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Diversity in Writing

elloellenoh:

I did this post for Write on Com. Figured it would be worth sharing here also.

Diversity in Writing

by author Ellen Oh

Recently, I was part of a conversation where an author said the following: “But there’s been a lot of anger from some quarters about “appropriation” and…

 

alvvie:

worldoftransmogs:

lobstmourne:

rurukatt:

samiesan:

kathetia:

ravenhul:

What are you? I was born on the 22nd, so i’m a blood elf. Crazy isn’t it?

Orc, like there was ever a doubt

Ooo Tauren!

Draenei. :>

blood elf obviously

Wauw… I’m a human. You just don’t say. Always wanted to be another race but na-ah, you’re a human. Well thanks for that. 

im a gnome nooooo. no one loves meeee

be proud to be a human! humans are the most diverse group you could encounter. they are not singularly considered evil, good, or neutral. They are more chaotic/unknown than they are any singular alignment (more D&D based, but whatev’) and they are also known to possess the most flexibility than any other race! Want to do magic? you can do magic; want to be a warrior? you can be a warrior; want to be a roguish spy or thief? Well guess what! you can be! And you know what makes being human even more awesome? The rich cultures and the varieties of such! Their ingenuity and ever growing and expanding possibilities! that and everyone just wants to do us and be like us, so…

alvvie:

worldoftransmogs:

lobstmourne:

rurukatt:

samiesan:

kathetia:

ravenhul:

What are you? I was born on the 22nd, so i’m a blood elf. Crazy isn’t it?

Orc, like there was ever a doubt

Ooo Tauren!

Draenei. :>

blood elf obviously

Wauw… I’m a human. You just don’t say. Always wanted to be another race but na-ah, you’re a human. Well thanks for that. 

im a gnome nooooo. no one loves meeee

be proud to be a human! humans are the most diverse group you could encounter. they are not singularly considered evil, good, or neutral. They are more chaotic/unknown than they are any singular alignment (more D&D based, but whatev’) and they are also known to possess the most flexibility than any other race! Want to do magic? you can do magic; want to be a warrior? you can be a warrior; want to be a roguish spy or thief? Well guess what! you can be! And you know what makes being human even more awesome? The rich cultures and the varieties of such! Their ingenuity and ever growing and expanding possibilities! that and everyone just wants to do us and be like us, so…

"I don't need feminism"; nobody said it was about you.

houseoffantasists:

darkmanethewanderer:

houseoffantasists:

A response to ‘Women Against Feminism’.

Let me ask this though: How is feminism going to fix this? If you feminists are actually going out and fighting this stuff, trying to get things better in the middle east, than good for you, i’m in full support of that. That’s not what i’m seeing feminism do though. I’m seeing feminism sitting around on tumblr, degrading men (ironic, seeing as how tumblr was made by a man), not to mention calling out to kill or neuter all men, while all the while crying rape at innocent people and doing their very best to make sure that the only people who have any say in anything is them.

I am not going to come out of neutral for this one. 

Feminism is not about hating men. 

Feminism is not about hating men. 

Feminism is not about hating men. 

Feminism is about equal rights. There are women out there fighting against the sort of shit mentioned in this article, young girls being shot in the head because they dare to stand up and say they want education. If you’re asking what feminism is doing for these women, Google Malala Yousafzai. Send her an e-mail about how you don’t think feminism is really going to help. 

True Feminism does not: 

1. Degrade men. Feminism is about destroying harmful gender norms that oppress both sexes. 

2. Give a shit that Tumblr was made by a man. 

3. Demand the abuse of men. 

4. Encourage the use of false rape accusations. 

If you see those things, that’s not feminism, that’s man-hating, and that is a different ball game entirely. 

If you’re going to tell ‘us feminists’ what we shouldn’t be doing, at least make sure you’re pointing the finger at the right people, not those who use the generalised perception of feminism to protect them when they say harmful things. 

The niggles of the Tumblr community are nowhere near as harmful as the abuse visited down on women every minute of every day (did you know that in America in 2013, a woman was raped every 3 minutes?). Any warped opinion should be challenged, especially if it seeks to oppress other people. 

I am a feminist. I don’t hate men. There are men out there who are also oppressed, and I’m as much for them as I am my fellow women. 

Don’t lump us in with man-hating, because that’s not what we do.

I’m sorry for any feminist who has ever been misjudged for this sort of thing, but this is what needs to be made known to the world again, and again.

The real problem is, despite what feminism may stand for, many people out there don’t seem to know what the cause truly is. I mean, can you blame them? So many people have encountered these abusers of the movement and even extremists, as well as the abusers and extremists of men’s rights and have basically been left with the impression that the fight isn’t for equality at all.

What’s even worse is that many forms of media basically supports this poor representation by presenting female/male characters with an astounding amount of hate towards the opposite sex and who uses the titles of feminist/men’s rights activist. They show these characters off often depicted in an act of violence towards the opposite sex and rarely if ever do they ever bring in a character or group of characters that rights the wrong that’s being shown.

In my opinion, it’s in the media where we need to start the fix of what is being seen and known about these movements. If these groups can be represented by dignified characters who are not just made for jokes, or something to be made an enemy of we can start changing the views that people have on both feminists and men’s rights activists.

Despite everything we may believe, it’s in the media most people seem to receive their information and opinion from, and it’s through there we need to educate them on what’s going on. On what’s really going on.

The Smurfette Principle

Just a little tip when thinking about creating a world for a tv show, movie, book, or whatever else. AVOID the Smurfette Principle! Not only will it save you from a mass questioning from both audiences and critics, it’ll help solve a little problem known as the All male, One female cast.

It doesn’t matter if your story requires primarily males, that it is a war and you only want male soldiers, or that your story DOES feature a female main character but then has the rest of the cast made up entirely of males (Disney movies are a good example).

It’s always good to remember that the world is made up of at least half of women in the world. And besides that fact they’ve always had a hand in history and real life even if it must be as a supporting role, they are always there in some way. SO! What should you do?

  • DO: If it’s a war story you’re after, always remember that regardless of the day and age women are there. They often act as the support in some way, either as a nurse, a working hand back home, a show girl entertaining the soldiers by singing, dancing, etc., or even as prostitutes.
  • DON’T : Forget that sometimes women have been known to fight along with the men in war. Whether it be back at home defending the families and country or on the battlefield itself. Women have either resorted to disguising themselves, joined through some scrutiny, or are there with welcomed arms. Either way, DON’T forget that they can and will fight.
  • DON’T : Forget to mention those women at home, even if they aren’t fighting with your male soldiers in your story (because of the excuse that “women don’t fight”), they need to exist somewhere. SO at the very least, remember to mention those women back home. People will wonder where they are, and even more so if your army is made up of an entirely new species or race of warriors. How do they reproduce? they’ll ask. How do they keep finding new warriors despite of only being a largely male population? they’ll wonder.
  • DO: In a show heavily based on men or a show centered around a woman but is heavy with a male supporting cast, remember to include other women. DON’T just make them background characters or servants/friends/family that never talk besides one or two lines. Give them more than that, make them as important as any of the male cast. You don’t have to make it an even ratio, or even force them to suddenly be a heavy ratio. Just remember, a 6:2 ratio does not save that sausage fest.
  • DON’T : Just use the female character(s) as the warm little mommy with the shoulder to pout on, or the sexy hot vixen the main guy gets to hit on only she’s so independent he has to go through the whole story before finally getting her (what sucks more about this is that she always suddenly stops being independent and is suddenly a sappy little puppy who’s become that mommy type now that she has a man in her life).
  • DO: Make them 3-dimensional! Give your girls a story, a life, likes and dislikes, just give them personalities that makes them more than just last minute female members of the cast. They should be just as well thought out as any of your male supporting cast, and no less than that! And remember, these woman aren’t just there to be flirted with, they’re there to solve a mystery, save the world, have an adventure!

Sorry it’s so much, but it basically had to be said. Of course this also includes those stories that are basically the opposite result (all female, one male), so flip the genders for those if you need to.

Anonymous asked
dos and donts while writing a road trip? (in a car, in the USA)

clevergirlhelps:

  • DO mention having a good stock of cash or having characters worry about not having enough cash
  • DO remember they need to eat, sleep, get gas, and go to the bathroom
  • DO get gas!! Or at least mention getting gas!!
  • DO deal with weather problems in addition to people problems. Other than the occasional cute thunderstorm, characters don’t really deal with weather like hailstorms, tornadoes, dust storms, and serious thunderstorms. They don’t freeze at night or boil during the day. 
  • DO deal with health issues like allergies, skin diseases, nasty insect bites, various cuts and bruises, sunburn, colds, and so on, because they will happen and will be super annoying.
  • DO go different places. It seems like all American road trips go the St. Louis Arch and the Grand Canyon. The Midwestern states are all a blur of cornfields and flat grass, when there are plenty of things to see, like the world’s second largest ball of twine and Cornhusker games.
  • DO meet people. A lot of roadtrip stories are about a group of young adults bonding along their journey while seeing things. Let them actually sit down and talk to people, noticing their different habits and speech patterns and lives.

I went on a road trip recently and we were heading towards Hurricane Arther in an attempt to see my Marine bro who was stationed at North Carolina. If you’re story is similar, why not add in that kind of drama? Certainly makes it different from the usual stuff especially if you encounter a small tornado on the road like we did. Besides that, weather problems do happen, and it’s especially bad in places you’re not prepared for. :)

  • so DO: Mention the possibility of losing or even just forgetting a weather related piece of gear. Like a tarp, a jacket, sunblock, bug spray or whatever. Heck even the opposite can be an issue. Why not be the tourist and accidentally pack too warmly for a cool weathered place?

Also!

  • DON’T: Go through the ever growing cliche of the one teen kid finding some other teen kid they want to bang. Road trips take you everywhere and your basically on the road a lot! Chances are the pit stops will last only minutes to a few hours, and very rarely do you have time to actually run off and make-out with someone you only just met.
  • DON’T: Use the cliche of the family or traveling group meeting that one other annoying family/traveling group only to find themselves practically stalking each other. That doesn’t happen… Like ever… You will occasionally set up camp next to that family/group or even just next to a family/group that happens to make conversation. For the rest of the trip, however, you won’t be seeing each other again unless it was intentional.
  • DON’T: Claim that rest stops or gas stations are last ditch places to get food. I’ve been to hundreds, and they’re all pretty decent. Besides if you don’t trust their hotdogs, chicken, bean burritos, pizza, or slushies there’s always the stuff from the shelves like donuts, cakes, canned foods, sodas and so much more! Heck, why not mention the group missing something from their gear and needing to replace it with something from a gas stop? Like matches, first aide, diapers, etc. (Oh yeah, and the bathrooms don’t normally require keys, and they’re generally very clean and well kept… unless you run into that one unlucky one…)
  • DO: Mention pets. That is, if you include pets in your story. Many places don’t accept pets so finding one that will can be a struggle (so can smuggling one in if you have to *wink**wink*) However, if your character is in trouble with their money, why not mention the pet care or lack thereof? (And don’t forget! Gas stations sell pet foods too!)
  • DO: Mention the family’s/group’s discomforts. Sometimes the drive can be tiring, or heck the stigma of that gas station could be over the characters’ heads. Restaurants, cultures not commonly used too, other tourists, gear, lost or missing supplies/baggage. Anything can go wrong, especially on a trip to somewhere new.
  • DO: Let them enjoy themselves, trips are tiring, but it’s the journey to the end that’s the most rewarding and fun ;D

Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street.

Enrique Molina (via withoutadjectives)

While I was sleeping, this went viral.

(via enriquemolina)

this answer on yahoo from a retired officer will add on some further insight to this

(via thepiefairy)

Doctors and hospitals have a different way of receiving “quotas”. They treat medical help like a business and assign appointments, schedules, and drugs to patients that may or may not even be necessary. A great example of this is in birthing and pregnancy. They will set up a time and date that is convenient to them so that they can get the mother in, drug her, prepare for birth, give birth, and push her back out into the world just to make room for the next appointed mother to be. Slowly, but within the past few decades this has become more and more true.

Anonymous asked
What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?

middleclassreject:

dysonrules:

aconissa:

50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

REBLOG FOREVER.

Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society 

I just updated my icon so that it no longer has any old outdated info… or really any info at all, but yeah…

Now it’s just this awesome tiny gryphon that is no longer held back by some misguided text :D

The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.

Michael Rivero  (via lapalomanegra, fucknobigbrother) (via femmewolfprince) (via navigatethestream) (via solidarityforever) (via mommapolitico) (via truth-has-a-liberal-bias) (via kogiopsis) (via yawniambored) (via aliaisqueen) (via caffeinatedriot) (via misandry-mermaid) (via alvvie)

As far as I’ve ever known about capitalism is that, no not everyone can be rich, but rather, anyone can be rich. It’s obviously not the most perfect system but it has worked well enough to prove that anyone is capable of reaching that point no matter how low they’ve ever been. Granted many had to do this through either connections, luck, the misfortune of others (whether intentional or even wanted is something else entirely), through sheer will and/or perseverance, or even just through the knowledge of knowing how. Simply put, no not everyone can be rich, but everyone has the potential for it just as everyone has the potential to be poor or even middle class.