do you ever stop to think what it would be like if the dursleys were nice to harry? what if their reason for hating magic wasn’t simply that it was magic and they were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much but that it took petunia’s sister away from her and then killed her? what if it wasn’t even really hatred bc wizards are different and not normal but accumulated pain and fear bc some wizards kill?
imagine harry actually being able to call privet drive his home. imagine him having a room like any other kid and playing with dudley and eating full meals every day. imagine dudley defending harry instead of being the one to bully him. imagine the dursleys celebrating harry’s birthdays as well, having his pictures on the walls next to dudley’s, buying him new clothes, hugging him. imagine if they actually told him the truth about his parents, that they had magic and they were killed but they loved him so so much. imagine harry being able to talk with petunia about his mother, to hear stories about her childhood and what was she liked and that he has her eyes and they’re beautiful. imagine harry getting to read his letter at breakfast and be excited bc he’s like his mum and dad, he has magic too.
imagine harry knowing love from the very start.
but now think about this happy harry who would have a family to go back to and ask yourself: would he be so eager to sacrifice himself in the forest? would it be so easy for him to accept death? would there be any reason for him to do just that? of course not. and of course dumbledore knew all that. if the dursleys were indeed nice people dumbledore would probably find a different place for harry bc he needed him broken, he needed him selfless to the point where it’s unhealthy, he needed him to be the weapon to kill voldemort and nobody cares if weapons get a happy childhood, they’re just weapons after all.
#h a ha a if the dursleys showed harry compassion#harry who grows up emotionally healthy and dumbledore becomes a more obvious villain#because this child is fine he’s alright he’s capable and yes still with a hero complex#but he didn’t need dumbledore as a savior away from the cruel dursleys#and dumbledore has no emotional ammo to manipulate him with#so what would he do#say ”harry your mother would have wanted this”#because petunia would be right there too saying ”she’d want you happy and alive”#your mother never wanted you to drag yourselves through the mud for survival and heroism#she’d be proud of course her son’s a savior but she’d be so sad to see what you went through to win#so what would dumbledore say to be subtle and keep the veneer of Good Wise Old Man Leader of the Light#how would he push and pull harry onto his side and under his thumb#harry wouldnt need his approval at all#who would listen but with a clear mind#how would dumbledore sharpen his weapon when the weapon refuses to be held (via themaraudersaredead)
I remember reading Goblet of Fire for the first time and the moment comes where Harry tells Dumbledore that Voldemort took his blood for the spell
and the “brief look of triumph” that passes over Dumbledore’s face
and not understanding why it made me so uncomfortable until reading these kinds of metas years later
Ok guys can we have a chat about coding?
Coding is when characteristics of certain people/groups are applied to entities in media, oftentimes nonhuman characters. This is often a sort of subtle allegory to make a point or present a counterpart in a fantasy setting. Sometimes it takes the form of “monster culture,” where these stereotypical characteristics are applied to villains to demonize certain groups (you see this a lot with villains who take on stereotypical traits of marginalized groups such as LGBT people, or Jewish people for example). Sometimes it’s simply allegory.
Let’s look at these images as examples. Garnet is an alien with brown skin, an afro, and voiced by black english singer Estelle. So, it’s clear to see she’s coded as a black woman in spite of being an alien. The picture next to that is from the PBS kids show Arthur, portraying two characters in Senegal. They’re clearly animals, but they’re also Senegalese, so it can be inferred they’re coded as black Africans. They are relatives of another character on the show, The Brain, who is a bear. But in the show, he has family in Africa, and celebrates kwanzaa. It can be inferred he’s black as well.
Then Sagwa. This is about a family of siamese cats who lives in China sometime around the era of the Qing dynasty (I believe). They work for a magistrate and make calligraphy with their tails. They’re cats, but are coded by their environment and characterization as being Chinese.
And the list goes on (The Between the Lions lions being African, Rosita and Quetzal being Mexican, etc)
So there’s a problem when you see a character like Garnet and go “she’s not black, she’s a gem!” Sure, in a literal sense. But she’s clearly CODED as a black woman.
This ALSO plays into why you can’t arbitrarily assign certain coding to certain things and not take context and connotations into account.
I hope this made sense.
an understadable issue but!! i say mexican specifically for a reason
quetzal is named after the Aztec deity quetzalcoatl and has been referred to as having mexican coding on other sites such as the show’s wikipedia page. and if memory serves the show’s two main human characters are also canonically mexican.
rosita is much more clear cut, specifically stated in sesame street canon to be a monster who comes from mexico.
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behold, this actual bag of trash.
To Jennifer Lawerence, and every celebrity and person who feels the need to make these jokes: Hermaphroditism refers to the presence of two different and separate sexual organs/systems. This occurs in various animals, such as slugs and different kinds of fish. This does not exist in humans. What you are thinking of and making a callous joke of is intersex individuals, which runs a gamut of physical manifestations, both internal and external, as well as primary, secondary, and tertiary sexual characteristics. About one in 2000 people are estimated as intersex. and they are not a joke. seriously, what is your PROBLEM
Anonymous said: could you maybe explain the drag queen thing i dont get it im sorry
drag queens often perform incredibly catty misogynistic stereotypes of womanhood and use a huge amount of misogynistic slurs and transmisogynistic slurs. it’s also incredibly common for drag circles to excuse or actively engage in racism, see Shirley Q Liquor, who wears actual blackface onstage (which RuPaul defended publicly and insisted wasn’t racist). and when RuPaul’s Drag Race was called out by the trans community for frequently using transmisogynistic slurs and then designing a game on the show where the goal was literally to “clock” trans women, the drag community rose to defend him, and he got away with a weak-ass fauxpology. additonally, drag is a performance, so the performers can shed womanhood (particularly the dangerous territory of DMAB womanhood) at will, and do not actually experience misogyny or transmisogyny in any real way. drag culture also often blurs the lines between drag and non-cis genders as a way of excusing transmisogyny, which perpetuates attitudes in queer communities that non-cis genders are performative and therefore to be judged on how “well” they are performed. this often makes cis queer spaces very uncomfortable for trans people; people will openly clock you and comment on your ability to “pass”. I have no problem with drag as a gender expression, or with DMAB people who express femininity, but I have a huge fucking problem with drag culture.
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childofloki said: So, I just recently started following you but I have to ask, what is your opinion on strip clubs? I was recently berated by a friend who claims to be a feminist about being a bouncer at one so I got curious when I noticed that your an equalitist
I’m not an equalist; I’m a feminist.
I don’t have a problem with strip clubs. I don’t like the commodification of women’s bodies, but the women who work at these clubs are trying to earn a living and deserve our respect. There’s nothing wrong or un-feminist about what they do; I just wish men weren’t such creeps about it.
this urn will turn you into a tree after you die
and you can choose what kind of tree you want to become
just imagine cemeteries looking like this
life after death
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTthis is how all cemeteries should look. its awkward to hug a gravestone. imagine hugging your grandma/tree. ugh rebuild all cemeteries
i always see advice to artists from abled guys thats like “draw every day even on the days where you feel totally uninspired and like you cant even pick up a pencil” and i actually think that advice sucks and is terrible because some of us will spiral out of control into horrible depressive episodes if we force ourselves to draw on days where we feel terrible and end up with something less than spectacular so my advice to artists is “take breaks and love yourselves”