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Miranda. 23. Useless wastrel who daydreams in sequins, comic book expressions and musical numbers.

You might know me from that one glasses meme.

Prone to posting feminist quotes, various and varying babes, items of the literary and comic nerd culture and the more than occasional tentacle.

Any reaction images/gifs I post (unless they are of my face) are almost definitely not mine.

Cheshire - Created by Alter Imaging
2 weeks ago | 166,859 notes
fuzzy-knees:

reilluminated:

My mom let her facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it.
Heck yeah, mom.

Cutest shit I have pretty much ever seen

fuzzy-knees:

reilluminated:

My mom let her facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it.

Heck yeah, mom.

Cutest shit I have pretty much ever seen

Via Dancing in Circles
1 month ago | 4,820 notes

impromptuonedykedanceparty:

delphinidae:

katyglyndwr:

ok listen it’s really nifty that “say your name and pronouns” is getting to be a thing in queer spaces but. lets talk about the etiquette for that if u are cis because i think maybe we should lay it bare, just so we’re all on the same page.

inappropriate things to say when asked for your pronouns

  • "i don’t care about pronouns/you can call me whatever"*
  • "call me whatever you think i am"
  • [pronoun joke]
  • "i’m a guy/lady"
  • [anything about being cis]

appropriate things to say when asked for your pronouns

  • your goddamn pronouns

*trans+ folks with no pronoun preference exist and u are beautiful twinkling diamonds shine on, friend, shine on

also: please don’t say “masculine pronouns” or “feminine pronouns”, just say the pronouns!

YES EXACTLY THANK.

Via radscum need not apply
1 month ago | 250 notes

HELP GLEE MADE MY SISTER BISEXUAL

thatbadadvice:

Auntie Sparknotes, 20 February 2014:

Hi Auntie, So I’ll just cut right to the chase: my 13-year old sister (I’m 15) recently came out to me and my Mom as being bisexual. It was literally right in the middle of an argument, when I was chastising her because she had been extremely rude to me as of late for no apparent reason. She then told us that since she had been holding the secret of her sexuality in, she was being rude to me and my mom. My immediate reaction was that it’s total bullcrap. She’s never dated anybody before, never kissed anyone (she even admitted that), nothing. So I find it very hard to believe that she could think that she also has crushes on girls. Because if she’s never actually had a romantic relationship with anybody, guys or girls, then how could she know anything about her sexuality? I’m also dubious because she’s recently been watching a lot of Glee, and she’s the kind of person that gets really influenced by media. So she comes out to us right around the time that she’s been obsessing over a show that features a gay couple? Not necessarily a coincidence, in my opinion. It’s not like me or my family has anything against homosexuality, as my uncle is a married gay man, and we love him. It’s just the fact that my sister is so young. Also, we live in a tightly-knit conservative community, so I’m worried what other people will think of her, and as an extension, me. My sister is the kind of person that trusts people that consistently stab her in the back, so that’s why I’m worried. What should I do Auntie?

Dear What Should I Do?,

What a loving sister you are, to look out for your woefully mislead sibling whose mind has been warped by Glee's gay propaganda machine! So many people could potentially stab her in the back, and here you are to protect her from all those other back-stabbing people who could stab her in the back.

Your sister’s sexuality is up for grabs, and only you can force her to see that her desires are as you say they are; would that she not be manipulated by insidious outside forces! Only you can prevent your sister from the dangers of a society that ostracizes and marginalizes people who don’t identify as heterosexual and, most importantly, their siblings. 

Everyone knows that no one can declare their sexual orientation until they have had several meaningful, long-lasting, sexually active relationships with other humans; this is why publications like Tiger Beat have struggled to stay afloat for decades.

Ask your sister to join you in watching hetero-focused media—that is, if you can manage to find any in this gay-centric world we’re living in—and see whether some time with a little-known ABC documentary program called The Bachelor will turn her into the straight person your social life needs her to be.

I love the idea that Glee somehow made her sister bisexual when Glee thinks all bisexuals are indecisive, greedy cheaters.

Via here's that bad advice you were hoping for
1 month ago | 18,392 notes

Polite reminder for straight people who say “who cares” when someone comes out: such gestures are addressed to lonely queer kids. not you.

- Tweet by Danny Bowes (@moviesbybowes).

I want to retweet and reblog that a million times. (via alliahart)
Via ASTRIFEROUS
1 month ago | 28,151 notes

Ellen Page said she’d been scared to reveal her truth, and in response way too many people responded with, ”In other news, the sky is blue.” The fact that so many felt comfortable being that rude to someone who’d just publicly shared a private struggle speaks volumes about how important they consider the issues of gay women to be. We should be wary of these people. People like them are why so many believe this country is post-racial or post-feminist when this country is racist as fuck and hates women.

Via LGBT Laughs
2 months ago | 7,737 notes

BREAKING: Facebook introduces custom gender settings

illbeyourbrooklyn:

unevenlygrown:

gaywrites:

Today, Facebook introduced the option of custom gender and pronoun settings on individual profiles, AKA more than just “male” or “female.” The site will now allow you to enter up to 10 different gender identities (out of about 50 possibilities) as well as pronouns — though these appear to only include he/him/his, she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. Changes are live now! 

Identities on the list include transgender, agender, cisgender, two-spirit, neutrois, genderqueer, intersex, androgynous, and many, many more. 

Here’s a portion of the FAQ:

Q: Why is Facebook doing this?

We want everyone to feel comfortable being their true, authentic selves on Facebook.  An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just male or female.  We’re proud to have worked with leaders in the LGBT community to offer these new features to people who use Facebook. 

Q: I just signed up for Facebook and didn’t see the “custom” gender option.

A: If you are a new user, you will need to choose from the male/female gender option when signing up and then navigate back to your profile at any time after signing up to change your gender to custom.

Q. Will news feed stories appear when I change my gender? 

A. No.

Q. What is the audience of my gender?

A: If you choose a custom gender, you can select the audience for your selected gender(s), but your preferred pronoun (male, female, or neutral) will always be public.

Some of the custom gender options appear to be more of gender descriptors than identifiers, but for a lot of people these are crucial to one’s complete identity. And, womp, you can still only be “interested in” men, women or both.

Overall, this is huge. Facebook consulted with LGBT advocacy organizations to carry out this process, so there was clearly genuine thought put into it, and it’s going to give people so much more freedom, accuracy and honesty in self-identifying online. 

What do you think?

fyi!

This is really cool because now you don’t have to do complicated code-y things to change your facebook pronouns!!!

Also it looks like the (55!) gender options are:

  • Agender
  • Androgyne
  • Androgynous
  • Bigender
  • Cis
  • Cis Female
  • Cis Male
  • Cis Man
  • Cis Woman
  • Cisgender Female
  • Cisgender Male
  • Cisgender Man
  • Cisgender Woman
  • FTM
  • Female to Male
  • Gender Fluid
  • Gender Variant
  • Genderqueer
  • Gender Questioning
  • Gender Nonconforming
  • Intersex
  • MTF
  • Male to Female
  • Neither
  • Neutrois
  • Non-binary
  • Other
  • Pangender
  • Trans
  • Trans Female
  • Trans Male
  • Trans Man
  • Trans Person
  • Trans Woman
  • Trans*
  • Trans* Female
  • Trans* Male
  • Trans* Man
  • Trans* Person
  • Trans* Woman
  • Transfeminine
  • Transgender
  • Transgender Female
  • Transgender Male
  • Transgender Man
  • Transgender Person
  • Transgender Woman
  • Transmasculine
  • Transsexual
  • Transsexual Female
  • Transsexual Male
  • Transsexual Man
  • Transsexual Person
  • Transsexual Woman
  • Two-spirit

So I guess this is cool in terms of allowing people to describe themselves how they want to and in multiple ways! I think this is complicated and obviously has flaws but is interesting and definitely a step up from just “male”/”female” or “do not show on profile” and/or [edit html to gender from facebook]

Good job Facebook! I just changed my gender to Cisgender Woman. If you are cisgender, I encourage you to change your fb gender to suit it. It normalizes the idea of there being more than two genders, that ‘cisgender’ is not the default, and I think it’s a good step in acknowledging your privilege. Obviously if you’re genderqueer or somewhere on the transgender spectrum there are reasons why you might not want that information publicized- but if you’re cis like me, it hurts no one to state so explicitly. 

(feel free to correct me if I’m saying something brainless about gender btdubs)

Via UPWORTHY
2 months ago | 68,079 notes

janetmock:

Janet Mock returns to Piers Morgan Live. (x)

My people are everything. Thank you for supporting me tonight. I exist among giants. I love you all. 

(Source: brownbodied)

Via SMILE BRIGHTER THAN THE FUCKING SUN
2 months ago | 17,524 notes
  • Question: could you talk more about the male disney villains being queer coded with stereotypes? - sharkprivilege
  • Answer:

    blue-author:

    commanderbishoujo:

    gadaboutgreen:

    biyuti:

    fandomsandfeminism:

    fandomsandfeminism:

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    Pink hair bows. 

    Many male Disney villains are what we would call “camp.” Effeminate, vain, “wimpy” and portrayed as laughable and unlikable. Calling upon common negative stereotypes about gay men, these villains are characterized as villainous by embodying these tropes and traits. 

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    Think about it: Often Thin/un-muscled figure, heavily inked and shadowed eyes (giving the impression of eyeliner and eye shadow?), stereotypically “sassy” and/or manipulative, often ends up being cowardly once on the defensive, many have comedic male sidekicks (such as Wiggins, Smee, Iago, the…snake that isn’t Kaa) 

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    since i was talking about one of the disney man villains who doesn’t fit this stereotype yesterday…

    Gaston.

    my bf was listening to that song about him yesterday

    and i mentioned that he is literally the most terrifying disney villain

    why?

    because his type of evil is banal and commonplace

    there are white men walking around who are exactly like him

    men who think that women are prizes they deserve

    men who will not listen or pay attention to a rejection

    men who will go out of their way, if rejected, to ruin a woman’s life

    ppl often seem to miss this when discussion beauty and the beast since the stockholm syndrom ‘romance’ is also a giant icky thing

    the terrifying thing about gaston is that he is supposed to be (as all disney villains) a hyperbolic cartoon

    but he is the absolutely truest and most real villain

    because he exists in the real world

    we all know men like him

    Also, if we’re talking about queer coded characters the MOST important of all the characters is Ursula who was bad off of a drag Queen (Divine) and has a whole host of negative stereotypes.

    She’s also my favorite.

    This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context. The term for this as film history goes is the sissy, and as a stock character the sissy is probably one of the oldest archetypes in Hollywood, going back to the silent film era. Some of the most enduring stereotypes of male queerness—the limp wrist, swishing, etc—can actually be traced to the exaggerated movements of cinematic sissies in silent films. And it’s important to note sissies were portrayed in a range of ways, though they were generally used to comedic effect; queerness was considered a joke, and the modern notion of the “sassy gay friend” in films can probably be traced back to this bullshit too. It wasn’t until the Hays Code was adopted in the ’30s that sissies almost uniformly started being portrayed as villains. Homosexuality was specifically targeted under the euphemism of “sexual perversion”, and the only way it could fly under the radar in films under the strict censorship of the code was by coding villains that way in contrast to the morally upright hetero heroes. Peter Lorre’s character in The Maltese Falcon is one off the top of my head, but there are a slew of them from the ’30s onward, and this trope didn’t go away after the Code ended either. More modern examples in live action films are Prince Edward in Braveheart, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, and Xerxes in 300.

    So Disney just provides some of the most egregious modern examples of the sissy villain, but this is a really old and really gross trope that goes back years and years in Western film. There’s a fantastic book and accompanying documentary about the history of homosexuality in film by Vito Russo called The Celluloid Closet that gets into a lot of this.

    It’s incredibly refreshing to see a response to a post like this that starts with “This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context.” and then goes on to provide important historical context that adds information to the point being made. I was seriously wincing and bracing myself for “You guys, you don’t understand. It was different back then.”

    (Of course, I wouldn’t have been worried if the name of the last poster hadn’t scrolled off the top of my screen by the time I got to it.)