"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"
"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""
Click here to read the full article.
the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums.
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings.
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments.
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
Mean Girls cast: Then and Now
OH MY GOD, CRYING IS HAPPENING
turns out he does look sexy with his hair pushed back
He is also on Dancing With the Stars.
Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin
Yo! Here’s the full collection of the character posters that were released today! Enjoy!
These posters are fantastic and I want to see this SO MUCH.
Forms of Literature:
Narrative: Involves writings of events, either fictional or nonfictional.
Novel: A long fictional story.
Novelette: Shorter than a novella. Sometimes considered the same as a novella.
Novella: Longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel.
Poem: Uses aesthetics and rhythm in writing.
- Drabble: Exactly 100 words long.
- Flash: Shorter than 1000 words.
- Micro: Less than 300 words.
- Six Word: Six words long.
Short Story: A brief story.
- New Adult: Intended for readers aged 18-25.
Adventure: Often grouped with action, adventure is a genre that involves high risk and excitement. Indian Jones is an example.
Brit Lit: Literature associated with the UK.
- Chapter Books: Children’s chapter books are right under middle grade books, but are shorter and may have illustrations (not just with a chapter title). The chapters are short to keep the attention of the reader. The audience is between 6 and 10-years-old.
- Early Readers: These are similar to picture books, but the reading is simpler and the text is often large. The audience is between 4 and 8-years-old.
- Picture Books: Picture books are heavily illustrated, but are not meant for children to read alone because while they can understand the words, they may not be able to read them. A parent, teacher, or other adult is intended to read picture books aloud. However, some books are aimed at adults (like Go the Fuck to Sleep)
- Courtroom Drama: Takes place in a courtroom, usually centering on the lawyers.
- Crime Mystery: Self-explanatory.
- Gangster: Involves gangs, the mob, or the mafia. The Godfather is an example.
- Alternate World: A setting that is not our world, but may be similar. This includes “portal fantasies” in which characters find an alternative world through their own. An example would be The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Arabian: Fantasy that is based on the Middle East and North Africa.
- Arthurian: Set in Camelot.
- Bangsian: Set in the afterlife or deals heavily with the afterlife. It most often deals with famous and historical people as characters. An example could be The Lovely Bones.
- Celtic: Fantasy that is based on the Celtic people, most often the Irish.
- Christian: This genre has Christian themes and elements.
- Classical: Based on Roman and Greek myths.
- Contemporary: This genre takes place in modern society in which paranormal and magical creatures live among us. An example would be the Harry Potter series.
- Dark: This genre combines fantasy and horror elements. The tone or feel of dark fantasy is often gloomy, bleak, and gothic.
- Epic: This genre is long and, as the name says, epic. Epic is similar to high fantasy, but has more importance, meaning, or depth. Epic fantasy is most often in a medieval setting.
- Gaslamp: Also known as gaslight, this genre has a Victorian or Edwardian setting.
- Gunpowder: Gunpowder crosses epic or high fantasy with “rifles and railroads”, but the technology remains realistic unlike the similar genre of steampunk.
- Heroic: Centers on one or more heroes who start out as humble, unlikely heroes thrown into a plot that challenges them.
- High: This is considered the “classic” fantasy genre. High fantasy contains the general fantasy elements and is set in a fictional world.
- Historical: The setting in this genre is any time period within our world that has fantasy elements added.
- Medieval: Set between ancient times and the industrial era. Often set in Europe and involves knights. (medieval references)
- Mythic: Fantasy involving or based on myths, folklore, and fairy tales.
- Quest: As the name suggests, the protagonist in this genre sets out on a quest. The protagonist most frequently searches for an object of importance and returns home with it.
- Sword and Sorcery: Pseudomedieval settings in which the characters use swords and engage in action-packed plots. Magic is also an element, as is romance.
- Urban: Has a modern or urban setting in which magic and paranormal creatures exist, often in secret.
- Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.Historical
- Alternate Universe: Answers the “what if” question in regards to historical events and how they affected the future.
- Period Piece: The most common of historical novels takes place in the past, most often a well-known period in time.
- Slave Narrative: Inspired by the true stories written by former slaves, this genre involves the fictional story of a former slave.Horror
- Aliens: Also a sub-genre of sci-fi, this genre involves aliens being the central horror of the story. Signs is an example.
- Creepy Children: In which children creepy and/or mysterious.
- Gothic: Has a dark tone. Edgar Allen Poe wrote gothic.
- Haunting: Involves hauntings of some sort.
- Noir: The characters in this genre are mysterious, gritty, and cynical as is the setting.
- Paranormal: Involves paranormal or supernatural elements, such as vampires.Literary Fiction: Fictional works that do not fit in a specific category and that hold literary merit.
- Lower Middle Grade: Similar to chapter books, but may be more advanced. Intended for children seven to nine-years-old.
- Middle Grade: Intended for children eight to twelve-years-old.
- Upper Middle Grade: The bridge between middle grade and young adult. Intended for children ten to fourteen-years-old.Mystery
- Amateur Investigator: In which the protagonist is not associated with the law or authority.
- Cozy: Set in a small town with an amateur female investigator.
- Hard-boiled: Often involve a private investigator who is a male anti-hero as the protagonist. The setting is most often urban and the content violent or dark.
- Police Procedural: Inovles those associated with the law solving crimes and murders.
- Dystopian: The setting is scary or hostile, often with a powerful government.
- Utopian: The opposite of dystopian.Punk
- Clockpunk: Similar to steampunk in technology and fashion, but focuses more on clockwork and gears in designs.
- Cyberpunk: Has advanced technology and often focuses on artificial intelligence and the cyber world. The setting is often near-future rather than far-future. Blade Runner is an example.
- Dieselpunk: Based on aesthetics and technology between World War I and World War II.
- Splatterpunk: Extremely graphic and contains a lot of gore.
- Steampunk: This genre gets its name from the heavy steam-powered technology involved. Aesthetics are based on the Victorian and industrial eras.
- Western Steampunk: Similar to steampunk, but with Western (as in Wild West) aesthetics.
- Americana: This genre takes place in Midwestern US towns, usually in small towns during the early 1900s.
- Baby Love: This genre is defined by its characters: A single mother with a male love interest.
- Contemporary: Set in present day.
- Erotic: Involves romance with a heavy focus on sexual activities.
- Gay and Lesbian: Romance between non-heterosexual characters.
- Historical: Romance set in the past, usually in a well-known period.
- Paranormal: Romance that takes place in a setting that involves the paranormal or supernatural. Twilight is an example.
- Apocalyptic: The setting of this genre is in an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic world where survivors endure the aftermath of the “end of the world”.
- Astrobiology: This genre focuses on alien life more than science and technology.
- Hard Sci-fi: Places an emphasis on the scientific details, accuracy, and plausibility.
- Kaiju: A Japanese genre that involves a monster. Godzilla is an example.
- Lost Worlds: The setting for this genre is a mysterious place, usually an island. Lost is an example of this.
- Robot: Self-explanatory.
- Soft Sci-fi: Based on soft sciences or has less of an emphasis on science.
- Space Opera: This genre is defined by adventures in space. Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly are all space operas.
- Time Travel: Self-explanatory.
- Western Sci-fi: Science fiction that incorporates western settings and culture. Firefly is an example.
- Crime: Crime fiction, but with a thriller or suspense element.
- Psychological: This genre has a slow build up and focuses on the emotional and psychological state of the characters throughout the story.
- Slasher: Involves a killer, most often a serial killer.
- Survivor: Focuses on one or more characters placed in a situation in which they struggle to survive.Western
- Black Cowboy: Has a POC as the protagonist. Another name for this genre is Buffalo Soldier.
- Bounty Hunter: Pretty much speaks for itself, but the characters are usually morally ambiguous.
- Gunfighter: This is one of the classic westerns. It’s usually a force of good vs evil and involves a showdown at noon and a fight in a saloon (or something like that).
- Outlaw: This focuses on the villains; the outlaws and bandits.
- Wagon Train: Basically Oregon Trail.
Young Adult: This genre is intended for teenagers, but the age range will vary based on the topics and themes explored.
Autobiography: In which the author writes about his or her life.
Biography: In which the author writes about someone else’s life.
Memoir: A collection of events in one’s life.
Narrative: Similar to an autobiography, but written in the form of a story.
- ARC: Stands for Adavnced Reading Copy. A copy of a book released to readers before the actual release date for review.
- Literary Agent: Represents writers and their work, sends work to publishers and producers for consideration, and handles or assists contracts, sales, and negotiations.
- Manuscript: The original text.
- Pseudonym: A false name a person writes under. Pennames and Aliases
- Query Letter: A formal letter sent to literary agents and publishers as a request to represent or publish a literary work. Query Letter References
- Synopsis: A summary of a literary work. Can be short or long. Writing a Synopsis
Source: An inside look at ADHD.
Me 100% of the time. Luckily Ito help for my ADD when I was a child
- ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the same core disorder.
- In many cases where ADHD carries into adulthood, it’s a genetic issue [My grandfather, mother, siblings, and I have all been diagnosed with ADHD], though this does not always occur.
hello yes this is me
more fun facts!
- there are a lot of talks about how ADHD is overdiagnosed, and that may be true for boys, but for girls ADHD is severely underdiagnosed.
- older studies mostly looked at hyperactive boys and that’s the perception we have of ADHD. because of this many girls will go undiagnosed until adulthood.
- most girls/women who have ADHD are inattentive type. they tend to be introverted, disorganized and daydreamers.
- girls will internalize these as personal failings and teenage girls have a much higher rate of suicide and self harm because of it
- ADHD is often comorbid with anxiety and depression, both of which are caused by the failings from having ADHD
- depression can present itself differently in people with ADHD. it’s more of a discouragement from constantly failing, but it can be just as debilitating.
- read this article from the atlantic: It’s Different for Girls with ADHD
DIY Potion and Spell Book Tutorial from Better After. This is a really good tutorial using plastic toys, a glue gun, cardstock, paper towels etc… This DIY is based on a tutorial by SEEING THINGS - my favorite Halloween Blog that had great printables and tutorials and is now DEAD & GONE. This is why if I see a printable I like, I don’t wait until later to download it.
It’d be a MIRACLE if Carlos let Cecil off the hook.
A motherfuckin’ miracle.
Just kidding, THIS is my best work. Those are the real lyrics, look them up.
I drew today’s Google Doodle celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. Big thanks to Ryan for the assignment, to Sophia for assistance with parallaxing and other complicated things, to the engineers/programmers who made things move and to everyone who liked it and wrote nice things to me!
Here’s the full interactive version if you missed it on the homepage (you can drag the scenes instead of clicking to see the transitions better).
PS. I’ll use this opportunity to plug my debut graphic novella (In A Sense) Lost & Found which is out today. Coincidence?! Yes.
"We can’t use A in our acronyms because it allows shitty allies to weasel themselves in!"
Perhaps if the lgbtqia community prioritized and cared more about ASEXUALS than about straight allies, we wouldn’t have this problem.
The A is not for allies. It has never been for allies. The A is for aces. Do not rob actual members of the lgbtqia community of the little representation we have for the sake of fucking straight people.
The A is fucking necessary.
Anyway here’s the black and white version.
Ten Women I Have Been Warned Against Becoming:
1. The Girl Who Takes Up Too Much Space, always, her shoulders too wide in stairwells, her hips too big in doorways, her voice too loud in classes. This woman does not understand the art of crumbling, of curling herself tight like the spiral of a fern, soft, delicate, unwilling to reach out the ivy of her fingers to grasp onto what should rightfully be hers. This is a beast, an elephant, a moving mountain and she is capable of flattening you, she is capable of ruining you, she is capable of making you feel as small and insignificant in her life as she is supposed to be. You are this woman’s footnote to history, you are her side note in song lyrics, you are constantly interrupted by her with a witty joke you wish you thought of. I asked what the problem was with being a steamroller instead of a sunflower and I was laughed down.
2. The Beautiful One, the long hair or the slim waist or the pretty eyes or the lips like bowstrings. This woman looks good in everything because she’s confident in whatever you put her in. She’ll cut her hair short on you no matter how you like it, she’ll wear high heels and step on your opinions, she’ll look hot as hell no matter what size she is. See, the reason you can’t trust her is because women like this don’t need your permission, they’ll do as they please and get away with it. They’ll say no to you, over and over. Teach your daughters that beautiful means dangerous, teach them to distrust women who love themselves. Equate beautiful with vapid, equate pretty with stupid, take their power from them. Say they’re vain for their makeup, refuse to see them without it. These women are snakes, they are serpents. I said maybe the problem lies with you being unable to control yourself and was told to get off my pedestal.
3. A Bitch. Women are supposed to be ladies in the street but will tear skin under sheets. I’m told: Never raise your voice. Speak gently. Submit. Hold your opinion against your lips and when you admit to it, make sure it comes out as a butterfly wing suggestion. Don’t disagree. Don’t undermine someone else’s authority, regardless of whether or not they deserve your respect. Someone touches you, just move away from them. Don’t hit. Don’t talk back. Be like the ruins of Rome, only beautiful if you can’t hear your quiet death.
4. The Needy One. I have heard how others spit when they talk about how she gave you everything and you shoved it back down her throat until she choked on it, until she came back crawling and asked you what she did, until her palms and knees were scraped for want of just a little affection - never be this woman, I’m told, because she’s a joke and the joke is that she dared to have more emotion than you did. The truth is, I’m told, the one who cares less in a partnership is the one who wins. I didn’t know this was a competition.
5. The Cock Tease, certified stripper, how dare that girl look like that and not want me to sleep with her. Lust is always personified as a lady in red with a dress slit up her thigh. Lust is sinful because it’s power, it’s not asking for attention - it’s demanding it. I’m told she is the worst kind of woman, that looking good is supposed to be some kind of shame on her kin. I’m told not to leave the house in such a short skirt, not with a shirt so low, not with a lace back, not with high heels, not dressed like that. My lipstick can’t be too red, my hair can’t be too mussed, I can’t just “turn someone on like that and then leave them wanting.” I mentioned that instant gratification actually ruins our psyche and was told that being led on was “exhausting.” I said that there was a difference between purposefully tricking someone into liking you and just being attractive or friendly. I was told there’s also a difference between coffee and tea but both result in caffeine. I said, “I’ve been turned on in class by the girls I talk to but I didn’t expect anything from them,” and they said, “It’s different, you’re not a man,” but couldn’t explain where that difference was.
6. A Slut, obviously ruined by another person’s touch. It doesn’t matter how many people she’s actually been with, it’s all about the rumors she carries with her. Easy. Harlot. You’ll still try to get with her, you’ll still take her into your bed and kiss her and say things you don’t mean - but you’ll defame her name when you talk to your buddies. My father used to say “A slut is fine for the night, but the virgin is who you take home and marry.” Maybe he didn’t know he was teaching his daughter to hate her sexuality. Maybe he didn’t know that every time she’d be kissed, her whole system would shake until she felt ready to combust, shame and self-hatred shivering against her spine. Maybe he didn’t know she’d disconnect emotions and sex because he always told her, “Boys are different, they won’t care about you.” Nobody said to her that it was okay to experiment. See, the funny thing is, I’m a dancer so I know exactly where my center of gravity is. I know how hard I’ll fall in each direction. Yet out of fear of getting hurt, I won’t let a single person inside of my bed.
7. The Soulmate. Never love romance more than you love being cynical. Never show weakness, never like pink, never think maybe you might find someone nice and settle down with them. Someone will find you, I was told, And if you’re lucky, he’ll put up with you when you start getting old. Never be the woman who believes in happily ever after, never be dumb enough to think maybe someone could love you after all of your mistakes. It has nothing to do with whether or not a family is important to you and you’re in a good place where a relationship would make your life better - you’re not a princess. You don’t get married, you settle.
8. The Girl With Strength, who can outrun everyone and who is stronger than her boyfriend. “See the thing about boys,” says my daddy, “Is that you have to let them win.” I sat at home and read stories about Artemis and wanted to become the huntress, too. I wanted to howl at the moon, I wanted to slay the beasts that bested me, I wanted to rule my kingdom with bloody fists. But girls are never athletes, never supposed to be “built,” regardless of the fact civilizations were constructed on our spines and we made homes in war by the steel of our ribs. Never be strong. We are supposed to wilt.
9. The Lady CEO: because if you choose work over family, are you really a girl? How dare you fight your way to the top through every pair of eyes that bore through your blouse, through every meeting where you were hushed by the sound of someone else talking, through every time someone called you “sweetie,” how dare you yearn for something. Is your husband the stay-at-home one? I can’t imagine how that is going. He’s not a real man, after all. I don’t give it long before the divorce. How dare you decide you’re happy being single. Don’t you know you’re supposed to bear children. Where is your honor? Where is your wisdom? Who cares if you are the leader, the best suited for your position, the quickest-thinking, the one who makes the hardest clients come back again. Don’t you see? Across history, women have been terrible at success. They always lose their man in the end. (When I said, “I would rather be a famous author than a mediocre mother,” I was told, “No, don’t worry, you’ll be a fine mommy.”)
10. THE GIRL I AM: FIRECRACKER AND DON’T YOU FUCKING FORGET IT I’LL RIP YOU TO SHREDS AND I WON’T FUCKING REGRET IT I’M NOT YOUR PRETTY GIRL I’M NOT YOUR ANYTHING I’M PERFECT, MOTHERFUCKER, AND I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP WHAT I’M DOING. I DON’T WANT TO BE “LADYLIKE” THAT LITERALLY MEANS NOTHING I’M NOT GOING TO STOP STANDING UP AND DEMANDING WHAT’S COMING TO ME. I’M GONNA BE SOMEBODY. I’M GONNA MAKE THEM REMEMBER ME. I REFUSE TO BE OVERSHADOWED IN HISTORY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CREATE BUT YOU MADE ME A DRAGON YOU PUT ME IN THE FIRE AND WHEN I STOPPED BURNING I LEARNED HOW TO GLOW DON’T THINK YOU CAN STOP ME YOU CAN’T TAME A TORNADO.
|—||In respectful response to a poem tilted, “Ten men women have warned me against becoming." /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)|
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