Actually, disseminating false information on a platform like Tumblr isn't cool at all. Especially when you have as many followers as I'm sure you do. Just because you put "lies are fun" in your tags, doesn't mean that this is acceptable. It's fairly irresponsible of you. I'm kind of disappointed.
I have a pretty sensitive bullshit detector so that “marked for death” thing seemed like a pretty obvious lie to me. I do recognize, however, that I’m seen as a source of high-quality, peculiar information…and I did set that statement up to sound real.
I made up a real-sounding name, I said “like 12 hours” later, as if I was just remembering something I’d read somewhere else. I created something that sounded impossible to believe and used little tricks to make it sound more believable.
I don’t want you to be disappointed in me…but I do want you to be critical thinkers EVEN WHEN IT’S ME! Because even when I’m not lying, I could totally be getting something wrong. The truth is a collaborative process. The lies of Tumblr (which I hate) will not be stopped by people not making stuff up, they’ll be stopped by people doing five seconds of fact checking before they reblog.
It’s been over a month since JewWario (Justin Carmical) died, and it just keeps hitting me repeatedly.
As someone who suffers from depression and was also a big fan of Justin, it hits remarkably close to home.
It hits even closer for personal reasons (which I don’t care to really talk right this now). And he was the third person I knew who took his own life at around the same time. Within a month, anyway.
I studied Psychology as half of my BSc. From behavioural stuff right into Forensic Psych, and even though I know that brain chemistry can really fuck you up, it has never stopped me from wanting, somehow, to be able to fix someone who is in deep despair. Because no one should ever have to feel that way.
And yet, even knowing on a biological level why someone would take their own life is just…cold comfort. I’ll always wonder of the thoughts and emotions running through their heads during the final moment. It will always be that that will hit me in the middle of something innocuous, like brushing my teeth.
I want to point out that even though his friends were closer to him, no one should discount the feelings of those who were his fans. We know it hit you much harder, but it certainly hit us too. We are all hurting.
The last month of last year and the first month of this year will be something etched in my memory forever. He was the third. Why did it have to happen in a wave of 3 in a month? I guess bad things really do come in threes.
In the past week there have been two suicides at my old high school. This makes 5 in the past 4 years since I graduated. One of our alumni had the wonderful idea to do a project where we all send in pictures with the words “WE ARE WOODSON” to the school and she would make both a poster and…
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
“Another myth that is firmly upheld is that disabled people are dependent and non-disabled people are independent. No one is actually independent. This is a myth perpetuated by disablism and driven by capitalism - we are all actually interdependent. Chances are, disabled or not, you don’t grow all of your food. Chances are, you didn’t build the car, bike, wheelchair, subway, shoes, or bus that transports you. Chances are you didn’t construct your home. Chances are you didn’t sew your clothing (or make the fabric and thread used to sew it). The difference between the needs that many disabled people have and the needs of people who are not labelled as disabled is that non-disabled people have had their dependencies normalized. The world has been built to accommodate certain needs and call the people who need those things independent, while other needs are considered exceptional. Each of us relies on others every day. We all rely on one another for support, resources, and to meet our needs. We are all interdependent. This interdependence is not weakness; rather, it is a part of our humanity.”—AJ Withers Disability Politics and Theory p109 (via dandyfied)
I read your reply to anon and I kind of get what they're saying. If your book has homosexual content and is geared toward kids you could at least warn people.
Kids don’t need to be “protected” from the existence of homosexuality any more than they should be from heterosexuality. You might as well deride Frozen for having some heterosexual romance without warning children. TW: HETERO LOVE SCENE!
Such scandal. Very hetero. Many controversy.
Valhalla: Read for the bloody action violence, ban for the lesbian flirtation.