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a VOLTRON Paladin torso armor pattern

Hey dudes~ so someone asked if i was willing to share my armor patterns, and the answer is HELL YEAH.

So, here’s the dealio with these: 

1. I used a dress form sized to me to make these.

( that’s  5″5, ~150lbs, 39-40″ at the bust lv,32″ at the waist.and 16″ across the shoulders.)

they can resize, but that’s on you. ;D

know your measurements, know where things line up.

2. These are designed with EVA foam as the intended material. Stuffed fabric could also work. (maybe.)

3. I’m all for sharing creativity, but for frack or quiznak sake, don’t repost and say you made these. don’t remove the text. its irritating and ugly fine, but the notes on the armor are important. 

(it will confuse people and hurt my feelings okay? let’s be a cool fandom everyone.)

Let’s start!

I recommend using a ruler. since this is on pattern paper (a godsend, btw) the distance between the little blue marks is all a perfect square inch.

the EASIEST way to achieve symmetry is to do one half and fold and copy it to the other. 

*I haven’t done the V shape yet, but can add it later or just make a proper tutorial thing.

Note: registration marks! also, this is designated as the LEFT shape, and connecting to the BACK piece of the armor. not the front. (flip it over and you got the right side!)

Now, I realized after cutting the foam and making sure i can get my head through the hole, this could get interesting really quick when getting the chest piece on and off, especially since my suit zips up the back…


(or do, if you can fit. I can’t. broad shoulders.)

instead,on the back, I’m going to glue/staple/glue some black stretch fabric, and shape the gap to fit at an angle. it should sit flat when in place, and stretch when you need it to.

that way, you can get it on and off easily. 

**I will update on how this goes. 

this is where folding the pattern for symmetry is REALLY handy.

and a good example of how great this paper is.

the length of my guard is 20 lines up with the marks on the torso pieces.

the line going across as labeled is the light level. (EL tape goes there! diffuse your LED’s guys! be careful of your circuits!)

I still need to figure out the shoulder pieces, but this is what i got so far!


for anyone new to EVA foam:

Evil Ted Smith’s youtube channel is a friggn gold mine, guys.

if you do use EVA, please be careful. its difficult to cut, foam gives off fumes when heated or burned, and knives are sharp and most dangerous when slightly dull. use a dremel to fix an edge, not a knife. (it wont work.)

I’d also be happy to make a tutorial for using a dress form for this kind of thing!

feel free to message me personally if you have any questions, happy and safe cosplaying~!!


(its about damn time.)


Note, the leg piece i recommend getting the big roll of foam. and shrink the arms down an inch or so in length. 

this is my update for my leg armor, the hatching is velcro. also, ignore my measurements. sorry these took so long!!

@kinfirms​ tagged me in a post talking about how internet “mom” culture is toxic, (I saw your tags, dont worry <3) and wanted to talk about it a little, but without the queer phobic language it was giving off.

For the most part, I fully and readily agreed with parts of the post detailing how adults can and do behave inappropriately in online spaces towards minors, and how the parental name thing can be a power move. 

I grew up with a lot of fandom “mom” types, who with hindsight, turned out to be rather toxic and predatory. One of them actually took great joy in being a “corrupting” force, and would make lewd jokes and inappropriate comments towards us. And us being vulnerable kids who wanted to fit in and belong went along with it, because it made us feel special to be talked to like we were fellow adults. 

Except we weren’t fellow adults and nor were we being treated as such. We were impressionable youths being treated like toys to stroke an older person’s ego, and that was 110% not okay, and those adults should have known better not to engage with us on those topics.  

I’m hyper aware of being an older person in certain groups now, and try to act accordingly. I try to distance myself while managing to remain encouraging and supportive and hopefully, a positive signifier that people like me can and do grow up into happy (semi-)functional adults. I know there were times growing up when I feared I would not.

I will also never insist that anyone call me “mom”. It’s not a name I picked for myself. It’s an honorific deserving of great respect and mindfulness towards those who gave it to me, not the other way around. People can use it if they want to, and I will respond to it if people use it, but it’s not a role or title or sign of authority, and it’s 100% up to others if they want to use it or not, I don’t mind either way. And just for the record, I also respond to Aunt, Sister, Cousin, Bib, or even my rarely used actual name, Joy :)

I work very hard to respect the boundaries of others, and adhere to my own rules of interaction. I don’t follow back anyone under the age of 18 (with very few exceptions), and I always try to ensure the age of someone when they start talking to me about certain things. 

Most of the people calling me “mom”? Seem to be in their early 20s, chronically ill or queer like me, and or at college age and going through that weird panicked stage of “help, I need an adultier adult how the heck do you make a food budget” so it’s not too much of a problem, but I still take those extra steps anyway. 

I tag my work, I put it under cuts and generally make it known that I don’t want anyone under the age of 18 to read my 18+ work, because it’s the responsible adult thing to do—and it’s my responsibility to lay down those terms. Not the minor. 

If a minor ignores my requests, my tags and the numerous other steps I put in the way to keep my NSFW work hidden? That’s on them, and I can only hope they find it positive and maybe possibly affirming as well—just don’t tell me about it. (I speak from experience, as a minor who went onto 18+ forums looking for something that would show I wasn’t alone with my thoughts and feelings. I found acceptance in queer fanfic that society and family otherwise denied. I wasn’t awful for liking both Superman and Louise Lane, I wasn’t awful and wrong or alone for not being sure if I wanted to be Princess Leia or be with her. And that was very important for 15 year old me, even if it would take another 15 years for me to feel safe enough to tell others.)

When people started calling me “mom” of their own volition, I had a real internal debate over how I felt over using that same moniker others had used before me, and done so in a harmful manner. I wasn’t too keen on it at first, it felt weird, but when people kept on using it without me prompting them to, I came to the decision that hey, it’s just a fun nickname poking fun at my personality, so I just kinda rolled with it. But I also made the conscious decision that if I was going to allow for that nickname, I would strive very hard to be worthy of it and be the adult I needed as a young person, and not like the people I had known.

But that all said? Not all adults take this mindset, and do not behave appropriately towards teenagers and young adults, and you should absolutely be wary of anyone who puts themselves in that position of authority.* It makes me extremely uncomfortable when I see other adults talk about younger people as their “minions” or pets. 

They are not. 

They are people who are deserving of your fundamental respect and often looking for some sort of help or guidance from a role model they lack in real life, or even just want friendly people to talk to about the things they love. They are not there to prop up your ego. Don’t do that shit. Reflect on your own behavior and say “if this was my child, would I be happy about the way I am interacting with them?” 

If the answer is “no” or “I’m not sure”, that’s also a no, and you need to back the fuck off and reevaluate how you interact with others as a whole.

If you are in a fandom or online forum space where the adults are not behaving mindfully of your age, undermine you, or insist on inserting themselves in your life as an authoritarian parental figure? Go with your gut instinct and get the fuck out of dodge. 

You are no one’s minion. You are you, with your own boundaries and levels of comfort. Don’t let anyone try to take them from you or make you feel bad for being uncomfortable with their behavior. That’s a common tactic used by abusers, and if you say to someone “what you are doing makes me uncomfortable” and their response isn’t “I’m sorry, how can I change that?”, but defensive anger or guilt tripping you? Fuck ‘em. There are other groups, other people to talk to. Make your own if you have to. Block anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable. You don’t have to put up with that bullshit to prove your own maturity or worth.

*And just because I feel this is important to say: please question me. Challenge me, point out when I say or do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. I won’t be mad or offended. I welcome corrective feedback. Tell me if I use an out dated term or if I word something poorly so I can apologize, reevaluate my behavior and try to change for the better. I’m human and therefore always learning and making mistakes, but they come from a place of ignorance, never malice. Take care of yourselves out there <333

seafucker  asked:

was fanfic any different in the Olden Days

OH BOY AND HOW. So I am not So Much Of An Old that I was around when print zines were the thing. I got into fanfic-type fandom through the internet. But here are some changes from the late 90s to today:

- In slash fandom, there were a lot fewer main characters written as expressly queer. There was a lot of (in retrospect) very teeth grindingly annoying “We’re not gay we just love each other” type romances. 

- Fic was mostly distributed via mailing lists (email), not by web archives, although some mailing lists also would web archive their stuff. People tended to be more monofannish because you would just participate in the list — people are more multifannish now because we follow specific people through their blogs and get introduced to their other interests, but this didn’t happen as much back in the day. People were definitely still multifannish, though. I’ve always fandom hopped.

- The aesthetic was very different. A lot of older fanfic reads in ways that were more influenced by profic romance novels, whereas modern fanfic has sort of its own, more realist style. (TBH there are also a lot more realistic/pomo style romance novels these days as well.) The stuff from the early 2000s, in comparison to 90s and earlier fic, and in comparison to modern fic, tended to be more experimental stylistically. Overall, fic tended to be longer, but also more uniformly long. There weren’t really many of those 200k monsters either.

- Not a lot of postmodern type fic conceits (i.e. stuff like the one where steve and bucky watch all the movies made about captain america while steve was in the ice, or SGA fic told through excerpts from academic papers, etc.) Early 2000s fandom went through this weird magical realism phase, also.

- In our headers, we used to measure story length in file-size, not in word length. I think this change came about in the early 2000s.

- Real Person Fic was like, not even discussed. It had its own mailing list where we kept basically all of it, and you didn’t mention it in polite company. Then suddenly in 2000-2001 all these legitimate people got into NSync fic. But before that, it was pretty taboo in a lot of fannish circles.

Bangtan is going back to the US for BBMAs, it’s not easy to do this but is it possible to keep everyone in check during this time? Like especially on Twitter. Let’s not rile up other people especially other fandoms please… Seriously most of us ARMYs just really keep to ourselves but sometimes new fans have a distorted view of what being a fan is and keeps causing unnecessary trouble. Seriously if bangtan gets another death threat, I just don’t know what to do. As a fandom let’s be aware of our actions on how it’ll reflect back to bangtan and the fandom please. 

I know we’re really not responsible for other people’s dumb ways but at least let’s not add to it even a little. Let’s try our best to support bangtan in ways that makes them proud of having us as their fans. Teamwork makes the dream work~

anonymous asked:

Can I ask whats wrong with genderbends aka why youre uncomfortale with them?

Back when I first joined tumblr in 2012, genderbends were really popular. They were all over the place and in every single fandom. There were edits and art and faceclaims. And then, people in the trans community started speaking up. Initially, there was some backlash, but in general, the amount of genderbends decreased greatly. (It should be noted that this is my experience and my dash, this could be different for other people)

Going off of that, while this isn’t just a Me Problem, I’m in no way calling anyone out for this. It’s something that’s made me highly uncomfortable for like a year now and it’s not even just this fandom where I ask people to tag them. 

Now that we have backstory: Why Genderbends Are Bad: 

They’re transphobic and cissexist, erase nonbinary genders, and very often fall into stereotypes. 

Let’s go through this point by point. 

  • The transphobia and cissexism part

Genderbends assign body parts to a single gender.

While people might argue that that’s not necessarily the case, I have never seen a piece where genderbend was not equal to cisswap. To genderbend a boy character, he’s given breasts and a vagina. To genderbend a girl, she gets a flat chest and penis. 

That assignment of breasts and vagina = female, penis = male is incredible transphobic. Genderbending assumes your genitals and body parts determine your gender

Genderbending also assumes that all characters are cis by default. Which is cissexist because often times, characters aren’t given a canon gender identity. This assumption is cissexist and removes the possibility of a character’s gender being anything other than cis. 

  • The erasure part

Genderbending implies that there is only two genders, male and female.

In genderbends, there’s no room for nonbinary characters. Genderbending makes the character the “opposite gender” but there’s no such thing as the “opposite gender”. Men and women aren’t complete opposites, they’re just two gender identities on a very large spectrum. 

By flipping characters between the two binary genders, you erase the possibility that the characters could be nonbinary. You give no space for those characters to exist and somewhat assign people who are nonbinary as “others” who aren’t included. 

  • The stereotype part

Genderbending is often done in a “what if this character were a boy/girl instead?” way, which often lends itself to stereotypes. 

Characters genderbent to be girls often have longer hair and wear more feminine clothing. It’s the same for characters genderbent into boys who have short hair. The sexualization of characterization of characters genderbent to be girls should also taken into account, although it’s not always the case. 

And there’s also sometimes the implication that a character being a different gender will drastically change who they are as people which is just not true and transphobic. 

Lastly, genderbending makes many people who identify as trans and nonbinary uncomfortable. 

If you’re cis, you don’t really get to have a say in what is or isn’t transphobic. If someone tells you that genderbends make them uncomfortable, there’s probably a reason. Instead of genderbending, there is always the option of trans headcanons, which are wonderful when done respectfully and are also not erasing, dehumanizing, and hurting an entire community. 

Here are some other good posts on this, because I certainly could’ve written this better: 

Wynonna Earp Cast, Crew & Fans - a Famdom

,We’ve just began season 2 and as this show gains new fans, new followers on here, twitter and even YouTube, old fans wanna remind the new ones to please see how this fandom has acted and continue that way.

We don’t pry into the actors lives, we support them as they support us. When they have stuff going on in their personal lives we’re happy for them. If they care about a cause then we jump on board with them doing whatever we can to help. In term we’ve raised a couple thousand for different causes and charities. When something bad happens in their lives we dont pry, we give our love and support and the cast all know that we’re there for them whatever they need. 

There are no shipping wars in this fandom, I know from personal experience the 100 fandom and the Once fandom in particular can have one hell of a shipping war if people dont agree on a ship, and personally if everyone supported the exact same ship, itd get hella boring. if someone ships a couple of characters such as Waverly and Champ then we accept this. We all know the most famous ship at the moment is Wayhaught due to the show and it’s show writer defying the ‘bury your gay’ trope ( which FYI included a lesbian character being shot and living cause she wore a BPV). This happened in the middle of the big debate from Lexa being shot in the 100 after finally being happy to Root being shot in POI. It got to the stage where soon as Nicole was introduced people messaged Kat saying that ‘I hope your character has a bulletproof vest), it changed views, it made people remember that all LGBTQ+ people are valid and they can be happy and find love and be all the things in the world.

The cast themselves care so much about their portrayals, Dom and Kat even carrying out research into their roles and what LGBT means in the community right now, they’re researching the struggles, everything a person might go through and it’s changed them as people. The cast is doing anything and everything they can in order to change stereotypes, to give people confidence, to allow people to be themselves and to not be scared or ashamed, to be able to accept themselves and who they are. Its a show where people can be vulnerable, be a joker, be a fuck up, but still have so much inner strength, that we are more than just one thing. that we are more than what people perceive us to be.

Wynonna Earp is a show where people can find themselves, find their voice, find their inner strength, to face your demons, to accept themselves. Wynonna Earp is a show where the cast and crew treat the fans as friends and not just people the other side of the screen.Every con they make sure they talk to everyone, to hear their stories, to make sure our voices are heard too and they’re affected by this. They care so much and give back to their fans.

The crew behind the show constantly giving back to fans by doing giveaways, creating content to go with the show, to create awesome behind the scenes videos. (Major props to Allison, David, Robbie and all the gang at IDW)

There’s a video called Road to purgatory where the cast and crew talk bout the fans and what they mean to them.

Its a show where the fans have serious no chill from being the main reason why the show got S2, its a show where no chill involves sharing love every single day for each of the main cast and its show runner. A show where no chill involves saying thanks to the people BEHIND the show for everything they do and have done for fans. Its a show where the cast, crew and viewers all want the same thing.

This fandom is more than just a set of people with a similar interest, it’s an environment where people can be accepted, to make friends, to find their partners, when people are going through a hard time the fandom is right there offering support and a shoulder to lean on. Its a fandom where people can go when they believe all hope is lost, no matter what background, what race, gender, sexual orientation, everyone here matters, everyone is valid.  

It’s a famdom that can save people, that can heal wounds, that can make anyone feel at home. Its a place where people can talk about the show, the cast or just anything in general, its a place where people can make friends, find their partners, its a place simply full of love and support and passion.

This fandom is more than just a group of people, it’s a family that’d do anything to give back to each other and to support each other and I hope as it grows it stays this way. Just please if you’re new, see how the fandom has acted in the past and please keep that going so we’re a place of hope, love and compassion for anyone and everyone that might need that certain place in the future,

Thinking  Malachite and...

Hi everyone its Fixitstevenjunior here back at it again with another long ass post anyways this is about the whole Malachite situation between Jasper and Lapis.. Literally just over a year ago this time the fandom was in a huge war between who was the abuser and while many people rightfully said Lapis many people also pointed the finger at Jasper treating Lapis like the innocent victim or a selfless hero (people saying she sacrificed herself to save Steven and the others) despite the high amount of facts exposing Lapis as the abuser and the  use of common sense to show she was the one at fault. Looking back on it I am actually not really surprised why people may see Lapis in that way. 

No I am not ignoring the dialog said by Lapis in Alone at sea exposing herself but there are many people who do and the main reason for this is Steven he immediately denied what Lapis had said and because Steven is the main protagonist of this show and most  if not all of its morals is based on his it is obvious why people may see Lapis as wrong and Steven as right.  And no one ever tells Steven that he is wrong. It is obvious why Steven sided with Lapis if you think about it. He sees Lapis as a friend and Jasper as an.. well..  nemesis and because of that viewers see Lapis as one of the good guys and Jasper as the bad guys Lapis being one of the good guys can make it seem that she can do no wrong as she is acquainted with the protagonist even though that is not the case. When Jasper shows up Steven immediately summons  his shield and  tells her to stay back while Lapis looks like the terrified damsel in distress in the back I mean anyone who was first seeing the show for the first time would immediately see Jasper as the abuser from this image alone. Steven constantly tells Jasper to leave Lapis alone like she  the big bad wolf in this situation. Steven at one point said “Don’t worry Lapis I wont let you sleep with the fishes” focusing all of his concern on her and no one.. and I repeat no one says anything about Jasper it is all about Lapis Lapis Lapis.

No one ever acknowledges how dangerous Lapis actually is apart from Jasper 

And are viewers ever going to consider what Jasper says with any bit of truth? No. Because she is the supposed “bad guy” an antagonist therefore it seems that she is never right especially when her statement contradicts the main protagonist and even when she is most qualified in speaking about Lapis as it was she who was trapped in the fusion for months not Steven. Steven at one point says “Lapis don’t listen to her!” which makes it even less likely for viewers to listen to her doesn’t it. Steven is still seen as being right even though Malachite had nothing to do with him. Him being there to support Lapis even though it made sense him to support her it just made Lapis look more innocent while Jasper more guilty Steven being in the scene adding his useless contributions just confused the situation further. And now did the confrontation end? By Steven literally running up to Lapis hugging her screaming “Lapis you did it!” (oh gosh his voice drived me insane in this episode)

I mean how does that make Lapis look? How does that make Jasper look? The only notable thing Lapis did was admitting she did was wrong and it is clear that is not what Steven meant, he obviously meant standing up to Jasper.. Im done I can not take this anymore moving on

Another quite small but large in meaning is Peridot in Back to the Moon

So when Amejasper (Amethyst shapeshifted to look like Jasper) asked if the pair wanted to join in on the mission or whatever Peridot literally grabbed onto Lapis like she was about to protect her from the big bad wolf known as Jasper and this being Peridot another known friend to the main protagonist and always right Steven Universe her actions are obviously going to be seen as right. While Lapis clearly doesnt look bothered Peridot still acts in defense treating her like a damsel in distress. So we can be clear that Lapis told Peridot about Malachite (which yeah makes sense as theyre now friends and all) and I am sure Lapis didnt bend the truth to Peridot and after hearing it from Lapis Peridot still acts in defense? What?  Another piece of evidence is when Jasper is mentioned in front of Lapis Peridot jumps in and says something like “we do not mention that name here” just yet another way characters in the actual show see Lapis as the victim and if characters in the show see Lapis as the victim how likely are viewers going to see Lapis as the victim especially when it is their favorite character seeing her that way.  

And this is not the viewers fault as well they didnt write the show to be like this did they? It all boils down to well bad writing I guess.. it has been confirmed many times outside the show that the writers wanted to make Lapis the abuser Lapis saying “I am your prisoner and I am never letting you go!” and many other quotes proves so but having many characters bend over backwards for Lapis and having no other character call Lapis out on it but Jasper who is seen as the big bad wolf in every situation so it is obvious why no one would listen to her just confuses the situation so looking into all of this I guess it is clear why many see Lapis as the innocent victim as many characters in the actual show do! So.. show if you really want to make Lapis the abuser 

anonymous asked:

Do you read Trek fanfiction? If so do you have any Spock/Kirk recs?

Do I read fanfiction? Oh sweet summer anon, yes. Yes I do. Far too much. I’ve been going through as many Spirk fics as I can for a few weeks now so I def have some recs lined up for you…

I’ll go ahead and say this now before someone asks me; yes, I prefer TOS as a whole over AOS in terms of actual media (AOS has quiet a few issues) BUT as far as fanworks go? (Fan art, fics, edits, ect.) I have no preference at all. A big part of why I love Star Trek so much is how multifaceted it really is? There are canon multiverses and that’s so amazing for fans to play with, and I genuinely enjoy all the different takes that people come up with. Plus I love my Jim’s equally. There will be no HazelvsBlue discourse found here, folks.

Anyway here are my two favorite fics that I’ve come across so far:

AOS: The Sum of Both of Us - Jim Kirk is nine when a massacre on Tarsus IV leaves him without a family and without a home. Spock is twelve when a strange boy in the desert saves his sehlat. Families aren’t born; they’re made.

TOS: Sha Ka Ree - The year is 2258. Jim Kirk is a Lieutenant on the U.S.S. Farragut, Spock the science officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise. When the ships come together for a priority landing party, these two strangers find themselves fighting against the odds for a chance at life in an alien world, and the only way they’ll make it through is by relying on each other.

Okay now I’m putting the remaining recs under the cut before this gets way too long. 

Keep reading

SU fandom: harassed one of the creators off Twitter and bullied people to the point of attempting suicide for drawing characters in the wrong way or in the wrong ship

Overwatch fandom: Discourse over clothes, discourse over skin colors, honest to god vampire discourse, disc-

Undertale fandom: Fetishizes Undyne and Alphys’ relationship to hell and back, harasses shippers, “x character is canon nonbinary and ur a transphobe if you think otherwhise”

Voltron Fandom: Fiction is reality

Ace Attorney Fandom: Makes hilarious posts in which two or more people try to outsmart each other over trivial things

In short: Phoenix Wright’s fandom is pure and should be protected

There’s something I’ve been wondering about how Phoenix is occasionally treated in both fanworks and the fandom itself. Namely how he is derided and dismissed regarding his accomplishments and mistakes.

Like I can understand when people dislike him or don’t care about his arc, because it just doesn’t resonate with them. And the writing in the games for him isn’t always the best either. But there’s also an active sense of ‘he’s a jerkass, why does he exist’ in regard to AA4 or ‘LOL, look at that moron, bumbling through all of his trials’.

I get it. Ace Attorney 4 has its problems and was never resolved. But it’s just- fandom often loves the ‘dark and mysterious and jerk’ trope for men. But Phoenix isn’t actually like that trope, is he?

He doesn’t have big secrets or a mysterious past except for some of the details of his disbarment and after. He isn’t cool, never was. He is average. And he isn’t particular ‘manly’ / doesn’t flaunt his masculinity.

He is the real underdog with little money, no prestigious background, grand aspirations, or much advantages in his field, so he struggles in his job a lot. He’s also open, tries to be nice while dealing with lots of resentment due to how he was and is treated, and works to silence his selfish instincts to do the right thing.

Phoenix is also soft, emotional. When we read his thoughts, it’s of an anxious, passionate person who cares too much when his emotions gets involved. He isn’t afraid to cry or show his affection in front of people. The same goes when he’s angry, ranting at Miles about that infamous note, from a point of - ‘you hurt me, I’m so angry at you that I don’t know what to feel because I’m also happy you’re still alive, but you still pretended to be dead’.

That is the crux. All those are qualities men are still derided for nowadays if they exhibit them. If he was ‘manly’, he would have punched Miles for this ‘infraction’ while shouting him down for the sake of putting him into place. Or he would have acted cold and distant like Miles* used to do in the first game. Since he fails to ‘perform’, his quirks are played up while his competence is removed and his characterization gets skewed. I see the same to some extent with Apollo’s treatment, who doesn’t act traditionally cool either.

(*Miles who is often put as ‘better / superior’ to Phoenix in parts of the fandom - likely because he seemingly fits the ‘dark and mysterious and jerk’ persona and appears to be more manly - which he isn’t, either. It’s partly his natural tendencies, partly his mental illnesses like PTSD, partly the abusive upbringing he suffered under as his mentor forced him to act in a certain way and exacerbated his mental illness).

Phoenix’s accomplishments thus don’t matter. People ignore that he managed to win several trials as a rookie against accomplished prosecutors in a corrupt system, or that he found obvious discrepancies in the case others ignored, or that he’s the most dangerous when backed against a wall, or that his infamous bluffing on the spot takes skill and intelligence, like everything else what he did- instead, they put it as dumb luck.

But come AA4, and he is like Ray or Godot - hiding behind a jackass persona to further his goals. He doesn’t show his emotions anymore. But unlike Phoenix, their first appearance was as these jackasses, and their complexities were later revealed.

With Phoenix? Here it’s like, how dare this person be angry and hurtful, when they used to be so soft before - also the butt of fate’s jokes and so many of their surrounding’s derision? Which, you know, is how women and girls are still treated, because apparently they aren’t allowed to be nasty, even after they were hurt. Their accomplishments are dismissed, belittled, and made smaller compared to men’s actions.

It’s like, Phoenix isn’t allowed to both have flaws and perform amazing feats, make mistakes and display strengths. That he isn’t allowed to be weak or struggle with what is obviously a severe depression, before he turns inwards and hardens and pushes people because he’s a flawed, complex human being who is afraid of being hurt gain.

All just because he dares to be soft.

anonymous asked:

1) I saw your tags on that post of Lizbobs about Twist and Shout and I am so happy that clear thinking meta writers like you agree that it in no way should be as popular as it is. It makes me cringe whenever someone brings it up as if it is actually a ‘beloved’ fic. I’m sorry if this sounds hateful, and I don’t mean to bring hate on the writers who put effort into it, but at some point this fandom has gotta realise that this fic being the ‘flagship fic’ for Destiel is a really REALLY bad thing.

2) Consider this fandom: We are close to getting canon destiel. That could put this show on the map, get real media interest. There is no doubt therefore that some media will dig further into the ‘fandom phenomenon’ behind destiel. Imagine just how CRINGEWORTHY it will be for mainstream media to discover that the most popular destiel fan fic is nothing more than poorly written tragedy porn rip off of Forrest Gump with the standard ‘kill your gays with aids trope’ at the end?!?! It is actually

3) disgraceful and we should be ashamed of ourselves for trying to push this fics popularity. Imagine how, on the chance destiel DOES become canon (which in my mind is rather likely) the writers, creators and actors on this show would feel that their beautiful love story about an angel and a hunter was butchered and turned into something frankly AWFUL?

4) How would Misha feel to know that a so called majority of destiel fans actually idolise a fic where his character dies from aids thanks to his decent into drug abuse?! What the HELL fandom?! WHY is this such a popular fic? It is a disgrace to the show, a disgrace to the characters and frankly an insult to our intelligence as a fanbase looking for LGBT+ representation. We don’t need more gay tragedies. That is pretty much ALL we get in mainstream media.

5) Yes the aids crisis was a horrible tragedy, but after decades of mainstream media giving LGBT people basically NOTHING but tragic stories where there are no happy endings for us, isn’t it about time that this trope DIED? Yet here we are, a modern and at least somewhat progressive fandom, still glorifying a fic that falls under that same tired miserable category. Not to mention that the fic is terrible written and the characters are absolutely nothing like their canon counterparts.

6) Sorry, I know this is getting rather mean, but years of pent up anger about this stupid fic is bringing it out of me in your inbox. Lets all be honest here. Twist & Shout is our ‘My Immortal’. It needs to die. Just like ‘My Immortal’ did for Harry Potter, it gives all other destiel fics a bad name. Can we PLEASE stop glorifying it and admit how shitty it is already.I know this is a harsh message, and I am sure that a lot of people would be upset by me saying these things, but it’s the truth

7) and I’ve spoken to enough people in fandom who silently agree with me. Though we all live in silence for fear of offending this mysterious majority of destiel shippers who apparently adore this fic? I’m sorry, but I am convinced that if we were to do a survey of peoples actual opinions on that fic, it wouldn’t come up positive at all. Popularity grows popularity. That’s the problem here. New people search for the most popular fics on AO3, and they become more popular, and those same new

8) people then believe that T&S is the standard to live up to in destiel fandom. That is an embarrassment for all of us. I just really want the obsession to end. Its not a good thing.

Oh hi. I see you have Feelings™ about this, and since I largely agree… 

I’ll start off by linking the post you’re referring to, with my attendant tags on it, here:

as well as a few other tag rambles I’ve gone on over the years here, going all the way back to 2015. So that at least gives readers an idea of how I personally feel about it. And now on to the disclaimer section of this post:

I’ve always been, and will ALWAYS be a proponent of fanfic being a “ship and let ship” environment. I will NEVER assume to dictate what people write, read, or find enjoyment in. I will NEVER judge what “should” and “shouldn’t” be written or enjoyed by ANYONE. FULL STOP.

I am also a fierce advocate for “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” when it comes to discussing fanfic. And that will never change.

But that’s not the issue when it comes to the inexplicable fandom “popularity” of this particular fic. If you read it and loved it, that’s GREAT! I’m glad. More power to you. It’s not the fic itself I have an issue with. I just wanted to make that clear. I am not here to dissuade people from enjoying it, nor to speak ill of the story itself.

It’s the nature of the story itself, versus the nature of fanfic, versus the fandom mystique surrounding it– the fact that it has somehow become the Flagship Fic Standard for ALL destiel fic, and the fact that for some reason the fandom itself seems to push it at the actors and creators and crew members of this show over and over again.

I’ve often wondered  if some of Bob Singer’s cavalier attitude about having killed Charlie Bradbury wasn’t directly rooted in the fact that the entire production staff seems to be aware of T&S, even if they haven’t actually read it for legal reasons, but at least know that this particular fic that is apparently glorified in this fandom is founded on the Kill Your Gays trope.

Like, we constantly yell at TPTB to be better than that, and yet THIS is the story we’ve chosen as a fandom to elevate to the highest pinnacle of fanfic glory?

It’s just… depressing.

(and honestly, this fic is THE reason I refuse to read ANY fic that’s tagged “period typical homophobia.” I just… refuse to torture myself with that damn trope anymore)

But from everything I’ve read about it (and from the half a chapter I managed to struggle through myself before noping out), the only thing necessary to make this an original work of fiction would be to change the names of the characters. It’s not even a “file the serial numbers off” job. It READS like original fiction where the characters and plot share little other than the names of our beloved Dean and Cas.

And to me, that’s not why I read fanfic. If I wanted to read about entirely different people, I’d read original fiction, you know? Not struggle to identify with characters that bear little to no resemblance to the characters I actually care about.

It’s not just a problem with AU fic, because I’ve read HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of AU fics that don’t seem to have this problem with keeping the characters “in character” even in entirely different situations. If they can feel like Dean and Cas in a Firefly AU, or a Regency Romance, or a Gothic Horror, or Ancient Rome, or in a fantasy AU where they’re witches or dragons or a freaking octopus, then yeah, they can remain in character in ANY AU. HECK I ADORED AN AU WHERE DEAN AND CAS WERE FREAKING CHICKENS. LITERALLY CHICKENS. And it was more in character than T&S.

I’m not going to presume to suggest the sort of fic that I believe is more representative of the best of our fandom, but having read far more than 5000 fics (I’ve got over 4k in my AO3 history, and I read fic for over a year before I got an account there to start tracking my history, PLUS all the fic I’ve read on LJ,, tumblr, etc… I mean the real number is probably closer to 10k or even MORE if you count all the little drabbles and things), I have to say that the MAJORITY of fic I’ve read has been far better at representing Dean and Cas as I know and love them.

We as a fandom don’t have to agree on what the “best fanfic” of the lot of them is, but can we at least agree to stop pushing THIS PARTICULAR FIC so forcefully and directly into the faces of the actors, writers, crew, etc.?

If we want THEM to do better by our characters, if we want our shouts of STOP KILLING OUR QUEERS to actually hit home, maybe we need to stop glorifying this particular fic to TPTB at every goddamn turn.

(and second disclaimer: In all my years in fandom, aside from anon messages praising the fic, I have spoken to exactly TWO people who admitted to enjoying this fic. Talking privately with hundreds of others, people express a far less enthusiastic opinion of it. I firmly believe that the vast majority of hits on it are from people just like me and others I’ve talked to about it, that the only reason we ever clicked on it was due to this very fandom mystique, the controversy about its popularity, and curiosity over what all the fuss was about. It’s become a self-sustaining enterprise of generating more and more hits, you know?)

Newbies to fandom and fanfic are often encouraged to go to AO3 and search the ship results by either hits or kudos to read “the best stories” first, and of course T&S is the first result either way.

But as a fic WRITER? Can I just speak for all of us when I say getting a comment that our story was “just as good as T&S” doesn’t really feel like a compliment? Most of us don’t WANT to think we’ve written an OOC Kill Your Queers tragedy porn, or to really be associated with it in any way.

Honestly, we need to stop hating ourselves this much.

Just a PSA since its come to my attention that a lot of people are leaving or becoming less active in this fandom because of yucky people/and or loss of interest and I just wanna say some things.

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anonymous asked:

How do you reconcile or work with being a fangirl and someone out of their teens? I just turned twenty and I'm kind of worried as time continues on me that I'll become more ostracized for not being a teen anymore in the fandom community and that my hobbies such as roleplaying will become less socially acceptable...

Oh wow, this is a big question.

Let’s start out by saying that I am 47 years old, and I have a daughter who will be 18 in January. I’m not just out of my teens, I have a kidlet that’s almost out of HER teens (and it’s probably very funny watching us watch TW together).

I’ve been in fandom, in some way or another, since I was 12 years old. In the years before internet, in the years when in order to be “in fandom” you either contributed to fanzines or you went to conventions or you just hung out with your friends to do things. I started gaming when I was a teen, I read & collected comics, I wrote filk, and I wrote both original work and fanfic (except I had no idea I was writing fanfic, honestly).

What I’ve found is that fandom isn’t just about teens. While I’m often one of the oldest in the crowds I’m in online lately, I’m rarely THE oldest. Fandom is ageless, in my opinion. When I was a kid, I had friends who were as old as my parents (still do).

For face to face hobbies, like tabletop gaming, there are game shops and bookstores to meet folks who are like-minded. I basically keep finding my tribe, finding folks who like the same stuff. Fall in with other adults. I started in college; when I got to Union, I wasn’t ready to put away my hobbies. I went to the gaming group and made friends there. Through them, I made friends at RPI, and that’s where I ended up for grad school. And I also started hanging out online way back then (late 80s, seriously, not even joking) and I made friends online before it was considered normal to do so.

It’s about finding anchors. Talk to folks, don’t worry about age. I seriously love folks in fandom, love adults in fandom. Love that there are other people of all ages who love the same things, and want to flail about them. 

Are you worried about being ostracized by fandom? If someone’s being an ass to you, they’re just not a good person, it has NOTHING to do with your age. If it’s out in the world that you’re worried about being ostracized, that’s a little different. Fandom has become more mainstream, more acceptable, but it’s not perfect yet. Folks DO understand that adults are fans now, at least, I think. I don’t go into it in detail, but my screensavers are various media, and I have art from fics hanging on the walls of my office.

Inside of fandom, some folks just want to pull people down. Trust me, fandom is full of folks who are over twenty, over thirty, over forty, and even over fifty. I’m planning on keeping on writing, well into my dotage, right up until the time I don’t have any more words. And when I’m older, I will be right there with the younger folks, encouraging them to keep loving what they love, and don’t apologize for it.

They call us fangirls because they belittle our fandom by making it childish. But it’s not childish. It’s just loving a thing, like some folks love sports. And like it says in Harry Potter, love is the strongest force in the world. So I encourage it.

After having drawn no proper fma art for almost a year, I must say I missed you guys. Out of all the fandoms I’m part of, the fma people seem the most talkative and everyone knows each other, which makes it feel like a big family. Thanks for being a bunch of kind nerds!!

This is by the way sort of a redraw (not really) of that outfit swap drawing I made a long time ago…(of course here they are preparing for battle and not something else, as you can tell from the Promised-Day-outfit Mustang is wearing).

So…I guess I’m back in royai hell??

anonymous asked:

also, more baffling than their conversations irl - their skype calls and texts when they are apart after being together for so long??? if my roommate and bf leaves to spend time with their family i'm not going to skype call her because ?? what is there to say ?? 'yo did you arrive well?' 'yes' 'is the family good' 'yes' 'ok' ...... i appreciate the time apart a lot even if i like her ahha. what do they discuss is it work is it tv shows is it what how do they not get tired of each other

i feel like theyre the sort of people who find deep and vested interest just in hearing each others’ internal monologues regardless of the subject, like they’ve been making sense of life with and through each other in so many capacities (be it personal or creative or professional or social) for so long that it probably feels weird to them to have any sort of day and not debrief each other on what happened, or to be apart with the knowledge that theyre out there having even the most mundane of experiences without each other lmao. which is where their eight years of honestly incomprehensible togetherness gets a little scary because i dunno if i’ve seen people more codependent in my entire life. you can chalk some of it up to the oversimplifications and over-romanticization of fandom but at the end of the day theyre two dudes who actively choose to do every single part of life together constantly, live and work together, create together, see friends together, just everything together at every step of the way, and even when they have opportunities to step back and take some time to themselves (phils trip to florida with his fam for example) they more often than not end up rejecting that alone time and staying by each others’ side or else utilizing the wonders of technology to stay communicating even if it’s only been a day or two ,,, dnp’s relationship is wild folks. makes my head hurt a little if i think about it too much

ariqueery  asked:

Hey dude! Just wanted to say I think it's so nice that you picked up the Tumblr Mom thing. I know people have been jerks to you (scone discourse!) but you just decided "yeah, I'll be your mom" to a bunch of strangers and give advice and support and that's so good. Moms have this weird glorification, where they're all so amazing and you need to love them more than anything but a lot of the time they're not, and you're there for strangers when they need it. Thanks!

I’m extremely humbled and thankful for the whole ‘mom’ thing. When I hesitantly** told that one anon over a year ago “sure! you can call me mom if it helps you feel better…”,  I never expected it to snowball into what it is now, with hundreds and then literal thousands of people calling me some variation of familial relation (mom, aunt, sister, cousin etc etc), but the very fact that people want to include me in their lives in such a way is honestly just staggering and completely overwhelming. 

For the longest time, “family” to me meant, people you had to leave to be safe…it doesn’t mean that anymore.  

And while I’ll likely never have children (physically it’d probably be the nail in the coffin I keep managing to dodge)—though ETD and  I are still seriously contemplating adoption (of fostering) in the future—it’s uhm…really quite emotional to receive letters and postcards from people where the first line reads “hi mom!”. 

I know it’s more just fun nickname for most people. But it’s something I never thought I’d have…and uhm…yeah. *cough* It’s…nice. It’s really, really nice. 

And I hope it shows just how much I love and appreciate all of you. I’m genuinely sincere when I say you have all changed and enriched my life for the better. And while the “mom” nickname will likely fade over time, it’s an honorific which I will continue to try very hard to be worthy of. And I hope (???) I manage it to some small degree.

So yea…thank you for including me in your lives. You’ve made a happy woman very old :P

** I grew up with a lot of fandom “mom” types who turned out to be rather toxic and predatory, on top of my own poor familial relationship, and I had a real internal debate over how I felt over using that same moniker. When people kept on using it without me prompting them to, I came to the decision that I would strive very hard to be the adult I needed as a young person and not be like them. I work very hard to respect the boundaries of others, and adhere to my own rules. I don’t follow back anyone under the age of 18 with very few exceptions, and I always try to ensure the age of someone when they start talking to me about certain things. If I can’t confirm their age, I will respectfully decline to talk about certain things. It drastically changed the way I interact with fandom on here too, and It try not to make people feel alienated or like my work is in there face and uncomfortable. No small feat when you write porn for a living, but again hopefully I manage it well enough that people feel welcome.

anonymous asked:

Even if someone explained to you how Taylor does in fact play the victim in many aspects of her life, career, etc, but her fans such as yourself won't even listen to anything remotely critical of her. So what would be the point?

I’m pretty sure that I can say this fandom does point out and is critical of taylor when she is in the wrong, which isn’t that often by the way but we do point it out when it is necessary. But I am tired of people calling her the victim and for what? Getting out of a relationship and putting her experience down into her music? When every other musician man and woman does the exact same thing? Why is only taylor singled out like that? She is sexually assaulted, and instead of sitting back and staying quiet, she decides to stand up for herself and countersues her attacker. Yet, she is mocked for doing so and called a “victim” and the general public rip her to shreds on how all she does is sue people when we know that not to be the case. Or this whole “feud” with Katy Perry that happened years ago and Taylor has never said one word about it in interviews, has been radio silent on the matter when we know a certain someone else has been anything but silent and is using Taylor’s name for her own promotion. So again, please enlighten me as to how Taylor plays the victim. I’ll wait.

Hey there, Strangers.

Did you know that I have currently written 25 different fics for the Life is Strange fandom? Now, this might not seem like a big deal, 25 isn’t that many, yada yada. But, to me, it is. This is the most I’ve ever written for any single fandom.

Do you know how many words have gone into these 25 fics…?

190,792 words.


When I wrote my first fic, I wasn’t doing anything serious. I just wanted to write down some thoughts about Nathan Prescott and what he was being accused of doing. Then, I made a Tumblr so that I find other things about this character and the game (which, btw, good luck finding a Nathan Prescott based fic back during episode 2.) and I ended up being apart of this fandom, and I’m so glad that I did!

I have met a lot of nice people in this fandom, and they are what make me want to keep writing fanfics. I mean, them and Life is Strange in general :) I love to write and every comment or review that I get makes me so incredibly happy! I don’t think you guys even realize it, either! :D

Anyway, I guess in a way I’m celebrating my 25th story with this post. I actually want to share with you some of my favorite fics! :) Now, I’ve read a ton of amazing fics for this fandom, and if I were to list every single one, this would go on forever. So, here’s 20 in no particular order! :3

Stuck in the Brozone by @somethingsimsyworld

GrahamScott - Rated: T

Sense of Me by trecoolio

CaulScott - Rated: M

Love is Strange by @cabbiebori

GrahamField - Rated: M

Vortex Club Energy by @sassmasteredd

GrahamField - Rated: T

Altruismby Buttercup_Bee   

CaulScott - Rated: M

The Cracks In Your Foundation by @nobigdaddyiwonttakeyourpills

CaulScott - Rated: T

Something Good by @yadadenada

CaulScott - Rated: T

Zombies! by @king-of-gore-knight-of-trash

GrahamScott - Rated: T

Far Off, a Symphony by @detectableninja

Warren-centric - Rated: T

GrahamScott by @go-ape-with-nathan

GrahamScott - Rated: T

20 Questions by DuskNSunset             

CaulScott - Rated: T 

Sorry by @sebastian-the-mercat

GrahamScott - Rated: T

you’d be so nice, you’d be paradise by sitvha

GrahamScott - Rated: M

Movie Night by @roxstrider

GrahamScott - Rated: K+

Pleasant and the Unexpected Surprises by Lady_Jadi     

CaulScott - Rated: M

Not Her by @prescotch

CaulScott: Rated: K+

Exposure by @gunophilia

GrahamScott - Rated: M

Prestigious by @uncomfortable-writers

ChaseScott - Rated: T

Testament by @vhctoria

ChaseScott - Rated: T

Forget the Horror by @thehappinesstheory

CaulScott - Rated: T

There you have it! Again, thank you guys so much for your awesome support and comments! You guys make my day! I don’t care if Life is Strange is technically over, I’m going to stay here. :) I hope you’ll stay with me, too!

As always, I hope you all have a lovely day! Thank you!

Originally posted by tana-the-dreamchaser

Hayden Christensen day in the Star Wars fandom

Today is Hayden’s birthday, and the last week he said in the SWCO that he didn’t knew that the fandom remembered him, I bet that this is cause all the backlash on the prequel trilogy. So to prove him wrong we’re going to promote our love for this sweet human being in every single social media that you can think of. So here by the power of the Force and my own stubbornness as defender of Hayden and Anakin, I declare that from now on April 19th is the Hayden Christensen appreciation day. Reblog with one thing that you like of Hayden or Ani, also post your favorite scenes or moments in your other social media, let’s give this man a bit of love in his birthday cause he deserves it. I’ll start. One of my favorite things from ROTS is how expressive is Hayden’s face when he realizes there’s no turning back after helping killing master Windu, he can’t go back, but he also knows is the only way to save the woman he loves and it’s a beautiful scene. One more thing, this is to show the love on the Star Wars fandom, but not exclusively, you can also speak about other movies or how good guy he is. So come on and let’s do this

Originally posted by the-return-of-the-imagines