[Feminism]’s not about us convincing you that gender equality is worth engaging in only because there might be something in it for you, or in it for your sister or your mother. The question is, what’s in it for humans? Happier, healthier, more successful children? Being able to take proper paternity leave and see your baby? Being able to talk to someone if you’re feeling shit? Actually getting to be yourself? Getting asked out by a woman? Better sex? A marriage that is a true partnership? More diverse and interesting perspectives in art, culture, business and politics? Getting to crowdsource all the innovation and genius in the world, not just half of it? A highly increased number of safe, confident and fulfilled people on the planet, particularly women? World peace? Seriously. World peace!
(Sorry if some of these pictures are not very visible. The resolution of the diversion files is not very good.) First picture: 1. Degree of involvement in the use of alcohol and other drugs? 2. Degree of disruption of life functioning due the use of alcohol and other drugs? 3. Degree of mental health problems? [?] 4. Degree of motivation for counseling or other help?
IM POC and i want to rp but I'm insecure cause of the lack of POC in the hp series and a lot of people are dedicated to races and stuff when it comes to roles
So these past few months I’ve been getting the same asks;
and I have received more which I’m not going to add because I can’t be bothered scrolling down all my unanswered asks. The point is I’ve never been comfortable answering these kinds of asks cause it’s true- the lack of diversity in the Harry Potter universe (which I suppose they tried to make up for in Pottermore with those unheard of wizarding schools in Japan and Uganda and all that)
The point is- you don’t have to be a certain race to play a certain color. For example a while back I played Newt Scamander:
And I got a lot of positive feedback but I also got a couple of these:
There was another one of these comments but it wasn’t…..the nicest- so what could I possibly have done? Well I came back as Newt again and got even more positive feedback
And what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t let a tiny factor such as skin stop you from playing characters that you love- for example I love Neville but I only had the guts to play him today
And it worked out great- You’ve just got to remember it doesn’t matter how the character looks- all that matters is that you did your best in portraying the character in whichever way you want to and you’ll always have friends (and strangers) who’ll have your back and might even join in themselves.
Whence all this passion towards conformity anyway? Diversity is the word. Let man keep his many parts and you will have no tyrant states. Why, if they follow this conformity business, they’ll end up by forcing me, an invisible man, to become white, which is not a color but the lack of one. Must I strive towards colorlessness? But seriously and without snobbery, think of what the world would lose if that should happen. America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain.
Feminism’s not about us convincing you that gender equality is worth engaging in only because there might be something in it for you, or in it for your sister or your mother. The question is, what’s in it for humans?
Happier, healthier, more successful children? Being able to take proper paternity leave and see your baby? Being able to talk to someone if you’re feeling shit? Actually getting to be yourself? Getting asked out by a woman? Better sex? A marriage that is a true partnership? More diverse and interesting perspectives in art, culture, business and politics? Getting to crowd source all the innovation and genius in the world, not just half of it? A highly increased number of safe, confident and fulfilled people on the planet, particularly women? World peace? Seriously. World peace!
Peter Horvath and his dealings with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
Excerpt from the
Columbine Report, document 5701-5800, page 7:
stated he was not totally shocked that Dylan and Eric did this
because in his dealings with them he saw the potential for an “evil
That Peter has not
dealt with any disciplinary actions against Eric other than the
computer hacking incident last year.
That Peter has not
dealt with Dylan during the spring of 1998 for an incident where he
was caught scratching “something” into a freshman’s locker
That Dylan became
very agitated while waiting for his father to come to school to
discuss the situation with Peter and began pacing around the room.
That when Peter
attempted to talk to Dylan and calm him down, he advised that Dylan
began cussing at him, although he did not personalize anything toward
That during the
incident, Dylan advised that he was very upset with the school system
and the way CHS handled people, to include the people that picked on
him and others.
That Peter stated
that Dylan was a “pretty angry kid” and he also had the
impression that Dylan was upset with his Dad and “stuff at home”.
teenagers tend to inherit or copy the behaviour of the parent of the
same sex. Perhaps, Dylan reacted so strongly about his father coming
to pick him up because he knew that something like that would make
his father very angry.
diversion files, Mrs. Klebold was asked the question “What
happens when you have a conflict with your children or spouse?
(Yelling, cussing, leaving, ignoring, etc.) Who does what to whom?,”
to which she responded, “loud
but controlled discussion”.
The next question
that she was asked was, “When do you
know a conflict is over?,” to which
she responded “people communicate,
spend time together”.
As we know, it took
a while for Dylan to become very, very angry, but when he did,
indeed, become angry, it was quite surprising and even frightening
for some people. I am sure that when Mrs. Klebold was working,
arguments between Dylan and his father were not that controlled.
I keep seeing angry posts on my dash about the recent AO3 statistics showing a pronounced lack of POC in our stories, and as a fanfiction writer I just wanted to say - guys, you’re right on all counts - it’s true we don’t have enough representation and it’s true there’s probably some underlying racism in how we pick our characters and whatever else, but also - this stuff about the stories themselves is interesting af, but has anyone done some research on the writers’ ethnicity? Because what I can say from my perspective - I’m white, and European, and most of the time I deliberately avoid writing POC characters into my stories because -
creating a background is hard work - I don’t know enough about African American or Korean American or Latino culture, and this is the kind of thing that should be researched in depth if you don’t want to write walking stereotypes;
I can’t pin down their voices - this is why I also tend to leave out characters with non standard accents - like, for instance, I write for Supernatural and I love Benny Lafitte to bits but his Louisiana drawl is really, really hard to get right;
they’re not in the original story all that much, so there’s less material to work with - which, together with points 1 and 2, is self-explanatory;
my introduction to tumblr was about a million posts about gate-keeping and ‘it’s not your story to tell’ - seriously, I get there are issues there but the result, as a fanfiction writer who’s learning how to write, is that you lose confidence to even try, because you see other people getting dragged and doxxed for being ‘offensive’ and ‘disrespectful’ (and something it’s justified, but other times, let’s be honest, it’s not), so I guess this is just to say - you can’t have it both ways - you can’t have stuff like if
characters and then complain because AO3 doesn’t have enough diversity.
So, again - this is just my experience, but it seems obvious to me that if we want more diverse fanfiction (and we should), then we need a bit of everything - more representation in original content, sure, but also writers who’ve got room to manoeuvre (and try, and get it wrong, and try again without getting crucified), readers who’re ready to broaden their horizons, and more encouragement for authors from different backgrounds, because I’m sure they’ve got fantastic stories to tell and personally, I really want to hear them.
Harrassment [sic.] Define: “Bob walks up to Will and challenges him to a fight by pushing Will in the face.” Class: “M-1” Minimum: “6 months jail, or $500, or both” Maximum: “18 months jail, $5000, or both”
Third Degree Assault Define: “Bob hits Will in the face wanting to injure him.” Class: “M-1” Minimum: “6 months jail and/or $500” Maximum: “18 months jail and/or $5000”
Disorderly Conduct Define: “Bob and his AK-47 go down town and he fires off a few shots while yelling “let’s Fight” Class: “M-3” Minimum: “$50 fine” Maximum: “6 months and/or $750”
Criminal Mischief Define: “Johny breaks a tire rim with a baseball bat and causes $50 damage to the car.” Class: “M-3” Minimum: “$50 fine” Maximum: “18 months and/or $750”
Third Degree Criminal Trespass Define: “Johny walks on someones backyard for a few minutes and then leaves.” Class: “FO-1” Minimum: “none” Maximum: “$500 fine/6 months jail”
Second Degree Criminal Trespass Define: “Johny walks into an area surrounded by fences with “NO TRESPASSING” signs, eats dinner, and exits.” Class: “M-3” Minimum: “$50 fine” Maximum: “6 months/$750 fine”
First Degree Criminal Trespass Define: “Johny hops into a truck bed wanting to steal a tool box.” Class: “F-5” Minimum: “1 year jail” Maximum: “18 months jail”
Third Degree Burglary Define: “Johny wants a pop so he breaks into a pop machine to get one.” Class: “F-5” Minimum: “1 year jail” Maximum: “18 months jail”
Second Degree Burglary Define: “Johny wants a pizza so he breaks into a pizza hut to get one. He also wanted to smoke a “joint” in pizza hut, so after he ate, he smoked for a while.” Class: “F-4” Minimum: “2 years jail” Maximum: “8 years jail”
Theft by Receiving Define: “Bob burns a folder full of important business documents stolen by his buddy John. the documents were worth $80.” Class: “M-3” Minimum: “$50 fine” Maximum: “6 months jail/$750 fine”
Accessory to crime Define: “Bobby murders Johny. Bobby’s older brother, Billy, throws the shotgun used in the murder into a lake so no one will find it. He doesn’t want his little brother to go to jail.” Class: “F-4” Minimum: “2 years jail” Maximum: “8 years jail”
Second Degree Forgery Define: “Johny writes a note to a friend saying that he will be late, except he signs it “Willy” in order to make his friend believe that Willy is the one who will be late.” Class: “M-1” Minimum: “6 months jail and/or $500 fine” Maximum: “18 months jail and/or $5000 fine”
Driving Under the Influence “help!” Define: “Johny drinks a 6-pack of beer and then he goes for a drive downtown.” Class: Minimum: Maximum:
DRUG LAWS: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance is a Class: F-3. Cocaine and Metamphetamine are Schedule II Controlled Substances, so Possession of Coke or Speed brings a sentence of: Minimum: “4 years jail” Maximum: “16 years jail”
Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance is a Class: F-4. LSD (Acid) is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, so Possession of Acid (LSD) brings a sentence of: Minimum: “2 years jail” Maximum: “8 years jail”
I just wrote to the four people listed in this post about the cancellation of Sense8 and I thought I’d post what I said in case anyone wants a bit of an outline for what to write. Don’t write exactly what I said, obviously, or they’ll just be more likely to dismiss us all, but feel free to use this as a loose template for your own complaints.
It’s a bit long so I’m putting it under a read more
Harrassment [sic.] Define: “After following him for an hour, [scribble] Dylan pushes Brandon into a mall fountain.” Class: “M-3” Minimum: “50$” Maximum: “6m., 750$”
Third Degree Assault Define: “Dylan kicks Brian in the head.” Class: “M-1” Minimum: “6m., 500$” Maximum: “18m., 5000$”
Disorderly Conduct Define: “Billy Bob sets off a smoke bomb in the library.” Class: “M-2” Minimum: “3m., 250$” Maximum: “12m., 1000$”
Criminal Mischief Define: “Eubert throws a rock thru a window.” Class: [scribble] “M-3 <100$<M-2<400$<F-4<15000$<F-3” Minimum: “(starts at) 50$” Maximum: “(starts at) 6m., 750$”
Third Degree Criminal Trespass Define: [scribble]“Jorje, after crossing the border, walks through farmland.” Class: “P2-1<Farmland<M-3<Felony Intent<F-5” Minimum: “ 50$” Maximum: “ 6m., 750$”
Second Degree Criminal Trespass Define: “Jorje jumps [scribble] a fence to cross the farm [scribble] field.” Class: “M-3<Farmland<M-2<Felony Intent<F-4” Minimum: “50$” Maximum: “6m., 750$”
First Degree Criminal Trespass Define: “Jorje, after crossing the field, jumps in the tractor & takes the farmer’s hat. Then, he goes in the house for some water.” Class: “F-5” Minimum: “1 y., 1000$” Maximum: “3y., 100 000$”
Third Degree Burglary Define: “6 Guys break into a diamond wholesale store.” Class: “F-5<Controlled Substance<F-4” Minimum: “1 y., 1000$” Maximum: “3y., 100 000$”
Second Degree Burglary Define: “6 Guys break into the diamond store, & steal the diamonds.” Class: “F-4<Duelling<F-4” Minimum: “2 y., 2000$” Maximum: “6y.,500000$”
Theft by Receiving Define: “Giddeon sells rings stolen by Tin-Tin.” Class: “F-3” Minimum: “4 y., 3000$” Maximum: “12y.,750000$”
Complicity Define: “Rashib tells Samir how to make bomb, but only Samir detonates it.” Class: “Depending on the offense” Minimum: [arrows pointing here to indicate the aforementioned sentence]. Maximum: [arrows pointing here to indicate the aforementioned sentence].
Accessory to crime Define: “Rashib [scribble] does help detonate the [scribble] bomb.” Class: “F-4<offense is F-1-F-2>F-5>” Minimum: “2 y., 2000$” Maximum: “6y.,500000$”
Second Degree Forgery Define: “Danny Boy [scribble] saves a note [scribble] to his gym teacher saying that he doesnt have to play football against the other kids, signing it w. his dad’s name.” Class: “M-1” Minimum: “6m., 500$” Maximum: “18m., 5000$”
Driving Under the Influence Define: “need Help –(not in book).” Class: [arrow pointing here to indicate the aforementioned sentence]. Minimum: [arrow pointing here to indicate the aforementioned sentence]. Maximum: [arrow pointing here to indicate the aforementioned sentence].
DRUG LAWS: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance is a Class: F-3. Cocaine and Metamphetamine are Schedule II Controlled Substances, so Possession of Coke or Speed brings a sentence of: Minimum: “4y, 3000$” Maximum: “16y, 750000$”
Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance is a Class: F-4. LSD (Acid) is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, so Possession of Acid (LSD) brings a sentence of: Minimum: “2y, 2000$” Maximum: “6y, 500000$”
@spideyarms and I came up with the idea of creating a day to celebrate the FoC (Fans of Color? New term?) in the Marvel fandom! This day, we are going to dedicate by celebrating the diversity that isn’t always represented.
*This will be taking place this Saturday (October 28th), and will be an all-day thing. feel free to post whatever time you see best*
You can participate by doing any of the following:
Post a selfie (if you feel comfortable)
Post a fic that has a PoC!reader as your main subject
Post a moodboard/edit/drawing/etc. that has a PoC as your main subject
Honor your favorite People of Color in Marvel comics/films (t’Challa, Rhodey, Sam Wilson, Storm, America Chavez, etc.)
Don’t forget to use the hashtag#PoCofMarvel! We want to be able to see everyone who participates + we want to reblog and show the love. ❤
Key Terms: PoC (People of Color) – a person who is non-white/not fully white. If you are biracial (half-race/half/white), you are still considered a PoC (something to note: Race and Ethnicity are two different things. If you aren’t sure, please look up the differences, as you’ll find a better answer than what I could give you).
While it is true that diversity celebrates all races, this particular day is to celebrate the color that is often ignored/looked past in the fandom. White people are represented very clearly, and vastly, throughout the fandom (in on-screen characters, in fics, in edits), so we want to recognize the other parts of the fandom as well. :)
I am a Sheith shipper. Like, I ship Sheith so much it hurts sometimes. But if I see Klance artwork that is beautifully done (or any other ship for that matter) I am going to admire it and give credit to the wonderful, imaginative, and talented creators. You know why? Because true fans understand diversity and love other fans regardless of who they ship. In the end, we’re one big dysfunctional family, but we’re a family nonetheless. So let’s start acting like it. :)