted me up when I was bullied in school for being too small, too weak, too unathletic at 13 years old. I always dreaded PE class because every time I stepped into the gym, I was going to be ridiculed and laughed at once again. And every time I tried, it wasn’t enough. I was never enough in the eyes of my teacher and in the eyes of my peers. Phrases like “you never tried” were thrown at me, but how am I supposed to try when no one even gave me a chance? Women’s soccer has shown me that my body does not limit my ability to succeed, to thrive, to shine. That the voice inside of me speaks louder than any bully. Aya Miyama, a 5’1 Japanese soccer player, played a key role in bringing home the world cup trophy in 2011. Hope Solo, the former US goalkeeper and an international superstar, never let her dark past define her performances on the field and her mindset helped her team to win two Olympic golds and a world cup.

Sports are such a beautiful thing. It’s the will to optimize yourself, be bolder, be faster, be stronger. And then the excitement, the happiness when you finally reach your goal…it’s priceless.

Soccer unfortunately happens to be probably the most male-dominated game that exists. Female players struggle to make a living and usually have second careers to support themselves, beside soccer. Rachel Buehler decided to continue med school after retiring from soccer and Whitney Engen has just recently started law school. These two and many others turned the adversities society throws at them into being total badasses. And it requires so much for players to take a break from soccer, have children and then get back to playing professionally. Putting up with crappy wages, personal sacrifices and endless discrimination, but still stepping out on the field and keep going, is the definition of strength. Meanwhile, male soccer players do not even think of second careers because they get a shit ton of money for getting their privileged asses promoted.

Dear women’s soccer, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because of you I know what it means to embrace myself and play like a girl. Because of you I know that gender does not equal limit. Please never doubt your worth just because the world isn’t as grateful for you as it should be.

Love, Anne

anonymous asked:

yuts ghosts who make ridiculous requests that deku just want to collapse and cry at. a young man who died a virgin wants to get laid. an old lady misses her 48 cats and wants to see every one one last time. a mom who wants to see her babies, but it that japanese equivalent of a soccer mom, and is too suspicious to give deku any details because he's a weird stranger, can she talk with his manager please?

Oh my God, Deku getting harassed by pushy entitled Baby Boomer ghosts, that is the nightmare scenario.

Class 3-A Student Spotlight

There’s a portion of the Assassination Classroom character book that highlights some of the students in Class 3-A. I figured I’d share it since it could be useful for fanfic writers. It’s nice to know more about Gakushuu’s class too. Some of them sound like pretty cute kids. 

The heading at the top reads “Specially acknowledged students: We shall introduce you to the twelve students in Class A with the highest grades”

Asano Gakushuu: Kunugigaoka Middle School’s most excellent student

Sakakibara Ren: He can prepare two blocks of a town in one week

Edit: Thanks to @irraydiance, I learned that “Two-block” is a type of hairstyle, so the correct translation should be: 

“He tidies up his two-block cut once per week.”  

Koyama Natsuhiko: His driving force is definitely complex

Araki Teppei: Behind his glasses is pride akin to a celebrity on official business

Seo Tomoya: If you are elite, even ill-naturedness is forgiven

Mori Iori: He is secretly troubled by his feminine name

Yano Takaaki: The reading for his name is different than a certain soccer player’s. [TN: His name is written with the exact same kanji characters as the Japanese soccer player Yano Kisho (矢野貴章), but it’s pronounced entirely differently]

Mizuno Takemaru: The son of an ophthalmologist. He sports pearly white teeth and a smiling face.

Fujii Hiroyuki: Because he really hates having his picture taken, he broke out in a cold sweat

Toda Seijiro: He’s a member of the student council. He is troubled by his thick beard

Tamamushi Keima: Of all the Shogi pieces, the knight is his favorite

Torii Hidetoshi: He’s the type who always visits a shrine before a test

Note: This is not all of class 3-A. There’s a total of 40 students in Class 3-A, 28 boys and 12 girls. For whatever reason, we’re only introduced to 12 students. Interestingly, all of the classes with the exception of 3-E have 40 students.

ALL Gintama references / parodies


4 Ladies 4 (Japanese Lifestyle program)
101st Marriage Proposal (Japanese drama)


Ashita no Joe
Antonio Inoki (famous Japanese wrestler)
Akihabara Electronics Town
Audio Highs (Japanese band)
Abudeka (Japanese police/detective drama)
Abarenbou Shogun (Japanese TV drama)
Aliens Vs Predator
Akechi Mitsuhide (samurai general)
Animax Channel (Japanese TV channel)

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On Saturday, Japan lost its first World Cup match with the Ivory Coast by 2-1. While that could have been a demoralizing start for most sports enthusiasts, a bunch of Japanese fans who attended the event at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil decided to respond with an unbelievably classy move: cleaning up the stadium.

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