This Halloween, I’m dressing up as Maleficent and going to all the parties I wasn’t invited to.
Congratulations and respect to these two brave young Kurdish women (both 18) who invented a new concept to detect bombs and explosions to save peoples life. We need more people like them.
May Allah reward them
Their names are Eman Abdul-Razzaq Ibrahim and Dastan Othman Hassan! (x)
More inktober ladies
Hey, anon. I’ve seen quite a few comments like this floating around, so here goes.
First, to get the ATLA issue out of the way:
Look like? Maybe not. Feel like? Absolutely. We’re talking about a chick who created an exact miniature replica of Ba Sing Se on Ember Island from memory with one stomp of her foot. Did she ever “see” Ba Sing Se? No, but she knew exactly what it felt like and, subsequently, what it was shaped like. Toph is intuitive, incredibly intelligent, and remarkably in-tune with what’s around her. Making a statue, dude? No problem. She could have a garden of statues if she wanted. She could earthbend herself a castle and put statues in every room. Of all the people in the ATLA universe, Toph probably sees the most; she doesn’t need vision for that.
THAT BEING SAID, here’s the more important part.
You’ve gotta check yourself.
Your comment was probably meant to be an offhand criticism or remark, which I don’t really mind, but your mindset is problematic. Your presumption that blind people “have no idea what others look like” is quite ableist, and if you’ll bear with me I’d like to briefly explain why.
People with vision impairments can absolutely have an idea of what other people look like! Just because their vision is impaired or non-functioning, does not mean that they lack the ability to perceive others or their surroundings. Check out Ben Underwood, a boy who could use echoes to detect his surroundings. Or Wanderlust, a travel company founded by a blind man for people with vision impairments. Will people be perceived in the same way by someone with vision impairments vs someone without? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t, in fact, perceive it.
Also, people with vision impairments can totally be sculptors! And it is so cool. There’s Felice Tagliaferri, a blind man who recreated the 1753 sculpture “Veiled Christ”. David Stephens is blind but continues to make captivating wooden installments. And, for one of my historical favorites, there’s Giovanni Gonnelli, a renowned sculptor in the 17th century who was blind but said “forget that” and rose to fame regardless, eventually signing his sculptures as "The Blind Man from Gambassi". The list could go on for a while, but you get the idea.
Bottom line: you need to set aside your notions of what disabled people can and cannot do, as a group or as individuals. These sorts of microaggressions cause real harm and real problems for real disabled people every day. Make sense?
Thanks for writing in.
Women firefighters douse flames during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Oh hay look women of colour were an integral part of the ‘cool’ part of history too, how about that. They were like. Doing stuff that supposedly only heroic white dudes had done. That makes women valid participants in collective history now, right? Right? This is in high school history books now, right? Right? Huh?
What Glockgal said.
HOLY HELL YOU GUYS
Happening Now (10.8.14): Oh dear God, not again. Another life lost in St Louis. So little information right now, but it seems that an unarmed 18-year old boy was tased then shot 16 times by an officer, possibly off-duty. Not clear what provoked the event, but I’ll keep you updated as info is released. #staywoke #blacklivesmatter
"it’s just a phase"
i mean the moon has phases but it’s still literally always the moon. just because the moon’s doing something different today doesn’t mean it was lying about being the moon yesterday
Charmander was my favorite starter.
correction: i knew, i knew the whole time plz say somethiNg nice TO ME plEA
*sighs for three years* palettes
every single person you know has something in their life and past that is probably worth collapsing to the ground in an uncontrollably sobbing heap over, so be nice to each other and tell good jokes
this is really important.
I don’t care who you are, everyone has something in there past that can do this to them.
I’m so ready for the month-long skeleton party
oh god i tried to explain i’d’ve and y’all’d’ve to a friend who is a korean exchange student and she just kind of stared at me in horror for a minute lmao