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Reasons why Parks and Rec deserved an Emmy

- Set in small-town Indiana, still manages to have 40% of it’s ensemble cast be POC, and not one of them is a token either

- 40% of the cast are women. ¾ are POC. All of them are badasses. 

- Every single fucking episode is funny. Seriously. 

- Perd fucking Hapley. I can’t even explain, you just have to watch 

- Pawnee citizens holy hell 

- The flawless political commentary behind the Langman’s and the Male Men 

- The scene in Comeback Kid where Get On Your Feet is playing and they’re all struggling to walk on ice 

- Chris Traeger and his mental illness. They worked it in so that it was comedic, but if it glorified anything, it was asking for help and accepting it. 

- Okay just Chris in general 

- Gary Jerry Larry Terry Gary Gergich Gengurch Gergich 

- Donna, the character who is exactly who she needs to be throughout her life. She acknowledges the need to change her behavior occasionally, but it doesn’t dent her confidence one bit. 

- Ann Meredith Perkins, you beautiful sun-ray nurse. The best friend everyone needs. Quirky and grounded and intelligent. 



- Everything Tom Haverford has ever said 

- Ben fucking Wyatt. I can’t even elaborate without crying and combusting. Much better nerd than any weasel from The Big Bang Theory. Feminist. Best Husband Ever. 


- Cones of Dunshire and Requiem for a Tuesday 


- April Blart, Mall Cop 

- April’s character development *heart eyes* 

- Andy and April’s love 

- Mouse Rat and hits like The Pit, Catch Your Dream, and - 5000 CANDLES IN THE WIND 


- Bert Macklin, FBI 

- Johnny and Johnathan Karate 

- Andy Dwyer, secret genius 

- Ron Swanson, the manliest man to ever man, owner of the world’s best character development, hater of Canada and vegans, beautiful beautiful man 

- Duke fucking Silver 

- I dig your groovy tunes man

- Ben and Leslie’s healthy, realistic, and beautiful relationship 

- Benslie proposal 

- Benslie wedding 

- Ben’s triplets freakout 

- the BOX 

- Amy Poehler plays the most amazing woman to ever grace any screen. Leslie Knope, a socially inept but selfless woman who dedicates her life to public service, her family, and her friends. Deeply flawed main character that wasn’t made lovable by her unfortunate but relatable love of sugar and hatred of vegetables, but instead by her love for others and thoughtfulness and work ethic and optimism. Food habits aside, her character flaws were acknowledged by the writers, her loved ones, and her. No one is an enabler for Leslie Knope’s bad behavior. When she does something shitty, she gets called on it and apologizes. But at the end of the day, hard work and positivity make a difference, and she achieves her dreams. 

- Positivity. The people on this show like each other. They believe in and support each other. They apologize when they’re wrong. They forgive when they’ve been wronged. They go out of their way to make lives better. And it is still funny.

  • Kuroko, in a boxing position: Prepare yourself for what may come.
  • Kagami: Kuroko, do you really think we’re gonna fight?
  • Kuroko: My fists aren't up here because I’m milking a giant invisible cow.

Bucky: So, um, what are you gonna do? Do you want me to talk to Steve, let him down easy?
Tony: No. I’ll let him have tonight. Then in the morning, I’ll send him an e-mail letting him know this body is never gonna be his wonderland. I mean, frankly, you’ve got a better shot than he does.

anonymous asked:

Heyo sorry if this is annoying but like?? Is the ace attorney fandom?? Dead??? Or is it just really small or somthin?? I just love it and I don't kno anyone irl that does too

idk its kind of old and i dont know that many people either

i only got into it like dec 2016 so im not sure what it was like when it was bigger but i know it was at some point, i think every time a new game comes out maybe idkk :~(

What if the Big Empty was the third God Sibling? And they just didn’t talk about them because they didn’t pick a side in the war against the Darkness, and they just kept their own realm and didn’t bother the others… and the deal was that if the angels died, the Big Empty got to keep them. Idk, I haven’t seen 13x04 yet and this theory is crazy so…

anonymous asked:

145 (like something about sheldon being unable to lose amy again) ❤️

“Why do you keep doing that!” Amy yells, storming inside their apartment. Sheldon follows her, “I don’t understand why are you so mad. I apologized with your colleague.”

“You did only because you were forced to!” Amy reminds him. She gets rid of her purse, and takes a few angry steps around the room. Sheldon would say she is enraged, but clearly it’s not just that. When she stares at him, there’s clearly some tears in her eyes. He can’t bear to see her cry.

“I am sorry. I really do,” he apologies, “I shouldn’t have said those things.”

Amy feels another wave of anger, “Oh, really?” She snaps, “Then why did you say that? Sheldon, you had promised to be more respectful, and still you keep mocking my colleagues and minimizing our achievements. You just can’t be supportive to me, can you?”

She is right, he knows that, and she is hurt.

“I promise you that I will do whatever I can to honor my other promise,” he offers, “but please, don’t you ever think I doubt of your intelligence or capacities. You know you are such a bright scientist.”

Surprisingly, this seems to annoy her even more. “See? This is what makes me go nuts,” she cries out, “I know you really mean it! I know you can be better than that. But for some reason Jerk Sheldon keeps bullying us all!”

Amy pauses to catch her breath. She is also scared of what she is about to admit. “Sheldon, I love you, and I am willing to accept all the downsides… but you really need to make a bigger effort. Otherwise…” She lowers her stare to her ring, “What’s the point of getting married, or even being together?”

Sheldon freezes. He has heard such a tone only once, and that was the prelude of the worst months of his life. He starts to panic.

“Amy, please believe me. I’ll try harder, I’ll really do! I can’t… I am not losing you again.

He doesn’t speak loud, his voice is low and raw. Amy breathes heavily, unable to fight back the tears anymore. Can she believe him this time? She looks up at him, and the answer is clear.  

She comes closer and wipes away the tears, “I don’t want to lose you again, either.”

“Good,” he can only whisper back. Amy stands on her toes and kisses him. “It’s okay,” she just says. Sheldon nods, and hugs her.

When they detach, she rushes to retire in the bedroom. Sheldon doesn’t understand why she immediately closes the door behind her, “I thought we just made peace!” He exclaims.

Amy reappears a moment later, handing him his pillow.

“We are,” she explains, “But this doesn’t mean you don’t have to be punished for your behavior. Good night!”

The door closes again. He looks at the pillow, then at the closed door, then at the tiny teeny couch who’s waiting for him. “Good thing that I love you…”, he can only comment.

liking rick and morty doesn’t make you smart. the show may have a sci-fi theme, but that doesn’t mean you’re smart for liking it. laughing at a joke about the poopy is not suddenly clever or high-brow because the poopy happened on a spaceship

you’re not smart for liking star wars just because it takes place in space either. star wars is an action movie franchise and the science in it is all fake. you are not better than anyone else for liking star wars.

you’re not better than anyone else for liking Big Bang Theory, either. just because you get the pop culture references doesn’t mean you have an IQ of 200. getting a star trek joke doesn’t make you smart. everyone has either watched star trek or absorbed star trek trivia through cultural osmosis to know who spock is. when sheldon says “the epic funny spock vulcan,” you’re not smart for knowing what he’s talking about.

enjoying things that are traditionally considered geeky does not make you smarter or better than anyone else. everyone likes rick and morty. everyone thinks the older episodes of the simpsons are better. everyone knows what star wars is. knowing the names of the members of jabba’s band doesn’t make you cool or clever.

furr-e  asked:

What is with "autism representation" that almost always focused on the "poor parents UwU" just show the actual autistic person you cowards. Even Big Bang Theory of all shows does it better than this Atypical things does.

I actually think this is a numbers game more than anything.

So, I’m 22. And while there are teen authors, most in the circles I’m in are older than me. The same can be said for any level of content creator. Whether they work in TV, film, online video, video games… Anyone in a lead writing role in narrative work is, statistically, likely to be older than me.

Why does this matter?

Because I was a prime candidate for an autism diagnosis as a child. I was referred to a speech therapist because I didn’t talk, and I had multiple health issues that I now know were autism related.

And yet, no one diagnosed me.

I had to pursue my own diagnosis at 19.

And diagnosis has only been getting better with time, so what are the odds of someone older getting diagnosed?

As I said, it’s a numbers game. Sure, autistic adults have always existed, but not recognised in the numbers we are today.

But diagnosis has gotten better for children.

I might not have gotten diagnosed at three, but a three year old just like me might have been ten years later, when I was still a teenager.

Which means that three years old’s parents would have been around to ask why their child doesn’t have representation when I was still writing bad Star Wars fanfic.

I have, just at random, encountered a lot of authors who write autistic characters and they are overwhelmingly parents of autistic kids.

And they write their own experiences, not ours.

The sad truth is that as long as the rates of diagnosis in children keep going up, we’re always going to be outnumbered by parents. While I and many of my autistic author peers are now writing our stories, the parents of those three years olds have twenty to thirty years of experience behind them compared to us. They already have a platform or are in showrunner/lead writer positions.

And while I have painted a picture here of unfortunate circumstance, that isn’t really their fault, the more insidious note to this story is that our narratives conflict with theirs. They have a vested interest in not letting us tell those stories, and they’ve had the time to get into the positions to silence us.

So, yeah, I don’t think they’re cowards. I think that the people involved are parents. Or are friends of parents. And that’s the experience that they’re going to share because it’s the one they want to share. They don’t want us to contradict their narrative and they have the cultural capital to make sure we don’t.

Atomic Prejudice

Not about nuclear power! This post is about ‘staying in your lane’, various forms of prejudice such as racism, ableism, homophobia, etc. Content warning for discussion of torture as 'therapy’, medical scary stuff, mention of rape and other non-con .

I have a lot to say about 'staying in your lane’, but first I want to talk a bit about the Judge Rotenberg Center.

The Judge Rotenberg Center is an infamous residential facility for developmentally disabled individuals. The primary source of its infamy is its use of skin shock 'adversives’ (not to be confused with Electroconvulsive Therapy, where electrical shocks are used to deliberately induce a seizure for therapeutic reasons. Which does apparently somehow manage to work not-uncommonly. It is of course still labeled a Class III 'High Risk’ treatment by the FDA as it IS delivering shocks with the deliberate intent to induce seizures. But things that would be very bad in an uncontrolled environment can still be helpful medically-heart surgery is good even though one would not usually want someone cutting open one’s chest). Autism Speaks got a lot of hate for endorsing the JRC, though to their credit they have since renounced and publicly condemned it (Autism Speaks remains bad. The JRC is simply bad enough that even Autism Speaks condemns it).

I have autism. Because of this, I know what it is like to face some of the various things that autistic people face. To use a common way of phrasing, my condemning the JRC has me 'in my lane’. I have never been tortured the way JRC tortures its residents. I have however had people attempt to alter my behavior in unpleasant ways due to my autism, so this does give me some knowledge though. But here is the thing-a lot of LGBT individuals are currently worrying a lot about electroshock 'therapy’. If they have enough experience from their life to be able to understand the badness of that, then it does not seem difficult for me to say “Imagine that, but rather than trying to eradicate your homosexuality/bisexuality/transgenderness/etc they are trying to eradicate an even bigger and harder to hide part of yourself.”. This explanation doesn’t completely communicate my understanding-'harder to hide’ isn’t very clear, I’m not sure exactly how to communicate the sensation of trying to suppress something like flapping in excitement, though I could try and possibly communicate more (“Imagine a world where people consider smiling disgusting” might be worth trying)

Rather more interestingly though, I’m still only extrapolating how bad such a thing would be-as stated I’ve never experienced it. Some nonautistic, in fact not mentally disabled at all people have however. It is entirely possible that some of them are better at extrapolating the details of how the torture interacts with autism than I am at extrapolating the torture, in which case they would in fact understand this component of autism oppression better than I do.

Most people reading this however, have hopefully not been tortured with electroshock therapy. But we can still extrapolate-if you have ever had someone hurt you, or even just suffered pain at all, that gives you at least a start. The more distant your experience is the harder it will be, requiring more explanation and/or effort. Possibly too hard to overcome-I admit if you have no experience with pain at all I am at a loss for how to start other than saying “Mary’s Room” and perhaps talking about utility functions. This is a difference of quality, not a difference of kind however.

So I say to you feel free to speak out against torturing mentally disabled people with electric shocks! And that you almost certainly didn’t need an autistic person to confirm that such a thing is bad-I’m pretty confident you could have figured that out on your own.

Now, back to the original topic (not that we ever truly left it)! Perhaps some of you are wondering about the title-'Atomic Prejudice’? Well, our word atomic comes from the Latin word 'atomus’, meaning 'indivisable’ (Spoiler alert: This was kinda awkward when it turned out we could totally divide them, and they in fact divide often in nature). Prejudice is not atomic-it has parts (just like atoms!). The prejudice I face as an autistic person divides into a variety of different parts-mockery for the way I speak and displeasure at my expressions of joy for two examples. Other people face similar things for different reasons-the details and reasons might change-perhaps they have a stutter, or face mockery for their accent. Some details might matter more, others less, and some barely at all. Regardless, prejudice is not atomic-it has parts and those parts can resemble parts of other prejudices.

There is, however, an attitude I’ve seen which stands in opposition to this view-an insistence that prejudice cannot be dissected or examined. One such example is here. A few choice quotes:

Two unalike things that have different discourses that can’t be compared because they are just… Different

In a world where [the bigotry and angry signs were identical] they still can’t be compared

You can’t compare them

And the most problematic quote:

if you aren’t POC you haven’t experienced racism therefore you cannot accurately describe what is racist and why it’s bad other than the fact it’s… Bad

Really? That sounds like EXCELLENT news. After all, I’m autistic-I’ve had speeches from my mother about how to stay safe and not offend cops. Since I can therefore describe that, I guess black people must not have to worry about anything remotely similar to that! Call the presses! Black Lives Matter can go home! Non-POC have experienced poverty and can accurately describe that-I guess racist economic oppression must be gone! Hurrah!

Or, ya know, no.

Sure, my experience with speeches from my mother about how to be safe around cops probably aren’t identical to any speech a black person has received. I doubt most of their speeches are identical either though, unless their mom’s are passing a script around. What level of 'accurately describe’ is being talked about here? The point where one can quote it word for word? I have a terrible memory-I couldn’t quote any of the speeches my mom gave me word for word. Or perhaps it is a matter of degree, in which case I suggest one first imagines what sort of ratio between autistic risk and black risk would justify one’s view, and then go look up the statistics-what if the autistic risk increase is 10% of the black risk increase? 50%? 80%? What if they are equal? What if the autistic risk is higher? And ask yourself-where did such a number possibly come from?

While I was doing research for this post, I came across a post that I don’t think I’ll link (due to the nature of the content), but shall attempt to describe, where someone talked about the statement “don’t compare anything to rape”, and how they felt very awkward about it because their PTSD was caused by a medical incident where they felt their consent was messed up in some weird ways, their body was violated, and afterward they felt ruined sexually. They referred to it as “their rape” because it was the only word they could come up with to explain the sensation, and when they got into feminism the sensation was that it was trying to steal the only name they had for the way they were violated. Now, I get nitpicky 'you should use language in a formal and precise manner!’ feels. And full disclosure, that did pop up as I read the post. I promptly squashed it. I *really* care about people communicating precisely. And if I thought I was up to navigating such an emotional minefield I might try to help someone work out a more exact description (I do not think I could achieve such a thing). But they were trying to understand and communicate and work through something terrible. That is VERY important, but trying to make things ‘atomically’ bad blocks that. 

So the ‘atomic’ view of prejudice often just seems nonsensical, if taken literally dismisses real problems people face, hampers recovery from trauma, interferes with communication and the ability to bond with others. Anything else?

Well, the way I’ve generally seen it used also often seems rather dishonest and aggressive. If people can’t examine prejudice at all, then they are forced to simply take your word, and as a result your orders. You can use it like a weapon people to bludgeon them into obeying, or harm those you hate. I think a lot of people are ‘hardening’ the concept to try to seal themselves off from a world that is hurting them, but others are ‘hardening’ the concept into a metaphorical club they can use to intimidate and whack people. 

And that is no good. Besides the immediate harms they can achieve using the weaponized concept, bit by bit they make it harder for people to reason and comprehend and communicate and ally. A weapon whose very construction alone scars the cognitive and social landscape, even without its use.

The some other effects of suppression of comprehension vary, especially when there is disagreement-since if you can’t understand something except through someone else, what do you do when they disagree? This can be disorienting, though occasionally amusing. It can also worsen in-group conflicts, since if the only way anyone outside can know is through your group, and your group must have all the knowledge, even an innocent disagreement must publicly turn into an attempt to claim the other person is faking their membership. 

Now, of course checking your views with other people is important-I have one or more people look at almost every big post I write (I am far better at theory than practice, and so I especially worry that I may be completely missing something. Remarkably often the response has been along the lines of 'Oh, huh, that is a good theoretical description of what happened during [X]. Good job’ ‘During what? Never heard of it. Wasn’t even sure if something like this ever happened. Well, good to know’). The wonderful @alarajrogers and her ability to give long and informative rants on LGBT history, feminism history, fandom history, and probably some other kinds of history I haven’t asked about yet has been a great source of information (Plus she writes good fanfic). Even for autistic issues I prefer to check-checking is just generally a good idea.

However, as long as you are willing to have honest and productive discussion, I welcome you into my ‘lane’. I doubt you will be able to prove yourself a master of choosing fidgets if you aren’t autistic/adhd/whatever other brain things cause that, but even the ‘native’ occupants don’t know everything, and they can still try to help.

As for examples on the opposite end of the spectrum, I offer this by the wise, insightful, and kind @theunitofcaring who manages to describe view of prejudice where the ‘outer casing’ is transparent and every mechanism laid bare, this by the amusing, kind, and well dressed @funereal-disease who brings up additional psychological issues that I confess I cannot personally relate to or very well validate, as my psychology is decidedly based around theory and principle. They are both awesome people.

The More Things Change

Haha, y’all remember when I said I had ANOTHER CC idea on top of that big one I was working on? This was that second idea. Also it’s a sequel/second chapter to Same Old, Same Old, so I suggest reading that first if you haven’t.

[Read on Ao3]

“I do not want to do this.”

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My thoughts on tv’s The Good Doctor...

Within the first few minutes of the show, I thought “he’s behaving more like he has OCD rather than ASD” but the longer I watched, the more similarities I saw with how most high-functioning Aspies behave. I myself want to be a doctor, so the fact that this tv show has an Autistic person who is a doctor is very inspirational to me! I think Freddie Highmore has done a very nice job in portraying the disorder for someone who does not actually have it. His portrayal is realistic (though a bit dramatized because it is Hollywood…) and is aiken to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock (highly accurate) rather than the goofy over-acted Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. I enjoyed the first episode as a whole, and look forward to episode two! I think my most favorite part though…is that he is around my age (23-25ish) which is an age range that is hardly ever portrayed in movies and television shows as being on the spectrum.

Originally posted by atna96