So let me tell you about the shittiest parent on the motherfucking planet.
I work at a grocery store and this man comes in with his 11 year old son. He buys a pack a cigarettes and a two cases of beer. The son was holding a two dollar drawing pad and placed it on the belt and I guess the dad didn’t notice it at first but when I was about to scan the pad he asked where’d it have come from and turned towards the kid and asked “Did you put that shit up there?”. He told me to put it back and then told his 11 year old child that he “ain’t paying for that gay ass notebook.”. So I looked at the kid, who was close to tears and saying how he ran out of paper at home and my heart broke. So I gave the pad to him, for free, and told the dad I would take care of it. I gave the kid some tokens for a game outside and said I would look forward to buying some of his drawings and paintings when he’s all famous. He kids face was so priceless and I thought everything was good. But then, about 10 ten minutes after giving the kid his notebook, I walked outside and saw this. The drawing pad all ripped up and tossed on the pavement. I could only imagine what happened in the parking lot, but I know that that poor kid heart is fucking ripped apart, just like this pad.
I’m fucking horrified that there are parents like this, who, just because it’s not masculine or gender specificthey won’t let their children follow their true passions or explore interests that lead to their happiness. Even more so, I’m horrified that parents don’t care about the fine arts anymore because it doesn’t have job security. Since when did it ever matter to a child if their passion makes them money or not? Parenting is about supporting whatever makes your child happy. Have some fucking consideration for your child’s wants not your homophobic and anti-art ideals.
a-game-of-romance-and-winchester, thank you. You made a huge difference to this kid, I swear. You gave them something huge and important. I’m obviously so much luckier in my parents than this kid is that it feels wrong to even think this post is even slightly about me, but I can promise you, you made a difference.
When I was in the fourth grade, we got a writing assignment - one of those generic, bland, “talk about a kid with a toy” assignments you get when you’re that age. I, being a weird kid who had recently read Anastasia Krupnik, decided to go for a free verse piece about a kid running off on his bike to escape his parents’ fighting about divorce.
I was nervous handing it in, because Anastasia got an F on her free verse poem, and all the other kids were writing ABCB rhymes about Christmas presents. But my teacher tacked it up on the wall immediately. “This is really, really good,” she said.
I wasn’t comfortable with praise. Besides, I was a smart kid, all my work was at least average. “Thanks, sure, if you really think so, I guess,” I said, and thought no more of it until two weeks later: Parents’ Night. My teacher raved about the poem for ten minutes straight.
My parents were mortified - their words, not mine. Mom wouldn’t stop apologising.
I was in so much trouble that night. I didn’t tell them anything, they looked like idiots who knew nothing about my life, it was so humiliating, do all the kids in your class think we’re getting divorced? your teacher’s clearly worried about you, she’s friends with Gabrielle’s parents so now they’ll think we’re on the rocks too, I don’t know where you get this stuff from, where did you get it, why would you even think of that, you’ve got to go tell your teacher that this isn’t anything to do with real life, where do you get this stuff, what’ve you been reading? You’ve really upset us. We’re so embarrassed and hurt and humiliated. So ashamed.
Fast-forward two weeks. My mom had almost stopped telling me how bad I’d made her feel. All the kids were filing out of the assembly hall after hearing a local author read from his new book.
My teacher pulled me aside. “Someone wants to talk to you. He read your poem, he really likes it, and he wants to see you.”
It was The Author.
I’ve never been more nervous. “Your poem’s really good,” he said.
I squeaked. He had to know, I had to tell him, to make it clear - “My parents aren’t getting divorced, they’re really happy together, I made it all up, really I did!”
"It’s really good. It’s complex, it’s really grown-up and mature. You should keep writing."
"Um," I said. I tried to be really grown-up and mature. “Wow. Thank you.”
I never told my parents; like I said, I was a smart kid. I replayed the memory before I went to sleep every night for at least a month. I replayed it every time my mom reminded me how much I’d hurt her by writing. I hid it somewhere under my ribcage, like hot soup on a day so cold you can’t feel your fingers.
OP, that kid’s got a fucking shitty father and he’s got a tough road to walk. I hope he’s surviving. I hope he finds paper. I hope his secret stash of drawings never get found. I hope he gets out.
But now he’s got one memory of a few minutes with someone who believed in him, believes he can make it, that his dreams and his voice are worth something, was willing to put their money where their mouth was. He’s gonna see that two-dollar pad over and over again in countless grocery stores, and he’s going to know better than to ask his father for another one, maybe he won’t get any paper of his own for years, but I think he’s also going to remember that someone thinks he deserves it.
Whatever happened to that pad in the parking lot, you gave that kid something his father can never rip up. Thank you.
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Terezi’s lusus is a dragon and both the boys she’s attracted to are Knights
This week on ‘Homestuck is so fucking deep they’ll be studying it for decades’ This is the modern Divine Comedy people.
GOD DAMN IT
WAIT THE TEREZI AND DRAGON AND KNIGHTS THINGS HOYL FUCK
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I’ve recently decided to freeze myself to -273℃. My friends think I’ll die, but I’ll be 0K.
what if every Tumblr user suddenly looses their mouse?
J = Next Post
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THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.
I just reblogged this with the command, shit
He literally lives his life as if Drake and Josh never ended.
art students before a final is due
ah, yes, as opposed to natural, organic genders harvested from the Gender Tree in the far-off, mystical Gender Land
Practicing my gif-making with the new episode
Chris Hardwick talks about censorship of women’s bodies and absolutely nails it.
The bleeping. The bleeping. I just. THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME WORDS.
When it comes to the Brony fandom and everything in it, tumblr has got to be pretty hypocritical about it. All the problems they say make the fandom the worse fandom ever are near ubiquitous in all other fandoms, yet they’ve got a damnable fem-boner for beating any instance of “spaghetti” and the steretype to the forefront and going “ewwww, look at how gross this fandom is”
Idiotic fans- Everywhere, they come in all different shapes and sizes and are impossible to tell how big of a proportion of the fandom they take up. Tumblr likes to rail on Bronies far more than they do for any other fans, not even the inevitable shrieking fangirls hailing from the halls of Superwholock and Homestuck. Shit happens in each fandom and they will get called out for it. However this leads on into a later point.
R34- It wouldn’t be a rule if it wasn’t universal now wouldn’t it? It’s porn of stuff intended for kids; that’s terrible right? Then why is there porn of every other cartoon out there? Including the porn coming from active fandoms right here on tumblr? Is MLP somehow inexplicably sacrosanct from the internet? No, if it exists there will be porn of it, just tag it away to your own blogs, filter it out, don’t flip your shit like some kinda of 13 year old if you do see it, and quit pretending that the same doesn’t happen in your little fandom.
Men- Here’s the stickler, there are some plain stupid arguments that the periphery demographic somehow “stole” the original show. That’s just bollocks, firstly, there’s a near quarter of the current fandom who are straight up women, so bangs go the idea that the fandom is just full of men; Then there’s the non-binary/transgender contingent, so pop goes the idea that the fandom as a whole rejects anyone off the cis-radar. And yet, tumblr is fixated on this idea that it’s weird that grown men and boys are liking a show that’s typically built for little girls and that by watching this show we are STEALING the show from them. We aren’t, we’re contributing to the viewership numbers, surely isn’t that a good thing? A show that’s well done and has well executed morals getting recognition? And breaks the gender divide and draws in the male demographic without compromising the creators properly feminist ideals WHO MADE IT CLEAR; THIS SHOW WAS MEANT FOR EVERYONE, GENDER ROLES BE DAMNED.
But ohhhh nooooo, it’s all these eeeeeevil men watching something they’re not supposed to. Women can like whatever they want you sexist pig but not menno they need to be less valued because muh patriarchy. How dare they corrupt it even though half the staff are only men and the fandom has no say which way the show goes. Yeees, the fandom is toxic and sickunlike any otherbecause I saw this post from this popular person why do I need to see the show and fandom for myself when I can just stay here in my little dashboard because I don’t need to prove my points of the behaviour of all these men fedoras fedoras neckbeards evil reddit evil reddit MRA spaghetti they’re all the same.
Tumblr is full of hypocrites who suckle at the veritable thumbs of their own fandoms and then cry out in manufactured nausea and outrage at the possibility of something harmless but goes against their new definition of the “norm”.
There is no difference whatsoever between the “Brony” fandom and any other fandom that has, is, or will exist out there. Be it in behaviour, intention, demographic or fan created output.
You may hate the fandom, how the hell am I to stop you, entire sites do so on an ingrained basis; 4chan, facepunch, forums from here to Korea, but tumblr is the worst of them all. Even worse then 4chan.
At least 4chan doesn’t PRETEND TO BE RIGHTEOUS.
lmao first off “fem-boner” wow we cant tell who you’re targeting at all
secondly the brony fandom fucking originated on 4chan and has a lot of issues with bullying/harrassment/sexism/transphobia/homophobia
Most anime fandoms originated on 4chan, I guess they’re scum too. Damning by association is a fallacy.
Also on a personal note, as a bi man in a relationship with a gay man, I have never felt more safe to be open with my boyfriend than I have at BronyCon and brony communities.
the bronies that that i see getting shit are the bronies who are convinced that the show SHOULD cater to them (and who seem to always have neckbeards and fedoras, like in every fucking photo). i dont care if you watch the show, anyone can watch a show. you’re a dick if you think that you can take a show designed to be a supportive role model show for little girls and insist that its products should be marketed towards you.
The bronies getting shit are all of them, not just the shitty entitled ones. That’s the issue, there is no attempt to distinguish the hateflinging towards the shitty bronies that everyone hates, unless people like you are called out on it whereupon you go “now wait I was never meaning to attack all bronies” even when it was plain to see you were.
i also dont give a shit if “the majority” of bronies arent that way, because no one can hear you guys say that. if you arent speaking up and saying “i do not condone this behaviour”, you are implicitly agreeing with it. that is what i dislike about the brony fandom most. the same applies to a lot of other fandoms, but i see superwholock fans saying that the behaviours they witness are unacceptable. tumblr is a nasty den of disgusting people, absolutely, but there are also people on tumblr saying “this is not acceptable”. you need to do the same for your fandom instead of complaining about how people dont like a fandom that is well known to be racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic
Not actively protesting something does not correlate to agreeing with it. That is the false dichotomy fallacy. Also plenty of people in this fandom call out the shit, nobody is trying to paint it as perfect and infallible, It’s just that tumblr ignores it entirely in favour of painting with the broadest brush possible.
other notes: a whole quarter of the fandom is women. wow. a quarter. vs the 51% of the world that is women. a slight disparity there.
Geek culture in general has always had an unfortunate disparity in gender. Taking this accusation to a single, relatively tiny part of geek culture is to ignore the actual scope of the problem, like putting out a single cinder in a forest fire.
also have you somehow missed the exclusion and oversexualization of women in most forms of media (especially video games) like the young justice tv show that was SHUT DOWN because there were more women watching than men? like the sheer number of shows that are specifically marketed towards cishet men.
Sorry, did bronies shut down Young Justice? No? What’s your point? Yes, it sucks that it happened (I liked Young Justice too). Blame television execs with outdated views of society instead of a single god damn fandom holy shit.
tl;dr i’m not saying you need to stop watching the show or whatever, i’m saying you need to understand why people dislike your fandom because they have valid reasons and try to fix it instead of whining like a 6 year old who dropped their lollipop
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btw can all you well-intentioned caucasian ppl kindly stop trotting out “racism” every time you wanna list things you hate about the brony fandom like Racism is a collectible figurine for your SJW playset.
Because its pretty insulting when you consider that….
I’ve rarely seen brothas or sistas upset about racism in this fandom, but you wanna keep speaking FOR US like the Klan is out here in force at Bronycon and shit?
GTFOH w/ that.
You clearly don’t care about Racism much, except when you can use it as a bludgeon in your stupid little e-beef over cartoon horses.