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Someone walks over to our step to say hello. She bends at the waist, looming over Brooke.

Brooke doesn’t look up. She doesn’t stop stripping her stick.

Dig. Pull. Dig. Pull.

Our visitor reaches out a hand and cups it below Brooke’s chin.

I freeze. Oh God.

She uses the hand to pull Brooke’s head up by the jaw.

A thin line of panic starts somewhere deep. I know that Brooke is going to scream. 5,4,3,2 …

She does scream, but not in the way that I expect.

“I HATE BEING TOUCHED!!” she shouts.

I am flabbergasted.

Words. Self-awareness. Communication. Self-advocacy.

I know the sentence will need to be reformatted. But I am drenched in pride.

I turn to Brooke. “Great job telling us how you feel, Brooke. Really great job.” I hope that my words send a message to both of them. I stand with my girl.

Our visitor is undaunted.

“I just want to see that beautiful face,” she says. “Lift up for me.”

I am stymied by etiquette. By deference to our host. By generational difference. By convention.

Brooke is not.

She lifts her head as instructed. And growls.

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This has probably been posted before, but this knocks me for a loop - a blogger and her autistic daughter had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks, and this is how one of the noisiest voice in the autism community treated her daughter.

What knocks me for a loop isn’t so much Wright’s awful behavior. It’s the unbelievable strength and self-advocacy that the blogger Jess’s daughter, Brooke, shows when someone violates her personal space. It’s her mother backing her up for making sure someone knows that they are not permitted to touch her unless she says it’s okay. Honestly, it’s heartening. I hope Wright felt real fucking uncomfortable. She should.

(via chantrykomori) YOU GO, GIRL!!!!! (via primadraggle)

callfromthevoid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_LOOKssMpA

Listen to this to activate gross sobbing mode

docs-in-a-box:

http://www.patreon.com/docsinabox

We know you’re all probably tired of all these Patreon ads but this one’s a bit different. This one is for an entire group as emergency funds, because lord knows with around 20 people something is always bound to go wrong for at least one of them.

So if you’re always debating on who to support on Patreon because there are so many people out there, this one is actually made for many artists, writers, and voice actors who may be in need.

Please spread the word and watch even if you’re not interested in Patreon, because hey, it’s still a fun animatic with great voice actors and Doctors :)

luanna255:

vivalaglamourpuss:

an important factual presentation by me

All the facts.

… Cleopatra is actually a terrible example to use for this, though? 

Because Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, who were Greeks. Usually considered white. And in keeping with Egyptian tradition, Pharaohs married their siblings.

Now, that doesn’t mean Cleopatra was necessarily 100% Greek ethnically, because the Ptolemaic Pharaohs also had concubines and secondary wives who were native Egyptians. We don’t know all of Cleopatra’s lineage - we’re not even exactly sure who her mother was - so it’s easily possible (even likely) that she did have some native Egyptian heritage. (You can read a very good article about this here.)

However, Cleopatra is still a terrible example to use here because she was mixed Greek and Egyptian at most, and we can’t actually prove that she had any Egyptian heritage at all. (Again, it’s very likely that she did - but likelihood is not proof.) The only thing we know about her ethnicity for certain is that she had Greek heritage - which is hardly helping the OP’s point here.

And there’s no reason to use Cleopatra as your example here when there were literally bunches of dynasties before the Ptolemies who were of 100% Egyptian heritage. I know Cleopatra’s probably the most famous Egyptian ruler, but you could have used Nefertiti or Tut (both 18th dynasty) or Rameses the Great (19th dynasty), all of whom are quite well known and all of whom were from indigenous Egyptian dynasties. (Not to mention the admittedly less well-known but incredibly awesome Hatshepsut, lady Pharaoh extraordinaire.)

I mean, the argument here - which is a good and true one - is that the Ancient Egyptians were not white. But using a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty as an example just undermines that point. 

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…Wait, so if he invented pasta, that means he is somewhat responsible for the existance of mac n cheese.
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MY HERO

…Wait, so if he invented pasta, that means he is somewhat responsible for the existance of mac n cheese.

MY HERO

mizgnomer:

Please choose your own favorite way to describe these gifs:

  • The Tenth Doctor putting on the Fifth Doctor’s coat
  • David Tennant putting on Peter Davison’s Doctor’s coat
  • David Tennant putting on his father-in-law’s coat
  • A Doctor Who fan putting on the coat belonging to one of his favorite Doctors
  • Father of The Doctor’s Daughter putting on the coat belonging to the father of The Doctor’s Daughter
  • Complete Doctor Who coat awesomeness

nikolaecuza:

danosaurs-and-philions:

im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew what is that girl wearing’ and then remember that im supposed to be positive about all things and then think ‘no she can wear what she wants, fuck what other people say damn girl u look fabulous’ and im just a teeny bit hypocritical tbh

I was always taught by my mother, That the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.

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cleowho:

"You can’t influence or change history."

The Reign of Terror - season 01 - 1964

If you don’t reblog this, then you hate Harry Potter.

harrypotternextgenerationfreak:

mylifeisleamichele:

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I’m obligated as a resident of Earth

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FOREVER REBLOG

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well, can’t have people think I hate Harry Potter now can I? 

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I’m sorry, but my existence obligates me to reblog this. :/

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FOREVER REBLOG

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Who wouldn’t reblog this?

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Well that escalated quickly…. <3

I am not obligated to do ANYTHING.

…but I’m reblogging this in loyal devotion to Harry Potter.

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tinyjutsu:

kaajoo:

World’s Most Beautiful Abandoned Places

Italian product manager and web designer Francesco Mugnai recently added a collection of images to his blog touting some of the most beautiful images of abandoned spots and modern ruins that he’d ever seen. The images Mugnai has captured come from empty castles, shuttered power plants, and dilapidated churches around the world. From a sunken yacht in Antarctica to a forever-closed amusement park in Japan, these images all make up a sort of anti-phoenix; rather than rising as new from the ashes, these husks remain preserved in decomposition, forcing viewers to confront the strange beauty of ruination.

Source: Fast Co-Design

justin these would make good drawing references

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thespiritofyamato:

MOTHERFUCKERS COULDN’T GET ON WONDER WOMEN’S LEVEL 

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ijustwanttohugdavidtennant:

This guy came into my work last night wearing a pokemon hat. I couldn’t really see who it was except that it was orange, so when he got to the counter I asked “Is that charmander on your head?” To which he said, “I am not a child, I am a grown ass man. This is obviously a charzard.” 

loveofotaku:

creativealias:

The Art of Lying

#Pinnochio learned how to deal with his problem and he dealt with it well