prince-mischief
A significant number of people forget or don’t realize that…
things like colors and flowers existed before humans assigned a gender to them
a lot of gendered things that exist now were conceived by companies purely as marketing strategies to make more money
fashion has changed dramatically throughout history; what is considered feminine or masculine at this moment is a result of the time and place
humans are implicitly and explicitly taught how to behave and what to think by the culture they were raised in
gender and sex are not the same thing
clothing, makeup, hair, lifestyle, etc. can be a way to express gender, but those things do not make a person’s gender
…I will never understand why some individuals so stubbornly cling to the idea that the culture of their random time and place is written in the stars and infallibly absolute. The gender of inanimate objects is not inherent! It is just a thing that humans randomly make up! 

A significant number of people forget or don’t realize that…

  • things like colors and flowers existed before humans assigned a gender to them
  • a lot of gendered things that exist now were conceived by companies purely as marketing strategies to make more money
  • fashion has changed dramatically throughout history; what is considered feminine or masculine at this moment is a result of the time and place
  • humans are implicitly and explicitly taught how to behave and what to think by the culture they were raised in
  • gender and sex are not the same thing
  • clothing, makeup, hair, lifestyle, etc. can be a way to express gender, but those things do not make a person’s gender

…I will never understand why some individuals so stubbornly cling to the idea that the culture of their random time and place is written in the stars and infallibly absolute. The gender of inanimate objects is not inherent! It is just a thing that humans randomly make up! 

other-worlds
intersexplatypus:

(via Intersex 101)
What do intersex activists want?
One of the main concerns of intersex activists is to transition from concealment-based treatments of intersex infants to one that is patient-centered. Often, intersex children are subjected to medically unnecessary procedures and surgeries in order to make their genitals appear normal. The child is then often raised without any idea of their intersex condition. Some of these surgeries create children with genitals different than their eventual gender, prompting sexual reassignment surgery which could otherwise have been avoided. Many surgeries and procedures are also experienced as sexually and/or psychologically abusive by intersex children, especially those used for research purposes or requiring sexually invasive treatments. Intersex activists now advocate that only medically necessary treatments be performed on intersex children, and that support and education should prevail instead of shame and concealment.
Some other demands of intersex activists include:
Not being fetishized or over sexualized
To be treated as real, diverse people rather than convenient examples for sex and gender theorists
Some wish to be allowed to legally identify as intersex instead of, or in addition to, male or female
To end stigma against intersex persons
Better education among medical professionals
Appropriate and knowledgeable health care
More psychological and social support for intersex children and their families
To consider medical necessity and sexual function as important factors in intersex care, as opposed to ‘normalcy’

intersexplatypus:

(via Intersex 101)

What do intersex activists want?

One of the main concerns of intersex activists is to transition from concealment-based treatments of intersex infants to one that is patient-centered. Often, intersex children are subjected to medically unnecessary procedures and surgeries in order to make their genitals appear normal. The child is then often raised without any idea of their intersex condition. Some of these surgeries create children with genitals different than their eventual gender, prompting sexual reassignment surgery which could otherwise have been avoided. Many surgeries and procedures are also experienced as sexually and/or psychologically abusive by intersex children, especially those used for research purposes or requiring sexually invasive treatments. Intersex activists now advocate that only medically necessary treatments be performed on intersex children, and that support and education should prevail instead of shame and concealment.

Some other demands of intersex activists include:

  • Not being fetishized or over sexualized
  • To be treated as real, diverse people rather than convenient examples for sex and gender theorists
  • Some wish to be allowed to legally identify as intersex instead of, or in addition to, male or female
  • To end stigma against intersex persons
  • Better education among medical professionals
  • Appropriate and knowledgeable health care
  • More psychological and social support for intersex children and their families
  • To consider medical necessity and sexual function as important factors in intersex care, as opposed to ‘normalcy’
cherry-flavored-sigh

Anonymous asked:

How do you draw a profile to match the front face? They end up becoming two different people...

zemael answered:

I used to have a lot of trouble with this myself until I figured out one simple trick. All you gotta do is know how to work with layers in a program like Photoshop, SAI, Manga Studio, etc, or have a ruler if you’re a traditional artist. 

  • 1. Let’s take a look at this dude. I drew the front of the face first and then tried to match the profile the best I could. Looking at it quickly it seems fine, doesn’t it? (well, other than the eyebrows; I forgot he was frowning.) But when you focus you can tell it looks.. well, off, compared to the one to the left.

  • 2. This part can be a bit tricky. Take each layer and change the lines to a different, contrasting color or make it a different opacity (or both) and then overlap them. To make it less confusing, put the layers as "multiply". This way you can see the lines without confusing them too much.  Try adjusting it to match as good as you can. Now when we have all the parts next to each-other, we can tell what’s wrong. The mouth is too high up, the nose is way too short, the eyes are also too high up, the forehead is too big, and the skull is too small. Thank goodness I at least got the neck and chin right! Let’s adjust these things so that they are at least the right height. (For you traditional artist, just use the ruler to measure the parts!)

  • 3. Now the most obvious things are fixed, and we can see a big improvement. Everything matches height-wise. Nothing is glaringly wrong, but there’s still some details that are off. if you look closely, you can see that the cheek doesn’t quite match up, as well as the eye-shape and the nose shape. Also the expression. (On another note, I made the skull on the blue one a bit smaller, just so you don’t get confused. I noticed it was an anatomy error)

  • 4. Fixed the minor details, and as you can see, there was a major difference. I’m going to make different tutorial on noses later on, but how do you know if a nose is down-turned or up-turned by looking at it from the front? Well, a down-turned nose is usually V-shaped, like the guy in my picture. An up-turned nose usually have more visible nostrils. Anyway. I’m happy with the results, let’s put the finished products next to each other.

  • Yep! We can tell it’s the same guy now. Small things make a huge difference, and this trick is really easy once you get used to it. It might feel a bit trippy at first with all the lines  clashing, but as I said, you get used to it. Let’s see the before-and-after.

  • Not quite the same dude.

But yeah, there you go! If you’re interested to see more of my tutorials, just click [here]. Also, send me an ask if you have any tutorial request, I’d love to help!