The other day I had the privilege of asking a practicing Buddhist (one who has been practicing for 30 years) for his thoughts on any subject. The others who were there all had interesting questions of their own (How do Buddhists view abortion? How much negative karma is generated from assisted suicide? What would a Buddhist do if they were forced to kill in self-defense?), and the answers provided were each logical in terms of what a Buddhist believes.
I asked: “Would Buddhists see a gender reassignment surgery as positive, or negative?” I needed to elaborate quite a bit until he understood that I was talking about FtM’s and MtF’s. As soon as he understood, he gave this answer without hesitation:
Buddhists would see this is as positive karma. It is likely that the individual had lived as the other gender in their previous life, and were so strongly attached to that body that their mind is completely disoriented in the wrong gender. By taking the hormones and performing the surgery, the mind would be at ease as it is back in familiar ground. From there, that individual would undoubtedly generate much more positive karma, as they would no longer feel horribly out of place in their own body. Without question, medical procedures that can cure dysphoria, depression, jealousy, and anxiety should be done.
this makes me simply very happy.
Hannibal Lecter and the subversion of the Male Gaze
Let’s talk Hannibal and feminism for a second.
Specifically, let’s talk about what makes Lecter’s character so appealing to a female audience and why that makes so many people uncomfortable.
(Takes the book & movie canons into account. TW for discussion of murder, cannibalism and violence as well as mentions of sexual violence.)
two of my favorite things: tony stark/iron man and pink floyd’s music c:
i had a pretty bad day today, so i decided to draw something that might cheer me up.drawing fanart that actually makes sense is too mainstream
tech brushes were made by the awesome z-design @deviantart
This is a mash-up tori_bucket did of Florence + The Machine’s “Blinding” from the album “Lungs” and the theme and sound clips from Doctor Who, specifically the episode “Blink.” This song always reminds tori_bucket of the Weeping Angels and it turns out the Doctor Who theme and “Blinding” are in the same key. So why not?
(created by tori_bucket on soundcloud)
European Ceremonial Pike
- Dated: probably 17th century
This is an old German or Swiss Spear or polearm. The thick steel blade is pierced through with designs, the facetted collar fitted onto a long facetted wooden pole covered with aged fabric and decorated with brass studs. The shaft top is decorated by a large braided tassel.
Source: © 2013 Ashoka Arts
in mystery spot when dean died 100 times, what if each time death was the one who took him. what if they had a little bonding session every time he died and got closer but then dean forgot everything when gabriel set things right. what if that’s why death has a soft spot for dean because they were once bffs