“Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?
We live in a rusty universe. Oxygenated heme is the color of life, the color of passion, the reason we see red of as ripe and warm, the reason we see it as dangerous and frightening. Blood, breath and Earth, we’re all rusty.
adolescent bullies running in a pack are a whole lot scarier because the players don’t have developed frontal lobes yet or the capacity for adult remorse or impulse control to hold the social reinforcement and escalating behaviors in check
they can do some seriously intense shit and not get why it’s bad once they start egging each other on
being over 18 has does not erect a magic shield around you that lets you ~just ignore it~ and remain safe without having to compromise your own boundaries.
what if i told you that “just ignore it” was my trigger
Yeah, “just ignore them” is a shitty response to bullying, and it does not make things better, it does not help, it does not stop the bullies.
Just-world fallacy: Nothing bad would be happening to you if you didn’t somehow bring it on yourself.
Victim-blaming: It’s happening to you because of what you do.
Just-world fallacy + victim-blaming + bullies: If you just ignore them it will stop.
This is not okay people. This is the toxic shit that turns what should be kids making mistakes, getting corrected, and moving on, into kids bullying people until someone dies. Do not fucking tell people to “ignore” the bullies.
Ah, if only I knew that “just ignore them” wasn’t the be-all and end-all solution to bullying when I was younger.
Because when it inevitably didn’t work, my mother gave up on the “but you’re so nice, Audrey, I can’t imagine why they keep picking on you” approach and started looking for other reasons I was making them treat me like shit. You gesture too much when you talk. Your voice goes too high. You laugh too loud. You’re too nice, you need to stand up for yourself. Maybe you’re dressing wrong. You walk around looking like someone’s going to hit you, it makes you look like a victim.
I mean, gee, I only got punched in the kidneys and slapped and shoved down stairs and groped and had stuff thrown at me from cars, but that’s no reason to be frightened walking home alone from school! It’s my fault that one kid decided it would be hilarious to snipe me with a BB gun from behind the bushes in his front yard, obviously all I needed to do was look tough!
But yeah, when all those things miraculously didn’t work either, it resulted in my exasperated mother saying, “I think you like it. I can’t think of why else they would keep treating you like this. You want attention, so you must like how they treat you.
It’s any wonder I got out of those years in one piece, holy hell.
Can I ask my readers to do me one special favor and please read Audrey’s post and then spend like 5 seconds imagining her mother’s goddamn head exploding?
as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further
if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well
please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.
tattooed young Hera who redefines what it means to be feminine (ex: x )
Apollo enjoying counterculture modern music that isn’t what your grandaddy listens to because the god of music loves all music
Hermes dropping the internet connection of late-night bloggers when he thinks they need to get more sleep
Aphrodite at the forefront of modern fashion, not just for mainstream fashion but all types of beauty
Apollo keeping tabs on the mental health of all his followers because mental illness is illness too
Hera rejecting political campaigns and bringing together queer couples because the goddess of marriage knows better than some old congressman what marriage is
Zeus traveling the world enjoying the various diversity of his world under culturally-appropriate disguises in each country, stopping to perform quiet blessings to people who deserve it and yet who never know who that strange older man was who helped them or gave them exactly the sort of wise guidance they needed
Ares annoying Apollo by constantly demanding updates on the wellbeing of his injured veterans and wanting to know what Apollo plans to do about their combat-related injuries and mental illnesses
Ares whispering in the ears of anti-war protesters to keep world governments from using nuclear weapons
Ares deflecting bullets in a firefight to protect police officers chasing a gunman and casually pushing criminals’ vehicles off the road in car chases before they can hurt any innocents
Athena on the ground in the Middle East, following around military scouts and diverting attacks before they even notice them
Hermes disguised as a male nurse, quietly walking between beds in terminal care facilities, easing pain in everyone he passes by
Hades patiently explaining the whole “yes, I’m that Hades” “yes, this is that underworld” “no, no one’s going to torture you with fire” thing to every single person who enters his realm and never getting frustrated no matter how many times the Christians ask him about hell
Poseidon getting a drink in the local bars in small coastal towns because he likes to listen to the tall tales the fishermen tell as they come in from their crab boats
Hephaestus gleefully inventing new creations because smithing is so much more interesting with modern technology
Demeter convincing Zeus to sabotage the political lobbying of big agricultural corporations to protect her beloved small-time farmers
Hestia strolling through the suburbs calming down family arguments in the neighborhoods she visits
Artemis taking her responsibility for the wellbeing of young ladies seriously and invisibly sitting next to every heartbroken teenage girl crying her eyes out over some lost highschool love
Dionysus impersonating bartenders and demanding patrons’ car keys when they’ve had too much
Gods that aren’t stuck in the ancient past
Aphrodite walking in every Slutwalk in every city with signs that say NO ONE ASKS FOR IT.
Aphrodite patiently counseling the wives of sailors, incognito as that sweet girl at the grocery store.
Hephaistos crouched over a microchip, creating new technologies in instants.
Hermes as the guy behind you in line who covers your latte for you because you can’t find your wallet.
Aphrodite listening to the desperate pleas of domestic abuse victims and bringing suffering and torment to their abusers, working in women’s shelters, as a rape crisis counselor, helping to heal those who are hurt because they thought this was love, teaching them that that wasn’t love.
Demeter lobbying for paid maternal leave because you deserve time off after you’ve given birth to life.
Hera supporting working moms. Zeus making sure stay-at-home dads take proper care of the house.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
Ares and Aphrodite reuniting soldiers and their significant others and sharing a moment when they lock eyes in the airport.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
But the funny thing about that is we (as readers/viewers) sometimes miss out on information that might have been interesting. The author didn’t think it was, but fans? Most fans will soak up content like a sponge (see: LotR extended editions, cutscenes, etc). And so we’re likely to ask ridiculous questions like “What is laundry day like at Avengers Tower?” - not because it’s important to the narrative, but because we’re curious.
Not to mention: every narrator is an unreliable narrator. Especially the ones who seem the most straightforward. Which means there are a wealth of stories not being told hiding right behind the story that is.
Which, I think, gives an inkling of the primary difference between original fic and fanfic: original fic is declarative, saying “here is the story, these are the important events and characters and aspects of the world,” while fanfic is exploratory (even when it’s got a cracking good plot).
Fanfic exists in the interstices, in the ellipses and the enjambment. Fanfiction exists in the moment before the wave function collapses.
The movie is the Perfect Score. They're stealing answers to the SATs lol.
…I want fic of this now. It’s a High School Avengers AU where the head of the football team and the best art student in the school need to do well on their SATs to get into college. …and it’s set in the 80’s. Because Scarlett’s outfit is so 80’s tastic.
“A psychologist at a girl’s college asked the members of his class to compliment any girl wearing red. Within a week the cafeteria was a blaze of red. None of the girls were aware of being influenced, although they did notice that the atmosphere was more friendly. A class at the University of Minnesota is reported to have conditioned their psychology professor a week after he told them about learning without awareness. Every time he moved toward the right side of the room, they paid more attention and laughed more uproariously at his jokes, until apparently they were able to condition him right out the door.”
— W. Lambert Gardiner, Psychology: A Story of a Search, 1970 (via harpguy)
I don’t know about the university of Minnesota, but Howard Thorsheim reported on the second one at St. Olaf. I don’t know whether he was in on it or not, but he had a class of psych students try to Look Attentive when he moved right and not when he moved left, and apparently it worked pretty mcuh as described. At least, so he told us, back in the late 80s, and it seems like the sort of thing he’d have had kids do.
and this, my friends, is why you should quietly delete anon hate and public-reply to nice asks. humans like attention and are good at figuring out how to get it. :)