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so we might be movin back to IL in a week or so but it all depends on if colby gets a job here or there so

dunno

killbenedictcumberbatch:

halloweevee:

halloweevee:

Ok guys can we have a chat about coding?

Coding is when characteristics of certain people/groups are applied to entities in media, oftentimes nonhuman characters. This is often a sort of subtle allegory to make a point or present a counterpart in a fantasy setting. Sometimes it takes the form of “monster culture,” where these stereotypical characteristics are applied to villains to demonize certain groups (you see this a lot with villains who take on stereotypical traits of marginalized groups such as LGBT people, or Jewish people for example). Sometimes it’s simply allegory.

Let’s look at these images as examples. Garnet is an alien with brown skin, an afro, and voiced by black english singer Estelle. So, it’s clear to see she’s coded as a black woman in spite of being an alien. The picture next to that is from the PBS kids show Arthur, portraying two characters in Senegal. They’re clearly animals, but they’re also Senegalese, so it can be inferred they’re coded as black Africans. They are relatives of another character on the show, The Brain, who is a bear. But in the show, he has family in Africa, and celebrates kwanzaa. It can be inferred he’s black as well.

Then Sagwa. This is about a family of siamese cats who lives in China sometime around the era of the Qing dynasty (I believe). They work for a magistrate and make calligraphy with their tails. They’re cats, but are coded by their environment and characterization as being Chinese. 

And the list goes on (The Between the Lions lions being African, Rosita and Quetzal being Mexican, etc)

So there’s a problem when you see a character like Garnet and go “she’s not black, she’s a gem!” Sure, in a literal sense. But she’s clearly CODED as a black woman. 

This ALSO plays into why you can’t arbitrarily assign certain coding to certain things and not take context and connotations into account. 

I hope this made sense.

yeah but they don’t have to be mexicanthey could be cuban or spanish or brazilianpls don’t catagorize all of the hispanics to just mexican.”

an understadable issue but!! i say mexican specifically for a reason

quetzal is named after the Aztec deity quetzalcoatl and has been referred to as having mexican coding on other sites such as the show’s wikipedia page. and if memory serves the show’s two main human characters are also canonically mexican.

rosita is much more clear cut, specifically stated in sesame street canon to be a monster who comes from mexico. 

thank u for this

sjaejones:

neuroticmarshmallow:

sexy inexplicable melancholy

I think the time is ripe to reblog this.

agoutirex:

The first Vivian James fisting art! enjoy! GAMING!

agoutirex:

The first Vivian James fisting art! enjoy!

GAMING!

communistbakery:

haleinski:

why the fuck would straight ally’s get scholarships meant for LGBTQ students

are you fucking kidding me………

communistbakery:

haleinski:

why the fuck would straight ally’s get scholarships meant for LGBTQ students

are you fucking kidding me………

i-dontknow-ok:

stunningpicture:

You can plug in anywhere on the square

God is that you

i-dontknow-ok:

stunningpicture:

You can plug in anywhere on the square

God is that you

lightspeedsound:

nocakeno:

stardusted:

disney no chinese people don’t wear kimonos that’s a japanese thing, she is wearing a hanfu jfc, just because white people might not know the difference doesn’t mean you should mislabel it

jfc

also PS love conquers all is definitely not the moral of either the original Ballad of Mulan or the Disney movie swear to god the moral of the story is “women kick ass, often with fireworks”

merlinsbane:

for me the biggest unsolved mystery of the world is whether or not My Immortal was a trollfic or a legitimate fanfiction that someone sat down and wrote.