Images of the Border Crisis in the United States.
An estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States from Central America since October. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $3.7B to improve security along the border, provide better housing for the undocumented immigrants while in custody and to speed up the deportation process.
Despite the horrible conditions these children are attempting to escape, conditions that include extreme poverty and violence, the White House has said that “they expect most will ultimately be repatriated,” despite the fact that about 60% of children coming over from Central America are eligible for some kind of humanitarian protection, according to a report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
While the problem before us must be handled immediately, it cannot be addressed without first examining it’s root causes. While our American elected officials and media would like to make us all believe that this issue is unrelated to American behavior and that it is simply the result of the inability of Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to protect their borders and reduce through policing their crime the truth is quite the opposite. This immigration issue that the United States is currently facing is the result of American economic and military intervention in Central America.
For decades the United States has toppled governments in Central America, fueled civil wars and most recently has escalated the War on Drugs within countries in Central America. The connection between the United States foreign policy and it’s current immigration problem cannot be ignored, every action has an effect and due to the actions taken by the United States in the past, we today see families from all over Central America attempt to flee the violence that the United States was instrumental in creating.
Q:How is ''female queerness constantly undermined and invalidated by men''
”she’s just experimenting” ”it’s a phase” ”she’s confused” ”can I watch?” ”can I join?” ”you’re a lesbian? that’s hot” *continues to hit on you* ”you’re bi? wanna threesome?” ”lesbian sex doesn’t count” ”girls only do it for boys attention” ”she just needs to find the right man” ”I can change your mind” ”if you use dildos that means you really just want dick”
Gotta say though, when they announced not all the LIs would be bi I knew we were going to fall back on stereotypes.
Bi LIs? Iron “he’ll sleep with anything” Bull and Josephine “From Antiva which really just explains everything doesn’t it’
Gay LIs? Gang member and an outcast.
Het LIs? Hahaha well. You see where I’m going with this. SUCH PURITY MUCH VIRTUE.
Yeah, why would people who are part of a sexual minority ever be pushed into poor situations or be ostracized I mean that never happens right? Clearly they’re not trying to represent the real life struggles these people go through, right? (Also, Josephine’s from Antiva, big whoop, she seems like a pretty down to earth and badass girl, they’re not having her act like Zevran.)
And sweet jesus, how the hell do you get that from the het LIs? Both Cullen and Cassandra are bigoted assholes who think their religion is the best thing in the world and will kill happily or imprison the people their Chant tells them are inferior. Seems to me that’s a stereotype in itself.
Okay, let’s talk about this for a minute.
Assuming that all non-het people are pushed into bad situations or ostracized is a stereotype in and of itself, and it needs to be erased. Not all bisexual characters need to have sketchy, morally bankrupt backgrounds. Isabela is badass. Zevran is badass. Leliana is badass. You know what these characters also have in common? They’re rogues. Two of them are assassins. One of them is a pirate. They are not paragons of virtue and while that’s okay on its face, it represents a greater problem in the representation of non-heterosexual characters.
That you had to even qualify your statement about Josephine with “they’re not having her act like Zevran” only proves my point because you’ve recognized the pattern of non-heterosexual characters that Bioware has presented in the past. For the record, I am deliberately leaving out Dragon Age 2 for the time being simply because although David Gaider has confirmed that all of the LIs were written to be bisexual, there were years of arguments about how it didn’t “make sense” for everyone to be bisexual, and as such I’m not including them for the time being.
And as for Cullen and Cassandra, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They are members of the predominate religion in the world and despite how you may feel about the Chantry (and don’t get me wrong, I fucking loathe the Chantry) they are still seen as morally correct within the context of Thedas. Also I’ve never seen any indication that Cassandra is bigoted, but that’s okay.
Let’s look at Dragon Age Origins for a minute. Four LIs. Two heterosexual, two bisexual. The hetereosexual LIs have incredible plot significance, whereas the bisexual LIs can both be killed or not recruited at all. This, along with the fact that the male heterosexual LI is literally a virgin prince and the male bisexual LI grew up in a whorehouse plays into stereotypes about promiscuity and virtue that bisexual peoplehave unfortunately been subjected to for their entire lives.
Representation matters, and what would really be nice is if the representation of non-heterosexual characters didn’t fall into such predictable patterns. Not all non-heterosexual people in Thedas are subjugated or ostracized, but those are the only ones we ever meet in the games, and I, for one, am disappointed in that.
My post was glib because I was in a bad mood and frustrated, but that doesn’t mean that my point isn’t solid, or that I’m the only one who has noticed these patterns.
As I’ve said before, I’m not criticizing these characters—I’m criticizing the tropes and stereotypes that the writers are using when creating them, because those stereotypes and tropes are indicative of real world biases and prejudices that are harmful to non-hetereosexual people.
For the record, the Empress of Orlais is non-straight, confirmed in The Masked Empire. Not all non-het people in Thedas come from underprivileged backgrounds, and it would be nice if we could have them in our parties now and then.
reblogging for mallow’s commentary bc it’s a lot more eloquent and informative than i could be
and at the end of the day, this is fantasy. we don’t need to go into how ~realistic~ it is for lgbtq people to be ostracized and othered, because it’s been stated that sexuality isn’t a big deal in thedas, even tho it’s been a huge deal in almost every respect.
so if you want to argue that lgbtq people are othered because it’s just how we’re supposed to be in ANY SETTING, then i have a problem with you. the main problem is you’re an asshole.
Also can I just. Like. The whole handwaving aside of problematic tropes around non-het characters with “but it’s *realistic* for sexual minorities to blah blah blah” is fucking bullshit. Yes, those are common situations for non-het people - IN OUR WORLD. We’re talking about a fantasy universe with magic and shit. Why, exactly, should we assume that our sexual prejudices would be replicated in a totally disconnected setting? How does it make sense to assume that, because non-het people are oppressed in our world, a completely separate fictional world will follow the same patterns and will produce non-het characters with the same backgrounds that are unfortunately common in reality as a result of real-world oppression?
Q:Why are you so angry about JLaw's nudes being leaked? I thought you didn't like her.
- i am angry because this is just another example of women being shamed for taking nudes instead of the douchebag who spreads them being shamed for violating someone’s privacy like that
- i am angry because nobody deserves this, regardless of how i feel about their personality
- i am angry because this is pure misogyny and shows how women aren’t respected in our culture
- i am angry because she did not consent to having those pics posted everywhere but they still were
- i am angry because on the VERY RARE occasion this happens to a male celeb he is not shamed but rather the perpetrator is and it’s forgotten quickly whereas this will haunt jennifer for years and years to come
- i am angry because this was a sex crime and people are treating it like a joke
- i am angry because she is being exploited/objectified and some gross dudebros are probably jacking off to those pics
- i am angry because people are CONGRATULATING the fucker who did such an atrocious thing to her instead of being appalled
listen i may not like her personally but the fact remains that as a human being she is entitled to body autonomy and to choose who sees her naked body and who doesn’t
mermaids protecting young girls that live near the sea (◡‿◡✿)
mermaids that don’t follow humans beauty expectations (◡‿◡✿)
mermaids finding cheap plastic jewelry and absolutely adoring it (◡‿◡✿)
mermaids needing glasses when they come on land because their eyes aren’t adjusted (◡‿◡✿)
mermaids going on milkshake dates with their human girlfriends (◡‿◡✿)
if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.
“If I’m going to have a public platform, I want to use it not just to elevate myself but to elevate issues that are important to me. I know a lot of people would rather not have me be the face of this thing…but what’s exciting about what’s happening now, culturally, is that there are so many more trans folks coming forward and saying, ‘This is who I am, this is my story, I will not be silent anymore, I will not be in hiding anymore,’ and that’s when a movement really happens, right?” - Laverne Cox, The Making of an Icon
Today’s picture for invisible illness is a personal one. This is one of about 30 notes that my friend has received since using her handicapped placard. I’m going to say this to you, have you ever seen someone get out of a car parked in a handicapped space and said to yourself “they look too young or they don’t look disabled.” I’m going to go with yes you have, because we all have at one time. I can’t remember doing it, but before I understood the difficulties of invisible illness when I was younger I probably did. Let me ask you this though, when you had that thought was it because you knew with 100% certainty that they weren’t handicapped or did you assume that because of their age and/or not seeing a cane, walker or wheelchair? All I’m asking is that we stop and think when we someone need a mobility aid, park in a handicapped space or say they are disabled that we remember this “DISABILITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE OR APPEARNACE.” #spoonie #invisibleillness #disability #chronicillness #rheumatoidarthritis #lupus #fibromyalgia #myofascialpainsyndrome
If nothing else, this post needs to be seen around the internet more. This harassment is not okay and no one should have to deal with it on top of having an invisible illness. This is just another form of anonymous bullying to add to the internet bullying these TROLLS are capable of.
If you are healthy, please reblog.
If you are sick, please reblog.
If you have a disability, please reblog.
If you have an invisible illness, please reblog.
If you know someone with a disability, please reblog.
If you are a human being, please reblog.
Let’s spread the word and help those of us that may not look like it.
Ignorance isn’t bliss, ignorance is ignorance.
//This began the rise of Aperture Science.