Let's taunt Skullgrin
maxploitation:

lexlotl:

Real life princess Ive

Majestic.

maxploitation:

lexlotl:

Real life princess Ive

Majestic.

ilexforest:

why does kotaku let people who don’t play games write articles about playing games

why does kotaku let people write articles

ilexforest:

why does kotaku let people who don’t play games write articles about playing games

why does kotaku let people write articles

So, a question, to my fellow male nerds:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

No, not the straw man that all men are constantly plotting rape, but that we live in an entitlement culture where guys think they need to be having sex with girls in order to be happy and fulfilled. That in a culture that constantly celebrates the narrative of guys trying hard, overcoming challenges, concocting clever ruses and automatically getting a woman thrown at them as a prize as a result, there will always be some guy who crosses the line into committing a violent crime to get what he “deserves,” or get vengeance for being denied it.

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

We are not Lewis from Revenge of the Nerds, we are not Steve Urkel from Family Matters, we are not Preston Myers from Can’t Hardly Wait, we are not Seth Rogen in every movie Seth Rogen has ever been in, we are not fucking Mario racing to the castle to beat Bowser because we know there’s a princess in there waiting for us.

We are not the lovable nerdy protagonist who’s lovable because he’s the protagonist. We’re not guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick of our dreams as long as we work hard enough at it. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by “getting the girl” in the end. And when our clever ruses and schemes to “get girls” fail, it’s not because the girls are too stupid or too bitchy or too shallow to play by those unwritten rules we’ve absorbed.

It’s because other people’s bodies and other people’s love are not something that can be taken nor even something that can be earned—they can be given freely, by choice, or not.

HOT TOPIC WHITE-WASHED HOMESTUCK (And You Should Be Mad About It)

renstability:

sircuddlebuns:

ectobro:

By now, I’m sure a lot of you have seen this post going around where someone points out that the Hot Topic exclusive Homestuck shirt features white-washing where darker skin was depicted in the original art.

However, that post had a million different trains, and the OP wasn’t the one to point it out, so about half the people reblogging it have no idea that the original art was altered.

Even some of those who have seen the evidence are blaming things like lighting, filters, or printing restrictions for the altered design. All of that is bullshit, and I’ll show you why.

For your comparison, this is the original:

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(screenshot of this)

And here are some photos I grabbed from Instagram:

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As you can see, in each of these, John’s skin tone is much lighter than in the original submitted to the contest. This can only have been done deliberately, and what do we call the deliberate lightening of skin? White-washing!

As I said above, some people are of the opinion that is could have been done for any number of reasons, but it’s plain to see that it’s was done specifically so that each human character would appear white. Why is this obvious?

  • The only other colour changes are the colour of shirt it’s printed on, so it can’t be a ‘printing restriction’ based on colour
  • These images all have different lighting/angles and were all taken by different people
  • Different or no filters have been applied, yet John’s skin is still visibly paler in comparison to everything else than it was in the original

This art was altered with purpose, there’s no two ways about it.

So what can we do?

Don’t stay ignorant. Get mad, and stay mad. Reblog this post. Contact Hot Topic and What Pumpkin to point out what this is and why it’s wrong. Tell everyone you know about how gross it is that this has happened.

why would hot topic/what pumpkin deliberately white wash though? how is anyone at hot topic supposed to know that john’s skin is/isn’t supposed to be a certain color? like, what would the motivation be???

As someone who’s done screenprinting. I can honestly say this isn’t whitewash. If you look you can see that ALL of the colors are actually a few shades either lighter or darker. When it comes to printing you will never get the exact colors you use on a design unless you know which colors they have readily available and use those. In screen printing there’s only so many colors available on shirts. 

Honestly other than John’s skin tone he doesn’t show any other racial features. If he did in the original drawing and they changed it to make him completely white. Then yes it would be whitewashing. This is a case of, they just didn’t have that particular shade available. 

White washing would also be taken a known ethnic character and turning them white; case in point The Last Saumurai Movie. John does not have any canonic race; his race is up to the interpretation of the readers. 

This is not a case of whitewashing (for once)

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As someone else who prints a lot of digital art, I agree with this assessment. Whether or not the change due to printing process is problematic (the character has no canon race, so I could see it argued successfully either way), it doesn’t look intentional.

There are a lot of things to get seriously angry at when it comes to whitewashing and racism, for what should be self-explanatory reasons. As explained above, all of the midtones have been lightened, and therefore I don’t think this shirt is one of them.

If you want somewhere to direct your ire (and so you should), Racebending.com has a constantly updating list of things you can do to take action.

captainfaraday:

The Crashing Empty fundraising campaign

It’s an age-old story: boy befriends girl, multinational corporation builds opposed megastore in town, boy throws brick through window.

The Crashing Empty is a coming-of-age story about accepting responsibility, set against a battle of community spirit versus corporate greed.

I’m writing a young-adults novel! It’s inspired by the No McDonalds events in Tecoma. It’s a story about a mega-rich corporation that bends the law, and the small town that says no. It also includes chess, archery, saxophones, bananas, and vandalism.

What I think might interest tumblr, though, is that its protagonists are an asexual and a female POC! There’s never enough diversity in fiction, so if I’ve got the opportunity, you betcha I’m gonna try to fix that. This whole book is, at its core, about fighting social injustices and the cycle of unfairness that extreme wealth perpetuates.

You can order a book - or an adorable plush brick! - by backing my Indiegogo campaign. Please share this as much as possible! Reblogging, tweeting, posting to facebook, and printing off the link and sending it via carrier pigeon are all appreciated and will really help me get this book made.

mucholderthen:

THE LARVAE (AND ADULT FEMALE) OF THE TRILOBITE BEETLE

The trilobite [beetle] genus (Duliticola) belongs to the family Lycidae, commonly known as net-winged beetles.

This family is a pretty interesting one, because many of its species display huge physical differences between their males and their females. Trilobite beetles are no exception. While the females are easily recognisable – that incredible form is retained from when they were larvae [see Wikipedia neoteny] – the males look entirely different. They pretty much just look like plain old beetles, with long, winged bodies and a pair of thick antennae. 

Bec Crew, Scientific American

  1. Trilobite Beetle larva (Duliticola hoseini) by nickybay on Flickr.
  2. Trilobite Beetle by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com) on Flickr.
  3. Trilobite Beetle larva (Duliticola sp.) by nickybay on Flickr.

memoriumactivity this is relevant to our interests

renstability:

relahvant:

perpetualvelocity:

moonjellys:

proudgayconservative:

nolanthebloghog:

The bomb is dropped

The kittens sort of soften the blow.

this is the shittiest post ever. please unfollow me if you agree with this post also shame on OP for using cute kittens for this garbage post

not sure what it is exactly that makes this post so shitty? Because it’s promoting actual equality? instead of saying that you can call everyone else shit because you are part of an oppressed party you can say you are equal to them doesn’t exactly sound like a shitty idea to me.

BOOM. So many people on this website need to read this twice, let it sink in and then read it again.

It doesn’t make you better; it just makes you systematically discriminated against by the society we live in, to the point where people get murdered for being gay or trans, and in many places, that murdering is condoned by their government.

It’s the same reason we don’t need ‘straight pride’ parades: society has never systematically told straight people to be ashamed of their straightness, or tried to kill them for it.

(I’m not trying to single out the person I’m reblogging this from - they didn’t write it - I just reblogged as a link so the pictures don’t show up on my blog/people’s pages.)

captainfaraday:

The Crashing Empty fundraising campaign

It’s an age-old story: boy befriends girl, multinational corporation builds opposed megastore in town, boy throws brick through window.

The Crashing Empty is a coming-of-age story about accepting responsibility, set against a battle of community spirit versus corporate greed.

I’m writing a young-adults novel! It’s inspired by the No McDonalds events in Tecoma. It’s a story about a mega-rich corporation that bends the law, and the small town that says no. It also includes chess, archery, saxophones, bananas, and vandalism.

What I think might interest tumblr, though, is that its protagonists are an asexual and a female POC! There’s never enough diversity in fiction, so if I’ve got the opportunity, you betcha I’m gonna try to fix that. This whole book is, at its core, about fighting social injustices and the cycle of unfairness that extreme wealth perpetuates.

You can order a book - or an adorable plush brick! - by backing my Indiegogo campaign. Please share this as much as possible! Reblogging, tweeting, posting to facebook, and printing off the link and sending it via carrier pigeon are all appreciated and will really help me get this book made.

witchyroses:

dreamingofastronauts:

a-lonely-stoner:

We’re not learning, we’re being trained.

For real though, we are. All school is is teaching you how to behave in a socially acceptable manner. I learned all about it in a teaching class.

That last comment is such a mind-numbing paradox that i have no idea what to do.

I just want to point out, as someone who has studied teaching, yes they teach you that but they teach you that it’s a bad thing that needs changing.

witchyroses:

dreamingofastronauts:

a-lonely-stoner:

We’re not learning, we’re being trained.

For real though, we are. All school is is teaching you how to behave in a socially acceptable manner. I learned all about it in a teaching class.

That last comment is such a mind-numbing paradox that i have no idea what to do.

I just want to point out, as someone who has studied teaching, yes they teach you that but they teach you that it’s a bad thing that needs changing.

squishfacestudio:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 22, 2014

"We Assume They Would Much Rather Watch People Draw"

Victoria’s Attorney-General, Robert Clark, and Australia’s social services minister, Kevin Andrews, are scheduled to speak at the World Congress of Families conference on August 30. The conference will…