civilization iv

I read a fic once that Harry and pansy were friends and they would call each other ‘pots and pans’. I can’t remember which fic it’s from but imagine jealous Draco thinking it’s unfair that his best friend and boyfriend get along so well.

Steve coming out of the shadows in the prison and then walking towards the camera with that smirk on his face is probably one of the sexiest things I’ve ever seen

I get tipsy and call out fallout (to a friend)
  • me: can I say something about fallout (specifically fallout 4, but it might apply to other games too in certain cases) I observed lately tbh
  • me: Goodneighbor really made me think about it
  • me: so like, fallout 4 in particular has a fucked up discussion going on about what's culture and whats counter-culture
  • me: diamond city seems to be a mimic of what we consider 'culture' as opposed to the lawless no-inhibitions degeneracy of the savage commonwealth.
  • me: its clean, everyone is 'normal'
  • me: the central element of it is buying and selling goods
  • etc.
  • me: the most 'strange' element in it is an unusual marriage-- the codifying of a socially respected relationship and household
  • me: maybe.
  • me: (I know the mayor is a synth, that is a reveal tho)
  • me: goodneighbor seems to be a schism of those that we consider 'counterculture'-- disabled people, disfigured people, people considered second-class citizens that are not willing slaves or servants of the community, refugees and asylum seekers, addicts, artists, bohemians
  • etc.
  • me: including implications that this is where trans people belong, through Kleo
  • me: and outside, the raiders seem to be a very portrait of 'degeneracy' with gambling, drugs, and implied sex (those fetish harnesses and other 'shocking' looking kinky clothing styles!)
  • me: etc.
  • me: but the thing is
  • me: what's culture?
  • me: no one has systemic legitimacy in this world over any other person
  • me: is Diamond City majority culture? its citizens are a minority.
  • me: why do we consider it 'safe' or 'ordinary'
  • me: why do we consider Goodneighbor 'counterculture'
  • me: ?
  • me: If our prior culture or idea of normality has totally dissolved(and with it, the game keeps implying, all pressures or personal sense of responsibility or morality, like a constant festival of fools or a The Purge like scenario), why are people who dress like, look like, act like 'freaks' any less respectable than 'good honest farmers/tradespeople/citizens/etc.'
  • me: And its not a coincidence that the aesthetic of the obviously counterculture raiders, and some of the people in Goodneighbor, is sort of dog whistle 'queer'-- lgbt+ people have taken accusations of degeneracy and turned them on their head, taken weapons out of 'moral majority' hands for generations and appropriated them to demonstrate the facile nature and arbitrary bounds of the ruling class
  • me: (non-harmful) Kink's historically gay even if straight kinksters often don't have correct respect for lgbt+ spaces.
  • me: Pride's not full of leather and drag, tiny holographic print shorts, for no reason. Pride's not about establishing who scans the 'most normal' to the status quo, but a suggestion that there's no reason that our world finds these images more shocking than straight relationships, which run the spectrum of health from committed to downright poisonous themselves. Totally without examination or accusations of being 'wicked.'
  • me: what I'm trying to say is that it's a statement by omission that in the future, it's the raiders that have the wacky hairstyles, the tats, the fantasy personas, have the riots, and do the drugs, or go 'insane' from lack of 'healthy relationships' and basically manifest all the negative stereotypes that lgbt+ people have weathered in different ways
  • me: and that there are no respectable people in diamond city that walk around without pants and have an undercut, or are camp
  • etc.
  • me: can you imagine going to one of the 'respectable' establishments and seeing someone who looks like a raider and calls you (of any gender) 'cookie' or something
  • me: it wouldn't happen
  • me: meanwhile we have overt transmisogynistic caricature robot in Goodneighbor that basically implies that the creators think that trans women are an uncomfortable fringe and barely within society-- at least she's not a gun crazed drug fiend. And even then, you can find violent dirt on Kleo.
  • me: there are not even 'passing' trans women in Diamond City, who conform to the demand that to be an honest, respectable person, 'normal' (conforming to gender roles) is the thing to be
  • me: or trans men for that matter
  • me: basically like
  • me: I think that the fallout universe has something to say about the power fantasy that many disaster or apocalypse scenarios suggest-- that if there was no society, job, car, house, future holding you back, you'd be a badass who could do anything they wanted
  • me: even in that scenario, when all societal obligations have been erased and all your debts to it have been absolved, our status quo of society still exists
  • me: 'normal' has never been destroyed
  • me: despite the game's major theme of "maybe 'normal' was our undoing"-- capitalism, strict reactionary gender roles a la the 1950s and 1960s, nationalism over global fellowship, etc.
  • me: "normal" is still in place as the yardstick of 'civilization'
  • me: sorry ive had a non-insignificant amount of rum in the last half hour
  • me: but like
  • me: that's just what I think
  • me: why aren't there settlements full of people who look like raiders but overall are cool and friendly?
  • me: why aren't there seemingly 'normal' looking people who actually are super hateful raiders who buy and sell people's children?
  • me: Throughout history it's not been the marginal 'freaks' with no power who sell people to other people
  • me: it's been the prestigious people. Wealthy people who define what's acceptable and what the laws are, with social power and money to buy, who have labor they need doing and see the value in owning all the means of production... including the laborers.
  • me: if that world's been destroyed,
  • me: where are the benign 'freaks' of Diamond City?