species discrimination

Some basic lore questions

Disclaimer: I made this for myself first, as a way of introducing my basic lore in a fun way. It’s easy to write about the exciting parts, but it can also make it hard to address all the tiny basic details that make up the background of your lore
Feel free to use it, or even reblog and add more questions

1. Does your clan have a leader? Who is it? How does your clan feel about them? Were there any past leaders?

2. What was your clans beginning? Who were your progenitors, and are they important to the clans history?

3. Where does your clan live?

4. Have they always lived there? If no, where did they live before and what made them move.

5. Do they thrive in the area or is it a constant struggle to survive? Do they have readily have access to water, food, and shelter?

6. Is your clan friendly or hostile to strangers

7. Is your clan open to the public or closed off to strangers (is it easily traveled to or hidden somewhere)

8. Is it hard for an outsider to join? What would one must do to be a part of the clan

9. Does the clan work as one like a pack (I.e everyone taking care of each other) or is it more like a town with everyone doing their own things

10. How does your clan view/handle exalting?

11. What is your clans relationship with their deity? Are they very religious or indifferent?

12. How do they view members of their clan who may be of a different flight?

13. Is there any dragon species discrimination?

14. How do they view magic? Do they see magic as something to be embraced or feared?

15. How do you address gen 1 dragons in your lore, if at all? Do you have a gen 1? How were they born and/or found by the clan?

16. How are breed changes addressed in your lore?

17. Does your clan hoard anything? Are they items of importance or aesthetic? Explain the meaning behind why you collect what you do

18. How does your lore address breeding? Is it an intimate act of love or just something done to help contribute to the clan

19. What are the nesting grounds in your lore?

20. What is your clans relationship with the beastclans?

21. Where does your clan store food, treasure, etc.

So, it’s world vegan day☘️
Here’s the argument that turned me to a vegan overnight about 3 years ago: if you think eating meat is a choice, you’ve forgotten to ask the creature you’re about to eat.
I don’t want to offend anyone who is consuming animal goods. But in my opinion, they have just fallen for the commercial propaganda weve been told from the day we’re born. Namely, that meat is good for you, and that a plant-based diet is unhealthy.
But now, think about eating meat. The meat is a MURDERED CORPSE- you can hardly deny that fact.
So, if eating meat is wrong (surprise), then what about milk and eggs?
Dairy good production involves a tremendous amount of suffering, exploitation and DEATH. Yes, drinking that glass of milk meant cows died and suffered for it.
The cow is not your mum. Hence, it is not your milk.
🐄🐖🐇🐥🐔
Even if you do not care for the animals (in which case you can be described as a “speciesist”- a term which was first coined by Richard Ryder to describe the discrimination between species, so the assignment of different rights and moral values based on the membership of another species) there are several other reasons to go vegan.
1) it cures world hunger- 70% of the global agricultural fields is used for the production of animal products. At the same time, the global meat consumption increased from 71 to approx. 295 Million tonnes between 1961 to 2011.
2) animal based diets kill rainforests- in order to breed animals for our consumption, an area of 325.000 km2 (about the size of Germany) is destroyed annually.
3) non-vegan products destroy our climate- the production of meat and dairy is responsible for the emission of more greenhouse gases (18%).
4) water- for every kilo of meat more water is wasted than for what we need to shower in a year.
5) it’s healthier- lower risk of developing diabetes type 2, CVDs, obesity, stroke, some cancers (like colon cancer), hypertension, Osteoporosis
🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱
So rather than asking me why I’m vegan, ask yourself why you’re not!

Some doodles of my sona along with classic species discrimination :p Love my Fall Out Boy shirts! ^^

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anonymous asked:

Writer to writer, any tips for creating a species of shapeshifters? Like ideas about culture or specific biology things, for example what they naturally need to eat or how well they socialize with eachother and other species.

Well I imagine physical transformations require a lot of energy, so the fat content and nutrient level of their food would need to be a lot higher and eaten in a much larger degree (Example: werewolves eating lots of meat literally all the time). Cultural influences would have a lot to do with long standing relations between species, intelligence rates and geographical location. So basically, how smart are they, how much land do they own, how do they get the food they need and do they play nice with others. Really what they are wouldnt dictate how nice they are to others (their socialization), so much as how advanced and intelligent are the other things around them comparatively. Honestly what i would do is just DECIDE how you want them to interact with others and then justify it with history. It also depends on their society. Are they ones for expansion in competition for resources, or are they self sustaining and not looking to start fights for territory. 

Everything comes down to food and resources no matter how advanced they are now, so depending on where they are dictates how much of those things they have, which in turn influences how nice they are to other people who have the things they want. Cause are they going to play nice and be allies or are they going to be screwed if they dont get more resources and charge surrounding territories as a result. Honestly just look at history and you will see the motivations behind pretty much everything. Even if they are in the space age territories and long standing relations are established by initial competition for resources.

Also their behavior and interaction with others is also 50% dictated by the OTHERS. Higher intelligence rates also give way to greater possibilities or ‘irrational’ thought and action. Just because they can think doesnt mean they do, which could lead way to species bias and discrimination, rooted in superstition and stereotypes. Like “Never trust a lycan, ever. They act kind, they smile, but they’re just animals. it doesnt matter to them who they bite, they can barely think for themselves.” 

What the species is compelled by and controlled by influences existing bias in other intelligent species. 

People dont like werewolves because they lose control and thus are dangerous, regardless of their behavior when they ARE in control, that makes them monsters. So if you have a curse factor that could affect their socialization. And even if you DONT if other species THINK of them as cursed, it still affects them and could create resentment and othersided bias. 

use the development of real world things as inspiration for societies you create on your own. Every country line exists for a reason, so in a fantasy world every kingdom, pack, society or troop would also have certain territories that fulfill their particular needs. If your dudes need a lot of vegetation and grains to survive and are intelligent in nature, then they likely have highly developed and specialized farming protocols and measures to protect established agricultural sites from outside resources.

Whether they are bird people, octopus monsters or just plain old humans everything has motivations that at their core come down to the need to survive and protect

Questions I Have About Zootopia

(aka why we need a sequel)

  • Are platypus seen as really weird for laying eggs?
  • Are there hybrid animals like ligers, mules, and beefalo? Are these species discriminated against?

  • Are interspecies adoptions seen as weird? Would a zebra raising a donkey be socially acceptable?

  • What about marine mammals? Are there dolphins and whales in Zootopian society?

  • At one point a polar bear does the sign of the cross. Does this mean there is an animal Jesus? What is his species? Are there other religions?

  • Are there more animal cities around the globe? Have the animals mastered commercial flight?

  • Are their doctors called veterinarians?

  • Do they wear wool clothing? Are there herds of sheep making money by selling their wool? Is it weird if you wear a wool sweater while talking to a sheep?

  • Speaking of which, where do they get milk from?

  • How do they represent aliens in sci-fi movies? Do they resemble animals? 

  • And finally, birds and reptiles. Discuss.

“I’m not gonna flip the librarian off, because I’m a cleric and have to be above that. And also because I’m kind of scared of everyone. But I will say they’re speciesist, and I want them sacked.”

—Me during today’s D&D session. Amazing.

okay so I got a couple of requests to continue my Feysand Roomates!AU with Stella the cat so I wrote a little second piece. (I don’t really like this idk it’s just icky but i feel icky anyway)

Part I Part III

“Rhys, I’m home.” Feyre called out, dropping her keys into the dish they kept by the door. He didn’t answer, which was odd, and their new hell cat hadn’t raised her head - or her claws - yet, which was also weird. Feyre’s eyebrows furrowed as she wandered into the kitchen, then the living room, looking for her best friend who clearly wasn’t there. “Rhys?” She walked into his bedroom, not bothering to knock as she’d learned that privacy was not something that concerned Rhys very much, and a soft laugh escaped her lips as she saw him sprawled out on his bed, napping, with Stella curled up on his chest. He was still clad in his black skinny jeans and military boots over the covers of his bed, dark lashes casting shadows over his cheekbones. Feyre leaned against the doorjamb, a smile playing on her lips as she watched her best friend, pulling her phone out for photographic evidence to later blackmail him with. Her finger had found the button once before Rhys spoke, his voice more of a purr than the cat sleeping atop his chest. “Enjoying the view, Feyre-darling?” He drawled, eyes still closed.

“Immensely.” Feyre replied, Rhys cracked open one eye to gaze up at her lazily. “You know,” She smiled, “you two match, with all that black going on.” She gestured to Rhys’ outfit and the cat. “It’s kind of cute.” Rhys laughed and sat up, Stella sliding down his torso to curl up again in his lap.

“We are cute, aren’t we?” He murmured down to Stella, scratching between her ears, the cat arced into his touch. Feyre joined them, sitting cross legged at the top of the bed, pushing Rhys’ legs out of her way. “That’s why we’re keeping you.” At this, he snuck a glance at Feyre, who rolled her eyes. For the three weeks Stella had been in their apartment, Feyre been claiming to be undecided on her fate, but Rhys knew without a doubt that they’d end up taking Stella in - for all of Feyre’s posturing, she wasn’t as cold hearted as she’d like to believe herself to be.

“Come on, Feyre, she’s practically our daughter.” Rhys chuckled, watching as the cat batted at his waggling fingers with her tiny paws.

“You know,” She mused, resting her chin in her hand. “I always thought when I had a child it’d be at least half human.” She gave him a pointed look and he laughed.

“That’s like - discrimination against species. Not okay, Feyre. She needs us.” He said with mock seriousness. “But I’m really not worried I mean, like, you’re smitten. I can see it.” Feyre, whose eyes were fixed on the cat playing with Rhys’ hands, looked up sharply.

“What?”

“I said, you’re smitten.” He said slowly. “With Stella - with the cat.” Feyre blinked and nodded with a laugh that wasn’t entirely real.

“Oh, yeah. I mean, she’s easier to live with than you.” She chirped with false ease. “Sleeps a lot, though.”

“No, it’s normal.” Rhys shrugged. “I mean, she’s a kitten, you know. At this stage, she’s sleeping like 60-70% of the day but that’s like all kittens. And you know how she curls up, like in a little huddle.” He gestured with his hands. “That’s to conserve body heat.” He glanced up at Feyre. “Cute, huh?” Feyre was looking at him softly, and he frowned at her. “What?”

“Oh, I just can’t wait to tell Cassian that you’ve been googling our cat’s sleeping habits,” She grinned, standing up from the bed and grabbing her phone. “He’ll never let you live it down.”

“Don’t you dare.” Rhys lurched, but there was only so far he could go with Stella on his lap. Feyre snapped a picture and her thumbs danced across the screen of her iPhone and then she let out a triumphant little laugh.

“That’ll teach you for adopting a cat on my behalf.” She grinned, and Rhys rolled his eyes, flopping his head back onto his pillow and watching her parade around his room victoriously.

SU fan: I hate Gem Harvest because it portrayed racism.

Me: The main villains of this series are a group of aliens who want to conquer the universe because they feel they are a superior species. These same aliens discriminated against members of their own kind causing some of them to break away and create a rebellious group. This whole series is built on the themes of racism and prejudice. But I guess those aspects are easier to digest when they’re coming from a yellow alien who looks like a diamond instead of a human man who looks like a family member or someone you know.

anonymous asked:

do you think speciesism exist? also your view on like radical vegans? what do you think in about vegans as a whole? I`m a vegan but so many of my friends that are also vegan have such a skewed perception of the world and it irks me a lot. (They also dismiss a lot of things i say as a vet tech about their pet care. Some of them truly don`t know how to care for an animal and won`t listen at all)

Speciesism: the belief that different species are fundamentally different and therefor assigned different rights, values or freedoms based on their species membership.

Of course this exists, but the belief that speciesism is always wrong is not fair.

I think most people that invoke the ‘speciesism’ argument have a narrow definition of non-human species in mind. Interestingly, they are often the same group of people that accuse someone like me of being a pet lover, not an animal lover, because I still consume animal products.

They often think of large, charismatic mammals and birds when talking about non-human species that are discriminated against by speciesist thinking. That’s easy to do when you think about wildlife, pigs, chicken and cattle (gosh I loved working with cows), but harder to do when you think about internal parasites, locusts, the hundreds of mice that lose their homes when a field of wheat is harvested, the demodex mites living on your face that may be responsible for your acne, etc.

I’ve said before that I value the life of the dog infinitely more than the lives of its fleas.

Humans are different. We’re the only species so far wondering whether we should be putting the needs and desires of our own species above others. This trans-species altruism is, as far as I can tell, unique.

Let’s detour to talk about rights for a moment. I’ve always been raised to believe that rights come with responsibilities. You can’t have one without the other.

We have basic rights (sometimes referred to as basic freedoms in animal welfare discourse): free access to water, free access to food, freedom of movement, freedom from suffering/pain/disease and freedom to engage in natural behaviours.

Note that ‘freedom to live’ is not one of those basic rights. Neither is freedom to reproduce.

Those basic rights come with pretty basic responsibilities for an animal. You might restrict that access to food for a pony prone to laminitis, for example. This is because if that animal eats to its heart’s content, it’s going to get laminitis and its hooves will fall off. A patient with a broken limb needs to have their movement confined, at least temporarily, in order to prevent suffering. Reasonable human beings will all agree to these 'rights’ as a minimum. Some will argue that animals should be afforded more rights, depending on where they stand on the animal welfare-rights spectrum.

Humans, in addition to those five basic rights, should also have the right to life and the right to reproduce, but these are not basic rights, they are conditional. The right to reproduce needs to be strictly 'opt-in’ and the right to life should have the option to 'opt-out’, but this is getting wildly off topic so let’s save that discussion for another time.

An animal can’t have reproductive rights because it can’t have reproductive responsibility. A dog will breed twice a year if you let her, and have numerous puppies each time, but she has no means of voluntary contraceptive. Their population control mechanism is basically puppy death. Instead of drowning litters of unwanted kittens, we push to spey cats and prevent their conception in the first place. The animal can’t be responsible, so we are.

If you leave deer and elk to breed freely with no predators, they form mega herds and start stripping trees when they deplete their food supply. They destroy their environment without predators to keep them in check.

Different species also desire different circumstances. A cow might be perfectly happy giving birth in an open field, but a cat or pig will panic in that scenario, and may delay labour.

So saying different species have different rights because they’re not human may be 'speciesist’, but so long as they are afforded those five basic rights I don’t think it’s totally wrong.

Now, where radical vegans will disagree with me is that they don’t differentiate between 'death’ and 'suffering’.

Medically, ethically, philosophically and practically, there are things worse than death. Death is not great, sure, but it’s not the absolute worst outcome that certain animal rights advocates seem to think it is. There are many situations where we as humans might decide that an animal’s situation is so fundamentally unsuitable, or that they are suffering so much that death is s better option.

Here is another point where humans might be benefited by 'speciesism’. A human can say “I want to keep going” or “I’ve had enough” and we are adaptable. A human who is wheelchair bound is likely to still find pleasure in their life, but if you strap wheels to a paraplegic thoroughbred it’s unlikely to go well. (A cow might figure it out though). The human can chose for themselves, the animal usually can’t.

Oh gosh I keep wandering off topic. You can see why it’s taken me so long to write this, can’t you.

Okay, onto the vegan question. Radical vegans versus vegans as a whole vs vegans that don’t adequately care for their pets.

Firstly the vegans that don’t take care of their pets, including those that try to keep cats on a vegan diet: declaring yourself vegan doesn’t mean your diet gives you a free pass at bad things you are doing in any other aspect of your life. Don’t disregard knowledge from people who actually have dedicated their lives to understanding these animals just because you read something from PETA.

Now, onto radical vegans.

In my experience there are two types of 'radical’ vegans. The first type is the newbie vegans, who’ve just made this decision in their life and are just so excited to share their learning with you, they can’t help it. They are so keen all these vegan facts just bubble up out of them. It can get annoying, especially when their facts are wrong or it was something you already knew, but they’re generally doing their own thing, would be super happy if you joined them, and are positive.

Radical vegans I don’t quite understand. It seems like some of them jump from the 'newbie’ stage straight into wielding veganism like a weapon, using it to divide the world into 'us and them’ and turning every meal into a fight. In this world view you are either vegan, ignorant and about to become vegan, or scum. This is the group in which you are most likely to find the individuals that say things like 'don’t trust vets that aren’t vegan’ or 'don’t trust vets because all their medications are tested on animals’. I feel like some are using veganism not because they really care, but so they have something to feel superior about that is socially acceptable, so they can legitimise bullying or aggression.

This is not all that different from radical anything, whether that’s an ideal or a religion.

I have several vegan friends, and take care to incorporate their dietary requirements just as I would someone with a food allergy. The Big Ears Animal Sanctuary, which receives all profits from sales of my book 'Fairy Tales Written By Rabbits’, is a vegan organisation that is very dear to me. My vegan friends and I don’t try to change each other, but we do try to accommodate each other (they actually remember my nut allergy every time).

(As an aside, people can be dickish to vegans and vegetarians. This isn’t acceptable behaviour and can progress to bullying, but doesn’t justify extreme behaviour on either side.)

Additionally, there are always vegans in vet school. Making friends is easier if you have a great vegan cookie recipe, but many of them struggled with certain aspects of the course.

Using animals is part of studying veterinary medicine. It’s unavoidable, but there are ethics committees in place to attempt to reduce the use of animals in teaching, or replace them. For example, some of our 'animal experiments’ we had to do were replaced with videos of those experiments, so the animals experimented on consisted of three mice, once. Most of our tissue experiments were done on organs sourced from abattoirs as waste. If a dog didn’t like it’s heart rate taken too many times, it was swapped out.

Some vegan students, most still in the newbie phase, struggled with certain aspects of the course. We performed anatomy dissections on dead greyhounds, because the industry provides lots of cadavers that are all roughly the same shape and size on a regular basis. Some students were not comfortable with this, because they felt these dogs were killed needlessly, even though they were not killed specifically for our education. The university went to great lengths to find somebody willing to donate their deceased elderly retriever for a dissection instead, that had died for medical reasons.

Personally, I knew these greyhounds hadn’t died for me specifically, but made a promise that for the twelve dogs 'spent’ on my education, I had to save at least twelve more.

Part of our education also involved meat production and abattoir processing. Some vegan students want to refuse to participate in this part of the course, which I think is wrong. It’s still a piece of your understanding. Meat production and the welfare of livestock are often linked, and if you do want to change the industry it’s vital you understand what it is today.

Abattoirs can be confronting, the workline is interesting from a human psychology point of view. If you avoid it, then you’re denying yourself a complete understanding of the world you wish to work in. You shouldn’t avoid that part of the course, and it doesn’t make you bad or impure for going to the abattoir and simply observing.

Be vegan if you want to be, if it makes you happy. Remind your friends that being vegan doesn’t give them a free pass for the welfare of animals directly under their care.

As for speciesism, yes it exists, but it’s not on par with racism, sexism or similar.

TLDR: Animals are not tiny/large humans. Being vegan is fine, being an arsehole is not.

Previous relevant posts:

http://drferox.tumblr.com/post/126812701341/whats-your-opinnion-on-eating-meat-and-being-a

http://drferox.tumblr.com/post/143962861382/why-i-wrote-a-book-for-charity

failwolf!derek pining, merged pack, monster of the week+vampires, mindless fluff

will be cross-posted on ao3

Happy Valentine’s Day, @eeyore9990! I hope you’re not too disappointed ;)

“I don’t even know why I’m so surprised,” Stiles comments from his perch on the back of the couch in Derek’s half-renovated Hale House. The pack is there, having an emergency meeting after baby Liam had scented something sickly and bloody in the north side of the preserve while…doing something. Chasing rabbits or messing around with Mason, most likely, though their pack’s resident pup had been less willing to divulge those particular details.

Derek and Scott are arguing with their diplomat voices, all half smiles and fake-patient I see your point, but how about — the way they’d learned how to do after Scott’s Special Magic True Alpha genes came out and Stiles and Allison had bullied him into joining up with Derek’s pack after the whole accidentally bit a freshman fiasco.

Their pack had already been growing into a certifiable zoo of supernatural creatures, but now that Scott had grudgingly admitted that maybe he’d need Derek’s help to avoid turning into Derek-post-Peter (the first time), they were well on their way to becoming the new Alpha Pack, something that Stiles was always gleeful to announce during training days and that everyone else had gotten tired of hearing.

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for writing a society that doesn't discriminate against skin color, but discriminates against species? I'm hoping to do a web comic someday, and I want to make sure I portray this in a way that isn't offensive. Thank you!

You might be working with Fantastic Racism, fantastic referring to fantasy. This takes racism from real-world groups and changes it to be between fantastic races (elves. vs dwarves, humans vs. aliens, etc.).

Beware of:

  • Space Jews, in which one of the fantasy races is a stand-in for a real-world group by way of racial stereotypes. The Space Jew character draws on stereotypes to directly align with a racial, ethnic, or religious group.
  • Superior Species, in which one race actually is superior according to the world of the story. The idea of a legitimately Superior Species can serve to legitimize (Fantastic) Racism, which can then send all kinds of uncomfortable messages.

Just because you are working with fantasy races does not give you license to ignore the stereotypes your readers know and recognize. Be similarly mindful of:

  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture, in which a SF/F culture is partly/heavily based on a real-world culture. A major failing with this is when writers use an incomplete knowledge of the base culture to build the fantasy one, which feels flat at best and offensive at worst. Along the same lines are…
  • Culture Chop Suey and Interfaith Smoothie, in which a SF/F culture or religion is patched together from many different cultures or religions in a way that doesn’t make sense. At their worst, instances can show a lack of research and/or straight up ignorance of the cultures or religions being drawn from.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens, in which a fantastic race (usually aliens) is a stand-in for a belief system rather than a group. The Scary Dogmatic Alien is similar to the Space Jew, but relies on a moral message rather than a stereotype. Mostly used to preach to the audience, especially when using a current belief system.

See the linked pages for more reading.

-Headless

anonymous asked:

Why is coloured Hermione so popular (that's not the right word). I understand it was never specified what colour her skin was but... I... Don't understand....

Oh my stars, let’s talk about POC Hermione, yeah?

Tiny Hermione, born in a nice suburban part of town, surrounded by white people who don’t want to be friends because she is different. Hermione complaining to her parents about it because she isn’t all that different, is she? She just wants to play with them. She tells her dad they laugh at her because her hair is so big. Her dad tells her it’s because she’s so smart, the knowledge pouring from her head into her curls. Hermione holding her head high and telling the neighbours exactly that. They roll their eyes and turn away, mumbling slurs under their breath, because now that she’s standing up for herself, the fun is gone. Hermione comes home crying that. Her parents smile sadly and buy her some extra books, so she never has to feel bored and can forget that she’s lonely.

Hermione growing up, surrounded by books, whispering to herself that different doesn’t mean bad, that alone doesn’t mean lonely. She never lets anyone’s harsh words let her down, but she’s always on her own and no matter how many times she tells herself it’s alright, it never will be.

Hermione reading Mathilda, and just like any other girl reading that book, tries to move things with her eyes. Imagine her glee when it actually works, her teddy bear floating in front of her, and yes, she’s different, but she’s special, and it’s wonderful.

Hermione going to Hogwarts, finding all these people who are different, but in the same way as she is. She is filled with happiness, right up until the moment she discovers they still don’t want to be friends with her, this time because of something weird with her blood.

She’s used to it, by now, and doesn’t let anything stop her from becoming the best she can be and talk to who she wants. She reads and writes and tells anyone who wants to listen about the new things she learnt. It’s exhausting, but she tries so hard.

Hermione hearing the ginger haired boy talk about her behind her back, and it’s been a long day and she’s so tired of all her efforts failing that she runs off. Later that day the same boy and his messy haired friend come save her from a troll - it’s a new level of weird - and afterwards they suddenly are friends. It’s different than what she knows, but it’s special, and it’s brilliant.

And then later on, when she discovers about the discrimination of species in the Wizarding world, she freaks out, because she knows, has experienced it so often, what it’s like to be pushed to the side and laughed at and treated like you’re worth less than others. She’ll do all she can to stop that, in all the ways she knows how.

Honestly, Anon, POC Hermione fits so perfectly within her character, that’s why so many people are behind it. Take some time to think about why you aren’t.

Inspired by this prompt. I have not published a fic in ages so here, have some plotless Destiel (╯◕_◕)╯

“Why do you think a group of crows is called a murder?”

He’d been on the shores of sleep, oblivion lapping at his feet, when the whispered question brought him very firmly back to the present moment. He sighed. “Cas.

The bed shifted as Cas rolled over yet again, restless as usual.

“Obviously crows were historically thought of as signifiers of death,” his voice was closer this time, his breath tickling Dean’s ear, “but I still think it’s markedly unfair that the name for a collective group of them carries such negative connotations. Why should an entire species be discriminated against because of something as trivial as human superstition?”

Dean groaned, jamming a pillow over his face. “Go to sleep.”

They had to be up and on the road in five hours, so naturally Cas had picked tonight to be talkative. It always took him forever to nod off, which was ironic, considering that once he was out he slept like the dead. Dean, unfortunately, did not. So on top of driving eight hours to investigate a haunting in Minnesota, he’d now be an honorary zombie because a certain ex-Angel had been talking his ear off all night about crows, of all things.

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anonymous asked:

Can you explain the different blood statuses to me?

Muggle-borns: A witch or a wizard born in a Muggle (non-magical) family. Both the mother and father have no magical powers or heritage. Muggle-borns have by some been called “Mudbloods”, a word which refers to their blood as to being dirty because their family are Muggles. It is now illegal to use the term “Mudblood” or in other ways disciminate against Muggle-borns.

Half-bloods: One pure- or half blood parent and one Muggle parent. One pure- or half blood parent and one Muggle-born parent. Two magical parents but with known muggle ancestry.

Pure-bloods: A family which you can trace back centuries having only wizards and witches in their family or at the very least have all magical grandparents.

Squibs: A person born without magical powers in a wizarding family.

Half-breeds: A person with at least one non-human parent. A mix of species. Discrimination against half-breeds are illegal.


The ministry would like to point out that no one is worth more or less than anybody else because of their blood status.