What have we learned?

zaatarwitholives:

Every once in a while I see someone comment on the persecution of Palestinians by Israel with a “shouldn’t the Jews know better?” and “they of all people” and “haven’t they learned from the Holocaust?”

Fine. Would you like to know what we learned from the Holocaust? From the pogroms before and after, from the expulsions from all over Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, from the massacres of Kiev and the Farhud of Baghdad - you want to know what we have learned?

That no matter how peaceful we are, no matter how assimilated, no matter how loyal, no matter how well we speak your languages in our homes and no matter if we fight in your warsfor your countries and no matter if we never lift a hand in violence, not even in self defense -

you will slaughter us.

You will cleanse your countries of us by expelling us and by killing us and you will wipe your hands of it after. 

What we have learned?  That if we take the moral high ground and lay down arms, we will be killed en masse and that we cannot protect ourselves with appeals to humanity, to learning, or to civilization.

You taught us to pick up guns, you taught us to slaughter and persecute and ethnically cleanse, you taught us that the only way to protect ourselves was to stop preaching peace and patience because that leads to our graves. We learned your lessons well

and that in no way could ever excuse the actions Israel takes towards Palestine. Nothing can excuse the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, the barring of them from their homeland, the theft of their land, the arresting of their young children, or the attempted destruction of their hope. Nothing, just as nothing could ever justify the way you did that to us.

But stop asking us what we learned from the Holocaust because what we learned is what you will do to us given the chance and what we learned is how your nations treated those physically weaker and what we learned was how our nation could be “strong” like all of yours. 

So take some responsibility. And stop pretending that it is our duty to learn from the systematic murder of our people and start realizing that the way the world looks know has a lot more to do with how your militaries and imperialistic leaders shaped it. 

Don’t pretend it isn’t your legacy.

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emphasisonthehomo:

Queer subtext in media is nice and all, but have you considered:

  • Including actual queer characters instead of vague metaphors for queer characters.

Places where queer subtext is great: in older works from times when outright expressing queer themes was severely looked down upon/illegal and the author was bein a punk and hiding it in there anyway and in more recent media intended for children where networks or ppl in control forbid exposing children to ~the gay~ but the author does what they can to present recognizable themes so they can get the idea across without the censors stopping them

Places where queer subtext is not enough: basically anywhere else just let it be perfectly queer

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courfeyradical:

emphasisonthehomo:

Queer subtext in media is nice and all, but have you considered:

  • Including actual queer characters instead of vague metaphors for queer characters.

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Q

you-wish-you-had-this-url asked:

I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?

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fishingboatproceeds:

I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

pica-scribit:

feministbatwoman:

jennytrout:

blackfashion:

Queen

If Colbert is leaving Comedy Central, they need to let her take over his time slot with her own show.

… suddenly I am 100% on board with Colbert going to the Late Show. 

A MILLION YES

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unconsciousplots:

Fiery Throated Hummingbird in Costa Rica by SAMBOBBINGI saw this post going around with thousands of notes and no source. After some digging, I found the bird photographer running a tiny blog with 38 followers. Always include the source, people.

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bluhbluhhomestucknerd:

captaincaelum:

countesskirsche:

professionalcornerdweller:

Black Widow Cosplay by agentrodgers

THIS IS COSPLAY?

The Black Widow is real…

Younger version of Black Widow!

THAT LAST ONE THOUGH. IS SHE CHANNELING SCARLET?

But seriously, if they ever make a Black Widow Origins…

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miss-jaxon-flaxon-waxon:

onwardwall:

thegingerbalrog:

my-fandom-life:

dismantlerepaired:

whereismystrawberrytart:

hikingnerd:

timelordpillbug:

follovved:

amerlcanapparel:

when she says she doesn’t send nudes

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when guys objectify women and expect them to send nudesimage

when someone asks you about your nuclear plans for russia

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When Russia sends you nudes

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amandaonwriting:

Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson

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valleypunx:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

paisle4n:

prsjon:

The Doll Test

This self hate thing is DEEP

this makes me mad 

This is a compilation of doll tests featuring children of many races.

This is so fucking important

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schrodingersnerd:

everythingisnightvale:

discontentramblings:

An asexual and pansexual become room-mates and have wacky adventures

The show is called ‘All or Nothing’

Plot twist: the asexual is really super outgoing and is a huge flirt while the pansexual is extremely socially awkward and has trouble ordering coffee let alone getting a date.

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my hand slipped

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things that are enjoyable:

  • showers

things that are not enjoyable:

  • getting in the shower
  • getting out of the shower

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accioguitardis:

cyberunfamous:

trillow:

how much do islands cost i want one

Less than a college education

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what the fuck

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concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

fuckyeahvintage-retro:

Blouse Collars, 1940s-50s - By Charlotte Dymock.

there was a lot of bullshit in the forties and fifties but the style was not part of it

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foundinspirationmovingforward:

Photographer Bing Wright has found a creative way to capture the beautiful color palette of the evening sky, in his series titled Broken Mirror/Evening Sky.

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