minority society

anonymous asked:

saying that every cis person is mildly transphobic , but i think you should clarify your meaning in this statement. Branding them as transphobic is a large statement, and it implys they actively seek to marginalize all trans people, but they don't. Their "fear" is just humanities implicit fear of change and differences. They might feel uncomfortable, but that can change. It is quite the dammning, overarching statement to brand every cis person as transphobe when really its just initial confusion

kids aren’t born racist. people aren’t “afraid of difference” they are taught to be disgusted/afraid of minorities by society and the media.

but furthermore, i don’t care somebody’s reason for having mild transphobia. they are likely to hurt me either way.

The Democrats are honestly, objectively, the most idiotic party in this country if they exist as a party actually trying to gain seats and not as some complex money laundering or fraud scheme pulling in billions from like ten very wealthy Libs in NY & LA.

I mean, everything from their rush to the right by compromising on every single policy goal before even getting into office and announcing the policy to appease Republicans who will never actually vote for them over their own party in anything but totally inconsequential numbers, to actively trying to blunt the impact of actual Leftist movements by fiercely adopting rabid right-wing talking points on single payer healthcare feasibility to their suicidal insistence that nothing is actually wrong at all everything is fine.

I mean, this country has a lot of things that are fundamentally broken. The Right-wing parties have made tremendous gains because they’re vocalizing that fact, they’re saying that we’re in the midst of a generation-killing opioid epidemic, that while the economy has recovered for a handful of firms on Wall Street the average family is just as economically insecure as in 2008, our savings just as depleted, earnings even lower and jobs even less secure even if there are more of them and that something needs to give or something needs to change. They’ve taken to blaming foreigners & minorities for all societies ills, to catastrophic results.

The Left, largely, blames capitalism for the issues we’re facing, that attacking our problems via universal healthcare & universal basic income or at the very least a living minimum wage & stronger workers unions will fix a lot of the issues at hand.

 The Centrists & the soft-Right, the people that make up the Dems, though, they insist that nothing is wrong. Everything is fine. They run and lose on campaigns of ‘America Is Already Great’, empty rhetoric that hedges bets against itself even as they’re announcing it, promises that come with the caveat ‘this is the best we can offer, and we’re willing to settle for much worse’. They see a healthcare crisis and they’ll offer you a partial tax credit reimbursement on discounted Uber rides to the emergency room and say that preserving a system you can’t even afford a plan in is a tremendous victory for all of us, and that pushing for single payer universal healthcare is a ridiculous pipe dream and you’re a piece of shit purity-testing loon if you point out how much money they get from insurance companies every year to say that.

The Republicans are wrong. Deeply, fundamentally, they are wrong, and they are bad for this country but the Democrats are deeply, fundamentally stupid and they’ll let the Republicans get away with anything if the alternative is even the tiniest bit of socialism.

i actually cant believe a ‘minor attracted person’ community exists

oh wait i can actually cos this is tumblr and anything goes not matter how many times u report these blogs nothing fucking happens and they’re able to continue to post kiddie porn and attempt to justify their “kinks”

apparently ‘non contact’ maps are harmless members of society like no… children shouldn’t be sexualised by anyone… the fact that u have those thoughts makes u a fuckin pedophile and it makes u sexually attracted to children and therefore attracted to their vulnerability and innocence and even if u dont act on this, u can still think about acting on it and therefore u will always have the capabilities of doing so.

let kids be kids! only a sick person would take joy in fantasising about destroying their innocence. it doesn’t matter if you’re out raping the kids youre so attracted to or not like BEING ATTRACTED TO THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE IS WRONG and its not a fucking mental illness god that excuse is so disrespectful to those who actually suffer any form of mental illness/ disability

the police need to be on this shit. cos thinking this way abt children is fickjng gross and cruel, let alone actively blogging and attempting to justify pedophilia. it. is. disgusting.

Myers Briggs Type & Political Affiliation (Old Data)

As you can see, from observing the table, there are a few things that stand out:

  • xSTJs and xNTJs identify as Republican the most.
  • Democrat affiliation is lowest among rational types.
  • Democrats are represented highest among “SF” and “NF” types.ESTJs mostly identify as Republican.
  • INTPs followed by ENTPs identify mostly as Independent.

THE MBTI TYPES AND POLITICAL ISSUES

1. GUN CONTROL

  • Conservatives believe that individual Americans have a right to defend themselves and their families with guns and that right cannot be taken away by any method short of a Constitutional Amendment. The Second Amendment gives the individual the right to keep and bear arms. Gun control laws do not thwart criminals. You have a right to defend yourself against criminals. More guns mean less crime.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP
  • Liberals believe by taking arms away from law abiding citizens, they can prevent criminals, who aren’t going to abide by gun control laws, from using guns in the commission of crimes. The Second Amendment gives no individual the right to own a gun, but allows the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Guns kill people. Guns kill children.
    Relevant function: Introverted Intuition
    Likely in favor by: INTJ, INFJ, ENTJ, ENFJ

2. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

  • Conservatives believe that we should live in a color blind society where every individual is judged on the content of his character and the merits of his/her actions. People should be admitted to schools and hired for jobs based on their ability. It is unfair to use race as a factor in the selection process. Reverse discrimination is not a solution for racism.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP
  • Liberals believe that it’s okay to discriminate based on race as long as it primarily benefits minority groups. Due to prevalent racism in the past, minorities were deprived of the same education and employment opportunities as whites. We need to make up for that. Support affirmative action based on the belief that America is still a racist society. Minorities still lag behind whites in all statistical measurements of success. Also, the presence of minorities creates diversity.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

3. SOCIAL WELFARE

  • Conservatives oppose long-term welfare. We need to provide opportunities to make it possible for poor and low-income workers to become self-reliant. It is far more compassionate and effective to encourage a person to become self-reliant, rather than keeping them dependent on the government for money.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals think that the solution to every problem is another government program. Even when those new programs create new problems, often worse than the ones that were being fixed in the first place, the solution is always….you guessed it, another government program. They support social welfare. They want welfare to provide for the poor. To liberals, conservatives oppose welfare because they are not compassionate toward the poor. We have welfare to bring fairness to American economic life. Without welfare, life below the poverty line would be intolerable.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

4. ECONOMY

  • Conservatives are capitalists and believe that entrepreneurs who amass great wealth through their own efforts are good for the country and shouldn’t be punished for being successful. The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise afford the widest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Intuition, Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ENTP, ENFP, ENTJ, ESTJ
  • Liberals are socialists who view successful business owners as people who cheated the system somehow or got lucky. That’s why they don’t respect high achievers and see them as little more than piggy banks for their programs. Favor a market system in which government regulates the economy. We need government to protect us against big businesses. Unlike the private sector, the government is motivated by public interest. We need government regulation to level the playing field.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling, Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, INFP, ISTJ, ISFJ

5. ABORTION

  • Conservatives believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child and since we believe that infanticide is wrong, we oppose abortion. Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. Nobody has the right to murder a human being. Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” (partial birth abortion – the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside. An incision is made in the back of the baby’s neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out. The head is then removed from the uterus.)
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals, largely believe that abortion ends the life of an innocent child, but they prefer killing the baby to inconveniencing the mother. A fetus is not a human life. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government should stay out of it. Women should be guaranteed the right to a safe and legal abortion, including partial birth abortion.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking

    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP

6. GOVERNMENT

  • Conservatives, but not necessarily Republicans (which is unfortunate), believe it’s vitally important to the future of the country to reduce the size of government, keep taxes low, balance the budget, and get this country out of debt. Conservatives believe that government, by its very nature, tends to be inefficient, incompetent, wasteful, and power hungry. That’s why we believe that the government that governs least, governs best.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals, and Democrats for that matter, believe in big government, high taxes, and they have never met a new spending program they didn’t like, whether we will have to go into debt to pay for it or not.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

7. RELIGION

  • Conservatives believe the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. The First Amendment to the Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This prevents the government from establishing a national church. However, it does not prevent God from being acknowledged in schools and government buildings. Oppose the removal of symbols of Christian heritage from public and government spaces. Government should not interfere with religion and religious freedom.
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals, most of them anyway, are hostile to Christianity. That’s why, whether you’re talking about a school play at Christmas time, a judge putting the Ten Commandments on the wall of his court, or a store employee saying “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays,” liberals are dedicated to driving reminders of Christianity from polite society. They support the separation of church and state. Religious expression has no place in government. Support the removal of all references to God in public and government spaces.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

8. DEATH PENALTY

  • Conservatives believe the death penalty is a punishment that fits the crime; it is neither ‘cruel’ nor ‘unusual’. Executing a murderer is the appropriate punishment for taking an innocent life.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP

  • Liberals believe we should abolish the death penalty. The death penalty is inhumane and is ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment. It does not deter crime. Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment. Every execution risks killing an innocent person.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

9. EDUCATION

  • Conservatives advocate for school vouchers to give all parents the right to choose good schools for their children, not just those who can afford private schools. Parents (who pay the taxes that fund the schools) should decide how and where to educate their child.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

  • Liberals believe School vouchers are untested experiments. We need to focus on more funding for existing public schools -to raise teacher salaries and reduce class size.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

10. THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Conservatives desire clean water, clean air and a clean planet, just like everyone else. However, extreme environmental policies destroy jobs and damage the economy. Changes in global temperatures are natural over long periods of time. So far, science has not shown that humans can affect permanent change to the earth’s temperature.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP

  • Liberals believe Conservatives don’t care about protecting the environment. Industrial growth harms the environment. Global warming is caused by an increased production of carbon dioxide. The U.S. is a major contributor to global warming because it produces 25% of the world’s carbon dioxide. The U.S. should enact laws to significantly reduce that amount.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

11. HEALTHCARE

  • Conservatives believe that free healthcare provided by the government (socialized medicine) means that everyone will get the same poor-quality healthcare. The rich will continue to pay for superior healthcare, while all others will receive poor-quality free healthcare from the government. Health care should remain privatized. Support Healthcare Spending Accounts.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

  • Liberals support universal government-supervised health care. There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance. They are being deprived of a basic right to healthcare.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

12. IMMIGRATION

  • Conservatives support legal immigration at current numbers, but do not support illegal immigration. Government should enforce immigration laws. Oppose President Bush’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants. Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally should not have the same rights as those who obey the law by entering legally. If there were a decrease in cheap, illegal immigrant labor, employers would have to substitute higher priced domestic employees, legal immigrants, or perhaps increase mechanization.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Sensing
    likely in favor by: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP

  • Liberals support legal immigration and increasing the number of legal immigrants permitted to enter the U.S. each year. Support blanket amnesty for current illegal immigrants. Believe that regardless of how they came to the U.S., illegal immigrants deserve: – U.S. government financial aid for college tuition. – visas for spouse/children to come to the U.S. Families shouldn’t be separated. Illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans do not want to do.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

13. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

  • Conservatives insist that marriage is between one man and one woman. Opinions differ on support for the creation of a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Believe that requiring citizens to sanction same-sex relationships violates moral and religious beliefs of millions of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
    Relevant function: Introverted Sensing
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISFJ

  • Liberals believe marriage should be legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples to ensure equal rights for all. All individuals, regardless of their sex, have the right to marry. Believe that prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them of their civil rights. Opinions differ on whether this issue is equal to civil rights for African Americans.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ESFJ, ENFJ, ISFJ, INFJ

14. SOCIAL SECURITY

  • Conservatives believe the current Social Security system is in serious financial trouble. Changes are necessary because the U.S. will be unable to maintain the current system it in the future. Support proposal to allow a portion of Social Security dollars withheld to be put into an account chosen by the individual, not the government.
    Relevant function: Introverted Intuition
    Likely in favor by: INTJ, INFJ, ENTJ, ENFJ
  • Liberals generally oppose change to the current Social Security system. Opinions vary on whether the current system is in financial trouble. Changing the current system will cause people to lose their Social Security benefits. Support a cap on Social Security payments to the wealthy.
    Relevant function: Introverted Feeling
    Likely in favor by: ISFP, ENFP, INFP, ENFP

15. TAXATION

  • Conservatives support lower taxes and a smaller government. Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Money is best spent by those who earn it.
    Relevant function: Introverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ISTP, ENTP, INTP, ESTP

  • Liberals support higher taxes and a larger government. High taxes enable the government to do good and create jobs. We need high taxes for social welfare programs, to provide for the poor. We can’t afford to cut taxes.
    Relevant function: Extroverted Thinking
    Likely in favor by: ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ, INTJ

(Note: Please keep in mind that this research was conducted over a decade ago. The above table is taken from a U.S. sample of 3000 people. It was part of data collected when Consulting Psychologists’ Press revised the MBTI in 1998. Political affiliation and mbti type was among the survey questions.)

so everyone’s making fanaccs, and honestly if I made one it might sound redundant, SO I’m going to give u my MOTHER’s fanacc (a 50 year old psychologist with like hardly any previous knowledge of shinee (except basic knowledge of the members and a few songs thru me) or kpop in general.) so basically an outsiders view of this whole shabang that I found rly interesting. we had a 7-8hr drive back up from LA, so we talked more than we usually would otherwise and these are some of the things she said/highlighted: 

  •  first of all, when I asked what her favorite performance was there was no hesitation at all when she said: “taemin” and I was like ok… so his solo? and she said yes and that, “he’s so talented. He’s going to go so far." 
  • also about taemin: "he’s so pretty– like all of them were pretty but he was just beautiful. the lavender shirt with the hole in the back was really something.” (Im not even joking when I say she remembered EXACTLY that shirt and brought it up.) 
  •  "there was a grown man, like my age, in the back near me just repetitively yelling “TAEMIN”“ 
  • "it’s interesting. the girls near me were screaming at everything key said, but I mean, he’s as gay as the day is long, and they’re probably aware of that so it was really… interesting.”
  •  "key was funny, I liked him.“ 
  • "taemin is a far more superior dancer to everyone" 
  • "when I went to concerts when I was young, and just when I’ve seen famous people in person they tend to be more torn up than in the photos– but these men were flawless. like seriously, flawless. they must get facials like all the time.” to which I responded, “yeah, key especially likes skincare products and things like that.” and, of course, she responds “yeah most gay men tend to like that.” (she very strongly believes that he is like. obviously gay. which is understandable) 
  • i don’t remember her exact words but she said minho was also really pretty in particular (she referred to him as “the young looking one who likes sports” and said he just looks way younger than all of them n that he’s got a very elegant face shape and particularly nose 
  • “how do all these white girls know so much Korean?”
  •  I was talking about the vcrs and that they were kinda cheesy but rly cute and she said, “they’re kinda homoerotic” I’m not even fuckcign joking I laughed my ASS off when she said that 
  •  she was really shocked at how many people there were coming from across the country and even from other countries just to see shinee and that everyone there was so dedicated 
  • “I get why it’s called shinee world now. That wasn’t just like… a music concert, that was a whole different thing with so much content and words I had no idea existed. The lingo is so strange” (she was referring to like “bias” and “stan” and all that) 
  • she said that it was really interesting to see all these drastically different people from different places, different backgrounds, different ages, etc. who were there and were “on the margins” of the mainstream (she said something like… “all outsiders in society or minorities in at least one way”) and that we we’re all coming together in one place and talking as if we knew each other personally. Where as a lot of people (“like you” she said, to me,) wouldn’t be nearly this open and talkative and inviting otherwise. They’re all so devoted and it was such a unique experience I’d never have expected to witness. (shes a psychologist so she kinda Analyzes people alot just by default. and by people in this case she means shawols)
  • “everyone was crying. So many people were crying.”
We’re flawed in our philosophy, lost in the monotony, caught in the cacophony, going hungry feeding monopolies. I can’t even speak out properly, I might lose all my property, either my breath or my bones with twenty cops on top of me. In confusion I call this democracy, but politics is not for me; definitely, probably, with the probability of death haunting me. Punishment is not new to me, but the police are friends with impunity. The media covers the casualties, forgets about some casually and completely neglects it gradually. They try to blunder and badger me and blemish my image to the point of insanity. Then they sugar coat in hopes to cope, and loss of life is suddenly battery. In truth we’d all love a lobotomy, but apathy has penetrated our society like nonconsensual sodomy. Everything’s a mockery, our beliefs and morality sabotaged by hypocrisy. I see it all around me, people struggling with their own tyranny, each drowning in a private sea, neck-deep in irony. We forget that a trump card is an anomaly, not a true form of authority or superiority. And if you listen to the dissonance of broken dreams, therein you’ll find the tragedy of being a minority.
—  Nav K
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I’ve seen footballers give opposition fans the finger and they might get a fine but they don’t get boo’ed for it. I think that the fact that this was some kind of cultural expression that some people found confronting that was the issue and this is the thing that has mystified me about it all week. Theres been people talking about “Why are people booing Adam Goode’s”? like theres a mystery about it but there’s no mystery about it at all. It’s not as simple as it being about race, it’s about something else it’s about Australia being a generally tolerant society until minorities demonstrate they don’t know there place and at that moment the minute someone in minority position act as though they are not a mere supplicant then we lose our minds and we say “no no no you got to get back in your box”. And that’s why Adam Goodes ruffles feathers. It’s not because he is controversial it’s because he is a provocateur. It’s because he actually says “I’m going to say something and i’m going to do it at a time and place in which the the cover of Australian society doesn’t cope with it very well”. We saw all this when Michael Long took a stand in 1995, and when he took that stand there was an enormous backlash particularly on Talkback radio saying he was somehow victimizing white kids by complaining about racial vilification. On the field Mel Brown said he’d created a weakness in his armour that was going to be exploited. He promptly came out the next week and got 45 touched against the Brisbane Bears. We have seen this before. What happens is the minute an Indigenous man stands up and is something other than compliant that it is them who is creating division and destroying out culture and that is ultimately what we boo. We boo our discomfort

-Waleed Aly on Adam Goodes

remember what the aim of these attacks is: to spread fear and hate. remember that they want us to be scared, to marginalise minority groups in our society so that they feel so alienated they resort to extreme solutions. they want our society to be disrupted and shaken and they want to divide us. hatred and fear is their message. we cannot let them succeed

I wonder how many Otherkin on this site are gonna get to their late 20′s, hit the real world, realise they are human, and forever feel the kind of embarrassment the rest of us feel about Neopets when we look back at our involvement in it

very important psa

when someone opens up to you about something deeply personal, it probably took months/years of building up the courage to tell you. when that happens, dont dismiss them. dont make it about you. dont tell them they’re wrong, dont tell them its in their head, don’t try to analyze them. don’t form an opinion in a short time and present it as truth. because when you do that, you slam the door of discussion in their face. you break their hearts. you destroy their sense of self. you make them feel like outcasts. you destroy their ability to trust anyone. wounds like that take centuries to heal, if at all.

instead listen to them. try to understand them. ask them questions about it. discuss it. whatever it is they’re telling you may seem out of this world to you, but please remember it is something they are completely used to. if you do those things, they will feel a lot closer to you than ever. you will have their ultimate trust. you will have an even stronger bond than you’ve had before.

If it was illegal

So I had a convo with my friend the other day about the antis and how they weren’t trying to make it illegal to draw and write minors in sexual situations or minors with adults, even though one might assume they’d want there to be a law against such things. My friend said that while he was disgusted by art and writing like that, he still didn’t think it should be censored or illegal because he just doesn’t think things should be censored. 

So it got me thinking, what if antis managed to make it illegal to draw and write relationships between minors and adults, sexualize characters who are minors and write and/or draw them in sexual situations, what exactly would be illegal and what wouldn’t.

- Would drawing a character who is a minor naked, or partially naked, be allowed or not, if it wasn’t in a directly sexual situation (taking a shower for example)? If this is allowed, at what point does it become too sexual, since an artist can make simple nudity to various degrees sexual, where would the cut off be? Where is the line between provocative and sexualized? And would this apply to old art with lots of estime, such as renaissance paintings, too?

- a character that is a minor but is portrayed by an actor who is an adult (which is often the case, H/ighschool M/usical and such): would it be illegal to make nsfw art and writing with this character? What if the artist says they drew the actor dressed up as the character, would that be illegal? What if the artist just drew the art and didn’t say if they drew the actor or the character?

- a character that is an adult but is portrayed by an actor who is a minor: would it be illegal to draw nsfw of such a character? what if for example it was very stylized and didn’t look like the actor at all and artist claimed it’s the character they drew?

- if a character who is a minor is aged up and portrayed as as an adult (for example in a family au fanart or fanfic where they are a parent with kids and then there is a sex scene with their partner), would it illegal?

- what if a character is of ambiguous or unknown age? Does one have to play it safe and not create art or writing which includes them in a sexual position? One could argue if it’s obvious that they’re middle aged or older it’s okay, but then I can’t help but think of L/eorio from H/unter x H/unter who looks like a middle aged man but is in fact 19, so that might still be risky. And recently A/llura from V/oltron who some saw as in her 20ies, but then a show creator mentions she’s a teenager, which could be anywhere from 13 to 19, so now what? And what if people on the creative team (let’s say for the sake of argument they hold a similar position/rank/have same amount of authority on the series) give different and contradicting information on the age of a character and don’t clear it up even when asked, what is to be believed?

- what if a character is an alien or an elf or another long living species, and is hundreds of years old but considered a minor by their society? What is a character is of a short living species and is considered an adult in their society but has actually been alive for ‘only’ 15 years for example? What if the character is from a society that required a ritual to be considered a full adult but character either refused to do it or failed at it, so they are in their fourties or older for example, but still considered a child in their society’s eyes? And what if they did this ritual early and are viewed by their society and peers as an adult, and for the sake of argument they have a spouse and children and a house and all that, but are 16 years old?

- what if a character looks very young but is actually an adult, such as M/ina T/epes from D/ance in the V/ampire B/und? And if this would be illegal, what about less clear examples, characters who are 18 or 19 but some would argue they look too young but other disagree with this and say these characters look their age, who gets to decide if these characters look ‘too young’ and what would the criterias be?

- would characters who are minors engaging in sexual acts with each other also not be allowed to be written? I’m thinking of H/ouse of N/ight by P. C. C/ast and K/ristin C/ast where one of the first thing main character sees at her new highschool is a girl giving her boyfriend a blowjob. Consensual sex between two characters who are minors written by two adults. Would this be allowed? Is it okay if consensual sex between two minors is treated not as something sexual but rather as a joke, such as in Un Indien dans la Ville where main character, who is a young boy, comes from a society that doesn’t see sex between minors as taboo but as normal. The joke is that the boys give the girls they like pots and pans in exchange for sex and later in the city he meets an old lady who has a very big collection of pots and pans and he thinks she is very popular with men and some miscommunication happens when they talk about her vast collection of pots and pans. Would this joke be acceptable or not?

- would it be illegal to have characters have a backstory where they were abused sexually which includes descriptions of stuff they had to do, or is one only allowed to mention that it happened but not describe it? I’m thinking of O/ryx and C/rake by M/argaret A/twood. O/ryx was sold by her mother as a child and forced to act in movies that were sexual in nature. The main character starts being interested in her when he finds those videos of her, and one scene in the book includes the main character, who is a teenager and a minor at the time, masturbating while watching a video of child O/ryx licking whipped creme of a man’s chest. Would this be allowed? This novel could be argued to have been written as a warning story to spread awareness of such a problem so would that give it a pass? Who or what decides if something is written as sexualizing this kind of abuse, or as denouncing it, or just as describing it? Later when she’s and adult, O/ryx actually defends her abusers when main character says she’s had such a bad life, so the argument could be made that the novel doesn’t cast the abuse in a bad enough light and therefore doesn’t denounce it enough. So would this novel be illegal or not, and why?

- What about works of literary value? O/ryx and C/rake falls under this as well, but I’m thinking the novel W/ij by E/lvis P/eeters, which includes many, many scenes of characters who are minors engaging in sexual acts and sadistic games as well as prostituting themselves to older men. While some things end badly, in the end the characters seem quite happy and don’t regret what they did. Unlike O/ryx and C/rake, this novel doesn’t seem to have much of anything to say about anything, and was just one gratuitous sex scene after the other, but I had to read it for a literature class at my university so clearly my professor thought it had some literary value. Does having literary value allow a novel to get away with such things? And if so, who decides which novel are literature and which aren’t?

Those are the ambiguous issues, some more and some less unclear than others, that I’m wondering about. Some are definitely far reaching, but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from literature history, it’s that if you make something illegal to write or draw, people will always try to find loopholes and ways to work around it in very weird and creative manners.

Why I Like Zootopia, In Case You Were Wondering

So I’m sure no one gives a shit but I wanted to flesh out the reason I really like Zootopia and put it as my number one pick for BEST DISNEY MOVIE in that video I made.

I see a lot of people disagreeing there, which is totally fine, you can like whatever movies you want, but what’s bothering me is the large number of comments saying that Zootopia isn’t a good exploration of race issues, which I think is just untrue. Of course, the MAIN reason I like the film is for the main characters and their fantastic dynamic. I’ll briefly address that before the race stuff because it’s more fun.

POINT 1 - The Main Reason I Actually Like Zootopia Has Nothing to Do With Racism.

Despite being populated with animals, the two leads in Zootopia are the most human characters Disney has ever produced. Trust me, I just watched every film they ever made. Why is that? Well, it’s because of the little things. Little moments that really shows how two adults might interact with each other. My favorite of these is in the Judy’s Apology scene. After Nick accepts her apology, about a dozen little things happen in quick succession. 

The moment where Nick jokingly holds up the pen and says “A-Are you just tryin’ to steal the pen? Is that what this is?” Then Judy half-heartedly makes a grab for it, as she really had no intention to steal it.

THAT right there. THAT is perfect.

Why is that perfect? Well I’ll tell you. Only one thing needed to happen in this moment, and that was a single cue to the audience that the two characters had made up and are going to catch the bad guy. Instead they threw in about a dozen little things that just add so much personality to the two characters. Judy’s little hiccup-laugh in the middle of her crying. Nick teasing her even as she goes in to hug him, with a jab overgeneralizing bunnies of all things (clearly a joke as Judy JUST apologized for overgeneralizing foxes). Instead of hugging him she lets her head comically fall on him, which shows a lot more than a simple hug would, and then they play that little game at the end.

Look at that! Look at that paragraph of personality they just injected into a single action! Character interaction shows so much and these two are just amazing at it. Every scene is like this.

Remember that one exchange in Hercules where Meg is talking to Hades about how Hercules might not be all that bad?


That’s a great moment, isn’t it? Really shows a lot of character, just in the way they banter. Now imagine that for an entire movie instead of just one line.

That. THAT right there is why I love Zootopia.

Anyways, let’s talk about racism!



POINT 2 - “But Animal Species Aren’t the SAME as Human Races!”

I’m seeing a lot of people quoting other reviews of the film that revisit a few major problems, the biggest one being that ”the allegory for racism doesn’t work because while humans are the same physiologically despite their racial differences, animals are not the same when they are different species.” I think this criticism is… a little silly. Of course it’s true that race is different from species, but no allegory is perfect and I think it’s well within our capabilities to use our suspension of disbelief and focus on what the message of the story is. The animals are all the same level of sentient, and they’re all functionally represented as basically human. I didn’t watch Disney’s Robin Hood and think “Hey wait a minute! If Little John is a bear, why isn’t he attacking Robin Hood!? This doesn’t make a lick of sense!” You might think that’s different, but no it isn’t.

The point of this movie isn’t just to say “Don’t be mean to people who are different than you!!!” It’s not a GI Joe PSA. The message is not to give into fear or popular misconceptions just because of what you’ve heard about a group of people, whether that’s from the media or a friend and family member. To not let fear control your prejudice.

Take a moment to think about the Night Howler Savagery as, say, terrorism in America and the stigma against Islamic people that has resulted because of it. Because a few members of a select group (Predators in the movie, Muslims in real life) have been linked to a frightening event, many citizens have become scared of all of them, even though really there isn’t any proven link between them. Can only predators go savage? No. Correlation is not causation. And in this point, I think the movie succeeds very well. While Bellwether is not an especially compelling villain on her own merit (though she is a believable one), she represents the greater theme of giving in to senseless fear and hearsay, and that’s really what the movie wants you to think about.

I’ve also seen people say “Of course Judy should be scared of a fox! He’s a fox!” That… that’s not how the rules work in this universe, though. They’re all presented at the same level. And if you think “but the Predators can get really dangerous if they go savage!” Well so do the Prey. Remember? That’s the whole point.

POINT 3 - “Preachiness and Subtly”

People also frequently point out how “overt” and “preachy” the movie’s themes are. This reminds me of when people said they hated Wall-E for being “preachy” about the environment. Yeah, it’s not a secret that that’s what the movie is about, but I don’t think that’s a problem. In fact, the main reason I think Zootopia is successful is because of the subtle things it does. Stay with me here.

I enjoyed the movie the first time I saw it, but I fell in love with it on a second viewing. This is because the first time I saw the film I went in thinking Judy would take on the role of the oppressed minority against a cruel society that looks down on her because of her race, which is mostly true, for the first act! In the second act it becomes clear that Judy is actually also pretty racist! Wow, imagine that two-way dichotomy! Now imagine a 400-way dichotomy! Oh hey, it’s just like real life! Judy just shows her prejudices in different ways, like the fox repellant she carries. This, of course, is not subtle. Nick points this out in the movie.

Now coming in knowing that Judy is also prejudiced makes the rewatch a bit more interesting. It makes adds a lot to certain scenes and exchanges. For example, after Judy meets Nick for the first time in the ice cream parlor and helps him get a jumbo pop for his son, she’s impressed with how nice he is for a fox! Foxes in her experience have been dicks, so the following exchange happens:

JUDY: Well, I just wanna say, you’re a great dad and just a… a real articulate fellow.

NICK: (With apparent sincerity) Ah, well, that is high praise. It’s rare that I find someone so non-patronizing.

I absolutely love this exchange and I’ll let Reddit user TehSneakySnake explain why.

By calling Nick “articulate”, Judy is suggesting, (or at least partially implying), that not all foxes are as well spoken, or well behaved, as Nick appears to be. (“…You’re not like them.”) Nick thanks Judy for the complement and claims that its rare for him to come across someone non-patronizing, which is basically a back-handed comment, masked with false sincerity, towards Judy. We later learn that Nick noticed the fox repellant she was carrying, (symbolizing her prejudice against foxes), and the fact that Judy defended and later complimented him on being a good dad leads Nick to conclude that Judy was simply taking pity on him for being a “good” fox, despite the fact that she immediately found him to be suspicious upon first sight. By calling her “non-patronizing” when she clearly WAS being patronizing, Nick is subtly calling Judy out on her prejudice towards foxes, which goes right over her head.

It’s a pretty hard joke to get, but its pretty hilarious once you understand.

Look at that! It’s a microaggression! Something not a lot of movies bring up in regards to race relation! And there’s a bunch of little moments like that. That kind of leads me to my next point:

POINT 4 - “This Won’t Make Racist People Un-Racist!”

Another thing I’ve heard is that “the movie is preaching to the choir because anyone who is racist already isn’t going to stop being racist because they saw this movie.” To that I say: well duh. Of course people aren’t going to be skipping out of the theater suddenly unbigoted. That’s… that’s not how THINGS work. That’s not the point. The point is to bring things to the conversation. To introduce children of a younger generation to little things like the above microaggression and show them moments like Gideon growing up, growing as a person, and apologizing for his behavior.

You don’t change a cultural zeitgeist in a day. You pepper it here and there, patiently, consistently, until slowly people begin to see the things you’re trying to show them everywhere around them. That’s how the world changes for the better.


AND briefly just to counteract myself, here are some things I don’t like about this movie:

  • In general, the supporting cast is pretty bland. Looking at you “fat cop that likes donuts” character.
  • I don’t think the villain is AMAZING, but I think she is fine for the message the movie is trying to get across.
  • Chief Bogo is ridiculously antagonistic just so the movie can have an antagonist in act one. I can buy him being racist, but attempting to fire Judy for insubordination one day after she was inducted by the mayor is literally so stupid it’s unbelievable.
  • Also he asks her for her badge before their 48 hours deal is even finished and that bothers me more than it should.
  • The buddy cop plot is a lot of fun, but it’s not breaking any new ground in Plot Convention Town.
Justice for Chris Wood in Supergirl

So I heard what happened at some certain event involving season finale screening of Supergirl. Insanity and stupidity. Just ridiculous. But in a way, I’m glad it happened…

Hold on, not that way…

I never thought I would watch a show like Supergirl. I tried a couple episodes in Season 1, and I was like, “What’s good here? Lame storyline, cheesy dialogue.. This Melissa Benoist girl is cute and Calista is the only one with good lines.. But that’s just it. Totally isn’t worth my time..”

Until (fast forward a year later), one day when I was on YouTube, there was a clip of Supergirl’s episode (Season 2) from a TV Show review channel that I subbed. And I noticed a new character..

“Oh hello there. Who’s this hottie?”

So for silly reason, I decided to watch the silly show. Hahahah. 

Later I realized ‘I love this guy’. Maybe because he was so damn hot (he still is of course), I’ve set my bar quite low on his acting skill. But surprise! He’s good. His arc was kinda silly, but the way he delivered his lines was.. I don’t know.. mixture of charm and skill? It was very natural and sincere. And then the first kiss on Medusa happened. And that was it. It was something else. You gotta love a guy who doesn’t really care about himself being dying, his vision is blurry, sees double, yet still sees you as a beautiful being and just kisses you like that. Then after that he just says, “Yeah. Absolutely beautiful.”

OMG! It’s not the line but the way he said it. So then I went to Google, YouTube, and stuff, found footages of him in TVD…

“Good God, he really is good. Why haven’t I heard about this guy before. Look at him (Kai)! Who wouldn’t love him?”

I realized I found a gem. Even before YouTube suggested to watch a video of him in a TVD karaoke night… He should’ve been illegal.

I didn’t really watch TVD, I used to love Ian (knew him from Smallville), and him as Damon was crazy good but a fang show just couldn’t keep me staying for long… I stopped watching it completely at the end of Season 4. It’s all about taste, I think :D Although I fricken loved The Originals Season 1, now I don’t really watch it anymore, don’t know why. Still checking some clips on YouTube tho.. lol. And Klaus is still my favorite hybrid out there.

Anyway, back to that hottie on Supergirl. So, yes, I watch the show for Chris Wood. My friends are actually making fun of me for watching the show, lol. Cos every week I would rant on Path about how silly the storyline is, how unfair they’ve been treating Chris.. although there were some episodes that I thought were overall good: Medusa, Homecoming, the musical crossover w/ Flash (as cheesy as it was, but turned out I enjoyed it), Distant Sun, Ace Reporter.. and good here means right above the bar I’ve set for this show, and that bar is quite low. That’s the only way I can put up with the storyline, by setting my bar quite low. My priority is to watch Chris, and good Karamel moments.

One of my friends laughed and said, “How come a girl who praised Legion (FX) as the awesomest show ever and literally said ‘it makes other shows look like crap’ is also hooked on a show like Supergirl? It just doesn’t make sense! You rant about it every week yet still watching it.”

Yeah. I know, right? Crazy. Chris Wood effect. Guilty blush. (Now Melissa can relate).

But here’s my problem with the way they’ve been writing Supergirl, especially Mon-El:

  • I wish I could rant in a full page about the name Mon-El itself. Like, they went with Mon-El, instead of Lar Gand, and Lar Gand became the dad.. but it’s an old rant and I’m over it.
  • But about they had to dumb down his powers just because they had to make him much weaker than Kara? Still not over it. It’s ridiculous, and honestly the laziest reason to make the female character looks greater. It just proved how the writers were lack in creativity. Look at how in The Flash, Wally’s beginner phase was actually better than Barry’s, but it didn’t make Flash look worse, because what Wally didn’t have was experience.
  • Then all the talk about being a hero. For God’s sake, it was all cringey. Just no! What was a real heroic moment that he has ever done? None. Small things yes, but that doesn’t count. Because the writers wouldn’t let him really win. Never has he ever really beaten an enemy and done something that mattered to the society. Honestly, he never has won a fight on screen. Painful and annoying. So how come they gave him lines talking about being a hero (Star-Crossed, Alex) in front of characters who actually have done a lot? Were these writers secretly hating on him? When I heard those lines coming out from his mouth I loathed it. If I didn’t love Chris at the first place, I would’ve been disgusted too! Even if this was because Supergirl being a ‘feminist show’ and all, so the badass characters had to be females, I still don’t see that as a win. It’s the easiest kind of win. A 5 years old win. An ultimate winning is when you’re surrounded by intelligent men and men with superpowers, yet you’re the one end up leading them (I’m talking about Sara in Legends of Tomorrow).
  • They didn’t give him any specific ability that could be useful for the team. It was quite promising at early episodes when he gave Kara tips how to beat a certain alien enemy, he even said he won some fights in Warworld, but they stopped there… Why? Honestly the most ridiculous thing is how come a character who had won some fights in Warworld then at the following episodes got lost in small fights on earth? At Supergirl Lives, it was pretty clear that he knew about space and stuff, it was cool. Why haven’t they explored those things more? They got the entire damn season! Instead they got stuck at the romance too much and completely threw away all the possibilities of him being the ‘cool’ character. For the result he’s been coming off as mostly the dumb one. Thank God, Chris has this uncanny ability to turn a simple one-liner into something really delightful and funny, otherwise he’d be a really bland character.
  • No, I’m not against Karamel/Melwood, you kidding? They’re my favorite couple on and off screen now. But Chris is not just an eye candy, everyone who knows him knows that. It’s such a waste for his talent for being propped as a total puppy on the show. Mon mostly seems out of place and useless. Imagine if it wasn’t him playing Mon-El, there wouldn’t be these many people rooting for him.

A lot of people hating on Mon-El for the same things I’ve mentioned, a lot for ridiculous reasons too, like ‘owned slaves’, ‘abusive’, etc… I mean, really? I would ignore the second group, they’re just demented to the core, but the first one, I kinda agree with them. They do make sense.

But it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t point out the good stuff the writers have done especially for the Karamel’s arc. Here’s what I love the most:

  • I actually like the concept of Karamel from the beginning. There has never been anyone other than Clark who can see Kara as Kara Zor-El, not Kara Danvers or Supergirl. All the people around her see her as either Kara Danvers or Supergirl or Kara Danvers who’s occasionally also Supergirl. Why is it important for Kara having someone seeing her as Kara Zor-El? Because all the heroic, reporting, and sister stuff aside, she’s still not human. She’s different. Unlike Kal, she was once raised in Krypton, the memories of home were still vivid on her brain. Like she said, the feeling of being alone was still there, even though she got earth family. And Mon is the only one besides Clark who can see her as who she really is: Kara Zor-El, just a girl from Krypton. That’s why the fact that she’s stronger and all doesn’t make him wanna compete with that. Just pure admiration.
  • It was clear that Mon felt insecure towards Kara when she showed her friendly side and stepped inside the cell. He kinda pulled back a little bit. Surprised and worried of him being Daxamite and her being Kryptonian. They came from two different worlds, yet (as Kara said) they found connection to one another. It’s beautiful.
  • When Kara rejected Mon at first, he didn’t blame her or anything, just trying to move on. He’s a realist, I love that. That’s why he was my real hero in Supergirl Lives. I mean of course we would question how Kara would beat a bunch of alien gangsters who kidnap people, without her powers, right? Cos honestly it was kinda stupid. And he did question that!
  • Mon is actually the one who has been asking ‘how’ the most in this entire season. He doubts everything. Logical. A quality that makes him a good survivor in most situations. I believe this quality is already established in his origin. The only times he’s been reckless are when it comes to the possibilities of losing Kara (We Can Be Heroes, Mr. Mzyptlk) and that says a lot about his feelings for her.

But although the writers did give him few good qualities, not many people bother to acknowledge it. Even most of people who are rooting for him only care for his Karamel scenes. Because the writers have been playing on it a bit too much, they forgot to explore his own character.

I’m not hip on the whole Kara-Lena thing, I personally think it’s just reaching. But of course as the male romantic interest being ‘not cool enough’ for about half of the fandom, then this (I won’t say the ship name here) quickly became a thing. Plus the writers kind of thought they could ‘play’ with it a little bit for the sake of ratings. The group then grew bigger, represented by the minorities in the society and all. Maybe that’s why they tend to be louder, more intense.

And then Katie McGrath, who I’m sure wasn’t quite aware of how nasty a group of passionate people could be, decided to just sign all the stuff these people brought to her and thought it was fun and all seeing people came up with such idea from watching a show. And they were coming to see her, it’s always a nice thing to be loved, right? So, of course they were all fueled up that day…

But as awful as I believe it was, like I said, in a way I’m kinda glad it happened, in front of Andrew Kreisberg. So now he knows, something is definitely wrong.

I don’t think I need to explain that Chris will be back next season, because duh! So, even if I doubt that Kreisberg will change the whole writing style of the show, I’m pretty sure at least there’ll be extended evaluation for the season. Hopefully they’ll come up with at least a fair solution. Especially for Mon-El.

Because if they don’t, they will totally screw up a potential actor just for the sake of turning their show into social commentary soapbox. They’ve also been defining feminism more about ‘overpowering’ than ‘equality’, which to me is just wrong. And that could be why is the fandom so toxic.

Last but not least, isn’t it ironic that this show was intentionally set up as a social and political critic then ends up being source of toxic and dividing its own fandom in a worst kind of way? I hope they realize this. So then maybe… maybe the show will get better and I can actually like it as a whole.

anonymous asked:

1: For the anon who wasn't sure about what "glass ceiling" referred to in "Not Today", in this interview ( [TRANS] 170220 10asia BTS Q&A: Behind ‘WINGS’), here are Namjoon's exact words on the issue: "I’m aware of that. I have read related articles and posts several times. First of all, I’m grateful because it’s thanks to many people having interest towards the stories we’re telling that there can be talks around.

2:  ‘Glass ceiling’ means an invisible but unbreakable barrier and it started from the oppression towards women advancing onto higher positions in the 1970s. It’s mainly used in issues about women’s rights and recently expanded into being used with minorities of the society. It’s not true that the meaning was misused like in part of the lyrics above. Someone questioned whether or not BTS, as successful male idols,

3: have the right to use the word ‘glass ceiling’. If you take a closer look at other lyrics, it starts with the story of ‘us’. Our music making staffs, including us, put it in the music with the meaning that we won’t stay quiet about the problems or the negative parts of the society, and we will break it and join in even if it stirs up troubles. Especially these days we always talk about the social issues. Personally, I’m reading books and meeting with experts while concerning over it.

4: It’s true that we’re still lacking, but I believe that as we take concerns, receive opinions and rectify, we can grow up. We will humbly receive the opinions and criticisms.“

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