I went to anime club on Friday, which was just a big room with people sitting around watching anime. I honestly don’t know what I expected. I might go again because I could easily get away with not talking to anyone, but do I want to be that person who just sits there alone all the time?
Then I went shopping Saturday and snagged an anthropologie sweatshirt for fifteen dollars. It’s second hand, but brand new, still has the tags. It is the new love of my life. I want it to get cold enough to wear it. I also went to this cupcake bakery and the cupcake was pretty good, if not a little too sweet, but the dude working there was super creepy, so never going back there again.
“I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.”—: I am not Mike Brown. (via fitle-tight)
“In biology I learned about fish and snails and such that changed sex, and at the time I was reading these biology books and idly thinking, “Oh, how interesting.” But ideas like that have been incorporated into science fiction here and there, and especially Ursula K. Le Guin wrote a book called The Left Hand of Darkness in which she explored races like that and their culture, and how their biology intertwines with their culture. The people living on that planet change their sex while growing up. Normally, they’re sort of neither sex. When I read that book, I thought it was so fascinating and was inspired by it. So I created a character who hadn’t differentiated into one sex yet, and had to choose whether they become male or female at puberty, and I had so much fun creating this character. The reason I had so much fun is, girls are put into boxes ever since they’re small, being told they must act like girls. And although there might be much more to their personalities than that, like climbing trees, being loud, running down hallways, things like that, girls don’t do any of those things. Girls like that will be categorized as tomboys, and while feeling incredibly impaired by that, there was still a part of me who thought, “No, I’m a girl so this is how I must act,” and was suppressing myself. But Frol from They Were Eleven! isn’t a boy or a girl yet, so no matter what they did, no one was going to tell them “But you’re a girl.” I wrote that character thinking “They’re so lucky,” and yearning to be like them.”—Transcript of radio interview with Hagio Moto from hagiomoto.net (via brickme)
The final stretch! I’m really interested in hearing more about the manga club.
Well, today was mostly introductions and we played manga jeopardy. It was a relatively small group. It seems like it will work similarly to a book club, so certain people get to choose the series we will read and then we read the first couple chapters. The manga for next week are Pandora Hearts and Liars Game.
That’s pretty cool. Are you guys tethered to one room? Do you have a manga library, or does your uni carry any in theirs? I guess I’m asking if you provide your own books.
We have an animation museum and several libraries on campus, but I don’t think we have a manga section anywhere. I think the club is pretty young and rather informal, so it relies on people illegally reading manga, which I know is problematic.