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Sunday, June 29th, 2014 02:00 am
Okay, this was posted today by a sergeantbuckybearbarnes in response to a Grant Ward appreciation post. It's just the latest in the long line of slowly but steadily escalating posts against the character and fans of the character.
I see anyone I’m following joining in on “Grant Ward appreciation week” and you’ll be unfollowed and publicly shamed for being a bad fucking person. Appreciate a good villain all you like, but the moment you try and paint them as a good person, you’re an unforgivable cunt and I don’t wanna look at you.
+ you're a fucking cunt OP + 'wow this asshole is sooooo dreamy' + go lie down and rethink your life choices +
(There was more, that's just one.)

We've finally reached the harrassment and bullying stage. All in the name of righteousness and social justice, of course.

So I'm gonna make this quick: I suspect I have people on my LJ/DW circles who agree with that person. If you do, I want you to unfriend me ASAP, no ifs, no buts. I'm turning off comments: this signals my absolute unwillingness to discuss this even a little bit, either here or via email. You think that poster is right, leave right now. I'm beyond furious at this point, and not putting up with this shit.

eta: look, if you don't do it now, I will do it soon as I catch you reblog shit like that, or see you contribute to this climate of hostility towards me and my fellow Ward fans. Might as well get it over with now.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 11:42 pm
People who know me know that I’ve in the past spoken up against the denigration of female characters. Actually I’ve lost a good chunk of my LJ friends list over that issue, and I stand behind every word I said. But I don’t think that denigrating male characters is the answer to that problem. In my opinion, the answer lies in promoting fanworks about female characters. Writing fic. Drawing fanart. Reccing those works. Commenting. Exchanges. In calling out unfair character bashing. But I’m not going to choose between fangirling female characters and fangirling male ones. I want both. I need both in a canon in order to get really pulled in.

Is fandom seriously just capable of thinking in binary terms? No nuance, no context? I get backlash but it makes no sense to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and there’s a lot of that going on. Has been for years. It’s so unproductive.
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Thursday, December 5th, 2013 08:34 am
My stocking has been hung. :o)

(I edited that thing about a dozen times and still forgot Hansel and Gretel...)

I'm looking forward to Yuletide and am having fun stuffing stockings, but other than that I'm not really getting in a pre-christmas mood here. It's just so warm. The hedgehog too isn't even thinking of hibernating, instead he's running around in his enclosure looking for food. (The little critter has learned that if he bangs two plates together loudly, food will appear. Now we make extra sure that there are no empty plates before we go to bed.)
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Thursday, July 4th, 2013 01:22 pm
You know what's annoying? When you post fanart to tumblr where it goes mostly or entirely ignored, only to see the same fanart posted by other people getting plenty of attention.

I don't know how to counter this development but let me state for the record that as an artist I find it frustrating and it pisses me off. It's getting to the point where to find the feedback for my fanart I would have to self-google my name on tumblr. I thought getting my own tumblr account would help in that at least some of the feedback would find its way to my inbox, but it makes actually no difference. I'm not gonna bother with crossposting any more, waste of time.
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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 09:42 pm
This looks like fun. Snagged from half my circle...

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode/issue/chapter, etc
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp
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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 11:28 am
my bookmarks are overflowing...

Starting at 1:40 in this Wire gag reel, there's a funny (and rather lyrical, heh) composition of characters cursing. Speaking of Fuck: Shut the fuck up!

THE WIRE - 100 Greatest Quotes (spoilers)
I just finished another rewatch of the show... since with that show, you can't rewatch just one episode, you have to view at least an entire season. And it actually gets better with each viewing, because of the sheer complexity. The writing is so tight. The acting is so good. (The acting is so good that there was a moment of dissonance when I saw them out of character in the gag reel...)

fandom meta: For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud
Talks about hostility towards female characters, possible reasons, possible ways to change this. An astute analysis, I thought. It's long, but worth the read.

excellent short film: This little girl explains autism creatively.

[livejournal.com profile] megatexas wrote a snarky, entertaining article about public art in Austin: But is it art? “Moments,” by Carl Trominski

20 Amazing Examples of Owl Camouflage

And on cakewrecks, belatedly: Jen Tells An Easter Story... which I'm mostly linking for the last two pics. :)
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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 04:26 pm
... just opened for business. :) Here's the signup post.

If nothing gets in the way I won't be working at all in December, hallelujah, so I hope I can stuff a few stockings myself.

Fandom stocking, Yuletide... and I just bought two large beeswax candles and a pair of lambskin house slippers at the christmas market. All things that considerably brighten up the winter season. And only four more weeks to solstice, not that I'm counting.

Now all that's needed is some actual frost so we'll have an excuse to drink Glühwein!
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 11:58 am
At least a dozen times in the past few weeks I came across the tired argument that "female characters are all so crappily written and the male ones are always so much better developed and interesting and that's why they get all the attention." I really wish these people could just own up to preferring guy characters, instead of defending their preferences by dissing the women in the same breath.

In light of this, I updated my collage No Interesting Female Characters My Ass with Sophie Devereaux, Parker, and Black Widow. Been meaning to do that for ages. Fuck you, fandom, these chicks are awesome.

(This is not a discussion post so if anyone feels compelled to drop in and make a case why any of them don't meet some criteria for awesome: keep it out of my journal. I had that discussion, at length; I won't any more.)
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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 01:22 pm
It's a tight race over on Fandom Steel Cage Match and Parker currently needs only 9 more votes to take the lead over Peggy Olson from Mad Men. I'm just sayin'...

Here, a vid with the best Parker moments. You can see it's a pretty long vid! That's a lot of great moments! And that's just season one!
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 12:24 am
OTW is having its annual membership drive, with most of the donation money going toward the AO3. I love that archive! I go there almost daily by now, and it makes me happy to watch it grow and develop and become more awesome bit by bit.
Not gonna lie, the thought fills me with pride that fandom is creating something at this level.
So, here's to more servers! (And hopefully a kick-ass bookmarking feature, if they can work out the kinks in the tagging system...)

OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011
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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 01:14 pm
Glorious by [livejournal.com profile] such_heights (mulitfandom)
download and streaming

This vid was made for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon. The way it's paced, the story it tells - it's electrifying, no matter how often I watch it.
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 11:06 am
My to-rec folder is once more overflooding so it's time for another link dump. Fic recs will probably be next. Or vids. Or both.

fanfic and copyright
[livejournal.com profile] jimhines: Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. Fanfiction - If we’re going to toss this story around every time we talk about fanfiction, it would be nice to have a few facts to go with the fourth-hand accounts, guesswork, and rumors.

fandom and female characters
[livejournal.com profile] rawles: A Quick Note
The erasure of female characters from a narrative is never feminist. Period. The end.

If you're only interested in writing about dudes, go ahead, and work out how you feel about that with yourself. But please stop pretending you're doing this all for the ladies.
[livejournal.com profile] impertinence: impertinence: linkin' some links
White men are cultural blank slates, of course. Buddy cops, the anti-hero, the odd couple...they're all white guys. All of those dynamics fandom likes, and turns into fandom-specific tropes, can be traced back to wider cultural tropes. And they're coded as being for white men. Obviously, I think that's part of it. But I think the other part requires being critical of fandom itself.

Here's the thing: what we do isn't just transformative. It's really heavily derivative, both of the source material (obviously) and of other fanworks. [...]

Stepping out of that mold takes EFFORT.
[personal profile] ar: way too much rambling on mozart and mary sues
For him to write that 40th symphony, though, he first had to write his 4th. And just there's no shame in young Mozart writing some derivative stuff that sounds cool while he's working his way to writing really original stuff that also sounds cool, there's no shame in writing female characters (or any characters, for that matter, but the discussion hasn't been about writing Gary Stus) who might not be entirely plausible. You should totally write stuff that sounds cool to you, and you should write a lot of it--and the more you write (and the more you read!), the more you'll figure out how to make your characters plausible even as they're awesome. Same with your descriptions, your plots, your everything.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 01:13 pm
Fandom: where other people write meta so you don't have to.

Recommended reading:
boosette: Storming the Battlements or: Why the Culture of Mary Sue Shaming is Bully Culture.
Calling "Mary Sue" in this environment is shaming women for empowering themselves.

There is no substantive harm in writing a "Mary Sue" -- there is no substantive harm in creating a character, original or otherwise, who "warps the world around them", who is "adored by all for no particular reason", who wins the day.

There is substantive harm in bullying and shaming real people for empowering themselves through their writing. Words have power. Words cause harm. Words hurt, and the wounds they leave are deeper and longer-lasting than many physical wounds. I nearly stopped writing entirely, as a teen, after having my work and my OC called "Mary Sue". I have friends who did stop writing because of it.

Before anyone says: "Oh, they/you should just have sucked it up and grown a thicker skin! Learn to accept criticism!"


You are blaming the victims of bullying for their bullies' behavior.

That is Not. Okay. Ever.
goldjadeocean: Also, one of these days I'm going to write up a big damn meta post on why the culture around Mary Sue shaming has huge misogynist overtones all over it
Because when I was a 13-year-old getting indoctrinated into fanfic, it seemed to me that the takeaway lesson wasn't "write nuanced characters that make sense in their environment". It was, "don't write about women being awesome"
Such stuff as dreams are made on
Mary Sue these days isn't a criticism of skill. It isn't a criticism of writing ability. It doesn't teach the writer how to build convincing character detail. It teaches her to reduce her expectations for her characters.

When she sits down to write, she thinks, "I can't have this character be too awesome. I can't have her achieve too much. I need her to fail, just a little bit, so people don't yell at me."

And then she never learns how to take risks as a writer, and eventually succeed. And she doesn't gain the skills or the confidence to eventually write a woman who kicks ass, takes names, and is a real, full-bodied character while she's at it.
niqaeli: on mary sue policing and why i cannot abide it
I'm a fan of realistic characterisation but as much as I am one, I am NOT simultaneously a fan of hurting other people, of tearing them down, of saying, you are a silly and overwrought woman who needs to learn her place in life, you shouldn't have dared to even daydream about better.

Life's too short to read bad writing; it's also far too short for me to spend time and energy enforcing attitudes about writing that are on their very best days still deeply tinged with misogyny.
Some of my own thoughts, copypasted from a comment elsewhere )

[eta: Rules of this journal: do not bash Jennifer Keller or Sam Carter (or other characters for that matter). Do not call any female character a Mary Sue.]

[eta2: anonymous comments are screened]
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Friday, August 7th, 2009 02:51 pm
I had to go all the way back to skip=400, and I'm caught up with the flist... though now my to-read folder is overflowing.

Writercon was excellent, I'm very glad I went. I finally met [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper. And [livejournal.com profile] sgatazmy and [livejournal.com profile] greyias. And [livejournal.com profile] pukajen, whom I just had dinner with a few days before at Comic Con. [livejournal.com profile] missmurchison and [livejournal.com profile] revdorothyl who graciously offered me a place to stay when the Minneapolis hostel turned out to be a no-go (seriously, don't go there). Also [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa, who lives, like, next door (well, 90 minutes away) so we have to go to Minnesota to see each other, [livejournal.com profile] deepad, former co-mod from the days of bbf. And I met [livejournal.com profile] argosy in my downtime between conventions and we did touristy things at SeaWorld. :) [livejournal.com profile] michelel72, who offered her room as a hang-out. Okay, I met a whole lot more fun people at WriterCon but it's impossible to list them all, and I'd likely forget half the names.

The panels were really good overall, very interesting, with a high level of audience involvement - I didn't really expect such lively discussion. The details are becoming quite blurry, so I won't attempt to write proper panel reports. [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 has detailed write ups for some: part 1, part 2.

I would like to write more on Kristina Busse's talk 'Affect and the individual fan' which ended up being about tropes... at the very least I'll have to look up the vids she showed there... ah well, I'll link them with my next recs post.

The 'Evil in our midst' panel was quite interesting though I agree with whoever said that those topics would have been better served if they had been split into three separate sessions - racism, sexism/internalized misogyny, and homophobia/fetishization of gay people - instead of lumping them all together.

friendshipper, greyias, tazmy and I were quite encouraged by the 'SGA as closed canon' panel... like someone, I think friendshipper said: There we were, fans from all corners with very different opinions, having a productive talk about the future of the fandom and no one has left the room in angry tears (and someone shouted, We still have ten minutes. *g*). No, really, we were glad we went to that one in spite of being wiped after a day of con.

Many thanks to the con committee for getting everything organized and running so smoothly. And three cheers to [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr, who ran what must be the best hospitality suite ever. I haven't been to many other cons but no way that can be beat... it was cozy and inviting, a good place to hang out and chat anytime one felt like it, and the food was great, with a wide selection ranging from snack food to freshly cut veggies and a delicious homemade chili. You guys rock hard!

Okay, I actually came here to post fic recs but this got so long, I'll put those in a separate post...
[x-posted to DW and LJ]