"When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word."
- Emma Watson Gives Emotional, Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality (via apsies)

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elloellenoh:

wocinsolidarity:

securelyinsecure:

Yvette Nicole Brown Responds to the NY Times’s portrayal of Shonda Rhimes as an “Angry Black Woman”

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The New York Times is fast becoming the worst newspaper in the history of worst papers.

I heard about this on the radio, and many people called to chime in on the subject. So many upset people, and rightfully so—that article is a joke.

viola davis yvette nicole brown shonda rhimes how to get away with murder fuck the ny times seriously

joehillsthrills:

gr-comics:

My pitch for the first Marvel-Pixar movie…

Dear Marvel, please contact Gabriel Rodriguez about getting this artwork on a mug so I can buy it pleeeeeeeeeease….
Am also reminded all over again that Gabe has an imagination that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s a real-life Superman of the arts.

joehillsthrills:

gr-comics:

My pitch for the first Marvel-Pixar movie…

Dear Marvel, please contact Gabriel Rodriguez about getting this artwork on a mug so I can buy it pleeeeeeeeeease….

Am also reminded all over again that Gabe has an imagination that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s a real-life Superman of the arts.

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gracegeeksout:

inksplattersandearlyhours:

I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.

We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but slowly revealed itself to be the opposite. We unpeeled the layers of corruption within the government, we saw cruelty against minorities grow in the past decades, and had media attack us and had teachers tell us that we ‘must not tell lies’. We got angry and frustrated and, like Harry, Ron and Hermione, had to think of a way to fight back. And them winning? That would have been enough to give us hope and leave us satisfied.

But instead. There was skip scene. And suddenly they were all over 30 and happy with their 2.5 children.

And the Millennials were left flailing in the dust.

Because while we recognised and empathised with everything up to that point. But seeing the Golden Trio financially stable and content and married? That was not something our generation could recognise. Because we have no idea if we’re ever going to be able to reach that stage. Not with the world we’re living in right now.

Having Harry, Ron and Hermione stare off into the distance after the battle and wonder about what the future might be would have stuck with us. Hell, have them move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives would have. Have them with screaming nightmares and failed relationships and trying to get jobs in a society that’s falling apart would have. Have them still trying to fix things in that society would have. Because we known Voldemort was just a symptom of the disease of prejudice the Wizarding World.

But don’t push us off with an ‘all was well’. In a world about magic, JK Rowling finally broke our suspension of disbelief by having them all hit middle-class and middle-age contentment and expecting a fanbase of teenagers to accept it.

Also. Since when was ‘don’t worry kids, you’re going to turn out just like your parents’ ever a happy ending? Does our generation even recognise marriage and money and jobs as the fulfillment of life anymore? Does our generation even recognise the Epilogue’s Golden Trio anymore?

also, albus severus potter.

Beauty equals good, ugly bad

mattwritesthings:

By conventional beauty standards, that is. 

It has been done to death. It’s lazy and boring 

I know, I know, originality doesn’t exist anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should automatically default to what came before. I guess it’s a clichè at this point. 

Visual shorthands are useful because they can convey a lot of information without actually spending that much time explaining them to the audience, plus they like figuring things out for themselves. 

It goes back to the old chestnut of showing and not telling, but there are certain dangers involved:

As I wrote here, putting thought into why you are giving someone certain visual traits can save you from having unwanted implications

Your story will be less predictable 

Audiences are so used to this dichotomy, that it often gives away who the antagonist is way before they should know about it. By designing all your characters in a way that’s less common, you might be able to surprise your readers. 

You are hurting people who aren’t conventionally pretty

Having variety of appearance is important, and by portraying the bad guys as the ugliest bastards on the planet, while having impossibly attractive good guys… yeah. You see where I am going with this? You can dodge this by having diversity on both sides. 

Seeing yourself in fiction as a positive force is huge, and not being demonized for a change is even better.

- Matt

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reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.
Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.
Asexual Visibility and Education Network
International Asexuality Conference(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)
Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)
Frequently Asked Questions
Asexuality Websites/Blogs/etc


Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.

Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

International Asexuality Conference
(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)

Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)

Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

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prettybooks:

It’s Banned Books Week!I think I speak for all of us when I say that challenging or banning books just makes us want to read them more. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week so far on the subject of books and censorship:

Banned Books Week.orgThe Top 10 Challenged TitlesBooks Challenged or Banned 2012-2013 11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship & Banned Books15 Books Banned For The Most Absurd Reasons Ever12 Crazy Reasons Why Books Have Been Banned12 Signs You’re A Banned Book ReaderOn the “Banned” Wagon: The Month in Book ChallengesAmerica’s Most Surprising Banned Books A Chat With Rainbow Rowell About Love and CensorshipPenguin Presents: Authors Stand Up for Free SpeechPatrick Ness’s Top 10 ‘Unsuitable’ Books for TeenagersGiving Voice to the Voiceless: Author Ellen Hopkins

prettybooks:

It’s Banned Books Week!
I think I speak for all of us when I say that challenging or banning books just makes us want to read them more. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week so far on the subject of books and censorship:

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