What is significant about fan fiction is that it often spins the kind of stories that showrunners wouldn’t think to tell, because fanficcers often come from a different demographic. The discomfort seems to be not that the shows are being reinterpreted by fans, but that they are being reinterpreted by the wrong sorts of fans - women, people of colour, queer kids, horny teenagers, people who are not professional writers, people who actually care about continuity (sorry). The proper way for cultural mythmaking to progress, it is implied, is for privileged men to recreate the works of privileged men from previous generations whilst everyone else listens quietly.
Sherlock and the Adventure of the Overzealous Fanbase by Laurie Penny (via linpatootie)
Yes, this. this this this. media production for all, not just the rich.
If Beyonce thinks that feminism is the ticket to commercial success, it means something. And that something is a good thing.
ICONIC CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE
“Do you also think it’s odd that white men commit the overwhelming majority of mass murders,” wondered Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation, “but that people don’t identify that as a causal factor? Instead we talk about mental illness and gun control. If it were Asian women or Jewish men or elderly African-American, it would be topic number one. But not white men.” In fact, the media response to mass shootings often reimagines white men as victims.
And it’s fucking bullshit that needs to stop!
Also the demonization of mental illness via using it as an explanation for their behaviour needs to end.
Having worked in the tech industry since the late nineties, Mr Dash asserted that we should have a better understanding of the history of the web. An improved historical perspective, he said, would help us to determine past measures of success as well as lost opportunities.
- I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS.
In regards to violence against women, it DOESN’T ‘take two to tango’.
I’m a teenager, and I’m a girl, and those are factors that can stand in the way of maintaining control. I’ve had more people than I can count talk to my manager in meetings instead of me, like it doesn’t matter what I think. This usually lasts all of 10 minutes, until I insert the kind of dry sentence that makes most adults splutter and blush and reach for their water, and after this they start taking me seriously.
Oh Lorde, I love you.
The simple reality is, equality and merit go hand in hand. If you believe as I do that merit is equally distributed between the sexes, then in any institution, a cabinet, a court, a corporate board, [that] does not comprise around 50 per cent women and 50 per cent men, women of merit have been excluded.
- Julia Gillard
My photo project about gender presentation within the masculine and feminine spectrum.