you know the struggle is real when it takes you ages to find 6 acceptable selfies 

i was tagged by mystical-dreamers afountaininjannah stayquaint nabibistan ilovehoodieallen (although that one might have been an emoji one) mustaquillah and other people I don’t remember (sorry)

shout out to them instagram filters making my skin glow tho

i tag *takes deep breath cause this list is gonna be long* acryliconwood zayelasel afghanwarrior halalness ta7yafilisteen hah-deel palestinenotisrael fanaa-e-ishq marooxo baerehem -broken-silence- freedomismywish imthepigeonqueen 72chambers czarpapi aboohurayrah zalaan seedo-amjad afrobarry makeitcount-14 lemonslip my-weird-reality blvckmuzlim tsamthepoet muslimaaaaah dina-abdo omiedahomie thatonemauritian ziaforlan bintofmaghreb jnsdjfnadsjglndjnvdnfrlgnldlxj icecreamlovesthings aesthetichijabi circassian-what nutella30 zainulabbadin 

ok i’m sorry i basically tagged everyone and still forgot some but if you’ve already done this, just tag me so I can see yo beauuutiful faces ♡

anonymous asked:

Hi, please can you tell me what's happened to the X-Men lately? It's just that I haven't been able to read them :/ and I've seen their younger selves with them and aaa I don't understand haha. Sorry for asking this, it's just that all of this confuses me

of course! i’ll try to give you a rundown.

big storylines to led up to the beginning of the last ongoing series:

  • schism: scott and logan essentially break up, each of them goes their own way, scott to the new xavier school, logan opens the jean grey school
  • avx: phoenix force. the avengers fuck up epically. genius billionaire playboy whatever tony stark tries to destroy the phoenix force. ends up splitting it into the p.e.n.i.s. phoenix five (scott, emma, illyana, piotr and namor). lots of fights. whenever one of them loses their portion the others get more powerful until scott is the only one left and he goes dark phoenix. kills professor xavier.
    result: everyone is super pissed at scott for killing professor xavier, even though he was possessed by a fucking cosmic force.

scott escapes from prison. along with emma, illyana and magneto, they form a team and go recruit more young mutants. and try to start a mutant revolution.

the people who were super pissed at scott included genius hank mccoy, who then somehow thinks it’s a good idea to bring the original five x-men from the past, when they were just tiny teenagers, into the present. good idea hank.

the original five arrive in the present and meet their older selves… except young jean who finds out her older self is fucking dead. and has actually died twice! surpriseeee

hank’s plan was just to show him the current status of the x-men and send them back into their past so that they could maybe do better this time around. i honestly don’t know how hank thought that could possibly work.

except they don’t wanna go back. HA. hank mccoy you done fucked up.

in the crossover called battle of the atom, notoriously a huge time travel mindfuck of a story but still cool, the x-men are kind of split into the ones who want to force the o5 to go back to their past, and the ones who believe what’s done is done and they should be allowed to stay if they want to. there are fights, a lot of time travel mind fuck, and they end up staying (except for young scott who decides to go off into space with his space pirate dad, corsair. this is explored in his solo cyclops). they’re still in the present to this day, and will stay for a while apparently.

for the past couple of years, x-men had two main titles: uncanny x-men v3 and all-new x-men. the two of them cross over so much that you kind of have to read both of them to understand 100% of what’s going on. besides those two, they’ve also had [adjectiveless] x-men vol. 4, with an all-female team led by storm, and amazing x-men with some other not-so-important storylines with x-characters who weren’t recurring in the two main books such as nightcrawler. also, they had wolverine and the x-men, both vols 1 (that starts with the opening of the jean grey school) and 2, that have already ended.

by now, x-men v4 and amazing x-men are over, and uxm and anxm have been relaunched with new team rosters and new creative teams. in addition to that, marvel is going to start a new x-men book called extraordinary x-men which looks like it’s going to take over as the flagship x-men book??? you can see the new rosters and creators here. these three books are going to start in october when secret wars is over.

i hope this was a decent enough explanation

I want to share something with you guys.

No one should be ashamed about knowing a lot about comic books. No, it doesn’t entitle you to look down on others or act self-absorbed about it. Nothing gives you the right to be an asshole. However, tumblr has this nasty habit of calling anyone who does know a lot about comic books “fandom police.” We’re not trying to regulate anything. We’re also not trying to lay down the rules. You’re free to your own opinions.

What’s frustrating however, is when someone tells you that your well informed interpretation– one you’ve put a lot of time and effort into researching– isn’t any better than others. We have evidence to back up our interpretations and you’re basically telling us that it’s still on par with everyone else. We’ve spent a lot of time analyzing source material to come to those conclusions; we didn’t just cough them up on a whim. There was a lot of hard work that went into it and we’re basically being told that we’re elitists for it.

Before you get defensive, let me just remind you that anyone is able to read the source material. There’s no one stopping you. We’re enjoying the comics just like everyone else. We’re not telling anyone to stop doing what they’re doing.

I’ll tell you why this is a problem though. It’s what one article called anti-intellectualism that’s found in North American culture. The article just talks about the United States, but this trend is very prominent in Canada as well: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201407/anti-intellectualism-and-the-dumbing-down-america  

“Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.””

Thank you theflyingwonder for linking me that ages ago. The recent events in the Dick Grayson tag just reminded me of it.

I’m not saying that any of you are stupid and I’m not accusing anyone in particular of being ignorant. I’m saying that tumblr, like the rest of the online community, tends to get defensive whenever they’re proven wrong about something. And then they get upset at the people who are the most informed about the subject, calling them elitists and self-absorbed. The truth is that we don’t think that of ourselves. We also don’t think that anyone is below anyone else.

The fact of the matter is that the source material is right there for everyone to read, just so long as they’re willing to take the time to read it.

That being said, I highly recommend taking ten minutes of your time to read the article. It has a lot of relevant points.  

I’m not trying to be a victim. I’m also not trying to play the sympathy card. I’m just giving something for everyone to think about. I know many people here are shying away from telling the internet what they know about comic books because they’re afraid of being ridiculed for having that knowledge. I’m here to tell you that you have no reason to be ashamed of being informed.