THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themselves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the Japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any Japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.
so are you telling me that Japan’s punk phase was really the kawaii phase
the point of pouring a shit ton of ice water over yourself is because when one suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) one of the affects the disease has is a numbness throughout the body, as well as struggling to breathe, and both these are meant to temporarily happen when doused in freezing water. It’s to raise awareness of what ALS feels like and encourage donations towards research and cures.
How freaking much of a coincidence is this????
AU: Nine meets Ten and Eleven
AKA HOW THE 50th SHOULD HAVE BEEN
Gwen is getting married and she wants to fix Merlin up with someone so he wouldn’t look alone for that wedding. Adding insult to injury, Merlin learns that the best man will be Gwaine, his ex-boyfriend. Determined not to show up alone, Merlin swallows his pride and hires Arthur Pendragon, a professional escort, who will pose as his boyfriend for a £4k fee. Merlin’s friends are all struck by how charming, handsome and personable Arthur is and Merlin begins wondering if their relationship has to be all business; however, as it turns out, Arthur understands Merlin far better than he expects…
we need to talk about that house loan
It’s gonna cost you a leg. Specifically, that guy’s prosthetic leg.
I need it.
I also need that guy’s eye.
okay what fucking fandom does a guy lose his prosthetic leg and his eye?
as the next season of doctor who approaches its time for me to wrestle with the question
does my faith in peter capaldi outweigh my distrust of steven moffat
I am familiar with that question.
APPARENTLY THEY’RE YELLING AT EACH OTHER ON SET AND THE GENERAL VIBE IS PETER CAPALDI DECLARING THAT HE WILL NOT BE CHASED OFF THIS SHOW
so i got into a car wreck and broke both of my legs
and so for at least 3 months i will be unable to do any sort of work. im actually living with my (toxic) parents again due to my inability to live independently post-accident so im not even remotely near my places of (former) employment. while ive been assured the jobs are there waiting for me whenever i am able to walk back into the store, this is still three months at least that i am unable to work due to my injuries
when i am able to use my legs again, i will have no car and therefore no way to get to my places of employment to earn money to live and eat and pay for all the staggering bills i now have
please commission me or hell flat out donate if you want to but please commission me so i can buy a new car to be able to go to work and earn my living please help me