Starfall (make a wish!) Dedicated to the amazing @fankakm!
Back in May, I went on a little dedication spree with these GIFs (here and there). I was interrupted with exams, and it’s just a matter of time before I’d continue. :P
Sooo, Fanka! Heheh, it was only about time I’d honour your friendship like this. We met a bit earlier on, but the first time we properly chatted was when I was looking for a new theme for my blog. You helped me out, and even edited the header image I currently use! (I’m so thankful for that by the way, I’m never going to forget that buddy, just like I’m never going to forget those moments when you were there when I needed it. ;) )
And that marked the beginning of an amazing journey, at the result of which is the beautiful friendship we’re living today. You’re bright, you’re honest, and that’s something I admire about you. And not only that, you’re pretty damn good at drawing!
I love talking to you, and I hope our friendship will keep on blossoming for the time to come. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for everything! Keep shining, my dear friend! <3
I really hope you’ll like this little animation I made in your honour. :) You can make a wish too if you want hehe.
It’s true that this is getting out of hand. It’s true that lots of my friends and people that I look for are getting hurted. Also it’s true that many of my friends and people that I look for are deleting their blogs, getting out the fandom, or putting their blogs on long-term hiatus.
Is all of this affecting me? Of course it does! I hate to see the people I love getting hurt, and I hate to see that they get to the point to make this decisions. I respect them and understand, and they have all the rights to do that, but it doesn’t make it less sad…not just because they’re leaving, but WHY are they leaving. They’re leaving because they can’t take this hate and toxicity anymore.
I’m not going to lie to you guys. The idea of abandon this blog has come to my mind several times in these months, but I always found a reason to stay. I still have faith that this fandom can change to better, but we all have to work together to make it possible.
I still enjoy having this blog. I love my arcs and my characters, and I love even more that you like them and enjoy them, even more than I do. The friends and people who support me have been always the reason that I always decided to stay. And that’s as well the reason why I’m not leaving.
I want to believe this can change to better. I want to keep bringing you content that you enjoy. And I’ll keep doing this while I think it’s worth it.
If muscle mass has only a small impact on fight abilities, what's with the prevalence of weight classes? And why are martial arts and boxing champions generally men?
See, you were trying to sneak around it with that start on muscle mass but this is about the idea that women can fight and or fight as well as a man. We get these questions a lot, and the answer is always the same. However, the question itself always displays the asker’s ignorance on the subject matter and about combat in general. You aren’t the first to go, “but boxing!!!” as if it means something or is a winning point. Usually, “muscles” is a go to standard because that’s what so many have been led to believe makes men superior.
When I get these questions, I can always tell this person who asked has never been to a martial arts competition of any kind. If they had, they would know Women’s Divisions are a standard practice. They would also know that with an exception of major tournaments where there are enough participants to justify it, the girls and the boys spar each other at the ranks below black belt. Sometimes, the boys win. Sometimes, the girls win. The breakdown is by age (adults/kids) and belt rank, not by gender.
I’ll tell you though, none of the boy’s in the black belt division
wanted to jump in with the girls. Those girls were vicious. Men’s
sparring was much more laid back, and slower. Women’s TKD… yeesh.
Again, in most martial arts tournaments there are no weight classes. The breakdown is by age and rank, with gender as a secondary when there are enough participants to justify multiple divisions. Weight classes are a boxing tradition and other, similar bloodsports which rears it’s head when they have enough participants to justify one. In many Taekwondo tournaments, you can easily end up with a 150 pound black belt sparring one weighing in at 250. And you won’t know what they weigh anyway because there is no “weighing in”.
I’ve explained before why there are weight classes in boxing. The moment you stop and realize that it’s a sport with a purpose to make money, the reasoning behind the weight classes will become fairly clear. (Hint: it’s entertainment and aesthetics.)
That said, the “boxing champions are generally men” crap is, well, crap. They don’t let women box men professionally, or at the collegiate level. It’s hard to make a case for muscle mass when citing professional sports where women are barred from competing. Now, there was a time when there were women boxers who boxed with each other and against men. In the 1800s, it was called bareknuckle boxing. This is the granddaddy version of modern boxing, when it was all back alleys without gloves or handwraps.
That said, women’s boxing is making a comeback at the collegiate level. There’s a National Champion in Women’s Collegiate Boxing walking around somewhere in the US right now. There are multiple female martial arts champions from a variety of disciplines wandering around all over the world. The UFC has opened a division for female fighters. This is like asking why there aren’t female wrestlers (there are) or female quarterbacks (there are).
One of the greatest snipers in history is a woman.
You just don’t hear about them or the women who did the hard work pushing back to fight for the categories to be re-added.
That said, comparing the restrictions applied in sports to a person’s “fighting ability” is a mistake. You’re not asking an honest question so much as floundering for a popular misconception. It’s essentially the same as saying, “it’s ridiculous for there to be female fighters in this historical fiction because there were no female warriors”.
1) That assertion is patently false.
2) When one gender is barred from participating by the established rules of a modern sport whose history you don’t understand, you can’t then turn around and ask why most of the champions are men.
History makes a case for a lot of female combatants throughout history, but you’re not going to know they’re there if you don’t go looking for them. Their accomplishments tend to get wiped out.
My dashboard is full of Phan and TØP! I’d like to shake it up. Please reblog or like if you post any of the following:
Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil
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Avatar The Last Airbender
All Time Low
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Sleeping With Sirens
Bring Me The Horizon
Fall In Reverse
Undertale (Excluding Under//lust and Under//tail)
Little Big Planet