The Road Goes Ever On

madlori:

always reblog.

just because you are a badass warrior woman who can cut a man in half doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some goddamned delicate pretty needlework.

dirtroadsandwildflowers:

breelandwalker:

dirtroadsandwildflowers:

thebanegrimm:

haycsa:

galaxy-pup:

vonnegutpizza:

There needs to be more body positive songs in pop culture and I think this is a great contribution. THIS VIDEO IS AN IMPORTANT THING.

HEY MAN I LOVE ALL OF THE COLORS AND ALL OF THE WOMEN AND I LOVE THE CHORUS AND THIS IS MY NEW SUMMER SONG

I like this, but isn’t she kind of shaming skinny bodies? The whole “skinny bitches” thing clashes with the “every part of you is perfect” message. Idk, just a thought.

She is skinny shaming and putting it on what boys like instead of just being happy about yourself for yourself.

But hey, it’s catchy

I liked this song until I looked at the lyrics. Then I legit lost 90% of my respect for this as being a “body positive” song. It’s just a sham.

Pro-tip: If your “body positivity” throws any body type under the bus in any way to prove your point? Then it’s not actually “body positive” at all.

Really? Are we listening to the same song? Because that’s not what I read.

I’m bringin’ booty back
Go ‘head and tell them skinny bitches that
NAH I’M JUST PLAYIN’
I know y’all think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell you
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.

There’s about two seconds of the “the hell with skinny women” trope, then she acknowledges that they have their own set of insecurities and brings it right back to “Nope, you’re perfect too.”

And as for the “stick-figure silicon Barbie doll” line, along with the bit about Photoshop, that’s exactly the kind of hurtful, negative body image being touted by mass media: something that’s entirely fake that no one could hope to live up to. And it’s a nice reference to the way that girls are taught from childhood that “this is how you should look and that’s what matters.”

And if she wants to attach body positivity to the idea of being sexually attractive, fucking good for her! It’s hard to be a fat girl and think of yourself as hot and sexy, and sometimes it’s nice to have that reminder!

Personally, I find this song immensely empowering, and a lot more inclusive than people are claiming. Yes, it would be nice to have a song that says, “Be happy with yourself for you,” but it’s disheartening to see a positive message in pop culture being tossed out because it’s not PERFECT.

I never said I tossed it out because it wasn’t perfect. I said I’ve got issue with it and listening to the lyrics made me like it less because I did interpret them differently and I feel like it’s a sham, overall, and more a grab for attention than an attempt at genuine body positivity.

She could have very easily done that song without the references to skinny women and plastic and “thinking you’re fat” stereotypes and it’dve been a wonderful body positive song… But for me, personally, the language fucks it up because those are actual lines of abuse I’ve been subjected to at the hands of larger women who have some weird complex against all skinny women.

Up until I was 17, I was consistently underweight and had a hard time gaining weight. I suffered from multiple Eating Disorders due to body-image-related degredation by peers. Nothing new, everyone goes through that, right? Yeah. My problem is that I don’t like the allegory of “plastic” and “barbie doll” to “what I’m not” when she’s saying it as if it’s negative to be thin… And one thing I was called a lot in a derogatory manner as a skinny kid was “Barbie Doll”. In fact, rhetoric like that found in her “You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll," is common rhetoric used against smaller women by larger women. I heard it a lot growing up (and then heard the reverse when I got "fat").

Another thing I heard said a lot to me were things like “I need to put some meat on because men like meet, not bones”, which is something she says in this song with the line “Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size; She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night”.

I also don’t like the idea of it being considered “body positive” to use derogatory language, then turn around and go “oh, lol. I’m joking. You’re perfect”… Because that shit was used against me and I can assure you they weren’t actually joking when they said it.

So like… I think it’s a good song. I think it’s catchy. But as a body positive song that it’s being heralded as? I don’t like the language. It makes me uncomfortable and I don’t feel it’s body positive. If you do… Cool. But I’ve got a lot of issues with it after hearing that rhetoric a lot in my life even if it’s the “nicer” end of one of the spectrums I had to deal with.

Hmmm….you gots a point there. Several, in fact, coming from that angle.

I suppose this is a case of different perspectives then.

jmiah0192:

Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.
My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

Guillermo Del Totoro

jmiah0192:

Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

Guillermo Del Totoro

wolfcrux:

antisociallysplendid:

lalagirgurl:

bluedragonkaiser:

dailylifeofadisneyfreak:

Waking up on November 1st is literally like walking through a door from Halloweentown to Christmastown

What’s this? What’s this? There’s décor everywhere. What’s this? There’s carols in the air. What’s this? I can’t believe my eyes it’s just November come on folks I mean I swear. What’s this?

I FREAKING READ IT IN JACKS VOICE 

I FUCKING SANG IT

For blackcollarcitizen's benefit I just want to link [this gem]

dirtroadsandwildflowers:

thebanegrimm:

haycsa:

galaxy-pup:

vonnegutpizza:

There needs to be more body positive songs in pop culture and I think this is a great contribution. THIS VIDEO IS AN IMPORTANT THING.

HEY MAN I LOVE ALL OF THE COLORS AND ALL OF THE WOMEN AND I LOVE THE CHORUS AND THIS IS MY NEW SUMMER SONG

I like this, but isn’t she kind of shaming skinny bodies? The whole “skinny bitches” thing clashes with the “every part of you is perfect” message. Idk, just a thought.

She is skinny shaming and putting it on what boys like instead of just being happy about yourself for yourself.

But hey, it’s catchy

I liked this song until I looked at the lyrics. Then I legit lost 90% of my respect for this as being a “body positive” song. It’s just a sham.

Pro-tip: If your “body positivity” throws any body type under the bus in any way to prove your point? Then it’s not actually “body positive” at all.

Really? Are we listening to the same song? Because that’s not what I read.

I’m bringin’ booty back
Go ‘head and tell them skinny bitches that
NAH I’M JUST PLAYIN’
I know y’all think you’re fat
But I’m here to tell you
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.

There’s about two seconds of the “the hell with skinny women” trope, then she acknowledges that they have their own set of insecurities and brings it right back to “Nope, you’re perfect too.”

And as for the “stick-figure silicon Barbie doll” line, along with the bit about Photoshop, that’s exactly the kind of hurtful, negative body image being touted by mass media: something that’s entirely fake that no one could hope to live up to. And it’s a nice reference to the way that girls are taught from childhood that “this is how you should look and that’s what matters.”

And if she wants to attach body positivity to the idea of being sexually attractive, fucking good for her! It’s hard to be a fat girl and think of yourself as hot and sexy, and sometimes it’s nice to have that reminder!

Personally, I find this song immensely empowering, and a lot more inclusive than people are claiming. Yes, it would be nice to have a song that says, “Be happy with yourself for you,” but it’s disheartening to see a positive message in pop culture being tossed out because it’s not PERFECT.

Lego-SASS.

Smudging for cleansing is not cultural appropriation. The concept of spirit animal is not cultural appropriation. It's all universal. It's all SPIRITUAL. Shut up.
Anonymous

christowitch:

Eh.. from what I gather smudging is a larger ritual that involves smoke cleansing but is not just smoke cleansing. Its a ritual shared only in some NA closed cultures but smoke cleansing has started being called smudging and lessens the sacredness of the actual smudging ritual by limiting it to just smoke cleansing that everyone can do. So calling it smudging is appropriative but smoke cleansing and calling it smoke cleansing is not.

Once again, Christo nails it.

The practice of smoke cleansing is very widespread and can also be called recaning (“reekening,” Anglo Saxon term) if you want to use a fancy-sounding word. Smudging, though, is a sacred practice that involves way more than waving around a bundle of burning herbs, and the rituals involved vary from nation to nation. (“Nation” here being used as the proper and accepted term instead of “tribe.”)

If you want to cleanse with burnt herbs, go right ahead. But don’t call it smudging.

In addition, the terms “spirit animal” and “totem” are absolutely not universal. They don’t mean what the New-Agers profess them to mean, and they should not be treated as open terms. Basically, if you’re not Native American, if you haven’t been through the proper channels within those communities to understand and be given access to the traditions associated with these concepts, you don’t have a spirit animal and you don’t have a totem. Get over it.

If you want to talk about a metaphysical animal companion, you can use any of the following:

  • Animal Companion
  • Animal Guide
  • Daemon
  • Patronus
  • Familiar

And let’s be clear, kids: just because something is “spiritual,” that does not mean that it’s universal or appropriate for everyone to use. If the people whose traditions include these things have said, “Hey don’t use this, it’s ours and we don’t want it stolen, and besides which you’re getting it wrong,” then don’t use it, no matter how cool or exotic you think it is.

It’s called common courtesy and not being a thieving douche.

gothiccharmschool:

therufflecourt:

Aurelio Voltaire is coming to RuffleCon 2014!

http://www.rufflecon.org/guest-announcement-2014-aurelio-voltaire/

This convention is going to be ridiculous fun, I can already tell.

I’ve seen this guy perform live multiple times and chatted with him at the autograph table. He’s hilarious and positively delightful and his music is brilliant. Never has Goth music been so much fun.

If you can’t make it to the con, you should pick up his CDs. Or do both. Yes, both. Both is good. *nod*

Ugly laughter over the fact that part of TNT’s advertising campaign for the new series “Legends” is, “This time, Sean Bean lives!”

Ok so I leave sweets out for the little spirits and stuff because they help with things but what should I do with it after I'm done leaving it out??

You can either munch them yourself (if it’s safe to do so), or just discard them in the garden or in the trash.

This is why it’s best to stick to little tidbits and teeny tiny portions.

any advice on learning how to trust your intuition, and learn which is actual intuition what is just wishful thinking/what you hope the outcome will be?
Anonymous

Listen to your gut. Don’t go with the minute-to-minute ponderings or the what-ifs. Listen for those stronger feelings. Look for patterns.

It takes practice.

i was looking through the celtic intensifies tag and I didn't see what I was looking for? I was ondering if you or anyone of your followers had lore/mythology/information on The Morrígan? I've already read Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan by Stephanie Woodfield.
Anonymous

Oh, that’s a whole different ball of wax.

*turns on the crow signal*

CALLING ALL CAWS… CALLING ALL CAWS….

Do you have any book recommendations for using herbs (or really any edible plant item) medicinally? I'd like to find one that's fairly inexpensive and also scientifically accurate.
Anonymous
Hey, I am really interested in your blog. I am born of a family of witches and while I wasn't allowed to practice until I was 16, I've picked up a lot over my years. So I don't know if what I am asking you about is because of that or something else. Do you ever just know what to do? You are asked to do a spell for your friend (usually protection) and you know to use this herb and to burn this candle and to say certain things without knowing how you knew? Because that happens to me a lot.

Oh sure! Happens to me all the time.

Intuition is definitely a thing…and so is getting stuff ingrained in your head after lots of studying. :)