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.
WIP~ my gift for my violin teacher. still in the acrylic stages of my oil painting (i lay stuff down with an acrylic base first)
so my plan for halloween is to dress up as a Nazgul with my black horse and go trick or treating but instead of saying “trick or treat” i’ll either scream or hiss “Bagginssssssssss, Shhhhhhhire” and then ransack their villages in my search for the One Ring
i was joking
oh dear god
HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU TERRORIZE
you never know when the desire to draw Luna Lovegood is gonna hit you… but it’s useless to fight it.
There are 3 types of signs of pregnancy: possible, probable, and positive.
Possible Signs of pregnancy are things that look like they could be signs of pregnancy, but could also be caused by something else:
- Missed period - could be caused by TONS of things, but pregnancy is always the first thought
- Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
- Need to pee constantly
- Enlarged, tender breasts
- Just “feeling” pregnant
- Fatigue, tiredness
- Ptyalism (Excessive saliva)
- Montgomery’s Tubercules
- Stretch Marks
- Spider Veins
- Quickening (Feeling fetal movement)
- Chadwick’s Sign (Bluish tinge to the vagina and cervix)
- Colostrum (discharge or milk) from your breasts
Probable signs of pregnancy are symptoms that indicate pregnancy most of the time. However, there is still the chance they can be false or caused by something other than pregnancy, like presumptive signs.
- Enlarged or growing belly
- Positive Pregnancy Test
- Change in the shape of the uterus
- Softening of the cervix (Goodell’s Sign)
- Braxton Hicks Contractions
- Being able to feel a fetus
Positive signs of pregnancy are signs that are definite, and cannot be caused by anything but pregnancy.
- Palpation of fetal movement by a trained examiner
- Hearing fetal heart tones (the fetal heart beat)
- Ultrasound or Xray showing a fetus
Surprising, right? You would have thought that a positive pregnancy test would be a positive sign, and I would have too, to be honest. Still, there are other things that can cause a positive pregnancy test, such as a defective test, incorrect usage of the test, certain medications, certain other conditions affecting one’s hormones.
If you have any of these possible or probable signs and you think it’s possible that you’re actually pregnant, take a pregnancy test and make an appointment with a midwife or doctor to see if you are pregnant, and figure out your options.
every time I gain a slight improvement in my self-confidence on any instrument
I somehow manage to drag myself down to ground zero
honduran white tent bats roosting under a heliconia leaf, which they sever down the length of its midrib to create a ‘tent’ that provides a waterproof shelter and protection from potential predators.
scoot scoot scoot
Look at this cute little fucker go