It’s one of the most painful things I could imagine. I was tearing up for like 2 1/2 hours at my dermatologist. I had 2 already. I had one last week and another this week. I can’t take it anymore!
I got my haircut at David’s Salon this afternoon. I got my haircut from my usual stylist. I was at the salon with my aunt who’s not much older than me and I call and consider her my sister. We have the same senior hair stylist so I let her get her haircut first. I sat at the chair beside her. I’m usually offered some magazines to read while waiting for my stylist. I don’t notice the magazines most of the time but this time, I took the time to browse. The particular issue of For Him Magazine in front of the mirror caught my attention because I recognized the topless and barely clothed covr girl with water guns covering her nips. It was Ashley Rivera a.k.a. Petra Mahalimuyak.
As I scrolled past the pages, I never realized that they actually print these stuff! Most of the pictures are explicit. The articles are even more X-Rated. One of the articles that caught my interest is the one about “What Women Find Sexy.” That was a whole can of worms that I never knew I’d open at this stage in my life (since I’m not nor have I ever been sexually active.) Perhaps I could use the knowledge I gained from that article in the near future (or not. HAHA!)
Another is the “Finger Up Your Ass… to test your prostate—which is good.” It’s about the advocacy of fighting Prostate Cancer and also early detection. I couldn’t help but cringe at this article because I personally got my prostate examined when I had excruciating pain in my lower abdomen. I, however, didn’t have Prostate Cancer but had Appendicitis at that time. I had my Appendix removed. But either way, having fingers up my ass is not something I’d like to relive in the future.
FHM talks about Sex, Masturbation, Relationships and the like in such a liberated light that it seems like it’s a normal coffee table topic. I know I shouldn’t be reading FHM since it’s for 18 year olds and above but for me who’s 17 years and 8 months, it doesn’t really make difference if you’re 18+.
In the end, I finally got my haircut.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Scenery
J.K. Rowling (via kushandwizdom)
When people say these books are children’s books, as if to demean them, I balk. These books dealt with themes that adults do not fully understand or wish to. It dealt with racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, prejudice, and general ignorance. These books taught us that it doesn’t matter how you were raised, but that you get to choose to be kind, loyal, brave, and true. They taught us to be strong under the pressures of this world and to hold fast to what we know to be right. These books taught me so much, they changed me as a person. So just because they’re set against a fantastical backdrop with young protagonists does not mean that their value is any less real.
First book: Starts with the double murder of a pair of twenty-one year olds who were much missed and leaving their baby son a war orphan. A child growing up in abusive conditions that would give Cinderella the horrors. Dealing with peers and teachers who are bullies. The fickleness of fame (from the darling of Gryffindor to the outcast.) The idea that there are things worth fighting and dying for, spoken by the child protagonist. Three children promptly acting on that willingness to sacrifice their lives, and two of them getting injured doing so.
Second book: The equivalent of racism with the pro-pureblood attitude. Plot driven by an eleven year old girl being groomed and then used by a charming, handsome older male. The imbalance of power and resultant abuse inherent in slavery. Fraud perpetuated by stealing something very intimate.
Third book: The equivalent of ableism with a decent, kind and competant adult being considered less than human because he has an illness that adversely affects his behaviour at certain times. A justice system that is the opposite of just. Promises of removing an abused child from the abusive environment can’t always be kept. The innocent suffer while the guilty thrive.
Fouth book: More fickleness of fame. The privileged mistreating and undermining the underprivileged because they can. A master punishing a slave for his own misjudgment, and the slave blaming herself. A sports tournament which involves mortal risk being cheered by spectators. A wonderful young man being murdered simply because he was in the way. A young boy being tortured, humilated and nearly murdered.
Fifth book: PTSD in the teenage protagonist. Severe depression in the protagonist’s godfather, triggered by inherited mental health issues and being forced to stay in a house where abuse occured. A bigoted tyrant who lives to crush everyone under her heel, torturing a teenager for telling the truth in the name of the government (and trying to suck his soul out too). The discovery that your idols can have feet of clay after all. An effort to save the life of someone dear and precious actually costing that very same life. The loss of a father-figure and the resultant guilt.
Sixth book: The idea that a soul can be broken beyond repair. Drugs with the potential for date rape are shown as having achieved exactly that in at least one case, resulting in a pregnancy. Well-meaning chauvinism trying to control the love life of a young woman. Internalised prejuidce resulting in refusing the one you love, not out of lack of love but out of fear of tainting them. The mortality of those that seem powerful and larger than life.
Seventh book: Bad situations can get worse, to the point where even the privileged end up suffering and afraid. More internalised prejudice and
fearhysterical terror of tainting those you love. Self-sacrifice and the loss of loved ones, EVERYWHERE. Those who are bitter are often so with a reason. The necessity of defeating your inner demons, even though it’s never as cool as it sounds. Don’t underestimate those that are enslaved. Other people’s culture isn’t always like your own. Things often come full circle (war ending with the death of a dearly-loved pair of new parents and their orphaned baby son living with his dead mother’s blood relative instead of his young godfather). Even if ‘all is well’ the world is still imperfect, because it’s full of us brilliant imperfect humans.
So… still think that Harry Potter is a kid’s series with no depth?
Iconic Disney characters gender bended.
Ariel, Cruella, Maleficent, Pocahantas, Elsa, Ursula, Aurora, and Snow White as guys. Hades and Jack Frost as girls.
god these are sexy men/women
Though we may come from different places,
and speak in different tongues…
our hearts beat as one.
What happened to the Marauder's Map? Do you think Harry gave it to one of his kids later on?
Jo said that she feels that James Sirius would find it in Harry’s study and steal it, so it sort of unintentionally gets passed down.
Courtney: What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to if any
J.K. Rowling: I’ve got a feeling he didn’t give it to any of them, but that James sneaked it out of his father’s desk one day.