Persistence and Obstinacy
Every single Marvel Studios movie has centered around a presumably straight, white, male protagonist, even if white women (mostly love interests) and men of color (support roles) have played roles in the film. The franchise is a box office juggernaut and has a ton of movies on this list, but we’ve gotten two to three movies about each of the men on the Avengers and there’s yet to be a film about Black Widow.

Both of Marvel’s ensemble films—The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy—trimmed down the superhero teams for their film adaptations, and the women characters, save for one, were the first to be cut. Most moviegoers will never know that women of color and LGBTQ characters were cut from Guardians of the Galaxy, but audiences will get to relate to the talking raccoon and the talking tree.
This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.
Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (via femfreq)
Liberals & Conservatives: People are too selfish for socialism to work.
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feminally:

grrspit:

sciencetoastudent:

thepageofhopes:

signifi-cunt:

liberalsarecool:

One of the reasons your tuition is high and classes are getting cut.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

fact checked and…apparently this is completely correct.

And people wonder and complain when I am “down” on sports.

Does this include adjuncts? Because they don’t make any more than grad students and are teaching most of your classes.

Happy labor day, kids.Hope you’re not starting your freshman year at rip-off U.

feminally:

grrspit:

sciencetoastudent:

thepageofhopes:

signifi-cunt:

liberalsarecool:

One of the reasons your tuition is high and classes are getting cut.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

fact checked and…apparently this is completely correct.

And people wonder and complain when I am “down” on sports.

Does this include adjuncts? Because they don’t make any more than grad students and are teaching most of your classes.

Happy labor day, kids.
Hope you’re not starting your freshman year at rip-off U.

furiouscuddles:

animeadult:

for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 
Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 
So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.
So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 
Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
i’m sorry i don’t usually comment on posts but i keep trying to tell people this over and over again and a lot of the time nobody listens (hopefully they will now because this is an excellently constructed post)
an ebay binder pushed in one of my ribs and i barely wore it for any time at all (just less than an hour for convenience in my own backyard) because i knew it was bad but it seriously injured me that quickly.
the biggest problem is most people who give these things positive reviews have NEVER HAD A SAFE, PROPER BINDER BEFORE. therefore those positive reviews cannot be trusted! they don’t know how an actual binder is supposed to feel.
this is why i urge people not to include cheap ebay binders in their giveaways, especially. it’s not a game and it doesn’t matter how “safe” you are when using them or how well you advise people- they are NOT SAFE.
don’t harm people by trying to make it seem like it’s okay just because you want a couple more followers or to give something away because it’s cheap.

i cannot signal boost this enough, i had the ebay binder as my first binder so i didn’t know that it wasn’t meant to do any of the problems that i had with it, i thought that was just how binders were.
i wasn’t able to take a full breath in it even with it on the loosest setting, and it didn’t even bind well? i wore it quite rarely because when i did i got hot flashes, dizziness because i couldn’t breathe properly and i would eventually have to take it off because i couldn’t take it.
i wore it to london mcm comic con and i nearly passed out as a result of this shitty binder plus all the walking. i had to sit down for a good twenty minutes before i could get up and i felt like shit for the rest of the day even after putting it on a looser setting. it’s seriously hurt my chest too and has i suspect damaged some of the tissue there. absolutely don’t buy these brands they do more harm than good.

furiouscuddles:

animeadult:

for-transmen:

If you’ve been looking to bind, whether you’re transgender, non-binary, or a cosplayer, you’ve probably come across binders like these on Ebay, Amazon, or AliExpress. Usually they’re called E.V.A, SHO, Whatwears, or Ancient Fish King brands, all of which are apparently, interchangeable with each other. Ross is here to tell you that these chest binders are not much of a step up from ace bandages, which in case you hadn’t known already, are the worst thing you can do to bind your chest. So here’s the run down, from least bad to worst.

Why is a chest binder for a lesbian?

First off, the sellers are usually misinformed about why someone would use a chest binder is needed just from how they title them. Why would Lesbians want a chest binder (outside of cosplay?)? I don’t know, but most of these listings have lesbian in the name, suggesting that chest binders are for girls, not men or nonbinary. This right there should be a warning sign of a company that doesn’t know what they are doing.

It's too tight!

The strapless binders’ model is wearing the wrong size for their chest. Their breast is popping out over the top of the binder, and I can personally say that with that binder, it is very, very, painful if you have a larger chest. After about 20 minutes, bruising and chaffing will occur, especially to those with larger chests or are heavier. In the worst case scenario, the breast will rip or pop as if it were cut with a knife.

These materials are not good

Look at the materials used. These chest binders do not have any or enough stretchy material in them. Elastic or spandex is the best. On the ones that do have spandex, they don’t mention how much there is in the binder. This is an enormous, bright, flashing sign that the binder is NOT safe. Just how bad is it? Ace bandages likely have more elastic than these binders do, and the ace bandages can still kill you if they don’t maim you. A binder is supposed to stretch, be easily manipulated, and you must be able to take a full breath in them. I’ve bought and used two different types binders from Ebay not knowing any better, and I could barely take a breath at all. I did get larger and larger sizes, and with the same result. Putting it simply, their binders could be falling off of you because they are too big and still would not be safe. 

Now I can’t show you in a picture about the next part, but what’s probably the worst about these binders is that their ‘binding’ material goes all the way around the binder. Your binder should NOT have this unless it is made to correct back posture. Sports bras can, but that is better for again, correcting back posture. So not only will you be binding your chest, but you’ll be binding your ribs, back, and shoulders as well. This can warp them and damage the tissue. 

So what does a good binder look like? I’m going to use the binder I’ve had the best experience with as an example. The Ultimate Chest Binder Tank by underworks. I’ve bought two of these as I’ve needed them, I wore out my old one after a year and a half of use daily including at work.

So, straight off from the site, we know this seller is knowledgeable about their target audience. Chest binders are under the men’s section and you never see the word lesbian on any of them. The only thing marked for women under the chest binder section is a sports bra, put there because transgender men often use them for working out.

YES! Good binder!

The information section on the binder isn’t just two or three lines, it’s a whole paragraph. What is this binder made of? Medical grade 70% nylon and 30% spandex knit. It says it right there and is readily available information, you don’t have to dig through the seller’s ads for cheap wholesale jewelry in the description to find it. The listing also tells us how much of each material is used, information you must have when buying a chest binder. My personal rule of thumb? If it’s under 20% spandex or elastic, it’s trash. Our listing also tells us how to put the binder on, rather than making you struggle to figure it out on your own. Size chart and customer reviews are readily available on the listing and not buried under ads for other unrelated merchandise. 

Also from looking at the binder’s pictures, the front and back of the binder is made differently; the front is thicker and non transparent while the back can bee seen through a bit and is thin in comparison. This is because the front of the binder is made to compress and bind the chest and the back of the binder is not. All the binding is in the front, support in the back. 

Please, know the difference between an unsafe binder and a safe one. Save your money and avoid ones found on ebay. Can’t afford a binder still? There are programs for people who cannot buy one on their own or it is unsafe for them to buy one. One such I know of is the In a Bind program, they have fantastic service if a bit slow delivery time. Remember, this program is only for transgender men and nonbinary, cosplayers will have to go elsewhere or outright buy a binder.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

i’m sorry i don’t usually comment on posts but i keep trying to tell people this over and over again and a lot of the time nobody listens (hopefully they will now because this is an excellently constructed post)

an ebay binder pushed in one of my ribs and i barely wore it for any time at all (just less than an hour for convenience in my own backyard) because i knew it was bad but it seriously injured me that quickly.

the biggest problem is most people who give these things positive reviews have NEVER HAD A SAFE, PROPER BINDER BEFORE. therefore those positive reviews cannot be trusted! they don’t know how an actual binder is supposed to feel.

this is why i urge people not to include cheap ebay binders in their giveaways, especially. it’s not a game and it doesn’t matter how “safe” you are when using them or how well you advise people- they are NOT SAFE.

don’t harm people by trying to make it seem like it’s okay just because you want a couple more followers or to give something away because it’s cheap.

i cannot signal boost this enough, i had the ebay binder as my first binder so i didn’t know that it wasn’t meant to do any of the problems that i had with it, i thought that was just how binders were.

i wasn’t able to take a full breath in it even with it on the loosest setting, and it didn’t even bind well? i wore it quite rarely because when i did i got hot flashes, dizziness because i couldn’t breathe properly and i would eventually have to take it off because i couldn’t take it.

i wore it to london mcm comic con and i nearly passed out as a result of this shitty binder plus all the walking. i had to sit down for a good twenty minutes before i could get up and i felt like shit for the rest of the day even after putting it on a looser setting. it’s seriously hurt my chest too and has i suspect damaged some of the tissue there. absolutely don’t buy these brands they do more harm than good.

shiraglassman:

fromthepalaceofthedogs:

shiraglassman:

fromthepalaceofthedogs:

duckyshepherd:

shiraglassman:

Aviva and the Baklava

Aviva, the working-class, bisexual chef turned royal mistress, as drawn by Jane Dominguez. Here we see her in a scene from Climbing the Date Palm in which she works all night by herself to accomplish a seemingly impossible task just to ensure that her sweetheart, who is a lesbian, will be able to produce an heir to the throne without ever having to sleep with a dude.

Climbing the Date Palm is the sequel to The Second Mango. Guaranteed to contain canon femslash and supportive relationships between female characters!

EEE! this is the picture I have framed and hanging in my kitchen! I have the black and white version, I don’t think I’ve seen it colored before.

Love this book

Aww, thank you! That makes me happy. The next one in the series is coming out in January.

Omg yay :)

Your series was such a pick-me-up when I was feeling low and isolated. I see myself in Aviva (brown, busty, bisexual caregiver) and that hasn’t really happened like that before. It means a lot to me

That means a lot to me to read that! I’m truly honored. In many ways, Aviva is someone I strive for and fall short.

I’m sorry you were going through bad times but I’m glad this helped.

shiraglassman:


Kaveh wanted to turn and run, but courage flowed into him as he realized Farzin had joined him at the edge of the dais. “Your Majesty,” said the pudgy engineer. “These men have worked hard, under heat and under rain, lifting backbreaking weights for you. Why can’t you pay them what you promised?”
"They don’t need more than what’s in those purses," said the king, obviously shocked that someone, even the son of nobility, was talking to him like that. "All they want for is food. Anything extra, and they’re liable to spend it on this vice or that. Why, just the other day I saw a working-class woman wearing a silk scarf on her hair."
"Most likely a cast-off or gift from a rich employer," Farzin countered. "Should she have declined it simply because it made you think she had wasted money on it that she doesn’t have? Besides, the money in the purses might buy some food — but what if the man has a large family, or a sick wife who can’t work? And what if someone needs a doctor? There’s nothing in the purse for that, and many of the men have injuries from their toil."
"That’s the lot of the working class, I suppose," said the king. "Those who deserve it, rise above. I can’t do anything to help those who are where they are."
"But how can they rise above if you—"

Like labor rights? Justice? Same-sex romance and shapeshifters? Check out Check out Climbing the Date Palm, the sequel to The Second Mango. Available from Prizm Books as an eBook package, from Amazon Kindle or paperback, and in autographed paperback from wildirisbooks​ here.
Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can’t find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.
artwork pictured by guesswhatruru/inked by Jane Dominguez

shiraglassman:

Kaveh wanted to turn and run, but courage flowed into him as he realized Farzin had joined him at the edge of the dais. “Your Majesty,” said the pudgy engineer. “These men have worked hard, under heat and under rain, lifting backbreaking weights for you. Why can’t you pay them what you promised?”

"They don’t need more than what’s in those purses," said the king, obviously shocked that someone, even the son of nobility, was talking to him like that. "All they want for is food. Anything extra, and they’re liable to spend it on this vice or that. Why, just the other day I saw a working-class woman wearing a silk scarf on her hair."

"Most likely a cast-off or gift from a rich employer," Farzin countered. "Should she have declined it simply because it made you think she had wasted money on it that she doesn’t have? Besides, the money in the purses might buy some food — but what if the man has a large family, or a sick wife who can’t work? And what if someone needs a doctor? There’s nothing in the purse for that, and many of the men have injuries from their toil."

"That’s the lot of the working class, I suppose," said the king. "Those who deserve it, rise above. I can’t do anything to help those who are where they are."

"But how can they rise above if you—"

Like labor rights? Justice? Same-sex romance and shapeshifters? Check out Check out Climbing the Date Palm, the sequel to The Second Mango. Available from Prizm Books as an eBook package, from Amazon Kindle or paperback, and in autographed paperback from wildirisbookshere.

Queen Shulamit is eager to help Kaveh, the youngest prince of a neighboring country, when his father throws his engineer boyfriend in jail for leading his workers in protest over underpaid wages. But if she can’t find a peaceful solution that will keep everybody happy, the two countries could wind up at war.

artwork pictured by guesswhatruru/inked by Jane Dominguez

gottliebe:

gottliebe:

Whenever I see 10,000+ note posts on tumblr wishing for more books featuring queer women and then get news that another publisher of books by and about queer women just closed, I just…I don’t even know where to begin.

I’m doubly tired and frustrated and just…

stayuglystayangry:

i googled basically “why isnt there something like grindr but for ladies” and the answer was “there have been but they all fail because men kept infiltrating them and being disgusting and predatory” amazing why didnt i figure that out on my own

Well fuck, that’s super gross

pumpkinonline:

So exactly how much have we done since we started.

How far have we actually come?

Some people have been skeptical of our ability to pull this off or even work faithfully on this project. So let’s have a recap of how far we’ve come on our own personal budge and time.

January 2014
Official development of the game started. We had:

  • No website
  • No Tumblr, Facebook,Twitter or Devianart
  • No models
  • No character designs
  • No programmer
  • Just nothing.. just ideas and a basic concept.

Ok. so that was us 8 months ago. So now let me recap what we’ve accomplished  since then.

August 2014

  • Website up and running
  • Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Deviantart pages.
  • Over 200 models textured, and successfully imported in the engine
  • Over 100 character concepts (hand painted in watercolor)
  • 9 character models, textured, rigged and 7 animated placed in engine
  • Three demo maps built and assembled. (Inside the house, outside the house, main town)
  • The main central town has 16 buildings in it. 
  • We have a demo character running around in engine instead of the placeholder character.
  • Moveable/customizable GUI set up.
  • Inventory functioning at 70%
  • You can equip and unequip items by dragging them from your inventory to the hot bar
  • You can use your hoe, watering can and seeds on a plot and it changes appearance according to which tool. 
  • We have 7 in game soundtracks composed.
  • Among other behind the scenes things like lists of fruits, ores, game docs etc.

    With that being said. I hope you know we’re serious about this game and we’ve been working really hard on it for not even a year yet. We just really want the chance to further our game development. With funding to our Kickstarter, we’ll be able to get even further. Thank you guys :D

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    Pumpkin-Online is a Harvest-Moon / Animal Crossing inspired mmo currently in development by indie game company, Pumpkin Interactive, we need a lot of support to make this happen so please follow, and spread the word about us
    PLEASE SUPPORT OUR KICKSTARTER! IT ENDS SEPTEMBER 18th.