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DeAnna aka Dee or Meowbooks. Student of Life. Hufflepuff. Whovian.
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theviraltruth:

The First Amendment does not protect you from:

  • Criticism: If you’re a comedian who makes a bad rape joke, people are allowed to point out that you’re not funny as well as an asshole.
  • Shame: If you tweet something racist about President Obama on your public Twitter account that’s connected to your first and last name, people are allowed to say that is bad.
  • The Right to Anonymity: If you take creepy photos of women without their consent and post them on Reddit, people are allowed to try and figure out who you are and post your information on the internet. No one is entitled to anonymity. It’s up to you whether to make it easy for people to find you.
  • Mockery: If you put yourself out there that means your peers (and news outlets) have the right to LOL and comment.
  • Consequences: If you publicly express yourself in a manner that is offensive, hurtful, or just plain dumb, strangers might contact your friends/family/school/employer and tell them what you did. That is not infringing on your right to free speech; it’s pointing out how you choose to exercise that right. Like the rest of the federal constitution, the First Amendment protects us from the government, not from private companies, which may be able to fire or otherwise punish you for stuff you say, even if it’s outside of work. The laws protecting the free speech of private employees vary from state to state, aside from specifically protected speech like labor organizing. Here are some guidelines for public employees and students.

via An Idiot’s Guide to Free Speech

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I was at Dashcon: An Unnecessary Q&A with myself

markdoesstuff:

i want so badly to ignore this and just get on with my life, considering that i’m in the midst of tour and traveling the US right now, but it’s clear that I can’t escape this. this is a very long post, i am keeping it under a cut.

additionally, at least until tumblr moves on from this, my askbox is off. it is a nightmare. i can’t deal with it right now.

so. I was an invited panelist at Dashcon, and I was on 10 panels over the weekend. my name is mark, I run Mark Reads and Mark Watches, and have been doing so for 5 years next month. (HOLY SHIT THAT IS A LONG TIME.) I have been attending cons for over a decade and been speaking at them as a panelist or a guest since 2011. Including my own tour events outside of cons, I have participated in over 150 “panels,” ranging from 50 minutes to 4 hours. I’m including this upfront because I’ve already been accused of being a 16-year-old nobody who doesn’t know what he’s doing at cons and is ruining fandom. Also, I’m apparently white and straight. ALSO THIS IS A MESS.

Mark, how did you end up at Dashcon?

My good friend Krista recommended me to the admins and urged me to sign up because she wanted to do a panel about homoerotic subtext and queerbaiting with me. (Yes, this is the same infamous panel that has caused a lot of drama.) I signed up after submitting a panelist application. I had to have a half hour Skype interview with Megg and Roxanne, the admins, in order to even be considered. Once they knew that I was well experienced at running panels and being a moderator, we discussed about 4-5 possible panels they wanted me on. The process was organized and stress-free for me. I have no complaints about it.

Then how did you end up on 10 panels?

My friend Krista unfortunately had to drop out due to a medical issue. I took over her spots on other panels, since I had either done similar panels in the past, or they made sense based on what I do and write about. 

How much did Dashcon pay you?

They didn’t. I was not a special guest.

That’s fucked up, isn’t it?

No, and allow me to dispel the first of about a million rumors: until you are supermegahuge, you do not get paid to go to conventions. I’ve been going to cons as a professional/panelist for 3 years now. I’ve not once been paid for it. Sometimes, if I am contributing a lot or if a con really wants me to present, my badge will be comped. A few have given me free lodging or reduced lodging. Next year, the wonderful folks at ConQuesT are giving me the privilege of being a Guest of Honor for the first time, and it’s a HUGE deal to me. But this is standard. It’s a business expense for me, I have to view each con trip as a promotional outlet for me, and moneywise, they’re always a loss. My hope is simply to gain more fans and exposure and pay my dues. I go to conventions because I want to make the community better. I often am on panels about representation, race, and queerness, and I want to do the difficult work of making fandom more diverse through it.

So what happened when you got there?

It was like every other con ever. I picked up my badge and schedule. I checked into my hotel. (I stayed at a cheaper one on the other side of the highway.) I went to my panels. Nothing was out of the ordinary. 

So you let minors into your 18+ panel, right?

My panel, Odd Fanfiction Through The Ages, was the second of mine that I did and the first 18+ panel, and was accused on Tumblr of letting minors into it to listen to smut three hours before the panel started. It was the first of many surreal moments. As far as I knew at the time, no minors got in; there were three people checking IDs at the door, and I watched them turn minors away. 

Just for the record: the person who first started the rumor/lie that the BDSM panel was allowing in minors posted it TWELVE HOURS BEFORE THAT PANEL EVEN STARTED. That is how ridiculous the lies and misconceptions were. Shit was being stated as fact on Tumblr before it had even had a chance to happen.

So you then made fun of fanfiction, right?

The most stellar part about this accusation is that right off the bat, I told folks that the panel (which covered a history of odd trends, pairings, and fics) was not going to be a vehicle for shaming fanfiction or making fun of it because it’s weird. I also did not allow anyone to give me any fic or recommend things because I wanted to control what I read and what I didn’t read. I used to just read anything anyone handed me, but last year, I stopped doing live readings of fics that weren’t either intentionally bad/funny or I did not have consent to read. I did not want to shame anyone for having written fic, even if I tried real hard to make it seem like I wasn’t making fun of it. It’s much easier and more respectful to follow this policy. So, no. Did not happen.

So, what happened with the hotel?

Lord. 

Folks are already gaslighting me about my Q&A I did on Facebook, trying to say I am doing my best to minimize what the admins did, but let me state this right now: I have no interest in defending the Dashcon admins. It is more clear than ever that they know what they fucked up, and y’all know of the many mistakes made over the weekend. I cannot add much to what you know or think you know because I kind of stayed away from it? I was outside the main ballroom for the majority of the time after all panels were closed. I knew that the hotel upper management freaking out was real, I knew the $20,000 demand was real, I saw the physical contract at one point, I knew the issue was over oral agreements/changes made, and I knew that the one guy who took over the microphone during that hour of chaos ONLY MADE THINGS WORSE. Whomever he was, I guarantee none of it would have been as bad as it was if he’d just SHUT UP.

So then what???

Panels all were back on at 10:30. I went and did mine, had an excellent turnout, and for the remainder of the con, if I had stayed off Tumblr, it would have been a super fun, enjoyable, well-attended con with zero problems for me. 

But???

Look, I had five panels on Saturday, and while I was very thankful to be appreciated and given the chance to do so much, I was also sad to be missing Night Vale! I love the podcast dearly, but I was scheduled against it. So, when I found out WTNV walked (and it was while I was on a panel myself), it sucked, but it didn’t affect my day at all. The only issue I did have was when a misogynist jerk went on a sexist rant about b*tches in fiction and how Mary-Louise Parker is only good for her boobs (WHY ARE YOU TALKING). I shut it down and moved on as best as I could, ran immediately to staff after the panel, reported said person, and then went straight to my third panel of the day. I had two back-to-back, so I went back to the admin office to give a full report once I had a break, and staff dealt with him. As far as I know, the jerk was kicked out. Their response was super quick and respectful, and I was really happy with it.

But???

Then I made the mistake of going on Tumblr before my 5pm panel, Homoerotic Subtext.

You have to understand that while two undeniably huge and disastrous mishaps had occurred (the money issue, and WTNV walking), the con felt normal. And then I check my dash and it was just a torrent of ball pit jokes, yelling about panels, misogynist drivel about how teenage girls always ruin fandom and cons, and nearly every post was insisting that this was the worst convention in the history of the universe.

It was jarring. It was INCREDIBLY surreal. 

Can you explain the ball pit?

I swear, that fucking question will probably be engraved on my tombstone when I turn to dust. I’m going to later get into how many things the Tumblr community turned into massive issues, but here’s a good start. It was located in a large room adjacent to registration that had concessions and a place to sit and eat. It wasn’t empty because no one was at the con. I would estimate that there were 1,500 people there. The ball pit largely stemmed from a joke, and it wasn’t a thing that was talked about or visited at the con with any frequency. I remember seeing it when I went to get a snack, and I laughed at it because it was clearly absurdly small on purpose, and then I went about my day. It was not a point of interest, it wasn’t something a single soul talked about, and it was just a quirky thing that existed. The end.

So are you mad at people who made fun of it?

Not really? Last night, I saw some memes I couldn’t avoid laughing at. They were funny. (I want that Cards Against Humanity card very much. I EARNED IT, I MADE IT THROUGH DASHCON.) And you know what? It wasn’t something I did or was associated with me, so I let it go. I was more or less annoyed that so many people asked me about the ball pit and said they heard the con was a disaster, but then they didn’t ask, “Hey, are you okay?”

Please stop white knighting on my behalf. I’m an adult, I can handle a joke and memes. Christ.

So, about that Homoerotic Subtext panel….

Straight up: the description Tumblr saw was an old one and a shitty one, and it never got updated. The end. 

However, because Tumblr hyper magnified Dashcon, people assumed the panel would be about fetishizing gay ships. The next step that thousands of people took?

They found out who was on the panel (me!) and instead of actually scrolling down THREE FUCKING POSTS TO MY SELFIE, they accused me of being a straight white man appropriating the gay. Then the death threats started to come in, and then I was pretty much done with Tumblr. I did not log in again until Sunday evening. It was discouraging, triggering, and fucking disgraceful. The three of us on the panel WERE ALL QUEER. ALL OF US. Yes, the panel description sucked, but there are TERRIBLE PANEL DESCRIPTIONS AT EVERY CON EVER.

So did you yell at Sacha (one of the panelists) for being a racist?

Sigh. 

I already spoke to Sacha myself about this, but they once posted a Sherlock manip joke where Sherlock had maracas and a sombrero and a mustache. Is it my favorite thing? No. Do I need Tumblr at large (AND LOTS OF WHITE PEOPLE) telling me what to get mad at as a latino person? Or how I’m a bad anti-racist ally because I didn’t find every post both of my panelists made EVER AND FOREVER and then call them out on it at said panel?

If y’all care so much about my work as a queer brown dude, then how come y’all have never said anything about me being on panels with people who are way more bigoted and shitty than Sacha? Why is it all of a sudden you’re concerned about who I am on a panel with? And how come I am now expected to only appear on panels with people who have PERFECT SOCIAL JUSTICE HISTORIES?

Knock it off. Grow up. 

So was the con a mess?

There were messy parts, but as a whole, no. I ran/spoke on 10 panels, and I saw 8 others. I saw nothing out of the ordinary or “messy” at any of them.

So was candy handed out at panels?

I saw it happen at one and who gives a fuck if it was? The panel was packed, it was a way to encourage discussion, I’ve seen similar things at other panels at other cons, so SHUT UP. This is part of an ongoing problem with the commentary on Tumblr. In order to support the idea that Dashcon was a full, 100% disaster, every single detail was used to paint the con and the people at it as horrific failures of humanity. Even then many of this stuff happens at cons that are more professional and organized! For example:

Was the game room empty and sad?

Maybe at one single point in time, like it is at EVERY CONVENTION THAT HAS A GAME ROOM. I was in there four separate times, and it was empty the first time because it was ONE HOUR AFTER THE CON STARTED. Later on Friday? Completely full. Full all day Saturday, and half full on Sunday. SUNDAY!!! When you usually have the worst attendence!

Was it full of white people wearing flower crowns and decrying sexualization while fetishizing gays?

May that awful post burn in the atmosphere as I kick it into space. White people, here is a free tip: DO NOT FUCKING ERASE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN ORDER TO TRY TO BE ANTI-RACIST. Dashcon was the most racially diverse convention I have been to in the last year. It was more diverse than every professional, decades-running con I have been to EVER, aside from Comic-Con, which I don’t really count. And guess who I saw wearing the most flower crowns all weekend? Young black girls.

Fuck you. Your awful, misinformed commentary was racist, too.

Was everyone straight?

Fuck you, too.

Did you purposely read a minor’s smutfic to embarrass her?

Oh my god, Tumblr, what. We ended the Dramatic Fanfiction Reading with a more serious fic that was smutty (graphically so), AND IT WAS WRITTEN BY ONE OF THE GIRLS ON THE PANEL. WHO AGREED TO IT A WEEK AGO. So no, that did not happen! Dylan was embarrassed to read her own smut once she got to the sex scene, so I offered to take over so that she didn’t have to feel awkward, and that’s it. She received tons of applause for it. Shut up Tumblr SHUT UP.

So what about WTNV and Gingerhaze and the Baker Street Babes? They made it sound awful.

I’ve already had people interpret my experience as one that invalidates theirs. Lord, STOP IT. Stop gaslighting me. I disagree with nothing all three groups have said. Again, the Daschon staff made disastrous mistakes. WTNV had every reason to walk, as did Noelle. The admins said at closing ceremonies that the hotel was the one responsible for the comped rooms being charged because of a clerical error. But that’s all I know. I know nothing that contradicts anything the guests said. And their experience as paid guests asked to travel for Dashcon is different than mine! If I had to foot the bill for it, I’d be furious, too! Truthfully, during the chaotic mess on Friday evening, I was busy making plans with the few friends I had there to go to Six Flags the next day. If the con was going under, I wasn’t going with it. 

But it didn’t turn out that way. Yet I still understand why anyone would have bailed on the con, and this thing is not to convince them they should have stayed or that they made a mistake, so please do not turn it into that. 

You have to understand that this is a job for me. I have fun, I’m silly, and this is a job for me. I had to weigh the option of whether or not to bail, too! For me, I had no friends left in Chicago, I’d paid for my hotel, and I had literally nowhere to go. I didn’t want to bail on my panels because I was certain that would reflect poorly on me as a presenter and a panelist. I stuck it out. And I assure you, I have been to way worse cons as a panelist. I think it’s important to understand that while my experience was not horrific, it probably was for others. But I am tired of reading about how everyone who went hated it and was scammed and is a fool for not bailing immediately. This is my job. I went because I believed the exposure would be good for me, and because I would have numerous chances to talk about critical analysis of media with an eye for racism and queerness. THIS. IS. MY. JOB. 

This also applies to all you jerkfaces posting shit about Cara/areyoutryingtodeduceme, who made the decision to stay, as well as the Baker Street Babes. Lord, it’s like y’all are convinced we’re not adults who know what we’re doing???

Did the admins treat you well?

Yes. Very, very well. Particularly when I had to report what I saw as an unsafe person. Megg herself was incredibly gracious (to the point of tears) towards me at the end of the con. Does that mean the admins were great to others? No, and please do not use this post to try to tell people who had a bad experience that they’re wrong. I am not them. 

Was the crowd full of annoying people who represent the worst of Tumblr?

Why doesn’t Tumblr just come out and say they want a chance to rip on teenage girls? Why not just make it that upfront? The vast majority of attendees were first-timers and were teenage (or early 20s) women. The fact that Tumblr has decided that out of every demographic in the world, girls at this con are the worst is just straight up misogyny to me. I don’t care that you find fandoms annoying. I’m going to be protective as fuck towards most of the people who came to Dashcon looking to have a good time. They are not remotely responsible for the problems it had. 

I also want to add this. I did two LGBTQA panels. They weren’t perfect. The first one had an instance of a conflation between genitals and gender, and our trans panelist was not very up-to-date on proper terminology. Thankfully, we got BrinConvenient to come to the second one. I’ve been doing Q&A panels on queerness or LGBTQA issues since I was 19. I have never experienced a crowd as respectful as the Dashcon one. I’m so used to bracing myself for the inevitable wank that I was pleasantly surprised when it never happened. Even the one straight guy who asked something asked a great question and was respectful about the fact that the support panel wasn’t intended for him.

The cosplayers I spoke to were happy to report that they had never been to a con without any harassment of them at all. (Which is not to say that it didn’t happen, please do not do that.) The crowd was so kind ALL OF THE TIME. In EVERY PANEL. It was so refreshing. I suspect that a large part of that is due to the chaos from Friday. I think those that stayed at the con just did they best they could to enjoy it. 

Ultimately, I can’t help but think that some people came to Dashcon as their first con, and now they have to deal with the fact that a photo of them at the con is being used to represent everything wrong with Dashcon and fandom in general. That’s… gross, to say the least. 

Would you go to Dashcon 2015?

I don’t know. I can confirm I have been invited back, and I’m flattered. If this whole Tumblr nightmare hadn’t happened, I would have said yes right now. But now I’m more worried about what sort of reaction I’ll get from people who aren’t going, and I hate that I have to think about that. At the same time, if I do decide to attend, I would need the admins to make sure a lot more things are taken care of so that we DON’T ever have to deal with another crisis like this. I think that’s a fair expectation for me to have. 

Are you going to get a ball pit tattoo?

At this point, I really should. I’ll probably never live it down.

Can I ask you more stuff about Dashcon?

Yes, but only if you come to one of my tour dates because no, I cannot address this on Tumblr anymore. I am thousands of miles from home, I’m exhausted, I’m traveling through the end of August, and I need to move on from this. I will update this if there are mistakes and errors or if I think of something vital that I missed, but no. I can’t do this anymore.

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festeringfae:

"Sarah told me to check on you."

#one thing i love about this show#is that the secondary characters don’t act like secondary characters#like on one hand you have all these dudes who are here to serve a female-driven storyline which is a refreshing change#but any character should think of themselves as the main character of their own story#and felix in particular seems to get very frustrated about being treated as a sidekick#but when that happens he doesn’t continue to hang around grousing about being sarah’s sidekick#instead he makes the conscious decision to go over to alison’s storyline where he’ll have a more central role#idk i just really dig the way character interactions are structured on this show—@inkandcayenne

(Source: alexanderobbins, via eemersonm)

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adventuresofcesium:

mainstream tumblr feminism may have many glaring faults but it has bred an army of teenage girls who understand the common ways that misogyny is reinforced in society and who know that they’re better off loving their fellow woman than fighting with her and that’s actually pretty damn revolutionary

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powerpussysays:

petrichoriousparalian:

leupagus:

shakespeareismyjam:

Othello Samira Wiley

DesdemonaSophie Turner

There are captions too, in case you wanted lines. Ugh, I love both of these ladies so much.

And bonus Iago:

Iago

I’D BE COOL WITH IT

SO FUCKING DOWN

Yo, ladies taking the stage. I can dig it.

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michaeljfoxy:

Dumbledore’s Army. On Patronus Day!

#i’m getting emotional #because when i think about the DA #i just get all my hp feels #it’s like #it’s like the ESSENCE of the story #it’s the students banding together and being good and overcoming evil #and it’s like they’re doing all this hard work while having FUN #and being TOGETHER #and just OH GOD HARRY POTTER MAN #THESE BOOKS #and then the PATRONUSES #i just can’t even describe how this makes me fEEL

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Anonymous asked:
Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

thehappysorceress:

nanodash:

sciencetoastudent:

hammerforscale:

nonlinearfluctuations:

chemistry-of-chaos:

dinostuck:

scientistsarepeopletoo:

adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Yo, I haven’t posted for a while, but I’m doing a PhD in isotope geochemistry and this made me mad enough to come out of the Pb isotope lab and take this ‘selfie’ to make damn sure no-one thinks that girls can’t do science. I do what I do because I love it, and you know what? I kick ass at it. So jog on hateful anon, we’ve got science to do. 

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I’m just a guy who happens to be a science major, but even I feel outrage when I hear that girls/women either do not like or are not good at science.  This is such a preposterous notion!  Those who hold to this idea are either unaware or ignore the enormous amount of data that proves otherwise.  See my post here.

Can we get a hell yeah from the ladies (and the cool men) of science!

I wish I’d known ladies like this when I was in school.

Because I would be doing SO MUCH SCIENCE right now.

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fashionsfromhistory:

"1892 Doll" from the Gratitude Train

Germaine Lecomte

1949

MET

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magdolenelives:

17000dollars:

thriftorama:

17000dollars:

Recently, the admins of a fan-based Tumblr convention, Dashcon 2014, ran into some trouble.  Allegedly, the staff of the hotel that was hosting their convention demanded to be paid 17,000 dollars, or else they would shut down Dashcon.  The Dashcon admins responded by asking the community to raise 17,000 dollars by the end of the night — and so they did.  The convention went on.  

This has upset quite a few people, many of whom have pointed out that Tumblr users united to fundraise for a convention, but not to raise money for other causes.  A lot of these posts have specifically referenced poverty, homelessness, and disadvantaged members of the queer community; in particular, many people have talked about homeless LGBTQ youth.  Why couldn’t we have raised 17,000 dollars for them?

Well, we can.  So let’s do it.  

The Ali Forney Center in NYC is an organization for homeless LGBTQ youth that provides housing, food, showers, clothing, primary medical care, mental health care, HIV/STI screening and treatment, substance abuse support, street outreach, employment/education assistance programs, training for adult care providers, and more.  They’ve been doing great work for about 12 years now, and though they were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy a few years back (x), they’ve never stopped working to do everything they can to directly help the most vulnerable members of the queer community.  

I’ve created an online fundraising page directly through the Ali Forney Center, so no sketchy private individuals will be handling donation money.  

Let’s prove that we can come together for more than bad conventions and potato salad Kickstarters.  Homeless LGBTQ youth deserve better than being used as props in arguments, so here’s our chance to show that we do care enough to raise money for people who desperately need support. 

(Plus, if you donate, you can have an extra hour in the ball pit.  We promise.)  

Our goal is 17,000 dollars.  Click here to visit the page and donate!

This is a really good way to recover from these embarrassments. Let’s do it.

shit u found me 

this blog is too big to keep secret

BOOST!

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unpitchable:

Over the past two years, I’ve shared a lot of space with cisgender feminists who are seeking to add a trans voice to their panel, event, or conference. I can often sense that these feminists’ hearts are in the right place with regards to trans issues. They’re trying and their… [read more]

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Anonymous asked:
So much emphasis on "Scott's Pack" and Scott being an Alpha in that promo. Do you think Jeff's gonna make Derek officially Scott's beta? I know Hoechlin says Derek's an omega, but Jeff obviously doesn't listen to Hoechlin & O'Brien about their characters :( Are we gonna see Derek bare his throat (metaphorically only I HOPE) to Scott's True Alpha?

athenadark:

voubledision:

athenadark:

notenufcaffeine:

flower-of-the-desert:

athenadark:

olafrawoski:

notenufcaffeine:

chefjoe79:

athenadark:

nope, no no no, I have my fingers in my ears nonny and am refusing to admit the possiblity, it would mean Derek admitting all the things scott did to him were justified and that would destroy him utterly, give Derek what little pride the show has left him with, and let him work with scott but not for

I don’t think that will ever happen… Too many people see Derek as being something important… He is going to play a massive part in something in the future (possibly even rise to Alpha status again and be like his mother)… Derek will help Scott when the end goal is the same and he has to but will look for a better/faster way to solve the problem… now that Derek has let go of his anger as anchor, I think we are going to see Derek grow into the leader he was born to be…

Except the show narrative doesn’t give Derek the time of day, really. There’s this beautifully layered backstory to that character that we know nothing of, and even Ian and JR and Hoec are saying “please give us more…” And this season will instead be a new generation to pass on the torch and further separate the Hales from the McCall story. Because the show is the McCall story, “starts and ends with Scott” is pretty much the way the show has gone so far. They’re just kind of burying a gold mine here chasing shiny swords and monster bones.

Derek is basically a comparison/surrogate for Scott, he’s the whipping boy called in when they need some violence to happen away from the paws of the True Alpha, and the only way those characters end up is dead. Scott rises, the not-Scott falls in his place. Derek self-sacrifices and Scott doesn’t take chances. The anchor scene gets it’s origins from a story about someone on the brink of death, and that’s not a good sign. This thought has been seriously bugging me for weeks and I have yet to see anything counter it. Pleeeease tell me there’s evidence somewhere that Derek isn’t the lone omega who gets sacrificed for the good of the pack at the end of season 4. Puhhhleeeeese. Seriously.

I can’t even stick my fingers in my ears on this because I can’t see how the narrative would support Derek winning at anything, let alone a second pack with the direction they say it’s going. AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BAD I WANT TO. *has panic attack #gazillion*

I’m afraid you’re right. Jeff has done nothing but shit on Derek Hale so far to put the light on True Alpha Scott McCall… Why would that change any time soon? You can bet that if Derek becomes human (ew I hate this idea ), they’re gonna make Scott offers him the bite, be all fucking smug about it, and Derek will accept and get stripped of what’s left of his dignity… I’m calling it.

Perhaps I’m giving Davis too much credit but I think Scott is a misdirect, that in telling the “Scott story” he manages to get away with a lot about the much more interesting “Hale/Argent war”. Scott is like Harry Potter, in that if he’d stayed in his room Voldemort would be nothing more than Quirrel’s headache, because in many ways it was Harry that did what Voldemort needed because Harry didn’t trust the adults to stop Voldemort. 

So we have Scott and his narrative which, lets face it, is not nearly as interesting, but because Scott doesn’t know stuff the audience gets to learn it with Scott, we get dramatic tension because Scott doesn’t get told stuff, and even when he does we can’t trust he’s listening, we get all the expected tropes, the romance etc, without it messing with the Hale Argent War of which Scott is only on the fringes, and most of what we learn is from Stiles, who agrees with us - that stuff’s fascinating

But because Scott has no consequences, because Scott is the “true alpha” it means Scott’s narrative has nowhere to go but down, Scott’s sense of self importance and his insistence that this is his story and a superhero origin one at that means he’s inserting himself into things and making things worse (212 is a perfect example, the bite did nothing, it didn’t save Jackson or stop Gerard)

I’m thinking that Deaton’s machinations have made Scott a kagemusha but no one told Scott, that in making Scott an alpha it put the target on his back instead of Derek’s, but Scott just puffs out his chest. Derek is special, we know that because Talia knew that and told Deaton, Deucalion knew that, even Gerard knew it, but Scott’s narrative tells us it’s him. 

This is a show vs tell thing I think, the show tells us it’s about scott, but it’s always shown us it’s about Derek, and do you know what happens to kagemusha? they die so the lord can live.

Additionally, I think exactly because the the show has always been hard on Derek, in the end he’s going to be the one to come out on top. Otherwise what would the point be of all his suffering if by the end…he gets even more suffering and dies? On the other hand, it’s much more interesting and satisfying if you have a character who has suffered all his life but manages to overcome it. I think that where Derek’s story is going.

My only hesitance on these though is the TV medium. They don’t have as much freedom to just flip the story as a movie or books would. If they’re looking at them as “novels” then I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt a little more easily. But Scott is the main, title character, the POV we’ve been trained to meet this world through and cheer for, so to flip that at the end isn’t something usually done to a TV audience.

ah but teen wolf has been doing that from the start, in other hands it would be shirtless young men overcoming obstacles in one episode that are analogous to modern problems, like Buffy was (just with less shirtlessness), each season is another spiral working towards a defined end, not a stand alone system, the only reason we’re “rooting for Scott” is the assumption he is the main character which is on our end, not the narrative’s. Scott is the focus character, the one through which we’re told the story but there is no evidence other than his position as the narratorial bias that he is the champion at all, in fact it’s the other way around. This isn’t going to be a huge flip, this is something it’s been building towards since ep 1, more and more we see scott view this as his superhero origin story (and it’s interesting in reflection that Stiles called him the Hulk considering his fear of going alpha crazy, when that’s exactly what he does when he loses his anchor, and that the anchor plot device is exactly like that of Betty Ross, and we forget that in the Ultimate Avengers the hulk ate people!, SHIELD kept him on lock down for a reason) 

but yes, thats’ the thing, we’re focussing on scott because he’s the main character so we expect him to be the hero because that’s what the main character does - who says? we’re just used to it. Bilbo Baggins wasn’t the hero, Thorin was, just as Aragorn was more hero than Frodo, but we expect the lead character to be the hero because in most narratives they are, but not all narratives do this.

I’ve used the example of Mistborn before and I like it, but in it the lead character of the first narrative, the one we don’t see, failed and another had to take the role and in doing so became a tyrant but did so to protect the world the only way he knew how, the second cleared the way for the real champion although we expected it to be her. Modern fantasy more and more is moving away from the trope that main character = world saviour and teen wolf very much fits in that model, it is a fantasy novel (just one on tv) and it’s very much post tolkien, and modern fantasy is very much not the beast you think it is

Also… The Hale-Argent war didn’t start with Scott. Scott would have never been bitten by Peter if the Hale fire didn’t happen, and the reason the Hale fire happened was because of Kate Argent seducing Derek. That’s where the story starts. 

the story goes back a lot further than that, it goes back to at least ‘77 with Alexander Argent, but i wouldn’t be surprised if it went back to gevaudan

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eloquii:

If you aren’t reading Curvy Girl Chic, stop what you’re doing (seriously, right now) and get to know Allison Teng’s unique style. She effortlessly blends that California cool with a dash of sweetness and a bit of edge. It all comes together beautifully on her blog, so it’s no wonder that People StyleWatch tapped her to contribute online. We caught up with her during Full Figured Fashion Week, chatted about all things style, and then turned her loose on the sample racks. She’s picked out her favorites for you to shop, plus get to know her better in this fun Q&A!

ELOQUII: Did you always know that you wanted to share photos of your outfits? What gave you the confidence to put yourself out there in such a personal way?

Allison: Definitely not! I’ve always been relatively shy and a pretty quiet person, but I guess when I started my blog, I did so expecting nobody to read it. After all, the internet is a huge place—how would people find me? Still, when people started reading and commenting, I got to find other like-minded people sharing their POV and style, and it was just really fun to be part of that conversation!

E: How has your style evolved since you started Curvy Girl Chic?

A: It’s definitely gotten a little more grown-up, and a little more daring! Considering I’d just graduated from college when I started my blog, I was still discovering my style and what I like to wear most. Nowadays, I still love to play with trends and try new styles, but I know the looks that make me feel the most “me”!

E: What’s the most common question your readers ask you? 

A: Hmmm…this is a tough one, but the most common question I receive is how to be more confident. This is always a hard one for me, because I feel like your confidence is so dependent on your environment—the kind of people you surround yourself with, what media you take in, and what you choose to believe and allow to influence you. My recommendation is always to start reading more body positive blogs and social media outlets, plus size fashion blogs, and to start tuning out negative influences. Whether it’s a friend that’s constantly putting you down, or the news article that states anyone above a size 4 is unhealthy, it’s got to go!

E: What are your top 3 favorite pieces on the site right now?

A: Only 3?! I’m dying over the new arrivals but my favorites have to the the Rose and Stripes Crop Top, the pink Pique Midi Skirt, and the Studded Ponte Pencil Skirt.

E: Looking ahead - what are you most looking forward to from fall fashion?

A: Statement outerwear! GIVE ME ALL THE COATS.

And now for the style lightning round! 

Stripes or florals?

Stripes!!

Favorite neutral?

Does navy count?

Mascara or lipstick?

Mascara

Maxi, midi or mini?

Mini!

Skinny, boyfriend, or trouser jeans?

Skinny

Bows or peplum?

Bows

Flats or heels?

Heels!

Necklace or earrings?

Necklace

Black or white?

Black

Uptown or downtown?

Uptown on the weekday, downtown on the weekends!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your style with us, Allison! If you’re looking to shop her picks, you can still use code CHIC for 40% off orders of $100+. From one shopaholic to another, happy shopping!

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beggars-opera:

I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.

Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc)

And people wonder WHY I complain about History/Art History periodization. Note how much overlap there is to the above “eras”, and how many exceptions and extensions there are to these categories.

Oh, and by the way…

Tudor:

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Elizabethan:

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Stuart:

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Georgian:

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Regency:

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Victorian:

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Edwardian:

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Because you wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate.

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fourteenacross:

I know why people fall into the “Erik is the team dad, Charles is the team mom” trope (even though I really hate the gendering of it and the subsequent feminization of Charles that’s a real problem in most slash fandoms), but let’s take a minute to appreciate Rose Bryne’s expressions of shocked indignation and righteous disappointment while Erik is vaguely bemused in the background and Charles is thinking to himself, “Shit, I fucked up, I fucked up, they really aren’t old enough to take care of themselves, mom is gonna KILL ME.”

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