gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

Heads up, y’all

'Cause I'm 'bout to majorly overanalyze this cover of Cucumber Quest and draw out every possible little detail to pick at imaginable.

Let’s get started, shall we?~

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When the Sky Swallowed Your Name - Chapter 2

Title: When the Sky Swallowed Your Name

Fandom: Cucumber Quest

Chapter: 2/?

Rating: PG

Word Count: 1210

Summary: It has been 99 beginnings, and nearly 500,000 years since the cycle had begun; and now, the cycle will finally come to an end. However, in the favor of whom shall it finally cease? With so many past mistakes trailing behind him, the Nightmare Knight has decided that enough is enough. He will take matters into his own hands, and end the course of this cycle for good. And how simple it shall really be, in the end. After all, there can be no legend if there is no hero to live it.

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Let us all remember that, at one point, White Pantera claimed that ‘refined sugar’ is evil.

So, I was thinking, Cucumber said while talking to Nautilus’s dad that the magic academy he had been planning on going to was in the Sky kingdom, right?

When they get there to get the princess’s signature of that kingdom, mightn’t there be some sort of possible conflict for Cucumber? Could he possibly be tempted by the idea of leaving the quest and simply going into magic school like he had wanted, just tantilized by the idea of going to learn and leaving the quest to who he really believed was better suited for it, Almond?

It would be interesting to see some sort of conflict like that for our little rabbit boy. What he had really wanted vs what’s right to do.

When the Sky Swallowed Your Name - Chapter 1

Title: When the Sky Swallowed Your Name

Fandom: Cucumber Quest

Chapter: 1/?

Rating: PG

Word Count: 2005

Summary: It has been 99 beginnings, and nearly 500,000 years since the cycle had begun; and now, the cycle will finally come to an end. However, in the favor of whom shall it finally cease? With so many past mistakes trailing behind him, the Nightmare Knight has decided that enough is enough. He will take matters into his own hands, and end the course of this cycle for good. And how simple it shall really be, in the end. After all, there can be no legend if there is no hero to live it.

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Little Theories

Okay, so I just had this sort of creepy idea. We all know how the Nightmare Knight and his Disaster Master co. have come back almost a hundred times, right? And we all know that he has some sort of big plan to win this time around?

Well, when we also look at his actions to allow, and sometimes even help, the heroes through their trials and quests, it almost looks like he wants them to get through the trials, and defeat his Disaster Masters, before getting to him.

Guys, what ifhe does want them to get through it all? What if he has some sort of grand scheme that will come into play as soon as they collect all of his Disaster Stones?

For all we know, the moment they collect all the stones from the Disaster Masters, they’ll do something to the person who collected them (a.k.a. Cucumber)? Like, what if the Nightmare Knight made it so that collecting all of the stones will cause an explosion? Or that having all of them will turn the sorcerer using them (again, Cuco) evil, or at least onto NK’s side?

Just thinking about it… so much possibility the Nightmare Knight could have in his evil schemes.