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Ass, Fire, and Head: quentyl: lb-lee: avatarsymbolism: Zuko and Mai v Mr. Boomerang. One of the reasons Avatar is one of the few epic fantasies I’ve actually liked is that nobody is above indignity. This is a thing a lot of genres do, but epic fantasies seem to be impressively devoid of any sense of humor, and often cave to the temptation to make the villains or heroes so badass that nothing embarrassing or stupid ever happens to them. In Avatar (the last airbender, anyway, haven’t seen Korra), everyone has stupid shit happen to them.  Even Fire Lord Ozai has his moments– “No, Fire Lord Ozai, YOU aren’t wearing pants!” Azula gets covered in mud.  Zuko has… well, getting conked in the head by a boomerang is only the beginning of the stupid undignified shit he experiences. (Though he still doesn’t compare to Sokka, the emperor unto perpetuity of Shameland.) And I love that.  Because in life, sometimes you get covered in mud.  Sometimes you get conked in the head when you’re trying to be brooding and dramatic.  STUPID SHIT HAPPENS TO YOU.  And in real life, you still manage to be badass, or terrible, even in your moments of human frailty. I wish I saw that more often. Yes! This, so much. That’s definitively something I’ve noticed too, and I love it! Actually, in a way, I think it’s kind of addressed in the show itself: Zuko was publicly humiliated, punished and banished for speaking out of turn at a meeting. This was considered a personal offense to the Fire Lord: they were so strict and enamored with their “dignity” that the slightest misstep by a child could turn into some sort of great insult. And if you’re insulted the proper response is to defend your honor in Agni Kai, a duel to the death (with a child if need be). In contrast, among the Air Nomads, it was okay to throw mud pies at the head monks and laugh your ass off. It was even encouraged: creativity, fun and humility were seen as the most essential qualities. No one was above pranks - neither being pranked nor even doing the pranks. And it didn’t mean they didn’t know respect - we know Aang had enormous respect for his elders and their teachings. It’s actually a much truer form of respect than what you could find in the Fire Nation, where fear kept you silent. So, I think there is a lesson here, that maybe we should learn not to hold our dignity in such high regard, that it’s good to know how to laugh at yourself? And when ATLA has fun with its serious characters, it’s also a way to illustrate this idea - the show is all the richer by not taking itself too seriously.
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Ass, Fire, and Head: animentality: quentyl: lb-lee: avatarsymbolism: Zuko and Mai v Mr. Boomerang. One of the reasons Avatar is one of the few epic fantasies I’ve actually liked is that nobody is above indignity. This is a thing a lot of genres do, but epic fantasies seem to be impressively devoid of any sense of humor, and often cave to the temptation to make the villains or heroes so badass that nothing embarrassing or stupid ever happens to them. In Avatar (the last airbender, anyway, haven’t seen Korra), everyone has stupid shit happen to them.  Even Fire Lord Ozai has his moments– “No, Fire Lord Ozai, YOU aren’t wearing pants!” Azula gets covered in mud.  Zuko has… well, getting conked in the head by a boomerang is only the beginning of the stupid undignified shit he experiences. (Though he still doesn’t compare to Sokka, the emperor unto perpetuity of Shameland.) And I love that.  Because in life, sometimes you get covered in mud.  Sometimes you get conked in the head when you’re trying to be brooding and dramatic.  STUPID SHIT HAPPENS TO YOU.  And in real life, you still manage to be badass, or terrible, even in your moments of human frailty. I wish I saw that more often. Yes! This, so much. That’s definitively something I’ve noticed too, and I love it! Actually, in a way, I think it’s kind of addressed in the show itself: Zuko was publicly humiliated, punished and banished for speaking out of turn at a meeting. This was considered a personal offense to the Fire Lord: they were so strict and enamored with their “dignity” that the slightest misstep by a child could turn into some sort of great insult. And if you’re insulted the proper response is to defend your honor in Agni Kai, a duel to the death (with a child if need be). In contrast, among the Air Nomads, it was okay to throw mud pies at the head monks and laugh your ass off. It was even encouraged: creativity, fun and humility were seen as the most essential qualities. No one was above pranks - neither being pranked nor even doing the pranks. And it didn’t mean they didn’t know respect - we know Aang had enormous respect for his elders and their teachings. It’s actually a much truer form of respect than what you could find in the Fire Nation, where fear kept you silent. So, I think there is a lesson here, that maybe we should learn not to hold our dignity in such high regard, that it’s good to know how to laugh at yourself? And when ATLA has fun with its serious characters, it’s also a way to illustrate this idea - the show is all the richer by not taking itself too seriously. I love atla meta
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Crying, Fall, and Lgbt: Dear Dmitri, can accommodate this request. I look forward to a wonderful semester Wann Reak REPLYREPLY ALL FORWARD mark as unread Tue 8/19/2014 7:12 PM Sent Item To: Dear Professor My name is Dmitri Laboratory on Wednesdays at 6:00-8:50pm this fall. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name,Iwould greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as Dmitri and use they/them pronouns when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week. and I will be attending your course General Chemistry I Sincerely, iri witchyxwoman: outforhealth: shingekinosocialskills: aisnotforally: aroavenger: meaninglessladders: aroavenger: i’m crying oh gosh TUMBLR PROF ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are trans or nonbinary and you are in the same situation as the student above, email your professors before class starts. I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but generally professors are absolutely happy to accommodate you. I know I always will be! If your professor does not respond positively, contact the Dean or the campus LGBT+ resource center with a copy of the email and show them that you are concerned about gender discrimination in the classroom.  Also this is a link to the template I used to write this email, and I’ve seen another similar template going around, and this was extremely helpful. just a reminder that this is an option for you folks! i did it and all my teachers replied within a few hours saying that it was okay. you can do this! school does not have to be painful. Reblogging because everyone should see this.  C: It’s about that time of year again! Babe! @hernamewaskara

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Ass, Bad, and Bad Day: Straight guy worries he's being homophobic to gay roommate, realizes he's fallen in love with him Plot twist: it turns out I don't have any problem with Alex kissing guys if it's me he's kissing. hutchj: artemuscain-gamingandbs: mamatronchatoro: puppygays: oh god, they were roommates This straight guy, who we’ll call Mike, has been roommates with Alex for a year. When Alex told Mike he was gay, he was absolutely fine with it. But then when Alex started to bring guys home…he started getting annoyed, resentful, disgusted. Posting on Reddit, he said: ‘First things first, let me say that I’ve never thought of myself as being discriminatory before. I had a gay friend in high school and we made it through some tough times together, I never felt weird about him dating a guy. So all of this is coming out of nowhere. ‘”Alex” has been my roommate for one year, and I pretty much knew upfront about him being gay. At some point we became friendly enough with each other that we could even joke about it, as in, sometimes he’ll pretend to flirt with me and I’ll pretend to flirt back. I’m straight and he knows that, but I don’t feel threatened by him flirting with me and he says most straight guys do. ‘The problems started because of this: Alex brings guys home sometimes. At the start I thought I was okay with it, since it’s really not my business who he sleeps with. He’s usually discreet enough about it that I don’t see/hear anything I wouldn’t want to see/hear from anyone else, but for some reason I’ve started feeling weird if I even see him with other guys. ‘I don’t know when it started but one time that really sticks out to me is when I came home and saw him and some guy making out on the couch. I don’t know how to describe what it was like to see that, except that for a moment I felt so bad I thought I was going to throw up. Alex was embarrassed (he didn’t think I’d be back for a while), but I told him it was okay since I was embarrassed too. ‘I felt bad for being as disgusted as I was, since there’s NO good reason for me to have a reaction like that. I thought maybe they just caught me by surprise and that’s why I reacted so strongly, but it turned out it wasn’t a one-time thing. After that, every time he has a guy over (not that often, but every once in a while) I just start feeling like shit and wishing that guy would leave, and I can’t stop thinking about what these guys might have done to him even though I don’t want to imagine that. It makes me really uncomfortable and grossed out. And these are just guys he fools around with, I don’t know what I’d do if he ends up getting an actual boyfriend. ‘Alex has started to notice and it’s affecting our friendship. The other day I came home right when some guy was about to leave, and the guy tried to be polite to me but I ended up being rude to him (don’t remember what I said, but it was really obvious I was pissed). When the guy left, Alex asked me why I was being an asshole. I didn’t know what to say, but then he asked if I had a problem with him sleeping with other guys. I said no. For some reason that pissed him off more and he said I can’t complain since I used to bring my fuckbuddy over and he was forced to see me being affectionate with her sometimes. (I was in an FWB situation with a girl in the early days of me and Alex living together, but I broke it off after a few months and I haven’t done anything with anyone since.) I agreed with him and told him I was just having a bad day and I don’t care who he sleeps with, but he looked more upset and told me he’s going to a friend’s place to cool off. I said okay. When he was leaving for some reason he casually said, “and you’ll be okay if I sleep with him as long as I do at his place and not ours, right?” Or something like that. I told him it’s none of my business what he does at someone else’s place, but when he said that I felt sick to my stomach and couldn’t stop thinking about it. ‘He didn’t show up later that night even though he was supposed to hang out with me and my sister. He’s never blown me off before and it made me feel like shit, but part of it was my fault since I made him feel like I was judging him for sleeping with guys. Now he’s acting like nothing happened but I’m worried I might mess things up if it happens again. I want to keep him as a friend, but he’d be hurt if he knew that whenever I think about him with other guys it disgusts me. ‘How do I deal with this? I’ve never been homophobic but I’ve suddenly developed some kind of homophobia where just the idea of my roommate’s sex life makes me uncomfortable. And I don’t react like this to other gay people either, it’s just Alex. I don’t know if this means I’m only okay with gay people as long as I’m not living with them or what. Does anyone else have experience with this? I want to get over myself and stop whatever this is, but if I can’t I’m going to have to leave since the last thing I want to do is hurt Alex, and if I stay here and keep automatically judging him for his lifestyle that’s what’s going to happen. ‘tl;dr: Roommate is gay, I am not but I thought I was okay with him being gay until I realised I feel crappy when I see him with other guys and it’s started to affect our friendship. How to deal with this/stop being such a dick?’ One Redditor asked: ‘Are you sure that weird feeling isn’t jealousy…? i mean, this only seems to revolve around Alex specifically.’ And Mike responded: ‘I thought about that, but I don’t know what I’m meant to be jealous of. He definitely has a more active sex life than I do, but reacting like this to something like that seems really strange and irrational.’ The Redditor responded: ‘Yeah i thought maybe you don’t like seeing Alex with other people because you want his attention to yourself?’ ‘The day I made the post, I met up with my sister Laura [24F] and I showed her the post. She read the whole thing and called me an oblivious walnut and said it sounds like I have a crush on Alex. The same conclusion some of you came to in the original post. ‘Anyway, she talked me through it and we confirmed I’m not as straight as I thought I was. She also pointed out something in my original post, where I said the more I tried to reassure him I didn’t mind who he slept with, the more he got upset. Also: how he brought my old FWB situation into it. I just thought he was understandably mad with me for being an asshole, but Laura thought it sounded like maybe Alex wanted me to be jealous? We moved on from that topic pretty quickly, though, since I couldn’t really handle the implications of that when I’d JUST started to understand that I like this guy. ‘The next few days were mostly me sitting on my ass trying to wrap my head around everything. I was scared of messing up our friendship and losing him, but I was even more scared that I might just let this pass without saying anything and then he gets a boyfriend and I have to see him with another guy…etc. Because if that happened I would probably have to end it anyway, since as we’ve established, I’m not great at dealing with him being with other guys. ‘Probably could have planned it better, but I told him. Right after a Tarantino marathon, if anyone’s interested, since nothing says romance like graphic violence. I told him I’ve been such a dick because I was jealous. I don’t think he got what I was getting at because he just laughed a little and said I didn’t have to be jealous since it wasn’t like I’d have any trouble finding people to sleep with me. No clue how I explained, it’s a blur. Luckily he saw how nervous I was so he knew I was serious. ‘We talked. Long story short: all that flirting was real, but Alex didn’t have any hope of it going further because of me being an oblivious “straight” guy. So he’s been trying to get over me. He laughed really hard when I told him about how I mistook my jealousy for homophobia, and he teased me by saying he’d never expected me to be the jealous type. Then again, we both ended up laughing a lot of out of nervousness and awkwardness. I’ve never seen him like that before since he’s usually pretty confident. In the end we agreed to maybe try something out, and we kissed. Never kissed anyone with a beard before, so…interesting experience, but also really good. (Plot twist: it turns out I don’t have any problem with Alex kissing guys if it’s me he’s kissing.) ‘Since then we’ve kind of been easing into the whole dating thing, I guess? I know this place is wary about roommate relationships and I get why, but it’s been great so far. We had our first proper date last weekend and it was incredible, though a bit weird since we’ve done that a thousand times already and this time there was a new context. At home we still do our normal thing, but sometimes we get distracted. Last night I almost burned dinner because I had to kiss him and we got kind of carried away, haha. We’re taking the whole sex thing slow though since I’ve never done anything with another guy before. ‘I’m a little worried about coming out to my family and my other friends, especially since this is almost as new for me as it would be for them. My parents are very openminded and my mom especially loves Alex. But I have some more conservative family members on my dad’s side, and I can already imagine them blaming Alex for turning me gay. They can also be pretty racist (Laura’s boyfriend is Latino so she knows all about that) and Alex is mixed. It’s something to think about in the longterm, I guess. Alex has said he doesn’t expect me to jump out of the closet right away, but if we end up calling ourselves a couple then I’m not going to keep him a secret or anything. ‘So…we’re trying. And I am not a homophobe, and nobody needed therapy. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was this happy, and I never would have expected this when I made that first post. It’s a good thing some of you picked up on the actual problem and tried to get it through to me despite me being an oblivious walnut, so…thanks, guys.’ Funniest self-realization in the world? ‘Plot twist: it turns out I don’t have any problem with Alex kissing guys if it’s me he’s kissing.’ This was…. cute??? Someone make a movie out of this b/c this was an emotional roller coaster. 
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Another One, Bad, and Christmas: Scott Kerr @scott kerr Follow Boy writes to Lego after losing a mini-figure. Lego's customer service department should rurn the world. Email from Luka to LEGO Hello. Myname is Luka andi am seven years old. With al my money l got for ChristmasI bought the Ninjago kit of the Ultrasonic Raider. The number is 9449. It is really good. My Daddy just took me to Sainsburys and told me to leave the people at home but I took them andI lost Jay ZX at the shop as it fell out of my coat. I am really upset I have lost him. Daddy said to send you a email to see if you will send me another one. I promise I won'"t take him to the shop again if you can. Thank you. Enail reply from Richard at Lego Consumer Services Thanks for sending us an email! We are very sorry to hear about you losing your Jay minifigure but it sounds like your dad sight have been right about leaving it at hone. It sounds like you are very sad about it too Normally we would ask that you pay for a new one if you lose one of your ninifigures and need to have it replaced. My bosses told me I could not send you one out for free because you lost it but, I decided that I would put call into Sensei Wu to see if he could help ne Luka, I told Sensei Nu that losing your Jay minifigure was purely an accident and that you would never ever ever let it happen er again. He told me to tell you, Luka, your father seess like a very wise nan. You nust always protect your Ninjago ninifigures like the dragons protect the Weapons of Spinitzu Sensei Wu also told ne it was okay if I sent you a new Jay and told se it would be okay if 1I included sonething extra for you because anyone that saves their Christmas soney to buy the Ultrasonic Raider must be a really big Ninjago fan So, I hope you enjoy your Jay ninifigure with all his eapons. You will actually have the only Jay minifigure that combines 3 different Jays into one! I an also going to send you a bad guy for hin to fight! Just reneaber, what Sensei ku said: keep your ninifigures protected like the Weapons of Spinjitzul And of course, always listen to your dad You will see an envelope from LEGO within the next two weeks with your new ninifigures. Please take good care of them, Luka. Renember that you promised to alwavs leave thes at hone. RETWEETSLIKES 35,162 67,568 黶閻曜 器傭闖 5:01 AM-16 Sep 2016 This is how you do customer support

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Feminism, Money, and Work: Misogynist Misandrist Feminist Legit question, I'm not trying to hate on feminists or anything. Why is it called feminist if they're for equality? That's a very good question and thank you for asking so politely The word feminism was coined by Charles Fourier in 1837, a French philosopher who advocated for the emancipation of women because he believed society treated women as slaves. We weren't allowed to vote, own anything, or work a real job Women were ruled by their fathers/household patriarch until they married at which time they'd be under the rule of their husband. If a woman did not belong to male household she was shunned by society and had very little means to make money most of them unsavory. You know the idiom rule of thumb? That comes from a running joke that started in the 1600s, and was still around in Fourier's time, that said it was okay for a man to beat a woman with a stick as long as it wasn't any thicker than his thumb The point of the word feminist, and the feminist movement, has never been to say that women are better than men. The point is that women and things associated with women have been givena lesser place in society and we want to bring those things up to a place of equality. The focus is on the feminine because that's what's being pushed down. However, focusing on the feminine does not mean we're focusing only women. Men are belittled and called "less of a man" anytime they portray a trait that is associated with femininity. If women and the feminine were equal to men and masculinity then that wouldn't happen. Feminism is about raising up things associated with females to have an equal place in society as the things associated with males. It's called feminism, not equalism, because the focus is on raising up not tearing down. Equalism would suggest that male things need to come down to a lower level so that female things can meet it in the middle. That's not the point. The point is to raise up the feminine so that it's on the same playing field that the masculine is already on. We don't want men to lower themselves, we just want them to make room for us. Stay awake at FUNSubstance.com Why its called feminism and not equalism

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Feminism, Money, and Target: Misogynist Misandrist Feminist kyraneko: ambris: rae-is-trash: shortcuttothestars: ambris-art: glenn-griffon: the-walking-tardis: xtheycallmeslimshadyx: problematic-url: basilsilos: pennman9000: dil-howlters-uncreative-username: WHY IS THIS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND So for all you feminists out their who think that all men should die, remember, you are not a feminist. reblogging for the last comment Yes Legit question, I’m not trying to hate on feminists or anything. Why is it called feminist if they’re for equality? castiel-knight-of-hell: That’s a very good question and thank you for asking so politely.  The word feminism was coined by Charles Fourier in 1837, a French philosopher who advocated for the emancipation of women because he believed society treated women as slaves. We weren’t allowed to vote, own anything, or work a real job. Women were ruled by their fathers/household patriarch until they married at which time they’d be under the rule of their husband. If a woman did not belong to male household she was shunned by society and had very little means to make money, most of them unsavory. You know the idiom “rule of thumb”? That comes from a running joke that started in the 1600s, and was still around in Fourier’s time, that said it was okay for a man to beat a woman with a stick as long as it wasn’t any thicker than his thumb.  The point of the word feminist, and the feminist movement, has never been to say that women are better than men. The point is that women and things associated with women have been given a lesser place in society and we want to bring those things up to a place of equality. The focus is on the feminine because that’s what’s being pushed down. However, focusing on the feminine does not mean we’re focusing only women. Men are belittled and called “less of a man” anytime they portray a trait that is associated with femininity. If women and the feminine were equal to men and masculinity then that wouldn’t happen. Feminism is about raising up things associated with females to have an equal place in society as the things associated with males. It’s called feminism, not equalism, because the focus is on raising up not tearing down. Equalism would suggest that male things need to come down to a lower level so that female things can meet it in the middle. That’s not the point. The point is to raise up the feminine so that it’s on the same playing field that the masculine is already on. We don’t want men to lower themselves, we just want them to make room for us. This needs to be spread far and wide to everyone on tumblr.  ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU This is very thorough explanation, thank you! Show this to my old english teacher who tried to tell me that feminism wasn’t equality because of the root word “fem” Okay so my first thought was “ALL OF THIS, THANK YOU” but then I noticed I literally already reblogged this and with those words and I’ve since forgotten. Welp, always good to reblog It’s named after the group whose status they have been trying to raise to achieve equality. It’s not about the end goal, it’s identifying the ones whose disadvantage they’re trying to erase. Someone send this to English teacher who thinks feminism = misandry

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Cars, Facebook, and Saw: February 20 at 12:01pm Okay well since people saving stuff about me posting stuff on my Facebook 'm gonna tell what happen. I was merging onto the interstate and it was around 4 and 5 o'clock traffic well I look at the lady behind me to make sure if it was okay for me to go cause I wasn't gonna take it cause I know she been sitting there for a little bit well she throws her hands up so I'm amusing that she letting me go so I get in front of her, well when traffic starts to die down she gets over and starts cussing me out and flicking me off, and having her body out the window. Well I really didn't care so I was Ignoring her causel thought she was childish. Well then I get over to another lane she get over then I get into the slow lane she gets in it then I'm in it for a little bit well she starts running me off the road she hit my car and that when I said I need to get off the interstate she gonna cause a wreck well I get off at the next exit and l kinda knew where I was so I get ready to turn in left turning lane and I look back make sure know cars were coming and she speeds right in front of me before I could turn and turn her car to the side so I couldn't see her li scene plate number cause I was gonna get it and she was blocking me so l couldn't turn so l just put my car in reverse and just went straight well she gets right behind me again and then gets on the other side of me and we made eye contact with each other and then I look back to see if the light was green thenl look again to see if she was there and she has a gun up to my face and makes pow motion and then I put my car in reverse and sped and then she gets behind me again and I guess a truck driver saw what happen and got behind me and I guess she thought I turn cause she turn then I turn and then he turn. If it wasn't for that truck driver and my gut then I know I wouldn't be here today. Share 10 memehumor: My brain hurts after reading this.

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