If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
I was just talking to Blue about taking the language of the Bible in the context of the time period in which it was written.
privileged people: *say dehumanizing things about oppressed people, makes them the brunt of every joke all while literally murdering some of them every single day*
oppressed people: *makes a couple jokes about privileged people once in a while*
Image Description: Why I Boycott Autism Speaks*According to 2012 financial reports, only 3% of expenditures were on direct services to Autistic people and their families.
*Autism Speaks earned one of four stars from charitynavigator.com on its financial analysis of the organization.
*Autism Speaks is among a handful of major disability advocacy groups that does not have a single person with that disability in a leadership position.
*Autism Speaks has listed the Judge Rotenberg Center as a resource for services for Autistic people; although, JRC is under investigation for the use of electrical shock and other painful aversives, seclusion as unnecessary restraint, and food deprivation.
*Autism Speaks is responsible for creating and propagating an Autistic Hate/Fear culture. Examples of this fearmongering and and negative rhetoric include Suzanne Wright’s recent Op-Ed, “A Call to Washington” where Autistic people are described as a “crisis”, “missing”, & “gravely ill”. Families are described as “not living” and “in despair.”
*Other examples of hateful propaganda include, “I am Autism” in which a sinister voice says “I am Autism…if you’re happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails….I will make it impossible for your family to attend a temple, birthday party, or public park without a struggle, without embarrassment, without pain….I will fight to take away your hope. I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams.”
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This clown has been seen over the past few weeks around Mansfield, Chesterfield and Doncaster, I haven’t seen a post about it on here and I really want people to know about it.
Okay so first of all besides it being really frickin creepy to begin with (designed to look like pennywise the clown) it has been roaming the streets at night time, it was started out by a student film director who was doing it for fun, but it has sparked a few people to take it farther.
Some of the clowns have been tapping on windows, trying to get children out of the house (Reportedly) also it is believed that some of them have knives and are marked as dangerous.
Please please please if you live in these areas or know someone who does, especially of they have kids, could you signal boost this? I just really want people to be safe!!
I heard friends say that he’s been sighted in Nottingham and Lincoln as well. Good thing I live on the 6th floor. Hard to tap my window.
There’s not just one, and they’re in sheffield too, a girl from my year got a picture of one on the road that my school is on. They will follow you home, muggings have been reported, although it is not believed that they go into buildings or actually attack anyone with their knives.
Apparently there is one in Lancashire and burnley too! Pls be careful!
They walk inside people’s houses if the doors aren’t locked. They also aren’t near my town, but everyone’s talking about them.
there was one at my school a couple of weeks ago and we got told that if you see one to report where they are to the police straight away
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN ENGLAND
looks like this is true - there are quite a few news articles about this out there. i hope no one gets hurt..
Reminder that while the concept of virginity is technically a social construct, your sexual debut is still allowed to be special to you, and you are still allowed to wait and want to make it meaningful, and your self-perception is still allowed to change after you have sex. Just as long as you’re doing these things for yourself, and not because someone told you that you should.
You do you.
This is important. Stop big cat hunting. This literally is making me cry.
The way the lion tries to shut out the light…
:Why would you shoot it?
Signal fucking boost. Please do not kill our fellow habitants of this earth, ESPECIALLY if it’s for game. These animals are kings, treat them like one.
I just got hearing aids for the first time in my life.
I now hear all the things.
I don’t know weather to cry or attempt to hug music somehow.
I heard what my mum actually sounds like. Jesus fuck.
I can hear the neighbors having sex.
This was a mistake.
"Party" in sign language
Don’t sign while you’re partying. You might hit some party-ers and they are going to wonder “is that gang sign?” :P
Is it a regional difference to sign it that high? Here it’s a waist-level sign. If you did that around here you’d get some really, really weird looks.
Every time you say “It’s good that Dumbledore’s sexuality wasn’t mentioned in the books because it means he wasn’t defined by it,” you are saying something horrible about the queer people in your life. You are saying something horrible TO them. You’re telling them that once you know they’re gay—once you know a guy has a boyfriend or a woman has a wife or whatever—that’s ALL they are to you. You’re announcing that the knowledge of a sexual orientation other than what you expect as the default will completely dominate every aspect of a person’s existence in your mind.
So keep saying it. We need to know who to avoid.
She wrote him as a believable (albeit magical) character. Real life people generally don’t work like this: “blah blah blah oh yeah I’m gay blah blah blah did I tell you I’m gay?”
Yeah, she could have hinted at it by throwing in a past boyfriend (though that would be really out of nowhere unless she replaced a character here or there which, in fairness, would work pretty much just as well) or having someone mention it in passing or something, but she didn’t. Because usually sexuality doesn’t come up in conversation unless you make it come up in conversation.
And no. I’m not saying it from the perspective of a straight person. Literally, unless someone has specifically been talking about sexuality, I’ve never felt the need to turn around to people and say “hey, I went out with this girl, did I tell you I’m pansexual? Because I am.” And how did you find this fact out? Because you brought it up in conversation.
People don’t just run around shouting about how they’re bisexual or gay or lesbian or asexual or anything else. No one does that. It’s not what people - realistically - do. Why should it be any different in a book?
See, being gay (or, more accurately, not being straight) isn’t a personality trait. Dumbledore is a believable but eccentric character. Eccentricity is a personality trait, so it was brought up. It was hinted at. Gay isn’t. So it wasn’t. Because you need to go out of the way to point it out. And, to be entirely honest, if J.K. wrote in “Dumbledore’s gay and no one cares, isn’t that great?!” I’d feel so patronised. I don’t care who’s genitalia he goes for (if any) or if people couldn’t give less of a shit. It’s patonising to go out of the way to point out that “ooh magical land where no one cares because you’re such a good wizard!”
And besides, the Harry Potter series got enough stick from rabid crazies who were convinced they were evil because ERMAHGERD WIZERDZ! There’d be mass book burnings if she pointed out that the headmaster of this EEEEEEVIL wizard school was also gay. I’d rather she just not point it out than watch the backlash from some ignorant fucks.
So yeah. Sorry, but it is good she didn’t point out that he’s gay. The fact no one pointed it out shows they didn’t mind/care about him being gay. No one pointed him out as ‘the gay Hogwarts Headmaster’ because he was just ‘the Hogwarts Headmaster’ to them. If you want a world in which people don’t care who you slip into bed with (and if you don’t then there’s something very wrong with you because I don’t know why anyone should care) then you shouldn’t react with hostility when someone writes a world were people’s reaction to sexuality is pretty much “ok, so?” You need to accept when someone writes a fictional world with a positive attitude towards sexuality with characters who, you know, don’t make a huge song and dance out of who another character wants to fuck.
But here are some people for whom sexuality came up in conversation - this is off the top of my head: Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Cho Chang, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Lavender Brown, Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, James Potter, Lily Potter, Severus Snape, Merope Gaunt. There are thousands of words about canon heterosexual relationships, but literally zero about any queer people at all.
Here’s how to write homosexual characters:
Dean started to dash off to Transfiguration, but thought better of it and planted a kiss on Seamus’s cheek before quite sauntering down the second-floor corridor
Here’s how to write bisexual characters:
Parvati waved goodbye to Lavender and grabbed another toast soldier.
'Cor, Patil, how're you going with her without getting your face snogged off?' Ron grumbled.
Parvati fixed Ron with a stare. ‘You know, Weasley, she calms down rather a lot if you pay any sort of attention to her.’
Here’s how to write asexual characters:
'So, Luna,' stammered Neville, running a hand through his hair in an attempt to sound suave, 'are any suitors knocking down your door?'
'Impossible,' she replied after a pause, 'the anti-Horklump charms should prevent that. Besides, I've never seen anyone I find attractive, so unless they're knocking for cuddles and their names begin with 'Gin' or 'Nev', it's a fool's errand.' She blinked twice, airily, before casting a glance at an increasingly pink Longbottom.
Here’s how to write trans characters:
'I was just so excited when the letter came addressed to “Hermione” instead of to my grandfather's dreadful old name. Somehow Hogwarts just KNEW!'
Here’s how to write bigender characters:
'It's “Ms” today, actually,' interjected Charlie.
'Ms Weasley,' Filch continued, 'it is wholly inappropriate to be carrying live newts inside the castle proper without a regulation case.'
I could do more, but you probably get the point - that far more effort has been expended establishing characters in Harry Potter as heterosexual than would ever have to be expended establishing queer characters. We were cheated with Dumbledore. Retroactively, extratextually establishing him as gay is the bare minimum that Rowling could have done with her series.
Addressing two of feraldash’s points directly:
- if you can’t tell the difference between SHOUTING that you’re pansexual and indicating that you’re pansexual through context clues, you really need to go back to middle school. It is incredibly patronizing to reduce concerns about an utter lack of queer representation to a straw man argument that no one was shouting it from the rooftops.
- Firstly, the vast majority of people protesting Harry Potter for depictions of wizards are neither rabid nor crazy, they’re just Christian. If you are a Christian, you need to own up to the trash that was spawned by the same holy texts and theology that spawned you, and you need to pick that trash up. If you are an atheist, shame on you for conflating mental illness and religiosity. Go sit in the shame cube. If you’re something else, go sit in your own religion’s shame cube.
Secondly, there were ALREADY LITERAL BOOK BURNINGS. It couldn’t get significantly worse than it already was. And if a) fear of imagined backlash or b) concern about not selling an additional 4 million copies or something are preventing you from including explicit queer characters, I hope you beach yourself on the curb every time you try to parallel park.
Anyway, your response indicates that you didn’t actually read the OP at ALL. 1/10, horrible post.
reblogging this again because of the awesome commentary by freezepeachinspector
THOSE EXAMPLES THOUGH
PETITION FOR PREEZEPEACHINSPECTOR TO REWRITE THE HP BOOKS
I love these examples though~
This is my youngest colt, Dante.
He is half Houdini, half goat.
I took him to his very first halter show, left him tied to the trailer with his mother, and turned my back. When I looked back, he had untied himself, his mother, and was halfway to the next trailer over - presumably to either make friends, untie the other horses, or attempt both.
So I stuck him in the trailer, figuring he couldn’t get in much trouble in there.
Now, I don’t know how familiar you are with stock trailers/cattle haulers/what have you, but many have this hay loft up front, and a partitioning gate about halfway back that can be locked open or shut.
He unlocked the center partition (the mechanism for this is on the *outside* of the trailer), waltzed up front, and climbed into the hay loft.
This is how I found him.
(He was not hurt, if you were curious. He just kinda hopped back down.)
He is now 6 years old, and his antics over the years have included: opening gates, untying every knot that I know how to tie, undoing various buckles (on halters, headstalls, saddles, harnesses, *my belt*), pantsing his farrier, attempting to steal his vet’s wallet, opening doors, climbing stairs (up *and* down), climbing into the back seat of the truck, opening the trailer door, locking his brother in said trailer, treeing a raccoon, outsmarting the electric fences (fence posts are insulated, thus do not shock him + if the wire touches the ground, it shuts off = remove the fence posts, ground the wire, escape).
Today, he clipped my truck keys off my belt and disappeared with them.
This horse is too smart. Send help.
omfg this has me crying i’m laughing so hard.
today, in news that’s both weird and wonderful. horses! who knew!