Mai is such an amazing character, and yet she’s so underrated :(
Caption: [I don’t know why there’s this whole stereotype where trans binary people have to know that they’re trans when they’re like 3 years old. Bitch I didn’t even think I was human until I was like 15. Y’all think I’m joking but deadass when I was like 12 I swear to god I was convinced I was a werewolf.
Like I was convinced that one day, under the full moon, I would transform into my true form and I could go run with my pack in the woods away from everything else. I was so disconnected from my body that like, gender was not even a concept or a thought to me, like I was just like let me be a wolf, please.
Homie I dead found a spell on google and chanted that shit at the fucking moon it was SERIOUS! Honestly whatever being created us just fucked up when they didn’t make werewolves a real thing.]
What if oxygen is poisonous and it just takes 75-100 years to kill us?
My science teacher said he thinks that’s true actually
Yeah this is actually pretty much exactly what is going on. It’s why anti-oxidants are such a big deal. Bonus fact: oxygen oxidizes stuff in your cells or, in other words, it’s not toxic, just setting you on fire very very slowly.
What if there are aliens out there but they subsist on entirely different substances and they’re just scared as shit of us and our crazy ass hell planet? Once in a while some alien anthropologist type suggests checking out the people on this inhabited planet out towards the galaxy’s edge. The other aliens just look at the naive academic with horror. No!! We do not go to that world. That is where the DEATH BREATHERS live. They recreationally consume poisons and are more or less composed of biological fire. Their atmosphere is made of rocket fuel. We must leave the DEATH BREATHERS in peace. Do not go there. Do not.
I tend to always reblog posts about humans being terrifying weirdos to aliens.
okay but…that is actually what went down on earth about 2.5 billion years ago.
Earth was doing just fine with a mostly nitrogen/carbon dioxide atmosphere and everyone was happy to go on living in anaerobic bliss and then cyanobacteria suddenly hit the scene, altered the atmosphere composition so that there was a ton of oxygen gas and killed practically everything (97% or more of all species on earth).
We are literally descendants of the DEATH BREATHERS and cyanobacteria is our deadly mother.
The cyanobacteria holocaust is so big, it doesn’t even have a cool name; it’s just called “The Great Oxygenation Event”; the *second* most apocalyptic extinction event in our planet’s history is the one that’s called THE GREAT DYING (the Permian-Triassic event, about 252 million years ago).
This shit makes like the rock-throwing that wiped out the dinosaurs look like kindergarten.
OH HOW I LOVE THIS POST. It makes me so much happier about being alive. I AM BURNING VERY SLOWLY. *hugs it*
I’ve been wanting to do a fanart of this scene from Avatar FOREVER. Zuko’s redemption arch was amazing, and I saw a lot of myself in him with his struggles for familial love. Anger used to be a huge part of my art in my teenage years, and the show perfectly conveyed the feeling of letting go of that hate.
Katara’s jealousy of Aang in “The Waterbending Scroll” is one of those nuanced characterization moments that showcases one of Katara’s major flaws but also makes her sympathetic, because it shows how hard she’s had to work in her life and how that’s taken a toll on her. She’s always been enthusiastic about helping Aang learn waterbending, and actually takes it on as a duty, her role in helping to restore balance to the world, but when she realizes that Aang is starting to surpass her without much effort, she becomes incredibly frustrated. This leads her to say some really hurtful things.
Katara: [Screaming.] Will you please shut your air hole? Believe it or not your infinite wisdom gets a little old sometimes! Why don’t we just throw the scroll away since you’re so naturally gifted! [Sokka glares at her.] What? [She looks back at Aang, who has tears in his eyes.] Oh my gosh, Aang, I am so sorry, I don’t know what came over me. But you know what, it won’t happen again. [She gives the scroll to Aang.] Here, this is yours. I don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore.
As soon as she realizes how she’s hurt Aang, she immediately becomes so apologetic that she gives up the scroll which represents both her trying to hold on to a cultural heritage that’s been slowly eroded away over a century, and her own ambition as a waterbender - two things that are interlinked because she’s the last waterbender of her tribe and spent her entire life without anyone to teach her about who she was. Yet despite what she says about not wanting to have anything to do with the scroll, Katara takes it in secret as soon as night falls and continues to practice obsessively with it. She can’t let go of her jealousy even though she knows it isn’t fair or logical.
I think Katara feels the need to sacrifice her own wants and needs both because she feels like it’s her duty and because she is an empathetic person who cares deeply about others, but this also means that she feels deeply when she’s hurt and lashes out when her own emotional needs are not being met. We see it in particular with her conflicted feelings about Zuko and we see it come to a head in “The Southern Raiders,” when she can’t avoid facing her anger and hurt anymore. Obviously there are varying degrees of justification for that anger. Yon Rha deserved her anger and Zuko did as well, although to a lesser degree. When she lashes out at Aang, Aang didn’t do anything to deserve it, but her feelings of frustration and hurt ultimately come from the same place.
Katara has spent much of her life feeling like she’s had to play second fiddle for others. In her first scene we see her complaining to Sokka about how she’s had to do so much work since her mother’s death, and doesn’t feel like Sokka appreciates or understands this.
Katara is a fourteen year old girl who holds herself to extremely high standards, who has had to basically teach herself to fill the various roles she has inherited: mother, sister, waterbender. So to see waterbending come easy to Aang is incredibly frustrating for her. We also see in “The Waterbending Master” how she has to fight for the right to train with a master because of her gender.
“The Southern Raiders” is not just the culmination of Katara’s rage, it’s also the culmination of her arc of reaching her full potential as a waterbender. Katara’s bending was the thing her mother died for, and when Katara confronts Yon Rha, she’s reached the peak of her power and reveals herself to him as the last waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe.
Katara: She lied to you! She was protecting the last waterbender!
Yon Rha: What? Who?
I think confronting Yon Rha was important for her not just because of the idea of getting justice or revenge (which she ultimately decides isn’t worth it), but because she needed to reclaim a part of her heritage that was taken from her.
“hi welcome to mcdonalds what can i get for you?”
“yeah can i get a deluxe quarter pounder with cheese?”
“absolutely, do you want the meal or just the sandwich?’
“uuuuuh hold on”
*fishes something out of my pocket*
“mikey what do i do?”
“get the fries. youll need the energy in the coming days”
*stuffs it back in my pocket*
“uhh yes please the meal would be great”
this post legitimately changed the way i think about and consider getting meal deals
Isn’t this the post that got the cease and desist from Michael Jackson’s estate?
I looked it up
yeah it is, ifdsdhgk
@ my fellow adults who use tumblr a lot:
can you PLEASE put your age in your about/sidebar and make sure it’s accessible on mobile. imo if you’re an adult esp 20+ it’s a little weird that you wouldn’t have your age readily available on your blog. if you’re reading this now and you don’t have your age listed, please rectify that. i feel like teenagers get lured into talking to adults in fandom/lgbt spaces that they may not have intentionally sought out because they think they’re talking to other teenagers, and this can lead to a lot of other – much more insidious –problems
I know other people have already refuted this, but seeing the original message still going around I’d like to point out just a couple of reasons why this request - while well intentioned - misses a lot of key points:
1. This is working under the assumption that tumblr is a space solely (or at least primarily) for teenagers/kids and that simply isn’t the case. Historically the creation of fanfiction, fanvids, fanart, etc. has been done by people in their twenties and older. Think about how many years it takes to learn how to craft a good story. Think about what you need to pull something like a con together. That person with the Skill you admire? There’s a very good chance they’re an adult. It used to be that kids pretended to be 18+ because they knew online fan communities were adult spaces. I’m not sure when this switch happened, but it needs to stop.
2. It is not “a little weird” that people don’t put their age on their blog. I have mine because I’m comfortable sharing it and my fan identity/irl identity are already really conflated, but a lot of people - most people - want to keep personal information to themselves. There’s nothing wrong with that and insisting that we reveal that information is all kinds of wrong. Can you ask someone their age? Certainly! Maybe they’ll tell you, maybe they won’t, but regardless you are not entitled to that information.
3. The children on here? They are not my responsibility. If kids/teens are worried about who they’re talking to then they should either a) be careful about who they interact with or b) not use this website. If they’re too young to understand this then they’re too young to be online without parental supervision. Now, how can a teen be careful about who they interact with? Check the person’s blog. See the kind of content they post. See if there are any hints about their age (mentions of school, job, birthdays, etc.) - or again, just ask! I’ve had plenty of people on here decide they only want certain types of interaction with me after discovering my age and that’s fine. But it’s not my job to monitor everyone else’s internet use.
4. Finally, I find the language here to be rather concerning. “A little weird,” teenagers are “lured,” leading to things that are “much more insidious”… all of this, whether intentionally or not, frames anyone 20+ as intrinsically predatory. It also takes agency away from anyone under 18. Teenagers aren’t “lured” into talking to me, they make that decision on their own. They are their own person capable of making their own decisions, gathering information before making that decision (like asking someone’s age) or, if they can’t do these two steps then again, they should not be online. We’ve come right back to point #1: this is not your space. It’s our space. I’m not some trespasser here who only gets to stay provided that I cater to those younger than me. If anything, based on how much of online content is geared towards adults, kids should be working under the assumption that they are speaking to an adult until proven otherwise, especially on websites like tumblr that cater to all ages. Don’t assume you’re talking to another teenager. Don’t project onto a person and then get mad when you find out you’re wrong. That’s not them tricking you, that’s you failing to take responsibility for yourself.
You want to know someone’s age? Ask, and then work with the answer you’re given. But someone failing to give you private information up front isn’t weird or predatory or insidious. The quicker everyone realizes that the better off we’ll all be.
These are very, very good points.
I came into fandom when it was HIGHLY unusual for a younger teenager to be included in fandom spaces, and that was not that long ago. This sudden shift into fandom being for youth only is really disheartening. Who do you think organizes the cons you like? Chances are, it’s not a 18-year-old high school student, but a 40 year old project manager and a bunch of geeky IT professionals who love the fandom as much as anyone else.
Fandom is a shared space. Everyone has to share the responsibility of keeping it safe.
Also, Tumblr didn’t start as a fandom space - there’s a good number of us who’ve been here from before it became LiveJournal 2.0.
Also, Tumblr is a 17+ app.
So let’s not get too precious about who is and is not supposed to be here my young friend.
God, imagine thinking that strangers owe you to have personal information out on display? And acuse them of being predatory otherwise?
me, reaching into my dresser drawer for black pants: I hope this isn’t the pair with big holes worn in the inner thighs
Marie Kondo, gently over my shoulder: why is a pair of pants you find unwearable still in your dresser drawer
me: oh shit that’s right!! The dresser is for clothes that under some circumstance I might conceivably wear!!
Marie Kondo, beaming proudly: Yes, that’s correct!! These pants must have been your favorites. How wonderful that they were so comfortable and practical that you wore them out. But now since they no longer function as pants, you should move them from the drawer where you keep your functioning pants!
me: Yes thanks I got it they’re in the fabric basket now
Marie Kondo, fading back into the darkness: I love what you’ve done with the kitchen!!
The notion of KonMari as some creepy semi-embodied but entirely benevolent spirit, like a well-intentioned Bloody Mary, is so perfect and wonderful.
Marie Kondo has the same powers but the exact opposite energy of the Duolingo Owl.
Marie Kondo: Your room isn’t very clean, but that’s okay, I love mess! Does this spark joy?
Duolingo Owl: I wrote the ransom note in Spanish, and if you have to use Google Translate to read it, your kid gets it. You broke your streak. I’ll break your neck.
Marie Kondo holding your child, while standing on the remains of the Duolingo Owl : The Bird did not spark joy
My great-grandpa’s a good person
Not like I met him, but I know
A man of honour and bravery
And of love for his nation and family
Never flinching in face of a fight
And still our people’s pride
So when he wages a war
Sentencing thousands to die
It’s his nation he does it for
And that’s the best reason why
At least that’s the story they told me
And we don’t lie in this family
My father`s a good person
He raised me, I should know
Every day he does his duty
And still cares for his family
When he speaks, it’s always right
And his flame`s the brightest light
So when he yells like a mad man
Telling his kids what failures they are
It’s only because he loves them
And wants them to make it far
At least that’s what he said to me
And we don’t lie in this family
I am a good person
Just think you should know
Learned all that I’m supposed to be
And each thing I do perfectly
I honor my father, I am his pride
I honor my nation, for them, I fight
So if I’m called monster by my mother
And they say all I can give is fear
It’s because all her love’s for my brother
And none of them is worth a tear
At least that’s what I keep telling me
And we don’t lie in this family
I am a good person
I just have to be
You can see it in my eyes,
They got passed down the family tree
Along with a couple lies
I think the irony is that Azula`s biggest lies are the ones she tells herself
idk sometimes i just think about how the first experience we have in ATLA is katara narrating the opening, which is actually her passing down her grandmother’s stories, “My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar kept balance…” And i think about how this is a hallmark of indigenous traditions and feminine traditions. And i think about how katara moves from telling the story, to becoming the most essential actor in the story as the bearer and midwife of the Avatar and the Firelord’s rebirths. She litchrally brings back the symbols of hope and peace to the world from the brink of death. And how being associated with these traditional kinds of motherliness does not extinguish her sensuality, and neither is she objectified. In fact, she gets to be flawed and rage-filled and nagging and controlling at different times, and instead of chastising her, we are invited to understand her. I think about how we’re invited to listen again to her story about violence and loss and what it means to be a suffering woman from a suffering people who still strives to hold everything together, remembering and reciting again the stories, yes, those same old stories: have faith they say. And i think about how Katara, the storyteller, the god bearer, gets to be in the final scene of the series, too. And it’s about romance and vitality and a future, which were not even supposed to be options for her at the beginning of the series. She was supposed to be quiet. She was supposed to stay home. She was supposed to be dead. But the women of her tribe sacrificed for her and filled her with hope. And she went out and brought the stories of hope to the world. So when katara, finally feels a sense of liberation for her and her people and she is ready to kiss Avatar Aang, it is a consummation of her hope and an affirmation of her ancestor’s beliefs. In that final scene, she is finally united with the life-giving story she’s been reciting to us each episode.
Caption: [I keep seeing videos about um people not understanding how trans people can just be free of dysphoria. So hi, I am a transmasculine person who doesn’t have dysphoria. And I would like to explain to you how I still knew that I was trans.
Here’s the way I like to think about it. When I was 18, I had a job in retail, clothing retail specifically. And it was okay, like I didn’t hate my job.I still went, I didn’t call out all the time. Like I could still go to work. It didn’t cause me any hinderance, it didn’t cause me to be upset. But it also wasn’t really making me happy.
So I did a lot of thinking and self reflecting and I realized that, hey maybe I’m just not as happy as I could be because I’m working in retail. So I went to school to become a cosmetologist. It’s the same thing (concept). Like being a woman and being seen as a woman didn’t necessarily make me unhappy, I just knew I could be happier elsewhere.]
you know… they could have been a great team!
they were so cool on the ferry for the few scenes.
and honestly the fight between jet and zuko was just realy realy well animated.
listen… i heard many of you didn’t like jet. and thats totaly fine for me.
but i kinda feel for that kid. and he seemed to be the first person that kinda resembled a freind to zuko.
yeha i live for the zuko is a freedome fighter, or zuko joins teh freedome fighters Tag on Ao3
its a good tag.
with sometimes fluff, sometimes dripping with angst
good broken kids!
art by - @chiptrillino
the concept of growing into love is so much more intriguing than falling in love. it’s like, on all our good days and bad days, I will choose to love you, I will learn with you, I will live my life with you and we will grow into and with each other through the passage of time