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hedwig-dordt:

professorfangirl:

solarbird:

bryanthephotogeek:

Judi Dench is my favorite M. 

BEST M.

Always reblog M sass.

I’m going to miss her so much

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I’m alive…. I think… Worked 40 hours in 2 days a couple days ago and I’m still recovering..

wertheyouth:

When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.
In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.
We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.
When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU

wertheyouth:

When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.

In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.

We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.

When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU

So, I know you're not necessarily the best person to ask about this, but I don't know who I would ask. As a white person, I really, really love a PoC character and want to cosplay them, but I want to do it respectfully. I obviously can't darken my skin since that's black/brownfacing. But I'm worried if I stay my normal skin color, it'll be considered whitewashing. What do I do? If you don't know how to answer, maybe you could tell me who I should ask?

appropriate-this-bitches:

seananmcguire:

You’re right: I’m not the best person to ask about this.  I don’t really cosplay, and I think finding some cosplayers—preferably non-white cosplayers—to ask would be the best approach here.  As for my automatic, instinctive answer?

Don’t.

Look, I get that it can seem unfair.  Racebent cosplays where someone non-white portrays an originally white character get cheers and applause.  (They also get hate and condemnation, mind you.)  So logically, shouldn’t it swing both ways?  In a perfect world, sure.  In a world where white characters were exactly as common as black, latin@, Asian, Native, Roma, Pacific Islander, and so on, with a literally 1:1:1:1 ratio, maybe it would.  But we don’t live in that world.

If I want to cosplay as an X-Man, without gender- or racebending, I have, just drawing from currently active characters, Emma, three Stepford Cuckoos, Kitty Pryde, Illyana, Jean Grey, Rachel Grey, Pixie, Dazzler, and Polaris.  All alive, and all white.  If my friend Tiffany wants to cosplay as an X-Man, she has…Storm.  That’s it.

For Tiffany, cosplaying as Emma Frost is saying “you gave me one option, and I want the freedom of the field, I will show you how amazing this can be.”  For me, cosplaying as Storm is saying “I already have the freedom of the field, but I want the pieces you gave to other people.”  We have so many white characters, so disproportionately many, that it seems wrong to decide that we need to racebend the few that don’t look like us.

Talk to other cosplayers.  I may be 100% wrong.  But this is my instinctive response: don’t.  There are so many amazing characters out there that won’t risk making other people feel like you’re taking their choices away.  Choose them.

No. No no NO NO NO. This is racist bullshit. 

I don’t believe in double-standards. Period. 

Someone tells a little black girl that she can’t dress up as Merida? I will tell that person they are an asshole and that they should shut their whore mouths.

Someone tells a little white girl that she can’t dress up as Tiana? I will tell that person they are an asshole and that they should shut their whore mouths. 

Skin color shouldn’t matter. Period. This is not an attempt at “erasure”. This is not saying “I don’t see color.” This is saying “the color of one’s skin shouldn’t make any difference when it comes to the opportunities they are given or what they are able to do in life.

Yeah, blackface/brownface/whiteface, ETC, is stupid, racist and wrong. Don’t do it. But cosplaying as a character isn’t doing that. It’s saying “here’s a character I really admire/find fun/enjoy/whatever. You’re not saying “I want to play this thing that isn’t mine”. When you racebend a character, regardless of your own ethnicity, what you’re ultimately saying is that SKIN COLOR DOESN’T MATTER.

And what YOU are saying here is that skin color DOES matter. That the opportunities afforded to one person should be different than the opportunities afforded to another because of the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. And that is racist as fuck. Not institutionally racist, but individually racist . As far as I’m concerned, EVERYONE should have the freedom of the field. And does. 

Personally, I want to see more minorities represented, well, everywhere. That’s not going to happen with people like you slapping the hands of people who want to cosplay minority characters and saying “NOT FOR YOU.” The old “do as I say, not as I do” just doesn’t work. 

Funny, I just had a conversation with someone about this very topic.

Everyone should be able to cosplay anyone, and if someone gives you shit for not naturally being the same skin tone as the character, that’s their fucking problem. (As long as you’re not using it as an opportunity to make a mockery of that other group, of course.)

tawnyshine:

striderbeegood:

iamthedavrezi:

goatalicious:

I WANT TO COSPLAY REALLY BADASS/SCARY CHARECTERS BUT I AM BARELY FIVE FEET TALL AND LOOK LIKE A CHILD - An angry novel by me

I want to cosplay really cute small characters but I’m really tall and look like I’m in my twenties

The sequel written by me

I only want to cosplay male characters with broad shoulders, but i have crazy girly curves.

the trilogy

I want to cosplay but I am broke and live with my mom - the epilogue

You realize that everything the police are doing in Ferguson is carefully calculated, right? They’re purposely turning peaceful protests into riots. They’re purposely committing violence to incite violence. From saying ‘We won’t be answering 911 calls,’ which is a very clever way to set themselves up to be able to say, ‘We were afraid for our safety - any call could really be an ambush, our lives were in danger’ right down to the camouflage and the military tanks and wearing more body armor than a soldier in a war zone. Its exactly why they’re going for a media blackout - yet allowing certain photos through - they WANT you to see their tanks. They want you to see their riot gear. They WANT you to see a war-zone. They’re trying to sell the world the idea that this community is inherently and constantly a source of violence and turmoil - they want you to think that they [the police] are being attacked daily in a place so vicious they need full body armor. You know why? Because then, at the end of the day, you might just be able to believe the story they’re going to spin. They’re going to tell you that this (white) officer goes to work in this war zone every day - that he spends every working moment in constant fear for his life. They’re going to tell you that Michael Brown attacked this officer. And then they’re going to bring up everything that has happened in the aftermath and try to use it to convince you that he shot that little boy because he was afraid for his life. They’re setting up a defense. You mark my words, they’re trying to set up a defense.

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My mom’s take on what’s going on in Ferguson (via actualbanshee)

Your mom isn’t wrong. That’s why it’s so important to keep the signal going. Too many are silenced with lies and fear and if they cannot speak then we have to do it for them.

(via auntpol)

bigpaynos:

g-asp:

White girls

what the fuck are you talking about “white girls” she’s 100% right take your misogynistic bullshit out of here

bigpaynos:

g-asp:

White girls

what the fuck are you talking about “white girls” she’s 100% right take your misogynistic bullshit out of here

sonofasphinx:

bloglikeanegyptian:

when will your history ever 

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thearclightholidayhop:

thatonechick42:

photongimmick:

For every person who reblogs this post I will personally come to your house and DUEL YOU

THIS ISN’T A FUCKING JOKE

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With Pokemon or magic wands? What’s your weapon of choice?

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Today,  on “finding pretty Bakuwear”

Today, on “finding pretty Bakuwear”