I’ve ripped apart the whole
And put the pieces in
These nicely labeled boxes.

The parts that displease you,
I store in the attic, I hide them
Away, I swallowed the key.

I keep my cleaver sharp, stainless
Stings, swings swiftly slicing surely.
Absolute amputation of offense.

This wraith with the reticent smile,
The bruised eyes, her existence
Still stings, love just salt in the wound.

Women In Young Adult Literature

This Wednesday we’re celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women on International Women’s Day. I’d like to use that as an opportunity to talk about a few of my favorite female characters in Young Adult books. Careful if you haven’t read these books because of possible spoilers.

Cather Avery (Fangirl)

Cather Avery and her twin sister Wren are starting college and Wren has announced she wants to discover college on her own, leaving an introvert Cath hiding out in her dorm, writing fan fiction. I really liked that Fangirl was about Cath as a character at first and everything else second. Cath is shy and introvert but she’s also sure of who she is and isn’t ashamed of that.

Madeline Whittier (Everything Everything)

Madeline has a rare illness which prevents her from leaving her house, but Maddy is a happy teenage girl. She reads a lot, takes classes online, has a friend in the form of her nurse. Despite the fact that she was missing out on so much in her life, she keeps being optimistic. It is impossible not to like her. Of course, she was also moody and curious. This curiosity eventually leads her to uncover a secret that will change everything for her.

Glory O’Brien (Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future)

One evening Glory and her best friend mix up beer with the remains of a bat (that is as weird as it sounds). Next thing they know they can see people’s pasts and futures. Glory becomes obsessed with the second civil war and decided to write down every piece of information she gathers from seeing people’s futures. I loved how Glory handled seeing the future. She questioned everything in her past and present; her future, the strange hippie community across the street and especially her mother’s suicide and what I means for her.

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy-series)

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir and thus fated to guard a Moroi. She’s determined to protect her best friend Lissa, a royal Moroi. Rose is sarcastic and insubordinate but she is fiercely loyal to Lissa. Over the course of the series Rose loves and loses Dimitri. The loss of him puts her friendship with Lissa and even her life at stake.

Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer trilogy and upcoming Shaw Confessions)

She has to power to kill people with a thought, but is she a villain? Throughout this trilogy, Mara tries to figure out what is happening with her. She means no harm, but around her people start dying under strange circumstances. She tries to understand her powers and is put in dangerous situations because of it. To get herself out of these situations she must use her power and questions who she is when she does.

Gwendolyn Shepard (Ruby Red)

Kerstin Gier gives us curious and funny heroines. These characteristics often put them in complicated situations. Take Gwendolyn, (Gwyneth in the US/UK editions) for example. She can travel through time but it isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds. She always taught her cousin would inherit the time travel gene, she isn’t ready to fulfill tasks that would take her across time. Yet, Gwendolyn uncovers the truth and stands her ground while taking on an ancient organization.

Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran (The Wrath and the Dawn)

She marries the Caliph, not to love him and be his bride, but to kill him. Khalid has had countless wives and has killed every one of them, including her best friend. But when Shahrzad finds out her husband is cursed she takes it upon herself to save him and their people. Shahrzad can come across as spoiled, but she also doesn’t take shit from anyone and doesn’t like to be told what to do.

Inej Ghafa & Nina Zenik (Six Of Crows)

Inej can climb the most impossible buildings. She grew up with loving parents but was separated from them and sold to a brothel. Her time there still causes her anxiety. Nina was a member of the second army in the Ravkan war. She’s a heartrender. Nina loves her power, she loves food and she loves Matthias, who is supposed to be her enemy, and she knows he loves her too. Nina is determined to show him Grisha aren’t evil like he has been told, to not only accept her but her kind as well. Inej and Nina are just as much a part of The Dregs as the boys and just as important for their mission.

Kestrel Trajan (The Winner’s trilogy)

As the general’s daughter Kestrel knows politics very well. She has always had a privileged life. When Valorians and Herrani’s go to war, Kestrel is put in a difficult position. Her people are in the wrong, but they are her people. Arin isn’t one of them. He’s her slave, the boy she’s in love with. She has to help his people. Kestrel is often put before terrible options but they are her only options and what do you choose when the outcome is bound to be horrible either way?

Verity (Code name Verity)

“Kiss me, Hardy. Kiss me, quick!” Well, if this book didn’t destroy me. Verity is captured by Nazi’s and tortured until she agrees to write down everything she knows - everything. The first half of the book is her confession, the second half is told from her best friend’s POV. Maddie and Verity are major friendship goals. Their story was so inspiring and completely heartbreaking at the same time.

Bianca (The DUFF)

The Designated Ugly Fat Friend is what Robbie calls Bianca, explaining that it isn’t a bad thing, but it’s a fact. Bianca tries to not let this bother her, but it does. She is the DUFF. Despite the fact that he hates Robbie the two of them start a friends-with-benefits relation, except for the “friends” part because they hate each other. The book discusses many others topics, such as friendship, neglect, alcoholism and divorce. Bianca uses the words ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ a lot throughout the book. In the end, she comes to a nice conclusion about these labels and ultimately it’s a good message. I would also recommend Kody’s other YA novels.

Linh Cinder (Cinder)

So far I’ve only read the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, but it was enough to see that Cinder is bad-ass. She’s funny and sassy and the best mechanic in New Beijing. Instead of going to the Prince’ ball she’d rather use that opportunity to elope from her evil guardian. Things don’t go as planned when it’s discovered that Cinder is a Lunar, that she has powers, and that if the Lunar queen finds out, she will take Cinder to Luna and most likely kill her.

anonymous asked:

So this is what we wanted right? Columbia will be good for Harry? And it's still under Sony, but it's not Sony?

I feel like some of you are still confused about the label stuff and I’m definitely not an expert on any of this, but hopefully I can clear it up a little bit.

One Direction was under Columbia and Syco, both of which are under the larger umbrella of Sony. Now, Harry is under Columbia, which is again, under the larger umbrella of Sony. He’s therefore under Columbia AND Sony, just as One Direction was under Columbia AND Sony (and Syco). As for whether it’s what we wanted, well, a lot of us didn’t want to see any of the boys stick with a Sony label (Liam and Niall are under Universal Music Group labels instead, which makes many of us happy) because Sony is definitely responsible for a lot of the terrible shit the boys had to deal with over the years and they definitely have a huge hand in babygate and so on. That being said, I’m assuming that Harry is going to use the record label he created (Erskine Records) and will just use Columbia to distribute his music. From what I’ve read, unlike a normal record deal, a distribution deal would mean that Columbia and Sony have no involvement in the recording process and production of Harry’s music, and then if he also uses his own publishing company (Harry’s is called HSA Publishing), they would also own no portion of the music song rights. That means he has way more control over his music, so that would be a very good thing for him.

And regardless, I think most of us believe that Harry has the wisdom and experience at this point to only sign a deal that benefits him as much as possible and that gives him the opportunity to have the solo career that he wants. One Direction’s success and Harry’s name put him at a huge advantage walking into any negotiations, which is something that wasn’t possible for him or any of the boys when they signed their record deal back at the beginning of their careers. So I am hoping that the terrible shit that Sony has done (which could have been any label, honestly - no record label is “nice” really) will not be repeated with Harry’s solo stuff because he would have hopefully signed a very different and much better deal than he did all those years ago.

A brief history of the word “nigger.”

The history of the word nigger is often traced to the Latin word niger, meaning Black. This word became the noun, Negro (Black person) in English, and simply the color Black in Spanish and Portuguese. In early modern French, niger became negre and, later, negress (Black woman) was unmistakably a part of language history. One can compare to negre the derogatory nigger and earlier English substitutes such as negar, neegar, neger, and niggor that developed into its lexico-semantic true version in English. It is probable that nigger is a phonetic spelling of the White Southern mispronunciation of Negro.

No matter what its origins, by the early 1800s, it was firmly established as a derogative name. In the 21st century, it remains a principal term of White racism, regardless of who is using it. Social scientists agree that words like nigger, kike, spic, and wetback come from three categories: disparaging nicknames (chink, dago, nigger); explicit group devaluations (“Jew him down” or “niggering the land”); and irrelevant ethnic names used as a mild disparagement (“jewbird” for cuckoos having prominent beaks or “Irish confetti” for bricks thrown in a fight.)

Over time, racial slurs have victimized all racial and ethnic groups; but no American group has endured as many racial nicknames as Blacks: coon, tom, savage, pickaninny, mammy, buck, samba, jigaboo, and buckwheat are some. Many of these slurs became fully traditional pseudo-scientific, literary, cinematic, and everyday distortions of African Americans. These caricatures, whether spoken, written, or reproduced in media and material objects, reflect the extent, the vast network, of anti-Black prejudice.

The word, nigger, carries with it much of the hatred and disgust directed toward Black Africans and African Americans. Historically, nigger defined, limited, made fun of, and ridiculed all Blacks. It was a term of exclusion, a verbal reason for discrimination. Whether used as a noun, verb, or adjective, it strengthened the stereotype of the lazy, stupid, dirty, worthless nobody. No other American surname carries as much purposeful cruelty. The following shortlist is important information on the word’s use and meaning:

Naggers: Acting in a lazy and irresponsible manner.
Niggerlipping: wetting the end of a cigarette while smoking it.
Niggerlover: Derogatory term aimed at Whites lacking in the necessary loathing of Blacks.
Nigger luck: Exceptionally, but undeserved good luck.
Nigger-flicker: A small knife or razor with one side heavily taped to preserve the user’s fingers.
Nigger heaven: Designated places, usually the balcony, where Blacks were forced to sit, for example, in an integrated movie theater or church.
Nigger knocker: Axe handle or weapon made from an axe handle.
Nigger rich: Deeply in debt but flamboyant.
Nigger shooter: A slingshot.
Nigger steak: A slice of liver or a cheap piece of meat.
Nigger stick: Police officer’s baton.
Nigger tip: Leaving a small tip or no tip in a restaurant.
Nigger in the woodpile: A concealed motive or unknown factor affecting a situation in an adverse way.
Nigger work: Demeaning, menial tasks.

Nigger (as a word) is also used to describe a dark shade of color (nigger-brown, nigger-Black), the status of Whites that mix together with Blacks (nigger-breaker, dealer, driver, killer, stealer, worshipper, and looking), and anything belonging to or linked to African Americans (nigger-baby, boy, girl, mouth, feet, preacher, job, love, culture, college, music, etc). Nigger is the ultimate American insult; it is used to offend other ethnic groups. Jews are called White-niggers; Arabs, sand-niggers; Japanese, yellow-niggers. Americans created a racial hierarchy with Whites at the top and Blacks at the bottom.

In biology, heredity refers to the transference of biological characteristics from a parent organism to offspring. The word, nigger, speaks to the human heredity of Black people. Defining which characteristics of a person are due to heredity and which are due to environmental influences is often a controversial discussion (the nature versus nurture debate), especially regarding intelligence and race.

The hierarchy was set up by an ideology that justified the use of deceit, exploitation, and intimidation to keep Blacks “in their place.” Every major societal establishment offered legitimacy to the racial hierarchy. Ministers preached that God was White and had condemned Blacks to be servants. Scientists measured Black skulls, brains, faces, and genitalia, seeking to prove that Whites were genetically superior to Blacks. White teachers, teaching only White students, taught that Blacks were less evolved cognitively, psychologically, and socially. The entertainment media, from vaudeville to television and film, portrayed Blacks as docile servants, happy-go-lucky idiots, and dangerous thugs, and they still do this today. The criminal justice system sanctioned a double standard of justice, including its unspoken approval of mob violence against Blacks and there is still a similar double standard today. Both American slavery and the Jim Crow laws which followed were saturated by anti-Black laws and images. The negative portrayals of Blacks were both reflected in and shaped by everyday material objects: toys, postcards, ashtrays, detergent boxes, fishing lures, and children’s books. These items, and countless others, portrayed Blacks with bulging, darting eyes, fire-red oversized lips, jet-Black skin, and either naked or poorly clothed.

In 1874, the McLoughlin Brothers of New York produced a puzzle game called “Chopped Up Niggers.” Beginning in 1878, the B. Leidersdory Company of Milwaukee, WI., produced NiggerHair Smoking Tobacco. Decades later, the name was changed to BiggerHair Smoking Tobacco. A 1916 magazine ad, copyrighted by Morris & Bendien, showed a Black child drinking ink. The caption read, “Nigger Milk” (shown). In 1917, the American Tobacco Company had a NiggerHair redemption promotion. NiggerHair coupons were redeemable for “cash, tobacco, S&H Green stamps, or presents.” The J. Millhoff Company of England produced a series of cards in the 1930s which were widely distributed in the United States. One of the cards shows ten small Black dogs with the caption: “Ten Little Nigger Boys Went Out To Dine.”

This is the first line from a popular children’s story called, “The Ten Little Niggers.” it reads like this.
Ten Little Nigger Boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self, and then there were nine.
Nine Little Nigger Boys sat up very late; one overslept, and then there were eight. Eight Little Nigger Boys traveling in Devon; one said he’d stay there, and then there were seven.
Seven Little Nigger Boys chopping up sticks; one chopped himself in halves, and then there were six.
Six Little Nigger Boys playing with a hive; a Bumblebee stung one, and then there were five.
Five Little Nigger Boys going in for Law; one got in Chancery, and then there were four.
Four Little Nigger Boys going out to Sea; A Red Herring swallowed one, and then there were three.
Three Little Nigger Boys walking in the Zoo; the big Bear hugged one, and then there were two;
Two Little Nigger Boys sitting in the Sun; one got frizzled up, and then there was one.
One Little Nigger Boy living all alone; He got married, and then there were none.

In 1939, writer Agatha Christie published a book called Ten Little Niggers. Later editions sometimes changed the name to Ten Little Indians, or And Then There Were None, but as late as 1978, copies of the book with the original title were being produced. It was not rare for sheet music produced in the first half of the 20th century to use the word nigger on the cover. The Howley, Haviland Company of New York produced sheet music for the songs “Hesitate Mr. Nigger, Hesitate,” and “You'se Just A Little Nigger, Still You'se Mine, All Mine.” This last example was promoted as a children’s lullaby. Some small towns used nigger in their names, for example, Nigger Run Fork, Virginia. Nigger was a common name for darkly colored pets, especially dogs, cats, and horses. So-called “Jolly Nigger Banks,” first made in the 1800s, were widely distributed as late as the 1960s. Another common piece with many variations, produced on posters, postcards, and prints is a picture of a dozen Black children rushing for a swimming hole. The caption reads, “Last One In’s A Nigger.”

The civil rights movement, Supreme Court decisions, the Black empowerment movement, broad civil rights legislation, and a general embracing of democracy by many American citizens have worn down America’s racial pecking order from slavery moving into Jim Crow period and today’s institutional racism. Yet, the word nigger has not left and its relationship with anti-Black prejudice remains symbiotic, interrelated, and interconnected. Ironically, it is co-dependent because a racist society created nigger and continues to feed and sustain it. But, the word no longer needs racism, or brutal and obvious forms, to survive. The word nigger today has its own existence.

Another interesting and confusing experience in American speech is the use of nigger by African Americans. Poetry by Blacks is instructive; one can often find the word nigger used in Black writings. Major and minor poets alike have used it with startling results: Imamu Amiri Baraka, contemporary poet, uses nigger in one of his angriest poems, “I Don’t Love You,” and what was the world to the words of slick nigger fathers too depressed to explain why they could not appear to be men. One wonders how readers are supposed to understand “nigger fathers.” Baraka’s use of this imagery, regardless of his purpose, reinforces the stereotype of the worthless, pleasure-seeking “coon” caricature. Ted Joans’s use of nigger in "The Nice Colored Man” is an example of explainable expression. Joans said he was asked to give a reading in London because he was a “nice colored man.” Infuriated by the labels “nice” and “colored,” Joan’s wrote a quintessential rebellious poem. While the poem should be read in its entirety, a few lines will do:
Smart Black Nigger Smart Black Nigger Smart Black Nigger Smart Black Nigger Knife Carrying Nigger Gun Toting Nigger Military Nigger Clock Watching Nigger Poisoning Nigger Disgusting Nigger Black Ass Nigger.
This piece uses adjective upon adjective attached to the word nigger.

The reality is that many of these uses can be heard in present-day African-American society. Herein lies part of the difficulty: The word, nigger, endures because it is used over and over again, even by the people it insults. Writer Devorah Major said, "It’s hard for me to say what someone can or can’t say, because I work with language all the time, and I don’t want to be limited.” Poet and professor Opal Palmer Adisa claims that the use of nigger or nigga is “the same as young people’s obsession with swearing. A lot of their use of such language is an internalization of negativity about themselves.” Rappers, themselves poets, rap about niggers before mostly White audiences, some of whom see themselves as wiggers (White niggers) and refer to one another as “my niggah.” Snoop Doggy Dogg’s single, “You Thought,” raps, “Wanna grab a skinny nigga like Snoop Dogg/Cause you like it tall/and work it baby doll.” Tupac Shakur’s “Crooked Ass Nigga” lyrics included, “Now I could be a crooked nigga too/When I’m rollin’ with my crew.” Also rap lyrics that degrade women and glamorize violence reinforce the historical Brute Caricature.

Erdman Palmore researched lexicons and said, The number of offensive words used correlates positively with the amount of out-group prejudice; and these express and support negative stereotypes about the most visible racial and cultural differences. When used by Blacks, nigger refers to, among other things, all Blacks (“A nigger can’t even get a break.”); Black men (“Sisters want niggers to work all day long.”); Blacks who behave in a stereotypical, and sometimes legendary, manner (“He’s a lazy, good-for-nothing nigger.”); things (“This piece-of-shit car is such a nigger.”); enemies (“I’m sick and tired of those niggers bothering me!”); and friends (“Me and my niggers are tight.”). This final habit, as a kind word, is particularly challenging. “Zup Niggah” has become an almost universal greeting among young urban Blacks. When asked, Blacks who use nigger or its variants argue that it has to be understood in its situation; repeated use of the word by Blacks will make it less offensive. It’s not really the same word because Whites are saying nigger (and niggers) but Blacks are saying niggah (and niggaz). Also it is just a word and Blacks should not be prisoners of the past or the ugly words that originated in the past.

These arguments may not be true to the real world. Brother (Brotha) and Sister (Sistha or Sista) are terms of endearment. Nigger was and still is a word of disrespect. More to the point, the artificial dichotomy between Blacks or African Americans (respectable and middle-class) and niggers (disrespectable and lower class) ought to be challenged. Black is a nigger, regardless of behavior, earnings, goals, clothing, skills, ethics, or skin color. Finally, if continued use of the word lessened its damage, then nigger would not hurt or cause pain now. Blacks, from slavery until today, have internalized many negative images that White society cultivated and broadcast about Black skin and Black people. This is mirrored in cycles of self- and same-race hatred. The use of the word,nigger by Blacks reflects this hatred, even when the user is unaware of the psychological forces involved. Nigger is the ultimate expression of White racism and White superiority no matter how it is pronounced. It is linguistic corruption, an attack on civility.

To a smaller scale, words other than Nigger also remain accepted public banter in White America. In 1988, on Martin Luther King’s birthday, sports commentator Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder said (on national television) that Black people were better at sports because of slave plantation breeding techniques. “During the slave period, the slave owner would breed his Black with his big woman so that he would have a big Black-kid. That’s were it all started.” Another sports announcer, Billy Packer, referred to pro-basketball player, Allan Iverson, as a “tough monkey.” Another announcer, Howard Cosell, referred to Alvin Garrett, a pro football player with the Washington Redskins as “little monkey” during a Monday Night Football game. The comments made by Cosell and Packer did not go without any punitive consequences.

Nigger is one of the most notorious words in American culture. Some words carry more weight than others. But without trying to exaggerate, is genocide just another word? Pedophilia? Clearly, no and neither is nigger.

After a period of relative dormancy, the word nigger has been reborn in popular culture. It is hard-edged, streetwise, and it has crossed over into movies like Pulp Fiction (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997), where it became a symbol of “street authenticity” and hipness. Denzel Washington’s character in Training Day (2001) uses nigger frequently and harshly. Richard Pryor long ago rejected the use of the word in his comedy act, but Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, and other Black male comedy kings use nigger regularly and not affectionately. Justin Driver, a social critic, makes a case that both Rock and Tucker are modern minstrels shucking, jiving, and grinning, in the tradition of Step ‘n Fetchit. White supremacists have found the Internet an indispensable tool for spreading their message of hate. An Internet search of nigger using Netscape or Alta Vista locates many anti-Black web pages: Niggers Must Die, Hang A Nigger for America, Nigger Joke Central, and many others. Web searchers find what most Blacks know from personal experience, that nigger is an expression of anti-Black hostility. Without question, nigger is the most commonly used racist slur during hate crimes.

No American minority group has been caricatured as often or in as many ways as Black people. These misrepresentations feature distorted physical descriptions and negative cultural and behavior stereotypes. The Coon caricature, for example, was a tall, skinny, loose-jointed, dark-skinned male, often bald, with oversized, ruby-red lips. His clothing was either ragged and dirty or extremely gaudy. His slow, exaggerated walk suggested laziness. He was a pauper, lacking ambition and the skills necessary for upward social mobility. He was a buffoon. When frightened, the Coon’s eyes bulged and darted. His speech was slurred, halted, and stuffed with malapropisms. His piercing, high-pitched voice made Whites laugh. The Coon caricature dehumanized Blacks, and served to justify social, economic, and political discrimination. Nigger may be viewed as an umbrella term, a way of saying that Blacks have the negative characteristics of the Coon, Buck, Tom, Mammy, Sambo, Pickaninny, and other anti-Black caricatures.

In 2003, the fight to correct the shameful availability of this word had positive results. Recently Kweisi Mfume, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), gave a speech at Virginia Tech. There everyone was informed that a landmark decision was made with the people at Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Recognizing their error, beginning with the next edition, the word nigger will no longer be synonymous with African Americans in their publication.

Nigger, like the false impressions it incorporates and means, puts down Blacks, and rationalizes their abuse. The use of the word or its alternatives by Blacks has not lessened its hurt. This is not surprising in a racial hierarchy four centuries old, shaping the historical relationship between European Americans and African Americans. Anti-Black attitudes, motives, values, and behavior continue. Historically, nigger, more than any other word, captures the personal hatred and institutionalized racism directed toward Blacks. In 2013, incidences such as Atlanta born restaurant entrepreneur Paula Dean and Oklahoma football player Reilly Cooper’s comfortable reference to the word against Blacks shows that it is alive in the white vocabulary and it still does great harm.

Source: Phil Middleton and David Pilgrim, Department of Sociology,
Ferris State University 

via:  Dr. Ray Winbush

anonymous asked:

Do you ship lili and cole / think they're together? All these breadcrumbs seem like they are hahahaha

Oh, how can somebody not ship them??? I mean anybody with eyes can see that they have an extremely electrifing chemistry and they look gorgeous together. Plus, up until Wondercon they were literally glued to each other, with no personal space whatsoever. That’s why everyone thought they were a couple and now they are such trying to dissolve the tension and lay low for the time being, get people not so focused on their love lives but their actual work and career. I still do believe that there is something going on between them, either that’s an official relationship or them hitting it off and trying to figure out where this thing between them can lead them. The MTV interview didn’t really sink my hopes. They wouldn’t openly admit of their relationship in a random interview, no celebrity would do that, let alone them who are pretty young and don’t want to draw the spotlight on them just because of who they are dating. Plus, there’s this whole controversy over Cole’s previous relationship; I’m sure they, and especially he, wouldn’t be very fond of people discussing his love life once again. As for the fact that they called each other friend, is just the acceptable thing to do, the fairly nice etiquette to label somebody that either is your significant other but you don’t really want to share this information with the world or the person that you enjoy spending time with and are starting to grow feelings for but yet you haven’t openly put the boyfriend-girlfriend tag on each other. 

For me, there are a lot of very suspicious and sneaky things regarding the two of them that indicate that they are indeed a little more than friends. However, we should keep in mind that we don’t know them personally and we also don’t have the right to harass them by asking always and only about whether or not they are dating or sending hateful words their way in case they are not a couple and just very close friends. But yes, I do ship Sprousehart and I do believe that there is something going on between them; the fact that they are trying so hard to keep it a secret makes it even more precious😍


A project I worked on last night. I’m building up my herb (and other ingredients) collection, so last night I went through my brother’s big herb collection (with permission) and collected bits and pieces in nice little labeled bottles. My handwriting isn’t the best, but it works!

I haven’t collected many cat nails yet, and only have one whisker, but I swoop my house often for more!

How to create a buzzword

Step 1: notice a trend among popular culture. This could be in both real life and in the world of media and fiction and can concern anything from character traits, popular Plotlines and themes, groups of people who share the same vague ideologies, e.t.c

Step 2: instead of looking at each version of said trend, analysing their meaning and contemplate why these traits and ideas are used more then once. Take the easy route, clump them all together, claim they all are exactly alike, and give them a nice and shiny label. Something fancy like Mary Sue, flanderization, clone, tsundere, millennial, SJW, special snowflake, conservative, cultural Marxist, communist, and so on and so forth.

Step 3: this is the most important step. Now instead of being analytical and critical of things on a case by case basis, choose instead to plaster you’re label on everything that remotely fits the rather vague definition you spent all of thirty seconds thinking of. Now watch as your new label spreads like wildfire among the so called “critical crowd” who just love adding a brand new label to their lexicon in order to feign superior intelligence.

Step 4: Pat yourself on the back because you have successfully created a buzzword, sliding a dagger deep into the heart of critical thinking and argumentive inclinations, and assisting in the death of free thought via a thousand cuts.

…you fucking monster

“Y'know, we could’ve planned this out a bit better,” she starts once she’s buckled and seated, “Or you could’ve just sent me like – an apology letter, or somethin’ – that might’ve sufficed.”

From the corner of her eye, she can see him pout his lip out at her, his arm swinging around the back of her seat so he can back out of the parking spot, “There’s no fun in that. Thought this would be more from the heart, and figured you deserved it – really – I know you probably didn’t fancy the sight of me – y'know  –”

“Balls deep?”

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anonymous asked:

Also I want to apologize for saying you to get the help you deserve. I'm just making an assumption that your mental health is not "ok" from what you post. But that may not be true at all.

I deleted your other messages because I don’t have the time or energy to respond to them, but I just want you to know that telling someone who is struggling with mental health issues that they are “toxic” is really fucking judgement. And quite frankly, just not very nice. When you label someone who is mentally unwell as toxic, your saying that they don’t deserve love and respect. You’re saying that, “oh, they’re just a shitty person and I can’t be around that.”

And sure, everyone has their own capacity for handling and understanding mental health issues. But when you call someone toxic for their mental health issues, you’re making them feel isolated and alone and ashamed that they’re feeling they say that they do. You’re making them feel guilty for not being able to just be happy all the time.

I am not a toxic person because I have bad days. I am not a toxic person because I get sad. I am very vocal about my issues because I don’t want the young girls who follow this blog to listen to the shame that is constantly thrown at people like them or me.

And to say to someone to “get help” is really not okay. I understand you’re apologizing right now, but I still need to discuss this. Do you know why people don’t get help? There’s a mixture of stigma and fear and shame and access to mental health care. I don’t have insurance and I live in a state that is constantly ranked as the worst for mental health care. I would LOVE to “get help” from a professional but I don’t have the resources. But I am on waiting lists to even get evaluated. You’re acting like I’m just sitting around wallowing in my self-pity.

What pissed me off in the first place was you acting like I don’t also put love and hard work and dedication into my work. And the way you worded it insinuated a lot of things. Like we all work our asses off and I’m sorry you’re not getting the notes on your work that you’re looking for. Note and followers do not equal happiness or satisfaction. I am still allowed to not feel great about some of the things I write. I am allowed to second guess myself and my abilities. Sure, validation from others is great. We all want to feel love and accepted, but my original post had nothing to do with others and had everything to do with myself. Self-validation is something I am working very hard on, and obviously still struggle with.

I understand that not everyone wants to come onto this blog and see things about mental health. I get it, but I am not going to be made guilty for talking about it on my blog.

just a bit of a news report to my followers;

kin drama ruined a mod to a suggestions blog today. like, this guy said a couple things that were probably a little controversial to otherkin and they came and absolutely tore them down and made them basically leave the blog that they used for coping. 

these otherkin aren’t nice. they use their “label” as an excuse to be horrible people. they use the people they ID with to shit on these innocent individuals who just so happened to have a differing opinion.

THIS is one of the many reasons i absolutely cannot stand otherkin and what that community has become.


anonymous asked:

Not SNK related, but.. how do you combine multiple asks? I've seen you reply and label it as "Part 2" sort of thing and I have no idea of how to do that :| and also just to make it SNK related: what's your favorite ship & why?

Really nice people labeling their asks, plus the power of copy/paste and the button that always makes me think of a door opening.

Non-SnK asks are always cool. …They get answered faster, probably. But since you did ask, I like Historia and Ymir because meaning the absolute world to each other is all about miscommunication and yelling about how wrong the other person’s life choices are.

There’s no neat and clean answer for the why, honestly. If I have to try, I’d say that what makes them work for me is how intimately they understand each other’s flaws. They’re both screwed up. They’re both kind of jerks, with more hard edges and thorns than softness.

They’re free to be that together, and after sticking with it long enough, both end up with a person who unilaterally accepts them for all that they are. For people who are all about learning to love themselves, that’s everything. They know their own issues too well to be their own biggest fan, but then there’s this idiot over in the corner, seeing every bad decision and personality facet, and… somehow, there’s no one they’d rather be with.

They are completely hopeless and deeply in love and I am forever slain.

My thanks for the chance to squee.

anonymous asked:

This is kind of random but why is Hufflepuff always stereotyped as the "nice" house? It's never made any sense to me. Hufflepuff is fair, hardworking, and loyal, but nothing is ever said about being "nice". I feel like people think we're "nice" because we're labeled as the helpful sidekicks, like that supporting and kind character who isn't quite interesting enough to have a real personality. Honestly, Gryffindor should be the "nice" house, since chivalry is more related to "nice" than loyalty.

Based on traits alone, you’re probably right, Gryffindor should be the “nice” house. But I think the reason no one sees them this way is because we get such a deep look into Gryffindor house and thus see more instances of Gryffindors not being nice. But with Hufflepuff, we don’t get as in depth of a look, so you don’t always see quite how many people are just straight up NOT NICE.

I also imagine that Hufflepuff is probably the most polite house, as a general rule. Because they want to be fair, as well as their perspectives on what is “right”, they’re likely to know that they don’t know what’s going on with someone, so they opt for politeness towards others. Because other people deserve for you to not treat them like shit (unless they prove otherwise). And far too many people seem to get polite and nice mixed up. Polite is more a matter of following social niceties so as to remain civil with others. Its holding your tongue when you want to say something mean, but you don’t think the other person necessarily deserves your anger. Nice is more about genuinely being interested in other people and wanting to actively make their lives better.

Obviously Hufflepuffs can fall in the “nice” category when it comes to people they care about, but I know for a fact, Amy is not one to fuck with, as are most Hufflepuffs. There’s a whole lot of mean tat can be dug up when the time calls for it.

I think “nice” happened because of a lack of representation about what Hufflepuff truly means beyond the sorting hats song telling us, and Cedric Diggory’s actions. The movies are especially bad about never talking about who Hufflepuffs are as people. So our top representation of what a Hufflepuff is, was a rather nice boy. Clean cut, well behaved, rule following, but rather chill dude. SO, since we had very little beyond that, that’s all people assumed.

Its really unfortunate though because there are so many characters in things that are clearly Hufflepuff that one would never really call “nice”.

-Jamie (Gryffindor)

anonymous asked:

andriel + ikea headcanons!!

oh boy oh boy oh boy i haven’t been to ikea in forever

  • so they go for what, kitchen utensils? maybe a new couch for their living room but that doesn’t happen because they get lost
  • well, andrew knows what he’s doing, neil just gets really distracted by all the nice furniture
  • like he just wanders off the nicely labeled path which everyone should know is dangerous and he just sits on every couch
  • and spins on every office chair and walks through every closet set up
  • he may even take a quick nap on a comfy mattress while andrew does what they’re supposed to be there for which is buying a goddamn couch
  • anyway, they end up spending a whole day in ikea because neil is extremely distracted by everything ((like a kid at one of those cool indoor playground things)) and andrew just lets him wait it out
  • until they get to the factory part right before check out and neil wants to walk up and down every aisle
  • only then does andrew grab neil by his neck and direct him to the checkout because he is done
How I read the budget
  • Tories: We are one nation! We're working together for the greater good!
  • British people: ... we're skeptical.
  • Tories: We're just going to make a few cuts. Specifically to the benefits department. Despite the fact that the majority of our money is lost through tax evasion and avoidance.
  • British people: But won't that hit people who can't afford it?
  • Tories: Ah, but we're raising the minimum-wage thing that peasants get! As long as they're a sensible age. We don't want the young getting ideas. Never mind the cuts to Tax Credits. We're sure that won't make a difference.
  • British people: You mean the support that helped people live? Surely this will just drive more people into poverty?
  • Tories: That's a very harsh word. How about we just redefine that a bit? And hey! Look! The rate of your so-called 'poverty' is so much better now!
  • British people: So young people don't get help? And now you're cutting support for the disabled? On top of the fact you tax them for bedrooms? Isn't that a little inhumane?
  • Tories: Nonsense! It'll encourage those sick people to get back to work! We can't stand slackers. Speaking of which, we're putting nice labels on their medicine bottles to rub in just how much they're costing us to stay alive.
  • British people: ... mummy thatcher must be so proud.

Request – Derek Hale and Jordan Parrish “Persuasiveness”, sequel to “Rivality

Months had passed. Jordan still didn’t have more clarity about what he exactly was, and you noticed how it slowly started to annoy him. And everyone around him with him. He started to get a bit less cheerful than normal, especially now he was discovering what had going on in this town behind his back.
“Was I really the only one who was completely ignorant of all what was going on here?” Derek just shrugged.
“More or less. We can’t expect everyone to be just as perceptive as Y/N was, can we?” You sighed. Not again… this had been going on for a long time now, and it was getting tiring.
“I just happened to be at the right place at the right moment, Derek. Or the wrong place at the wrong moment… it’s just how you want to call it…” Jordan smiled.
“Thank you. I’m still not sure if it should be a compliment that I wasn’t at the right place at the right moment as a deputy, but hey…” You swatted him, laughing.
“It wasn’t meant like that!” He shrugged.
“I know. I’m just joking, Y/N.” Suddenly you felt Derek’s hands on your shoulders, as if he had to make sure you knew he was still there.
“You’re talking yourself down… the deputy here first has to show he can deal with everything so well as you have done…” Jordan bit his lips.
“Can’t disagree with you on that, Derek. It’s… a lot. And I just wished I knew where I fitted in this whole thing. This is frustrating.” You put a hand on his arm.
“I know… we’ll get there, ok? We’ll find a nice fitting label for you eventually.” Derek smirked.
“You are desperate to be categorized, man…” Jordan just shrugged.
“Is that so strange? You know what you are, what you can do. Grumpy werewolf and all… Y/N here is the charming human who managed to make us all feel better the moment she turns up, and me? I’m just the weird guy with glowing eyes.” You shrugged.
“A very charming guy with glowing eyes.” Derek flopped down on the couch next to you.
“Hey!” You rolled your eyes.
“And you’re a very charming grumpy werewolf. Come on guys, do you really think I don’t see what you guys are doing?” Two pair of eyes were suddenly directed at you, both trying to look really innocent, both failing miserably at that.
“What?” They even talked at the same time now. You sighed. “Come on… just stop with trying to outdo each other, ok? I can recognize someone flattering me, and that’s exactly what you guys are doing right now…” They were almost falling over their words to try to deny it.
“I’m not flattering, Y/N”, Jordan said. “Just telling the truth…” You shook your head.
“Not helping, ok…” Derek smirked at the other side, and you turned towards him. “And you don’t need to play innocent either. You’re just as bad as he is.” You stood up, leaving both of them confused. Derek looked up at you.
“What have we done wrong?” You didn’t even know exactly, just that they were rubbing you completely the wrong way.
“There’s too much going on to even think about dating, ok? I like the both of you, you’re great friends, but you’re terribly annoying when you’re trying to make me choose.”

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