Blanket statements against cis, straight, white (often male) people used to make me uncomfortable.
It’s so funny, you go to acting school thinking you’re going to learn how to be other people, but really it taught me how to be myself. Because it’s in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person’s circumstances and another person’s experience.
I’m starting to think that instead of vampires as a metaphor for oppressed people, we really need to start using vampirism as a metaphor for privilege.
Like, yes, you’re a vampire and you probably can’t help that, and sometimes people will freak the fuck out when you’re coming at them even if it’s just to ask if you can borrow a cup of sugar for your blood muffins or something, and you’re like, “Hey, don’t judge me just because I’m a vampire!”
And then a human’s like, “Um, well, historically, vampires tend to attack us humans and drink our blood.”
And sure, your first instinct is to go “Hey, I’m one of the good vampires! I have a subscription service at a blood bank and everything!”, but… that… doesn’t change the fact that historically, yeah, vampires have survived by eating humans. Any changing perception of vampires is going to have to start with vampires.
So instead of protesting your innocence, you have to start by going to find other vampires and being like “Hey guys, we have to stop eating humans.”
And unfortunately, a lot of vampires are gonna think they’re already doing everything they need to to be Good Vampires, and this needs to be combatted. Being a Good Vampire is a never-ending struggle, and it’s not very rewarding, but it’s what has to be done.
And some humans will never, ever stop being suspicious of you, and you’ll have to accept that. Humans don’t owe you their respect just because you’re doing them the basic service of not flapping into their bedrooms at night and biting their necks. That’s like, the bare minimum of not being an asshole vampire. And some humans will probably still make jokes about how vampires can’t go in the sun without burning up and how they have no reflections and how for some reason they think “Alucard” is actually a cute baby name, but you’ll just have to deal with that, because they’re coping with the fact that this is an entire population of things that historically have always eaten them.
But it’s not about you. It’s about making the world safer for humans, and combatting it every damn time you see another vampire planning out a good old-fashioned round of feasting on virgins in nightgowns, and saying “Okay, no, that’s really offensive” the next time one of your vampire buddies refers to a human as a bloodbag, and generally working overtime to present a pro-human standpoint.
Because really, what good does it do to make the monsters the oppressed ones?
there’s bound to be a ghost at the back of your closet
no matter where you live
there’ll always be a few things, maybe several things
you’re gonna find really difficult to forgive
Just so everyone is aware, failedslacker made the pronoun dressing room available here [link]. You plug in your name (or name you want to try on) and the pronoun set you’re testing and boom, you’ve got text generated from Lewis Carroll’s Adventures In Wonderland.
I’ve got a page dedicated to this on the blog now, so people who miss this post will still be able to access the pronoun dressing room. If we wind up accumulating more resources like this I’ll start up a resources page.
(oh my god this is the cutest thing)
bossuet would use them as a method of self expression depending on the day and they would substantially help keep her self esteem up because it’s hard in society unfortunately to be a woman without hair and it carries a stigma along with it. people make quick assumptions about her as though her ever-constant smile isn’t enough or her relentless efforts to always be there for practically everyone don’t do justice. so while on some days she decides she wants to make a blatant statement, there are others where she decides to be literally anything she wants to be and she shows this through her wig choices.
some days she wants a short bob cut, some days she wants something with a big personality with plenty of curls, some days she wants something that is long and drapes down over her shoulders and she can spend some time sitting in front of a mirror as musichetta carefully combs it.
then there are the days that joly likes to call her “favorite days” and bossuet agrees that she likes them as well. these are the days she pulls out the bright green wig that look absolutely gorgeous against her skintone, the almost-white blonde wig that jehan took the liberty of braiding, or the bright red wig that has been styled into a mohawk (and that is enjolras’ particular favorite) and she has a tendency to wear this one to rallies. she also has one that musichetta particularly likes and they call it with great reverence “the nicki minaj” and it’s literally this extremely silky bubblegum pink bob wig and oh my god the first time she walked into a room with it on bahorel just started clapping with a very delighted “holy shit" in the best way possible (no one can tell me bahorel isn’t nicki minaj’s biggest fan)
there are some days though where bossuet just doesn’t want to wear a wig and that’s perfectly fine also! joly and musichetta are there to kiss her forehead and assure her that she’s absolutely beautiful no matter how she decides to look on a certain day and that she’s still a person regardless - and that just means so much. they love her for her smile and her everything ever and they’re just so so happy.
idk abt certain things but either way i’ll spend several hours on them and then decide whether to keep or scrap them
this is so weirdly relaxing
no one can tell you how to be punk i don’t think but here are some guidelines:
- be aggressively nice and kind to every one you meet
- apologize when you know you’ve fucked up
- don’t apologize for being you or doing what you want to do unless it hurts someone else
- listen to other people
- don’t be afraid to make yourself heard
- listen to whatever music you want to listen to and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not good enough (this also applies to other things in your life)
- don’t tell anyone else their music isn’t good enough (this also applies to other things in their lives)
- dye your hair crazy colors
- don’t dye your hair crazy colors
- respect every one until they give you a reason not to
- buy a (p)leather jacket if it’s $500 or it’s $5 who gives a fuck it’s a leather jacket, seriously this one is a requirement
- take selfies, self-love is super punk
- like and comment on other people’s selfies, self-love feels like a risk
- tip all service workers and be ridiculously nice to the people who make your food, pick up your garbage, ring up your groceries, etc.
- the point of punk is that it is inclusive
- the point of punk is that it is inclusive
- anybody can be punk unless you’re a racist, sexist, cis-sexist, homophobic, classist, elitist asshole if you are any of those things you will never be punk idc how many leather jackets you own or whether or not you’ve been to warped tour
- leather jackets really do help tho