separate spheres

So I wanted to outline some of the new topics outlined in the new California history-social sciences curriculum to include and celebrate LGBTQ+ history. Because it’s something I’ve been doing a lot of research into and I just think it’s absolutely fantastic. The following is copied from the “Making the Framework Fair” document - a report from the Committee on LGBT History. It’s a comprehensive list of the topics proposed.

> Grade 2: 

• LGBT families in the context of understanding family diversity as a contemporary and historical reality 

>Grade 4: 

• Central roles played by gender and sexuality in California’s history as a site of rich, contested, and changing diversity 

- How settlers and missionaries sought to impose European American concepts of gender and sexuality on Native American societies 

- Possibilities and motivations for same-sex intimacies and gender diversity in frontier conditions and the Gold Rush era 

- The role of gender and sexuality in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century migrant belonging and policing 

- The crucial place of California and Californians in the development of the modern LGBT rights movement 

>Grade 5: 

• Variation over time, region, and culture in colonial American practices and laws with regard to gender and sexuality 

- Native American gender and sexual diversity and European responses in the context of North American colonialism 

- Regional diversity in family and community arrangements, gender roles and possibilities, and approaches to sexuality in law and practice, with attention to Puritans, Quakers, Southern settlers, and enslaved Africans 

>Grade 8: 

• Fundamental transformations in gender and sexuality in conjunction with nineteenth-century urbanization and industrialization 

- Same-sex romantic friendship as an accepted cultural practice resulting from the separate spheres ideology and shifting gender expectations for women and men 

- Roles of gender and sexuality in the practice and struggles over slavery and emancipation 

- Interlocking ways that gender, sexuality, and race shaped Western expansionism and the diverse possibilities it presented 

- Evolving social and cultural expressions of intimacy between men and women (including same-sex relations) through urbanization and immigration

>Grade 11: 

• The evolution of modern LGBT communities and identities 

- Relationships formed in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century female worlds of settlement houses, women’s colleges, and social movements

- Sexual and gender diversity in early twentieth-century cities and cultural movements, including the Harlem Renaissance 

- The impact on approaches to same-sex sexuality, gender diversity, and cultural expression of 1920s changes in sexual and gender norms, including Prohibition, the rise of dating, and the emphasis on companionate marriage

- New possibilities in World War II for same-sex intimacy, community, and identity on the homefront and abroad 

- The postwar creation of vibrant if persecuted LGBT subcultures 

- The formation of open and expressive LGBT cultures and communities since the 1970s 

- Contemporary diversity of LGBT people, families, and relationships 

• Twentieth-century persecution of sexual and gender minorities and the related growth of the LGBT civil rights movement 

- The medicalization of homosexuality and gender diversity as pathological and the subsequent struggle against this perspective

 - Systematic World War II attempts to eliminate gay men and lesbians from the military and the establishment of a regime of dishonorable discharge that denied many veterans their rights to benefits 

- The Lavender Scare targeting gay men and lesbians, which developed in conjunction with the postwar Red Scare and exceeded its impact in both time and scope 

- Homophile, gay liberation, and contemporary LGBT movements as part of the story of civil rights activism in the United States 

- Anti-gay activism as part of the rise of the New Right 

- AIDS as a medical, political, and social issue in U.S. history 

- Court cases about same-sex sexuality and gender diversity demonstrating changes in policies and public opinion over time


This is super exciting news for parents and teachers in California. Hopefully the rest of the U.S. follows suit quickly. It’s also important to note that teachers aren’t really being forced to teach these subjects, nor are they yet included in textbooks, worksheets, or other teaching tools very widely. Teachers are receiving trainings, but it will take years to disseminate this throughout the state. 

anonymous asked:

I follow because you have good content. My disagreements with others on maters of worldview or philosophy shouldn't mean I can't enjoy fandom and all it entails

The things is that pretty much our entire blog is worldview. So is “fandom and all it entails” - you can’t hold entertainment and media in some kind of separate sphere that has no relation to the rest of the world. 

When we post tags like “transphobes get put in the bee orb to atone for their sins” or “I dedicate this gay fanfic to my vice president-elect Mike Pence for being a stellar LGBTQ ally”, we are absolutely aligning ourselves with a particular ideology. So the idea that someone could follow our blog and fundamentally disagree with our worldview is just vaguely confusing.

But if you’ve figured out how to do that then more power to you or whatever.

BS&T theory (how everything could link)

So BTS dropped the Japanese version of Blood Sweat and Tears and the visuals are amazing!! Like truly amazing!! But now my theory.. I’m going to break it down by parts so hear me out.

- okay so here is what I think and I’m sorry if it doesn’t make sense.

So in this MV there is a lot of symbolism that connects all eras of the Boy Meets series. I think this is actually what happened before and after everything went wrong. For example, we see Jungkook being forced by Rap Mon to drink absinthe (a hallucinogen) and Suga is desperately trying to get him out of it. But fails as he falls down on to the floor and it covered by black smoke. Now I think the black smoke represents him being submerged in all evil as he has lost the right path and has fallen deeper into his evil self, hence why we first see him with wings. He is doing this as Suga is the hotel (the one in I need you) and Suga goes to where he is and tries to get him out of it but it’s too late. In the Korean version Jungkook is swinging and he licks of the remaining of the absinthe from his finger (absinthe is knowing for making you feel floaty and like you’re being swung around) hence why we see him do all the things he does in the Korean version. After he is forced by RM to drink he loses himself and Suga tries to get him out but gives up as he is way too deep to be saved. Thai ties to past eras as we see Jungkook and Suga fighting or being distance a lot. Suga does not agree with what Jungkook and RM are doing that they fight so much.
Now that was the Jungkook portion.

Okay so Jimin. Wow Jimin is a tough one and it requires a lot. So we know his downfall started with a lie (committing a sin represented by the apple) and this made him all craze and confused as he couldn’t handle it (Lie is basically his plot within the plot of this series). As he keep living this lie Suga comes in a attempts to save him after failing to do so with Jungkook. He covers Jimin (eyes) and tries to protect him from the harsh reality of his actions. (Guess why he is always being blindfolded). But in this MV Jimin actually wants to see the damage his lie actually made an he runs away from Suga. As he keeps trying to get himself out of this dark tunnel of lie he almost finds himself again, the one he used to be beige he commits the lie. But Suga once again covers his eyes and get him submerged back into their world of evil. This is why we see him biting into the apple. Also Suga does fail in protecting him again since his true evil self submerged back into their world.
In this world of evil him and Jungkook are submerged so far in that they try to hold back V and keep him there and they manage to by literally ‘drugging him’ with evil. (The whole sequence of V moving around is THEM already submerging him.

Now V, the fallen angel. We know that V killed someone and that was his sin (all because he was trying to protect the one he cared for the most) This led him to fall in a loop between being good and evil leading him to be completely evil. While in his evil state he dragged RM and Hope (hence why they are the ones introducing drugs to the other Young ones). And once he tries to get out Jimin and Jungkook hold him back while Hope stabs him in the heart leading him to fall back but making it worse as he was already deep and was just pretending to be an angel. Next we see Jin beating him up, that ends up with V stabbing him and than walking out and tracing the knife along to seek the other members. Why I think he is looking for the other members? Because you can see the malice in his face, he is so far gone that he completely lost himself and now wants to get rid of what “dragged him back in” but he was there already. Than we see him out of a window ready to jump again but as we in the Korean version he already jumped for his “salvation” and that’s why he puts his hands up as in “I got it” but his skies are still dark meaning he didn’t. V is still in that world even though he thinks he got out. He is still playing a pretense and it seems that he won’t get out any time soon.
V is under this mantle of lie and evil but it seems white (meaning it’s where he is meant to be)

Hope and RM. this two are even more complicated to explain. One this is for sure, they were dragged into their evil by V as he convinced them to let their evil side take it’s true form while using their bad aspect (Hope pills addiction) and RM and his lack of control. Hope actually does not drag in anyone, but RM drags Jungkook in and Hope keeps on showing them the ways into their evil. In the Korean MV hope shoots and arrow, him shooting V with the dart is within the same scene as the Korean MV. Hope, RM and V are completely gone but V is the one that is playing even more with all of the boys that now he is trying to get rid of them.
Hope and Jimin dance to Lie and Boy Meets Evil and that’s their plot in the storyline. Hope met evil through his pills and Jimin through his lie. Jimin was blinded of the effects of his lie by Suga while Hope had to deal with it by himself and dig himself even deeper. RM was dug into the world by being the one V went to first after he did his sin that led to RM confessing his sin and they started a whole loop of evil dragging everyone along with their inside demons.
Their demons have consumed them but RM is trying to look into himself again (hence all the reflective surfaces around the MV) and Hope is gone.

Jin and RM. yup RM pops back out. So the theory so far was Jin is dead, like he dies and there was turning back. But in this MV it makes it seem that the reason everyone believes this was because of V dragging them with him into evil. Him doing this is what actually kills Jin, he can’t handle seeing those younger than him falling but he does not know all of their dark pasts and when he does it leads him to his 'death’. When he did find out he tried to get them out but it was too late a V had already consumed them and why he is beating up V. He apologizes as he didn’t want to but had to, to get the evil out of him that ends with him stabbed. But Jin has a dark past by himself and he couldn’t deal with that either but seeing his friends so far gone rips his heart out and killing him on the inside. Now why did I mention RM? At the end of the Jap. MV they are together again and RM says “seems like we haven’t seen each other for a while” (DISCLAIMER I DO NOT SPEAK KOREAN BUT MY KOREAN FRIEND DID ME THE FAVOR OF TRANSLATING) and this is how Jin and RM are connected. Being the eldest they feel guilty that they couldn’t help the youngsters. RM actually followed them and even lead them into their demise while Jin attempted to, ended up dying and now he is trying to come back and save them.
(The more I say save them I think of Save Me.. cries) and the reason why they hadn’t seen much of each other was because they were dealing with the youngsters fall separately they lost each other and their oldest role. And RM being seduced by V led him to believe Jin was actually dead and when their see each other he is surprised because he genuinely thought he had left.
Also Jin is seen as their father figure, being the eldest and all, who killed their father? V. (I know this might be far off and if you don’t agree kys completely fine).

Now Suga. Out of all of them Suga is the one that seems to not have fallen. Even in the choreography he is the one being pushed down not going down at his own accord. He tried to help Jungkook when he let his evil take over, but he couldn’t. He tried to help Jimin and he succeeded at some point but blinding him of the truth about his lie did more harm than good as he never let him confront what he deserved. RM, Hope, V were so far gone that he didn’t try leading him to distance himself from Jungkook who was following RM (the leader) like a puppy following his every moves. Even at the last moment Suga is still trying to save Jungkook but it’s too late as he has been succumbed by darkness and he keeps trying to save Jimin by again covering his eyes of himself but he falls even deeper. Suga also had his own demons, but he somehow managed to keep them at bay and instead of letting them take over he confronted them and now it’s trying to help this who he thinks are still in hope of being saved but he is doing it wrongly. You can see him as a guarding angel but one who seems to lack experience while having the one that’s needed. Why he fought with Jungkook was because he saw all of them falling and when he tried to help he was pushed away and thought of as wrong but now he is what they need and he is trying to not let himself fall while helping them.

The last scene. Jin and RM meeting again. It looks like they are trying to go back and change it all. Him paying RM is sort of a bribe to stick by him instead of following V which RM seems to now do since he gives this smile…
and now whatever the future holds or the past.

One thing that I add here and not my Amino is that the second to last scene where all of Jin shatters. That’s him giving up his battle against suppressing V. In BS&T Korean version only his face shatters as he is slowly loosing against V, but now he lost. He let V succumb the others into darkness and their evil selves. They lost all innocence (the one they lost on Run and Fire) and the one they realized they were going to loose (I Need U) when they lost it already and were looking for something (Save Me) and BS&T falls in between in some separation of spheres. And this MV is a continuation yet manages to fall before the Korean version and it’s trippy as hell.

Now Spring Day and Not Today.. Not Today is them fighting back. Like that’s what the whole MV is about but Jungkook, being the youngest, finds himself holding onto what they are running away from their evil. As his young mind does not process it as the others he leads them to their fall again but this time it’s their death completely.

Spring Day is them already gone trying to find for answers. Why they are in different places? Because they all committed different scenes that their resting place is separated but the manage to find each other again on the train. The train that is taking them to genie resting place. (In some places it is believed that a train takes your soul to the place where you would be judged. Wether you live or die) and that place within is their tiny little resting place before resting completely. V is the one mostly near the rail road because he is ready to go as he knows the damage he did and now wants to give it all a rest. (Hence why his line is constantly 'MY best friend’ as he knows what his sin did to them). Why they are running? Even though they know what they did, they still are unable to grasp reality. We see them running every time or walking away. The run in Spring Day is their last run before they leave their world and go to be judged. (BS&T felt like Paradise but was Hell it’s the same concept).

(Also read the tags.. MY fan rant)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Fic: I Am My Brother’s Keeper (Part 3 of 4)

By: @rarity-kasket

2.3k words, rated G

Being the son of Harry Potter isn’t easy and being the brother of James Sirius “Golden Boy” Potter doesn’t make it any better. However, as obnoxious as his brother can be, Albus wouldn’t trade him for the world. When Albus accidentally stumbles upon a secret, it threatens to break apart his already complicated and messy relationship with James.


Again, special thanks to @abradystrix and @autumn-of-ilvermorny. You is smart. You is kind. You is important!

Please click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4


Summer 2018

“And you’ll write to me over the summer?” Scorpius asks, bouncing on his toes as he stood on the train platform. Albus attempts to feign an exasperated sigh, but a subtle smile betrays him.

“Yes. I’ll write. You’ve already asked me twice on the train.”

“Actually three times.” Scorpius corrects him, his cheeks growing pink. “The summer will be dreadfully boring without you.”

Suddenly, James leaps off of the train, cuffing Albus on the back of the head before disappearing into the busy crowd.

“Hey Slytherin, Mum and Dad are here!” Albus glowers in the direction that James disappears before shifting his gaze to Scorpius.

“Please take me with you.” He begs Scorpius.

“You would rather spend your summer with the rumored son of Voldemort than your dad, the legendary Harry Potter?” Scorpius asks, to which Albus rolls his eyes.

“Trust me, you’re better company than my dad and James. Ugh, the entire summer is just going to be those two being chummy and swapping Hogwarts stories.”

“Now you have your own Hogwarts stories to share.” Scorpius offers, his eyes optimistic. Albus snorts bitterly.

“Yeah, which story do you suggest that I tell them first? The one where I was the last kid to get my broom up in flying lessons? Or the one where Karl Jenkins hid our wands and then sealed us in our dorm so that we couldn’t attend the end of term feast?” Albus asks sarcastically.  “I don’t know what’s worse, being at Hogwarts or being stuck in the same house as James all summer.”

“Lucky for you then, because you have a good friend who is willing to entertain you all summer. So it won’t be a complete waste.”

“Promise me that you’ll write often.”

“Albus, I would keep writing even if you never sent me a single letter back, but please do write. Otherwise, I’ll look pathetic. You’re going to get sick of me.” Scorpius smiles awkwardly.

“I could never get tired of you.”

The Present, Spring 2025

“So Teddy and James, huh?” Perched on his bed, Scorpius muses to himself as he watches Albus pace frantically around the room.

“Yeah.”

Scorpius sighs.

“Albus, please sit. You’re making me dizzy pacing around like that.”

Albus freezes on the spot, unsure of himself before Scorpius pats a spot on the bed next to him.  Accepting the invitation, Albus crawls into bed, sitting against the headboard next to Scorpius. He is all too aware of every point of contact their bodies make. The gentle press of their shoulders, arms, and thighs.

“Sorry. I’m just–” Albus lets out a loud incomprehensible sound of frustration before flinging a pillow. Scorpius frowns as he watches the pillow sail across the room.

“How do you feel about James and Teddy?” Scorpius asks quietly, and Albus shrugs.

“I’m not going to lie. It’s kind of weird, but James didn’t even give me a chance to be okay with it. He just lied to me.” Something very painful and all too familiar flares inside him. “He didn’t even give me a chance,” Albus repeats miserably, and Scorpius leans his head on Albus’s shoulder. Albus is aware of how intimate the gesture is, but it’s comforting. “He’s the worst brother ever.”

“You don’t mean that,” Scorpius says quietly.

“I do.”

“No, you don’t.”

“How do you know?”

“Because I know you, Albus, and I know your heart.”

In the moment, Albus wonders if Scorpius can hear the incessantly loud rush of his heart thrumming in his chest. If he does, Albus wonders if he knows that he is the cause of it.

Because I know you Albus, and I know your heart.

Albus doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t trust himself to not spew his feelings for Scorpius all over the place.

He thinks of James.

I know you. You’re crazy stupid about Scorpius, so stop wasting your time and tell him because being in love feels –really great.

Is he in love with Scorpius? He knows that he loves Scorpius. He would do anything for him because he was his first and only friend, but Albus has never been in love as far as he knows. He doesn’t know the difference. And he wants nothing more than to run to James’s apartment and ask him what is the difference between loving someone and being in love with someone, but James has shut him out.

Suddenly, it feels like their Hogwarts days again, two brothers existing in two very separate and different spheres.

“Maybe he’s scared?” Scorpius comments quietly.

“Scared? What could James possibly be afraid of? He’s one of the bravest people that I know. He’s too brave, in fact, he’s foolhardy.”

“Of what you might think of him.” Scorpius voices. “That you would think less of him.”

“I don’t know…” Albus swallows thickly as he is left with the startling and upsetting revelation that he doesn’t know his brother as well as he thought he did. He doesn’t know what James is thinking or feeling. Or how to diffuse the blow up from earlier. What can he say to make this right?

“I don’t know what to say to him. I always thought James was like an open book. He’s the Golden Boy. He’s never had to worry about anything.  What do you say to someone like that?” Albus asks.

“You don’t have to say anything. Just be there for them.”

Albus looks down at Scorpius, who has his chin propped on Albus’s shoulder. As if sensing his gaze, Scorpius’s owlish grey eyes flicker up with meet Albus’s. Their faces are so close. Albus imagines what would happen if he just leaned in, letting their lips touch. The thought makes his heart lurch and his spine shiver. He wants nothing more than to take Scorpius’s face in his hands and kiss him until the sun comes up. The thought makes his chest ache with want.

“I should go to bed.” Albus clears his throat awkwardly.

“Or you can stay.”

The words paralyze Albus as his emerald orbs search Scorpius’s face, for some clue or sign. Under Albus’s intense gaze, Scorpius pulls back.

Overanalyzing Scorpius’s every move, Albus comes to the frustrating conclusion that he doesn’t know what the bloody hell any of this means.

Scorpius takes in a deep breath and forces his eyes to meet Albus once more.

“You don’t have to, but you look like someone who really doesn’t want to be alone right now. So stay, if you want.” Scorpius says quietly.

It’s true. He doesn’t want to be alone with his thoughts right now. However, it’s not the reason he says, “Okay.”

He says okay because he’s a selfish human being.

Albus settles back into the bed, slipping under the blankets. Scorpius’s silk sheets are cool and smooth again his skin. Pressing his blushing face into the pillow, Albus inhales the sweet scent. It smells like peppermint, like the shampoo that Scorpius uses. Merlin’s beard, he’s embarrassing.

If Scorpius notices anything weird, he doesn’t say anything. He grabs his wand and whispers a quiet incantation before the two are enveloped in darkness except for the faint light emanating from his wand.

“I have some studying to do, so I’ll stay awake until you fall asleep,” Scorpius says quietly.

Albus buries his face further into the pillow, smiling.

“Why are you so good at this?”

“At what?”

“Comfort.”

“My mum.” Scorpius smiles sadly, and in his eyes, Albus can see him conjuring up the memory of her. Albus swallows thickly, regretting that he asked. He prepares to apologize, but Scorpius continues. “She always knew just what to say or what to do to comfort me. So whenever someone needs comforting, I think about what Mum would do, because she had the kindest heart that I have ever seen.”

“You have her heart.” Albus murmurs quietly into the pillow, but he doesn’t think Scorpius hears him.

The quiet sound of Scorpius turning pages of a book lulls Albus to sleep.

A week goes by, and James and Albus manage to avoid each other like the plague. When their traditional Sunday dinner rolls around, Albus is surprised that James doesn’t make up an excuse to avoid the gathering. He is there, seated at the table, conversing with their dad about some event that happened at the Ministry today. Their mum is off in Germany for the weekend to review a Quidditch match, and Lily is at Hogwarts, so it’s just the men this Sunday.

“Oh hello, Albus and Scorpius,” Harry greets them; the wrinkles near his eyes smile kindly at them.

“Hey, Dad.”

“Hi, Harry!” Scorpius greets him enthusiastically as he takes a seat across from Harry. “So I have a story for you.”

“You do?”

“Rightio! A wizard walks in the front doors of St. Mungo’s, because he accidentally ingested a shrinking potion. The healer tells him to sit in the lobby; he will be with him shortly. The wizard sits there for a while, waiting. Meanwhile, another wizard comes in for treatment. The healer takes the other wizard straight away. Before he does, he apologizes to the shrunken wizard and asks him if he can wait for a little longer. The elderly wizard says, ‘No problem, I can be a little patient’.” Scorpius grins. Albus is quick on the uptake and groans at the pun that Scorpius has landed on his father. It takes Harry a beat to let it sink in. Even James grimaces.

“That one was actually good,” Harry compliments him.

“Really?” Scorpius asks, hopeful.

“Best one so far.”

“Dad, all of his jokes awful,” Albus says drily, and Harry simply smiles.

“Like I said, best one so far.”

Scorpius joins Harry and James’s conversation. As Albus watches them interact it becomes unfathomable to him how his father had ever thought Scorpius was a dark cloud surrounding him. Scorpius, with his stupid jokes, who has sunlight in his smile. Over time, Scorpius Malfoy has found a way to affectionately worm his way into every Potter’s heart, including Harry’s.

Excusing himself, Harry retreats to the kitchen to check on dinner, and Scorpius eagerly volunteers to help him.

Which leaves James and Albus alone.

His gaze travels to James, who actively avoids all eye contact.

“Could we talk? Maybe after dinner?” Albus doesn’t know what to say to James or if he possesses the courage to start this conversation. He’s completely aware of his inability to be emotionally vulnerable with other people, and it feels like he’s flying blind here.

James pretends not to hear him as plays with a fork on the table.

“James.”

No response.

“Please.”

Nothing.

“You didn’t even give me a chance to be okay wi–”

“Albus, not now.” James hisses sharply at Albus before he glances cautiously at the kitchen.

“I don’t want to argue. Just talk.”

“I’m busy,” James says nonchalantly.

“You’re scratching your fork against the table. I doubt you’re busy.” Albus replies sourly.

“I’m not discussing this here, with you.” James huffs before attempting to make an escape to the kitchen. Albus quickly launches himself in front of James.

“You can’t keep avoiding me–”

“Watch me.”

“–or shutting me out.” This makes James stop in his tracks as he looks at Albus, unbelievably, before he laughs. His laughter is hard and bitter; it makes Albus cringes.

“Wow, that’s rich coming from you. Like you have room to talk.”

“What does that mean?”

“You’re always the one shutting people out. You’re the one who just bottles things up and wallows in his own misery. You’ve never actually let anyone in. You’ve never let me in–”

“You’ve never tried!” Albus cries. “Where were you those first four years of Hogwarts, huh? I could have really used someone in my corner and that person was Scorpius when it should have been you, James. Do you know why it wasn’t you? Because James Potter, who has everything he could ever possibly want in life, doesn’t care about anyone else but himself.”

“I’m so sick of you thinking that my life is so easy.”

“Because it is! You’re the popular one. You’re the confident one. You’re the talented one. I’m not going to stand here and feel sorry for a perfect, spoiled golden boy who thinks one stupid secret is going to ruin his entire life. Get over yourself!”

“Yeah, well, I would rather be a spoiled golden boy than the useless dark smudge on the Potter family.” James shoots back darkly.

It feels like a cold shock of ice water splashing down his back. Paralyzing and numbing.  The words settle into his bones like an unforgiving frost. For a second, he wishes that James would have just struck him across the face. Anything would have been better than hearing those words. The words that he fears are true after all.  

Albus doesn’t recall when their father appears in the doorway, wearing a concerned expression.

“What is going on out here?” Harry asks.

Upon seeing their father, the cold evaporates. Instead, something hot and angry and red flares inside of Albus’s chest. Something begging to be unleashed and threatening to destroy everything in its wake.

Albus turns to their father. “Hey Dad, I think you would find it interesting to know what James and Te–”

Something catches his eyes.

Scorpius.

Standing in the doorway.

“Albus, please, don’t do this.” He begs quietly.

Suddenly, looking at Scorpius brings him back to reality, and his face flushes with shame.

“Someone needs to explain what exactly is going on here. Albus?” Harry looks between the two of his sons, neither say anything. “James?”

Albus’s gaze slowly meets James, who is staring back at him. His deep brown eyes hold a heavy mixture of emotion.

Rage.

Sadness.

Fear.

“Fuck you, Albus.”

Betty Friedan (1921- 2006)

A US political activist. Friedan challenged gender stereotypes in her book ‘The Feminine Mystique’ (1963) which highlighted the fact that women wanted to aspire to more than simply being a housewife.

She was credited for sparking off the second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 70s which focused on women’s liberation.

Friedan was also criticised for focusing only on white, middle-class heterosexual women.

She co-founded the National Organisation for Women (NOW) in 1966.

In her book, ‘The Second Stage’ (1983) her view was reformed, she empathised on the battle between wanting to be domestic and at the same time women wanting more. However she did warn that the quest for ‘personhood’ should not encourage women to deny the importance of children, the home and other domestic affairs.

I personally think Friedan was an inspiration in showing the women of her time that there was more to life than domestic activities. She challenged the separate gender spheres and her legacy has lived on, in the way that you can be both domestic and a feminist at the same time.

People talk about ballet!lock and rugby!John, as if the two were completely separate spheres. I’m sitting here thinking about John being sent to Sherlock’s ballet studio to work on his footwork during the offseason. Putting it in to practice at some point the next season, and Sherlock spotting the move and just burying his face in his hands as he blushes red as a turn-up.

John helping Sherlock as he weight-builds for tone so he can handle a certain difficult move, his rugby-captain’s hand on his hamstrings as he stretches it just so when he braces against the weight machine. Completely legitimate spotting, of course.

*coughs*

anonymous asked:

Ohio is so fucking wild. We aren't the south but there are Ohio southerners???? Like we both know they would have been pro slave. Like we always get mentioned but like everyone here hates Ohio?? People here are simultaneously the best and the worst both because it's Ohio. Like just ugh

Yes to all of this. Also, I grew up in inner city Cleveland and I feel like rural, suburban, and urban Ohio are 3 completely separate spheres of reality. And going into southern Ohio you see as many if not more confederate flags per square mile than you do in the south, it’s like they don’t know they’re above the Mason-Dixon Line.

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In one of the cruel ironies, or perhaps the horror in which we become our parents, Hwei-Lan does to Wil what her father had done to her: reject a child for a perceived wrong that will reflect on their own parenting and thus their own merit or worth or value or standing. “You can’t be x, because being x makes me look like I raised you incorrectly–and I didn’t raise you incorrectly.”

The cruelty of this is that in both cases, the child is vulnerable, hurting, scared, and just as lonely, and that rejection comes just in the moment when support or acceptance is most wanted and most yearned for. In their respective “coming out” to their parent(s), both Hwei-Lan and Wil are at their lowest. But rejection is the means by which “face” is being saved and maintained. It’s like: You shouldn’t have done it in the first place; now that you’ve done it, you shouldn’t have brought it up; now that you’ve brought it up and thus entered it into the public sphere of knowledge, I have to punish you for it because in these series of events, you’ve wronged me (tangentially, collaterally).

It’s brutal and it’s why the silence is so pervasive. As Hwei-Lan’s father says: She wasn’t going to tell us. Just in the way Wil hasn’t ever voiced to her mother that she is gay, despite a) her mother having caught her in the act and b) Wil being perfectly easy and open to her coworkers and friends. It’s the potential rejection of family that inspires such fear and shame.

When I first saw the scene in which Wil comes out to Hwei-Lan, it hit way too close to home and the fears I had. As I think it does for many, but especially Asian Americans who so easily see in Saving Face the cultural and generational divide that separates the older, immigrant generation and the younger, first-gen American-born generation. They can be very separate worlds and we, the children, grow up learning and understanding that these are separate spheres with separate rules and sometimes we have to be the mediators when those two worlds meet or overlap. Just as Wil has to slip between her neighbor Jay and her mother, or Vivian and her mother, or her mother and her grandfather, she’s constantly navigating different expectations–and trying so hard to meet and satisfy all of them.

And for how well Saving Face captures this atmosphere and divided reality, Wil’s coming out scene can be really frightening. Saving Face is ultimately a comedy, but this scene is so quietly wrecking–there’s no screaming match, just two people who can’t even look at each other directly, quietly speaking–because it’s so clear that the cultural roadblocks are really lofty obstacles. Wil is at peace with herself, but not with her mother, whom she loves and whom she wants to love her in return. It’s from a many years’ remove that I can see how important it is that this movie had a happy ending. The ending may not be super realistic, it may not tie up all the loose ends, heck it may be too quaint, but that it ended well for these women and for their relationship(s) is so hopeful a message.

How many movies are there like Saving Face?

Gonna throw in my two cents about this Josuhan business.

warnings: discusses age gap relationships, pedophilia, child abuse, incest. 

(it’s pretty long under the cut.)

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An INTP, INFP, ENTP, and ENTJ are kidnapped by the mob

I saw a post on each type’s reaction to being kidnapped. I showed my INFP friend the description for our types and two of our other friends’ types. After some discussion, I wrote how each pair of the above 4 type would react to being kidnapped together.

INTP-ENTJ: INTP helps ENTJ stealthily take over the mob in exchange for his promise to convert it to the world’s largest research organization. ENTJ likes success; INTP likes knowledge. Win-win.
INTP-INFP: Infiltrate the mob to become vigilantes. INFP thinks it’s the right thing to do; INTP thinks it seems logical. Neither has the common sense to realize how insane it is.
INTP-ENTP: Use their new position as the mob’s best chemists to slowly orchestrate the collapse of the entire organization. They like the free lab, but they also like to watch the world burn.
INFP-ENTJ: Storm into the mob boss’s office and make him cry until he turns over the organization to ENTJ and promises INFP to spend the remainder of his life trying to atone for the damage he’s done. ENTJ is pissed because he’d be more efficient at the job; INFP is pissed at the immorality and lack of concern for human life. They’re both scary when they’re mad.
INFP-ENTP: Get distracted by literally everything, but somehow manage to destroy the entire mob anyway because ENTP refuses to take the mob boss seriously, INFP laughs at ENTP’s antics, and the mob boss eventually becomes so frustrated that he just quits. ENTP thinks about trying to do something like play in the lab or plan the organization’s collapse, but with no one to keep him focused, he decides to just make INFP laugh to stop her from crying over the obvious human rights violations. It works.
ENTP-ENTJ: Take the entire mob by charismatic storm. The former mob boss now works for them. ENTP plays around in the lab, and ENTJ manages the money. Together, they only partially intentionally turn the mob into a successful chemical research organization. They do this by staying in entirely separate spheres of the organization to avoid butting heads so hard they go into comas from severe head trauma.

anonymous asked:

"Low skill manufacturing can never come back without threatening the outflow of American dollars that underpin Super-Imperialism’s triangle trade of petrodollar recycling/East Asian purchases of American debt. " could you explain more about this? what's the petrodollar? and how does that relate to Asian holding of American debt? why do these help American imperialism?

Do you know what’s the weirdest thing? the IMF’s own website has a little chart that shows how the system i’m about to describe works. You’d think, from hearing about it, that they’d want to keep its functioning in the background, but no, the organization itself proudly trumpets what it’s done, it’s just that media figures don’t see any point in explaining it.
Https://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/mm/eng/mm_rs_03.htm
https://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/mm/eng/rs_sub_3.htm

so basically, for pretty much all of the recent history of capitalism, a loan between states was pretty well understood as a way of modifying the other state’s behavior. Spain was the last big state that could really get away with defaulting on its loans, and that’s because they were loans from dutch banks rather than the dutch state itself, but it eventually made itself a pariah in the early capitalist world and prevented itself from getting credit. Countries that wanted to help certain sides in wars because they gained from their victories offered subsidies rather than loans, like france in the american revolutionary war, or the uk in the napoleonic wars with austria and russia. America changed this in ww1. It demanded its money back as loans, overtly because there was little political willpower to increase taxes in order to finance spending by other nations, but covertly to transfer financial power to american investors.

if I make you a loan on something productive, i’m essentially giving you money so that you can give me back a part of the profits from it. Wars aren’t productive. They never amortize themselves, they only destroy. A war can be profitable if one side is insulated from the destruction of warfare and can simultaneously become the supplier of arms for other nations, as america was in ww1 and ww2, but the destruction of war has outweighed any kind of profit for the geographical actors for about 200 years. When you make a loan to a country to commit to warfare, you’re basically giving them two outs (in the case of america, you’re also saying “buy all your guns from us since we just gave you dollars”, but that’s a side effect). One is to default and become a pariah in the financial world. That’s an impossibility for a big state in the modern era. Even the soviets never defaulted on an international loan (if kenneth and rogoff are to be believed, the soviets defaulted on domestic debt on april 10, 1957, but that seems absurd. Why the hell wouldn’t they just print the money?). The other is to have them take what productive capacity, infrastructure, colonies, whatever valuable shit they have, and auction it off on the international markets to the highest bidder.

that’s effectively what america was telling europe after ww1. At the time, european empires were run to the benefit of their namesakes, where the colonies would sell raw material and buy finished goods, and the european country would process raw materials into finished goods and sell some of them back for a far higher price, the rest going to the workers in the european nations. America wanted to use the loans to negotiate a way into this, to get the chance to sell to the europeans and their colonies. They didn’t want to have any of the responsibilities that came with policing these nations, because that kind of military spending would force an increase in taxes, so they wanted the europeans to keep their colonial empires intact. Instead of giving up or defaulting, the europeans found an out. Instead of striping their own nations through austerity, as the uk tried in 1926 causing the 1926 general strike, they could simply strip germany of its industries instead. In turn, germany was forced into a 14 year period of extreme austerity, running high interest rates in order to please american banks enough for them to give dollar loans so they could repay reparations. Eventually, this absurd system collapsed, causing the great depression and an increase in trade barriers. The americans knew their first attempt had failed.

to correct this, they set out to build a new world order. American planners were very busy during ww2, with all their work culminating in the 1944 bretton woods conference at the mount washington hotel in bretton woods, new hampshire. The two primary negotiators there were harry dexter white on the american side and john maynard keynes on the british side. They had a few goals in mind. First was the maintenance of full employment conditions in america. A quick slide out of a war economy would push things back into great depression territory and possibly cause a socialist revolution. Instead, americans had to be kept employed. Another was to reconstruct the european economy after it had been torn to shreds by the war. These two goals could be solved in the same way, by having the americans sell lots of stuff to europe. America would take care of food production, pushing european agriculture into vegetables and dairy and european nations into food dependence on america, a good way to ensure loyalty (similar thing with japan, they protect their rice with tariffs of 777%, but they import a third of their food, especially meat). The issue was how to give europe (and japan) the means to pay for it. Since the gold standard had been abandoned so that governments could provide liquidity in the face of the great depression and warfare, worried planners and businessmen were agitating for a return. A quick jump back would hamstring recovery efforts though, so a new solution was found. The american dollar would be pegged to gold at $35 an ounce, and other nation’s currencies would then be pegged to the dollar, fully convertible, and allowed to adjust a few percentage points, more if a formal request was made. This would establish the us dollar as the world’s “reserve currency”, the preferred unit of trade for country to country transactions. A trinity of institutions would be developed, the world bank, the imf, and the gatt/wto. The latter would codify a set of rules for foreign investment, so that the europeans and the japanese could sell their infrastructure and factories to foreign (american) buyers. The former two would ensure a dollar outflow even in years where america ran a balance of payments surplus, as characterized the period between ww2 and the korean war. Their structure would help avoid domestic opposition to increased taxes paying for foreign aid, and it would also ensure other country’s had a vested interest in forcing their neighbors to pay back their loans. Since the world bank’s money was made up of an initial payment into its coffers by nations, and then loans were made by taking chunks of this money from every other nation, then every world bank loan featured every other nation as a creditor.

initially, recovery in the post-war period was slow. Civilian populations agitated strongly against governments that had in many cases co-operated with the nazis. Communist and socialist parties won blowouts in elections, in most cases, their highest counts even up till today. Something had to be done to keep capitalism in place. American chicanery was widely used, for instance in the italian election, where a development loan was officially tied to election of the christian democrats, but it could only go so far. The answer was to initiate the cold war. The soviets and americans had already agreed that each would separate europe into respective spheres of influence where each would have complete control, and the soviets had been abiding, telling the greek communist party to stand down against the former nazi collaborators that were massacring them. The americans knew that their population wouldn’t know about the deal, and undertook propaganda efforts to convince them of links between the western european communist parties and the soviets, as well as implying that an event like the czechoslovakian coup would soon be aimed at western europe if something wasn’t done. This was enough to get over opposition in congress to the marshall plan. Right wingers didn’t want to limit american consumption, feeling that an american empire wasn’t worth it, while a smaller contingent of left wingers opposed the marshall plan because it would create two competing currency/security blocs in europe and decelerate the growth of eastern european trade with western europe and america. The initiation of the cold war stymied both parties, and support was found, just as long as marshall plan conditionality held. This was the terms of the deal under which the europeans would get aid, the laying of american style corporate practices and labour relations, the opening of currencies and the ability to convert foreign profits to american dollars, the end of trade restrictions and the treatment of american companies on the same grounds as domestic ones, and most important to congress, the spending of aid on american goods, with the origin specified for european consumers so that none would mistake on whose beneficence they were surviving. Finally, the marshall plan served the purpose of preventing communist victories in a number of areas of the european empires. Expenditures for the british, the netherlands and france on their wars in indonesia and southeast asia were about the same as marshall plan aid given to them.

the final push for european economies into self-sufficience and the big push for the japanese economy came with the korean war and the associated multiplication of american bases internationally, setting the cold war irreversibly into motion and driving america’s balance of payments into the negative. This would undermine the very system america had tried to set up, yet it was a well known problem with the system, as keynes had pointed out in negotiations. America would need to put enough of its currency into circulation to supply the world with enough dollars to trade and to buy america’s overproduced goods at full employment with, since it was the reserve currency, so a negative balance of payments was needed. However, as in the so-called “triffin’s dilemma”, the domestic issues america was facing often came before its international responsibilities. It needed to keep the dollar pegged to gold to keep investors satisfied. That meant it had to hold enough gold for investors to convert at any time they wanted. If it tried to change the gold peg of the us dollar, foreign currencies would simply shift accordingly, because they were pegged to the dollar, not gold. Because the dollar was the reserve currency and because there was so much of it around, it became easier to get us dollars. Those us dollars could be converted to gold that would then be sold on the open market in other countries, where gold fetched a higher price. This became more of an issue in 1959, when the amount of dollars exceeded the amount of gold backing them, leading to a coordinated effort to buy back gold when it was cheaper, called the “london gold pool”. Keynes had proposed that the us dollar not be the international reserve currency, in favour of one set up by the imf, called a “bancor”. America had objected because they wanted loans to be denominated in us dollars, as that would give it greater control over the loans that it was mostly making at the time. A loan can be used to create austerity or to affect development in a certain direction by forcing a focus on exports that will attract payments in the foreign currency the loan is in, i.e. Third world nations with outstanding loans have to make things americans want to buy, mostly raw materials since america didn’t want competitors in manufacturing other than europe. By the 1960s, things had reversed, and america became a major debtor rather than a major creditor to the world, leading to the creation of so-called “special drawing rights” at the imf, mostly fulfilling that role.

during this time, there was a sort of triangular trade in place. The world bank, finding itself no longer needed in europe, set about loaning to third world nations, which were desperate for funds but couldn’t get them from banks because of their bad habits of defaulting and expropriating foreign-owned businesses. To pay back these loans, the third world nations were obligated to change their paths of development. Rather than spend on industrialization, money had to instead be spent to export whatever raw resources america wanted to spend dollars on, so that those dollars could be earned to pay back the loans. This led to a raw resources glut, further depressing the price and delivering profits to america. America spent those profits on rebuilding europe, ensuring the europeans could produce the goods that america didn’t have a surplus production in, and even sell those goods to america at a lower price since european wages were lower, keeping american price levels and hopefully american wages down. Finally, europe would use those dollars to buy goods from the third world, allowing them to pay off their loans. By the mid-1960s, this was breaking down due to the aforementioned problems. In 1965, france decided to ditch the whole thing and said openly it was going to convert as many dollars as it could into gold. Germany did the same in 1968, forcing america to abandon the vietnam war. The US had acted as a guarantor of stability for its own benefit, believing its gold reserves would last it through difficult times. Now, because it was profitable, nations were directly challenging that role. At home, america’s manufacturing economy, designed to prevent socialist revolution, was directly edging on it, with work stoppage rates reaching increasing heights. In the third world, nations were increasingly antagonistic to foreign investment rather than opening up to it, and expropriations were on the rise. The key to these troubles was the american role as military defender of capitalism. This kept dollars moving outwards, but also distorted the triangular trade. Normally, even if europe or japan imported from a third world nation, they still paid in us dollars, which would then be spent either paying back a loan or buying an american good. With us production increasingly going to war purposes, nations were instead using those dollars to exchange into gold. However, there was a light in the tunnel. Us planners increasingly looked at the strange path being taken in japan.

japanese gold reserves had never been overly large, and when the nation began to receive large US dollar surpluses in the 60s, it mostly spent those on treasury bills instead. Japanese goods were also incredibly cheap, produced even cheaper than the europeans could, because the japanese “toyota production system/just in time manufacturing” was so efficient. American planners realized, if the link to gold was severed, but america could still guarantee financial and political stability through its military power and its control of the imf, world bank, and gatt, then countries would begin to see treasury bills as the new gold, meaning that balance of payments deficits wouldn’t matter because that money would go right back into america. The costs of the vietnam war would instantly be transferred across the atlantic. America could run balance of payments deficits forever, giving the world its secure asset to use in international trade, and taking as payment the production capacity of other nations, which would have to develop in such a fashion that they produced things that sold for american dollars. American manufacturing wouldn’t be needed, because it wouldn’t compete with the low prices of foreign industry, but the resulting loss in wages for workers could be alleviated by those low prices. Only manufacturing on the cutting edge, that was necessary for national security, like the most cutting edge of computer products or the very best tempered steel possible, would be kept, with new techniques being used to replace workers in a vast orgy of investment that lasted till the mid 1980s. Instead, new workers would either be funnelled to financial services, where american banks would shape the world economic order, becoming a sort of global gosplan, or to services for these financial workers, or to agriculture, which would still be needed to maintain other nation’s food dependence on america. Banks would be unrestricted from all constraints and encouraged to lend to third world nations, and the bills of any failures would be kept by the government. The state would also expand vastly to meet these needs, as well as the imf-world bank-gatt global bureaucracy. At the same time, the third world was battered by american imperial power to force nations to accede to the principle that expropriation of foreign investments were never okay. Oil producers would be angry, but america could not only satiate them with a rise in the price of oil, but even use it to discipline europe back into line, as that region received most of its oil from the OPEC nations. In turn, these countries would have nothing to do with their new dollar holdings, known as “petrodollars”, other than to recycle it into the american system in some way, rebalancing america’s current account. If they try to sell the dollars, after all, then a glut on the global markets reduces the price of us dollars, making us manufactures less costly compared to those of the country selling the dollars and ultimately hurting their industries. Some of the petrodollars would go into treasury holdings, but much of it would go into america’s banks, helping to allay the risk those banks took in investing back into the third world. This is what’s called super-imperialism. Price deflation through outsourcing of manufacturing combined with an abundance of credit from third world manufacturers having nothing to spend dollars on except putting them back in american banks helps inoculate first world workers against social revolution even as they get poorer and poorer. Third world nations can’t get off the american development track. Chances are they already import loads of their food from america, and to produce their own food, they’d probably have to undertake a battle against their well-moneyed domestic landowning class for land redistribution. They’d also lose access to international markets if they defaulted on world bank loans, meaning they couldn’t import or export most goods. Meanwhile, if america wants something, it simply has to print more dollars. It has what’s known as the “exorbitant privilege”, because all trade is carried out in its currency. Of course, that means it also has to stoke demand without fucking up its system of property relations, but it does that through easy credit. In turn, that means the state has to have a regulatory system that’s simply out of reach for virtually any other state, which means even if a state doesn’t like being within the system, it still can’t get out because it doesn’t have such capacity developed yet. And third world states do get something out of it. Any threats to their security are neutralized by america’s vast military power, projected the world over. They also get to pass harsh domestic reforms and then blame them on the imf, making them somewhat more palatable than previous, although this can have serious consequences (indonesia 1998 as one example). It’s a system where each aspect has a carrot and a whip that drives adherence to global capitalism, all managed under america’s impressive aegis.

for more information, read michael hudson’s “Super-imperialism” and sam gindin and leo panitch’s “The Making of Global Capitalism”, both of which i repeatedly referenced while writing this because even i can’t memorize this shit in enough depth. hudson’s book in particular, which was written and published in 1972 and then partially rewritten in 2002, was one of the studies that america actually based its switch off the gold standard on. he had just finished his phd and got an $80,000 grant from the treasury in 1968, equivalent to about half a million today, to study moving off the gold standard and the potential balance of payments trends. he turned that into the book.

edit: and the key fucking point of me putting that whole stuff at the start in, is that america manages to be a debtor nation, and yet to have all of its creditors never able to influence its actions, in stark contrast to previous eras where it’s been creditors controlling debtors, and that’s the really fucked up thing about super-imperialism. but now i forgot to put that in the body. that’s what i get for coming back to this post over and over again for 4 days. i don’t even remember what i’ve written.

When you say children aren’t welcome, you make me and many other women feel unwelcome too.

Sexual politics in the nineteenth century was dominated by the notion of “separate spheres”. Men occupied the public sphere where they dominated business, politics, and economics. Women, bound by their roles as wives and mothers, were consigned to the private sphere of the home. The only power they were permitted to wield was through raising good sons who would go on to become responsible citizens.

One of the main reasons for women’s invisibility from the public sphere had to do with society’s collective anxiety about children. The presence of children, who are by nature disruptive and boisterous, clashed with the Victorian ideal of respectability.

Indeed when early feminists were strategising on ways to increase women’s visibility, the installation of women-only public restrooms big enough to cater to babies and children’s needs was key to making women feel like they could leave the confines of the home.

There was a recognition that cementing women’s place in the public sphere had to go hand-in-hand with a more accepting attitude towards the presence of children.

So it is unfortunate to see a version of this old respectability politics rearing its head again, especially when it is coming from a fellow radical feminist.

When you use language that suggests children are unwelcome in certain public spaces, you by extension make their primary carers – usually women – feel that the public sphere is a hostile place for them to be in.

All mothers know how piercing the glares and audible sighs from strangers are when we’re doing our best to calm an overtired baby on a train. Or worse, the unwelcome bits of “advice” dished out to us in a disapproving tone when we’re flustered and feeling vulnerable. 

Most of us mums have decided at one point or another that it’s just easier to stay home than deal with the myriad ways the outside world overlooks our needs, from pram-inaccessible trams to a lack of parents’ rooms. The fact that there seems to be a growing chorus for us to publicly apologise for our children just being themselves just feels like another way to make the many women who are mothers feel we aren’t really permitted to access the same spaces as everyone else.

If we want to increase women’s power and visibility in society, we must acknowledge their interconnected relationship with children, and make both feel just as entitled to a public presence.

“Manly,” which in the eighteenth century was primarily used to mean the opposite of the boyish or childish, was in the Victorian age increasingly employed as the antonym of the feminine or effeminate. The nineteenth-century bourgeoisie were so concerned that the “naturally” different genders of men and women not be confused that they demarcated as sharply as possible the lines splitting the female from the male world; the home from the workplace, the private from the public. Seen in this context, the bourgeoisie’s stress on the virile nature of work and labor can more easily be understood. Middle-class propagandists such as Cobden and Bright declared that to take the idle aristocrat, fop, or roué as a male role model was a thing of the past. Manliness was now demonstrated by one’s industry and competence not by chance. Following the argument of the natural separation of the spheres, men worked and women did not - or at least not outside of the home. Trade unionists in turn defended the notion of the male “bread-winner” wage on the grounds that only it would allow working-class men the income required to keep their women folk at home.
—  Angus McLaren, The Trials of Masculinity
Culture is the general sphere of knowledge, and of representations of lived experience, within a historical society divided into classes; what this amounts to is that culture is the power to generalize, existing apart, as an intellectual division of labor and as the intellectual labor of division. Culture detached itself from the unity of myth-based society, according to Hegel, “when the power to unify disappeared from the life of man, and opposites lost their connection and living interaction, and became autonomous.” In thus gaining its independence, culture was embarked on an imperialistic career of self-enrichment that was at the same time the beginning of the decline of its independence. The history that brought culture’s relative autonomy into being, along with the ideological illusions concerning that autonomy, is also expressed as the history of culture. And the whole triumphant history of culture can be understood as the history of the revelation of culture’s insufficiency, as a march toward culture’s self-abolition. Culture is the locus of the search for lost unity. In the course of this search, culture as a separate sphere is obliged to negate itself.
—  Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, Negation and Consumption in the Cultural Sphere.

If you think about it, the ace and aro spectrums are more of a venn diagram than two separate spheres. Yes, not all asexual people are aromantic, but some of us are.

Please don’t forget that.

We share the sky

We share the same sky
and look upon the same stars.
We are united, you and I,
forget how far apart we are.

We see the same,
We feel the same,
Cut us and we bleed the same.

No matter we rule separate spheres,
The stars still shine and crush our fears
And one day, should our paths align,
Together we will watch them shine.

  • Reasons Superheroes have Secret Identities: Protect their loved ons from enemies and fans; ensure a little peace and quiet in portions of their lives; keep the two spheres separate
  • Reason I have a Secret Identity: So no one can figure out that I'm [insert some tumblr stereotypes here] and, more importantly, unprofessional as all hell.

anonymous asked:

Hi I don't believe in reverse racism but is it wrong that I don't really believe in like slandering white people? I think it's okay to make jokes like "oh they can't take spicy foods" and shit but one time I joked about white privilege and it made me open my eyes cause my friend actually cried (she's white) because her and her family have been homeless and again I KNOW white people are never persecuted for simply BEING white. But still what's your opinion? I'm still learning so bare w me

I mean, white privilege is definitely a thing and I see no problem in acknowledging it. But a lot of the time when I talk about privilege, white people will bring up economic disadvantages they’ve faced. And that falls under classism, which is a separate sphere of oppression. So you might be white and working class and experience white privilege but be disadvantaged because of your class. A lot of the time people think white privilege means your life is super easy and you’ll be rich and successful and have everything handed to you, but that’s not really what it means. It just means you will never face discrimination based on race alone.