we are the power

Humans in spaaaaace

Had this thought last night as I lay falling asleep. We have all these space-exploration-ensemble shows with a bunch of aliens each of which has some sort of super-human power, more or less. And humans are always given ~leadership~ as their special power. The ability to bring people together, to organize shit, and I always thought, like…what a shitty power. What a shitty colonial “you were a mess until we came in and saved you” power. Drives me nuts. Seems like if an alien species builds a got-damn ship that can fly through got-damn space they probably have their shit together, right? At least somewhat?

So then I figure, what is humanity got to contribute to all these super-beings? We’re just nonsense reckless critters careening through space. Seems like we’d be more trouble than we’re worth.

But what if…I mean, what if that’s us. We’re the universe’s huckleberries. We’ll run headlong into danger, and we’ll *laugh*. And what if…what if we survive and a weirdly abnormally high rate. Like any alien with two bits of math can put together that we should have wiped ourselves out a long time ago with the first set of “hold my beer, and watch this.” So what the shit, how are we still banging around the universe building shit and flying off solar ramps into the sun while doing some spaceship equivalent of an ollie while crushing beer cans on our forehead. Why. Why do we exist.

And then it hits me. We survive. We’re super good at it. Uncannily good at it. So much so that we…I mean, we actually bend probability in our favor. It’s absurd. And it totally falls flat if you actually tell us this (“Never tell me the odds,” said Solo, knowing full well that knowing the odds kills a human’s chances of survival).

So there we are. Careening around the universe. Joining alien crews because they know that with a human on board, especially a cocky human in some kind of leadership position, can warp probability to stretch success in their favor. And they can never ever tell us this. So instead they just pat our heads and tell us we’re just so good at ~leadership~ and that’s what makes humans special

But really…we’re just a bunch of space dinguses.


Zack was the Black Power Ranger We Deserved

by Ja-Quan Greene

“From 1993-1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was that show. There’s no debating it, it quite simply was. That show that transcended race, gender, religion and any other criteria you want to hang your cape on. That’s the show any late 20 or early 30 something year old will admit they anxiously awaited for every afternoon. We would bolt from our school in a full on sprint in order to make it home on time for the latest episode of Power Rangers. Lord forgive the poor soul who missed even 4 mins of an episode. Jokes, roasts, ridicule and scorn was sure to ensue…

Zack was the best representation of a fun-loving, charismatic young black man in the 90s. He was funny; always up for a good joke. He was confident and powerful to the point he could take on Rita’s creatures solo dolo if/when he got separated from the squad. He was skilled and lethal enough to be squad leader Jason’s right hand man in battle and sparring partner when practicing karate…”

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anonymous asked:

Hey Hank, I vaguely remember watching an old vlogbrothers video where you ranted about things that upset you. I recall you said something about not wanting to do so because ranting can be "unhealthy." Can you elaborate on that please? I thought letting out negative emotions was a good way to cope with them.

Turns out that’s untrue. The more you express anger, the more you feel anger. There is no research that suggests that “venting” anger is a thing that allows your anger to escape and become external. Indeed, research indicates that focusing on negative things becomes a habit and the more we do it, the more we do it. 

Those videos both took me about a week to put together and both times for more than a week afterward I saw the world as a collection of things to be analyzed for shittiness. 

Dealing with negative emotions is very powerful. We need to recognize them, to confront them, not simply experience them.

Jasper National Park is such an incredible place. Canoing Maligne Lake was the most serene, rewarding experience we could have asked for. I paddled with Momo and @xshaydx 3 hours out (15km) to see Spirit Island. Turns out we didn’t make it quite far enough, Spirit Island was about another kilometre, but the sun had set and it was getting cold. I’ll definitely come back and try again.

So we started heading back. Maligne Lake is so far away from anything that it was unlikely we’d run into any other boaters, and gas powered motors aren’t allowed on the lake, so we were able to paddle slow and steady and enjoy the stars. With no moon, the milky way arched above us and the Big Dipper led the way North West. We saw dozens of shooting stars, a lightning storm on the horizon, and some mysterious lights floating above a mountain range.

No wind, just stars and paddling. We got back at midnight, 30km later. Taking this time reminded me of the healing power of spending quality time with nature. And also a solid reminder that I need to get back into shape. #travelalberta

(Note: Momo was wearing a life jacket except for this moment for the photo!)

I’m stunned whenever i read the Israelites complained to God when they already saw His great power. Then i remember how much we worry when God already gave us His Son to show that He will always provide. We complain because we forget.
Post-Season Analysis 2: Lapis Lazuli

(jesus christ somebody get this woman a therapist please)

(Disclaimer:  I am a liveblog!  I’ve seen up through episode 78, Log Date 7 15 2, and all analysis and assertions made herein are based upon such information as I have received to this point.  Please don’t spoil me about future events in the reblogs!)

Holy shit.

When I did my last analysis, all we’d seen of Lapis was Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem.  She demonstrated overwhelming power, called the Gems’ moral high ground into question, and then flew off into space.

I had no idea what I had coming.

Lapis, for those of you just tuning in, is SPOILER SPOILER about SPOILER, and doesn’t SPOILER SPOILER with SPOILER SPOILER, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER until the handle broke off and they had to call a doctor to pull it back out again.  If you don’t already know what those spoilers are, well, thank you for your viewership, you strange silly person!  Go watch some Steven Universe and stop reading this, because spoilers, jesus.

Are they gone?  Okay, let’s talk about fear.

Lapis is afraid.  If the location of a Gem’s gem says anything about their personality, then Lapis’ projected body is a shield between her self and the universe.  Every time she lashes out, she’s trying to stop something or someone she thinks will hurt her or someone she cares about.  Every time she retreats into her shell, it’s because she can’t see a way out, can’t see any hope for the future.  Fear consumes you.  Fear corners you.  Fear makes you think there’s no point, that the only thing you can do is run, or hide, and that any choices you make are worthless.  I’ve had quite an intimate experience with fear over the last few months, and it’s only strengthened my pity for this poor woman.

And when Jasper finally broke through her walls, when Jasper pushed her into making a choice, Lapis discovered that she wasn’t the only one who was afraid.  Jasper was afraid of the Crystal Gems.  Jasper was so shaken that she was turning to the one thing she despised above all else–fusion–as a way to keep herself alive.

And then…things went to hell.

Lapis hasn’t exactly been in a good place for the last few thousand years.  She made me question Garnet and Amethyst’s motivations, but at this point that theory’s so full of holes Malachite’s probably using it as a footrest at the bottom of the ocean.  Lapis, at that point, is ready to act for the second time since being freed from her mirror–but she has no idea how to deal with that impetus, so instead of picking Jasper up with her control of the entire ocean and smashing the jerk against the rocks a few times, she decides to turn to the one thing that’s kept her in check: imprisonment.

I’ve argued with people about her motivations before.  Yes, some of it is revenge.  Some of it is malice.  Most of it, though?  She’s protecting Steven–she’s just chosen an awful, unhelpful way to do so.

When we last saw her, we got to see what that was costing her.  Her mental well-being, whatever was left of it.  Her sense of self.  Her hold was slipping, and the only way she could keep a grip on Jasper was to sink deeper and deeper into the depths of Malachite.

That’s where we’re going to see her next.  I just hope Steven and the girls are able to free her, because now she’s in a prison of her own making, because she doesn’t understand anything else anymore.


[Exclusive] YG is pouring all its capabilities in the second half of this year”… The timetable of YG artists’ comebacks and new releases

[OSEN=최나영 선미경 김보라 기자] YG Entertainment (“YG”) will take the second half of this year by the storm. A variety of musicians cherished and polished by YG will release their all-time best albums in the second half, doing their best.

An YG insider said on August 30 to OSEN, “YG’s CEO YANG HYUN SUK is taking initiative for YG’s unprecedented success for the second half of this year, saying we should pour all our power and capabilities in the second half of this year, to carry out as many projects of YG artists as possible, for the sake of fans”. Before such plan was announced, YG led the debut of BLACKPINK, YG’s first new girl group in seven years, to a great success and announced solo album release by iKON’s member BOBBY, to draw keen attention. As BOBBY is one of the leading rappers of YG, his album is expected to contain genuine hip-hop.

After BLACKPINK and BOBBY, WINNER’s SONG MINHO who is famous for his flagship hip-hop soul, will also come back as a solo artist. Then, in fall, new albums of WINNER and iKON, the brother boy groups, are expected to be released. Then, “MADE” album of BIGBANG, YG’s leading artist, will be finally completed.

Furthermore, AKMU will release an album in this fall as suggested from early this year, and then PSY, EPIK HIGH, and LEE HI will also release their new songs within this year. With YG’s jewel box widely opening as such, global music fans will be able to enjoy a variety of YG music during the second half of this year.

Plus, Zion.T who has recently joined YG producer TEDDY’s new black label, as well as Hyuk Oh of EPIK HIGH’s label are likely to release new albums in the second half. As Zion.T and Hyuk Oh always sweep top places on charts, their new release is something that music fans always await for.

If new songs and albums of such bigshot YG artists are released one after another from this September until the end of this year, the music scene for the second half of 2016 will be dominated by YG. Naturally, music fans believe that a big sensation will be created by YG during that time.

YG artists are famous for their long-time work on new songs. That is why fans of YG artists sometimes say that you never know when they will actually release an album until the album is really put on the market. However, that is also the proof of how much YG artists work hard for their music to be presented to the public.

Therefore, YG artists always present music with higher-than-expected quality. If only more than half of those YG artists release new songs in the second half, the music scene will be just hit hard by YG.

# Sechs Kies’ first concert in 16 years

Sechs Kies will hold a concert on September 10 and 11 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. That is Sechs Kies’ first concert in 16 years since the team’s breakup in 2000. Sechs Kies had originally been supposed to hold a concert in June, but after signing contract with YG, the team decided to postpone the concert, to have more time to raise the quality of the concert. In the concert whose tickets had been all sold out right after the ticket opening, Sechs Kies is highly likely to unveil their new songs.

Sechs Kies members are going to YG’s recording studio every day these days. Despite their busy schedules of preparation for the concert and appearance in TV shows, Sechs Kies has been recording more than 20 songs to be performed at the concert from scratch. As Sechs Kies has not performed for more than 16 years, there were only one or two available accompanying music. No one had the accompanying music for Sechs Kies’ songs and YG does not use music for TV shows at concerts, in order to present perfect sound for concerts. So, Sechs Kies members had to sing and record those songs all over again. It demonstrates how much YG is caring for the quality of Sechs Kies’ concert.

# Solo BOBBY & iKON

iKON’s member and rapper BOBBY unveiled the first teaser image for his solo comeback on August 29. The teaser image showed “COMING SOON” in large font, suggesting that BOBBY’s solo album will be released soon. BOBBY is the main rapper of iKON who debuted one year ago, as well as the winner of Mnet’s “Show Me the Money 3” show in 2014. BOBBY’s rap style with his flagship rough and tough voice always presents energetic performances.

BOBBY is 20-years-old. He is a member of boy group iKON that holds Japan arena tour within only one year of their debut and now, he also releases his own solo album, rapidly evolving into an artist. He was 19-years-old when he won “Show Me the Money 3”. BOBBY’s solo album and performances to be unveiled two years after that are likely to be focusing on genuine hip-hop that best-displays BOBBY’s identity and appeals. Meanwhile, group iKON is also working on their new songs.

# BLACKPINK, again

Is BLACKPINK, the hottest girl group of these days, going to hit the music scene hard once again? YG artists usually present more than two songs for their debut. BLACKPINK made debut only three weeks ago, but they are setting unprecedented records on charts, unlike usual rookie girl groups. BLACKPINK has been sweeping the charts of music-streaming websites for 15 days in a row, took No.1 in a TV music show within the shortest-ever period of time for a girl group, and their music videos have surpassed 20 million views. Just a “whistle” of these girls is creating sensation in the music scene.

BLACKPINK has completed the formula that an YG rookie equals a monstrous rookie. Following the great success of WINNER who debuted in 2014 and iKON who debuted last year, BLACKPINK is also creating big sensation in the music scene. All those three idol groups took music charts by the storm upon their debut. These days, it is even hard for an idol group to make their debut song enter the chart. Therefore, BLACKPINK’s success on charts is all the more remarkable.

# Hyuk Oh and CL

Hyuk Oh drew big attention by presenting a sensational performance at SUMMER SONIC 2016, one of the leading music festivals in Japan. Hyuk Oh is holding a concert in Japan and then coming back to Korea to concentrate on their new album. Hyuk Oh was acclaimed by the audience for their performance at 2016 SUMMER SONIC FESTIVAL on August 20 and 21. Now, music fans are expressing bigger anticipation for Hyuk Oh’s comeback with new songs.

Plus, CL (Lee Chae-lin)’s solo debut single is drawing big attention not only in Korea but also around the world. After establishing a base camp in the United States early last year and announcing her full-fledged debut in the country, CL has been collaborating with world-famous artists and the collaboration projects have been spotlighted by globally influential media outlets. That is why many people show rising anticipation and interest in CL’s first step in America’s music scene.


Along with BOBBY to release a solo album soon, WINNER’s member SONG MINHO is also to make a solo comeback soon. As the two have boasted great talent as the rappers of WINNER and iKON, as well as in “Show Me the Money” competition, fans have high expectations for their solo music. SONG MINHO has also contributed his solo song in WINNER’s album. Just like iKON and BOBBY, WINNER is also working on their new songs, in line with SONG MINHO’s solo comeback.

Notably, since the time of SONG MINHO’s comeback and BOBBY’s solo comeback overlap, the competition between the two will draw much attention. The relationship between WINNER and iKON is so special, as they competed against each other in survival audition shows for debut. The two are even called “brother idol groups”. Coinciding solo comebacks of the main rappers of two idol boy groups that target fan base of similar age group is a very exceptional and unusual case in Korea’s music scene. The constructive competition between the two is expected to create a big synergy.  

2016. 8. 30.


Passing Women are Quite Common

Women transition for a lot of reasons but one of the main ones is being treated like all women are treated, disrespectfully, violently, subject to many limitations, as well as getting punished specifically for being a woman out of line with the male-created ideal.

Women aren’t allowed to just exist as we please. We are encouraged and trained, starting when we are very young, to please others. If someone sexually abused us as children then we likely absorbed the message that our very bodies exist to be used for others’ pleasure.  We are taught to please men especially since they have more power, including the power to dominate whomever happens to fall beneath them in the social hierarchy. Men are more likely to sexually abuse us, teach us our bodies are there to fulfill their desires. Men, white men most of all, still hold most positions of power in industry, in the professions, media, politics and religion, they still make more money and have much greater access to resources. Dominant men use their power and influence to create a culture that centers their world views and blots out or distorts the perspectives of women and less powerful men. Virtually all women are in a position where they have to please men in order to get some or all of their basic needs met. A lot of men and not a few women in this society don’t like independent powerful women. They fear and despise such women and punish those who do not bend to male expectations or work to satisfy male desires.

In this male-centric society, lesbians come to symbolize the “wrong” kind of woman, the woman who doesn’t conform to male dictates and is thus “unnatural” and deserves punishment. A woman doesn’t actually have to be a lesbian to take on this stigma and many straight women who act independently or present themselves outside femininity are presumed to be lesbians. Judging from the many straight women I’ve known who’ve been mistaken for lesbians, being seen as a dyke is often about breaking from female stereotypes and less about expressing attraction to women.

Lesbians, whatever our politics, give a lot of our energy and attention to other women instead of men. Sometimes we have as little contact with men as we can manage. In the past, some of us even tried to create a women-centered economic system within the larger capitalist one so we could channel as much money and other resources back to lesbians and other women as we could. A lot of us still try to do this. Many of us dress to please ourselves, dress for comfort, dress for each other, not to please men. I think a whole lot more women would dress in so-called “butch” or “androgynous” styles if they weren’t worried about social and economic punishments or were taught that doing so made them unnatural. If you “look like a lesbian” you look like you don’t care about men and this will not go unremarked or unpunished in a male-dominated culture.

Butch or otherwise non-conforming women face everything other women tend to face such as not being paid as much as men, being expected to do more emotional work, being treated like a sex object, living in danger of rape and other sexual assault, seeing demeaning images of other women in the media. We also face a particular alienation and often a particular form of hatred and hostility. We see images of women reduced to sex objects and helpmates and other appendages to men but we hardly ever see someone like ourselves and if we do it’s likely that something awful will happen to her. I can recall so many media depictions of butch women, most of them presumably created by straight men, where the woman ends up dying or having something really terrible happen to her. Often she’s not just butch but holds a position of power. Again, women who are strong and don’t care about men are feared and hated. People often don’t know what to do with us when they meet us. Sometimes they stare, get confused, sometimes they get hostile. I let myself pass as a man a lot when I’m out in the world cuz I know social interactions will run a lot smoother if I do and I don’t trust people to treat me the same way if they know I’m female.

Women often accommodate ourselves to how people, men especially, treat us in this society. A lot of us learn to numb ourselves to it one way or another. We become experts at minimizing the importance and awareness of our own suffering. Believing that we’re not women, that this treatment isn’t really aimed at us is one way, focusing our attention on the suffering of others is another.

Women who transition to live as men or some other gender are not unique in trying to escape or cope with our degrading social status as women in a male-dominated society. We’ve just chosen a particular strategy and one that suits those of us who’ve been cast out of the official definition of “woman” because we make men uncomfortable. A lot of people would like us to disappear, would rather we live as men than admit that there really are women like us. They don’t want to admit that there’d be even more of us if there weren’t social sanctions for stepping out of line. People punish and exclude us for looking and acting as we do to keep our numbers down.

Trans theory has at best a limited understanding of how society treats females who defy their sex roles to the point where we are seen as “masculine” or otherwise fall outside “normal” and “natural” womanhood.  “Masculine” women are often given token mention in the list of who can be counted as transgender, never mind that many of us don’t count ourselves as either trans or masculine. Trans theory can conceive of women with a masculine gender identity or men with “assigned female” bodies who need to transition in order to be happy. It separates the “masculine” woman from other women just as society does, marks her as “trans” first and female second (if at all) and doesn’t connect her situation to that of women in general. It can not conceive of women who transition and come to identify as men to escape social limitations or cope with woman-hatred and trauma. Much trans theory rejects the influence of social forces nor does it consider trauma as a factor in trans identity formation or transitioning. Trans theory frames the problem as how society limits or punishes the expression of a trans person’s “gender identity”. But what of how society inhibits all women from realizing our full power and capacity, economically, socially, physically, psychologically and spiritually? Women, all of us, whatever our desires and self-expression, are expected to conform to social rules created for the benefit of men as a group. All women are denied expression of our true selves, our desires and ambitions. The specific hardships of “masculine” and otherwise “unfeminine” women are of a piece with the struggles all women face. Ours is a specific manifestation of this struggle, not something that sets us a part as a separate category, as “trans” to their “cis”.

Butch and other women who can’t or won’t conform to sex roles are not feared and mistreated because we defy the “gender binary” or the idea that “only men are masculine and women feminine”. We are treated so poorly because we call socially sanctioned roles and ideas of women into question, namely that women exist to serve and please men. We suggest and prove that women can exist for ourselves, for our own joys, aspirations and ambitions, not anyone else’s. Men in this society are very afraid of what women would do if we could act freely. When they’re not just battering us into submission, they try to find ways to keep us fulfilled that stop far short of giving us real freedom. Transitioning is one of these deals. If we actually pass, we experience more ease and less social friction. We stop looking like scary unfeminine women and doctors and therapists make a profit while presenting themselves as compassionately treating the suffering of a marginalized minority.

Passing as a man in order to gain some measure of freedom is a strategy women have been using for centuries, probably thousands of years, whenever some of us could get away with it. Women live(d) as men not because they were actually men but because they/we could not resist an opportunity for more freedom. This strategy used to be available only to those women whose physical features allowed them to pass for male. I could’ve been a passing woman in many ages given the chance. With the availability of testosterone and surgery, this strategy has been made accessible to more women and more women are taking it up for the same reason women of old did, more freedom. More freedom from abuse, violence and disrespect and more freedom to act purposefully in the world.

Patriarchy can handle a few passing women just fine. Passing can help the individual woman have a freer life but it doesn’t change how much power women have as a group. In older eras, if a passing woman was caught, she might be punished, even killed. But she could also be reduced to a harmless curiosity, her actions tamed by attributing socially acceptable motivations. Maybe she was passing as a soldier to follow a man she loved into battle or she was just that patriotic. And some women did indeed pass as men to maintain romantic relationships with men or fight for their country but others passed to enter male dominated occupations, to form relationships with women, to live a less restricted life. In many of the latter cases, these women’s stories were re-written, heterosexualized or otherwise distorted to make them less threatening. A passing woman could become more acceptable and understandable if her existence could be explained within a heterosexual and patriarchal framework.

Likewise, the present medicalized passing woman has been tamed with scientific and cultural explanations that fit her back into society. The specter of the disobedient woman is neutralized by explaining her existence as a medical anomaly and convincing her that she is not a woman after all. Trans theory and health care providers present her with a way to understand her suffering and a way to ease it. In exchange, she must put her body under the care and control of the medical establishment and pay for their services. Doctors, surgeons and pharmaceutical companies have stepped in to regulate this female strategy and profit from it. They turn our attempts at survival into a commodity they sell back to us. Such is life in a consumer-capitalist patriarchy.

We not only conform but pay to conform. But then most women do. A woman who believes or decides that she must appear feminine to succeed socially and economically has to pay too, pay for the products and services to make herself feminine and pay with her time and energy. Most women are projecting an image around ourselves to survive and most of the time that image is what society thinks a woman should be, feminine. Many women use feminine presentation strategically, not because they find it personally satisfying. In this video, for example, Maria Catt talks about the economic and social factors behind her choice to look more gender-conforming.

I know from my own experience that I get treated better when I’m seen as a man. Depending on where I am, being seen as a man or not can be the difference between being safe and fearing that my life is in danger, between being a person worthy of respect and being a freak. When I’m seen as a woman I can’t trust that I’ll be treated well. If I think I can be recognized as female, I get more anxious, edgy, ready myself for potential hostility. I have been screamed at, had my breasts grabbed and been otherwise molested for being the kind of woman I am. Nothing like this has happened in a while, thankfully, but my body remembers and reminds me when I go out.

If I can’t walk through the world as myself without anticipating trouble, if I have to hide who I am to be certain of good treatment, how am I free? If women are punished, especially if we’re economically punished, for looking and behaving certain ways, how can any woman be free?  As long as women are expected to follow certain rules, to look and act a certain way to be treated better, get a job, earn money, as long as we must please men to get what we need to live, none of us are free. It doesn’t matter if some women like following some of the rules or not. It’s not a free choice if a woman’s going to be punished for acting otherwise. And even if we do follow the rules, most of us are still not making as much as men, not being respected as full humans and are still subject to violence and humiliation for being women. We’re restricted and exploited no matter what we do.

I want to be seen as a woman not to satisfy some internal “gender identity” but because I want the reality of what women are to shine forth beyond the myths created about us and the restrictions placed on our bodies. I want to burn up the roles, the regulations, I want to remove all fear of punishment and violence from our existence. I want us to be free to act and create our own lives. I want what a woman is to be a question all those born female get to answer for ourselves. Not something told to us as girls to get us to behave, not limitations on our opportunities, not a set of shame and fears, not a reason why it’s ok to hurt us, not a justification for why our bodies are for other people and not really our own.

Our own womanhood, what it means to be female and how we exist on a basic level was taken from us. Taken from women long ago, before we were born, when men started to dominate us and define what we are for their own purposes. Not only are we denied resources, jobs, education and positions of power, we also denied our very be-ing. That is what we have to regain. We’ve been treated like conquered territory and remade in the conqueror’s image but we are not property. We are alive, changing, self-creating. We are women struggling to live beyond the force imposed on us, the lies, mindfucks and cruelties. Our existence burns behind the illusions, behind the fear and refusals to recognize our power. We keep burning even if we pass or present a certain way to survive. We learn to see the living fire in each other. We keep each other warm by feeding each other stories and strength. We collect what we learn from our lives and the lives of other women and we create visions, alone and together. We create maps of the world to help each other navigate to places of greater freedom. We find the infinity inside and all around us. We learn to live in multiple realities, the male-created reality that violently restricts us and the reality we create where we are power unfolding. We don’t keep what we learn secret, we pass it on whenever we can. We come to love other women, whether or not we are lesbians. We start at different points but make the journey many women make, from the male-created myths to the female reality that can’t be killed, only obscured.

The transitioned woman is but one alienated woman in a society of alienated women. She is common and her commoness is her liberation should she find it. In finding her commoness she finds her power, for the common condition all women share is infinity, self-creating and manifesting in female form. Being butch, passing for male, transitioning and stopping, all this does not divide me from other women but brings me closer, connects me to them. My struggle to exist is one battle in the war all women must wage to exist. I look at the medical establishment and the trans movement to explain what happened to me but I also look further to the patriarchy that spawned them both. I learn about its history and how it operates all over the world, how it effects all women but effects us differently according to factors like race and class, whether we are disabled or labeled “crazy”, whether we live in the First or Third World. I am a radical feminist because I learned the hard way that treating the symptoms instead of the root cause of my problems doesn’t work. I won’t make the same mistake again.

We have to keep our vision as large as possible. As long as men as a group dominate and violate women and restrict our lives, some women will be driven to hurt and hide ourselves to survive. I will not be satisfied with helping more women come out of dissociation and heal from their transitions, nor with providing different treatments for dysphoria or raising awareness about how trauma and misogyny can cause dysphoria, though all these pursuits are worthwhile. I will settle for nothing less than turning the world upside down and abolishing patriarchy. I will not live to see the end of this struggle but I will work toward the total liberation of all women, doing what I can so that other women can find and take up their own power. That is how I will stop passing and make myself free.

The amazing Ruby Murry closing the Manchester Pride weekend as fireworks go off while she’s performing on the sackville gardens candlelight vigil memorial for people we’ve lost to HIV and hate crime.
A powerful and unforgettable experience.

SOUL Aspect Headcanons

Hey guys, Lila here. It’s a little over 1:00am right now (or at least it was when I started making this) but oh well I wanted to do it. I’ve had personal headcanons about the aspects of human SOULs in Undertale for quite a while now as a lot of you probably already know, but I’ve decided to throw it all out in one big post and ruin all your dashes with my silly ideas! 

Apologies in advance for that, by the way. I’ll start off with my basic thoughts.

  • Each different SOUL aspect offers it’s own unique ability or abilities. I chose to base these off of options you’d see in a video game’s pause menu, based on the only SOUL abilities we see in Undertale (SAVEs, LOADing, and RESETs). 
  • How powerful or in-depth an ability is based on how potent that SOUL aspect is within it’s user, based on how Flowey was able to SAVE and LOAD mid-battle when he had the human SOULs.
  • Human SOULs, under great stress or other internal conflict, can temporarily have their aspect’s abilities stricken. Inspired by numerous RPs and fanfics that feature a ‘loss of determination’. 
  • Human SOULs with high LV or otherwise moral bankruptcy will corrupt into an negativity-driven equivalent over time (or change from a “virtue” to a “vice”). Inspired by this post, with some personal interpretation.

So those are the basic ideas I’ll be going with. Detailed breakdowns of the SOUL aspects (or in the very least most of them) are under the cut!

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