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At the Women's March in NYC, 2018

I'll always remember the first time I did a proper study of the suffragettes. These proud, stubborn women, towering historical figures who had marched and campaigned and weathered jail time until we got the vote. And then realizing that the 'we' was only some of us, that the black women of the movement had been forced to march in the back or not at all, that steadfast abolitionists Susan B. and Elizabeth Cady had nonetheless thrown the civil rights cause under the bus when it looked to be impeding their own.

Women's rights are not unique in this. You can look through the history of any movement and see its leaders, incredible men and women who worked tirelessly for social change, be unveiled as racist, sexist, homophobic, or - more to the point for this post - shockingly anti-Semitic. Any political group or social movement is, of course, made up of human beings, and we are flawed, often hypocritical creatures. Uncovering these parts of history, seeing that modern white feminism was built on the backs of so many other causes, felt like the bedrock under me had shifted. How can you denounce a person who built the very ground you're standing on? How can you do anything but denounce them and swear to do better if you are ever lucky enough to have the same kind of power in your hands?

The Women's March in 2017 and 2019Collapse )

So, now that I've somehow made these massive important issues all about me and my inconsequential opinions -

This is a video of my experience at the Women's March in NYC, 2019.


xoxo
Title: All the Cups Got Broke
A/N: I’ve apparently fallen face-first into a new mini-fandom? Someone slap me, please. Also, the literal only reason I could think of for Dick Grayson making detective so young was "it's Gotham and they're desperate."
The title is from Team by Lorde.

Summary:
The police officers of metro Detroit had seen a lot of weird over the years, between the violence of the day-to-day, that year with all the freaky clown sightings, and the time with the tiger at the auto plant.
Their newest transfer - pretty-faced, former circus kid, son of a billionaire - might have been the weirdest, though.


Help Me?

So... this is a heck of a way to come back to Livejournal. I don’t know how to say this. I’ve never done this before, and I’m angry at myself for having to.

I am at the end of my job contract next month, juggling the costs of moving home to America from Japan and bringing my cats with me, and I just learned that I have to pay a $1,500 residence tax before I leave.

And I… don’t have the money for it.

I should. I don’t know when I changed from the smart girl who know how to live off a single pack of pasta for days to this person who traveled every year like I could afford the luxury. I don’t know how I didn’t see this coming and how I miscalculated so badly, how I wasn’t more mature and intelligent than this, how I didn’t account for all the money I’d have to send home to my family and friends over the years, how I forgot what it’s like to have no monetary safety net. Fuck me, seriously.

What none of that changes, though, is the fact that I suddenly need a lot of money. There are much, much better causes in the world, and many, many far more desperate people.

But even $10 would really help a girl out. So here’s my Paypal, for any spare change you may have.

Thanks guys. ILU.

xoxo

PS: I’m so sorry about this.

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Title: Fate, Don't Fail Me Now
Pairing: SasuNaru
Warnings: Language. Violence. Smut in an X-Wing.
A/N: Inspired by The Force Awakens, Sasuke Uchiha's terrible life choices, my dislike of Kylo Ren, and the Great Cockpit Sex Debate of 2k16. Beta by nilladriel and [personal profile] x_dark_siren_x. ❤

Summary: The twin suns rose. Scorched the sand below. Set.

Naruto Uzumaki wore his clothes thin, fixed his droids with callused hands, and brought himself to school. Failed out. Applied to the Academy. Failed out of that too. Worked. Sweated. Stared at the binary stars and dreamed that he was meant for more, for better, than dying here.

Star Wars AU.

Moving to Dreamwidth

Hi guys!

I've made the move to Dreamwidth, but will still be cross-posting on LJ and reading my Friends List. If you have a DW account, let me know. <3

CALIFORNIAAAAAAAAAAAAA

1) I met up with audreytiphaine, akalillyn, questofdreams, and atanih88 in San Francisco over spring vacation. It had been eight years in coming, and it was amazing how natural it felt to be together in person. We stayed with Audrey's amazing family, explored the city, got fucking matching tattoos, ate ramen, took a roadtrip down to LA, went to Universal Studios, ate a ridiculous amount of food, and I nearly maxed out my SD card with photos.

So, in order at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade - Lyn, me, Questy, Hina, and Audrey.
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2) Has everyone signed the new LJ user agreement? I mean, I guess we all have in order to be on the site right now, but I feel vaguely like I sold my soul by not reading the fine print.

3) I’m here for Jude Law as young Dumbledore tbh. Too bad he’ll be acting against Depp rather than Farrell.

(Though I was looking at the cast photo of Fantastic Beasts and for just a split second I had a vision of Redmayne as young Dumbledore and Law as young Grindelwald, and I liked it.)

So Iron Fist has been getting absolutely dragged by reviewers, and rightly so, in my opinion. I especially recommend these: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.

Having finally watched it, I figured I'd talk a little bit about the things that peeved me personally, and maybe have been less subject to discussion.


RANTING ABOUT IRON FISTCollapse )

Has anyone else seen it? I'd love to hear what you think. (Even if you enjoyed it.) :D

How's Everyone Holding Up?

1) Don't let the FUCKING GARBAGE fire let you down. We're gonna be okay! (I hope!) Fight! Fight! Remember, here's some songs to bolster you in your time of need! Read articles like this, which is the funniest thing I've seen all year, holy fuck. Strike or wear red in solidarity on March 8th! Also, get involved and call your senators and congresspeople (if you're American). 5calls.org is a super helpful site that tells you exactly who to call and what to say about all the different issues currently facing us. I'm doing my best to call or email every night! \o/

2) We're getting our first glimpses of the super-whitewashed Ghost in the Shell and Iron First, to which I have to say - [x]. Also, if you want extra fictional things to be angry about, the dickwad who wrote Captain America as a Nazi has apparently also written Magneto - Jewish Holocaust survivor Magneto - as a Nazi collaborator. Soooo. Yeah.

3) I know it's been about ten billion years since I actively engaged in Naruto fandom, but at the end of this month (if all goes well) I'm actually going to San Francisco to meet up in person for the first time ever with questofdreams, atanih88, audreytiphaine, and akalillyn as a group. (nilladriel and maybe aamyra were also supposed to be there, but due to an illness in the family, money, and Fuckface Von Clownstick, they can't come. ;_; I am so mad and sad.) We've known each other, Skyped, and IMed for about eight years now, but while a few of us have met up in pairs, we've never all converged together in the same spot. I am beyond excited. We've been planning this (and saving money, lol) for literally like the last two years. I hope everything goes as planned. Fingers crossed.

4) Me and paranye finished the first segement of our drunken Snape argument. It lasted six hours, included nine straight shots of rum or vodka each (???!!!), and ended with me literally face-down on the bed asleep as she rambled philosophically at my unconscious, unmoving body. So... I'll be editing that down? And then we'll be doing it again to wrap up. >.>;

4.5) We made a Friendship Test with x_dark_siren_x when we were in Scotland and I've kind of finally made it into an actual, doable quiz. >.>;

5) How's everyone doing? :)

6) FUCK TRUMP! \o/

Fuck Inauguration Day \o/

HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT INAUGURATION DAY?

#NotMyPresident
8(21.1%)
I'm hate-watching.
0(0.0%)
I'm going to a protest instead.
0(0.0%)
I wish I was going to a protest but I live TOO FREAKING FAR AWAY
3(7.9%)
I hope he trips over his shoelaces and falls in a hole and cries
5(13.2%)
I'm not sure which is worse, the bigotry or the genuine incompetence
10(26.3%)
Crying now, metaphorically or maybe not
5(13.2%)
Fuck. Fuck. Fuuuuuuuuck.
7(18.4%)


So today the born-rich racist lives-in-a-gold-gilded-penthouse Islamophobic climate-change-denying insurance-repealing civilian-murder-advocating hatemonger with zero political experience who bragged about sexually assaulting women becomes president of arguably the most powerful country in the world.

My instinct is to curl into a small ball and cry, but I refuse to give him the hypothetical satisfaction. Mr. Tangerine Nightmare, welcome to four years of resistance.

I'm sad that I can't be joining the Women's March, or any of the other protests going on right now. But I'm with you in spirit, ladies. We'll fight this bullshit until we can't. ....Oh, and this is the sign that I painted and is now hanging outside my house.