character variety

Slytherins truly being slytherins. 

Slytherins working with Dumbledore’s Army. They spread false rumors about where they’ve sighted students. They join Umbridge’s close circle so that they can learn the moves and plans of the Inquisitorial Squad so that they can warn the DA of when it’s safe to hold practice. They rotate in shifts, some lead the IS on a wild goose chase while their housemates practice with the rest of the army. Sometimes they charm their robes to look like another houses and lead the IS far away from the Room of Requirement as they can before turning a corner and de-charming their robes. They make up stories about chasing students who mysteriously disappear without a trace. Umbridge sends students to search areas of the castle nowhere near the actual Room of Requirement.  

As Umbridge tightens her hold on the school, slytherin students try to protect their DA friends. They pass messages of encouragement and support to their friends, veiled in threats and taunts. They bully the loudest, but do the least damage; their housemates think that they’re being cruel, their friends know that they’re shielding them from actual harm. 

Slytherin students passing information to the Order while the Golden Trio is hunting for horcruxes, tracking the moves of Death Eaters to the best of their ability. They withstand the dark days in Hogwarts, helping their friends the best they can without looking suspicious. Charmed plastic rats run through the castle hallway, passing messages between the houses. Children of Death Eaters eavesdrop in dark hallways of their homes, holding their breath and straining their ears. When slytherin students suddenly disappear, go home and don’t come back, everyone knew what had happened. They mourned privately and quietly. 

DA members and the Order housing slytherin students who can’t go home. Many have to run away, for their own safety. As Voldemort grew in power, it was harder and harder to keep their true intentions a secret. Children of Death Eaters were being pressured to take the Dark Mark, were being drafted to fight for Voldemort, were being told that their friends deserved to die. The students that said no were threatened with death or kicked out of their homes, branded as disgraced traitors. Those who couldn’t stand up to their families slipped away in the night. Some died, at the hands of Death Eaters, at the hands of their own parents.

Slytherin students fighting during the final battle at Hogwarts, standing up against family and friends to protect their home. Staring across the courtyard at their mothers, fathers, siblings, childhood friends. People screaming at them; ‘blood traitors’ ringing through the air of the courtyard, hurled at slytherins who had their shoulders squared and their chins up. Slytherins having to throw charms and jinxes and curses at familiar faces, people they had trusted. Slytherin students killing their loved ones, being given no other choice. Slytherin students dying while standing up for what they believe in. 

Slytherin students being more than a stereotype. Slytherins being more than one dimensional villains. Slytherin students being shown as diverse, fully developed characters with a variety of motivations and beliefs. Slytherins being slytherins; proud, ambitious, and cunning. And proving that those things don’t mean being evil. 

Animator Showcase: Glen Keane

For this week, I wanted to showcase some of the many examples of a legendary animator who you may recognize some of his work at Disney during the 80s - 90s.

The legendary Glen Keane!

Glen Keane has done a wide variety of character animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios and here is a showcase of the many works he has done!

The Rescuers (1977)

Character Animation for Penny

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Supervising Animator for The Bear

The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)

Animator / Storyboard Artist

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Supervising Animator for Professor Ratigan

Oliver & Company (1988)

Supervising Animator for Fagin, Georgette, Sykes & Jenny

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Character Designer / Supervising Animator for Ariel

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The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Storyboard Artist / Supervising Animator / Character Designer for Maruhute

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Supervising Animator for The Beast

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The transformation sequence is my absolute favourite scenes that Glen Keane ever did!

Aladdin (1992)

Supervising Animator for Aladdin

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Pocahontas (1995)

Supervising Animator / Character Designer for Pocahontas

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Tarzan (1999)

Supervising Animator for Tarzan

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Treasure Planet (2002)

Supervising Animator for Long John Silver

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Tangled (2010)

Animation Supervisor / Character Designer for Rapunzel

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Duet (2014)

Director / Animator

Over the course of the books, characters display a variety of reactions to hearing Harry’s name. Even Ron and Hermione are a little awkward at first.

But Molly Weasley’s reaction is very different from any of the other reactions we see, and hints at the role she’ll play in Harry’s life in later books

If you recall, Fred tells Mrs. Weasley that the black-haired boy they had met on the other side of the platform was Harry Potter. At this point, Harry is on the train, so Mrs. Weasley has no idea Harry can hear her through the compartment window.

But instead of the awe, dislike, or curiosity expressed by other characters, Mrs. Weasley’s first reaction is sympathy and concern.

She refers to him as “poor dear” and “poor boy,” and tells Ginny that Harry “isn’t something you goggle at in a zoo.” 

When Fred wonders whether Harry remembers what You-Know-Who looks like, Mrs. Weasley becomes “extremely stern” and forbids Fred from asking Harry about You-Know-Who, saying that Harry doesn’t need to be reminded of something like that on his first day of school.

While the rest of the wizarding world views Harry as the almost mythical boy-who-lived, Mrs. Weasley has always seen Harry as an orphan in need of homemade fudge, hand-knitted jumpers, and a loving family.

You are Not Your Characters

Anonymous asked: “I find myself creating main characters that are similar to each other. The problem is I put them in a situation and write about how they deal with it based on how I would react, because I don’t really know another way. Do you have any tips on diversifying my characters?”

I think writers have a lot more in common with actors than you might think. Really, writers are more like their shy, introverted, and awkward cousin - I say that affectionately of course, I’m a writer, not an actress. 

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A lot of people (myself included) often characterize Logan as a near unfeeling type of character with little variety from the robotic nature of “logic” but then I have to remind myself about how Logan lounges in a unicorn onesie and dressed up as Sherlock Holmes and has outbursts of FALSEHOOD and brings up Crofters jam because he loves it so much and carries around random props to use when almost none of the others use props aside from key character items (like Roman’s sword or Anxiety’s headphones).

This boy is a NERD and practically a child, but he has intelligence that makes him seem more mature than he actually is.

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Resource Dump: Creating Characters!

Primary Characters

  • Your Hero: Top Ten Rules
  • 10 Traits of a Great Protagonist
  • 4 Steps to Creating a Truly Active Protagonist
  • 20 Tips for Creating Relatable Protagonists
  • How to Center your Story
  • How to Create Unforgettable Protagonists
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Protagonists
  • Creating Memorable Characters
  • Creating Strong Female Protagonists
  • Creating Dynamic Protagonists
  • How to Create Characters
  • Inner Dialogue - Writing Inner Character Thoughts
  • 25 Things a Great Character Needs
  • 5 Ways to Create 3D Characters

Secondary Characters

  • 10 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Supporting Characters
  • How to Write Effective Supporting Characters
  • Question to Ask (& Strengthen) Your Minor Characters
  • 5 Tips for Developing Supporting Characters
  • Techniques for Creating Great Secondary Characters
  • 5 Steps to Dazzling Minor Characters
  • 3 Ways to Create Stupendous Supporting Characters
  • Creating Memorable Secondary Characters
  • 5 Archetypes for Supporting Characters
  • Your Map to Creating a Memorable Minor Characters

Names

  • Top Ten Tips
  • 8 Tips for Naming Characters
  • 7 Rules of Naming Fictional Characters
  • Name that Character!
  • 6 Creative Ways to Name your Character
  • Naming your Characters
  • A Guide to Naming Characters
  • Female: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Male: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Alien: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Surname: 1 | 2 | 3 
  • Unisex: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Traits

  • List: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
  • Developing Character Traits
  • How to Create Good Personalities for your Characters
  • Develop Memorable Personalities
  • Give your Character Personality
  • How to Create a Character’s Personality
  • How to Make Sure your Character’s Personality Shines
  • 5 Building Blocks of your Character’s Personality

Appearance

  • Appearance Generator
  • Your Character’s Physical Appearance
  • How to Describe a Character’s Looks
  • Describing a Character’s Appearance
  • Character Description Resource
  • Examples of Physical Characteristics
  • Describing the Physical Attributes of your Characters
  • How Great Authors Describe Character Appearance
  • Ultimate Guide to Nailing your Character’s Appearance
  • Describing Clothing and Appearance
  • Character Appearance Help
  • Character Description Resource
  • Describing People: A Person’s Physical Appearance
  • Describing the Physical Attributes of Characters

Speech

  • Talking About your Character: Speech
  • Variety in Character Voices
  • All your Characters Talk the Same
  • How to Create Distinctive Character Voices
  • How to Create Characters Who Don’t Sound like You
  • The Art of Voice in Fiction
  • Create Varying, Yet Realistic, Speech Patterns
  • The Art and Craft of Dialogue
  • Writing Character Voice
  • Creating Differences in the Speech Patterns of your Characters
  • Style: Person and Speech
  • Dialects: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Backstory

  • Building Better Backstories
  • Basic Tips to Create Better Characters with Tragic Backstories
  • How to Write a Backstory
  • Writing Characters Using Conflict and Backstory
  • Backstory Description Generator
  • Questions to Create Character Backstory
  • How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character
  • Nail your Character’s Backstory
  • How to Write Backstory Without Putting your Reader to Sleep
  • How to Write a Killer Backstory

Diversity

  • How to Make Young Adult Fiction More Diverse
  • Writing People of Color
  • A Few Tips and Resources for Writing Characters of Colour
  • Writing Characters of Colour Tastefully
  • Writing With Colour
  • 7 Offensive Mistakes Well-Intentioned Writers Make
  • Writing Characters of Colour
  • Describing Characters of Colour

Gender

  • Female: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Male: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
  • Transgender: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
  • Non-Binary: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Sexuality

  • Main Character Sexuality
  • On Writing LGBTQ Characters: 1 | 2
  • Writing Gay Characters
  • Guide to LGBT YA
  • Avoiding LGBTQ Stereotypes
  • Writing Bisexual Characters: 1 | 2
  • Writing Asexual Characters: 1 | 2
  • Pansexual & Demisexual Characters
  • How to Write Gay, Bisexual and Pansexual Characters

Introduction

  • Introducing a Character
  • Introducing your Main Character
  • Do’s and Don’ts for Introducing your Protagonist
  • First Impressions
  • How to Introduce a Character
  • How Not to Introduce a Main Character
  • Introducing the Protagonist

Development

  • Character Development
  • 9 Ingredients of Character Development
  • Characterisation 1 - Character Development
  • How to Develop a Character for a Story
  • Character Development
  • Character Development Drives Conflict
  • Developing your Characters and Making them Interesting

Relationships

  • How to Write Strong Character Relationships
  • Character Relationships
  • 3 Keys to Developing Character Relationships
  • The Secret Behind Great Character Relationships
  • 3 Tips for Character Relationships
  • Building Believable Relationships
  • Sibling: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Platonic: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Romantic: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Strengths

  • Identifying your Character’s Strengths
  • Character Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Introducing the 24 Character Strengths
  • Character Strengths and Virtues List
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • A Balance of Strengths

Flaws

  • 123 Ideas for Character Flaws
  • DarkWorld RPG Flaws List
  • Character Flaws
  • Ten Ugliest Character Flaws
  • The Four Types of Character Flaws
  • On Giving Flaws and Weaknesses
  • Character Flaw Index

Goal

  • Why your Character’s Goal Needs to be 1 of these 5 Things
  • Goals Define the Plot
  • Goal Setting for You and your Character
  • How to Explore you Character’s Motivation
  • 4 Ways to Motivate Character and Plot
  • Motivation

By Genre

  • Fantasy: 1 | 2 | 3
  • Sci-Fi: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Romance: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  • Thrillers: 1 | 2 
  • Horror: 1 | 2 | 3

Heroes

  • Your Hero: Top Ten Rules
  • How to Write your Own Hero Story
  • What Makes a Great Hero?
  • Creating Heroes and Heroines
  • Write a Story about a Hero
  • How to Create an Antihero that Readers Love
  • Heroes vs. Anti-Heroes
  • Create a Super Hero
  • How to Create a Brand New Iconic Hero or Villain
  • What Makes a Hero

Villains

  • How to Create a Credible Villain in Fiction
  • How to Make a Purely Evil Villain Interesting
  • 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype
  • How Not to Create a Villain
  • Creating Villains People Love to Hate
  • 3 Techniques for Crafting a Better Villain
  • Basic Tips to Write Better & More Despicable Villains
  • Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain
  • How to Create a Great Villain

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Do’s and Dont’s of Writing a Good Character
  • How to Create a Character
  • Characterisation Dos and Dont’s
  • Female Characters of Do’s and Dont’s
  • Do’s and Dont’s of Dialect

Helpful Writing Blogs

  • fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment*
  • writeworld
  • referenceforwriters
  • thewritingcafe
  • aquestionofcharacter *
  • writingwithcolor
  • fuckyeah-char-dev
  • dailycharacterdevelopment

Clichés

  • Characters and Cliches
  • Top 10 Character Cliches
  • 7 Lazy Character Cliches 
  • 10 Most Cliched Characters in Sci-Fi
  • Four Worst Character Cliches
  • Female Character Cliches
  • Character Cliches to Avoid
  • The Cliche Character Test
  • How Cliches Can Help You Make Great Characters

Templates

  • How to Create a Character Profile
  • Writing Character Bios
  • Character Sheets and Character Creation
  • Gender/Sexuality Generator
  • Extremely Detailed Character Template
  • Writer’s Resource: Character Template
  • Character Description
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Funny thing about black and white. You mix it together and you get grey. And it doesn’t matter how much white you try and put back in, you’re never gonna get anything but grey.

PSA: please do not leave critiques or hateful comments in the tags of a gifmakers/graphicmakers edits.

It’s happened to me so many times I thought I should make a post about it, but please please, do not put critiques or horrible comments in the tags. The following are some of the things people have put in the tags of my edits and that I have unfortunately had to read:

  • “I HATE [CHARACTER NAME REDACTED]”
  • “the wild misinterpretation of That Scene aside”
  • “[character name redacted] is a villain” 
  • “i dislike this anti-[something the gifset isn’t about] and anti-[something the gifset isn’t about again] nonsense”
  • “i disagree with [redacted]”
  • “i dont know about the [character name redacted] one, ive always thought she’s a bitch

Gif makers and graphic makers spend hours making content for fandoms and we often do it for a variety of characters, from an unbiased perspective, at requests, from the perspective of the character as opposed to our own personal view. It takes a long long time to make edits and sometimes they don’t even get the appreciation they deserve.

Reading tags on your edit as a content-creator is one of the nicest things; 98% of the time the tags which do say something in them are lovely and sweet and make gif and graphic makers feel 10x better about their stuff. But every now and then a critique or hate comment will find its way into it - please remember that we can see your comments when we go through the tags. Please make your own personal posts rather than leaving them in the tags, b/c it’s really upsetting to be going through tags on an edit you spent hours on, only to see a comment like one of the above.

Reader’s guide - master list of my favourite fics and writers

So I was originally just making this for myself as a shortcut to author’s I knew I liked in different genres for when I want to read something particular, when I figured why not make this a public post so everyone can access it, right? 

All of the present links are to the blog, fic/series, or master list of a writer whose work I adore and all are marvel/avengers based. If you want me to remove you off this list or even just change the way I describe your work please message me and I will do so straight away. All descriptions are only based on my perceptions of the content there is at the time of making the post.

Like most of our fandom and like my URL, icon, blog description etc infer, I’m a slut for Bucky Barnes and this list reflects that. 

Smut City

@buckysbackpackbuckle - Masterlist - okay so this list isn’t all 100% smut but it mostly is and the smut is just so good. Oneshots and a couple short series, mostly Bucky x reader, other ventures include Peter Parker, Lance Tucker and Bucky x Steve x Reader 

@fvckingbuckyandsteve ​ - Masterlist - Basically the URL says it all, pure smut featuring Bucky, Steve, Bucky and Steve, Seb and Chris being sinful with reader, plus a few bonus Avengers sex drabbles and a Steve x reader x Nat oneshot. 

@actuallyasgardian - Masterlist - mostly smutty one shots and drabbles, Bucky x reader, Bucky x Steve x Reader, Thor x Reader, much great sin.

@sebastiansin-221b - Masterlist - Bucky, Seb, and Chris Evans smut goodness, mostly oneshots, a fabulous Stony smut 

@just-call-me-mrs-captain -Masterlist - so much great smut, largely ft Bucky, Steve, Seb, Chris, bit of Nat bit of Sam + more, one shots series and drabbles and some great Bucky x reader x Steve action. 

@fvckingavengers - Masterlist - pretty much, in my humble opinion, marvel smut queen. In one shots and short series, lots of Steve and Bucky, with some Pitero, Loki, Thor, Nat, Tony and Wanda on the side and a generous amount of reader x two-and-even-sometimes-three-character-action

Fluff Town 

@writingruna - Masterlist - mostly mega fluffy/ romantic one shots + bunch of drabbles feat. so many characters we got: Bucky, Steve, Pietro, Wanda, Bruce, Natasha, Clint, Thor, Loki, Tony

@writingbarnes - Masterlist - I’ll be honest this tumblr has done SO MANY AMAZING FICS I am yet to peruse them all but from what I can tell its basically fluffy or general oneshots and series, including Bucky, Steve, Tony, Thor, Clint, Pietro, Wanda, Loki, Nat, and Bruce sorted into an impeccably presented series of character-categorised lists

@buckyywiththegoodhair - Masterlist - much Bucky x reader fluff series, one shots and drabbles with a hint of Steve here and there and perhaps a love triangle 

@pleasecallmecaptain - Masterlist - Bucky and Steve x reader fluff city one-shots, a series and a pile of dribbles 

@scarlettsoldier - Masterlist - These are all just pretty sweet even if they’re not all overly fluffy its just kind of a happy time. Features Bucky x Reader, Steve x Reader and Wanda x Reader

Mixed

@sebseyesandbuckysthighs - Masterlist - THE BEST AU SERIES YOU CAN IMAGINE: reader x Vampire!Bucky  (I don’t even tend to like AU’s OR series!). Some heavenly Bucky series, many Bucky one shots and some Steve, Tony, and Clint one shots. Angst, smut and fluff, all labelled. 

@backpackfullofplums - Masterlist - fluff and angst and smut, oh my! All Bucky x reader (smut is labelled). Great lil descriptions for each title. 

@buckysplums14 - Masterlist - basically all the Bucky smut and fluff (labelled) you can imagine in the forms of one shots and short series. Features Bucky x reader, Stucky, Bucky x Nat, Bucky x Wanda, Bucky x Reader x Third party 

@after-avenging-hours - Masterlist - smut and fluff and angst (smut not labelled but kinda clear a lot of the time in titles and descriptions). Mostly Bucky, Steve and Bucky and Steve, featuring some Thor, Loki, Bruce, Sam. Oneshots and series. The disney corruptions are an actual work of smutty genius. 

@badults​ - Masterlist - smutty and fluffy one shots (smut is labelled) with a variety of characters including Bucky, Steve, Tony, Pietro, Wanda, T’Challa, Peggy and Clint. 

@marvelfic - Masterlist - smutty and fluffy one-shots and short series (smut is labelled), characters include Bucky, Steve, Bruce and Clint, also features non-romantic Avengers fics.

@stories-from-stark-tower -  Masterlist - one-shots come in fluffy or angst/mega feels with the following characters; Tony, Steve, Bucky, Bruce, Pietro, Wanda, Clint, Nat, Thor, Scott, Loki and Wade Wilson (Deadpool), various drabbles and one Bucky series. 

@mywritingsblog​ - Masterlist - fluff and smut (smut is labelled) with Tom Hiddleston and Sebastian Stan, the actors and various characters they play, featuring reader and various female characters, one shots and series.

@rogersxbarnesx​ - Masterlist - Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers galore, series and oneshots, Stucky and stucky x reader action, and a Wanda Maximoff appearance. Features smut and fluff and some angst (smut is labelled). 

@shieldsshallbebroken - Masterlist - oneshots and drabbles, fluff and smut (smut not labelled), great (and smutty) A/O/B steve x reader x bucky series, links to whopping impressive fics on Ao3

@221bshrlocked​ - Masterlist - Bucky x reader angst, fluff and smut (smut not labelled) one shots and series. Professor!Bucky!! 

@avasparks - Masterlist - Pretty much Bucky/ Seb Stan in many one shots, drabbles, series, featuring AUs, Steve x Reader x Bucky action. Fluff, angst and smut (smut not always labelled) 

@sebbytrash - Masterlist - Mostly Bucky x reader, fluff and smut (smut is labelled), features a bit of Tony and T’Challa with reader too

@bucky-plums-barnes - Masterlist - Lots of cute Bucky x reader prompted drabble, fluff and smut mostly (smut is labelled so are trigger warnings), bucky x reader one shots of the same variety

@imhereforbvcky - Masterlist - Mostly Bucky x Reader, some great series and also drabbles and one shots: angst and fluff but slays me with the smut

Something Different aka “Other” 

@the-life-of-bucky-barnes​ - not fics but Bucky Barnes’ instagram, genius drawings and captions = A+ quality content.


LAST UPDATE: 02/01/17

NOTES: 

  • When i say smut is labelled or not labelled I mean from the master list, most of the not labelled ones include warnings or labels once you click on the stories
  • I intend to update this list over time
  • Please message me if you find any links don’t work or have any other issues (eg. see top of post)
  • Anyone is so welcome to message me if you write Marvel fic and maybe would like to be added to the list I’m 100% open to that and always love reading new content!

I honestly just made this for my own reference and convenience but then thought others would possibly benefit from it too so I hope people find it useful

nytimes.com
Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump
Atwood on whether her dystopian classic is meant as a “feminist” novel, as antireligion or as a prediction.
By Margaret Atwood

TW for sexual assault, gender violence

“Which brings me to three questions I am often asked.

First, is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a “feminist” novel? If you mean an ideological tract in which all women are angels and/or so victimized they are incapable of moral choice, no. If you mean a novel in which women are human beings - with all the variety of character and behavior that implies - and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. In that sense, many books are “feminist.”

Why interesting and important? Because women are interesting and important in real life. They are not an afterthought of nature, they are not secondary players in human destiny, and every society has always known that. Without women capable of giving birth, human populations would die out. That is why the mass rape and murder of women, girls and children has long been a feature of genocidal wars, and of other campaigns meant to subdue and exploit a population. Kill their babies and replace their babies with yours, as cats do; make women have babies they can’t afford to raise, or babies you will then remove from them for your own purposes, steal babies - it’s been a widespread, age-old motif. The control of women and babies has been a feature of every repressive regime on the planet. Napoleon and his “cannon fodder,” slavery and its ever-renewed human merchandise — they both fit in here. Of those promoting enforced childbirth, it should be asked: Cui bono? Who profits by it? Sometimes this sector, sometimes that. Never no one.”

Read the full essay by Margaret Atwood here

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Significance

A NIGHT AT WORK | NAMJOON VERSION 

WORD COUNT: 9K 

He was a professor, and you were his favourite.

During your first year of university you found Mr Kim to be quite the English teacher, you always anticipated his class every Thursday and Friday afternoon and it seemed your hard work didn’t go unnoticed either. Late night extra credit classes soon became a place for your deepest and dirtiest desires.

warnings: graphic smut, dirty talk, rough sex, squirting, strong language 

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exodus (exo video game mock up): exodus is an open world, role playing experience set in the distant future with parallel earths. with a multitude of character builds to support real-time gameplay and a variety character personalities, how each character interacts with the people and the environment in their own unique way affects what the choices the player must make, allowing every playthrough to be its own experience.

My Thoughts...

Having come to a new understanding on the topic, after discussing the issue with friends that are living with oppression, I’d like to address some of the statements and questions I’ve seen over the last few days concerning cosplaying as POC.

(This is coming from the perspective of a White individual, hearing the position and opinions of a POC individual.)

The media is huge factor in developing our sense of self.

Very often as children, we are drawn to the characters that look like us because we recognize similarities. These characters become our “favorite” characters… often not for any other reason than the fact that they have similar features.

As a child, my choices were endless in characters I could see myself reflected in. I could see traits/qualities I admired or even idolized in characters that looked just like me. This allowed me to reinforce my sense of security and self worth, because I could see myself over and over again, in almost every movie or show I chose to watch.

Over and over and over again…

As a white individual, think about the amount of characters that resembled you… main characters, characters that were the focus of the story.

Not everyone has that kind of representation.

Here is one example. The first African American Disney princess did not appear on screen until 2009. By that time, it had already been 72 years since the creation of the first Disney princess. In those 72 years, the amount of white representation far surpassed POC representation on screen… and it continues to.

In the United States (and many other places in the westernized world) the media lacks balance. This can cause a lot of harm to a child’s development of self.

If the vast majority of the “hero” based characters that you see in the media do not reflect you… but instead reflect those around you that do not share similar physical qualities, how hard does it become to develop a sense of self worth, and find equal footing?

In order to create progress, coming to a place of understanding, unity and level footing is necessary. This is why it is important to work together and create an environment that is safe for POC.

This mentality carries over into cosplay…

Here is how the situation was explained to me.

Having grown up with a wide variety of characters that represent me, the comfort I feel stepping across any boundary, and dressing as any character, is not very limited. This is because I am used to seeing myself represented.

However, for someone who is not used to seeing representation, coming into a community and stepping out of the box can be incredibly intimidating. The limited amount of POC characters become something akin to a “safe zone”, and although the individual may want to step out of that safe zone, the internalized fear and discomfort can sometimes be too overwhelming.

When a white individual, who has a lot of characters at their disposal to cosplay that reflect them, steps into that safe-zone, it can be both intimidating and hurtful to someone who is not yet comfortable doing the same.  

Now we have to understand, at the heart of it… anyone, of any ethnicity, cosplaying as anyone they’d like… is not a harmful thing… wanting to cosplay a character you love, regardless of ethnicity, is not a harmful thing…

If everyone is on equal footing.

If everyone is on equal footing, there is nothing wrong with this. This is the kind of equality that we are striving for.

However, where there IS a problem, is the fact that not everyone is on equal footing.

This particular issue is not about what is fair or equal… fairness and equality in this scenario would mean that everyone is comfortable playing everyone, and that there are no feelings of guilt or uncertainty when choosing to do so… but this is not the case.

POC do not have equal representation… and because of this lack of representation, it makes it extremely difficult to feel comfortable branching out and cosplaying whoever they’d like.

In order to reach a point where everyone is comfortable playing everything they would like to play… we, as individuals that are used to playing as many roles as we’d like (because we have been given a wide range of characters that emulate us to choose from), should allow those who have grown up with limitations placed on them by society to test the water, and become comfortable in their environment.

Here’s an example I was given… You are standing on top of a cliff, and your friend is at the bottom. In order to get on the same footing, either you need to make your way all the way to the bottom of the cliff, or your friend needs to climb all the way to the top… that is a long way to climb…

However, if you can both meet at the middle, and then help each other the rest of the way, the journey becomes a lot easier/safer.

Regardless of what may be “equal” or “fair”, there are steps that must be taken in order to reach that equality… it is a process that cannot be solved overnight, or by telling someone to “Just do it”.

It’s not asking a lot for us to take a small step back, and play characters that won’t infringe on the comfort of those who are trying to become comfortable in this environment. (This does not mean that if you have done so, you did something “bad”… it simply means that you can now become aware of how to help those around you, and become accommodating of their needs and help in their progress by adjusting your choices).

This is not about conflict… this is not about blame or guilt… this is not about creating division or emphasizing differences…

It’s about people having an open dialogue… and expanding our minds, on every front, to other opinions and life experiences. 

It’s about recognizing that someone else might not be in the same position because of the way our culture has conditioned us. 

It’s about realizing that we can change, within our own circle of influence, the way our world functions. 

It’s about compromising and reaching a point where everyone can feel accepted and equal. 

It’s about showing compassion and empathy for each other as human beings.

anonymous asked:

include at least one aro/ace and a demi/genderfluid character because those communities are rarely represented in games

…guys, I love you, but please give it a rest. My inbox is full of demands about every aspect of this project and it’s exhausting. I appreciate your feedback! But I’m just trying to make a cool game that lots of people can enjoy. I’m not going to be able to please every single person, even if I’d really love to. No matter what I do, somebody will be upset because things aren’t exactly how they hoped. Let’s come to terms with that.

I’m doing the best I can; there’s going to be a variety of characters, and you’ll be able to play as whichever identity you’d like. But I’m not here to make Gender Theory: The Game. It’s a surreal game about fun creepy monsters, and I’m begging you: let it be a game about monsters.