The Most Beautiful Abandoned Railway Station in the World
This is an abandoned railway station in Abkhazia, former Russian territory. It stays untouched since the collapse of USSR – the railway connection of Abkhazia and Russia stopped and railway station left out of demand so nature could take over the left-overs of Soviet architecture.
i want to write a story set here somehow
Yo I just found this spectacular cover of Stars. Listen to it. Now.
So this was posted
as the apparent guidelinesfrom LPS (Lincoln Public Schools) district regarding bullying.
I’m seriously angry and seeing red right now because of the potentially destructive advice this handbook gives.
EDIT: This is a pamphlet handed out to kids about bullying. Not guidelines per se. Just an advice handout.
"it’s the person who retaliates or responds, who actually starts the fight."
what the actual -
"Do not tell on bullies. Would you keep your friends if you tattled on them?"
what WHAT WHAT NO
why does it keep referring to bullies as “our friends”
if someone is bullying you, they are not your friend
gr8 job basically saying “if you feel anything or respond in any way, you are a LOSER”
I had a “friend” who bullied the fuck out of me in high school! Not telling anyone and not defending myself sure did make that behavior stop. Oh, no, wait, it just allowed it continue because she was getting clear ‘you’re in charge and you can get away with being a shitsack’ messages from me.
Acquiescing to a bully just makes your bully realize they can do whatever they want to you. Best strategy I could get was AVOID AVOID AVOID (which is why I don’t go to cons anymore, whoops).
Only tell someone if you’re actually getting beat up! Being stalked and harassed into self-harming behaviors and severe depression doesn’t count.
Hell, I’ve made friends with a few bullies in my day, and lemme tell you that is never, ever accomplished by rolling over and letting them have their way! Some bullies, especially younger kids, can be brought around to respect and friendship (although not all, by any means! and I’d never recommend that a kid who is being bullied or has been bullied should try to befriend their bully if they don’t want to or don’t think doing so would be safe!) and when that’s the case it’s almost always after their one-time victim has confronted them and set limits. Following these rules isn’t going to get you a friend, it’s going to get you a personal bully.
I am of the opinion that generally, crossplaying and cosplaying AUs and headcanons of characters is fair game, as long as:
1) you are treating the character with respect
2) you are treating real people who share a gender or identity with your chosen interpretation of the character with respect
2a) and you recognize that your respect does not necessarily earn you their approval of your treatment of the character
If you mean that you interpret the character as a trans man, I see no reason why that headcanon should prevent you from cosplaying him; many girls cosplay male characters on a regular basis. If you mean that you interpret a canonically cismale character as a trans woman, I’d still tentatively say that it’s ok, but you need to be careful that you’re not portraying the character in a way that invokes transmisogynistic stereotypes. If you’re playing a transfeminine version of a character, and you know any trans women you would be comfortable discussing those cosplay plans with, definitely run those plans by someone with experience in that area of the gender spectrum. It’s very good of you to be asking these questions, but there’s only so much relevant advice I can give as a dfab nonbinary person.
Also you might want to bear in mind what kind of baggage this interpretation of the character may already carry within the fandom and how that will be interpreted. Without knowing the character in question (although I have my suspicions, and if it’s a certain SHSL Hacker, I have to say tread lightly, my friend, tread ever so lightly) I can’t really give you more advice than that; different fandoms relate to their often-headcanon’d-as-trans characters differently, and you probably know better than I what the opportunites and pitfalls of cosplaying this character would be.