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The Rio Caño Cristales - most colorful river (caused by algae and moss seen through the water), Colombia.

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Anonymous: When I was 8 and starting meds for my ADHD, my parents told me something that I've never forgotten. They said "These meds will not fix you. You are not broken, there's nothing to fix. They're only a tool to help you achieve what your classmates are achieving. You could do it without the tools, but it would be hard and frustrating--but with these meds, these tools, you'll have an easier time achieving all you were meant to achieve." That's how I've always viewed meds: Tools to help me achieve.

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That’s exactly what they are, bae.

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PMMM analyzation: Mami Tomoe

silvermoon424:

So, as per request, I’m going to start analyzing the main Puella Magi from PMMM! Each post will cover a particular girl’s costume, powers, wish, and other information. To start things off, I’m going with my favorite Puella Magi of all, Mami Tomoe.

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Ume Aoki, the mangaka hired to create the original character designs. She included notes on why she chose to include certain elements and designs. She says this for Mami:

  • Design Check: “Her twisty, curly hair and floral hairpin make her seem like a big sister. Also, I gave her pretty big boobs” (my note: lovingly known to the fandom as Mami’s mammies).
  • Magical girl outfit: “Mami’s design was definitely centered around her image as a gunner. The second thing that stands out are her breasts.”
  • "Her bustier and boots give her a Western flavor which her cap accentuates."

Mami also has ojou ringlets and seems to have many cute accessories, including her dark tights, floral hairpins, and ribbon shoes. All of these contribute to Mami’s femininity and image as a cool, caring big sister figure.  

As Ume Aoki noted, Mami’s magical girl costume has a very Western, mature flair, conjuring up images of gunslingers and cowboys from the Wild West; her boots even resemble the ones that were often worn by cowboys and the like. However, her outfit is still distinctly feminine; the leather corset she wears greatly accentuates her breasts, her Soul Gem is prominently displayed as a flower right next to her feathery cap, and ribbons and lace are abundant on her uniform. 

As for Mami’s wish, it’s never been directly stated, meaning that we never saw Mami making an actual contract and wording her wish like the other girls did (although, in the manga adaptation, her words were apparently “save me”). However, we do know that Mami’s wish was, in effect, to save herself from death; when she was 13 years old (as revealed by her route in the PSP game), she and her parents went out for a drive.

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Unfortunately, Mami and her parents were involved in a horrific car accident that killed her mom and dad and fatally wounded Mami herself. As she lay dying, Kyubey approached her and offered to save her life by forming a contract with her. Left with no other choice but to die, Mami wished to save herself and spent the next two years fighting against witches as a Puella Magi.

Each magical girl’s powers tie into her wish. For example, Sayaka, who wished to heal Kyousuke’s hand, was given extraordinary healing powers (that extend both to herself and to others). However, Mami’s powers and how they tie into her wish aren’t as apparent as the other girls’; after all, she wished to save her life but uses ribbons and guns. However, an interview from Megami Magazine in July of 2011 gave us an answer.  

Q: There’s a few place in the script that I’d like to touch on, first about Mami and Kyoko. How is their “wish” connected to their powers when they became magical girls?

A: In Mami’s case, her wish “to connect to life” [editor’s note: she wanted to live] gave her the power to “tie” and “combine” things together. That’s why her power comes from the ribbon. By using the ribbon as a weapon, she can use that to produce guns that are useful in a battle. In ep3, Homura is stopped in her tracks by being tied up. That is her true magical power. She has the most experience so has a lot of different magical powers beyond those of her original powers.

Her wish was to save herself, to “connect” with life. This connection manifests itself as ribbons. Because Mami’s a veteran magical girl, she’s been able to work on her magic to the point where she’s able to use attacks that she didn’t have in the first place. In the PSP game, we learn that Mami was able to learn how to make muskets out of them by studying the mechanisms of the guns. 

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That concludes the first Puella Magi analyzation!

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madlori:

I met this little sweetheart tonight at an event for zoo volunteers.  She’s a little girl snow leopard named Elsa - and yes, she has a sister named Anna.

KITTY.

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knee-say:

"I loved you, always.”

going to comment a little on this game: the overseeing voice talks as if it owns you, and defies your free will. if you follow its orders, you are praised, and the worldview becomes sharper and more detailed. if you don’t, you are chastised, and the world becomes more vague and difficult to navigate, but also more colourful and loud. it’s odd, and sort of eerie, but definitely interesting. take it as you will.

This game really unsettles me. It unsttles me that my first choice to obey, and when I played again and disobeyed, I got really emotional really fast. Failure hurt me more the more I disobeyed. It was… interesting to experience.

i’ve always said we are trained to obey more than to think.

holy shit. i reblogged this the first time without playing. then i played in and it is terrifying. i very much like this, but it will give you intense feelings. 

What’s the game??

you obey everything the game tells you too, even jumping into barbs and basically killing yourself. if you dont youre chastised and even the scolding is terrifying

So, essentially, it’s a game that illustrates what it’s like to be in an abusive parents or an abusive relationship - and how it affects you emotionally. That is horrific and ingenious - the next time someone negates the affects of emotional abuse, I’ll take them to this game and let them come to their own conclusions.

This game absolutely gets it. The most solid and reliable degradation is a gendered insult. The more you obey and co-operate, the better understanding you seem to have of your word, and things seem easier. But what really gets me is the contradiction. You are not allowed to have the correct answer. Are you a boy or a girl? The answer is no, I will give you the answer. even towards the end, your “praise” is “no, I will give you the answer. You earned this answer, but it is given to you by me.” Disobeying makes the world frightening and confusing and difficult, but beautiful in a world devoid of flavour.

Not just a gendered insult, either. The nameless voice that directs the player’s actions is supposed to be a hateful, abusive monster, and when the game’s designers asked themselves “okay, what’s the most degrading, dehumanising thing this voice could possibly do to the player?”, the answer they came up with was “deliberately misgender them”.

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friendly reminder that famous viner curtis lepore is a rapist.

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"But you don’t look African"

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But there isn’t a singular look for African women and girls

Imazighen women

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Edo women

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Yoruba women

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Ashanti women

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Somali bantu women

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Oromo women

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Africa | 'Borana beauty'.  The Oromo people consist of four main groups, the Borana is one of them.  Southern Ethiopia | ©  Johan Gerrits.

Africa | Two Oromo Girls, photographed on a road in Dessie, Ethiopia | © MAMA ETIOPIA :: MAMMA ETHIOPIA, via Flickr

Tigray-Tigrinya women

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Toubou women

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Xhosa women

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Khoisan women

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And many more….

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Stanler and Fiddledorf.

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DuckTales theme song with real ducks.

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jennacolaman:

SAM PEPPERS VIDEO IS OFFICIALLY OFF YOUTUBE!

AND HIS CHANNEL IS SUSPENDED!

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How to fix your Wacom’s wobbly lines. by ElsaKroese

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finally x

MISHA.

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sproutingflower:

female actors getting pissed off at sexist interview questions is my new favourite thing

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tina and amy’s faces omg

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and cate blanchett calling out the cameraman on the full body pan 

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loveee

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scarlett is so tired of this shit

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wooliest:

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this is the most Acme image i’ve seen in my life

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An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

lacigreen:

Hi Sam!

Thanks for taking the time to read this letter.  As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel.  It’s not easy, and you should be proud!  That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.

You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention.  In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission.  One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more.  In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it.  Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable.  In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.

You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you?  Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him.  You probably wouldn’t like it, right?

People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video).  And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous.  It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.

We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop.  Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views.  Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable.  Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies.  While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women.  1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.

We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions.  We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place.  It’s not too late to make a change!  We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.

Thanks so much.

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