You ever see a girl so cute that all you can think is:
"Are you fucking kidding me?"
Mike, 23, Connecticut, fat, single, college student, Writing major, pizza guy, lazy person. Plz talk to me srsly u guise. Doctors at Captain Jack's Stag Party
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised."
Roald Dahl, 1986
NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.
roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.
And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.
And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.
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I’ve done it before, and I’d do it again! Provided that they were close enough, I think.
In light of the Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve realized that there’s a completely neglected party in the equation.
Fandom wasn’t as abuzz over Iron Man 3 than these other movies. When it comes to fandom, they’re busy talking about Loki and redemption. About Steve/Bucky versus Steve/Natasha versus Clint/Natasha versus Bucky/Natasha. About Guardians of the Galaxy versus a Black Widow /Black Panther/whatever movie that should happen.
But we’re here today about Tony Stark.
TONY STARK IS A HERO.
He’s the character who kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without the success of Iron Man, we wouldn’t have The Avengers; this franchise wouldn’t exist any more. The Incredible Hulk failed, but Iron Man didn’t, and so Thor came after it, Captain America came after that. The movie caught the acclaim of so many people, especially with Robert Downey Junior’s amazing acting, but now, they aren’t paying attention.
Iron Man is important. But so many MCU fans have recently disregarded IM3: they don’t like Tony losing his arc reactor, they don’t like Tony blowing up his suits, they don’t like Tony’s real character development. And this is becoming a problem.
Tony is a character with PTSD — his struggles can be illuminated in IM3, when he remembers the portal in The Avengers. He’s realistically haunted, but he eventually realizes that he’s a hero during IM3 and saves the day. The fact that fandom is fawning over mentally-abled characters like Thor and Steve, characters who don’t go through and overcome such hardship (considering that there are theories that Tony may be bipolar, and it’s possible that RDJ played him as such, putting personal experiences into the character) is truly sickening.
Tony is a character physically disabled by his time in Afghanistan. While he does remove his arc reactor in IM3, he is still a survivor. You don’t see other characters attempting to reach for their arc reactors, desperately trying to hold onto their lives. They’re perfectly able bodied and could to do that themselves. But not Tony.
Tony previously suffered from alcoholism. It’s a disease that many people suffer with and sympathize with. It’s nothing that can be easily controlled. And it’s very probable that he inherited it from his father.
Ignoring victims. Again, it should be reiterated that Tony should be noticed, should be seen. It’s very harmful for victims to be dismissed — there are consequences.
Tony is abused by Howard Stark. IM2 shows Howard yelling at a young!Tony for touching a model (a sign of how it will later escalate from verbal to physical violence). Howard neglects him, as well. Tony is sent out to college when he’s very young, separated from his parents at a young age. And Howard even manages to fuck him up as an adult — his ‘greatest creation’ speech was left to guilt Tony’s feelings about his father, even though Howard’s the one at fault.
As several Marvel comics suggest, he is physically abused. It’s not okay that there’s fans who write Tony as a young ‘brat’ or don’t write about the abuse that Tony suffered as a child. In fact, there’s only about half as many ‘Howard’s A+ Parenting’ fics on AO3 as opposed to ‘Odin’s A+ Parenting.’
Tony goes through a lot of shit in every movie he’s been in. In every movie, he’s brought nearly to the brink of defeat and death. He gets kidnapped and tortured by terrorists; he’s made ill by palladium poisoning from the wound he’s acquired; and so on. He doesn’t deserve the pain he’s endured. He lives it, and is an inspiration.
Demiplatonic relationships. Despite his victimhood and childhood damage, Tony puts up a cheerful facade and tries to be a good friend. During Iron Man 2, he doesn’t tell Pepper and Rhodey about his palladium poisoning, not wanting them to know that he’s going to die. And even though Steve tells Tony that he’s nothing without his suit, Tony still fights beside him and eventually shakes his hand at the end of the movie.
Gender Essentialism. Many, many ships have Tony as the ‘bottom’, just because when it comes to other characters, he’s shorter than, say, Steve and Loki. He’s written with feminine, self-insert, OOC traits - which completely forgets Tony as a person. He’s not someone to be shoehorned as ‘top’ or ‘bottom’, due to his height, his build, the color of his hair.
Classism. Even though Stark Enterprises, yes, is something that Tony comes into inheritance into, he still maintains the company with real skill and talent in engineering and mechanics. His family actually starts out as poor immigrants, working their way to fame, progress, and wealth.
However, you see fandom running into the arms of Loki and Thor — who are princes, who grew up in royalty privilege. Monarchy is inherently oppressive and racist. We’ve seen it before in the Age of Imperialism, where Britain and France (who both had monarchies), start to claim every inch of non-white territory as theirs. This is why so many countries are so damaged today. We see this with Odin (Loki and Thor’s father), who conquered Jotunheim, slaughtering so many Jotuns there. The fact that tumblr decides to fangirl all over these royals is shameful.
Fans should recognize Tony Stark as the hero he is. If they don’t, they’re blind to the -ist implications of the real world. They’re erasing orphans, child abuse victims, those with PTSD, disabled persons, and alcoholics. It’s shaming at its finest (and by finest, we mean worst). In the text, Tony’s a character to be sympathized and aspired to — he’s an Avenger. He’s one of the first that Nick Fury reached out to.
We are #tonys-resistance, and we hope all of you other Tony fans are, too.
#praying to korean jesus that this is a joke#the iron man franchise and fandom is the biggest of all marvel characters#does op live in the middle of the arctic in a cave away from the rest of civilization
Love is not being afraid to sing out loud in front of someone else, because they know their singing is just as terrible as yours is, so they have no right to judge.
imagine getting married
after many months of planning, you’re standing at the altar with your significant other in a beautiful room filled with all of your friends and your family
and every single person in that room over age 10 knows you’re getting laid tonight
this was beautiful