Q:i'm not a feminist because i believe in equality in all genders.
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I haven’t been in the middle of these many games in a long time. I thought I should create a list to keep a record of this stuff. I’m getting really comfortable with the fact that I like video games.
- Civ IV (Computer)
- Mermaid Swamp (Computer)
- Pokemon Y (3DS)
- Kya (Ps2)
- Katamari Damcy (Ps2)
- We Love Katamari (iOS)
I love it! I’m capped out, but I like that I am gaming again. Even if it is on a smaller scale. I used to be really scared that serious gamers and men (in general) would judge me but I don’t care anymore. +1
I was cruising through the net, following the cold trail of one of the periodic “Is or is not Fanfic the Ultimate Literary Evil?” arguments that crop up regularly, and I’m now bursting to make a point that I never see made by fic defenders.
We’re all familiar with the normal defenses of fic: it’s done out of love, it’s training, it’s for fun. Those are all good and valid defenses!
But they miss something. They damn with faint praise. Because the thing is, when you commit this particular Ultimate Literary Evil you’ve now told a story. And stories are powerful. The fact that it wasn’t in an original world or with original characters doesn’t necessarily make it less powerful to any given reader.
I would never have made this argument a few years ago. A few years ago I hadn’t received messages from people who were deeply touched by something I wrote in fanfic. So what if it’s only two or three or four people, and I used someone else’s world and characters? For those two or three or four people, I wrote something fucking important. You cannot tell me that isn’t a valid use of my time and expect me to feel chastened. I don’t buy it. I won’t feel ashamed. I will laugh when you call something that touches other people ‘literary masturbation.’ Apparently you’re not too up on your sex terminology.
Someone could argue that if I’d managed the same thing with original characters in an original world, it could’ve touched more people. They might be right! On the other hand, it might never have been accepted for publication, or found a market if self published, and more importantly I would never have written it because I didn’t realize I could write. The story wouldn’t have happened. Instead, thanks to fanfic being a thing, it did. And for two or three or four people it mattered. When we talk about defending fanfic, can we occasionally talk about that?
I once had an active serviceman who told me that my FF7 and FF8 fic helped get him through the war. That’ll humble you. People have told me my fanfic helped get them through long nights, through grief, through hard times. It was a solace to people who needed solace. And because it was fanfic, it was easier to reach the people who needed it. They knew those people already. That world was dear to them already. They were being comforted by friends, not strangers.
Stories are like swords. Even if you’ve borrowed the sword, even if you didn’t forge it yourself from ore and fire, it’s still your body and your skill that makes use of it. It can still draw blood, it can strike down things that attack you, it can still defend something you hold dear. Don’t get me wrong, a sword you’ve made yourself is powerful. You know it down to its very molecules, are intimate with its heft and its reach. It is part of your own arm. But that can make you hesitate to use it sometimes, if you’re afraid that swinging it too recklessly will notch the blade. Is it strong enough, you think. Will it stand this? I worked so hard to make it. A blade you snatched up because you needed a weapon in your hand is not prey to such fears. You will use it to beat against your foes until it either saves you or it shatters.
But whether you made that sword yourself or picked it up from someone who fell on the field, the fight you fight with it is always yours.
Literary critics who sneer at fanfic are so infuriatingly shortsighted, because they all totally ignore how their precious literature, as in individual stories that are created, disseminated, and protected as commercial products, are a totally modern industrial capitalist thing and honestly not how humans have ever done it before like a couple centuries ago. Plus like, who benefits most from literature? Same dudes who benefit most from capitalism: the people in power, the people with privilege. There’s a reason literary canon is composed of fucking white straight dudes who write about white straight dudes fucking.
Fanfiction is a modern expression of the oral tradition—for the rest of us, by the rest of us, about the rest of us—and I think that’s fucking wonderful and speaks to a need that absolutely isn’t being met by the publishing industry. The need to come together as a close community, I think, and take the characters of our mythology and tell them getting drunk and married and tricked and left behind and sent to war and comforted and found again and learning the lessons that every generation learns over and over. It’s wonderful. I love it. I’m always going to love it.
Some badass arguments for the next time somebody pooh-poohs on fanworks in your vicinity.
salt water mermaids communicating in clicks and whistles
young swamp mermaids croaking like frogs to scare smaller frogs
arctic mermaids mimicking animal sounds so they can catch prey for both food and their pelts
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this is probably the only sex gif i will ever reblog, because for some reason i feel like it’s more than just sex. i don’t know if it’s how they’re actually looking at one another or the way they can’t get close enough. he’s actually looking at her like a person and not just a sex object.
but then again, it could be all in my head. i mean, this is how i would want it to be. but that’s just me.
I am a person of science and I will never agree with transsexualism until there is a scientific explanation. I think the whole trans community is frankly bullshit.
It’s called “Gender Dysphoria”, ya fucking idiot.
I really should just create a blog where I post MRAs and other assorted anti-feminists who would be referred to as MRAs by the casual observer calling out cissexism, being witnesses for reproductive rights, and generally doing intersectionality better than cisfeminists. I’m not saying this is a universal, or even for that matter, always widely held position, but it’s worth having on display.
*gets on soap box*
If you can’t recognize the relative social, economic, and legal indifference to the suffering of CAMAB people, male, female, and otherwise, then you haven’t been paying attention. And that some cis men manage to attain vast amounts of privilege in spite of that is also a testament to the power of both cissexism and masculosexism (aka femmephobia, but that’s a really problematic wording). That’s where my particular brand of feminism, what I call bidirectional feminism (because cis gender power relations can be described at the intersection of two kyriarchal values, masculosexism and cissexism) comes from. It also explains why trans men do better than trans women in pretty much any socioeconomic statistic you can name, something you can’t say about cis men and cis women.
When people try to tell me that transmen have it easy, I can’t take them seriously. How about the fact that FAAB people are diagnosed with GID at a 1:2 ratio to MAAB people and receive only a fourth of the transition-related medical care? What about having cancer and chronic pain as potential side effects of your HRT? Your surgeries being more expensive and invasive? What about transmen who don’t pass and experience both transphobia and misogyny, or the transmen who experience hate crimes but cannot report it, or have their reports not taken seriously? What about the transmasculine victims of corrective rape - one of which I am?
Transmen don’t have it easier. Transpeople have it rough in different ways.
Also, CA(M/F)AB refers exclusively to intersex people.
I’m really amazed by how all of these people disagree with each other and also all of them are wrong.
I understand what you are saying. I understand that transwomen are more likely to be assaulted and murdered and commit suicide and denied health care. I know that and yes, this should be the trans movement’s and intersectional activist’s main focus because things are like really abysmal here. That said, I have also had my transmasculine friends and such talk about their experiences in an open forum and have their own experiences entirely derailed because they weren’t the most oppressed people in the room.
I don’t fully agree what was being said. I wouldn’t say something as naive as “all oppressed people are oppressed equally” because there are a lot of factors there to consider and it is blatantly incorrect, but I reblogged it to bring attention to some of the unique and not transmasculine conflicts. Because that gets ignored sometimes.
I wouldn’t mention it in a discussion about transwomen but in an open forum it seemed appropriate and not a derailment. It seemed like a good place to talk about it.
(mostly directed to white meat-eaters)
I understand vegans can be racist, albeist, and classist. I understand fighting vegans about these things. But if I start conversations with “I agree with you, yeah these things are 100% true” then can we just like drop it? I really do agree but I also don’t want our hang out to turn into dissing this lifestyle that I’m apart of.
I understand why valuing animals more than people(-of-color) is really disgusting but if there is a baseline of agreement, then like okay. Like, I don’t even eat quinoa. And eating meat doesn’t exclude you from racism and colonization. If I were to have a soy burger and you were to have a beef burger you can’t be like ‘Well, I’m really not racist right now!’ Like just how veganism doesn’t make me a good person, eating meat doesn’t make you better either. Like anything you have to say about migrant farmers who made my soy-burger, can also be applied to your beef, if not more so.
But anyway, all that to the side, the real point here is that conversations with me tend to be so guilty when my diet comes up. The meat-eater uses me as a sounding board about how they aren’t a bad person for eating meat by either attacking vegans or saying something like ‘well I could be vegan’ or ‘I don’t eat meat that often’. And all this guilt isn’t my responsibility.
Just something to put on the bingo board I guess.