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March 08 2013

Homophobia isn’t the same as heteronormativity, at all, and I think that heteronormativity can be harder to fight because it’s so subconscious, so deeply ingrained throughout our entire society in all kinds of cultural productions, TV, film, books, everything. It’s everywhere. That’s harder to fight.
— Malinda Lo (via arcadiaego)

yeah i think straight ppl sometimes assume the world can be sorted into homophobes and queer allies, which no it isn’t that fucking simple. and it’s a really dangerous assumption to make b/c you can support equal marriage and have queer friends and queer relatives, and yet still perpetuate heteronormative ideals on a daily fucking basis (via electricskeptic)
Reposted bymonimich monimich

March 06 2013


February 08 2013


How to be a Fan of Problematic Things

Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)! After all, most texts have some problematic elements in them, because they’re produced by humans, who are well-known to be imperfect. But it can be surprisingly difficult to own up to the problematic things in the media you like, particularly when you feel strongly about it, as many fans do. We need to find a way to enjoy the media we like without hurting other people and marginalised groups. So with that in mind, here are my suggestions for things we should try our darnedest to do as self-confessed fans of problematic stuff.

Firstly, acknowledge that the thing you like is problematic and do not attempt to make excuses for it. It is a unique irritation to encounter a person who point blank refuses to admit that something they like is problematic. Infuriatingly, people will often actually articulate some version of the argument “It can’t be problematic because I like it, and I’m nice”. Alternatively, some fans may find it tempting to argue “Well this media is a realistic portrayal of societies like X, Y, Z”.


And even if you think that’s true […], I don’t see you arguing for an accurate portrayal of everything in your fiction all the time. For example, most people seem fine without accurate portrayal of what personal hygiene was really like in 1300 CE in their medieval fantasy media.


Especially do not ever suggest that people not take media “so seriously”, or argue that it’s “just” a tv show. […] [E]ven if you don’t think that media matters, there is still no reason to focus exclusively on unequal or problematic fictional worlds and narratives. If it doesn’t matter, why don’t YOU stop taking your media so seriously and stop fighting us on this? You with your constant demands for your narrow idea of “realism” (which by the way often sounds a lot like “show me naked skinny ciswomen, and gore”). If in your framework tv shows aren’t serious business, why does realism matter?

February 05 2013


February 01 2013

Reposted fromeat-slow eat-slow viakrekk krekk

January 21 2013

[…] a narrative work is less a message to decode but more like a plaything to mess around with. The ‘point’ of a work can be anything that I come up with in my interaction with it. It may not be the consensus, it may not be the intention of the authors, but it is no less valid. After all, the moment I experience it — the experience is mine.
— ghostlightning on An Overarching Methodology Behind Anime and Manga Appreciation: a Reflection
Tags: art media
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Wir leben mit einer Medienöffentlichkeit, der Sachfragen zu 80 Prozent schnurzegal sind (ja, in der Politk detto!) und die primär daran interessiert ist, ob es irgendwo einen Fauxpas, einen Kelch, einen Skandal oder sonst irgendeine negativ konnotierte News auszugraben gibt, über die man sich trefflich empören kann. ... Erst wenn man sich selbst bei einem Thema zufällig auskennt, erkennt man wie substanzlos viele Artikel sind und wie wenig sie sich von den Plattitüden der Politiker/innen unterscheiden.
Journalismus ist „Part of the Game“ | 
Yep! Dass es bei(m meisten) Journalismus um irgendeine Form von Wahrheitsfindung oder Aufklärung gehen könnte, diese Illusion hab ich auch ablegen müssen – es geht um die mitreißende Story, und was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht. (Will ja sonst eh auch keine/r lesen.)
Reposted fromc3o c3o

January 17 2013

‘Für wen war der Weißwein?’ fragte sie, nur um Dana sagen zu hören: ‘Für mich’, obwohl bei einem Zweiertisch - ein Mann, eine Frau - auch eine geistig Zurückgebliebene an ihrem ersten Arbeitstag gewusst hätte, dass der Weißwein für die Dame und das Bier für den Herrn war.
— Thanks, T.C. Boyle, for letting me know that women don’t drink beer [and apparently, men don’t drink wine].

January 08 2013


[TW: Rape]

And until you’ve been raped, you don’t really wake up and see how much rape is out there for the casual consumer. You didn’t really hear those offhand comments when walking down the street – “oh, you know she totally made that up for attention” – you didn’t really notice that the sex scene in Blade Runner actually really looks like a fucking rape scene, you didn’t really hear how the TV news focuses on what she was wearing, and calls it “sex,” and digs for details about where and how he penetrated her, when you don’t really need to know that, do you? And you don’t realize how many of the people you know and love do not take rape seriously, because they have been sucking up all the same TV shows and movies you do, and they don’t think they know a real person who has been raped. Of course, some of them you might tell, and they can accept that, accept the secondary trauma, begin to start thinking of you whenever they see a rape in a movie, hear of one on the news, hear a rape joke. Or they can disqualify you as a real person. Guess which one happens most.

A Woman Walks Into A Rape, uh, Bar (via andyouhavetogivethemhope)

reposted because of Blade Runner
Reposted frommynnia mynnia viaekelias ekelias
Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.

He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled.

And this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (via wafflelephant)
Reposted byyouam84625lraZe

November 21 2012

With the VAST majority of media available, little girls have two choices. Sympathize with the strong, active male characters, or put themselves in the role of “support”. Female side characters can be brave, clever, or heroic, but none of that changes that their actual purpose in a game, more often than not, is just to support or assist the male. And no matter how many people say gender doesn’t matter, everything in our society, from color schemes to children’s toys, says otherwise. In most situations a girl is forced to step outside her gender identity completely if she favors the more active option, whether in video game preferences or playground sports.
307020 on Flip all the Pronouns

November 12 2012



let’s think about how men never have to settle for the “geeky” and “nerdy girl” and how there are dozens of movies where the ugly little duckling is transformed to this gorgeous woman so that the male character can be with her

and how there are dozens of movies where women are taught to look past looks and see that those “nerdy” guys are actually really great

Reposted fromhairinmy hairinmy vialotterleben lotterleben


let’s think about how men never have to settle for the “geeky” and “nerdy girl” and how there are dozens of movies where the ugly little duckling is transformed to this gorgeous woman so that the male character can be with her

and how there are dozens of movies where women are taught to look past looks and see that those “nerdy” guys are actually really great

November 06 2012


November 30 2011

Die Bild-Zeitung ist ein Organ der Niedertracht. Es ist falsch, sie zu lesen. Jemand, der zu dieser Zeitung beiträgt, ist gesellschaftlich absolut inakzeptabel. Es wäre verfehlt, zu einem ihrer Redakteure freundlich oder auch nur höflich zu sein. Man muß so unfreundlich zu ihnen sein, wie es das Gesetz gerade noch zuläßt. Es sind schlechte Menschen, die Falsches tun.
— Max Goldt
Reposted fromdescilla descilla vianichimtakt nichimtakt
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