native standard

Her Smile

Tumblr, can we make this a thing? Please make this a thing. 

I don’t know when I started altering my smile for photos but it was around twelve years of age. I didn’t like how only my upper row of teeth show when I smile, or how my eyes crinkle up. I looked at the images I saw of beautiful smiling women and my natural expression of happiness didn’t match. My natural expression of happiness wasn’t pretty enough. It had to be censored. The smile you see in photos of me isn’t my actual smile, and you’re not even likely to see my fake smile; I’m one of the thousands of women who prefers stoic self portraits. No motion of muscles to create wrinkles, eyes blank and doe-like. 

I’m done being ashamed of my happiness, and I’m done adhering to the idea that women must be poised and perfect 24/7. 

Here’s my fake smile:

Here’s my REAL smile; one I snapped a picture of while watching a funny video:

Please, I implore every woman on this site; post a picture of your real smile. Make this a project. I want to see unabashed happiness on the faces of the women in the world, and I want others to see it too. 

So

If humans are special because of our unique ability to make dank memes, what does that imply? What allowed us to select for the strongest memes in the galaxy?

What if humans just have way more capacity for applying humor to situations, and when aliens come to conquer us, they’re not yet desensitized to our brand of absurdism?

“Uh, Commander? We have a problem?”

“What is it?”

“Well, the human weapons completely failed to stand up to ours.”

“Of course.”

“And we brought pesticides to deal with the native insect life.”

“Standard procedure.”

“And we brought hand sanitizer to avoid exposure to their local pathogens.”

“Naturally.”

“But…one of the humans we killed was in a workspace, and was reading something on its screen. Jyaenqins read it, and, uh…well, he’s dead.”

“What?”

“He just kept laughing. One of the humans hit him with a chair while he was immobilized.”

“Why didn’t you kill it?”

“Everyone else was laughing, too.”

See, as it turns out, “Average species has several hundred memes” factoid actually just statistical error. Average species has zero memes. Homo Sapiens, which lives on a blue rock and produces over 10000 memes per day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted.

I’m aware that not shaving can be considered white feminism, and I have always been worried it’ll be taken that way. But like honestly? It’s because my skin is sensitive and my OCD means when I shave I’m shaving for sometimes hours, trying to get it perfect, until my skin is raw and my joints are sore and I’ve lost sleep. So on one level it’s about self-care and owning my mental health. On another it’s about decolonizing beauty standards; my brown body is fine the way it is and I can’t be quite as inconsipcuous as a blonde and/or less hairy white girl. You can see the hairs on my legs in any light. There’s a self-consciousness to my thicker, darker hair that I’ve been struggling with since I became aware it was a thing, and I don’t want to capitulate to that. I sitll do, sometimes. I groom my eyebrows and the hair on my face- although that has a lot to do with evening tone for makeup it is still rooted in insecurity about my hair. But like. Not shaving isn’t some shitty shallow thing for me. It’s a coping mechanism for something that has been a major, painful, time consuming, punishment-bringing problem, and it’s a way to eschew colonizer beauty standards because I was inundated with the call to conform to them and have only recently begun to understand that I don’t have to. So fuck white feminism for willingly disregarding the extra pressure brown girls have to shave; the extra problems ill people may have with shaving/not shaving, and for making my own way of taking care of my body feel illegitimate.

Moon in Leo

Generous, Proud, Royal


The Moon shines bright when it enters Leo. Here the individual is optimistic, self righteous and proud. Lunar Leos are highly intelligent and crave attention in the work they put out. They’re natural born entertainers and thus they can be humorous and optimistic people. They would much rather lead than follow any day. They’re constantly trying to improve themselves and their work. Lunar Leos need to be quite cautious of their arrogance, however.

Moon in Leo natives have very high standards that they themselves can’t even reach. This can be a problem because they expect too much from their loved ones and are angered when they don’t meet expectations. Despite the optimism that runs through their veins, Lunar Leos have quite the temper. They’re overly dramatic and aren’t afraid to cause a scene in public. However, their pride stops them from doing so. Lunar Leos are naturally social and thus they love having a large circle of friends and love to spoil their loved ones. They’re very generous, but they expect the same generosity in return. They have a strong sense of self and can not be tied down by anyone.

Incredibly stubborn and proud, Leo Moon’s crave attention and love more than anyone could ever imagine. They set high standards for themselves, their home, workplace and relationships. Truthfully, they put their lover on a higher pedestal because they think their significant other is worthy of them. They want nothing but the best for their loved ones. Therefore, they can be incredibly demanding. Lunar Leos usually fall into the hands of the wrong people. They’re open, honest and bubbly so they do share a lot with new friends. They don’t think about what might go wrong until it’s too late. Once Leo Moon natives are betrayed, it takes a lot of apologizing to get them to forgive you. You never want to hear them roar.

my-name-is-long  asked:

How long did it take you to get used to Chinese pronunciation and tones? I'm thinking of trying but the main thing holding me back is the pronunciation! Like, for example, the difference between x and sh, j and zh, how to do the r sound, and I can't tell if I'm doing the tones right... (I'm least confident in the 3rd tone)

How long did it take me…? Well, considering that Mandarin is my native language, I’d say I had to get used to it pretty quick :P

Don’t be afraid to try! And don’t worry about being perfect, either, especially in the beginning. Chinese people are generally very impressed when they see someone trying to learn Chinese, and if you try a little, you’ll probably be flooded with compliments (actually though, this is a real thing).

For pronunciation of the sounds, IPA is very useful if you’re familiar with it (and even if you’re not, it’s worthwhile to learn it to help with general language studies). Having audio or a Chinese-speaking friend is also helpful, and hearing the sounds a lot will help you differentiate between them. 

As for tones, I think that’s generally just a lot of practice. There are a couple different ways I’ve seen people learn tones – you can practice them in pairs so that you learn to differentiate between them very well, or you can colour-code your notes so that each tone is assigned a different colour if that helps you remember them (the app Pleco does this). The third tone specifically is like a falling-rising tone, but if you listen to actual Chinese speech, you might find that native speakers don’t actually enunciate the falling and the rising – it often just sounds like a low-pitched tone, like near the bottom of your vocal range if that makes sense.

A few additional resources to help you: 

  • Standard Chinese phonology (also from Wikipedia – this is useful if you have a linguistics background, but even if you don’t, I think it’s quite fascinating)

Good luck! Chinese is a great language, don’t let it intimidate you! :) 

anonymous asked:

media and society expects ppl of a certain ethnicity or nationality to look a certainway but people arent monoliths lmao ex a person of mixed ancestry could have dirty blonde hair naturally or like a southern european can have olive tanned skin 😂 its not set the same

exactly. like, my grandmother was full blooded cherokee, she grew up on a reservation and all that, but looking back at pictures of her, she doesn’t look like what society thinks a “”“standard”“” native american person should look like. hello, everyone is different. just because someone doesn’t look the way you think they should look doesn’t make it okay for you to erase their heritage.