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Queer, trans, and absolutely fabulous

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So CNN just showed a report on the royal visit to New Zealand, which not only actively mocked the cultural traditions of the Maori, comparing the haka to the mating dance of the emu, but also denigrated the cultural traditions of many other groups as being ‘native’ and generally silly. It’s this kind of shoddy journalism and blatant racism that perpetuates an idea of multiculturalism being some kind of childish joke and trivialises the identity of 15% of NZ’s population. If you want to do something about it, there is a complaint here, and the petition associated with it here.  .


Honestly I don’t understand how CNN let this racist shit go through and air.

What the fuck, Jeanne Moos? 

Signing and signal boosting this pronto.

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So I learned from my friend that coconut water can be used as an emergency blood transfusion, and of course my first thought was “So, can a vampire drink coconut water?”

and of course we had this idea of these tropical vampires being horrified when these old world vampires come and are still drinking blood like some sort of monster.

guys oh my god


This is going to make larping so much better when I give Vampire: The Masquerade a try.

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When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be aggressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.
Julia Serano, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, p 28-9 (via bisexual-books)

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Marina Rinaldi Campaign of 12 international #plussize bloggers for the #womenareback campaign learn more here:

These are beautiful photos of ladies I truly admire. But! I can’t help but notice, the smaller the subject, the more of her body is shown. 

not true at all! we were shooting portraits, which usually means head shots—there were a few bloggers who chose/wanted full body shots. katya (the last pictured) is/was one of the smallest women there (much smaller than tanesha/edith who have full body shots) and is cut off at her boobs.


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Anonymous asked: what's extreme is people like you not realizing that sometimes diversity can go too far. When characters are made black or disabled or gay for no reason it hurts the story and it hurts the cause of the people who are supposedly being represented.


I like how you sent me an ask claiming that no one says a thing except people rhetorically making fun of the position that no one actually holds, and then you send me an ask clarifying that you hold exactly the same position.

I’m kind tempted to just not address anything else you said and just marvel in the perfection of that.

What’s the reason for making a character white? What’s the reason for making a character straight? What’s the reason for making a character abled or neurotypical or cis?

When you assume that making a character Other relative to yourself weakens the narrative, you’re revealing a terrible thing about yourself: that you can’t imagine that those people have backstories and inner lives the way that you do.

Every single person in a fictional narrative is ultimately there because a writer decided they needed to be there, but when the person looks like you and matches your expectations, you accept that this person who was made up for the plot had a life full of events that led them to the point where they’re appearing on the screen or page.

But when your expectations aren’t met, you start saying it’s forced. You can’t accept that events led them here because you don’t grant them the kind of life that you know you have. Your empathy does not extend to them. 

Look at how many white people think they can relate to a little girl in an industrial orphanage who falls in with a capitalist robber baron during the Great Depression more than they can relate to a little girl in the foster system in modern New York who falls in with a career politician, all because of a difference of race. The original Annie’s situation and world were only slightly less alien to us than the Victorian period, but making her white somehow makes her relatable in a way that a little girl who clearly exists in our world isn’t.

The fact is, empathy is linked to imagination and we can (and do!) relate to people who are literally alien beings in literally alien worlds. The choice not to relate to Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie—or a Black or gay or female or trans video game character—is a choice to shut off both imagination and empathy. 

The failing is not with the narrative, it’s with you.

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It was very important. I feel like we live in a world today that if you’re still concerned about race, you are a Beta machine in the world of DVDs. You’re obsolete. There should be female superheroes. There should be brown superheroes. There should be short superheroes. Everyone deserves a role model, someone to look up to. I feel like in this movie, everyone is who they is, and you don’t have to acknowledge difference, you just have to respect that the difference is there. I think that’s the point that the Russos make. You don’t walk in and say, ‘Hey, it’s Black Nick Fury.’ It’s Nick Fury. I think that’s something that you can just let it be what it is and move past it.
Anthony Mackie (via fyeahlilbit3point0)

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New hobby: listen to songs about breakups or mistakes and pretend they’re about finding out your best friend is a brainwashed assassin who is trying to kill you and/or finding out that you are a brainwashed assassin who has been trying to kill your best friend. Guaranteed to make 100% of songs 134290x better.

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CATWS: The Tragedy of Bucky Barnes.

I’ve written already about how lonely and miserable Cap is in this movie, but I think it’s fair to say that he’s not just lonely for all the friends he lost in the 1940s — he’s lonely for Bucky, specifically.

“Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky,” he says, when he finds out who the Winter Soldier truly is. Steve certainly misses Peggy and the Howling Commandos, but that loss is bittersweet. He at least knows that Peggy lived a long and happy life, and besides, he only knew Peggy and the Commandos for a few months, whereas he and Bucky had been living in each other’s pockets since childhood. Steve’s scene with Peggy is upsetting because it’s the one moment that really highlights the time travel aspect of the Captain America story: he can never go back. Peggy went on without him — she had to.

But Bucky’s absence is more like (to use a rather inappropriate analogy) a missing limb. Not only did Bucky never get anything remotely approaching a happy ending, but Steve never really got any practise in functioning without him. Within days of Bucky’s death, Steve was piloting an aircraft into the ocean, and when he woke up he was thrust straight back into active service, in a totally alien environment but with SHIELD governing his every move — even stationing a spy at his door.


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