Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anonymous said: At first I thought that the lesbian Vanessa thing was because her little manly attitude and her form to dress up, I was thinking that was a conclusion because the stereotype of a women that dress manly is definitely lesbian, or lesbian can be girly enough but then you explain the hole 19th century Europe thing and... and... Was perfect, no, I mean, IS perfect! Well done, love it! ;)

Thanks. I don’t want to imply that I advocate for a gender binary in fiction (ugh) or enforcing butch lesbian stereotypes (double ugh) but if you want to interpret PH as historical fantasy, that view of Vanessa’s clothing —especially as an anomaly to the rest of the female character designs— can be a reasonable one.

barricadeponine:

my parents definitely did not raise me to be a queer feminist filled with the wrath of a thousand enraged dragons and yet here i am

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[Science fiction is] out in the mainstream now. You can tell by the way mainstream literary authors pillage SF while denying they’re writing it! Terry Pratchett (via writingquotes)

Marginalized people are not revolution objects

realsocialskills:

So, here’s a thing I’ve seen happen:

  • People get really into social justice theory
  • and then they read a lot from people who all agree with each other
  • and then they assume that everyone in that group agrees
  • and then, when they encounter someone in that group who doesn’t think that thing, they don’t know how to deal with them
  • or they’re rude and condescending

For instance:

  • Someone who reads a lot of disability theory is excited about the idea of acceptance
  • And, in particular, the reasons that mobility equipment is liberating and wonderful
  • And they encounter someone who is enduring considerable pain rather than use a wheelchair
  • And then they talk at them about how they just need to accept themself already, without listening to where they’re actually coming from
  • That is not respectful. It can sometimes be ok to express an opinion or offer advice (emphasis on offer; people can say no to hearing your advice), but it’s not ok to try and run someone else’s life, or to take control of their self image, or related stuff
  • Respecting someone has to start with respecting them as people who think for themselves, not trying to make them do what you think self-respecting people do

keep in mind that:

  • No matter how much you’ve read, you’ve never been the person you’re talking to
  • That goes double if you’re not a member of their group, but it applies even if you are
  • Having read a lot of social justice theory, or even being part of that group and having found that it described your experience, does *not* mean that you know better than someone else how they should be living their life
  • Don’t try to take people over, and don’t talk down to them
  • The last thing marginalized people need is yet another person trying to run over them for their own good. They get that enough already

People are complicated, and you are never the expert on someone else’s life. Reading social justice theory, and even being really insightful about what’s wrong with our culture, does not make you an expert on someone else’s life. Their life is for them to live and make decisions about. Marginalized people are not revolution objects.

I put my hand on him. Touching him was always so important to me. It was something I lived for. I never could explain why. Little, nothing touches. My fingers against his shoulder. The outsides of our thighs touching as we squeezed together on the bus. I couldn’t explain it, but I needed it. Sometimes I imagined stitching all of our touches together. How many hundreds of thousands of fingers brushing against each other does it take to make love? Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Figures dancing gracefully

Across my memory

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defeat-the-buttons:

sailour—weenie said: i think vanessa would be lesbian

tiniestdormouse said: I would go for Vanessa. Or Miranda XDD Tho if Sheryl was a lesbian who only married for political reasons, that would be an interesting twist to her relationship with Rufus.

Vanessa then. Though I have to wonder, weren’t people homophobic back then? Vanessa seems to be kinda conservative and strict with these things, so I have to wonder…

and Miranda was just a freak fixated with heads. She was skull-sexual. (?)

And I was thinking about Sheryl too, but we can’t really say this for sure… it’s an interesting theory though. 

Heeeeeeeeeey, this is a secondary fantasy world— PH society can be homophobic as much as you/the creator decides the world is homophobic. XDDD

I have to add, though, even if the world of PH had social standards similar to 19th century Europe (which it draws its aesthetic from):

1) Lesbianism was basically underrated and frequently UNHEARD of, especially compared to all of the taboo attention given to male gay culture (ex. Oscar Wilde & dandyism). Especially since gender standards dictated that women had no independent sexual desire unless they were “wanton”, two women who were upper or middle class co-habitating with each other or being causally intimate (such as holding hands in public) would not be viewed as possibly lovers, but only close bosom friends. 

2) Gender standards allowed more flexibility for homosexual men and women to live freely as long as they still conformed outwardly to gender norms. For example, women who wanted to be treated like men dressed like a man — and there were lesser qualms if she became known for chaperoning single women, because she “acted” like the opposite gender. Same goes for men who cross-dressed (in fact, the phrase “letting your hair down” started as a 19th century idiom for men who cross-dressed as women during off-hours outside of work or home).

So, it would be reasonable under these standards that Vanessa could have IDed as being a lady lover, and that would’ve been seen as acceptable by society.

rottingpizza:

yndr-the-sea . psd
uh….. uuuhhhhhh………i’m sure firefighter makoto also has a killer whale mode

rottingpizza:

yndr-the-sea . psd

uh….. uuuhhhhhh………i’m sure firefighter makoto also has a killer whale mode

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anonymous said: Indigo :3

Two weaknesses:

1) I’m really bad at names & faces. ^^;;

2) I tend to overcommit to things and then get overly-stressed about getting these commitments done.