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thewolverina:

omnomnumbat:

skinny-butt:

sqbr:

Swancon is the local scifi convention.

Queerbaiting, Favourite comics, Magic Systems

Making Indie Games, Invisibility

Swancon 2015 Homework Panel, My Favourite Anime, Trailer Park

Queer women in sff, Happy Queer Sff,…

Wow there’s some fucking lazy revving there jfc. Even I know more appropriate stuff then that.

Did anyone actually do any research??????

For some of them, definitely. And my notes miss the conversation around the recs, some of which pointed out various flaws. But there was a LOT of audience contribution, which is always dicey.

Maybe a better option would be a tightly controlled presentation focussing on a small number of high quality works and including any neccesary caveats. 

Of course the yuri panel at Waicon took that aproach and still gave an unqualified rec to Sakura Trick. And, for example, if @omnomnumbat and I were to do such a panel together we’d end up arguing about whether or not to include Utena. But maybe the audience would find that exciting :)

dellabooks:

Here is the thing about Anne Shirley: the reader has to anticipate her heterosexuality. There is a certain narrative structure to heternormativity:

  1. A girl is strange, loud, gender aberrant, uninterested in boys, or too interested in other girls.
  2. Said girl, in order to become a woman, must adopt more traditionally feminine traits, one of which is explicitly an interest in only boys.

Which is to say that heterosexuality, normative gender behavior, and “adulthood” are, for many children’s book heroines— and for many little girls— inextricably intertwined. The reader thus associates Anne’s queerness— here I’ll focus on her “passionate” love for Diana— with Anne’s childishness and silliness.

Anne’s relationship with Diana follows to the letter the traditional structure of romances. Anne fantasizes about having a “bosom friend” and then meets and falls rapturously in love with Diana. They swear to their love, but are cruelly torn apart by Marilla’s currant wine, and finally, after Anne’s feats of heroism with ipecac, are tearfully reunited. Diana sends Anne a card saying “If you love me as I love you / Nothing but death can part us two.” And they are so joined— Diana as Lancelot kissing Anne’s Elaine, Anne and Diana swearing that they shall never marry and remain old maids together, Anne “smiling affectionately into the pretty, vivacious face so near her own”— until Anne goes off to Queen’s and must reassure a reproachful Diana that although Diana heard Anne was “infatuated” with Stella Maynard, Anne “love[s] [Diana] more than ever.”

And yes, it’s funny! It’s funny and overly dramatic like most young love is. But it’s also unbearably confined and dismissed by the confirmed expectation that Anne and Diana both grow up to love and marry men. And, when you think about the ways that queer women have taught themselves to confine and dismiss their own feelings because of the choices and vocabulary they had available to them, it’s also unbearably sad.

Anne’s Diana-related fantasies reveal her own awareness of her circumstance: she fantasizes both about giving her own life for Diana’s and of being left behind at Diana’s wedding. (Interestingly, these fears and fantasies start only after Diana first mentions Gilbert Blythe to Anne.) Anne is fully aware of the enforced behavior that adulthood entails, and she despairs of it. Her found community of kindred spirits, her persistent storytelling, the entire world she renames in Avonlea, are all not insignificant acts of revolution and self-creation.

But still, she is made to grow up. Anne says towards the end of Green Gables that she has found it is “nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one’s heart, like treasures”  because she doesn’t “like to have them laughed at, or wondered over.”

And so Anne learns to keep her queerness to herself.

And this is why baby!bi!sqbr could never bring herself to ship Anne with Gilbert and felt increasingly melancholy whenever she tried to read past the first book. 

Something I appreciated about Anne is that she wasn’t a “proper” girl but she didn’t want to be a boy either. I had every respect for tomboys but that wasn’t me. I wanted to wear pretty dresses AND have a “bosom friend” AND have thrilling adventures AND be a famous author. 

Swancon 2014 Panel Notes

omnomnumbat:

skinny-butt:

sqbr:

Swancon is the local scifi convention.

Queerbaiting, Favourite comics, Magic Systems

Making Indie Games, Invisibility

Swancon 2015 Homework Panel, My Favourite Anime, Trailer Park

Queer women in sff, Happy Queer Sff, Gender Ambiguity, Angst and Violence, Matriarchies

So, Swancon is very much still Swancon.

Given the number of times she was mentioned (at least in the ones I read) maybe they should try get Ursula LeGuin to a Swancon.

I’m glad I didn’t go to the Queer panel (or Swancon :P), I tried reading some of the queer recs from last year and was grossly underwhelmed by them as well as being pretty annoyed some were suggested as good queer stories.

I think—apart from Swanconners are terrible, just terrible—a lot of people are unable to separate “I enjoyed this story” from “is this a story I can recommend to X/for Y?”

Like I once asked for fictional asexuals who were neither non-human nor inhuman and someone in all faith recommended Dexter.

Also there’s that nerd thing of wanting to be the Smart Kid who knows an answer for everything and not wanting to step back and admit that you have no idea what you’re talking about on this topic. “I read a book with a gay character in it once!”THAT’S NICE.

Swancon 2014 Panel Notes

skinny-butt:

sqbr:

Swancon is the local scifi convention.

Queerbaiting, Favourite comics, Magic Systems

Making Indie Games, Invisibility

Swancon 2015 Homework Panel, My Favourite Anime, Trailer Park

Queer women in sff, Happy Queer Sff, Gender Ambiguity, Angst and Violence, Matriarchies

So, Swancon is very much still Swancon.

Given the number of times she was mentioned (at least in the ones I read) maybe they should try get Ursula LeGuin to a Swancon.

I’m glad I didn’t go to the Queer panel (or Swancon :P), I tried reading some of the queer recs from last year and was grossly underwhelmed by them as well as being pretty annoyed some were suggested as good queer stories.

Yeah, it really is. Like, I suggested the “queer women” and “happy queer stories” panels because I got sick of everyone suggesting angsty stories about dudes last year, so of course this year we had to keep saying “Yes I’m sure it’s good but IT’S ABOUT CIS MEN. WHO DIE.”. I still enjoyed the panels because I’ve spent three months living with straight people and it was nice being in a room of mostly queer fans. But the con is just barely grasping towards understanding bisexual cis women like me(*), even I could tell that trans, non binary gendered and asexual POVs were badly served. I’m not sure how to address that, though I did like that there were trans panelists on two of the three panels.

And then there’s race ahahaha.

(*)I spent some time after the panels doing LGB 101 with a straight woman who’d only realised that same sex relationships are JUST LIKE REGULAR ONES after watching Janet King. Meanwhile Cam spent like 2 hours explaining to another guy that sexism exists. 

Swancon 2014 Panel Notes

whitegirlsonbookcovers:

If you never read anything from Buzzfeed ever again I won’t care as long as you read this.

postgenderfemmerobot:

i want science fiction and fantasy to engage more critically with concepts of beauty, desirability, and attraction as it pertains to dehumanized (but human) bodies. people of color, (and black people specifically), disabled people,  trans women. which of our bodies are acceptable and which are not. which bodies survive into the future and which don’t. who among us are disappeared from the past, and from alternate timelines, and strange non-existent worlds?

i suppise i would just like to understand the mechanisms at play that make it so  skin tinged bright green from copper based blood is considered attractive when brown skin is not? 

why gigantic, pointed ears or tails or fur but not amputated limbs? 

hobbits but not little people? dwarves but not someone small because of muscular dystrophy or ALS?

alien languages cool but deaf accents awkward? 

why are hearing aids or cochlear implants or service animals less conceivable in scifi futures than bionic people, when it is we, the disabled, who have become masters of integrating biology and technology?

it’s been said before. but the oppressed — and i think this is especially true of black people and disabled people — live lives closest to scifi realities, even though we are consistently written out of sci fi futures. 

if we interrogate our attractions, romantic or aromantic, sensual or sexual or asexual, who we want to sit next to, who we will hold hands with, who we stare at and who we avert our gaze from, it becomes clear how much institutions use concepts of beauty and desirability  to uplift the humanity of some folks and to gut it out in others.

what i’m trying to say is that a lot of us have the ability to love and like and be into a lot of things, but our internalised -isms makes us accept or believe certain bodies as ugly or wrong at face value. 

we generally use ugly to mean less human, and i think there’s potential for scifi to really wrestle with that and unpack it.

arijandro:

bramblepatch:

arijandro:

if you’re in your 20s and you’re defending your right to chill with fuckin 14 year olds in any way that doesn’t resemble a chaperone, consider this: you’re a grown ass adult, the fuck is wrong with you

and as an addendum if you’re an adult in a mixed-age social circle it’s not enough to just not be actively trying to interact in non-chaperonly ways. you need to be willing to be the chaperone. a lot of fandoms draw crowds that start pretty young and if you’re One Of The Adults you need to be willing to keep an eye out for the kids’ safety and you need to hold the other adults accountable for their behavior.

yeah!

I had something I was going to add but tumblr ate it and I have decided this is a sign.

Do you realize that the fat activist movement is a sham by various food corporations in order to increase profits?

fatnutritionist:

fatnutritionist:

red3blog:

nudiemuse:

jadelyn:

thatfeministqueer:

anonymouslayabout:

thatfeministqueer:

Do you realize that the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and that dieting is a sham in order to increase profits?

Did you realize that dieting makes about 1/10 what big food does, and big food has a vested interest in keeping you addicted to crap?

This is hilarious. People actually think it’s the other way around.

I mean, I guess it’s not like dieting is encouraged in every single fucking magazine, in a shit ton of commercials, on billboards everywhere…

Oh wait.

Dieting industry: $60billion/yr industry, controls entire social environment encouraging thinness and actively discriminating against fat people.

"Big food": allegedly makes 10x that, controls small-ish counter-movement of fat people saying "fuck off stop treating me like shit".

Uh…huh. This makes sense how, exactly?

Because it’s unthinkable that actual fat people would genuinely not like to be treated like shit…?

Frankly, I don’t care if it *was* a project of “big food”, I’m still gonna support a movement that has done approximately 100000000000000000x as much for my mental and physical health as dieting ever did.

Um if this is true where the fuck is my food industry check?

Someone thinks this world is one where there is a vast, well funded conspiracy to promote fat positivity? Honestly, it’s scary that they can look at such an unremittingly fat hostile society and think that, but, of course, this is also a world where people sincerely believe in “minority privilege”.

Even corporations with a vested interest in promoting fat acceptance will throw fat people under the bus just ‘cause. Just look at how plus-size clothing retailers are more likely to sell customer data to weight loss companies than do anything substantive to encourage their customers to have a positive relationship with their bodies.

Also, let’s not forget: the food industry and the diet industry are often one and the same. Heinz used to own Weight Watchers. Nestlé used to own Jenny Craig. Some of the most popular diet products - Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine, Slim-Fast, etc., are food products sold in grocery stores.

There have been stupid, transparent, clumsy industry front groups (Center for Consumer Freedom comes to mind) that promoted a sort of pseudo-fat acceptance, but once actual fat activists figured out what they were about, they stayed away from them, because anyone who has spent enough time in fat activism knows the food industry and the diet industry are kissing cousins, and knows better than to trust either of them.

The main benefit of the food industry is that it has, for better or worse, mechanized ways of producing and distributing cheap food to feed a huge population. There is a lot of good to that, but a lot of bad too. Bottom line, no industry is responsible for fat activism. It is a grassroots movement.

Know your history, fellow fats - you can start with this timeline - A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline by Charlotte Cooper.

Some highlights:

  • 1967 - The Fat-In takes place in Central Park, New York
  • 1969 - NAAFA’s Constitution and Bylaws are signed. NAAFA: The National Association to Aid Fat Americans, later renamed the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Girth and Mirth San Francisco formed, Rolling Quads at Berkeley leads to birth of Independent Living Movement
  • 1970 - Llewellyn Louderback publishes Fat Power, cited by The Fat Underground as an influence
  • 1972 - The Fat Underground begins as a group at the Radical Psychiatry Center in Berkeley
  • 1973 - The Fat Underground establishes a chapter, or a local group, of NAAFA in Los Angeles. Later they leave and strike out as an independent organisation.
  • 1974 - The Fat Underground eulogise Mama Cass Elliott at a Women’s Equality Day in Los Angeles

Charlotte Cooper has been involved in fat activism for over 20 years. I’ve been doing this for 14 years (!) this year. There are people still involved who helped start all this up in the late 60s. We need to know our history, or random douchebros on tumblr will try to discredit and take it from us.

BIG FOOD. IT’S ALL A CONSPIRACY BY BIG FOOD.

I realise the food industry does actually exist, but they don’t need to encourage us to eat. EVERYONE(*) EATS. And their profits aren’t directly correlated with the number of calories we eat.

I wouldn’t be surprised if dieters spend as much if not more on food than non-dieters. Pretty much every “healthy eating” bandwagon gets jumped on by food companies cashing in, look at all the expensive, processed and packaged products aimed at “whole food”/”raw food”/”locally sourced” etc eaters. (Note: this is not the time to get smug about eating your own produce. Most people can’t do that) 

(*)Or they die. Which is hardly a good alternative.

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[poster for Dreamworks “Home”, with a young black girl and very short purple alien smiling at each other]

zebablah:

terrakion:

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.

Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.

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SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA

WELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

Omg omg “The True Meaning of Smek Day”!!!!This book isn’t just about a young black girl, it’s about a young black girl dealing with being colonised and sent to what is basically a reservation for humans. The Boov are a blatant metaphor for cluelessly hurtful white colonists. And it’s really cute and funny! Look at this educational video!

If Dreamworks stay true to the original at all this is going to be great. Of course if they make a travesty I will be heartbroken *sighs for the Lorax*. But it’ll still have a black female protagonist voiced by Rihanna! (Omg WILL SHE SING)