“If female fans are dismissed more easily, then so are their interests, their spaces, and their primary forms of engagement. Or, said differently, gender discrimination occurs on the level of the fan, the fan activity, and the fannish investment. There is a ready truism that enthusiasm for typically male fan objects, such as sports and even music, are generally accepted whereas female fan interests are much more readily mocked. Likewise, fangirls are mocked as is fan fiction, an activity more commonly ascribed to females. More than that, affect and forms of fannish investment get policed along gender lines, so that obsessively collecting comic books or speaking Klingon is more acceptable within and outside of fandom than creating fan vids or cosplaying. Even the same behavior gets read differently when women do it: sexualizing celebrities, for example, is accepted and expected among men but gets quickly read as inappropriate when done by women.”—"Geek hierarchies, boundary policing, and the gendering of the good fan" Kristina Busse, Participations 10.1 (2013)
“Think about how you will react if your child is fat. Over time, if you’re making it clear that you don’t want a fat son or daughter, well, your son or daughter may not be able to stop being fat. But your son or daughter can eventually choose to stop being your son or daughter. Imagine your adult child building a life with people who aren’t nagging about weight loss, or who can enjoy doing something physical without making it about weight loss, or who can eat a meal without it being about weight loss. Calling home? Not required. Spending time together? Optional. Listening to…weight jokes? Optional.”—
tw: abusive parents
Aha! Found it. (Advice targeted to parents of fat people, but good advice for all parents, IMO.)
(Which is a wonderful blog as well, so signal boost as well.)
I literally am that adult they describe. (And the fat shaming was only part of what I left.)
^^ Not my comments above, tumblr is just trash about reblogging quotes.
BUT ALSO I JUST WANTED TO SAY that while this is good advice for parents, it’s ALSO a good reminder for those who have shitty parents - if you have the option to leave, you don’t need to feel guilty for doing so. It is not your job to take abuse, just because they’re your parents.
“First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have
been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that
the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting
the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called
‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the
Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive
time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years!
Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took
place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any
so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories
have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth,
is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of
early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’
social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’
means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short,
the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for
land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people
were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their
‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more
the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and
still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.”—
The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth By John Two-Hawks
The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.
Explain why calling Anne Frank bi is so very wrong
So many reasons, so little brain.
If we flip through the notes on that post we’ll find people appropriating Anne Frank’s murder as an example of homophobia (or God forbid, biphobia) and not anti-Semitism. And I’m not denying that there were many people murdered in the Holocaust for reasons besides being Jewish, but Anne Frank and her family aren’t one of those cases. (And I’ve tended to feel that people who focus on those other murders do so less because they want to bring attention to the full depth of Nazi hatred and evil and more because in their heart of hearts they can’t empathize with the genocide of the Jews.) If Anne Frank would have grown up to put a name to herself as bisexual or lesbian or heterosexual, that would be one thing; the point is she didn’t get to do that because she was forced to spend her early teens hiding behind a wall before ultimately being murdered because she was Jewish.
Then there’s the problem of her diary’s text itself (which unfortunately I do not have with me but I kind of memorized big parts of both versions so go with me here.) Her father ‘cleaned’ the entire text; not only did he take out the parts where Anne expressed same-sex interests, he also heavily censored her writing about her relationship with Peter. Otto Frank worked to emphasize a budding romance between Anne and Peter in the manuscript he had published. In the full text, Anne is a lot more ambivalent about the whole thing and even writes about how she is feeling pressured, by general social expectations and her own particular circumstances to feel and act a certain way towards Peter. And Peter’s actually really intimidating in the full text; he’s whiny and a bit spoiled, but he uses his power of masculinity against Anne to manipulate her and her family. Seriously, I have as much of a problem of people trying to cast Anne and Peter as a couple as I do with anything else in this situation: why the fuck do people want to romanticize years of overcrowding, no privacy, and terror?
And while Anne’s feeling about Peter are contradictory at best, her feelings about the girl friends she left behind are not. She longs for them and misses them. I’m not going to try to make an argument that Anne Frank was a lesbian, that’s not fair either, but if we’re going to look for textual evidence in her writing then it’s pretty clear she didn’t view men and women in the same way.
I guess the final point I would want to make here is that by casting Anne as bisexual and insisting that her diary shows bisexuality is that it ignores what is actually a very big part of most adolescent’s girls lives: the appreciation for, and love of, other girls and women, both their bodies and their selves, before we are taught to hate feminity. While this can be a part of forming a lesbian identity, most women go through this, even those who are heterosexual. While I do want to fight to bring lesbian representation in to the writing for and about young women, we also have to remember that love between women isn’t always a sexual thing and that by insisting on doing that we’re not only erasing lesbians but female existence as a whole. It’s not okay to sexualize every aspect of women’s live, especially the lives of young women; Anne Frank was a teenager and a very young girl.
Okay, I guess one more point: the people in the notes of that post who are saying things like ‘HOT’ are disgusting and need to be hit upside the head, hard and repeatedly.
once my sister got rejected for a job at a web design company that she really wanted to work for so that night she hacked into their website and redirected it to her blog and the next day the CEO called her and hired her on the spot so moral of the story: if at first you don’t succeed, hack their website and make them beg for mercy
Since some people need things to be more complicated than necessary, I have taken the time to write some terms and conditions.
Terms and Conditions:
As of February 28th, 2014.
"Anthology", "project", "book", and other such terms are in reference to the publication in question.
Holy shit dude asking for a fucking contract is not “more complicated than necessary” in the publishing business, IT’S STANDARD FUCKING PRACTICE. There are shitlords out there who cheat the fuck out of their writers, and it happens often enough that a publisher or printer not using contracts is major, major red flag. You should’ve been on your knees THANKING that person for calling you out and making you get your shit together so you don’t come across as yet another fucking scammer, not being snarky.
I’M NOT A FUCKING PUBLISHER. I’M JUST SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO DO A GROUP PROJECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE. SO YEAH, THIS IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT NEEDS TO BE.
Let me explain this as simply and clearly as possible: contracts are not the sole purview of publishers and presses. Freelance artist, editors, and writers sign contracts for the work they do. Any author/artist submitting to a publication, regardless of who’s editing/publishing it, should get a contract.
The point I’m trying to make - the point your willfully ignoring in your quest to be right - is that any author or artist who goes into a venture like this needs to do everything in their power to protect their rights. It’s not an implication that you’re a bad person or that the project is fraudulent, nor is it an editorial on your trustworthiness to demand a contract with clearly stated terms and guarantees. It’s just good business. It’s smart business.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a professional press and independent press or a self-publishing venture, it is always in the author/artists’ best interest to have a contract clearly stating all terms, conditions and licenses. You seem to think the fact this is an independent venture made up of volunteers somehow means that rights issues aren’t a concern. Let me assure you, they still are.
Because you’re not working with just your own material. Your using/publishing other authors/artists’ works. (And this would, technically, make you a publisher). I said this last night, and I’ll state it again: no author/artist should ever just take someone’s word for it. Contracts are the best way to protect and guarantee their rights (and the licensing of those rights). Moreover, submitting to a publication should never be read as a publication agreement. It’s seeking for a publication agreement. Those are two different things.
Additionally, authors/artists should never commit to a publication that is set to run indefinitely. Repeating myself once again, regardless of whether or not they retain all other publishing rights outside inclusion in your book, they wouldn’t be able to shop their manuscript to another publisher. As long as that book is still active and running, the manuscript will still be considered “in print” and they’d be hard pressed to find a publisher who would accept it under such circumstances.
A contract with a clearly defined termination date guarantees that eventually that license will be returned to them, and they’ll be able to shop that manuscript elsewhere, free and clear, in the future if they so choose.
I put up a red flag to caution anyone who looked at it to consider the risks they opened themselves up to by publishing without a contract and without termination date. Obviously it’s up to them to heed or ignore that risk.
Just like it’s up to you to listen to what I’m saying, or keep shouting me down. Either way, the information is out there now; I can only hope authors/artists take it to heart.
Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.
I’d rather teen girls reading nothing but terribly written fanfics about their favorite OTPs that express healthy and emotionally-sound romantic relationships than “great literature” that teaches them they are prizes to be won or creatures to be controlled or destroyed.
A former Miss Kentucky winner came forward as queer this past week as a response to a court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. She was Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 10 in the Miss America pageant the next year.
I can’t do justice to her words with a summary, so here’s the best of it:
“I am queer,” wrote Djuan Trent on in a recent post on her blog, Life in 27.She then reported hearing many antigay comments in the wake of the federal judge’s ruling.
“What has prompted my writing today has been my questioning people’s constant assumption that a) I am hetero and b) I concur with their views,” she said.
It’s obvious to people who meet her that she’s black and a woman, she commented, “but sometimes, I forget to put the ‘QUEER’ stamp on my forehead on my way out the door in the mornings. So, on the mornings that I forget my stamp, I have realized that there is really no way for people to know that I disagree with their views or, even more so, to know that they are talking about me, unless I actually open my mouth and say it.”
She went on, “Ideally, I would love to one day live in a society where coming out is no longer necessary because we don’t make assumptions about one another’s sexuality and homophobia is laid to rest.” But society is not there yet, so she calls on others to make their presence known: “People can’t know that their best friend, brother, sister, co-worker, neighbor, news anchor, favorite singer, or local coffee shop barista is being oppressed and denied the rights [of] their heterosexual counterparts … unless you open your mouth and say it.”
You know what my favorite part of this is? “I am queer.” How often does anyone say that so bravely in the public eye? Congratulations to her!
the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world…
It is common to hear that the mortar used to bind the stones was made from human bones or that men are buried within the Great Wall of China to make it stronger. However, the mortar was actually made from rice flour. No human remains of any kind have ever been found in the Great Wall. Bummer. On the other hand, it’s kind of cool that anti-Qin propaganda worked so well we still think it’s true today, about 2,200 years later.
Speaking of, how would you fancast Star Wars rule 63?
AHHH thank you so much for asking!! Note that my knowledge of actors is pretty limited and outdated… and this list is pretty much exactly the same as anghraine’s fancast, because I’m very unoriginal how can you change something that’s already perfect. :D
STAR WARS GENDERSWAP / RULE 63
Scarlett Johansson as Anakin Skywalker. She has the right look, is a great leading actress and we know she can do action with charisma and intensity. (there may be some slight personal bias here because she also gives me the same “maddeningly attractive” vibe as Hayden Christensen ahaha)
Cate Blanchett as Darth Vader. Not gonna lie, 200% of my motivation for this was to cast Vader. She even looks fitting (not that it would matter with the scarring and mask though), has the compelling, resonant voice you’d need to make it work, and can be downright terrifying. asfhlskl Cate Blanchett as one of the most iconic villains of all time?! would be so perfect, I would actually just lie down on the floor and never, ever get up again.
Gaspard Ulliel as Padmé Amidala. It was actually quite a challenge to cast Padmé, because I was looking for that sort of timeless, “angelic” beauty with an air of thoughtful regality, before remembering Gaspard! Most of his films are in French, but I think this would actually add an interesting contrast when playing opposite Anakin. (with bonus young!King Amidala up there :D)
Kate Winslet as Obi-Wan Kenobi. OTOH there were a few contenders for Obi-Wan, but Kate stood out as carrying all the qualities of the Negotiator, bringing in a calm and reserved competence with class, charm and wisdom.
Katee Sackhoff as Lucy Skywalker. That boyish grin, that emotional range between wide-eyed idealism and spirit that grows into maturity and badassery, she even rocks the Luke Skywalker hair - how much more perfect can it be?! (Starbuck’s character reminds me a lot of Anakin, but Katee seems to have a lighter, Luke vibe)
Ben Barnes as Prince Lei Organa. Not only does he looks bizarrely like Carrie Fisher (and with basically the same hair as Gaspard Ulliel?!), he’s also played a few badass royals and it would be great to see him in Leia’s role.
Milla Jovovich as Hana Solo. Another tricky but very fun role to swap! Milla could do the cynical deadpan snarker thing, is at home with guns and action, and has that mix of playful confidence and swagger.
I’m sorry this is getting so long, but some more epic ladies from the prequels and original trilogy:
Emma Thompson as Qui-Gon Jinn (the wise and nurturing mentor, in an earthy and offbeat kind of way), Helen Mirren as Countess Dooku (always refined and wicked cultured), Gina Torres as Mace Windu (such badass, much awesome, do I really need to explain this), Rinko Kikuchi as Darth Maul (she’d rock the getup so hard, with people wondering about her stature before she attacks in a whirlwind of savagery)
Judi Dench as Empress Palpatine (come on, were you really expecting anyone else?! this is too perfect for words?!), Glenn Close as Old Ben Kenobi (pulling off the ‘kooky hermit’ side of Old Ben, with an introspective sadness), Maggie Smith as Wilhemina Tarkin (as soon as this clicked I was just YES Maggie would make the best Grand Moff ever), Zoe Saldana as Landa Calrissian (playing the smuggler-turned-politician with smooth charm, sass and efficiency!)
… okay I may have spent way too long looking for photos. -_- BUT I REGRET NOTHING BECAUSE I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE.