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aztec-princesss:

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

*runs to target- i need to get my babydoll one for her 1st bday

chauvinistsushi:

meepitperson:

Rape isn’t about uncontrollable sexual desire. You only have to listen in on a Call of Duty game to see that. When that kid crows, “I raped you!”, he’s not calling the other guy sexy; he’s saying he defeated him, dominated him, humiliated him. That’s what rape is about, and that should scare you.

gonna reblog this till I stop tumbling

konoto:

seananmcguire:

castielsteenwolf:

pr1nceshawn:

The evolution of Halloween costumes for girls…

this is really important

This is why I get upset about the sexy costumes at Halloween.  Not because you don’t have the right to be sexy—you absolutely, absolutely do.  But because while you might be able to find costume #3 in a tween size in each of these rows, I can guarantee that in almost all cases, you will not find costume #2 in a teen or adult size.

Babies/toddlers get to be cute.  Kids/tweens get to be fun and spooky and still have modesty, if they want it.  Teens who aren’t on the small end are already getting the sexy, even if they really just want fun, spooky, and a skirt that goes below mid-thigh.  And adults?  LOL nope it’s sexy or nothing.

Everyone who is of an age to want sexy should be allowed to have sexy.  But “not sexy” should always be on the table as well, because sometimes you just want to be warm and cozy and filling a pillowcase with strangercandy.

I love it when society would call girls sluts for dressing like that and at the same time they refuse to offer girls any other kind of halloween costumes.

t0nguelikecandy:

my cat was sitting in the middle of a rainbow I thought it was cool

rainbow cat is my new love

shireball:

ofgeography:

queenlyanna:

Do you ever just get something and think: This. This is it. This is my new favourite thing.

#make a snide remark and then get drunk (via)

bromeomontague

shireball:

ofgeography:

queenlyanna:

Do you ever just get something and think: This. This is it. This is my new favourite thing.

 (via)

bromeomontague

On Cultural Appropriation

swaggyshaggyayy:

desertpetrichor:

swaggyshaggyayy:

tamashiihiroka:

Around eight years ago I started a YouTube channel and made up a fake identity. I liked anime, jpop, and all things weeb, so the name I chose was Tamashii Hiroka. Tamashii is an actual Japanese word that means “soul,” though it is not generally used as a name. To my knowledge, Hiroka is not an…

Cultural appropriation is bull shit and is racist in of itself. People who believe in it are the same people who think mixed race relationships are wrong, don’t apologize to those people. You have the right to enjoy other people’s culture, that’s not racist.

Okay, no, you are so massively wrong. I didn’t even know it was possible to be this wrong.

I’ve been a fan of OP for years, and was friends with her on a site called Gaia Online under the username TohruOngiri and I’m really proud of her for recognizing her error and trying to correct it. There is a massive difference between enjoying someone’s culture and appropriating it. Appropriating someone else’s culture is hurtful, as you take only the positive elements and get to ignore the negative stereotypes and stigmas that come along with actually being a person of color.

As for your bullshit argument that people who fight against cultural appropriation also believe that mixed race relationships shouldn’t be a thing, first, where the fuck did you even get that idea, and two, I’m Mexican and Chinese. Literally ALL of my relationships are mixed race. 

I’m talking from the few people I’ve met that have used the term. What exactly did she do that qualified as cultural appropriation? This is an actual question cause I’m a new follower. If she legitimately did something offensive, then I probably should have tried to see what it was she did before replying, which was dumb of me, but usually this is bull shit.

As she said in her post, she is a non Japanese person with a made up Japanese name as her online moniker. For a while, she couldn’t even pronounce the name she had made up. Now, she has learned more about cultural relations, and has seen how this is offensive, and is doing her best to correct it, and I respect her for that. Making mistakes is going to happen, and getting called out is important so that you can learn how to lead a life that keeps hurting other people to a minimum.

On Cultural Appropriation

swaggyshaggyayy:

tamashiihiroka:

Around eight years ago I started a YouTube channel and made up a fake identity. I liked anime, jpop, and all things weeb, so the name I chose was Tamashii Hiroka. Tamashii is an actual Japanese word that means “soul,” though it is not generally used as a name. To my knowledge, Hiroka is not an…

Cultural appropriation is bull shit and is racist in of itself. People who believe in it are the same people who think mixed race relationships are wrong, don’t apologize to those people. You have the right to enjoy other people’s culture, that’s not racist.

Okay, no, you are so massively wrong. I didn’t even know it was possible to be this wrong.

I’ve been a fan of OP for years, and was friends with her on a site called Gaia Online under the username TohruOngiri and I’m really proud of her for recognizing her error and trying to correct it. There is a massive difference between enjoying someone’s culture and appropriating it. Appropriating someone else’s culture is hurtful, as you take only the positive elements and get to ignore the negative stereotypes and stigmas that come along with actually being a person of color.

As for your bullshit argument that people who fight against cultural appropriation also believe that mixed race relationships shouldn’t be a thing, first, where the fuck did you even get that idea, and two, I’m Mexican and Chinese. Literally ALL of my relationships are mixed race. 

jtotheizzoe:

biomorphosis:

When you flip bats upside down they become exceptionally sassy dancers [x].

I have been laughing at this for at least 5 minutes straight.

Chiroptera choreography!

internetsandman:

fortheloveofthed:

bace-jeleren:

wasifio:

Gushers sandwich with Fruit by the Foot as bread.

This is it. This is what I became an adult for. To be able to go down to the grocery store, buy a box of fruit by the foot and a box of gushers and make this and not have anyone tell me I can’t.

^^^^^

I got ten cavities just looking at this