not gay as in happy, but queer as in i love you
i don’t mean this as a joke. i mean this as an expression of what queer means to me. this is the core of it: love, but radically. love, but in defiance. and i don’t mean “love is love” either; i mean love like militant solidarity between queer women and queer men and all other iterations and permutations of both and neither and something else. i mean love like trans self love. like decolonizing gender. i mean love like found families, like vows beyond and intentionally distinct from marriage. i mean love is a riot. i mean a love that transcends hunger. i mean love like disruption, like breaking concrete foundations like frost and thaw because to live otherwise is unthinkable or unlivable or simply and plainly unwanted
i mean queer like a shot-glass or a sledgehammer. something that shatters borders, that tears down walls and does not, cannot build them. i mean genderqueer queerplatonic we’re here we’re queer qpoc queer theory queer liberation queer Queer QUEER
More favourite tropes:
- “Unfortunately, [thing that would ordinarily be described in much stronger terms than ‘unfortunate’].”
- “Fortunately, [thing that is in no way fortunate].”
- “Unfortunately, [thing that would be fortunate in nearly any circumstance except the particular circumstance at hand].“
- “Fortunately, [very minor benefit that absolutely does not offset the considerable drawbacks of whatever just happened].“
- “Unfortunately, [the exact, word-for-word thing that somebody just expressed that they hope won’t happen].“
- “Fortunately, [complete non sequitur].”
I am begging companies everywhere, find a couple teenagers to run your products and slogans past before signing off on them.
You think teenagers would pass up the opportunity to see this on retail shelves?
like for example:
- I’m hungry and I want to eat. But when I get to the kitchen I realize I have to cook something. It’s not that hard but it’s something in the middle of where I am now and me eating. So I end up not eating.
- I’m cleaning my room. There are dirty clothes all over the floor. But my laundry basket is full and so I can’t put my dirty clothes where they are supposed to go. Now my momentum for cleaning is shut down and I go back to something I know how to do, like change playlists.
and that’s on executive dysfunction
The thing about adhd is like if you hit any sort of roadblock while doing a task, no matter how small an obstacle, it’s gonna throw you completely off track.
This came up in the group chat again today and–
You know what the really obvious answer is to the problem of police procedurals? In the sense that people clearly enjoy the tropes, the varyingly high stakes, the feel of a competent highly-trained organized team doing good together, the variety of storylines you can get, the operational style, etc, but are sick of copaganda?
Why do we have seventeen thousand police procedurals when we could have this instead???
Search and rescue procedurals would solve all the problems actually.
Like, you get that well-oiled machine thing. You get the radio protocols. You get the sense of organization, of rank, of a command structure, but without them being cops. Hell–in an SAR group you can even have the much-maligned plotline of “someone goes off the book on a hunch and ends up being right” and still have consequences attached to that but not, like, an intrinsic argument for routine violation of human rights.
You get the case-of-the-week and the variety; I feel like this is why firefighter shows don’t get nearly as popular, because there’s only so much variety you can get out of “there is a fire” compared to all the things that can go wrong in a police procedural (or an SAR show, especially if you were clever about where you set the story.)
You get the recurring diverse cast and their interpersonal relationship developments, and pretty much every cop show archetype slots gorgeously into an SAR group as well.
You get the wide variety of possible stakes; SAR teams sometimes have intense heart-pounding time-sensitive missions, sometimes they have lost hikers who are almost certainly fine, sometimes there’s suspicion of foul play…Christmas episode about returning a lost kid to his family against all odds, anyone? Sometimes there’s a search that’s been going for weeks and someone has to call it and be the bad guy…you could get GREAT drama over two team organizers butting heads about how no, dammit, we’re not calling in the cadaver dogs yet, we’re not giving up like that–
(Oh yeah also you can have some great canine recurring characters.)
Instead of “internal affairs is the bad guy because cops being held accountable for their actions is evil” you can get, like….tension between the rookies and the human remains detection teams, because if you’re new to the SAR culture you may not understand or appreciate the work that HRD dogs and their handlers do, see above re: the sense of giving up. You get the opportunity to engage with real-world issues and social justice but like, without them being cops. The world is your fucking oyster.
OR, YOU KNOW, WE CAN MAKE ELEVEN MORE SHOWS ABOUT COPS, I GUESS–
Reasons I want this:
1. I love procedural tropes but Fuck The Police
2. The only thing I love more than Procedural Tropes is Mysterious deaths and disappearences
3. If even a tenth of the Absolutely WILD shit I’ve heard from Park Rangers and SAR people gets into the show it will be the wildest thing on television.
I have been saying for years that this is the only procedural we need:
oh hey i think i’ve read 4 of those
I like to read posts aloud to the rest of the household
So I was reading this post as “Lyric Fragment” then “Fandom” for maxium comedy and this part:
TOOK ME THE FUCK OUT
if ur disabled or chronically ill u know that the tv trope of “doctors will stop at nothing to learn more about a patient’s extremely rare symptoms and find answers” is a crock of shit. all doctors know is gaslight disabled people, ignore ur pain, tell u to exercise, and do the same test 10 times
I’ve had eczema since I popped out(literally) and the only thing the doctors did for the first 20 years of my life was mock me for having scales and tell me not to eat dairy.
I’m nearly 25 and it wasn’t until last month that I learned eczema has been defined as an autoimmune disease for the last 5 years, on tumblr.
Shows about doctors where they’re determined to find out what’s wrong with their patients are propaganda in a similar way to how cop shows are propaganda. They both exist to tell you to trust in a system that often either doesn’t care if you’re harmed or actively means to harm you. Both types of shows convince people not to question or self-advocate.
I knew about copaganda but I NEVER thought about docaganda.
Same reason why anything in the physiological sciences will tell you that self-diagnosis is bad and wrong because it would take away power from doctors and make it seem less like what doctors do is of such high importance.
I have cfs and started having serious mobility issues in my early twenties. encouragement from my loved ones lead me to try various mobility aids which gave me back my autonomy and safety.
BUT. when I first tried using a cane the doctor I saw at the time freaked out. she told me that I shouldn’t rely on using one and it would just make me worse. I had a panic attack and decided to not use a cane… even though I was going to concert that night. I ended up getting pretty hurt and needing days of rest after. that was kind of the moment I realized “oh, a doctor who I see for ten minutes every other month isn’t the authority on my body”
honestly a lot of people are gonna find this really idiotic and unnecessary but i would really really like to see mainstream depictions of people with lazy eyes/crossed eyes/other forms of strabismus (word of the day look that up) that isnt in a joking context or meant to be a representation of a character being stupid or an airhead
i have esotropia (one of my eyes turns inward) that for whatever reason isnt visible when im wearing my glasses but i never even considered myself to be a person with non-aligned eyes up until about a year ago because 1. it never really actually occurred to me that this was a thing that other people had until i physically met another person with a lazy eye and 2. im not dumb or clumsy so i must not have a lazy eye right??
not once in my entire life have i ever seen a character with non-aligned eyes that wasnt stupid, clumsy, crazy, or some other ableist joke. not once. never.
and ive never even seen people really talk about it either when talking about disability rep
Surya Bonaly, world renowned French skater whose trademark move is her backflip, where she only lands on one blade in order to keep the move legal. She’s amazing!
it always amuses me when I remember the ice skating community banned this phenomanal move because a black person literally had raised the bar and white people were too bitter to do better so they banned a move that would add progress to the sport.
and then she raised the bar again
someone make this into a movie. fuck it, i’ll do it
ok ok so every time this post shows up on my dash, i get a little miffed because it presents this narrative that isn’t consistent with reality. it misrepresents surya’s career. first, there seems to be this implication that the isu banned the backflip because surya was the first skater to perform the backflip, and they didn’t like that because she’s black.
i mean, surya did not pioneer the backflip. she herself stated that her coach suggested that she start doing backflips on ice because of a skater named norbert schramm who was performing them in europe at the time. scott cramer pulled off 10,032 backflips over the course of his career, and he retired seven years before surya even began competing. surya is THE FIRST AND ONLY skater in history to perform a backflip and land on one skate in competition, but the most important part of it wasn’t the feat itself but WHY SHE DID IT.
and ok, the first person to successfully do a backflip on ice was skippy baxter in an ice show in the 1940s. there has only been one legal backflip performed in actual competition by terry kubicka in 1976. immediately after he pulled it off, the isu banned the move from competitions. please note that yes, terry kubicka was a white male figure skater. and for context, surya was born in 1973. i sincerely doubt that the isu was banning the backflip because of a THREE-YEAR-OLD.
the isu had very good non-racism related reasons for banning the backflip because well, figure skating is fucking hard. i think we frequently underestimate just how difficult it is because of how easy they make it look. i mean top figure skaters are still working on consistently landing quad jumps in competition. it’s so easy to flub a jump and get injured, and it’s super common for skaters to spend huge chunks of the off season not training because they’ve injured themselves.
SO DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA JUST HOW FUCKING DANGEROUS IT WOULD BE IF BACKFLIPS WERE ALLOWED IN COMPETITIVE SKATING???? if you mess this move up, you’re not just going to break an ankle or fuck up your muscles, you’d break your neck on the ice. you could FUCKING DIE. and this is by no means the first or last move to get banned by the isu for being too dangerous. (the one that comes to mind is the head banger death spiral because seriously what a name).
the reason why this is just so upsetting to me is because i feel like you guys are really simplifying surya’s narrative. yes, surya was a FUCKING BADASS. LIKE HER FIRST SEASON IN SENIOR COMPETITIONS, SHE LANDED A BACKFLIP DURING PRACTICE RIGHT IN FRONT OF MIDORI ITO, THE FAVORITE FOR THE 1992 OLYMPICS. IN THE SAME COMPETITION, SHE BECAME THE ONLY WOMAN TO EVER ATTEMPT A QUAD TOE LOOP IN COMPETITION, and the first time anyone had even successfully pulled that off was a mere three years earlier.
and yes, surya had to deal with A LOT of racism. because of her skin color and her build and her athleticism and her style, she didn’t fit into the “ice princess”. they pegged her as a rebel, and they treated her as such. the judges were constantly nitpicking her skating style and criticizing her artistry because she wasn’t this light and graceful skater that they thought female figure skaters should be. (black ballerinas suffer from the same plight). she was constantly pushing the boundaries, but she consistently got lower scores than her white counterparts. and despite that, she was A THREE-TIME WORLD SILVER MEDALIST, A FIVE-TIME EUROPEAN CHAMPION, AND A NINE-TIME FRENCH NATIONAL CHAMPION.
in the 1994 world championships, surya’s final score tied for first place with yuka sato’s. it came down to a tiebreaker vote, and the judges picked yuka because she fit in better with the ice princess image. surya knew why she the judges didnt pick her. during the awards ceremony, she refused to step onto the medals podium and took off the silver medal. she was crying, and the crowd was booing at her.
the 1998 olympics was going to be surya’s last hurrah. she knew that the 97-98 season would be her last. when the judges gave her a low score on her short program for surprise surprise racist reasons, she knew that there was no way that she could win.
so surya decided to make a point.
she hadn’t planned to do this from the start because she knew that the move was illegal and doing it could get her disqualified, but after seeing her short program score, surya basically on the spot decided to replace the triple in her free skate with the backflip landing on one skate. she hadn’t been training for this move specifically, she just pulled it off right then and there on the olympic stage. and while the backflip was banned for being too dangerous, another reason for it to be banned was because the skater would land on both skates, and jumps are always landed with one skate.
surya pulling off this banned move was basically her last FUCK YOU to the judges because they’d been screwing her over since the start of her career. she was challenging them by making a previously illegal move technically legal. the judges didn’t disqualify her, but they didn’t accept the move as legal either, and they deducted points from her score, so surya placed 10th overall. BUT THAT DIDNT MATTER. when surya finished her program, she turned her back on the judges (a huge no-no because it is highly disrespectful) because she didn’t care about their opinion at this point. SHE’D MADE HISTORY. their decision wouldn’t change that.
(surya performs the backflip at 3:28)
THESE NEW DETAILS MADE IT BETTER
3:44 - “That’s an in your face move.”
Super interesting commentary by @jinlinli.
This could save your life.
Absolutely vital information to have if you live where the waters freeze over.
I especially appreciate this guy’s commitment to actually showing the steps himself. That cold-shock response is a bitch and willingly subjecting himself to it couldn’t have been fun.
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potentially controversial opinion incoming
sam vimes’s natural anti-drunkenness (being knurd) is described as seeing the world the way it actually is, without all the comforting illusions people have for themselves. having a witch’s First Sight means that “you can see what really is there.” granny weatherwax says that evil starts with treating people as things, and, often but especially vividly in Feet of Clay, sam demonstrates repeatedly that he will not stand for the golems being treated as less than people, for the poor being treated as disposable by the rich and powerful, for anyone thinking that anyone else doesn’t matter. the hiver gets inside tiffany aching and reveals the Chalk in her soul. the summoning dark gets inside sam vimes and finds a city in there. and sam vimes knows how to be selfish, to claim his city and his people as his, to protect them. witches watch over people who are frequently small-minded and ungrateful and stubborn and they do it anyway because it’s what you do, because it needs to be done; and sam vimes says pretty much the same thing every time he considers the people of ankh-morpork. and you can call him mister vimes, but only if you’ve earned it.
doylist conclusion: terry pratchett knew what his taste in protagonists was
watsonian conclusion: vimes is an urban witch and ankh-morpork is his steading gods damn it
#a male witch to match esk the female wizard#i LIKE it#plus it’s another reflection on how perhaps these approaches shouldn’t be gendered#how ‘witch’ and ‘wizard’ shouldn’t be assigned solely on gender#it’s so subtle but god im all on board for believing and agreeing with it
You can’t tell me Sam Vimes doesn’t use headology
He uses it all the time, most especially on himself
Disney going around buying everything is definitely terrible, but there totally needs to be more awareness that the biggest damage Disney has done to the American media landscape happened twenty years ago, and ended up warping a whole generation’s notion of how media is fundamentally supposed to work in the process.
Basically, you can’t “renew” a copyright in order to extend it. “Copyright renewal” used to be a thing, but the purpose of doing so was to prevent the copyright from expiring early, not to extend it beyond the normal statutory limit – and in any event, all that was abolished decades ago, and everybody’s copyrights now last for the full term without the need for renewals.
When most people think of copyright “renewal”, they’re really thinking of copyright extension, which is some legislative fuckery that happened back in the 1990s, and is 100% Disney’s fault.
In a nutshell, Disney didn’t want Mickey Mouse entering the public domain, but there was no formal mechanism for preventing it, and obviously they couldn’t have a legal exception made just for Mickey Mouse; even if they’d bribed enough lawmakers to make it happen, that sort of blatant legislative favouritism would have caused a big hairy scandal.
So what they did instead was lobby for a global copyright extension, applying to all works that were still under copyright at the time – and they succeeded. The Copyright Extension Act of 1998 – sometimes known as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act, because they weren’t fooling anybody! – tacked an extra twenty years onto the term of all outstanding copyrights, ensuring that Mickey Mouse would be safe until at least 2024.
So here’s the trick: what happened to all the works that would have entered the public domain in 1999? Well, they’d now enter the public domain in 2019 – effectively “freezing” the public domain America for the next two decades. Thanks to Disney’s lobbying, there was a twenty-year span in which no works at all entered the public domain in the United States, apart from the tiny handful that were explicitly released to the public domain by a living author.
If you’re American and under the age of 30, last year is probably the first year in your memory that new works entered the public domain; if you’re under 20, it was the first year in your lifetime that new works entered the public domain. There’s an entire generation of Americans who grew up with a static public domain, thinking that was a normal state of affairs.
Like, I’m not saying that’s 100% responsible for American popular culture being in the condition it’s in, but it’s undeniably a pretty big contributing factor!
shoutout to the earth kingdom girl zuko went on one date with. i truly believe she made the choice not to snitch on his firebending
#okay but i kind of shipped her with Zuko harder than i ever did Zuko and Mai #like i LOVE MAI do not get me wrong #but can you imagine #this girl has been dating Lee for a few months by this point #only for him to say ‘hey im going out of town for a bit’ #and then the fire nation invades so like #okay its understandable that i havent seen my boyfriend in WEEKS #the war ends #she gets a summons to the FIRE NATION CAPITAL PER LORD ZUKO’S REQUEST #and Jin’s just like ?????? okay #honestly she thinks Lee somehow managed to be the fire lord’s tea server because he would do that #IN WALKS HER BOYFRIEND THE FIRE LORD AND SHE IS JUST LIKE LEE WTF #LEE I KNEW YOU WERE FIRE NATION I DIDNT KNOW YOU WERE THE FIRE NATION #L E E #LEE DO I HAVE TO GO TO ETIQUETTE SCHOOL NOW #BABE I WASNT PREPARED FOR THIS (via @majestically-fangirling)