sometimes i think about how portal was a game with no male characters, featuring a WOC protagonist and an excellent female antagonist who were both anything but sexualised, and yet somehow still managed to create an interesting and engaging experience for female and male gamers alike, win awards, and get a sequel, and then i look at people who say “games with female protagonists don’t sell” and i laugh. for a very long time.
Being a teenager is hard. But the German home improvement chain Hornbach knows having parents who go the extra mile to show their support can make a big difference.
This is the kind of dad I want to be.
This is the kind of dad I wish I had…
My 9 year old brother started reading Harry Potter, and he asked me, so earnestly, “Were the Dursley’s mean to Harry when he was little?” I hadn’t thought much about it before, and he seemed so upset that I totally lied to that little kid. “NO! Of course they weren’t.”
But then I couldn’t get young Harry out of my head. There must have been a time before he was resigned to their neglect that he wanted their affection.
There will never be a time when I am not absolutely broken up over this.
I’m honestly upset they didn’t make hermione black in the movies do you understand how amazing it would have been?? a young black girl being top of her class, a complete genius, just smashing stereotypes. and imagine harry and ron defending her against shitty racist remarks and teaching the young audience that standing up against racism is what heroes do. such brilliant potential, wasted because of white normative casting.
AND I SAID WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
YOU SAID I THINK I REMEMBER THE FILM
AND AS I RECALL I THINK WE BOTH KINDA LIKED IT
AND I SAID WELL THAT’S THE ONE THING WE’VE GOT
My cousin is being deployed, and this is my favorite photo he’s sent me so far. She won….
I love this.
This is my new role model lol
Now try and tell me women are too weak to serve on the front lines
It’s not about being physically weak.
What the hell does that even mean
Exactly what it says?
Right. Women are mentally weak. All the time. Every woman. OK.
It’s not about weakness. No one but calcified misogynists who refuse to do their research field that argument these days. It’s not about women at all. It’s about men, and the idea that they’ll find women ‘distracting.’
The former senator from Pennsylvania [Rick Santorum] was concerned that male soldiers would just want to protect fellow women soldiers during a fight, explaining, “when see a woman in harm’s way…It’s natural. It’s very much in our culture to be protective.”
There are also concerns that women will interfere with group bonding and cohesion – the same arguments that long interfered with the integration of African Americans and gay people into the military.
This Forbes article features the Pentagon’s own reason: “According to a press release, “the department recognizes there are practical barriers that require time to resolve to ensure the services maximize the safety and privacy of all service members while maintaining military readiness.””
In other words, the reason has nothing to do with women having shortcomings. It’s just that organizationally the military is not prepared to accommodate women. What kind of accommodations, you ask? Things like medical staff trained to handle gynecological problems, body armor that actually fits them, and enforcement of laws and policies to effectively protect women from sexual harassment and assault by their own fellow servicemen.
There’s also the fact that women have been serving in combat for the entire history of the US. They just haven’t been serving in official capacities, which means they get all the fun of risking their lives and none of the recognition. Furthermore, with the style of warfare changing, the concept of ‘front lines’ is becoming outmoded. When you are fighting against guerilla opponents, who may be in front of, behind, or to the side of you, you’re on the ‘front lines’ so long as you’re anywhere in the war zone.
Finally, there’s, oh yeah! The fact that if you do happen to believe women are somehow ‘too weak,’ well it sucks to be you, because the Pentagon lifted the ban on women in combat at the beginning of 2013 and is working to have the military services ready to begin actively accepting women in combat roles by 2016. The Marines began testing integration scenarios early this year.
If you’re concerned that men won’t accept women in combat roles, or men will assault female soldiers, or men will get distracted when women are hurt—I submit to you that that is a problem with men in combat. If men can’t control their emotions enough to keep their dicks in their pants or their act together in the face of fellow soldiers being shot at, then they need additional training before they’re allowed to handle machine guns and bombs.
And not to put words in his mouth, but I suspect the gentleman in the OP’s lovely photo would agree.
I see your shifting gaze, that disgusted glance. I know you’re questioning my parenting from across the elementary school assembly.
Let me tell you a little story about the kindergarten student with bright purple hair, my little Raven Marie…
A month before school started she decided to play hair stylist with the craft scissors, and to save what was left I had to opt for a pixie cut. She was absolutely devastated. It was about three hours before she stopped her harsh sobbing and hiccups.
She has thought that the length of a girls hair was what made her “girly”. I know I’ve personally had many hairstyles around her before, including a purple mohawk, which many people criticized as not being “girly” enough. Media, other children, other parents, and society made it worse. She would randomly burst in tears while out in public for the first week of her new style, screaming that she looked like a boy. That everyone would think she’s a boy.
At one point she took off her bow in her hair, threw it at a cashier and screamed, “I DON’T NEED THIS BOW TO TELL YOU THAT I’M NOT A BOY, BECAUSE I’M NOT”
Proudly stomping away in her blue jean overalls, head held high.
Once we edged closer to the first day of school she kept asking questions like, “Do you think the other kids will like me? Do you think they’ll be my friend? Will they think I’m a boy? Will they pick on me because I have boy hair?”
So I went to the grocery store, bought some dye, and spent the whole night transforming my bright blonde little girl into a plum punk rock fairy. I then assured her that if any of the kids didn’t like her, they were just jealous.
As for you, mothers and teachers with the wandering eyes filled with disgust and judgement, I’m in the business of raising a free spirit.
Here’s to you, Raven Marie. I love you.
Look at how fucking adorable that kid is holy fucking shit
i really want to dye Cuddlebugs hair now tbh, she had 2 green streaks a while ago but this is truly amazing.
9 has no time for your philosophizing.
nine is tired of your crap
Nine was the sassiest.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to scroll past this gifset without reblogging.
Can we also appreciate Rose please? She’s like his back up sassyness and being all “Bitch please, not today.”
The Doctor mentions (or doesn’t) his children and his past as a father.
Australian Tumblr Photoset #13
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It is nice to live in Australia, I swear…
For my beastie because she dislikes Australia.