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  • lyannaperenna:

    I think that’s beautiful, pieces solving a puzzle

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  • I DEMAND more Jody Mills! Preferably with little baby Sammy. <3
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  • The Many Bitchfaces of Sam Winchester

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  • spankbutts:

    "The laws of physics can kiss my ass."

     America Chavez - Young Avengers 

    This is my first serious cosplay. I loved her character so much, I think I decided I was going to cosplay her within the first few pages of the comic. She’s just that kickass,

    and I did enjoy being able to wear my hair all natural for this :) 

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  • melindamaymatters:

    Melinda May is a woman of color in a white men’s world on a white men’s show and that is so important. 

    Someone else wrote that she comes across as doing the right thing and being brave even though the narrative is not on her side, and I think that’s right, and it’s pretty incredible, and speaks to the strength of this character and the talent of the woman who plays her. 

    But mostly I want to talk about how people think Melinda May is cold and scary and unfeeling, but how May leaves the desk job she took to protect herself after a huge trauma because she is afraid for her friend and wants to be there for him in every possible way (even maybe up to putting him out of his misery, if it came to that). And when he finds out what she did (for him, completely for him—there was not one molecule of anything self-serving in that decision), he treats her like absolute shit, and I want to talk about the fact that May is strong enough and respects herself enough not to take that crap and she walks away. That is a rare, rare thing to see a woman do and not be intensely vilified for by the narrative on TV and it was the most valuable thing I think I’ve seen a character do. Because as women, we’re taught to care for other people at our own expense. We’re taught to stick it out and make things work and compromise and apologize and be nice. And it hurts us. But May left because she knew she needed to take care of herself, and that wasn’t selfish. It was right. It was self-respect. 

    I also want to talk about how May cares for everyone on her team so much, but especially how she interacts with the younger women on the bus, with Simmons and Skye. A lot of times on TV, you see women who have personalities and values as different as these women do fight and be in conflict, which is such a damaging trope. But not here. Even when Skye is pissy, May doesn’t respond to her by lashing back out. May’s assessment of Skye’s situation is the assessment of a good agent doing her job. And especially recently, we can see how May respects Simmons’s work and notices her efforts and how important that is to Simmons, how she reacts to May as a role model. Simmons who is afraid of conflict and weapons and doesn’t know how to fight but who was willing to jump off a plane to save her team and to fight for them against Hydra. May knows how big of a deal it is to Jemma Simmons to be noticed by her. And Skye? Skye wants to be accepted, she wants to be valuable, and now she wants to be able to fight the battles they’re fighting without her feelings getting in the way. And May’s seen Skye’s feelings being messy all over the place since day one and known it would hurt her, but she waits till Skye asks and then offers her help. The mutual respect growing between these women, a lot of it emanating from May’s example, is a rare thing to see on TV. 

    Speaking of the women of SHIELD, the field agents we know—May, Hill, and Romanov in particular— hide and control their feelings with an elegant finesse that elides how damaging that control can end up being. When we see everyone believing May is this unfeeling weapon, calling her the Cavalry afraid of her— and then we see Coulson hurt her deeply, we see her react and leave, and we hear her tell Skye frankly that no, she has feelings, she is furious, but this is how she expresses that— THAT is so important. That is something that affects many of the women in the MCU, and it’s May who finally articulates it and explains to not only Skye but to the audience what is really going on with her, and implies how damaging the perception that women who control their emotions have no emotions is. May just took a grenade to the deadly dichotomy of “overemotional woman” and “coldhearted bitch” that the world tries to force on us, and that is incredibly significant. 

     Finally, although we don’t always see it because the narrative is not on her side, Melinda May has, throughout the run of the show, been fighting a terrible secret battle. Imagine what it’s like to have to watch one of your closest friends for signs of deterioration, for signs that he’s going to die (again), and you might have to be the one that does it. To know what happened to him and be unable to tell him. To have that heartbreak and that terror and never breathe a word, and never flinch. And after all that, because of all that, to have your loyalty questioned. 

    Melinda May is a goddamned hero. She is a loving, courageous friend. She would give her life for her team, kill for them, keep heartwrenching secrets for them. She has taken blow after blow with no time to recover and kept going, because what she does isn’t just survive. She walks out of the blaze carrying her friends in her arms. She does this when she is vilified by her friends, when the narrative elides her role or even casts her choices in darkness, when the world at large wants to crucify her. Melinda May carries her truth inside of her, and nothing can pull that from her. She does what is right, regardless of all the forces allied against her. 

    And that matters. 

    [Written for The Melinda May Matters Project by thebrightgeist]

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  • bocchan:

    karhide:

    windandsalt:

    friarpark

    #this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

    okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

    our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

    over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

    and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

    first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

    and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

    by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

    anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

    bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

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  • I want more May and Skye

    badrowboats:

    There’s an existing post about May that talks, in part, about how she’s great in terms of her interactions with the younger women on the Bus. And I totally agree with it except that I have to pick on one thing: as May is being defended, could we avoid calling Skye “pissy”? Please? Even if it wasn’t intended as such, that kind of word choice is part of the tendency to treat Skye like a child. And Skye isn’t a bratty child, she’s an adult who has dealt with her own boatload of traumas. That word is so gendered and infantilizing and insulting, and the idea that May has to deal with Skye when Skye is being pissy or overemotional is just as damaging as the idea that May has no emotions at all. The reason I bring this up in talking about Skye and May together (rather than a separate Skye-only post) is that when I see people vilifying May and when I see people infantilizing Skye, I see them doing the same basic thing in denying some basic humanity to these female characters. Part of what I truly love about this show is that they give us female protagonists who are such different representations of womanhood/femininity. It lets female strength be comfortably shown as something multifaceted and non-essentialist and connected to emotions in different ways that are all still valid. And more than anything, I’d like to see care taken that when fandom discusses the women in this show, it doesn’t fall back on tired tropes of female emotionality (ice queens or pissy children) and instead is just more…careful. 

    I actually think that the differences established between May and Skye are what make them such a potentially great pairing for more screentime in season 2. May was initially wary of Skye (and probably wary of the way Coulson was so instantly drawn to Skye), and rightfully so. Coulson took to Skye really quickly and in a way that was entirely irrational and contrary to his previous character, what with being super happy to invite a criminal on board and dole out second chances. May had every rational good reason to not really let down her guard at first. It doesn’t make her a bad person, it doesn’t make her a bitch, it makes her a reasonable human being.

    Meanwhile, Skye was wary of May, and rightfully so. May puts up a wall of being scary, doesn’t take that wall down easily, and was clearly initially wary about Skye’s presence on the Bus. Skye doesn’t want May to be involved in the research about her parents, and when Skye tries to bring it up, May snaps at her. Her reactions to May, there an in ‘Repairs,’ reflect the fact that she doesn’t understand May at first, and they don’t make her a pissy child, they make her human.

    Part of the reason I think this relationship is worth exploring so much more is that they did have this friction in the first half of season one. It was understated, and it varied from episode to episode, but it was there. And, we know, that friction has lessened a lot now that May has 100% faith in Skye’s commitment to the team and now that Skye has a better understanding of May as someone who holds in her expression of emotions (rather than someone without emotions). We know that May respects Skye, we know that Skye respects May, and we know that they have a lot of experiences about which they should be able to see eye-to-eye. But everything went nutso at the end of season 1, and we haven’t really gotten the chance to see it explored. And I want that so much. 

    I mean, we saw Skye wanting to talk to Ward about his past (wanting to connect with him about past traumas) so I feel certain she’ll want to do the same with May — and I think May will probably be more willing to do that with her than Ward was (what with the non-lying/traitorousness of her character and all). If we find out more about Bahrain, I hope that it’s through a Skye/May plot. I think Skye is probably the person May will feel the most need to share that kind of story with (from the position of an SO), and also that Skye is the person best equipt to help May deal with it in whatever way May wants to. (Skye totally has some sort of empathic tendencies, whether they’re super-powered or not.) There’s so much rich potential here for the best kind of mentor relationship (one where there’s direction/guidance that actually cuts both ways, and also mutual respect and friendship — the kind Skye and Ward were never going to have, even without HYDRA, since Ward is a misogynistic douche).

    Anyways, I just really really want to see that explored. And in addition to not vilifying Melinda May, I’d like to not infantilize Skye. Both of those tendencies show a disrespect for women/female characters that I think cuts too deep in this fandom. And I think both of those tendencies are, at root, about policing the way women display emotions (whether they show too much or too little). Let Skye and May be two adults who express their emotions differently — as different adults tend to do — and who could have a great, mutually beneficial relationship. 

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  • Could you draw baby Sam calling Dean "Bean"?
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  • “ I’ve done a lot worse than you know. I’ve killed innocent people in the line of duty. But I’m pretty sure it’s not something the old me could’ve done. And maybe I should feel guilty, but I don’t… I don’t know if how I am is better or worse. It’s different. You get the job done, and nothing really hurts. That’s not the worst thing. But I’ve been thinking, I was that other Sam for a long time. And it was…It was kinda harder. ”