Schmaltz on wry


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.

- Balancing Jane: What Can We Expect of Our Media Icons?: Thoughts on Beyonce & Pantene


(Source: orcses)

“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.


The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings (via mslorelei)

Just saying… 

(via vialisa)

And it’s fucking bullshit that needs to stop!

(via gauvaine)

Also the demonization of mental illness via using it as an explanation for their behaviour needs to end.

(via chronicallyvegan)

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.



In regards to violence against women, it DOESN’T ‘take two to tango’.

- Nothing should take away Nigella’s right to be protected from assault

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.


Lorde: “I’m not a spreadsheet with hair”

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

Nov 1

Internet Both Helps and Harms Teens at Risk of Suicide

Glad to see the researchers are pretty ambivalent about how to deal with the fact that the Internet may both help and hinder teens on their paths away from self-harm. Wonder if anyone has researched just how effective the medical industry has been in similar situations. Tell me - is there anything with a 100% success rate? The researchers seem to tacitly acknowledge that just because it’s not perfect, doesn’t mean the Internet is a terrible place for these teens.


My photo project about gender presentation within the masculine and feminine spectrum. 


My photo project about gender presentation within the masculine and feminine spectrum.