monkey-see

anonymous asked:

antis are so damn toxic and as a result of them bullying other people for drawing fan art they don't like or writing fics they think are problematic, fandom culture in my area of interest (anime) has really gone down the shitter. then they have the audacity to complain about the lack of fan work. antis say "well fiction influences reality" and compare it to the influence of the media but like...with the media you're expecting things to be fact. with fiction, it's not supposed to be real lmao

I think what really gets to me, out of all of this, is the ass-backwards notion that to avoid some sort of fucking ‘monkey see, monkey do’ scenario that doesn’t really pan out in that form anyway, according to the majority of sociological research, people’s first inclination should be content elimination rather than education

That, more than anything else, chills me to the core. For me, it’s become almost a litmus test to put the two paths out and see which people go for. The first I’ll always associate with personalities and world-views that have a dangerous inclination not only toward black-and-white, highly binary thinking, but also toward potentially supporting a host of other authoritarian measures, notions and politics. The fact that I’m seeing so many young people only embracing this shit is terrifying to me, particularly in the context on authoritarian strains of thought being on the rise right now, regardless of the side of the political spectrum they originate from. 

It’s moments like these when I’m extraordinarily grateful to my parents. Both spent their lives under totalitarianism and they both had a viscerally negative reaction toward ‘this content must be restricted / banned for the good of the people’ malarkey, which they passed down to me. As a kid, I was never really barred from content, unless it wasn’t age-appropriate at all – and in that case, it was ‘you can watch it a few years down the line’, not ‘this is absolutely verboten.’ If there was ever a film or a series or a book where something was going on that could’ve led young me into internalizing a negative message, my father always sat down and talked to me about what was going on, explaining the thing to me in-depth and then trusted me to figure out why it wasn’t alright. He never said outright ‘you shouldn’t strive for X because Y’ or ‘you shouldn’t internalize Z’ (’if I plop everything in your mouth, already chewed, your mind’s gonna shrivel’, was what he’d always tell me, with a laugh) but waited for me to connect the dots. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories, seeing his face just light up when I made the connections, regardless if we were talking about a film or about regional politics. 

It feels as if a lot of young people on here want what my father refused to give me, with good reason – not just pre-digested information, but being treated as if they’re delicate sculptures made from spun glass and anything that might not sit well with them must therefore get the axe. I agree with protecting people from what could genuinely harm them, that’s why I take such a dim view of reactionary shitheads who whine about trigger warnings. I believe in teaching people to take the information they get, from both media and fiction, and watch it through a critical lens and a filter against everything from bullshit spouted out of misinformation to outright manipulation attempts. I don’t, however, agree that said protection must include elimination of content. Not when it’s easier than ever to propagate information and education. 

anonymous asked:

Ok but yoosung and werecat mc having some play time like werecat mc in her serval or cat form !!

You ask and you shall receive ANON……

“Nope, you can’t catch me.” Yoosung laughed as he flew down the slide. MC, in her serval form, jumped from the ground to the top of the slide, missing Yoosung as he flew by her. She hit the top, then twisted in an instant and dropped back down. But Yoosung was already gone. He was climbing the monkey bars, let’s see her get up here, he thought.

He turned around as he sat between the bars at the top, and there was MC, on the rung right behind him.

“Meow!”

“Damn!” he laughed. “You’re so fast! You win.” Yoosung was out of breath. They had been running around the kids’ park for at least twenty minutes. Yoosung swung down and let go, landing on the soft mulch. He walked towards the merry go round and sat. He needed a break to catch his breath.

MC plodded towards him, she had a very graceful slink. She stepped onto the merry-go-round and lay down next to Yoosung. He started to pet her and she purred. She wasn’t tired, she could run for hours still, but Yoosung was only human, and he had to rest.

He pushed with his foot to get the contraption to move and they slowly turned. It was evening, so there were very few people out. Most of the kids had gone home by now. Only some older ones were hanging around, laughing at the idiot adult playing with his cat. Yoosung didn’t care.

Because MC looked like a badass cat that could cut you, those teenagers wouldn’t go near her. It didn’t stop them from shouting at Yoosung, calling him all sorts of nasty names. At one point MC had had enough and ran towards them, hissing and growling. They scattered pretty quickly.

“You know, you don’t always have to protect me.” Yoosung said. “I can take care of myself. I wish, I wish you all wouldn’t treat me like I’m helpless.” He whispered. He stopped the spinning as MC stood up and nestled against him, shoving her face into his, nipping his chin.

“I know, I know, I’m acting like a child. I know why you do it. And I appreciate it, but, it wouldn’t be so bad if you all let me take care of some of these things on my own is all I’m saying. Like those teenagers. They didn’t bother me, what they were saying. But, thank you anyway.” He scratched between her ears and she chirped at him, pushing off him and jumping to the ground.

She brought back the ball they had brought and dropped it in front of Yoosung.

He picked it up, “You want to chase it?” he asked, she nodded, her feline body ready to take off. Yoosung flung his hand back and whipped it forward, throwing it as far as he could. She sprung away in a flash, tracking the ball and reaching it right after it hit the ground. She picked it up and ran back to Yoosung who was waiting, with a smile on his face.

He wasn’t wrong, they often treated him like a child who couldn’t take care of himself. She would have to be more aware of that. She knew he was capable, especially because he had started training with Jaehee. It was just difficult for them, when he was the only human in their immediate pack, their instinct was to protect.

He knelt to pick up the ball she’d dropped at his feet again. She put a paw on it, and licked his nose. He giggled, scratching her ears again.

“Thanks MC. I knew you would understand.” He grabbed the ball, and threw it again.

Werewolf AU

Most television shows arrive accompanied by the question, “Is it good?” Revivals of old shows, however, often arrive with the question, “Is it necessary?”

The four new 90-minute installments of Gilmore Girls that arrived Friday on Netflix under the title Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life fare better by that adjusted standard than most. Gilmore Girls, which ran from 2000 to 2007, was a good show, and because creator Amy Sherman-Palladino left before the seventh and final season following a contractual dispute, she didn’t get to end it the way she wanted to. Moreover, the reason to watch Gilmore Girls was always to spend time in its constructed universe, observing the relationships it built, and listening to its stylish dialogue and its “la-la-la” music. Most of the frustrations were around plot developments, in fact; most of the pleasures came from being in the characters’ company. To be in their company again feels very much like television’s closest approximation of the same holiday catch-up that happens in real life — that’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving weekend release is such clever timing.

‘Gilmore Girls’ Returns On Netflix, Just In Time For A Holiday Binge

Photo: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

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Zoro and Luffy friendship/broship/second-to-captain-ship
I don’t know how you can name their relation- it’s like- superultranakamaship
I just like the dynamic. I mean, Zoro bowed to Mihawk, and Luffy offered some of his bento to Zoro. that gotta be like- Best friend stuff you know

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Autumn 1979. Ohio. Five kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

Autumn 1983. Indiana. Four kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

Autumn 1988. Ohio. Four kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

These are the setups of three recent pop culture offerings: respectively, the 2011 film Super 8, the new Netflix series Stranger Things, and the Image Comics series Paper Girls, which launched last year.

But these three properties share a lot more than just that common jumping-off point. They are all concerned with adolescence, specifically the push-pull tension between the familiar safety of home and the unknown dangers of the adult world.

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