~ Kira Ani McGrath a.k.a. KAM ~
My Frozen-based works:
Step into the Dawn (fic series [WIP])
Sacrifice and Forgiveness (1st fic of F:SitD [WIP])
Fire and Fury (Frozen 2 script)
Wedding Interruption [FF.net | AO3] (mid-movie canon-divergent one-shot)
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{Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with everything I reblog, but I don't have the time to put an individual addendum on every post declaring what is what.}

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    Response To Post On Feminism And Abortion.

    Ellenspages43

    "The reason abortion plays such a large role in feminism is because feminism is a movement where women are treated as full humans.  They’re not being asked to sacrifice their lives for a man or a child - it’s a movement focused on, devoted to, them."

    And what about women who can’t have or don’t want children?  Are they not fully realized as humans, since they don’t have “the most precious thing” anyone can have?

    Philosophicalconservatism

    Every male is called to be a father figure, and every woman is called to mother (to one extent or another) regardless of whether they have biological offspring. We inhabit a world filled with children who look to the adult world for guidance, compassion and role modeling. This is a major part of what it means to be a adult. A healthy society is one in which the adults live for the sake of the next generation (which is to say, a society in which the adults are in fact adults) and an unhealthy society is one in which the adults live at the expense of the next generation. The most absolute manifestation of this is to literally sacrifice the physical lives of the next generation for the sake of our own personal convenience (through abortion).

    If you cut out the part about being treated like "human beings" I wouldn't necessarily disagree with the way you define radical Feminism. It is a shallow, narcissistic focus upon "myself" , based upon the specious assumption that most human beings can even define "myself" without reference to personal commitments to other human beings. True freedom and happiness according to this view is to be an utterly isolated entity. No, freedom does not mean we have no commitments (sacrifices) it means we choose our commitments. Human life is ultimately meaningless without commitment and self sacrifice. We find ourselves, and our true dignity through sacrifice. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. said "a man who has not discovered something that he will die for, is not fit to live”. This is merely one form of self sacrifice.

    We get to choose our commitments in a free society, but choices have consequences, and part of freedom is accepting those consequences. One writer asked, how does the concept of bodily autonomy justify not taking responsibility for the original act of bodily autonomy that created the child? Feminist ideology instructs women to eliminate their sons and daughters in the womb if the child's existence is an impediment to them in any way. They have no obligation or commitment to the child; for commitment is bondage. It is a perspective that is both socially destructive, personally destructive and is obviously an affront to the natural human right to life.

    thatsastepladder

    Shoutout to Brave Browser for giving the middle finger to Manifest v3. (Manifest v3 specifically affects the way extensions interact with webpages, and Brave’s adblocking doesn’t come from an extension.)

    Also, Firefox is only marginally better than Chrome and Mozilla’s CEO supports Internet censorship and deplatforming of “misinformation.” Use Brave or Librewolf for a properly secure and private web experience.

    secretsivekept

    Does anybody know of a good (FREE or super cheap) modeling software like SketchUp where you can make buildings? I want to make 3d references of houses and their interiors so I have an easier time drawing references but SketchUp is ungodly pricy.

    I might try blender but blender has its own hoops to jump through and a learning curve for my brain, plus idk how successful that will be for accurate perspective references. It might be, idk.

    Just asking if anyone has any suggestions or ideas

    kira-ani-mcgrath

    Only one I have in my reference stash is Room Sketcher (roomsketcher.com) but I haven't looked into using it.

    secretsivekept

    Okay, I may try Room Sketcher but the other comments on the post are also like “just learn blender” LOL

    I’ll look into seeing if room sketcher also does exterior of houses as well, it might be a good fast method of modeling interiors though, plus just figuring out the house planning

    If it doesn’t work out though i may have to bite the bullet and learn Blender LOL

    secretsivekept

    Okay nevermind, gotta do blender because apparently room sketcher costs money 😭😭😭😭😭😭

    kira-ani-mcgrath

    :( I was afraid that would turn out to be the case.

    I hope the Blender learning process goes well for you.

    Commissions!

    Character sketch

  • bust / icon : 23 USD per character
  • upper body : 28 USD per character
  • full body : 33 USD per character
  • Color : +11 USD (covers extra characters)
    Background : + USD (depends on complexity; starts at 10)

    I will draw

  • original / fan characters
  • expression sheets
  • animal characters / pet portraits
  • patron / family / friend portraits
  • Please provide visual references (or a detailed enough description). The more material I can work with, the better!

    I won’t draw copyrighted characters or public figures. Please keep the commission pieces safe for work. If you’re unsure of what that does and does not include, I would be happy to discuss the subject matter with you and hope to come to an agreement! I reserve the right to accept or deny any proposed commission for any reason, which I am not obligated to share (but might if I felt so inclined).

    If I forget to ask, feel free to let me know if you want your commissioned piece kept private, and I won’t post it publicly anywhere.​

    Payments can be made viaPayPal or Zelle. There may or may not be a PayPal fee that you need to account for. I won’t begin until I receive an initial first half-payment; that said, I won’t accept any payment until I’m ready to begin. I’ll send you an invoice once I do start!

    ​DM or email me at urbanhart.art@gmail.com if you’re interested or have any further questions!

    secretsivekept

    Does anybody know of a good (FREE or super cheap) modeling software like SketchUp where you can make buildings? I want to make 3d references of houses and their interiors so I have an easier time drawing references but SketchUp is ungodly pricy.

    I might try blender but blender has its own hoops to jump through and a learning curve for my brain, plus idk how successful that will be for accurate perspective references. It might be, idk.

    Just asking if anyone has any suggestions or ideas

    kira-ani-mcgrath

    Only one I have in my reference stash is Room Sketcher (roomsketcher.com) but I haven't looked into using it.

    Disney’s treatment of Bobby Driscoll

    I am absolutely seething about what Disney just did to Bobby Driscoll again 54 years after he was buried a John Doe (his corpse was found by two children playing in an abandoned tenement building–his death date is actually unknown and the date given is the day he was instead found) in an unmarked mass grave in Hart Island’s potter’s field (not identified for a year until his mother pressured Roy O. Disney to make the NYPD care enough to match his fingerprints) where he still is surrounded by prisoners and unidentified vagrants (literally referred to as the “poor, unable and unwanted” on a sign)…

    And 69 years after they fired him by letting him read it in a gossip column. Walt had his secretary call security on him and he was thrown out of the building crying at 16 years old (near his birthday–he was 14-15 during Peter Pan’s production). The film was #1 at the box office and in release for several weeks when he was fired. There’s also a rumor that Howard Hughes was pressuring the firing, as he absolutely loathed child actors in general, and was in charge of RKO.

    Bobby was the voice and rotoscoped character model for the titular Peter Pan. He was also in Song of the South, Melody Time, So Dear to My Heart and Treasure Island. His live-action movies literally saved the Disney company from total bankruptcy in the ‘40s. He was the very first actor ever signed to the company. He was only one of twelve child actors to ever receive a Juvenile Oscar (with such company as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Margaret O'Brien and Hayley Mills) for his performances in 1948/9’s The Window and So Dear to My Heart. And for the record, Walt didn’t treat Adriana Caselotti (Snow White) much better, to the point where he denied her the ability to ever get work with her voice ever again. It’s just that Bobby is possibly the most horrific ending of a child actor ever in Disney’s history (there are many).

    Disney just made Peter Pan the villain in the new Chip ‘n Dale abortion that gives the animated character Bobby’s actual backstory (this is not an evil Peter Pan take based on the book and not in any way comparable to Once Upon a Time!) of being an actor fired for hitting puberty and having acne. That’s not Peter’s backstory; that’s Bobby’s. And it’s too specific to be a coincidence. They drew a character, who was drawn unmistakably with the actor’s real features and acting performance, as a middle-aged, fat man, despite the fact that he died at 31 and Peter’s voice basically was his post-pubescent adult voice. They made him a hideous monster aged far past an age he ever reached.

    The film also ends with the character incarcerated, which happens to be yet another thing from the man’s real life. By his own words, he was raped in prison. His spiral on drugs sent him to Chino, which didn’t happen until he was bullied mercilessly in public school after being pulled from the actor kids’ school (he also had stage parents who beat him and locked him in a closet to the point that Disney had earlier stepped in to send him to live with costar Luana Patten’s family as a child–there are also allegations he was molested while working at Disney) when Disney basically ended any chance of steady work. He was a straight-A student prior.

    I’ve been telling this story every chance I’ve gotten for nearly two decades. Few today know who he is, because Disney does everything to keep the story hidden and him forgotten. Bobby is not a Disney Legend, despite fans lobbying for decades. The Peter Pan DVD/Blu-ray avoids mentioning him as much as they can. Another one of his films is de facto banned.

    That Disney just pulled this with a disgusting, sick joke that laughs at his backstory and misfortune, then turns him into an irredeemable villain in a plot that essentially turns themselves into the victims of copyright theft (they’re responsible for lobbying to get copyright law extended indefinitely). So, in other words, Disney has framed themselves as the victim of a heartlessly-fired child actor who died tragically instead of the villain and framed themselves as the victim yet again.

    If there’s any silver lining, it’s that Twitter and social media just learned about him for the first time because of outrage over Disney spitting on this dead man’s unmarked grave yet again. I knew this story decades ago (I had a Peter Pan obsession). Undoubtedly, nobody working on this stupid film was with the company 70 years ago and most were likely not even alive when he died, but somebody there had the bright idea to put the biographical data of a person Disney has spent decades trying to make everyone forget as a villain origin story.

    “I have found that memories are not very useful. I was carried on a silver platter and then dumped into the garbage can.” -Bobby Driscoll

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    tajmah

    my sister was 8 years old when morality police in Tehran stopped us because she wasn’t wearing a headscarf. Dad tried to tell them, she’s only 8, it’s not mandatory until she’s 10, but it didn’t matter to him because she “looked” older. She was forced to wear a scarf before he let us go.

    tajmah

    The same day another police stopped us because he could glimpse my mother’s ankles, even though she was wearing a long trench coat. She had to buy and put on black tights before he let us go.

    tajmah

    In 1997 we got stuck in the airport in Teheran because they “lost” dad’s passport. Mom ended up leaving with me and my sister, leaving dad behind. Since he’s an Iranian citizen, the Swedish embassy couldn’t help even though he also is a Swedish citizen. My uncle went every day to the airport to pester them about the passport. They “found” the passport 2 months later, finally allowing him to fly back to Sweden.

    tajmah

    when ordering school photos my dad would always ask the photographer to edit out our cross necklaces in one copy, so that he could send it to our grandparents. He knew it wouldn’t be safe in case officials checked the mail and realised we we’re christian.

    tajmah

    These are mild examples of the oppression and fear the Iranian people have had to live with for over 40 years, of the oppression Iranian women have had to live under.

    i could give a thousand more. the people of Iran are terrorised by it’s government. I could tell you about relatives executed and relatives scattered around the globe. About the per capita executions and the examples of attacks on Iranians outside Iran by agents of the regime. The risks of traveling into Iran as a Iranian citizen.

    I’m just part of the Iranian diaspora. I’m Iranian, yet not Iranian. Cut off from my heritage due to the risks, due to the distance. It’s an open wound. A wound that will never have a chance to heal unless the regime falls.

    but my wound is a paper cut compared to my dad’s, compared to the Iranians in Iran fighting for freedom and justice. The ones that’s been truly robbed of their homeland. For that, I have no words.

    what we’re seeing now is a fight to reclaim it. A fight for justice for Masha Amini, as well as other women before her -and sadly after her. A fight for human- and women’s rights.

    I can only voice my support.

    Can you lose your salvation? No. As Charles Spurgeon said, “If God has loved me once, then He will love me forever.”

    However, not all who claim they believe are truly saved. As R.C. Sproul said, “It’s the possession of faith, not the profession of it that translates a person from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.”

    Another point to consider is that not all who walk away from the faith will stay forever gone. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “What is backsliding? A child of God being disobedient… He may do it to such an extent that if you just look at him at that point you’d say this man is not a Christian… How do you know if they are Christian? A backslider always comes back [to Christ].”

    We see many once well-known Christian celebrities reject Him, and if they die without ever coming back to the faith, that merely proves they never truly belonged to Him (1 John 2:19).

    To be eternally secured in Christ means you are growing in holiness, not stagnating or avoiding holiness. Beware of the ones who say they are saved and yet remain as lost in sin as the unregenerate world around them.

    Mahsa Amini was not a dissident or a protester, just a 22-year-old on a day trip to Tehran with her brother before her college course in microbiology began. She was not even bare-headed, but the way she wore her hijab — in the louche style of young Iranians, dark fringe peeping out — enraged a passing morality patrol.

    Bundled off the street into a van, taken to a “re-education centre” to be schooled in modesty, Mahsa died. Exactly how is disputed: officials claim she collapsed from a heart condition, but her family insist she was healthy, and her brother saw bruises on her corpse.

    The very ordinariness of this dead young woman is why Iran is now in flames. Mahsa could be your sister; your daughter laughing with her friends; she could be you. The bravest women in the world are hacking off their beautiful hair, dancing as they cast hated hijabs into the fire. But men are also joining them, getting beaten or shot by armed security forces swooping by on motorbikes.

    How many have already died is unclear as President Raisi’s hardline regime throttles the internet, arrests journalists and blocks WhatsApp. But there are already more confirmed Mahsas: Ghazaleh Chelavi, aged 32, shot in the head; Hananeh Kian, 23, killed in Nowshahr. Will fear of a regime that murders its citizens with impunity dampen protests or has this brutal, 43-year-old theocracy reached a tipping point?

    You might wonder why the Iranian regime doesn’t bend to modernity, placate its critics and end enforced hijab. Even the Saudis have lately limited the powers of their own morality police to harass women in the street. But Masih Alinejad, the Iranian journalist who eight years ago began My Stealthy Freedom, where Iranian women photographed themselves daringly without headscarves, tells me: “This is not a piece of cloth — it is the Berlin Wall”. Control of women’s dress isn’t a by-product of Islamic rule but its foundation: if hijab falls, so does the regime. Each rebel woman, therefore, is another loose brick.

    When the Iranian revolution overthrew the Shah, it imposed the veil on every female over seven years old. This was not just to signify to the world, and its own people, that Iran was under new anti-western management, but as a method of societal control. Among the slogans of 1979 were “Wear a veil, or we will punch your head” and “Death to the unveiled”.

    In her extraordinary graphic novel Persepolis Marjane Satrapi recalls the sudden horror when her childhood freedom ended and she had to don a black shroud to attend school. The veil was neither a Persian tradition nor a practice that, as in Indonesia or Pakistan, grew with the ascendancy of conservative Islam. It was enforced wholesale overnight upon women who previously were free to choose.

    What a boon for a tyranny to create laws where you can harass or imprison half the population just for how they look. If letting your scarf slip on the bus was punishable with 74 lashes or 60 days in prison, you’d stay watchful, respectful, obedient. Moreover it gives licence for others to harass women in the street: for clerics or older men casually to slap a “western whore” across the face, for conservative busybodies to chide, for parents to keep their daughters close and young men to scare pretty girls.

    By enforcing hijab, the government inveigles itself into your bedroom, it watches you put on make-up, it judges your selfies on Instagram, insinuates itself into your most private places and closest relationships. The Iranian regime’s whole legitimacy is predicated upon this intimate control, so no wonder it has doubled down, with the security services last year accosting 3.6 million women and impounding 14,000 of their cars.

    As the Iranian economy has tanked, Raisi has grown ever more obsessed with hijab, spending huge sums on TV programmes and online campaigns to promote compliance, and in February recalling his ambassador to London because an unveiled female violinist played at the embassy. This week he demanded CNN’s Christiane Amanpour wear a headscarf when she interview him at the UN and cancelled when — unlike lesser journalists — she refused.

    Hijab law is a means to keep Iran frightened and divided, buttressing Raisi’s withering power. So Alinejad, now exiled in New York, is enraged that western democracies fall in line. She rails against female politicians such as France’s Ségolène Royal or Sweden’s Ann Linde for covering their heads on government visits. She says their excuses, that forced hijab is part of Iranian culture or a minor domestic issue compared with other Middle East problems, are mere cover. They prefer to junk women’s rights rather than sacrifice trade deals or risk accusations of Islamophobia from Muslims at home.

    Now Iran’s women need the world’s wholehearted support so that protests do not collapse as they did after state killings in 2019. The mullahs cannot keep a cultured, sophisticated, historically outward-looking country enslaved for ever. Sixty per cent of its 86 million people are under 30 years old and two thirds of recent graduates are female.

    But Islam has always fought its battles over the bodies of women: judging national piety by their invisibility. In Turkey, allowing the hijab into colleges and government buildings augured the end of Ataturk’s secular state. In 1958, the Muslim Brotherhood’s first demand of Nasser was veiling all Egyptian women. (He laughed.) In Afghanistan, the returning Taliban’s first act was to shroud every girl.

    Now, like the women liberated from Isis territory who threw down their black chadors in disgust, Iranians are shaking their hair free. Their new movement’s slogan is “Women, life, freedom”: because until every Mahsa Amini is liberated, everyone remains enslaved.

    My Christian Creatives discord server is bustling! If you’re interested in sharing your work (art, writing, crafting, etc) in your own personal channel (and actually getting feedback!), fellowshipping, seeking prayer and support, talking about fandom and nerd stuff, let me know! Either in DMs or by commenting on this post. If you’re shy and want me to reach out to you instead, you can like this post.

    invite your friends too!

    bywandandsword

    To understand how ridiculous this is, the first successful powered airplane flew this same year, 1903

    zipstick

    You’re understating how ridiculous

    it wasn’t just the same year. it was nine days later

    dragongirltitties

    how do newspaper clippings from a hundred years ago violate community guidelines