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Rare Symphony Angel
Caleb Widogast is an autistic bean: a masterpost.  
u:criticalrole  web:criticalrole2  post:meta  c:cr:caleb 
october 2018 by scorpionvoices
In a Mass Knife Fight to the Death Between Every American President, Who Would Win and Why? – The Writings of Geoff Micks
One of my most-visited sites on the web is, and one of my favourite subreddits is HistoricalWhatIf, an online community that debates historical hypotheticals. Earlier today someone asked the question, In a mass knife fight to the death between every American President, who would win and why? Someone beat me to the obvious answer that a final showdown would see Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt doing a dagger-wielding version of a Mexican standoff, so I took it too far and walked through how I thought every president would turn out. An hour later the result greatly exceeded the maximum 10,000 character limit for a post, so I’ve decided to blog about it instead.
history  humor  post:meta  lolz.forever 
january 2018 by scorpionvoices
I always wondered why Hannibal would keep coming...
Here is what it comes down to: there is no aspect of Hannibal’s life that is low maintenance, and he likes it that way, so I’m not sure why anyone would expect his significant other to be low maintenance. XD; This is a guy who wears a plastic coverall over a three-piece suit with tie and pocket square to commit murder, and makes shaved ice by performatively chipping a giant block of ice with an icepick. Do you know what is an awesome LOW MAINTENANCE way to make punch romaine? With ice cubes in a blender. I’ve gotten quite good at it. The key is fresh egg white.

My point is, just remembering cards/wine/jewelry on anniversaries is too easy for him. He does that for all his exes (that’s also book canon btw).
post:meta  tv:hannibal  lolz.forever  c:hannibal 
april 2016 by scorpionvoices
melannen | Things That Are Currently Annoying Me About Fic With Ace Characters
Every so often I go "asexuality is so much more visible and well understood now! I will go check the AO3 tag and read the good fic that people are definitely writing" and. Nope. I still end up backbuttoning out of my first three tries. Or just looking at the summary and going 'nope'. And then I go back to only reading ace fic by a very small list of writers who I trust to do it reasonably well.

The interesting thing is that the source of Nope keeps changing. Back in the day, it was usually "What you want there is not an ace character, what you want is non-reciprocity kink. Which I also enjoy! But not when you slather 'pat my back for writing ace fic' all over your non-reciprocity kink."

We've gone through several other trends in nope since then, though. The current one actually took me awhile to figure out why it was giving me the nopes, even though it was pretty simple once I thought about it.

[Ugh, so accurate. This is why Ace!fic generally makes me cringe.]
post:meta  yyy:asexuality  thetruthaboutfandom  @dw 
january 2016 by scorpionvoices
Maybe some time you could talk about Susan and...
How about we talk about what might have happened if Narnia hadn’t deserted Susan?
post:meta  b:narnia  c:narnia:susan  re:;_;  yyy:feminism  o:beautiful  @tumblr 
july 2015 by scorpionvoices
do you think you could write something about peter...
Let’s talk about being the eldest son. Susan was more sensible than him, Lucy braver, and Edmund more clever. Peter had never been able to see what he gave to this family.
post:meta  b:narnia  c:narnia:peter  re:;_;  fic-thing  o:beautiful  @tumblr 
july 2015 by scorpionvoices
recessional | Max Mad and being non-verbal
So the thing about that is - which I haven't talked about because How Dare One Talk So Much About The Male Character In This Wonderful Female Centric Movie - that Max and his total non-verbal clusterfuck is as important to me as Furiosa and Angharad.

Because he's not grunting and pointing and twitching guns around because he's stupid, or because he's being menacing for the sake of it. He's doing it because he can't talk. He can't communicate. For fuck knows how long, the only thing about other humans that has MATTERED is whether or not he can keep them far enough away from himself to keep them from harming him, ending in a hardcore, let's-kiln-fire-this-thing-to-rock reinforcement in the Citadel.

Other humans mean pain, other humans mean misery, other humans mean threat. And then even when he starts getting to a point where he wants to communicate, he still can't.
post:reaction  m:madmax  post:meta  o:interesting  @dw 
july 2015 by scorpionvoices
Mad Max: Fury Road -- reaction post by happydork
Oh my god.


Charlize Theron grimly driving through a post-apocalyptic hellscape illuminated largely by mid-air carsplosions. Her grime-smeared shoulders carrying the weight of a world that has already ended as she steers her ten tonne truck of destruction into uncertain death. Charlize Theron meeting the eyes of the muzzled bloodbag strapped to the front of the car most likely to kill her and then looking back to the road. CHARLIZE THERON DISCARDING HER HOLSTER AND HER PROSTHETIC TO SINK TO HER KNEES AND HOWL AS THE CAMERA PANS ROUND IN 180 DEGREES OF GRIEF FOR A SALVATION SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO HOPE FOR.

She needs redemption. For what? We don't know. That's not the point.

The point is her eyes, keen and clear, scanning the horizon for threats that will come, oh yes they will.

The point is every time she doesn't say anything, because what is there left to say?

m:madmax  post:meta  post:reaction  LOLZ  for-kayla  @dw  via:jenna_marianne 
june 2015 by scorpionvoices
What do we keep once we are ghosts? — razorbelle: airagorncharda:...
Peggy Carter taught Steve to fight within his abilities, within his limitations, USING his size to his advantage. Be fast, be resourceful, bend your knees and get low and use their momentum against them, and when it gets serious fight dirty.

Peggy Carter taught Steve Rogers to fight like a woman, and that is why he always fucking wins.
post:meta  u:marvel  m:captainamerica  c:cap:peggy  c:avengers:steve  theme:womenareawesome  @tumblr  via:sevenses 
march 2015 by scorpionvoices
Gender Identity in Jupiter Ascending
here is my Detailed Essay analyzing gender roles and gender identity in the Jupiter Ascending universe.

please be aware that this post will be spoiler-heavy

Pretty much my first and strongest reaction to almost every fictional world I see is to ask the same question: Where do trans people, like me, fit into this world? In Jupiter Ascending, that question is complicated by the heavy fixation on genetics, and on physical modification—everything from gene splicing, to the implants we saw on multiple characters, to the existence of the “sims” (potentially artificial intelligence depending on your interpretation).

The only way I could think of to explain my theory of how their gender identity works is to begin by discussing the JA class structure.
post:meta  m:jupiterascending  theme:classism  theme:transphobia  theme:genderroles  o:interesting  @tumblr 
february 2015 by scorpionvoices
[Harrowing Escapism] | Jupiter Ascending: Balem's voice
For all that we make fun of Eddie Redmayne’s scenery chewing and acting choices regarding Balem Abrasax, the movie may actually address why Balem only whispers/shouts his way through conversations. It’s hilarious, but it may also be the answer to the seemingly dropped plotline of why Caine was booted from the legion and court martialed for ripping out the throat of an entitled one, as revealed by Stinger.
post:meta  m:jupiterascending  c:ja:balem  c:ja:caine 
february 2015 by scorpionvoices
Jupiter Ascending -- I Hate My Life
The most blatant non-physical echo between the two characters is “I hate my life”, which is practically a motto for both of them (it’s also the title of track six of the film’s soundtrack). However, there is a crucial difference: Jupiter hates her life when it is still only beginning, whereas Seraphi hates hers after a millennial existence as a ruler with breathtaking power and privilege.
post:meta  m:jupiterascending  c:ja:jupiter  c:ja:seraphi 
february 2015 by scorpionvoices
[Pierce looked like Steve] | thunderboltsortofapenny
So Bogota was in ‘81? He would have been 34. Zola died in ‘72, Pierce would have been ……26.

**||** [214 words w/ 4 still images + 1 gif]
writers.reference  u:marvel  m:captainamerica  post:meta  theme:ANGST  c:cap:pierce  @tumblr  via:blueMeridian 
january 2015 by scorpionvoices
What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy...
What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? Not into the cupboard under the stairs, not into a twisted childhood of tarnished worth and neglect—what if she took him in?

Petunia was jealous, selfish and vicious. We will not pretend she wasn’t. She looked at that boy on her doorstep and thought about her Dudders, barely a month older than this boy. She looked at his eyes and her stomach turned over and over. (Severus Snape saved Harry’s life for his eyes. Let’s have Petunia save it despite them).

Let’s tell a story where Petunia Dursley found a baby boy on her doorstep and hated his eyes—she hated them. She took him in and fed him and changed him and got him his shots, and she hated his eyes up until the day she looked at the boy and saw her nephew, not her sister’s shadow. When Harry was two and Vernon Dursley bought Dudley a toy car and Harry a fast food meal with a toy with parts he could choke on Petunia packed her things and got a divorce.

Harry grew up small and skinny, with knobbly knees and the unruly hair he got from his father. He got cornered behind the dumpsters and in the restrooms, got blood on the jumpers Petunia had found, half-price, at the hand-me-down store. He was still chosen last for sports. But Dudley got blood on his sweaters, too, the ones Petunia had found at the hand-me-down store, half price, because that was all a single mother working two secretary jobs could afford for her two boys, even with Vernon’s grudging child support.

[I cried]
post:meta  fic-thing  b:harrypotter  au:justalittledifferent  c:hp:petunia  c:hp:dudley  c:hp:harry  theme:family  theme:angst  theme:sacrifice  theme:fix-it  theme:love  theme:adoption  ge:gen  r:pg  @tumblr 
january 2015 by scorpionvoices
No One Cares That You're Broken - Dean Winchester Meta
Thesis: Dean’s emotional and psychological problems stem primarily from John’s alcohol abuse. Dean exhibits the majority of characteristics of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic and is one of the few characters on television whose mental health issues are clearly shown to have its source from the alcoholism of a parent.

[Super convincing (not that I needed much convincing), but freaking painful to read.]
post:meta  tv:supernatural  theme:drugabuse  sad  @tumblr 
november 2014 by scorpionvoices
Bad Science Shenanigans
Did they ever reveal how Captain America was thawed? Because I’m picturing a bunch of Shield agents with hair dryers and I don’t think that’s quite right.

I don’t think they’d want to microwave him so hair dryer is really the only remaining option. That’s how I’d do it.
Do you have a sciency way to accomplish this task?
post:meta  lolz.forever  for-kayla  u:marvel  m:captainamerica  @tumblr 
november 2014 by scorpionvoices
Till human voices wake us
I’ve seen people complaining about it, but Natasha being from the post-Soviet era is fucking brilliant. I don’t care that it’s different from the comics. Obviously, part of the reasoning for this comes from my own lived experience as a Ukrainian immigrant in the United States — I can’t tell you how weary I am of how many Russian women in American media are Cold War-spy eye-candy, and Natasha being removed from that is incredibly important. But it’s not just that. The post-Soviet origin story fits Natasha’s MCU characterization so much better.
post:meta  u:marvel  m:Avengers12  m:captainamerica  c:avengers:natasha  @tumblr 
april 2014 by scorpionvoices
It’s Elementary, Sherlock: How the CBS procedural surpassed the BBC drama · The A.V. Club
There’s a wholly unexpected, and entirely welcome, vitality to Elementary at its best, a sense of new ground being uncovered rather than old ground being re-trod—and while it’s not perfect, it does more than simply justify its existence. By now, the antisocial genius who solves crimes without being able to understand people is a trope so old it reads like a Mad Lib waiting for the latest iteration of proper noun/verb/adjective. But Doherty and his writers have found new life in the concept by creating an antisocial genius who is more than a cartoon. In doing so, they’ve given us a new, but still recognizable, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), one who is in many ways superior to his Cumberbatchian counterpart.
post:meta  article  tv:sherlock  tv:elementary  u:SH 
january 2014 by scorpionvoices
The United Clusterfuck of Adulthood | Reader, allow me to introduce my indignation. Indignation, reader. You two may have stuff in common.
Well guess what, motherfuckers, I held up my end of the deal. I don’t think I’m too good to work at McDonald’s. I’m absolutely certain of it, because I made it a point to be. You threatened me with it to the point where I became so educated I can explain to you the difference between a regular comma and an Oxford comma from memory and you want my mouth to say some dumb shit like “Would you like barbecue sauce or honey mustard with those McNuggets?” Go fuck a land mine. I’ve spent many, many sleepless nights and tens of thousands of dollars to avoid the future YOU made me afraid of, and you’re offended that I’m not settling for it now.
post:meta  post:rant  fuckTheMan  @tumblr 
january 2014 by scorpionvoices
ignipes: threat to system
But speaking of Mr. Reese and nice days, I am filled with terror because it is so obvious that now that he's starting to be happy the whole season is building up to something UNSPEAKABLY AWFUL happening. Just look at what happened when he made the mistake of admitting that one time he woke up feeling pretty good about the world: arrested and thrown in prison and beat up by Aryan thugs and arrested again and T-boned by a truck and drugged and kidnapped and strapped into bomb vest by a psycho ex-partner. And that was just for saying he was in a good mood and liked his job! I mean, really. I guess there's no fun having a character progression that goes from "guy who has nothing and is a barely functional mess of guilt and pain" to "guy who has good friends and a sense of humor and job satisfaction and an adorable cuddly dog" if we don't get to enjoy some soul-crushing setbacks along the way. SEASON FINALE, HERE WE COME.
a:ignipes  post:meta  post:reaction  tv:personofinterest  for-kayla 
april 2013 by scorpionvoices
the reason for stars
#someday i’m going to talk about aragorn as reluctant wild prophet who doesn’t realize he’s accidentally collecting disciples like a mothe… #like a motherfucker until he turns around one day and there are like five different armies following him #but also how he becomes ever more comfortable at exploiting his own charisma and the myth of his heritage to get what’s needed done #because aragorn is defined by a lack of wanting in contrast to his hellishly superhuman ability to do what is simply needed #even when what is needed is beyond the realm of human possibility #and how his companions just … roll with it #because they are all mythic mothafuckas #and they love him #but this is not that day
art:fanart  post:meta  b:lordoftherings  c:lotr:aragorn  opinion:awesome  crapkaylasendsme  @tumblr 
march 2013 by scorpionvoices
Hello, tailor.: Person Of Interest: The man in the suit.
Person Of Interest is three different genre shows stuck together. For Detectives Carter and Fusco it's a police procedural drama, whereas John Reese lives in a spy thriller and Harold Finch's story is gradually edging towards being a full-on dystopian cyberpunk sci-fi. Overall it's marketed as a crime show, more or less, which is what it mostly looks like on the outside. Like the majority of characters in procedural cop shows Carter and Fusco have very boring dress-sense, for practical and professional reasons. In costume design terms, the real interest lies with Finch and Reese.
tv:personofinterest  post:meta  hilarity  opinion:awesome  @hellotailor 
february 2013 by scorpionvoices
Racebent Harry Potter
I was pretty much guaranteed to love this list forever and ever amen, but especially Oded Fehr as Sirius Black. Perfect casting is perfect!
post:meta  fancasting  b:harrypotter  opinion:awesome  @tumblr 
august 2012 by scorpionvoices
Teen Wolf 101: An introduction to the eighth wonder of our world.
If you watch Teen Wolf, you love Stiles. If you don't watch Teen Wolf, you are merely living through a brief period of confusion prior to the inevitability of falling in love with Stiles.

I won't even attempt to write about the events of Teen Wolf in their entirety, partly because it's impossible to summarise a show that amounts to the distilled essence of perfection, and partly because that would take about 50,000 words. Because I'm a really good-hearted person, though, I will provide a brief 10-point guide to the defining points of Teen Wolf as it stands as the cultural touchstone of my generation.
author:cobweb_diamond  tv:teenwolf  post:meta  post:primer  lolz.forever  @tumblr 
july 2012 by scorpionvoices
For all the people who, like me, have not seen...
For all the people who, like me, have not seen this week’s episode yet, here is the Teen Wolf drinking game my brother and I invented last night. Drink whenever:

*Someone takes off their shirt.
*Jackson is angry for no discernable reason. (DOUBLE if he’s angrily playing lacrosse by himself.)
*DOUBLE if any of the above happens outdoors, at night.
*Derek moonwalks into the shadows.
*Anyone hits on Danny.
post:meta  lolz.forever  tv:teenwolf  for-kayla  author:cobwebdiamond  @tumblr 
july 2012 by scorpionvoices
Fanon to Canon: A Journey - Saucery - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
I’ve been in many fandoms, over the years. Many, many fandoms. And in many of them, I’ve been queer-baited, and in many others, my existence as a slash fan wasn’t acknowledged, at all.

But this? Is the first time in my entire fannish life, in more than a decade, that I’ve actually felt my slash OTP might become canon. That it has a real shot at becoming canon.

This is why.
post:meta  author:saucery  tv:teenwolf  p:teenwolf:derek/stiles  thetruthaboutfandom  opinion:awesome  opinion:interesting  @ao3 
july 2012 by scorpionvoices
A Better Man - Saucery - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Stiles disarms Derek. Somehow, he effortlessly gets Derek to drop his armor, that iron-wrought aggression Derek uses to keep the world at bay. Stiles just - takes him apart, lays him bare, in ways that no one else does. That no one else can.

And Derek is a better person with Stiles than he is with anyone else. His most selfless moments are invariably moments in which he’s saving Stiles, for no other reason than, well, saving Stiles.

Derek’s motivations aren’t pure when it comes to Isaac and Boyd and Erica. Not even Scott. Derek’s always trying to manipulate them or train them for the good of the pack, even if he has to pulverize them to do it. He’s never like that with Stiles. Never. He has never manipulated Stiles or lied to him or forced him or beaten him. Ever. Sending Erica to keep Stiles away from danger by hitting Stiles over the head was the one time Derek hurt Stiles (albeit indirectly), but - again - it was to keep Stiles away from danger. [1148]
post:meta  author:saucery  tv:teenwolf  post:manifesto  p:teenwolf:derek/stiles  @ao3 
july 2012 by scorpionvoices
m15m: The Avengers in Fifteen Minutes
*A Scene That Must Have Happened*


HILL: Well, obviously, everyone who already had their own movie.

FURY: So--Stark, Banner, and Rogers? We have enough screen time to handle that, yeah.

COULSON: Don't forget Donald! I never did get to debrief him.

FURY: Vikings gonna vike on their own time, I'm not dealing with more alien shit. Again. SOME MORE. Barton's fried, so… let's bring in Black Widow, she has experience fighting in tight fabrics--Coulson, go get Romanoff and tell her to find Banner, delegate that shit.

COULSON: What about Ant-Man?

FURY: He's already here, he was right over… [checks bottom of boot] … he's busy right now.
parody  post:meta  m:Avengers12  lolz.forever  @lj  for-kayla  for-cindy  for-brittany 
july 2012 by scorpionvoices
lolaraincoat: What would surprise Captain America?
Computers as consumer goods, I agree, are pretty new and different. But when thinking about what might shock Captain America, writers should remember that World War Two, like all the big wars since 1850 or so, gave a huge impetus to technology, and even an ordinary soldier would have seen rapid change in information technology over the course of the war. Presumably the guy who got shot up with the top-secret super-soldier serum would have been around a lot more rapid technological change: radar, early computing (Alan Turing, who invented the Turing test, spent World War Two pioneering decryption software, remember), the first glimmerings of television (though not broadcast), the first antibiotics ...

So it's not so much that computers would shock the defrosted Captain because of their newness, I think. They might shock him because they are the latest development of the flowering of consumer culture in the postwar decades. So I'm not sure they would shock him more than disposable plastic sporks or drive-through Starbucks. Bear in mind that he grew up in the Great Depression: throwing stuff out would be very hard for him; being surrounded by objects which were made in order to be thrown out might astonish him.
post:meta  m:Avengers12  c:avengers:steve  yakyakyak:history  writers.reference  opinion:interesting  @dw 
june 2012 by scorpionvoices
The Fabulist: A Unified Theory of Fandom
So, why The Avengers? Because fandom is my fandom, I naturally have a Theory about this. After much highly scientific research, most of it carried out on my couch or while having a meditative leg-shave in the shower, I have come to the conclusion that four conditions must be met in order to precipitate a Fandom Global Event. A Fandom Global Event (henceforth to be abbreviated as FGE) is when fandom becomes so huge that basically, the entire universe is a fan, and by fan I of course mean fans, not normals who saw the movie once and liked it and went on with their lives. Harry Potter is an FGE. The sort of fandom that is EVERYWHERE, and there’s no escaping it, and every one crawls out of their own individual fandom cells to come to the light of the FGE. You might want to ignore the FGE, but you cannot. The FGE rules fandom.

But why? Why Avengers and not, say, any of the other smart, sexy, interesting books/movies/TV shows of the past ten years? Because Avengers meets the Four Perfect Conditions of Fandom
post:meta  m:Avengers12  opinion:interesting  thetruthaboutfandom 
june 2012 by scorpionvoices
grey_bard: Bruce Banner/The Hulk dialogue analysis, transcript and audio file for The Avengers (2012)
Collected here are Bruce 's most important lines of dialogue from the movie, as an aid to writers who want to write him. At less than 10% of the runtime of the movie, this counts as fair use for educational purposes.
post:meta  u:marvel  m:Avengers12  c:avengers:bruce  quotes  writers.reference  @lj  author:grey_bard 
june 2012 by scorpionvoices
grey_bard: Black Widow dialogue analysis, transcript and audio file for The Avengers (2012)
Collected here are Natasha's most important lines of dialogue from the movie, as an aid to writers who want to write her.
writers.reference  m:Avengers12  c:avengers:natasha  post:meta  @lj 
june 2012 by scorpionvoices
thingswithwings | this is a post about paedophilia.
I've been reading all these articles about Roman Polanski, and have been generally disgusted with the manner in which his apologists have claimed that he's not a rapist, or a paedophile, because he's all these other things - a nice, charming guy, a father, a brilliant filmmaker, and on and on. But occasionally in my reading I saw the arguments for and against Polanski's arrest go like this:

against: "Polanski isn't a child rapist! He's an X!" (where X = brilliant filmmaker, father, husband, nice guy)
for: "Polanski IS a child rapist! He admitted to raping a child!"

It is obvious to me, in reading these articles, that to the people who are defending Roman Polanski, the phrase "child molester" means something other than "a person who has molested a child" - that's the crux of the problem, and that's what I want to talk about here.
post:meta  opinion:interesting  author:thingswithwings  journal:entry  @DW  yakyakyak:politics  yakyakyak:sexuality 
september 2011 by scorpionvoices
thete1: Let's talk about character hate.
Canon? Is not a monolithic mass of perfection for us to gaze upon and worship in every way. You guys haven't thought that for a long time -- assuming you ever *did*. So why is it so hard to accept the idea that [a character's] assholishness might just be crappy canon? We're writing, for the most part, about *very noble people*, people.

Let's just keep that in mind, hmm?
post:meta  thetruthaboutfandom  opinion:interesting  writers.reference  author:te  journal:entry  @lj 
september 2011 by scorpionvoices
greendreaming: Who is John Sheppard?
So, there has been some interesting (and amusing) discussion lately of Joe Flanigan's acting talents and, correspondingly, John Sheppard's basic underlying weirdness: the lack of affect, the funny looks, the inability to react to other people in a genuine way, the smooth but somehow utterly asexual charm, the way that everything he says is undercut by his perma-smirk and ironic delivery.* In particular, [info]helenish talks about the Flan here and [info]cesperanza has some things to say about him here (read through the comments too), both of which cracked me up but also made me think about how John Sheppard and his freaky disassociative personality disorder are a vital part of what I love about SGA.

So while I was thinking about the weirdness of John, I realized that several of my favorite stories attempted to explain his personality and background in various ways. So I present to you here some recs on a theme:
post:meta  tv:stargateatlantis  c:sga:john  recs  list  humor  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-cindy  @lj 
september 2011 by scorpionvoices
matociquala: show me a black as bright as it is hot
Our Heroes are allowed trauma. They're allowed to cry. They're allowed to get mad and helpless. They're allowed to make mistakes and they're allowed to lose.

Sometimes their mistakes get people killed. Sometimes they're put in situations where there is no good answer. I am not sure I've seen another prime time network show of this nature that had the balls to put a character into a situation where he had a choice between two evils, and let him make that choice and then live with the consequences. Do you let a self-aware martyr die, knowingly, to protect another innocent? Is it worth your career to kill somebody who really desperately needs killing?

Sometimes, in fact, they crack. Sometimes they turn into bad cops.
post:meta  tv:criminalminds  post:primer  opinion:interesting  favs:meta  for-kayla  opinion:awesome  @lj 
september 2011 by scorpionvoices
matociquala: i don't care how long it takes; you're not to blame
One of the ongoing thematic threads of the show is that everybody has some sort of trauma, and that that trauma is what makes them akin to the people they hunt. We've got child abuse and torture survivors, no end of Mommy and Daddy Abandonment and Approval and Control Issues, and at least one survivor of extended sexual exploitation and rape.

The rape survivor is a man.

The obvious thing to do, of course, would have been to make that character Elle (who was the team's sexual assault expert, after all.) But then, maybe a little too predictable.

And not what they're after. Because part of the fun here is taking apart stereotypes. That pretty petite woman with the long dark hair is an FBI agent who can kick your ass. The two girly blondes who giggle about cute boys are both hypercompetent women, each with a vicious intellect and well-grounded confidence. The buttoned-down guy in the suit is a loving dad and the glue that binds his team together and keeps them functioning.
tv:criminalminds  post:meta  post:primer  opinion:interesting  yakyakyak:feminism  for-kayla  favs:meta  opinion:awesome  @lj 
september 2011 by scorpionvoices
thefourthvine: Fandoms I Have Loved 12: Stargate: SG-1
Things You Need to Know Before We Get Started

1. Anything with a random apostrophe in it is alien. Unless it's in fan fiction, in which case there's a chance it's just a crime against grammar. But if it's in canon - well, let me put it this way. If "canon" was an alien concept in SG1 (Which I sometimes think maybe it is - like, have the writers seen the show? The whole show? When they weren't on drugs?), it would be written c'aan'on. (Also, it would it kill Daniel.)

2. No matter what happens, SG1 will do everything in their power to avoid learning any life lessons or experiencing emotional growth. They don't have *time*, people! You can't have psychological stability *and* an intact universe. That is the first lesson they teach in stargate school.
a:thefourthvine  journal:entry  lolz.forever  tv:stargatesg1  post:meta  n:thetruthaboutfandom  lolz  for-kayla  c:sg1:jack  c:sg1:daniel  c:sg1:teal'c  c:sg1:sam  @dw 
august 2011 by scorpionvoices
On the difference between Good Dogs and Dogs That Need a Newspaper Smack. « Sindelókë
The fact that people are stupid isn’t news, however. And actually that’s kind of why the concept of privilege is important – because privilege isn’t about being stupid. It’s not a bad thing, or a good thing, or something with a moral or value judgement of any kind attached to it. Having privilege isn’t something you can usually change, but that’s okay, because it’s not something you should be ashamed of, or feel bad about. Being told you have privilege, or that you’re privileged, isn’t an insult. It’s a reminder! The key to privilege isn’t worrying about having it, or trying to deny it, or apologize for it, or get rid of it. It’s just paying attention to it, and knowing what it means for you and the people around you. Having privilege is like having big feet. No one hates you for having big feet! They just want you to remember to be careful where you walk.
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july 2011 by scorpionvoices
silvia kundera - Cobb/Saito Picspam and Pairing Manifesto (Inception 2010)
One of the things that works so thematically for me about Cobb/Saito is that coming through for Saito (proving he could control himself, could conquer inception, could be recognized by Saito in limbo and rescue him) bookends so nicely with Cobb's conquering of his guilt and the self-hatred that's haunting him through Mal's projection.

If you want to look at the movie as kind of *Cobb's* successful inception - being lead out of his mental imprisonment and set up to confront his fear and chose to let Mal's ghost go - then Saito is part of his cure. Proof that it wasn't his fault, that he's not always poison.
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july 2011 by scorpionvoices
brownbetty | Please pick up the plot-device courtesy phone.
I was reading the [community profile] dresden_kink, and someone observed "Paging the Leanansidhe to the plot device courtesy phone," which made me crack up, but also made me think about those things we use in our fandoms to skip right over setting up the scenario. In the DCU, it was often Poison Ivy; c'mon, she semi-canonically has sex-pollen, and plausibly can whip up something biochemical for every occassion.

In SGA it's always "wacky villiage ritual," which I think was the canon's approach too.

Up 'till season three or so, SPN used the Trickster to meet all "we don't need no stinkin' continuity!" needs. I don't know what they do, now.

What do your fandoms do? What do fandoms do which have no one to pick up the plot device courtesy phone?
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july 2011 by scorpionvoices
londondrowning: x-men x-men x-mennnnnnn
Augh, I will totally confess, I never actually thought about Charles/Erik much in the first two X-Men movies. (And I always pretend the third one didn't happen.) Because they were old. And even if I think Ian McKellan is a hotass and always will, sorry, Star Trek fans, I cannot say the same thing about Patrick Stewart. He is both too dignified and too bald for sexytimes. It was one of those ships like Giles/Ethan where I'm all "I totally believe it's canon and I totally have no interest in reading it."

But I went back and watched them this week, because apparently I really am turning into a teenager again, and just....augh, everything hurts, all their interactions feel so much more weighted now that I ship them like a fucking crazy person. It just makes it so sad to me that all these years go by, and Charles just never stops believing that Erik still has the capacity to change. He is so relentlessly optimistic and so not bitter.
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june 2011 by scorpionvoices
liviapenn: Kirk, Spock, Bones & Uhura: the new OT4
The point I was going to make to wee_warrior, though, is that if you watched the movie and came away thinking of Uhura as "just a love interest" then you totally missed out on her dynamic with *Kirk*, which is now right up there with the classic Spock-Bones relationship in terms of being important to the franchise.

And the thing is? If you dismiss Uhura as "just a love interest" then you absolutely need to also dismiss Bones as "just a BFF" who is only there to emotionally support Kirk during the Kobayashi Maru, sneak Kirk aboard the Enterprise, and defend Kirk to Spock when he's not there to do it himself. So basically, he literally does nothing, either on a character OR a plot-related level, that isn't about serving Kirk's emotional or plot-related needs in some way.
post:meta  u:startrek  m:startrek09  yakyakyak:feminism  p:startrek:spock/uhura  p:startrek:kirk/mccoy  ot4  opinion:interesting  author:liviapenn  opinion:awesome  @lj 
june 2011 by scorpionvoices
hackthis: On Raylan Givens.
There was totally court mandated therapy for Raylan's family. "Use your words"? That's totally some therapist shit.
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april 2011 by scorpionvoices
impertinence: a rant I wrote to defuse some annoyance
At this point you may be asking yourself, But how do I know I’ve been raped? You’ll be happy to know that’s an easy question to answer! Rape only happens to bad women in dark alleyways, and only complete strangers – not the nice white men we all know and love – can be rapists. (Men being raped never happens.) If what happened to you wasn’t a dark alley encounter, then the exits are in the back, dear. You can show yourself out, right? We wouldn’t want you to get confused. Oh, but before three quarters of you leave, just remember: out there in the real world, everything that’s not rape, is rape. And rape is funny! You can apply it to all situations, from being beaten at Mario Kart to being shortchanged at Walgreens to losing the Presidency. Rape isn’t rape, except for when it’s not rape, and then it’s funny rape! Say this to yourself three times before bed and you’re well on the way to being a productive member of society. Just remember to wear a longer skirt next time.
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april 2011 by scorpionvoices
ship_manifesto: Bodyslide by Two: The Cable/Deadpool manifesto
Cable and Deadpool have been around since the early 90s and have been written by multiple writers in multiple contexts. The canon concerning the two of them is scattered all over the place and not all of it is easy to get hold of. So I'm going to be focusing on the two characters as they appeared in Cable & Deadpool (which was written throughout its 50-issue run by Fabian Nicieza), partly because it's just plain easier and partly because that's where the majority of the relevant interactions appear.
post:manifesto  u:marvel  p:marvel:cable/deadpool  post:meta  c:marvel:deadpool  c:marvel:cable  opinion:awesome  @lj 
november 2010 by scorpionvoices
Wagashiya - Ultimania Omega pg. 95 etc.
Fran/Balthier would actually be really really hot, in a


sort of way. Even if 99.9% of viera are like "humes are stupid, throw rocks at them," and express their sisterly love by gently touching ears in the tender shade of the Wood, Fran could still be a sexual deviant.
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november 2010 by scorpionvoices
sex is not the enemy : Re: male gaze
I know, I know, market forces and all that, they’re assuming all their visitors are male because most of them are, but still, would it kill them to give even a token attempt at acknowledging the other half of the human race?
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september 2010 by scorpionvoices
Making Light: Elf Help, a <strike>Parlor</strike> Bookstore Game
Oh, dear. The tough economic times have hit the chain bookstore where you work, and the orders have come down from Head Office: cut the SF&F department (possibly Horror as well).

Your store manager is a fan, however, and she’s made a stealthy swap. She stopped buying Self-Help books instead, changed a few shelf labels, and kept the entire SF&F section.

Unfortunately, people keep coming into the bookstore looking for self-help books, and all you have are genre. To cover for your manager, you’re going to have to find SF&F (and Horror, if desired) books to help these poor folk who are looking for guidance on their personal problems.

Have I mentioned that your job is at stake here?*

* Yes, The Princess Bride would make a great study of different management styles.
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august 2010 by scorpionvoices
Glory to the Sin’dorei or ‘Some of the gayest people I know are straight’ « standing at the back in my sissy robe
I always find the bloodelves = gay thing slightly peculiar (I’m going with “slightly peculiar” as opposed to “fucking offensive” which is the alternative). And I know “gay” is essentially WoWspeak for “something I am too stupid to understand in its full complexity” (or, rather, “something I personally don’t like”) but I still think it underscores the implicit toxicity that pervades both the perception and communication of gender and sexuality in WoW. So, we think blood elves are gay because they are feminine. And we think they are feminine because they are vain? That says dreadful things about our attitude to homosexuality AND women. Way to go!
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
artaxastra: The Thing That Cannot Be Done
Ever eaten spaghetti? Even if you're not Italian? Interested in eating guacamole, even if (like one dear perplexed friend) you're from five thousand miles from Mexico and never heard of such a thing? Seen Star Wars in India? Done yoga in Alabama?

Every day, each one of us tries things on the global marketplace of ideas. Given our freedom of choice, we try ideas on like food. Sure, let's order sushi. Maybe you like it, maybe you don't. Let's try yoga. Let's go to a walking Buddhist meditation and see what it's like. And our culture changes.

This is why repressive regiemes of any sort have to limit the marketplace of ideas. No western Rock music, no American movies, no blue jeans in Eastern Europe. No cd players, no makeup, no western books in fundamentalist Islamic states. No internet in China. You have to cut down the flow of ideas, secure the mental borders. Because if you don't, people will see and hear and think things you don't want.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
artaxastra: Thinky Thoughts -- Death By Consensus
Very often, what would make some people happy is to control the personal choices of other people through "education." Mind you, the Right does this in spades, but the tool of the Right is authority. The tool is to ban or create legal consequences for whatever personal behavior they don't like. The tool of the Left is consensus.

There is no way to write a press release or a website or a fundraising letter that pleases everyone. There will always be people who say "I think you should have mentioned X" or "Why did you have to talk about Y?" or "Why is Ms. C involved?" Having consensus on every document or plan is the surest way to make certain that nothing ever happens, and that no one is ultimately satisfied.

There are going to be people who aren't happy. There just are. We have to accept that. It does not make us tyrants.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
artaxastra: Thinky Thoughts -- American Power
My mother, who is 81, said the other day that she was frustrated with all the presidential candidates, because none of them promised to do what she wanted -- to turn the clock back and make the world as it had been between 1945 and 1955. "Those were our country's best years," she said, "And the best years ever in the world."

My first thought was "for whom?" No feminism. No Brown vs. the Board of Education putting black kids in her classroom. No complicated debates about sex ed. No gay people except for the ones getting arrested in raids on clubs and committing suicide.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
artaxastra: Cats From the Dark Side of the Moon -- Thoughts on Recent History
Now I log on my livejournal in the morning, and I see that the Brits are up, fretting about internships and jobs, school news from Durham and Renault commentary from London. [info]shezan has gotten rid of her old computer monitor in Paris. [info]selenak has thoughts on Alias from Munich. In Sweden the weather is finally fine, and in Finland there is to be a very exciting concert soon.

And [info]bwinter has posted cute pictures of her cats.

It takes me a moment sometimes for it to come into focus, as I type a comment that yes, they are cute. I am looking at cats in Warsaw. Cats from the dark side of the moon.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
thefourthvine: From the Archives
(And, yes, I had at least one specific published writer in mind for each one of these. I offer bonus points, which can be redeemed for many imaginary prizes, to anyone who can guess which writers go with which warnings.)

Published Author Warnings

WARNING: I used to have a three-dimensional character, and then I fell in love with him, and now he is Prince Sparklepants Shinyhorse, the most perfect man/vampire/werewolf/demon/half-unicorn/whatever in all of creation. Also, if people criticize him, or my writing of him, I will go off the rails. On the internet. It will be funny in that way where you keep wondering why my family and friends aren't taking care of me.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
30toseoul: Meta: Gay in the Military
And hell, the straight people were usually doing things that could've gotten them in almost as much trouble. Adultery is illegal. So is fraternization between officers and enlisted. I hooked up with one of my male lieutenants a couple times, and that would've most likely ended his career if our commander found out. And swinging, which was huge among some groups of Air Force officers back in the 1950's and 1960's, is still alive and well. There were two couples from my Texas squadron who propositioned almost all of the single female airmen in the barracks. The military has a lot of extremely horny people.
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july 2010 by scorpionvoices
On Douchebags | Overthinking It
I’ve never used one, nor will I for this post, because almost every doctor in the Universe agrees they are very unhealthy and that vaginas, like a good oven or a cat, are self-cleaning.
yakyakyak:feminism  post:meta  lolz.forever 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
7 Popular 'Chick Flicks' That Secretly Hate Women |
Hollywood filmmakers like their women like they like their coffee: shrill, stupid and submissive. And usually not black.

As evidence, all you need to do is look at the "romantic" movies which are targeted toward women, yet somehow embrace every negative assumption about females that males have ever dreamed up. || "In Twilight, a boring-ass twitchy girl named Bella falls in love with a shiny vampire named Edward. And for some reason not explained by the movie, he loves her back. So just be your clumsy, mouth-breathing selves ladies. Someday, if you're skinny enough, someone exotic will love you for just being 'you.'"
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may 2010 by scorpionvoices
thefourthvine: [Meta]: The Audience
When I found fan fiction, I realized what I was missing. I missed being part of the audience.

I know, I know: you read something, you are obviously part of the audience. But I'm talking about the imaginary audience, the audience in the author's head, the one the book is written for.
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may 2010 by scorpionvoices
matociquala: whatever you're doing, you're probably wrong.
So I'm going to have to write people who are not like me. Okay, cool.

How do I do that?

Well, I think the first step is to stop thinking about those people as The Other. Because they're not. I mean, okay, they may not be a lot like you? But they're also people, and if you can question your own cultural assumptions about what people ought to be like, and also the stereotypes you've probably assimilated without knowing it, you can hopefully write people who are not just like you.

They're not Those People. They're people. People are *us*.
yakyakyak:race  blog  post:meta  theme:racism  fantasy  yakyakyak:history  yakyakyak:feminism  writers.reference  opinion:awesome  @lj 
may 2010 by scorpionvoices
fangasmic | [memes] The Broccoli Test
Doyle would have been able to tell Bodie to get broccoli with the merest flick of an eyebrow instead of having to flap his hands like a drunk hummingbird. And thus the broccoli test was born.

“Passing the broccoli test" became fandom shorthand for the couple that could convey everything from “Don’t order the chicken here, it sucks" to “I love you and want to have your babies but I’m still too pent up by heteronormative standards of masculinity to act on it- wait for me!" in a single significant eye-fucking glance.
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may 2010 by scorpionvoices
liviapenn: Gender-reversed Star Trek 2009 cast picspam
Aaaaaand, this is why I should not drink three Cokes in a row at dinner, especially a very late dinner, because I'm exactly as awake as I was ten hours ago, and I've spent all night playing around on the internet/in Photoshop casting an imaginary gender-reversed ST2009. Because I've seen a couple of genderswap stories already, but usually just with Kirk. Well, why stop there? :D
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may 2010 by scorpionvoices
Gluten-Free Goddess | Recipes: Spring Millet with Carrots, Mushrooms and Mint
Fairy tales about feminine obedience and compliance in practicing our household chores (a skill set valued prior to Helen Gurley Brown) instructed us -pre-kindergarten- that the dutiful are not only more comely than their whining, snarky counterparts, in the end- when push comes to shove- the gallant and toothsome Prince will actually prefer duty and obedience. We are persuaded that if we are patient and kind and willingly clean out the ashes in the fireplace, he will pick us. The good girl. The exiled Princess missing a slipper.
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march 2010 by scorpionvoices
ship_manifesto: 'A couple of guys': Oz, Xander, and What Could Be
Oz and Xander are a study in contrasts and relationality. Signifier and signified, green eggs and ham, chords major and minor, dork and loner, talkative and meditative, hyena and wolf. They are doubles of each other, but this is not to say that they are opposites. In a social group that includes, at various times, Giles, Angel, and Spike, Oz and Xander are more alike -- in age, outlook, and loyalty -- than not.
tv:buffythevampireslayer  post:manifesto  post:primer  p:btvs:oz/xander  post:meta  episoderelated  opinion:sweet  @lj 
march 2010 by scorpionvoices
stoptocheer: The Mind and the Heart: A Giles/Xander Manifesto
It's a wonder, when you think about it, that Giles and Xander, two of the core four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, don't get slashed a lot more than they do. It seems like when it comes to shipping the two of them, fandom members have two major objections to the idea. The first is that it's wrong because Giles is Xander's father figure. Most Giles/Xander shippers, it seems, accept this as gospel and work past it somehow. Which is great, but I disagree with the concept entirely.
post:manifesto  tv:buffythevampireslayer  c:btvs:xander  c:btvs:giles  p:btvs:giles/xander  post:meta  genre:slash  for-amanda  opinion:awesome  @lj 
december 2009 by scorpionvoices
“It starts with the eyes”: The Homoeroticism of Fast and Furious « Trampling Through The Brush
I love the first movie, and, after two viewings, I’ve decided I love the most recent movie, too. Don’t get me wrong — they’re not art. The acting is bad and the scripts are worse. But I love the stupid car chases, I love the insanely attractive cast, I love the big dumb fun of it all, and I love the themes of betrayal and loyalty, two of my favorite fictional tropes, that run throughout. And most of all, I love that the movies are really, really gay.
post:meta  genre:slash  p:tfatf:brian/dom  blog  m:thefastandthefurious  opinion:awesome 
november 2009 by scorpionvoices

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