we could have a gender queer character in mainstream anime! Like ALL of my students watch snk.
That would be so great! There’s only a handful after all, not to mention a number of the non-straight characters tend to have their identities exploited instead of respected. The anime does change up the designs of many of the characters though— Eren’s eyebrows and eye color, Levi’s build, Mikasa’s lips, Hanji’s silhouette, and so on. So the anime, while super awesomely animated and amazing looking, doesn’t do the manga justice in that sense of respecting the individual designs in the manga.
??? wait does this confirm that interview then?
Sort of? It could be interpreted in many ways depending on how you perceive the character. Hanji was noticeably flat in one panel, and in that panel Hanji was depicted as getting dressed in a hurry due to an emergency.
Once again, people can interpret it however they want based on their own perception. I’m all for a genderqueer character. My personal headcanon is that Hanji dresses however ze to look and feel fierce! Perhaps in that moment, where ze was rushing into an emergency, ze hadn’t had time to get all hir gear on or off— so you can read it as perhaps Hanji hadn’t removed hir binder, or hadn’t had time to stuff hir bra.
This week struck me as a particularly exhausting one when it came to that certain brand of provocatively-headlined-but-probably-not-what-you-think-it-is science news that we know and
As usual, it’s the science media click-machine that’s to blame, which is a polite way of saying that there exists a gaping void of careful, cautious, skeptical, dare I say scientific science writing out there amidst the great internet knowledge machine. It’d desperately hard to get people to read your articles or watch your videos, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to disengage the gravity of reason and drift off into the aether of just-so stories.
PHD Comics has summed up this vicious form of the science news cycle very well:
It’s not all bad, of course. There’s some real diamonds that we can regularly depend on to shine through amid the soiled throngs of intellectual beggars out there, and I, along with others, try to highlight their work regularly. I shall do so again here.
Here, I present two cases of “science things that were badly reported” and some links to better explanations. As usual, the defendants come from that tenuous intersection of neuroscience and behavior, because studying the brain is hard stuff, folks.
1) Mice Can Inherit Memories: No they can’t. Well, maybe they can (although I doubt it), but that’s not at all what this widely-reported paper in Nature Neuroscience says. The poor authors of that study are probably at home, drinking, wondering how, after years of hard work, their paper about how mice may pass on sensitivity to smells got so twisted. Headlines ranged from declaring this the source of human phobias to saying that Assassin’s Creed is based in real science.
What the researchers did was to condition some male mice to associate a smell (cherry blossoms) with a mild electric shock, which is mean, because that’s a nice smell! Naturally, the mice began to avoid the odor. The weird part is that their offspring, even two generations down the line, also seemed to avoid that specific cherry blossom odor, without ever encountering it before (and without their dads showing them). The dads’ noses all had more of the cells that smell that odor, as did the noses of their offspring. This did not happen with female mice and their offspring.
These kind of things aren’t supposed to be possible in a single generation. A mouse dad shouldn’t smell something, become afraid of it, and then be able to pass on a change to his kids. That’s precisely the kind of thing that got Lamarck and his giraffe necks laughed at more than a century ago. But it is possible that these mice were transmitting some sort of epigenetic change.
It’s possible that there was an epigenetic change passed down. But it’s not for sure. Beyond that, the way that statistics are applied to mouse behavior studies make it possible that the differences they see are just due to sample sizes, or not including certain controls, or some other random factor like that the humidity on a particular day happened to make the mice very jumpy. There’s also the fact that there is no known way for nerve cell changes or chemical responses within the olfactory bulb to be communicated to the testes, where sperm are made (there’s literally a blood-testis barrier to prevent that kind of thing).
Read this instead: At National Geographic, Virginia Hughes goes through the research in great detail, including comments from several people in the field who remain, shall we say, less than convinced. Extraordinary claims call for extraordinary evidence, and that’s lacking, at least in part. “More work needed” as they say!
2) Men and women’s brains are wired differently, therefore men are better at reading maps. That’s almost a verbatim headline from this news outlet. It speaks of “hardwired differences” (our brains are not hardwired) and is loaded with brainsplaining and neurosexism. This story is frustrating notsomuch because of the science, which is so-so, but because it is being misapplied by the media to reinforce cutsie-pie stories about what men are good at and what women are good at and never the twain shall meet and boy is it funny how men and women argue over getting lost?! GUFFAW!
Read this instead: At Discover, Neuroskeptic explains why the spatial resolution of the techniques used are like making a road atlas, while on the moon, using a pair of binoculars, and how the only real difference here may be that men’s brains are just slightly bigger than women’s (which doesn’t account for any noticeable difference in abilities, but can mess with scans a lot). And if you’d like a nice introduction to the idea of neurosexism and pigeonholing gender-based brain research into outdated social molds, might I suggest you read this article at The Conversation?
The fact is that men and women are mostly the same when it comes to their brains, but “Everyone can probably become pretty good at reading maps whether or not they are male or female, suggests common sense, not needing to be backed up by neuroscience” doesn’t make a very catchy headline.
hanji’s chest tho <3
when did i start shipping rivaere so hard sdfaopofisgidfpaosipidfoaispsoidfpaofsdoidpasd my gross fujoshi self wants to draw eren in all sorts of scandalous things omfg so many of my otps are based off of cute height differences
eren in thigh highs
Earlier this month, the “Japanese-styled family game show” Japanizi: Going Going Gong premiered in the United States and Canada, on Disney XD and YTV respectively. The show puts teams of kids through physical challenges ranging from running along conveyor belts to dressing up as penguins in order to slide down a slippery slope—oftentimes while “ninjas” throw various projectiles at them. Marblemedia, the company behind Japanizi, describes it as a chance for audiences to “experience the zany world of Japanese game show culture.”
This isn’t a new proposition. Japanizi itself is a kid-friendly version of ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show, which ran from 2008 to 2009. Even long before that, Japanese game shows have been sent up by the likes of The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. The punchline to those gags resembles English speakers’ Youtube comments on the subject: These programs are “crazy,” “wacky,” and “weird.”
But the stereotype of Japanese game shows as bizarre affairs where producers put contestants through strange punishment just doesn’t ring true in 2013. The “Japanese game show culture” Japanizi and I Survived A Japanese Game Show trumpet—and that comedies and comment sections mock—once existed, sometimes in forms even more extreme than Western parodies. But that hasn’t been the case in the last 15 years. If anything, more and more Japanese people say their TV choices nowadays have become boring.
Read more. [Image: Disney; YTV]
Like many other geolocating dating apps, Blued allows users to see and chat with other nearby users. While Blued has the presence Grindr lacks in China and the mobile capabilities other Chinese gay dating services haven’t caught up with, it also offers unique support for its users.
While Blued provides multiple ways of connecting users, it also provides news including local events and information on HIV/AIDS and on the progress of gay rights in China, where activists are still fighting for same-sex marriage and its benefits, like being able to adopt children.
"I just hope all gay people in China can be happy and enjoy life with support from people around them."
And bonus! Given the striking success of Blued, the team is now working on a similar app for China’s lesbian population—Pinkd!
Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organisation for the disabled. Entitled “Because who is perfect? Get closer.”, it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film.
Wegggghhhhh some stories of instances I’ve experienced where API people had yellow fever:
There’s a difference between having preferences and fetishization of a culture. Such as, “I fell in love with someone who spoke the same language as me because we could relate to each other well from being able to view the world from a similar lens,” and “I want an Asian girlfriend because lol ew fat white women.”
lays down and weeps
Friendly reminder that these are all Nagisa’s.
Yes, even that white one.
we know that his sisters like dressing him up in girls clothes, but where’s his chinese flag one though?
The bottom left one.
Rei-chan you’ve got some buttons to push :3
You know there’s going to be some 18+ themed art relating to that gameboy suit within the next 48 hours
100: is a pretty interesting project started by Karen X. Chang— who is a pretty interesting and admirable person. Take a brief video showing your progress for your 100 day adventure. It does not have to be consecutive— there’s no pressure. Just do what you can and see what happens. :)
I think for my 100: I will try to learn how to style hair. I love seeing the amazing work of hair artists and designers. When we were doing a photoshoot for Blue Rose a few months ago, I said, “I don’t think you could do anything with my hair, it’s a weird length.” Then Panda said, “No, there’s so much you could do!” She then made my hair adorable and I love her for it. I know that my attitude was the problem in the first place— never say never, right? Gotta give things the old college try, first!
For three years, I grew out my hair and basically never did anything fun with it other than try to curl it (poorly). The entire time, I just had excuses. “I need to perm it first to give it some texture, or else it won’t hold a style!” “It’s not long enough yet to do ______.” “My hair is too thin to do that!” I tried to do a few buns one day, did alright, and then never bothered again.
Today I tried braiding a bit but it was pretty frustrating without a mirror. I want to grow my hair out again just for fun (and because getting my hair trimmed every few weeks adds up, haha!) and to see what I can try to do with it. This time, perhaps, I’ll be able to finally fishtail braid my hair!
Thus, maybe my 100: will be about me learning to style my own hair. :> Maybe, though! There’s so many fun projects to try, so it’s hard to choose.