victim of convenience

So… i tried to give Eirika form FE: Sacred stones another outfit, more suitable for adventures as i see it. Tried to keep the original color scheme but these white pants… orz. and bright red boots… Well, actually i just needed to practice  what i learned (a tiny bit, as always) and Eirika was a convenient victim i was eyeing for a couple of days already.

prologue (daddy issues)

Originally posted by ferxxy

Originally posted by painfulblisss

naomi saverin is a prostitute at eichen house, california’s largest underground sex trafficking conglomerate, specializing in werewolf therapy. being a sex worker is all she’s ever known. until one day, she gets hired by the hale pack, and she meets isaac lahey. if there’s one thing they have in common, it’s daddy issues. 

he’s frustrating and stubborn. he constantly challenges all her beliefs, but through it all, he gives her hope for a better life. after a life time of disappointments and insecurities, and her past threatening to kick down the door at any moment, naomi finds it difficult to let him in. but you have to understand–it’s hard enough navigating a teenage romance without being contractually obligated to have sex with all your boyfriend’s friends.

pairings: isaac x naomi (main), derek x naomi, derek x stiles, scott x naomi, scott x kira, theo x naomi, brett x naomi

warnings: mentions of abuse, some unwanted sexual contact, rape attempts 

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anonymous asked:

Has Sans ever showed Toriel his ability to teleport?

Sans doesn’t have the ability to teleport in royalblue. But he still has his ways of getting around quickly. 

He is incredibly fast and also has this strange ability to be able to defy physics. Like being able to slide backwards for a short distance without moving his legs or almost seeming to walk/run on air for very short periods of time. 

Besides, teleporting is more of a certain lazy carrots thing. 

But, unlike Sans’ abilities, Paps teleportation is not something that runs in the family. Or very natural at all. 

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The Magus finally makes his presence known to the inhabitants and indentured workers of the way station and asteroid facilities spread across the Coronid Deeps.
Shipments of valuable materials and equipment are delayed, diverted and conveniently misplaced at his insidious command.
Shift-masters are either paid to turn a blind eye to the illicit activity of Cult members, or become the tragic victims of conveniently timed industrial accidents.
The power and influence of the Coronid Watchmen grows…

I finished the Magus on Sunday evening, along with some familiars to scamper round after him.
Next up are more Cult Neophytes, although I have been distracted by a couple of limited edition Referees for Bloodbowl…

Was Joanna of Castile actually mad?

Juana I de Castilla, also known as ‘Juana la Loca’ (Joanna the Mad), was the third child of Isabel and Fernando, the Catholic Monarchs. She is said to have been extremely beautiful and quite intelligent, traits she apparently also shared with her sisters. The deaths of her brother, niece, sister, and nephew, made her heiress to the kindgoms of Castile and Aragon.

She married Felipe el Hermoso ('Philip the Handsome’), Duke of Burguny, who she is said to have loved deeply. The marriage took place when she was only 16, and Felipe wasted no time to isolate her from her family and court, especially as she got closer and closer to the throne of Castile. Her anger at his many infidelities is what began the rumours of her being 'mad’.

Today, what was considered as madness is now regarded as a combination of extreme jealousy and simple religious scepticism, the latter highly scandalous considering her country, her upbringing, and her mother. These two situations prompted Queen Isabel to send Friar Tomás de Matienzo to Flanders, to see exactly how her daughter was doing.

Through a series of letters we see the progression of Juana’s jealousy and loss of faith. The first letter reads:

'She’s so gentle, and so beautiful and fat, and so pregnant, that if Your Highnesses saw her, you would find comfort.’

However, subsequent letters say:

’…I told her I did not mean to pry into her life… her little devotion… no piety… I told her everything Your Highness wanted…’

Juana herself admitted that her problem was jealousy, but remembered that her mother had once gone through the same affliction and gotten over it, which she trusted she would also do. Felipe would parade his many lovers before her, which caused her great pain and only contributed to her problems. 

When Isabel died and Juana became Queen, her husband and father did everything in their power to keep her away from the throne and she was suddenly declared mentally unfit. After her husband also died, she was locked up by her father in a castle in Tordesillas, where she spent forty-six years, from 1509 until her death in 1555. Her confinement legitimized her father’s rule in Castile, and that of her son Carlos after Fernando died.

It is probable that she suffered from some kind of heavy depression, a condition that was only worsened by the treatment she endured at the hands of her husband and her guards at Tordesillas. She developed physical problems and her health was quite poor, which made some people say she was 'cursed’, and that her sickness was the result of her lack of faith rather than how badly she was mistreated.

Unlike her sister Catalina, Juana does not have a record of miscarriages or stillborn children. Out of her six children, the six sat upon a throne: Leonor, Queen of Portugal; Carlos, Emperor of the Holy Empire and King of Spain; Isabel, Queen of Denmark; Fernando, Emperor of the Holy Empire after Carlos died; María, Queen of Hungary; and Catalina, also Queen of Portugal. That legacy alone, as a mother of kings and queens, should have granted her a higher place in history than she currently occupies.

With contemporary research it is now widely believed that there wasn’t as much madness as there was misunderstanding and mistreatment. Research, such as the discovery of letters and testimonials, proves just to what extent Juana was a victim of political conveniences and sexism. Situations such as her criticism of religious fanatics, and her refusal to tolerate her husband’s lovers are what made her seem unbalanced at the time, and provided a great excuse to declare she had lost her mind

Past Life

Requested by @mysteriouscrystalnomad: the Reader knows Reid from high school, and his feelings for her are… complicated. Years later, she joins the BA and he doesn’t know how to handle it. (This one will probably be at least two parts)


“Right this way, Y/L/N. The rest of the team is already meeting in the roundtable room, we’re just about to go over a case.” Agent Hotchner leads her from his office to a larger conference room. It was daunting. Only minutes ago had he hired her to the fill the open position on the team, and she is already on her way into the field.

After several years in the LA Field Office, she’s finally made it to the BAU. Her heart is pounding in her chest, the excitement almost palpable. Hotch pushes open the door, and her just like that her heart stops. Excitement turns cold and transforms into apprehension.

“Everyone, I’d like you to meet the newest member of our team.”

Their eyes are all on her, but she’s desperately trying to avert her own gaze. It’s him. Without needing to double check, she knows it’s him. But maybe he doesn’t recognize her. Maybe it’s safe. “This is Y/F/N Y/L/N. She’s transferred in from LA, and has an extensive background in psychology and forensic linguistics. Y/L/N, this is David Rossi, Derek Morgan, Jennifer Jareau-”

“JJ,” the blonde woman cuts in, smiling.

“ – Penelope Garcia, and Dr. Spencer Reid.” Tentatively she meets his eyes, only to find him wearing a mask of complete indifference. It’s impossible to tell what he’s thinking.

“Hello.” She waves. “I’m really looking forward to working with all of you.”

“There will be plenty of time for formalities later,” Hoctch assures them, “but right now we need to focus on the case. Garcia?”

The woman dressed in neon blue leaps up from her seat. “Of course, sir!” She’s the technical analyst, and it’s clear from her presentation of the case that while she’s brilliant, she is rather squeamish when it comes to murders. Of the five prostitutes strangled and dismembered, she cannot bear to look at a single photo. Nevertheless, she can do her job without examining crime scene shots.

After only ten minutes of throwing out theories- through most of which she sits back to listen – they are headed out to Montana to apprehend their unsub. Hotch dismisses them, and the rest of the team begins to file out, as she scrambles to grab her file and hurry after them. In the near-empty room, a hand slams down on the folder. Spencer. She glances up at him, trying to keep calm.

“I remember,” he says.

The blood drains from her face. “Sorry – what?”

“I remember. I haven’t forgotten the things you did, and I haven’t forgiven you for it either.” Ice chills her veins, a blizzard blown her way by the coldness in his voice. “You may be a member of the BAU, but this is my team. I was here first. I won’t mention the past to any of them, but if you get in my way, I’ll be sure your time here is temporary.”

“Are you threatening me?”

“What do you think Y/N?” With that, he turns and stalks away, not once looking back at her. It takes several minutes for her to regain her composure, find her footing once more. The accusation stings, and as much as she wants to be upset with him, she can’t find much reason to. Guilt won’t allow her to blame him. Only herself.

If only she’d been stronger back then. Braver. Cowardice created a rift she never imagined she would one day have to reconcile. What are the odds that the universe would bring them back together? This job is supposed to be a fresh start, instead her ugly past has inserted itself into her present.

I belong here, she tells herself. I worked hard for this and I belong here. She’s just not sure if she believes it yet.

On the plane she positions herself as far away from him as possible. No eye contact. No discussion. When she suggests that the killer could have medical training, he rushes to shoot her idea down, saying his skills are lacking. It’s more likely the killer is a butcher.

She nods, and says nothing further.

Fortunately, Hotch sends her out into the field with JJ, to go examine their latest crime scene. That doesn’t stop him from giving her one last glare, a visual warning, before they go their separate ways.

                                                    ><>< 

“Actually, Y/L/N made a really good point,” JJ says. “He’s dumping them in the woods, and they’re difficult to navigate. If he’s not a local, he has to have some connection to that place.”

“Well the Green River Killer chose secluded spots her could revisit. Could our guy be doing the same thing?” Morgan asks.

“No, that’s another thing we discussed. There’s no evidence of that. Besides, Y/L/N thinks he would have a more specific type if that were the case. He’s just looking for convenient victims.”

He can bear it no longer. “Well, if that’s what she thinks, it must be right,” Reid snaps.

JJ and Morgan both turn to him, perplexed. “What? Spence, it’s a valid theory,” JJ says.

“I just think we need to really consider all possibilities, especially this early in the case! What if she’s wrong?”

Someone behind him clears their throat, he and doesn’t have to look to know who it is. “Do you have a problem with my ideas, Dr. Reid?”

That voice brings back uncomfortable memories, a sound like nails on a chalkboard. He wants to mute it, but there’s no way to escape her. “No, I don’t.” Instead, he gives her a look that clearly conveys, I just have a problem with you. “I’m only saying you haven’t had much field experience, and we can’t limit our thinking at this point.”

Y/N squares her shoulders, ready for a fight. It’s a gesture he recognizes, when she’s trying to make herself look more intimidating. But he’s older now. Much taller. That won’t work on him anymore.

“Maybe I don’t have much experience with serial killers, but I did field work in LA with the sex crimes division, and I’ve done extensive research. I think it’s rather unfair for you to disregard my input entirely.”

Hypocritical, considering how little she regard she one gave for the wishes of others. The longer he has to stand here and tolerate her, the more impatient he’s becoming. Reid wants her gone, he wants her far away from him, he never wants to see her face. Why her? Why now? He ignores her, and goes back to his geographic profile.

Maybe this is for the best. Maybe her arrogance will get the best of her, and she’ll make a mistake. She’ll be fired, and somebody new can take her place. Somebody who doesn’t make him want to run in the opposite direction. Y/N leaves him with the sensation of being ill. That’s not how this team is supposed to work. How can they be a family when one of their members is pure poison?

Reid watches as she jokes with Morgan, and JJ listens intently. They’ve already accepted her. No questions asked. It’s not fair. They don’t know her. They have no idea what this person is like.

Her laugh echoes through the tiny conference room. It reaches deep into his memories, rattling him. Pulls from him a visceral response.

Hahaha! Are you going to go crying back to your mommy? What a freak. Ha!

Reid closes his eyes. His hands clench into fists so tight he draws blood from his palms.

He will not let her win. He will not let her take his safe space from him like this.

  • tumblr feminists: feminism is for gender equality and it's not about hating men!
  • tumblr feminists: [makes jokes about killing men and tells them constantly that they're worthless and labels all men rapists but gets mad at a joke about liking pumpkin spice lattes]
  • tumblr feminists: [mocks men who feel insecure about their body by intentionally fucking up a post made to bring awareness to male insecurities and beauty standards]
  • tumblr feminists: [ignores, strips the identity of or tells anyone who isn't a cis male that they're brainwashed by the patriarchy when they bring attention to the double standards or disagree with modern day feminism]
  • tumblr feminists: [tells men to stop objectifying women while in the same breath they objectify women by making passive posts like "oh..,,.. wome n.,.., smell so pretty and nice and are cu te wow..,.. so perfec t and fl awless.,,. uwu"]
  • tumblr feminists: [tells men to stop telling women how they're mistreated while simultaneously silencing men about their struggles]
  • tumblr feminists: [claim to promote not conforming to gender roles and pat women on the ass for liking "masculine" things but then laugh at and mock men when something "feminine" is geared towards them in a traditionally male way to entice them to be more comfortable while using a product or doing an activity]
  • tumblr feminists: [justifies abuse, harassment and bullying towards men as "female empowerment"]
  • tumblr feminists: [makes a joke of or derails posts specific to dmab people whilst telling people to kill themselves for derailing a post about dfab people]
  • tumblr feminists: [mocks men for getting offended about being labeled a rapist by using "not all men" as the punchline to any joke]
  • tumblr feminists: [uses #yesallwomen and makes every woman look like a victim]
  • tumblr feminists: [claim to be empowering for women when all they do is victimize themselves when it's convenient]
  • tumblr feminists: [uses biased and unreliable facts to back up their opinions]
  • tumblr feminists: [erases male victims of rape and abuse through omission and derailment]
  • tumblr feminists: [conveniently forgets that women are just as capable to be abusers, rapists or murders]
  • tumblr feminists: [continually forgets that dmab people can't enjoy traditionally feminine things without the possibility of being disowned, abused or killed]
  • tumblr feminists: [blames all mens problems on a non existent patriarchy while they're the ones spreading hate propaganda about men]
  • tumblr feminists: [gets mad at people who don't consider themselves feminists because they still think that their movement does no wrong]
  • tumblr feminists: [refuse to clean up their act and call out people who do the things listed above]
  • tumblr feminists: UGH, why does no one get it???? feminism isn't about hating men!!! any man who is against feminism is just cis het fucking scum and also a misogynistic piece of shit!!!!
  • me: [feels legitimately bad for the feminists who don't do these things because they're the ones who are actually doing good but they're still going to get grouped in with the ones who do the things listed above]
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When ever you about Malcolm X, Huey P Newton, or the Black Panthers there’s always a white person who is quick to call them Racists. They start expressing how Malcolm X and Huey P Newton hated white people and were calling them devils and crackers basically start sounded like they’re victims of racism. While they conveniently fail to mention the things white people have done to people of color. All of sudden they get amnesia and forget about slavery, the lynchings, rape, torture, and Jim Crow like that never happened. How ironic of white people.

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Poetry Tag Statistics January 2014

I’d like to start of this month’s statistics with a few additional stats about myself. I’m trying to post a new sonnet every week now (Monday evening seems like a good time) and of my last 8 sonnets, 7 have been featured. So thank you whoever was responsible for that.

My longest feature streak was 5 and the current is 2 (unless some editor decides to feature Locked Away which would combine them to a streak of 8).

I have recently reached 400 followers and I thank you all for your support. If you want to further support me, recommend me, reblog me, , follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook. You know, those places that are not as cool and friendly as tumblr. I really don’t seem to get any exposure there at all.

So without further ado and rambling, here are the stats for which you’ve come here in the first place. (I hope you stay for my poetry though.)

Total number of featured posts: 1465

  • The top 10 contributed 9.6% of all posts.
  • The top 25 contributed 19.9% of all posts.
  • The top 50 contributed 32.1% of all posts.
  • 629 different contributors were featured.
  • Each contributor was featured 2.33 times on average.
  • 266 contributors have been featured multiple times, 363 only once.
  1. viperslang, 20
  2. wordrummager, 16
  3. mickeymichal, 16
  4. mj-orchard, 15
  5. the-art-of-misdirection, 14
  6. esn13, 13
  7. vagabondkingpoetry, 13
  8. inkskinned, 12
  9. loqui, 11
  10. ladymycroftmansfield, 11

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OMG - Milestones!

Okay, so I’m shit at graphics, and can’t do anything fancy with art, but I’ve hit the 4000 follower milestone and am pretty darn amazed.

So, for a start, here’s this. Below are most of the people I follow and reblog from, so they’re the reason I blog a lot of what I do. The large majority are mutuals, and I urge you to check all of these out. (I’ve probably missed out or messed up somewhere, so apologies if I’ve missed someone obvious.)

Italicised blogs are non-anime.
Bolded blogs are art blogs.
♥ blogs are haikyuu fanfic writers.

a-c

@2k15bisexualbeatdown ♥ @aetherdrive@akaahshi @aleksandra-chabros @amalasdraws @amazinglynoobmia @ameatyourservice @andysart @andyzambie @anotheropti​  ♥@anywayimnikki@aretama ♥ @aroceu@baes-all-around @benriyades @bibbidibobbididette @bkyngw @black-leather-sketchbook ♥@bohemianraspberries@bookoisseur @booksfortress@britishdetectives @captainsback @chescaleigh ♥@citrusfluegel♥ @claramarla ♥@companions@consultedlestrade @cousaten @crowswag @curiositykilledtheslug

d-j

@daisugars @daisugasting ♥@dubstepbard@dumbass-hinata @eicinic @electricprince @emery-dragonfly @frightingale @fukutomiis @gay-sports-anime-control-my-life @georgieporgiepuddininpie @hachibani @hai-kyuu @haikyuusetters @haikyuu-blog @hajimeiwaizumi @howitzerliterarysociety @i-like-to-look-at-your-back @ichigomaniac @imaginethehaikyuukids @inntia @isshikisenpai @its-fristi @iwaizoomin ♥@jumpfloat-meteor

k-n

@kaginata @kailadraws ♥@karasunovolleygays@keepyoureyesonthebackofyourmind @kftbrs @kurootetsurouvevo @kurrokocchi @leeleetaichou @lonelygnomely ♥@madkyouken@maureenab ♥@maychorian♥ ♥@medeadea♥ ♥@memordes@minarr @minty-frans  @miyabuu  ♥@mothraesthetic♥ ♥@museicaliteacup♥ ♥@mysecretfanmoments​♥ @nijimurashuuzo

o-s

@omgcheckplease @parasolghost @penkipenguin @pigeonboyfriend @pilonu ♥@pinkteabagarhut ♥ @prince-of-the-crows @queenoftheantz @radio-silents @reneewalkcr ♥@rinoa11@rowanorth @saintbargabar @sherryandcake ♥@shingekinoboyfriends@shinyasguren @skeleaton  @springroove @sunsteez 

t-y

@tealbruise @that-will-be-neij-for-you @thecolourpurpleinafield @thegreybeyond ♥@thewindraiser ♥ @this-puppy-flies-too @tinycpr @tinytooru  @travelingtolandsfaraway@triananero​ ♥ @unsfzpxkable @usaggii ♥@ushjima@victim-of-convenience @viria @viriassecrets ♥@volleycrows♥ ♥@wildkitte ♥  @wilwheaton @yamqguchi @yosanoakiko @yowa-pedal

Thank you very much to those above and everyone who follows me for making my tumblr an important part of my life. I’m hoping to try another fic challenge soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Well, it’s been a year. Okay, not quite, but it’s Wednesday, so almost a year.

(J’écris en anglais, parce c’est pour tout le monde, mais gros bisous à mes collègues baguettes qui en ont bien besoin, ne serait-ce qu’à cause de la météo un peu merdique.)

A year ago, it was Wednesday too. Which means I spent way too much time on Tumblr, turned off the radio around 10, puttered about the house, then drove with the Best Beloved to the nearest Big City for the weekly shopping. We chatted for the 40-minutes ride, so I didn’t turn on the radio in the car. Had a sandwich on a bench, watched people go by, kind of thing. The store always has TVs on display; right now they all showed the same news channel. When I saw the caption “attentat à Charlie Hebdo” I thought they had found whoever had thrown a firebomb on the premises four years ago. “Attentat” can be translated as “criminal attack”, which is why it covers both explosions and shootings. And then I saw another caption with four of the victims’ names and went “WHAT!?” I think I startled a lot of people.

We must have stayed three minutes in front of those TVs, the Best Beloved and me, stunned, like someone had hit us over the head with a plank. Then we resumed our shopping, because fridges don’t fill up by themselves - although it would be nice if they did, albeit a little suspicious.

It was 5 PM when I could finally turn on the radio in the car to know what the hell had happened. And then the waterworks started. People crying on air. Journalists with voices shaking. This happened. Twelve people were brutally slaughtered, with war weapons, because of cartoons. The murderers are still at large.

I drove 10 km/h under the speed limit to get home. That day I found out that you can, in fact, drive while crying, but only if you’re really, really careful.

That night I felt like drawing, but couldn’t. I went on Facebook. I went on Tumblr. I found out there was actually a large number of French people here. I reblogged cartoons. I wrote stuff. My mutuals were incredibly supportive.

The next day, a third terrorist shot down a policewoman, and the day after that, he murdered four people and took seventeen more hostage in a kosher supermarket. And while we were still reeling from the grief and shock, influential people on Tumblr, who didn’t understand a thing about French history and culture, took one uneducated look at some Charlie Hebdo covers and decided we were all a bunch of racists and that those old cishet white guys had it coming.

Because they drew cartoons.

We answered with words, facts, tried to explain, educated, put into context. Some French people got so much anonymous hate it made them go off Tumblr completely. Fake SJW inundated the “#je suis Charlie” tag with hate. We regrouped around another tag, “#upthebaguette”, which was mostly used to talk about Kaamelott or chocolatines/pains au chocolat and a lot of things that we don’t usually talk about on Tumblr because it would mean writing in French. That didn’t go well, either. Not only were we racist scum, but also racist scum who didn’t even have the decency of posting in English. They looked at our French posts, not understanding more than a few words, and the French bashing continued.

The concept of “laïcité” is both simple and immensely complicated, but if I could sum it up, I would say this: religion has no place in French administration, because administration has to be the same for everyone. Everyone has the right to get married, get tried in court, have an education (free of charge, compulsory and “laïque”), without any distinction of any kind. It doesn’t mean we are all the same, it means we are all equal and the law of the Republic applies to everyone in the same way. It’s forbidden to wear a hijab or a cross in school (not counting universities and some private schools), but if somebody tears your veil from your head in the street, that’s assault and you can press charges (with mixed results, no doubt, but at least this is how it’s supposed to work. No system is perfect, unfortunately…) If you need to have an abortion, and a perfect stranger decides that you can’t because it hurts their religious feelings, well, too bad for them.

Blasphemy is not a crime, nor a felony, nor a misdemeanor in France. It’s not punishable by law. Assault or libel against a person, now? That is punishable by law.

To my mutuals, followers or the people who are neither, who either reblogged posts, wrote supporting messages or even just kept silent because they wanted to know more about everything before forming an educated opinion, THANK YOU. I can’t thank you enough. You made all the difference in the world. Without you those few days would have been even more of a nightmare than they were. You kept me and a lot of people from thinking “This is how the Tumblr hivemind thinks, this is what they all are and how they see us.” I wish I could hug every single one of you in person so bad.

To those who blogged without taking two seconds to think, who wrote and said that the victims had it coming, that okay maybe killing is a little extreme but that’s what you get for being offensive, who sent anonymous messages about how you were not Charlie and insulting us who were, you are the scum of the earth and I will neither forgive nor forget you as long as I live. Especially the absolute hypocrites who play social justice warriors and fight slut shaming and victim blaming only when it’s convenient for them. We were in tears and looked to you for comfort, and you kicked us in the stomach while we were down.

Nobody should ever get killed, assaulted or threatened physically for writing or drawing. Nobody. Period. Even arseholes have a right to safe speech. And people have the right to mock them if they want.

Je suis Charlie, et je le reste.

Cartoon Porn and Why I Have Made Posts

Since people are running away from my blog because I have made comments about cartoon porn and reblogged a post that gave links to people who actually work toward helping CSA victims, I suppose I should explain how it relates to non verbal autism.

Non verbal autistics are sexually assaulted by their caretakers. Not because of cartoon porn, but because the caretakers know we can’t report them in ways that will be believed.

I am tired of people blaming art for the acts of predators. Predators are to blame for their acts and there is NO evidence that looking at pictures turned them into predators.

I have been sexually assaulted by people who are attracted to children more times than I want to list here (or think about) simply because I look like a child and cannot speak. None of them carried pictures of cartoons around, looking at them, before getting the urge to assault me. Nope. And not one blamed seeing cartoons on the “need” to have sex with me. The ones that were arrested didn’t even cite cartoons as their motivation - they cited a lust for childish bodies that they always had. I was a convenient victim because I cannot speak and they misunderstood that to mean I cannot communicate.

It happens a LOT, and non verbal autistics trained through ABA to never say “no” are even more at risk.

Cartoon porn has nothing to do with sexual assault. 

Training your autistic child/ward to accept inappropriate touching has a lot to do with sexual assault.

Stop blaming cartoons for the actions of people with bad intentions - the people would do it whether or not the cartoons exist.

Poetry Tag Statistics May 2015

Hello, everyone. I’m late again it seems. Sorry for that.

So as usual, what happened to me last month? Well, I was flying around on business trips and was quite busy (you don’t say) and wrote that nice sonnet on the plane once that turned from dreamy landscape to zombie apocalypse in no time: Dying Light.

The lovely people that made the video game with the same name even read it and complimented me. The game itself is just amazing, the best I played this year and also stole a huge chunk of my time. Parkour and zombies. Instant win.

The next thing on my schedule is Collectormania Milton Keynes on Saturday, where I’ll be meeting with some dear old friends and also cosplaying a character I have dreamed about since I was a little child.

I have to get back to sewing the last details so I’ll leave you with the stats now. So long and thanks for reading.

Total number of featured posts: 301

  • The top 10 contributed 25.6% of all posts.
  • The top 25 contributed 41.9% of all posts.
  • The top 50 contributed 58.5% of all posts.
  • 174 different contributors were featured.
  • Each contributor was featured 1.73 times on average.
  • 51 contributors have been featured multiple times, 123 only once.

1. uutpoetry, 30
2. lzlabs, 8
3. unknowmenclature, 6
3. mikefrawley, 6
3. the-rex-ybanez, 6
6. wordswritteninsilence, 5
7. monarchalchemist, 4
7. kdecember, 4
7. inkeddiaries, 4
7. nectar-traps, 4
7. ladymycroftmansfield, 4
7. buttonpoetry, 4
7. shamanfox, 4
7. aubriestar, 4
15. archonofdarkness, 3
15. chucklingpecan, 3
15. thissometimepoet, 3
15. theboredpoet, 3
15. blankslate, 3
15. myshoesuntied, 3
15. murooned, 3
15. esn13, 3
15. wednesdayshambles, 3
15. mikeyj529, 3
15. dhritspoetry, 3

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Stop saying vegans hate everyone who isn’t vegan. It’s not fun anymore.

I don’t hate my family. I don’t hate the man I live with. I don’t hate his family. I don’t hate my friends. I don’t hate my acquaintances. I don’t hate the strangers I meet at the supermarket.

But I do hate it when my brother says “aw, what a cute piggie” and then proceeds to eat the flesh of an animal of the same species. Or when my sister silently teaches her kids there’s nothing wrong with exploiting animals for taste reasons.

I do hate it when the man I live with drinks glass after glass of milk. When he resorts to passive-aggressive nonsense (if buying animal products from small, local brands is as wrong as buying from one of the worst brands, then I guess I shouldn’t bother buying from the small, local brand, should I?) When he shows exasperation every time I get mad at animal abuse in movies.

I do hate it when I have lunch or dinner with his family and they give weird looks at my food while eating carcasses and bodily secretions from abused animals. And in the meantime, they’re watching some cute show about cute animals they care so much about.

I do hate it when I show my friends the horrors that lie behind the food industry, and how we’re using and abusing billions of animals every year, and they play carnist bingo and give me every absurd excuse I’ve heard a million times. I hate it when one of my best friends tells me her partner would dump her if she went fully vegan (by which she means eating 100% plant-based).

I do hate it when I talk to acquaintances about veganism and they come up with more excuses, even if they agree with me that animal exploitation is wrong. Even if I prove to them their reasons don’t prevent them from living vegan. But anemia. But body-building. But convenience. But taste. But yeah, I live in a contradiction and I’ll keep it that way.

I do hate it when I’m paying the cashier and the person behind me puts flesh, eggs, milk and cheese in front of her. I do hate it when I see an old lady wearing fur in the street; a young man wearing leather in the street; all kinds of people wearing leather shoes in the subway.

And I also hate it when vegans act all apologetic. Or when animal groups launch ridiculous campaigns and promote anything less than veganism. Because they’re the only hope those animals have.

I hate what these people do. I hate what these people say. But I don’t hate them. Because most of them are trapped in the social conditioning machine, just like I was.

But I will show no sympathy towards anyone who actually sees what’s going on in the world and says “I don’t care”. Or anyone who mocks animals’ suffering. Once you’ve seen it all, you can’t keep supporting oppression when you have the choice not to. 

So stop telling us to be nice and respect people’s “choice” to enslave, abuse, steal from and kill those victims you so frequently, conveniently forget about.

People on tumblr don’t really care about abuse victim.

They care about abuse victims that fit their stereotype. Woman, victim of a male abuser, hating and mistrusting of all males as a result, possibly not straight, possibly a victim of sexual abuse, feminist, extremely sensitive to slightly harsh tones and in constant need to be coddled and babied. The more you fit that image, the more likely they are to give a shit.

However, as soon as you start to stray away from that, people love to take the “victim card” away from you. Suddenly you are inconvenient, you don’t fit their agenda, so now your experience is in question. Now it’s ok to question whether you really have been abused, now it’s the time to claim that maybe you actually deserved it after all, now it’s the time to claim that your voice is invalid and it’s ok to send you death threats and tell you to kill yourself.

All things that would never be acceptable to do if someone fit their standards, but you? You are not helping them furthering their agenda, so you’re a hinderance. 

Same goes for trans people.

People on tumblr only care about trans people that agree with their ideas, that are blindly accepting of any identity, that don’t question things, that are ok with being fetishized, that are ok with telling all cis people that they are scum and they should die, that are “queer” and not just LGBT,…

As soon as you stray away from that you are a transphobe, a truscum, a gatekeeper, you have internalized transphobia, you are certainly male scum, you want to appease to cis people, etc. It is now ok to tell you to die, to kill yourself, to wish that your transition doesn’t work out, to misgender you, to call you transphobic and sexist insults, to doxx you.

Same for any category really. Disabled people, mentally ill people, anyone in the LGBT community, women, etc. As soon as you stop following the hivemind’s ideals you are the enemy.

Tumblr doesn’t care for minorities or victims. They only care about minorities and victims that are convenient for them. 

That’s not fucking support. That’s like the parents that say they will only love you if you do as they say and fullfill their expectations, or else you are no child of them.

- Sloth

gruvia: foreshadowing their future fight vs. natsu

At the moment, Gray and Juvia are in an undefinable stage in their romantic relationship, at least from Gray’s side. Mashima has posted on his twitter that “their relationship is still a mystery” and coming off the high of chapter 416, this is underwhelmingly and somewhat predictably true. I joined the fairy tail fandom a few weeks after 416 so I remember that there was a lot of expectation that at the very least Gray and Juvia would be living together comfortably for the whole year, yet it turned out not to be the case. That was a nice twist though, I was excited at the possibility of having an ominous mini-arc, where Gray might have been possessed by his demon powers. Alas, no.

The avatar arc was a bust for me because it had Juvia become a victim to plot conveniences and Gray not even be tempted to the dark side. Specifically, Gray got this glorious set-up when we found out he left Juvia; there were demon marks on him, he joined a dark guild worshipping Zeref, and it seemed like he was working alone to fulfill his Father’s will. In Juvia’s case, even if she was not my favorite character, I just don’t understand the need to make her sick, emotionally regressed to the point her rain returned, and then have her pain not even be an important part to the Gruvia storyline. Her rain and her regression did nothing but create an excuse that kept her out of Gray’s “solo” mission and later, Team Natsu’s get-together. 

I’m not saying that I disliked the previous arc because Gray and Juvia were not together for the whole time, or that they didn’t have a more romantic cannon moment, because I understand Mashima is running short of ways to keep these two apart until the end of the story. I’m saying that I disliked the futile reasons for Gray’s disappearance (Natsu blew his cover anyway), and the fact that the potentially large significance of Juvia’s rain was diluted to a mere off-panel moment where we don’t know if Gray ever found out about her condition or not. Like I said, I don’t understand the point of her rain’s return if in the end everybody was unaffected by it, and as much as I hope that there still is an underlying purpose behind Juvia’s state, I think Gray’s quick yet sincere apology wrapped up that poorly written arc.

After Fairy Tail’s revival, we got a few panels of them working together, and the guild teasing them about their closeness, and it was sweet because Gray was awkward about it, but their panels were mainly focused on their friends, and I loved that. I also respect the fact that Gray has feelings he still has to come to terms with, and that there is no obligation for him to show his love (bordering romantic) for Juvia in the same way she does for him. And in general, the Alvarez Arc had only a few “shipping” moments, and they were mostly for humor (i.e. gajevy’s grope, juvia fantasizing about gray while she was in a bath, natsu landing on lucy’s chest as always). 

One thing that’s been pointed out though, and you can see several greats posts about it x x and x, is that Gray has been a little cold and distant lately. I agree and that’s even taking into consideration that he is a more private and emotionally restrained character. But he undoubtedly had an increased emotional openness towards her when they were living together, and he was comfortable and happy, for Juvia would not call it “our home” so seriously in her raw state if otherwise.

More about their future though: 416 ended with Gray declaring to defeat E.N.D, and with Juvia agreeing to work with him (and watch over him: she is also following Silver’s will here). For the most part, they had the same goal in mind, until recently: Juvia said, out loud, that the real enemy was Zeref. Gray, still focused on his father’s goal, thought “E.N.D.” That’s important: Mashima has been teasing us with this silent interaction between Natsu and Gray for a while now. They’ve been wordlessly acknowledging the other’s body language i.e. Natsu paying attention to Gray’s demon marks, Gray noticing Natsu holding his bandaged arm, and also having more brotp moments fighting side by side. This is plot set-up for when Gray knows the truth about Natsu, and it will be all the more horrible because he’ll be torn between two people he loves; his father and his brother-figure.

Here’s where I think Juvia will be very important to the overall story, so actually make that three people he’ll be torn between. Juvia, who he is afraid to lose, who is patient and brave and has a mind of her own, will be the one to make Gray realize what his father (and his friends) really want for him. This is why I think so:

In this panel, Juvia reevaluates her motive for fighting Keith: in addition to defeating him to get rid of Face, she asks herself “is this really for Gray’s benefit?” Juvia has a very serious and analytical side to her when she battles or plans for her battles, and it’s this reason why I believe she has already stepped back, understood the whole picture, and realized that Zeref is the true enemy here, not E.N.D. And who’s to say that she hasn’t spent some time during Gray’s absence researching anything she could about E.N.D, Zeref, and dark guilds so she could reach that conclusion before Fairy Tail regrouped? After all, she was originally a member of Phantom Lord, she knows a thing or two about the forbidden and disastrous things guilds (people) do to assert power, all in Zeref’s name. 

As I’ve previously mentioned, I think having a Gray vs. Juvia fight is long overdue and definitely expected; Mashima has been including these kind of throw-backs between his recent arcs and his first few arcs for a while now, and because the only thing stopping Gruvia from reaching cannon is Gray’s struggle with his feelings, a head-on encounter would provide a direct way for him to accept them, for once and for all. This time, Juvia will be the one to show him the clear skies, to save him from the prospect of fighting Natsu, another loved one, and this will be Gray’s last step in his character development: finally being free of his demons, finally fulfilling his father’s will in a way that actually respects Silver’s well-meaning intentions, and finally at peace to return Juvia’s feelings and to know that “love and life” is a happiness worth risking, even in the face of death.

i know its easy to say that the zquad victimizes zayn or zayn victimizes himself but zayn is the only one of his kind where hes at and like, mashallah his endurance is admirable but he shouldnt have to be enduring anything?? zayns victim to some of the most traumatic mass scale islamaphobia that as an individual i cant even comprehend enduring they degrade his faith, accuse him of associations to unspeakable things w/o evidence, constantly target him for his actions and at a point its emotionally and mentally challenging for me to witness this happen over and over again. its just wild how much yall throw around the word victim and conveniently forget things like this lmao

Poetry Tag Statistics March 2014

I have already posted my weekly sonnet, so I’ll use my Monday-evening-post to finally get the poetry tag stats for March done.

My weekly poem, which is totally meta and cool and also describes the process how I write sonnets, can and should be read here:

How To Sonnet (A Sonnet)

Seriously, check it out!

Also, if you enjoy my poetry or hell, even if you only come here to see the stats list, please follow me on Twitter and like me on Facebook:

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And now let me present you March stats. A comparably slow month, judging from the total number of featured posts. Maybe I wasn’t the only one taking a vacation.

Total number of featured posts: 1028

  • The top 10 contributed 12.5% of all posts.
  • The top 25 contributed 23.6% of all posts.
  • The top 50 contributed 37.4% of all posts.
  • 437 different contributors were featured.
  • Each contributor was featured 2.35 times on average.
  • 201 contributors have been featured multiple times, 236 only once.
  1. renebofene, 19
  2. uutpoetry, 16
  3. r-ybanez, 14
  4. lulu-llama, 13
  5. labelledamesansdice, 13
  6. wordrummager, 13
  7. mickeymichal, 12
  8. viperslang, 11
  9. victim-of-convenience, 9
  10. chucklingpecan, 9

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HOW TO DRINK WINE FOR CLASSY ASS YOUNG ADULTS

WINE IS A FUCKING ART. JUST LIKE THERE ARE WAYS TO WIN WARS THERE ARE WAYS TO SERVE WINE. IT’S NOT JUST PICK YOUR FAVORITE MERLOT AND GO. IT’S TECHNICAL AND SHIT. BY THE TIME I’M DONE YOU’LL BE READY TO FUCK SHIT UP SONOMA COUNTY STYLE MOTHERFUCKERS. 

FIRST OF ALL, TEMPERATURE. JUST SO YOU KNOW, WINE TASTES BEST DEPENDING ON HOW COLD IT IS. EVERY MOTHERFUCKER KNOWS THAT WINE SHOULD BE STORED IN A COOL PLACE, OUT OF THE SUN, HORIZONTALLY IF IT’S CORKED. WINE RACKS ARE EASY TO MAKE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY THEM. JUST PUT THE WINE BETWEEN THE RIBS OF YOUR LATEST VICTIM. CONVENIENCE MOTHERFUCKER. 

SPARKLING WINES SHOULD BE CHILLED FOR AN HOUR IN FREEZER BEFORE SERVING. ICE COLD. LIKE THE CORE OF YOUR HEART. IF YOU WANT IT TO GET COLD FASTER, YOU CAN STORE IN AN ICE BUCKET FOR 30 MINUTES. 

AFTER SERVING  PLACE THE OPEN BOTTLE IN A BUCKET OF ICE

WHITE WINE AND ROSE SHOULD BE CHILLED FOR A HALF HOUR IN THE FREEZER BEFORE SERVING. DON’T PUT IN BUCKET OF ICE AFTER OPENING. FUCKING LET IT SWEAT OUT ON THE TABLE. IT’LL BE EXPOSED AND NERVOUS. PUT GLASSES ON THE BOTTLE TO KEEP IT COOL. CLEVER MOTHERFUCKER.  

NOW REPEAT AFTER ME 

CHANT IT BEFORE BATTLE

INCLUDE IT IN YOUR PRAYERS

SCREAM IT TO THE VALKYRIES 

RED WINE SHOULD NOT BE SERVED ROOM TEMPERATURE. 

PUT RED WINE IN THE FRIDGE FOR AN HOUR BEFORE DECANTING. THEN KEEP THE BOTTLE ON THE TABLE. EASY MOTHERFUCKER. 

THAT’S NOT ALL THOUGH. YOU CAN’T JUST POUR WINE ALL WILLY NILLY WITH WHATEVER DISH YOU WANT. YOU’RE NOT A PLEB. YOU’RE A FUCKING GENERAL. YOU KNOW YOUR SHIT. 

THIS TIP COMES FROM THE HEART, YOU BEAUTIFUL ASSHOLE. I’M SHARING WITH YOU THE /EASIEST/ AND MOST /SIMPLE/ WAY TO PAIR WINES. 

THE FUCKING COLOR. 

LIGHTER COLORED FOODS GET LIGHT WINES. 

DARKER COLORED FOODS GET DARK WINES. 

RED OR MEAT SAUCES GET RED WINES 

FISH AND CITRUS FLAVORS GET WHITE WINES. 

THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE SWISHES A GLASS AT YOU AND SMELLS THE WINE FIRST. CUT OF THEIR HANDS. THEY DON’T DESERVE WINE ANYMORE.