"I Swear I Didn’t Seriously Ship It At First, It Just Sort of Happened" a novel by me
"Oh God It Has Taken Over My Life, I Don’t Know What Happened: I’m Going To Cry" the sequel
if you’ve ever legitimately cried like a fucking baby over a character clap your hands
Harry Potter 7.
American History textbooks more like
Chapter 1: Introduction to White People
Chapter 2: White Settlers and The Indian Savages
Chapter 3: Whitey Makes A Country
Chapter 4: The Blacks
Chapter 5: Wars, Wars, Wars
Chapter 6: No More Racism!: Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a Speech
Chapter 7: The Modern Whites
Let me tell you what it has been like recapping this show since the beginning: Every week, year after year, hundreds of emails from people saying how Emily Fields and Maya St. Germain and Paige McCullers have been the “Once upon a time” they told themselves in the dark. Emily stepping out of the closet with the grace of a poem and never looking back. Maya refusing to conform or apologize for living outside society’s expectations at all times always. Paige recognizing her brokenness and making herself whole. Stacks and stacks of emails from people explaining how they siphoned off the courage of those three characters and cleared their throats and dropped their tails and stood up straight and spoke into the darkness.
A generation of young gay women saying “Once upon a time” into their own personal dungeons and telling and telling and telling themselves the stories of Emily and Maya and Paige.
Could Alison be one of those stories one day? Absolutely. But for me, right now, she’s not. She’s one of my favorite TV characters. She’s played by a ridiculously talented actor. But telling me to shut my “pro-Paily” mouth and stop rooting for two characters who symbolize the triumph of the It Gets Better generation, two characters who stood sentinel as DOMA was overturned and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was reversed down and 19 states struck down their same-sex marriage bans is just kind of silly."
Heather Hogan (aka- the person who always puts my feelings into words that i feel so so so strongly about)myladyshawster)
I. Fucking. LOVE. This.
a picture is worth a thousand words
in this case t’s 10,000.
I love this picture so much ugh sorry for reblogging it all the time
“She can paint a lovely picture
But this story has a twist
Her paint brush is a razor
And her canvas is her wrist.”
omg the quote it’s too perf but sad at the same time
I have no words, this is beautifully sad
so prefect and sad
Jew by birth, lapsed Conservative.
When reading Paradise Lost in high school, I commented that a lot of the stuff was a little alien to me as a Jew. My goyish teacher replied “But the fall of Satan is in your bible, too!”
No it isn’t. Satan isn’t evil in Judaism. Satan is G-d’s prosecutor, essentially. His purpose is to test the righteous. One of my central annoyances as a Jew with regards to non-Jews reading our theology as essentially Christianity without Jesus are little things like this. And the assumption we believe in the Christian versions of Heaven and Hell, or that we believe in Original Sin or any other Christian concepts that, frankly, were I not a Jew I would probably reject on their own merits. While I think Jews and Christians, and Muslims for that matter, ultimately believe in the same G-d, our understandings of said G-d and what is expected of us are wildly different. I wish we could accept them instead of, well, have you read a history book?
The Christian concept of Satan was so utterly confusing to me when I was younger. I was like, “So…he’s not human, but he has the free will to “rebel”? And he’s not G-d, but he’s acting outside of G-d’s plans? And he’s not another deity, even though he’s solely responsible for the creation of evil? And isn’t G-d technically still responsible for its creation, having created Satan knowing that Satan would rebel?”
Because, by the Jewish understanding, everything that exists was created by G-d. Including evil. I didn’t understand how another being could be responsible for it, if G-d was truly the creator of the universe.
And my Christian friends would get so frustrated with me.
Yeah. Yetzer HaTov and Yetzer HaRa (the good and evil impulse) made so much inherent sense to me that I didn’t see the NEED for some supernatural evil force to counter G-d. The concept feels very alien to me. That’s also why Original Sin confuses me so much. Are we or aren’t we responsible for our own actions?
The view of Satan presented in the book of Job is a very interesting one. To speak up and say ‘yeah, well prove it!’ to G-d, to question and then to test the loyal and faithful.
It presents this view of a Creator that doesn’t explicitly demand only blind belief. We’re Am Yisrael, the people who wrestle with G-d, and I think Satan, as the Tanakh presents him, is important to understanding that role.
The “wrestle with G-d” aspect of Judaism is important to me. That’s literally what “Israel” means. Abraham, the first Jewish man, argued with G-d over whether or not to spare Sodom or Gomorrah. That has always been an important story for me as a Jew. G-d does not want blind disciples who do not think or challenge things they don’t understand. G-d specifically chose Abraham and his willingness to argue even with G-d cannot have been accidental.
One of my favorite readings of the Binding of Isaac story is that, because Abraham did NOT argue with G-d to spare the life of his innocent son, G-d never spoke to him again. The last time G-d speaks to Abraham in the Bible is then. Afterwards, Abraham’s covenant with G-d remained, but his personal relationship was over. He failed his final test. I’ve always found that reading fascinating and much prefer it to the blind faith reading.
Yes, yes, yes! There’s so much in the Akedah (Binding of Isaac, for goyische followers) to pay attention to, but that, that’s a big picture thing that stuck with me. Whenever people (usually goyim, of course) bring up that story, that’s one of the first things I want to hit them in the face with. It was WRONG of Abe to just accept that task!
Also, am I the only one who wants to watch a Hebrew dub of The Hunger Games just to see if Katniss uses the word ‘hineini’ (‘here I am’, both what Abraham said when the angel called him and what Isaac said when Abraham called him), in order to really make the connection between her action in volunteering and the sacrifice of Isaac? If I were translating, that might have been one of the things I’d have done.
I don’t understand half the words in here but its a brilliant history lesson, and I never bought that blind faith crap anyway.
"What did i do to anyone that was so bad that i deserve this?”
Phss. Idk. Maybe it’s because you physically and emotionally bullied half your class. And their parents. Also strangers. And Tippi the bird.
This is me. It doesn’t all have to be ‘good’ and ‘fine’. This is the room where you don’t have to be brave. I still love you.