- Do not shame sex workers
- Do NOT shame sex workers
- Do NOT SHAME SEX WORKERS
- dO nOT SHAme SEx WorkErs
- do not shame sex workers
That means don’t shame
- call girls
- exotic entertainers
- exotic dancers
- sugar babies
- cam girls/cam models
- phone sex operators
- kink cater-ers
- Anyone who gets paid for a sexual service whether it be using their sex appeal, preforming a sexual act, giving an 8 course intercourse
DO NOT SHAME SEX WORKERS
this book is called GREAT and it’s by Sara Benincasa
and it is a contemporary retelling of THE GREAT GATSBY
and i feel like you all knew about this book and none of you told me?
it’s out in april. i think we should have a preorder party, tumblr.
I STARTED READING IT
i showed this to my sister and she slapped me
did anyone else notice that the fall out boy video says ‘shot by jack edinger’ in the description
" Break the rules to find new ways to tell stories." — Felicia Day
You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.
We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”
I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.”
ah yes. writing.
do you remember the scene where Steve shows page from his notebook with all the things he missed while he’d been napping? so, this page is different for Russia. here it is
moreover, I found another 7 versions.
version for South Korea
page for France
list for Spain
quite interesting, isn’t it? let me know if there are other versions)
update! Australian list (via idkvader)
How to be a grade A dork a book by Peter Benjamin Parker
Okay I’m not even a Star Trek fan but that’s beautiful.
What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is prevalent and IF people are okay with it and/or it is necessary to fit in and not stand out weirdly (i.e. If you visit Pakistan, you can wear a shalwar kameez so you don’t stand out as an American tourist. Or if you visit a specific temple or religious setting, you may need to/want to adhere to specific dress forms. Or if you’re invited to a wedding and they allow/invite you to wear their cultural dress to participate in the festivities).
• Using that culture’s dance/physical traditions in specific settings (i.e. taking belly-dancing classes, or going to an Indian wedding and trying to dance with them).
What is cultural appropriation:
• Wearing specific items of clothing that may (and probably do) have deeper meaning as a costume. Like on Halloween.
• Wearing specific items of clothing to be trendy or fashionable.
• Trying to imitate their natural beauty standards and possible makeup/markings (i.e dreadlocks and bindis and mehndi/henna).
• Taking their rituals, old-as-hell traditions, and dances and turning them into cheap, tacky everyday garbage for you to have “fun” with (i.e. smoking sheesha. Y’all turned it into this janky nonsense that looks so trashy and stupid).
• Taking spiritual/religious ideas and traditions and subscribing to them to be trendy or unique
• Trying to act like you’re an expert in their food, music, or art, and that you can do it BETTER than them
• Basically trying to WEAR that culture’s skin, clothing, & beauty traditions as a costume/trend and turn old traditions into cheap garbage
And WHY is this wrong? Because, in our society, white people or non-POC can get away with wearing another culture’s clothes and identities and it will be “cute”, “indie”, “bohemian”, “trendy”, and “exotic.” BUT when a POC who actually belongs to that culture wears their own culture’s clothing, styles of beauty, or does things that are specific to their culture, they’re looked down upon, made fun of, sneered at, told to “Go home, get out of this country, we don’t do that here,” and laughed at. The few times I wore a shalwar kameez in public—and I’m Pakistani—people gave me weird looks, like I had a disease. And yet if a white person (or, heck, even a different POC, because POC don’t have the right to appropriate other cultures either) wears a shalwar kameez, people will call her exotic and cute. Seriously? Do you see a problem? I do. Want some proof? When Selena Gomez and Katy Perry use other cultures as costumes in their music videos and stuff, they were thought to be creative and fun. But when an Indian American woman with brown skin won Miss America, there was a huge racist backlash and people said, “We don’t look like that here, we don’t need a curry muncher here, get out of this country.” So I guess Indian culture is only okay if Selena Gomez is stealing it, right? But not if an actual Indian woman is displaying it? Another example: white people with dreadlocks are seen as “soft grunge” and “hippie”, but black people with dreadlocks are looked down upon and seen as dirty and lazy for having them, even though they know how to take care of their dreadlocks way better.
Respect the fact that we are different. You don’t need to be culturally BLIND because that is just as ignorant. Trying to ignore cultures means you’re trying to erase peoples’ identities. You can appreciate/like/admire other cultures without trying to steal them, use them, cheapen them, and wear them as costumes. You weren’t born into it, so know your limits. And YES. There will ALWAYS be those people who say, “But my Chinese friends don’t care if ____!” and “I’m Mexican and I don’t care if people ____,” but they do not speak for all people of that culture and just because THEY don’t mind doesn’t mean other people don’t. Plenty of POC get harassed/taunted/degraded/fetishized over their own cultures WHILE people not of that culture are called “free-spirited”, “bohemian”, “quirky” and “trendy” for imitating the SAME culture—so yes, the people who oppose cultural appropriation do it based on actual microaggressions and bigotry they may have faced and it is NOT your job to try and convince then that they don’t have a right to their own culture or that the oppression against them should mean nothing.
Think about this. There are some women okay with sexism. Some POC okay with racist jokes. Some Jewish people don’t care about anti-Semitic jokes. And your friend might be one of these people. But suddenly that makes it okay for you to behave foolishly, immaturely, and ignorantly?
Wise up. It’s 2014. There is no excuse to be ignorant.
And if you ever need to explain to someone what cultural appropriation is, show them this post (credit me if you post it elsewhere). It’s a good starter and I think it encompasses the basics of what cultural appropriation is and isn’t.
james turning down every hogsmeade invitation by telling them he’s going stag
Sirius spreading a rumour that he has a cat just so when people ask him about it he can go, “Nah, I’m a dog person.”
Peter being loud so when a teacher chews him out, he can promise to be “quiet as a mouse”
Remus skipping meals so people can hear his stomach grumbling and he can apologise for being “hungry like the wolf.”
You novel has been accepted by a publisher. What does that mean? Time to sit back and relax while your manuscript creeps through the stages of editing, revising, cover art, formatting, printing, etc etc…
Your job doesn’t end when your book gets published. Most publishers will expect you to be incredibly involved in promoting your novel. In fact, the effort you plan on putting into the marketing will often reflect how much effort the publisher will put in as well. This is true for both traditional publishers and self-publishers! At the press I’m interning at, the author’s plans for self-promotion will directly affect how many of their novel gets printed and sold to bookstores.
Since I’ve been put in charge of writing articles about self-promotion for authors at my internship, I’ll share some of that here. Some options do require you putting yourself out there, but be confident! Passion is contagious. If you’re excited about your project, others will be too!
This is pretty much essential. There is a cost involved, of course—especially if you need help designing and maintaining it, the domain name itself is usually about $10 a year. Totally worth it. The author website is a hub of information that can link readers to their preferred outlet for receiving the latest—Facebook, Twitter, a newsletter, etc. Often it includes a writer blog, a biography, information about your series, links to purchase or preorder your novels, and so on!
For a blog or newsletter, you don’t always have to talk business. Think of it like another way to connect with readers and show you’re a real person behind the words. You can share information about your creative process, tips about writing, publishing, information related to your book topic which you’re an expert on, interviews with other authors in your genre, book recommendations/reviews, or even “behind-the-scenes” information about your experiences with publishing. And, of course, when your next novel comes out, you can provide your readers will information about how, when, and where they can purchase your latest work. Newsletters should generally be sent out on a schedule (once a month, bi-monthly, etc) and the “unsubscribe” button should always be in easy sight. Blogs can be posted on a more irregular basis, but not like, every day for a week then not for a month.
Book Tours and signings:
Yes, often authors are expected to make public appearances. Don’t be scared. Well, it’s okay to be scared. But you can do it! Call into your local bookstores or libraries and ask to set up a book signing. Bring copies of your own books, and set up near the front if you can. It also helps to have some sort of hand out, like bookmarks adverting your novel. Afterwards, offer to leave the books with the bookstore. I’ve never done this one myself, so I’m going to hand you over to some experts: (How to Have a Successful Book Signing) (How to autograph books)
Most likely, you’ll want to set up author pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Social media can easily become a spider web of connections. There are people out there who would love to read your novel. There are people out there who will become your diehard fans. First, though, they need to learn that you and your books exist. The most common outlets include Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Additionally, like mentioned before, many authors have blogs and websites. While you don’t have to implement all of these options, starting with one and branching out from there will greatly increase the size of your reading base.
Your page can give the basic synopsis about your various books. To keep in touch with fans, you can post articles or links to related subjects. After cover art has been finalized, you can post images to get people intrigued. You can provide interested readers with the resources they need to purchase your book, such as links to Amazon or Barnes & Noble, for ordering or even preordering. Your Facebook account can be a springboard to link readers to your website, your Goodreads account, or your Twitter, so no matter which social media platform your reader prefers, they’ll have a way to get the latest on your novel.
Facebook and Twitter and the most obvious ones, but don’t forget about Goodreads! Goodreads is a social media website for booklovers across the globe. Users can review and rate books, visit the profiles of their favorite authors, and explore different genres and publications. You can make “bookshelves” of favorite books, books to read, recommendations, and so on. With Goodreads’s Author Program, you can promote your book through a blog, posting videos or quizzes, publicizing events, and generating hype and followers. Goodreads can also help you list book giveaways to generate buzz before your latest novel’s release, or create a Q&A discussion group for readers. Throughout the various groups and discussion forums, Goodreads is a great social media platform to help you reach a target audience of passionate readers.
Be creative, and be open to fans! Just try not to hit them over the head with “READ THIS AND LOVE IT.” I think a bit of humility works wonders with self-promotion.