I WAS SO CONFUSED BUT NOW IT MAKES SENSE
Hey, look. This is REALLY important.
Can we now stop hating on people, seriously? Tumblr is catching it on its radar and it is a preeeety big sign when this is brought up in the new agreements.
I bet that half of everyone just clicked agree and left it at that.
Stop hating on gender: Binary and non binary.
Stop hating on sexuality: Cis or non Cis.
Most of all: Stop sending hate to Minors.
I’m sick of seeing hate with this stuff on my dash, tumblr is addressing this so can we all just calm down please?
Although Wolfram surely couldn’t read my thoughts he touched my hand. […]
"Yuuri… are you alright?", he whispered?
"Of c-course! Wh-what did you think?"
I clasped my fingers around Wolfram’s hand and hung my head, eyes closed tightly.
"I’m sorry", I said.
Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
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Talking about t.A.T.u.
I don’t really want to talk about the Olympics, but I think I need to because I am a squid of rage right now.
I am sick to death of media coverage of t.A.T.u. performing at the Olympics that demeans these two and erases the years of abuse that went into that ‘fake-lesbian’ act. Yeah, I’m looking at you Towleroad and especially you, AfterEllen. I expect as much from mainstream media but queer media, you are on my shit list.
For those who don’t know, t.A.T.u. was a musical duo in the early 2000’s marketed by their creepy manager Ivan Shapavalov (who was pushing 40 at the time) as lesbians. They were scripted by him to say explicit sexual things during interviews. This started when they were 14 years old.
When they came to America, both of their English language skills (especially Julia’s) were very limited. No one is sure if they even knew what they were saying.
This same manager got Julia pregnant at 16 and to keep her performing, forced her into having an abortion. He used sex and drugs to keep them under his thumb until about 2008.
Lena admitted she was straight but a staunch supporter of LGBT rights and Julia came out as bisexual. They both participated in Moscow Pride. Were they a couple ever? No. But one is queer. Regardless of if they were a couple or not, for a generation of lesbian and bisexual women, they could turn on MTV back when it played music videos and see two women saying “I love you” while trying to escape homophobic persecution. That is a narrative we almost never see in mainstream music today, a decade later.
But I don’t see people celebrating t.A.T.u.’s cultural legacy despite being survivors of abuse. I see people enjoying a hit of holier-than-thou and calling them fake-lesbians.
It’s reasonable to ask if t.A.T.u. performing at the Olympics is collaboration or a chance for Russians to see a queer woman and an ally on stage. We can debate if they should have done the gig. We can discuss why several of Julia’s queerer songs have been removed from itunes or how her biography online has repeatedly been edited to remove these facts about her life. We can talk about how their abuse is similar to the high rates of abuse, depression, and suicide for bisexual people (higher than that of gay, lesbian, or straight folks).
But if your response to t.A.T.u. is to be angry at them for imitating or appropriating lesbianism and not to be angry at the way they were abused and manipulated, then you are a terrible fucking person. You’re the one setting queer rights back, not a pair of emotionally, physically, and sexually abused teenage girls.
* Thanks to nooffswitch for helping me fill in some of the dates and details