My name's Jared (but you can call me Jay). I'm a writer, a fan of many things, and pretty weird.
All you need to know about why you should watch Firefly.
This is the first moment I knew I would treasure Firefly for ever.
From quietly whimpering to screaming with laughter in two seconds flat.
Just one of the best scenes, period.
People don’t appreciate enough that Hogwarts had a giant squid in the lake. Not another magical beast. Not even a normal squid with magical properties. They just had a straight up giant squid in the lake and everyone was cool about it.
How did it even get there
10 years ago, I was a rather different person. I was a regular church attendee and was striving to become a leader in the youth ministry. And I had a mentor for this. As a rule, I keep everyone in these stories anonymous.
Fast forward four years. My sister and I had an apartment, and she moved out to live with the man who would become her husband. We had a family friend living with us, an over 40 woman who had nowhere else to go. During that winter, a girl from church dropped by while this friend was away. I knew that me (22) being alone with a younger girl was not ideal, but I couldn’t send her out into the cold, so we hung out, watching Newgrounds flash videos and swapping jokes. I never once thought about touching her inappropriately. (Either my Christian values or repressed homosexuality, which I’d actually begun to suspect at the time. Take your pick.)
The next week, I was told I would have to leave the youth group. Not only was the visitor a problem, so was my house guest. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t done anything with them, if it looked like I could have, that was enough to send me away.
I joined the college/young adult group, but eventually fell away. By the time I moved in with my sister in late 2009, I was barely attending church. She rarely had a chance to go, so my attendance was even more sparse. Not only did I not see my mentor, I basically lost contact with him altogether.
Finally in 2012, I came out as gay and attempted to justify my faith and sexuality, but reflecting back on my mentor… I realized that he was not an example I wanted to follow. He was homophobic, openly picked on a young man of color (maybe not enough to openly call him racist for, but it was pretty suspect), and seemed to have little consideration for those in need, like the woman who had lived with me. (Who’d actually moved out shortly after I’d been asked to leave.)
And that was when I knew that whatever I’d learned from this man, it sure was not being a Christian.
I unfriended just about all of my church friends on Facebook shortly after I came out. A few remain, and occasionally, I’d see a homophobic comment from him on one of their posts. Finally tonight, he posted after I had on a pro-gay marriage one, going on and on about how regardless of religion, it’s still wrong because of what God says…
So, I blocked him.
sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.