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I mostly post things about photography, politics, and art. I appreciate flowers, cool clothes, fighting back, natural light, physics, femmes, puns, translucent rocks, color blocking, criticality, smart inventions, tough discussions, and brilliant things my friends are doing.

I'm working on not being a shitty white rich afab kid (and am super open to criticism on that front).

Say hi if you want, I'm on tumblr a lot and I like to think I'm nice.

Posted on 22nd Sep at 12:32 AM, with 115 notes

partysoft:

lately i have seen multiple ppl pop up defining lesbianism as “non-men interested in non-men” and just now literally saw a post arguing that all lesbians are non-binary bc womanhood is essentially tied to heterosexuality and i am so so so so so uncomfortable with these things

it is v important to me that lesbianism is a woman-centric identity :/

Posted on 21st Sep at 11:53 PM, with 822 notes

leafstars:

ok but where in the entire series does it say hermione is not a black trans girl????? never. oops bye

Posted on 21st Sep at 8:06 PM, with 547 notes
johndarnielle:

vintageanchorbooks:

The Paris Library floods, 1910.

I bet every last one of those books was cool as hell

johndarnielle:

vintageanchorbooks:

The Paris Library floods, 1910.

I bet every last one of those books was cool as hell

Posted on 21st Sep at 7:28 PM, with 25 notes
lobo-de-luna:

Northwest
Deception Pass, Washington
9-16-14
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lobo-de-luna:

Northwest

Deception Pass, Washington

9-16-14

Posted on 21st Sep at 6:21 PM, with 281,942 notes

bocchan:

karhide:

windandsalt:

friarpark

#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

Posted on 21st Sep at 5:41 PM, with 14,416 notes

kingcheddarxvii:

If someone says “I love u” and you say “I love u 2” back, make sure you add “no Bono” so they know you mean that you love them too, not just the legendary Irish rock band U2

Posted on 21st Sep at 5:19 PM, with 2,105 notes

gaydicks420:

john greens whole “date nerd boys” thing isnt just annoying its incredibly fucked up and unsafe the presentation of “nerd boys” as kind, intelligent boys who would never hurt you is something that abusers have latched onto and presented themselves as and i really fucking wish that someone had told me that before i had to figure it out for myself.

Posted on 21st Sep at 3:06 PM, with 17 notes
mattniebuhrdrawings:

untitled (lines engraved)
2014_09_02
engraving on wood panel (CNC / HDF) 
17” x 12” x 1”
Matt Niebuhr
West Branch Studio
www.mattniebuhr.com
shop.mattniebuhr.com

testing out the translation of tools - means and methods…
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mattniebuhrdrawings:

untitled (lines engraved)

2014_09_02

engraving on wood panel (CNC / HDF) 

17” x 12” x 1”

Matt Niebuhr

West Branch Studio

www.mattniebuhr.com

shop.mattniebuhr.com

testing out the translation of tools - means and methods…

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