no more censorship

Youtube and LGBTQ+

I was having a lovely Sunday, filled with laziness and, somewhat ironically, bingeing YouTube videos, until it was ruined by two things. 

The first, is snow, my nemesis and greatest foe.  The second was the shitstorm caused by the YoutubeIsOverParty hashtag currently trending on Twitter. And I’ve got to admit, as much as snow and I enjoy our eternal battle, I never once thought of YouTube as anything other than an ally. Though that has since changed.

Now, I understand censoring cursing and nudity, I’m pretty sure the latter has always been age restricted, but I am profoundly disturbed to discover that LGBTQ+ content is now considered “restricted”. That is absurd. You are absurd. This is absurd. And if anything, this just panders into the philosophies of the homophobic parents who wish to keep their children “protected” from such content.

YouTube always seemed to be this sort of free enterprise in term of content. A place where anyone could post anything as long as it wasn’t harmful to others. But restricting LGBTQ+ content is a harmful enterprise. Sometimes, all people have is the internet.  They don’t have supportive friends or family, so they’ll turn to the internet, and places like YouTube specifically, to find others like themselves. And many of these people are youths. Youth who are scared or questioning things and are looking to the content on YouTube for guidance. Putting a restriction on LGBTQ+ content is detrimental to those people.

Creators who strive for equality and acceptance should not be deemed restricted. These are people belonging to or supporting a marginalised community. They should not be vilified for trying to create a dialogue.

Please fix your error YouTube because I’d rather you not become my new nemesis. 

I'll never get this obsession some people have with making every godamn pairing as fluffy and sweet as a marshmallow cloud.

Words like “problematic” or “unhealthy” or even “abusive” being thrown around like popcorn everytime a ship dares to step out the lines of your neat little box of acceptable fiction. And it is fine that you say all of these things, really. For most of the time they are absolutely correct. But the problem is that all this words come covered with accusatory tones and allegations that just make no sense, meant to hurt and shame the people making and consuming the entertaining piece that was made. Be it fanart, fanfic, headcanons or even just expressing their love for a ship. I just want to know at what moment did we start equating artistic freedom with “being an apologist”. And who decided which things are and are not okay to be written/drawn/spoken about? Art doesn’t follow your rules. Art follows NOBODY’S rules, and that’s what is great about it. And as far as I’m concerned nobody died and made you people “the supreme judges​ of all art forms in the world”. Art is free and inexcusable. Fantasy is what makes us free. No regulation, no rules, no dictatorship. You can make a utopia in there, or a post-war decaying world, you can make a surrealistic adventure or just write about your everyday person, you can make clouds heavy and rocks weightless and it breaks my heart everytime I see someone trying to dictate what someone can and cannot put their artistic effort into. If it’s problematic, if it’s terrible, ugly, harmful, devastating, unacceptable. Let it be. The fantasy world is where it belongs, it’s where it SHOULD be. Cause when it gets to this side, when it stops being a dream (or a nightmare) and turns into reality THEN it causes real damage. A painting​ of a gun is just a painting. The bullet from the gun that is pointed at your head when you walk at 3 AM in a dangerous neighbourhood and that will make a hole in your skull, that, that is the real danger. The painting didn’t cause the violence, the violence caused the painting. And we bring this to our fantasies, cause in there we can simulate. We can try to understand. We can deconstruct and construct again. We can look it from all the angles and perspectives we are denied in reality. And to deny fantasy’s ugliness is to deny reality’s nature. You don’t live in a perfect world, I know you’d like to, but you don’t. You can cover your eyes, you can cover your ears and cover your mouth. But the evil will be always there. And it will make it’s way to fantasy, cause fantasy is fabricated out of reality. Always was and always will be. And if you think you’re somewhat eradicating it by throwing all this insults and accusations at people that DO understand the distinction and the connection between these two worlds, you’re most likely just creating even more evil. Censorship is the real evil. Fantasy is not good, but it’s not evil either. It’s just what it is. So maybe you should take a deep breath and step down of your pedestal and take a look at the world. It is not perfect, but it makes fantasy perfect by being so.

What I want or what I would change in season 2b/season 3
  • Clary would stop and listen to others because they are the ones who knows more
  • Fair share of screentime for the different pairings.
  • Malec having their intimate scenes without interruptions
  • Luke being a better alpha to his pack and take decisions that are better for then than just for Clary
  • Alec having more fighting scenes
  • More Magnus’ background history
  • For Simon to stop being so clingy with Clary
  • More downworlders screentime
  • Garrobane
  • Malec power battle couple
  • Magnus doing High Warlock bussiness
  • No more censorship for Malec
  • More Izzy without the drug addiction
  • Jace needs a break
  • me on a date: so do you like Shostakovitch?
  • date: Eww, I listened to his music once and it was the most freaky weird shit. He clearly had no idea what real music was, it's all just dissonant trash.
  • shoving breadsticks into my purse: I have to go now before I hear any more of your soviet censorship shit.
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Significant Women in Film History: 1930s

Mae West (1893-1980)

Mae West was born in 1893 in Brooklyn. She began her career on the stage at the age of seven, winning prizes in talent contests and performing at church socials. By 14 she was part performing in vaudeville and in burlesque houses when work was slow. By 1911 she would be cast in her first role on broadway and although the show closed after eight performance, this would not be the last show to have Mae West among its cast. By the 1920s West had begun to write her own shows under the pen name Jane Mast. In 1926 her play which she wrote, directed, and coproduced, Sex, would premiere on Broadway and would be a box office hit although it received backlash from religious groups and conservatives for its risqué subject matter. The city would receive so many complaints from religious officials over the content of the show that police would raid it during a showing and arrest West along with the rest of the cast. She spent 10 days in jail. For most, this would be a publicity disaster, but West used it to her advantage telling reporters she wore silk panties while in jail. By the time she was released West was a bigger star than she had been when she entered. West would face further controversy with censors when she attempted to open the play The Drag which focused on homosexual characters. It would close in two weeks. West would continue to write for the stage.The controversy these plays brought her only made the public more interested in seeing them. These plays may not have done so well critically but almost all her plays did incredibly well commercially. In 1932 West was finally given a contract in Hollywood with Paramount. The fact that West was almost 40 is significant because, in an industry dominated by looks and youth, it was incredibly rare for any woman of that age to be offered a contract. Usually, the studios were dropping contracts with women that age not signing them. But Hollywood saw how popular West’s innuendo filled plays were and in a time before strict censorship, they knew this would draw in massive audiences to the theaters. She first appeared in the 1932 film Night After Night, which she rewrote the lines of when she didn’t like the character. This film and the witty dialogue her characters spoke made her one Hollywoods top comediennes. She would go on to write and star in a number of films such as She Done Him Wrong, which costarred a not yet famous Cary Grant, I’m no Angel and Belle of the Nineties. But by 1935 the Hays Code had come to Hollywood and had begun to be heavily forced. West found her films being edited by censors and because of this her film’s quality were often affected. Post-1935 films by West were surrounded by immense controversy and often boycotted by more conservative audiences. The censorship and controversy that surrounded her films cause West to eventually retire from the screen and move on to a successful career in Las Vegas, Nightclubs and on Broadway. By 1959 West had released a bestselling memoir, she had also worked successfully on Broadway, television, radio, and in music. She invested her money in land in LA and began to act in films again during the 1970s. In August 1980, Mae West would pass away from a stroke at the age of 87. Mae West contribution to not just film but to the stage, to comedy, and to music is huge. She was also an avid supported of both Women’s Rights and Gay Rights in time when these issues (particularly gay rights) were hardly on the mind of anyone in a public role. She had a fairly short career in the film industry but she left a huge mark.The comedies audiences watch today would not be the same without West’s influence. She was a woman of all trades.

celitalaloca  asked:

Hi!, nice to meet you!. My name is Celia and I'm from Canary Islands (Spain). I'm studding Russian because I'm a huge fan of Rhythmic gymnastics. I was told that Putin's approval ratings were very high, like 80%. Are those official manipulated polls or something? I hope things get better, specially for the lgtb community. I saw a documentary about their situation at Russia and it was so unfair.

Hi Celia!
I can tell you one thing: our society is frightened. It’s in a constant state of stress thanks to the government. And whether some people are afraid of Putin himself, they hate him and want him to leave, others afraid of what will happen if he leaves, while both groups agree that the country is controlled by disgusting corrupted mafia. 

I suppose everything is clear with the first group, so let’s talk about the second one, who can be considered in manipulations as those who ‘approve’ his politics.

If you ask a regular Russian person, ‘are you satisfied with the government?’, the answer will be ‘no’ in the majority of cases. If you ask ‘are you satisfied with how the government treats its people?’ it will be ‘no’, 99%. But when you ask ‘do you want to see putin as the next president?’ the answer will be ‘are there any other candidates?’ = ‘do we have a choice?’
This is what mostly counted as ‘Putin’s approval thing’ in the polls. 

The reasons of that answer:

1. For 17 years of his practical ruling, he didn’t give a chance to any real opponents to exist. The whole ‘democratic’ government are his puppets, everyone knows it.

2. People firmly believe their opinion is meaningless. We had protests in 2011-2013 when russians were against Putin as a president while the elections were rigged. But it resulted only in numerous arests and more strict censorship.

3. Some adults are afraid that things will get only worse when he leaves: this is because they experienced criminal chaos and hardships of 1990 years, when USSR became ruins in one shot. A walker could be killed in the nearest courtyard, the salaries were not given in money but in absolutely random equivalent. People had nothing to live on. Like, literally. My friend’s mother month after month was getting a salary as boxes of the same socks and tights, emm. My father was given dozens of same ceramic chicken statues (we still have boxes with them in the basement). This absurd may seem funny, but imagine it when you need to eat something, to raise your children and so on. While ordinary russians were put into poverty, others  through bloody underground wars and privatization of gas, oil and mineral manufactures suddenly became millionaires - those who are sitting in the government right now. (btw, the film Dead Man’s Bluff, or Zhmurki depicts the social situation of 90s perfectly). And in the end of this horrible decade Putin comes to rule. You know, he didn’t do any fantastic things. He returned ordinary life conditions plus there was no gay censorship in the beginning and he was tending to make Russia a democratic European country people could be proud of… So for some adults he is associated with a life far from ideal, but at least the one where you get the salary and you won’t be killed in front of your house. (Yeah, in the regions people are happy to survive with 100$ in a month). All of them, even if they see the truth now, are still afraid that dismissal of Putin means the change of the system, which will result ‘in the next 90s’. And of course the controlled media put all efforts to sustain this point of view, they make enemy of anyone who stand out in the obedient crowd (lgbt, for example). (p.s. As many many others, I don’t excuse this point of view, I’m only trying to explain it)
 
However, as you can see from the last events, Russia is rid of the current situation. People are hoping to overcome it someday… But right now, many of russians are in despair, as we don’t see any improvements, things are only getting worse.    

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Nothing like a tragedy to force through even more censorship and speech restrictions.

MTMTE Issue 22, featuring more censorship.

[Transcript]

Swerve: See, I don’t think having wagers and doing stuff like that is immature. We all need hobbies. Brainstorm’s got his briefcase. Rung’s got his collection of spaceships. Ultra Magnus has got his music–not to mention his ████ and his frankly bizarre obsession with ████–which Ratchet swears can lead to premature death and, even worse,  ████.

'WAR OF HORMONES' LYRICS CHANGED FOR MBC MUSIC CORE (141025)

1) RAP MON

the women’s clothes are see-through, see-through

CHANGED TO:

the women’s beauties are crazy, crazy


2) JUNGKOOK

— women are the best in the world

CHANGED TO:

love is the best in the world

it can’t be controlled everyday

CHANGED TO:

she can’t be compared

3) V

your front is the best, your back is the best

CHANGED TO:

here is the best, there is the best

4) SUGA

I learn Body 101 by looking at you

CHANGED TO:

I learn the movie ‘Architecture 101’ by looking at you

my testosterones are heavily building up

CHANGED TO:

the number of sleepless nights increase from the thought of you

after fighting against my hormones

CHANGED TO:

after fighting against myself

5) J-Hope

I lose it even from those small gestures *Korean slang

CHANGED TO:

I even fall for those small gestures

Censorship Part 2

Three years on Ao3 and I’d never had an issue with my explicit stories. I’ve been approached twice in a month now– asking permission to edit both Ice and Fire and Flight Ready to remove the explicit scenes. Do we have an influx of people who do not understand that a) explicit tags exist for a reason, and b) this is nothing more than censorship? Shall I edit out characters a reader doesn’t like too? How about settings? I use the word “Fuck” a lot too. Want me to edit that, too? I’ve got a better idea, go write your own story if you don’t like mine. And don’t steal my ‘verse to do it.

Originally posted by n-wordbelike

so the PR visit is the gift that keeps on giving

(eta! this video was temporarily removed for “sexually explicit” content… tumblr censors can’t handle those hands either)

I grew up in Baghdad in a middle-class family. My father served in the Iraqi Air Force and often travelled internationally; my mother was a math teacher; my siblings all attended college. I graduated from the most prestigious high school in Baghdad before getting my degree at pharmacy school.

I grew up reading Superman and Batman comics, playing with Lego’s and swimming at the pools of the fancy clubs where my parents were members. I was 12 during the first Gulf War in 1990. And until then, my childhood was uneventful: I was a happy kid.

Until 1990, I never heard a mosque call for prayer. I almost never saw a woman covering her hair with a hijab. My mom wore make-up, skirts, blouses with shoulder pads and Bermuda shorts. She never covered her hair.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, I’ve realized that most Americans don’t understand that Iraq used to be a modern, westernised and secular country. From the 1930’s to the 1980’s, Iraq’s neighbours looked to it as the example. People from different Arab countries came to Iraq to attend university. The country had an excellent education system, great health care, and Iraq was rich — not the richest, but rich.

Of course, Iraq is not like this today.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait, 24 years ago, the United States destroyed most of Iraq’s infrastructure during the Persian Gulf War. Bridges were bombed, along with power stations, rail-roads, dams and oil refineries.

I remember that we would turn on the faucet, and barely any water would come out. It was worse during the summer. To take showers, we had to rely on water tanks on the roof, which supplied extra water to our home. To keep the tanks full, we had to fill containers with dripping water from a hose. Sometimes it would take hours for one container to fill because there was so little water. Then we would have to carry each container up and down the roof in many shifts. To make things worse, the water would come out boiling hot because it had been sitting in the sun. We also had limited electricity — which remains a problem, even 20 years later. Sleeping was difficult. You would wake up, sweating, in the middle of the night. You couldn’t open the windows because of mosquitoes. I would sleep in my underwear on the marble floor because it was cooler.

In 1990, an embargo was imposed, which prohibited Iraq from exporting oil. Iraqis suddenly found themselves poor.

Prices became inflated, and everything cost more. Before the war, you could buy a flat of eggs for two Iraqi dinars. By 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq again, those eggs cost several thousand dinars. (My monthly pay check after I graduated from pharmacy school was 50,000 dinars a month.)

People’s values changed after 1990, too. Robberies increased. Houses were even built differently. There used to be low fences separating one house from another. But after the war, people built high fences and covered their windows with bars. Our home was robbed three times over 10 years. If you parked your car by the street — even for just three minutes — you risked your hubcaps being stolen.

Gradually, people also began turning to religion as a result of all the hardships. Religion changed the country: more censorship, more rules, more rigidity. Alcohol, which was once widely accepted, was frowned upon. Mainstream TV shows and movies — even cartoons — were censored to remove kissing scenes, partial nudity and other elements viewed as immoral.

Neither of the United States’ wars changed life in Iraq the way the U.S. government had intended.

I think the United States wanted Iraqis to revolt against Saddam Hussein and depose him. If only it were that easy.

The notion of democracy is foreign to the Arab world. Although the West saw the “Arab Spring” protests as movements for democracy, they were really uprisings against various dictators, which are not the same thing. What we know is that for countless generations, we’ve lived in a hierarchical society. It’s not about individualism or personal freedoms. It’s about following your father, your family and your tribe. There’s no culture of respecting different opinions.

As a college student, I looked to the West in awe of the personal freedoms and human rights that let people follow their dreams. In the U.S., even animals had rights.

But many Iraqis I know don’t see freedom the way Americans do: a political right afforded to everyone who lives in the U.S. I’ve heard crazy comments that equate freedom with loose morals and women having sex without being married.

The very idea of freedom rocks the whole foundation of Iraqi culture. So, when Iraqis were given their freedom, instead of turning to democracy, they, like many others in the region, turned to religion and religious leaders for guidance and political advice.

Shiites voted for Shiite candidates. Sunnis voted for Sunnis. The Shiites came to power because they were the majority.

What’s happening in Iraq today is merely a continuation of the failure of democracy. And a failure of the United States to understand the psyche of Iraqis.

The people who might have been able to change Iraq — the educated, the artists, the moderates — began leaving in 1990, after the embargo was imposed and their comfortable lifestyles came to an end. People with connections fled to friends and family in other countries. Almost all of them left the country illegally.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein fell and the floodgates opened up, with even more people leaving the country for good at a time when they were most needed. Until that year, I was barred from travelling, along with other pharmacists, doctors and certain professionals.

I wanted to leave, but what would I do? Where would I go? Only a handful of countries even allowed travel on an Iraqi passport. My parents and siblings fled to Syria, and later to Jordan. I stayed in Baghdad, where I worked at the International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization that promotes democracy in post-conflict countries. Later, I got a job as a translator at the Los Angeles Times.

With my friends and family gone, I felt very isolated and alone. It also became unsafe to move around, even to do simple things like go to a restaurant or the market.

In 2009, I managed to come to the U.S. as a refugee, and I was happy to leave Iraq behind. But even though I’d given up on my country, I had hope that things would not get as bad as they have today. It is my worst nightmare that an extremist group like the Islamic State has support in Iraq and, though it pains me to say this, the aftermath of the U.S. invasions has brought us to this point.

After the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, some even dared to dream that the country would become as rich as Gulf States like Kuwait. There was no Iraqi government in place for a long time and, for several months, life in Baghdad was free of bombings and attacks.

To make things worse, the U.S. dissolved the Iraqi army and started a process to remove those politically aligned with Saddam, which ended up taking jobs away from thousands of Sunnis and seemed like an unfair witch hunt. Add to these political actions poverty and a lack of basic services, and you end up with a deep, sectarian divide in Iraq that I believe led to the insurgency and the problems that exist today.

So as I read the news on CNN Arabic and the BBC while pacing around the house, I feel as if I’m experiencing a death in the family. I’m going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, sadness, depression. Lately, I’ve even tried to avoid reading the news at all.

Sometimes, I watch old YouTube videos that show the way Iraq used to be. But the Iraq I loved and was proud of — the country I lived in before 1990 — doesn’t exist any more. And I don’t see that changing in my lifetime

—  Saif Al-Azzawi
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Hello Fire Emblem Fans of America! Here are some more announcements on how the game will be changed for all you kooky kids! Now with 200% more censorship!

Besides those inappropriate parental advisory scenes that were taken out of the game, there have been some other changes! Check out the totally fresh list for the recently renamed Fire Emblem Family! (now for all ages):

Names

The names that are too hard to spell and pronounce have now been changed to make the game more American. Some of the changes are below:

Corrin is now Carl/Carol

Camilla is now Bertha

Takumi is now Trent

Sakura is now Sammy

New songs!

All original songs in the game have been replaced by famous childrens tunes and funky original FE rhymes! Stay tuned.

No Romance!

Love can get rather inappropriate, so besides removing the questionable scenes, the entire romance aspect is removed entirely. Ranks are now all purely friendship based! Make friends with your squad and learn the importance of family!

No Deaths!

Death is a touchy subject! All possible death scenes have been removed, and now all characters (even the enemies) can just get “knocked out!” How clumsy!

FE is now a family-based experience for all to enjoy!

Stay FRESH!

a small note about this post: Besides not actually being really salty (which most people think I am, I actually am pretty excited for the game and am not bashing Nintendo OR any one associated with the localization team), this post was not meant to say how horrible FE Fates was or to sway people from not buying the game. I love the franchise and I hope to promote its growth. I was joking about the “possible” censorship. I really hope it does well in the West. FE is a fantastic franchise and I’m glad Awakening saved it. Also, there are posts going around that the no skinship thing was misinformation spread across the Internet. Please keep this in mind.
a talk: sexism in the kpop industry

A while back, about a month ago, I did a little blog post about colorism in kpop and why it’s so problematic, you can read that here if you’d like. But today, I really wanted to talk about an issue that has been bothering me since I got into kpop– the sexism of the kpop industry. In the kpop industry, the oppression of women is seen over and over– but the problem is, it doesn’t just come from the music shows or the record companies. A lot of the sexism in kpop comes from the fans, and it’s time to stop.

How many times have you been getting to know another kpop fan and asked them what girls groups they like when they hit you with the classic “I don’t like girls groups… they’re just not my style.” Well, okay. I guess. I’ve been subject to this many a time too, but the funny thing is, it doesn’t make sense. There is a girls group for everyone. There are girl groups who sing cute songs, who sing ballads, who focus on dance, who do funky songs, who do soothing songs, who do hip hop and rap songs. They got it all, man. Someone once told me they didn’t like girls groups because they were too “cutesy” and “bubbly”. Mind you, her favorite group is Astro– who, would you look at that, have “bubbly” concepts. This is a recurring issue, and not just specific to one group. The double standard and hypocrisy held for girls groups, the censorship on music shows targeted towards girls groups, the blatant ignorance for girls groups’ struggles, all this needs to stop. Enough is enough. Who are we to call ourselves “feminists” in Western culture and take advantage of the rights that so many women have fought for when we cannot even accept the fact that there is an issue elsewhere?

Don’t believe that sexism is an issue in kpop? Allow me to give you a few examples.

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