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Words are powerful tools to a person being able to show strong expression or verbal weapons. Often times, the words of one can have a large effect on others especially if the words are said with powerful emotion.

However, people often do not say what they truly mean at heart. While words can be extremely strong, their meaning can be as empty as my stomach before lunch if the person who said those words do not truly mean what they say. In Catcher and the Rye, Holden often calls people “phonies” and is quick to judge them based on their appearance. His contradictory narration makes him unreliable throughout the novel. He might say something like “I hate movies,” yet he watches them a lot. Whether he is confused or simply crazy, the fact stands that he didn’t mean what he said because his words drifted apart from his thoughts, actions and meaning. Why do people do that? Perhaps Holden’s confusion in his life explains it for him. But why the others?

During a Digimon Adventure episode I once watched, Taichi and Yanmato were fighting and often times when it came to apologizing between the two, usually one of them says “I didn’t mean what I said.”  It is another strong factor in how words are apart from what the person truly means. Rather than confusion or craziness being the case, this seems to be a desire to make things better. It happens quite frequently when people want self-satisfaction after doing something wrong. This is exactly why children apologize to their parents but often do their mistake again. They are just trying to get their parents off their back. It is also the case with a friend of mine who “apologizes” after driving me up the wall and damaging several relationships. She apologized merely to be free of the guilt and to get me off her back.

Ultimately, people don’t say what they mean for several reasons from satisfaction to depression. This phenomena is strong in what it accomplishes and makes several words a bitter aftertaste of regret or a bland taste of falseness.

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Freak of the Week

The official music video of ” Freak of the Week” by Freak Kitchen is stunning. It’s animation is flowing, dynamic and appealing. Despite the animation looking  very ‘metal’ and ‘hardcore’ the song is far from just mindless screaming about death and such. Instead it gives off a surprisingly different  ” I’m your freak of the week. Another freak of the week. Blow myself up for free, I break my neck in HD, in1080p,  I’m the freak of the week. Like me, Like me, Won’t you like me ? Won’t you love me ? Won’t you like me ?” This speaks to the ongoing fad of people doing dangerous stunts for fame and glory. However instead of promoting this type of behavior, the song put emphasis on the other side of the coin, about the subtle tragedy of the willingness to destroy oneself for ‘likes’. Even though in the video it shows old clips of stunts, this still relates to the modern world with shows such as Jackass, and various Youtube videos about people doing stunts. It’s a bit sad that many communities encourages individuals to take large risks that could potential  harm or destroy themselves so that they may have some recognition within their peers. Think about that next time before you favorite a video about some man sticking his head into a burning bear trap and such.

If you want to see this video click here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2vzBdIejVY

Gendered Toys

Boys and girls re often associated with the color blue and pink. This translates into the toys that are made for these children. Making gender roles into something meant for children is harmful, it limits their mind at an early age that there are only two genders: boy and girl, blue and pink. Sections at Walmart vary with aisles of pink toys and girly dolls to blue aisles filled with car toys and action figures. The problem with this is that once these children grow up, they begin to deviate from the gender roles that were placed before them as children. And because the idea of only two gender roles was so enforced upon their minds before, it causes them to think that their is something wrong with them.

Character Analysis – Korra

The protagonist from The Legend of Korra has come a long way since her debut in Book 1. She started off as a headstrong, irrational, and selfish girl who only cared about being the Avatar. Before her encounter with the spirits, she would only use her powers partially for glory and would push away anyone that stood in her way of being the Avatar, including her parents, ex-boyfriend Mako, and mentor Tenzin. She would even go as far as using the Avatar State as a “booster rocket” to win an air scooter race. However, after going through the experiences of life, she finally understood what being the Avatar really meant. When the world was a stake, the world needed its Avatar. Knowing this, Korra was willing to give herself up to save the new Air Nation from the Red Lotus in Book 3 and she was willing to try and stop Kuvira in Zaofu and Republic City, while showing compassion to the villain in the finale. In both situations, she finally acts like a heroine of the world and uses her powers for good and rational reasons. While she still possesses the determination and occasionally irrationality that she displayed in the past, she understands what true suffering is and she takes on the responsibility of being the Avatar not for pride, but to bring balance to the world.

Trangender deaths

Recently a girl named Leelah Acorn killed herself because her own family could not accept that she was transgendered. It is because of the prejudices like this and the hate that resulted horrible treatment for those that done fit society’s norm. After she came out to her parents, they took her out off public school and took away her phone and the rest of her connections to society. Leelah was sent into therapy where they tried to “correct” her. This kind of therapy is harmful, especially for adolecents. She recently posted a suicide note onto tumblr where she talked about herself and her reason for suicide. She hopes that one day the people like her would be treated equally. One person on twitter posted a comment saying “In loving their son so much, Leelah’s parents killed their daughter”.

Korrasami

On December 19 2014, the TV series, The Legend of Korra did something spectacular. In the show’s finale, the final scene was the female protagonist talking to her best friend about the events that occur over recently and the events of the past. Both still emotionally exhausted, they begun to comfort each other  when the protagonist invites her friend to go somewhere for vacation, just the two of them. Her friend suggests that they can vacation in the spirit world, a pretty private place where hardly anyone is in. Within a few moments, the two packed up and are walking hand in hand to the spirit portal. Upon entering the spirit portal the two towards each other,  grasping each other hands and gazing lovingly each other  upon before teleporting away. What that was essentially , was two female characters in a children’s show going on a date with each other. This is spectacular because it might be the first time ever that two characters on a children cartoon  show having a different sexuality then heterosexuality . Even though it wasn’t anything major such as the character telling each other ” I love you” or kissing and such, it’s still a step on representing the different sexualities there are in children shows. For those skeptical it has been confirmed by the co-creator of the show, Bryan Konietzko on his tumblr that the two are indeed are in love. If you want to read post click here : http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105916338157/korrasami-is-canon-you-can-celebrate-it-embrace .Hopefully this lights the flame that will encourage other cartoon shows to create characters with diverse sexualities .