My Whimsical Brain

xtoxictears:

What not to say to goth girls and other alternative folk + some snarky answers to stupid questions. I’m sorry, this video is so absurdly goofy haha! Hopefully its not too annoying, and I’d love to hear everyone else’s stories of the annoying things that get asked/said.:) As always I will love you forever if you remember to like, comment, subscribe and reblog.^_^ Thanks!

“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.” Three days after being spotted on a T-shrt for sale at WonderCon, this idiotic slogan is still making waves in the geek community.

Why? Well, for one thing, it seems like a perfect example of the hostile environment women have to deal with when they attend conventions. However, the T-shirt’s manufacturer, Tankhead Custom Tees, has just come forward to explain why the shirt isn’t sexist.

“the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.

No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.”

So, just to be clear here, the shirt isn’t insulting toward all women, just the ones who are the wrong kind of fan. And that’s totally not a gendered insult because bronies (i.e. male fans of a media source that’s traditionally aimed at girls) are repulsive as well. Right?

The idea that it’s OK to be disgusted by certain types of fan is pretty widespread in geek culture, and it’s ridiculous to suggest that this habit isn’t connected to sexist prejudice. In the nonsensical social strata of geekdom, “serious” sci-fi literature fans are somewhere at the top, Trekkies and comic book nerds are somewhere around the middle, and anything women are interested in is invariably right down at the bottom. Popular examples: Supernatural, YA novels with female protagonists, fanfiction, shoujo anime, and pretty much anything that’s popular on Tumblr.

It’s no coincidence that “fangirl” is most commonly used to describe women who read and write fanfiction. By the logic of people who use fangirl as a pejorative term, fans who spend hours reading and collecting superhero comics are at the cool, respectable end of the geek scale, while “fangirls”  who write tens of thousands of words of superhero fanfic are embarrassing weirdos. In other words, if you conform to the old-fashioned, male-dominated form of fandom then you’re fine, but if you prefer to join the subculture that was primarily founded on the work of female fans, then it’s acceptable to publicly mock you at an event like WonderCon.

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glassgears:

guttersnipercomics:

agentmlovestacos:

arcaneimages:

And if you don’t like it…the doors over there. 
Via Jordie Bellaire ‏@whoajordie  16h
Good news. If you want a shirt with a positive message Steven Finch and I came up with this for you. pic.twitter.com/PlGcedKTPb

Comics ARE for everyone.

Oh this is rad.

Okay, now this is a t-shirt I can get behind, where can I get one!

glassgears:

guttersnipercomics:

agentmlovestacos:

arcaneimages:

And if you don’t like it…the doors over there. 

Good news. If you want a shirt with a positive message Steven Finch and I came up with this for you.

Comics ARE for everyone.

Oh this is rad.

Okay, now this is a t-shirt I can get behind, where can I get one!

lostandhufflepuff:

monocleenterprises:

"And that was how I found out."

#’DID WE FORGET TO TELL YOU WE HIRED YOU FOR ANOTHER MOVIE

thirddeadlysin:

rubyvroom:

here’s an example of how insidious this is:

If you were one of those young girls who was simultaneously told that she was smart and talented and loveable for being smart and talented but also told that men were smarter and more valuable than women, you…

tutimon886:

mbrainspaz:

So my university had a ‘stress-free resort’ station set up today to help students combat the stress of finals week.
There was a coloring table
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complete with Lion King coloring books
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There was a lego table
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and PUPPIES
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also, free massages. 

This is the most wonderful thing that ever happened in four years of college. 

Our school should do this

Every college should do this.

LEGO!

spindrift-comic:

I was having a bit of a grumpy day, but I wanted to somehow convince myself to be productive still. So I asked myself, what would the least stressful thing to paint right now be? Then I remembered the ‘renaissance Neva’ painting which I started some time ago. And what’s more soothing then painting fabric folds (I think I could paint those forever)?  
Anywho, here’s an updated version of the image, though still far from finished - on the left is the painting as it was when I picked it up again. And here’s the steps of the previous process 

spindrift-comic:

I was having a bit of a grumpy day, but I wanted to somehow convince myself to be productive still. So I asked myself, what would the least stressful thing to paint right now be?
Then I remembered the ‘renaissance Neva’ painting which I started some time ago. And what’s more soothing then painting fabric folds (I think I could paint those forever)?  

Anywho, here’s an updated version of the image, though still far from finished - on the left is the painting as it was when I picked it up again.

And here’s the steps of the previous process


 

therealkatiewest:

April 19, 2014
"When I die, I want to burn on a giant funeral pyre. When my skin and muscles have melted away, I want my bones to be buried by a lake, along with the ashes of all my dead cats, with a beautiful headstone that will grow moss, and a garden of poisonous plants surrounding me." - from my Patreon post for April 19 about why I like cemeteries

therealkatiewest:

April 19, 2014

"When I die, I want to burn on a giant funeral pyre. When my skin and muscles have melted away, I want my bones to be buried by a lake, along with the ashes of all my dead cats, with a beautiful headstone that will grow moss, and a garden of poisonous plants surrounding me." - from my Patreon post for April 19 about why I like cemeteries

Bastille - Adiago For Strings
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athenaltena:

I remember my jaw dropping the first time I realized exactly what song was being covered here.

well damn

roachpatrol:


“No, no, listen. Don’t listen to me, listen. You can find your people if you are brave. “ —P.S Beagle, “The Last Unicorn”

(you can get this as a print)

roachpatrol:

“No, no, listen. Don’t listen to me, listen. You can find your people if you are brave. “ 
—P.S Beagle, “The Last Unicorn”

(you can get this as a print)

iamuhura:

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Wow. Greg Rucka is super for reals not here for your sexist bullshit in nerd or geek…

maxistentialist:

The American Reader:

I have a fun game/exercise that I play with my rhetoric classes. I pick a seemingly innocuous phrase that is (over-)used in mass media, then I ask the class to explain what it means. No matter what they say, I either pretend not to understand, or ask…
If you repeatedly criticize someone for liking something you don’t, they won’t stop liking it. They’ll stop liking you.
(via aliwallacee)

creepingmonsterism:

You know, Peter Parker is a great hero for the millennial generation because he’s always struggling economically and old newspaper editors think he’s a menace.

spindrift-comic:

Page 81 is up: http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/02/81
New readers start here: http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/00/0

the “medic’s” face in that second to last panel. *snickers*
gah, I’m loving this comic. the art is fantastic and the story interesting.

spindrift-comic:

Page 81 is up: http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/02/81

New readers start here: http://www.spindrift-comic.com/comic/00/0

the “medic’s” face in that second to last panel. *snickers*

gah, I’m loving this comic. the art is fantastic and the story interesting.