you know that stage you went through where you hated being a girl and you just resented yourself and everything having to do with girly things because you were so sick of pink and barbies being pushed on you so you like full force rejected that shit and you were just so full of hate and vitriol at anything even the slightest bit “girly” yeah gender norms will fuck you up
Oh yeah. This is when that “not like other girls” and “I just get along with guys better” crap started for me as well. (I did get over it, but it’s good to recognize the fucked up shit you perpetuated as part of being raised in a fucked up society.)
People look down on McDonald’s employees but fail to realize that if all these folks left McDonald’s and pursued “better careers” your ass wouldn’t be able to get a McDouble with an Oreo McFlurry at 3am.
You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you.
You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you.
Peter Capaldi smooth transition into the role isn’t just a testament to his acting, it’s thanks to the fact that he’s a lifelong Doctor Who fanboy himself. Basically, Whovians feel like they can trust him. Which in many cases is not a reaction inspired by showrunner Steven Moffat.
In Saturday night’s season premiere, Moffat’s writing was in top form—in more ways than one. Last season saw fans grow restless thanks to meandering subplots and peculiar characterization choices, but now the snappy dialogue and dark undertones of Moffat’s earlier episodes seem to be back in full force. Unfortunately, the other hallmark of Moffat’s writing is sexist humor, which also returned with a vengeance during this episode.
Scarcely a scene went by without someone making some kind of sly dig about Clara’s gender. This encapsulated everything from comments about her body to the many admonitions that it would be somehow “wrong” for her to develop a crush on Capaldi’s Doctor.
This is pretty much what I was thinking was going to happen with an older Doctor.
Moffat writes a flirty young Doctor, teases the idea of attraction with both Amy and Clara over and over again.
Then stops the flirting, not because it’s a hack repetition at this point, but because now it’s impossible because of the Doctor’s new face.
And then of course adopts a haughty tone in his writing like he didn’t write all the goddamn problematic flirty Doctor/Companion stuff in the first place.
Ugh, it’s just so frustrating.
Yup. While I do think the companion having a hard time with the adjustment to a new doctor is to be expected, I wondered why, when Clara had actually interacted with ALL the different incarnations of the doctor, remember? She seemed to be having such a hard time with the “but he looks old” bit. First Doctor, anyone? What about Three? Also the War Doctor. This should not come as a shock. It actually seemed like she should be a companion who was the most prepared for the change of regeneration.
*whispers* and I would totally flirt with 12, so I don’t know what all of this “ew, ick, he’s so ooooold” stuff is about. I mean, I will gladly take a companion and Doctor relationship without romantic overtones, but still.
the “you live with your parents” insult is really flaccid because a metric shitton of cultures don’t see “leave the house forever” as some grandiose moment of liberation that’s so important to the development of a person that it has to happen as fast as…
somebody should write an essay comparing and contrasting tina from bob’s burgers and meg from family guy and explain why tina hit the mark for respectfully portraying the awkward teenage years and why meg is a huge fucking insensitive joke that isn’t even funny
So, when the Spice Girls were at their peak of popularity, I was just a *bit* too old, and of course had delusions of being *WAY* to cool to enjoy them. But I just watched Spiceworld on Netfflix, and godamn, but I enjoyed every single silly minute. :D
Now I’m way too old to pretend I’m not enjoying things that are FUN.
Y’know? If you don’t wanna work hard, then get the fuck outta the upper level dance classes. Go take a couple of recreational classes, absolutely. But if you don’t wanna work hard, don’t go into class and take away from the time I have to work toward my goals.
I can’t even begin to articulate how important this is. Let yourself suck. Let yourself not be 100% at all times. Take risks. Make mistakes. Get messy. Do things that aren’t certain to turn out perfect. Do things that are certain not to turn out perfect. Do the best you can, learn from your mistakes, pick out the good parts, do better next time. Edit. Edit edit edit. Edit more. When you think it’s done and perfect, edit it again. And then move on and try something different, because it’s never going to be perfect, and you have to keep moving forward even if you aren’t ready. Especially if you aren’t ready. MAKE ART. And for the love of all things, let. Yourself. Suck.
lol your blind. you think being bisexual is fun. lmaoo. the only people that think bisexual is fun and privileged are the bisexual ones. you make your own fabricated lies. you try to tell yourself something else just you can live at ease in the moment. lol. but people learn the hard way. have fun when you're 35 and you begin to realise.
So, face painted for a zoo event last night. (The elder child’s a youth volunteer there.) Partner in crime was doing airbrush temporary tattoos. Kid wanted a mermaid. His parents were Sooooooooo not down with a mermaid on their BOY child’s arm. G was like “uh…my grandpa (tough ex-navy guy) “has a mermaid on his arm.” and they still basically WOULD NOT let the kid get what he wanted. sigh. Why do people think masculinity is so so fragile, and femininity so very very scary?
I adore the parents who let their kids get whatever the heck they want, even if it’s something they’re not thrilled about or understand. (Like the mom who was totally cool with me painting a big ole’ spider on her daughter’s face - even though the mom thought spiders were pretty scary.)
yeah i admit i’m not exactly a practicing bisexual anymore…i pretty much only go to services on the high holidays…i slept in on freddie mercury’s birthday…i don’t even think i can name three david bowie albums anymore
Have you heard about Peter Capaldi refusing to act a romantic relationship with Clara? Do you think he'll do well, or be smothered by Moffat?
From what I’ve gathered, Peter Capaldi is a huge fan of Doctor Who that pretended to be a huge Moffat stan until he’d signed an airtight contract, at which point he revealed he hates the direction Moffat was taking the show he loves, plans to systematically undo it to the best of his ability, has been openly mocking and refusing the participate in parts of the script he doesn’t think are true to the character, and insisting that they “won’t chase him off this show,” which is basically saying “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”
I think the new season of Doctor Who is going to be glorious.
Unless you’re talking about safety and birth control, the words “should” and “sex” don’t really belong together. Fuck you, Huff Po “you should have sex with your husband every night!” article. Also, please stop sharing it facebook friends.
I did a project at the physics library where I work. I found quotes from people in physics or that related to math or science in some way, and printed and posted them at the ends of the shelves. Included here are the ones that were from PoC.
(Shout-out to MedievalPoC for inspiring me to go about this project with an eye to finding PoC, because otherwise I doubt I would have found more than one or two.)
CHIEN-SHUNG WU 1912-1997 Provided the first experimental proof (1956) that parity is not conserved in weak subatomic interactions of nuclear beta decay.
"There is only one thing worse than coming home from the lab to a sink full of dirty dishes, and that is not going to the lab at all!"
JOHN MICHELL 1724 - 1793 John Michell, an English country parson, first published his concept of a dark star in 1783. Michell’s dark star had a gravity so strong that light could not escape it – essentially, he was the first person to propose the existence of black holes. Although no portraits of Michell are known to exist, he was described as “a little short man, of black complexion, and fat.” MedievalPoC’s post on John Michell has additional links
APRILLE ERICSSON 1963 – First African-American woman to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering.
“I feel obligated to help spur the interest of minorities and females in the math, science and engineering disciplines; without diversity in all fields, the United States will not remain technically competitive.”
MAE JEMISON 1956 – Physician and first African-American woman astronaut.
“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
SATYENDRA NATH BOSE 1894 – 1974 Bosons are named after this Indian physicist.
“Respected Sir, I have ventured to send you the accompanying article for your perusal and opinion. I am anxious to know what you think of it… If you think the paper worth publication I shall be grateful if you arrange for its publication in Zeitschrift für Physik.”
in a way I'm more disgusted knowing that. you're everything that's wrong with Tumblr SJ using your privilege to get invited to cons and speaking as an expert and writing books on the backs of the people who do the real work instead of amplifying their voices it makes me sick. who made you an expert on anything?
One more time:
I am a fiction writer.
What I do for a living is, as a cartoon t-rex put it, I make things up and I write them down in order. I write fiction. What I do on Tumblr isn’t my career; it’s what I do in my spare time, like when I’m unwinding or trying to shift gears between the more technical parts of my job and the creative ones.
I’ve never been “invited” to a con; I go to a con, and I sign up to be on panels that are of interest to me. It’s not a paying gig for professionals, it’s a group discussion.
The panel description that got everybody up in arms about the idea that I was somehow being represented as an ~*expert*~ was called “Tumblr Culture: Social Justice and Feels”. Thinking it was a panel about ~*social justice*~ makes as much sense as thinking it was a panel about feels… when in actuality, of course, it was a panel about Tumblr culture.
What qualifies me to talk about Tumblr culture? I could mention my specific areas of interest, but the short answer is “the same thing that qualifies anyone on Tumblr to talk about it”… which is why anyone could have signed up to be on that panel. It’s not like there was a spot that had been reserved for me.
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.
Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.
In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.
Talking about the difficulty of people living in a capitalist society have conceiving how society functions without capitalism, one of the most entertaining and frustrating things about re-watching Star Trek: TNG as a grown-up is trying to figure out how their economy even works.
I mean, for every sneeringly superior reminder to people from other times and places that they have no need for money and have evolved beyond such petty concerns, there’s a clear reference to wages or prices or costs that individuals must bear.
I sit there watching them say that a bet on a hand of cards is “too rich for their blood” and I wonder if that means they don’t have enough benevolent altruism or self-improvement to cover the bet.
I believe that the behind the scenes story is that Gene Roddenberry had insisted the Federation has no currency or money or financial system of any kind, but hadn’t thought about it beyond a utopian blue-sky thinking sort of way and nobody really came up with a blue print for how things would work in the alternative, plus the writers were writing from a 20th century capitalist point of view so kept putting phrases that belonged to that point of view into the script.
Anyway, after weeks of trying to figure out exactly what it is they’re gambling with in all the scenes where they’re gambling, I’ve determined that it’s probably just the poker chips themselves.
Which leads me to believe that there’s a whole shadow economy at work. Centuries ago when the federation government arbitrarily decided that they had grown past the point of needing trivial things like ~*money*~ without any thought to how they would structure things like the value of labor and the distribution of scarce resources (which still exist! Labor itself is a finite resource, to say nothing of the super rare medical supplies they’re always delivering, or the metals and minerals that they need for what we’re told are “very expensive” starships!)… all currency on earth and in federation space was declared worthless, but other media of exchange like poker chips issued by casinos at the time of the transition retained their value.
They couldn’t be cashed, of course, because cash no longer existed. But they were sufficiently scarce and had both a set denomination and an intrinsic value (in that the casinos would accept them).
And now, a couple centuries later, the economy just sort of quietly ticks on. The utopianists who created the “new world economy” have since died out; the current crop of economic thinkers and planners in the federation grew up in a world where people are scandalized at suggestions that scarcity or wages exist, but where poker chips continue to circulate anyway… the bills get paid, the markets tick on. It’s all just normal to people now. Nobody talks about it. Nobody acknowledges it. Nobody thinks that they’re lying when they say they don’t have money.
Oh my goodness yes! I always get hung up on that. Not like, “no, no there’s no way that not having money would work!” but just…”um..how WOULD that work?” I could never figure it out.
Also, I think I have to realize that while I really really enjoy digging into thinking critically about pop culture/geek culture things, even if (because) I enjoy them - there are some people who just really don’t care about doing that. For me, it’s part of the enjoyment/engagement with a work of fiction.
Does anyone have a link to the article that was making the rounds on why
“Well make your own then” in response to criticism about popular media is problematic? I was trying to explain this to someone this morning, and I don’t think I did a very good job?