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Just finished ep 4 of wheel of time and all I can think about is Alanna. Specifically, her casting. Do you know how much it means to me to see an “older”, curvy South Asian woman on my screen being a magical badass? she’s not playing someone’s oppressed wife or strict mom? Like?? Here is this woman that looks like I could’ve met her at any one of my parents’ parties and she looks powerful and amazing and in-charge. I can’t describe this feeling I have. May have to come back to this post later.
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nkhaotic · 3 months ago
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SHANG CHI MY BELOVED. THIS MOVIE DESERVES MORE LOVE AND ATTENTION YALL! Watching this movie and the representation made me and so many other people SO HAPPY. Please watch, promote, or support this movie in any way you can! This is my obligated Shang Chi propaganda <3
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smartbrained · 8 months ago
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Best Actor: CHADWICK BOSEMAN, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Actress: VIOLA DAVIS, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Supporting Actor: DANIEL KALUUYA, Judas and the Black Messiah
Best Supporting Actress: YUH-JUNG YOUN, Minari
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hyenasnake · 5 months ago
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I loved Luca so much but one thing I don’t see anyone talking about is the fact that Giulia is the first Disney girl I’ve seen who has a big, hooked nose and isn’t an antagonist!!! I wish my younger self who was self conscious about her big nose could have seen that and I hope there will be much more good-aligned female characters with big noses in the future because I never want to see another little girl think she’s ugly because she doesn’t have a button nose
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erin-hart · a year ago
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It’s our responsibility, when we’re in the room, to look around and see who’s missing.
Representation matters.
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mightyoctopus · a month ago
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This fandom has produced some amazing chronic pain Sokka content, which I love, but one thing I noticed is that chronic pain most often shows up in angst fics. Fics where Sokka is angsty specifically because of his injury and the resulting chronic pain, where he is reluctant to use a mobility aid, where he struggles with self worth, where he feels like he is no longer a proper warrior and cannot fulfill his role.
Thoughts like these are not unusual in real life, but it makes me wonder - why would Sokka, specifically, have these thoughts?
Thoughts like these are common in people who were born non-disabled and acquire a disability later in life, *and* who do not have contact with or exposure to disabled people.
Sokka grew up during a 100 year war in a close knit community. There is no way he doesn’t know disabled veterans. (In fact, he canonically knows a disabled veteran in Bato.) On top of that, 20% of the real world population is disabled. If we assume these numbers translate 1:1 to the atla world, that means that at least 20% of Sokka’s tribe is disabled. Maybe the numbers are even higher, due to the war and harsh living conditions.
During a lot of western history, disabled people were abandoned or hidden away, and that is the background a lot of writers come from, but that is not the type of culture Sokka lives in.
I’m sure that in the Water Tribe, all members are treated equally and given the support they need.
I’m sure Sokka has daily contact with disabled and non-disabled people and doesn’t even think about it. (This isn’t even speculation, after Toph and then later Zuko join the gaang.)
I’m sure he thinks of the disabled members of his tribe as just as valuable as himself.
The thing is, if you (as a non-disabled person) view disabled people as just as valuable as yourself, and then you become disabled, you’re still as valuable as before.
There will be new limitations in your life, and there will be practical concerns, but it won’t be a question of self worth, because disabled people are worth as much as everyone else.
That might sound overly simplistic, but take it from a multiply disabled person: It’s possible to just not be ableist. It’s possible to accept yourself the way you are, because there is nothing wrong with you or your disability.
Now, I don’t think it’s bad to write angsty fics in general, especially if it’s a way to cope with your own disabilities by projecting them onto Sokka. But I do think it’s a good idea, especially for non-disabled authors, to take a step back and ask yourself: Why am I including this element in my story? Why do I think Sokka would have internalized ableism? Why do I think the Water Tribe would foster these thoughts?
These are not rhetorical questions.
Like I said, these plot lines are not inherently bad. They can be great for authors and readers alike who struggle with their own internalized ableism, but they can also be harmful. They can perpetuate stereotypes about disabled and/or indigenous people.
So ask yourself, did you include heavy angst and internalized ableism because you feel you have to? Did you even question it, or did you see it as a given? Do you think disability is all about suffering, and Sokka can only be disabled if he suffers on-screen?
Because if yes, I beg to disagree.
We see disabled people living and thriving in atla. Their stories don’t revolve around suffering, and Sokka’s story doesn’t have to revolve around it either.
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gabrielle-main · 4 months ago
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Loveless, Alice Oseman
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I am not crying, you are
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Representation matters
Representation is everything
Representation saves lives
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good-vibes-and-glitter · 3 months ago
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In case you need another incentive to see Shang-Chi, the soundtrack absolutely SLAPS. AND Simu Liu sings a song for the movie!! GO check it out
(if you are in a safe place to do so, we are still in a pandemic)
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the-aila-test · a month ago
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A NEW EVENT
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It's Native American Heritage Month. It's been a long time since I've done an event on here so I thought I'd start organizing one:
Thanksgiving 2021 is November 25th. Since that's a difficult time of the year for a lot of Natives / First Nations people, let's turn it into something worth celebrating.
If you're Native American / First Nations on November 25th, use the hashtag #TAKEBACKTHANKSGIVING on Tumblr, Twitter, TikTok, or any social media platform and post a selfie, art, links to your CashApps/Venmo/Paypal, videos, poems, anything that makes you proud to be Indigenous.
You can submit your favorite movies, actors, activists, Native characters, Native content creators, anything that you feel celebrates and uplifts indigenous people and our voices.
If you are Native and own a shop or online store, advertise it here!
If you would like The Aila Test to add links to articles/documentaries/other sources that detail the horrors of Thanksgiving, let us know. We will set up a tag if you’d like to blacklist it, but I think it would be helpful and healing for everybody if we made this day more about us, our accomplishments, our creation, our pride, and our personal growth and happiness.
If you choose that day to mourn the loss of your family and ancestors, feel free to submit a tribute to them as well. Please know that we love and support you.
See you on Novemeber 25th.
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jbthegift · 13 days ago
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From Nicole’s Instagram.  <3
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brbdaly · 3 months ago
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Congratulations to Star Trek: Lower Decks for the first officially confirmed bisexual main character in Star Trek!
[id: A waist illustration of Beckett Mariner, a Black woman with her hair in a ponytail wearing a red Enterprise uniform with the sleeves rolled up, standing in front of the bisexual flag with her hands on her hips. At the top of the flag in pink it reads, “to boldly go.”] 
In S2:E3, Mariner affirms her attraction to bad “boys, girls,” and “nonbinary babes.”
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tati-gabi · 10 months ago
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this shit is so heartbreaking. this is literally horrible because GREAT black hairstylists exist within the industry but yt people will go out of their way to close doors on people who could be making their projects 10x better.
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