Best words of advice my Mom ever gave to me when dealing with prejudice of any kind in a political situation
When someone is arguing with you about some of the more sensitive topics in politics, such as abortion rights, reproductive rights, women’s rights, gay rights, immigration, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. ask them how this issue affects their day to day life.
Does a woman getting an abortion because she’s physically incapable of carrying her child to term affect the way you live? What about the gay couple next door? Or poc existing? Or illegal immigrants trying to make a living? Or Muslims praying in a mosque?
Does this affect the way you get groceries or drive to work or enjoy time with family?
Is the answer no?
Then why do you care?
Why does any of these minorities existing bother you so much? Why does what a woman do with her body bother you? Or refugees escaping a warzone effect your life?
You’re afraid. You don’t like what’s different from you. You’re ignorant and are afraid of opening your mind and learn that there is more than two options. That people are different than you and you are not special.
They are forced to actually come to terms with the fact that they are scared or just plain bigoted. They have to actually come up with an explanation.
Because these are not opinions.
These are crucial views on morality; whether a group of people has the right to basic human rights.
So my parents are going to Saudi Arabia for two weeks on a religious pilgrimage. Not hajj but umrah. What am I gonna do while they’re gone? Throw a party? Get drunk? No. I’m gonna sleep when I want, listen to music loudly, leave my phone on charge if I need to leave the room instead of taking it with me, I’m gonna turn notifications back on for my social media. There are so many little things I’m gonna be able to do that I can’t normally do. They’re small but they make a big difference. It’s a small taste of a freedom I can’t wait to have once I leave home.
note: this is the first part of a drabble series that I’m planning to write inspired by songs. I don’t know how frequently this will be updated, it’s more of a when the mood strikes me kind of thing. this first drabble in inspired by Harry Styles’ from the dining table ♥
pairing: jimin x reader
“Maybe one day you’ll call me and tell me that you’re sorry too.”
The amber coloured light that sifted in through the old window gave your bedroom a strange, melancholic feel. The dirty coloured glass diluted the pure light into something unclean, the strange hue it filled the place with made you want to pull the pillow over your head once more.
Early morning sunlight was always unforgiving, it never failed to expose what would rather remain unseen.
You knew that escaping into the darkness of your pillow wouldn’t truly resolve anything. The unpleasant light wasn’t the real problem.
By now you were certain your bedroom was cursed.
It was cursed with Park Jimin.
It was in here, on the very bed that you know lay your broken body, that he had slept. More than that, he had rested in these exact same sheets, the off white ones you hadn’t gotten around to washing yet. And he had sat on your desk chair, and he’d picked up the small rusty trinkets that decorated various shelves and his fingers had glided across your large collection of DVDs. It was quite possible that there was not a single thing in this room that had not been infected by Park Jimin, yourself included.
I love the entire Sailor Moon franchise. Yes, it’s mostly a nostalgia thing, but I can’t help but to love it. The manga is a classic, and the 90′s anime, while being long and cheesy, is still something that to this day I will watch. Usagi is a relatable character, and every senshi is enjoyable and unique to the show. While the first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal were pretty terrible, the third season completely makes up for all of the faults in it thus far. Plus, SeiUsa and HaruMichi are life.
Assassination Classroom is a fantastic series. This is a series where you grow with every character. This series is a roller coaster of emotions. It has some of the most incredible moments I’ve ever scene in anime, as well as some of the most heartbreaking. The ending to this show mentally destroyed me, and is the only series to this day that will make me break down every single time no matter how many times I’ve seen it, both subbed or dubbed. It teaches so many life lessons, and is a must watch/read for everyone. The first season closing is not only my favorite closing, but one of my favorite songs, that to this day, I still listen to. Also, KarmAgisa is life.
Kuroko no Basket:
Alright, I love this anime. I love the characters, I love the manga, I love the voice actors, I love the fan arts, I love the fanfictions. I love absolutely everything. The story is intense, and it hooks you from the start. If you like sports anime, this one is a must watch. Also, AkaKuro and Kuroko x GoM my favorite <3
I’m very connected with this series. I’ve been following this series religiously every week for years, so of course it’s one of my favorites. Now, the anime is very disappointing, and the second season doesn’t exist, but I will still love it, especially since the last few chapters of Re have been fucking phenomenal. The opening for the first season is easily one of my favorite songs ever created. Also, I need Re animated like now. It deserves it. Actually, I need Part One redone as well. Can we just reboot the entire anime series?
I love this series. Like Tokyo Ghoul, I’m very invested in the manga. Manga wise, I love the art style, and the story arcs; and once again like Tokyo Ghoul, the second season also does not exist. The story is very well written, although this most recent arc is dragging a bit (but that’s normal for different series). Ciel is such a little bastard, and it’s wonderful to read. It’s a dark series that won’t get a happy ending, and that’s part of what hooks me to it.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt:
This anime is fucking gold. It is hilarious, and soo fucking inappropriate. It’s by far my favorite comedy. It’s art style is so unique and it has the best dubbing ever created. The dub is by far better than the sub. It also has the biggest cliffhanger ending, and fucking NEEDS a season two desperately.
Ouran High School Host Club:
I love this series so much. This is another one of those series where I love every aspect about it, from the anime to the manga to the dubbing and subbing and even the Live Action T.V. Show and Movie. It’s my favorite romantic comedy and always the first one I recommend to people looking for a shoujo. Every character is unique in their own way and the story is really adorable. I love the manga where you see so much development from everyone. Also, Hikaru and Kaoru deserve Haruhi, and I don’t care what anyone says.
No Game No Life:
Shiro is adorable as fuck. As a gamer, this show relates so much to me. It’s an amazing fantasy, and the story is perfect. The animation is beautiful, and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Sora and Shiro are cute together and their interactions make the show that much better. I need my second season. Side Note: Jibril is best girl.
Shokugeki no Soma:
Food Porn. Of course I’d love it. This is once again another series where I’m invested in the manga, so of course I’d love the series. I read the series weekly, and the most recent arc is making me fall further in love with the series. The manga is a great read, and you actually learn a lot about cooking through the series, whether it’s the manga or the anime. The food orgasms are hilarious, and the animation for this show is amazing. I would kill for a season three of this show this year.
I will always have a soft spot for this series. It was the first anime that really got me hooked to sports anime. I love it. Yes, it’s a bit dramatic at times, but being an ex-swimmer/lifeguard, I find this series so relatable, making me love it even more. Also, the fan service is definitely a positive. I love the Japanese voices, and the OP and ED’s for both seasons. The movie prequel they did was also amazing. The animation is gorgeous, but that’s to be expected from Kyoto Animation.
So I had added two PTO days on the calendar months in advance for a religious holiday. The week before my manager comes up to me and tells me I have to come in to work because we were short on staff .. I said “No. I had this on the calendar for 4 months… you should have accommodated.” He wanted ME to come in on a Saturday ON MY HOLIDAY so he didn’t have to. He put me on the schedule ANYWAY after I said no. So then I proceeded to email my regional manager who LOVES me. I told her the situation and at that exact moment she called him and yelled at him for making me come in on a religious holiday and that he’s the manager, he should be coming in. I didn’t go to work that weekend but neither did HE after the RM specifically told him to.
We were short on staff because he refuses to do his job. Always took smoke breaks, came late, left early.. made ZERO SALES.
Oh and a few months later he got fired for showing up super late to the RM’s meeting. Hahahaha
Freia is legitimately one of the greatest canon-verse AUs out there! (At least I think that’s what you’d call it) It explores what might have happened if Rhaegar defeated Robert and hence, everybody knew Jon was his son. Rhaegar orders Jon and Sansa to marry. Starts off slightly salty teens-ish, but the love blossoms so beautifully and organically, you see them go through some of the worst trials and tribulations that married couples can possibly go through and each time they just come out stronger. You see these characters grow and mature together and apart, and through it all their love for each other never ever wavers and it’s the only thing keeping them going in this cruel, cruel world *sobs*
Also, the author’s done a marvelous job of exploring Jon’s troubled relationship with his father as well as the rest of his family, it’s really fascinating to read. And the characterizations of Rhaegar and RHAENYS Targaryen is truly amazing. Mark my words, you are guaranteed to fall in love with Rhaenys, she’s enough reason to read the whole fic tbh.
I find it even more interesting because some canon stuff actually happens in the fic too, BUT it’s different because so many characters are in completely different circumstances so their reactions are quite different than canon. Idk how to explain it! It’s like a different spin on canon?
Seriously, if you love fics that start off utterly fluffy and then develop into truly INCREDIBLE and intricate plots and heaping, heaping doses of the most ADDICTIVE ANGST EVER…then this is the fic for you, my friend.
Cherry on top? The author religiously updates twice a week.