1. 22:28 20th Oct 2014

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    Reblogged from exposureofmysoul

    Tags: sigh....yeahdamn

    lzbth:

    swag won’t pay the bills but apparently neither will your degree

     
  2. 22:27

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    (Source: sodaking)

     
  3. 22:21

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    euphorbic:

ang3lsh1:

lilmissaudwee92:

shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope
(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)
Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!
And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Somni-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.
So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

wow i did not notice this until it got pointed out.

As a typical South East Asian, currently living in South East Asia, you can go on and on about this being a stereotypical Asian trait or whatever, but you know what? I would dye my hair this way if I weren’t a working professional because, you know what? I actually like that style. I like having random highlights because it looks cool. And I have seen most of the teenagers with outrageous colours: blue, red, purples, even rainbow colours because it’s a way to stand out among the sea of black hair. So stop trying to find every single little detail to nitpick and show that wow, you get it and you’re standing up for SJ over something that’s actually a common appearance in, Surprise! South East Asia.

You know, let’s be real here; this is bullshit. Once upon a time SJ was actually a really awesome thing and when done properly it can still be a powerful tool. The problem is all the wannabe allies trying to show how conscientious they are of SJ problems when all they really want is a pat on the back.
However, you don’t get a pat on the back for undermining what was once an excellent method of change. You aren’t an ally when you make these sort of claims, because what you have done and continue to do is destroy the credibility of SJ. I see far more bitching about SJ on my dash than I should and this post (and it’s cited predecessor) is a particularly good example of the sort of bullshit claims that drive rejection of SJ. (Though, admittedly, this one is laughably transparent.)
As an aside; here in Japan and over in Korea it isn’t uncommon to see girls with colorful highlights or lowlights. It isn’t uncommon to see girls with colorful highlights in movies, television, anime, games, or PMVs here, either. And since western cartoons were referenced, maybe watch some anime.
So if you’re bothered by that trope and you want to put a stop to it, perhaps your first stop should be Asia.
If you really want to use SJ for Asian women, there are very real issues that Japanese-American women have to deal with on a daily basis. For example, OP includes an Asian prostitute from Skyfall. Why are we worried about hair when the Asian Prostitute stereotype is sitting right there? How could you go off about hair when something far less shallow and far more insidious is going on? 
Nikki Wong is included even though she is a character that questions authority which breaks the Submissive Asian stereotype.
Yukio from The Wolverine is a hot mess of stereotypes in her source material (in the comics she was a ninja), but no, we’ll talk about her hair.
Akima Kunimoto was actually one of the main characters and a pilot that didn’t take shit. She breaks stereotypes.
Knives Chau is included because half her hair is blue, but all of the white female lead’s hair is purple. It’s appropriate. However, Knives is problematic as a Submissive Asian for Scott Pilgrim. She exists as a male fantasy; an Asian woman that is obsessed with him.
I’m going to end this with Mako Mori. She’s a Japanese woman that is respectful rather than submissive, isn’t a love interest, and is informed by her Asian-ness rather than defined by it. Hell, she even has her own narrative arc.
TL;DR
If colorful highlights in Asian characters’ hair is a trope it is one fully embraced by many Asian countries. 
Social Justice is undermined by claims like that in point 1.
The original posts lost an opportunity to address damaging stereotypes Asian women really do face.

    euphorbic:

    ang3lsh1:

    lilmissaudwee92:

    shoorm:

    The East Asian women + colored hair trope

    (An extension of extraextraex’s post.)

    Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!

    And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Somni-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.

    So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

    wow i did not notice this until it got pointed out.

    As a typical South East Asian, currently living in South East Asia, you can go on and on about this being a stereotypical Asian trait or whatever, but you know what? I would dye my hair this way if I weren’t a working professional because, you know what? I actually like that style. I like having random highlights because it looks cool. And I have seen most of the teenagers with outrageous colours: blue, red, purples, even rainbow colours because it’s a way to stand out among the sea of black hair. So stop trying to find every single little detail to nitpick and show that wow, you get it and you’re standing up for SJ over something that’s actually a common appearance in, Surprise! South East Asia.

    You know, let’s be real here; this is bullshit. Once upon a time SJ was actually a really awesome thing and when done properly it can still be a powerful tool. The problem is all the wannabe allies trying to show how conscientious they are of SJ problems when all they really want is a pat on the back.

    However, you don’t get a pat on the back for undermining what was once an excellent method of change. You aren’t an ally when you make these sort of claims, because what you have done and continue to do is destroy the credibility of SJ. I see far more bitching about SJ on my dash than I should and this post (and it’s cited predecessor) is a particularly good example of the sort of bullshit claims that drive rejection of SJ. (Though, admittedly, this one is laughably transparent.)

    As an aside; here in Japan and over in Korea it isn’t uncommon to see girls with colorful highlights or lowlights. It isn’t uncommon to see girls with colorful highlights in movies, television, anime, games, or PMVs here, either. And since western cartoons were referenced, maybe watch some anime.

    So if you’re bothered by that trope and you want to put a stop to it, perhaps your first stop should be Asia.

    If you really want to use SJ for Asian women, there are very real issues that Japanese-American women have to deal with on a daily basis. For example, OP includes an Asian prostitute from Skyfall. Why are we worried about hair when the Asian Prostitute stereotype is sitting right there? How could you go off about hair when something far less shallow and far more insidious is going on? 

    Nikki Wong is included even though she is a character that questions authority which breaks the Submissive Asian stereotype.

    Yukio from The Wolverine is a hot mess of stereotypes in her source material (in the comics she was a ninja), but no, we’ll talk about her hair.

    Akima Kunimoto was actually one of the main characters and a pilot that didn’t take shit. She breaks stereotypes.

    Knives Chau is included because half her hair is blue, but all of the white female lead’s hair is purple. It’s appropriate. However, Knives is problematic as a Submissive Asian for Scott Pilgrim. She exists as a male fantasy; an Asian woman that is obsessed with him.

    I’m going to end this with Mako Mori. She’s a Japanese woman that is respectful rather than submissive, isn’t a love interest, and is informed by her Asian-ness rather than defined by it. Hell, she even has her own narrative arc.

    TL;DR

    1. If colorful highlights in Asian characters’ hair is a trope it is one fully embraced by many Asian countries. 
    2. Social Justice is undermined by claims like that in point 1.
    3. The original posts lost an opportunity to address damaging stereotypes Asian women really do face.
     
  4. 20:40

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    Reblogged from baconating

    lardypoison:

    why r fire extinguishers in glass cases that u have to smash?? its like u know what this fire needs?? more danger

     
  5. 20:40

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    wingscas:

    sometimes I can whip out a sweet essay in two hours and sometimes it takes me four tries to spell prevalent

     
  6. 20:29

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  7. 20:28

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    Tags: spiders

    lickystickypickyshe:

    This is the South American Goliath bird-eating tarantula, taken by wildlife photographer Piotr Naskrecki. Described as the size of a puppy, many have been hoping against hope that this nightmare-inducing creature has been photoshopped, exaggerated, or both. Sad to say, it hasn’t. 

    Naskrecki noticed the spider while in Guyana, a South American country between Venezuela and Suriname. He claims he initially thought it was a possum or some other small mammal. He soon became a bit unsettled when he realized it was actually a gigantic spider. 

    Despite the spider’s nickname, the Goliath bird eater doesn’t typically eat birds. Endemic to the rainforests in South America, this tarantula hunts on the ground, which limits how many birds it would even contact. Typically, the Goliath’s food of choice is earthworms and insects. However, it will also eat small rodents, snakes, or frogs if they are available. 

     The spider has a legspan up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) and a body about the size of an adult’s fist. Altogether, it weighs about 6 ounces (170 grams) which is about the same as a medium-sized apple, or a puppy right after it is born. Naskrecki notes that the spider is so heavy, its footsteps sound like tiny horse hooves as they pound on the ground.

    The spider certainly did not appreciate Naskrecki being on the ground and photographing it so closely, so it let him know by creating a hissing sound. Humans are much too large for Goliaths to attack as prey, so such attacks are usually only done in self-defense. When threatened, Goliaths rub their serrated hairy legs together, which generates a hissing sound audible from 15 feet away. The rubbing also releases the urticating hair into the air, which are irritating to skin and are used to deter anyone from coming too close. Naskrecki’s face took the brunt of the damage from the spider, as several of the bristles entered his eye. He explains on his blog that the experience left him with sore, watery eyes for days to come.

    In another aggressive display to try to scare Naskrecki away, the spider showed its fangs in a threatening way. Tarantula fangs are up to 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) long, which are definitely large enough to pierce human skin and create a painful bite. The spider’s venom isn’t typically strong enough to kill someone who is not allergic to it, but will cause pain and nausea for days to come. Luckily, Naskrecki did not have to feel the business end of those fangs.

    [N.O.P.E]

    Baby Aragog 

    (Source: iflscience.com)

     
  8. 20:19

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    Reblogged from cupcakestarlett

    strawberry-taffy:

    my tiny worrisome asian mother strikes again (part 1)

     
  9. 20:16

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    Reblogged from kobayashii-maru

    pingbangpong:

    germanyisgay:

    writing essays like

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    writing timed essays

    image

    (Source: spoopygermany)

     
  10. 20:15

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    Reblogged from 10knotes

    a game of stark children not listening to their fucking mother

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