I’m gonna say something….. controversial
if you’re writing a story and your villain has (or is) dissociative identity disorder then your art is bad and you should feel bad.
you know how straight people are really terrible at telling gay jokes because they don’t understand what the actual funny parts of being gay are?
Yeah people without DID who try to use the disorder for horror/thriller purposes fail at it because they don’t understand how DID actually effects people and their lives and behavior and relationships
In fact every piece of dramatic media I can think of that depicts DID kinda relies on the audience not understanding how DID actually works
And if the audience being educated ruins their suspension of disbelief, you’ve fucked up
And if you have to demonize highly vulnerable abuse survivors to create drama, you might not have any business writing fiction to begin with
Fictional DID is always depicted as dangerous to everyone but the person with the disorder and it makes me wonder what amount of research is acceptable in Hollywood and TV these days
like in Split they’re all “different alters have different biological realities” as some kind of edgy “what if the hulk but real” thing, and as far as I know, the idea that different alters have different physiologies is not accepted by modern psychology, and was likely falsified by an extremely abusive, immoral, and sadistic psychologist who gave his patients dangerous experimental drugs just to see how they would react, and then when the patients complained of trouble breathing or heart problems, this doctor told the nurses that it was all part of ~multiple personality disorder~ so that they wouldn’t like. I don’t know. Tell someone that this doctor was poisoning his patients in a wholly unscientific manner for apparent shits and giggles.
So yeah, that such a good sign for that movie huh?? //sarc
Look I don’t have DID, but I did live with someone who did for a year. It barely affected me. The person told me because they assumed I would notice something odd if we were living together, but tbh if he hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have thought anything except maybe that he was forgetful and disorganized.
I only ever knowingly interacted with one alter, who a psychologist might describe as an “angry part”, as sometimes alters experience limited emotions and are classified as “emotional parts”. This is the kind of alter that movies like Split want you to think is a rage-crazy murder monster with no impulse control.
The real-life “angry alter” my roommate had? I mean he was kind of a dick. He always seemed generally pissed off but he wasn’t a threat to me. I think he maybe wasn’t very nice to my roommate but since that happened internally I never saw, I could only guess. Hardly a hulk-like sex murderer.
And actually the majority times I talked to this alter I didn’t even know it. Because usually he made a point of acting like my roommate so that no one would give the system any trouble. Because DID is a highly specialized, involuntary coping mechanism created to protect a victim of trauma or abuse. Alters form so that the victim can continue with their life and grow and develop. If all alters were dangerous volatile monsters that you could easily tell the difference between at a glance, they wouldn’t be a very effective defense mechanism.
So I would talk to my roommate as usual, and then like an hour later he would be like “whoa how long have I been gone, what was my body doing all day” and I would be like uhhh I literally don’t know dude if you hadn’t said that I wouldn’t have realized you weren’t the one fronting all day.
In Split it’s like “if I lose control of my alters they kidnap and murder people!!!” and meanwhile in reality it’s more like….. System needed to go to class today but Alter B was fronting when it was time to leave for class and they didn’t feel like going, so the whole system missed out on class and that sucks.
And when alters do hurt people its…. pretty much always the body of the system. There are suicidal and self-harming alters for sure. But I’ve never found a medically or scientifically valid article or study about homicidal alters. And certainly not alters who carry out complex kidnapping plots of multiple people.
And obviously fiction that demonizes any mental illness makes the world a more dangerous place for people with that mental illness, and I’ve even met mental health workers who believed the horror movie depiction of DID and thought my roommate was going to kill me. That is a serious problem. It’s one thing for Average Joe to think Split is a legit portrayal of DID, but when the people whose job it is to help mentally ill people believe this?? At best it’s going to be harder for systems to find the help they need. At worst, the mental health system becomes hostile and dangerous to those with DID.
Oh, let’s all get into this post
Research and sensitivity writers. I cannot stress how important they are.
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daily reminder that the body image standards sold to men by Hollywood have reached absolutely insane levels“Since 5 percent body fat is nobody’s natural condition, fitness plans are geared to peak on the days of the sex scenes or shirtless moments. To prep for these days, trainers will dehydrate a client like a boxing manager sweats a fighter down to weight. They often switch him to a low- or no-sodium diet three or four days in advance, fade out the carbohydrates, brew up diuretics like herbal teas, and then push cardio to sweat out water – all to accentuate muscle definition for the key scenes.” -Men’s Journal: Building a Bigger Action Hero
give men their chest hair back!!!!!!!!!
fuck the chest hair, let male actors drink water 2k21.
Someone plz give them water
Cas can recite the entire bee movie script.
he recites it in on road trips to keep Jack entertained
The trend with fandoms nowadays seems to be:
- Praise the living daylights out of a show and shove its greatness in everyone’s face
- 2 years later, pick it apart violently and insult everyone who still enjoys it in as edgy a way as possible because negativity is cool
uhh maybe marginalized ppl were excited at the possibility of a show (such as su) representing them, only to be rightfully angry when the show ends up racist, homophobic etc. anyway, super bad post all around
I feel like a lot of hardcore accusations of problematic and offensive content that get thrown at media that was previously lauded as progressive come from a few sources; first, the creators are often a lot more accessible than the creators of mainstream media. you can message rebecca sugar on twitter personally to call her a racist bitch, but you can’t do the same to, say, jj abrhams or another large-scale creator. likewise, you can’t stand on a streetcorner and scream at people until they agree to stop watching law and order, but you can certainly bully large groups of people online until they stop supporting an independent creator.
second, the fandoms that tend to form around progressive media tend to be younger, more volatile, looking to media and fandom as forms of activism. mainstream media they can write off as garbage, but progressive niche media that makes a sincere attempt to represent marginalized folks must be Absolutely Perfect. the idea that a piece of media can have good parts and bad parts, that it can try and only partially succeed, but that that partial success is still worth something, is completely lost on many young fans. either its irredeemable garbage or its the literal messiah, there’s no in-between. so if a show falls short of perfect, as is inevitable, then it goes straight into the “total garbage” pile and must be condemned by the masses.
genuinely trying to represent certain groups and making a few missteps is not the same thing as being ignorant or malicious. making a sincere effort to mean something to folks who don’t get a lot of things made for them is something to be proud of. would you rather go back to the times when fucking nothing got made for us? when the only characters we saw that we could relate to were only there to be made fun of? you’re spoiled by a rush of new creators who took “go make your own thing then” to heart and set out to make content for people like them, you have the gall to look at what they’re trying to do and spit on it for not being better. no creator owes you shit, no creator has to bow to a bunch of teenage bullies who do nothing but demand and harass, that’s all there is to it.
Dear lord can everyone please read this post because it’s so relevant
I would like to also add that because people tend to target these smaller writers/artists/etc, they’re essentially making it harder for marginalized people to tell their own stories. Most of these newer creators trying to write more progressive stories ARE MINORITIES THEMSELVES and tend to base some of their characters and stories ON THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE. This literally scares minorities into not writing their own experiences because they’re worried that they’ll be attacked for it being “stereotypical” or “problematic”. If everyone keeps targeting these smaller, progressive creators we’d literally be telling Hollywood that we’d rather have old white men write these stories instead.
I want to be clear that I’m not saying all minority writers are non problematic. All I’m saying is that maybe some of these attacks on these creators could be out of racial and heteronormative bias. Obviously it’s not something everyone’s aware that they’re doing this. I’d just like people to be aware
THIS THIS THIS. If I have one major problem with fandom it’s this. As a nonspecific example, something I’ve seen more than once in different fandoms.
A show, when adapting a work for TV from a preexisting source, seeks to diversify the cast by taking a character who was white and casting a POC actor. EXCELLENT! Wonderful! To be commended! (I’ve also see this when they make a male character female, but that’s less common.)
But then bad thing happen to that character, as planned all along, or as it was in the source material. Maybe they die, maybe they have a villain arc, maybe they are sexually promiscuous, whatever, basically anything that’s not perfection and light happens, and the uproar begins. You can’t do that to a ____ character, don’t you know that plays into an unfortunate trope?
And yeah, sometimes it does. But I’ve seen situations where it’s literally damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If the queer female character is too butch, that’s a stereotype. If she’s too femme, that’s a straight male fantasy. (I’ve literally had this argument. Don’t get me started.)
It’s really really difficult to tell a long form story and not fall into a few unfortunate tropes. It just is. When a show is new and only has a handful of episodes it’s much easier to dodge major stumbling blocks. Also stories usually don’t get too much into deep danger territory too quickly. But let it go on long enough and eventually, an audience looking to be offended will be.
Now obviously, some things are egregious. Some things deserve outrage. But when I see the kinds of things people argue about as “controversies” in many fandoms these days I just shake my head at how easy it is to lose the forest for the trees.
There’s a reason people get scared to include diverse characters in their writing. There’s a reason the people making funding decisions decide telling minority stories is too risky, when they know they’re going to have to fight both the right wing who thinks having POC and queer characters is immoral and the left-wing fandom folks who are waiting for you to fail.
We should always appreciate the creators who are trying. Who want to do right. Who are willing to listen. Cause if we don’t we won’t HAVE any more. There are a lot of straight white men ready to fail upwards into their positions.
This should be required reading in fandom spaces.
why do you hate bo katan? no hate to you i’m just curious
my main reasoning is because of how frustrating she is with the dark saber and her blatant racism towards clones despite using them to reclaim mandalore in rebels
This is even funnier if you know that Christie did not learn about poisons because she became a mystery writer, rather that she specifically became a writer of mysteries because she already had extensive knowledge of poisons due to her World War I training as a nurse and dispenser.
love the mental image of christie handing doyle her tea for a second n he just starts drinking it