eighteenish  asked:

I just saw a post that you reblogged that said all repaints are wonderful (true) except tree change dolls and honestly I don't know why??? Is there something wrong with tree change dolls that I'm not aware of??? I'm legit curious and confused here.

Let me start off by saying that this is a great ask. I had to really sit down and get my thoughts together to respond to this.

Let me start out by saying that I have nothing inherently against Tree Change Dolls. While they really aren’t my style (I love detailed face paint, glitter, and dramatic looks), I appreciate an artist’s freedom to create what they want, and what makes them happy. What I DO have an issue with, however, is the “makeunder” culture that she has created sensationalized and sends a message with, and the hostile environment with parents that she fosters with her work. By shaming Bratz dolls, she puts down girls that wear makeup, non-bland clothing, and colorful hair (and express their individuality through their fashion style), while pushing an ideal that defines femininity as looking identical by wearing the same drab outfits, plain faces, and plain hair. I grew up in a community that held that same ideal in high regards–it did not foster creativity, individuality, or free thinking. Girls were expected to be seen and not heard, dress from toe to head in skirts and long-sleeved shirts (even in the middle of summer), and never cut their hair. This is the ideal portrayal of femininity that she is pushing.

As for the loudest of the parents that support her and the makeunder movement, they are so quick to call dolls “sluts”, “whores”, and “skanks”. All for pieces of plastic having makeup painted on their faces, wearing jeans and miniskirts, and non-natural hair colors. If parents don’t want their kids playing with toys that have makeup, then they should stop buying them! Once again, I have known these types of people in real life, and they are an unpleasant as they seem.

So, in conclusion, I really can’t stand the toxic environment that she helps harbor by insisting that girls should be judged only by their appearances, and that girls should quietly assimilate with no sense of identity. Also, parents really shouldn’t push their own failings onto pieces of plastic. If anyone else has anything to add on, please feel free to do so.

STOP THE AIRING OF EATEN ALIVE AND BOYCOTT THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL. The Discovery Channel is now commiting animal abuse for creating a show called…

I’m sure it’s going to be faked, but I don’t care.  The fact that they even made a show like this makes my blood boil.

1. It’s impossible for a green anaconda to swallow a full grown man.
2. Even if it were possible, in order to get him out, you’d have to cut the snake open or force a regurge, both would be very stressful to the snake and definite animal abuse.
3. This is SENSATIONALISM.  Complete and utter garbage.  Just perpetuating the idea that snakes are man-eaters.
4. The man calls himself an animal lover  but no self respecting animal lover would ever pull a stunt like this.  It’s sick.

Senior-year Betty reflects.

She hesitates at the doorway, knowing it’s time to go but unable to resist giving the room one more look around.

It’s amazing how much the Blue & Gold and this space have become so ingrained in her life. There’s some memory attached to every inch of this room: from the burn mark on the table when they’d accidentally started a fire during a junior-year Christmas party to the small dented cabinet in the corner where they hid blankets for deadline slumber parties. 

It’s been her safety net, her escape from family and school stress, her home from home.

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faithfulregards  asked:

"So you think you’ve had a really good conversation with someone and then you're like, oh, THAT’S what you took away from that? Cool." (ET vid) With K in the midst of much promo right now, a plethora of articles and edited live interviews coming out, it is an excellent time to take note of these recent words from K re watching/reading what is produced/published about her. Remember many "journalists" are eager to manipulate conversations in effort to sensationalize for their own gain. -Faithful

I posted this video…love the quote you mention but also how she ends her comments…Living: WHILE NOT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY!

This does not match the “out and proud” storyline the majority of the media is promoting. If having Kristen as a spokesperson is helpful I’m all for it and I think Kristen is as well. In many ways I see this as an “if you can’t beat them, join them” strategy. Just seems interesting that she’s so much more “forthcoming” in print interviews.

She made a pronouncement as the punchline to a joke, when thanked for said pronouncement she very cautiously chose her words. Even going so far to discuss ambiguity in her response. What’s ambiguous? This does not mesh with her seemingly “forthcoming” nature in these print interviews…why the hesitancy?

But if the writers, as I believe, are misrepresenting her words it’s easy to see why Kristen tiptoes around her words in video interviews. She’s not going to deny because she knows she’s played with the media perception of her PLUS she supports everyone to be who they are so she doesn’t want her words misinterpreted to mean that she doesn’t support ppl!

Well you all know my stance…but I will repeat if knowing Kristen is on their side helps one person that works for me! We are all searching for advocates and it’s obvious that the LGBTQ community has one in Kristen.

Kind of #personal but whatever.
I remember when the shooting at columbine first happened and seeing this picture circulating in newspapers and on the tv news and being terrified. These boys were literally the epitome of evil in so many people’s eyes & I was so scared of them as a young teenager. My mother totally helped perpetuate that fear in me. Especially talking about how evil people in trench coats were because Trenchcoat Mafia. 😂

Funny how life and perspectives change over the course of almost 2 decades. Eric and Dylan fascinate me in the best of ways now.

If you want to drag someone:

Make sure you get the facts on what they actually are accused of before you start spreading lies and making things one thousand times worse than the actual orginal situation. Read the actual documents, not sensationalized entertainment magazines or gossip blogs.

Know the differences between sexual assult, rape, and sexual harrassment.

Don’t even fucking bother going after someone’s girlfriend just because you think the person they’re dating is a piece of crap, you’re not a feminist or a crusader. You’re a bully who’s using a situation from seven years ago, and false information to make you feel good about yourself while belittling someone you don’t know for a situation they were not involved in.

You don’t have to support someone you don’t like, you don’t have to think they’re a good person, just make sure you have the actual facts before you decide.

If the accused was actually guilty, it’s clear they’ve bettered themselves and are in a better place personally. People do deserve second chances if they show that they’ve changed.

Lastly, don’t bother sending me nasty private messages about this post, they won’t be read, just deleted. :)
The Truth About the WikiLeaks C.I.A. Cache
If anything, the documents confirm the strength of encryption technologies.
By Zeynep Tufekci

WikiLeaks seems to have a playbook for its disinformation campaigns. The first step is to dump many documents at once — rather than allowing journalists to scrutinize them and absorb their significance before publication. The second step is to sensationalize the material with misleading news releases and tweets. The third step is to sit back and watch as the news media unwittingly promotes the WikiLeaks agenda under the auspices of independent reporting.

The media, to its credit, eventually sorts things out — as it has belatedly started to do with the supposed C.I.A. cache. But by then, the initial burst of misinformation has spread. On social media in particular, the spin and distortion continues unabated. This time around, for example, there are widespread claims on social media that these leaked documents show that it was the C.I.A. that hacked the Democratic National Committee, and that it framed Russia for the hack. (The documents in the cache reveal nothing of the sort.)

As with most misinformation campaigns, the dust that is kicked up obscures concerns over a real issue. Device and information insecurity, overzealous surveillance by governments — these are real concerns that call for real attention. Yes, we need to have extensive and thoughtful discussion of these topics. But that’s not what the WikiLeaks misinformation campaign has given us.

So I know the AOs tend to be kind of not-as-good as the cases with actual plot relevance but holy shit “Conan Cornered in the Darkness” was AWESOME because a) emotional as SHIT, b) seems to be based on actual Holmes canon, c) no really there’s a lot of crying so emotional so RAD, d) fuck you you’ll never guess who the culprit is unless you’re better than me (which is actually a lot of people haha), e) WHAT, f) WHAT AGAIN

anonymous asked:

I remember that Destination Truth episode. Living moas are a cryptid that some claim to have spotted. (Whether or not moas ARE alive is a completely different discussion.) Because people tend to think "cryptid = monster", DT just changed the moa's appearance to make them look as monstrous as possible.

Ah, TV shows and their sensationalism….

anonymous asked:

I don't mean no marginalized person can relate to bad portrayals. But nobody on this site seems to care that finding happy gay relationships is impossible, and I as an abuse survivor can never find ship content that makes me feel safe. And I find being called trash dehumanizing so stories that would make the audience call the gay characters trash means being surrounded by this in fandom. People gush about toxic gays but don't think critically about why we can't be the pure ones.

i just dont really get why im the person youre venting these frustrations to?

i constantly produce content of lgbt ppl being happy & fulfilled. just because i have one (1) fandom where i project onto a character whose love is one-sided & chaotic youre acting like im exclusively promoting homophobia & making accusations & using very sensationalized language, & even bringing your abuse history into it as if i’ve invalidated that. theres a lot to unpack in your messages but frankly you putting all this on me out of nowhere is super unfair?

your only reason for sending me these messages is that i like devilman, which youve already said in this message is fine, so whats the deal with this whole correspondence? if you’re actually interested in having a conversation please come off anon so i dont have to waste any more space on my blog. we’re really not getting anywhere with this because youre only saying things Literally Everyone already agrees with.

i dont know a single lgbt person who is like “oh yeah, i exclusively love toxic & ill fated ships because lgbt people dont deserve happiness!” or “wow, we universally love & support media that calls gay people trash!” so if thats what your friend group looks like i suggest you get some better friends & stop taking it out on strangers who already create lgbt friendly art.

Our unbelief is always desiring some outward sign, and the faith of many people is largely based on sensationalism. They are not convinced of the genuineness of God’s promises without some visible manifestation. But the greatest triumph of a person’s faith is to ‘be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10).
—  A.B. Simpson