let us revisit


Attention all Guardians SOOWON is not dead!

On a recent episode of ‘Taxi’170518 EP.478 Sooyoung stated her idea type;

1. has a broad back; 상남자 MANLY

2. has facial hair/scruff

3. looks chic even in a beanie and t-shirt

And although she is still going 5-yrs strong with her man, Jung Kyungho, she also stated that Kyungho DOES NOT fall into her ideal type category.

NOW let us revisit what Siwon has stated in past about his ideal type on ‘Radio Show’ 141008 & 150715

1. “doesn’t everyone look at the face?” likes distinct features

2. tall/model-like

3. Korean

4. dresses well

They are each other’s IDEAL TYPE!!!

anonymous asked:

Would you say that Aang's treatment of Katara is akin to Mr. Collins and Elizabeth??

If you are considering the romance specifically, I would say Kαtααng does have some disturbing echoes of Mr. Collins in Aαng’s behavior. The major difference, of course, being that Pride and Prejudice takes jabs at Mr. Collins’ way of “romancing” his prospective partner, while A:TLA validates the dubious way Aαng goes about trying to win Katara. Thus, in homage to my previous post, I present:

Katara, Aαng, and Consent

Often people wonder why fans would go to such lengths to explain their disdain for a particular relationship, especially in a show geared toward a younger demographic. In my opinion, that is exactly why the depiction of relationships, including romantic relationships, is so important: because your audience consists of many younger people who have little to no experience with real-life romance. If they see unhealthy relationships not only shown center stage, but approved by the story itself, that can have a negative effect on how they perceive relationships in the real world. We critics know that potentially healthier romantic relationships will never be canon, but discussing problems with canon relationships is key to raising awareness so that potential writers can be on the lookout for these issues in their own fiction.

So let’s be blunt: the entire A:TLA narrative is rooting for Aαng to get with Katara irrespective of Katara’s feelings, and often resorts to meddling on Aαng’s behalf. As a result, Katara’s romantic feelings for Aαng do not evolve naturally out of her own desires, which is a very harmful message to the preteen audience for which this show is intended.

Katara supports, protects, and demonstrates affection for Aαng in the first few episodes of the series. However, these interactions are strictly platonic, because as we know, as of “The Fortuneteller,” Katara thinks of Aαng only as a friend:

“Aαng’s just a good friend. A sweet little guy. Like Momo.”

The first event that changes the way Katara thinks of Aαng is not her seeing a trait in him that’s the mark of a good boyfriend. Rather, it is the coincidence of a fortuneteller informing Katara that she will marry a powerful bender, and Sokka soon after remarking what a powerful bender Aαng is. This plants the seed in Katara’s mind that her fate could lie with Aαng. But since Katara places high value on things like destiny and following the signs around her (to the point of fatiguing the local fortuneteller and eating a papaya even when she doesn’t want to), this is the story using Katara’s belief system to manipulate her into considering a relationship that she had laughed at the day before.

The second event that changes the way Katara thinks of Aαng also has nothing to do with his aptitude as a boyfriend. Rather, it is the coincidence of Katara and Aαng getting separated from the rest of the group and coming upon the tomb of two lovers, who built an escape route which can only be illuminated by a kiss. Aαng acquits himself pretty poorly here, tripping over his words by saying he would rather kiss Katara than die. But it’s true: the fact that Katara and Aαng have to kiss to survive is literally written in stone. Kαtααng shippers will point to the fact that Katara suggests the kiss as proof of her feelings, but it is actually her surroundings that suggest it and Katara who is picking up on those blatantly obvious signals. If she naturally wanted to kiss Aαng so badly, she would have made an attempt at kissing without the plot contrivance (as we know she did with Jet).

The third event that changes the way Katara thinks of Aαng is Aαng leading Katara onto the dance floor and helping her relax in front of an audience. She has a fun time and they share an emotional connection. This is the least contrived encounter they ever have from a romantic perspective. But bafflingly, the story that was so dead set on Katara getting together with Aαng previously is now rowing in the opposite direction.

Why on earth did anyone think this scene was a good idea in the same episode as a romantic dance between these two characters? This:

“My goodness! That doesn’t sound like our Kuzon!” 

And this:

Send conflicting messages about the nature of Katara and Aαng’s relationship. Thus unfortunately, any headway we make in this episode is undone by the earlier charade.

The fourth event that changes the way Katara thinks of Aαng is Aαng kissing Katara prior to the invasion of the Fire Nation. This is later retconned as “we kissed,” but it is apparent by the shock on Katara’s face:

and her belated negative reaction:

that she had no idea it was coming. This crosses the line from narrative meddling into nonconsensual behavior. A girl telling you she’s proud of you is not reasonable grounds to swoop in and plant one on her, especially if the two of you aren’t dating. Some people argue that because she blushed and did not immediately pull away, she was consenting. But blushing on its own is not an indicator of consent. It can also indicate embarrassment or discomfort. Let us revisit what is consent, courtesy of Planned Parenthood. Consent is:

Freely given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, specific.

Does Katara look enthusiastic about this kiss? Hardly. Shock, confusion, and reluctance are her primary emotions. But most importantly, Katara could not have freely consented because it happened too quickly for her to say no. (Not to mention that Aαng never succeeded in telling Katara he liked her romantically before the kiss took place.) And worse, Aαng gets no signals, either from his conscience or the narrative, that his behavior toward Katara is wrong. This sends a terrible message about romance to young boys and girls alike.

The fifth event that changes the way Katara thinks of Aαng is Aαng kissing Katara during the Ember Island Players. The narrative doesn’t have to push any ideas, because Aαng is doing all the pushing himself. He asks—no, demands—that Katara tell him why they aren’t together and when the romance will begin. Katara’s body language indicates that she is uncomfortable and that Aαng is badgering her:

Please note that Aαng doesn’t ask what he can do to be a good boyfriend for Katara, or how he should behave around her. His entire dialogue is centered on what he wants and needs from her, rather than what he can do to make Katara happy and/or make her life easier. This is not only selfish, but dismissive of Katara’s emotions. He then gives Katara nonconsensual kiss number 2:

There is no mistaking this one for anything other than an unwanted advance. Katara pulls away immediately and yells at him, then stalks off in a fury, keeping her back to him for the remainder of the episode. Aαng does say, “I’m such an idiot!”, but he makes no apology and never seeks forgiveness for something that was a) morally wrong and b) a very poor indicator of how Aαng would behave as a boyfriend. If all these scenes, taken together, were Aαng making the case for how great a romantic partner he would be, any judge would dismiss that case with prejudice.

The thing that helps Kαtααng along is that Aαng and Katara are friends. Elsewhere in the show, they save and support each other. But Aαng does not treat Katara like a friend when he is pursuing her. He is not mindful of her feelings or her personal space. He sees consent in a kiss where really there was none. He can’t tell the difference between the real her and the Katara he saw in a play. The fact that Aαng is rewarded with Katara at the end of the show buoys this idea that boys should just keep pressuring girls until they “see the light” as Katara did after Zuko said, “The real hero is the Avatar!”

It also fosters the hypocrisy of how male achievement is viewed in terms of “getting” female attention. Women who flock to famous and powerful men are regularly stigmatized, especially by men, as whores and gold-diggers … but if a woman refuses the advances of a high achiever, then she is being unfair to that man by not giving him the chance that he obviously deserves. Which is it, guys? Should you be indignant when you accomplish the impossible and women still won’t give you the time of day, or should you treat women with contempt when they do notice you because of your achievement? Inquiring minds want to know.

luxconcordiae  asked:

"I'm.. pregnant." (let us revisit the day of the announcement!)

( x )

         It was in that everlasting moment that time felt as if it ceased to exist, as the rest of the world around him seemingly froze into place and fell deafeningly silent…

                  … What… what did she just say? Did she say she was… wait, was it even true? But when, and for how long had she known? Was this actually happening for them, right here, right now?

         A million and one questions were surfacing and swimming through his mind at full speed, with the demon unable to keep track of any logical train of thought as his sense of calm had been irrevocably shattered and broken… of all the things he might have expected to hear upon his return home, it never even occurred to him that she might one day come to him with news of a child. Their child. He was more than aware that she had wanted children of her own for some time, but he had always shied away from discussing it as a possibility, unwilling to believe in himself and secretly afraid that he didn’t have what it would take to be a capable father present in their lives.

         Now, it would appear he had little choice in the matter whether he liked it or not, eyes wide with shock and alarm as he could hear the blood rushing through his ears and his heart beating away like a jackhammer within his chest, pounding harder and harder against his ribs as if threatening to break free out of its cage. No… no, he wasn’t ready. Not yet… then again, would he ever be? A demon, ruled first and foremost by his anger, succeeding as a father? None of it sounded real. His reality had been torn asunder and turned upside-down on its head, as he struggled desperately to hold onto a tiny piece of it, mentally grasping at straws as his throat came up dry trying to speak, to find the words and string together an honest reply instead of leaving her stranded in the dark.

         … Was this real? Was he even standing there in front of her, or was this some sort of waking dream meant to taunt him? Subconsciously did his feet guide him forward, taking each step slowly one after the other until he had his arms wrapped around her in a sweeping embrace, holding her fast to him and all but refusing to let go.

                         Are you sure?

stolentreetwoone-deactivated201  asked:

But can any system create a just society? Does human nature allow for that? Because communist systems seem far more susceptible to corruption than representative democracies

Proclamations about the “truth” of “human nature” as evidence that communism cannot work are the most boring and intellectually lazy arguments a person can make. They are expedient though – and almost intuitive – given the constant bombardment of capitalist propaganda. But consider, when you place a caring and cooperative individual in a cage with people who have been conditioned to survive through competition, it is exceedingly difficult for the individual to elicit from their fellow imprisoned the cooperative momentum necessary to achieve freedom. From the outside looking in, it appears to the bystander that indeed, human nature must be beastly. Such a view is inherently skewed though, because it erases that cooperation never stood a chance in an environment specifically bred to crush it.

In short, if this were an actual experiment it would have been rigged from the start because both individual and group potentialities cannot exist independent of their environments. In some ways the Stanford study, a study conducted by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo on the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard, proved this. Wikipedia notes that by day four of what would be a six day experiment, “Zimbardo argued that the prisoners had internalized their roles, since some had stated they would accept “parole” even if it would mean forfeiting their pay, despite the fact that quitting would have achieved the same result without the delay involved in waiting for their parole requests to be granted or denied. Zimbardo argued they had no reason for continued participation in the experiment after having lost all monetary compensation, yet they did, because they had internalized the prisoner identity.“ The same could be concluded for the cruelty of the guards too.

The results of the experiment favored situational attribution of behavior rather than dispositional attribution (a result caused by internal characteristics). In other words, it seemed that the environment, rather than their individual personalities, or any particular predisposed nature, caused the participants’ behavior. We would have a disturbingly flawed understanding of humanity to export from that study the notion that humans are innately one way or another. The Stanford study further proved that when we fail to contextual human behavior within its environment we create sinister deceptions about the idea of our nature, if it exists at all.

As another example, let us revisit how our society has structured its inquiry of drug addiction. Johann Hari, in “Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?”, writes:

“Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. One is just water, and one is water laced with either heroin or cocaine. If you do that, the rat will almost always prefer the drugged water and almost always kill itself very quickly, right, within a couple of weeks. So there you go. It’s our theory of addiction.

Bruce comes along in the ’70s and said, “Well, hang on a minute. We’re putting the rat in an empty cage. It’s got nothing to do. Let’s try this a little bit differently.” So Bruce built Rat Park, and Rat Park is like heaven for rats. Everything your rat about town could want, it’s got in Rat Park. It’s got lovely food. It’s got sex. It’s got loads of other rats to be friends with. It’s got loads of colored balls. Everything your rat could want. And they’ve got both the water bottles. They’ve got the drugged water and the normal water. But here’s the fascinating thing. In Rat Park, they don’t like the drugged water. They hardly use any of it. None of them ever overdose. None of them ever use in a way that looks like compulsion or addiction… Bruce says is that shows that both the right-wing and left-wing theories of addiction are wrong. So the right-wing theory is it’s a moral failing, you’re a hedonist, you party too hard. The left-wing theory is it takes you over, your brain is hijacked. Bruce says it’s not your morality, it’s not your brain; it’s your cage. Addiction is largely an adaptation to your environment.

[…] We’ve created a society where significant numbers of our fellow citizens cannot bear to be present in their lives without being drugged, right? We’ve created a hyperconsumerist, hyperindividualist, isolated world that is, for a lot of people, much more like that first cage than it is like the bonded, connected cages that we need. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”

Just as important as environment was for contextualizing and understanding the prisoners’, guards’, and rats’ behaviors to their respective circumstances, so is it important for us to understand our environment under capitalism, to contextualize why so many people believe communism is impossible. Capitalism’s culture of competition conditions us to think of working with each other outside a profit motive or government mandate as an impossibility. In turn, our inability to imagine it crushes it. Such a cycle is purposefully enforced to maintain the status quo, but we need only revisit our evolutionary history to see the fundamentals of communism at work.

As Darwin pointed out in numberless animal societies, the struggle between separate individuals for the means of existence disappears where cooperation becomes a necessity for survival. Indeed, it is an evolutionary fact that without cooperation, the most fundamental tenant of communism, our species would have succumbed to its inferior physicality among other predators long ago. Stated differently, the substitution of competition with cooperation resulted in the development of intellectual and moral faculties which secured to our species thousands of years of civilization.

I will end this post with this quote by Jason Godesky and the final thought that yes, communism is possible, if we can first remember where we come from and be willing to imagine where we want to go:

“Our culture denigrates sharing. The recent innovations in “intellectual property” especially have tried to make sharing illegal, and induce in us all a feeling of shame when we share with others. Yet we still believe sharing to be a virtue. In our evolution as band-animals, sharing was not simply nice, it was the cornerstone of survival. The Ju/’Hoansi have no word for “thank you”; to thank someone suggests that their actions were out of the ordinary. Caring for others in band-level society was the expected norm; it was the most selfish act one could come up with. The most effective way to serve oneself was to serve others. Bands very effectively defeated violence, cheating, and other “immorality” not nearly so much by condemning it, as by removing the incentive.

Compare this to our own, hierarchical “Cheating Culture.” Our survival does not depend on sharing with our small, close-knit community. Not only do the people around us no longer register as “people,” beyond our 150-person neurological capacity, neither does their survival affect us in any way. In short, there is great incentive to steal, cheat, lie or commit any of the other “immoral” acts which small, egalitarian groups need not concern themselves with. As a result, we must impose laws, to create artificial disincentives against what is otherwise a very clear endorsement of “immorality.” Yet this is an artificial disincentive – laws can be gotten around, police eluded, and so forth. There is no disincentive in the act itself; only in being caught.

Most of our problems today can easily be traced to some manner in which we remain maladapted to our present life – to the struggle of a Pleistocene animal, to adapt to the bizarre, Holocene nightmare we have created. Our social structure is one such example. We evolved as band-animals. Our egalitarianism defines us; it is probably the single most defining trait in humanity. We evolved as egalitarian band-animals in the Pleistocene. Egalitarianism is our natural state, and our birthright. It is what we expect, down to our very bones. Yet today, it has become so rare that many humans doubt its very possibility. We have accepted the evils of hierarchy — the trauma of an animal maladapted to its current environment — as inevitable.

Humans are best adapted to small, egalitarian bands, in the same way that wolves are adapted to packs or bees to hives. Humans flourish in such a social structure, providing us not only with our material needs, but also our universal psychological needs of belonging to such a group, of personal freedom, and of acceptance for ourselves as individuals. Hierarchical society is a social structure we left behind when we became human. It may provide for our material needs, but it fails utterly to provide for any of our psychological needs. So, we invent small, band-like societies — social circles, clubs and the like — to compensate for all the failings of hierarchy. In short, egalitarianism is an essential requirement for healthy human life; hierarchy is an utter rejection of everything that makes us human.”

nerfugage  asked:

also what do you think about the lack of core sets? on one hand i think it keeps them from having to use as much mechanical space on generic cards but on the other hand i kinda miss a lot of the design ideas we got from core sets for some reason

I have mixed feelings about it.

On one hand, core sets were generally uninteresting and underpowered.

On the other hand, while it wasn’t quite a true core set, I thought Magic Origins was very well done. I will miss how core sets let us revisit old planes and mechanics.

Supposedly there’s going to be some kind of replacement for them, but whatever it is it hasn’t hit it yet.

  • cherubplay activists: roleplaying rape and pedophilia is DISGUSTING and if you do it you deserve to go to JAIL!!! YOU'RE HURTING VICTIMS!
  • rape victims: well actually we use that sort of RP to cope and let us revisit a really painful situation in an environment where we have control over it. we're more hurt by you make us feel ashamed of ourselves.
  • rape victims: umm. honestly, seeing the word "rape" plastered everywhere is just going to trigger me? I can see noncon and keep scrolling.
  • rape victims: besides it literally MEANS "not consensual"
  • rape victims: and the types of rape denoted by "non" vs "dub" are different and the distinction can help avoid triggering others.
  • cherubplay activists: *Scribbles rape all over goggles, erase everyones drawings just so they can scribble rape all over goggles, because apparently that's how you DON'T trigger people and respect victims??? oh wait. u guys don't actually give a shit about victims.*

I’m sure us XOs have seen this video many times, but let us revisit…

  • 00:05-Whoever that is hitting that “Ayyyee” in the back needs to stop before my panties melt off
  • 00:19-00:23-I am now pregnant with Abel Tesfaye Jr.
  • 00:40-Excuse me while I bounce my ass in time with the person yelling out “Sexy”
  • Who is that on the drums?  They can get a baby too because chiiilllleee, those beat drops…

Be on the lookout for little A.J. in October ya’ll because his daddy insists on playing these games with me and my pussy.


In light of the news today, let us revisit the greatest live stage of all time


in honor of harry potter’s birthday, let us revisit this classic

Will Tigress and Po end up together?

What bring me jotting down this is because I saw a lot of people writing their opinion meticulously (normally accompanied with screenshot) of why Tigress x Po is the most likely couple in KFP. 

While I agree in many way that Ti-Po friendship will very likely end in romance - however I don’t think general viewer paying that much attention on many of the scene, especially of of them only last for a split second. But I am sure a lot of Tipo shipper notice how many times Po and Tigress glanced at each other in KFP3, and how many times she actually helped him to stand up in KFP2 - however if you are not paying much attention and concentrating with your kids or popcorn you might miss those moments.

So, my intention is to give this opinion a second thought from different perspective.

KFP are set in the background of ancient china, and this is a story about the life of kung fu master. Now, I am brought up as chinese all my life, and I had a fair share of liking kung fu film or soap, such as My Fair Princess, also known as Return of the Pearl Princess or Princess Returning Pearl (Chinese: 還珠格格) and The Return of the Condor Heroes.

If you are familiar with Chinese kung fu movies, you might notice there is a few commonality among them.

1. The background motive of certain action normally base on revenge or defending someone’s honour. 

2. Blood is thicker than water. In Chinese culture family holds an important bonds among all. Younger person are expected to respect the elders and never questioning their decision let alone challenge them.

3. Love is something that not normally being said, but being shown. Unlike western movie whereby a lot of kissing or hugging, kung fu movie normally showing love and affection in form of suffering and sacrifice, not touching or kissing. 

4. Chinese kung fu movies often involving the element of death of the loves ones. For whatever reason most of Chinese thinks sadness, pain and tears are essential part of life. Thus, while western often like disney happy ending - in contrary kung fu movies might or may not have such a happy ending, if it does it’s normally won’t be perfect. 

5. Great sense of responsibility to family, teacher/elders, and nation. It’s often left unsaid, but parents showing love by working hard and providing for the family while children in return work hard at school and striving to make their parents proud. 

Now let see the parallel in kung fu panda.

1. Revenge and Honour. First KFP was telling a story about Tai Lung revenge. Second movie is Po who try to come to term with his revenge to Shen. And third film is Kai who come to revenge what his best friend did to him.

2. Blood is thicker than water. Notice that in all KFP movies they are trying to mention the “bond” between the important character. Tai Lung and Tigress both are Shifu’s children, Li Shan and Mr. Ping are Po’s dads. Kai called Oogway his brother. None other Dreamworks movie try to imply such complicated bonds (they can just be friends and that suffice).

3. Love normally not being said but being shown through pain and sacrifice. 

First let us revisit main scene that Tipo shipper indicate as a “love” scene. There is two hug scene in KFP that probably the strongest indication where this film heading. Some people said it was a “friendly” hug - but if you remember this film is on asian setting (and this is supposedly ancient china) whereby “hugging” other people opposite sex never be interpreted as just being friendly. 

People in western culture hugs, some even kissing cheeks to say hello, but this is hardly the fact in asian culture, and certainly not in China. People in China and surrounding country normally bow to greet or just a nod, making contact is a sign of intimacy - if you watched Kung Fu movies a hug normally only between family, and only relationship between same sex (e.g mother/daughter/sister) or husband/wife. I had never seen a hug between father in law and daughter in law, uncle and niece, as they think it is inappropriate. Also remember that Tigress whose character is cold and stoic, had never shown affection to her other comrades even to her adoptive father, yet she hugged Po. And should this occurrence consider normal - the reaction of his friends (poor crane) would not be that dramatic. Ok some may say her friend is shocked to see her showing her soft side - but nothing romantic. 

However, Po returned the hug at the end of the movie (Po - who in this movie showed hugging his other comrades, his dads, even Shifu…). When he hugged Tigress - everyone else include Master Ox and Croc looked surprised. While after that Po hugged monkey and viper, no one seems to have such reaction. This may give away hint that Po wasn’t giving Tigress a mere friendly hug.

Now both of them may never said they love each other. But if Dreamworks crew spend time to watch other Chinese Kung Fu movies, they would know that loves not necessarily being utter, but being shown - often in the form of sacrifice. In KFP2 - Tigress was willing to sacrifice herself for Po, in return Po showing how mad he was to Shen who try to destroy people he loved the most one more time. KFP 3 - Po was willing to sacrifice himself (he is ordering everyone to RUN!!!) to make sure Tigress and the rest of the people he loved saved from villain Kai. In the first movie, Shifu summoned his student to help evacuate the village and run for their lives while he’ll fight Tai Lung until the end (implying until he die). 

4. Deaths of the loved one. There are deaths of Oogway and technically Po committed suicide. Also Panda mom was implied died sacrificing her life for her child (again hitting point no.3 above). Not sure whether in future KFP will reveal the fate of Tigress’s parents - my guess this would be as tragic. 

5. Great sense of responsibility. Tigress working hard to earn Shifu’s fatherly love, she even apologise when someone else chosen as Dragon Warrior : “Master, we have failed you.” (Today’s equivalent is when you apologise to your parent for failing exam!) Even Tai Lung was implied he trains so hard to earn Dragon Warrior title.

In conclusion, there is a chance that they will be officially together in future KFP movie, but I think that won’t happen in the fairytale way.