So Listen to my Declaration

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Once upon a time, two girls named Woodstock and Ames were talking about different things that needed to be changed, which caused Ames to get this brilliant idea. The idea to collaborate on their blogs.

Most of you know Woodstock as Jo, from Pananaw (still can’t pronounce it, Jo’s uncle. Laugh all you want, okay?) and you know Ames as Amie, from Crazy A. Amie has been trying to convince Jo to collaborate with her for awhile. I mean…how can you be friends and not collaborate? But Jo has always been like, “Eh, keep business out of the relationship.”

okey, no. Jo hasn’t been like that, she just never knew what to collaborate about, and I never pursued collabing seriously.

ANYWAY. This post in a collaborative effort with Jo, and so if you want the first half of the conversation, you’re going to have to go to her blog, here.

It’s basically like sitting down to a more organized conversation between Jo and Amie. (Tho you should have seen the first draft of it. XD It was epic.) The topic of the conversation…was basically what we believe about women, femininity, and all that good stuff. So go read the beginning of the conversation, and come back for the end.

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woodstock: precisely. okay. dresses and skirts. wear ‘em, trash ‘em, hate ‘em, what’s with them?

 

Ames: Personally, I honestly hate dresses and skirts. I don’t feel comfortable or safe in them, I feel as if I’m being held to an expectation I can’t keep, even if I strained every muscle and broke myself to try. I think it’s ridiculous that people believe earrings, nail polish, a tulle skirt, and high heels are what make you girly. I think it’s mind boggling that people will actually come up to you and state in a surprised tone that you look girly today, instead of tomboyish. Since when did basketball shorts and a t-shirt define whether you’re femimine or not? Since when did jeans and an oversized shirt become tomboyish? Women can be women in a ball gown and in a pair of overalls. You shouldn’t assume that someone that doesn’t like nail polish isn’t girly. FOR ALL YOU KNOW, SHE MIGHT HAVE SENSORY ISSUES. So yeah. Or if she’s not wearing jewelry, she might be allergic to metal, and she doesn’t have the money to buy gold. Please, don’t judge by appearances, and don’t let what people say to you keep you from being comfortable and expressing your style.

 

woodstock: thank. you. so, i have been called transgender for not wanting to wear skirts and dresses, and reading that is really validating. i think a big problem with christian culture in regards to sex and gender is that they make a big deal out of what’s girly and what’s manly, which isn’t even the point at all. you aren’t any less of a human for being and wearing clothes either/or. (unless you’re wearing socks with crocs because that is a cRiMe against humanity)

 

Ames: I agree. (Except the socks and crocs part, because I wear socks and flip flops, ‘cause sensory things. XD) 

 

woodstock: (those aren’t crocs, they are allowed.)

 

Ames: (Maybe. I can’t wear crocs because sEnSoRy. WHO WANTS TO WEAR PLASTIC SHOES!? WHO? *coughs*)

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Anyway, while talking about expectations and boxes people sometimes put us into, is it wrong to not want children, or have a maternal instinct? 

 

woodstock: you tell me or we’re both sunk. XD i get this a lot from family and friends, and every time they don’t believe that. guess what world? i’m. not. interested. i am physically incapable of wanting to get married and have kids at this stage of my life. the sooner people start taking that seriously, the better. it’s not wrong to not want that life. God says to go forth and cultivate the earth, he doesn’t specifically say to get thee married and do le married things. there’s a bajillion things in the world to pursue, and there is nothing wrong with not wanting this one (1) thing. as for maternal instinct, that’s basically a caring trait present in both men and women, so that’s kindaaaaaaa implying that men are not capable of caring which is kinda pretty insensitive and also untrue. we have different ways of showing the same thing. that’s life. that’s good. 

 

Ames: I agree about the maternal part, and I also get the former part from family so often. And they don’t believe me. Speaking to older and “wiser” people out there, when someone states they don’t want to get married or have children, please, don’t give them that smile and say, “Wait a few years, that’ll change.” It’s patronizing, to say the least. Some people don’t get married or have children, and that’s okay. It’s really okay. God has a different plan for everyone’s life, and just because you have enjoyed marriage and having kids, doesn’t mean everyone will. Also, it’s okay for you to change your mind on this matter. Just because you don’t want to get married and have kids at 15, doesn’t mean you won’t at 25. And that’s okay. It’s okay to mature, and age, and accomplish things, and then realize that you would like to marry and have kids. But don’t think that you’re insane and strange for having no desire for kids or marriage or dating at 15. It’s not strange, and honestly, you might have more sense than your friends. XD 

 

woodstock: to be real, who in their right minds can think about marriage at this point, we have HOMEWORK. y’all be realistic for two seconds. and also, if i did want the love thing, i’d much rather discover that on my own terms at my own pace. XD

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okay, so dating. dating means guys. what’s your take on how guys and girls interact, and do you think that culture has anything to do with it/should be changing what they do with it?

 

Ames: I have a hard time understand how guys and girls relate. Often from my friends, they’ll go somewhere, and then three out of the five guys at a place like them. At least, that’s what they think, and I’m like, how? How do you know that? So I think we all need to understand a few things. First off, how can a guy actually like you after a knowing you for only a week? They don’t know you. Not the real you. Might they be interested in getting to know you? Maybe. *pauses to search brain. Too much background noise* I have no idea how to continue. Jo, you take over. XD

 

woodstock: search me ames, i could literally not care less. XD like i said, i’m not interested in a love life, i would just love a buddy to rant about star wars or spam with memes, whether that’s a guy or a girl, if they can get me, i will be their loyal annoyance for life. and maybe we’re all overthinking it, y’know? just let things be. if it happens, when it happens, it’ll happen. but constantly thinking people are out here to crush on you and being scared of that just limits all the deep relationships you can build (and the memes you can spam. gotta think long term here people.)

 

Ames: *laughs* I agree. Girls over romanticize and just ruin a lot of meme spamming by jumping to conclusions, or viewing each dude as a potential suitor. (Do they even use the word suitor any more? Sorry, I’m stuck in the 1800s. XD) Just let be, and it’ll be. *starts singing*

Woodstock: *whispers also cause a lot of times guys think all girls are on the “market” and are waiting for them to show up and that ruins a lot of things too so be nice guys, we’re talking because you’re a fan of the mandalorian, not because i like you thank you*

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ANYWAY. Last question. Jo, what would you like people to understand about womanhood and femininity and all that stuff?

 

woodstock: hmm… why did i get this question.

honestly, probably just that it is diverse and unique and i m p o r t a n t and should be respected as such. and also that despite popular opinion, so many issues stem from the fact that we aren’t respected or even seen. and probably also– nah, wait, that’s it. i’m done. *jumps off soapbox*

 

Ames: Hey! You can’t leave me on the soapbox alonnnnneeeee. I think we touched on most of the things I want people to understand. But to end it, I want to say that women are human beings. We were created in the image of God. That gives us a lot of freedom, but also a lot of responsibility. So use both wisely. *mic drop, hopes off the soapbox and hides before people start throwing moldy tomatoes* 

 

woodstock: AND DON’T WEAR SOCKS WITH CROCSSS

 

Ames: *clamps a hand over Woodstock’s mouth* Shhh, let people make their own fashion statements. If crocs and socks float their boat *pauses as a light bulb poem moment appears* Uh, where was I? Oh yes, if crocs and socks float their boat, let them wear them. XD

 

woodstock: but ames it is a CRIME to the eyes it defies the laws of n a t u r e

 

Ames: *quietly* I kinda like the look of crocs and socks…it’s cool. In a clownish and unique kind of way. 

 

woodstock: it’s just WRONG like pineapples on pizza and katniss and peeta and eating a kitkat before breaking it–

 

Ames: Well, now we all know how to annoy you, Jo. XD Thank you so much for doing this collaboration with me, and if YOU guys want to see more collabs with Jo and me, comment down below ordering Jo to do more of them. XD 

~~Amie~~

 

Pananaw (or otherwise known as banananananananw)

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Today is a special day on the blog.  I’m here with two very important people.  (Though one’s more important than the other.  [sorry, Dareine.])  The blog, Pananaw is being launched! I’m so excited for Jo and her new endeavor, and so I asked her to come onto my blog and have a cup of tea.

Before I have her on, I do suppose I must introduce this weirdo.  (Don’t be offended, Jo.  I call the people I like weirdos.  It’s my way of saying I like you.  😂)

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Can we just admire how cute her little staticy baby hairs are?  Honestly, this picture is just so amazing.  😂 Anyway, I should let Jo in.  She’s standing out there, waiting.

*coughs* So, welcome, Jo! Do you enjoy sharing a nickname with Josephine March?  Which March sister do you consider most like you?

I really do! Actually, I was nicknamed Jo because of two Josephines one being March and the other being my aunt. I think all that to say, Jo March is the one most like- we’re both what people call tomboys, we’re crazed bookdragons and writers, we have a thing for helping kids, and we love our sisters more than anything. And we’re sometimes socially awkward.

*can totally relate but decides to take a sip of tea instead of commenting on it* As a writer, how do you end up getting enough sunshine?  Or is sunshine not important to you?

XD Sunshine is VERY important to me- I’m the type of person that can’t be in one place for long, so whenever I can, I try to stay outside or go for walks. It’s the sun, it’s the air, enjoy it while you can!

 Ah, same.  I get mentally tired and depressed if I sit still for a long time.  I NEED TO MOVE.  Anyway, is it hard at times to do school work, being homeschooled?  (It is for me.  I have so many ideas, and I’m like, “NO, THOU SHALT NOT TURN AWAY FROM THY SCHOOLWORK!” [that is the eleventh commandment.])

Yes. Yes. Oohhh yes. It’s hard because for me, I’m mostly self taught (as in I get the books and the lessons and it’s “go figure it out”) and whenever I get the tests, it’s mostly just ARGHH THIS WASN’T IN THE BOOK WHY MUST YOU BE SO CRUEL- and the fact I do most of my work online doesn’t really help with the whole school thing. XD ohh, I need to take that commandment. I’d break it a lot, but I sure could use it.

 I’m the same…My mom gives me books, I read books, I take tests, I pass.  Anyway, as a human being, you have taste buds.  What makes your taste buds happy?

Bold of you to assume I have taste buds, and not, say, gills. But you are correct. My taste buds aren’t too picky: bacon crumbles, ice cream, mac n cheese, pizza, and this thing called halo halo (which is like the best kind of bubble tea in existence) oughta do it. And French fries. I like food.

Ah, the only thing we are not similar in.  I do not like food. But we shall move onward.  I am not often known for serious questions, but this one is very serious.  Which is better, Anne of Green Gables, or Rebecca of Sunnybrook farms?

HOW DARE YOU.  HOW?! *glares*

I honestly can’t decide. They’re both good in their own ways- actually when I first read Sunnybrook Farms I thought it a knock off of Green Gables. But then I saw different themes and characters. They’re both good. XD

 (I like them each for different strong points…) Now, we should continued onto questions that have to do with your new blog.  First of, where did you get the word Pananaw (or is it Banananananananaw?) from?

YEET!

What’s with this poor Banana people? You poor things. XD Pananaw is a Tagalog word that roughly means “insight” or more accurately, “the way one sees things”. I wanted something that was unique but not plain weird, something that reflected where I was coming from and what I was about. And well. Pananaw is what happened.

 Jo, you failed.  It’s unique, but it is plain weird.  You keep saying that we should look a little closer.  I always hate when people say something like that, because I’ll stare at something or read something until I’m silly, and then when they finally tell me what I was supposed to see, I’m like, “WELL. I saw that all along, I just assumed everyone else saw that.” What are we supposed to see in the glasses?

XD Heeh. Well I’m mean. The glasses is the logo of Pananaw, and a kind of symbol to see things from a different perspective. Also I wear glasses, so heheh.

AH!  That’s what I thought as soon as I saw the glasses, but I was like, “Nah, she wouldn’t be telling us to look closer for something that simple.”  *face plant* Wow, Amie, good job.

This interview seems to be going very well.  What is a question you’ve always wanted to be asked?

It does, doesn’t it? *drinks some iced tea* um…. I know! What did I think of Endgame? I like that question.

*grins maliciously* Could you please answer that question?

Wait what.

Oh.

You’re clever. Ahem. I loved it despite all the heartbreak and angst and flaws and plot holes. I LOVED IT.

 Apparently everyone that’s seen it has loved it.  (But I haven’t seen it, so I don’t have an opinion on it.)  Here we are at the last question.  Good thing we managed to drain our cups before we got here.  Now for the ultimate question…Black and white, sepia, or color?

Pfft, color of course. There’s so much more to see!

 Thank you so much, Jo, for joining me for a small tea party and question time!  I appreciate it.  (Now, I need you to leave, so my next interviewer will come in…)

Now, I asked Jo to transport her character, Dariene through the imagination transporter, and now she is entering the Crazy A studio to answer my questions.  Please kindly welcome her.

Hello!  Unlike my last client, Jo, I know nothing about you.  Can you please introduce yourself?

Alright then. I’m Dareine Penner, and I live in Illid. I’m a second gen First Rank and have been for a while. There’s nothing really *important* about me.  I do coding. I have an adopted brother that’s just a pain in my neck.

 These questions will be random, because I don’t know you.  (Wow, I’m redundant.). What is your favorite season?

Yes, you mentioned— I love winter. It’s cold and icy and nobody’s out- and that fits me perfectly. Also it adds a new thing to deal with training in the woods, and that’s always appreciated.

 Ah, I like winter for that reason as well.  I think you’re from another world, if I remember rightly.  Since I have brought you to earth, what is the most glaring difference between my world, and yours?

Your world? Your world is crazy. Strange. It’s very primitive and also very advanced at the same time… and you have no walls. That’s very strange. Either you all already have come to terms with there being a God or you’ve decided He doesn’t exist at all. Whichever it is, hopefully it’s not as confusing as in my world. Mine is full of facts. Yours is full of.. of so much more. Can’t name it entirely. It’s strange.

Hmm, interesting.  I am also a writer, which means I create people in my head, and make them come to life.  What was the first thing you thought when Jo made you “alive”?

Ah, so you’re one of those writer types. I should’ve known Jo to have like-minded associates. The first thing I thought was I was on my way to see Solidan for training. There wasn’t much fuss about it, we just were and we started being without much problem.

 Favorite hot drink?  And why?

Coffee. You have no idea how hard it is to wake up at 12 for night training. Powershakes are also very helpful heated.

Ah, I wish I had created coffee.  I probably would be a millionaire.  Anyway,Water, fire, ice, or snow?  Why?

Ice. I love how effective it is- and how useful. Snow is pretty, but let’s be real, what use is pretty when you need to fight?

 I like air conditioning.  Do you like air conditioning?

Air conditioning- where would anyone be without it? Honestly? It’s one thing I need and for that I hate it- to get you used to whatever weather that comes, our trainers have you fight in zero air conditioning. It’s unpleasant, to say the least.

I like worms, but I don’t really care for spiders.  Which is worst, to find a spider in your bed, or an inch worm in your hair?  (I’ve had both happen to me.  *shivers*)

They’re just bugs. What difference does it make if you can kill them? (Also I’m quite sorry about that. Does your brother place them on your bed? Both of mine do. It’s terrible for the bugs. Smothers them until they can’t breathe. Cruel.)

(No, the inch worm fell from the tree into my hair, and the spider just crawled in, because for some reason the bugs think my bed is the best.  Even though I make sure I don’t eat on it.  *shrugs*) What is your least favorite hair and eye color combination?  Why?

I don’t claim to have a preference, and I don’t think I ever will. Eyes are eyes. I do love my sister’s though- she has part green and part brown, and it’s beautiful.

 Already at the last question, are we?  Well, we’ll make it count.  What is your favorite number?  And, is Rumplesilkskin a number?

3 and 2 are the preferred numbers I operate with. They’re solid, and as long as you have that number of anything, you have a fair change of survival.

*pouts because Darleine didn’t answer my question*. Well, folks, is Rumplesilkskin a number?! Also, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to share the link yet?? Apparently Jo had this idea to keep you in suspense, but…Once it’s up,  go follow Jo.

~~Amie~~