ethical crisis

im so fucking angry because terezi pyrope’s personal system of ethics is one of the most nuanced and detailed examples of CLS paired with a critique of justice that i’ve ever seen in a piece of fiction and it’s homestuck

anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you could explain why people are mad about the Iron Fist casting? From what I understand, Iron Fist is a white guy in the comics, too.

this is actually a really great question and i’m glad you’re asking it. for what it’s worth, i’m white too. i’m going to speak for why i’m angry, because other people might have different answers. 

i’m angry because marvel, at this point in time, does not have any heroes that aren’t white who have their own, prestige productions. black panther is in the pipeline, and so is luke cage, but as of right now, the only black characters we’ve seen have been heroes that are cast as a kind of “support staff” heroes- heimdall (as played by idris elba in thor), nick fury, falcon (sam), war machine (rhodey), and luke cage have all had really major, important roles in the media they’ve been in, but their character arcs and behaviors have largely existed as bounded by narratives that are about white people and their problems. as for representation of asians, they have either been minor background characters (such as helen cho, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-her geneticist from age of ultron) or villains (such as nobu and gao). there’s actually been a lot of really great criticism of how daredevil specifically represents and dehumanizes asian people- i think the best thing i read talked about how after matt murdock literally murders nobu, he has an extended ethical crisis about the morality of murdering fisk. nobu is not given such contemplation, even after his killing. i really, really recommend reading this article for more on daredevil’s specific anti-asian racism. 

so what we’ve got here is a stable of media and heroes that’s unsettlingly white (and male and straight but we’re gonna talk about one problem at a time here) and they announce that they’re going to make a piece based on “immortal iron fist,” a c-list, kung-fu based hero, who, in the comics is millionaire danny rand, who is granted access to a legendary, mystic chinese space through a combination of luck and heritage. danny is white, but has a kind of hereditary access to this space because his white dad found it years ago and saved the ruler, who was kind of his adopted dad for a while. danny trains and learns kung-fu and turns out to be really, really good at it, like, the best student kind of good at it, and through some other whacky bullshit, is granted a magical “iron fist.”

i genuinely encourage you to re-read that origin. 

this, obviously, has some problems, but some stuff has been happening in recent years in which writers are using it as a space to talk about danny’s privilege and his whiteness, which i think is a commendable approach to a regrettable situation.

the thing is: this is a space in which modifying a hero’s origin some could genuinely be a really cool thing- it could be a story about the son of immigrants brushing up against his culture for the first time, it could be an opportunity to cast an asian american and add a non-white hero to the stable in a meaningful way, it could be a way of rectifying some of the rampant and uncomfortable anti-asian racism by presenting a foil. it would be uncomfortable, yes, if marvel’s first asian hero was kung-fu based, and absolutely, that would need to be addressed, and i think that’s the most powerful argument against writing this character as asian-american rather than just white. however: in american media, how many asian men are presented as rich, funny, desirable, powerful, and heroic?

marvel is a deeply, deeply white media system at this point. consider that the captain marvel movie (about a woman) and the black panther movie (about a black, african king) were both pushed back to make another spiderman movie, about peter parker again, despite the fact that there is a canonically black spiderman who has never been the star of any media franchise and in the past fifteen years, there have been five spiderman movies about the same white guy. i’m not surprised that marvel didn’t take the opportunity here to shake up their pattern thus far- white star, non-white support (are there any people in the entire MCU who are of latin-american descent who aren’t claire, the nurse in daredevil???)- but i am disappointed and angry.

anonymous asked:

BLESS YOU FOR OPENING YOUR INBOX :D wwvd if they run out of condoms at an inopportune moment?

N: Ha haaaa! Hakyeon will be a tad bit irked with himself for not checking before you came over but then he’d get over it because all is definitely not lost. Even if you push him to go bare, he’ll be completely “this pee pee ain’t finna go nowhere near your vee vee” mindset. “I have five kids already! Right now is not a good time to add anymore. However, your mouth and hands still work. *Wink*”

Leo: It could honestly go either way with Leo. One minute he might be “yolo” because he’d be ecstatic if you got pregnant not caring if it’s the right time or not for kids. On the other hand if you insisted the two of you should wait until he restocked his contraceptives then he’d comply. “I don’t care either way. Whether I’m in, out, behind, or in front you, being next to me is all that matters." 

Ken: Ken will be the typical gentleman and tell you that the decision is yours and he’ll follow through no matter what. However, he’ll also momentarily be a typical horny human and claim that he’ll be ‘really careful and attentive’ and that it 'feels better without one’. He’ll jokingly say this of course…but he’ll lowkey be serious. "Pulling out is scientifically proven to be 100 percent successful right?" 

Ravi: Ravi will have an ethical crisis over this. He doesn’t want to get you knocked up but he knows it’ll feel better without one. He wants to be a gentleman but he knows it’ll feel better without one. He wants to make the safe adult decision but he knows it’ll feel better without one. But honestly, if you don’t care that he doesn’t have one then he won’t care either. "Here’s the situation: I want you and you want me. But we don’t want three. So what do you want to do? *Turns to his side* Butt…you feel like babysitting?”

HongBin: No! No! No! HongBin’s possible life with kids will flash in front of his eyes and he’ll realize that it really isn’t the right time for them. So he’ll accidentally push you off the bed and go on and on about why the two of you will not be fooling around without condoms. He’ll literally, and accidentally, talk you into a turned off state. “Nope! Not happening. Not without a condom. I’m too young to have kids and I don’t want to share you yet. But if you really want to…y'know then we need to drive to the store and purchase some.”

Hyuk: Hyuk really wouldn’t care either way. He’ll just roll over and apologize and most likely make it up to you in other ways if you so choose to do so. But if you couldn’t decide he’ll be evil and talk you through what would happen without a condom…every vivid detail and you’d probably be spent from just listening to it all. “Okay, so if we do it without one you’ll probably feel every… single…stroke… much more than with one and I’ll go super slow too…and–babe are you okay? Did I say something? Did you just die?”

Thanks for asking!
-Admin Cheezy ^_^

so i try to keep this blog relatively free of politics and other real world issues, but there was a post in the tags that really made me annoyed. 

“This show was my favorite, it had the rare combination of being diverse, not homophobic, very pro Catholic, pro waiting, and unproblematically pro life. Up until this point, there had been many unplanned and inconvenient pregnancies, each ending with the children being an incredible blessing.

With one episode they flushed that down the toilet.

The abortion was completely unnecessary to the plot, and merely thrown in to appease pro choicers and to further the destructive rhetoric that murder is a choice. The show even downplayed it, as if they were ashamed of it themselves. It was out of character! Why would Xo have a baby at sixteen alone, but won’t as an adult with the help of her family and Rogelio who loves and wants to marry her?”

okay, first of all i’m not even going into the fact that this person still feels that abortion is murder- a completely untrue statement. secondly, jane the virgin has never been pro life. not once. yes, abortions were discussed. no, up until xo none of them took the abortion route but it was of their own volition. it wasn’t the show’s political statement. it. was. their. choice. all of them. xo chose to continue her pregnancy at sixteen. jane decided not to have an abortion after learning that rafael had no more sperm samples. petra didn’t want an abortion but left it up to rafael whether she continued her pregnancy. all of them had their own autonomy, made their own decisions based off of their own reasons. not once did the show try and paint abortion in a bad light. these three women of different ages, religions and social statuses all had their autonomy. none of them were villainized for considering abortion. they chose to be mothers, it was not a role forced on them by their own personal ethics.

regarding xo’s abortion: there wasn’t a big deal made around the abortion because it wasn’t a big deal!!!! xo was pregnant. xo didn’t want to be pregnant. xo got an abortion. she didn’t have some ethical crisis, she didn’t second guess herself over her catholic upbringing. xo didn’t want a baby so she didn’t have one. it was definitely not out of character, either, for that matter. xo has stated multiple times over three seasons that she doesn’t want another baby. she doesn’t want one with rogelio, she doesn’t want one with esteban or anyone else. xo. doesn’t. want. kids. thinking she should continue a pregnancy she doesn’t want just because she’s older, or has someone who wants to raise the baby with her, completely undermines xo’s wants. xo is forty. xo doesn’t have a job. xo already has a grown up child. and even if none of these statements were true, it would still not be a reason xo should have a child she doesn’t want. 

as for it being unnecessary to the plot? i don’t think so. it’s refreshing to see abortions on tv not being portrayed in a negative light. there wasn’t some big emotional moment where xo feels guilt over her decision. it’s just something she chose to do. it’s extremely important for anyone who can get pregnant, especially in the wake of trump’s election, that women have nothing to feel bad about if they choose not to continue a pregnancy that they don’t want, that they’re not prepared for. it’s so important that we see that kind of portrayal in the media. 

Buycotting. The second great neoliberal innovation in murketing is the creation of the phenomenon of “buycotting,” or as it is sometimes called, “ethical consumerism” (Yates, “Critical Consumption”). Instead of seeming to bypass the market altogether, as in the first case, here everyday participants are enticed to believe that it is possible to mitigate some of the worst aspects of market organization by paying an “ethical premium” for particular commodities and helping to make the world become a better place. Previous generations had sought to punish firms that were perceived to violate ethical norms by boycotting them, viz., organizing the wholesale withdrawal of purchasing power from the products of the targeted firm. In the current neoliberal era, people have been weaned off the notion that concerted political abdication from market behavior can ever succeed in its objectives, and instead have been seduced into believing that the market itself can offer sufficient choice in expression of political programs along the entire spectrum. Worried about global warming? Imaginative entrepreneurs have endeavored to purvey “carbon offsets” to consumers. Want to help African AIDS patients? Get yourself an AMEX Red Card. Want to support small independent producers in underdeveloped countries? Other entrepreneurs have conveniently developed “fair trade” brands for coffee, textiles, glass, and other imports.
The intellectual defenses surrounding the phenomenon of buycotting are especially instructive concerning the ways that the NTC has managed to neutralize its political opponents through the techniques of murketing. It is one of the neoliberal commandments that innovations in markets can always rectify any perceived problems thrown up by markets in the first place. Thus, whenever opponents on the nominal left have sought to ameliorate some perceived political problem through direct regulation or taxation, the Russian doll of the thought collective quickly roused itself, mobilized to invent and promote some new market device to supposedly achieve the “same” result. But what has been often overlooked is that, once the stipulated market solution becomes established as a live policy option, the very same Russian doll then also rapidly produces a harsh critique of that specific market device, usually along the lines that it insufficiently respects full market efficiency. This seemingly irrational trashing of a neoliberal policy device that had earlier been emitted from the bowels of the NTC is not evidence of an unfortunate propensity for self-subversion or unfocused rage against government, but instead an amazingly effective tactic for shifting the universe of political possibility further to the right. For buycotting always constitutes a tactical half-measure within the neoliberal project: one observes this in the initial promulgation and subsequent scuppering of carbon cap-and-trade schemes (described in chapter 6), including consumer purchase of “carbon offsets”; one observes it again in the imposition of “health insurance mandates” as a preemptive substitute for the single-payer system found in Europe, and then followed rapidly with the subsequent sabotage and rebellion against them in the United States, once they became the “centrist” approach to health care reform. The same dynamic has now has been kicking in with some forms of ethical consumerism. Buycotting exists to lull the uncommitted into belief that they can reconcile their skepticism of market results with redoubled participation in market purchases; only then to reprimand them for failing the efficiency test in the sphere of their ethical purchases.
—  Philip Mirowski, Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste
Musings on Madam Secretary 2.11

We begin with the feather from “Forest Gump,” which has made its way to Switzerland and morphed into a piece of debris. Yes, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw it. We then cut to a very much alive Elizabeth. I can’t say this was much of a reveal for me. At no point did I ever think Elizabeth McCord would be killed. Hurt? Possibly. Dead? Never. However, it was nice to see her unharmed, talking and doing what she does best: keeping the world turning.

Usually I stage my musings based on when things happened in the show, but I’m going to work a bit backwards this time and start with Elizabeth and Henry. It’s the main issue we’re all most invested in and what I have to say the most about. Apologies in advance: things are about to get very wordy.

The scenes that are airing out could not show a more loving, committed, long-term, adult relationship in play. Henry is upset and hurt that the person he trusts most in this word “deceived” him, while Elizabeth is confused as to why Henry can’t move past this “bump.” It’s an unsettling little winding road they’re traveling down. Above all else, however, they love each other deeply and desperately. This was evident when Henry returned from Sweden. Elizabeth waited up for him, much like he’s done for her countless times. He set his luggage down and immediately hugged her, the two snapping shut like a clamshell, relief enveloping them both. Of course it was short-lived because Henry is still very much upset about what transpired surrounding Dmitri, but it was still a nice 3 seconds. Personally, I’m happy he didn’t cave simply out of relief she wasn’t killed. Elizabeth saying that giving Dmitri up was the right call was kind of ballsy, considering it’s still so fresh and new, and she knows how deeply tormented Henry is over it. She’s not necessarily wrong with her thinking; this just wasn’t the time to bring it up. Henry’s response of “I love you, but I can’t talk about this right now. I’m afraid I might say something I can’t take back” was perfect. He knows when to walk away, but he also prefaces it by saying he loves her. He makes sure she knows. My mom used to tell me “I love you, but right now I don’t necessarily like you” when I’d act the fool as a kid. It’s the same sentiment Henry was saying. I bet the McCord master bed was chilly that night, though.

I did laugh out loud when Elizabeth knocked the bottles down as Henry was building the tower at the carnival. Way to poke the bear, girl. Once she got the fight she was looking for, she threw out the word “lawyers,” which set Henry off even more. His response of “Lawyers? What the hell are you talking about” was very reminiscent of his “Have you completely lost your mind” outburst when she accused him of having an affair last season. This is the perfect example of Téa saying the committed relationship is more fun to play than the divorcing couple. We’re treated to scenes like this, instead of simply watching them trot off to court. This is where the real drama begins. It’s also worthwhile as a fan to watch, because you know your favorite couple will weather any storm, and you can enjoy watching them work through the process.

Henry is a ball of tormented emotions. He’s pissed at everyone, including himself, and is taking it out on Elizabeth because that’s what people generally do. We hurt those we love the most. She wants to talk. He wants to process what happened. Quite honestly, she’s the best person for him to talk to because she’s been in his position. She knows what the fallout is like from an operative’s perspective. Henry asking Elizabeth to take a walk was by no means a white flag, but it was him reaching out. A simple gesture with a massive meaning. Their walk started with a literal rift between the two: walking side by side with no touching, talking about mundane things. It was awkward and painful and, to a point, they appeared to just be going through the motions, hoping something familiar would take hold. The key change came when Henry said they weren’t hiring lawyers. Elizabeth immediately snuggled up to him and he grabbed her hand in return. “You’re a good person. You tried your best. So did I.” So much emotion from that little phrase. Henry may still be hurting, but he decided to let his anger subside ever so slightly in favor of his marriage. Both McCords are actively trying to work through this marital strain because they both realize their relationship is worth fighting for.

I adored the final scene, but I’m hoping this isn’t the last we’ll see the effects of Henry’s work and the Dmitri decision. It felt a little too easily wrapped up. To be honest, I would’ve loved it if Elizabeth and Henry were on lock down in the same room for hours, forced to talk to each other. I appreciate the scenes we were given, but will admittedly be perturbed if everything is back to normal next episode. I don’t need him giving her the cold shoulder and shirking from her touch, but I also don’t want something that has eaten at him for months to be swept under the rug. (I’m also still counting on some sort of breakdown when Henry’s father dies.) Henry’s final line of “We just keep trying our best,” to me, leaves it open for more fallout in the future. To be clear, I want the Henry and Elizabeth of old back. I prefer the sweet “relationship goals” couple we’ve come to love. However, I also want them to work through their problems and become stronger than ever because of what they were able to survive.

This brings me to Henry’s job. His career is one giant paradox. He’s teaching how to be ethical amid his own personal ethical crisis. He quit the DIA. But did he really? Is it that easy? It’s not like he has a newspaper route. He’s a key component in international espionage. Scooter alluded to that when Henry tried to quit. Scooter also needs the glasses smacked off his face, but that’s neither here nor there. Jill Hennessy is still shooting with Henry, which could mean anything from he’s having trouble quitting to continued political reverberations from his job. Personally, I miss him at Georgetown. I understand switching his job set up personal/professional storyline for the entire first half of the season, but I’d be happy to see him as Dr. Religious Professor again. When Henry posed the question “What the hell do we do now” to his students, he may as well have been looking in a mirror. Time will tell.

So Dmitri is dead. Or is he? Since when do the Russians speak only the truth? Honestly, I don’t need Dmitri to return. I’m fine with him “dead.” I’m just happy Henry has an answer so he can move on, however and whatever that means. I see him focusing his energy into saving the Petrov sibling that he can: Talia.

Break out the vodka and black toast because Evita is dead. If she hadn’t been blown to smithereens, I’d hope she was buried in her Paula Abdul wannabe costumes and had a casket big enough for her hair.

Elizabeth has had enough of everyone’s crap and it’s showing.. and I love it. She’s basically Gumby being pulled in every direction, both personally and professionally. The typically calm and collected Secretary of State is leaving behind her usual diplomatic words for exasperated phrases such as “you little son of a bitch” and “carpet bomb Kiev.” I can’t blame her. She deserves a medal or a martini for holding back so long.

Speaking of her job, I have to admit I wasn’t invested in the International Space Station storyline. At all. I mean, I’m happy they all lived, but I just didn’t care. There were already so many stories playing out that I was having trouble being invested in yet another potential tragedy. I understand the reasoning behind the storyline: compromise between rivals, enemies working together for the greater good, the U.S. and Russia plotting to save astronauts in space while they can’t even agree on anything happening here on Earth. I just didn’t need another dramatic, life-altering scene in the 40 minutes we were given. You know how people chose their battles? I was choosing what to be invested in.

I did have to make sure I had the correct show on when Conrad spoke. Instead of wanting to punch him, I almost wanted to cheer. Heck, I’d even consider voting for the man who showed up in 2.11. The Conrad in the White House Colonnade was supportive and attentive and compassionate. It wasn’t the President and Secretary of State talking. It was two people who have known each other for years swapping stories and comforting each other. He appeared to be concerned for Elizabeth not as her boss, but as her former mentor and friend. It’s been so long since he’s supported her like that, making this scene a refreshing change from the Conrad of Season 2. This Conrad and Elizabeth were the same two characters who were sitting in the Virginia farmhouse kitchen not too long ago.

Continuing on that, Conrad Skyped with Elizabeth instead of having her do it by herself. I don’t remember the last time I saw him sitting arm to arm with her, putting up a united front, acting like a true team. The White House even asked if Elizabeth agreed with the decision to not take action for Ukraine’s role in the hacking of Air Force One. I’m sure Conrad will go back to being an ass at some point, but I’ll take this new old Conrad for as long as I can have him.

I’ve been rambling for so long. Is anyone even still reading this?

Confession time. I’m ready for the Russia and Ukraine storyline to be over. It absolutely served its purpose for the first half of the season, but I’m ready to move on. This episode seemed to wrap up several lose ends, which leads me to believe (hope) it’s (mostly) over. I’ll probably deny I ever said this, but I actually miss storylines about Stevie being, well, Stevie. I’m ready for more McCord-centered episodes, or at least scenes, again. I miss the family dynamic. I’m assuming we’ll get this in Pittsburgh. I just want it to last longer than one episode.

Another reason I’m ready for more family storylines is I’m getting overwhelmed with the violence, chaos, death and exploding things. I’ve always said this show doesn’t do overly dramatic plot points that serve no purpose, and I’m hoping I’ll still be able to say that at the end of the season. Just because something explodes doesn’t make it dramatic. In my opinion, it can come across as cheap and easy, and can actually detract from quality stories being told. I’m not saying to never use violence, bombings, threats, etc. With a show about global political tension, it’s sure to happen. I’m just saying a little goes a long way. Overly “shocking” plots is why I quit watching other shows *cough* Scandal *cough*.

Other things:

–Blake and Alison both responding to Elizabeth with “Love you” was fabulous. She paused and turned ever so slightly, only to quickly move on as if it didn’t phase her. This was so fitting of the Elizabeth/Blake relationship. It was also a desperately needed light moment amid a dark show.

–Glenn and Nadine broke up, which made me sad, despite never seeing them together. Their final conversation left the possibility of rekindling the romance, however. Maybe her son coming into the picture will affect this. Either way, MORE BEBE.

–I saw Téa in Elizabeth more so this episode than ever. The subtle movements like the toothy grin she made while Henry and Elizabeth were walking, her casual clothes, the breathy way she talked when saying something sarcastic. I’ve seen all of those before in Téa interviews.

–“Three cheers for equality. Woo!” I loved that delivery.

–Christmas decorations are still everywhere, even though we didn’t get a McCord Christmas. It’s like they’re taunting us. I know. They’re busy people. There’s always next year. (Right, CBS?)

–Unpopular trivial opinion: Elizabeth needs to branch out from tie blouses. The woman can wear the heck outta them, but not EVERY shirt needs to be one. I’ll probably get hate messages for this.

–Loved when Alison kicked Henry in the butt as he sat down next to her on the couch. Little touches like that make the McCord family dynamic so believable. I also wonder if there’s some sort of inside joke with patting each other. Stevie patted Henry as he sat down. Henry then patted both of Alison’s legs once Elizabeth was home. I didn’t think much of it at first, but the way he patted Alison twice made me notice and laugh. Either way, it’s adorable.

–Dear Director. Thanks for the gratuitous shot of Henry’s “asset” in jeans on the gym stands at the school carnival. Sincerely, Everyone.