Anonymous asked: what's extreme is people like you not realizing that sometimes diversity can go too far. When characters are made black or disabled or gay for no reason it hurts the story and it hurts the cause of the people who are supposedly being represented.

blue-author:

I like how you sent me an ask claiming that no one says a thing except people rhetorically making fun of the position that no one actually holds, and then you send me an ask clarifying that you hold exactly the same position.

I’m kind tempted to just not address anything else you said and just marvel in the perfection of that.

What’s the reason for making a character white? What’s the reason for making a character straight? What’s the reason for making a character abled or neurotypical or cis?

When you assume that making a character Other relative to yourself weakens the narrative, you’re revealing a terrible thing about yourself: that you can’t imagine that those people have backstories and inner lives the way that you do.

Every single person in a fictional narrative is ultimately there because a writer decided they needed to be there, but when the person looks like you and matches your expectations, you accept that this person who was made up for the plot had a life full of events that led them to the point where they’re appearing on the screen or page.

But when your expectations aren’t met, you start saying it’s forced. You can’t accept that events led them here because you don’t grant them the kind of life that you know you have. Your empathy does not extend to them. 

Look at how many white people think they can relate to a little girl in an industrial orphanage who falls in with a capitalist robber baron during the Great Depression more than they can relate to a little girl in the foster system in modern New York who falls in with a career politician, all because of a difference of race. The original Annie’s situation and world were only slightly less alien to us than the Victorian period, but making her white somehow makes her relatable in a way that a little girl who clearly exists in our world isn’t.

The fact is, empathy is linked to imagination and we can (and do!) relate to people who are literally alien beings in literally alien worlds. The choice not to relate to Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie—or a Black or gay or female or trans video game character—is a choice to shut off both imagination and empathy. 

The failing is not with the narrative, it’s with you.

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vastderp:

Wow when I put all the quotes together like this, I realized the results bear a striking resemblance to the kind of stuff abusive parents say to their kids, or the crazyvoices that try to convince you to kill yourself when you’re depressed. Coincidence? Oh, probably. I’m just saying, I noticed.

SOURCE: a single non-troll Tumblr SJ blogger, posting over the course of a month. Name withheld for obvious reasons.

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Adult purchase of the day: this keyring!

adulting:

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absolutely love this keyring because it anthropomorphizes the need to have a place where my keys always are. Mine’s name is Marie Antoinette Lady Bird Sparrow and as soon as I get home she goes in her lovely home where she is safe and sound and easily find-able.(Available here)

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icemermaids:

noragami-jones:

avantblargh:

denchguy:

humansofnewyork:

"I’m studying to be a librarian."

"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"

"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."

why would you ask her that

i am also confused why he would ask her that as well. im also starting to boil with anger

that is really goddamn creepy

as a library worker i can tell you dudes ask shit like this regularly, basically the only way they can deal with a female dominated field by sexualizing it 

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incertanity:

humansofnewyork:

"I’m studying to be a librarian."

"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"

"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."

i like how they try and be like ooh yeah be a sexy librarian, what’s sexy about libraries and she’s like i’m fucking smart

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jannadreams:

humansofnewyork:

"I’m studying to be a librarian."

"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"

"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."

I like how she answered that stupid question in a smart, dignified way.

Damn straight. Way to have grace in the face of idiocy.

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saeto15:

myresin:

stopsjws:

adrianianam:

zestyoranges:

gayturians:

monsieurcat:

oppressionisntrad:

anarchist-memes:

We are forced to live in a system that steals from us daily, Kill snitch culture.

Important things to keep in mind!

- never take from ‘mom and pop’ type store. Its likely you’ll actually harm them, whereas taking from a walmart wont effect much.

- never take items that a worker is assigned to monitor (usually super expensive items), theyll be in trouble for it. and its usually a minimum wage worker and usually they lose hours or pay, or they even get fired.

- similar to the above, never take things that are usually locked up for the above reason

- if its a store you know gives their near-expiration products to workers/charity, try to avoid taking the near expiration products.

- if youre taking clothing, avoid leaving hangers. it sounds weird, but itll make it seem like it was more likely an error in the computer than a theft, since the empty hanger sitting there will seem suspicious. 

- also for clothing, try not to take more than one item at once, as it will look suspicious if theres 10 medium shirts missing, and it won’t be written off as just a stocking error. and it will lead to workers being penalized

- basically just always consider ‘will this harm a worker’ and if the answer is yes then dont do it

like i was homeless for a while when i was younger and i tried to follow those guidelines to avoid doing harm to people who were probably not much better off than me while trying to get food for myself.

NO NO NO NO NO.

this is WRONG and IGNORANT and there is no such thing as harmless stealing. You ALWAYS hurt the minimum wage employee and even the lower level members of management that are only making a few bucks more than the employees.

"….taking from a walmart wont effect much." I currently work for a walmart, and before that i worked for a target and this is the biggest lie in this post. the more theft that takes place in the store, the more our hours are cut and the more firings that take place. There are signs in our break rooms to encourage us to report theft for this reason. Stores will never hide the ways that theft hurts employees. For example, during last year’s holiday season there was an unusually high level of theft going on and we’d find empty packages and hangers everywhere. During that january they cut our hours to a grinding halt and some weeks i didn’t get over 15 hours because Walmart needed to cut back from the money it lost in the holiday season. 30 hours in 2 weeks wasn’t shit when i was trying to pay bills and make rent and keep myself afloat, and this is even with me making over the min wage. At Target, i wouldn’t do more than 5 hour shifts twice a week during all the thefts there.

Not only does that affect our earnings, it also takes a toll when they only schedule one person per department and have 3 cashiers on schedule. Walmart is especially notorious for this and will leave the employees to pick up the slack. Not only do we end up underpaid but also overworked.

Sure, major retailers have insurance policies in place to replace stolen or lost merchandise, so the store isn’t at much of a loss but the employees still face repercussions. This kind of bullshit is being circulated around tumblr as if stealing is a harmless and righteous action of protest but it’s not. so yeah FUCK YEAH i WILL report the asshole that is taking from the store, and i will get A.P. on your punk ass because it’s not right that we have to suffer for you to be edgy.

TLDR: you will ALWAYS affect the employees.

THIS - FUCKING - THIS. THANK YOU SO FUCKING MUCH

because walmart’s theft spiked at the end of the year. my mom’s hours were cut and no one got the bonus they were supposed to get. we were looking forward to that bonus to pay off bills. that was a big set-back for us, so this idea that “oh let’s steal from walmart, they’re big and rich and nothing will happen” is utter bullshit.

i understand doing what you have to do when there’s no other option, but if you start spreading this shit around and encouraging people to steal when they don’t absolutely have to, don’t you fucking dare expect me to sit by, because somewhere in that store, there’s a single parent employee who’s getting their hours cut and their bonuses taken away.

"Snitch culture"? What the fuck is this, middle school?

See shit like this is why Game Theory should be taught in High School.

Otherwise you get edgy shitheads who have no idea how their actions affect others and why people act the way they do.

You get people tho think everyone is a sheeple just because they are acting in the interest of self preservation.

Reblogging for the comments because UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS SHOPLIFTING ACCEPTABLE. THERE’S A REASON IT’S ILLEGAL, YOU FUCKWITS. DON’T DO IT.

OMG THANK GOD people are upset about this as much as I am.

No if you shoplift you are a piece of shit, no exceptions. At my store raises are tied to inventory shrink. Steal from us and you’re just fucking us employees over.

I’m reminded of an exchange from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, where the lovable conman gets called to account for his “victimless” crimes.

"But you have stolen, embezzled, defrauded and swindled without discrimination, Mr. Lipvig. You have ruined businesses and destroyed jobs. When banks fail, it is seldom bankers who starve. Your actions have taken money from those who had little enough to begin with. In a myriad small ways you have hastened the deaths of many. You do not know them. You did not see them bleed. But you snatched bread from their mouths and tore clothes from their backs. For sport, Mr. Lipvig. For sport. For the joy of the game."

(Source: anarchismwillwin)

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hopefullyphd:

someartsybitch:

standardizedbogey:

The evolution of Crayola

This is actually fascinating.

I was actually just asked the other day to put a box of crayons in order. This would have been useful.

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