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I’ve seen a lot of stuff about racially diverse fairy tales lately and it got me thinking. I decided to try and illustrate one idea I got: Japanese Snow White. I chose Japan because the “Hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow” reminded me a lot of ancient Japanese concepts of beauty. I did change the apple to a peach though, since peaches are more intrinsic in many Japanese stories and culture. I suck at realism but I tried. It’s kind of a mix of realism and some of the wood block prints I looked at for references. Tough part was the 12 layer kimono (Junihitoe, traditionally worn by court ladies in ancient Japan). It was originally larger, but I couldn’t get the many layers right and decided to crop it. Pose is referenced from a photo of “Snow White” floating around the internet, and the patterns from origami paper and other sources. If anyone feels there is a problem with it, let me know. I want to do this with respect and do it correctly, so i welcome the chance to be educated (so long as it is with civility).

I might try to do more some day if I get more ideas. If anyone has suggestions for fairytales as represented by a different culture than say Disney or event heir country of origin, go ahead and let me know. I love any excuse.

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saying feminism is unnecessary because you don’t feel oppressed is like saying fire extinguishers are unnecessary because your house isn’t on fire

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I thought this was going to be able gendered language at first and then it got really dark. Can’t really say that’s a definition I’ve ever heard.




Jessica Williams speaks with Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs about Army regulation AR 670-1

Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!

Yeah. This is the problem. And it’s not just a problem in the army - school dress codes also often discriminate against natural African hair. This is racism, specifically it’s an aspect of the kind of racism that says that African hair is inferior to Caucasian hair - as opposed to simply being different.

America was built on two monumental crimes: the genocide of the Native American and the enslavement of the African American. The tendency of official America is to memorialize other peoples’ crimes and to forget its own - to seek a high moral ground as a pretext to ignore real issues.

Mahmood Mamdani

I have never seen such perfect sentences.

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couldn’t afford a table, please have some dip

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Nope, they don’t. And they may have experiences not indicative of yours. So what? What do you think everyone who isn’t like you has been experiencing all this time? That same feeling. And yet they still read Batman or watch the same television shows.

Confession time: I’m a jerky white dude. I’m clumsy in my assumptions and preconceived notions and — hey, I acknowledge my privilege. The privilege of privilege is being blinded by it and blind to it. You can walk around all day, whistling like a happy asshole, completely unaware of all the toxic douchebaggery splashing all around. We step on flowers we don’t even notice.

Sometimes, though, you have your eyes opened to it, and it’s a real holy-shit-we’re-in-some-kind-of-sexist-racist-Matrix moment. Rape culture doesn’t seem like a thing until someone starts pointing it out and then it’s a really awful Magic Eye painting, except instead of seeing a dolphin you’re seeing how we ask rape victims what they did to deserve getting raped. Once someone tells you, “That Terrible Thing is really an actual thing,” it’s ants, it’s dust, it’s fingerprints-on-glass. Didn’t notice it before, but now you realize it’s freaking everywhere.

And one of those “it’s freaking everywhere” moments is when you realize, oh, yeah, okay, our pop culture has been speaking very directly to heteronormative middle-class white-guy culture for a long time. Comics, television, novels, whatever. It’s time to share the storytelling. Time to pass the Talking Stick. Besides, maybe if we saw more diversity on the page, we might be willing to acknowledge the diversity outside our doors. I often say that the most valuable multitasking we can teach our kids and express in ourselves is to dual-wield Empathy and Logic, and if this helps in that, so be it. If this makes people more open? More aware? How is that possibly a bad thing?


I’m going to keep rebloging this until I GET IT DEEP INSIDE IN MY HEAD.

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Soot Sprite Cookie Pops!

Recipe here.

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If there was ever a sign that today’s job market is screwed for young people, it’s this GIF

According to the most recent census, 113,000 janitors in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree. And, over 18,000 have a master’s degree or Ph.D.

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