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frogkin:

no but using a person’s correct pronouns when theyre not there (unless asked not to) is so beneficial to that person because just by talking about them you are allowing others to become aware of that person’s pronouns and in turn they will use the correct pronouns for that person and its just a cycle

I really don't want to sound insulting or anything, I'm just really confused. How do I "know" what my gender/sexuality is? I've been questioning things for the past few months but I can't figure out anything. Thanks for your time and patience.
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penicillium-pusher:

Don’t worry, my friend, and trust me when I say this: lots of people feel the same way.

For some, their gender and sexuality can be really confusing and hard to understand (*cough* like me *cough*).  It can take a very long time to figure everything out. I know this is frustrating and seems unfair, but it’s just the way it is.

Something you can do is know that it’s 100% okay to be unsure about yourself and what you identify as. You can take as much time as you need and want to do research, experiment with labels, and/or experiment in other ways (there’s no wrong way to figure out your gender/sexuality).

Also know that if you don’t find an identity that fits you perfectly, that’s okay too. You don’t need to label yourself if you don’t want to. You could even just label yourself “questioning” and leave it at that. It’s up to you.

Just don’t freak out, and know that you are not alone in this. There are a lot of people out there who feel the exact same way you do. It can be hard to know exactly what you are. It can take some time, so just relax and let the chips fall where they may. 

Good luck! <3

nofreedomlove:

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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

shoutkatvantas:

runicbasso:

commanderabutt:

Just a reminder that the LGBT community isn’t some magical place where everyone is accepted. 

Welcome to the LGBT “community,” where the B is made-up and the T doesn’t matter!

and apparently aro/ace is just non-existant !!!¡

penicillium-pusher:

That girl you just called fat?

She is. What’s your point?

It’s almost as if you see her and call her exactly what she is, then expect that to be considered an insult because it’s not the same body type our society has brainwashed you into thinking is the only kind of beauty. 

beckendorph:

huffingtonpost:

Hey, White America, You Need To Hear What These Ferguson Kids Have To Say

In a new video from social justice-oriented T-shirt company FCKH8, several Ferguson children lampoon the excuses white people give to avoid getting involved in ending discrimination in America and deliver a call to action to stomp out racism.

Watch the full video and see these kids explain how racism is still a huge part of even getting an interview for a job.

THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN

laterinthecaveoflesbians:

watershiphobbits:

If you are a man who thinks it’s funny to make misogynist jokes purely to make your female friends uncomfortable/angry, then you are a misogynist.  It is not “just a joke.”  You literally are finding humor in the discomfort and dehumanization of women.  You are not helping, you are not making satire.  You are just being misogynist.

Yes, this includes you gay men.

mlllstone:

So this is my backyard. I guess I’ve got a lot of wishes to make

You might want to wish for someone to get rid of all those damn weeds :3

angrywocunited:

This is so sad. :(

kristenmastora7:

gallium-knight:

Here’s a test:

I’m holding a baby in one hand and a petri dish holding a fetus in the other.

I’m going to drop one. You chose which.

If you really truly believe a fetus is the same thing as a baby, it should be impossible for you to decide. You should have to flip a coin, that’s how impossible the decision should be.

Shot in the dark, you saved the baby.

Because you’re aware there’s a difference.

Now admit it

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