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TV Guide Gives Cheers to Supergirl

Cheers to Supergirl for serving up heroines without capes. Whether it’s DEO agent Alex (Chyler Leigh) fighting crime with ladylove cop Maggie (Floriana Lima, right, with Leigh) or badass mogul Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) battling her own evil bloodline, Melissa Benoist’s Kara sure has found herself a super-impressive sisterhood in season 2.

anonymous asked:

what level of specificity would you recommend in naming diagnoses in novels? would you say you run the risk of dating your story if you give your character a label that soon goes out of use (like ddnos in the dsm 4 becoming osdd in the dsm 5)? especially in stories that are meant to be in the far future or an alternate universe. is it better to avoid clinical wording to lessen the chance of it becoming obsolete in a few years? or does the value of explicit representation outweigh that?

This is a interesting question! There’s a couple of ways to go about this:

1. Don’t name any kind of diagnosis at all; let readers draw that conclusion.

This is my least favorite, because I personally think naming the disorder is important for representation. If you choose this one, I recommend really going out of your way to clearly portray the symptoms.

2. Use the real name, even if it’s anachronous / doesn’t fit your setting.

“The wizard has panic disorder and agoraphobia, so they never leave their tower.”

3. Use the real name, but only on a meta / narrator level.

“In another world, her affliction would be called depression, but they had no name for it here.”

4. Modify existing names to try to convey the same meaning while sounding right for your setting.

The healer shakes their head gravely. “He has a disorder of the personality that makes him dependent on others. It is not something a potion can cure.” 

(Dependent personality disorder)

5. Use fancier-sounding existing names.

“I’m so worried about her, Father. Do you think it could be dysthymia?”

(Persistent Depressive Disorder)

6. Use historical names if your story is in the past. Be careful with this one though - some of the historical terms can be problematic.

Alex Example takes a deep breath before confessing to Lord Winston, “I think I have manic depression, just as my mother did.” 

(Bipolar or related disorders)

7. Make up a name and describe its symptoms enough that readers understand what you’re saying.

The seer peers at Alex Example before saying, “The Curse of the Soldier is upon you.”

Alex Example frowns. “But how can I have it? I’ve never been on a battlefield.”

The seer smiles sadly. “War is not the only horror that can bring the curse. The tragedies you’ve been through are haunting you.”

(PTSD)

8. Make up names and link them to the current diagnosis if your story is in the future.

“I’ve got severe neural psychosis.”

“What’s that again? I don’t know psychobabble.”

“Used to be called schizophrenia.”


Hope that helps! 

Followers, can you think of other ways to include a diagnosis in your non-modern stories?


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One of the things I love about TV shows, is the ability to re-watch scenes with the click of mouse. Especially after learning something new. I like to re-watch with my new knowledge and see if the story was leading there all along.

This scene from 2x13 of Supergirl gave me that opportunity, but in a new perspective.

With just a few heartwrenching, well-acted lines the writers gave us a look into the Maggie Sawyer backstory we’ve been screaming about. An idea to why she’s so guarded. An explanation for her patience and understanding with Alex’s coming out.

The best part for my giant fangirling emotions? Re-watching the Sanvers’ scenes knowing she’s lying about her parents acceptance and she’s hiding the pain for Alex. Seeing how truly happy she is that Alex told Kara with no negative repercussions and wondering if it stings a little. Understanding these lines better, “I heard everything you said.” “I don’t meet many people that I care about.” And simply understanding Maggie Sawyer a little better. From one scene!

I’ve said it before and will continue reiterating, this is my favorite show since Buffy. It’s not perfect. But it has kickass female characters. Played by fantastic actresses. And a lesbian storyline I’m loving. I’m excited every week for a new episode.

Do I want more Sanvers? Always. Especially if it’s more opportunities to showcase the acting of Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima. Especially especially, if it’s angsty, meaty, heart-felt content. What can I say, I like my drama in fiction not real life.

This season feels a bit all over the place, but I’m still in love. I’m here for the kickass women. The strong acting. And the lesbians help.

Ps, if you think my over indulgence into the significance of one scene for Detective Maggie Sawyer is bad; come talk to me about
Meredith. Fucking. Grey.

Karamel is finally happening

Finally today I watched the Supergirl episode and just a word: PERFECT.

All those Karamel moments killed me and made me live again:

The “she’s with me” that Mon El said sounds more like “hey, she’s my gf, stay away for her”.

When Kara realized that Mon El was jealous it was like “really Kara? I think we realized when Mr. Mxyzptlk appearsed” but it was cute anyway.

That little fight that they had in the DEO was so adorable & funny for me.

And then that momento when Kara push him away and she says that maybe they can not be together and then his face… breaked my heart literally.

And after all the fight happen and see how Alex/Maggie and Winn fixed their troubles: THEY KISS, THEY ADMITED THEIR FEELINGS, ACCEPT THAT THEY CAN BE TOGETHER AND THEN KISS EACH OTHER.

How can I survived after this? I mean, they’re finally canon. One of my OTPs is  happening and I can’t be more happy for that.

Oh, and the phrase “you are my kryptonite” was so sweet and made me love him even more.

I need someone to fangirling and talk about this

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irishmegs88  asked:

So more about Chubster Alex? I like how she uses her fans to get what she wants. Like my mommies said I couldn't buy this so she goes to Auntie Raven to help her set up a GoFundMe page so she can buy it. Raven also being a shit helps her set it up.

Honestly Chubster Alex has the whole world wrapped around her chubby lil fingers like someone in the toy store will probably recognize her and bam she’s walking out with a HUGE toy and Clarke’s like TF bitch where did you get that???

“My fans” 

@-stepsky- replied to your post “@-stepsky- replied to your post “Anyway, Maggie Sawyer is more than a…”

That moment was therapeutic for Maggie. She has been able to give a new, more beautiful sense to her trauma. Sorry, professional deformation

I fail to see how it could be therapeutic for Maggie when they literally didn’t talk about it at all. It became all about how Alex felt and how Alex’s expectations were let down.

I get how Alex would be disappointed, but I’m pretty sure she would have understood why Maggie wasn’t comfortable celebrating Valentine’s Day after what she’s been through.

Instead they had Kara basically tell Maggie that she should change and “get over it” simply because that’s what Alex wanted. Yes, loving someone sometimes (and I strongly emphasize sometimes) means putting their needs above your own. In this case, that should have been reversed.

It’s not a competition of pain, but having your amazing and supportive girlfriend refusing to celebrate Valentine’s Day does absolutely not compare to being thrown out by your family.

Flowers and formal wear isn’t therapeutic in this case. Communication is. It’s incredibly frustrating and disappointing to not have writers who recognize that. It feels like they’re disrespecting the countless of queer kids who actually were shunned by their families.

I don’t really want to fight about this. You’re entitled to your opinion, so it’s fine if we disagree and I think we’ll leave it at that.