Alex, she/hers, aromantic ace, 19, American in Scotland

I'm a second year student at the University of Edinburgh for English Literature.

This blog is unashamedly eclectic, so expect fandom things whatever grabs me at the moment. I also post a lot of social justice type posts.
I tag epilepsy warning (for fast or flashing gifs), arachnophobia, and common triggers in the form "x tw". Please ask me to tag anything you need to blacklist and I will absolutely do it without question. My askbox is always open.

I suffer from an advanced stage of dad humor. Prepare for puns.

30th September 2014

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roachpatrol:

why the fuck would you write harry potter as gay when the phrase ‘the bi who lived’ is right there waiting for you 

Tagged: im so emotional about this right nowharry potter

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30th September 2014

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I’m really miffed because I trucked myself up to the third floor of the library only to realise all the books i needed have been moved down to the ground floor. Now I don’t wanna move. 

29th September 2014

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wanderingoff:

2 Points About Cooking: 

1) I just realised how desperately insecure i am in the kitchen. Like, I knew I wasn’t a confident cook and would just as soon not eat than have to make something with more than a toaster, but like. I was reading a page on how to make an omelette with bacon and it said “cut up the bacon” and I was like “but what if i fuck it up and my flatmates would laugh at me” which is PATENTLY RIDICULOUS

2) Jamie Oliver has a website called http://www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/ and it’s all the stupidly easy things that you should know but if you’ve never been taught them you just don’t know and you feel like an idiot and never cook anything. Like, it has resource sheets for turning on an oven and fridge management and like, eight different eggs-on-toast recipies and it’s great and i appreciate jamie oliver a lot like a+ buddy u get the struggle of never having been taught to cook. 

for the record i would like to state that I made myself an omelette (which i in my heart of hearts believe to be spelt omlet) with bacon and arugula and I didn’t heat up the pan enough beforehand but also overdid the arugula and forgot to add cheese but HEY. I prepared me a FOOD. and it was nom. 

I would also like to state my love for the full jamie oliver cooking skills website and also my desire to watch all of the jamie oliver everything and also my adoration for a man who is a world famous chef and has put time & money & thought & effort into crafting step by step sandwich recipes for teenagers. Like. Literally how to make a grilled cheese. Four times, with different ingredients. And five different ways of putting eggs on top of toast. and how long leftovers keep for and how to chop different fruits and vegtables and how to pick herbs and literally everything. And like. Thank u. U r a friend to my generation. 

Tagged: food stuff

29th September 2014

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Honestly, I think that I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms and wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent. I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not gonna tell any other female artist to wear more clothes. You know what I’m saying? As long as it’s their idea, and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way. I just think that as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their life on their own terms, I cheer them on. Honestly.
— Taylor Swift on not “acting up” like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears (via immabefearless)

Tagged: tswifffffffftttttblossoming baby feminisht lovely!!!!!!y e s

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29th September 2014

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.

Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover

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29th September 2014

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Today in Solidarity (9.27.14): The Lost Voices campground since Mike Brown’s murder was ransacked by police… so petty. #staywoke #farfromover

Don’t know who the Lost Voices are yet? They’re the youth brigade on the frontlines of Ferguson, leading the fight for justice for Mike Brown. (Many of those tweets you see on my posts are from LV.) Yesterday, their campsite was raided without notice. These young leaders have been under constant attack from police since protests began, but yesterday was a clear intimidation move. Well guess what— Lost Voices will not be intimidated or stopped.  Please make sure you’re showing them your love and support. Consider donating to their efforts today. 

Tagged: ferguson

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29th September 2014

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Tagged: self care

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29th September 2014

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afternoobs:

thegreendeceiver:

myheartbeatsuppeople:

the ol’ razzzle dazzle

No but actually this is a GREAT way to present a dress like this! A regular standing mannequin wouldn’t show off all the layers and details in the skirt!

it also wouldn’t show off all the ol’ razzle dazzle

afternoobs:

thegreendeceiver:

myheartbeatsuppeople:

the ol’ razzzle dazzle

No but actually this is a GREAT way to present a dress like this! A regular standing mannequin wouldn’t show off all the layers and details in the skirt!

it also wouldn’t show off all the ol’ razzle dazzle

Tagged: perfectAmazing Clothinggive em the ol razzle dazzle

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29th September 2014

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raaawrbin:

stirringwind:

raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.  

Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.

The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.

Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it. 

^^^^ YES

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29th September 2014

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”

September 28th

Tagged: ferguson