[graphic courtesy of apotheosizing]
Okay, this is a super-important scene because there’s obviously a lot of symbolism going on here. I haven’t really seen anybody talking about this, so I want to dig a little deeper than the surface at which Homura is saying that…
can we all agree honey bunches of oats w/ the almonds slays
Do you ever think about how Remus Lupin got on the Hogwarts Express to travel to Hogwarts and fell asleep in a compartment by himself and then woke up to find that James Potter’s son had sat down in the same compartment as him?
because I do
HE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK ASHAMED
HE’S JUST LIKE
YEA, THAT’S ME, I DO THAT
Miki Nagata’s Japanese-style sweets — “mini aquarium jellies” and “koi carp jelly.” Too cute to eat~! ♡
19th & 20th century tiaras
Was anyone else a little bit disappointed that the kick ass Lady Counsel Member turned out to be Natasha? Still love Natasha, but for a few glorious seconds, it was awesome to see an older woman come out of nowhere to kick ass.
I laughed so hard. It’s so in sync with the song.
I actually cried laughing.
EVERY TIME THIS APPEARS ON MY DASH
this video this video is incredible
OMFG TEARS ARE ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS
I am laughing so hard that my dad just came to see if i was okay.
Bravely Default Character Art
There are a lot of problems facing social justice movements today, but this is the biggest one. Because it’s holding us back internally. People learn and read about social issues and oppression and abuse online and suddenly they think they know everything. And of course they’re angry - there’s a lot to be angry about. And yes, it’s a great, wonderful thing that they’re aware and are working to better themselves.
But omgosh, please just stop trying to teach it and spread it because you are doing it wrong. Lashing out and yelling out buzzwords and SJ jargon and calling people racist and sexist and writing people off with no compassion - these are literally the opposite of what we should be doing. Anyone who’s actually been trained in social justice, SJ communication, facilitation and dialogue sees that and gets embarrassed to be associated with that form of “social justice.”
Because it’s not social justice. It’s not fighting racism and sexism and classism and homophobia. All it’s doing it’s turning people off, closing their minds further and making everyone who knows what they’re doing look bad. All it’s doing is spreading more hate, more negativity and generally making everyone feel like shit about themselves - except of course for the OP, who feels great about themselves for supposedly doing their part and helping the movement.
But they’re not. All they’re helping is the oppressive structure holding everyone back.
I’ve been there. I’ve been pissed off and angry and lashing out at everyone and everything. And it bit me in the ass more times than I can tell you. So I stopped and I learned. I was trained in social justice education by the university that developed the most widely accepted program for social justice education. I have practical experience, both in my daily life and in dialogue, that proves that these methods are not only better, but the only ones that actually work.
That showing compassion for agents and those who are uneducated gets you much farther than writing them off as hateful assholes and refusing to teach them in a way they can understand. That listening to where a person is coming from is far more important than listening to what they say. That we must all understand that most *people* are not maliciously racist/sexist/classist/ableist, but the society we were all raised in *is*.
We are all trying to work within this structure set in place long before any of our great grandparents were born and we all have our own starting point on the journey.
The other, possibly biggest and most widespread problem among the untrained crowd is the complete and total lack of understanding of teacher/learner. You do not know everything. You only know your own experiences. That’s it. In order to actually teach someone about social justice, you have to teach them about your own experiences. In order to do that, you must be willing to learn theirs, too. You must have compassion and empathy or you will get nowhere. This is literally the most important thing I ever learned and it’s the one that I see lacking the most in online SJ.
Now this is specifically directed at fandoms (and more specifically the Teen Wolf fandom, which I call home) but this is a message for everyone. It pains me to see the field that I am so incredibly passionate about get dragged through the mud because people who consider themselves to be a part of it do such horrible things in such horrible ways. Online SJ has a bad name because it has earned it and I cannot tell you how much I hate that. Social justice is not only my work, but it is also my life. I will not stand any longer for people abusing it and using it to spread hate.
OPEN LETTER TO EVERY FUCKING FANDOM ON TUMBLR/TWITTER, GODDAMMIT. GET A GRIP, FUCKING HELL.
#i don’t understand why this concept is so hard for people to get #shouting abuse at someone is not going to make them listen #its not going to make them understand your point of you #it will only cause people to get defensive #and then you’ve lost the argument because no one is listening to you (x)
Oh god can I just reblog this once a week so EVERYONE gets to fucking read it?
Tumblr “social justice” is a fucking travesty that values self-righteous fury as an argument sufficient unto itself and devalues careful, measured reasoning as “coddling bigots.” That praises and rewards the shutting-down of communication. That teaches smug superiority and frowns on compassion and empathy. That took “lashing out in anger is an unproductive but somewhat excusable reaction to injustice, and is not a reason to dismiss a sound argument” and dragged it into the realm of “everyone subject to systematic oppression has an absolute right to lash out in anger to whatever extent they please, and no one else has the right to criticize their behavior or be hurt by it,” and thence into an echo chamber where performative displays of anger become the goal of communication.
I’m not pretending to sainthood here. Getting patted on the butt for a righteous smackdown is dangerously seductive, especially when you have a short temper on certain subjects. And the danger of this particular echo chamber is that it’s easy for normal, intelligent, well-meaning people to get sucked into it. But it’s not a healthy model of communication. Healthy models of communication (a) encourage empathy and reasoned dialogue and frown on incoherent rage explosions, and (b) treat anger, rudeness and cruelty as undesireable but sometimes excusable—in proportion to the provocation and the circumstances. Tumblr “social justice” rejects any notion of proportionate response and has its priorities in communication neatly reversed.
My friend who did actual work in social justice long long before the internet gets really embarrassed and disturbed by what gets called social justice around here sometimes.
Social justice in society: Great!
Social justice on tumblr: normally just bullshit.
Feel obliged to add to this.
I worked as a TA for a history course, on the history of sexuality. It’s a course that runs every other year (the prof is an adjunct) and this is the first time that the kinds of discourse that (for the sake of expediency) exist on tumblr around issues of sexuality and justice have really floated to the surface, in this course. Usually I have no issues with this — I figured it would be a pretty good learning opportunity for both the students and the professor.
But suddenly I’m getting assignments with arguments that are entirely inappropriate within the realm of history. One assignment asked them to determine and analyse the historical-sexual lens used by a website (gender/sex essentialist or social constructionist) that presents the history of sexuality; one of the websites talked about the history of male cross-dressing in a certain city. I was getting papers all “HOW DARE THEY USE MALE PRONOUNS FOR CROSS-DRESSERS, THIS SITE IS TRANS*PHOBIC!!” and “OH MY GOD HOW DARE THEY NOT TALK ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY, THIS SITE IS SO HOMOPHOBIC”. I got students giving me cute comics about how sexuality and gender are different things, obviously cribbed from tumblr. Another assignment asked them to review a book about courting culture in a resort town in the early 1900s, a bunch of students told me the book was homophobic because it mostly talked about heterosexual encounters.
(Histories of heterosexuality are, in fact, super important in breaking down heteronormativity, because by looking at how heterosexuality was essentially created in the 20th century we acknowledge that heterosexuality is neither “normal” or ubiquitous. So to tell me that a book that looks at how heterosexual courting was supported by an emerging capitalist enterprise is actually homophobic, you suggest that instead of removing the spectre of ubiquitousness from heterosexuality, we should instead continue to treat LGBTQ* as a bizarre thing that emerged spontaneously in the early 20th century. Awesome. Thanks.)
I think it’s really awesome that people are so immersed in this dialogue online, I really do! And I also acknowledge that as people learn to use a discourse, the road will inevitably be a little bumpy and less than perfect. HOWEVER, I also ask that people recognize that the sort of discourse that happens online, particularly on tumblr, doesn’t translate smoothly to every situation for every person; furthermore, that just because you know a bunch of words like ‘heteronormativity’ doesn’t mean that you get a free pass for using them uncritically.
Adding Plaid Design to Fabric by allfades
View the full tutorial here:
Using fabric paint and tape you can create a variety of other designs as well. In place of tape you can use wax paper stencils to mask off an area.