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Posted on 20th Oct at 9:18 AM, with 33,162 notes

timelordfreya:

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

And they’re gorgeous to boot! None of that thousand-yard staring that many dolls get. These dolls are important! I rarely see them in my local Target, and next to never while at work. (I work somewhere mentioned in the OP) Please signal boost these, get them for the little girl in your life.

Posted on 19th Oct at 11:00 PM, with 93 notes
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Gates of hell open up on fifth avenue. Locals unimpressed.http://best-of-imgur.tumblr.com

best-of-imgur:

Gates of hell open up on fifth avenue. Locals unimpressed.
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Posted on 19th Oct at 7:30 PM, with 68 notes
adamwarrock:

24 Hour Rap-A-Thon 2014
1. “24” (download MP3)2. “Kick Punch” (download MP3)3. “The City” (download MP3)4. “Dazzler” (Download MP3)5.“Legend” (download MP3)6. “Ebola” (download MP3)7.“Nelson & Murdock” (Download MP3)8. “Mutant Revolution” (Download MP3)9. “Batroc” (download MP3)10. “Spider-Gwen” (download MP3)11. ”John::Jean” (Download MP3) 12. ”Comics & Video Games” (Download MP3)13. ”Lying” (Download MP3)14. ”No Hooks” (Download MP3)15. ”Anti-Hero” (download MP3)16. ”Fin Fang Foom” (Download MP3) 17. ”Steve Rogers” (Download MP3)18. “Hard Times”  (Download MP3)
There it is, the 18 songs I made in a day for the 24 Hour Rap-A-Thon. Thank you to everyone who listened, who helped promote it, who donated. A healthy portion of the proceeds will go to RAINN, so thank you to them for their support and the good work they do.
It means a lot to me that my music can help accomplish some good in the world. It’s hard to think that these silly songs about Star Trek and comics can do any good beyond being just silly distractions, so this Rap-A-Thon has been an incredible experience for me.
I have had a lot of people very close to me, loved ones, who’ve been survivors of sexual violence. Beyond that, I seem to know even more people who share this experience, having loved ones be survivors as well. In this day and age (especially with topical stories like gamergate and all that), nerd and geek culture can be a toxic place for not just women, but a lot of demographic segments. It’s easy to hate, to threaten, to be generally terrible people. And it’s sad to me to see so many self-proclaimed nerds fall victim to things like rape threats or homophobic/misogynistic insults hurled around like it doesn’t mean anything. It means something incredibly hurtful to a lot of people. Those aren’t the kind of nerds that I want representing what I do, or who I am. So I hope you can continue to be good to people, or maybe think twice before hurling around bullshit that affects people in very real ways on a daily basis. 
If you are struggling, if you are hurting, not just with sexual violence but with depression, with anything - please find help. You can google any number of organizations that are there to help 24 hours a day. Or, just find a friend and talk to someone, just tell people you’re hurting. You’d be surprised to find how many people are also hurting, and how many more people are ready to help. 
I’ll be sending out an email to donors shortly, when I recover from the day. Thanks for a great day. 
And more free music comin’ when I can stomach looking at that microphone again. Which will probably be like Tuesday or something. 
You can still pledge by emailing rapathon@gmail.com a per-song or lump sum donation now! 18 songs in a day! 
(art by Ming Doyle) 

adamwarrock:

24 Hour Rap-A-Thon 2014

1. “24” (download MP3)
2. “Kick Punch” (download MP3)
3. “The City” (download MP3)
4. “Dazzler” (Download MP3)
5.“Legend” (download MP3)
6. “Ebola” (download MP3)
7.“Nelson & Murdock” (Download MP3)
8. “Mutant Revolution” (Download MP3)
9. “Batroc” (download MP3)
10. “Spider-Gwen” (download MP3)
11. ”John::Jean” (Download MP3
12. ”Comics & Video Games” (Download MP3)
13. ”Lying” (Download MP3)
14. ”No Hooks” (Download MP3)
15. ”Anti-Hero” (download MP3)
16. ”Fin Fang Foom” (Download MP3
17. ”Steve Rogers” (Download MP3)
18. “Hard Times”  (Download MP3)

There it is, the 18 songs I made in a day for the 24 Hour Rap-A-Thon. Thank you to everyone who listened, who helped promote it, who donated. A healthy portion of the proceeds will go to RAINN, so thank you to them for their support and the good work they do.

It means a lot to me that my music can help accomplish some good in the world. It’s hard to think that these silly songs about Star Trek and comics can do any good beyond being just silly distractions, so this Rap-A-Thon has been an incredible experience for me.

I have had a lot of people very close to me, loved ones, who’ve been survivors of sexual violence. Beyond that, I seem to know even more people who share this experience, having loved ones be survivors as well. In this day and age (especially with topical stories like gamergate and all that), nerd and geek culture can be a toxic place for not just women, but a lot of demographic segments. It’s easy to hate, to threaten, to be generally terrible people. And it’s sad to me to see so many self-proclaimed nerds fall victim to things like rape threats or homophobic/misogynistic insults hurled around like it doesn’t mean anything. It means something incredibly hurtful to a lot of people. Those aren’t the kind of nerds that I want representing what I do, or who I am. So I hope you can continue to be good to people, or maybe think twice before hurling around bullshit that affects people in very real ways on a daily basis. 

If you are struggling, if you are hurting, not just with sexual violence but with depression, with anything - please find help. You can google any number of organizations that are there to help 24 hours a day. Or, just find a friend and talk to someone, just tell people you’re hurting. You’d be surprised to find how many people are also hurting, and how many more people are ready to help. 

I’ll be sending out an email to donors shortly, when I recover from the day. Thanks for a great day. 

And more free music comin’ when I can stomach looking at that microphone again. Which will probably be like Tuesday or something. 

You can still pledge by emailing rapathon@gmail.com a per-song or lump sum donation now! 18 songs in a day! 

(art by Ming Doyle

Posted on 17th Oct at 8:40 PM, with 141,829 notes
webbgirl34:

thebigsisteryouneveraskedfor:

Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.
She was ordered to report ever pregnant women do the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.
She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.
After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.

I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal abortions.

webbgirl34:

thebigsisteryouneveraskedfor:

Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.

She was ordered to report ever pregnant women do the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.

She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.

After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.

I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal abortions.

Posted on 17th Oct at 12:08 PM, with 18,854 notes

queenmaeb:

stitch-please:

baitingthehook:


(front view) CROCHETED Zelda Twilight Princess. my daughter made!!!!  95% of it she stitched all by herself—no pattern.  What’s so great is her many school mates seeing her crocheting at school and in between classes!!! AGAIN, so VERY, VERY PROUD! 

Such awesome work!

Cool!

Posted on 14th Oct at 9:49 PM, with 53,747 notes

theladymonsters:

in which a gay cover of one of the most quintessential modern american love songs is a thing that exists

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