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A few opinions on Sansa Stark after 5x06

I think people need to calm down about Sansa Stark and what happened to her in “Unbowed, unbent, unbroken”.
I’ll try to explain it better, but first let me just point out I haven’t read all the books so I know some things of what happens at this point in the original only ‘cause I’ve read spoilers around:

1. I read people are disgusted about Sansa replacing Jeyne so that the rape can motivate Theon’s future actions (which are? I don’t know so far and I don’t want to know but it seems this event will bring some more character development for him). The disgust comes from taking an important, central character like Sansa so that the audience is more invested in what happens to her rather than a character we’ve never come to know (Jeyne). I mean, seriously? May I remind you that in season 4, episode 2, Ramsay Snow and Myranda were HUNTING an innocent girl with hounds, shooting arrows at her, wounding her and feeding her to the dogs while enjoying it? Should I remind you Reek was there, more or less in the same position, crying and suffering like hell but unable to move for fear of what might’ve happened to him next? Shall I remind you I never read one single piece of ANYTHING about that scene (wchich I personally found revolting and horrifyin?). But now Sansa’s in Ramsay’s clutches and …ooh, surprise: everyone’s talking about it, everybody’s upset and everybody’s hating on D&D. That’s to prove a point: it is really difficult, watching a show like this, with this much violence and this many characters, to truly care about a minor character (never shown before) thrust in there simply to show Ramsay’s evil and more. If the thing is, “did they only did that so we were more invested?”, I think the answer’s yes and they were right ‘cause now we all are.

2. Some were shocked, others were outraged, most were both things. By the rape, of course. Now, I hated every second of it. I felt dizzy and short of breath in fear of what could happen to Sansa BUT… what were we expecting? Honestly, would you have wanted her to be the one who seduced him, or somehow held the reins of their first night together? Sansa, whom has never had any sexual experience in her life vs Ramsay Bolton, the most twisted psycho in Westeros (and that’s quite a thing!)? Obviously you wouldn’t have wanted that. And of course, we all never wanted her to face what she had to face but it was clear it was going to happen ever since the wedding was announced. You can easily choose to hate the change in the storyline but don’t come up now with “THEY DID ALL THIS SO HE COULD RAPE HER!”. Technically speaking, that’s what happened historically 9/10 times with arranged marriage and probably you couldn’t even call it rape since she agreed to marry him (remember, Littlefinger gave her a choice after all). Personally speaking I was more disturbed by the psychological abuse than the fisical violence. Deciding to keep the guy who allegedly killed her younger brothers and betrayed Robb in the same room with them as she loses her virginity is like the worst Ramsay could to, to both of them, Sansa and Theon. That’s what we should be concentrating on, I think, ‘cause you can heal from physical wounds but the ones that really scar you are those of the mind/soul. I was outraged for Sansa’s mental position more than I was about a consummated wedding night which of course, it was obvious, wasnt going to be romantic or whatever.

3. Lastly, some people wrote that Sansa’s a broken character now. That all of her character development so far has been useless and that the rape is going to seriously jeopardize any future one.  I couldn’t be less convinced of this. Sansa’s not a little girl anymore. She’s been married to Tyrion and she knows what happens (most of the times) during a wedding night. SHE HAS PROBABLY BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT SINCE LITTLEFINGER SUGGESTED THE PLAN. SHE KNEW what was coming and she decided to go along with this. It does not mean she deserves it. It does not justify Ramsay. It doesn’t make things easier. BUT IT DOES GIVE HER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, MATURITY. It’s evident she can’t be playing the game of thrones with Ramsay ‘cause she knows he’s a deranged man but she’s not taking any shit from Myranda… the old times Sansa wouldn’t have done that. She’s at home now, she takes strength from Winterfell. The rape doesn’t mean she’s not badass anymore. The rape doesn’t make her arc stupid and her character development insubstantial. RAPE DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE WEAK OR BROKEN. RAPE VICTIMS ARE NOT WEAK OR BROKEN. They’ve endured something horrible but that doesn’t mean they’re not people anymore, it doesn’t make them useless or wasted. It’s too soon to say where this experience will take Sansa but to think she’s a destroyed character because of this is stupid. Remember, she endured her family’s butchering, her home’s destruction and her dreams shattering. She endured and came out stronger. I have no idea what’s coming next for her (I hope something good, for sure) but I’m sure Sansa Stark hasn’t “died” here. The North lives with her. And the North remembers.

Rooftop of Allen House, looking out over corner of Washington and Worcester Streets circa 1965-1980, Boston Landmarks Commission image collection, (Collection #5210.004) City of Boston Archives


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Last night I randomly decided that the previously named Edgar Allen Poe asylum is not really called that. It’s also not one building. As a collective, they are known as that. However, there are three separate houses. Edgar House is for younger children, those 12 and under. It’s a largely residential facility that also does some out patient work, and tries to keep children at home while still giving them the structure they need. Allen House is for teenagers who are struggling with a variety of issues. Mini went there for awhile, in 7th/8th grade. She still went to the normal school however it was determined that Andi was not really in a position to handle her at home, given that she didn’t have much experience with that stuff, and had to support the whole family. She was home on passes often though, and eventually was allowed to come home. But that’s why in the original story I didn’t know she had a younger sister for awhile, because she was away. At Allen House. She might still be there when Alex meets Terry, I’m not sure. It was during Alex’s relationship with Birtch that she was sent there in the first place, because Andi couldn’t deal with both of those at home, and Mini hated that Alex was always the one that got the attention. It put a strain on Alex and Mini’s already damaged relationship, because Mini felt like Alex was always getting the attention, and that people cared about her more, while Alex felt like Mini thought she was getting abused on purpose, and doing it for attention, and making shit up. Eventually, they become close again. Way later on, when Taevynne is in the picture and Alex starts defending her to Hemming. Allen House is also where Ellie went to live at various points during her teenage years when Angel couldn’t handle her anymore, or just didn’t care enough. 

Poe House is for adults. It’s a smaller facility, because there is less need. That’s where Ellie is now, given that she’s entirely non-verbal and not entirely emotionally mature due to the fact that she shut down at age 9. I think she may also have a history of self-harming behavior, and refusal to cooperate with authorities. She’s also got a lot of trust issues. I need to develop her more. She’s high functioning though, and does go out on passes often enough. 

Anyone watching Ghost Hunters right now...

First off, welcome to Monticello, home of War Eagle Boats and ghosts.

Secondly, this shit is legit. That shit really does happen in the Allen House, trust me I know.

Thirdly, cOME SEE THE HAUNTED MAZE ALL THROUGH THIS MONTH IT IS SERIOUSLY SCARY.

In Memorium:

The ‘Double-J Power Play’ at Ormond Smokos

August, 2012 - May, 2013

Granted to us such little time,
but fruitful so that here, in rhyme,
we mourn that we did not deserve
longer to dwell on Josh’s curves.

We can but frame these treasured sights,
and thank the Gods he had no tights,
and turn our minds to seasons when
Allen bequeathed us such loose men.

And Jack, on whom we pinned our hopes,
that he’d bum someone else’s smokes -
his costumes left a memory here,
of a man who did it for the beer.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, (although the freshers will probably still be about the same age);
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn (that’s for the courts to do);
At the going down of the sun, and when we stay up all night and watch it rise up again while wearing traffic-cones as hats,
We will remember them.

Imagine ….

When Barry had just come to live with the West family, he had tried to run away, go back to the Allen house with his survival kit. He was so angry with Joe at first because Joe had put his dad to prison, so he ran away, went back to where he felt happiness. In his heart, he do not hate West family, but it’s not his home.

Then Iris was the one who found him at his old house. She didn’t convince him to go back, just sit there with him until Joe found them. Barry told Iris about his mom, about the man in yellows, how he missed her, how was his angry when nobody believed him. Iris listened to him, and also told him about her mom, how she missed her, how cold and distant her family had been after her death/dissapear/whatever. Iris told him that she thought he had left her like her mum too. And she was shaking because of that fear. Barry hold her hand, wanted to comfort her. After awhile, Joe found them.

From then on, Barry has never attempted to leave anymore, because he knows Iris’ pain, and doesn’t want to make her feel like that again.

Okay, sorry for the poor English :“)

Nylan||April 2015.

I recently shot an “extended portrait” or a mini-documentary if you will on Nylan for a class (Which I will be posting photos of, probably over the next several weeks). My teacher wants this to turn into a long term project. 

This was a shot I accidentally took while trying to make sure I didn’t fuck up the film. This is one of my favorites from the entire shoot.