The rules about responding to call outs aren’t working

Privileged people rarely take the voices of marginalized people seriously. Social justices spaces attempt to fix this with rules about how to respond to when marginalized people tell you that you’ve done something wrong. Like most formal descriptions of social skills, the rules don’t quite match reality. This is causing some problems that I think we could fix with a more honest conversation about how to respond to criticism.

The formal social justice rules say something like this:

  • You should listen to marginalized people.
  • When a marginalized person calls you out, don’t argue.
  • Believe them, apologize, and don’t do it again.
  • When you see others doing what you were called out for doing, call them out.

Those rules are a good approximation of some things, but they don’t actually work. It is impossible to follow them literally, in part because:

  • Marginalized people are not a monolith. 
  • Marginalized people have the same range of opinions as privileged people.
  • When two marginalized people tell you logically incompatible things, it is impossible to act on both sets of instructions.
  • For instance, some women believe that abortion is a human right foundational human right for women. Some women believe that abortion is murder and an attack on women and girls.
  • “Listen to women” doesn’t tell you who to believe, what policy to support, or how to talk about abortion. 
  • For instance, some women believe that religious rules about clothing liberate women from sexual objectification, other women believe that religious rules about clothing sexually objectify women. 
  • “Listen to women” doesn’t tell you what to believe about modesty rules. 
  • Narrowing it to “listen to women of minority faiths” doesn’t help, because women disagree about this within every faith.
  • When “listen to marginalized people” means “adopt a particular position”, marginalized people are treated as rhetorical props rather than real people.
  • Objectifying marginalized people does not create justice.

Since the rule is literally impossible to follow, no one is actually succeeding at following it. What usually ends up happening when people try is that:

  • One opinion gets lifted up as “the position of marginalized people” 
  • Agreeing with that opinion is called “listen to marginalized people”
  • Disagreeing with that opinion is called “talking over marginalized people”
  • Marginalized people who disagree with that opinion are called out by privileged people for “talking over marginalized people”.
  • This results in a lot of fights over who is the true voice of the marginalized people.
  • We need an approach that is more conducive to real listening and learning.

This version of the rule also leaves us open to sabotage:

  • There are a lot of people who don’t want us to be able to talk to each other and build effective coalitions.
  • Some of them are using the language of call-outs to undermine everyone who emerges as an effective progressive leader. 
  • They say that they are marginalized people, and make up lies about leaders.
  • Or they say things that are technically true, but taken out of context in deliberately misleading ways.
  • The rules about shutting up and listening to marginalized people make it very difficult to contradict these lies and distortions. 
  • (Sometimes they really are members of the marginalized groups they claim to speak for. Sometimes they’re outright lying about who they are).
  • (For instance, Russian intelligence agents have used social media to pretend to be marginalized Americans and spread lies about Hillary Clinton.)

The formal rule is also easily exploited by abusive people, along these lines:

  • An abusive person convinces their victim that they are the voice of marginalized people.
  • The abuser uses the rules about “when people tell you that you’re being oppressive, don’t argue” to control the victim.
  • Whenever the victim tries to stand up for themself, the abuser tells the victim that they’re being oppressive.
  • That can be a powerfully effective way to make victims in our communities feel that they have no right to resist abuse. 
  • This can also prevent victims from getting support in basic ways.
  • Abusers can send victims into depression spirals by convincing them that everything that brings them pleasure is oppressive and immoral. 
  • The abuser may also isolate the victim by telling them that it would be oppressive for them to spend time with their friends and family, try to access victim services, or call the police. 
  • The abuser may also separate the victim from their community and natural allies by spreading baseless rumors about their supposed oppressive behavior. (Or threatening to do so).
  • When there are rules against questioning call outs, there are also implicit rules against taking the side of a victim when the abuser uses the language of calling out.
  • Rules that say some people should unconditionally defer to others are always dangerous.

The rule also lacks intersectionality:

  • No one experiences every form of oppression or every form of privilege.
  • Call-outs often involve people who are marginalized in different ways. 
  • Often, both sides in the conflict have a point.
  • For instance, black men have male privilege and white women have white privilege.
  • If a white woman calls a black man out for sexism and he responds by calling her out for racism (or vice versa), “listened to marginalized people” isn’t a very helpful rule because they’re both marginalized.
  • These conversations tend to degenerate into an argument about which form of marginalization is most significant.
  • This prevents people involved from actually listening to each other.
  • In conflicts like this, it’s often the case that both sides have a legitimate point. (In ways that are often not immediately obvious.)
  • We need to be able to work through these conflicts without expecting simplistic rules to resolve them in advance.

This rule also tends to prevent groups centered around one form of marginalized from coming to engage with other forms of marginalization:

  • For instance, in some spaces, racism and sexism are known to be issues, but ableism is not.
  • (This can occur in any combination. Eg: There are also spaces that get ableism and sexism but not racism, and spaces that get economic justice and racism but not antisemitism, or any number of other things.)
  • When disabled people raise the issue of ableism in any context (social justice or otherwise), they’re likely to be shouted down and told that it’s not important.
  • In social justice spaces, this shouting down is often done in the name of “listening to marginalized people”.
  • For instance, disabled people may be told ‘you need to listen to marginalized people and de-center your issues’, carrying the implication that ableism is less important than other forms of oppression.
  • (This happens to *every* marginalized group in some context or other.)
  • If we want real intersectional solidarity, we need to have space for ongoing conflicts that are not simple to resolve.

Tl;dr “Shut up and listen to marginalized people” isn’t quite the right rule, because it objectifies marginalized people, leaves us open to sabotage, enables abuse, and prevents us from working through conflicts in a substantive way. We need to do better by each other, and start listening for real.

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The last one of the serie…
Winter is there, say hi ! 

Jason Todd - Good Big Brother

Normally, Dick Grayson gets all of the credit for being a good big brother to Damian. And he is. He’s supportive and caring; a good role model. But he’s lacking on one crucial aspect of siblinghood.


That’s right. Those of us with younger siblings know that it is our inherent right to torture the them. Because we love them. It’s character building.

Through Jason, Damian has been able to experience a sibling relationship.

It started almost immediately upon Jason’s reconciliation with his family in the N52’s Batman Inc.

Maybe the two got off on the wrong foot. (Shooting a guy in chest has a tendency to do that.)

But Jason truly cares about him. After the events of Death of the Family, he reached out to Damian before rejoining the Outlaws.

He was willing to go to Apokolips to rescue Damian’s body from Darkseid.

After that, he continued fulfilling is duties as elder brother.

This is still one of my favorite exchanges. It made me fall in love with these boys. A true brother relationship couldn’t have been shown better.

Damian has responded to Jason’s efforts. They’ve bonded over common interests.

And even sided with each other during familial disagreements.

Dick Grayson may get all the glory for being the World’s Greatest Big Brother, but Jason’s a close second. It’s time our boy got some love too.

Caution for your 7th House

Aries in the 7th House: You may attract passionate and confident people, but watch for impulsive, hot-headed, and even dominant company.

Taurus in the 7th House: Watch out for the gold diggers, those who might try to leech stability, and possessive dynamics.

Gemini in the 7th House: Can attract the restless or detached. Always falling victim to the friend zone, their own or others.

Cancer in the 7th House: Attracting co-dependency dynamics left and right. Sometimes too guarded for opportunities in relationships.

Leo in the 7th House: Can attract some impressive peeps but watch for being overshadowed, unfair partners, and even the selfish or egotistical.

Virgo in the 7th House: Humility and devotion can be attracted but also badly placed loyalty or servitude-like dynamics and lack of reassurance from partners.  Can make the individual too practical towards partnerships or have unrealistic standards. May attract those with unfair expectations of them or perfectionists overall.

Libra in the 7th House: Known to attract those “bad for them”. This can come from them not knowing what they want out of partnerships. Might attract those who don’t help them to balance, that don’t meet their mental capacities, or who pressure them.

Scorpio in the 7th House: Oh yes you’ll have intense relationships. Be careful of jealous, controlling, possessive, and obsessive partners.

Sagittarius in the 7th House: Might be cautious to commit themselves, tends to attract those who aren’t ready to commit. Tends to find themselves in risky partnerships, may attract the gamblers, reckless, competitive, or selfish.

Capricorn in the 7th House: Can attract the mature, responsible, and even those physically older. This is fine but watch out for lack of equality,  being extorted or used, and smothered. Can be overly practical or serious in relationships themselves.  With certain influences could end up taking care of others in a union or even “parenting them”. 

Aquarius in the 7th House: All about unconventional partnerships. Be careful of attracting those who want to change you. May attract those who lack reassurance, are detached, also one to fall into or promote the friend zone.

Pisces in the 7th House: Can attract partners or unions involving shame, addiction, those who may use them, manipulation, and emotional drain.

I’m nervous about making a whole post about this but I’m gonna. I’m just gonna come out and say it.

If you claim that asexual and/or aromantic people are straight, you are perpetuating heteronormative thought.

Now, I know that’s a bold statement but please listen to my thought process behind it. I don’t mean any disrespect. I just want to put into words why I think categorizing persons lacking some kind of attraction as “straight” doesn’t work.

The assumption in our society usually is that someone is 1. comfortable with their body in relationship to physical sex 2. Has a socially acceptable gender that both fits into one of two boxes and lines up with what was perceived at birth and 3. Is sexually, aesthetically, and romantically only attracted to persons in that other box, and not their own, and they have that attraction. They are attracted to people in that other gender category.

This is what we would call heteronormative thought. The assumption that a person you meet is cisgender and straight. But we all know that not everyone is like that. And the whole “straight until proven gay” mentality our society has is not a good way to go about human interaction.

There is more than one thing wrong with the “straight until proven gay” mentality. First of all, it is harmful to gay people. But not just that. It is especially harmful to all of those outside of the “gay” and “straight” boxes. Even as society is becoming more accepting of non heterosexual cisgender persons, it still wants to place them in a binary. Either gay or straight. As usual, persons attracted to more than one gender, persons whose aesthetic, romantic, and sexual attractions do not necessarily line up with each other, and persons lacking one, several, or all types of attractions are left out in the cold.

Saying asexual and aromantic people are straight is like trying to fit a square box into a round hole. It just doesn’t work. And that applies to calling them gay too. That’s like trying to fit a square box into a triangular hole. Its not a circle, but its still not a square.

I think we’re all stuck in a heteronormative mindset in one way or the other. Society has done its darndest to make sure we are. Many gay people see someone that does not fit into their triangular hole, so they assume that persons that do not fit must fit in the circular one. If its not black its white. If its not a rainbow its gray scale. If its not gay its straight.

But see, those of us that lack one or more attractions don’t fit on the neat little gradient you’ve set up. Life doesn’t just slide from red to blue with shades of purple in between, and it is most certainly not just red and blue. There are those of us that are green, yellow, orange, brown, black, or white or any color in between and if you talk in terms of just gay and straight you are leaving out a huge portion of the rainbow.

Life can’t be talked about in terms of this or that. If you get that, then poc who are not of African decent are left out of race discussions, persons who don’t have a binary gender are left out of feminist discussions, and those of us who have an attraction to more than one gender or a lack of attraction are left out of the queer community.

If the LGBTQIA+ community is for everyone that does not fit into the category of persons who are okay with their assigned gender and feel sexual and romantic attraction towards persons of the other binary gender and only people of that other binary gender then well,

Make room for the non triangular boxes. Expect more colors than just blue. If you want to fight heteronormative thought, then accept that asexual and aromantic people are not straight. They are lacking attraction or only feel attraction rarely or in specific circumstances, and there is a whole different life experience attached to that, and it doesn’t line up with a straight one.

I personally think that part of fighting heteronormativity is fighting the assumption that everyone experiences attraction. Not everyone does, and if you do not experience any attraction in one or both categories, then you can’t be attracted to the opposite sex and/or gender both sexually and romantically, and therefore can’t be straight. Assuming you have a binary gender in the first place, which many of us don’t.

So, in conclusion, just because someone isn’t gay doesn’t automatically mean they are straight, and part of fighting heteronormativity is fighting the binary ideas sexuality has fallen into. Thank you for your time.

The graphic above is based on a psychological study of tension and suspense in 2015.


CONFLICT: Your character wants something but they can’t have it - not without a struggle. Do they want to escape? Do they want to save someone? To create tension, it’s so important to make sure your readers know what your character’s goal is.

UNCERTAINTY: We need to make our characters fight for their goal by throwing obstacles at them. The more impossible the task seems, the more your readers will doubt your character will succeed.

ANTICIPATION: This is where foreshadowing comes in. If something bad is going to happen, allude to it and build that atmosphere. Inject fear into the hearts of your readers.

EMOTIONAL SIGNIFICANCE: If we want our reader to want to see our character succeed, then we need to make sure there’s an emotional reason for them wanting this goal. What will happen if they fail? The stakes need to be clear and important to our character in order to make our reader care.

LACK OF CONTROL: One way to increase tension is to pile obstacles onto your character which are beyond their influence. If they feel lost despite their efforts, achieving their goal seems more impossible and, as mentioned above, that helps build “uncertainty”.

TEMPORAL ASPECTS: If your character has a set time in which they must achieve their goal, then will this add a ton of tension. And if you have succeeded in making clear, emotional stakes then the reader will be biting their nails as they count down alongside your character.

If you feel your manuscript is lacking in tension, analyse it for the six above components. Every story needs “conflict”, “emotional significance” and “uncertainty” to be obvious. If you are confident all three are clear, then try ramping up “lack of control”, “anticipation” or “temporal aspects”. All six aspects should be present for a story to really shine, but sometimes they might be more vague. For example, it might not be a set time limit but an inevitable event and this also touches on anticipation and lack of control.

Opposites Attract

In astrology each sign is paired with another sign directly opposite of it. Opposite signs of each other have the qualities they other one lacks.

Aries vs Libra

Aries is a very impulsive sign, they leap before they look and they very rarely stop to think if their actions could hurt somebody else. Opposite of them are Libra’s who overthink all situations. They are extremely indecisive, particularly due to their desire to make everybody happy in the end results.

Taurus vs Scorpio

Taurus are very straight forward signs. They aren’t known to get crazy emotional. They look for comfort and stability in their relationships. Opposite of them are Scorpio’s. Scorpios are deceptive as hell, they never let on what their true intentions are. They also have extremely intense emotions that they are not afraid to show to others.

Gemini vs Sagittarius

Gemini’s are all about their social image. They want to connect with everybody they meet and they want people to like them back. Opposite to them are Sagittarius who are more independent and focused on themselves. They would rather connect to nature and the world than with their friends.

Cancer vs Capricorn

Cancers are hopeless romantics, full of love and affection for others. Whether they like to or not, they let their emotions run wild. Opposite to them are Capricorns who are realists. They tend to suppress their emotions and focus work/goals instead of love.

Leo vs Aquarius

Leo’s are passionate to a fault. They have so much love in their hearts to give to others, but in return they obsess over their social image. Opposite to them are Aquarius who have a harder time showing thier emotions. They care more about their independence than romance or social images.

Virgo vs Pisces

Virgos are all about the facts of life. They’re realists, straight forward, and some what of perfectionists. Opposite to them are Pisces who always have their heads in the clouds. They’re the dreamers and believers. Pisces would rather go with the flow than control the situation.

Uranus the Planet of Change and the Individual

You can sometimes view Uranus as where we rebel in our chart. Where we see the collective consciousness. Maybe where we can truly be an individual.

Uranus in the 1st House: That individuality shines!! Highly associated with showing their individuality physically somehow, like with hairstyles, clothing, tattoos, piercing, etc. Is proud of their differences, might seek out to be different or appear different.

Uranus in the 2nd House: Not exactly sentimental with objects and likely views money and the material world differently than others somehow. Might have a huge desire to be “free of money”. Might be against capitalism or has a desire to “cheat” or “win” against economic systems. This is associated with making money in unconventional ways. Can be innovative with their possessions and wealth.

Uranus in the 3rd House: Communication is unique somehow, maybe an odd sense of humor, overly forward, awkward, etc. Unique relationships with siblings and/or extended family, and routine was never for you. Unconventional, originality, and restlessness is added to this House.

Uranus in the 4th House: Erratic and unstable home life. Needs plenty of space in the home and family. Might have an unconventional family or develop one. Lack of nurturing, encouragement, and softness in the home life can be apparent.

Uranus in the 5th House: Always the individual when it comes to fashion or art. Here Uranus brings eccentric energies, maybe radical ideas and actions, and originality to creativity, self-expression, and love life.

Uranus in the 6th House: Odd jobs galore, not one for routine, and can have a lot of restless and mental energy towards their career and health. Easily distracted career-wise. Can be attracted to unconventional health methods or experimental procedures and medicine.

Uranus in the 7th House: Here is the person who truly is always in strange/non traditional relationships. Here you’ll see open relationships, long distance, unusual standards, will define love in unique ways as well as friendship, or maybe they will meet lovers in uncommon ways or date people who are seen as strange by others.

Uranus in the 8th House: YOU control your destiny and you do whatever possible to make this so. Possible rebellious tendencies but this mostly revolves around drastic transformations that push you into a completely different person each time. There is fear of no change, forced change, and ideas that challenge yours. Unpredictability in transformations here.

Uranus in the 9th House: Nontraditional views, beliefs, and even lifestyle. Is a fighter for what they believe in. Can be cautious of those who are overly traditional or conformist. Attracted to unconventional means of higher ed. Needs to be free to believe! Can have an unyielding and bias side towards their beliefs.

Uranus in the 10th House: Anti-tradition, anti-the man, give them a job that is unusual. They tend to attract quirky or strange reputations. Might be a great networker. There is an association with science and technology jobs.

Uranus in the 11th House: The true groupie, they have a huge focus on friendship, groups, clubs, organizations, etc. They are in tune with the collective, on top of trends, might have many humanitarian traits or views, and values support, respect, and fellowship above other relationship elements.

Uranus in the 12th House: Could fear change or crave it depending on Uranus sign. Uranus’s power is being muted. This could indicate a lot of unpredictability or a huge lack of it. Humanitarian traits can be boosted or hindered. Can actually have a lot of interesting creative and innovative energies that will surface in growth. Uranus themes of change, originality, and rebellion may be tied to spirituality and intuition.

Songs of Freedom, a playlist by clubgumbo on Spotify
A playlist featuring Vladdy Iskhakov, Tom Paxton, Chumbawamba, and others

“No revolutionary movement is complete without its poetical expression. If such a movement has caught hold of the imagination of the masses they will seek a vent in song for the aspirations, the fears and the hopes, the loves and the hatreds engendered by the struggle. Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant, singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few, and not the faith of the multitude.” - James Connolly

Featuring over 2000 songs, this is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive playlist available online of radical and rebel songs. Spanning numerous genres from folk to zydeco to punk and metal, the songs of this playlist cover a diverse and expansive selection of subject matter, including:

  • Labor rights
  • Indigenous rights
  • The Civil Rights movement and Black Lives Matter
  • National liberation and anti-imperialism
  • Socialism
  • Revolution
  • LGBT liberation
  • Prison abolition
  • Anarchism
  • Feminism
  • The Chicano movement
  • Anti-capitalism

Enjoy hours of these songs of revolution, liberation, and freedom. May they serve as an inspiration and a reminder of what we fight for, and of those who have come before us in the struggle.

moon in the 1st, sun in the 1st, saturn in the 1st: there can be difficulty separating the identity from one of the parents, or from one of their expectations. the presence or lack of one of the parents is profoundly influential. some part of them always desires parental recognition for their demonstration, action, and productions

moon in the 12th, sun in the 12th, saturn in the 12th: abandonment or separation from one or both parents may be experienced in some form or another that will later be interpreted as emptiness. one of the parents may be quite mysterious, deceitful, or spiritual 

moon in the 8th, sun in the 8th, saturn in the 8th: one of the parents may be quite dominating, unstable, or private. there may be potent family secrets and family members that live very long lives. psychic gifts may be inherited by one of the parents. there may be a sexual openness by parents, or on the other hand an oppressive and harmful sexual resistance. moon in the 8th can repeat the cycles of the mother’s behaviour. sun in the 8th can repeat the father’s cycle of destruction. saturn in the 8th may be sexually objectified

moon in the 6th, saturn in the 6th: the individual can assume the health habits, anxieties, and attitude about body image from one of the parents. they may be exposed to very fanatical health concerns, or extreme health and discipline regimes, perfectionism, and shame associated with sickness. the individual may be expected to take up a part time job early or care for a family member in some way. 

le-trash-can  asked:

Hi, as a very young artist, if you can even call me that, I've recently noticed by looking at your art that a lot of my drawings with people in them seem quite boring at the moment. Not really any interesting perspectives or poses, just a character standing there, doing next to nothing. How do you come up with such dynamic poses and perspectives?

There’s are two general types of composition: static and dynamic.

The static one is composed of lines intersecting at right angles, everything is either perfectly horizontal or vertical. Horizontal/vertical lines inform as that there is no movement so the composition is “fixed“ and may come off as boring to one’s eye.

Dynamic one lacks the perfectly horizontal/vertical lines and that introduces “movement” to the scenery making it more eye catching and saying “there is action happening”.

The lines are indicated by the position of objects in the picture. Note that dynamic and static are not defined by whether the objects are moving or not. If you had a person standing still on two feet then it’d be a static composition. But if the same person decided to lean on a wall then it’d become dynamic even if the person would still be in one place.

Another thing is the horizon line. The general rule I’ve been thought goes “the closer to the frog perspective the more epic the pic is; the closer to bird perspective the more you are an observant”. Putting “the camera” below a character will automatically create something more extreme and therefore more interesting. Same goes for placing it above a character however this option will additionally show more of the background and depending on what you fill it with it can be both filled with action or pretty static.

And the last thing I can think of at the moment is the line of flow within a composition. If it’s there the picture becomes more pleasant to look at.
There are also the rules of accurate perspective in the picture and exaggerations in the sizes of objects. All of that can make a picture more interesting.

If we combine all of that I mentioned:

 And obviously the most important part is practice :) Good luck <3

Haikyū!! Youtubers AU #2

I really should be doing my homework and projects but I really wanted to post this so here you go. This is Iwaoi’s Q&A after Oikawa proposed, shhhhh. This is how I imagined their Q&A went, they take turns to read the questions so why not.

[If you want this to be fluffy, imagine them sitting together on their shared bed with Iwaizumi on Oikawa’s lap.]

Question: How long have you two been going out?

Oikawa: 5-6 years? We started dating during our university years, though we have known each other since we were kids.

Iwaizumi: What he said.

Question: Who confessed?

Oikawa: Me.

Iwaizumi: Him.

Question: Who cooks or does most of the chores?

Iwaizumi: Me. This man can’t cook for shit, he must also never be allowed into the kitchen because he seemingly broke the sink, set our kitchen partially on fire and destroyed 26 of our mugs.

Oikawa: Iwa-chan! That’s an over-exaggeration!

Iwaizumi: No it’s not, stop denying it in order to protect your huge ego.

Oikawa: *Whines*

Question: Do you two want kids? If yes, how many and what would their gender be?

Iwaizumi: Two would be nice.

Oikawa: Yeah. We’re fine with any gender.

Iwaizumi: Just as long as they don’t grow up with his shit fashion choices.

Oikawa: Iwa-chan I’m your future husband why.

Question: Have you two ever fought?

Oikawa: Eh, yeah of course. But if you mean a serious argument, then maybe only once or twice.

Iwaizumi: During our University years.

Oikawa: Yeah.

Iwaizumi: It wasn’t the best time for me. I had a lot of personal issues to deal with.

Iwaizumi: … Stuff happens. He makes it better. 

Oikawa: Yeah, and I’m probably the luckiest guy to be able to call him mine.

[*Oikawa kisses Iwaizumi on the cheek.*]

Question: What do you aspire to achieve here on Youtube?

Oikawa: More milk-bread.

Iwaizumi: A channel where people feel safe.

Question: Any embarrassing facts about the other?

Iwaizumi: He wears alien boxers, sleeptalks, sings in the shower; using the shower head as a microphone, and steals my fucking cereal.

Oikawa: Well you have a crush on Godzilla!

Iwaizumi: Everyone knows that!

Question: What do you love about the other person the most?

Oikawa: That’s like asking me which baby you want me to kill. I love everything about my Iwa-chan, choosing one is absolute torture… Although, you may not know this but Iwa-chan has a nice ass.

Iwaizumi: And he’s a dick to make up for his lack of one.

Oikawa: *Offended look* That was uncalled for Iwa-chan!

Iwaizumi: Your face is uncalled for.

Oikawa: And you know very well I don’t have a small dic-

[*He bleeped this part*]

Question: Any favourite bands or Singers?

Iwaizumi: Get Scared, Starset, The Neighbourhood, Nine Lashes, Red and maybe Simon Curtis.

Oikawa: That’s a lot Iwa-chan. I only have one.

Iwaizumi: Who?

Oikawa: You. *Winks*

Question: Guilty pleasures?

Iwaizumi: Videogames or binge-watching The BigBang theory on Netlfix.

Oikawa: Fanfiction.

Iwaizumi: Of who?

Oikawa: *Hesitates* … dogs.

Iwaizumi: Liar. You read fanfiction of us don’t you?

Oikawa: The world will never know.

Question: Do you play/like Pokémon? If yes, who is your favourite legendary and Eeveelution?

Iwaizumi: Yeah, we play them. For me, it’s Umbreon and Giratina.

Oikawa: Mine is Sylveon. I don’t really have a thing for legendaries.

Iwaizumi: I just thought of something.

Oikawa: What.

Iwaizumi: You remind me of Empoleon.

Oikawa: What why.

Iwaizumi: Proud and Narcissistic.

Oikawa: …

Iwaizumi: It’s Pokédex entry is literally “If anyone were to hurt its pride, it would slash them with wings that can cleave through an ice floe.” It’s you as a blue penguin.

Oikawa: I’m not a penguin.

Question: Would you suck dick for a million bucks?

Iwaizumi: I suck it all the time so why not.

Oikawa: Iwa-chan I thought you said not to talk about our personal-

Iwaizumi: I do what I want.

Oikawa: *Is now aggressively turned on*

Iwaizumi: *He notices cause he is on his lap.*

Both: *Murmuring*

Oikawa: … Uhm, I have a gag reflex.

[Very obvious jump-cut because Iwa’s hair is rather messy and it clearly wasn’t just now. Also, *chokes* is that a glass of water that wasn’t there? Wow, what could it possibly be for?]

Oikawa: That’s all for today’s Q&A!

Iwaizumi: *Can’t talk*

Oikawa: Well, see you next time! Iwaoi out!

Iwaizumi: *Small wave*

[*Camera stops recording*]


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This is for the Punk Evan and Pastel Connor au!!

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Evan cracked his knuckles, leaning up against the lockers that he and Connor shared, waiting for the boy himself. Connor had no ride home so every day Evan would take him home on his motorcycle. They made quite a pair, Connor and his pastel clothing and cheery demeanor riding the same motorcycle as Evan, school bad boy.

They were an odd couple, Evan knew that. Connor with his sparkly earrings and passion for pink cotton candy and parties, Evan with his tongue pierced, his leather jacket and his mile long list of people he’d like to punch. But what one lacked, the other one had. They filled in the cracks of each other.

Although he wouldn’t admit it, Connor’s presence calmed Evan’s often overwhelming anxiety, and having someone to go home with was helpful, so he would happily wait for the tall, cheerful man he called his own.

He was about to go looking for Connor, who got lost often, when he heard a pained cry from a nearby hallway, followed by a whimper and cruel laughter. The voice the noises belonged to was undoubtedly Connor.

I’m a flash, Evan was in the adjacent hallway, fists clenched as the sight before him unfolded. Connor was pinned against a locker by some jock Evan didn’t recognize. His friends surrounded the pair, egging him on to hit the already bruised boy. Slurs and jeers pervaded the air as the butterfly clips in Connor’s hair grew wet with his own blood.

Connor knew blood was getting on his clothes, a pale pink sweater and light blue jeans he knew Evan liked. He supposed it was better to fixate on the blood on his clothes than the beating he was receiving. He knew skin was splitting because the boy punching him wore several rings, but he hoped Evan wouldn’t think him too ugly when they were done with him.

And what would Evan think of this? Evan was tough, wouldn’t simply lie like a corpse when the boy who had been grabbing his ass in the hallways started to beat him up for fighting back.

Connor watched his own blood drip to the floor and felt himself slowly black out.

Suddenly, a pair of leather clad arms were pushing his attackers off of him, pulling him- no, carrying him away from the scene. Someone was bellowing curses- who was it? Yes, it was Evan, Evan carrying him away, Evan spitting insults and threats like watermelon seeds at the group of boys.

Soon, Evan was just murmuring soothing words in Connor’s ear. “H-hey, baby boy, it’s gonna, gonna be ok. I’m he-ere, alright? I won’t let anything bad ha-happen to you.”

Connor blinked, eyes wet. “Evvy, I’m sorry,” he mumbled, clinging to Evan’s jacket.

Finally having reached the parking lot, Evan gently set Connor on the motorcycle. “For what, sweetheart?”

“M sorry because I, I got blood on your favorite sweater and I didn’t even fight back! It’s all my fault,” he finished, wiping at his blood soaked face.

Evan sighed, explaining gently that the only people Ev was mad at were the people hurting Connor. “It’s not your fault, baby,” he said as he got on the motorcycle, wrapping his arms around Connor.

“Let’s go home and watch a movie, hm? I have some leftover strawberry ice cream with sprinkles, I know you like that,” Evan whispered.

The taller boy gave a weak smile. “Only if you’ll cuddle me.”

In response, Evan kissed him on the cheek and revved the engine.


hi guys!! its another new week and hopefully ill have a bujo spread up later this week! but to make up for the lack of one, heres some pics from a method i use to practice my korean!! i basically just write out song lyrics and learn the english translations of them, and i find it both engaging and useful!! do you guys learn any languages?? how do you study/practice for them??