Oh my lord, i’m crying here reading all these testimonials from other Autistic people and thier family members. I mean like the ones where they’re like “I just want to be normal, I want to be like everybody else.”
And I’m just here sobbing wishing I…
Honestly, this is a debate no one wins. I am pissed off with both sides.
On the one hand, yes, it breaks my heart that high functioning kids are self-loathing. They know they’re different, other kids know they’re different, it depresses the hell out of them to the point where some of them kill themselves because they can’t navigate the world and they aren’t getting the help they need. That should bother everyone.
On the other hand, ‘next step in evolution people’, hold up there before you embarrass all of us, because I would not wish most of my traits on anyone. I have come to like me, I wouldn’t change my neurological makeup, but I’ve also… you know, learned a whole lot about getting by in the world. And if the fact that I can smell everything is a superpower, then it is the world’s crappiest superpower. Worse than Dazzler. There is a time and a place for your neurotypical family to address your special needs, and a time and a place for you to undergo whatever behavioural therapy you need to exist in the real world, and I’m sorry you didn’t get early intervention because that probably would have helped a whole lot and then I wouldn’t be ranting to the Internet*.
So. Everybody is wrong. Always. Which is how I should step in and end every argument ever. No winners, only people not savvy enough to embarrass themselves embarrassing everyone around them.
*Haha, I would still be ranting on tumblr, just about something else. Gay whales or something. I don’t know.
Myth #1: Mental illnesses are not true illnesses like cancer or heart disease.
Fact: A physical illness like a heart attack can easily be detected by some simple tests. In contrast, mental illness is an invisible disease which can’t be observed by the general public. This can lead to judgment and to prejudice.
Myth #2: People with diagnosed with a mental Illness tend to have a lower IQ.
Fact: Mental Illness affects people across the entire IQ spectrum. In fact, many extremely intelligent people have been diagnosed with mental illness, are able hold down powerful jobs, and carry a high level of responsibility.
Myth #3: Most of those who suffer from mental illness are violent.
Fact: Very few sufferers are actually violent. In fact, research indicates that they are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of violence.
Myth #4: It is mainly women who suffer from mental illness.
Fact: There are millions of people – both men and women - in all of the different mental illness categories.
Myth #5: Most people diagnosed with mental illness were abused as children.
Fact: Although the incidence of some types of mental illness is more highly correlated with childhood abuse, there are many, many people who have never been abused.
Myth #6: A lot of those who claim to be mentally ill are basically just selfish, or self-centred, individuals.
Fact: Many forms of mental illness have been shown to have their roots in chemical and neurological problems in the brains. They are not character defects.
Myth #7: People with mental illness can get better if they just work a bit harder at getting over their issues.
Fact: Although mental illness symptoms can often be managed successfully through a combination of medication and counselling, it is likely that suffers will continue to struggle throughout their life. It’s not just a matter of “trying a bit harder”.
Myth #8: Those who suffer from mental illness will never recover from their disorder.
Fact: Although many sufferers will continue to battle, or will find their symptoms resurface overtime, they can often manage these successfully. Thus, most of them will lead a fulfilling life.
So fucking relevant.
I can’t count how many times people have implied that I just have to tough it out and quit being a baby about having depression. Tell me, good sir, how does tell neurotransmitters to quit being babies? I would like to know you miserable cunt.
While enjoying Girls Night at the mall, my friends and I entered the pre-teen to teen clothing store Hollister. While looking around, we discovered that not only was the slimmest member, who was 5’7” 125 lbs, with a 25” waist, was the only member of our group who could fit into the large size clothing they sold, but also that their mirrors are manufactured to do something of a highly disturbing nature.
One of my friends is a photographer, who is well aware of distortion and skew in images, noticed the mirrors. Upon approaching the mirror, she noticed something odd. She called both myself and our other friend, who was able to fit into a large, over. While looking at the mirror, she realized that the mirrors were manufactured to distort our images. They made us appear shorter and wider than we actually were. This was true with my friend who is 5’7”, 125 lbs, with myself, and the photographer. All of us have very different body types, but none of us are unhealthy.
We left Hollister and traveled to American Eagle, to find that their mirrors did the same thing but to a lesser degree. Which, upon reflection could have been a manufacturing default, since the mirror next to the dressing room in American Eagle did not have the same effect, while the one in the middle of the store did, but it should be noted again here that it did so to a dramatically less degree.
In Hollister, the three mirrors that were there that we saw all did the same thing. This store targets pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults with their fashion and atmosphere. The image that the mirrors in Hollister portray are less attractive on purpose. The level of psychological trickery is disgusting. This needs to be addressed and this needs to be corrected.
Also their clothes are horribly HORRIBLY overpriced god why would you even shop there?
I never did, but I definitely won’t now. That’s just pretty awful.
I’ve never shopped there. But this is absolutely disgusting. Never shopping there ever, now.
CURSE YOU, LEEKE. Someone else must make a cheaper compatibly-sized rocking horse shoe… it seems like every company makes a rocking horse shoe. It was all I could find when I first started dolly shoe shopping…
LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS MOTHERFUCKERS
I NEED THEM, ANNE. I NEED THEM
they don’t look like rocking horses…
lolita term, darling. fashion is weird.
i thought the same thing when i looked at them
and then i realised that rocking shoes would be exceptionally hard to walk in and gave up thinking about them
yeah i would never attempt walking in them myself but dolls cant walk haha so i can stick POTATOES ON THEIR FEET and theyre good
Oh man… those are prettier than most. You’re right, those are the most gorgeous Loli doll shoes.
This guy I occasionally blog about… he just… he needs to become my boyfriend. But I cannot summon up the courage to bring it up in an email because I have too much time to talk myself out of it, and we never get to actually see each other in person…
The only guy to make me kind of get over my disastrous experience of falling in love with a really good friend who saw me as more of a sister. Like, every other crush fell really short, and this guy kind of has everything, and I am terrible with human relationships.
Okay, tumblr, I need to go eat and do dishes. Then I will return to the internet with a clearer head. Thanks for letting me dump all my emotional issues in front of you.
But if you’re going to do that and then proceed to hyperventilate/yell/take photos of me without my permission, please don’t.
Communism doesn’t kill, it burns on conservative nutholes like you.
I wish people stopped me outside and were like, “Lakrymosa?”. :c
If anyone ever stopped me and said “Are you Joemccarthyblues?” I would probably freak out a bit and check my pocket for my switchblade.
I once went to an EB Games to preorder Command And Conquer 3 and the girl behind the counter stopped me and went “…Are you prostshocker??”
and i sorta was like, “uhh yeah… so can I put that on debit?”
someone at a furre convention recognized me as AdrioftheDead as opposed to AtomicStoney
I wasn’t sure what to think
I got asked for my autograph from a 16 year old girl who follows me on Tumblr and has read my fics.
It was pretty surreal because a buddy of mine from college was also her art teacher and we were right in front of his table.
I have never been recognized as Anne the Cat Detective offline… I don’t know how I would react— I guess it would depend on the situation. Like, at some form of convention, excellent, I would proceed to attempt ‘friendship’/geek out over shared interests/flail around and yell ‘I don’t know why you like meeeee but thank youuuuu’. At Target, it would be like ‘Oh no wait, someone from the real world knows internet me? What if we know the same people? Don’t tell the checkout lady I write gay erotica about video game mercenaries I don’t want her to look at me any weirder than she already will because I’m a grown-up buying toys and ice cream!’
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi— Brilliant YA futuristic dystopia that actually examines interplay between race/class/power; heterosexual male protagonist and rest of cast all POCs, brings critical lens to current USAmerican —> global institutionalized inequalities with many thrilling action sequences
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore— action/adventure fantasy novel all about gender and power. Fabulous white, heterosexual female heroine, like Katniss, is bad at feelings, good at killing; unlike Katniss, her entire book is a study of her agency, and she thinks extensively on whether she wants a romance and ultimately makes that decision, too.
Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents, by Octavia Butler— not YA, but the best dystopia ever??? Yes. Heroine & most of cast are POC, explores race & gender in futuristic unraveling of USAmerican society & one incredible woman who manages to build something new in the rubble; she is, like Katniss, logical & determined, and unlike Katniss, in charge.
Octavian Nothing, by MT Anderson— YA historical duology about a heterosexual African American boy during the American revolution. The author explicitly plays on the popularity of YA fantasy dystopias to interrupt the reader’s expectations of a traditional fantasy narrative with the reality of US history— like Hunger Games, grim adventure that doesn’t traditionally conclude, unlike Hunger Games, explicitly about race
Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce— white werewolf hunting sisters in contemporary USA; older sister is focused, protective, and genuinely asexual!!! while younger sister has a perspective, agency, and doesn’t die. The entire book is about their difficult changing healthy A+ relationship.
I am excite about this list! (Looove the Parable books, had Graceling on my to-read list for ages.) I would like to add though, that there’s been a lot of talk about Paolo Bacigalupi’s racism and Orientalism in The Wind-Up Girl, so…. I don’t know if Ship Breaker is just not that way or what, but I WORRY.
I don’t know if my sister is interested in dystopias. But, she likes to keep her finger on the pulse of the YA market (as well as middle-grade), so it’s good to know.
Maurice Rene Desmarais (‘Moz’ or occasionally ‘Mozzie’ to Ned)
2) Best Friend:
Ned, I think. He never connected to anyone on his team before Ned. In terms of people who are not also his lover, maybe Dell…
He has it in him to admire women, I think, but when it comes down to it, what he really, really wants is male.
4) Favourite Colour:
Greys, blues, and black. Not that he can’t see the appeal in a warmer palette now and then… He likes a lot of colours, but his favourites are always going to be those shadowy tones…
5) Relationship Status:
Absolutely married, even if it’s only between the two of them.
6) Ideal Mate:
Well, sexually he likes someone strong enough to push back, to match him or overtake him. Visually, he likes leanness, wiry muscle, so just in terms of physicality, Ned was always up his alley, and then… He wants an equal. He wants to care and be cared for. He wants someone to push him into his best, someone to bicker with sometimes and to be sweet with other times— someone, perhaps, for whom bickering is also sweet. And he absolutely cannot find himself attracted to someone who is not at least as dangerous as he is.
7) Turn Ons:
He likes to be tied down, or held down— even if he won’t stay that way— likes to be bitten, likes to wake up in the morning to find little bruises. He also likes the way Ned smells, more than he feels he can really articulate. He likes the playful threats that come with their roleplaying, and loves slipping into a role that will let them do things that ‘they would never do’ with each other.
8) Favourite Food
Absolutely a carb person. Breads, pastries, pastas… and butter on all of it.
Always seems to limit to Ned once they’ve connected. Before that time, I suppose anyone of the same physical type would turn his head, though. They just might not keep his attention for long.
10) Favourite Music:
Jacques Brel, hands down.
11) Biggest fear:
12) Biggest fantasy:
Well, the ‘trapped by the enemy Sniper oh ho ho’ gets the most mileage, I think…
13) Bad Habits:
I know I’ve mentioned smoking as other people’s bad habits. Maurice puts them all to shame. Though he’s cut down dramatically since getting into a steady relationship… must be the lower stress when Ned is around? Or maybe just Ned stealing some of his smokes.
14) Biggest regret:
Maurice doesn’t believe in having regrets.
15) Best kept secret:
Unlike Ned, NOT his love life. He still has secrets from old jobs, and most of those he will take to his grave.
16) Last Thought:
(still confusing me— I think this one makes more sense for an RP character than a fic one…)
17) Worst Romantic Experience:
Getting knocked on his ass after finding himself in the past with a Ned who didn’t remember him, I suppose.
18) Biggest insecurity:
He’s a pretty secure guy… and post-retirement, he has no insecurities about his relationship, either. But he would have some about getting older. Once respawn isn’t setting him back all the time and he has to watch the hairline recede, he might spend some time pouting over becoming an old man.
19) Weapon of Choice:
Balisong, first and foremost, will always be his favourite.
20) Role Model:
His parents, from what he remembers of them before he lost them.
If Kynim says Ned, I want to say Stone. I know he's primarily a supporting character, but that little story arc of him and Jacques meeting post-Defiant Ones remains one of my all-time favourite pieces by you. I'd love to know a little more about him. :)
Haha, well then, Stone it is.
Ben Stone (I will admit, I named him after a character from ‘Follies’… but I needed a good, terse name, and the song ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’ reminded me of him— so much so, in fact, that I wound up using it as a title)
2) Best Friend:
Hm… Ben is very much not a friend-maker. I think allying himself with Maurice is the closest thing to having a friend he’d done in years, maybe ever.
In terms of who he finds attractive, he is bisexual— theoretically he can like either sex. But he has a low enough sex drive and such a fear of opening himself up to other people that he is functionally an aromantic asexual for huge swathes of his life at a time. I guess his true nature lies somewhere between those two.
4) Favourite Colour:
Orange or brown. Blue would come in third, because he equates it with freedom, but it’s not his favourite aesthetically. (still, it makes it easier to join BLU knowing at least he won’t have a problem with the uniform)
5) Relationship Status
As of the end of his epilogue… semi-attached, but he prefers the casual off-and-on once he gets the hang of having it at all.
6) Ideal Mate:
Someone who understands his work, and who can deal with it, no fuss, no clinging, no asking him to change. And who can make coffee the way he likes it and sit quietly at one end of the couch with half the newspaper while he’s at the other with his and not whinge at him for being too quiet. He didn’t think this person existed, of course… and was more than a little surprised that this person turned out to be the asshole spy he always hated working with.
7) Turn Ons
Though he might protest that he doesn’t think about that, Stone is an immense fan of blowjobs, and he likes to see what’s happening when he gets one. Most of his turn-ons are visually-based, in fact. He can appreciate a good set of bedroom eyes, he likes the look of an attractive naked person of either sex— or even an attractive clothed person. He likes to watch, stripteases, mutual masturbation, having a mirror in the room… He’s a visually-driven person all around, though, so perhaps that’s not such a surprise.
8) Favourite Food:
He’s a fan of seafood pasta, actually. What a weird detail to know about someone who started as a side character… it’s probably why he likes taking jobs around the Mediterranean…
He does his best not to get crushes, though he’s not unwinnable. (Fact that I think never fully made it into any of the fics: The woman he spent an afternoon with who wouldn’t let him touch her but who was happy to go down on him, subsequently throwing off his game and causing him to miss his shot at Jacques, was a disguised Jacques)
10) Favourite Music:
Country/folk, but he’ll listen to anything without much complaint when it comes down to it— unless someone is switching away from what he had already been listening to.
11) Biggest Fear
Going soft— the thought that, if he let someone in, and developed honest feelings for them, he might no longer be a fit assassin.
12) Biggest Fantasy:
There’s a part of him that knows someday even he will want to retire, and when that day comes, he wants a private island. And maybe he’ll even let Jacques share it with him… he’s always undecided— sometimes the fantasy comes with sex, sometimes it even comes with mushy declarations of feeling— but other times it’s just him and peace and quiet, and a fishing rod.
13) Bad Habits
He smokes (again), and like Ned, he’s got some bad posture from spending so much of his time crouched over a rifle. And he pushes absolutely everyone away, sometimes more violently than others.
14) Biggest Regret:
It used to be not killing the Spy that got away, and at some point it became fighting him so hard instead…
15) Best Kept Secret:
Well, he managed to keep a good half of his sexuality secret from himself for years, not to mention keeping the rendezvous with Jacques secret once those begin, so I’d say he has a better handle on keeping his love life under wraps than Ned does.
16) Last Thought
(still not entirely sure I understand this one? I can’t remember the last thing I wrote him thinking about…)
17) Worst Romantic Experience
All of them, up to a point. He spent too long considering any human contact a weakness, and being uncomfortable with all that mutual touching. So anything that happened before he accepted that he could enjoy having sexual contact with somebody without becoming weaker for it.
18) Biggest Insecurity:
That whole sex thing. When he’s just him and he’s alone, he’s confident about himself and what he can do, but once you add in someone he might actually connect to? What if he does it wrong? What if he does it right and they want more from him and he can’t give it? What if he likes it too much and he can’t go back to not having it when they decide they don’t want more from him?
19) Weapon of Choice:
Bog standard sniper rifle. He treats it like it’s a part of him and he hates relying on anything else.
20) Role Model:
He’s never really had one. It might have helped if he had…
Ned Mundy (I liked the canon last name revealed, and ‘Ned’ fit, so… most of the time when I write RED Sniper/BLU Spy (especially if they start moving way too fast after falling in love), unless it’s somehow clearly a different pair, in my heart, it’s Ned and Maurice in AU. He started as my headcanon canon Sniper and then evolved)
2) Best Friend:
It’s probably Maurice. He gets on with his team fine, and he kind of connected to Stone in that whole saga, but he never really bonds to anybody else…
Gay, gay, gay. He’s not the most comfortable with it, but he just doesn’t get anything out of the ladies.
4) Favourite Colour:
Is actually red. Well, not RED-red, necessarily, but he really likes warm colours. Gingery tans, pumkiny oranges, the warm sun-infused colours of the desert. (and he does like blue as well)
5) Relationship status:
He always ends up with Maurice. In terms of the whole Defiant Ones saga, happily-if-unofficially married and retired.
6) Ideal Mate:
Also Maurice. He likes a lot of things about him— Maurice is another survivor, which he came to recognize and appreciate in Defiant Ones in fairly short order, and he also appreciates that Maurice isn’t afraid to challenge him when it’s necessary— as nice as the sweet times are, it’s reassuring to know he’s got someone willing and able to put him in line if he loses sight of himself. He also likes that Maurice gets him, his very low needs for socialization, and is happy to live out in the countryside and not the city— that Maurice is also something of a lone wolf. Plus, they’re pretty darn compatible sexually, so that helps.
7) Turn Ons:
First, he’s definitely got an aural kink— half a voice thing and half that French just sounds sexy, even if he doesn’t really understand it. And then… I think for him, it isn’t bondage that’s the kink as much as it is the game that they’d built around it— he likes being tied up fine because he trusts Maurice and he doens’t find it uncomfortable, and he likes tying Maurice up and getting creative with it, but he really loves the other part of the game, the competition, the very fun task of ‘distracting’ Maurice from getting loose. And in the safety of their retired life, the whole ex-enemy roleplaying.
8) Favourite Food:
Barbecue, first and foremost, and he is not picky about what. He’s a meat guy, though, so meat in anything and he’ll eat it. But he does also like split pea soup (and if he’s under the weather, soup is easier to eat). (post-retirement, I imagine he tries really hard to enjoy all the things he thinks of as ‘fancy French food’, regardless of how fancy they really are, but usually rejects anything with too much cream in it as too heavy)
Well, we start with his totally unbidden crush on Maurice, before they become a thing. And though he has never— and would never— mentioned it, a bit of a crush on David Niven.
10) Favourite Music:
I can never imagine Sniper as anything but a Slim Dusty fan, so Ned’s tastes spring from there. He’ll listen to whatever is playing, but he prefers Engie’s country and western to the pop music that Scout and Pyro listen to. He likes bluesy rock as well. Post-retirement, he tolerates all of Maurice’s chanson pop… (or, provided a male vocalist is enough like Maurice, really enjoys it), and he tries to sit through classical music from time to time, but just can’t get into any of it. Prefers lyrics.
11) Biggest Fear:
Definitely the Companies coming back (or, pre-retirement, getting caught by the company), finding him, taking away the life he’s built himself with Maurice.
12) Biggest Fantasy
Sexually, it’s the whole ‘I’ve got you now, my pretty’ game he and Maurice have in the porn epilogues to the Defiant Ones series. Non-sexually… He would like to be able to take Maurice to Australia just once to camp out in his old roving grounds, he just doesn’t think it’s possible (and is pretty sure going to any desert would earn an automatic veto).
13) Bad Habits:
Well, smoking, definitely. And his posture is horrendous. Later in life, he cuts down on smoking, alcohol and caffeine, all that, along with, you know, no longer killing people. He’s not the most balanced eater, because his metabolism has always been such that nothing sticks to him, and so the idea of ‘you have to watch what you eat’ he has never felt applied to him.
14) Biggest Regret:
Never making up with his father, maybe. He can’t regret taking the job with RED, that’s how he met the love of his life. But he can’t pick up the phone and say ‘I’m not an assassin any more and I want us to talk more’, because A) he can never be sure if getting in touch with his parents would put everyone in danger, and B) then his dad might find out about the whole homosexual thing and really disown him.
15) Best Kept Secret:
Haha, Ned is TERRIBLE at keeping secrets. For most of his life, it’s his sexuality, but once he goes and falls in love, he becomes something of an open book. He does just the worst job of hiding it. He tries, though, bless him. It still counts as his best-kept secret…
16) Last Thought:
(I don’t understand this one… it can’t be for my last thoughts because it’s not the last question… His most recent thought, then? His last thought before dying? That’s too morbid… I’ll have to pass on this one because I am confused, and that might be partly because they drugged me today for dental work and I still haven’t slept it off fully?)
17) Worst Romantic Experience:
Ha, oh, his first and only ‘girlfriend’, when he was a teenager, who he tried really hard to like, and then he just thought the fact that she had breasts was weird, and everything about her was so soft, and he had no idea what to do with his hands when he was with her… He spent a while after that wondering if there was something wrong with him and he just didn’t like kissing, and she was probably quite disappointed…
18) Biggest Insecurity:
Definitely the pooftah thing. He’s seen what happens to a bloke for that, and it’s one of the factors keeping him from ever going ‘home’ post-Maurice.
19) Weapon of Choice:
Standard sniper rifle, kukri, and… for Maurice’s sake, the SMG, even though it is not his favourite by any means.
20) Role Model:
In some ways, his father. They don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot, but that’s also who he had to teach him to be a man, to fix things around the house and drive and go hunting, teach him how to respect the land he lives off of and how to respect people— people who deserve it, at least. And then some amalgam of the heroes of adventure novels he’s read from boyhood on.
Or “How I Learned To Keep Worrying and Love Reading Fine Print”
This morning I received a very pleasant, complimentary note from a group on deviantART supporting a site called SHOPAXE, which is supposed to be something like deviantART but more professional. I was asked if I would be interested in joining their site, most particularly posting my portfolio there to help bolster numbers while they get off the ground. I’m always up for helping new sites get their running shoes on (I do web design partially for this exact reason) so I checked it out.
The first thing I noticed was how disorganized the front page seems to be, followed by the running ticker of things people have recently bought. So this is a commercial based site rather than a community based one, that’s fine. I read through their information, and found no mention of intellectual rights, commercial usage, etc, so I went looking for their Terms of Service. Like most sites, it’s at the veeeery bottom of the page, in the tiny tiny links along the footer.
Overall the terms seemed fairly normal (you must own copyright to everything you post, no theft or plagiarism, etc) until I got to the clause titled “Use of Information and Member Content.” This is what I was looking for.
And this, folks, is why I ALWAYS read the fine print.
I’m going to break this down.
All remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, Member Content, or other information communicated by you to us (collectively, “Submission”) is considered assigned to us and is as such considered our property.
If you upload something to SHOPAXE, they own it.
But wait, you say, doesn’t deviantART have a similar clause, for use in advertising, Daily Deviation selection, etc? Yes, yes they do. What deviantART’s terms lack, however, is the following.
To the extent that such Submission contains copyrighted, either owned by you or licensed to you, you grant Shopaxe a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, world-wide license to use such Submission as we see fit, in any form whether on our Website or elsewhere. We will not be required to treat any Submission as confidential, and will not be liable for any ideas (including without limitation, product, service or advertising ideas) and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in our Service or other operations.
If you submit something to SHOPAXE, not only do they have the right to use the image however they want, but they can also copy the concept if they like it, and there is nothing you can do about it. That logo you created for a local company? It’s pretty cool, and they want to make something identical for their own use. Because of this clause, they are allowed. There is nothing you can do.
Without limitation, we will have exclusive ownership of all present and future existing rights to the Submission of every kind and nature everywhere. We will be entitled to use the Submission for any commercial or other purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other person sending the Submission. You acknowledge that you are responsible for whatever material you submit, and you, not us, have full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright.
They can use your work, sell your work, do whatever they want with your work, and they neither have to compensate nor notify you that they’re doing it. Furthermore, you’re the one who maintains the legal responsibility of the piece, meaning if they put something into print that contains copyrighted material (eg: fanart, commercial fonts, etc) and get sued for it, the artist is the one responsible for handling the suit. The artist, who might not even know that their piece has been used commercially, will be the one to go to court over it.
This is why it’s so important to always, ALWAYS read the ToS on a new creative works site you’re joining.
Reblogging with full text, as I feel this post raises some EXTREMELY important points for all artists who post their work on the web.
Most of us are conditioned to gloss over the ToS of the sites we join. Most of the time it’s pretty innocuous and just covers the company’s ass, and you know you’re pretty safe with big, well-known corporations like Google or Blizzard.
But not everyone is Google or Blizzard.
Some newer, lesser known companies, such as the above, may use the ToS to slip in clauses that doesn’t just protect them, but allows them to take advantage of their users. As the author pointed out, Deviant Art does have some sections in their ToS that allows them to use anything you submit for a very limited, specific set of purposes. Your rights as an artist, however, are still fairly well protected.
This company strips artists of their rights, but manages to leave them with legal responsibilities at the same time, and does so in an underhanded way. They know 99% of the people who sign up won’t bother to read the fine print. Even if they don’t exercise these clauses over you, the fact that they exist is pretty terrifying!
So please, before you post your artwork ANYWHERE on the web that’s not on your own personal hosting, read the Terms of Service!
Hello “##”, you are what you are and have to deal with it, like everybody else. Stop trying to pretend to be “better” than others because you consider yourself “transsexual”. You have to play your gender role, you have to do what society expects from you. If you don’t, you have to suffer from the consequences. Just look what you have between your legs. If you have male private parts, you are a man, if you have female private parts, you are a woman. Understood? I am sorry to inform you that your gay and transsexual experiment won’t have a future. Please try to understand this. It was fun for a while, like watching weird looking animals in a zoo, but only as long as you were hiding and not showing your affection to the same sex in public. Years ago, transsexuality was merely the base for novels or movies. But now that you are demanding equal rights, we straight people have to face a real problem. You are naughty and greedy. You have overdone things. And because you demand too much, you won’t get anything. I want to say that I will use every legal measure to keep off transsexual people from having equal rights. There isn’t an endless amount of human rights available, we have to deploy our resources carefully and wisely. Eventually you will understand this one day. It is unbelievable how you, the LGBTQ people think that your sexual orientation could ever be socially accepted. It is such a miscalculation to assume that you would ever be equal. You can never expect that. Never ever. I will take every legal measure to fight you, I will try to avoid contact with you in real life. I don’t want to be touched by you (e.g. by shaking hands), I don’t want to sit next to you in a bus, I don’t want you in or near my family. I might have already met transsexual people, that’s why we need some sort of worlwide database where all the LGBTQ people are listed. So that we normal (=straight) people can avoid you. There are things in the world that are just not okay. Being transsexual is one of them. I would love to be able to avoid you, but even in my peaceful, normal city there was a “Pride” this summer, a LGBTQ march for equal rights. How dare you to claim that transsexuality is normal. Most straight people don’t show openly their aversion for you, but that doesn’t mean that they approve your lifestyle. Straight people might not beat you up, they might even talk and smile to you, but only on the outside. On the inside they wait until the laws that protect you will become invalid and then…dare you. If you can’t conform to our (straight) society, you won’t be a part of our society. We will get rid of the transsexual perverts. One way or another. Discipline, self control, rational thoughts should always dominate your mind. I’m not very religious, and I don’t know what God wants. We just have to deal with the facts: why are far more than 90% of all people straight? Because we are RIGHT and you LGBTQ people are WRONG. Your wrong sexual orientation disgusts me to no end. Soon you will be very sorry for who you are. You will apologise to all of us normal people. As soon as scientists will find the “transsexual gene”, there won’t be any transsexual babies anymore in this world. Then we can get rid of the LGBTQ peverts from the very beginning. LGBTQ people won’t have a future, that’s why they should become normal immediately. And because only 10% of all people are LGBTQ, we can abandon them. The world population is already large enough, why should we keep the gays alive? It isn’t anything personal, it’s just a job. ”##”, you are what you are. Stop trying to be better than others by altering things that you don’t like about yourself. If you can’t get along with the fact that you are a woman, it’s your own problem. Stop bothering other people with it. In fact you don’t have any problems. All that you’re doing is just a weird idea that comes from the fact that today, everybody is trying to stand out and to be selfish. ”##”, you are a woman. You have to be with a man. If you don’t attarct any men, you should consider growing your hair longer, wearing makeup and dressing more girly. I hope you will never have kids. Because you would mess them up. Delete your tumblr and youtube. -Sophie M. Herold
This really makes me sick.
Like, this went from making me angry at how stupid it is to making me laugh at how stupid it is and then all the way back around to being sick and angry at how stupid it is.
I can’t believe there are people in the world that think this kind of speech is ok.
It’s actually really terrifying.
okay what the fuck.
Is this Sophie M. Herold a terrorist or something
Cause you know, this whole thing seems like a genocide attempt, what with all the personal and private information passing and stuff that she knows will get some people to track other people down and treat them harshly or kill them. And I’m not going to stand for it, the rude little sociopath.
I’m going to spend some time noting some things here and there that really piss me off.
“You have to do what society expects from you.”
Okay first off, I’m totally forgetting the whole thing before that because that actually doesn’t matter as it applies to everyone, gay, straight, bi, transgender/transsexual, etc… And its not even in the way she probably intends it, butif we “Did what society expects from us” we wouldn’t have anyone to look up to. Barbara Strizand, broadway star, everyone told her to get a nose-job. She didn’t and is doing way more than excellent. Lady Gaga, with her strange fashion senses and quirks, known as “Mother monster” to some of her “monster” fans. She is living it big and really deserves the fans she has. She is an awesome person because she doesn’t do what society expects her to do. Also, please take a note at her song “Born This Way”.
Stop trying to pretend to be “better” than others because you consider yourself “transsexual”.
okay who does this. Seriously, most of us LGBTQ people are scared to do such things because of people like you.
Just look what you have between your legs. If you have male private parts, you are a man, if you have female private parts, you are a woman. Understood?
Gender isn’t based off of the shell you’re wearing. UNDERSTOOD?
I am sorry to inform you that your gay and transsexual experiment won’t have a future.
I’m sorry to inform you that all humans won’t have a future at some point, and its not going to be one group at a time like you’re making it out to be. THE WAY YOU HAVE IT LOOKS LIKE THIS
Straight guy: Yo guys I’m straight
LGBTQ guy: Yo I’m LGBTQ
Straight guy: Shit man, I feel sorry for you. That death expectancy you got there is really damn high.
LGBTQ guy: Yeah, I’ll probably die when I’m 40. Sucks right? Must be awesome being straight, most of you guys must live forever or something
DO YOU SEE ALL OF THE WRONG IN THIS SITUATION?
It was fun for a while, like watching weird looking animals in a zoo…
This analogy is flat-out invalid.
But only as long as you were hiding and not showing your affection to the same sex in public.
I don’t think you can hide in a zoo. Not effectively at least. Also major double-standard here. Check this out guys.
Aw, you two are so cute together- wait, you’re both male/female? GTFO OF MY SIGHT
See what I mean?
There isn’t an endless amount of human rights available, we have to deploy our resources carefully and wisely.
HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT NON-REUSABLE RESOURCES. What gave you the idea that they’re even TANGIBLE? SAME WITH EQUAL RIGHTS, BY THE WAY.
But now that you are demanding equal rights, we straight people have to face a real problem. You are naughty and greedy. You have overdone things. And because you demand too much, you won’t get anything.
Okay hold on. How does demanding equal rights equate to demanding too much? You cynical bitch. How is that a problem? And by the way, you’re giving us something already- a severe hatred towards you. You’re the most extremist nutcase I’ve ever seen and that’s saying something.
I want to say that I will use every legal measure to keep off transsexual people from having equal rights.
I think passing people’s private and personal information is illegal.
It is unbelievable how you, the LGBTQ people think that your sexual orientation could ever be socially accepted.
At this point we’re not asking for acceptance. We’re asking for tolerance, minimally.
It is such a miscalculation to assume that you would ever be equal. You can never expect that. Never ever. I will take every legal measure to fight you, I will try to avoid contact with you in real life.
something tells me you’ll turn into a NEET if you aren’t one already
I might have already met transsexual people, that’s why we need some sort of worldwide database where all the LGBTQ people are listed. So that we normal (=straight) people can avoid you.
Wow you know that’s actually a really stupid idea. Because no one is going to bother remembering all the people in the world who are LGBTQ. You might, because you’re a cynical little bitch, but most of the people who are agreeing with you are much to lazy to even try.
How dare you to claim that transsexuality is normal.
Nothing is normal.That’s what makes all humans unique.What isn’t normal is your logic. It needs to be checked, because you have no proof for any of your arguments except personal experience, which, by the way, can’t be accepted as they have no one else to back them up.
Most straight people don’t show openly their aversion for you, but that doesn’t mean that they approve your lifestyle.
I have friends who are straight. Some approve of it, others tolerate it. Anyone who doesn’t minimally tolerate it don’t even talk to me. I’m okay with this, I wouldn’t want someone who would try to tear me down for it to talk to me anyways.
Also we don’t approve of your treatment of us but we will respectfully disagree with you. THAT IS CALLED TOLERANCE.
We just have to deal with the facts: why are far more than 90% of all people straight? Because we are RIGHT and you LGBTQ people are WRONG.
99% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Also, that’s not a fact. That’s an opinion, especially when backed up by that “right/wrong” argument. We’re included in the “minority” section for a reason, I guess, but that does not mean we’re “wrong”. Calling LGBTQ people “wrong” is like saying its wrong to make a curly french fry instead of a straight one. They’re both french fries, like we’re all humans.
Soon you will be very sorry for who you are. You will apologise to all of us normal people.
Guys look its Hitler. It sounds like nazi’ism towards LGBTQ. In my mind this equates to “YOU WILL BEG FOR MERCY, BEG TO BE FORGIVEN, BEG TO BE KEPT ALIVE.”
As soon as scientists will find the “transsexual gene”, there won’t be any transsexual babies anymore in this world. Then we can get rid of the LGBTQ peverts from the very beginning.
Hold on hold on. We can link this to a gene? REALLY? Okay so you’re going to genetically manufacture straight people. ok good luck have fun, psycho
LGBTQ people won’t have a future, that’s why they should become normal immediately.
You keep on saying this “normal” word. What the hell is that.
And because only 10% of all people are LGBTQ, we can abandon them. The world population is already large enough, why should we keep the gays alive?
lol so this is genocide
It isn’t anything personal, it’s just a job.
Guys don’t shoot its just the messenger.
”##”, you are what you are. Stop trying to be better than others by altering things that you don’t like about yourself. If you can’t get along with the fact that you are a woman, it’s your own problem. Stop bothering other people with it. In fact you don’t have any problems. All that you’re doing is just a weird idea that comes from the fact that today, everybody is trying to stand out and to be selfish.
wow ok so you’re using that as an argument. Good luck with that one, seriously. No proof of this whatsoever.
”##”, you are a woman. You have to be with a man. If you don’t attarct any men, you should consider growing your hair longer, wearing makeup and dressing more girly.
Or maybe you know, be yourself cause you’re awesome, and awesome cause you’re you.
I hope you will never have kids. Because you would mess them up.
This is based on how they’re raised, not how they’re born. This isn’t even helping you, its just making you look like a bitch. I hope you never have kids because all they’re going to do is hurt people. That’s all they’re going to do, and its your fault. And it won’t just be LGBTQ either, watch. They’ll listen to rumors about totally straight people, those rumors saying those straight people are totally LGBTQ, and they’ll go in for the kill, no holds barred.
Delete your tumblr and youtube.
No one is going to.
I’m sorry that this is such a long post that will fill your entire one page of dashboard but seriously this is just so wrong. Its genocide, or at least getting close to it. Its horrible and ignorant. That and her whole argument isn’t backed up by anything except personal opinions so arguments invalid everywhere on her.
Humanity, why so dumb
Oh mister Kenji! *Swoon*
Seriously though this bitch is cray
Well that’s the most legitimately frightening thing I’ve seen/heard all day. I was just discussing my fear of eugenics the other day, too…