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gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 54,467 notes

bossanovabyss:

cellokind:

how tumblr can improve: just fucking hire the xkit guy already

Nah son, if they hire him, he’ll have to play by their rules. Hiring him would be a way to silence him, a way to stop him, a way to let them win.

We need him free. We need him rogue. He is not the developer tumblr deserves, but the one that it needs right now. We need him free to do what he does best.

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 53,336 notes
louiexv-deactivated20120518
Explain your current situation to your five-years-ago self.

frankocean:

wow. alrite. i’ll give it a shot…

hey chris,

your name is frank now..it’s a long story. your girlfriend is about to break up with you because of the long distance. it’s ok. & that job you’re working..well, you’re gonna have to work there for another year and some months.. & then you’re gonna get fired. you’re gonna work a couple more jobs after that too. nothing glamorous. kinkos and at&t if you really want the specifics. but you’re never gonna be homeless or starving. don’t worry you won’t fail and have to move back to new orleans either. you are gonna get your heartbroken though. twice. if it helps, the first one is gonna be worse than the second. contrary to how it feels, it won’t kill you. in fact it’s gonna help you write an album. yea, you finally finished an album. people like it man. you’re actually gonna write and record hundreds of songs. they won’t all be good and most ppl won’t think you’re talented at first, but you’re going to master your gifts. you’re going to become a lot stronger and wiser..even a little taller. be patient. i mean, you kind of have no choice. and be good to people. i don’t wanna spoil too much for you, but.. you’re on a plane right now to the east coast to work with kanye west & jay-z. it’s all working out kid. you made it. 

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 86,329 notes

educational-gifs:

How pregnancy shifts and moves the mother’s internal organs to make room for the baby. Interactive Flash source here.

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the-wistful-collectivist:

the-goddamazon:

It took me a bit to get all the references but omg lmfaoooo

Bleach, Naruto, Pokemon, Shingeki no Kyojin (attack on titan), Spirited Away

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 138,714 notes

thewildfiresoul:

Endless list of favorite, flawless MOC (in no particular order): 

Jesse Williams - [24/x] / [Set 1/2]

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 2,274 notes
Tagged:   #jesse williams
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ripblkdzn:

isaacjb:

ripblkdzn:

and this is for all the white people that think it’s okay to say nigga

How bout other Races, for example I’m 100 percent Latino. Can the word nigga come out of my mouth?

just dont fucking speak. why the fuck u wanna say it so bad like omg go away you annoyin my life

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 17,822 notes
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Well, God handed me a chemical imbalance and a pen and I just fucking ran with it
When My Teacher Asked Why I Write Poetry (via soho—and—boho)
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 with 918 notes