Book Burning Memorial
'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '
Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.
Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.
reblogging again for that^
If you haven’t read the new HP short story, here’s a link. Obviously, there are spoilers ahead.
It’s basically a Rita Skeeter article about Dumbledore’s Army, all grown up now, meeting up at the Quidditch World Cup. It gives us hints about what they’ve all been up to, and made explicit some…
The above panel is from the webcomic El Goonish Shive and I want to talk about it for a minute.
El Goonish Shive is a….weird webcomic. I’ve been reading it since I was in high school. In all honesty, it started off pretty shitty. Bad art, not the best writing, but in the, damn, what, 7 years, I’ve been reading it, it’s really developed into a story that I like. (No, really, if you decide to read this, the first like…3 arcs are just…really hard to get through. It’s worth it overall though.)
It’s a weird story. There’s aliens, and super science transformation guns, and body swapping antics, and gender “switching” antics, and evil plots, and card game tournaments, and romance, and humor, and it’s a very hard story to explain to people. Like, one of my favorite arcs involved one of the Protags, Elliot, accidentally getting a magical female twin clone named Ellen who then goes on to date Elliot’s ex-girlfriend. You just have to roll with it.
The character with the pink hair up there is Tedd, and the brown haired girl is Grace, his (magic) girlfriend.
Tedd has been a main character since the very beginning. He used to wear his hair long and had thick glasses because he worried he had kind of a girly face. He recently cut/dyed his hair because he decided to embrace his girly face though, which was cute. He’s builds super science stuff, and it was sort of a running gag for a long time that he enjoyed playing around with his transformation gun, making himself look like a hot chick sometimes, or an alien….or a hot alien chick. This has been a recurring gag for YEARS.
And then…well….this comic happened last week, and that running gag suddenly became so, so much more.
I keep coming back to this strip and staring at Tedd’s face, how defensive he is about enjoying being a girl sometimes, the shock he feels when there’s a word for it. There’s a word for what he is, and it doesn’t mean he’s broken or bizarre. There are other people out there like him, other people will understand why he feels this way. I remember the first time someone told me about the word “bisexual” and suddenly it was like this huge part of me made sense.
Poor Tedd has been silently struggling with these feelings, still caught up in cissexist notions of gender and sex (notice the use of “opposite sex” in there.) And now he has a moment of revelation. He has a word for it now: Gender Fluid. I just want to hug him.
I’m really excited to see how this will develop as the comic goes on. I’m excited to see this comic, which is so often just silly humor and magic stuff, developing even farther to give us more and more diversity with these characters. And I’m just excited that Tedd is figuring out who he is.
I did not hear the term “genderfluid” until I was 38 years old. Until then, I thought there was something wrong with me.
After four days of working the pictures are finished and i’m pleased with myself
Assimilation is not a mark of value.
This is the most useful thing I’ve ever reblogged.
The all-time U.S. leading goal scorer is Abby Wambach, with 167 goals, followed by Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (105) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100). In fact, Abby Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in the world, among all soccer players, male or female.
To portray a world that has 0 LGBTQIAP+ characters is one of two things. A dystopian horror or homophobic fantasy.
The Ceruleans got to him.
A new test for character design: “The Babs and Kara Test.” Your characters only pass if the audience could still tell them apart if they were wearing identical bathrobes and had their hair completely wrapped up in towels
Named for the time DCAU had Batgirl and Supergirl hang out in bathrobes with their hair up in a towel and needed to make sure their hair was slightly visible so the audience could tell which was which: