Patron Saint of Mediocrities
Also what do they make all those famous swords out of?

I assume it’s silver or mithril or adamantium or starmetal or some other non-iron-based magical fairy nonsense.

Holly Black wrote a book where a fairy fights with a sword made of glass and I thought it was pretty cool.

Gay men: Equality!
Same gay men: Eeeewww vaginas!
Same gay men: *says t slur gratuitously*
Same gay men: *imitates black women to look 'sassy'*
Same gay men: you're not bisexual/pansexual/asexual just make up your mind
I THINK ABOUT THIS SOMETIMES. Usually they say “cold iron” hurts them. Maybe the iron in blood isn’t… concentrated enough or something?

Human blood is pretty warm…

okay so fairies right?

iron burns them

human blood contains iron

so does contact with human blood burn fairies?

officialrikafurude:

the correct pronouns are not a reward for ‘nice’ trans people

the correct pronouns are not a reward for ‘nice’ trans people

the correct pronouns are not a reward for ‘nice’ trans people

xekstrin:

aroavenger:

meaninglessladders:

aroavenger:

i’m crying oh gosh

TUMBLR PROF ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are trans or nonbinary and you are in the same situation as the student above, email your professors before class starts. I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but generally professors are absolutely happy to accommodate you. I know I always will be!
If your professor does not respond positively, contact the Dean or the campus LGBT+ resource center with a copy of the email and show them that you are concerned about gender discrimination in the classroom. 

Also this is a link to the template I used to write this email, and I’ve seen another similar template going around, and this was extremely helpful.

#stay safe happy and comfortable out there my friends

xekstrin:

aroavenger:

meaninglessladders:

aroavenger:

i’m crying oh gosh

TUMBLR PROF ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are trans or nonbinary and you are in the same situation as the student above, email your professors before class starts. I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but generally professors are absolutely happy to accommodate you. I know I always will be!

If your professor does not respond positively, contact the Dean or the campus LGBT+ resource center with a copy of the email and show them that you are concerned about gender discrimination in the classroom. 

Also this is a link to the template I used to write this email, and I’ve seen another similar template going around, and this was extremely helpful.

I don't know if you guys know "A Death at the Dionysus Club" with cover art has been up at Amazon for a few days? Thought I'd mention it in case not.

matheyandlynes:

Actually, no, we didn’t! Thank you for the heads-up!

The trade paperback is now available for preorder on Amazon. Cover art to follow…

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell is like if you took Les Miserables, removed everything likeable or interesting about the cast, took all the bite out of the calls for social reform, deleted all the sarcasm/humor/trivia, and had everyone starve to death.

ETA: Part of the difference comes from what feels like an overall lack of hope in Mary Barton. Things in Les Miserables never really got better, but there was always a hope that they might. There were little victories along the way, nestled in amongst the overarching tragedy; Cosette got rescued from the Thenardiers, Marius escaped the barricade, etc. Whereas in Mary Barton, there’s nothing, just an unending sequence of “…and then the baby died, and then the mom died, and then the aunt had a stroke, and then her best friend went blind, and then everyone lost their jobs, and then the twins starved to death, and then her dad beat her, and then…”

If nothing is going to happen to these people but unending misery, then I’m going to pull away from the characters because empathizing with them is nothing but pain. And if I don’t empathize with the characters, I’m not going to care. Literally, the whole stupid mill complex could come crashing down on all their heads and I’d be like, “Well, thank God that’s over with.”

bootieshunter:

Mija can still be a little too enthusiastic when it comes to making frans

ladysaviours:

I have a theory about why autism and Asperger’s are under-diagnosed in girls. I think that girls on the autism spectrum spend our lives being told to quiet down, don’t be so noisy, stop bothering people with your socially unacceptable interests, that it never even occurs to parents and teachers to try and diagnose them. The first response when a young girl puts a social toe out of line is to wrestle her back into being “normal,” so that even if we’re struggling, we learn to fake normal because the consequences of doing otherwise is endless scoldings and time-outs. It’s okay when a boy monopolizes the conversation; when a girl does it, she’s too outspoken, too aggressive. When a boy doesn’t pick up on social niceties, oh well, he’s a BOY! Boys don’t need to know this crap! A girl doesn’t pick up on them, she’s rude, pushy, a ball-buster in training. And she gets punished for it over and over until she learns her lesson and stops trying at all.

Basically, men get away with so much that their symptoms run amuck, and that pings parents and teachers that “hey, something’s off here.” When women act in socially inappropriate ways, they get immediately squashed.

This, plus the part where if a boy doesn’t learn to display empathy in a socially acceptable manner, society considers him objective and masculine, whereas if a girl doesn’t learn to display empathy in a socially acceptable manner, she will be fucking destroyed by her peers.

bisexualpiratequeen:

I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.

1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
5- NO
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.

palladiumlyre:

stimmyabby:

I have access to speech at least 85% of the time, but that doesn’t mean that during those times I am as verbal as a person without autism. Here are some examples of having access to speech while having speech trouble:

I have access to automatic speech, but not conscious speech.

For example I might see a dog and say, “Puppy!”, but by the time I’ve gone through I want to pat the dog, to pat the dog you have to ask the owner, the owner is over there, I should say please, I want to say to the person over there “Can I pet your dog please?” I can’t figure out how to get the words to come out of my mouth.

I have access to prompted speech, but not unprompted speech.

For example, if you ask me what book I am reading, I might be able to tell you it’s Bridge to Terabithia, and it’s good, but if I see you sitting across the room and want to tell you what I’m reading about I will not be able to initiate the conversation.

I have access to planned out speech, but not spontaneous speech.

I have to memorize what I’m going to say and how my mouth is going to move to say it, before I say it.

I have access to speech but it’s mentally exhausting. 

OR

I have access to speech but it’s physically exhausting.

OR

I have access to speech but it’s physically painful.

OR

I have access to speech but I have to attempt talking many times before the words actually come out of my mouth.

I have access to speech, but only scripted speech.

This can be because I don’t have access to new words, or because I don’t have time to create new words and log them and run them through filters (not even necessarily filters of “is this polite” but filters of “is this actually true”) while carrying on a conversation, or because other people’s words are more comfortable then my own.

Most of what I say is a patchwork quilt of scripts pulled out of the scrap bag of my brain and hemmed together, actually.

Scripted speech isn’t necessarily bad or noncommunicative, and there are different levels of scriptedness from “kneejerk response” (“How are you? Fine”) to “looking for scripts that fit what I’m trying to say and splicing them together”. (I sometimes create scripts in advance specially for specific conversations with specific people. That is definitely not noncommunicative.)

I have access to speech, but not the words I want to say.

"Make no because the thing is curtaining" I say, unable to do grammar entirely, hoping someone will turn off the light. When I looked for pictures of light in my brain, I found a picture of light filtering through curtains, and "make no" means "make not exist". Communicative, but damn hard to understand. 

A side note: it is cruel to make someone in this state use proper grammar or polite phrasing before you acknowledge what they have said.

I have access to speech, but not communication.

This can contain some or none of things above, and it’s hard to talk well about. What I can say is:

-A lot of it was taught to me by therapy

-For a long time, and still now sometimes, people labled uncommunication as real communication and real communication as uncommunication

-Just because someone does things that look communicative that aren’t, doesn’t mean they don’t do things that are communicative, and doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to figure out how they communicate, and listen.

this is all super important and you should all at least skim through it cus this is the most succinct thing ive seen on this topic

“I’m not rich, but…” This is something only rich people say or ever think to say. I had never heard it before I started spending time with the wealthy.

The Ways We Don’t Talk About Wealth, wherein an escort writes about money.

Bonus:

“Who do they think donates to all the charities?” one of my conservative clients said when complaining about those who complain about our country’s outrageous income gap. I did not assume the Herculean task of explaining to him that some citizens dream of a world in which their health and sustenance wouldn’t depend on the sporadic mercy of the affluent.

concretefemme:

look at this cop-hating suffragette kitty 

concretefemme:

look at this cop-hating suffragette kitty 

coelasquid:

pittrainbow:

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act: ‘Null and Void’

In a victory activists were unsure they’d get, Uganda’s Constitutional Court overturned the country’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act today, declaring the anti-LGBT law “null and void” because of a parliamentary technicality in how it was passed.  

The court determined that when members of Parliament passed the law in December 2013, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had not established quorum — a required minimum number of members present to vote — effectively invalidating the law. 

And now for some good news.