I believe in expression

A collection of arts and images to my liking. Perhaps yours too.

Iʻm a 20-something Hungarian who recently graduated from uni and is still too busy for her own good. I like to pass the time with writing fic and drawing.

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kanthia:

yo, internet, you know what really grinds my gears? I study history at a university, and you can go on any hipster-with-their-life-figured-out blog out there and have them laugh about how they once thought they’d do a history degree and then realized it was worthless haha and now they’re doing something useful with their life, or you can pick up any paper and find an op-ed written by a gen-x’er bemoaning how kids these days are getting useless degrees in history, or I can go home for Passover and have my brother with his fancy engineering consulting job laugh about how I’m getting a worthless degree, but when I turn around and say, what if what I’m doing is fundamentally worthless, suddenly I’m the one with negative thinking and symptoms of depression? Fuck that.

Okay, first off, I’m sorry, I don’t usually add to personal posts of people I’m following - but reading this made me so angry, because the same thing happens to me so very often, and its just not right. I refuse to give in to the negative thinking and I sure as hell will try to help you come out of it too!

Hipster blog owner found what they want to do with their life? Good for them. That in no way cancels out the pleasure you take in your studies, your curiosity, your hard work at researching, critical thinking, and presenting. They will enjoy what they want, you will enjoy what you want. In fact, the equation is real simple: most jobs are 8 hours, 5 days a week, which means you will spend 40+ hours of your life every week doing something with whatever you studied. (By the way, there are 52 weeks a year, so 2080 hours/year. I don’t know about you, but that seems a lot to me.) Do you want to spend it with something “useful” but totally uninteresting to you? I don’t.

To your dear brother: Categorising, processing and expanding humanity’s available knowledge is no less ‘useful’ for society than for example, cultivating tomatoes, or any other, physically more tangible job. I’m sure you know this, but higher ‘culture’ (here: knowledge, academics etc.) gradually seeps down - the fact that only a small circle of people as of yet concern themselves with these facts and interpretations doesn’t invalidate it.

An example I’m sure you’ll know: the agriculture in the Middle Ages got a technical boost from where? Monks. What were monks? Literate. What did they do? They read. What did they read (amongst other things)? Historical documents, that also detailed technical data concerning agriculture. Boom, roman engineering in business again.

If their argument was correct, universities wouldn’t be around since 1088. The way we understand the world today is thanks to this elite circle of yesterday. Right now, you are on your way to membership into this circle. Yes, it takes longer than other professions, and isn’t so clear cut and easily defined as other fields.

And of course, there are going to be people who do a Bachelors and than that is it for them. A smaller group of those who started in BA year 1 are going to do their Masters, and an even smaller group is going to do a PHD. People dropping out of the circle is part of the game, just like in musical chairs. Except here, if you don’t stay in, you don’t just stand on the side nervously/fuming. You get the not so great jobs.

TL,DR; It is your life, you need to decide what makes you happy, and how you can achieve it. Studying history makes you happy? Okay, everything else will work out around that.

You can laugh at your brother later when he is having a mid-life crisis and questioning the meaning of happiness.

 

razorshapes:

Ron MueckCouple Under An Umbrella (2013)

artofthedarkages:

The Mihrab at Cordoba

The mihrab (small room facing Mecca) in the Great Mosque of Cordoba ornamented with vegetal and arabesque patterns.

Carved out of various precious stones.

Made in 961 by Al-Hakam II at Cordoba in Al-Andalus, modern day Spain. Currently located in situ.

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egbertsoup:

braavosis:

sokkcoli:

quietprofanity:

snoipahkat:

P SURE TOPH’S DAD IS NICOLAS CAGE

Son of a bitch …

NO WERE NOT DOING HTIS

#We’re going to steal the Declaration of Ba Sing Se

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING 

(via futureeviloverlordoftheuniverse)

factsinallcaps:

thankyouforyourcooperation:

factsinallcaps:

CATS HAVE LIMITED OBJECT PERMANENCE AND DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THAT TWO DIFFERENT DOORS CAN LEAD TO THE SAME ROOM

#SO IS THIS WHY MY CATS ASK TO BE LET IN BECAUSE IT’S RAINING #AND THEN IMMEDIATELY GO TO THE OTHER DOOR AND ASK TO BE LET OUT AGAIN? 

YUP, THAT’S WHY. CATS ARE BIG DUMMIES AND OFTEN SEE NO REASON WHY TWO DIFFERENT DOORS SHOULD LEAD TO THE SAME PLACE, SO THEY FIGURE THEY’LL CHECK IF IT’S ALSO RAINING IN THE OTHER OUTSIDE BEHIND THE OTHER DOOR. 

WHEN THE PROPRIETOR OF THIS BLOG WAS A CHILD, THE KITCHEN LED INTO THE DINING ROOM, WHICH LED INTO THE LIVING ROOM, WHICH LEAD INTO THE FRONT HALLWAY, WHICH LED BACK INTO THE KITCHEN, SO WHEN THE CATS WERE HUNGRY, THEY WOULD CHECK THEIR BOWLS, SEE THAT THEY WERE EMPTY, AND WALK ALL THE WAY AROUND THE HOUSE TO SEE IF THE OTHER BOWLS IN THE OTHER KITCHEN WERE ALSO EMPTY.

(via terresdebrume)

stele3:

orionsnacks:

in the movie a little boy recognises steve at the captain america exhibit. it’s my headcanon that a little girl recognises bucky when he goes to the smithsonian exhibit to find out who he really is

because little girls have heroes too

"You should tie your hair back," a little girl with pitch-black hair says to the Winter Soldier. He stares down at her, silent, but she continues undeterred. "Mommy says that we need to have our hair tied back or we’ll trip over things because we can’t see. She makes me wear these—" She displays her wrist, which is encircled by a rainbow of different hair bands. "—because mine keep falling out. You can’t fight evil if you can’t see it. I want to be a police officer when I grow up. Are you a…"

She trails off, her eyes steadily getting bigger. They dart to the large digital image of James Buchanan Barnes, then back to his face. The Winter Soldier’s eyes dart, too, over the exits and the crowd and the girl’s distracted mother—attempting to corral three other black-haired children—before landing back on the girl’s face, where an improbable grin has begun to grow.

"I knew it," she whispers.

The Winter Soldier blinks down at her, thrown off by the delight in her expression. No one is ever happy to see the Soldier.

The girl reins in her wide grin and does her own scan of the crowd. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell. People can’t handle the truth. But I can.” She turns her shining eyes back to the Soldier.

Slowly, very slowly, the Soldier reaches out with hands that have broken, maimed, strangled, shot, stabbed, and ripped apart human flesh. His voice creaks out of him, rusty with disuse. “Can I have a hair tie?”

Without taking her eyes off him, the girl rolls a light blue one out of the rainbow and hands it over.

I HAVEN’T EVEN WATCHED THIS MOVIE YET but this is so adorable and I just-

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kanthia:

greenekangaroo:

youneedacat:

tenlittlebullets:

rosemecanique:

stripedteacups:

qhuinn:

chasingshhadows:

There are a lot of problems facing social justice movements today, but this is the biggest one. Because it’s holding us back internally. People learn and read about social issues and oppression and abuse online and suddenly they think they know everything. And of course they’re angry - there’s a lot to be angry about. And yes, it’s a great, wonderful thing that they’re aware and are working to better themselves.

But omgosh, please just stop trying to teach it and spread it because you are doing it wrong. Lashing out and yelling out buzzwords and SJ jargon and calling people racist and sexist and writing people off with no compassion - these are literally the opposite of what we should be doing. Anyone who’s actually been trained in social justice, SJ communication, facilitation and dialogue sees that and gets embarrassed to be associated with that form of “social justice.” 

Because it’s not social justice. It’s not fighting racism and sexism and classism and homophobia. All it’s doing it’s turning people off, closing their minds further and making everyone who knows what they’re doing look bad. All it’s doing is spreading more hate, more negativity and generally making everyone feel like shit about themselves - except of course for the OP, who feels great about themselves for supposedly doing their part and helping the movement. 

But they’re not. All they’re helping is the oppressive structure holding everyone back.

I’ve been there. I’ve been pissed off and angry and lashing out at everyone and everything. And it bit me in the ass more times than I can tell you. So I stopped and I learned. I was trained in social justice education by the university that developed the most widely accepted program for social justice education. I have practical experience, both in my daily life and in dialogue, that proves that these methods are not only better, but the only ones that actually work

That showing compassion for agents and those who are uneducated gets you much farther than writing them off as hateful assholes and refusing to teach them in a way they can understand. That listening to where a person is coming from is far more important than listening to what they say. That we must all understand that most *people* are not maliciously racist/sexist/classist/ableist, but the society we were all raised in *is*

We are all trying to work within this structure set in place long before any of our great grandparents were born and we all have our own starting point on the journey

The other, possibly biggest and most widespread problem among the untrained crowd is the complete and total lack of understanding of teacher/learner. You do not know everything. You only know your own experiences. That’s it. In order to actually teach someone about social justice, you have to teach them about your own experiences. In order to do that, you must be willing to learn theirs, too. You must have compassion and empathy or you will get nowhere. This is literally the most important thing I ever learned and it’s the one that I see lacking the most in online SJ. 

Now this is specifically directed at fandoms (and more specifically the Teen Wolf fandom, which I call home) but this is a message for everyone. It pains me to see the field that I am so incredibly passionate about get dragged through the mud because people who consider themselves to be a part of it do such horrible things in such horrible ways. Online SJ has a bad name because it has earned it and I cannot tell you how much I hate that. Social justice is not only my work, but it is also my life. I will not stand any longer for people abusing it and using it to spread hate.

THIS.

OPEN LETTER TO EVERY FUCKING FANDOM ON TUMBLR/TWITTER, GODDAMMIT. GET A GRIP, FUCKING HELL.

     (x)

Oh god can I just reblog this once a week so EVERYONE gets to fucking read it?

Tumblr “social justice” is a fucking travesty that values self-righteous fury as an argument sufficient unto itself and devalues careful, measured reasoning as “coddling bigots.” That praises and rewards the shutting-down of communication. That teaches smug superiority and frowns on compassion and empathy. That took “lashing out in anger is an unproductive but somewhat excusable reaction to injustice, and is not a reason to dismiss a sound argument” and dragged it into the realm of “everyone subject to systematic oppression has an absolute right to lash out in anger to whatever extent they please, and no one else has the right to criticize their behavior or be hurt by it,” and thence into an echo chamber where performative displays of anger become the goal of communication.

I’m not pretending to sainthood here. Getting patted on the butt for a righteous smackdown is dangerously seductive, especially when you have a short temper on certain subjects. And the danger of this particular echo chamber is that it’s easy for normal, intelligent, well-meaning people to get sucked into it. But it’s not a healthy model of communication. Healthy models of communication (a) encourage empathy and reasoned dialogue and frown on incoherent rage explosions, and (b) treat anger, rudeness and cruelty as undesireable but sometimes excusable—in proportion to the provocation and the circumstances. Tumblr “social justice” rejects any notion of proportionate response and has its priorities in communication neatly reversed.

My friend who did actual work in social justice long long before the internet gets really embarrassed and disturbed by what gets called social justice around here sometimes.

Social justice in society: Great! 

Social justice on tumblr: normally just bullshit. 

Feel obliged to add to this.

I worked as a TA for a history course, on the history of sexuality. It’s a course that runs every other year (the prof is an adjunct) and this is the first time that the kinds of discourse that (for the sake of expediency) exist on tumblr around issues of sexuality and justice have really floated to the surface, in this course. Usually I have no issues with this — I figured it would be a pretty good learning opportunity for both the students and the professor.

But suddenly I’m getting assignments with arguments that are entirely inappropriate within the realm of history. One assignment asked them to determine and analyse the historical-sexual lens used by a website (gender/sex essentialist or social constructionist) that presents the history of sexuality; one of the websites talked about the history of male cross-dressing in a certain city. I was getting papers all “HOW DARE THEY USE MALE PRONOUNS FOR CROSS-DRESSERS, THIS SITE IS TRANS*PHOBIC!!” and “OH MY GOD HOW DARE THEY NOT TALK ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY, THIS SITE IS SO HOMOPHOBIC”. I got students giving me cute comics about how sexuality and gender are different things, obviously cribbed from tumblr. Another assignment asked them to review a book about courting culture in a resort town in the early 1900s, a bunch of students told me the book was homophobic because it mostly talked about heterosexual encounters.

(Histories of heterosexuality are, in fact, super important in breaking down heteronormativity, because by looking at how heterosexuality was essentially created in the 20th century we acknowledge that heterosexuality is neither “normal” or ubiquitous. So to tell me that a book that looks at how heterosexual courting was supported by an emerging capitalist enterprise is actually homophobic, you suggest that instead of removing the spectre of ubiquitousness from heterosexuality, we should instead continue to treat LGBTQ* as a bizarre thing that emerged spontaneously in the early 20th century. Awesome. Thanks.)

I think it’s really awesome that people are so immersed in this dialogue online, I really do! And I also acknowledge that as people learn to use a discourse, the road will inevitably be a little bumpy and less than perfect. HOWEVER, I also ask that people recognize that the sort of discourse that happens online, particularly on tumblr, doesn’t translate smoothly to every situation for every person; furthermore, that just because you know a bunch of words like ‘heteronormativity’ doesn’t mean that you get a free pass for using them uncritically.

terresdebrumestories:

Fᴀɴᴅᴏᴍ: Harry Potter

Iɴᴛᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ Pᴀɪʀɪɴɢ(s): Salah (S.Slytherin)/Guthrik (G. Gryffindor)

Cʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ(s): Salah, rowena Ravenclaw

Rᴀᴛɪɴɢ: PG +

Oᴠᴇʀᴀʟʟ Pʟᴀɴɴᴇᴅ Pʟᴏᴛ: There really wasn’t much of one -as I recall, I wanted something light, with a tiny bit of culture shock.

Nᴏᴛᴇ: So this one started out as a surprise for artsiesforever, who is the sweetest person I know, but unfortunately I lost all my notes for it and then things happened and I just… forgot it existed until I started going through my google drive for FDD. I’m so sorry Artsies ><

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You wrote me something, oh my gooooooood, thank youuuuuuuuu! <3

theravenofwynter:

darquingdragon:

sonicmetennant:

#no but see #that’s the thing about telling someone your own story #you don’t see yourself as the hero #you see the people you love and admire as the heroes #Rhodey and Pepper are Tony’s heroes

Meaning Tony could’ve done a lot more, but we won’t know because he likes to downplay himself in certain parts of his life.

I now firmly believe he had normal waffles instead of gluten-free waffles because he was talking to Bruce.

pocketaimee:

A quick sketch for a friend.

I haven’t even seen the movie yet. But… this is irresistible.

(via johanirae)