At nineteen I cried while watching the Princess and the Frog in theaters.
I cried. Finally there was a Disney princess that looked like me and mine. She had hair like mine. A nose like my nieces’ noses. Her skin was dark brown and she was beautiful and clever and determined. Tiana meant so much to me and I was grown by the time she came along.
To my nieces, she meant even more. They had a princess that they could play as without their white friends shutting them down because “Belle/Cinderella/ wasn’t brown”. They had a princess that looked like them and that told them that they could be a princess themselves.
And I want that for everyone. I want everyone to be able to look at the media they consume and go “holy crap, this character is reminds me of people i know or people I’m related to” because of their culture and their skin color combined, not just because they’re snarky or they’re into books.
Representation is so important and I will fight to the death to make sure that people get the positive representation that they deserve just by existing in this world.
Librarian Allie Jane Bruce took a group of sixth graders to Barnes & Noble to examine whitewashing on book covers, and this is what they had to say:
- “It was sickening to look at all the stereotypes, the assumptions.”
- “I think I was on the girls’ side of the bookshelf, but even so, that just shows that Barnes & Noble separates their books by gender.”
- “I know that kids’ minds aren’t developed enough to understand these issues, but as they grow up, I hope they realize how serious this issue really is. People have the right to like any color they want and be anything they want to be.”
- “Society is almost afraid of putting a dark-skinned or Asian character on the cover of a book. I feel like these are minor forms of segregation.”
- “I didn’t see a book with a biracial main character … it is not fair in any way.”
- “In the chapter book section, I saw that most of the books that had non-Caucasian characters didn’t have that character on the cover.
- “On the covers, I saw thin, pretty girls. I didn’t see any overweight girls or anyone with acne. I think that these covers shape an idea of perfect in a girl’s mind, and make them want to be like that, even though everyone was born perfect.”I wish this unit were taught to every sixth grade class in the country. Full article here.
This is an AMAZING read, and I second that wish!
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How much do they worry about hygiene? How do they clean themselves?
Do they have usual showers, or they use magic for staying clean and keeping their houses the same way?
Ratification of the Treaty of Paris, 01/14/1784
Signed by the American peace commissioners on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris formally ended the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson wrote a motion for ratification by Congress and with this unanimous vote the treaty was ratified on January 14, 1784. The treaty was sent to London and the British Parliament, in turn, ratified the treaty on April 9, 1784.
Ever wonder, “Hey, why was the spawn of Twilight lovers Bella and Edward such a hideous CG monster troll?” Well, guess what? It could have been much, much worse. Behold the animatronic monster so hideous it scared the cast of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2, and had to be cut from the film.
Say no to robot babies.
N O P E BYE
this is terrifying. they should have kept it.
I ’ M T H E B A B Y G O T T A L O V E M E
In my experience, writers tend to be really good at the inside of their own heads and imaginary people, and a lot less good at the stuff going on outside, which means that quite often if you flirt with us we will completely fail to notice, leaving everybody involved slightly uncomfortable and more than slightly unlaid.
So I would suggest that any attempted seduction of a writer would probably go a great deal easier for all parties if you sent them a cheerful note saying “YOU ARE INVITED TO A SEDUCTION: Please come to dinner on Friday Night. Wear the kind of clothes you would like to be seduced in.”
And alcohol may help, too. Or kissing. Many writers figure out that they’re being seduced or flirted with if someone is actually kissing them.
|—||Neil Gaiman on flirting with / seducing writers (via illfightyourdemons)|
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