making this was a struggle and a half

friend: whats so good about jojo lol

me, thinking: jojo’s bizarre adventure is a breath of fresh air. it has an amazing set of characters for each part, and all the characters are believable. the characters are deep and meaningful, and all go through real, human struggles. lots of characters go through some sort of trauma; and lots of them get through it and overcome it. the trauma of these characters isnt used as a plot point, rather a way to show how strong the character is, and how these traumas dont reduce these characters or weaken them. take a look at nearly half of the protagonists of part 5; most of them have dealt with abusive parents. and yet they overcome that, making them strong, independent characters. and they care. they care about eachother and have healthy relationships with one another. they showcase that despite being victims, despite being hurt, they can still be happy, they can still do fantastic things. they arent broken. secondly, none of the characters in any part are shota/lolicon. it is so very common to see some sort of young character in a series to be seen as “moe,” and they often get sexualized, despite being minors. in jojo’s bizarre adventure, however, there is not one minor that is overtly sexualized. i feel that this is important; pedophilia shouldn’t be normalized, and shows in which loli/shotacon is present is harmful. jojo steers clear from that toxic trope. there are scenes where a character who is a minor is in a situation that could be seen as sexual (ie, valentine advancing on lucy,) but that, instead of being portrayed as “hot,” is instead portrayed as creepy and wrong. oh, and the diversity!! there is a character for everyone in jojo. there are so many significant characters of color (muhammad avdol, enrico pucci, sandman, to name a few) and none are stereotyped. there are also openly lgbtq+ characters. in fact, probably the most recognizable character in all of jojo, dio brando, is canonly bisexual. two more characters, gelato and sorbet, are gay!! this is groundbreaking, not only because this wasn’t very common for a manga series in the 80’s-90’s, but because jojo is such a huge thing in japan. to have a series this big have multiple lgbtq+ characters is extraordinary. and the lgbtq+ characters aren’t even there just for fanservice! they are all well-written, thought out characters. there are no tropes for these characters. lastly, jojo has something for everyone. whether you’re into hardcore action animes with a dark mystery surrounding them, or a slice-of-life fan who likes more light-hearted plots, jojo fits everything. even if you arent a fan of really intense action animes, part 2 still brings you in with joseph joestar’s jokester attitude. and if you despise the slice-of-life genre, part 4 has enough mystery and action to make up for it. with spectacular diverse characters who are well thought out, the avoidance of toxic tropes, and the fantastic plot that reels you right in, i feel that jojo might just be one of the best series out there !!

me on the outside: big beefy macho men

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Rainbows Don’t Pay The Bills: Workers on Verge of Strike at the Los Angeles LGBT Center
"I’m not even the lowest paid worker there, but I still qualify for public housing."

As one of the largest LGBTQI organizations in the country, Los Angeles’ LGBT Center should counter the systems of inequality that have left so many in our communities without financial security and a safe home. Instead, the Center is perpetuating those systems of inequality within its very organizational structure.

The LGBT Center employs hundreds of LGBTQI workers; yet, it pays many of those workers poverty wages. Over half of the Center’s hourly workers are paid less than $15 an hour—salaries so low that these workers qualify for CalFresh food stamps, housing voucher programs, and other forms of public assistance. While staff struggle to make ends meet, the Center’s CEO, Lorri L. Jean pays herself an annual salary of $440,000, and another $60,000 in bonuses—making her one of the highest paid LGBTQ organizational directors in the country.

‬How can the Center be entrusted to care for our community and advocate for a more fair society when those in charge display a blatant disregard for their own workforce, most of whom are LGBTQI themselves?

‬What weight does the Center’s equality discourse have when queer folks—especially those who are marginalized by race, class, disability, and immigration status—continue to be kept down by dangerously low wages?

This is incredibly important and I urge you to read the entire article. You can’t claim to fight for justice if you don’t pay your workers just wages. 

AU where all of Homestuck is some sort of tv or movie series where all the trolls and humans are actually trolls and humans, but they’re all just actors dealing with the bullshit lines they have to do..

Karkat yelling himself hoarse for all of his lines and constantly needing to take lozenges and water and stuff because he keeps straining his voice in character.

Mituna just getting frustrated over all his lines being so nonsensical so he just bullshit ad-libs more than half of it into gibberish nonsense, yet it still makes the cut.

Supreme pun characters like Nepeta, Horuss, Feferi, and Meenah collaborating because they’re just told to read the scripts and force in as many puns as they can think of.

Eridan and Cronus constantly struggling with their wwavvy vwawvy accents being kept in place while they’re talking. (ws and vs are hard. it’s hard and no one understands)

Dave having to stop constantly because he keeps losing his stoic face and voice from so many of the lines he has to say. Same with Jake who constantly mocks his own character when not on set.

Gamzee tripping over his own lines because he’s getting the way his words are pronounced screwy because he talks so weird.

Damara actually speaking Japanese and she sometimes just speaks Japanese off-set to screw with people and they aren’t sure if she’s flirting or just messing with them in character.

Fucking Kankri having to memorize entire monologues of text when he speaks and having to stop because he’s just so done with so much of what he has to say. Plus deals with the same voice exhaustion problems Karkat does.

did anyone else notice when tony knocks steve down toward the end of the fight in siberia, and steve struggles to drag himself back to his feet, and we cut to a wider shot that makes everyone, but especially steve, look so fucking small, and it’s like steve is a little guy in brooklyn again fighting off the bullies, and he stands up and wobbles a bit just like he did in that scene in catfa, but his eyes are hard as steel when they meet tony’s, and he says, for the thousandth time, i can do this all day

then, even though he’s laid out on the cold stone, beaten and bloody and broken, even though he’s half-unconscious and he just lost his goddamn arm fighting tony, bucky takes steve’s words like a cue, drags himself toward tony as best he can, and his best isn’t that great right now, but it’s enough, because he grabs tony’s ankle and tony’s distracted from steve, turning around to fight off a defenseless bucky, which gives steve the opening he needs

did anyone else notice that even though he’s totally shattered and half-dead himself, bucky jumps into this fight same as the one we saw way back in 1943, same as all the other fights steve started back in brooklyn but couldn’t finish alone; did anyone else notice that even though this whole fight was about steve saving bucky, in the end, it was still bucky who saved steve?

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#ChaePrinceDay
Happy Birthday to Monsta X’s visual, vocalist and dancer, Chae Hyungwon! 🐢 (Born on January 15, 1994).

Asked and Answered: “You Are Already A Good Man”

President Obama offers encouragement to a young veteran who is struggling with transitioning back to civilian life.

Leaving the military can be challenging for many service members. From worrying about their next career steps, to deciding whether to go back to school, to finding a path forward through the mental and physical wounds of war, veterans face a unique set of challenges in navigating their post-military lives.

Patrick Holbrook, a young veteran from Hawaii, wrote to the President about his struggles with these fears. As Patrick says, “I wasn’t afraid in Afghanistan, but I am horrified at the thought of my future.”

When President Obama took office nearly eight years ago, he made a commitment to make sure veterans like Patrick get the care and support they need when transition back to civilian life. And today, we’ve made important progress. We’ve cut veteran homelessness in half. We’re delivering mental health care to more veterans than ever before. More veterans have access to health care and the unemployment rate among veterans has been cut by more than half since its peak in 2011. And in all 50 states, veterans who have recently transitioned out of the military qualify for in-state tuition at public universities. But President Obama knows there’s more work to do to address the challenges that veterans face — and that the task of serving those who have fought for us will never be finished.

You can read Patrick’s letter and the President’s response below. And for more information on mental health resources for veterans, visit VA.gov.

Dear, Mr. President

It’s late in the evening here in Oahu, and the sun will soon be sinking behind the horizon onto the ocean. I sight that gives me comfort when times are confusing, and peace at the end of a long day. Sir, I was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 it was my first deployment, and my last. I was medically retired from the US Army, and after some discussion with my family moved here to help heal the wounds — it is slow in coming, but I remain hopeful. I started college when I arrived here it has been a difficult experience, but this summer God willing; I will be a college graduate. It’s a funny thing fear, I wasn’t afraid in Afghanistan, but I am horrified at the thought of my future. I want to serve my country, make a difference, and live up to the potential my family sees in me. I am scared I think, because I have no plan on what employment to pursue. It is something that is extremely difficult to me, and with my family leaving the island soon; I am truly lost. Sir, all my life I’ve tried to find what a Good man is, and be that man, but I release now life is more difficult for some. I’m not sure where I am going, and it is something that I can not shake. P.S. I watched your final State of the Union, and I thought it was well spoken. I too dream of a sustainable future for the next generation.

Sincerely,

Patrick A. Holbrook

Read the President’s response:

The White House

Washington

Patrick — 

Thank you for your thoughtful letter, and more importantly for your service and sacrifice. I can tell from your letter you are already a good man; you just need to find the calling that will express that goodness — or it will find you. So trust yourself, and remember that your Commander in Chief didn’t know what he would do with his life till he was in his thirties!

Barack Obama

Read more letters from veterans to President Obama, and explore all the letters in the Letters to President Obama archive.

Trans Activist: Listen to trans people about their struggles and what is and isn’t hurting them.

Dysphoric Person: Saying you can be trans when you don’t have dysphoria hurts us. It makes our painful condition out to be a choice, personality trait, or glorified gender role. It’s turning my already stigmatized medical condition into a joke. People roll their eyes and don’t take me seriously and ask if I’m “void gender” or “demiagenderflux” or use ‘Bunself pronouns” and then laugh. When I go to trans groups online or IRL half the people don’t have a lick of dysphoria and want to talk about clothes and pronouns and we can never talk about medical transition and coping with dysphoria, and when we do they all have to make sure we know they can be trans despite not having dysphoria or needing to socially or medically transition much. Doctor’s aren’t taking me seriously and are more hesitant to prescribe me meds because they’ve had several people detransition after finding out HRT makes them dysphoric because they were already comfortable with their body parts.

Trans Activist: No it doesn’t lol. Jump off a bridge please.

I have some half-formed thoughts on that last post about Kaneki still being inherently the same character, now that I’ve had a little longer to think about it. I do agree that he still bears the same uncertain, lonely, dismal threads as the original college student we met in the beginning of the series, but when I tried to think of ways that he has changed, Haise immediately came to mind. He was actually fairly assertive and good at making quick decisions. 


He still dealt with feelings of uncertainty, and definitely struggled as a social pariah as a ghoul working for an anti-ghoul organization, but for the most part he was able to lead and teach, protect and move forward, even when his plans were unconventional and people disagreed with him. 

He was even more confident during undercover operations, where he could pretend to be someone else entirely.

Granted, I still see a lot of the same old Kaneki in Haise. Even in his freedom to choose his own path,  the decision to hold onto his past was a heart-wrenching fold to the inevitable.

Haise knew deeply that Kaneki wasn’t going to go away, so he gave in.

It’s horribly sad, and unfortunately I think the thing that keeps Kaneki in this pitiable mindset half the time is that he’s right. Every hand he’s been dealt has been shit, and it’s often not his fault. “This is how it is, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it”. His father died and there was nothing he could do about it. His mother died and there was nothing he could do about it. He was victim to a medical experiment and there was nothing he could do about it. He was tortured, he was beaten into the ground, he was set up to have Eto bash his memories back in, he was set up to kill Arima and inherit his title as the One-Eyed King…

You see, even when he tries to have autonomy, it’s taken away. It’s completely understandable that he has a hard time feeling confident in himself when his history is so rife with relentless loss and feelings of helplessness. 

How does he make a good decision for both himself and others when so often it feels like it doesn’t even matter? 

But I digress. Back to the point I was making before, I think it’s important not to forget how much louder Haise’s confidence was without the weight of his past dragging him down. Even though he’s essentially the same person at his core, having the support of his makeshift family and (at least the illusion of) being able to let his past go gave him the opportunity to rise just a little bit above the mental cage his trauma has built around him. 


So, in terms of hope for Kaneki, Haise shouldn’t be forgotten. Akira’s memory provided that he was still anti-social and weak-willed before she met him, but he wasn’t that way by the time we did. Ishida said once that TG doesn’t necessarily have to end in tragedy, and while Kaneki won’t be “cured” of his mental illnesses in the long-run, Haise is an example of what a person needs to find better mental health: love, connections with fellow beings, and constant attainable goals. 

I think Kaneki is on the right path to find those things. 

You know what I really like about Miraculous Ladybug? Marinette is half-Chinese superhero, a superhero that is a European half-Asian teenage girl. She’s liked by most of her class, the Parisians love her alter-ego, she does good, she’s not stereotyped for her race. As diaspora like myself, she struggles with connecting with her Chinese relatives (especially since living in a non-English speaking country, it makes communication that more difficult), and having Westerners actually having an easier time communicating with them than her! Her race, however, is never a negative issue, and it is shown as still important to her family. Her mom is clearly a Chinese woman, and their home is decorated with a blend of Western and Chinese décor just like mine.

This is just so heart-warming to me!

I have never seen such a high and well-represented protagonism of someone of Asian descent in a non-Asian and non-American setting, and tbh, that is something I kinda need right now, what with this mis- or just plain non-representation of Asians in the West, and due to the generalized American-centrism, even when reclaiming representation for the Asian diaspora, forgetting that we exist all around the globe, and not just in the USA.

A Message to all my INFP Tumblr Friends:

As an INFP, I find myself settling for things in life when I should be seeking for more. I find myself excepting the toxic relationships, when I should be looking for people who treat me right. So here is my advice to you: Don’t be like me and settling for crap. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, encourage you, and make you think deeply about life and all of its beauty and mystery. You don’t deserve half-assed friendships or relationships. You don’t deserve to feel like you are giving more than you receive from people in return. You deserve people who absolutely adore you even if you don’t adore yourself. Even if you feel like you aren’t worthy in some way. Even if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or feel like you can never measure up to other peoples expectations of who they want you to be. I don’t care what your skin color is or what your sexual orientation may be. You are worthy of love. So I hope I encourage someone out there when is say this: even if you feel like your life is devoid of hope and you feel utterly helpless and alone, I can tell you that this is not the end. I know there is more to life because I’ve been there. You can overcome more than you think you can because you are strong. So find your inner fire and demand more from your life. Seek the good and you will find it. 

On the importance of writing consistently

Writing consistently hides a multitude of sins. You would be surprised. In my opinion, the most important thing you can do in graduate school is to write every day for at least 15 minutes. This is not a new idea. There is a great book out there called Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes A Day, and this sounds totally laughable. And….. it is. You can’t write your dissertation if you really only spend 15 minutes a day working on it. But the magic is in the “a day” part - writing every day (every weekday, at least) makes it easier to write every day. That sounds cyclical, but what happens is that when you force yourself to sit down and write for 15 minutes, even if all you write is half a sentence, the next day will be easier. And the day after that will be easier. 

This doesn’t mean you won’t struggle. You will. But the magic is in those 15 minutes. Just like Kimmy Schmidt declares that she can do anything for 10 seconds, you can write for 15 minutes. You can. It doesn’t have to be good writing. It doesn’t have to be fast writing. Just write. Do it. 

After a while, push yourself a bit. Do 2 sessions of 15 minutes each. Then expand those 15 minute sessions to 20 minutes. Keep expanding. Then, on those hard days, those days where you can’t do it, fall back on your “at least 15 minutes” plan. 

So when you hit this point, of writing every weekday for at least 15 minutes, you will still have your ups and downs. Days where the words won’t come, where you spend 45 minutes staring at the page and manage to get 3 sentences out. The beauty of consistency is that you will also have days where you write 3 pages in those 45 minutes. If you’re writing every day, whether you have a good day or a bad day doesn’t matter. They will balance each other out, and over time you will have more good days and the bad days won’t matter as much. 

Do you think you’re lazy? Are you a big procrastinator? Writing for 15 minutes a day is something even the laziest procrastinator can do - I should know, because I used to think of myself as a lazy procrastinator. Just showing up every day and putting words on paper, no matter how bad, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, will, over time, conquer any real or perceived laziness and overcome procrastination. 

You can do this. I promise. Just give me 15 minutes a day to start. 

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Narkik Weekend - Day #2  Narkik // Inukag 

From @narqueen amazing analysis: “One of the major themes of the series is the conflict of fragmented identity; this is embodied the best between inuyasha versus naraku - inuyasha, who struggles internally with the desire to be a half demon and his humanity & love for kagome, compared to naraku, who struggles physically (by constantly shape-shifting his body) to shed himself of his humanity & his love for kikyou. this literary archetype is called the shadow - a formidable opponent who mirrors the darker psyche of the hero; a character to both compare & contrast with the hero.

in fact, inukag and narkik are one another’s “shadows” - the relationships themselves are nearly-perfect contrasting mirrors of one another.”

Things Ravenclaw's tend to do

These are the many things I find myself doing too much, so here’s a list of ravenclaw struggles.

• Procrastinate…… alot (you can’t tell me you don’t because you do. Though if you don’t TELL ME YOUR SECRET)

• Grill their slytherin friend when they are behind in work.

• Which is very hypocritical on our half.

• Make a list of things to do.

• Misplace list of things. (Happens a lot more than you think.)

•we worry too much and normally end up having panic attacks. (Cue slytherin and hufflepuff friend.)

• Make another list, with cheesey ‘you can do it’ and 'just relax you’ll be fine’ notes.

• The more work we have, the more the procrastination levels rise.

• In the end you ignore the list you remade and suffer cause you let procrastination take over.

•*insert sarcastic slytherin friend support and booting you up the butt.*

• Somehow you pull through but suffering with lack of sleep and mental capacity.

• Then get teased cause everything your college friends have said has blew right over your head so you have no idea what’s going on.


Either way your a ravenclaw and whether people like you or not, be yourself because I wouldn’t change you for the world. Everyone is different and that makes you, you.

Love looney lou xxx

merry christmas everyone, i know the holidays are a struggle for some but i hope you find happiness during the festive season and i hope your hearts are warm and soft and full of love. make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate, cuddle up by the fireplace, hug your dog or your cat, watch a nice video, hang up some fairy lights, do something that makes you happy. you all deserve happiness and you all deserve to have a wonderful christmas day

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I’m absolutely in love with the lighting used here.

So far this season, the lighting in their scenes has been provided by artificial light - mostly used down in the bunker, and mostly seen with an interesting half green glow. The half green light signified a struggle within Oliver: between Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow. But there’s no green light here because here, he’s just Oliver. There’s no hood or mask, no Green Arrow or Overwatch: there’s just Oliver and Felicity. On top of that, there’s no more artificial light between them because there’s no longer this secret between them. Because Felicity’s secret is out in the open now, they can be real with each other. 

The sunlight makes this scene shine. It makes their smiles more genuine. It’s a bright light, a real light, and a hopeful light. It’s beautiful.

Jehan Headcanons (cause i love them)

They have really sensitive skin so when they find face wash that doesn’t burn, they buy it in bulk.

They have a really popular aesthetic blog. It mainly consists of positive messages on a pastel background and flowers.

If they get sunburned, they make jokes that their skin wants to be like their hair.

They organize their bookshelf by the colors of the rainbow. It also has fairy lights wrapped around it.

They struggle with matching socks. Even if they are wearing white socks, they will be two different brands. 

They have 15 different floral cardigans.

When they braid their hair, it’s always a french braid. If they braid someone else’s hair, it will be a dutch braid.

They pick up random leaves and flowers from the street or park and press them. They have filled two and a half books with them.

When they get sick, they have the cutest little kitten sneezes. They also hoard all the blankets and have at least 3 boxes of tissues.

Because of the amount of poetry they read, it’s not uncommon for them to speak in rhyme without noticing it.

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Love yourself no matter your shape or size. If you want a donut? You have that donut. Screw what society is telling you and do what makes YOU happy!
@taylorswift all I can do is thank you for introducing us to so many positive and inspiring people, many struggling with the same issues, who do nothing but lift each other up with their friendliness and smiles. A few days ago I did not even know half of the people involved in this project, but now knowing that each one of them would be there for me and stand up for me through anything. None of this would have been possible without your loving energy bringing us together. So, have a donut for us all? 🍩

Phan fluff: ice skating

It was a good idea he’d said, it’ll be fun he’d said. Phil was sat on the edge of the frozen lake watching his boyfriend trying not to look impressed. Dan who had somehow convinced him to come on this ‘romantic’ ice skating trip was an amazing skater, he glided across the ice gracefully, each step he took was carried out with precision and rhythm like it came naturally to him. Phil on the other hand had given up after about half an hour, everyone knew how clumsy he was, Dan had always teased him for it. He’d tried his best, he really had. He wanted to make Dan happy but he really couldn’t get the hang of it.

Phil was watching the brown haired boy in awe. He sat on the bench at side of the rink sipping a coffee, he was so cold that he was exhaling a foggy mist and his numbed fingers struggled to grip his cup. But wait, where had Dan gone. One minute he’d been there gliding across the ice, the next minute Phil had lost him in a sea of smiling family’s and cold tourists.

‘Phil!’ Dan grabbed Phil’s shoulder causing him to nearly spill his coffee.
’D D, Dan’ He stuttered half from shock half from the cold.
'Come on, Skate with me’ Dan took Phil’s hand and dragged him onto the ice before he could object.
'No, wait dan I…’ Phil slid all over the place, waving his arms to keep his balance. Dan was giggling.
'I’m going to fall!’ Phil leaned forward and began to fall, Dan stepped in front of him and caught him with ease. 'Not on my watch you aren’t’ Phil didn’t want to let go of Dan, he rested his head on Dan’s shoulder.
'Come on you’ve got this’ Dan was about to let go.
'No Dan I’m scared, you’re so good at this and I…’ Phil lifted his head looked into Dan’s eyes, his arms still resting on his shoulders for balance.
'It’s ok, I’ve got you’ Dan smiled giving Phil a kiss on the cheek and then taking his hand.

They didn’t half look strange, two fully grown men wrapped around eachother struggling to stay on their feet. People didn’t half stare at then but they didn’t care, they carried on giggling and covering distance (very little distance, but distance none the less).

They had eventually managed to skate right to the edge of the lake.
'Hey Dan, I think I’m getting the hang if it!’ Phil beamed proudly, he took one of his arms off Dan and steadied himself.
'Be careful phi…’
Phil’s arms were flailing again, his feet were slipping all over the place, he grabbed hold of Dan who seemed to be very much struggling to stay up himself. With the added weight of Phil, Dan couldn’t stay up and both boys ended up in heap in the snow.
'I, I told you I couldn’t do it’ Phil sighed.
'Oh but you were doing good’
'Yeah until collapsed on top of you’ Phil laughed, he had made no effort to get off of Dan.
'you’ll get the hang of it’ Dan looked up at Phil who he was awkwardly pinned under, his blue eyes glistened like icicles. 'But in the mean time’
Dan leaned into Phil’s lips until they touched his own, he expected them to be cold and numb like his own but they were warm and soft. The bitting melted snow surrounding them had started to seep into their clothes, but they didn’t care. They wanted to be caught in this moment forever. Snowflakes began to fall from the sky, dancing and twirling until they fell to the ground. Phil pulled away and looked down at Dan fondly. 'Can you get off me now, I’m freezing’ Dan giggled.

MBTI Insults
  • ENTP: I fart to make you smell better.
  • ENFP: You pinecone !!11!!1!!11! (said every squirrel ever)
  • INTJ: You could get lost in an elevator.
  • INFJ: I pray that we may become Better Strangers.
  • ESFP: I don't know what's wrong with you, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.
  • ESTP: You would struggle to find hay in a haystack.
  • ISFJ: Ugly.
  • ISTJ: If a throw a stick at you, will you leave?
  • ENFJ: :(
  • ESFJ: You'd struggle to pour water out of a boot that had the instructions on the heel.
  • INFP: You lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ISFP: If you were half as smart as you think you are, you'd be twice as smart as you really are.
  • ISTP: PEBKAC (problem exists between keyboard and chair, slang for "you don't know how to use a computer")
  • INTP: You are a Euclidean point––a position without substance.
  • ENTJ: Are you a Russian doll? Because you are so full of yourself.
  • ESTJ: You stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder!