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ic-im asked: What makes a character "token"? Like, what's the difference between a character that's just gay and a token gay character?


Answer:

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

A “token” character is a term for a character who is any combination of non-white, non-straight, and/or non-cisgender and has been included in a story’s cast simply for the sake of diversity or political correctness - and they’re pretty much never the main character. They’re known as a “token” character because they are typically the only non-white/non-straight/non-cis character in the cast, like the author was trying to fulfil their Diversity Quota.

It gets especially embarrassing when all of these traits are piled into one character, and they become the story’s captial-T “Token” character. For whatever reason, it’s like they’re the setting’s Chosen One for sexual and/or racial diversity. Everyone else is white/straight/cis except this one person. It’s weird.

You see token characters a lot with ensembles; for example, in high school stories. There might be a central group of friends, and this group will be primarily composed of white, straight, cisgender people - but they’ll have One Black Friend. Or One Asian friend (whose exact nationality is never determined, funnily enough). Or One Gay Friend. And like I said before, in those weird, egregious examples, they’ll have the One Multiracial Gay Trans Friend. This character will have a grand total of maybe five minutes of screen time and probably will be composed entirely of stereotypes, but hey, at least they’re there, right? See, not everyone’s white/straight/cis! This one person over on the side here is XYZ!

(The above is sarcasm. Ugh, tokenism.)

Question I’m sure you’re all wondering: How can you avoid tokenism? Simple. Make more of your characters non-white/non-straight/non-cis. It’s a big old world we live in, folks. There is no good reason and there is no excuse for populating your story only with White Straight Cis people.

Hope that helps.

- Allie

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ateema:

Don’t be afraid to give your characters talents that aren’t directly related to their current tasks.

Don’t be afraid to give them that gorgeous singing voice.

Don’t be afraid to give them those childhood gymnastics lessons.

Don’t be afraid to give them that 2000m swim badge they earned when they were 10 and still have stitched onto their bag. 

Don’t be afraid to give them that party trick where they do that awesome thing with their tongue. 

Be proud of your lovely, talented babies and celebrate their skills no matter how big or small.

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imagineyouricon:

Imagine your icon being hyped over the Hoenn remakes.

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celestialdeth asked: Top five scenes in Pacific Rim


Answer:

brianxeller:

  1. that one part where the whole movie

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Someone please re-assure me that I’m not the only one who gets nail polish all over their hands when painting them.

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#JGT 
"Nintendo is adding too many female characters to its new games!"

sodomymcscurvylegs:

Actual footage of me directing the world’s saddest symphony, just for you:

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thesociopathwithabox:

therepublicofrapunzel:

Having trouble breaking up with someone???
1. Lean in for a kiss
2. Stop before your lips touch theirs
3. Say “Oh ________, if only there was someone who loved you”
4. Walk away and let them die
 

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nflstreet:

wish tumblr had a partner program like youtube so I can make 8 dollars a month reblogging pictures of anime girls

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Anonymous asked: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?


Answer:

middleclassreject:

dysonrules:

aconissa:

50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

REBLOG FOREVER.

Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society 

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randomdraggon:

rena97:

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jexima:

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dax
well it helps that they’re all next to each other…..

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that wasn’t even close

randomdraggon:

rena97:

bunnyawkwards:

akitooo:

jexima:

nightlyowl:

toomanycat:

cheefkief:

nentindo:

theanti90smovement:

lieutenantbites:

jellygod:

cheskasmagicshire:

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Serena
That was easy

dax

well it helps that they’re all next to each other…..

lrsnn

that wasn’t even close

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— 1 hour ago with 66198 notes

poli-swirl:

fifty-shades-of-cilan:

Does anyone else wonder how the group gets money so they can travel and eat for so long? Like did Cilan and Brock have money that they used and did they pay for things like food and stuff? 

I always figured Brock and Cilan came prepared with a lot of extra money to spare for food and supplies and stuff, but Ash and the other companions gained a little bit on their own when battling other trainers throughout the series- since it’s obviously a canon thing in the games- so everyone tends to help out in the long run. I DO headcanon, though, that Cilan was the one that paid for the cruise to the Decolora Islands. 

Pretty sure it was Juniper that paid for the tickets, though. Why else would she go in and get them?

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#I can't remember if she specifically said she would pay for it or not 

thesylverlining:

glitterfickle:

kk-maker:

misseclectica:

fandalitescum:

now I’m imaging andalites getting ‘human tattoos’ but they don’t know what they mean so they just get like the starbucks logo on their butt. 

I envision Andalite war-princes with the Cinnabon logo on their flank like a cutie mark…

…I kind of had to.

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He also has sweet knuckle tats! A human phrase meaning ‘noble warrior’.

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THIS IS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ONE OF MY POSTS

OH MYGOSH

— 1 hour ago with 174 notes