mydollyaviana:

19 Disney Characters That Could Have Looked Completely Different - From Buzzfeed

tags: Disney + concept art + queue +

I’m going to sleep now (which I should have done a while ago).

Tomorrow I have classes again and I did absolutely nothing I set out to do the past week-long break.

I haven’t been in a really good mood or thinking all that straight during the week either.

So yeah. Hopefully things will change tomorrow.

Good night.

A suicide mission would do nicely.

(Source: theillusivewoman)

tags: Mass Effect + Mass Effect 2 +

do you ever feel like everyone else is progressing in life and you’re not 

(Source: shewgaze)

tags: misc +

pingnova:

final fantasy is like

image

and kingdom hearts

image

kay-is-for-kookie:

interactyouth:

The following intersex FAQ was compiled by the members of Inter/Act. It is intended to be a living document that we will continue to tweak, change, add-to and subtract from. Please feel free to reference it, re-blog it, and ask us questions (on tumblr or at inter.act@aiclegal.org)

What is intersex?

Intersex is an umbrella term that describes people born with intersex conditions or DSD (Differences of Sex Development). There are over 30 different conditions that cause intersex people to have physical differences inside and/or outside their bodies, making their sex neither purely male or female. Biology class has always taught us that sex is merely black and white, “male” or “female,” but now we know that’s not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle!

What are some intersex conditions?

There are over many conditions that fall under the intersex umbrella including, but not limited to: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypospadias, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Swyer Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency. Please see the ISNA (Intersex Society of North America) website for more information on specific conditions.

How common are intersex people?

Intersex people are about 1-2% of the population, or 1 in every 2,000 people. That’s as common as natural born redheads! We’re not rare, just invisible.

So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before?

The intersex community has a long history of shame and secrecy, for so many reasons. For starters, many doctors have told patients that they’ll never meet anyone like themselves. Sometimes they’ll even tell them not to talk about their conditions to anyone! On top of that, doctors and parents often try to “fix” intersex kid’s bodies with unnecessary surgeries, trying to make them fit into their idea of “normal.” Not to mention each condition is different, so educating the general public is hard when there is so much information to talk about.

It sounds like intersex conditions can be hard to care for!

They can be. Finding a good doctor that you can really connect with is so important for intersex people. Sometimes doctors don’t know the best way to handle each specific person. We all need to be informed about our bodies, our options, and the research that’s been done so we can make the best decisions possible. Making an informed decision is the most important thing an intersex person can do, so please don’t rush into anything.

How does gender fit into intersex?

Not quite as simply as you might think! Intersex relates to biological sex and a person’s genetic traits, internal and external reproductive organs, hormones, and secondary sex characteristics. Gender is more about the way somebody feels or identifies. This means intersex individuals identify as female, male, man, woman, or a multitude of identities just as non-intersex individuals do. Some examples include genderqueer, agender, third gender, two-spirit, and the list doesn’t end there.  It’s important to remember that gender is fluid, not stagnant, possibly alternating its course during a person’s journey

How does intersex differ from transgender?

Intersex is often confused with transgender, but they are actually very different things. Intersex is when your biological sex doesn’t neatly fit into the male/female binary, but transgender is when you feel as if your assigned sex does not match your gender identity. Someone can be both intersex and transgender!

What terms can I use to talk about intersex people?

Intersex and DSD are the two current terms that most people use interchangeably. However, they both are controversial for different people.  Some of our youth feel more comfortable with DSD as it might be the only term they are familiar with, while others prefer intersex over DSD. All intersex folks have the right to self define themselves at any particular point in their journey. It’s better for people to come to their own conclusions about how they want to identify, rather than be told or pushed into identifying a certain way. If you don’t know how someone identifies, feel free to ask!

Can I use the word hermaphrodite?

No. Hermaphrodite is a harmful term that is widely considered a slur, please don’t use it. It’s a stigmatizing word that people associate with having both sets of working genetalia, which is rarely possible in humans, if at all. Some intersex folk have started reclaiming the term, but that is for them to decide and use, not for you.

What are some other terms I should know?

Ambiguous Genitalia - Genitalia that doesn’t look clearly “male” or “female.” However, no genitals look the same, and nobody’s genitalia is “ambiguous.” It’s all just genitals!

Dyadic - Some intersex people have started using dyadic to describe those who are not intersex (meaning, they fit the “male” or “female” binary)

Cisgender- When a person’s gender identity matches their assigned sex. For example, a person assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman is considered cisgender. This term can get confusing with intersex individuals - some use it, some don’t.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)  - This is an important tool in an intersex person’s tool box. HRT ensures that an intersex person’s physical and emotional health needs are properly maintained. If someone’s hormone needs (for things like development, body regulation, or bone growth) aren’t being met, they may go on HRT to figure out the best hormone levels for their bodies.

Informed Consent - This term gets thrown a lot, especially when talking about surgeries of intersex people. Basically, it means that nobody should be operated on without their full knowledge of circumstances, repercussions, reasoning, etc. For example, babies and children are too young to fully understand and give informed consent.

Preferred Pronouns - Many people (intersex or otherwise) don’t identify as a binary gender, especially when their bodies don’t line up in a typical binary box. Ask someone what their preferred gender pronoun is. They’ll love you for it!

What are some other intersex resources?

We have an ever-growing list of resources on our page. Please check there for more information on support groups or legal help.

What can you do as an ally?

Call out others when they say harmful things. Be our advocates where you can, but also give us a chance to educate. Don’t speak over an intersex person, as chances are we’re a lot more familiar with these issues than you are. Listen and try to understand our stories, as we’re pretty incredible people. :)

Some additional thoughts about the So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before? section:

In addition to the shame and secrecy mentioned, in some cases in the past (I don’t know if this is still happening, I hope it’s not) doctors know about intersex conditions, and maybe even “fix” them, but don’t tell the parents for one reason or another. It’s also worth noting that for many people without visible intersex conditions (and even some with), these aren’t “diagnosed” until later in life. Some intersex people are also lumped in as trans by their doctors, even though that’s not necessarily the right way to approach it for everyone.

Also, many (not all!) intersex people do not consider it a medical condition or disorder, but rather see it as being along the spectrum of sex. This is why some people prefer intersex, while some people prefer DSD.

On the gender identity section, don’t forget about intergender! This is a nonbinary gender identity intended specifically for intersex people! (I remember hearing this was coined by indonintersex but I may be wrong? You can also find it mentioned in the actuallyintersex FAQs.)

tags: long post + gender + reference +
» FOR SCIENCE - Can You Roll Your Tongue?

annikath:

Can you roll your tongue like this? image
If you CAN, then please REBLOG.
This is for serious science! because I have an assignment in my biology class to do a survey on how many people can or cannot roll their tongues.
If you CANNOT roll your tongue like that, then please FAVOURITE this post!
you can de-favourite the post or delete it from your blog in about two weeks if you desire to do so, but I plead you to take part in this survey of serious science! thank

theabcsofjustice:

intheshadowofsignificance:

theabcsofjustice:

Well, I wouldn’t say he has a sense of honor exactly because we’ve seen in the past that he’s certainly not above using dirty tricks himself and trying to give himself an advantage. But in this case he’s worried about losing his host, not because he particularly cares about Ryou as a person but because he’d be pretty much stuck and unable to do anything without him if he died. Ryou is the Ring’s chosen one, after all, and the only one who can bear it. Also he’d probably rather defeat Yami Yugi with his own hands instead of just standing there and waiting for him to be disqualified. As much as Yami Bakura gets off on pain and fear, there’d be no satisfaction at all for him if that happened.

Also wow, that’s an extremely disturbing grin Malik has right there. And Bakura too for that matter.

This scene is such a defining moment for both of them as villains. I never realized it when first watching the series, but Yami Bakura is always ten steps ahead. He wanted Marik to submit his full capability to the endeavor of ensnaring Yugi, only to throw it back in his face. Sure he enjoys emotionally tormenting Yami Yugi, but more than that he’s sizing up to Marik in sadism and strategy. 

He wanted to see exactly what Marik could, and would do. Now that he’s got that, we see the Egyptian quickly become more and more disposable to Yami Bakura. Where Marik is about the chase, Yami Bakura is about the end game. He made sure someone else would help with the dirty work so he could sit back and savor it, but in the end, he knew full well who would be the one to “put an end to the pharaoh” as he saw it. This was a show of cunning and dominance. No matter how many more resources Marik has with the millennium rod, Bakura is pulling the final strings.

Freaking Yami Bakura I swear.

Wow, I hadn’t even thought of it that way but that’s an excellent point! It’s still kind of weird though that he was willing to give Osiris to Malik in exchange for the Rod, especially since he knows full well that Atem needs all three cards in order to regain his memories and Bakura needs him to do that in order accomplish his goals. But maybe he intended to get it back eventually himself or thought that Atem would somehow be able to get it back.

tags: yugioh + DM + Yami Bakura + Marik Ishtar + character analysis +

brotoro:

reminder: ferguson and palestine are still happening and are still important even though there’s less attention being paid to them right now

spookyryou:

I TOLD MY FRIEND TO IMAGINE BAKURA BALD AND

tags: yugioh + Yami Bakura + GAH +