A Unicorn, a mythical beast captured and slaughtered after it comes out of the forest to greet a Virgin. Outside of its original metaphorical context, it is a disturbing story, the young nameless woman used as a part of the hunting game of the mob to murder a mythical conscious being. Instead, I wanted to show something soft and tender. The Lady as an adult woman closer to her thirties rather than the teenage years and being there by her own will, fully present. The little magic goat, the Unicorn, as safely resting and unharmed. Enough of the hunts and games.
(I wanted to draw this image for quite a while, but were finally inspired to do so after watching this video I found on Youtube when searching for the Lady and The Unicorn tapestries documentary to watch)
[ID: a digital painting of a Black woman wearing gold jewelry and gold trimmed robes sitting on the floor stroking the head of a small white unicorn with yellow eyes that’s laying on her lap. end ID]
It’s not actually known if lemons were made by humans or if they were just natural hybrids of citrons and sour oranges. Apparently it’s super common for citrons to fertilize basically anything they’re near.
great now we gotta kinkshame the fruit
Everything about this post is going in so many directions at once
lime/lemon fic classifications had a basis in reality
Fics where jaskier is a Secret Noble™ are funny, but few things top “yeah, geralt still thinks my birth name is jaskier, I adore him but I literally introduced myself to the inkeeper as Julian Alfred pankratz, viscount de lettenhove not two hours ago”
Geralt, having just met Jaskier’s family for a contract and not put two and two together: Jaskier, come over here
Jaskier, who’s parents definitely recognise him and definitely just heard the dangerous witcher call him buttercup, suddenly willing to die for the bit: what’s up dear?
you people will just. say anything
okay but do you understand that liz wallace made the bechdel-WALLACE test because she was a dyke who wanted to go to movies and pretend the characters were dykes and her friend alison bechdel happened to put her silly little litmus assessment into a comic strip and then the rest of everyone else decided it was a bona fide way of means testing media for Feminist Content? do you know that? it doesn’t sound like you know that
Nobody is saying women in movies can’t talk about men in a romantic context. What is being said is that women in movies often talk about nothing other than men in a romantic context.
Do you want to know how low the bar is? Do you want to know?
Iron Man 3 passes the Bechdel test. Pepper and Maya have a brief talk about Maya’s work.
THAT’S IT. THAT’S HOW LOW THE BAR IS. Two named female characters have a conversation about something that isn’t a heterosexual romance. Fucking IRON MAN managed to pass.
Now, here’s the issue. Do you know why this (informal, often misapplied) test is a thing?
Over three-quarters of movies cannot pass it.
At least 75% of the time, a woman’s driving force in a movie is entirely and only romance. Either that, or she is isolated from other female characters to the point that she may have very interesting motivations….but no other women to talk to about them.
That’s a problem.
Of course it’s a bad test. It’s SUPPOSED to be a bad test. It’s supposed to be a bar so low anyone can get over it. The fact that it’s still relevant is a huge fucking problem.
Yes! Passing or not passing the test is not the test of a good movie. Some shitty movies pass it. Some excellent movies don’t. The point is that so few movies pass it. It’s a pull-back-and-take-a-holistic-look kinda thing.
Also, it’s funny notfunny to go down the list of how early movies fail it.
1: Two named female characters (how many fail here?)
2: Who talk to each other (how many fail here?)
3: About something other than a man (how many fail here?)
Now, think about the male version. How many movies would fail a test about having more than two named male characters who talk to each other about something other than a woman?
wow I didn’t know fuckin chocolate eggs were gendered
OKAY LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE FUCKING PINK EGGS.
I work at a concession stand in an ice rink. We sell a bunch of chocolate bars and snacks and shit including Kinder Surprise eggs.
So one day this woman comes up to the counter with her two little kids, a girl who’s probably about 6 or 7 and a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. The mom asks what they want, the little girl points at the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if she wanted the white or the pink egg. She said pink. The little boy pointed to the Kinder eggs and says “One of those!”. I asked if he wanted the white or the pink egg. He said pink. HOLY SHIT IT WAS LIKE I OPENED THE GATES OF HELL. The mom absolutely FLIPPED and was like “YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PINK EGG IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS. YOU CAN GET THE WHITE ONE OR NOTHING AT ALL”. The little boy looked at his mom and said “But I want the same as ______ (whatever the sister’s name was)”. The mom completely ignored him and turned to me and gave me a death glare. “He can have the white egg.”
I had to give a little boy a white egg when he wanted the pink so that he could be the same as his big sister and he started crying. The mom just reiterated that the pink egg was for girls and told him that boys don’t cry.
And this is why we shouldn’t gender fucking chocolate eggs.
This is actually a relatively new thing, originally Kinder Eggs were all white like the ones on the left. I don’t know at what point they decided to make ‘girl’s’ Kinder Eggs, but I do not like it.
Holy shit do not even get me started on how moms constantly police their sons’ masculinity. I’ve seen mothers do it WAY more often than fathers.
I used to work at a bakery that specialized in creating custom cakes. We had this feature where we could print out any image off the computer and put it on a cake (with rice paper). One day this lady comes in and asks for an image we had of the baby Sesame Street characters. They’re all together with cake and confetti, and she asks, “Oh, well since it’s a boy, can you please change all of the little pink confettis into blue confetti? I mean, he’s a boy, you know.”
The fucking confetti.
It barely covered 5% of the image.
Another instance was when a lady asked me for an image of four superheroes to put on her son’s cake because her son was turning four. She admitted to not knowing any superheroes, so I offered the most obvious choice—The Fantastic Four. I pulled up a picture of them and she goes, “Oh no no, we can’t have that. Let’s do another one.” Confused, I pulled up a Justice League one with Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. Again, she said no. I asked her if she needed anything specific (she didn’t know superheroes, why was she so picky?), and she just said, “Oh, it’s just that he’s a boy, you know? We can’t have a girl superhero on his cake.”
I nearly lost my shit. I did temporarily lose my customer service face and ask why, women have been superheroes all the time, Wonder Woman is iconic, etc etc and she was like, “It’s just that my son has been playing with Barbie dolls lately and I really don’t want him to end up… well, you know.”
This shit has got to stop. When you teach boys that certain things are only for girls, you’re limiting them and you’re teaching them that girls or “girly things” are bad. If you want gender equality as an adult, you better make DAMN sure that you’re teaching the same thing to your kids.
So this woman did not want her son to turn out ‘you know’ and her plan for that was to get him a cake with spandex-clad manly men AND ONLY MEN on it? I don’t think she thought that one through too well…
in sociology class we were talking about gender being assigned to objects and one of the male students started saying how forward thinking he is because he buys his daughter sports equipment and “boy toys”. I asked if he’d do the same if he had a son and he said “Of course I’d buy my son sports equipment”. I clarified “No, would you buy him dolls and other toys that are thought of as being for girls”. He turned around and didn’t answer.
Parents will pat themselves on the back for letting their little girls play baseball but a little boy with a Barbie is still considered an affront to society
My father was one of these parents (along with several other harmful issues!), and even though I know, for an absolute fact, that his world views and ways are entirely wrong, this shit he tried to ingrain into me still effects me to this day.
Parents, don’t ruin your fucking kids by treating them like this.
When I worked at the comic book store I used to put together a bucket of small party favors for Free Comic Book Day and kids who showed up in a costume got to choose one. (This upped our “kids in adorable costumes” numbers considerably, which was my intent for purely selfish reasons ie I love seeing kids in adorable costumes.)
The party favors were an assortment of things I could find at the dollar store—erasers, bracelets, stickers, that kind of stuff—and the characters represented ran the gamut as well: Spider-Man, Barbie, GI Joe, whatever. I never saw anyone object to a little girl selecting whatever they wanted, but it didn’t always work that way for boys. The first year I did it, it didn’t take long for some random dad (it was always a dad) to make me realize toy choice was going to be A Thing and I was gonna have to stick up for these kids. (Toxic masculinity, is there anything you can’t ruin?!?)
A lot of boys were drawn to the pink stuff, and the bracelets, and I always always always watched the dad’s reaction, and then if they tried to over-ride the kid’s choice I’d quickly jump in, but I never, ever talked to the dad. I would talk only to the child, and say, “Good choice! I love that one!” and make sure it got into their hand, and then take the bucket away so the dad couldn’t force them to pick something else. My entire demeanor was as if the dad wasn’t even there–the exchange was only between me and the child. I treated dad as if his opinion didn’t matter (because it didn’t) (a new experience for a lot of these dudes, I’m sure).
Kids, even very little ones, were quick to pick up on it. Most of the time I could see it on the kids’ faces when they realized I was backing them up, that it was us against dad. They’d look at me like, “Holy crap, are you taking my side??!?” Just that tiny bit of support would often give them the courage to go with their initial choice. Sometimes they’d be hesitating, hand hovering over the bucket, and I could literally see the moment they’d go, “Fuck it!” (or maybe “Fudge it”) and grab that Barbie bracelet because I was freezing out the pressure from dad.
One time a kid who was being carried away from the table looked down at the pink bracelet on his wrist and then gave me this huge conspiratorial grin as they walked away. He was probably only three years old, but these kids know. They know when they have an ally. Maybe it helps them a little bit in the future when they don’t. I hope it does.
Who knows what happened to those toys later, if they ended up being taken away or “lost” or whatever, but I made sure every kid left with the toy they wanted.
Report Disney, Report Universal, Knotts, the Large Golf Courses.
Report them en mass and force their business behavior to change.
If you want to report water waste by Disney, Nestle, Universal, Palm Springs Golf Course, etc., go here and select “multiple types of waste”, because nothing else actually fits real wasters like them. (The other nine options are about ratting out your neighbors , complaining about cleanliness in hotels , or complaining about restaurants serving water unasked . Fuck all of these.)
“Multiple types of waste” requires a comment, but somehow I don’t think anyone on Tumblr will have any problems sharing their opinion. In vast detail, if necessary.
You can also take photos of Disney’s, Knotts’, Universal’s, etc. water waste and attach it to the report.
This can be done through desktop or mobile.
Giving Quality, Motivating Feedback
A guest post by @shealynn88!
The new writer in your writing group just sent out their latest story and it’s…not exciting. You know it needs work, but you’re not sure why, or where they should focus.
This is the blog post for you!
Before we get started, it’s important to note that this post isn’t aimed at people doing paid editing work. In the professional world, there are developmental editors, line editors, and copy editors, who all have a different focus. That is not what we’re covering here. Today, we want to help you informally give quality, detailed, encouraging feedback to your fellow writers.
The Unwritten Rules
Everyone seems to have a different understanding of what it means to beta, edit, or give feedback on a piece, so it’s best to be on the same page with your writer before you get started.
Think about what type of work you’re willing and able to do, how much time you have, and how much emotional labor you’re willing to take on. Then talk to your writer about their expectations.
Responsibilities as an editor/beta may include:
- Know what the author’s expectation is and don’t overstep. Different people in different stages of writing are looking for, and will need, different types of support. It’s important to know what pieces of the story they want feedback on. If they tell you they don’t want feedback on dialogue, don’t give them feedback on dialogue. Since many terms are ambiguous or misunderstood, it may help you to use the list of story components in the next section to come to an agreement with your writer on what you’ll review.
- Don’t offer expertise you don’t have. If your friend needs advice on their horse book and you know nothing about horses, be clear that your read through will not include any horse fact checking. Don’t offer grammar advice if you’re not good at grammar. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give feedback on things you do notice, but don’t misrepresent yourself, and understand your own limits.
- Give positive and constructive feedback. It is important for a writer to know when something is working well. Don’t skimp on specific positive feedback — this is how you keep writers motivated. On the other hand, giving constructive feedback indicates where there are issues. Be specific on what you’re seeing and why it’s an issue. It can be hard for someone to improve if they don’t understand what’s wrong.
- Be clear about your timing and availability, and provide updates if either changes. Typically, you’ll be doing this for free, as you’re able to fit it in your schedule. But it can be nerve wracking to hand your writing over for feedback and then hear nothing. For everyone’s sanity, keep the writer up to date on your expected timeline and let them know if you’re delayed for some reason. If you cannot complete the project for them, let them know. This could be for any reason — needing to withdraw, whatever the cause, is valid! It could be because working with the writer is tough, you don’t enjoy the story, life got tough, you got tired, etc. All of that is fine; just let them know that you won’t be able to continue working on the project.
- Be honest if there are story aspects you can’t be objective about. Nearly all of your feedback is going to be personal opinion. There are some story elements that will evoke strong personal feelings. They can be tropes, styles, specific characterizations, or squicks. In these cases, ask the writer to get another opinion on that particular aspect, or, if you really want to continue, find similar published content to review and see if you can get a better sense of how other writers have handled it.
- Don’t get personal. Your feedback should talk about the characters, the narrator, the plotline, the sentence structure, or other aspects of the story. Avoid making ‘you’ statements or judgements, suggested or explicit, in your feedback. Unless you’re looking at grammar or spelling, most of the feedback you’ll have will be your opinion. Don’t present it as fact.
Your expectations of the writer/friend/group member you are working with may include:
- Being gracious in accepting feedback. A writer may provide explanations for an issue you noticed or seek to discuss your suggestions. However, if they constantly argue with you, that may be an indicator to step back.
- Being responsible for emotional reactions to getting feedback. While getting feedback can be hard on the ego and self esteem, that is something the writer needs to work on themselves. While you can provide reassurance and do emotional labor if you’re comfortable, it is also very reasonable to step back if the writer isn’t ready to do that work.
- Making the final choice regarding changes to the work. The writer should have a degree of confidence in accepting or rejecting your feedback based on their own sense of the story. While they may consult you on this, the onus is on them to make changes that preserve the core of the story they want to tell.
Some people aren’t ready for feedback, even though they’re seeking it. You’re not signing up to be a psychologist, a best friend, or an emotional support editor. You can let people know in advance that these are your expectations, or you can just keep them in mind for your own mental health. As stated above, you can always step back from a project, and if writers aren’t able to follow these few guidelines, it might be a good time to do that. (It’s also worth making sure that, as a writer, you’re able to give these things to your beta/editor.)
Specificity is Key
One of the hardest things in editing is pinning down the ‘whys’ of unexciting work, so let’s split the writing into several components and talk about evaluations you can make for each one.
You can also give this list to your writer ahead of time as a checklist, to see which things they want your feedback on.
Generally, your goal is going to be to help people improve incrementally. Each story they write should be better than the previous one, so you don’t need to go through every component for every story you edit. Generally, I wouldn’t suggest more than 3 editing rounds on any single story that isn’t intended for publication. Think of the ‘many pots’ theory — people who are honing their craft will improve more quickly by writing a lot of stories instead of incessantly polishing one.
With this in mind, try addressing issues in the order below, from general to precise. It doesn’t make sense to critique grammar and sentence structure if the plot isn’t solid, and it can be very hard on a writer to get feedback on all these components at once. If a piece is an early or rough draft, try evaluating no more than four components at a time, and give specific feedback on what does and doesn’t work, and why.
High Level Components
- Does each character have a unique voice, or do they all sound the same?
- In dialogue, are character voices preserved? Do they make vocabulary and sentence-structure choices that fit with how they’re being portrayed?
- Does each character have specific motivations and focuses that are theirs alone?
- Does each character move through the plot naturally, or do they seem to be shoehorned/railroaded into situations or decisions for the sake of the plot? Be specific about which character actions work and which don’t. Tell the writer what you see as their motivation/arc and why—and point out specific lines that indicate that motivation to you.
- Does each character’s motivation seem to come naturally from your knowledge of them?
- Are you invested (either positively or negatively) in the characters? If not, why not? Is it that they have nothing in common with you? Do you not understand where they’re coming from? Are they too perfect or too unsympathetic?
It’s a good idea to summarize the story and its moral from your point of view and provide that insight to the writer. This can help them understand if the points they were trying to make come through. The theme should tie in closely with the character arcs. If not, provide detailed feedback on where it does and doesn’t tie in.
For most issues with plot structure, you can narrow them down to pacing, characterization, logical progression, or unsatisfying resolution. Be specific about the issues you see and, when things are working well, point that out, too.
- Is there conflict that interests you? Does it feel real?
- Is there a climax? Do you feel drawn into it?
- Do the plot points feel like logical steps within the story?
- Is the resolution tied to the characters and their growth? Typically this will feel more real and relevant and satisfying than something you could never have seen coming.
- Is the end satisfying? If not, is it because you felt the end sooner and the story kept going? Is it because too many threads were left unresolved? Is it just a matter of that last sentence or two being lackluster?
Point Of View:
- Is the point of view clear and consistent?
- Is the writing style and structure consistent with that point of view? For example, if a writer is working in first person or close third person, the style of the writing should reflect the way the character thinks. This extends to grammar, sentence structure, general vocabulary and profanity outside of the dialogue.
- If there is head hopping (where the point of view changes from chapter to chapter or section to section), is it clear in the first few sentences whose point of view you’re now in? Chapter headers can be helpful, but it should be clear using structural, emotional, and stylistic changes that you’re with a new character now.
- Are all five senses engaged? Does the character in question interact with their environment in realistic, consistent ways that reflect how people actually interact with the world?
- Sometimes the point of view can feel odd if it’s too consistent. Humans don’t typically think logically and linearly all the time, so being in someone’s head may sometimes be contradictory or illogical. If it’s too straightforward, it might not ‘feel’ real.
Be specific about the areas that don’t work and break them down based on the questions above.
- Does the story jump around, leaving you confused about what took place when?
- Do some scenes move quickly where others drag, and does that make sense within the story?
- If pacing isn’t working, often it’s about the level of detail or the sentence structure. Provide detailed feedback about what you care about in a given scene to help a writer focus in.
- Is the setting clear and specific? Writing with specific place details is typically more rooted, interesting, and unique. If you find the setting vague and/or uninteresting and/or irrelevant, you might suggest replacing vague references — ‘favorite band’, ‘coffee shop on the corner’, ‘the office building’ — with specific names to ground the setting and make it feel more real.
- It might also be a lack of specific detail in a scene that provides context beyond the characters themselves. Provide specific suggestions of what you feel like you’re missing. Is it in a specific scene, or throughout the story? Are there scenes that work well within the story, where others feel less grounded? Why?
Low Level Components
- Sentence length and paragraph length should vary. The flow should feel natural.
- When finding yourself ‘sticking’ on certain sentences, provide specific feedback on why they aren’t working. Examples are rhythm, vocabulary, subject matter (maybe something is off topic), ‘action’ vs ‘explanation’, passive vs. active voice.
- Writing style should be consistent with the story — flowery prose works well for mythic or historical pieces and stories that use that type of language are typically slower moving. Quick action and short sentences are a better fit for murder mysteries, suspense, or modern, lighter fiction.
- Style should be consistent within the story — it may vary slightly to show how quickly action is happening, but you shouldn’t feel like you’re reading two different stories.
SPAG (Spelling and Grammar):
- Consider spelling and grammar in the context of the point of view, style and location of the story (eg, England vs. America vs. Australia).
- If a point of view typically uses incorrect grammar, a SPAG check will include making sure that it doesn’t suddenly fall into perfect grammar for a while. In this case, consistency is going to be important to the story feeling authentic.
Word Count Requirements:
If the story has been written for a project, bang, anthology, zine, or other format that involves a required word count minimum or maximum, and the story is significantly over or under the aimed-for word count (30% or more/less), it may not make sense to go through larger edits until the sizing is closer to requirements. But, as a general rule, I’d say word count is one of the last things to worry about.
The best thing we can do for another writer is to keep them writing. Every single person will improve if they keep going. Encouragement is the most important feedback of all.
I hope this has helped you think about how you provide feedback. Let us know if you have other tips or tricks! This works best as a collaborative process where we all can support one another!
This post is great so read all of it. I want to tack on an editing strategy I use that hits on the positive feedback + offering suggestions + specificity note.
(this is already a long post, so putting my thoughts under the cut)
when fantasy books describe the cloth of Quant Farmpeople’s clothing as “homespun” or “rough homespun”
“homespun” as opposed to what??? EVERYTHING WAS SPUN AT HOME
they didn’t have fucking spinning factories, your pseudo-medieval farmwife is lucky if she has a fucking spinning wheel, otherwise she’s spinning every single thread her family wears on a drop spindle NO ONE ELSE WAS DOING THE SPINNING unless you go out of your way to establish a certain baseline of industrialization in your fake medieval fantasy land.
and “rough”??? lol just because it’s farm clothes? bitch cloth was valuable as fuck because of the labor involved ain’t no self-respecting woman gonna waste fiber and ALL THAT FUCKING TIME spinning shitty yarn to weave into shitty cloth she’s gonna make GOOD QUALITY SHIT for her family, and considering that women were doing fiber prep/spinning/weaving for like 80% of their waking time up until very recently in world history, literally every woman has the skills necessary to produce some TERRIFYINGLY GOOD QUALITY THREADS
come to think of it i’ve never read a fantasy novel that talks about textile production at all??? like it’s even worse than the “where are all the farms” problem like where are people getting the cloth if no one’s doing the spinning and weaving??? kmart???
pro tip: what do you say instead? I gotcha.
In Ye Olde Medieval Fantasy Dayes, everybody’s layer against skin (shirt tunic or shift) is gonna be linen. it’s almost never wool except stockings or hose (like pant legs). Say “undyed cloth” if you wanna make them sound simple and peasanty. Comment on how you can tell it wasn’t made for them (the fit is off) and has had probably eight owners before.
Outer clothing is gonna be either wool, or a blend called Linsey-woolsey, and again you could say Undyed, but dyes are not only common they are CHEAP and relatively easy. (innerwear is often left undyed or bleached to white because it gets washed to heck- like beaten by a wooden stick on a stone by the river- and dye would just fade out a lot so why bother. Ths is also why innerwear has ties, rarely buttons, unless you are so rich you have people doing your washing delicately because they’re hired to do only that. Buttons would get broken in the washing)
A poorer person is often seen in “russet”, a kind of rusty orange-brown color. Purple was famously reserved for royalty in many times and places, but its also just hard to do. We see a lot more magentas and fuschias for nobles or common middle class folks than we ever see of Purple- and not many of those. Deep blue was more likely on very rich people, but a light blue was common for even poorer folks. Yellow was popular with everyone, and so was green, and many shades of reds, including the color we now call orange (they did not- this is why redheads are called redheads and not orangeheads). Your vision of everyone in very drab brown and mud colors is from Hollywood- most medieval-ren folks have clothing with colors. Sometimes garish colors, to the modern eye. Traffic cone Orange and acid green was a popular combo in the 13th century.
Example medieval dye colors. Lots of yellows and orangey-browns. Woad gave a range of blues that are basically what we think of as “denim colors.” There were purples - royal purple was a specific color from a specific source - but if you mix wine-dye and woad-dye, you get purpleish dye. (Getting the color to stay that way may be more difficult. Everything worn by peasants fades; they couldn’t afford the really good fixatives.)
Plum, dusty purple, lavender, burgundy, chestnut, blood red
Walnut, chocolate, tan, linen, pale apricot, spice, dark spice
Peasant clothes were often more colorful than the nobility. Nobles could afford bright, clear colors that peasants couldn’t - but one mark of wealth was being able to buy all 4-8 yards of fabric for an outfit at the same time. So nobles would have a full outfit, including hat, stockings, even shoes, of one type of fabric (with ornamentation of a contrasting type, and as many buttons or bits of silver as they could get away with wearing), while peasants would often have a shirt, bodice or jerkin, skirt or pants, stockings, and hat of all different colors.
Dying or re-dying any one piece of clothing was within most of their cost limits - dye itself is cheap; fixatives cost. But boiling your shirt for an hour with onion skins in a copper pot would re-color the fading fabric.
And yet more medieval dye colour samples:
While centered on medieval Europe for the finer points, this is broadly true for any clothing needs
i’m actually dumbfounded by how much rusty ryan is so obviously and tragically in love with danny ocean in ocean’s eleven. and vice versa?? they understand each other without speaking & that’s some serious spousal shit. and of course the Most Awful, when rusty discovers tessa and terry are a thing and realises the whole heist is to Win Her Back
[softly, jaw clenched] “..tell me this isn’t about tess, danny”
like SHIT who knew brad pitt had the pathos (im just kidding i’ve seen mr & mrs smith i know his depths)
the REAL final scene of ocean’s eleven
even if billie joe was straight (he’s not) teenagers getting offended he used the word faggot in american idiot 16 years after the fact would still be some of the goofiest discourse i have yet to see on this website. if you were young and gay in 2004 that shit rocked your world bc we were living through one of the most powerful resurgences of blind american patriotism and anti-gay evangelical bullshit of the last three decades. i dont think most of yall understand how radical that song, that album, and green day’s overall anti-bush pro-gay stance was for the time. even though we were at the cusp of bush becoming unpopular by the time it was released, american idiot saw a fairly mainstream rock band condemning not just him, but the bigoted, ignorant american culture which created him. to remove all of this context from the song and act like green day was just throwing around homophobic slurs for the hell of it is exactly why people joke nobody has reading comprehension on this website lmao. he’s not weaponizing the term; he’s using it to identify with an alternative american society.
The lyric is:
Well maybe I’m the faggot America
I’m not a part of a redneck agenda
I don’t know how to explain to kids these days what it was like to be young and queer in those days. People think I call myself queer because I’ve never lived in a small and homophobic town, never experienced violence or discrimination, don’t know what it’s like to have those words thrown at me with anger and hatred.
And it’s hard to reach through the pain of those memories and say: there were no words for us that weren’t slurs when I was your age.
I was 17 when this song came out. “Gay” was what the boys in my high school called anything they didn’t like. “Pop quiz? That’s so gay!” A (straight) girl in the drama club shaved her head for cancer and people started calling her a dyke. Her car got egged in the school parking lot and the eggs stayed there long enough to wreck the paint but somehow “nobody saw”. The teachers and principal of my Catholic school didn’t do anything about that, or about the abuse my gay friend put up with in the halls and every class except drama, because intervening would be “endorsing homosexuality.” My gay friend got shipped off to conversion therapy by his family and I never saw him again. Conservative classmates tried to get the drama teacher fired, because she “wasn’t supportive of Catholic values.”
The only story I knew about gay people in a town like mine was The Laramie Project, about Matthew Sheppard’s murder for being gay in a small town in Wyoming. That was the year I started but couldn’t finish a play titled “The Lemon Tree” about two girls whose love for each other couldn’t survive the homophobia of a town like mine, the same way a lemon tree planted there would be killed stone dead by its harsh winters. It was the year I decided to convert to Catholicism, because I had sincere faith and yes the Church was homophobic but having a real relationship with a woman was never going to be possible for me anyway so it wasn’t like I was losing anything, right?
I didn’t have access to the gay community or gay media, except through online slash fandom. A year later I found a second depiction of gay people in a town like mine: Brokeback Mountain, about two men whose love was smothered by society’s homophobia until one of them was murdered for being gay.
(Now I know that kd lang and Tegan and Sara were openly gay in the 90s and come from my part of the world, although they all had to leave to be successful. Nobody mentioned kd lang’s sexuality, and Tegan and Sara didn’t get radio play here when I was young.)
And yes, “faggot” was worse than “gay”. “Gay” just meant, you know, “bad”, but “faggot” meant gay and soft and weak and about to get an ass-kicking.
So I remember those lines and when I first heard them all those years ago. I remember that I was cleaning my room and listening to the radio, and the DJ talked about Green Day’s anger at cable news and the war in Iraq and played the song, and those two lines hit me, so hard I was incredulous and couldn’t believe that for once somebody was on my side.
Green Day’s image was tough and angry and loud, and it’s an angry song—not unexpected, basically anyone left-leaning was angry about politics then—and them saying “maybe I’m the faggot” was them saying Come and get me. You can’t scare me. This thing you throw out as an insult and a threat? Yeah, I’ll own it, and I’ll use it to lure you into punching range. You’re wrong and I can fight you and win.
It was like a transmission from an alien planet. This was someone so much braver than I could ever imagine being. What that song said to me was that somebody was willing to stand up for me. I had viewed homophobia as an all-powerful cultural force I could either submit to or escape by hiding until I found a safe community, but pro-LGBT punk rock was what taught me that I also had the option to fight.
Majestic South Dakota tornadic supercell caught on camera by Marko Korosec
We all gonna die
The entire storm is spinning
The clouds are glowing because the sun is illuminating the hail within the core
Supercell thunderstorms are literally the most beautiful storms on the face of the earth
There is a reason people from tornado country go stand outside during storms. Only part of that reason is because we are all dumb as fuck.
I need to see this in person one day
Since there’s been a lot of fandom history on my dash tonight, I want to tell you about something I’ve referenced before, and which always gets funny notes in my inbox whenever I do:
The day fandom collectively lost its shit after logging into Delicious and finding it was like, a horrible mix between MySpace and Reddit.
Like AO3, it’s a story of fandom using a space that wasn’t intended for fandom, and then being utterly destroyed when that space decided to adopt hostile policies.
Delicious was a social bookmarking site, which was basically a way for users to save content from around the web. This was during a time when browsers were notoriously awful, and saving bookmarks locally was guaranteed to end in you losing everything because Firefox updated and did something weird, or Internet Explorer just randomly shat the bed and reinstalled itself when you weren’t looking. And it was superior to browser bookmarks, because it had tags and organisational structures that were set by each, individual user.
And it happened to be perfect for fandom, because at the time we were primarily using LiveJournal, another site that didn’t want us, and was actively trying to push us out. Delicious was used in two primary ways:
- Readers of fic would use it to save the ones they liked, often using their account to curate reclists.
- Community owners would use it to organise posts to the community.
Free LJ accounts only allowed so many tags, and even paid accounts often didn’t have enough for large communities. Roleplay was huge on LJ, and users would often want tags for all their characters so they could find old threads. Some megafandoms with huge ensemble casts would very quickly run out of tags on their communities, especially if they tagged for content creators, tropes, kinks, etc. With Delicious’ tag system, it was a perfect site for both of these purposes.
And then one day, without warning, we all logged in to do our thing, and it was a completely different site. Tale as old as time, Yahoo! bought it, decided it wasn’t profitable enough, and decided to rebuild it from the ground up without any warning. They got rid of the tag system entirely, and I don’t think anyone ever truly figured out how the new site was meant to be used.
But fandom was utterly and truly in a mass panic, because this backbone of how so many things were run just evaporated. Ever wonder why AO3 has the tag system it does? It was built by the same people who used Delicious. Before AO3, fandom had collectively decided that the information AO3 displays on fic headers was what should always be displayed. People would have to build their own headers, but they always included the same general gist of fandom, characters, pairing, rating, word count, warnings, kinks, and summary. You could browse a stranger’s Delicious account, and would have a reasonable certainty of seeing these same, or very similar prefixes in their tag system.
So. Fandom is panicking. Entire communities are un-searchable, reclists are broken, people have lost years of bookmarked fic, and we were all scrambling to find something that worked like Delicious, or build something like it, but it had happened so abruptly that there wans’t time to really coordinate.
Then, from the shadows came Maciej Cegłowski, aka Pinboard Guy. (Not to be confused with Pinterest.) Pinboard Guy had heard that Delicious had shat the bed, because fandom wasn’t the only group that used the site, and weren’t the only people who lost their bookmarks, but we were certainly being very loud and obnoxious about it. Pinboard Guy reached out to fandom on the whole, with a glorious gift. He had his own Delicious clone, that he built from the ground up and maintained for better privacy and security, and he sold accounts. At the time, it was around a $5 one-time fee, with a structure that increased the fee by a fractional amount for each new account. Basically, as server load increased, so did server costs, and this is how he managed to keep up with that.
He also understood that by its nature, fandom is very social, where his site was very asocial.
So he asked, what does fandom need? And someone opened up a Gdoc, and a lot of people put together a very well-written and organised (and enormous) list of ways in which fandom used social bookmarking. How we needed prefixes, and bundles, and a way to discover other accounts, along with detailled explanations of why. A lot of work was put into this, which was basically a fandom manifesto explaining to an outsider everything he would need to know to rebuild Delicious. For a lot of us, we didn’t expect anything, but just being humoured was validating.
And then this man implemented these features for us. When you go into your account, you can tick a box that says you’re part of fandom, and it will open up an entirely separate part of the site, that he built, just for us. He didn’t have to do this. But he did it anyway. He’s changed the pricing model since then, and it’s now a yearly fee instead of one-time, because Pinboard is still run by Pinboard Guy, and no one else. No ads, no sponsors. Just Maciej Cegłowski and his ancient-ass code that still looks like the internet did in 2009.
And then, a few years down the line, like the fucking baller he is, Cegłowski bought Delicious and shut it down. Just killed it dead.
Not a lot of people within use Pinboard anymore, because AO3 also serves the first reason people used it: bookmarking fic. Allowing for external bookmarks meant that the reclist people didn’t need to rely on a service that might not always be friendly to us. And then, well. LiveJournal kicked fandom out through a series of hostile policy changes, and Dreamwidth failed to take off, so we no longer really needed that community archive aspect.
But 2009 was a rough year for fandom, because it was the year fandom pretty much everything changed. While we gained a huge, centralised archive that wasn’t the Pit of Voles that FFN is, we lost that centralisation when fandom fled LiveJournal for this fucking hellsite. Some of us vainly tried to make Dreamwidth happen, and clung to it in the desperate hope that Tumblr would fail and people would miss journals and communities, but it never happened.
And I’m telling you. When this Post+ thing finally drives fandom off this site, I’m gonna be torn between sitting back and laughing because it’s the same shit all over again, and collapsing into utter despair because I am too goddamn old to learn how to use another site that isn’t built for the way fandom likes to shove square pegs into round holes to make sites suit our needs.
His write up on the process of collecting information from fen is really fascinating: https://idlewords.com/talks/fan_is_a_tool_using_animal.htm
the heart eyes omg
This is the Harley Quinn the Animated Series: The Eat Bang Kill Tour comic! It’s written by Tee Franklin who is a black, queer, disabled, autistic woman! Make sure you pick it up to support both the comic and her!
hey want to see something gorgeous but viscerally discomfiting?
The Mauritius “underwater waterfall” is not a true waterfall but an naturally occurring optical! In the sense that that’s not water falling, it’s sand and silt shifting! Shifting down a 4000-meter-deep abyssal drop. It is in fact exactly as deep as it looks, sorry :)
Other fun facts about Mauritius include:
- that’s where Dodo birds were from!
- the entire island has an abnormally strong gravitational pull
- and also they just discovered it sits on top of a lost supercontinent or whatever. idk that part’s less cool than the gravity thing
i’m thinking tonight about masterpieces. michelangelo looked at the sixtine chapel and saw; nothing to preserve. virgil wanted his aenid burned and forgotten; only to be saved at the behest of an emperor who thought it flattery. kafka instructed his friend to burn everything he’d ever written - too personal was it, too unfinished.
they were ignored.
instead, their work was taken and held and published and thrown to be gawked at. instead, an emperor, a pope, a friend, took from within the cavities of them their choices; their art.
tumblr rolls out post+. twitter rolls out tip jars. youtube takes half of what creators earn. on social media, there is a ko-fi or a patreon and a polished face in every bio. i show my poems to my mother and she asks if I will publish them before she says anything else. emily dickinson instructed her sister to burn her poetry.
her sister did not listen.
we are a community, says tumblr, we should give back to creators. my last poem had 50 notes. six of those were reblogs that weren’t mine. i lie in bed at 2am and stare at my bright phone screen and the way netflix’s library grows thinner and thinner. the first ad on tumblr that i can reblog is for amazon. amazon takes more than half of what authors earn.
kafka’s friend took barely finished work and hammered it into structure. he is the only reason we know of him.
my father wrote a book and a play when I was barely big enough to reach his knees. when i try to talk to him about writing, he shrugs.
no one wanted to publish it, he says. so i don’t write anymore.
i am filled with poems I have never published, books I haven’t written. There are little snippets of them scattered throughout my life. I link to my ko-fi on my tumblr.
asked capitalism of the artist: what is art, if not for consumption? who does art benefit, if it is not consumed? why create at all if you do not market it? who are you, frothing at the mouth about someone publishing someone else’s poems? who are you to hate your magnum opus? what is art, if not in relation to its reception? if no one sees it, how is it art?
said the artist, baring their teeth: it’s mine.
Workers often organize strikes differently. Always check what the organizing workers actually want before declaring a boycott.
Sometimes, it’s more beneficial to the striking workers to show up as a customer than it is to stay home: “Don’t cross the picket line” originally referred to scab labor, and sometimes still does.
Example: retail workers at high-end stores striking for more fair breaks and to stop intentional understaffing might benefit more from a rush of customers who can’t be served because the staff is striking than from an empty store. (In a case like that, btw, you’d want to be obnoxiously difficult to serve and take up as much time as possible, for as little money as possible, from a scab or manager who’s filling in.) So they might ask specifically that folks not boycott.
“Don’t cross the picket line” in such an instance refers to scab labor (and sometimes suppliers), not always customers. (I know at least one Amazon warehouse strike a few years ago that explicitly asked people not to boycott, and were ignored; a strike I participated in years ago partially succeeded because the teamsters local refused to cross the picket line to supply the company.)
OTOH, some workers want you to boycott the service. If that’s the request, absolutely do it - places like groceries and restaurants are more likely to do this IME.
So check for statements of the organizers. And vocal, visual, public support is always called for - strikes always need positive PR.
Lightning over Colorado : Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd. Oddly, details about how lightning is produced remains a topic of research. What is known is that updrafts carry light ice crystals into collisions with larger and softer ice balls, causing the smaller crystals to become positively charged. After enough charge becomes separated, the rapid electrical discharge that is lightning occurs. Lightning usually takes a jagged course, rapidly heating a thin column of air to about three times the surface temperature of the Sun. The resulting shock wave starts supersonically and decays into the loud sound known as thunder. Lightning bolts are common in clouds during rainstorms, and on average 44 lightning bolts occur on the Earth every second. Pictured, over 60 images were stacked to capture the flow of lightning-producing storm clouds in July over Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. via NASA
Once again another NDP policy proves immensely popular with most people. If NDP’s policies resonate with most Canadians, that means they are not “radical” like the Liberals and Conservatives try to paint them as, they are pretty moderate actually. Liberals and CPC both voted against a wealth tax this year.
If you want NDP policy, you have to vote NDP!
Caption: [A conversation acted out by the user @/hihosilvervibes on tiktok.
person 1: Where am I?
person2: Welcome, you’re in hell.
person 1: Is it ‘cause I’m black?
person 2: No!
person 1: (whispers) Is it ‘cause I’m gay?
person 2: What? No!
person 1: Is it ‘cause I peed in the shower that one time?
person 2: Oh my god everyone does that, shut up! You’re here because you’re actually in heaven. You get to beat up Ronald Reagan for all eternity.
person 1: (tearfully) Really?
person 2: Yeah we even got you brass knuckles that say “fuck you”, just for youz
(sniffs) Blessed be. (claps) Bring that motherfucker out its time to get started.]
Plagiarism Alert: Author Romilly King Plagiarized Destiel Fanfic
eHey ya’ll - reposting this on Tumblr, on behalf of a the OP on Twitter, who gave me permission. The original thread is here: https://twitter.com/KokomRoily/status/1422965705167806471
(if you have trouble reading the side-by-sides check Twitter)
FROM TWITTER (I am NOT the “I” in these! But I know who is, they’re a friend, and this evidence looks pretty iron-clad to me)
>I’m what you’d call a voracious reader. I read all the time, everywhere. I read non-fiction, fiction, & fanfiction. I don’t discriminate great stories. What I do despise is plagiarism. Color me surprised when I bought “Paid to Kneel” by Romilly King. It seemed so familiar.
>By chapter 2, I realised I could mouth along with the lines, because this is almost verbatim “You can hurt me, it’s okay, baby” by Blue_Jack.
>All of these screenshots are of “Paid to Kneel” (with yellow highlights of plagiarised text) next to “If you hurt me, that’s okay, baby” by Blue_Jack on Ao3.
(unforth’s note: …I’ve hit Tumblr’s image limit, but you get the idea. There are even more images on Twitter, but even just these ten prove the point. Here’s the rest of OP’s commentary from the thread)
>I contacted Blue Jack to see if they’re Romilly. They’re not. They filed a plagiarisation claim with Amazon, who pulled the book. The audio book still remains, for the moment.
>Romilly has published a book approximately once a month during 2020 and into 2021. It’s entirely possible she’s been writing ahead of time and is only publishing now. It’s also entirely possible she’s plagiarised more fic.
>The plagiarisation isn’t even remotely subtle.
>This was a work put out into the world to be enjoyed for free. Blue_Jack spent *hours and hours* writing and editing this *for free*, for people to enjoy *for free*, and someone tried profiting from it. That’s not okay.
>If this fanfiction has been plagiarised so thoroughly, how can I trust other books by Romilly aren’t also plagiarised fic? If this fanfiction has been plagiarised so thoroughly, how can I trust other books by Romilly aren’t also plagiarised fic?
>I suggest you go read the fanfic, if you like kinky Destiel. It’s *most* excellent. https://archiveofourown.org/works/5200685
And a little more from me -
Romilly King has almost 23 books out since early last year up on Amazon. They’ve got thousands of reviews on Goodreads. Given how often they publish, and how flagrantly they plagiarized this one, whatcha want to bet they’ve stolen wholesale from many different authors in different fandoms? This is major, guys, and totally unacceptable.
Spread this like wild-fire, and let’s bring this plagiarist down in flames!
I can also confirm the thoroughness that the OP did with their research. Upon investigation, some of the themes of their books could be matched to themes from the MCU, Untamed, and Star Trek fandoms. As there are so many fics among these fandoms, it’s near impossible to scour them all. But if this could also get into those lanes, it could help bring down the plagiarist.
Looking at the notes, we might have some Stony theft here. My lack of porn probably means I’m safe, but i know you guys are voracious readers, check the synopsis for some of these, see if we can crowdsource some victimized authors.