I just realized that it’ll be the 20’s again in less than six years. I propose we bring back swing music and jazz attire.
#but this time we credit the black people it was stolen from (via rob-anybody)
Insensitivity. Blatantly not doing research, relying on trite stereotype. Laziness. Not trying. Not putting forth the minimum effort required to provide respectful, positive representation.
No one is asking for people to move mountains. I don’t need the hieroglyphics of every tomb in Egypt to be 100% accurate to real life… but they damn sure better be based on actual hieroglyphics. How about this, more importantly: how about actual BROWN AND BLACK PEOPLE inhabiting Egypt. Not olive-skinned. Not fair. Black and brown.
There are ways to create easily recognizable yet reproducible facsimiles of real life people, places, and things.
Can you tell me who the above character is supposed to be? How can you tell? Could you also make a guess at her racial background?
(art by hyamaei)
How about this one?
(art by herringbones)
Do you see what I’m getting at?
The task is no harder than the person undertaking it makes it. If Disney can produce all these films of default, vaguely European Princesses (which, nothing says PoC can’t live in those worlds but bigots), making visual shorthand of art movements and real life locations, why can’t they put a little effort forward towards doing similar things with PoC in settings which are at least respectful homages to their original cultures?
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…
Guys. Science has developed a talking ring that allows the blind to read books.
This is not only amazing, it is the stuff of fairy tales.
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.
So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008.
Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.
Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.
And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.
Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.
These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you.
Shout-out to the Journal committee! \o/
For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological Order: The most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]
Reblog the fuck out of this
of all the lies disabled children are told, the idea that is burrowed into their brains from birth that they are so inherently inhuman and unlovable that it is an act of courage and generosity for abled people to love them…it just absolutely breaks my heart
- don’t ever feel bad for asking me to tag a trigger
- i do not care what the trigger is
- i will tag it for you
- you have legitimate reasons to be triggered by it
- and i am not one to question those reasons
- so just send me an ask
- and i will tag it all the time in future
- your wellbeing is worth twenty extra seconds of my time at least
Stuff in my life
I should preface this with my mom is a scary person who is really smart and horrible and up until recently I lived with my dad and brother who has Down’s syndrome and autism and is my favorite person ever and my parents are getting divorced.
So my scary abusive mom has moved into my house and I can’t live there so I am living with my boyfriend in his mom’s house. And my brother is left in the care of my mom.
And I am unemployed because I worked for the state taking care of said brother.
And how did this happen? I don’t even know. Who the house goes to is still being decided by a judge. And I should be the one taking care of Reid. I’m better than anyone else is.
So that’s why I haven’t gotten done with the pictures that I was asked to make.
So sorry, I’m still working on it, just also dealing with whacked family matters.