Sweet nightmares, my lovelies.
The trip to the Holocaust museum was fairly grim, as should be expected. As an ethnically Jewish individual, I’m very well aware of the damage that was caused during the Holocaust, and the museum was a barrage of painful but necessary information.
Now, considering that my Jewish ancestry is Lithuanian, I wish they talked more about how Stalin and Hitler were both carting off Jewish people to imprison them and work them to death, especially in Lithuania, which was a sought-after territory that ended up switching hands more than once during the Second World War.
In addition, anti-semitism had already turned violent in Lithuania before WWII, beginning with deportations, threats, and violent actions in 1918 (at around the same time as the Armenian genocide, in fact.) My great-great grandmother was sent to America at the age of eighteen during the early 1920s, and we never got any word back from that side of the family, so the most likely reason is that they either lost touch with their roots and lost interest in finding them, or they died alongside millions of other victims, whether in a gulag/concentration camp or a murder outside the camps by anti-Semites. Considering the death toll among the Lithuanian Jewish community (one of the highest out of any European country involved in WWII), death is the most likely option.
Unfortunately, the gulags and Lithuania in general were barely mentioned, though I was happy to see acknowledgement of the violence and betrayal committed by neighborly Lithuanian Gentiles, which was one of the biggest factors in the flight and/or detainment of thousands. Even before the Nazis came, they attacked us, killed us, and dehumanized us, and those who didn’t actively help the Nazis and Soviets or turn a blind eye were rare.
Welcome to Lavilena Week 2014!
This week is a celebration of the relationship between Lavi and Lenalee Lee from D.Gray-Man by Katsura Hoshino, and will run from November 2nd through November 8th, 2014! We’re excited to be hosting the first event of this kind for this pairing.
Each day features a theme, which we hope will inspire you to create fanworks of any type - fanfiction, fanart, GIFs, edits, etc.! We’ll be reblogging entries to this blog.
2nd: First Impressions
1. Tag your submissions with #lavilena week.
2. Respect others. Do not repost or steal others’ work. No character hate or ship hate will be tolerated. Bigotry (racism, transphobia, homophobia, etc.) of any kind is unacceptable. We won’t reblog any entries that don’t follow this rule.
3. Make sure to label your work with the theme it’s filling, especially if you’re not posting on the corresponding day. Additionally, do your best to post work on the day of the theme, but don’t worry too much about being late.
4. Have fun, and if you have any questions, contact us. We look forward to seeing your submissions - you are what will make this week great! :)
Warning: the following may be too badass for you to handle.
Today the Conservatives filed out of the House of Commons in Ottawa early. The NDP followed. Moments later, all the NDP MPs came back into the house and took their seats. They had…
Massively Open Online Courses are the new vogue way to take control of your education and your career, and it’s the best thing. Higher education should be a right, but many of us can’t afford or can’t even access modern college courses. Anyone with conviction and a few extra…
Ok so, you are going to some party as a spooky skeleton, but you have the good idea to dress up as something that’s not only a skeleton, but a national symbol in another country.
The Catrina or calavera. (Mexico)
So you might say,…
Parineeti Chopra responds to a male reporter who claims to know nothing about periods (menstrual cycle). [X]
I started my period when I was 10 years old. But we didn’t tell my grandma for three years because she subscribed to the “old traditions”, where a woman on her period could not enter the house, not even to bathe. Where she had to sit outside in front of the house (where the whole village could be witness to her shame and isolation) for the entire duration.
My friend started her period unexpectedly while we were at our local temple (in America) for dance class. Asking around if any of the parents had pads (all of them apologized and acted like adults about it), I thought surely the front office has a first aid kit. Don’t they have pads? When we asked, not only did they not have any, when one of the women gave one from her purse, the head secretary told us “There are men who need to use the first-aid kit, ya? So we don’t keep period things there.” Not even ibuprofen (which has so many more uses than period pain).
There are girls in India and Nepal (and other places, but I just read an in-depth piece about the situations in Nepal) who have to go to the “period hut” when their period comes and not leave until its over. They can’t wash and dry their cloth pads in the daylight, so they do it at night when the pads won’t dry properly before their next use, making them vulnerable to infection.
It is incredibly important, especially in India, to break the taboo surrounding periods. Break the secrecy around an event that happens to almost every woman, every month for literally half of her lifetime. Break the hiding, break the cover-up, break the SHAME.
Just break EVERYTHING. So little girls can go to school every day of every month without feeling ashamed. So women can work every day of every month to provide for their families without being glared at. So single fathers can confidently take care of their daughters’ health. So that women can talk about how terrible their period is or isn’t and give each other advice on how to deal with it without looking around to make sure men aren’t listening.
So that Whisper doesn’t have to be called Whisper, it can be called SHOUT. It can be called PROUD. So that we don’t NEED to fucking WHISPER about our bodies and our health.
I love that Shion openly says in the beginning of the novel that he is not a compassionate person nor does he like the hassle of dealing with other people’s problems. He’s not naive enough to trust a stranger. Like, his own definition of himself goes against so much of the fandom interpretation…