I assume you’ve already seen this, but just in case you haven’t, they have this series of mildly passive aggressive politeness reminders on the trains in Japan. This one reads “your seat should only be as wide as your bottom, not the width of your spread legs.” Words to live by.
Urgent memo to all men riding buses, trains, and in all public seating areas: “Your seat should only be as wide as your bottom, not the width of your spread legs.”
Sakura is an interesting character for a lot of reasons. She is at first glance sweet, pure and angelic, for all intents and purposes and ideal housewife, once her backstory is revealed a picture-perfect victim and martyr, and initially characterized as submissive, timid and compliant. Underneath, though, she’s something very, very different- she’s sort of the complete antithesis of the pure, ideal Good Victim- and, among a lot of other things, a girl of a very willful assertive personality, and a very strong person at the core. And this is demonstrated not just by her sheer resilience and ability to endure everything that’s thrown at her, not just by her backstory, and not just by the events of Heaven’s Feel and just how long it takes her to snap and how long she manages to function normally where any normal person would have given out long ago. Because while she is primarily a passive character it’s a trait that’s essentially been beaten into her, and so her strength often comes across in a more passive way, something inner rather than outer. But it’s not the only form of strength she has, and she’s capable of fighting back just as she is of standing and enduring without breaking, as capable of taking blows silently as she is of standing up and saying “No”, and as capable of staying silent when she’s bothered by something with only passive-aggressive comments to express it as she is of bluntly speaking her mind.
Of course, after an entire childhood and adolescence of abuse, it’s natural that this is a side of her character Sakura herself would be out of touch with, because it’s been beaten out of her the same way passiveness has been beaten into her. But people act differently under different circumstances and around different people and when their emotional states are different; it’s only natural. She was forced to repress her nature, but it hasn’t disappeared or changed. So under different circumstances, when she isn’t in state of constant fear and pressure, when she’s with people such as Shirou- people who she’s comfortable around, it shows again. And while Sakura still spends a lot of Heaven’s Feel under pressure and fear even when Shirou is with her, how she acts under the circumstances there doesn’t reflect who she is entirely and throughout the route’s story his influence and presence helps her grow into a more confident person and helps her with her low confidence, and this trait begins to openly show itself more and more.
But it’s not directly that he does it, not through telling her that she didn’t deserve what she went through, not through telling her that she’s a better person then she thinks, or through constant compliments or reassurances; what he did is protect her and remain by her no matter what happened and by just accepting her for herself, and when he did that, when he persisted on staying with her and didn’t for a moment consider turning back, even though he knows her well know and understands who she is underneath the surface, he showed her that there is at least one person- the same person who she has feelings for, at that- sincerely loves her all while knowing and understanding her and every part of her, and by that proved to her that she is someone capable of, and deserving, of being loved. And it’s because of this character trait of hers that it was enough for her.
One of my favorite things about this pairing is that it’s not that he made her a better person, but rather that Sakura did it herself. In the end these are things she truly believed about herself deep down, but couldn’t bring herself to believe and wasn’t allowed to feel or to think because of her situation. It was because of him that she decided to step up and change, and it’s because of it that she only needed one person to help her get there, just one person to offer her unconditional love, why she was able to recognize and admit to herself that what she went through is not her fault and that she didn’t deserve it, and why she was able to bounce back after everything that happened in Heaven’s Feel and her own trauma and guilt and ultimately come out of it happy.
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Zevran Voice #131879 “Then ,why are we still talking?”
Where’d my pants go?