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why does tumblr always personify introversion as a tiny cute girl who drinks tea reads books and wears sweaters like i’m a 190 pound man who hangs out in the gym and in the woods doin manly shit but people still make me nervous like damn
Love this. Introversion comes in all shapes and sizes.
Pet your turtles, they enjoy snugglies more than painI feel like this is especially appropriate for cars and turtles in the road.
And don’t drill holes in them or paint em. Its painful and toxic and you’ll make the poor things cry!
Our turtles love having their heads and chins scratched. And a light pat on their shells. No hits, or thumps. They love good pets, please pet them with love.
Shells are LITERALLY their backbone, imagine if someone thumped you hard on the spine. It would suck right? Don’t do it.
Also their shells are covered in a VERY thin layer of fingernail-like material called scutes. When you paint it, a) it’s very easy for the toxins in the paint to absorb into the turtle’s system and poison them, b) it cuts off circulation to the thin layer of living skin below the scutes, c) it deforms the shell because turtles, especially young turtles, grow rapidly and the paint will inhibit proper shell growth and d) prevents the turtle from absorbing necessary vitamin D from UV rays (you know, that stuff they need to live). NEVER EVER PAINT A TURTLE EVER.
That would be a big, fat, resounding NO. This is one of the biggest misconceptions of Arya, and I’m actually not sure why it’s so difficult for people to understand. She never rejects femininity, she never rejects her gender, in fact she’s the only female character who has REPEATEDLY reaffirmed her gender. Arya’s said it so many times, to different people, “I’m a girl!” And more than that, she’s one of the very few characters who actually recognizes the worth of women, she’s one of the few who encompass feminist thinking when she declares “the woman is important too!”
Arya never chooses to disguise herself as a boy, Yoren forces that on her because it was the only safe way for her to travel with the NW recruits. It was of paramount importance that no one found out that she was a girl, and it was purely out of safety reasons. A young girl traveling on the road with a group of criminals? Yoren flat out tells her that she would be raped if they found out her gender, and you know what? That disguise still doesn’t stop her from receiving threats of sexual violence.
People like to assume that Arya hates femininity because she’s more comfortable doing “masculine” things like sword fighting, which really is not the case at all. It’s a complete misuse of the words feminine and masculine. Feminine is of or pertaining to the female sex, and masculine is its equivalent but for the male sex. So when people denounce women as not feminine, they’re denouncing them as non-women in a purely biological sense. However, if you want to look at it from a cultural and societal viewpoint, where feminine is associated with certain types of clothing (dresses, skirts, gowns, etc.) certain types of behaviors and attitudes (docile, compliant, passive, etc.) then you have to take into consideration that this is a very narrow perspective that’s only applicable to certain women. A woman who plays sports is just as feminine as a woman who dances ballet, a woman who wears t shirts and sweatpants is just as feminine as a woman who wears skirts, and a woman who wields a sword, an axe, a knife is just as feminine as a woman who does not because in the end, they’re all women, which is what femininity is.
So no, Arya Stark does not reject femininity, she’s a girl and she’s proud to be one. It’s been ingrained in her that she doesn’t live up to the harsh standards for women of her society; when her septa tells her she has blacksmith’s hands, when her mother thinks that she needs refinement and she needs to be more like her sister, when her sister calls her horseface and ugly, she’s been repeatedly told that she’s an outsider, an oddity to the ideals she must encompass in her patriarchal culture. Just because she can’t fit all of these ideals, it doesn’t equate to her rejecting her femininity. Just because she was gifted a sword and had very basic lessons, it doesn’t make her any less of a girl. To apply femininity to a certain type of woman is to completely discount and ignore the vastness and diversity of all types of women. In the end, it all boils down to associating femininity with womanhood; if you associate yourself with the female gender, then you are feminine. These are just my views, I’m not saying they’re right, but it’s just how I feel on this feminine vs masculine dichotomy that’s always applied to female characters who don’t wear dresses.
”Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that’s a celebration of human nature, i think. if we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull”
"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
A brilliant metaphor
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