Science shows: Yes! Trans people are born that way! We can tell from brain scans.

imguiltyofthis:

lgbteducated:

There are brain scans showing a significant difference in the brains of trans women and trans men.  

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To quickly summarize the links of information:  Trans women’s brains are more female, and trans men’s brains are more male.  Their brain identifies more with their identified gender (as in a trans woman identifying as a woman in every day life) rather than their sex (genitalia, and such).

[New Scientist]

[Pinknews]

[New York Times]

now I’m really curious about my brain

Respectfully, I caution you that this study was conducted in 1995 in the Netherlands with a small sample (hardly a representative group), and most significantly, since then the “hypothalamus/corpus callosum shows sex differences” idea has been largely discredited as constructed sexist B.S. For further info on that, check out Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling (2000). I’m not saying that trans people don’t have genetic/physical differences, just that this particular study and the articles on it are not fit to be relied on as a good source of information.

trans transgender sexing the body science

shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope
(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)
Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!
And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Somni-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.
So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope

(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)

Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!

And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Somni-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.

So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

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ultrafacts:

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Oookay, folks, buckle up cuz this gonna be a long one.

Tl;dr: These “facts” are all misleading and not typical of Japanese culture. Please stop essentializing and misrepresenting other countries and their cultures. It spreads stereotypes and leads to mistreatment and discrimination when the people from these countries do not live up to popular myths. Japan is a unique country…as are ALL countries. Stop the “weird Japan” bullshit, please. Please. Same goes for Korea, China, India, and all of the countries the West likes to pretend are homogenous and super foreign and strange all the time.

In depth, on the individual “facts” (for those who care and want to educate themselves, you should do individual research as well. I have lived in Japan, but I am not a Japanese person):

1. While some of these facts are true, statements such as “The Japanese take hygiene seriously” are offensive. They essentialize an entire country of many different people. There are also very dirty people in Japan. There are hoarders, non-bathers, unclean homes and apartments full of trash, just like any place where many different humans reside.

It’s like the often repeated BS, “Black people are great dancers.” Let’s think about these statements and the millions of people that get left out and invalidated when we (especially ‘we’ as people not of that background) say them. I have Black friends who feel embarrassed and ashamed that they have no sense of rhythm or can’t dance well, because of all the pressure put on them to be a “great dancer”. These so-called “positive” stereotypes actually hurt people. If someone can’t dance, are they not allowed to be Black? If someone is messy, are they not Japanese?

2. These “hot food vending machines” do not exist outside of certain areas of Tokyo in my experience. They are pretty rare. Most of the time hot 24hr food is found at convenience stores.

3. There have been many flavors of Kit Kat in Japan, but they are often limited time offers, and usually there are not more than two or three flavors for sale at any one store at the same time. You will have to look very hard to find ten different flavors even if you stay for a full year.

4. Most Japanese people never visit these places. Many Japanese people have never even heard of the “cat island” that is so popular on English websites.

5. This is true, but the “Buddhist practice” bit is debatable. Shinto-Buddhist influence vs. Confucian vs. indigenous culture.. it’s hard to say where exactly traditions and practices originate from.

6. This is one dog in one place.

7. I have never, ever heard of this. In fact, I think it would be pretty rude in most cases, especially if you are expected to be carrying out certain tasks and instead you’re napping.

8. It seems this is a little-known, obscure event started in 2006 by the “Devoted Husband Association.” They do it every year, but it is not a national holiday nor a common practice.

9. Square/Heart watermelons are not common and are pretty expensive.

10. This is not from a game show, it is a single episode of a variety show featuring well-known comedians and commentators, similar to the “Today Show” but with more people. Not all Japanese shows are game shows. Most are variety, comedy, or travel shows, and they are often detested by foreigners for being “boring,” “annoying,” and “predictable.” 

*** If you go to Japan or talk to a Japanese person with these assumptions, you will be confused and disappointed. ***

(senpailikeskohaiから)

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matsuri-m:

Puppy Cat siratama zenzai

もうちょっとかわいく浮かぶのを予想してたんですが、puppycatに全然似なかった上にどう見ても溶鉱炉に沈んでいっている…

criedwolves:

hooklineandskyler:

thatsthat24:

pretentiouslimericks:

prototype-the-walter-girl:

criedwolves:

incuriosity:

criedwolves:

pb | marceline

just to show how amazing they are at cosplay, and how no matter who youare, you an pull any gender off, i would like to say this….one of them are a guy and now im gay xD

we’re both guys actually. surprise haha

What?!

Sorry but may I draw your attention to the fact PB’s hair is grayed out where Marcy was biting it?

THIS IS AMAZING

Ok the first time I reblogged this I didn’t know it was two guys. If they can do this and look so damn amazing and pretty then there is no reason I can’t do my Rogue or Harley cosplay! Thanks for the inspiration guys!!

hell yeah man, you’re gonna look great!!!! don’t let your gender stop you from cosplaying who you want to!

(vaguelydisturbedから)

otp

sapphicdalliances:

the world is incredible. there are girls in this world, and there are also dogs. you can put melted cheese on any type of potato.  sometimes flowers grow even when nobody is there to water them. right now on this same planet where we live there are people who are in love with each other kissing each other on the nose. emotions and colours are both things that exist. everything is so great

(nombee-zombieから)

me once I have caffeine