Everyone needs to go visit Yahoo! Japan right now.
I promise it will be worth it. It’s pretty cool.
Can we just stop and talk about this for a minute?
Thresh doesn’t make an alliance. Thresh doesn’t waste time liking her. Thresh knows that either he must kill her or she must kill him for one of them to win.
But this is the only way he can repay her for protecting Rue when he couldn’t. It’s the only way he can repay her for honoring Rue when he couldn’t. He honors her by sparing her friend, the girl who would have died for her.
The revolution really doesn’t start with Katniss.
It starts with Rue.
SOMEBODY FINALLY SAID IT
This is exactly the point I’ve been trying to make for years. Okay, so the revolution gets it’s kindling with Katniss. She volunteers, well that’s new, she rebels in the display of talents by shooting the apple. This triggers her perfect score, okay. These aren’t really “Revolutionary” though.
It’s not even revolutionary when Peeta professes his love, because, let’s face it, the rules of the game haven’t changed. They’re still just two kids who would have to KILL each other to win. Without a doubt, it would bring some interest to the games, so the Capitol makes propaganda about it. The “Star Crossed Lovers” in a game of life and death.
But what changes the game is Rue. Right away from her introduction in the books we know Rue is going to be somewhat of a big deal. She was compared to the most important character to Katniss, Prim, so that’s a huge indicator. She’s small, young, she’s what Prim would have been.
So Katniss instantly feels a subconscious pull toward her.
When they meet in the trees, Katniss could have killed Rue easily, and Rue probably could have pulled a sneak attack or alerted the Careers of Katniss’s presence. Instead, Rue points out the Tracker Jacker nest.
Then it escalates, Rue and Katniss become an odd team, they’re an alliance, which is never new in the Hunger Games, as forming teams and then betraying them at the end seems to be a common, but there’s is different. It’s close, it’s sisterly, protective.
And then Rue get’s impaled. Katniss kills her first tribute with ease after that. Comparing it to hunting game. Katniss holds Rue, she cries, and then she sings. She sings for Rue a song of promised safety and warmth, something completely absent in the arena.
And this is where the metaphorical canon fires. Katniss could have left Rue, the hovercraft would have been along to pick her up, but she can’t. She’s morally obligated to love this girl as much as possible. And this is where the revolution starts.
She honors the dead. She honors a dead tribute from a district she’d never seen, a person she’d known for only a short period of time. But she throws away Hunger Games norms. She rejects them completely.
In the Hunger Games you’re supposed to kill mercilessly and leave the victims for the plain box they’re shipped home in.
Katniss gives Rue a funeral in the Games, she decorates the body, she makes it look like Rue is sleeping. Like no harm had come. Katniss just ignited the coals that Rue had placed.
Rue’s District sends a parachute. Homemade bread.
Then Thresh kills Clove and distracts Cato by taking his bag.
The fire is going now, and the actions in Catching Fire are even more obvious.
The Speech for Rue. Peeta’s painting. Everything eludes back to this one little girl who became Katniss’s family.
So the revolution never started with Katniss, she was just the tinder for Rue’s ignition.
Rue was the real Mockingjay.
I just got fucking chills. I don’t think I ever realized this before. I need to reread those books again.
I am freaking out, this looks so tense.
I have actually seen that being talked about a few times in the Feminism tag, but overall, it probably doesn’t get enough attention as it should. I find a lot of tumblr actually spends time arguing about problems in the westernized world and it’s only once in a while that a problem overseas is brought up. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that “first world problems” are being talked about, because they should be talked about. But they should not be the ONLY thing that is talked about.
If Tumblr spent less time arguing and getting offended over the tiniest little things, then maybe we’d actually be able to get somewhere. A lot of people will also never hear about any of this because the majority of SJW’s simply don’t talk about this stuff and a good portion of that majority seem to like to spend time posting snide, angry, hurtful things that inevitably turn people away from their cause.
Okay so, there’s one thing that has actually been bothering me a lot lately about the Social-Justice side of tumblr and it’s basically the main reason why I try to stay completely out of it unless something appears on my dash. The language and the tone that is used by a lot of SJ blogs is just really, really toxic and I understand that you are trying to send a message out and that yes, this is probably the only way you are able to do it, but is it really necessary?
I think it’s really, really sad that a lot of you think that you have to cut other people down and call them names and be just as equally prejudiced towards other people who are, 75% of the time, only trying to learn a new way to think. I get it. A lot of you feel like you don’t have a voice, so you need to raise it to be heard. That is a natural response, after all. I just think that it’s really sad that it has to be that way, because it honestly SHOULDN’T be that way at all.
Look, I’m a privileged, white, cis-female. I am open-minded and willing to learn new things and unlearn things that I have been taught while growing up. I am trying to learn. I know that I’m going to fuck up along the way, yes, but that’s not going to stop me. And I’m NEVER GOING TO STOP LEARNING. None of us will ever stop learning. This will be an ongoing lesson.
But for once, I just want to see someone who will take a second to realize that maybe this person on the other side of the screen has not yet been educated about the issue and that maybe they are willing to hear you out and listen and LEARN SOMETHING and that you don’t HAVE to scream and shout and swear at them. Give them the benefit of the doubt. If they are unwilling to listen, then just don’t bother, they aren’t worth it.
I just … I honestly can’t stand it when I see people who are trying to gain a voice, using their voice to spread even more hate. That is not productive. You cannot use war to end a war. Education is key.
I’m not saying that you have to “calm down and be polite” either, because that is absolute bullshit and you should not be made to sit down and “grow up”. BE ANGRY. BE UPSET. But do so in a more productive way. Think of Martin Luther King Jr, or Nelson Mandela. They were angry and they were oppressed, but did they resort to violence and hate to be heard? No. They marched and they protested and they EDUCATED.
My feminism will ALWAYS include trans women, women of color, disabled women, fat women, intersex women, poor women, neuroatypical women, and all the other women who are often neglected
Reblog if yours will too (and feel free to include anything i missed)
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If you are an adult, becoming an adult, about to become an adult, or are worried about becoming an adult. take the time to watch this
actually, I think everyone, everywhere would benefit from this. please take the time. life is hard. SIGNAL BOOST.
This is important. Imagine if all of Tumblr can see it. I don’t want notes I want for you to each have a better day then the last. boost. watch.
Watch this. it might change your life. reblog. spread the word.
Thank you so much, Vee, for this wonderful fanfiction. That ending made me smile and it made me cry and it was perfect and I will most definitely be keeping an eye out for more or your written works because you have MAD TALENT and I really connected with this fic and just wjfiwojfwoe ; 3 ;
Thank you. Thank you so much.
I feel really bad for the sea lion that Seaworld forces to approach his/her natural predator.
Is it bad that I’m laughing extremely hard at how the orca just annihilates the sea lon in the 2nd gif?
all I can hear is NYOOM
You wanna know something cool? Recent studies of orcas seem to show that during the seal breeding season, they knowingly limit their intake of seals. In fact, there are documented cases of orcas gently grabbing seal pups and pulling them into shore to keep them safe from being eaten.
Why? You might wonder.
The case studies seem to say that the orcas know that no baby seals growing up means less seals next year. They are so intelligent that they’re aware of their own impact as a predatory species on their prey and actively work to conserve the number of that prey species for the future. Maybe we could learn something about moderation and conservation from these animals.
They should really be granded nonhuman personhood like they were in India.
Intelligence of Orcas. Well said.
Orcas have also been seen playing with prey — not necessarily in a gentle manner, mind you — to teach their young how to hunt. Once the lesson is done, they simply bring the poor seal back to shore rather than eating it.
Different pods of Orcas and Dolphins also have dialects that only the members of the pod can speak, though it has been documented that an outsider to the pod can learn a new dialect, just like humans can learn new languages!