keep your friends close, but your enemies closer
like really, very close
so close that you can feel your enemies breath on your neck
and you shiver with hatred and… anticipation?
turn around and look deep into your enemies eyes, letting your gaze drag down to their lips, your eyes intense with desire. push your enemies up against the wall.
make out with your enemies.
your friends, who are still close, are super uncomfortable and kinda grossed out
william-from-england asked: what's homestuck?
Homestuck is a webcomic written by Andrew Hussie, featured on a website called MS Paint Adventures. It attracts many followers worldwide due to its video game themes, plot development, and lovable characters. Despite its sci-fi and fantasy nature, many people find Homestuck to be rather relatable.
It is a story about four kids (John Egbert, Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, and Jade Harley) who all want to play a new video game called SBURB that just came out. Little do they know that not only will the game seal the fate of bringing the apocalypse to earth, but they will also be the heroes put in charge of saving their universe.
In an alternate universe, twelve alien kids, who call their species “trolls”, experience the same fate as the kids whom you’ve already been introduced to. Finding evidence of success from the human kids’ session, the trolls seize opportunity to communicate with the kids in order for both sessions to save their universes.
Without trying to give too much of the plot away in case you’re curious to read it, I will say there is a third universe involved. In this universe, the guardians from the kid’s universe are now the children in this universe, and the kids are the adults (basically a swap in age and family role). These kids will also be destined to play SBURB, and they will be destined to meet the kids you were first introduced to.
From an outsider’s perspective, Homestuck appears to be a long story with nothing but confusing wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey issues and the instabilty of all that is space, but if you come around to reading it and appreciate it for its video game-like structure and sarcastic humor, you’ll learn that Homestuck
is about friendship
is about family
is a story about love
Four kinds of love, to be exact
Including themes of forrbidden love
… and it’s about loss.
It’s a story of self-doubt
It is a story about reevaluating your life decisions
and suffering the consequences of your decisions
It’s about the fear of living in someone’s shadow
It’s about gaining confidence so that you may someday fly
It’s about helping everyone out no matter how people view your actions
It is about recognizing the intelligence and beauty in the person whom you care most about, regardless of gender
It’s a story of betrayal
It’s about coping with apathy and bipolarity
It’s about maintaining your strength while staying true to your heart
It’s about self-esteem issues
And it’s about acknowledging that, no matter where you’re from, everyone is equal.
It’s is about how we, as people, must work as one despite our cultural upbringings and differences so that we can work together and make the most out of the life we are living.
So we have to work together and stay positive
No matter what trouble lies ahead
… no seriously there’s a lot of trouble that lies ahead I am not even joking here
i am not even fricken kidding man do u think i look like i am kidding
it gets INTENSE
So whether you suffer from alcohol abuse or depression or any other personal problems, or if you ever feel like you are alone in this world
Homestuck is an adventure.
An adventure worth celebrating.
So I invite you all to have a taste
Of exciting news, and of course
And constructed together, you have the incredible tale
of a webcomic called
If you would like to begin reading Homestuck, click here
To support the original artists/musicians, you can purchase Homestuck music here
If you’d rather watch the adventure instead of read it, Homestuck is featured on YouTube here
Thank you, and Happy Homestucking!
So today at work, we had a harassment training workshop. Basically, Steve, came in to my company and talked about what constitutes harassment. And from his talk, there are two major categories. “Quid pro quo” which “you do something for me and I’ll do something for you” sort of deal, which is more obvious. The other is “hostile working environment.” Steve said that a majority of harassment cases fall into this latter category.
Now he was giving examples of the harassment cases he’d worked on and had to investigate as well as testify for throughout his career. There was one experience he shared that really stuck with me.
Steve had been working on a case where an older sales guy had something offensive. However, this sales guy was a great worker, all around nice guy, and hadn’t even said the offensive statement seriously. He had meant it all as a joke. And after Steve talked to witnesses during the investigation, he was convinced that the sales guy hadn’t done anything wrong.
But when Steve brought all of this evidence to a judge in court, the judge stopped him with the words (that stuck with him for decades): “Intention is irrelevant. What matters is impact.”
Another experience Steve shared, which actually involved himself and made me respect him a whole lot more, was when he talked about something that happened with his female coworker. He’s always called her “girlfriend” and greeted her with “Hey, girlfriend! How’s it going, girlfriend?” until the woman told him that it honestly made her uncomfortable when he called her that and asked him to stop.
And he did. Because even though Steve meant it all in jest and said it to show how friendly they were, his co-worker wasn’t comfortable being addressed that way. So he swallowed his pride, apologized, and changed his words. Steve said that alone is the reason why his coworker is still friends with him today because she saw that he wouldn’t just laugh off something like that.
Intention is irrelevant. All that matters is impact.
I couldn’t help but make the connection between privilege and oppression.
"Why are you so made this white author wrote about your culture? Sure, they made mistakes but at least they’re trying to diversify. Isn’t that what you want? The white authors tried."
And the answer to this is the quote above. Any white author can have the best of intentions trying to write outside their comfort zone. But what happens when their flawed work becomes famous and readers consume it thinking that’s how the culture should be represented? Even if it perpetuates stereotypes? How will that impact all the readers who are from that culture, seeing it bastardized for the sake of entertainment?
"Why can’t you just take a joke? Why are you so sensitive?"
Because while your racist/sexist/homophobic/ableist/etc. “joke” may have the harmless of intention to make people laugh, there are people who’ve heard that joke said in malicious tones. Not just to them, but to their parents, and grandparents. Seen it in books and movies and tv shows. All for the sake of entertainment, their feelings and identity reduced to the butt of a joke. That’s the impact.
I know the people who need to understand this the most aren’t going to hear it. But I hope someday they do.
Also, the HR guy said this workshop would take 75 minutes and it only took an hour. And I was fully engaged and attentive for all 60 minutes because this guy was that great of a speaker.
Have a nice day.