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plesiosaurbones:

bluedelliquanti:

"On Demographics."

Following the news this week made me really, really angry and I don’t think some people realize just how many Americans are affected by aggressive and militarized law enforcement. We need to call for immediate police reform for the sake of the kids coming up right now.

This is amazing, Blue.

the-goddamazon:

fuckyeahbiguys:

"I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This

This just punched me in the heart.

lytendrah:

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reyairia:

dgcatanisiri:

stonelions:

it’s strange to me how people get up in arms over Liara’s age and obsession with Shepard and yet Tali is much, much younger and hero-worshippy plus way more vulnerable??? 

not trying to open a can of worms or anything, just my perception but. yeah.

basically protect Tali, that’s all i’m saying. 

There are some immediate similarities in design, but, beyond the comparable life spans of quarians and humans versus asari and humans, the crew and the narrative in 1 make a big deal of Liara’s relative youth - both Ashley and Kaidan refer to her as essentially a kid, their way of treating her says that they think of her as being younger than they are. Tali, of course, is not romanceable in 1. When that changes in 2, it’s also emphasized that she has grown and matured in the time since 1. While Liara is portrayed as more emotionally mature as the series progresses, the initial starting point for her romance is still treating her as being much younger than Shepard. That cloud still hangs over the relationship, because the option existed in 1, unlike with Tali.

And then there’s how Tali repeatedly has points where Shepard can be knocked off that hero-worship pedestal. The fleet always comes first for Tali. Shepard has to do things just right, keeping her father’s name clear, either siding with her or being persuasive enough to resolve things between her and Legion, and protecting the fleet over Rannoch. Otherwise, she will not respond to Shepard trying to be more than friends with her. Her romance is locked out entirely and permanently.

Liara, meanwhile, has no crisis points. Shepard has her undying loyalty, but it’s never made out to be a love of a flawed person who makes mistakes. What we see plays more like a schoolgirl crush, where she enshrines Shepard on a pedestal, raising Shepard above her, and never letting Shepard fall from that place. Almost everything she does in the plot is about how she can help Shepard. Even the big thing she does that isn’t done for Shepard, rescuing Feron, gives her a reward that she explicitly says she’ll use for Shepard. She will throw her love and interest at Shepard throughout the series, and the most Shepard gets to do is politely decline.

The two points that should have SOME kind of crisis from her, her mother’s death and the fall of Thessia, instead have her taking the zen path of ‘I choose to remember her as she was’ instead of even slightly lashing out at Shepard for having to kill her mother, not even immediately walking it back, even if she wasn’t there with Shepard during the fight with Benezia, or blaming HERSELF for Thessia’s fall, instead of Shepard, who is spending the whole aftermath blaming themselves anyway. In both cases, she doesn’t say a word against Shepard, despite how it’d be a natural and normal reaction. There is no ‘make-it-or-break-it’ moment to her relationship, she will always have undying loyalty to Shepard, and many of us consider that unhealthy.

The quarian immune system is tricky to deal with, mostly because it’s explained really inconsistently - Tali talks about how ‘a single kiss could kill [her],’ how sick she got from being with Shepard in 2, that by 3 her system has ‘adapted,’ and Citadel shows a quarian actress willing to remove her mask for a kiss. What it seems like to me is that there is the possibility and risk, but those are usually extreme cases, and it’s far more likely that there will just be a fever and mild infection, rather than death.

Essentially, both romances have problematic elements, but Liara’s trumps Tali’s for a lot of people, with the fact that Liara’s emotional youth is emphasized at the same time that she is being highlighted as a romance option making her romance far more uncomfortable to people to begin with. I’m not saying that there’s nothing uncomfortable with Tali’s relationship, but it’s significantly less than what’s there in Liara’s, with Liara’s relationship with Shepard also (romance or not) played up significantly more in the series.

That and Liara’s sexual inexperience is supposed to make her more enticing as a romance option (hell, her entire character is sadly about being enticing as a romantic interest which really stifled her), while with Tali it made sense she would be one due to her species before Bioware ever thought of making her romanceable - she was made an LI only due to fan demand. For Tali there exists a practical reason thanks to pre-existing worldbuilding as to why she would be sexually inexperienced, for Liara the purpose boiled down to fetishizing virginity and sexual inexperience in women

Also Tali actually moves on from Shepard if unromanced, hooking up with Garrus, while Liara remains crushing on Shepard throughout all three games, even when two other characters (Feron and Javik) clearly have romantic interest in her.

And again, Tali makes it very clear several times that her people are far more important to her than Shepard ever will be. She is technically the most difficult character to romance for this exact reason. There are more ways to lock yourself out of her romance than there is for any of the other LIs. 

Liara keeps a piece of Shepard’s armor in her apartment regardless of whether you romanced, or even whether you treated her nicely in ME1. She has no sort of loyalty check, unlike every other character.

So yeah, while a lot of parts of their romances are similar (younger, sexually inexperienced, somewhat naive), the way Tali’s is handled makes me think that her feelings for Shepard grew out of hero worship into genuine romantic feelings, while with Liara it just felt like an unhealthy mixture of the two throughout the series.

comicsalliance:

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON DOESN’T WANT TO ADDRESS ITS HARASSMENT PROBLEM BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT THINK IT HAS A HARASSMENT PROBLEM
By Chris Sims
San Diego’s Comic-Con International has a problem that it doesn’t want to address. See, a few weeks back, a group called GeeksForCONsent launched a petition urging Comic-Con to adopt a formal harassment policy in place of the broad, basically unenforceable “code of conduct” that’s currently in place. Like many conventions, SDCC has a huge problem with women — particularly women cosplayers — being harassed by other con-goers and dubious media “professionals”, and the present policy offers victims little recourse.
Comic-Con’s existing policy, which can be found in its 200-page programming guide and on the event’s website, is as follows:

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security, or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

GeeksForCONsent’s petition asks that Comic-Con amend the policy thusly:
A harassment reporting mechanism and visible, easy to find on-site support for people who report harassment.
Signs throughout the convention publicizing the harassment policy and zero-tolerance enforcement mechanisms.
Information for attendees on how to report harassment.
A one-hour training for volunteers on how to respond to harassment reports.
As a response to the petition, David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations — someone whose actual job is to talk to the media about this sort of thing — gave a remarkable interview to CBR‘s Albert Ching where he suggested, astonishingly, that instituting a more explicit anti-harassment policy would be a problem in and of itself, because people in the media and the attendee base might think that Comic-Con has a problem with harassment.

…because we’re really an international show, and have 3,000 members of the media, I think the story would be harassment is such an issue at Comic-Con that they needed to post these signs around there. Now, people within the industry, and fans, know that isn’t the case, but the general public out there, and I think the news media, might look at this as, “Why would you, if this wasn’t such a bad issue, why do you feel the need to single out this one issue and put signs up about it?” I think that’s a concern.

That’s not really how rules work.
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comicsalliance:

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON DOESN’T WANT TO ADDRESS ITS HARASSMENT PROBLEM BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT THINK IT HAS A HARASSMENT PROBLEM

By Chris Sims

San Diego’s Comic-Con International has a problem that it doesn’t want to address. See, a few weeks back, a group called GeeksForCONsent launched a petition urging Comic-Con to adopt a formal harassment policy in place of the broad, basically unenforceable “code of conduct” that’s currently in place. Like many conventions, SDCC has a huge problem with women — particularly women cosplayers — being harassed by other con-goers and dubious media “professionals”, and the present policy offers victims little recourse.

Comic-Con’s existing policy, which can be found in its 200-page programming guide and on the event’s website, is as follows:

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security, or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

GeeksForCONsent’s petition asks that Comic-Con amend the policy thusly:

  • A harassment reporting mechanism and visible, easy to find on-site support for people who report harassment.
  • Signs throughout the convention publicizing the harassment policy and zero-tolerance enforcement mechanisms.
  • Information for attendees on how to report harassment.
  • A one-hour training for volunteers on how to respond to harassment reports.

As a response to the petition, David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations — someone whose actual job is to talk to the media about this sort of thing — gave a remarkable interview to CBR‘s Albert Ching where he suggested, astonishingly, that instituting a more explicit anti-harassment policy would be a problem in and of itself, because people in the media and the attendee base might think that Comic-Con has a problem with harassment.

…because we’re really an international show, and have 3,000 members of the media, I think the story would be harassment is such an issue at Comic-Con that they needed to post these signs around there. Now, people within the industry, and fans, know that isn’t the case, but the general public out there, and I think the news media, might look at this as, “Why would you, if this wasn’t such a bad issue, why do you feel the need to single out this one issue and put signs up about it?” I think that’s a concern.

That’s not really how rules work.

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westernkanye:

An important purchase

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westernkanye:

An important purchase

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