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:

*runs to target- i need to get my babydoll one for her 1st bday




A gift for bbcatemysoul (bbcatemypumpkinspice this month), 221beemine, and warmth-and-constancy 

Frasierlock: starring Mycroft as Frasier, Sherlock as Niles, and John as Daphne. Additional cast includes Mr. Holmes as Martin Crane, Anthea as Roz, and Redbeard as Eddie.

Technically, the show should be called Mycroft, and the building should be St. Bart’s, but it looks better this way (^_~)

AAAAAA YOU’RE AMAZING, this is exactly what I wanted!

Laughter is not a Reichenfeel that you have every day, is it? Well done, you.



Your best friend is a lustful cock monster who solves crimes as an alternative to getting highThat’s me by the wayhello

The Power of Knowing a Name


In folklore it is stated that knowing someone’s true name gives the person (who knows the true name) power over them. [We also see this in religion, where in some faiths, to speak the name of God is taboo.] Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, uses a great deal of trickery to keep Smaug, from learning his name, seem familiar? Also we see this as the central theme in Rumpelstiltskin [‘name like the fairy tale’ - Mrs H in TRF]


In Sherlock’s search for John’s middle name, we see the desire, the obsession, to possess all of John Watson and with this in mind the act of revealing his true, full, name to John on the tarmac, is Sherlock giving himself in entirety to John, acknowledging the power John holds over him.


The fact that neither of these men know Mary Morstan’s real name is a harbinger of her true power over them; we have so much more to learn about her and I think ‘something wicked this way comes.’ 


Johnlock + are you sure you’re not flirting (Part 8 / ?)

Definitely flirting! 

Johnlock according to tv tropes

Sherlock Holmes (x) John Watson (x

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Regarding the lustful cock monster


Isn’t it just perfect? It makes me feel warm and proud and happy to be a fan, because this is what we do: we take things that denigrate us, things from the dominant culture that explicitly seek to exclude or shame us, and we turn them to our pleasure and make them our own. We are silly and playful and loving and angry, when we’re at our best, and we do goddamn motherfucking good work.


And this is how I’m coping. 

But does it matter that two middle-aged men with very large platforms were sitting at a table pathologising teenage girls’ sexuality – and making a whole load of potentially harmful assumptions about a topic they know literally nothing about? Absolutely.

elizabethminkel wrote in newstatesman article, “Why it doesn’t matter what Benedict Cumberbatch thinks of Sherlock fan fiction

Finally, a mainstream media article that presents the human side of fandom, and talks about why it’s important to have alternative forms of media. 

I fangirl this woman so hard right now. 

(via piningjohn)

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wait i’m sorry

but does anyone else notice how in the second gif, they are so busy staring into each others eyes that merlin doesn’t notice the jug being taken from him?

I’m not in this fandom but I am the guy on the right in the second gif

Other people came here to eat dinner, your highness



it was never here. literally. in the first episode the gay subtext was unbelievable. 

#I bet the other knights have just got used to this #like #oh look Merlin and Arthur are having a moment again #it’s your turn to take the tray and finish serving the food Percival #no it’s not I did it last time #get Leon to do it it’s his turn #oh damn it’s not even worth the argument now they’re making out and he’s dropped the tray #that’s the second time today #right #who’s going down to the kitchen to get more food then?

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