amy and i hung out with a friend-couple we haven’t seen in a while today and it was funnn. i taught one of the girls in the couple to accuse her girlfriend of femmephobia whenever they disagreed. then after dinner the butch girlfriend was like “ahhhh we’re so full… this means we’re just going home right, not shopping” and they went back and forth over it and i was like “amy, this scene looks so familiar :)”
it was super fun and i think we traumatized some folks in cheesecake factory
i still don’t understand when ppl don’t use a rice cooker to make rice
I’m on the opposite side of this?? Like, why use a rice cooker? Honest question. How do they work? Do they make rice better?
What on earth is a rice cooker. Am I just being stupid or is it an American thing?
oh my god.
oh my god
I didn’t know what a rice cooker was until I was like, 21 and I didn’t own one until I was 25, which is also right around the time I learned you should wash rice before cooking it. I don’t think of myself as particularly stupid or an especially incompetent cook, but there you go. When I first used one it was like someone just told, “did you know you could bake bread in the oven?”
I think “white people having no idea how to cook rice properly” might just be a thing.
this makes me VERY SAD, i’ve had a rice cooker for a while now (since college but i wasn’t allowed to actually use it there…). not only can you make just plan rice, you can also use it make those boxed rices, risotto, EVEN PASTA. and all you do put the rice and some water in there and wait until it’s done, why would you NOT be using a rice cooker
This is just an ESSENTIAL KITCHEN ITEM. I’ve had one since college. They’re not crazy expensive. You can steam vegetables in them. We used it to make rice pudding in school. I mean, it’s basically a hot plate with a set timer and a pot on top. We use ours almost every day because…rice omnomnomnom.
rice cookers are amazing and they’re like 30$ at target go get one
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
Okay, also wrong.
1) Nelson Mandela WAS an icon of peaceful resistance, but not in the simplistic way the NYT article (and, I’m sure, many that will follow) believe he was. You see, when Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was, indeed, the leader of the ANC’s armed forces. That is not a fact that people should forget.
However, when he started negotiations with the apartheid regime in the late 1980s, South Africa was in the midst of what was basically an undeclared civil war. Violence was everywhere and often very unfocused; don’t think for one second that it was all between anti-apartheid fighters against people upholding the apartheid regime. The deaths/beatings/tortures/rapes were largely civilian-focused, and everyone was hurting everyone else (with white-on-white, black-on-black, black-on-Indian, Indian-on-coloured, coloured-on-black, so on and so forth). For an example, Google anything about “necklacing”.
It was b a d.
In order for the country not to collapse completely, someone needed to emerge as a leader who favored political negotiation and peaceful tactics over the violence that was ravaging the country, and Nelson Mandela, whose release had been advocated for over the past few years, found himself thrust into that position to the point that he started negotiating for the fall of apartheid from prison. He did what he needed to do because any more violence would have completely destroyed South Africa. He chose ending apartheid over saving face with the already-emerging anti-apartheid politicians, chose negotiating with the enemies that he hated over seeing more of his people die because of an ego or power trip or an extreme ideology (see: most of the leaders of both sides at this point). He chose making peace over expressing his anger, or (an even bigger issue now), his racial/ethnic affiliation. If he isn’t an “icon of peaceful resistance” for this, I don’t know who is.
2) “He and his party” Hahaha no. There were different parties and different voices and different races who fought together against the regime, not just the ANC. The ANC is one part of a MUCH LARGER MOVEMENT, one that included the people who would become the DA (the ANC’s biggest political rival), one that included not only the black Africans (mainly Zulu) that the ANC represents but also the Xhosa and the Tswana and the Sotho and the Coloureds and the Indians and The Black Sash and the Jews. IT WAS NOT JUST THE ANC.
Also, the ANC is actually largely why the country is so fucked up right now, because the party wants to keep power over actually doing anything good for its people (see: President Robert “Yes I raped that lesbian HIV-positive AIDS activist but I’m getting acquitted because I’m in power and I’m not HIV positive because I took a shower afterwards” Zuma; see: President Thabo “yeah I committed crimes against humanity but come on hear me talk more about how HIV isn’t a real thing and what all my people are dying of AIDS because I refuse to provide any knowledge or treatment LALALALA I can’t hear you LALALA” Mbeki)
3) “Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical.” Don’t let your ignorant, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of a man who is recognized as an amazing leader of a country and continent seriously lacking them. Don’t let your lack of knowledge of contemporary African politics let you think for one goddamn second that praising someone’s violence is a good thing. Don’t let your Western all-blacks-are-same ideology not recognize the true radicalism in his ideology, which is that ethnic groups should not matter and people should work together regardless.
4) “Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t.” Hahahaha take this, reverse it. He started violent and ended peaceful.
5) “For this, during his life they called him a terrorist,” Nope. They called him a terrorist because he fought against the apartheid regime, and the apartheid regime was allied with the West during the Cold War. He would have been a terrorist regardless of the amount of violence he actually used.
"and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist" Yep. Because he was (kind of) in the end. Although the Truth & Reconciliation Commission was totally Desmond Tutu’s brainchild, so don’t listen to anyone crediting him with that.
"All to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy," hopefully by now you realize that if you mean "revolutionary" to mean "violence is okey-dokey" you are full of shit. His revolutionary act was to be a Xhosa leading a largely Zulu resistance-cum-political party; his revolutionary act was to negotiate with a racial/ethnic enemy. His revolution rested in whom he dared to talk to, not whom he dared to hurt.
"and the lessons to be drawn from it." Yeah, the wrong lessons will be drawn from it, but not for the reasons you think. People will just think his thought process was "peace at any cost" instead of "w o w having a violent revolution was a super stupid idea because everyone is dying. Let’s take a different approach that doesn’t involve my wife directing her own band of assassins and me being imprisoned for almost 30 years that sounds grand".
An Actual Fucking (Half) South African
P.S. This is still super-simplified (I could literally spend hours explaining all the ins and outs of apartheid/the anti-apartheid movement/Mandela himself), but I think it does its job at least somewhat okay.
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot Díaz
Ever since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.
Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.
This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:
I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.
This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.
The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.
jennifer fucking lawrence doesn’t think that bisexual women can have sex with men or have kids, and then referred to bisexuality as a “lesbian phase”
but she said that she likes food! shes so quirky and relatable you cant criticize her! she makes funny faces sometimes! did i mention she likes food!
that’s not what she said
““I suggest that in the original comics Mystique was written as a lesbian, to which Lawrence counters, “No! That’s the first time I’ve heard that. She has kids, she has night crawlers, and she sleeps with Magneto!” And then she jokes, “Unless I’m completely wrong, I mean, she is 100 years old, she definitely had time for a lesbian phase.””
I honestly think the reason most men view feminism as an attempt to gain “equality” with men is because they’re so egotistically inclined to believe themselves to be the standard of true humanity. They cannot fathom that women do not want to be their equals, that instead we seek liberation from their violent schemes and power struggles, that to be “equal” is to inflict violence, death, destruction, rape, poverty, hunger, and war upon the world, that to strive for same-ness doesn’t actually liberate anyone, because there are “rights” and “freedoms” and excuses that allow men to sow destruction and oppression onto whomever they may benefit from.
We do not want to be the same as you, we want to be free from you. Say there’s a peasant and a tyrant, why would you seek to equalize them? If you make them both peasants, they starve. If you make them both tyrants, you have unleashed twice as much terror. Instead, you must abolish the violent systems that created the peasant and the tyrant. Then you can discuss actual equality. But as it is now, I stand by my previous statement: I’d rather have more in common with a slug than a man. I reject this version of equality. I will be liberated from, not equal to, the class that so loves it’s violence.
like. we’ve READ the canon. We Know. WE KNOW!!! we know. we know what the author intended. we know cis ppl dont care about depicting us. we know cis ppl dont care about pandering to us. we know cis ppl dont. care. about. us. we just dont care about what cis people intend or want. we dont care. i dont care. i do not care. shut up. shhh. shhhhhhhhh.
Hey fandom - we know you’re busy losing your minds (lolololol) over our new promos, but take a break for a minute so we can ask for your help. We’re in the process of developing ideas for our online after shows, and we’re trying to theme each one differently. They can be anything you want - we’ll be talking with cast and crew about whatever topics you’d like to see them discuss, and it can be anything and everything (from “Latin American Werewolf Mythology” to “bacon”). So think about it and tell us - what are some themes you’d like to see?
Well, here are some topics you could bring up:
Discuss the theme of consent in Teen Wolf, e.g. Peter biting Scott without his consent, Derek groping Erica before giving her the bite, Erica jumping on Derek and kissing him, Scott’s plan to use Derek’s body to bite Gerard, Lydia’s loss of agency when Peter used her body for his resurrection, Lydia being victim-blamed by Derek for that, etc. Talk about why this is important, what it means within the world of the show and in real life, and what it says about the cycle of abuse.
On that note, finally clarify whether or not Jennifer had magical seductive powers that she used to coerce Derek into sex.
Also, clarify whether or not Derek was underage when he slept with Kate.
Or just create a timeline. Like literally roll in a whiteboard and some markers and draw when the events in canon so far took place and how old the main characters were at the time.
Explain the difference between werewolf years and human years, or else explain why Peter was given that line if it’s not something that will eventually have significance in the show…maybe a potential plot point that was later abandoned?
Ask the actors about their characters’ motivations. Ask Crystal what she thinks was going through Allison’s head when she came up with the new Argent motto. Ask Holland what she thinks motivated Lydia to not hide her intelligence from Aiden the way she hid it from Jackson. Ask Posey what he thinks is important to Scott now, how his priorities have changed since earlier seasons.
Give more insight into behind-the-scenes decisionmaking and the practical reasons for not telling certain actors that their characters are secretly evil or going to die.
Explain why it was important within the world of the show for Derek and Scott to pardon Deucalion. What, if anything, does it say about Derek’s growth?
Confirm or deny if there are plans to have Stiles be a canon bisexual character. (If this is something that can’t be confirmed or denied because Jeff is still deciding, don’t introduce it into the discussion.)
Discuss the theme of family: both biological ties and made families/chosen families. Why does Peter appear to care so much about Cora’s wellbeing when he killed Laura? How did Victoria’s death affect Allison’s relationship with Chris? What does Deaton represent for Scott? How does Melissa feel about having Isaac around?
Talk about friendships. What makes the friendship between Allison and Lydia different than the one between Scott and Stiles? Who is Danny’s best friend now that Jackson isn’t around? Does Derek have any friends?
Talk about the differences between how Stiles and Lydia treat each other now compared to how they treated each other in each previous season. If Lydia got doped up on painkillers again, would Stiles still try to hook up with her? Why or why not?
Explain more about Lydia’s banshee powers, was she born with them or are they a result of what Peter did to her? Does she have any control over the banshee scream/wail or is it entirely involuntary?
Talk about the balance between plot/action and characterization/emotion. What are some other genre shows that the cast and crew would say have the right balance?
Most importantly, though, talk about why your werewolves wax their chests. Does it make them more aerodynamic for fighting? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.
I am going to marry this post, and not one of you can stop me.
man look at this big list of things that will never ever get explained or addressed.