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Later

As anyone might guess from my blog-neglect, I need to take a break.

I just can’t do this. I’ve seen some seriously toxic stuff lately, linked from a “safe space” no less. “Safe spaces” don’t link to things so vitriolic that they induce suicidal impulses.

While it might be easy to think, “Well, why don’t you just ignore it? Don’t let it get to you,” let me explain.

I can’t.

My mental illnesses and past history of abuse won’t allow for it.

So, I’m going to peace out for now.

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On Being Poor

gailsimone:

The contempt and disgust people who have never been poor have for people who ARE poor is a sign of their lack of their basic humanity. It’s hard to be poor. It’s dangerous to be poor.

Most of the people I know who say that poor people have it ‘too easy,’ couldn’t last a goddamn week being poor. They wouldn’t know what it’s like to have no support system, no fallback options. 

Not knowing if you can feed your kids, or if you will have a place to live, that is a world they can’t even imagine.

If you have never been truly poor, good for you. I’m honestly happy for you. But you don’t get to judge the people who are, because you will never, ever know what it’s like. 

I’ve had a comfortably middle-class upbringing, as did my father. My mother … Not so much. They were so poor, she missed a year of school because they lived in a tent. All nine of them.

She had quite a few words to describe her childhood, but too easy sure as hell weren’t among them.

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srsfunny:

Gravity Challengehttp://srsfunny.tumblr.com/

Jesus Christ, man, put on a helmet!

srsfunny:

Gravity Challenge
http://srsfunny.tumblr.com/

Jesus Christ, man, put on a helmet!

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c2ndy2c1d:

xibalbadance:

tegansenpai:

timetravellingtimelord:

theparadoxymoron:

katiefab:

cutebabe:

shipcomingthrough:

Just watch it.

oh……my fucking

No, seriously. Watch the video.

but guys…can you imagine what would happen if someone hacked the highways? 

HERE’S THE LINK TO SOLAR FREAKIN’ ROADWAYS GUYS

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SIGNAL BOOST THIS SHIT

BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS NAO.

this video was hilarious and really through with this subject. come on guys support this cause (or signal boost it for your friends), this is pretty much the first i’ve ever thought about donating more than $100 on. 

Actual sustainability! There’s only like a week left, so go donate now!

They’re doing the flexible funding thing, so every dollar will help.

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Hate Can’t Fix Hate

I am so very, very tired of being told one type of hate is okay as long as it’s not a different type of hate. This is generally talking about how members of oppressed groups can hate members of dominant groups, but I’ve seen a lot of justification for disenfranchised people hating other, slightly less disenfranchised people.

Fuck that noise.

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COULD I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION A SECOND?

silversarcasm:

shslaquacadet:

Hi, I’m Lilly, an 18 year old trans girl living in the UK. 
I’m currently pre-transition, and I’m living in an EXTREMELY unsupportive and transmysoginist environment (my parents have threatened to disown me if I transition). I will have no financial support from my family for my transition, and since I will be going to uni next year, my money will be very very tight. 


Even if I choose to go down the NHS route (which i may not since the waiting lists are huge…)  I will still have to get hair removal which can cost up to £135 a time, and I’ll have to get makeup, clothes, and other things to help me go ”full time” so that the NHS will consider me suitable for a full transition.

So I would really really appreciate  it if you could donate some money to my paypal (Which is Jackp779@hotmail.co.uk) any amount will help, I just need to have some financial security before I head off to uni

Also, I’m an amateur photographer! so if you donate, feel free to request an a photo commission in return!!

Thank you so much for even reading or signal boosting this xxx

Hey everyone!

Lilly is an absolute sweetheart who deserves the world and it would mean so much to me if any of you could help out! If you could all at least reblog this so those who can help her out can be reached that would be fantastic <3

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emergency commissions, please read (tw: terminal illness, death)

natsukiplease:

hi guys. I didn’t really want to make a post like this but my situation is getting worse by the day and I don’t really know what else to do. 

about a month ago I quit my job and came home to California to take some time to myself; things had gone bad with my coworkers and I needed a break. a few days after I got home, dad made the off-hand comment that he had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and that his doctor told him not to look it up because it would only scare him. I read up on it and informed him, as strongly as I could, that it was terminal.

I can honestly say that watching the fear creep into his eyes was the one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life.

after that things escalated at a radical pace. by May, 7th, my father could no longer hold down solid food, and by May 12th, he couldn’t even get to the bathroom on his own; just sitting up had become a struggle. my aunts and I had no choice but to take him to the hospital.

on may 14th, we found out that what had been mistakenly diagnosed as pulmonary fibrosis was actually metastatic lung cancer, and that it had spread throughout his liver, bones, and brain. we were told that he had weeks, maybe a month, and we decided to bring him home. my aunt called up a hospice center, who promptly brought a hospital bed and oxygen tank into our small guest house.

only hours later, at two a.m. on may 15th, I received a call that my dad had died in his sleep. he never made it home.

TLDR; four days later, my bank account is in the red, I’m being evicted (he only paid the rent up until the 20th), and I’m entirely dependent on friends and family. dad had no life insurance, no steady income, and little to leave behind. the cremation cost alone is in the hundreds, and I don’t even want to think about the burial and other final expenses.

asking for help doesn’t exactly come easily to me, but I’m really struggling right now. even if you can only afford a quick sketch, please please don’t hesitate to get in touch. you can read my commission page here or just email me at natsukiplease@yahoo.com and I’ll be sure to respond as promptly as possible.

(reblogs are appreciated beyond words; thank you in advance.)

EDIT // just because I’ve been asked twice, my paypal is indeed under the email above! ; u ; but really, at least let me do a sketch for you if you want to donate okay? I feel weird just accepting money;;

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Reblog if you’d read a book with a bisexual intersex protagonist

shwetanarayan:

malindalo:

lauraroselam:

lauraroselam:

It’s an experiment. 

I’ve written two books with such a protagonist. Pantomime, which just made a top ten title for the  2014 ALA Rainbow list, and the just-released sequel, Shadowplay. The first one is set in a circus and the second on a magician’s stage.

You don’t have to reblog to say you’d read MY books (though that’d be nice and part of the hope of this post is that it’ll spread awareness that my books are out there), just that you WOULD read one.
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So, the main point of the experiment was to prove to myself that yes, plenty of people would be open to reading my books.

I’ve had a lot of people who seem to think because of the protag, they’re too niche. Evidently book reps thought the blurb had to remain vaguer to appeal to the “mainstream.” And despite strong reviews and awards shortlists, my books haven’t lit the world on fire with sales. In fact, the series is under threat and it’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll have to self-release the third book myself (which means it won’t get in bookstores or libraries, which makes me sad). I’ve worked hard to promote them but there’s only so much I can do.

At first, I thought this experiment failed. It got to 200 notes and then sat there for months. So to see this pick up over the last few days and get lots of notes and spark some discussion warms my heart. I’ve gotten a few really nice messages through my ask box from people who read and connected with Micah Grey and it makes me want to cry happy tears. Thanks, everyone. x

I loved Pantomime! And I haven’t had a chance to read Shadowplay yet but I’m sure I’ll love it when I read it. Fantasy readers seeking bisexual characters, take note — these are wonderful books with the kind of character you hardly ever see in YA, so please support them by buying them or asking your library to buy them!

These sound awesome

If I vanish for a couple days it’ll be cause I’m reading them XD

Fuck yes!

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convertingtolight:

Mental illnesses aren’t clear cut. Symptoms over lap. Symptoms contradict. Some days are better than others. Some days are worse than others. It can get messy. No matter where you are on the spectrum- your thoughts & feelings are valid. You are precious. You deserve to be listened to. You deserve compassion. Just because X over there is struggling a bit more than you today, it doesn’t make you any less worthy of support.

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First Book You Loved?

gailsimone:

I started a hashtag at Twitter that quite surprisingly became the number one trending topic in the US for a while recently, but even better was the fact that it was quite lovely to read the responses.

The question was, what was the first book that really grabbed you as a kid (or later, if it took that long for you to experience that feeling)?

What was the first book you could not stop reading, that really gripped you and wouldn’t let you go? What book as a kid did you treasure beyond reason?

Just curious, but I think it’s fun to see the responses. So what was your first book you loved?

@firstbookiloved

I’m gonna say the Goosebumps series. I started reading them in the 1st grade, and I think I was still reading them by the 6th?

I could not put those things down. I remember I got them from the public library, as gifts, and with my allowance because my school’s library refused to stock them.

My parents straight-up confiscated them for a couple months because I once read so many of them in a row, I started seeing things at night. (I remember that I still managed to smuggle some into my room, but I can’t for the life of me remember how.)

This one time in 3rd grade, I got in trouble because I snuck into the bathroom with one to read during class.

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charminglyantiquated:

rkirkman:

tarteauxfraises:

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)



Nancy Wake has been a hero of mine for ages, a phenomenal woman

You’re forgetting to mention how she got tangled in a tree when she parachuted into France, and when the French maquis captain who found her said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year,” she told him, “Don’t give me that French shit.”
Then she went on to expand the maquis to 7,500, lead attacks the local Gestapo headquarters, and generally kick ass. It’s estimated from her entry into France until the liberation, she led the maquis on to fight approximately 22,000 SS soldiers, taking only 100 casualties for the 1,400 they dished out.
The Gestapo’s code name for her was the White Mouse, because she was impossible to catch.
I would pay a lot of money for a movie about this woman.

WHY THE FUCK IS THIS THE FIRST TIME I&#8217;VE HEARD ABOUT THIS WOMAN
[REDACTED] COUNTY PUBLIC EDUCATION YOU HAVE FAILED ME AGAIN

charminglyantiquated:

rkirkman:

tarteauxfraises:

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

Nancy Wake has been a hero of mine for ages, a phenomenal woman

You’re forgetting to mention how she got tangled in a tree when she parachuted into France, and when the French maquis captain who found her said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year,” she told him, “Don’t give me that French shit.”

Then she went on to expand the maquis to 7,500, lead attacks the local Gestapo headquarters, and generally kick ass. It’s estimated from her entry into France until the liberation, she led the maquis on to fight approximately 22,000 SS soldiers, taking only 100 casualties for the 1,400 they dished out.

The Gestapo’s code name for her was the White Mouse, because she was impossible to catch.

I would pay a lot of money for a movie about this woman.

WHY THE FUCK IS THIS THE FIRST TIME I’VE HEARD ABOUT THIS WOMAN

[REDACTED] COUNTY PUBLIC EDUCATION YOU HAVE FAILED ME AGAIN

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kittenclayton:

thecarvingwitch:

charminglyantiquated:

a morbid little comic about banshees

beautiful

what’s not to love about this?

I can’t

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Anonymous said: if you could cosplay a character, who would it be?

gailsimone:

I did cosplay once, I was an elf from Elfquest when I was just a kid!

Oh my God, really?

Who?!

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gailsimone:

srsfunny:

Radical Afghan Girlshttp://srsfunny.tumblr.com/

Oh, man. What a great shot.

My only objection is that only one of them is wearing a helmet D:
The plaid pattern the girl farthest to the left is wearing is really nice! Is that a skirt? I want that skirt.

gailsimone:

srsfunny:

Radical Afghan Girls
http://srsfunny.tumblr.com/

Oh, man. What a great shot.

My only objection is that only one of them is wearing a helmet D:

The plaid pattern the girl farthest to the left is wearing is really nice! Is that a skirt? I want that skirt.

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"Acceptance" In Genre Fiction

gailsimone:

I have been thinking about this a lot lately, curious to hear from all of you.

I have always thought of Science Fiction and fantasy as progressive genres. In particular, some powerful allegorical stories formed a lot of my opinions as a kid, regarding racism and intolerance, when I lived surrounded by those things in a very small, very rural farming community with little access to any kind of diversity.

But I am questioning these genres a bit lately. First, there’s a lot of stuff to question, even very recently, like known bigots being up for awards. And the lack of diversity in some of the most prominent fantasy works is hard to excuse (though people continue to try).

But I’ve been thinking…why allegory? Why so MUCH allegory?

Why should the audience accept stories about gender fluidity and trans issues and racism and the like, as told by white guys using robots and aliens? 

I understand that these stories can be powerful and that sometimes the coded stuff was very meaningful in its time. And I understand that marginalized people often appropriate these magic or science fiction conceptual characters as their own, even when not explicitly stated so in the text.

But aren’t we past the point where that is necessary? Why is the audience still more accepting of a robot that represents a marginalized person, than an actual character that is explicitly from a marginalized group?

I see it all the time. And there’s a lot of coded criticism every time ANY character from a marginalized group is given prominence. Criticism that doesn’t show up when the same group is represented metaphorically with a fantasy stand-in.

It’s odd. 

Thoughts?

Well, I think the problem is that we still need allegory to get things published or made. Like, I’ve had an idea for a children’s movie that is about an allegorical trans girl. Because it needs to be a children’s movie for all the little trans girls out there. Because there’s not a snowflake’s chance in Hell that such a movie would be made for children if it was explicitly about a trans girl. But I realize that can create its own problems.

At the same time, something is generally better than nothing at all.

I’m going to use Mulan as an example (which also has problematic elements that need to be analyzed, but that’s a whole ‘nother post). I’m a transmasculine androgyne, and that movie was super important to me even before I knew why. The song “Reflection” would reduce me to tears, and I understood Mulan’s frustration with the gender roles she was expected to conform to. I know Mulan isn’t genderqueer or trans (I don’t think she is even allegorically), but it was still a comfort to me.

Then again, I’ve seen posts that complain about trans folk—especially trans men—appropriating that story. The idea being that trans men are taking the story away from women, for whom Mulan is very empowering and important. Which would be another example of men taking something away from women. So, it’s possible the way I see Mulan is appropriative (in a bad way), and I don’t want to do that.