I drew a thing to illustrate a headcanon (and nyeh why did the first image turn out so much better than the second!!!!!) concerning Ivan and his identity. I got the idea while researching for a seminar I was in where my topic had been the soviet approach to nationality politics.
These headcanons are subject to change of course as I continue to learn about this time period.


The Soviet government was very critical of nationalism as a whole but decided that minority nationalities should be promoted within the socialist system, in order to bind these groups tighter to the idea of socialism and to curb nationalistic movements. “Great Russian Chauvinism” on the other hand was condemned and Great Russian Chauvinists were denounced as oppressors.
Ivan during this time would still be only known as Russia, as the Soviet Union was from its very conception a multiethnic, multinational state. He’d be unsure of where he stands with the government, feeling underappreciated and discarded. He would often travel to remote areas in his country and the union or to countries he has political interest in (like Poland or Germany).


The Soviet Union got a new constitution in this year and Ivan would take up the mantel of Soviet Union - not because that is now a nationality he represents but because Russian nationalism had been rehabilitated over the course of the last few years and the Russian culture/language was to become another unifying link between the people next to socialism. Russia would still be his nation and his secondary title.
Ivan’s role in the government would be redefined and given a lot more importance and respect than it was previously, flattering Ivan and making him feel useful and appreciated once again. This would eventually get a little to his head.

anonymous asked:

Lies We Tell Ourselves had the potential of being good and has some good moments. But as a person of color it was shitty. The whole trope of the oppressed falling in love with the oppressor who didn't even acknowledged their racism or really challenge/change is such bs. She did mention that "Oh they aren't as different as we thought" but didn't acknowledge their racism and abuse. Like no. And for the black girl to just be okay with that is ridiculous and horrible.

^^ Yes.

I haven’t read it, and – like I just said in a reply – my girl was so excited to read a book with (surprise!) a Black wlw character, and she loved it most of the way through, but we didn’t talk about the ending/she started reading something else and we never debriefed the entire book.

But like, yah. You’re a billion percent right. “Aren’t as different as we thought” is like. What.

call me cold, but i don’t feel any compassion for self-hating lesbians who demonize other lesbians as sexual perverts and abusers to get into the good graces of their homophobic bihet oppressors.


White women need to deal with the fact that most of you voted for Trump. It’s the not the job of black women or any marginalised and oppressed person to take responsibility for the actions of their oppressor or to educate their oppressor.

lol an ex boyfriend went through my phone to find an out of context convo from two weeks back of me and my best friend (lots of scrolling to get to a literal 5 text exchange) talking about a girl i found hot and used that to “confirm” i couldn’t be trusted esp since i was bisexual and constantly used that against me. so yeah, bisexuals in m/f relationships absolutely need their community’s support because straight people do not associate w us and only give a fuck about us when we hide our identities.

straight is a construct of institutional power which bisexuals do not and can never have so by lumping us with our actual oppressors is setting us up for actual abuse. we’re not asking our community to love m/f relationships. we’re asking our community to love us, bisexuals, like we love our community because regardless of who we’re with we are still vulnerable to harm from straight society.

Note: you can hate your oppressors as a class and still love individual members of that class

Other Note: you can love individuals and still recognize them as part of an oppressor class

Yet Another Note: you can be a member of an oppressor class who understands the outrage of their loved one toward said oppressor class as *class based* and not about you as an individual (while still recognizing how you benefit)

steven universe: fascists just need to be talked to!! fighting back against your oppressors just makes you worse than them!! when a white woman is violent it’s fine but when a black woman is violent that makes her dangerous and irredeemable!

adventure time: all cops are pigs and all power is corrupt. the solution is in the people. anarchy is the solution.

Raphael Santiago was tortured extensively at the hands of his oppressors.

Raphael Santiago, a religious Catholic Latino had his faith turned against him in a perverse manner.

Raphael Santiago was told that he would be the reason that 50 + members of his family would die if he did not fix a mistake he never created.

And still Raphael Santiago hesitated to ask Magnus to betray a woman he loved despite how evil and abusive she was. Still he wanted to spare one of only living people he loves that pain.

Think again next time you call Raphael Santiago a ruthless and selfish monster.

anonymous asked:

wait trans marco is canon??????

Essentially. They haven’t said the word “transgender” and may or may not ever be allowed to, but in yesterday’s episode “Heinous,” Marco is essentially ‘outed’ to her parents as Miss Heinous comes to her house and explains that Princess Marco started an uprising in St. Olga’s, and demands justice. Marco is consistently gendered as female throughout the episode by everyone but her parents, even in the beginning when she’s not in the princess getup (Heinous actually compliments her ‘super cute new haircut.’) 

It’s then confirmed that Marco has been continuing to inspire wayward princesses to resist their oppressors as Princess Marco, and has willfully encouraged and known about this and maintained this persona without her parents’ or Star’s knowledge, and she refers to herself as “Ya girl Marco” happily before being reminded about Heinous’s existence. After the episode ends and everyone is safe, Marco, her family, and Star have a game night, and Marco says something like, “Can I stay in the dress?”

The entire episode is also peppered with coming-out double entendres, where Marco’s parents say things like “Is there anything else we should know?” “I’m not sure we should be mad,” etc., and then afterwards it being implied they were talking about their child inciting the rebellion in St. O’s, and aren’t paying attention to the Princess thing.

Heinous isn’t in the Season 2 finale but still has some cliffhangers related to her plotline so Marco will most likely start being gendered as female in regular, non-St. O’s related episodes after some more plot with her happens in season 3, for now she’s still mostly closeted.

tl;dr Marco has been secretly presenting as female part-time since halfway through Season 1 and is undeniably coded as a closeted trans girl at this point, will almost certainly properly transition over the course of Season 3. 

homophobic things bi/pan ppl need to stop doing
- implying that gay men and lesbians are closed-minded, creepy or predatory for only liking one gender
- acting as if being bi/pan is inherently more radical & liberated than being gay
- getting angry with gay people for not always prioritising cis m/f relationships in their activism
- demonising gay people and treating them like oppressors when they address the homophobia/lesbophobia within the lgbt community
- ‘’‘monosexual’’’ ‘’‘monosexism’’’
- pretending that gay people + lesbians are privileged for their hypervisibility and have the power to systematically oppress others on the basis of sexuality

biphobic things gay ppl need to stop doing
- perpetuating the lie that bi people are more likely to cheat on them (and refusing to date/associate with them because of this)
- perpetuating the lie that bi people “always end up in m/f relationships”
- pretending that bi people are no longer hurt by homophobia or biphobia the moment they enter a m/f relationship 
- claiming that bisexuality/pansexuality isn’t real or insinuating that identifying as bi is always a bridge to identifying as gay/straight
- ‘’bihet’’ ‘’straight-passing privilege’’
- pretending that bi + pan people are privileged and have the power to systematically oppress others on the basis of sexuality

*nails these complaints on a piece of paper to the door of rebecca sugars house like Martin Luther did on that church*

- why is bismuth dangerous for hating her oppressors
- why is steven such a neoliberal
- why is pearl constantly manipulating people’s feelings and lowkey abusing her team and this shown as ok
- how did peridot go from a calculating genius to a fucking gremlin from teen titans go
- why do y'all hate garnet and amethyst so much
- why does the show look like a fucking kid draws it now literally y'all are professionals
- why is it treated ok for lapis to not have remorse for almost murdering children
- in light of that why is it ok for her to be out but not bismuth
- finally why are you having your main villains who endorse and take part in slavery, genocide and all sorts of bad shit painted as sympathetic characters WHILE MAKING BISMUTH, WHO WANTED TO STOP SLAVERY AND GENOCIDE, PAINTED AS A BAD GUY
- also why y'all coloring it like that it’s ugly