I can’t imagine how scandalized those critics who were relieved to have something that was mild enough to not excite their kids would’ve been if they’d stopped for a second and realized what was actually going on. The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn’t through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think.” —Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism (via missshirley)
I just learned that Vin Diesel taught Judi Dench how to play Dungeons and Dragons and now she DMs for her grandchildren and I feel better about the world in general.
remember how punk culture was supposed to be anti-elitist and then it morphed into this cesspool of elitist shits trying to decide who/what is and isn’t punk
that’s some irony you can drizzle on a cake and eat that’s how rich it is
Rule #1 of Starfleet: The Prime Directive
Rule #1 of Star Trek: fuck the Prime Directive
(And God let me enjoy this. Life isn’t just a sequence of waiting for things to be done).” — Ze Frank (An Invocation For Beginnings)
Gender stereotypes really bother me and when people try to push them on children it irks me so much. I’m a girl (the youngest of three) and growing up I loved playing with cars, tonka trucks, making mudpies, getting dirty, climbing trees and I’m pretty sure in every picture of me as a child where you can see my legs I am covered in scratches and bruises from playing hard. All of these things a stereotypically “boy” things to do. I’m lucky and my parents never tried to push me the other way toward more “girly” things like the games and toys my sisters enjoyed, but I see it all the time where parents tell their daughter they can’t have a toy truck because that’s a boy toy or tell their son they can’t play with a doll or easy bake oven because they’re not a girl. I’ve even seen and heard parents shame their son/daughter about wanting to play with something that isn’t a “boy/girl” toy.
It makes me sick, to be honest.
There’s nothing wrong with boys who like “boy” things like superheroes, trucks and playing in the mud, just like there’s nothing wrong with girls who like “girl” things like barbies, baby dolls, and tea parties. So why is it such a horrible thing when a boy/girl wants to try something new? Who cares if your daughter wants to dress up as spider(wo)man for Halloween? I would encourage my daughter to do what she likes, no matter the gender stereotype- and same with my son. If I have a son one day and he wants to have tea parties, I’ll be the happiest guest at that party.
To top it all off, it makes me even more upset when I hear a boy being teased because he likes doing something that’s “girly” or a girl being teased for being a “tomboy” by their peers. I wish someone would explain to every child that using “being a girl/boy” as an insult isn’t okay.
It’s okay to be a boy.
It’s okay to be a girl.
Liking certain toys or activities is nothing to be ashamed of. The toys I played with and activities I participated in when I was a child helped shape who I am today, and I’m proud of who I am, so it breaks my heart when I see kids being shamed into thinking that what they like isn’t right.
Who decides what’s “right” in the first place?