kind of trendy

hey. hey. hey--

i would like to challenge all of you, right now, to look up your five favorite writers/page over to your five most recent fave fics and leave a comment. tell that writer what you like about them, or just that you enjoy the things they create. quote your favorite line, your favorite part of a fic, the thing you’ve reread over and over. thank them. throw in some emojis. you can do it anonymously if you want! or not! but comments are so important for writers and honestly, we could all use some positivity and kindness spread around right now.

some examples/suggestions:

  • “hello! i love your fic ____, especially the part where _____. Thanks for writing!”
  • “i enjoy the things you make, thanks for that”
  • “______ part of your fic made me laugh/cry/get a boner/have to lie down in a dark room for an hour.”
  • “NICE”
  • “I liked reading this more than frogs like damp mud.”
  • “ “______” from your fic ______ was so good, nice job!”
  • “this fic made my grandmother rise from the dead to wreak havoc on my terrible soul, it was sick, thank you”

don’t get me wrong, i love seeing those court of dreams + instagram edits, they’re GORGEOUS and often really clever, but like, i want to draw attention to the fact that there is 0 percent chance, realistically, that each and every one of them would have a perfectly balanced Aesthetic grid going on

The Court of Dreams + Instagram, For Realsies:

Rhys: assorted things he finds pretty (tending towards the abstract; probably thinks he’s A Photographer but isn’t) with needlessly overdramatic, sweeping, vague statements about feelings or love or life’s journey attached to each one. lots of pictures of Feyre with GUSHING PARAGRAPHS about how much he adores her.

Az: his profile just says “mor made me do this.” has posted exactly one picture and it’s of a cool cloud or something.

Cassian: WORKOUT SELFIES. hashtags about illyrianLYFE and The Grind. candids of Nesta looking annoyed captioned with 80 thirsty emojis. occasional low-tier memes well past their expiration date poached from some third-hand site like ifunny. comments on everything everyone else posts.

Mor: actually pretty aesthetic. posts The Most out of everyone. the OOTD, ~brunch and mimosas with the girls!~, killer selfies, Sephora Shopping Haul, etc kind of trendy poster. Also in this AU she has a cat and posts a shitton of pictures of the cat, and also Azriel with the cat.

Elain: Lots of flowers, some selfies, mushy quotes about positivity and friendship, but also that friend who cannot shut the fuck up about her relationship. “Nesta, I have to unfollow Elain,” Cassian says blearily over breakfast while scrolling through his phone. “My entire feed right now is pictures of her and Lucien kissing. She’s got song quotes under each one. I can’t do this.”

Lucien: Doesn’t have instagram, but spends all his time getting into fights about politics and his opinions about movies on twitter.

Nesta: Infrequent poster. mostly pics of places she travels to. takes some selfies of dramatic makeup looks she’s trying, and never smiles in any of them. there are occasional videos of Cassian being goofy, though, and MAYBE that’s her giggling in the background but she’d deny it.

Feyre: Actually a normal internet human. Posts her art, ~aesthetic~ photos of her studio, occasional pictures of her out with friends. There is the rare cute picture of rhys, captioned with something like “i guess I love this idiot” in hilarious contrast to his ramblings about her. (There are no selfies. Feyre’s not good at selfies. Mor has tried to teach her how to Work The Angles but Feyre feels too weird taking pictures of herself.)

Amren: I can’t believe people think Amren would have any social media at all. She’s like a combination of Rosa from B99 and Ron Swanson: “You people already know too much about me.”

EXO Relationship Analysis:

So I’m doing the OT12, so I really don’t think they would really tell the other members of EXO so I will put a different thing for it up


Xiumin-

How he would tell the other members: would bring it up right away so he could have the excuse of being in love if he’s on his phone too much 

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: he would have left the decision up to you, whenever you were ready everyone could meet

How long before he would want to go public: he would go public a year or two into the relationship 

PDA: he would be very respectful, he wouldn’t go passed holding your hand

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 3 years into the relationship

Simple or fancy wedding: Simple

How many kids: 2 (1 son and 1 daughter)


Suho-

How he would tell the other members: he would wait until he knew it was going somewhere then tell the boys casually 

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: after a few months he would probably want everyone to meet, so he would have no problem waiting if you weren’t ready

How long before he would want to go public: 8 or so months, he wanted fans to know about his romance 

PDA: another man who would be respectful and wouldn’t do anything that would make the public look down on the two of you

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 1 year but not more than two, he would ask you to marry him

Simple or fancy wedding: Simple

How many kids: 2 (2 daughters)


Lay-

How he would tell the other members: straight up tell them when he got home from the date that made it official 

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: it would probably be 2 years or so mainly because his family lived in another country  

How long before he would want to go public: his relationship would go public before you even met his parents so around a year or so

PDA: he wouldn’t have a problem being affectionate with you. He just wouldn’t go passed light kisses onto your lips

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 3 years after he feels it’s a good time to finally marry

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 2 (1 son and 1 daughter)


Baekhyun-

How he would tell the other members: he would be shy while letting them know about you because he didn’t want to be teased

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a year in because he didn’t want to have any problems with having people get together over dinner and get to know each other

How long before he would want to go public: 2 years and he would let the company know he wanted to go public before he would announce it

PDA: he wouldn’t ever do more than kiss your cheek, I think he would be much too shy to kiss you 

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 4 years or so, I think he would put it off because it would be nervous about it

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 3 (3 daughters)


Chen-

How he would tell the other members: probably tell them by accident when he just was casually talking about his day

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: I think wants you guys started dating he would message people about it and after a few months he would want everyone to meet

How long before he would want to go public: 2 years, he didn’t hide that you two were together persay you guys were dating he just never confirmed it 

PDA: I don’t think he would have problems giving you affections in public. Hugs, light kissing being close to you

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 2 ½ years after going public he had no problem asking for more

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 2 (2 sons)


Chanyeol-

How he would tell the other members: instantly tell them because he was extremely happy

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a few months into the relationship he would ask you to meet his family 

How long before he would want to go public: 1 year and it would be clear he was mad for you and wouldn’t have no problem admitting to it

PDA: Another man I don’t think would have problems being affectionate with you but would probably be more affectionate to your children in the eyes of public

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 2 years, he would want to get his life started with you as quickly as he could

Simple or fancy wedding: Simple

How many kids: 4 (3 daughters and 1 son)


D.O- 

How he would tell the other members: after dating a few weeks he would casually let them know about his relationship

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a year or so he would ask you if you would want to meet one another

How long before he would want to go public: 2 or 3 years, he had no problems with rumors of you two and would only tell the public when you two were engaged

PDA: he would put space between the two of you but would still hold your hand

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 5 years or so, he wouldn’t rush but he didn’t want to keep waiting forever

Simple or fancy wedding: Simple

How many kids: 3 (2 daughters and 1 son)


Kai-

How he would tell the other members: he would have been set up with you by one of the other boys so he would let them all know once it became official 

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: probably a few months in he was willing to have everyone to meet 

How long before he would want to go public: wouldn’t go forward to tell until you were married and it would be out a few days afterwards

PDA: he would be very cautious with his affections, well mannered and might hold your hand

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: a year or two into your relationship he would ask you to marry him 

Simple or fancy wedding: Simple

How many kids: 2 (2 daughters)


Sehun-

How he would tell the other members: would say he liked you at first and show pictures and what not but then after a few weeks he would tell them you two were actually dating

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: maybe a year or so into the relationship he would be willing to introduce everyone

How long before he would want to go public: 2 years, I think he would want to move in with you and get settled before it would go public

PDA: he would be okay with PDA up to kissing but wouldn’t actually kiss you in public

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 3 years or so. Since you guys had settled down and what not it just seemed like the next step for you guys 

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 2 (2 sons)


Kris- 

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a month or so after dating he would bring you to meet his close friends but would wait until you two are 6 months or more in to introduce you to his family

How long before he would want to go public: 1 year or so and he would admit it on SNS 

PDA: more affectionate than not he wouldn’t over do it but he would give a few kisses and hold your hand

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 3 years into the relationship your marriage would be something you guys wanted so you could start your family together

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 1 (daughter)

Kind of husband/father: Proud dad meaning he can never shut up about his little girl, always ready to show her off to the world. The perfect dad kind of husband completely opened to taking care of his child and then at the same time very open to taking care of you


Luhan-

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a year or so into the relationship, he would be willing to tell and bring you to meet people 

How long before he would want to go public: 2 years, after many rumors and things of you two he would finally admit to it

PDA: he would have a very gentlemanly way with affection. Light short kisses, hand holding, waist holding.

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 4 years into it all he would ask you to marry him 

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy

How many kids: 2 (1 son and 1 daughter)

Kind of husband/father: Superdad meaning he works hard but will still come home and want to be helpful and spend lots of time with his children. He would be a very proud husband, admiring and always talking about you to others.


Tao-

How long would you be dating before he would introduce you formally to friends/family: a few months maybe even less. He wouldn’t have any problem introducing you all to one another

How long before he would want to go public: 1 year at most, has no problem admitting to your relationship 

PDA: he’s the man with the ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude, so he would have no problem with being overly affectionate in public

How long would you two be together before he would asks you to marry him: 5 or 6 years, even though you guys had no problem living and being together neither of you wanted to rush it, he would ask you to marry because of something like an accidental pregnancy

Simple or fancy wedding: Fancy 

How many kids: 2 (2 sons)

Kind of husband/father:  Trendy Father meaning has the best of the best for his sons. Active husband meaning he wants to keep up with everything about you, ask you how your day was after getting home and then ask your child


Other groups: BTS GOT7 Highlight Vixx Infinite

Seventeen- Vocal

Sherlolly Week 2017 Day 2: First Date

(The rating is still G on this one. Set in S1, sometime after ASiP but before TGG.)

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“Sherlock?  What are you doing here?  Do you have another case already?” Molly asked, setting her bag on the lab table.  He’d only left a few hours before.

“Nope.  John has a date and I’m not to return to the flat until two at the earliest, which, I have to say, is highly optimistic of him considering the length of his shower this morning.”  He went back to looking at whatever slide he had in the microscope.

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i’ve been overpaying for haircuts for a long time, bc when i moved here i picked a kind of trendy place for idk what reason, but i kept going because the stylist was so nice and something about the way she cuts my hair makes it last much longer before looking stupid which i appreciate, but the place charges way more for a haircut for any woman than it does for any man, even if a woman’s hair is less than an inch like mine is when it’s just cut, which as it happens is against new york city law

i actually asked the dickish guy in charge about it once and he brazenly admitted that they hid the gendered pricing in the online booking tool because they know it’s illegal and don’t want to get fined, and i played dumb because i was going to file a complaint, and i did file a complaint but the agency initially said it could be anonymous but then emailed me and refused to proceed unless i gave them all my info on the record which i didn’t want to do because i’m not trying to make enemies here, and then i sucked it up for several more haircuts because i’m socially anxious and conflict averse in person

but today when i booked i saw that the haircuts no longer said women’s and the shortest one now said men’s SLASH extra short so i picked that one, and of course the guy rang me up for the usual price anyway, but so i worked up my courage and said something like “oh, it said extra short and so i figured [*gestures at hair*] and also, like… it’s the law.” and he paused and gave me this long ticked-off look and then rang me up for, i shit you not, over 20 entire dollars less!

i still tipped my stylist the usual amount because she deserves it but this time i walked back to give it to her myself to make sure she actually got it because i do not trust the dickish man

anyway one day i’ll get up the guts to file a non-anonymous complaint but for now i’m celebrating my victory with this beautiful beautiful chorizo taco

there are few things that piss me off on a more personal level than people who do that whole performative body positivity thing

like if you see no problem with sharing all kinds of trendy body-positive media on facebook for brownie points and then laugh at a fat girl with your friends in the bathroom of a bar for “not dressing to her shape” then I literally want you to burn. no I mean literally please step into an incinerator

anonymous asked:

Did dylan and/or eric ever find themselves inside a hot topic?

Yes they did. Or as Eric referred to it ‘Hot Topics’. He had a love/hate relationship with the store because it was a trendy kind of edgy but hey, there just wasn’t a whole lot of cray, non-conservative shit in Littleton so that was the only place to go. He (and Dylan) probably frequented checking out that store while at the mall and scoffing at the trendy, prep stores like Ambercrombie, or Holster as they walked by. *pukes*  (literally they do stink too.)  They also liked the Army Surplus store.   I’ve been inside that Hot Topic at the Southwest Plaza Mall and swung by the Army surplus they went to and snapped some shots.  :) 

Vietnam’s Gay Scene

Vietnam’s gay scenes may be lacking in nightlife, but as David Mann reports, things are (slowly) changing for the better.

It’s Saturday night and the boys are ready to hit the town. Binh, 25, is a personal trainer, Alex, 23, is a mixed-race marketing executive and Duong, 26, is a successful Viet Kieu entrepreneur.

Our destination is the suggestively named Golden Cock “G.C” Bar. It lays claim to being the oldest gay bar in Vietnam. It’s also the only gay bar in Hanoi. Just steps from Hoan Kiem Lake, G.C. Bar is pretty much empty during the week except for two hours each Saturday night, when it’s packed to the rafters with gentlemen seeking the company of other gentlemen.

Gay rights supporters cycle through Hanoi as part of the city’s annual Viet Pride festival. 

Inside we join a scrum of sweaty bodies waiting in line for drinks as Kesha’s We R Who We R blares on the speakers. The bar occupies the first floor of a traditional Hanoi tube house: long and narrow, with no dance floor and a lone pool table.

After collecting our reasonably priced G&Ts, the boys and I head to a corner where we can safely peruse the local talent. “Do any of these look familiar?” I ask watching Binh’s eyes scan the room, which is filled predominately with locals and a handful of expats.

“Yeah, most of them I’ve seen before, either here or on Grindr,” he says, referring to the popular gay dating app. “But I prefer to go out. I like meeting guys in person and talking with them out in the open — this is really the only place to do that.”

Soon enough, it’s standing only as more boys pack into the already crammed bar to navigate the safari of twinks, muscle Marys and the odd bear. No dancing, though, which is immensely frustrating given the music is perhaps the most, ahem, fabulous in all of Hanoi.

But then at 12am the curfew hits, the lights come on and the bar closes. Some pack into cabs bound for all-night bars, the rest hop on their motorcycles and head home.

Hanoi’s Emerging Scene

Coming from Sydney, widely considered one of the great gay capitals of the world, I initially found myself disappointed with the absence of a vibrant gay scene in Hanoi. Back home, my Saturday nights were happily spent bouncing between the half-a-dozen or so gay bars on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street.

Indeed, the more time I spent in Hanoi, the more I realised that Vietnam’s conservative social mores had resulted in same-sex people fraternising mostly behind closed doors, rather than out in the open, in the kinds of bars and trendy gaybourhoods that I was accustomed to.


“There has been a gay boom in Vietnam — in both cities,” says Minh. “Twenty years ago, you would have struggled to see openly gay people or couples walking down the street, or even in bars.”


“People are still very discreet because of the community environment. They’re worried about what people think,” Duong tells me over coffee. “Probably like how Sydney or London was 30 years ago.”

An image from “The Pink Choice” a compilation of photos of same-sex couples in Vietnam compiled by Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan.

However, none of this is to say that Hanoi has nothing to offer its gay residents and visitors. In fact, Minh, 35, says that compared with when he first came out 20 years ago, things have improved dramatically.

“There has been a gay boom in Vietnam — in both cities,” he says. “20 years ago, you would have struggled to see openly gay people or couples walking down the street, or even in bars.”

Indeed, there’s a lot of evidence to show that Hanoi’s gay scene is developing. At Com Ga Café in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, owner Anh-Thuan Nguyen has dedicated the fourth floor to The Closet, a gay-friendly café and lounge that hosts bi-monthly events.

Music and cocktail venue CAMA ATK, tucked away on Mai Hac De Street in Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung District, hosts a monthly Queer Disco where gay icons Beyonce, Kylie, Lady Gaga and Madonna are the main soundtrack and drag queens proudly strut their stuff for the audience. May’s Queer Disco also saw the launch of Hanoi’s first LGBT zine (hipster speak for “magazine”), Hanoi Panic, which is now stocked at cafes Joma, Daluva and La Bicicleta. The publication’s founders have also, as of September, opened the Hanoi Panic Bar, hosting everything from after parties to speaker events and weekly themed parties. 


“I think more spaces to meet other gay people would really improve the scene here,” he says. “Especially another bar or club with a dance floor to go dancing with friends — that would be amazing.”


There is also the US Embassy-sponsored ASEAN Pride Festival, which for the second consecutive year, saw around 5000 Hanoians gather to watch queer-friendly live music acts from around Southeast Asia perform to raise awareness of LGBT issues and celebrate sexual diversity. [Openly gay U.S. Ambassador - the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador to be posted to Southeast Asia - Ted Osius and husband Clayton Bond also attended the event, accompanied by other members of the diplomatic community.]

Revellers at this year’s Halloween Queer Disco Party at Club CAMA ATK in Hanoi. 

Of course, there are plenty of LGBT-friendly cafés found throughout Hanoi. In Tay Ho District, Maison de Tet Décor is popular with the brunching crowd, while Puku, Boo Cafe and the Hanoi Social Club show their fervent support of gay clientele with rainbow flags on the walls as a sign of proud solidarity.

But for Alex, an American expat who moved to Hanoi six months ago from Phnom Penh, the capital’s gay scene still lags behind other parts of Asia, including neighbouring Cambodia and Thailand.

“I think more spaces to meet other gay people would really improve the scene here,” he says. “Especially another bar or club with a dance floor to go dancing with friends — that would be amazing.”

Meanwhile, in Saigon

Down south, however, a slightly different story emerges. More developed, wealthier and with a larger contingent of expats and openly gay Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh City flies the rainbow flag moderately higher than its northern sister.

In comparison with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City boasts a marginally more developed scene. Its comparatively high concentration of LGBT residents, including those who have relocated from the countryside or overseas, has also helped the tolerance levels, creating a more open and liberal environment where locals can be more open about their sexual preference.


“It’s not really hard to meet guys or girls here — whether it’s at the office, mixed bars or gyms like California Wow. People are less discreet here than they are in Hanoi,” he says.


“Ho Chi Minh City is more happening and open in terms of gay venues and the visibility of the gay community,” says Huy, an executive at a hip digital marketing agency in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.

For the younger crowds, Saturday nights are typically split between Centro Lounge, near Lam Son Square, the Republic Lounge in District 1, or Papa Café, a café-cum-double-storey-club overlooking Turtle Lake.

“Older guys tend to go to Apocalypse, a gay-straight bar, but overall the scene is pretty mixed in terms of where different tribes — twinks, jocks, bears — hang out. It’s not really that segregated.”

Huy also says that Le Pub and THI Lounge in District 1 cater to mixed gay-straight crowds, with a strong patronage from gay clientele on weekends.

“It’s not really hard to meet guys or girls here — whether it’s at the office, mixed bars or gyms like California Wow. People are less discreet here than they are in Hanoi,” he says.

Of course, not everyone likes to be scene queen. “I don’t really frequent the ‘scene’ anymore,” explains former Saigon scenester Josh Nguyen. “I did get into it at one point but soon got tired of the stereotypical attitudes. The music is also a terrible mix between Vinahouse and Top 40.”

Wanted: More Lesbians

But while the gay fellas of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City might bemoan their lack of romantic options, women have it even harder.

“I did notice that it’s much, much easier to meet gay men in Ho Chi Minh City, and that the bigger expat community and maybe more outgoing locals meant I was meeting more gay people in general,” says Karen Hewell, an American expat who arrived in Vietnam nearly three years ago, and has lived in both cities.

“Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are not far apart in terms of a community for women,” she says, adding that after some fruitless searches online and asking around, she posted something on The New Hanoian, an English language community site in Vietnam.


“Meeting queer women can be difficult because of local traditions that stipulate children live with their parents until marriage. Had I not met her, I could imagine I would have reached a point of dire frustration”


“I had two ladies respond saying they also had a hard time finding places to meet like-minded women, and we sort of bonded over that.”

Karen, who now lives with her Vietnamese girlfriend in Hanoi, says the two met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. She says that initially cultural barriers made it tricky to meet other women, regardless of whether they were open about their sexuality or not.

“Meeting queer women can be difficult because of local traditions that stipulate children live with their parents until marriage. Had I not met her, I could imagine I would have reached a point of dire frustration.

“I know that people also use apps like Brenda and OkCupid, and Le Pub attracts a decent crowd of women on weekends, same with trendy coffee shops — but it moves around.”

However, in spite of the challenges, she’s optimistic that a shift in attitudes, along with bigger pride events, will deliver a more open and active gay scene for both men and women.

“Having now moved back to Hanoi after doing a long stint in Ho Chi Minh City, it’s so refreshing to see things like Queer Disco — that gays actually go to — pop up.”

The Apps

While Hanoi may be a little behind the times in regards to gay nightlife, it’s right on cue with its use of high-tech dating apps such as Grindr, Tindr, Jack’d and Her (for women) that employ GPS-tracking to connect you with other like-minded people nearby. Since arriving on the market around four years ago, use of the apps has skyrocketed along with the purchase of smartphones.


“In the past, people would have gone to gyms or saunas to meet people. Now, the apps mean you can meet other LGBT people even more discreetly — whether it’s other Vietnamese, tourists or expats,” says Tuan



“In the past, people would have gone to gyms or saunas to meet people. Now, the apps mean you can meet other LGBT people even more discreetly — whether it’s other Vietnamese, tourists or expats,” says Tuan, a 29-year-old business development manager.

But while the emergence of networking apps such as Grindr and Jack’d means Tuan has no trouble finding dates, he says it’s been harder to find someone to settle down with.

“Most people on networking apps, whether it’s hookup apps like Grindr or matchmaking apps like Tinder, aren’t really interested in a relationship,” says Tuan.

“I don’t like using the apps. But I still know a lot of people enjoy using them.”

Whether you’re heading out for the night or searching for love, it seems like there are increasingly more options on the table for gay people in Vietnam. For young guys like Binh, Alex and Duong, the current trends are encouraging.

“We know things are changing. And it’s definitely changing for the better — albeit slowly.

“As Vietnam develops and becomes more open, we know the gay scene will, too.”


**Disclaimer: This article was originally slated to run in the June edition of Word magazine but was pulled by Vietnam’s censors. 

anonymous asked:

Anon who sent you the rant about paranatural here. "Okay" That's it?? Well gee, I was hoping to get some insight into what you thought about inserting gay and minority characters into webcomics, for the sole reason to have gay and minority characters. Or something on that tangent. The author's twitter feed certainly implies he's just adding diversity for the sake of diversity. But whatever, if you wanna be lame and dismiss what I said because I come off as le crazy gay-hater, then fine >: (

I didn’t just say “Okay”, Anon. I also had a reaction image.

I mean, what’re you hoping for me to say, dude? Do I think the “I know you’re gay” line was a little forced? Enh, maybe. I think “I know she’s cute” follows more logically from Zarei’s line and gives the same information, but that’s a minor stylistic nitpick. Does it ruin the comic? No. Is it being forced into the comic for the sake of Paranatural having a gay character in it? Also no. There’s a clear narrative purpose behind his revelation, which is that Zarei having a crush on the agent investigating her adds a comedic element to that relationship which can be mined in the future while also, more immediately, explaining why the normally reserved Zarei is flipping out like this, as her flirt-threat failed both as a flirt and a threat. 

And sure, it can be kind of annoying when a comic author gets super high and mighty with a big speech about their commitment to social justice when they add a single offhand reference to LGBT characters on panel three of page 959 and then literally never ever bring it up again. 

“Sometimes, in order to move forward, we have to stop waiting for the moment to be right, or the situation to arise organically, or whatever euphemism you want to put on the idea of maintaining the status quo because it’s easier, and just do it.” -Rich Burlew, a man who cared deeply about LGBT representation for a couple of hours once

And I think we as a society are all in agreement that anyone who claims their work is representative and progressive when it blatantly isn’t deserves a good mockery

Inspired by some amputee photo shoots, I decided to try my hand at some cyborg-themed pinup sketches with Kim, a sort of celebration of the female form and taking agency over one’s body. “ -Aaron Diaz, creepy sex pervert. For another example, scroll up to see Order of the Stick try to pass off a literal stick figure as representation of fat people. 

But just because representing different types of people in webcomics is kind of trendy right now doesn’t make it wrong. A line about a character being gay, even if it’s a little clunkily written, doesn’t mean that Zach Morrison “went off the deep end pandering to tumblerites”

You say “The author’s twitter feed certainly implies he’s just adding diversity for the sake of diversity.” But I actually checked his twitter feed, and there’s no off-hinged ranting. I just found a billion tweets about Pokemon and this 

Which is literally his only tweet that references the comic at all, besides the “New comic!” tweet. And I checked the responses for that, and nothing there either.  The fuck are you talking about? lnkplzkthx? 

Morrison is informing us of a character trait of a significant character. He’s doing this because it’s plot relevant and it sets up a joke. It’s wasn’t shoehorned in really awkwardly. He hasn’t gone on twitter and gotten super pretentious about how including lesbians in his webcomic is a brave an daring risk in the service of changing the world, man. He had a gay character in his comic. It came up at a narratively logical time. We all moved on with our lives. You can have representation in your comic without turning into Sinfest. It’s easy. Fuck, Legend of the Hare has a black lesbian in it (though her being gay was only mentioned on an older version of the cast page), and no one would accuse LotH of "pandering”. And that’s not an accusation that I expect to get thrown at Saffron and Sage, either. 

Look out anon! A black woman! This is clearly because I’m in thrall to the SJW agenda, and not at all because I want to my two female leads to look different

And yeah, I’m kind of blowing you off here. Deal with it? I’m sure lot of people find the idea that including gay characters in fiction means you’ve “gone off the deep end” to be offensive to them as LGBT people or Muslims or what have you. And they’re right to. But additionally I find it kind of offensive as a writer to have people tell me including nonwhite characters is me trying to show the world how big my Social Justice Dick is and that there’s never a storytelling reason involved. So take a goddamn chill pill and realize that maybe a comic having a gay person doesn’t mean it’s ‘pandering” and even when it does you can just read something else.

In conclusion

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The pics you see above were taken from a Twitter hashtag called the #kyliejennerchallenge Funny how black people were caricatured for having big lips & now Kylie Jenner is doing it so its “trendy” kind of like the same way Zendaya’s faux locs smelled like patchouli oil & weed until Kylie started doing it. So go ahead and say it isnt about race…

Reblog this & dont stop until everyone has seen this. Stop fucking praising white girls for the SAME THINGS y'all shame black women for!

Dating Sehun

Sehun would take a while to warm up in a relationship. He wouldn’t really like being touched at all, even playfully until he felt comfortable enough. But even then, skinship would be limited, especially in public. He might act a little bratty sometimes but those close to him know that he’s very sweet and thoughtful. A lot of the time it might not seem like he’s listening or paying attention but he remembers things and surprises his partner later on with little bits of information or thoughtful gifts just to show them, yeah he does care. He’d argue frequently over little things but he’d apologize if he knew that it upset his partner. He can be sassy and he’d frequently over do it then begrudgingly apologize when he realizes it. If he wasn’t having a very good day but his partner wanted to do something, he’d still do it because his relationship is more important. And if his partner was having a bad day then he’d do anything to make them smile and laugh. The little things would be really important to him even though to an outsider they’d be incredibly simple. Dating Sehun would include things like: matching bracelets or rings (he’d be okay with it as long as it was kind of trendy and didn’t clash with his style), sooo many instagram photos of the two of you, so so many, wearing his jackets, back hugs, the cutest pout whenever he knows he screwed up and is trying to apologize.

more exo as boyfriends. masterlist (mobile)

Some of the best people I know are still single, I think this is why:
 
You are single because you are your own person, and if you are not your own person, you should be before you become some one else’s.
You are single because most relationships are the result of a search for a person to call ‘their own’. But you are your own person, which means no …one will own you if they decide to be with you. Unfortunately this means that you will have a harder time finding someone. Their only incentive for being with you will have to be love and not ownership because you are your own person.

You are comfortable with being alone, and that probably makes others uncomfortable. This world is not comfortable with loneliness; we equate it to being flawed.
You probably have your own taste in music. Maybe a broad taste that is uniquely yours and you don’t cater your favorite songs to whoever you are with at the moment. You probably don’t follow every trend spot on with which colors are in season and which patterns are not. You probably wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You probably don’t make it to all the concerts, and the most crowded bars, and the clubs with the longest lines. You probably find books and unpopular songs a good way to spend an evening. All of these things are intimidating because someone cannot be comfortable with you unless they are comfortable with themselves.
You are still single because you are your own person.
When you are your own person you don’t mirror personalities of others. You are more of a mosaic of the favorite traits you have come across. You don’t cling to every member of the opposite sex that you meet, you don’t need to validate someone else to feel valuable, you my dear are your own person and that is very intimidating.
You probably have something in life that you are passionate about–Something that is yours, something that you would still love more than your boyfriend or girlfriend if you had one. You are probably the unique kind of beautiful, the rare kind of handsome. Not the trendy kind, or the popular kind, but the kind that takes time to appreciate. Our world doesn’t like to take time to appreciate things. You are the fine wine stored in the cellar getting better with age. They are drinking bud light because it is cold and ready now.
You are your own person. You need someone that is their own person. There is few people that are their own in this world, so it will probably take you longer to find them. So enjoy this time with yourself, because it is temporary. Some day when you are married and have three kids, two dogs, a cat, and a mortgage you will ache for the days you used to spend alone.

—  my intention is not to shame those that are in a relationship, but to comfort those that aren’t.
Cool Steampunk Costumes Ideas

Imagine a combination of present day Goth and futuristic Goth rolled into one! In fact is kind of trendy looking, and the appearance isn’t objectionable and brings on an edge! Picture Edward Scissorhands meets Elvira Mistress of the dark and Xena the Warrior Princess meets Sherlock Holmes meet. Sort of.

A few of the more common equipment involved in Steampunk attire is as follows:

Spats; old fashioned albeit with a funky Steampunk fashion
Fingerless gloves, leather of course
Buckles, buckles, and much more buckles… everywhere!
Machinist goggles, I actually don’t know what they’re riding but seemingly they need eye protection
Long old English jacket with tails, top hat or bowler (cane elective)

An entirely distinct look for Steampunk clothing to get a man is of a Victorian driver:

Pouch belt; this resembles something one might carry ammunition in, which gives a whole new meaning to the expression ‘road rage’
White ruffled top (with ammo…)
Brown suede coat with fur collar and 'badge’ of sorts

Another look for men, the 'Studly Gentleman’:

Bowler hat, monocle, handlebar moustache
Grey jacket with braided decorations, gold buttons at each braid-end (reminiscent of civil war jacket cosmetic design)

Now for the women:

Short skirts that are frilly yet somehow find a way to share a tough and rough outside
Small tops with lots of ruffles and sequined studs emitting the exact same atmosphere
And, you machinist goggles

Or possibly:

Tiny small bowler hat hair pinned to the top of her head, Janis Joplin -esque round glasses that are tinted
Leather choker with attached gold brooch, leather belts worn diagonally from shoulder all the way down to midsection (ammunition belt style)
Only a little brownish short vest on a tight short black dress, and kick butt, high heeled boots to die for!
Various bobbles, pocket watches, badges, trinkets, brooches, chains studded leather arm and wrist bands and as such function as Steampunk jewelry and accessories.

Steampunk and cyberpunk are often incorrectly connected with each other.

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there’s a discount store here that sells stuff at extremely reduced prices. they usually sell stuff that other stores are getting rid of because it can’t be sold anymore but today we found like ten bins full of stuff that looks like it came out of a warehouse that it’s been sitting in for ten years. all the packaging was yellowed and crispy and the hair accessories we found screamed “welcome to 1999” but these. these two things were true gems. the knock off razor phone case and the ancient pleather ipod case with a BELT HOOK on the back and “tune in to god” written on the front by some kind of trendy 2004 Christian company.

Dress Up in You (Trixya) - Chapter Seven

Summary: Chapter 7 of Dress Up in You. Previous chapters are all in my tag or on A03 if you just search the title. The morning after is rarely pretty.

AN: Thanks for all the lovely feedback on Chapter 6! And my apologies for the delay in getting this out, the next chapter is almost done so it may be up tomorrow. We’re approximately halfway through the fic now, so hang in there, babies <3

Warnings: Swearing, smoking, sex references and (eventually resolved) sad shit.

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anonymous asked:

Could you do a realistic take on someone trying to 'love fixes mental illness' with let's say Tony, and Rhodey asks if Tony wants him to punch them, please?

Rhodey knows there are few things Tony hates on this Earth more than having a panic attack in public. Unfortunately, today they weren’t able to get away.

Rhodey wants to snarl at the vultures taking pictures, even video. He wants to beat them up. They’re at a charity dinner, for christ’s sake. It’s not like these people need the money a quick sell to the tabloids would get them.

Rhodey ignores them. He has a best friend who needs him.

It’s not that bad a panic attack, all things considered. “You want to leave?” Rhodey asks, already looking around for Happy, nodding at him when he finds him, hoping he’ll get the message and the car.

Tony nods tiredly. “Yeah,” he says. “God, I could…sleep for a week.”

Tony won’t sleep at all tonight, as exhausted as he is.

Rhodey gets them both standing and back at their table, waiting for Happy to call and say he got the car back from valet. Until then, maybe he can get Tony to eat something and drink some water he has a waiter bring over.

Someone sits down on Tony’s other side. Rhodey can’t quite believe the audacity, nor can he quite believe that dress.

“Hey, handsome,” she purrs, and Rhodey feels his fist tighten around the stem of the wine glass filled with water.

“Hey yourself,” Tony says shortly, not even looking up. “Look, if you don’t mind, we’re kinda in the middle of something…”

“You know what you need?” She asks, toying with the silverware.

“To call my therapist?” Tony asks idly, and Rhodey is so inescapably proud of him in that moment, he feels like he might burst. Even a few months ago, Tony would have never admitted to having a therapist, not even the trendy kind a lot of rich people do, never mind one to treat his anxiety and PTSD.

“Love,” she says simply. Rhodey can’t help but notice how she leans forward, dress daringly low. “Love fixes a lot of things, Mr. Stark.”

Tony snorts. It sounds tired, and Rhodey pulls out his phone, setting it in his lap, waiting for it to buzz, informing them that Happy got the car. He wonders if they’d be better off waiting at valet with him. “And I suppose you’re going to fix me?”

“Love fixes everyone,” she says, solemn now. Her eyes are bright, though. Hungry, Rhodey thinks. “God, Tony, wouldn’t you like to not be…like that, anymore? I could give you something else to think about.”

“Yeah, wow, that’s it,” Tony says loudly. “Car’s here, time to go.” He gets to his feet, almost steady now.

Tony’s a good man, Rhodey thinks ruefully. Removing himself from a bad situation. Ignoring her.

Rhodey’s a good man too, usually. And he protects his friends.

She stands, perhaps to follow them out, and Rhodey won’t take that.

The punch isn’t hard, just enough to bloody her lip a bit. Rhodey knows every bit of positive press the Avengers won that night–and then some–is lost. He knows he’ll face hell in the morning. He doesn’t care.

“You’re not gonna fucking fix Tony,” he growls. There’s more he wants to say. Her love isn’t a cure. Tony isn’t a broken toy to be picked up at bargain price. He’s a guy, a great guy, he needs some therapy and some help but that doesn’t change any of that.

Tony looks at him. “Time to go,” he says. When they’re away from the crowd, he says, low and private, “thank you, Sourpuss.”

Rhodey manages to smile. “I told you, I’m not sour. I just…” The joke dies. “I hate all of them, Tones.”

“I know,” Tony says. He rubs his hands together as they emerge into the chill of New York in November. They wait with Happy the few minutes longer it takes for the car to come around, and Tony snuggles into Rhodey in the back as they drive home, letting his eyes droop shut.

Just an ordinary day in Jason DiLaurentis` life...

CeCe/A/BigA/UberA/Charles/Charlie/Charlotte: *abducts and drugs Jason*

…a few moments later…

Jason: wth, what is happening, why can`t I move??  and who the hell is dragging me?

Jason: oh, black hoodie, it must be Charles! hey Charlie, Charlie, it`s me your little brother, I have waited so long for this moment, look at me, I love you so much, I know we have a screwed up family but we can still be the best brothers that ever walked this earth, oh god why can`t I move

Jason: *catches a sight of long blond hair*

Jason: Charlie??

Jason: *sees that it is in fact CeCe/A/BigA/UberA/Charles/Charlie/Charlotte*

Jason: ok, so no Charlie :`( just my ex-girlfriend…wait, is she psycho now, too? I guess you can`t trust anyone in this world  :`(

Jason: oh, hi “dad”, my favourite person in this world…at least I am not alone…

CeCe/A/BigA/UberA/Charles/Charlie/Charlotte: *starts talking*

Jason: *listens*

Jason: Now, that makes total sense.

Jason: So just a quick summary: my big brother Charlie, WHO I thought my whole life was just my imaginary friend because my father sent him to a  nut house to protect me and my sister(well done, mr D, well done) is actually my sister WHO is actually my ex-girlfriend, WHO broke my heart when she without a reason, unexpectedly broke up with me and WHO is in fact the psychopath that blackmailed, abducted, therrorized half the Rosewood, but mainly my other sisters and their friends and WHO almost killed me in an elevator. Yeah, quite logical.

Jason: wait…

Jason:

Jason:

Jason:

Jason: WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF

Jason: OK, I need to find something positive in this. Well, it`s not like it was an actual incestuous relatioship - she is just my HALF-brother/sister. And incest is now kind of trendy in TV anyway. And she was so kind that she didn`t sleep with me, I mean at the time, I thought that there was something wrong with me, but it was actually her being considerate. And she didn`t kill me!!! I am actually quite lucky that I have a sister like that… And his/her story is so heartbreaking :`((

Jason: ehm…NOPE…not helping..i need some alcohol

Jason:

Jason:

Jason: *finally, after hours being left at Radley, because everyone cares just about Charlotte and her heartbreaking story and not poor Jason, starts to move*

Jason: *runs as fast as possible* 

Jason: Ashleeeey! The only one, who gets my troubled soul in this town(ok, let`s not mention that you also broke my heart by choosing a pastor over me)! Prepare some wine!

Jason: *after several bottles of wine* Oh, wait, I`ve completely forgotten the fact that I kissed my other sister, too. 

Jason: …

Jason: There is not enough alcohol for this…


I think that I would watch this episode just from the Jason`s POV. I swear, this guy has the most screwed up life in Rosewood and that is something to say. And funny, how some people thought that the Jason/Ashley hookup was weird/inappropriate.

Right now I would actually rather watch a pll spinoff with him, the moms, tippy and pepe than the actual pll.