FYI, children are people, with real, complex emotions, experiences, and lives.
They’re not little pre-humans whose feelings are just playing pretend until they reach adulthood and experience ‘real’ things.
Their lives are not pre-lives that should follow some script of childhood innocence until they become part of the ‘real world.’
Children are capable of feeling real love, anger, hurt, joy, etc. They’re not ‘resilient’ any more than adults, and I fucking hate that idea because it seems to be used to justify treating children like shit as though they’re not human, just unformed putty and it doesn’t matter how they’re treated.
So making fun of or denying the validity of children’s feelings and deciding that nothing they go through is actually meaningful or has a real affect on their life is so fucking wrong and harmful because…wait for it….children are people.
3:37 pm • 11 December 2013 • 8,218 notes
man fuck your shower/sink fandom
I present to you
the staircase fandom
K SO THIS ONE IS LIKE A FUKEN TREE RIGHT
IF YOU DONT THINK THIS IS THE DOPEST SHIT, GET OUT OF MY FACE NOW
THIS ONES MADE OUT OF SKATEBOARDS, YA KNOW, IF YOU’RE INTO THAT
STRIPPER STIARCASE POLE O K AND TBH ITS RLLY PRETTY
I LIKE THE SPIRALY ONES
HOMO SEX U ALI TY
K THIS ONE IS A STAIRCASE, AND A SLIDE
only 13 people in the staircase fandom? I neeD AN ARMY
2:51 pm • 11 December 2013 • 129,557 notes
Because not all of the undead lack manners.
15x20” White (+2 reds) Prismacolor pencil on black illustration board.
~70-75 hours of drawing time.
Model: Jillian Venters, of Gothic Charm School [link]
Photo for reference taken by me.
Vampire Etiquette by ~Girlgoth
2:06 pm • 11 December 2013 • 127 notes
“The more genuine our romantic loves, the more we do not feel called upon to weaken or sever ties with friends in order to strengthen ties with romantic partners […] and we trust that the attention our partners give friends, or vice versa, does not take anything away from us — we are not diminished. What we learn through experience is that our capacity to establish deep and intimate connections in friendship strengthens all our intimate bonds.”
bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
This book is filled with all kinds of wisdom and warmth and clarity, but this little passage stood out to me. Our culture’s all about privileging romantic relationships over all other kinds, to the extent that it often doesn’t strike us as all that unusual when people we know disappear from their friendship circles for periods at a time (only to emerge from the relationship-vortex 6 months later, cursing the ex’s name). It’s a really easy pattern to fall into, and it’s a total trap. Not only does it strain the friendships that are tossed aside, it also puts way too much pressure on the romantic relationship itself: calling on it to be too much, too soon, and weighing it down with heavier needs than its wobbly newborn-foal legs can probably handle.
Friendships are so important, but we often treat them with this weird laziness: assuming that they require no work, that they’ll always be there waiting for us when our romantic relationships fall through. But when we treat our friendships like second-rate placeholders for romantic relationships, we limit our chances of being happy in either. When we worry about our boy/girlfriend’s outside friendships (like they’re a threat to our relationship, and not a totally necessary thing everybody needs), we mess up what we’re trying to protect.
Friendship-love is genuine love, y’all - bell hooks gets it.
12:34 pm • 11 December 2013 • 1,422 notes
At one hearing, a blind woman tearfully explained how she lost a prestigious scholarship opportunity after her GPA fell because her reader was laid off. That classroom assistance was essential because math figures needed verbal translation.
Another mobility-impaired student testified that losing transportation services made moving between campus buildings extremely painful. It also affected her grades when attending some classes became impossible.
Disabled Community College Students Fight Budget Cuts in Classroom AT and Other Academic Supports
Funding for California community colleges was cut by 10%. Funding to disabled student services at California community colleges was cut by 40%.
11:03 am • 11 December 2013 • 3,688 notes
another way to ruin a pop classic with teenage angst. Cyndi Lauper would be turning in her freshly dug grave
ah yEs, those angsty teenage years when overdramatic girls go through that oh-so-trivial phase of believing they deserve fundamental human rights a hah ha *wipes a stray tear of mirth*
Cyndi Laupers not even dead
Cyndi Lauper is a long-time activist for human rights and would most likely be holding the damn sign herself
10:17 am • 11 December 2013 • 105,939 notes
This sweet Steampunk Draculaure needs an owner. Available here
Shes lovely ^_^ (and for sale ;)
9:31 am • 11 December 2013 • 84 notes
twit light, the dark and mysterious story of Lord Byron
actual british award-winning children’s prime time educational telly here folks.
Mad, bad, and dangerous to know. And also a bit of a ponce.
(Source: onlylostphysics, via countesskitsch)
8:46 am • 11 December 2013 • 49,763 notes