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2020-07-06 23:09:34

    Keep fighting

    I’ve been wanting to share this comic ever since I noticed that after the first two weeks of protesting most of social media started “going back to normal” as if there aren’t still people walking out and protesting making sure this movement doesn’t go silent or looked over. I appreciate every single individual that is out in those protests helping and being vocal for this change. Also those continuing to spread word and help out through petitions and donations. I wish y’all to stay safe and well.

    So it’s 2020 can we talk about how Avatar portrays femininity as well as just gender in general?  You have Katara, Toph, Suki, and like 800 other amazing female characters who are out here being warriors and making a point that women can be incredible fighters too, and there’s an episode that addresses this explicitly where Katara duels Pakku and basically explodes his reductive view of women (best scene in the whole thing is when everyone carts her in to apologize to him.) And there’s a lot about women being encouraged to take part in traditionally masculine spaces, particularly again with Toph and Katara. Katara is great too because the show doesn’t draw a dichotomy between a fighter and a healer. Katara can be gentle and motherly and a good shoulder to cry on, while also being a hundred percent badass. 

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    But then also the show is really good (albeit a bit subtler) about the value in men embracing traditionally feminine traits and activities.  Our main character is pacifist vegetarian soft-boi who wears flower crowns and makes jewelry and spends a lot of time talking about his feelings and he is by and far the most morally sound character in the series who is completely at ease with who he is. 

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    Then you have Sokka who a lot of people have pointed out has an arc that’s basically “chug respect women juice,” and part of that arc includes him wearing the Kiyoshi uniform, something he feels emasculates him, (and which the show makes a joke about tbf) but then they turn it around and make the ensemble genuinely badass. 

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    And then sweet Zuko who is absolutely someone who is portrayed as caring and sensitive in his childhood (by no small part due to his mother’s influence) who is raised in probably the most toxically masculine environment in the show. The Fire Nation might have women in its ranks, but feminine traits like compassion, mercy, and basically any emotion that isn’t a desire for destruction are seen as disgraceful. It’s notable what gets Zuko banished is his refusal to fight his own father, and how that is labeled disrespectful. 

    It’s also notable that the people and places that change Zuko are more feminine in nature. He works in a shop, cleaning and preparing tea. He meets two young women who drastically change his view on Earth Kingdom civilians. He spends time helping a family with children. And through all this he’s there with Iroh, a guy who enjoys music, culture, and natural beauty, who’s sensitive and dedicated to humble acts of kindness for others, and who Ozai dismisses as an embarassing failure. 

    And the show ends with Zuko ditching all this toxicity and just being the guy he wants to be. He even hugs Aang at the end, something Season 1 Zuko would never do with anybody. Our boy hugs!

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    Like the show doesn’t just empower women by letting them fight, it also shows the power and value in emotional vulnerability and compassion that is usually only reserved for women. It empowers women to fight and kick ass while also deconstructing toxic masculinity. 

    Tl:dr: Avatar says let women fight, and let men be emotionally open with each other and hug!

    fun fact: any policy on drugs that isn’t harm reduction is going to cause addicts to suffer and die

    fun fact: Drug addiction is a public health issue, and approaching it as if it were a law enforcement issue is prejudicial to addicts and will result in their suffering and death

    if you just assume addiction is a method of self-medicating, you’ll pretty much never be wrong.

    now, not everything people self-medicate for actually has a proper treatment. i’m pretty sure the reason my uncle made sure to be slightly drunk at all times ‘to round the sharp corners off of things’ was sensory processing disorder. i have that too, and i just kind of accept that i’m going to randomly get my brain sandpapered from time to time. there is no medication for that. all you can do is dull your senses. i’ve chosen not to, but i can’t blame him for his decisions. when a ringing phone feels like getting hit upside the head with a frying pan, liver damage sounds like a fair price to pay.

    anyway, it seems really self-evident to me that people don’t enjoy living the life of an addict, they do it because the alternative looks worse. people don’t get addicted to substances just for funsies. they start making a habit of taking something because of insomnia, or grief, or headaches, or depression, or seething undirected rage and terror they can’t put a name to – something that they can’t ignore or shrug off. and for whatever reason – lack of access, lack of knowlege, lack of money, or it just plain doesn’t exist – they aren’t able to apply the Approved Correct Remedy. they use what they can get.

    addicts aren’t some weird otherfolk who inexplicably just Do Drugs because they’re Bad. addicts are you with a problem you can’t solve.

    these facts aren’t fun but they are pretty important

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    I can promise you that however bad you think drug addicts and/or alcoholics are making society, their experience of it is still worse. It’s the responsibility of policymakers to find solutions and treatment options that address the issue in such a way that views and respects addicts as members of society who need help and support, not external evil forces who need to be eradicated in order for society to function “properly.”

    Ask Questions

    <>Ask, ask, ask! Send me a #

    1. What was the name of the first person you ever had a crush on? Why did you like them?

    2. What is one thing you regret having done or not done in your life?

    3. Which parent do you identify with the most?

    4. What do you think you cook or bake the best?

    5. If you could change your first name what would it be?

    6. Can you hula hoop?

    7. What embarrasses you the most in front of other people?

    8. Have you considered running for president?

    9. If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

    10. Who are you most envious of—real or fictional—and why?

    11. Where is the most beautiful place on earth and why?

    12. Are ghosts real?

    13. Are aliens real?

    14. How old is the most expired item in your fridge?

    15. What are your favorite style of underwear?

    16. What’s the saddest song you’ve ever heard?

    17. How about the sweetest song?

    18. Do you know how to play dominoes?

    19. What’s under your bed?

    20. Have you ever prank called someone?

    21. 100 kittens or 3 baby sloths?

    22. Are you proud of what you’re doing with your heart and time right now?

    23. Why or why not?

    24. How many bones have you broken?

    25. Have you ever won anything? Big or small?

    26. If you could buy one material thing, and money was not an issue, what would it be?

    27. What’s your favorite movie from your childhood?

    28. What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

    29. What’s the best way to comfort you when you’re having a really terrible day?

    30. Has anything/anyone every saved your life before?

    31. Would you ever adopt a child?

    32. What is one thing you’re embarrassed to admit you want to try?

    33. If you were a cake which cake would you be?

    34. What is the most important material possession you have and why?

    35. What is the most important memory you have and why?

    36. When was the last time you cried?

    37. How old was your mother when she had you?

    38. Which famous person would you like to be BFFs with?

    39. Is there something you wish you had said sorry for but never did?

    40. Have you been on your first date? If so, how did it go?

    You know when you’re like in love with a boy and like you love spending time with him and talking to him and being around him and you want him to know that but you aren’t entirely sure if he feels the same way so you’re scared to tell him in case it like ruins what you’ve currently got going on??????? Because like that’s me rn

    i haven't seen posts about yemen so im making one

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    can we signal boost

    “We have no idea why the US didn’t follow the typical pattern of development set by other affluent societies in the 20th century, eschewing both a labor party and a welfare state. Social democracy never happened in the US and we have no clear reason why.”

    Race. At every turn, anti-black racism was used to mobilize poor whites to fight against their class interests bc we were more concerned with subjugating our black population. Welfare was squeezed into nonexistence in the 80s and 90s with wide public support bc of propaganda about “welfare queens,” bc the idea of black women, mothers, getting “money for nothing” was enough to cause a public outcry for the gutting of welfare. Earlier, in the 40s and 50s, socialized medicine was killed before it could even get started because white voters could not accept paying taxes for a program that would benefit black americans, even if they stood to benefit as well. Seriously, the whole history of the american lower classes is poor whites gleefully accepting destitution and exploitation because it meant that black americans would suffer too.

    THIS TREND HAS EVEN BEEN SEEN IN SOME OF THE “HAPPIEST” COUNTRIES IN EUROPE (like Sweden for example) WHERE THE SECOND IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES STARTED TO INCREASE IN NUMBERS THESE WHITE PPL WANTED TO DECREASE SOCIAL SERVICES AND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE BECAUSE SUDDENLY THEIR RESOURCES WOULD GO TO BROWN BODIES… it’s always been about race

    sigh. disabled people are allowed to have kids. i hate that this is debated

    people, even other disabled ppl sometimes, always argue its cruel. “what if they end up like you? its cruel to do that to a child.” 

    our existence and the existence of any biological children disabled people have isnt a fucking tragedy. if our kids are disabled too, then thats literally fine. some of you think youre such hot disability advocates and then turn around and parrot eugenicist ideas and its so fucking frustrating to hear. 

    anyone can have a disabled child. ANYONE. abled people are fully capable of having disabled children, but theyre not told to avoid having kids, or coerced into/forcibly sterilized, or have their children taken even if theyre fully capable of caring for them. yet because a disabled person could pass on a disability, the idea that we could want biological children is suddenly “cruel?” is that the hill youre going to die on? fucking analyze why you think its a tragedy for a disabled child to exist. think about why you hate the idea of disabled people reproducing

    <>abled ppl are encouraged to reblog bc a lot of you need to hear this but i dont wanna hear yr fucking thoughts on the matter i swear to god

    Western history loves to brag about their geniuses, philosophers, thinkers, and innovators throughout history but as far as I know, nobody talks about geniuses in non western history. Why can’t an Aztec community have their neighborhood Einstein who loved to study engineering and physics and helped build an efficient-running town?

    Reblog is you're uncomfortable with how eurocentric our understanding of history is.

    <>Numerous Egyptian murals: literally explain that stone blocks and large sculptures were transported using water

    <>“Ancient Aliens” fuckos: