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Yes, fanworks are illegal: harsh truths about copyright & Fair Use.
I’m writing this post because fanfiction is a buzzword again, thanks to the publication of “Grey” by E. L. James–or, more specifically, the Twitter debacle that was #AskELJames, which included tweets slamming fanfiction in general. I’ve seen several posts from authors defending fanfiction in response to such tweets–and fanfiction very well should be defended–but I’m also disheartened to see that many well-intentioned people misunderstand the legalities of fanfiction and the Fair Use clause, and are shooting incorrect information out there into the world.I’m writing this post because fanfiction is a buzzword again, thanks to the publication of “Grey” by E. L. James–or, more specifically, the Twitter debacle that was #AskELJames, which included tweets slamming fanfiction in general. I’ve seen several posts from authors defending fanfiction in response to such tweets–and fanfiction very well should be defended–but I’m also disheartened to see that many well-intentioned people misunderstand the legalities of fanfiction and the Fair Use clause, and are shooting incorrect information out there into the world.
toread  fanfiction  Essay 
december 2016 by Pslasher
How “Strong Female Characters” Still End Up Weak And Powerless (Or, “Do They Pass The Action Figure Test?”)
The idea of writing a “strong female character” isn’t enough.

As shorthand, it sounds noble. It seems spot on. But a lot of writers — and writing advice about the subject — seem to get it wrong. I get asked about this a lot, I guess because write women or girl characters like Miriam Black or Atlanta Burns who, on paper, kick a lot of ass.

And that is often the focus of the question — they’re characters who can fight, scrap, throw a punch, fire a gun, and that seems to end up the focus of the question. It’s where the buck stops. But for me, that’s never where it begins. It’s not even what makes them who they are.

Instead of writing “strong female characters,” try to aim for “women or girls that possess agency.”
Writing  Feminism  Essay 
september 2015 by Pslasher
A guide to fanfiction for people who can't stop getting it wrong
What is fanfiction? That’s the question magazine articles and TV segments have been attempting to answer for upwards of 40 years now, usually without doing much actual research into the topic.

Maybe this was a valid question back when folks were still sliding Kirk/Spock zines under the tables at Star Trek conventions, but in the era of Fifty Shades of Grey (look, we had to namecheck it at some point) and Amazon’s licensed, for-profit fanfic publishing service, you’d think that fanfic explainer articles would be on the way out.
fanfiction  fandom  toread  Essay 
november 2014 by Pslasher
Proc Nat Inst Sci: Calvin and Hobbes
How much damage can a 6 year-old possibly do? An analysis of the cost of raising a child like Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes
calvin&hobbes  toread  Essay 
october 2014 by Pslasher
7 ways 'Gilmore Girls' got women right
The coming of Gilmore Girls to Netflix caused a minor Internet sensation last month, spurring a round of major celebration, bouts of nostalgia, and think pieces about just why the series was so special.

I'm a longtime fan of Amy Sherman-Palladino's iconic celebration of women, small-town New England, and nuclear families biological and surrogate and think there's still more to say about the many ways in which Gilmore Girls was groundbreaking. Compared to other important women-led shows of the late 90s and early 2000s, Gilmore Girls has been slow to achieve widespread cultural acclaim for its portrayal of female characters. But if you examine the tropes upon which the stories of Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore were built, Gilmore Girls seems far more progressive for its era in many ways than even its watershed counterparts like Ally McBeal and Grey's Anatomy.
GilmoreGirls  Essay 
october 2014 by Pslasher
“It’s Amazing the Things We Know, That Are Actually Wrong” by Kate Elliott — A Dribble of Ink
"Diversity is not an ornamental element. It’s not something “we” need or ought to “add” to our stories to fulfill some moral quota or to get critics off our backs. That’s not what “a call” for diversity means. The writers and readers who are already writing and seeking “more diverse” fiction don’t need to be told or have anything suggested to them. They’re living it.... Stories reveal something of what aspects of the world are visible to us and who and what we deem important. That is why I believe it is such a simple but profound act to truly stop and think through—and then think beyond—the foundational assumptions out of which one creates a narrative."

Excellent discussion on diversity in fiction.
books  race  diversity  Essay 
august 2013 by Pslasher
Comments on Foz Meadows "Romance Cooties in Science Fiction"
commentary on the increasing amount of romance in sci-fi
SciFi  romance  toread  Essay 
august 2013 by Pslasher
Home - Esquire
In February 2003, after the explosion of the shuttle two American astronauts aboard the International Space Station suddenly found themselves with no ride home. And things got worse from there.

By Chris Jones
space  Essay  toread 
december 2012 by Pslasher
Just Do It - Entertainment Weekly talks about 'shippers' and fanfiction
Entertainment Weekly talks about 'shippers' and fanfiction. An interesting article, which didn't present us totally as weird freaks to be laughed at. There was a tiny bit of the 'weirdness factor', but not nearly as much as some articles. They presented the topic pretty well, with some very interesting interviews, both with fans and industry execs.
fandom  InTheNews  fanfiction  fanvids  Essay  TheVampireDiaries  supernatural  StarTrekTOS  startrek  slash  femslash  het 
may 2012 by Pslasher
anthropologist: When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite
Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual. Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th century), and the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).
Homosexuality  Essay  toread 
may 2012 by Pslasher
joshua's blog: on url shorteners
The worst problem is that shortening services add another layer of indirection to an already creaky system. A regular hyperlink implicates a browser, its DNS resolver, the publisher's DNS server, and the publisher's website. With a shortening service, you're adding something that acts like a third DNS resolver, except one that is assembled out of unvetted PHP and MySQL, without the benevolent oversight of luminaries like Dan Kaminsky and St. Postel.
web  Essay 
february 2012 by Pslasher
The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism, By Jonathan Lethem ...
A Harber's Magazine article that discusses the long history of 'remixing' themes, characters and plots into new works of fiction, music and film.
Essay  Writing  RemixCulture 
june 2011 by Pslasher
God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"NEW YORK—Responding to recent events on Earth, God, the omniscient creator-deity worshipped by billions of followers of various faiths for more than 6,000 years, angrily clarified His longtime stance against humans killing each other Monday."
Religion  Essay  September11  FakeNews  parody 
march 2011 by Pslasher
Fit to be Tied: A quick spank
Description of an erotic spanking with a cain, strap and clit clamp.
spanking  Essay 
july 2010 by Pslasher
Illusions of Intimacy in BDSM by Jim Duvall
Essay on how the closeness you feel with someone during play can't substitute for real intimacy in other areas of your life.
bdsm  blog  Essay  * 
july 2010 by Pslasher
Leather Journey - Earned, Not Assumed by Jack Rinella
What is the difference between Dominant and Master, Boy, Submissive and Slave? Should not those titles be earned, and based on reality?
bdsm  slavery  Essay 
june 2010 by Pslasher
Dog Collars are So 90's by Norische | The Iron Gate
Listing of different types of collars used in the BDSM sccene.
bdsm  collar  Essay 
june 2010 by Pslasher
Ceremony From The Heart: The Collaring Ceremony by Norische | The Iron Gate
Goes through several collaring ceremonies, including the Ceremony of the Roses.
collar  Ceremony  bdsm  Essay 
june 2010 by Pslasher
The Footnote, by Judy Gran
Her detailed analysis of Rodenberry's footnote in the ST:TMP novel where Kirk answers the question of whether or not he and Spock had a sexual relationship. Many people say that Kirk said no, Judy argues that he doesn't answer the question one way or the other.
StarTrek  meta  Kirk/Spock  Essay  a:JudyGran 
january 2010 by Pslasher
Millennials, shifting power, and broken fourth walls by Catheyzys
Enter for lengthy discussion of Gen X vs Millennials, of bandom and changed self understanding of fans, and a lot of non related things that somehow all came out as I was trying to write a rec post/analysis of a vid...which isn't even mentioned in the post )
PopSlash  Fandom  meta  Essay  GenX  ToRead 
december 2009 by Pslasher

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