Dystopian societies and execution
themoormaiden asked you:
Hi! I’m in the middle of planning/researching for a dystopian novel (I know, what a surprise, right?) and I’m struggling to decide on the society’s method of execution. I was considering using the firing squad because it’s so impersonal and brutal, however I think hanging is more eerie and the gallows are more of a ‘symbol’ of death. Do you have any advice? (Sorry this question is so vague, and so gloomy)
The thing about dystopian-type governments is that, traditionally, they rule either by absolute control and/or fear. So, it depends a lot upon exactly what type of government you have.
What sort of system is your government based upon? What does it resemble most, historically speaking? How did similar governments rule over their people?
Death on its own can be a frightening concept, but what happens between the sentencing and death can be a whole lot scarier. Here are some examples I can think of that are mostly spoiler-free:
- In the controlled societies I’ve read, governments strive to “keep peace”, which means offenders tend to simply vanish (and/or exiled), such as in “Matched” (if my memory serves). And in the case of “Matched”, the people are controlled by a set of pills that everyone has on their person at all times. Different pills do different things.
- Then there’s semi-controlled societies like in “Divergent”, where teens are placed in different factions based on their personality types, and those who don’t fit the personality types end up being factionless, or basically homeless. I’m pretty sure each faction dealt with their offenders differently.
- In absolutely chaotic governments, there’s torture, public humiliation, threats against family and friends, or the types of things that “make an example” to the rest of society. Think of “The Hunger Games” and how an entire district was eliminated as a threat to the other districts, and the whole “Hunger Games” was a ritual to keep people from rising up at all (and, you know, there were also the Avoxes).
- There’s also religious chaotic governments (or societies in this case) such as in “The Forest of Hands and Teeth”, where everyone is expected to conform to the rules, or risk being thrown outside the wall where zombies wander, which was pretty much not even a death sentence.
So, think about how your government needs to control the people of your particular world and what lengths they’ll go to. How did that government even come into power? What did they do? Why did people decide to obey them? What did they have to gain? What do they have to lose?
I hope this helps! Good luck!
Anonymous asked you:
For the execution post, another example is in the Shadow Children series. People were tortured depending on the crime. Treason got you beaten then killed, but if you offered then information they wanted, you could get out of it. But, if your crime is of lesser importance, you wouldn’t be tortured or killed. But everyone thought they’d be killed for even minor crimes since the government told them that.
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dark phoenix!will's laughter is a strange and twisted and somehow clear thing. he kisses hannibal with the same fierceness he applies to everything; they go looking for murderers and abusers and rapists in the supermarkets, and ravish alana after dinners. abigail comes home for holidays and summers, will have a home of her own at some point, but theirs is always open to her. the night they dined on jack crawford is the night will fell for sure; the night he became complicit; the night (cont)
(cont.) he stopped pretending to be a murderer and started pretending to be an innocent. his laughter is dark, less brittle, more clear, because he has become the monster in his closet and there is no re-hinging him. some day he will kill hannibal; may even kill alana too; and that’s the joke, that that day he may kill himself too; and every day he flips a coin. every day he smiles.
but seriously; the appeal of a dark phoenix canon; where all our players go dark; have something dark inside them already that allows them to get pulled in and seduced by hannibal into violence is just … insanely seductive. it does not mean i want it to happen in canon, and i probably would be hugely upset if it did but
(happy little dark obsessive codependent murder family who go to operas and travel the world and hannibal buys will beautifully tailored tuxes and together they slowly undress alana from her couture gown with its butterfly pattern of blood in the soft candlelight of their old roman apartment full of art, being hunted across the world, abigail their girl inside the fbi and all of them who might turn on each other in an instant but haven’t yet and i just.
serial killer aus. all the serial killer aus)
things like this are why i love fandom.
I am a non-binary trans*androgynous boi, and I really like your blog. I totally agree with you that cis men cannot be feminists, but I disagree when you say that trans men cannot be feminists because they are men, and feel like it erases a lot of their experiences and struggles.
I understand why you say that, because trans men are often still grouped in with women and seen as “men lite” because of their birth assigned gender. However, there are a lot of reasons why trans men totally have the right to call themselves feminists even though they are men.
First and foremost, there are a lot of trans men who don’t take hormones or have top surgery, either because they are not yet able to do so, or choose not to do so. This doesn’t make them any less of a man. However, because of their appearance they are most likely not going to benefit from male privilege and will still suffer the oppression of the patriarchy.
Secondly, even for trans men with male privilege, the majority of them still spent a good chunk of their lives suffering patriarchal oppression before they transitioned. Those experiences do not get erased just because the way they are read now matches their gender.
And the last point I want to make is that trans men still suffer under the patriarchy in ways that cis men do not, such issues with work conditions if they are outted, health insurance coverage, douchey doctors, etc. It certainly doesn’t make them any less of a man, but they often have to face situations and issues that are a direct result of the patriarchy that cis men do not have to deal with.
So I hope you take those points into consideration. You said yourself that feminism if for those who are directly oppressed by patriarchy,and said that non-binary folks can be feminists (even though they aren’t women either). For as long as transphobia exists, trans men will experience some of that oppression. Maybe not in the same way that women do, but in different, equally valid ways.
I dunno. I’m opening this up to my followers, what do you guys think?
I can't wait for Moffat to quit being the head writer after season 8 just so I don't have to hear so much incessant bitching about him from people like you.
OH MY GOD
CRYSTALZELDA LOOK MY FIRST ANON HATE IM SO EXCITED OMG I LOVE THIS. YAY. IM GONNA FRAME THIS AND PUT IT ON MY WALL IM SO HAPPY.
I FINALLY DID SOMETHING TO PISS SOMEONE OFF.
/wipes tear away, you’re not doing something right unless you get anon hate amirightgurl/
It’s not so much ‘bitching’ as you so eloquently put it as critiquing — MOFF IS THAT YOU. I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CANT STAND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF YOUR WRITING.
lexi i need help my best friend is also my ex (from a few years ago) but now he's not a dick and he's really hot and he said he'd do me but he's had a gf for almost two years but we're only like 16 and he said it's like being married but she lives hours away and she's younger and she's a bitch to him and he said he feels like he's in too deep now cause she's suicidal so he's afraid if he breaks up with her she'll kill herself what do i do?? i think i love him???
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I was trying to figure out why Dean has been looking so much more attractive to me this season, and I realized it's because he's been happier much more often. He's really finally letting himself enjoy things, don't you think? And it shows in his face. I don't know, last season he looked almost old, bitter and sad, and this one he's got laugh lines. It's really fascinating.
ahh yes yes one of my favourite things about s8 has been how Dean has opened up so beautifully ;A;
also one of the reasons 8.11 is one of my favourite episodes, i love it when Dean gets to have fun and make friends and love and be loved and be honest and easy on himself because it’s the most beautiful sight to see. i hope he gets a lot more of that next season!! and gets to bring Cas along with that experience as well :’)
I think it's a more recent video but what video is the one where Ezra and Rostam are asked who from the band could date their sisters? Thanks!
Vampire Weekend play the Newlywed Game (around 2:20 mark)