Button-Up Scribbles.

Drawings and thoughts, plus a dabbling of schemes that may or may not be available elsewere.
catully:

pinkrobotgirl:

fleecedragons:

myheartofgoldturnedplatinum:

alwaysyourbaby:

desert-revolution:


I firmly believe that the reason many Slytherins were easily convinced to join Voldemort was because they were treated like shit by the rest of the houses while they were growing up. Imagine spending seven of the most important years of your life being told that you were part of the bad house and therefore bad yourself. Everyone boos your quidditch team. All the houses will hang out with everyone except you. You grow up being hated by your fellow students and many of your teachers.
Now imagine someone comes along and tells you that you’re not worthless and bad. That you’re invited to join a family where you will right the wrongs committed against you. You have the opportunity to be wanted and powerful instead of a hated outcast. Several of your former classmates are telling you how great it is. How you’re welcomed and needed. These are the kids you grew up with. The classmates who went through all the same things you did. Being a Death Eater sounds pretty good now.

I’ve been waiting for a post like this.

THIS.

BLESS THIS POST

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thank

I was always bothered by the scene at the end of book 7, when the students are asked whether they want to fight the incoming Death Eater army. The Slytherin students are all like, “Uh. No?” And they’re treated like terrorists for it. In the movie, they’re even locked in the school dungeons while everyone cheers.
Did nobody stop to think and realize that if the Sytherin students had stood and fought, they would have been facing their own parents on a battlefield? Even if some of them weren’t really on board with the whole Death Eater thing, expecting them to fight was just cruel. They were children. The oldest of them were seventeen. Babies. And their own professors were asking them to shoot illegal killing spells at Mum and Dad.
Imagine you are a Slytherin and you are staying behind to defend your school and maybe restore some honor to your House. The other students are all giving you mistrustful glares. You know they’re waiting for you to start hitting them in the back with stunning spells. You consider doing it, too, because you’re already starting to regret the choice you made.
Then the battle begins, and you are up against a crowd of strangers who aren’t strangers at all. You recognize voices, muffled behind masks but still piercingly familiar. Your uncle. Your cousin. Your best friend’s big sister.
And then you see a tall man in expensive grey robes. A moment later you notice the small, curvy woman next to him, wand ready. They are guarding each others backs.
You recognize their shoes.

I always though this. And at the end of The Philosopher’s Stone? Slytherin had worked incredibly hard, and Dumbledore made sure that just enough points were given to students who had done about a million things against the school rules so that they would lose. I think that Slytherin house was victimised a lot, and I kind of  hope now that the likes of Scorpius Malfoy won’t have to go through such prejudice. Perhaps, after the war, people realised that all Slytherins weren’t to blame  Probably not, though.

Tumblr, do you realize you’re (accidentally) championing institutionalized racism and bigotry, right?

In the books, Rowling is careful to show that being sorted Sytherin is not inherently bad.  When you’re sorted by the hat, it just means that you’re very ambitious and that your primary concern is that ambition. Snape, and to some extent, Malfoy are very human examples of how Slytherin =/= evil.

However, once you’re in Slytherin, it gets more complicated.  Pure Blood obsession was weaved deeply into Slytherin culture.  Slytherin himself had a falling-out with the other founders because he wanted to admit only Pure Bloods.  Essentially, bigotry and racism were among the founding ideals of the house.  It compounded over generations and became a legitimate cultural phenomenon.

They were like our 1%, or our wealthy white Southerners.   Being rich and/or southern doesn’t mean you’re going to be racist  (I and a number of friends worked on ourselves and turned out ok….)…but the odds are you’ll be at least somewhat racist since you’d be coming out of a culture that is built on racism.   They’re not all joining the KKK, but they are sympathetic to cops that kill Black men.  Some do still join the KKK, though…

As for Slytherins who did join Voldemort:  No, they didn’t join Voldemort because “everybody hated them.” They were so sure they were better than everybody else.  They and most of their graduates enjoyed high social standing, affluence, and an excellent number of successes to bolster their eager egos.   It even says that the Slytherins had won every house cup and every quidditch final for years before book one.

They joined Voldemort because racism was built into the Slytherin culture…so even those ambitious kids who didn’t start out racist were taken in by a racist culture, and gradually assimilated.  That is sad, for sure, but bullying was not a reason for most powerful Slytherins (except Snape). They were leaning to become the bullies.  They were learning racism.  Voldemort simply used the racism that was already there, and pushed them further to serve his own powerlust.

Take everything you guys just wrote, and replace “Slytherin” with “Wealthy White Southerner” and “Voldemort/Death Eaters" with "KKK”.   Take the implied “Everybody else”  and put in  “Northerners, Liberals, and Minorities”  (Women, Blacks, Gays, etc).   You end up with the Southern Confederate post-civil-war narrative that romanticized, justified, and masked horrible racist atrocities.   The Northerners bullied the grand, old, proud, superior Southerners, and  now they had to ban together to save themselves from Black people.    That narrative is not okay.

Harry Potter’s race dynamics are an allegory for all of that, guys.  Now Rowling may not have been most inspired by KKK.  There are tons of racism-fueled atrocities she could have pulled from in European history.  Today, atrocities are still happening.   Here.

 Please be careful how much you champion a symbol of institutionalized racism and bigotry.  Individuals within an institution like that may be redeemable but the institution itself is a problem.

catully:

pinkrobotgirl:

fleecedragons:

myheartofgoldturnedplatinum:

alwaysyourbaby:

desert-revolution:

I firmly believe that the reason many Slytherins were easily convinced to join Voldemort was because they were treated like shit by the rest of the houses while they were growing up. Imagine spending seven of the most important years of your life being told that you were part of the bad house and therefore bad yourself. Everyone boos your quidditch team. All the houses will hang out with everyone except you. You grow up being hated by your fellow students and many of your teachers.

Now imagine someone comes along and tells you that you’re not worthless and bad. That you’re invited to join a family where you will right the wrongs committed against you. You have the opportunity to be wanted and powerful instead of a hated outcast. Several of your former classmates are telling you how great it is. How you’re welcomed and needed. These are the kids you grew up with. The classmates who went through all the same things you did. Being a Death Eater sounds pretty good now.

I’ve been waiting for a post like this.

THIS.

BLESS THIS POST

!!!!

thank

I was always bothered by the scene at the end of book 7, when the students are asked whether they want to fight the incoming Death Eater army. The Slytherin students are all like, “Uh. No?” And they’re treated like terrorists for it. In the movie, they’re even locked in the school dungeons while everyone cheers.

Did nobody stop to think and realize that if the Sytherin students had stood and fought, they would have been facing their own parents on a battlefield? Even if some of them weren’t really on board with the whole Death Eater thing, expecting them to fight was just cruel. They were children. The oldest of them were seventeen. Babies. And their own professors were asking them to shoot illegal killing spells at Mum and Dad.

Imagine you are a Slytherin and you are staying behind to defend your school and maybe restore some honor to your House. The other students are all giving you mistrustful glares. You know they’re waiting for you to start hitting them in the back with stunning spells. You consider doing it, too, because you’re already starting to regret the choice you made.

Then the battle begins, and you are up against a crowd of strangers who aren’t strangers at all. You recognize voices, muffled behind masks but still piercingly familiar. Your uncle. Your cousin. Your best friend’s big sister.

And then you see a tall man in expensive grey robes. A moment later you notice the small, curvy woman next to him, wand ready. They are guarding each others backs.

You recognize their shoes.

I always though this. And at the end of The Philosopher’s Stone? Slytherin had worked incredibly hard, and Dumbledore made sure that just enough points were given to students who had done about a million things against the school rules so that they would lose. I think that Slytherin house was victimised a lot, and I kind of  hope now that the likes of Scorpius Malfoy won’t have to go through such prejudice. Perhaps, after the war, people realised that all Slytherins weren’t to blame  Probably not, though.

Tumblr, do you realize you’re (accidentally) championing institutionalized racism and bigotry, right?

In the books, Rowling is careful to show that being sorted Sytherin is not inherently bad.  When you’re sorted by the hat, it just means that you’re very ambitious and that your primary concern is that ambition. Snape, and to some extent, Malfoy are very human examples of how Slytherin =/= evil.

However, once you’re in Slytherin, it gets more complicated.  Pure Blood obsession was weaved deeply into Slytherin culture.  Slytherin himself had a falling-out with the other founders because he wanted to admit only Pure Bloods.  Essentially, bigotry and racism were among the founding ideals of the house.  It compounded over generations and became a legitimate cultural phenomenon.

They were like our 1%, or our wealthy white Southerners.   Being rich and/or southern doesn’t mean you’re going to be racist  (I and a number of friends worked on ourselves and turned out ok….)…but the odds are you’ll be at least somewhat racist since you’d be coming out of a culture that is built on racism.   They’re not all joining the KKK, but they are sympathetic to cops that kill Black men.  Some do still join the KKK, though…

As for Slytherins who did join Voldemort:  No, they didn’t join Voldemort because “everybody hated them.” They were so sure they were better than everybody else.  They and most of their graduates enjoyed high social standing, affluence, and an excellent number of successes to bolster their eager egos.   It even says that the Slytherins had won every house cup and every quidditch final for years before book one.

They joined Voldemort because racism was built into the Slytherin culture…so even those ambitious kids who didn’t start out racist were taken in by a racist culture, and gradually assimilated.  That is sad, for sure, but bullying was not a reason for most powerful Slytherins (except Snape). They were leaning to become the bullies.  They were learning racism.  Voldemort simply used the racism that was already there, and pushed them further to serve his own powerlust.

Take everything you guys just wrote, and replace “Slytherin” with “Wealthy White Southerner” and “Voldemort/Death Eaters" with "KKK”.   Take the implied “Everybody else”  and put in  “Northerners, Liberals, and Minorities”  (Women, Blacks, Gays, etc).   You end up with the Southern Confederate post-civil-war narrative that romanticized, justified, and masked horrible racist atrocities.   The Northerners bullied the grand, old, proud, superior Southerners, and  now they had to ban together to save themselves from Black people.    That narrative is not okay.

Harry Potter’s race dynamics are an allegory for all of that, guys.  Now Rowling may not have been most inspired by KKK.  There are tons of racism-fueled atrocities she could have pulled from in European history.  Today, atrocities are still happening.   Here.

 Please be careful how much you champion a symbol of institutionalized racism and bigotry.  Individuals within an institution like that may be redeemable but the institution itself is a problem.

(Source: zaynx, via junosunderland)

"Some Men"
A Subway Story
India ink on copy paper. I think I like the messy look. It is an attempt at loosening up without copying my inspirations too much ( Kate Beaton, Hannah Krieger, etc).

On another note, I know balls and smaller hips etc make it more comfortable for men to sit with legs a little apart. Thick thighs, especially at that time of the month, also make it more comfortable for ladies to sit with legs a bit apart. Neither of those comfort issues justify spreading out so much as to take up somebody else’s seat/personal space/opportunity to sit.

9/10 times it happens, it is men doing it. Men don’t usually do it to other men because they don’t want to touch each other. But they don’t mind squishing against and dominating a woman’s space, and they don’t mind teaming up so that the seat between them is unusable.

I don’t think this makes men evil. I think it is societal and subconscious. For example, the guy with the glasses offered his seat to an old woman. She declined, so he stayed spread out on me, but that goes to show that he could be considerate. He probably wasn’t even aware that the reason he was comfortable invading my space was because of societal power dynamics between genders. He is used to it. It is, well, his privilege.

Maybe I should have said something. I tend not to want confrontations on subways, though. (More power dynamics at play, I guess.) So instead here is this silly comic, which I hope made you chuckle and/or think about how you act on public transit.

hot-potato-cold-bazooka:

hot-potato-cold-bazooka:

So I’m moving into a new apartment, and I was told that the room had been damaged, but nothing could have prepared me for the fact that someone had carved Li Shang’s head out of the bathroom door and written “We must defeat the Huns!” on it.

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(via kessuburd)

Happy birthday Argyleteatime!
Here is a Sasha showing off the practical applications of her powers, such as charging a phone, or whatever that is in her hand.

Happy birthday Argyleteatime!
Here is a Sasha showing off the practical applications of her powers, such as charging a phone, or whatever that is in her hand.

okaykarendraw:

Dusk in Kalevia is one of my favorite titles currently running in Sparkler Monthly. Read the first chapter and definitely consider getting a membership to read the rest! Sparkler needs more members to continue publishing lady-friendly content. There is a lot this magazine has to offer, just check out the 100% FREE sampler issue. Share it with your friends!
Anyway, Toivo is adorable and needs some romance in his ethereal existence.

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okaykarendraw:

Dusk in Kalevia is one of my favorite titles currently running in Sparkler Monthly. Read the first chapter and definitely consider getting a membership to read the rest! Sparkler needs more members to continue publishing lady-friendly content. There is a lot this magazine has to offer, just check out the 100% FREE sampler issue. Share it with your friends!

Anyway, Toivo is adorable and needs some romance in his ethereal existence.

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It is AUGUST you guys. That means soon it’ll be flowers blooming and birds singing and something-other-pretentious-thing.

Summer officially has another month, fall foods are not ripe yet, and even in the Northeast, leaves don’t turn till October. I love fall. I also like summer. I like enjoying the present. When it us fall, I will want to enjoy fall and not rush into winter/Christmas mode. When it is Christmas, I’m not racing for spring. Etc.

Massive preemptive enthusiasm comes off as hollow and unhealthy. If you love these seasons so much, why are you always ignoring the current season for the next one? Enjoy the present!

One of the best games ever.

One of the best games ever.

Done in Art Rage.  

Done in Art Rage.