lia has feels

tumblr is really america-centric when it comes to discussing social issues, which tends to lead to ppl feeling like america is this backwards land while europe and canada are perfect places filled with completely non-prejudiced people which is just like…. such bullshit 

 I’m the first to admit america is awful but PLEASE, let’s not pretend like it’s the only colonialist, racist, homophobic, sexist, etc country out there. I’m tired of seeing posts about how “I’m moving to canada” in response to discrimination in america as if canada isn’t violently oppressing indigenous ppl in their country. pls. 

the west’s history of structural violence and genocide may be particularly obvious in america, but let’s not forget we all have a role in it. yes, america was built on slavery…. you know who else benefitted from slavery? the former british empire aka the ppl whose tea and accents and ‘total perfection’ anglophiles are currently squealing about. yes, america’s wealth is p. much a direct result of violent colonialism… you know who else benefitted from that? could it be canada? could it be spain? could it be france? could it be tons of countries in europe?? even *gasp* sweden has issues with racism and homophobia, regardless of how gr8 ikea is or how advanced that one tumblr post made you think they are. 

 I’m not trying to excuse the us because honestly our country fucking sucks, but I’m just saying, don’t excuse other places just because you don’t hear as much about their fucked up systems.

my #1 problem with all cp fancasts: not muscly enough!!! none of these boys could play hockey. where are the beefy arms. the broad shoulders. does it even matter if the jack fancast is a dreamboat if he couldn’t literally lift shitty up and throw him on his bed?? hM??

seriously though, I don’t understand this fandom’s obsession with typical-Night-Vale-weirdness-Cecil and straight-laced-boring-Carlos

Like, not when the canon is so much BETTER

Cecil, radio professional, goes to his job every day. Comes early, stays late. Is dedicated to the town as much as anyone can be. Then a new scientist comes to town and he FALLS IN LOVE INSTANTLY and things start to change

Because that scientist?? He’s dorky and brave and wants to know EVERYTHING and loves SCIENCE and EXISTENCE and has AMAZING HAIR. And he’s awkward and doesn’t always get social cues and they stumble through a year of crushing? Not crushing? And Cecil’s professionalism chips away and his life becomes less and less about his work and more about himself too.

And then Carlos does something dorky and brave and not at all sensible (standing in the middle of a city, albeit tiny, full of people who are declaring war on you? really??). And he gets hurt, and Cecil is sad, Cecil is CRUSHED, but they finally, finally get together. Carlos finally calls “for personal reasons.”

And you cannot tell me that Carlos is the serious and suave one, not when on their first date he wears a weekend lab coat and suggests they experiment on trees, not when he kisses Cecil and is probably wooed and flustered by his tunic and furry pants even as he’s wildly scientifically interested in the weird blob people.

So then it’s Carlos and Cecil together, teaching EACH OTHER. Cecil learns not to idealize Carlos, and Carlos learns to prioritize people over science sometimes, because they’re both two dweebs in love trying to figure it out and they both make mistakes and fumble through things. And it’s good! It’s beneficial! It’s a relationship — not one person always shooting the other down, but two people, growing together, reblogging each other’s wood carvings of cats and probably cuddling on the couch after long days.

It’s good for Cecil, for Carlos, for both of them, together and apart. As Steve Carlsberg said, Carlos softens Cecil, in all the right places. He doesn’t harden him, doesn’t make him less weird and wonderful. He softens him. Makes him more open.

And I know this separation arc is hard, and so many people are ready to turn against Carlos for not being physically there with Cecil. But this is a part of their relationship too. They have to learn to be independent so they can really be happy together. Cecil has to respect Carlos’ individual career aims, and Carlos has to continue his lessons on when and where science belongs vs. his personal life. And in all honesty, a conflict like this was inevitable. Cecil follows the Night Vale code of secrecy and silence, and Carlos’ whole life is dedicated to knowing things. If they never addressed that, it’d be a serious weak spot in their relationship.

I have so much love and optimism for this couple — for their canon characterization and interactions. I just wish the fandom would too.

last night, I went over to my mom’s house and my 9-year-old sister was listening to stronger than you from steven universe. I went over to talk to her about it and she got really excited and started naming all her favorite episodes (including ‘a lot of sad episodes’). she jumped up from the couch and started bragging about how her birthstone is ruby and that means that she makes up half of garnet, who she thinks is the coolest character in the show. I laughed and told her that was awesome, and then she told me that all she had left to do was find her sapphire.

my nine-year-old sister offhandedly mentioned herself in the context of a queer relationship and didn’t think it was at all abnormal. and she knows ruby and sapphire are together romantically— she also picked up on the rose and pearl relationship, which a lot of the fandom still struggles with. she knows that ruby and sapphire are lgbt, and she didn’t see anything wrong with being associated with that. I don’t know if she’s lgbt or not— she’s 9. but the fact that she is comfortable identifying with lgbt characters and treats those relationships as normal is SUCH a big deal.

straight relationships have always been the default. kids are assumed straight until proven otherwise, and compulsory heterosexuality is everywhere. the fact that steven universe has made it possible for kids — even just one kid, even just my sister — to see lgbt relationships in a positive light and to potentially envision themselves in one? that’s revolutionary. that would have changed my whole life when I was younger. and I always knew the power that representation could have, but I never really felt it until I talked to my sister about steven universe. I mean, this is a child whose grandmother told her she wouldn’t come to her wedding if she married a girl, and she’s still brave enough to talk about 'finding her sapphire?’ that’s huge. that’s important. and I’m so grateful that su has provided that for her.

so I saw a post recently joking about how the Hannibal fandom is the literal opposite of the MLP fandom (a bunch of teenage girls making a gory, violent, and sexual show for adults into flower crowns and puns and “girliness” vs. a bunch of [often adult and/or cis] guys making a “girly,” pun-y show for girls into gore, sex, and violence)

and it struck me as the perfect way to explain why the concept of “bronies” is so ridiculous and such a clear product of the patriarchy

because yeah, Hannibal has a HUGE female audience. the creator has addressed it and the network has pushed them to try to attract more guys because of it

but no one’s making liking the show all about being girls

there are no “hannibabes” or “hannigirls,” no articles on how unusual it is. the media doesn’t care, and no one on tumblr seems too surprised. it’s just how it is. 

in fact, when’s the last time — besides maybe the “gamer girl” trope that is constantly mocked — that a female audience has made a stink about enjoying “guy things”

it doesn’t happen. and don’t tell me it’s because girls don’t usually like “guy things” because I will link you so many examples of majority female fanbases for things we are not the intended audience for

it’s because things that cis boys like are always seen as gender neutral. DFAB people are taught throughout their formative years that they should be able to relate to cis boys. almost every iconic story, film, or show we are given has a cis male protagonist. the female characters we are given are almost always the love interest. if they’re the protagonist, they’re one dimensional tropes or all shoved into one genre like romantic comedy — a genre that’s seen as “for girls”

and yeah, at first I thought bronies were cool. I was excited because here was this whole group of cis guys who were celebrating something made for girls. I thought it would teach a whole bunch of people that just because there’s a woman present doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome

and maybe it has still taught some guys that. but more than that, I see thousands of men trying to distance themselves from the fact that it’s a “girl” show. I see the fandom equivalent of “no homo” sprayed across the internet. I see thousands of guys basically saying that yeah, we like a GIRL show, but DON’T WORRY. We’re not GIRLS. We’re BRONIES.

it’s pathetic. men should not feel the need to distance themselves from being seen as women or even from enjoying the same media. this is especially true when women never seem to feel the same. and honestly you can argue for bronies all you want, but the cause of this distancing is clear — cis men don’t want to be compared to women because they see women as inferior. 

one of the things that bothers me about the body positivity movement on tumblr is how fucking airbrushed it is.

like, there’s the obvious problem that 99% of bodies being celebrated are white and cis. (I am also white and cis, so I do benefit from this). and then there’s just the simple fact that the girls being celebrated do not look like real fat girls. they’re just too SMOOTH.

look at body positive art. the women are always drawn with huge breasts and smaller waists and no discernible blemishes. even trans girls are drawn like this— there’s no celebration of trans girls who haven’t transitioned or who don’t have the ‘ideal’ fat body. every fat girl is drawn the same, and that’s as a slightly wider version of a skinny girl. their skin is clear and their short shorts don’t curl up their thighs and their crop tops don’t bite into their stomachs. their clothes fit like fiction. every fat girl who’s worn high waisted jeans knows that they don’t fit like that. they bite into your stomach and leave red imprints of the buttons. the bottom of your shorts strain. bellies stick out from under your crop tops. I love wearing these clothes— short skirts, tank tops, clothes that I’ve been told my whole life are not mine to wear. but when I look at art of other fat girls wearing them, I always have to take pause. because that’s not how I look in those clothes. that’s not how those clothes fit. and I never feel like I fit how anyone wants me to be, because my breasts are small and my stomach is big and the backs of my thighs look like cottage cheese sometimes. and I still have it easy, comparatively— I’m still white and cis and close enough to how they want me to be to sometimes fit in.

but I still don’t look like anyone you’re drawing. and I get that it’s hard to draw realistic women, but body positive drawings should have stretch marks. body positive drawings should have cellulite. fat women’s thighs are bumpy under their short skirts. when you draw cute pics of us in lingerie, there should be texture to our asses. it’s not ugly, it’s reality, and not including it just keeps up this idea of what the ‘ideal’ fat girl should look like.

and you shouldn’t just draw these things when they’re convenient. I’ve noticed that even when people purposefully draw stretch marks they look more like little white lines than the jagged, raised stretchmarks I’ve seen. and they’re always in the least offensive spaces— on the hips, where they meet the stomach. what about across the breasts? on thighs? spreading across the belly? the actual fat girls I know have stretch marks like this. I have stretch marks on my inner thighs. it’s not what we see as sexy, but it’s real. and if you’re claiming to celebrate reality— to celebrate women whose bodies are the way they are— I’m going to need more than jennifer-lawrence-if-she-was-a-size-14. I’m going to need to see actual fat girls, and I’m going to need to see them now.

ok but consider: the haus has a horror movie marathon. 

ransom and holster try to act brave, shitty and bitty scream and get scared, and jack is the only one who’s actually minimally affected. he doesn’t really get the whole horror movie genre, so he spends most of his time like ‘why are they acting this way. why did they go outside. why don’t they call the police.’ bitty tries to livetweet it but he keeps getting scared and forgetting. and, of course, they have to play a horror movie drinking game. the end result is everyone (but jack) being super drunk, super scared, and clinging to each other as they spill all over everything. 

after it’s all over, shitty’s like ‘there’s no fucking way I’m sleeping by myself tonight’ and crawls into jack’s bed. jack tries to reason with him, but quickly sees that there’s no way out of this, and he lets shitty cuddle up to him. ransom and holster’s bravado slowly disappeared as they got drunker and drunker, and they stare up the attic stairs for a while before giving up and crawling into jack’s bed too. bitty tries to stay strong, but he keeps hearing noises in his room and there are so many dark corners, and eventually he takes señor bunny and goes into jack’s room. there’s like four bros all sleeping sideways on the bed, their legs hanging off or tucked into their chest, snuggling against each other. jack opens his eyes and smiles sleepily and gestures for bittle to join them, and bitty squirms his way in the middle of them all and falls asleep feeling happy and warm and safe and not at all scared

Okay, so I keep seeing people talk about Pearl as Rose’s “lieutenant” but like… this just doesn’t make sense to me

Yeah, Pearl made it seem as though she’s was Rose’s right hand, but we saw that she didn’t have a realistic understanding of their relationship. She also said that Rose told her everything and had no secrets from her, which is obviously untrue.

And it just doesn’t make sense that Pearl would’ve been the second in command. The gems respected Rose and listened to her decisions — if she thought Pearl was the most qualified to lead besides herself, they would still be following her. Also, Pearl’s behavior doesn’t match someone who has always had some degree of authority. Rather, Pearl is constantly turning to Garnet to tell her what to do. So is Amethyst for that matter. So are all of them. Even when you look back to the picture of the four of them in the past, Garnet is clearly framed to be Rose’s strong right arm. She is punching the shark, brave and heroic, while Rose stands regally… and Amethyst and Pearl scramble to grab a human. Not exactly the most lieutenant-y behavior from Pearl.

So what if Pearl was less of Rose’s lieutenant (which has battle/leadership implications) and more of her lady-in-waiting? It fits all the theories about Rose being gem royalty, but it works even without it. And honestly, it makes more sense to me in terms of Pearl’s characterization. She’s fussy and constantly worrying over other people. Her whole life seems dedicated to caring for Steven. When she said “Everything I ever did, I did for her” that didn’t feel like something a lieutenant would say — but it would make sense if she was her lady-in-waiting of sorts. If she were a servant and a friend, someone dedicated not to the home world in general or to the army in general, but to Rose specifically. It would also explain why Rose might’ve been more comfortable confiding in Pearl — Pearl was there during all of her intimate moments and may have been close to her for the longest. Or why she had that special, you don’t have to stay conversation with her — she might’ve been worried Pearl would feel obligated because of her position.

I just think it makes more sense as far as their characterization goes.

Holllllllyy shit I just checked this blog and noticed for the first time that I had 764 followers hi guys! Sorry I don’t check in much!

For those unaware, my name is Lia (of penguinsledding and kataangprompts fame). I made this blog just so that there would be more Kataang on my dash. I’ve done this with another sideblog before - astridforchief, to be specific. The way it works is that I go on MASSIVE Kataang fanart splurges where I go on Deviantart and find literally hundreds of pieces and queue them. This means that I don’t check this blog or its follower count for months at a time - I just enjoy seeing the fanart again on my dash whenever it posts.

Because I do not create any of the art, it’s very important to me that their artists get their credit. Please, please, please click on the links every once in a while. If a fanart makes you smile or laugh or cry or frown, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell the artist. I’ll sacrifice a reblog, a like, a note if it means that the artist gets a comment to brighten their day. I’m really glad that you all follow this blog, and I’m really glad that I get to help bring some awesome Kataang to you, but don’t forget who’s REALLY working here.

Again, thank you all for following! Drop by my main blog for a chat sometime!

y'know those followers who are always liking and reblogging all of your posts, and so they start meaning a lot to you even before you ever talk to them, and then you get really afraid to follow them or talk to them because like… what if you have to unfollow for some reason? what if it gets ruined?

I have a lot of followers like that