“Hufflepuffs are boring”
*waves NymphadoraTonks in your general direction*
“Hufflepuffs are stupid pushovers”
*drops Cedric Diggory’s dead body on top of you*
“Hufflepuffs are shy”
*slaps you in the face with Ernie MacMillan*
“Hufflepuffs are polite”
*fires Zacharias Smith at you out of a canon*
Imagine Teddy getting a howler from Tonks and he starts to freak out but when he opens it, it’s like
TEDDY GUESS WHAT, THE WEIRD SISTERS ARE COMING TO TOWN. PACK YOUR THINGS, SON, I ALREADY TALKED TO MCGONAGALL AND SHE SAID IT’S COOL. MERLIN’S PANTS I’M SO EXCITED. DON’T TELL ANYONE OKAY, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T TELL DAD EITHER. OH FUCK, IS THIS A HOWLER? I FUCKED UP, I FUCKED UP.
And Remus at the teachers table covering his face to hide his laughter.
President Barack Obama sits Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis for his most memorable interview yet.
The Pink Choice
Even though many people seem to be open about homosexuality, it turned out to be untrue when I showed people photos of homosexual couples in intimate moments. Most of them found the photos disgusting and unacceptable. This reaction was a source of inspiration to me. My goal was to make photos about homosexuals that incite feelings of romantic love that is natural and beautiful. I chose to capture casual daily activities of the couples that can be familiar to anyone. By doing so, I hope to make the audience become interested, then gradually empathize with homosexual people.
Many projects/artworks on homosexuality in Vietnam tend to focus on either deviances (especially in movies, with images of homosexuals portrayed in ridiculous clothing and make-up, mincing, shrewish or rude manners…) or symbolic images. In photography, homosexuals are not presented as themselves in pictures. And if they are, they’re usually photographed from behind or with masks on. These all foster weird and absurd images of homosexuals rather then present more understanding perspectives. In turn, homosexuals become even more intimidated and isolated.
The Pink Choice has a different approach as it seeks out personal stories using direct language: documentary photography to capture real moments and real people.
Moreover, stories about homosexuality in Vietnam and also in the world usually end in tragedy, especially in movies. On one hand, this tragic style of storytelling can make audience become more sympathetic and understanding of the difficulties that homosexuals experience. On the other hand, the drama of homosexuals can also cause misunderstandings that lives of homosexuals are vulnerable and regretful, and that the choice to “come out” is an incredible effort against the community’s way of life. The point is, in real life, there are many homosexual people who live happily with their identity. There are homosexual couples who love, nurture and build a happy family life together.
The Pink Choice is a series of photos about the love of homosexual couples which focus on living spaces, the affectionate touches, and more importantly, the synchronized rhythm of lovers sharing life together. Viewers may not feel the personalities of the subjects in the photos, but hopefully they can feel the warmth of their love and caring. In way, I wanted to show what I see of homosexual people and not how they see themselves.
Photographer: Maika Elan
First 3rd world is a shitty term.
I mean no one is disputing industrialized countries’ privileges’ and shit or whatever. uhm but … there are definitely people in Brasil who have shoes who know what poverty is. ………….just like there are people in the states who have shoes who know what poverty is.
But I guess:
Having shoes = Can’t know what poverty is
One of my friends immigrated from a developing country and she states that “3rd world” is really problematic.
It has postcolonial connotations and also asserts an American imperialist view of the world (i.e. dividing the world into sectors which are American-centric and lumping various nation states into them).
She told me “developing nations” or “developing regions” is a better term because it captures problems within those regions without lumping in countries which are also developed.
First of all, before I can begin- Brazil is quickly becoming a global superpower and has a GDP very similar to Australia’s; a country I assume you would not consider “third world” because they are a British Commonwealth and speak english.
This is also a good time to point out the “#FirstWorldProblems” trend is also problematic- for along the same lines. the “first world” is not the only place with internet access - Those email scams you receive saying you have 5billion USD sitting in a Swiss bank account, and all you need to do to access it is give them $200 and/or your bank account number? Those largely originate in Sub-Saharan Africa; “third world”. The “first world” is not the only place with Starbucks- Brazil has Starbucks.
And of all the economic signifiers of poverty- you choose SHOES? Shoes have been something cultures have been weaving and creating for ages, back when things were positively “primitive”.
Maybe use advanced infrastructure or global economic strength or military capability or the purchasing power of your money in the economy as a standard of what qualifies as poverty- not something so ridiculous as SHOES.
And besides that- just as the original responder said, there are Americans without shoes, and there are Americans with shoes. There are poor people (pretty much) in every country in the world.
And yeah- developed/developing is the only dichotomy I’ve heard that most accurately encompasses the situation.
All of the above, and:
1st world/ 2nd world/ 3rd world dates to the Cold War; with the US, Canada, West Europe, Australia and a few islands making up the first. The USSR made up the second world. 3rd world was everyone else. So it definitely has colonial and postcolonial conotiations, and should be criticized.
If we’re going by economics, the more common term for the era is Developed Countries (DCs) and Least/Lesser-Developed Countries. Alternatively, High-Income countries, Middle-Income countries, low-income countries.
—There are going to be flaws with any tripartite division that purports to account for over 200 countries, especially when those countries are as diverse as China, Luxembourg, Haiti, and Yemen, for example.
So yeah, first world/third world distinction is a shitty awful propaganda racist neoliberal-justifying genocide-tolerating way to describe the world.
I have definitely come across people from “developing countries” that take issue with the term “developing country”, and I assume that they’d take issue with low, middle, and high income as terms as well. I know that no big grouping can be accurate, so I’ve tried to just drop all of them from my casual speaking and writing.
It’s harder to make sweeping generalizations now, but hey, what’re you gonna do.
Tldr but if it wasn’t address first second and third worlds refer to allegiances during the Cold War not industrial status.
What? Do people think everyone on tumblr is from “first world countries”?? I actualy am from Brazil, and this is very bizarre to me, like we don’t exist. Also, shoes? Yeah, shoes are fucking important and everyone who wants them should have them, but it is definitely an ignorant way to determine poverty. I’d guess a lot of homeless people have shoes. People who can’t afford food can have a pair of shoes. Anyway, most brazilians have shoes (lots of people who don’t though, but far from the majority). Even fucking poor people have shoes. People on tumblr should stop using others as poverty fantasies and acting like there aren’t poor people where they live.
so we know all these simple distinctions (1st world/3rd, developed/ing, etc) are obv pretty arbitrary. Each one has its supporters and detractors, for important reasons. But I tend to think that there’s limitations to thinking in a nation-centric way, because you miss key issues in power dynamics. I’m wondering if folks are familiar with the ideas in world systems theory? It’s pretty much as reductive as these other concepts, but I still think there is some value in the idea of core, semi-periphery, and periphery, depending on the what is being discussed. It takes the primary focus off nations (not excluding them at all) and refocuses it on power and economic/social capital flows. Anyway, might be useful.
Personally, even tho “developed/ing” nations wording is the convention right now, I think it’s super fucked up because it infantilizes economically poor nations and is also ahistorical, in that it erases histories and influence of vast economically robust civilizations that existed prior to conquest and colonization.
Oh, hey, wait, let me just add to this:
The term Third World was actually first coined by Jawaharlal Neru, the first prime minister of India at the Bandung Conference in 1955, which was a hella cool conference that one fourth of the world attended. The reason they gathered was because they were deciding what to do about the emerging superpowers (i.e. Russia and the United States) as they headed towards the Cold War.
Originally, what the term Third World meant was this rad non-alignment party where those who agreed to be part of the non-alignment party were saying, in order to avoid destruction of their countries if they aligned with either Communism or Anti-Communism, that they would band together to form their own parties and their own opinions and their own decisions on how to govern their countries.
The term Third World was originally a positive one, originally claimed by countries participating in the non-alignment party, and the formation of the term, and of the party, is a fantastic story that so often gets overlooked in textbooks.
Unfortunately, the term Third World has been commandeered by elitist white media with fetishes of the “poor country”, so now it has come to mean something entirely different and has completely erased in mainstream media the Bandung Conference and the non-alignment party and the stance they took.
I do agree that Third World is now, sadly, because of this, problematic because the media uses it to reinforce the stereotype that Third World equals poor via the coverage that they show, but it needs to be pointed out that the origins of the term Third World and the Bandung Conference are important points of history and politically fascinating.
You can read more here, including Nehru’s original speech declaring the non-alignment movement:
In which Snoop Dogg doesn’t give a fuck about your gender policing, and 50 Cent continues to be way too concerned about the sexuality of other male rappers.
50 Cent is so extra for someone who is merely a footnote in rap culture these days