So, I know this Onion article is trying to be cheeky and funny, but it does something that I see quite often — the diminishment and dismissal of something because it is important to/created by/maintained by someone both young and female.
You’ll notice the article doesn’t discuss the blogs of teenage boys (and those are rarely mentioned in other commentaries on and about tumblr). So, I think it says and shows something far more insidious about OUR culture. It says that young girls (and women, by extension) have no worth.
That’s not only sad, it’s dangerous.
This post isn’t meant to knock on The Onion — we all know what it does.
It just struck me as something that is thrown out there by many (and not just in speaking of tumblr). Think about what you are saying and its implications.
Speech has power.
It’s a new form of “Men write about ideas and women write about their lives” which is something I heard as everything from a “why you should stop writing” to a breakup line when I was writing a lot of memoir-style content on the Internet in the 90s.
One of the things we talked about at Girls Write now was Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. I got the impression most of the girls in the room had never seen that episode of ST:TNG, but I used it to illustrate the importance of story as a way of communicating non-fictional and even non-narrative culture and ideas.
What we do as fans (regardless of gender) and what we are dismissed as doing because it’s supposedly-female is this incredibly cool, complicated thing where we’re able to move back and forth across the concrete and the abstract to delineate, criticize, and explode our world. It’s really cool.
TL;DR: Tumblr content matters, not in spite of who’s creating it, but because of who is creating it and how.
In the Avengers fandom, we don’t say “I love you.” We say “I was having 12 percent of a moment.” which roughly translates into “you’re all I have too, you know.” I think that’s beautiful.
could you imagine spock prime’s reaction when he finds out khan is somehow white. ‘oh my god. what did i even do’
fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
music: The National
characters: The companions.
content notes: none
download: direct download .zip file | subtitle file
summary: Put an ocean and a river between everything, yourself, and home
notes: huge thanks to purplefringe for watching umpteen drafts of this. Premiered at the Vidukon 2013 premieres show. Spoilers through 7x06.
i wonder how much being introduced to a galactic community full of all different kinds of intelligent alien species could potentially turn sexuality completely on its head
i mean think about it? for example with mass effect, someone could be attracted to human women but find male turians sexually attractive but not female turians, or find themselves asexual in the presence of other humans but dang son those krogan are something else
maybe someday we’ll be lucky enough to get a mass effect game that actually addresses this. because it’s one of the most fascinating aspects of the games, left relatively unexplored. sexuality in 2186CE is bound to be a prism and if that isn’t one of the most fascinating aspects of science fiction then i don’t know what is.
I just did a double-take when I saw this ad at the top of my screen.
Maybe if EDI had been around in the Mako days, Shepard would’ve been a better driver.
(Though that doesn’t explain the horror of the Hammerhead.)