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Hi I'm Sakizm. I like Avatar: the Last Airbender, Fullmetal Alchemist and Legend of Korra I like to draw stuff sometimes FYI- this is a multi-fandom and personal blog  Sunshines

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As women, when we’re children we’re taught to enter the world with big hearts. Blooming hearts. Hearts bigger than our damn fists. We are taught to forgive - constantly - as opposed to what young boys are taught: Revenge, to get ‘even.’ Our empathy is constantly made appeals to, often demanded for. If we refuse to show kindness, we are reprimanded. We are not good women if we do not crush our bones to make more space for the world, if we do not spread our entire skin over rocks for others to tread on, if we do not kill ourselves in every meaning of the word in the process of making it cozy for everyone else. It is the heat generated by the burning of our bodies with which the world keeps warm. We are taught to sacrifice so much for so little. This is the general principle all over the world.

By the time we are young women, we are tired. Most of us are drained. Some of us enter a lock of silence because of that lethargy. Some of us lash out. When I think of that big, blooming heart we once had, it looks shriveled and worn out now. When I was teaching, I had a young student named Mariam. She was only 11 years old. Some boy pushed her around in class, called her names, broke her spirit for the day. We were sitting under a chestnut tree on a field trip and she asked me if a boy ever hurt me. I told her many did and I destroyed them one by one. I think that’s the first time she ever heard the word ‘destroyed.’ We rarely teach our girls to fight back for the right reasons.

Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Mess up and it’s fine – you are learning to unlearn. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.

Do not be a moth near the light; be the light itself. Do not let a man’s ocean-big ego swallow you up. Know what you want. Ask yourself first. Decide your own pace. Decide your own path. Be cruel when needed. Be gentle only when needed. Collapse and then re-construct. When someone says you are being obscene, say yes I am. When they say you are being wrong, say yes I am. When they say you are being selfish, say yes I am. Why shouldn’t I be? How do you expect a woman to stand on her two feet if you keep striking her at the ankles.

There are multiple lessons we must teach our young girls so that they render themselves their own pillars instead of keeping male approval as the focal point of their lives. It is so important to state your feelings of inconvenience as a woman. We are instructed to tailor ourselves and our discomfort - constantly told that we are ‘whining’ and ‘nagging’ and ‘complaining too much.’ That kind of silence is horribly violent, that kind of insistence upon uniformly nodding in agreement to your own despair, and smiling emptily so no man is ever uncomfortable around us. Male-entitlement dictates a woman’s silence. If we could see the mimetic model of the erasure of a woman’s voice, it would be an incredibly bloody sight.

On a breezy July night, my mother and I were sleeping under the open sky. Before dozing off, I told her that I think there is a special place in heaven where all wounded women bury their broken hearts and their hearts grow into trees that only give fruit to the good and poison to the bad. She smiled and said Ameen. Then she closed her eyes.

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A Woman of War by Mehreen Kasana (via pbnpineapples)

I had no idea you all liked this so much. I’m humbled. Thank you.

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bryankonietzko:

Hey, folks! Are you all frustrated that Nickelodeon still hasn’t released a soundtrack from Avatar: The Last Airbender? I know I am! Well, one solution to this problem is to join an orchestra and perform Jeremy Zuckerman’s beautiful scores yourselves!

The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra performs ‘Peace’ from ATLA. 

This made me teary-eyed, partially due to hearing this particular piece of music again, but also because this amazing group of people dedicated their time and talents to this. Great work!

· atla ·

theon-gayjoy:

neverending list of awesome a:tla and a:lok characters

katara ;

“It doesn’t matter if the painted lady is real or not. Because your problems are real, and this river is real. You can’t wait around for someone to help you. You have to help yourself.”

· atla · katara ·

starcrossed-killer:

WAT IF FOR TOPHS BIRTHDAY THE GAANG GOT TOGETHER AND MADE A BIG DRAWING IN THE GROUND (AANG DOING ALL THE EARTH BENDING) BUT IT WAS A DRAWING OF TOPHS FACE AND TOPH USES HER SEISMIC SENSES TO FEEL THE CARVING IN THE EARTH AND SHE FINALLY GETS TO SEE WHAT HER FACE LOOKS LIKE BUT NOT ONLY JUST HER FACE BUT ALL OF THE GAANGS FACE AND ITS VERY EMOTIONAL AND JUST PUNCHES WHOEVERS CLOSEST TO HER (ZUKO MAYBE BECAUSE I LOVE THEIR DYNAMIC) AND TEARS UP BUT LIKE I DEFINITELY NEED FAN ART OF THIS

· omg yes · atla · toph · textpost ·

bedsafely:

killyhawk:

killyhawk:

Shopping for clothes when you have big boobs is normally really annoying esp when you like drapey things or want something that cinches at the waist cause you always get stuff like this

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when the hell did this get over a thousand notes

Christ this speaks to me on an emotional level 

College be like

ntbx:

Housing: $2,980
Meal plan: $1,457
Books: $1,429
Enrollment: $983
Air: $3,274
Grass: $4,284
Sidewalk: $5,284
The sun: $3,381

· college · pretty much ·

America’s fifty states have a lot in common, but if their internet search histories are any indication they also have significant differences. Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms, and questions each state was searching for more than any other. The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. No doubt this information will come in handy for anyone trying to decide which state they want to buy a home in, especially for those curious how their potential neighbors spend their time online. 

I’m going with Zuko!What?

· atla · zuko · aang · sokka · katara · toph ·

glysaturn:

This would never end. 

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inzayned:

when you can’t hear what someone says and they repeat it 98 times and you’re still like

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