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tamorapierce:

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

This is the most amazing thing!  Little sisters heck!  Have you got nieces, granddaughters, cousins, daughters?  Not only girls of color can benefit by having dolls like these, but white girls who are growing up in a world of color!

castielismycherrypie:

camacaileon:

peachjello:

seaworld-secrets:

passion4killerwhales:

animalsnatureveganism:

TIGERS ARE ON RED ALERTThe Sumatran Tiger is said to be extinct by 2015, with fewer than 300-400 left in the wild due to large-scale habitat loss, poaching, hunting and human-tiger conflict. Other subspecies are said to follow. DonateStop the Tiger PoachersSave Tigers NowProtect Tigers from Poachers and Help Stop War on Wildlife Donate to Save Tigers Donate to Help Save the Tiger Make a Donation - Save China’s TigersDonate to Tiger Conservation Name a Wild Tiger WWF Tiger AppealTiger AppealSumatran Tiger ConservationBengal Tiger Conservation DonationsSave the Malayan Tiger Malayan Tiger Conservation Adopt a TigerTigers in Crisis - Adopt a Tiger Adopt Roque the Tiger Adopt a Tiger TodayAdopt a Wild Tiger from IndonesiaAdopt a Tiger - Zhorik Tiger Adoption - Save China’s Tigers Adopt a Wild Tiger PetitionsStop Tiger Poaching in India Save the Tiger Save the Sumatran Tiger Save the Tigers Save the Indian Tiger Save the Sumatran Tiger Stop Pushing Sumatran Tiger Toward ExtinctionSave the Sumatran Tigers from Extinction Protect Siberian Tiger Habitat Act Now to Save India’s Tiger Save the Sumatran Tiger Save the Tiger Stop Poaching Tigers Close Down China’s Tiger Farms Save the Siberian Tiger Prevent Siberian Tiger Extinction Save Endangered Siberian Tigers from Extinction Illegal Tiger Trade must End Preserve the Bengal Tiger of India Save the Malayan Tiger from Extinction Save Malayan Tiger by Stopping Logging Source: ttp://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/tigers/about_tigers/sumatran_tiger/  

THIS IS NOT OK. :(

IMPORTANT SIGNAL BOOST PLEASE

WHAT THE FUCK

WELL FUCK EVERYTHING!
I WORKED FOR AN NGO THAT WAS TRYING TO SAVE TIGERS FOR ABOUT HALF A YEAR, PEOPLE ON THE STREETS SPIT AT ME AND THREATENED ME (WHICH IS NOT THE POINT) BUT YOU LISTEN UP:
THERE ARE ONLY 3.200 WILD TIGERS LEFT ON THE ENTIRE WORLD
97% OF THEIR HABITAT HAS BEEN BURNED DOWN OR REMOVED OTHERWISE
3 OUT OF 9 TIGER-SUBSPECIES HAVE ALREADY DIED OUT
THE SOUTH-CHINESE TIGER HASN’T BEEN SIGHTED IN OVER 30 YEARS
THEY ARE SKINNED ALIVE (AS ARE MOST ANIMALS) BC YOU CAN REMOVE THEIR FUR EASIER WHEN THEY ARE STILL BLEEDING
NO EXCEPTIONS FOR CUBS
SOME PEOPLE HUNT THEM BC THEY THING A TIGER PENIS MAKES THEM BETTER IN BED (I’M NOT KIDDING)
EXPERTS CLAIM THAT IF THE KILLING GOES ON, TIGERS WILL BE ENTIRELY EXTINCT IN 2022

SAVE THE TIGERS.
I WANT MY CHILDREN, MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, AND MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN TO KNOW WHAT TIGERS LOOK LIKE WITHOUT EXPLAINING IT USEING TEXT BOOKS AND STUFFED ANIMALS.
THIS DEEPLY UPSETS ME. PLEASE SAVE THE TIGERS.
SAVE MY FAVOURITE BIG CAT.

castielismycherrypie:

camacaileon:

peachjello:

seaworld-secrets:

passion4killerwhales:

animalsnatureveganism:

TIGERS ARE ON RED ALERT

The Sumatran Tiger is said to be extinct by 2015, with fewer than 300-400 left in the wild due to large-scale habitat loss, poaching, hunting and human-tiger conflict. Other subspecies are said to follow. 

Donate
Stop the Tiger Poachers
Save Tigers Now
Protect Tigers from Poachers and Help Stop War on Wildlife 
Donate to Save Tigers 
Donate to Help Save the Tiger 
Make a Donation - Save China’s Tigers
Donate to Tiger Conservation 
Name a Wild Tiger 
WWF Tiger Appeal
Tiger Appeal
Sumatran Tiger Conservation
Bengal Tiger Conservation Donations
Save the Malayan Tiger 
Malayan Tiger Conservation 

Adopt a Tiger
Tigers in Crisis - Adopt a Tiger 
Adopt Roque the Tiger 
Adopt a Tiger Today
Adopt a Wild Tiger from Indonesia
Adopt a Tiger - Zhorik 
Tiger Adoption - Save China’s Tigers 
Adopt a Wild Tiger 

Petitions
Stop Tiger Poaching in India 
Save the Tiger 
Save the Sumatran Tiger 
Save the Tigers 
Save the Indian Tiger 
Save the Sumatran Tiger 
Stop Pushing Sumatran Tiger Toward Extinction
Save the Sumatran Tigers from Extinction 
Protect Siberian Tiger Habitat 
Act Now to Save India’s Tiger 
Save the Sumatran Tiger 
Save the Tiger 
Stop Poaching Tigers 
Close Down China’s Tiger Farms 
Save the Siberian Tiger 
Prevent Siberian Tiger Extinction 
Save Endangered Siberian Tigers from Extinction 
Illegal Tiger Trade must End 
Preserve the Bengal Tiger of India 
Save the Malayan Tiger from Extinction 
Save Malayan Tiger by Stopping Logging 


Source: ttp://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/tigers/about_tigers/sumatran_tiger/  

THIS IS NOT OK. :(

IMPORTANT SIGNAL BOOST PLEASE

WHAT THE FUCK

WELL FUCK EVERYTHING!

I WORKED FOR AN NGO THAT WAS TRYING TO SAVE TIGERS FOR ABOUT HALF A YEAR, PEOPLE ON THE STREETS SPIT AT ME AND THREATENED ME (WHICH IS NOT THE POINT) BUT YOU LISTEN UP:

  • THERE ARE ONLY 3.200 WILD TIGERS LEFT ON THE ENTIRE WORLD
  • 97% OF THEIR HABITAT HAS BEEN BURNED DOWN OR REMOVED OTHERWISE
  • 3 OUT OF 9 TIGER-SUBSPECIES HAVE ALREADY DIED OUT
  • THE SOUTH-CHINESE TIGER HASN’T BEEN SIGHTED IN OVER 30 YEARS
  • THEY ARE SKINNED ALIVE (AS ARE MOST ANIMALS) BC YOU CAN REMOVE THEIR FUR EASIER WHEN THEY ARE STILL BLEEDING
  • NO EXCEPTIONS FOR CUBS
  • SOME PEOPLE HUNT THEM BC THEY THING A TIGER PENIS MAKES THEM BETTER IN BED (I’M NOT KIDDING)
  • EXPERTS CLAIM THAT IF THE KILLING GOES ON, TIGERS WILL BE ENTIRELY EXTINCT IN 2022

SAVE THE TIGERS.

I WANT MY CHILDREN, MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, AND MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN TO KNOW WHAT TIGERS LOOK LIKE WITHOUT EXPLAINING IT USEING TEXT BOOKS AND STUFFED ANIMALS.

THIS DEEPLY UPSETS ME. PLEASE SAVE THE TIGERS.

SAVE MY FAVOURITE BIG CAT.

epicukulelesolo:

dinojay:

Thank you all so much for your love for Bloodstone Academy (my Night Vale / Hogwarts AU!) A lot of you have asked for more details, so I made a quick primer! 

Carlos is a visiting professor from Hogwarts who graduated in 2003. He is the first from Hogwarts to teach at Bloodstone, though Luna visited first. Cecil is the incantations prof, runs the school radio, and has a huge crush on the new guy. 

If anyone is interested in making fic or art or WHATEVER for this au, I’m going to be tagging everything as "bloodstone academy" from now on, and you should too! I’m not planning on writing any fic for this verse, so if you have any ideas, GO FOR IT!! and ENJOY!!!!!

I fucking lost it at Sarah Sultan