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VOLTRON IS QUEERBAITING

how you ask? let’s break it down into five simple factors!

  1. The Korra Connection: they’ve done queer representation before on Nickelodeon when they had many more restrictions, so they know how important queer characters are. why aren’t they doing more with Netflix who’s given them all this supposed creative freedom? Rebecca Sugar fights for us tooth and nail, where are @thebestlaurenmontgomery and @2-cents in our fight?
  2. Self-Congratulatory Diversity Rhetoric: there is nothing new and exciting about a story with a girl pretending to be a boy for plot purposes. in fact, there’s a lot that is old and busted, not to mention transphobic, about it. the showrunners need to stop acting like they’ve done something noteworthy without actually performing any labor
  3. Showrunner/Fandom Interactions: all those comments on shipping? reblogging the gay fanart? teasing comments at cons? telling people they can interpret Pidge however they want? yeah, that’s all well and good when you’re not dangling the prospect of the real deal in front of our noses by refusing to confirm any canon queerness and refusing to even discuss the subject whenever it’s raised, because otherwise it’s just baiting
  4. Storytelling Priorities: we know they can make room for heterosexuality because Lance flirts with every lady in eyesight and Hunk already has a love interest. so if they plan to give us queer rep where the hell is it? (please remember, romantic arcs =/= queer signifiers, falling in love is not the same as a gay blush – this isn’t about shipping per se) which brings us to our last and most vile factor
  5. Pidge Gunderson is a Transgender Dog-Whistle: in season 2 Pidge pauses outside a bathroom. the bathroom is coded with gender signifiers in a binary, the colors pink and blue, which happen to map exactly onto our own society’s gender binary. within this setup, Pidge’s anxiety about going to the bathroom is played for laughs (look at how funny and alien those guys are, but Pidge still doesn’t know which bathroom to use!) when in reality it’s a sneering wink at the show’s queer audience, referencing a real world problem that is inherently about transphobic violence. played for laughs. aimed at children. it’s so funny when trans people are scared to use the bathroom, isn’t it? so fucking funny. especially funny when Donald Trump just rescinded federal protections for transgender students, how topical! we deserve better

and that about sums it up. we deserve canonically confirmed queer characters. we deserve trans Pidge and bi Lance and gay Keith and all the rest, at the very least we deserve not to be sneered at. in the current political environment, these characters could be literally life-saving diversity. we deserve better than @voltron has given us, and we need to hold them accountable 

any questions?

anonymous asked:

My favorite tangle has a link that's really loose. I can pop it out with almost no effort and it pops out every few seconds when I play with it and I'm not sure what to do :^( I'd try to get another one but it's the artist collection and they're a) expensive and b) it's hard to get the design you like

Hey, I’ve just reblogged a post about using plastic pallets to build up the link connector, with my own additions on using clear nail polish or a very narrow strip of saran wrap/Glad Wrap to coat/cover the connector peg. I think clear nail polish is most accessible and easiest to use: try a layer, let it dry and connect the pieces. If that isn’t snug enough, keep on adding and trying layers until you get a snug fit. PVA glue, applied in the same way, should also work (and you can easily peel away any spillage).

(If you’re Aussie or live in a country where Daiso stores exist, I use the quick-drying clear topcoat nail polish from Daiso for this sort of job on my articulated fashion dolls and sealing ribbon knots/the ends of necklace cords, and it dries super fast. Only $2.80 AUD, too!)

I think those are the best ideas I have or know about. I’m unsure about trying super glue, as it may stick too completely (and then the peg itself might snap under pressure instead of popping out). Another less-clean possibility is Blu-Tack, but you will likely have shreds of the Blu-Tack oozing out of the hole and into the space between the pieces, and it may be more difficult to remove entirely should you ever wish to do so.

I haven’t yet had a Tangle so loose I’ve needed to try this (I have the opposite problem of the connector peg shearing entirely) so I can’t answer from personal experience. I’d be grateful if you could let me know if any of these ideas work for you!

anonymous asked:

HOW TF DID U STOP PICKING AT UR NAILS?!? That's the literal hardest thing in the world please teach me potato aunt! 🙌

I made tending my nails into a daily past-time! I use nail- and cuticle oil, polish my nails, paint them, got myself a nail-file, and started looking up nail art videos and –tutorials to keep myself motivated to not tear my nails super short anymore. Eventually my nails got pretty enough that I don’t want to tear at them anymore, since it’d be a waste to throw out the progress I’ve managed to get done so far! I keep watching nail-art videos to motivate myself further to keep growing them out and NOT bite on them!

The start was the most difficult, of course; I begun painging my nails daily and if I felt the need to bite or tear at them, I would tear at the polish instead of the nails. When I started seeing progress in my nail growth, I didn’t even want to tear at them anymore! I believe in you, anon! You can do it!!

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.