Let’s not overlook how it always seems to be black women targeted either.
Cannot recommend highly enough the cultivation of a hobby that you just … don’t tell anyone about. You get the joys of Having A Secret. No one asks you to do it for free. No one tells you to monetize your hobby. You don’t have to give anything away for holiday presents and you don’t have to stress about making something extra good because it’s a gift. If you don’t finish something, no one ever makes you feel bad by asking when you think you’ll be done. You don’t have to stream anything or post updates or text your friends that you’re starting something new, you don’t have to count likes or shares or followers or viewers, you don’t have to maximize your audience or promote your work or schedule commissions or make anything that doesn’t appeal to you personally. Just keep a little something for yourself. You deserve to have something that no one else gets to affect. You deserve a little privacy. You deserve a little peace.
There’s a trend on TikTok about white Americans fighting back against white Europeans who say they’re not allowed to claim their European backgrounds and while I’m all about about white Americans getting in touch w/ their ancestry…
I become incredibly frustrated at how uneducated they are about that alleged ancestry. Every time I see the term “Scots-Irish” I can feel a blood vessel pop because they think that means Scottish and Irish and it’s like they don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about or the history or geopolitics involved. That’s Ulster Scots and they’re colonizers in Ireland. ❤️
I got blocked on TikTok for pointing out Scottish colonialism LMAO
Like this is precisely the problem. It’s an ethnonationist historical pity party. You don’t actually want to learn the history of the places you supposedly hail from. It’s pathetic
A lot of US citizens are not willing to understand that to speak about heritage as if its nationality (for example saying someone is Scottish when no member of their family has left Idaho in the last century) is DEEPLY insulting in a significant number of European countries.
We saw this a lot after the last World Cup. Lots of people were talking about how the French football team was “really” African and US tv shows made fun of the French Ambassador for correcting this and saying “no, these men are French”. None of them realising that by calling the French football team African they were, in the eyes of French people, invalidating the Frenchness of these young men. “They’re African” is the language of the French Far Right, in fact it is the language of the far right in many European countries, aiming to invalidate the contributions of immigrants to our various societies.
I get pissed off when US-ians say Chicken Tikka Masala isn’t British or was “stolen” from India because to me that erases the contribution to British culture of the person who invented it. Don’t tell me that someone who moved here and created a dish that was so popular that it changed our entire nation’s relationship with food ISN’T British. I will fight you over it. That person is arguably far more British than I am.
When challenged about claiming national identity from countries that they are in no way a part of many US-ians will make the argument that they are “more Scottish than you” or something similar. This is almost always an argument based on blood quotient or them partaking in two or three stereotyped activities that are associated with the culture, ESPECIALLY heavy drinking or violence. It is not a good way to endear yourself to members of a culture you are trying to ingratiate yourself with by calling them all wife beating drunks and claiming that your own drunken violence makes you a member of their community.
And as for the blood quotient, many of us Europeans who have had unfortunate encounters with people like this take great offence to people who have never set foot in our country claiming that a 23% DNA match from one of those fraudulent genetic heritage tests (seriously, literally all their data is fake and you’re paying them to steal information about you, stop using them) makes them a more valid member of our community than our Polish neighbour who has lived here for the last 15 years.
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS POST TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE US POINT OF VIEW ON HERITAGE.
I KNOW the US view on heritage. I hear it all the damn time. What US people need to hear is just how insulting the way they speak about heritage is to those of us who live in these countries. When you speak to us remember that these words have different meanings to us and you are being incredibly disrespectful to valued and loved members of our communities and invalidating their identities as members of our communities in order to set yourself in their places.
Also anyone who claims the US “doesn’t have a culture” so you have to claim ours gets an instant block. Please consider just how privileged you are to have your national culture dominate international life. What you see as “default culture” is YOUR culture. You’re buying into Imperialism when you see US things as the default and anything else as “other”.
TL;DR: When people from the US speak about their heritage from other countries they are often unknowingly using language that people from those countries find insulting and is often used to attack immigrant groups within those countries. People from the US need to be more thoughtful in their use of language and make an effort to speak about cultures they wish to claim membership of in ways that are respectful of those cultures and their current members.
I do not have big enough hands to give this the round of applause it deserves
EUREKA I have successfully created earl grey milk tea which I am very proud of because about half the time when I try something new in the kitchen it goes Poorly but this is really tasty and I’m very pleased
Coffee Seeks Its Own Level. 1990. If one person alone lifts his cup, coffee overflows the other three cups. All four people need to coordinate their actions and lift simultaneously. Inspired by the principle “water seeks its own level”. I had been working on a series of projects using basic scientific principles learned in high school as a means to explore architectural issues.
Basically I’m ready to surround myself with people who actually like and appreciate me because the people here now straight up don’t deserve me
My character development is that now when I recognize that that the people I am related to don’t appreciate me or even like me, I no longer get really sad and introspective and spend months trying to figure out how it’s my fault. Instead I get angry.
Went to the farmer’s market yesterday. Hadn’t gone out in over a year. Guy selling mushrooms asked how I was doing. I panicked and did an awkward little shimmy dance at him. He wordlessly did it back. Can’t stop thinking about this interaction
Me: I am laying down because I am in awful pain and I hate being cold and I feel terrible
My dad: I see. Would you like go to the diner about it?
Me: … yes I would actually
For reasons unknown to me I feel wretched today so I am taking my peppermints and going back to bed
shout out to Karl Urban as Eomer for giving one of the most heart wrenching cries ever produced in cinematic history where you can essentially feel the anguish and shock that he is going through to find that his sister was on the battlefield, and is now injured, presumably dead. words cannot describe his pain.
Think about this for a moment. To him, she was never supposed to be there. She rode out of Rohan in secret with him, while he thought he’d left her - really the only family he has left - safely at home to lead the people.
They also changed his shooting schedule after this shot to add him to some of the scenes where Eowyn was in the House of Healing. They’d expected something more downplayed - shocked, and upset, but fairly stoic, like a stereotypical fantasy hero man - but they said when they saw this display of emotion, they couldn’t imagine him not being there watching over her heal.
One thing that really makes me mad about the movies is that half of the best speeches are stolen from Eomer in the books. Théoden’s warcry of “Death!” at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields was actually made by Eomer after he found out that Théoden had died and he was now in command. He was also smart and charming, but overall the Eomer of the books was emotional and very much listened to his heart over anything else.
Karl Urban is a phenomenal actor, and I really feel like he understood the character of Eomer as he was represented in the books. And I love that.
what is it with disabled people=different age than they actually are?
like no that intellectual disabled young adult doesn’t have “the mind of a 7 year old” they have the mind of a young adult who happens to be intellectually disabled.
and no, that chronically ill/mobility aid user young adult doesn’t have to body of an elderly person, they have the body of a young adult who happens to be chronically ill/using a mobility aid.
stuff like this is why we still have ableds coming to disabled people and either going “what are you a baby lol” or “arent you too young for that”
when can we just accept that all bodies and brains can have different types of experiences and requirements and it says nothing about age.
(This post does not apply to disabled people who refer to themselves in these ways.)
So glad humans invented toasting things. So grateful.
Wildlife conservation is so fucking cool. I love that I can go hang out at my local wildlife refuge basically whenever. I love that I can go to the website and read about all the species that have been observed there. I love that I can download a pdf of the official comprehensive conservation plan as approved by the fucking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and read it on my phone while sitting in the shade of an oak tree that has and will continue to outlive me by centuries. This shit rules.
Did anyone else have an obscenely dangerous childhood activity? Ours was climbing the beams in the abandoned glass factory.
I’m glad dodge rock is a universal childhood pastime.
I used to climb around in the culverts under a city park. And hike through coulees in another. And hike through woods to an abandoned barn to hang out. I do not know how I didn’t end up with tetanus or some kind of brain eating infection.
You see, the kind of thing that makes me suspicious, the kind of thing that makes me such a cynical young bat, that kind of thing that makes me a little inclined to believe that people might be lying to me, is the thing that happens when I unsubscribe from an email list, and the unsubscribe page promises that all knowledge of my email has been forever erased from their databanks, it shall be as though I never was, they know not my face nor my name nor my email, I am anathema to their servers, and yet when I return to my inbox, lo! what is it that awaits me there? what treachery do I now espy? what wicked new betrayal is this, that lurks where only safety was promised, and so fervently, and not so very long ago? why, it is an email! an email, and to mine own address, that most secret and closely guarded incantation, that very knowledge! that was so recently sworn to be forgotten by all who knew it! why, it is an email … sent to thank me for unsubscribing - forsworn! forsworn, we shall all be forsworn before the end, and doom upon our every server, for now is the time that lies are laid plain by the automated artifices of our own devising … so doom breathes close down every neck! doom! and all is ruin now