Jacqueline Lichtenberg in Fic by Anne Jamison (via treizquatorz)
OMG, the next fanfic gathering or workshop or blog should totally be called The Irritated Oyster. I’m getting bunnies for the logo as I type.
I often talk about the ways that the narrative, rather than a particular character, reflects and reinforces problematic things about gender, race, sexuality, etc.
Without fail, every single time this happens, people fall back into character analysis instead of addressing the broader context I was introducing into the narrative itself. An unfortunate side effect of this is derailing what would otherwise be a very intriguing, complex, and nuanced discussion about what the show itself tells us through these characters and plots.
So, I’m going to illustrate the distinction I draw between a character being racist, misogynistic, homophobic, etc. and the narrative being such.
When I’m trying to work out how to write my non-con fetish romance stuff AND make it sexy AND not make it “yay this is how the world should work” because no, it really really shouldn’t and the narrative shouldn’t endorse it…
This thing here is what I am talking about, and it’s elegantly put with some great examples at the link.
Oh Ami, your idea of a date is to go to the library. You’re so adorable.
Fun fact: When gement and I were courting, we spent every Saturday or Sunday for a couple of months methodically visiting every library in the Seattle Public Library system (there are something like two dozen of them) because they were doing a passport program at the time where you could get a special stamp at each location. We even set special goals for ourselves like figuring out how which libraries to visit in a given day so as to optimize the bus routes we took.
Yeah, okay, we’re huge nerds.
100% true! We talked each other’s ears off and figured out how to do it so we never had to take a bus transfer without doing something in between. Sometimes that meant a fair bit of walking or a couple times having lunch.
We did the last library, which was in a rich neighborhood with bad public transit, after dark when it was starting to snow. So we declared victory and caught a cab home.
Here are some scientific facts about blood loss for all you
psychopathswriters out there.
yeah, for writting..
now i am thinking about all the fics where a kid passes out because vampire and like how much can a vampire chug???
THIS IS WHY THE VAMPIRES KILLING PEOPLE EVERY TIME THEY FEED MAKES NO FUCKING SEEEEEEEENSE
well, that and the “wow, that was really dumb, now I have to hide this body and people are gonna get super suspicious :(” factor
ok, so there’s like 450 calories per pint of human blood according to the internet. what’s the vampire’s metabolic rate? how many calories per day do they actually need? work THAT out and then figure out how many ounces they’d need to take from how many people and also cut it out with the leather trousers and crushed-velvet poet shirts, that shit’s unbearable.
bigbardafree says the first thing I thought of when I saw this quote.
This comes at a good time when I just saw the Lucy trailer, which (aside from the blazing racism) has a woman toggle directly from sexually and medically victimized to kickass, overwhelmingly brilliant, and increasingly inhuman.
"It’s like all the things that make me human are fading away." - direct trailer quote
So there’s your choices, girls. Get raped by racist stereotypes or become an inhuman monster because that’s the price of being strong and smart.
Guess which movie I’ll be skipping!
"LGBT" is an acronym which, as we all know, stands for lady gaga, bears, and twinks
what the fuck, how is this equal representation? wheres macklemore
This is why I am a big fan of QUILTBAG - all the letters, no guessing which order, and I can imagine it is covered in spangles.
Lots of spangles. God, the spangles.
THERE ARE CHILDREN ON THIS WEBSITE
And those children need to be prepared for the Summer Reading Program.
This man fills out a beautiful suit.
Hot damn, those lines are vintage. That cut is, what, 30s? Um. I may be trying to moderate my reaction to the idea of Hardison carrying off this suit. O.O
Is near March, I should be drawing him
It took me far too long to realize why Jade was Snoopy.
An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.
Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.
Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.