fuck ‘it’s all in their head’ headcanons
fuck anything that reduces everything fantastic and wonderful and strange into delusion
fuck stereotypes of mental illness, images of people in padded rooms unable to face reality
fuck destroying wonder and replacing it with sheer ableism
fuck ruining the magic
and fuck anyone who thinks destroying dreams is ‘new’ and ‘creative’
- A guy and a girl: Hold hands
- Straight people: THEY ARE SO UNBELIEVEIBLY CUTE GOD HELP ME
- Two guys: smile at each other
- Straight people: THEY WERE ACTUALLY MADE FOR EACH OTHER HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER CANON!!! CANON!!
- Two girls: make out
- Straight people: they could be friends idk
i actually think the whole model of a petition that has to reach a certain number of signatures and then ~something vague will happen!~ is really harmful
i’m not against petitions in general, honest to god i’m not. but in my understanding, apart from this model, there are basically two types of petition:
- petitions that are judged to be successful once the thing they’re petitioning for has actually happened. example: residents petition their regional manager of post office operations not to close their tiny local post office. the petition is successful when it’s announced that the post office will not be closed, regardless of the number of signatures collected.
- petitions that are judged to be successful once they’ve reached a certain number of signatures, but only because that will trigger something to actually happen, usually by law. example: someone wants their proposed state law or constitutional amendment (such as prop 8) to be put on the ballot for a statewide vote in california, so (after formally drafting their law and requesting a title and summary of it from the attorney general) they circulate a petition proposing it. once that petition reaches 504,760 signatures (for a normal law) or 807,615 signatures (for a constitutional amendment) it will be verified and the proposed law will appear on the ballot in the next election and have the chance to actually become law.
both of these models keep the organizers’ eyes on the prize. they know what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. they know what constitutes success and what does not.
whitehouse.gov-style petitions complicate this. they allow organizers to avoid thinking about what their actual goal is, who they should be petitioning and why. and they provide a false goal, encouraging people to focus not on their actual end goal, but on an arbitrary number of signatures that has no guarantee of achieving anything of real value. and since that arbitrary number is high, they encourage people to put a lot of work into this false goal, to the exclusion of other efforts, without even acquiring supporters’ contact information which would be invaluable for future campaigns. then, if the signature threshold is reached, they allow people to have a false sense of accomplishment—they’ll get the feeling of success without having actually changed anything, meaning that many of them will no longer feel motivated to act on this issue.
this seems to me like one of the worst organizing endeavors one could undertake. it almost feels as though this process was specifically calculated with the aim of undermining causes by distracting organizers and supporters with a carrot on a stick. and considering that this is a service voluntarily offered by the white house—a seat of power which, whether held by democrats or republicans, is invested in protecting the status quo—that may just be the case.
*slams fist on table* give me yuri written by women for women
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (via unwritten-heaven)
its true its true being sad and in pain is the most banal most TEDIOUS way to exist and if you think in a million years that being happy is not interesting or fun then im so sorry for you
the utter bore of evil is ignored so often because “tragedy makes a great story” but does it really? im so sick and tired of this mentality and the fact that i always want a happy ending is seen as childish
the real interesting stories are the ones where people are given a chance to be happy, to become great, to stop bad things from happening, to be saved. it doesnt have to be easy for them. but i reject the idea that suffering is beautiful.