Plotting

Hunting for Plot Bunnies

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gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

This is the most amazing thing!  Little sisters heck!  Have you got nieces, granddaughters, cousins, daughters?  Not only girls of color can benefit by having dolls like these, but white girls who are growing up in a world of color!

(via strangerinthisstrangeland)

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bonesbuckleup:

So I see a lot of headcanons of Jim always having food nearby because of Tarsus IV.

But what if instead of squirreling food away for himself Jim has this complex of making sure that his friends always have something to eat instead. Like when Bones was depressed at the academy…

Filed under Damn That's SO MUCH MORE LIKELY!!! Star Trek AOS TOS Jim Reblog Tarsus Food Chain 42

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thingsfortwwings:

[Image: Sam Wilson wearing street clothes; there are finches flying around him and leaves drifting on the wind.]
picapicae:

I wanted to draw something autumny and I also just really, really love the idea of MCU Sam with an inexplicable affinity for birds.
(Riley would have noticed eventually, would have ribbed Sam about the sand-coloured finches that seemed to congregate the moment Sam sat down anywhere. “What are you, Snow White? We’re in the middle of the desert, how are there always so many of them? Honestly, Wilson, do you just carry them around in your pack?" Sam would have laughed, shrugged, tossed them his last few sunflower seeds.)

thingsfortwwings:

[Image: Sam Wilson wearing street clothes; there are finches flying around him and leaves drifting on the wind.]

picapicae:

I wanted to draw something autumny and I also just really, really love the idea of MCU Sam with an inexplicable affinity for birds.

(Riley would have noticed eventually, would have ribbed Sam about the sand-coloured finches that seemed to congregate the moment Sam sat down anywhere. “What are you, Snow White? We’re in the middle of the desert, how are there always so many of them? Honestly, Wilson, do you just carry them around in your pack?" Sam would have laughed, shrugged, tossed them his last few sunflower seeds.)

(via im-the-punk-who)

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Anonymous asked: Hi, I saw your donation drive on AO3, and I'm wondering what the money is for, exactly? $70,000 seems like a /lot/ of money. Is there somewhere I can see a list of intended purposes? Thank you!

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transformativeworks:

70,000 USD does seem like a lot, which is why many of our users may be surprised to find out that in 2015, the OTW will need 75,000 USD just to replace old servers and expand capacity! The OTW’s annual budget for 2014 is 221,863.44 USD, and 70% of that goes directly to servers, collation, and staff development for AO3. The remaining 30% of our 2014 budget funds Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures; covers administrative costs; allows for outreach and membership development (such as our thank you gifts and shipping); and provides opportunities for professional development and training for personnel. All of these things help the OTW protect and celebrate fans and fan culture.

I find it amazing that people think that’s a lot of money to ask. It’s incredibly expensive to fund such heavily used and non ad supported websites, and that before anyone even gets paid for their work. I am definitely donating what I can to this drive, and I hope if you have a few dollars spare and benefit from Archive of Our Own, or any of their projects you will consider donating as well.

Filed under Going by how much I haven't spent on books over the last three years I probably should have sent in more. I'm making a note for after Christmas. 'Till then present shopping looms. (AO3 saved my life while I was out of work. For the first time I didn't have to make the choice between Books and Food. I will ALWAYS choose books.) AO3 OTW This! These people rock! Reblog Chain 42