there’s been a little bit of a rift in the ere//min fandom; it seems that the
latest chapters have turned some people off the ship – and discourse concerning
whether or not our sub-fandom cares about Eren or not, has surfaced. I’ve
followed the discourse, sent a single civil anon, but otherwise chosen not to
get personally involved, as I did not feel like I had much to gain from
throwing in my two cents (I had my own views and experience of the most recent
chapters, and I didn’t care to question others’ when I could otherwise just
keep to myself). However, this topic has now been brought to me, through an
unpleasant anon I received earlier today. Apparently, I am seen as
relevant to this discourse, so now I’m choosing to speak my mind on it:
In summary, a portion of the fandom feels like the rest of us dropped the ball
on Eren and didn’t care about the fact that he’s suffering mental anguish -
only using him for shipping fodder and nothing more. When regarding the ship,
the opinion seems to be that Armin no longer understands Eren. This, and the
fact that Eren isn’t cheering up even around Armin, points them to conclude
that ere//min isn’t what’s right for Eren anymore (if it ever were).
abovementioned opinion is perfectly valid, and without having a complete
overview of the entirety of our fandom, I can only speak for myself when I say
I acknowledge Eren’s pain – so whether or not there is some truth to the
complaint regarding his place in some shippers’ hearts, I do not know. However,
the direction of the discourse is taking a misguided turn: to me, it appears
that shipping ere//min – in this discourse – is starting to become synonymous
with not caring about Eren. Perhaps this is what led the aforementioned anon to
send me hate? I do not know. All I know is that since I’m being called out, I’d
like to declare wholeheartedly that shipping ere//min is still perfectly ok! See,
Eren’s place in the fandom, and the ere//min bond are two topics that should not
have merged, yet did; caring about Eren and shipping ere//min are not mutually
exclusive! If any of you, like me, are starting to feel gradually more and more
uncomfortable for shipping ere//min due to this growing mentality, feel uncomfrotable
no more! I am here to tell you – as well as the anon, if they’re still tuning
in – why you’re not a crook for shipping it:
No matter how you interpret the most recent chapters, the bond that Eren and
Armin shared up until now, is canonically tight. They had many moments
showcasing their devotion to one another, and nothing that happens in the
future, will change the fact that the bond was beautiful (and – I’d argue –
healthy) in the past. That past bond is unchangeable, and will always be worth
showing appreciation for. If you like to stay in the “good old days” and
cherish what they had there, there’s nothing wrong with that. And if you still
wish to ship ere//min going forward, that’s fine too, because there are many ways
to view the current situation: you do not need to disregard Eren’s needs to be
able to pair him up with Armin; I, for instance, still ship it, because I
believe Eren will overcome his hardships and return to a state where he’ll be
compatible with his two friends once again. While it’s perfectly ok to think
that he has changed and no longer fits Armin as a person, it’s equally as ok to
believe that the boy is victim to circumstance, and will be aligned with his
friends again as soon as the roadblocks are removed. If I did not think Eren
would ever fit Armin again, I would not ship it, because then I’d feel like the
beauty was lost; instead I feel like it’s just dormant. I still ship ere//min,
because I still believe it’s what’s right for the both of them. This guess
about the future is just as valid as someone else’s.
Personally, I don’t believe it would make sense for Armin – a sixteen year old
teenager – to understand the situation Eren’s in right now. What more, no
couple (or friendship) is aligned 100% of the time; there will be times when
people fight, misunderstand each other, etc., but people work through that. I
don’t believe Eren’s current shambled state is his end-all-be-all state of
mind, and I don’t think Armin has to be able to cheer him up all of the time,
to be able to keep him close. Some hells can’t be avoided no matter what, and I
believe the hell Eren’s in right now is one no amount of understanding could
have been able to chase away. Romance isn’t what Eren needs right now, that’s something
I agree on, but that isn’t to say it never will be. The fact that Armin isn’t able
to make Eren feel happy despite the ultimate monster hurricane of pain he’s
feeling, isn’t a sign that Armin’s failing, it’s a sign that Eren’s going
through stuff that can’t be smoothed over.
I’m holding my breath to see how Eren’s state develops going forward, and I
know there’s a chance it’ll get worse first (or never heal), but I still
believe he’d be doing even worse without Armin and Mikasa – and in my mind, I
still envision him climbing also this mountain, till he’s at a place where love
becomes relevant yet again. That’s how I know it’s possible to both love Eren
and ere//min at the same time. Because I love that boy, and I still think the
healthiest bond he has, is with Armin.
thing: all the times they motivated each other with talk of the ocean, all
those moments they had – that’s not invalidated by Eren not being excited by
the ocean. The power the dream had to drive the both of them, isn’t suddenly
false – rather, what it means is that the lack of enthusiasm Eren feels now, is
due in large part to outside sources, and is not a testament to his actual lack
of genuine interest up until now.
like leaving the ship behind is fine, continuing to ship it is also perfectly
ok! Please don’t feel discouraged either way, my friends!
friends? I’d like to mention that there is nothing wrong with focusing mainly
on the shippy aspect of a chapter! As many of us are niche blogs and/or
sideblogs, it’s a given that the ship aspect of the hype will take center stage
to us – but this does not mean it’s automatically the only thing we see, care-,
or think about! To say that such a thing is always the case, would be to
deliberately buy into a close-minded point of view. If a blog focuses mainly on
shipping, it’s usually because that’s what gives them most joy to blog about –
and as this is not a job, but a hobby to us all, naturally we choose to spend
our time on what we find most pleasing! In no way does it mean that we don’t
also see the dangers, the mysteries, the elaborate plot twists, etc.; it simply
means that at the end of the day, we find more joy in analyzing character
relations with others who also find joy in that. And if that’s not your thing,
that’s fine – but what’s not fine is building up under a mentality that those
fans are any less worthy than others, or that it’s ok to hate on them because
you don’t enjoy their conversations, jokes and the likes.
friends: shipping ere//min is still absolutely ok! If you believe these boys
belong together, please don’t let anyone tell you you hate Eren for it – and if
you don’t ship it, please don’t equate people shipping it, to Eren-hate.
Talking mainly about shipping, instead of some other aspect of the story, is
also fine! So keep blogging, ere//mins, and don’t feel bad about wanting things
to work out for our boys! ^^
what intrigues me most about gaston and lefou is that gaston is somehow both somewhat ignorant of lefou’s sexuality (”how is it no woman’s snatched you up yet?”) and yet is also aware enough to use lefou’s feelings for him to manipulate him and and threaten him with institutionalisation and tell him off for being too handsy (“too much?’ …”yep!”)
this also explains why there’s not One Big Gay Moment at the end – initially i was let down by this because of the Hype, BUT – the film is set in the 1700s. if lefou HAD had a Big Gay Moment, he would have been killed, thrown out of town, or committed like maurice. that’s why the relative subtlety of the dance (note, you can see him again dancing with a woman as the camera pans out at the end) and his heart-eyes moments with Gaston are as RELATIVELY understated as they are: it’s obvious to a 2017 audience that lefou wants the d, but it’s also subtle enough that he can pass for straight to a small, intolerant town and have people wonder why he’s still unmarried. additionally, it’s good that lefou is more developed and has a personality outside of Being Gay, so give disney credit for that at least, when many shows and movies can’t even manage that.
further, gaston and lefou are stated to be childhood friends in the novelisation, i hear, and confirmed war buddies in the film. perhaps lefou was a bit too unsubtle one day and gaston realised lefou has a thing for him but let it go because lefou is his best friend and is good at stroking his ego (insert “he’d like to stroke something else of gaston’s” joke here), the way he doesn’t care that belle is smart and independent because she’s hot and a good trophy wife. but once lefou started to realise that gaston isn’t as great as he thought and is actually a shit friend, gaston has no trouble threatening to send him to the asylum with maurice, presumably for his sexuality. for disney to give lefou a Big Gay Moment would ruin the realism of the film, because it would realistically ruin lefou’s life. save your outcry for when disney makes a modern movie with a gay character and has only a few seconds at the end.
and remember that in russia, and some other places, they wanted to cut the whole song “gaston” because of how Gay it was. you want a Big Gay Moment? “gaston” is it.
at this point I genuinely do not believe that the Rogue POTUS staff twitter is real.
Some of the national park ones seem real (in the sense that they were started by genuine staffers and then handed over to scientists/environmentalists in other countries who can be trusted to keep the secrets of who founded the accounts while still continuing in the spirit of them and sending out real info), but the POTUS staff one has too many tells of a troll account.
the #triggered tag is a troll tag, and they aren’t providing any externally verifiable info, unlike other alt/rogue accounts.
Of course "queer" is a slur. That's why we reclaimed it in the first place.
We started to use “queer” to describe ourselves because to the people who hated us, any word that meant us meant “bad.” Didn’t matter if they said “queer” or “faggot” or “homosexual,” or “like THAT, you know,”– it was a bad thing to be. There was no room in the language for us to be us and proud of it.
So we said, “the hell with that,” and we took ground that did not belong to us, and we made it our own. They can’t insult you by calling you something if you call yourself that first. We said “queer” out loud and proud, and we stood up and marched under banners with “queer” written on them, and there were too many of us to stop when we came out in the daylight and shouted our names.
And there are still people who hate us, and whatever we call ourselves, they still think that word means “bad.” “Gay” can be an insult– “that shirt’s so gay.” And all you have to do is hear a conservative politician sneer the word “transgender” in talking about bathrooms to know that even our own words can turn to venom in the mouth of someone who hates what we mean by them.
But we worked our asses off to say that what we mean by them isn’t bad, and we could call ourselves those things, and be proud. And it worked. We took “queer.” We took it so well that it’s a technical term in academic institutions which sixty years ago would have fired someone just for the suspicion that they were one of us. We fought, and we won.
And when you tell me, “queer is a slur, don’t use it,” you’re telling me that that victory means nothing. That we did nothing to change what the word means. That we have to give back the ground we took, that our fight isn’t worth remembering.
I won’t call someone “queer” if they don’t like it, if they don’t claim the name for themself, if it makes them uncomfortable or brings back bad memories– that’s just rude. But I resent and bristle at someone telling me I can’t use the word for myself. It means what I mean, as “gay” or “lesbian” or “LGBT” doesn’t. And more than that– it means, we won this word. We fought, and a lot of us died, and we are still fighting, and some of us are still dying, though not nearly as many. We’re fighting for the meaning– that we can live the way that suits us, and love the people we love– much more than the word. But the word is a symbol, and I’m not willing to give it up.
after episode 6 im 99% convinced that yuuri and victor are already in a relationship.
no seriously hear me out. this is just a theory but im v passionate about it
like we’ve already mentioned before, time is going by in the series. like, its skips a lot. victor first arrived in april and we’re already by at least september (last weeks episode was certainly september, i cant remember when china’s competition took place in this episode).
so what if yuuri and victor started dating somewhere between all those months (or fairly recently, after months of knowing each other) and we’re just supposed to know it?? (which, imho, would be better if they straight up mentioned it but. censorship i guess))
these are no longer hints of them liking each other (like in the first few episodes), these are hints that they’re already in a relationship.
first off, and we’re starting off p tame, the hugs.
since last episode, weve noticed that theyre… pretty physical (specially victor). and its NOT made out to be a big deal (except for certain scenes in particular, where the hugs/contact was relevant to the situation e.g. when yuuri got nervous and victor hugged him from behind to help him calm down). victor will walk up behind yuuri and hug him and they stay like that and thats it. no biggie. but it says a lot about how close and comfortable they are at this point. when they were in the plane? victor was sleeping leaning on yuuri. when victor got drunk, yuuri was p chill til he started to strip.
second, when phichit publishes the picture of naked victor clinging to yuuri, what’s yuuri’s first concern?
yup that’s what worries him
usually when gimmicks like these are used on anime, the character reacts like “OH NO NOW EVERYONES GONNA THINK WE’RE GAY!! THIS IS NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE” WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR HOW YUURI REACTED
AND WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED
do i even need to get into thi s scene. do i really
(also please note victor wasnt flustered, but slightly surprised. not because yuuri was being affectionate, but because yuuri was being the one taking iniciative.)
and now the final blow
boom goes the dynamite
whats that????? hes not talking about his love for victor, but victor’s love for him???? OH???? SO HE KNOWS IT’S NOT ONE-SIDED??
SO YEAH i mean at the end of it all take this w a grain of salt but. what this could be is not the buildup to a romantic relationship but the flourishing of one
not to be a backwards-thinking assimilationist not-radical gay but as someone who has been out for over a decade and faced a lot of backlash for it i would actually really like to be normal. i would really like to be treated normally by society. i’m proud of my identity and i will never apologize for that, but fuck man. there was a post that went around once that really resonated with me – “being gay is a radical act of defiance that none of us signed up for”.
i don’t exist as a lesbian to “challenge societal norms” and i wasn’t outed against my will when i was young just to grow up and be expected to fulfill a role in some “queer” movement that involves fucking, making kinks seem revolutionary or what the fuck ever
i deserve to want to feel normal and i don’t understand why it’s shocking to anyone that after girls like me grow up ashamed of our own thoughts, abused, and constantly knowing that every straight girl around us is more valuable and loved and sane than we are just to be told it’s “not radical” to want to be treated with respect and normalcy by a society that rejected us
Beauty and the Beast isn't what Tumblr's been saying it is.
I can completely get over Emma Watson being Belle for the sheer amount of representation that’s in the film. What representation?
Let’s begin (spoiler alert!):
1. Black People in France. Yes, honey. For the first time in my life, I walked into a widely released period piece that doesn’t ignore the existence of black people. Not as mere servants and slaves, but as actual fucking court members and townspeople. Also, interracial couples. Y'ALL.
2. Le Fou. I was concerned about this, but he actually undergoes character development. He eventually abandons Gaston and has a change of heart (Disney-style, but I’ll take it). The scene with him “dancing with another man” at the end is led up to- it’s not just random. It doesn’t send the message that gay people are stupid and deserve to be mistreated (Mrs. Potts literally tells him he deserves better), which were my main concerns for this film. TL;DR, the LeFou plotline isn’t what Tumblr made it out to be, I promise.
3. The Gender Fluid Character. There is a scene in a which a character normalizes a man in a dress in a positive way. I was expecting him to be mocked, but this doesn’t happen! (Also, I believe this is the same character LeFou dances with at the end).
4. Belle teaches a child to read/ LeFou realizes he can’t read. Watson aside, the actual perils of living in 17th century France are explored, like the Plague, and also the importance of literacy. As children’s literacy is very important to me, I LOVED this.
There’s more, but I think the representation needs to be supported (listen, I almost never see myself in a period piece, I was expecting this cast to be vanilla as hell) and Disney needs to know that we want more of it.
ALSO: to the white and non-black POC who straight up lied about the representation in this film, I SEE YOU.
what she means:
we allowed 50 Cent to single-handedly ruin Ja Rule's music career. Sure their beef started long before the diss tracks came out because Ja Rule got robbed by 50 Cent's friend and he associated him with the act of theft, but would you be mad at people who associate with known thieves? and half the times the jabs at his musical style were so low-- people went on and on about how Ja Rule was weak because he sang, but now rappers like Drake as well as many local rap artists have careers predicated on half-hearted singing along with rapping. Ja Rule was ahead of his time, if you ask me.