Posted 23 hours ago
Then why not do something about it? Having games about bitching about "white" people won't do jack shit. The reason "white", "black", "red", "yellow" and beyond exist is because we as a humanity give these pointless colour terms meaning. So, what good does perpetuating an outdated social idea through your silly game do? If you want to help continue double standards with your post, you're doing a great job at it, buddy.
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silvermender:

psshaw:

outofcontextdnd:

The crazy thing about both fantasy and science fiction is that they can be used as tools to explore the problems of our own society through many different lenses.  Having a setting where everyone is equal and that whole issue is ignored would be the bigger crime, in my eyes.  Just replacing racial tensions with orcs vs humans only says one dimensional things about the human condition.  

Having more fantasy that isn’t just aryan/norse power fantasies is a really exciting idea to me. Why not a fantasy setting that reflects a different world view of the pre columbian exchange world?  Doesn’t that fascinate you?

Thinking about it drives me fucking nuts in the best way possible.

(Scifi add-on: Plus, using white American kids with superpowers as an allegory for racism is at least a couple layers of dumb.)

I thought they played the allegory for gay with the x-men 

The original post makes a great point, but I want to add to the comment about the X-Men. From what I understand, X-Men was originally specifically about anti-semitism. Both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creators of the series, were Jews portraying good-natured characters thought to have an agenda against mankind at large. The X-Men began to cover a broader range of discrimination when the more international team formed in Giant-Sized X-Men #1 added the African-American (she was actually born in New York) Storm and the Japanese Sunfire to the team. Magneto, the team’s greatest adversary, was eventually revealed to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, underscoring the themes of discrimination dealt with by the team. Since Giant Sized X-Men #1, the X-Men have added many people of color and sexual minorities to their ranks. While the franchise has been problematic both in the past and in the present, the team really has done a good job of boosting diversity in comics. The first Muslim superhero was affiliated with the X-Men, and one of Marvel’s first and most prominent gay characters, Karma, is a member of the team. To say the X-Men have done nothing for representing diversity or addressing prejudice is an unfair statement.
Posted 23 hours ago
Have you ever heard the phrase cockblocking? You know, you’re at a bar, talking to a girl, and what happens? Her less attractive friend comes over and ruins everything. Cockblock. Well I have to tell you something guys: I have been the less attractive friend, and you were NOT cockblocked. I was following orders from my better-looking friend that she did not wanna fuck you. …Girls have two signals for their friends: ‘I’m gonna fuck him’ and ‘HELP.’

Amy Schumer [x] (via rashaka)

The number of “get me out of here” tactics women have developed and shared to help each other escape from overly-insistent-to-borderline-predatory dudes in public places should probably be enough evidence of the existence of rape culture all on its own.

(via madgastronomer)

YES

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I especially like how, in the majority of cases, you don’t have to verbally communicate what your signals are to other women. I’ve had women I didn’t even know come save me. Literally every woman recognizes the “Dear god, help me” facial expression, and knows exactly what they should do. We don’t get a handbook for this. We don’t have a sit-down nail polish party where we talk about a standardized woman code for preventing creepers. It’s just part of being a woman.

BUT LOL RAPE CULTURE DOESN’T EXIST.

(via eastberlin)

Yup. I’ve definitely taken strangers by the arm and pulled her aside to go, “Oh my GOD it’s you! How ARE YOU?!? It’s been so long!” and then been like “hey I could overhear that guy who wouldn’t leave you alone so I figured I’d give you an out” and then see their VISIBLY RELIEVED expressions. This is part of girl code, because rape culture is that pervasive.

(via thebicker)

I once had a girl sit on my lap and say “hey baby” after she witnessed a guy (who was easily 20+ years older than me) hitting on me and harassing me for my number even after I told him I was taken. After he got up and left she asked if I was okay. I couldn’t thank her enough times, I even bought her a drink.

(via castielsmiles)

When I was 16 years old, I went to a club with my mother to see a band perform. The part of the club where the concert was taking place was too hot and crowded, and I broke away from it before I had a full anxiety attack, though I was still visibly shaken. As I sat down at the bar, with my clearly marked under-18 hand stamp, an older man sat down next to me and started talking about how much nicer concerts were in his home country. He kept trying to offer me drinks, even though I already had a cup of ice. He would not leave me alone, even after I pointed out my hand stamp. Said that he preferred younger girls. I started to panic again.

A woman that was about 6’1” came over, grabbed me, and about screamed, “Girlfriend! I lost you in the crowd! Come on, your dad’s outside to get us!” She dragged me outside of the club, gave me a hug, and left. I ended up ditching my mum and actually calling my dad to pick me up.

Never ignore the ‘please help me’ face, ladies.

(via touchofgrey37)

Had this happen so often to me as I grew up, being early with everything concerning puberty and body development. People notice. Ensured a large amount of cynicism and very practical way of dealing with this senseless stuff. Still, some people won’t understand a clear “No, fuck off” and the Please Help-face saved me when other women picked up on it. I myself helped out girls that way who didn’t dare to go against men, either telling off the men or pretending to be an old friend while I drag them out of the scene. Recently a man who has been beyond inappropriately creepy around me (the truly senseless way - which is what scares me as I don’t know if he has mental issues and knows how dangerous and ridiculously pushy without listening literally he’s being), where I lied through my teeth about the friend sitting next to me. She got it instantly. I can’t express how relieved I was.

It aggravates me so much. I don’t want to be overly cautious and turning down people when they ask if I want to “give it a shot” before knowing me properly - despite meaning it well. This isn’t the way to go. I need to know you first. An idea of who you are, your good and bad sides. Don’t jump on me senselessly. Sigh.

Help each other, ladies.
That was the whole point of starting this blog, to me.

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And the fucked up thing about all of this is that even qith all of these women speaking up and sharing stories like this, there will still be doubt, we will be told by men that we are “overreacting” to our harassment.

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Posted 1 day ago
A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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Posted 2 days ago

Let's talk about how some men talk to women in comics

gimpnelly:

Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

Posted 2 days ago

niki-van-awesome:

spring-loaded-jesus-candles:

fireghostshigher:

A quick PSA, because working in a New Age store I realize a lot of people don’t know this.  Keep in mind this is the simple version.

The fella on the left-hand side, that’s Gautama Buddha, the Buddha, the central figure in Buddhism.  Note that he is not considered a god, but a teacher and spiritual leader, the first to attain Enlightenment in his era.  Note also how thin he is.  This is because the Buddha fasted a lot.  He was born Siddhartha Gautama.  Buddha is a title, and not actually his name.

The fella on the right-hand side is not Buddha.  This is a common misconception in the West.  That is Hotai (or Budai or Hotei depending on the language), a Buddhist monk from China and folkloric hero.  Hotai is thought by many to be a Buddha, but he is not the Buddha.  Unlike Buddha, Hotai actually is revered as a god in Chinese folklore, although not in Buddhist practice.

This post is based on things I’ve been taught by my Buddhist coworker but if I forgot or mixed up something important and you are Buddhist and you notice, please let me know.

This has been an informational post.  Have a nice day.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD EVERYONE READ THIS. READ IT. LEARN IT. PREACH IT.

I AM SO TIRED OF EVERYONE BELIEVING THIS MISCONCEPTION.

(Source: internetdoashouting)

Posted 3 days ago

mazzlebee:

memphs:

Shiny Kalos Giveaway!

I know the smaller giveaway was the more popular idea, but I also wanted to get as many prizes to as many people as possible, so I’m doing both! This will be the big one and the smaller one will be posted after this one ends! 

There are around 50 Pokemon in this giveaway!

Prizes!

Furfrou - 3

Skiddo - 2

Espurr - 2

Dedenne - 2

Fletchling - 2

Scatterbug - 5

Sylveon - 1

Tyrunt - 2

Amaura - 1

Honedge - 5

Helioptile - 2

Hawlucha - 3

Phantump - 2

Pumpkaboo - 1

Noibat - 1

Skrelp - 1

Bunnelby - 1

Litleo - 1

Flabebe - 5

Clawitzer - 2

Goomy - 2

Bergmite - 2

All Pokemon have at least 1 IV! Most have 3-5 IVs!

Every one is nicknamable, except one of the Furfrou’s. 

All Pokemon were bred or caught by me, except the mentioned Furfrou.

Here is a link to a doc with all the info on the Pokemon, including natures/abilities/IVs - LINK

Rules!

One reblog = one entry! Likes do not count as entries!

Only one entry per person! No spamming to get more entries! Reblogging more than once will NOT get you disqualified, but it won’t get you any more entries, either.

Pokemon must be recieved on either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y.

You must have you ask box open so that I can message you!

You must respond to the first message within 24 hours or you will be disqualified and will NOT recieve your prize!

Winners!

Winners will get ONE Pokemon as their prize! This is to spread out the prizes to a larger group so more people win.

You do not get to choose the Pokemon you win. They have all been assigned indiviual numbers (I.E. both Goomy’s have different numbers) and when the winners are chosen one of the Pokemon’s numbers will also be chosen.

This is to make a large giveaway easier on everyone - people that have already responded won’t have to wait 24 hours for the others to respond when they are already ready.

I will let you know what Pokemon you will be recieving in my first message. If you don’t want that particular one, you can decline and I’ll draw another name, or you can take it anyway and maybe trade it or something, what ever you want to do with it.

If you decline the Pokemon you won, you WILL NOT recieve another!

If you win a Pokemon like Pumpkaboo that evolves with trade and DO NOT want it to evolve when you recieve it let me know and I’ll give it an Everstone.

Please read the whole post, there is important info above! 

Giveaway ends April 13th at 7PM Pacific time! Winners will be chosen then and messages sent out!

Sorry for the horrible quality photos, I swear I didn’t take them on a potato.

Aw hell yis~

Posted 3 days ago

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Posted 5 days ago

Comics Pros and Sexual Harassment

gimpnelly:

I’m working on a new journalism project that involves stories of sexual harassment in the comics industry. Primarily I want to hear stories about comics professionals (creators, editors, executives, marketers, journalists, retailers, convention organizers, etc. etc. but not fans)…

Posted 5 days ago

When you see it, REBLOG IT.

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Posted 6 days ago

heysawbones:

that-crazy-girl-from-wisconsin:

classysassyrepublican:

Turn on the app If you feel unsafe hold your finger on the screen. Once arrived to a safe location, enter your code. If your finger leaves the screen without entering the code law enforcement is notified and your location is tracked through your phone.

reblogging bc this seems really useful

If you worry about running afoul of your own iPad Joe (remember him?), this seems like a great tool to have around. I’m downloading it right now.