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2 hours ago on September 2nd | J | 133 notes
How does racism against white people not exist?


mellomaia:

misandry-mermaid:

Personal discrimination against white people exists.  But racism is systemic and white supremacy makes for a skewed power imbalance in which white people do not face institutionalized oppression based on their race.

Whenever I see a question like this on the Internet, I tend to see the “racism is systemic” explanation go over people’s heads. I would like to offer an extension of this explanation. I, like many people, was taught in school that racism is either believing your own race to be superior or hating individuals of other races. Using these definitions and not considering historical (or present) context, one can certainly argue that racism goes both ways. 

However, context is everything, so let’s consider it. It is true that more and more people have friendships or otherwise positive relationships with people of different races. For this reason, I think that, when many white people hear someone accuse their actions as being racist, they think, “That’s ridiculous, how can I hate my friends?” Further, compared to earlier times, it is becoming rarer for people to publicly announce that they hate someone of a particular race or that they think their own race is superior. If you were to consider this and only this, you might come to the conclusion that there’s no more racism or that it’s on its way out. 

But if there’s no racism, why are people with whose names imply that they are white (e.g. Steve Jones) more likely to be called back for job interviews than people whose names imply that they are POC (e.g. Tahani Tompkins), even when they have similar credentials? x x

Why are white people less likely to see films where the majority of the cast consists of black people or other POC? x

Why are all-white juries more likely to convict black defendants to jail time than to convict white defendants, even when they’ve committed similar crimes? x

Why are black people twice as likely as white people to be born prematurely or with a low birthrate, even when controlling for education and socioeconomic class? x

Why are any of the phenomena described in these charts taking place? x

These are just a few examples of modern-day racism. If racism against white people existed, that would mean that people of color would have sufficient control of institutions like the media, the school and university systems, the medical systems, and the government to oppress white people. We do not have that power. White people do. Even if they truly don’t hate or see themselves as superior to POCs, white people as a group have benefits that POCs as a group do not have. 

6 hours ago on September 2nd | J | 5,038 notes

Writing Tips 108: Six Tips for Writing Descriptions

bookgeekconfessions:

Tips by John Hewitt
Originally Posted  poewar.com

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Six Quick Tips for Writing Descriptions

  1. Close your eyes and try to recreate the image in your head.
  2. Remember that people have five senses. Don’t just rely on visual description.
  3. Adjectives should describe, not evaluate. Describing skin as smooth or tan is better than describing it as pretty or perfect.
  4. Don’t over-describe things. A description should enhance the story, not drag it to a stop.
  5. Don’t describe things that don’t matter. If you spend a paragraph discussing a minor character’s mustache-grooming ritual, it had better be important to your story.
  6. Draw your descriptions from real-life memories.
13 hours ago on September 1st | J | 1,998 notes
ilovecharts:

How to learn Morse Code

ilovecharts:

How to learn Morse Code

16 hours ago on September 1st | J | 2,792 notes

mythological species: werewolves

19 hours ago on September 1st | J | 8,213 notes

A chart that briefly covers the body language that is connected with common emotions in people.  (Click to Enlarge)

A chart that briefly covers the body language that is connected with common emotions in people.  (Click to Enlarge)

23 hours ago on September 1st | J | 1,636 notes

Using Adjectives (#chuckthebland)

writersyoga:

Adjectives are words that modify nouns. We use them often in everyday life to describe specific objects using their physical characteristics, ex) a blue pillow, the tall chair, a sketchy deal. When using them in writing, though, its easy to get carried away describing the flowing long blonde shimmering locks of her beautiful golden hair. 

Really, adjectives are great, but just like anything in writing, they must be used in moderation. Like adverbs, overusing adjectives is a sign of doubt and lack of confidence in your writing. Editing out adjectives is a great way to concise-ify your writing and make the piece stronger and bolder overall. Here’s some things to consider when cutting out adjectives

  • Too many adjectives in a row add unnecessary details that bog down the writing and bore the reader and can also lead to over description and purple prose.
  • Unlike the adverb/verb relationship, you can’t always cut out a noun and replace it with a “stronger” one, but you can make sure that the noun you’re using is the one best suited to what you’re trying to describe. Try to be specific with your nouns. Did you use “building” when you meant “corporate skyscraper” or “bungalow”?
  • Avoid clichéd adjectives like “rosy cheeks” or “sunny smile”.
  • The biggest thing to watch out for is redundancy. Don’t tell us it’s a “small ant”, we already know that ants are small.
  • Humans don’t notice everything about a place/scene/anything. We only notice things that are relevant. Is the adjective describing something relevant? No? Cut.
  • If you’re using a lot of adjectives because you need to in order to describe the scene and it is relevant, consider expanding it into more sensory imagery.

But when do you use adjectives?

  • Try not to use generic adjectives like “pretty”, “nice” or “great”. Don’t use “big” when you mean “enormous”. In writing, every single word counts. Bland adjectives just won’t cut it (unless you really actually do need a bland adjective, but you should be aware of that).
  • A rule of thumb: describe, don’t evaluate. Every adjective you use should contribute to the description of the noun in an new way. If you use an adjective it should be one that doesn’t normally apply to the noun it’s modifying.
  • Learn to spot the difference between unnecessary adjectives and important details. Specific details should, in some way, contribute to the overall mood, characterization or description while unnecessary adjectives can be cut out without changing the meaning of the sentence.
  • Remember that more adjectives, used correctly, can slow down the sentence, lengthen the pace and contribute to a longer, more relaxed tone.

As with all things in writing, it’s about learning to strike a balance between enough description and too much. Relevant details and unnecessary information. Cutting adjectives is one more step towards write concisely and powerfully.

Questions, comments, concerns? Drop us an ask or email us at writersyoga@gmail.com.

1 day ago on September 1st | J | 572 notes

harkbus:

Bones for life drawing class. It’s great fun to stretch my design skills again, as simple as they may be. 

Also, I keep using Brain Flower as my header fonts although I know it’s not very legible. Oh let me be, guilty conscience. I’m not in a design program anymore. 

Designer friends, you may slap me upside the head.

EDIT: These are pretty illegible, so here are better imageshack links.

Title
Table of Contents
1. Skull
2. Vertebrae and Ribs
3. Scapula
4. Pelvis
5. Arms and Hands
6. Legs and Feet
End

1 day ago on September 1st | J | 1,642 notes

Abduction and Kidnapping

referenceforwriters:

Do you have any advice for writing kidnapping? Specifically estranged parent kidnapping from parent who has custody? - livingdeadblondegirl 

What you are referring to is abduction, not kidnapping. What you described also has a name: Parental child abduction. Here’s the difference. (x)

  • Abduction is when someone uses deceit or force in order to take a person or a child away from their home or relatives. […]The most common cases of abduction are seen in divorce cases, where one parent is given the sole custody of a child. The person who abducts is not holding the person for profit or any monetary gain from the victim. The laws for abduction crimes vary from state to state and country to country, depending on the severity of the crime.
  • Kidnapping is taking away or forcefully transporting a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment, a confinement without legal authority.  […] Kidnapping involves taking a person from their family forcefully without their consent with the motive of holding the person as a hostage and earning a profit from their family. The kidnapping could be for a number of reasons such as getting monetary reward, or getting some sort of benefit from the person.

 Now that we know the difference, we can work on each. 

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1 day ago on August 31st | J | 1,260 notes
Was self-poisoning a relatively common method of suicide in the Victorian era? If so, what poisons may have been used? Thanks!

Anonymous

thewritingcafe:

Yes, poison was a common way to commit suicide back then. I’m guessing arsenic was the most popular choice. It was easily accessible, a popular choice for murders, and often used in beauty products.

Suicide in Victorian and Edwardian England

Suicidal Women: Fact or Fiction?

1 day ago on August 31st | J | 32 notes