I've been thinking about how to say this for a few days now but i just really wanted to thank you for being such a positive voice for the bisexual community and a role model to me now for a while your unapologetic nature and just all-around badassness has made me look up to you and helped me to come to terms with my sexuality which I've struggled with for years. So what i really want to put out of this message is thank you, thank you for helping me and thank you for just being you
you guys always know how to make my day better. this message is just ❤ thank you. you’re amazing and i love you
Curls (Hamilton x Reader) (sequel to Sportsball Yay)
Prompt: None I just had an idea cause I curled my hair yesterday and yeah.
Summary: It’s your second date with Alexander.
Warnings: None I think message me if there’s anything that needs to be right here and I’ll put it.
You were always late, you could never get to anywhere on time. Class, practice (which made for a lot of running), dates with really cute guys.
Except the first one, the day after Alex had gone to see your game. He’d walked you to your coffee shop and you’d spent an hour there with him. Which made you three minutes late to practice and half a stadium to do.
You’d finally had a day off from practice and didn’t have any classes. It was wonderful you spent the day sleeping, and catching up on work. Then about two o'clock you got ready to go to dinner and movies with Alexander. You couldn’t help, but smile remembering your first dates in high school taking you to the movies. John had taken you to the movies, you’d mostly seen scary ones because he’d wanted to. Alex had let you choose though, hadn’t stopped bugging you about. It was a cute bugging though. Everything he did was cute.
You’d gotten caught up in singing while doing your hair. It took longer then intended and you ended up ten minutes late to the diner you and Alex had decided to meet at.
“I thought you weren’t coming for a minute.” He said and then seemed to become very distracted. He looked really good, in a messy sort of way. His pony tail was starting to slip, his t shirt was rumpled and he had ok ripped jeans. You could tell he’d been forced away from writing because his hands were fidgeting at his sides.
“What?” You asked.
“Curls?” He asked back. He acted like he’d never seen them before. Surely he had, living with John Laurens.
“What do you mean?” You asked as you walked into the dinner and sat in a booth.
“Your hair wasn’t curly the other day, but it is now.” He said and he looked so confused, and fascinated.
“A curling wand works wonders on my volume less, bland hair.” You said as a waitress came to take your order.
“I think your hair looks great all the time.” He said and looked down at the menu. You smiled at him and put you elbows on the table resting your chin on your hands.
“Even when it’s sweaty and just been unbraided?”
His response made you laugh. Dinner went well and so had the movie. On the walk home Alex couldn’t stop touching your hair. It was cute and you knew how nice it was to run your hands through it and feels the curls around your fingers.
“I have to know how to do this,” He stated matter of factly. You laughed and looked at him. Of course he’d want to, he never ceased to surprise you.
“Really?” He nodded his head and you shook yours.
“Come by Sunday afternoon and I’ll show you.” You told him as you stepped onto the steps leading into your dorm building.
“I’ll be there.” He said and you gave him one last smile and kissed his cheek. He blushed and winked at him.
“I had a fun night Alexander.” You said and then walked into your dorm building.
“Oh my lord you scared me Keegie.” Lyra said as she walked in. You looked up from the bench you were seated on and rolled your eyes. That nickname had nothing to do with your name or anything you did they just started calling you that and it caught on so quick that the announcers called you that.
“Sorry, I just couldn’t stay asleep this morning. Could barely go to sleep.” You told her and finished tying your shoes and pulling your knee pads up.
“Two day old curls, can’t sleep, distracted look. You’re in love! Ahh! My little Keegie is all grown up.” Lyra said excitedly and jumped on your back.
“I’m not in love, but I do like him a lot.” You said and blushed.
“Ahah! I am so happy for you. I know it’s been tough since Jason.” She said and hugged you.
“Get off my girlfriend.” One of your other teammates said as they walked in.
“Um this is my girlfriend.” You said and laughed. It was an I’m going joke ever since a tournament freshmen year when a guy asked your whole team was in some freaky lesbian relationship. You’d all stated yes and proceeded to tell him it wasn’t any of his business anyways. Truly a highlight of freshmen year.
“Are we hugging I want one.” Another team mate said as she walked in.
Soon enough your whole team was huddled up and listening to you tell about Alexander.
I’m beginning to think that someone here has it out for me. Honestly I wasn’t going to bother replying to any of your messages (I’ve gotten about 6 on here that I’ve deleted already, and frankly I’m scared to check Stormbuck or Derek’s accounts) because I don’t want to give you that satisfaction. I think it’s been made clear that you’re mad about something that I’ve done to which I have not the slightest clue. You’re not hurting me in this situation I hope you realise that- you’re hurting our admins who are the ones that have to deal with you when someone figures out who you are; you’re hurting the new RPers that now might be scared to join because they see that there’s a spiteful person in this group that sends rude messages, you’re hurting the other rpers here who might be scared to interact ooc now that they’re seeing hate on the dash. I’m considering closing off my anons for now until you decide to grow up and leave me be. If you honest to god and truly feel that I’m a bubble RPer send me a message; if I’ve dropped one of your threads or don’t interact with your characters do the mature thing and MESSAGE ME OFF ANON because doing what you have been won’t resolve anything it’s just going to leave me ticked off.
Lastly as much as I’d love to do exactly what you ask and please of me after you’ve been harassing me, no I will not be leaving Plath. I’m sorry to disappoint but I plan on staying here.
I was thinking about adressing this to “new guy” but maybe I shouldn’t do it. Even though you just recently came into my life, all I’ve been doing ever since I met you is comparing you to him, and oh god you act so much like him. I have deja vú feelings whenever something happens and I can’t help but think about how similar the situation looks. I’m so sorry you met me to be the rebound of something I can’t get over, and that I should have buried two years ago just like he did. But I loved him so much. I still do. You’re a great guy, I’m hoping maybe we can make things work out without me comparing you to him the whole time. If I don’t, it’s fair and better for you to walk out of my life even though youve made such an impact on it in so little time. You deserve better and I have to find myself again first.
I can't say I know exactly what you're going through, but recently a friend of mine fucked me over and humiliated me. And it made me think, that has happened so many times in so many different ways. And now I'm done letting people walk all over me. So I don't know exactly, but I get how it feels. Alot of us here don't think you're the bad guy!! Keep your chin up hun it'll all pass over at some point. ^-^
Awwwww *hugs* thank you ;; This makes me feel much more reassured because honestly, this stuff has been going on for way longer than it needs to and it’s kinda frustrating.. I just want to draw and have fun. As simple as that.
guys so i was doin a space camp class today trying to explain astrophysics to these ass children and their parents and this one lil kid goes up to me and he was like
“rey can i ask you a question?”
“yeah!” i said, expecting to explain the distortion of time to this literal six year old
“are you a girl or a boy? because u know so much about space i think youre an alien. are you an alien or a girl or a boy?”
cue adults laughing nervously (im androgynous looking so they were probs thinkin the same thing)
“im stardust. and so are you. we’re all stardust,” i explain. “iron can only be made in the cores of dying stars and humans require supplements of iron to live. you guys are made of stars.”
and ive never seen this little kid’s eyes get so fucking wide and he looked down at his hands and he was like
10/10 best answer ive given to the are you a girl or a boy question
Amidst the chaos of excitement from the most recent episode of Yuri On Ice, I don’t think some understand how important that kiss was. So I think I should explain it to those of you who are unsure of its importance. This is going to be a long post, so bear with me please!
In Japan, they are not as openly accepting of homosexuality as people in the US are. Normally, if you wanted to see two guys, or two girls kiss, you had to either watch hentai/porn or a certain type of genre known as, “Yaoi/Shonen-Ai,” or “Yuri.” (Note: You may still see two guys or two girls kiss in an anime that qualifies for neither of these things, but it will be a mature rating because of it.) This is still standard.
Now, why Katsuki Yuuri and Viktor Nikiforov’s kiss was important, was because it will change the future of the anime industry as a whole. Yes, you read this right. This show is making history in the most brilliant way possible.
Since Japan is strict about censorship laws and is a very conservative culture, they (studio MAPPA and the director) could not show the kiss in it’s entirety. They used Viktor’s arm as a clever censorship, to get around the censorship law.
If they had shown the kiss in its entirety, they would have either had to change their rating or their genre (or both), which is a hassle and will prove to have big problems for them.
The director of the show has always loved putting gay characters in her works, whether it’d be a gay male(s) or a gay female(s). She loves to break typical Japanese stereotypes and tropes in anime and manga that are commonplace for gay characters.
Now in anime, the most typical stereotypes for gay characters are usually as follows (I’m only going to be highlighting four of the most common tropes to avoid this list from getting even longer):
The Weird Foreigner-
This stereotype is common in an anime with foreign characters. These characters are usually from outside countries or something as simple as the neighboring town/city.
This cliche or trope depicts a type of outlandish or sometimes over the top male or female foreigner who are perceived by others as having homosexual tendencies (sometimes towards the main lead(s).)
They dismiss this characters homosexual tendencies as simply being a part of the culture from where they are from, or blaming their homosexuality on their “foreignness.”
The characters will try to avoid him/her and call them strange or weird, typically negatively. They will sometimes show other characters from the same country as acting the same way as the foreigner.
The Confused/Mistaken “Heterosexual”-
This cliche/trope depicts a character, usually a teenager or young adult, who has homosexual tendencies, coming to terms with their sexuality (usually at the beginning or middle of the shows run.)
They are told by the other characters that they’ll grow out of their tendencies, or worse, will attempt to teach them how to be heterosexual because the other characters believe that they are simply “confused,” or “mistaken,” about their sexual orientation. They will attempt to correct it by any means throughout the show.
Another worse stereotype that goes hand in hand with this one, is one I’d like to call:
The Infected/Diseased Homosexual-
This trope goes hand in hand with the previous one, and is sometimes influenced by it.
It depicts a homosexual character who can turn others gay.
Yes, you read this correctly.
This character is avoided like he/she were diseased or infected, hence, the name of the stereotype.
One look or touch, or something as simple as being influenced by them, can turn a character into a homosexual too.
Often times, the other characters will try to help the, “infected,” or “confused,” character by teaching them of their heterosexuality.
But wait, there’s more!
The Homosexual Pervert/Sexual Harasser-
This stereotype is the most common, and it is the most damaging stereotype/trope in anime and manga.
The homosexual character is depicted as extremely perverted and will do absolutely anything to do as they wish to any character of the same sex (typically the main character.)
This character may also touch, grope, or hold onto their desired character without consent and are typically represented as not taking, “no” for an answer.
On an even more damaging scale, these characters may also kiss, or attempt to rapea character of the same sex with no particular order or care for the feelings of the character they are attracted to.
The less serious on this scale, is a homosexual character that has an attraction to a character of the same sex, but they do not force themselves onto the character.
This character’s only purpose get in their desired character’s way, be obscenely annoying, or a nuance to the character or plot and may even be violent to the love interest of the character they are attracted to.
Which is not as bad, but is still a damaging trope nonetheless.
Not only do typical anime and manga use and incorporate these stereotypes into their material on a regular basis, but Yaoi and Shonen-Ai also use these tropes too.
Yes, you read right. The genre that features a gay love story/gay characters in an abundance, also uses these stereotypes just as much as other shows, if not, maybe more.
You might be thinking, “Lyra, how could a genre about gay characters incorporate these negative stereotypes just as much as your typical anime or manga?”
I’ll tell you.
I have seen a lot of Yaoi, I have read a lot of BL, and over time I have noticed a predictable cycle of negative stereotypes and unhealthy romances that, after a while, just become background fodder.
My most recent watch was JunJou Romantica, which was decent enough, but I cannot begin to describe to you just how many times I’ve seen the Homosexual Pervert/Sexual Harasser trope used in Yaoi, Shonen-Ai, and BL as a plot point.
Typically, the main character will be in denial about his sexuality. The main character then meets his love interest. Now at this point in the story, the love interest will either be the aggressor and sexually harass the main characteruntil he gives in, or there will be another character to sexually harass the main character, appointing the love interest to save the main character (usually out of jealousy or selfishness.)
When the main character is out of danger, the love interest will typically do the same thing to the main character as the previous aggressor was just attempting, but it will typically have a different effect because, “it’s you, and you’re different.”
Sound familiar? That’s because this is the exact formula for any BL or Yaoi story. There may be some changes or differences between some, but this is the absolute blue print for any type of unhealthy BL romance out there.
Not only is this extremely disengaging and damaging, but there is another strange and equally damaging stereotype that is typically selective to Yaoi and BL.
The Uke/Seme Mentality-
This trope is everywhere. In every single BL or Yaoi romance.
Now this usually is supposed to display who is more submissive and who is more dominant in the relationship. Nothing inherently wrong there, right?
Except when the uke is portrayed as more emotional, more womanly, and always submissive in the relationship. Especially when the seme is always portrayed as barely emotional, manipulative, and always dominant in the relationship.
This is inherently, imitating heterosexuality and is very inaccurate when it comes to two men or two women who share an equal attraction to one another.
Two men or two women in a relationship are equals, and one should not treat one as being the, “woman,” and the other as being the, “man,” in the relationship. They are both men/both women. They are equals.
Not only are these stereotypes negative towards gay characters in anime and manga, but there a ton of regular romantic stereotypes that are just as unhealthy and forced.
So much so, that any romance with these tropes is just hard to watch or practically unbearable to sit through.
Here’s a brief list of some of these tropes (these should be obvious/self explanatory so I won’t waste your time explaining them):
Attraction is instant/rushed.
Attraction is only valid between a male and female lead.
Characters decide they love each other within the first moments/days of meeting each other.
Conversations between the two characters are rushed with little to no importance.
The romance hinders the plot and/or does not progress it.
The romance does not benefit the plot/is practically meaningless.
The romance is only valid when the characters kiss or have sexual intercourse.
One or both partners say/do things to their significant other without their consent.
One or both partners assume that since they are in a romantic relationship, they can kiss or have sex with their significant other any time they want to, and will ignore when they tell them to stop or that they are not in the mood.
One or both partners will consciously ignore problems within the relationship, instead of addressing them.
One or both partners will not fully trust one another.
One or both partners are consistently jealous of their significant other’s friends, exes, or family members.
One or both partners will not let their significant other have their own space or privacy.
One or both partners often fight or have miscommunications over things that people with healthy relationships would be able to address, discuss, and understand.
Miscommunications are often created to further the plot, and will
Any romantic attraction between two men or two women is often invalidated and/or ignored entirely.
One or both partners are pressured into relationships because they believe that they could never truly be happy without a significant other.
When one or both partners disregard their significant other’s feelings towards their actions or words.
When one or both partners do not confront their significant other for their wrong doing(s).
When one or both partners will not admit when they’ve done/said something that hurt their significant other and refuse to apologies for it.
When one or both partners are manipulative towards one another.
When a romance is built on lies or false pretenses/expectations.
When one or both partners only show care or affection for their significant other during sexual intercourse.
When one or both partners are not sure of the other’s feelings towards them, even after they’ve had sex or continue to show affection towards one another.
One or both partners do not appear to have any chemistry but will still say that they love each other, even when there is no existing connection between them.
One or both partners will have “crushes” on other characters to create tension between the two love interests, even if they are already in an existing relationship with other characters.
When certain characters are homophobic or disapprove of the relationship just to create high stakes for the plot.
When one or neither of the characters are likable or interesting and yet you are still expected to care about the romance between the two characters.
When one or both partners will pretend to not be in a relationship because they feel like others will disapprove/make fun of them because of it.
When little to no conflicts arise to draw the two characters closer, yet they end up together regardless.
When the two characters end up kissing or having sexual intercourse as a temporary solution to a problem or miscommunication in the relationship, instead of discussing it with one another.
The development of the relationship feels unnatural or off.
One or both partners will not benefit or better each other because of their relationship.
Now seeing as how damaging these stereotypes can be in the anime industry and in romance in general, Yuri On Ice has managed to go above and beyond what any anime, manga, or romance has managed to do.
Yuri On Ice has either avoided or destroyed these tropes entirely, and continues to do so magnificently.
It has created both a healthy, unforced, naturally growing and developing love story that just happens to be between two men, and is also destroying some of the most damaging and commonplace stereotypes for romance and gay characters in the anime industry.
Since Yuri On Ice had the guts to take on these problems head on, instead of turning away from the obvious flaws of the anime industry, it has set the bar high for other anime in the future.
It has given us a much higher expectation for a healthy romance, well portrayed and matured homosexual characters, story, animation, and music. It will leave a mark on the anime industry and it will hopefully encourage other shows to do something like this in the future.
Now, Yuri On Ice has always been iffy for me (not that I didn’t like it, I love this show). The reason it was this way for me was because I was nervous and concerned that they would abandon Viktor and Yuuri’s relationship, or sweep it under the rug and never resolve the feelings these two characters had for one another.
Yet I had always had faith that the director would pull through, and they did so magnificently.
Now since Viktor and Yuuri have kissed, people have began to say that this anime should now be in the Yaoi genre/category. That simply cannot be farther from the truth. If you’re confused as to why this is the case, this post summarizes it perfectly.
When Yuuri and Viktor kissed (on screen, no less) I knew that Japan was changing. This is one of the first sparks, that will lead to a complete change in the anime industry. Now granted, Yuri On Ice was not the first to do something like this.
No.6 was the first to feature a well portrayed homosexual lead and an unforced romance between two men without changing their genre or rating (which is seriously amazing).
Just because Yuri On Ice was the second, does not mean that it has any less impact and importance. Now, a kiss between two male characters on screen, without any change in the rating and genre is astonishing.
Having a show that’s so driven to destroy these damaging stereotypes and tropes that are so common in the anime industry, gives me hope that other shows will do this in the future.
These two shows have set such a high bar for expectation from the media, and I have faith that Yuri On Ice will continue to make history.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any artist who aspires to improve should be drawing every day.
Being told to draw more, draw daily, draw while you eat, sleep, breathe, is probably the single most common piece of advice given in response to the question “how do I get better?” - I know I’ve certainly told people to do this.
But I have a confession to make.
I am a hypocrite and I don’t draw every day. Not even close.
I always seem to have a ready excuse for why I didn’t set aside 10, 20, 30 minutes a day to draw: I’m too tired, I got home late, I didn’t have any drawing materials on me, I was too busy. And yet I still grumble when my art feels like it’s stagnating. I feel disatisfied and frustrated with my lack of progress or the inconsistency of my style or with my inability to draw something in the moment (looking at you, anatomy, clothing folds, perspective). So I want to do something about it.
Every day for the month of February, I will fill a page in a sketchbook, much like I did with this page of scribbles. New day, new page. I don’t have a specific “improvement” goal in mind nor any particular subjects, but I want to get myself into the habit of drawing more freely and regularly, without the pressure of producing a finished piece of art.
I’ve already persuaded a few people to do this with me because I know I’ll need the support and motivation, but please feel free to join me in giving the challenge a go if you fancy it!
You will need:
a sketchbook or pad (I’ve chosen A5 because the size isn’t too intimidating)
an eraser (although I plan to use this sparingly)
The reason I’m doing this challenge traditionally is to get away from all the distracting bells and whistles that come with a digital art program and focus on the act of drawing itself. I also want to get over my fear of ruining a sketchbook with mediocre art. This is me giving myself permission to be bad at art for a while, because it really is the only way I’m going to get better.
The challenge commences February 1st - wish me luck!
First piece made from my new studio n.n I’m still moving everything in, so this won’t be the final photo area! You guys know I’m obsessed with Creepyyeha and her style, so I tried to make something that I think she’d wear. Choker: Creepyyeha Sheer bodysuit: ebay Bra: Marlies Dekkers Harness skirt: made by me
A/N: I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS IDEA AND OH LORD IT’S SO PRECIOUS! @crownofmanga deserves so much credit for giving me this idea and helping me through writing it, because I loved the idea and wanted it to be perfect, Thank you so much doll!! I truly hope that you guys enjoy this, please let me know what you think! Please note that english is not my first language so there might be grammar mistakes
Pairings: Bucky X Reader
Prompt: You and the super soldier form a special a special bond over food, will shared bites lead to something more?
Warnings: A tiny bit of language
Word count: 4437
The savoury smell of pizza roamed through the hallways as you made your way to the kitchen to join your teammates for dinner. A small smile tugged at your lips as you entered the room, greeting the others as you made a beeline over to the kitchen island which was partly covered with pizza boxes. You glanced through the boxes before finding a pizza slice with your favoured toppings and took a quick bite while turning around and noticing that the kitchen table was fully seated. You grabbed a plate to place your slice on before pushing up to sit on the marble, letting your feet dangle off it as you picked up your plate to devour your pizza.