Wings of Counterattack—Hanji Zoe
all of the hanges
No, Jim. No kidding. I’m gunna murder them. I’m going to be incarcerated for mass murder, but I’m going to end these fucks.
I have a perfect spot to hide the bodies. Also, I’ll gladly bail you out while you flee the country.
I’m already going to hell, what’s a few more mortal sins on my hands.
They do not know what they have brought forth…. This is gonna be messy.
You wanna know what would be interesting actually? Making a human chain incircling Mr. Williams and his grieving family, we’ll surround the ENTIRE graveyard if we have to and block out those signs, so they know he was a very dearly loved and a forever missed man and send a message to those Westboro BASTARDS who dare say they are riteous men that no one will stand for them any longer. We will build bigger signs so that his family won’t have to lay eyes on words of hate but instead words of love and meaning, pictures on every single picket of ours of Mr. Williams and his career, of him smiling with only hearts and flowers on each sign. Make them bigger and higher so that we drown out the voices of those who dare turn such a sad event into a monetary opporunity.
Make it so that not a single sign of the Westboro church can ever be seen by his family so they can have a peaceful last goodbye to such a wonderful human being. One who cared so much about others and taught us so much about how we needed to live life and enjoy it while we could. We’ll have a banner that will have everyone’s favorite quotes written on every corner and every edge. We will show exactly just how much we loved and respected such a man how much we appreciated him, and just how much the world will miss him. Make it so that that church doesn’t have a voice to share or a soapbox to stand on.
We will have a chain of people at the backs of those with the picket signs who will hold hands and allow NOT A SINGLE BIT OF THEIR CHURCH PROPAGANDA TO PASS! They can do nothing against us. We will be the stronger and louder voice. We will scream and shout above their hate so that Mr. Williams may be put to a well deserved peaceful rest.
This actually happened at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was killed in 1998 in Laramie. Westboro Baptist Church picketed his funeral, but his friends dressed up in white robes and massive angel wings to block them out. When Fred Phelps attempted to talk about Matthew’s sins and his deserved death, they began to sing Hallelujah above Phelps and drowned him out so they could allow people to mourn Matthew in peace. I think that we should do the same thing. Sing words of love and loss over Westboro’s hatred, rather than scream back. Show love on a day where it is needed most.
“I guess your grades are more important to you than your morals are,” my English teacher spits out, lecturing our class about cheating that’s been going on in the school.
My classmates and I exchange glances. Well, yeah, we all seem to be thinking together. Isn’t that what they’ve been showing us since middle school?
and our mental and physical health.
THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themsleves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.