This blog contains a mix of Bandom (P!ATD, William Beckett, FOB, a little MCR & Cobra Starship), One Direction, The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Teen Wolf, LGBTQ topics, science, art, fashion and people I find attractive. There are other things, I'm sure.


As for the blog owner: I'm 26, I've got a degree in biology, and I work with 1st graders on a daily basis.


Mature content including hetero-, bi- and homo- sexual imagery will be posted.

 

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

akamine-chan:

cosmonodd:

Horror Movie Poster 02: The Thing

Seriously, the Thing is one of my absolute favorite movies out there, and John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors.  He does such a wonderful job of building the suspense and terror and paranoia in this film.  Kurt Russell is supported by such an excellent cast of actors: Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Keith David. (Keith David!  So awesome playing against Roddy Piper in They Live! later)  Awesome creepy creepy score by Ennio Morricone that just boosts the isolation and paranoia that Carpenter sets up.  Excellent monster sfx from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston, both the top of their game in 1982.
If you’ve never seen this movie and you’re into scary stuff, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.  John Carpenter has been called the master of horror for a good reason - some of his other stuff scares the bejesus outta me (In the Mouth of Madness, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, the Halloween series) and the rest of his films tend to be cult classics (Escape from NY, Big Trouble in Little China, Dark Star).
But the Thing will always been my go-to scary movie.  Always.


Way back before I was even active on LJ, I was a member of a message board dedicated to this movie. Definitely one of my favorites.
ETA: this post made me feel a bit nostalgic, so I dropped int to that old forum. Surprised to see it still exists! It’s not super active, but there are still some posts happening. V. strange to look back and see that posts I made in 2006 are still there. Being part of a fandom is a strange thing.

akamine-chan:

cosmonodd:

Horror Movie Poster 02: The Thing

Seriously, the Thing is one of my absolute favorite movies out there, and John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors.  He does such a wonderful job of building the suspense and terror and paranoia in this film.  Kurt Russell is supported by such an excellent cast of actors: Wilford Brimley, Richard Dysart, Keith David. (Keith David!  So awesome playing against Roddy Piper in They Live! later)  Awesome creepy creepy score by Ennio Morricone that just boosts the isolation and paranoia that Carpenter sets up.  Excellent monster sfx from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston, both the top of their game in 1982.

If you’ve never seen this movie and you’re into scary stuff, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.  John Carpenter has been called the master of horror for a good reason - some of his other stuff scares the bejesus outta me (In the Mouth of Madness, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, the Halloween series) and the rest of his films tend to be cult classics (Escape from NY, Big Trouble in Little China, Dark Star).

But the Thing will always been my go-to scary movie.  Always.

Way back before I was even active on LJ, I was a member of a message board dedicated to this movie. Definitely one of my favorites.

ETA: this post made me feel a bit nostalgic, so I dropped int to that old forum. Surprised to see it still exists! It’s not super active, but there are still some posts happening. V. strange to look back and see that posts I made in 2006 are still there. Being part of a fandom is a strange thing.

akamine-chan:

If you’re a bandom fannish creator (of any sort: writing, art, podfic, graphics) and you’re looking for a low-key fannish exchange, I’ve got just the thing for you!

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neil-gaiman:

stefan-girl-olaua:

"Well meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading - do not discourage children from reading because you feel they’re reading the wrong thing. There is no such thing as the wrong thing to be reading and no bad fiction for kids." - Neil Gaiman

I remember the strange panic attack before I went on to give this speech: the conviction that I wouldn’t be able to read what I’d written, or speak in articulate sentences. I wound up talking (in my head at least I was talking) in a really slow and measured way, because I was not certain any of it would make sense, or that I’d be able to get through it.

Which I mention only because I get lots of messages in Tumblr asks, asking how I got to be so good at this, or how people can do things if they are scared or stressed or things are too hard. And the only answer I really have is, you do it anyway. But maybe you breathe and do it a bit slower than normally.

stutteringiscool:

I made these ads In honour of International Stuttering Awareness Day today. Enjoy!

sierra-does-arts asked
Do/did you ever worry? You're famous now and stuff but when you were living paycheck to paycheck, did you ever worry you wouldn't make it? Not that you weren't talented enough, but just generally that you wouldn't be able to make rent and bills and student loan payments?

neil-gaiman:

Yes.  I was supporting myself with writing and I had two infant children. I was pretty terrified. But failure wasn’t really an option, not if the kids were going to eat.