Rethinking CIS: finding a few grains of truth in a fucked up TERF story.

If a bullshit argument gets repeated over and over again, sometimes it’s worth weighing it again to find out what it is inside that argument that makes it so appealing. I’ve been thinking a long time about objections people have to the word ‘cis’. Most is just bullshit ‘blah, blah, I don’t want my privilege labelled’, ‘blah blah, I want to be able to label you as other’ etc. 

But one argument stood out: 

We’re assigned a gender too. 

Now, before we start, some common definitions of Cis:

“Cisgender means that you agree and identify with the gender you were assigned at birth.”

“Cisgender is a t type of gender identity perception, where an individuals’ experiences of their own gender agree with the sex they were assigned at birth.”

“Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex.”

“If the doctor announces a baby as being a girl, and she is fine with being a girl, then she is cisgender.”

“You’re cisgender if the doctor says “it’s a boy” and you’re basically like truuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeee forever”. 

Now, there is something obviously absent here: transness. The experience of being assigned a gender that does not align with your gender identity. The experience of being transgender. But there is something implied in all these definitions too: agreement (notice the word agree in 2 of them), comfort, being ‘fine with that’, the absense of trauma. That, I think, is a mistake.

See, being assigned a gender at birth is not merely a word, it’s a pretty big package deal. It comes with a set of boundaries, a set of expectations, a set of pressures, a set of dangers, a set of assumptions. If you’re assigned female at birth, it comes with a second class status, a target on your back to subject you to violence and rape, and a worth almost completely defined by what you could mean to a man. We’re not just assigned a gender identity, we’re also all assigned a gender role in a violently sexist society. 

And gender roles never fit. They’re designed not to fit. The ideal male role and the ideal female role are completely unachieable goals that we’re nonetheless pressured to meet. Sometimes, when a man loves cars and beer and the gym and doesn’t cry much, they almost feel comfortable. But on some level, they never truly fit any of us. 

So, thing number one: We’re all coercively assigned a highly restrictive and violently policed gender role that does not fit us.

But that’s not all. A little side story: In 2009 I was sterilized against my will because I am trans. It was a very traumatic experience, a violation that turned upside down every right I believed I had and told me I did not have the right to exist. 

Incidently, I also never ever ever want children and  had at several points in my pre-2009 life considered sterilization. Given enough time, I probably would have eventually chosen the procedure myself. As a result of that, I am not childless against my will and do not suffer the same grief and despair as my trans friends who wanted children and find that that option was taken from them. That is a struggle I don’t have. But that did not make my experience any less traumatizing. I don’t ‘agree’ with what’s happened to me. I’m not ‘fine with it’. It was a deeply violating nonconsentual act on my body that marked this body and this life as ‘not truly mine to control’.  

So, thing number two: Being forced to walk a road that you would have walked anyway is still nonconsentual, coercive and potentionally traumatizing. 

And finally- I lack the experience and knowledge to explain this last point in depth - quite a few trans POC have already pointed out that what our society defines as ‘man’ and ‘women’ are very specifically white gender identities. Stuck between hypersexualization and desexualization, ‘dangerous’, ‘exotic’ and ‘submissive’, men, women and genderdiverse people of colour all experience that their gender will always be viewed as deviant because it can not comfort to white womanhood or white manhood. For those at the receiving end of genocide, colonisation and westernisation, frameworks for what it means to be a man, a woman or some other gender within their own culture are almost completely inaccessable, erasured, destroyed and replaced with a white western gender binary.

So, thing number 3: Colonialism means people of colour are marked gender deviants by default while being denied to a non-colonialized understanding of their gender identity. 

Now, put all those things together and I think we need to radically rethink what it means to be cisgender. 

I don’t think we need to get rid of the word cisgender. It’s very valuable to have a word that describes not being transgender and not having to deal with specific trans experiences. 

I do think we need to get to an understanding of cis that acknowledges that assigning a gender to a person who turns out to be cis is still restrictive, colonializing, potentially traumatizing and ultimately nonconsentual.

This is not fine. This is not in agreement. This is, in fact, still violence. 

Made of skin and bones

(not my gifs!)

Pairing: Alpha!Bucky x Omega!Reader

Warnings: Language, A/B/O dynamics, MATURE CONTENT (not smut but nearly)

Summary: Due to the premature death of the King of your clan, his son, the alpha James Barnes, must assume his destiny and lead his people. As the tradition commands, he must choose some worthy omegas to make their his wives and with which he will ensure the subsistence of your clan. All the omega women are obliged to appear before their king, including you. Luckily for you, you would never be chosen… right?

Tags: at the end

A/N: I really HOPE that the tags work this time 

1.Wolves  2.Chess  3. Holy water

4. Hold me

“Come on.

Move and leave me alone”

Frustrated you rub your hands in a sterile attempt to get some calm even though you know it’s useless. You are trying to leave the palace and, for God’s sake, that this site is incredibly coordinated, there is not a second that your windowsill is left alone so that you can slide through your window and go visit Nat. When a guard leaves his place another one replaces him immediately.

Taking a deep breath you remember all the advice and rules of conduct that Steve has given you this morning about your wedding, there are a lot and you have the awful feeling that you are going to forget at least the half. You just hope not to make too much ridicule. Shaking your head you watch the crown of the bored guard under your chambers, he’s not going anywhere, the same goes for the two that are planted in front of your door.

Moving away from the window you decide that the visit to your best friend will be delayed until next time you go to the market or until you don’t have so much vigilance. Also, in a crowded place will be easier to avoid the guards, later you can always tell them that you got lost.

Huffing you let the matress hug your back as you lay on the big bed. It’s useless to close your eyes, you have tryed to sleep some hours ago but the nerves doesn’t leave you rest. 

Suddenly a torn scream makes you open your eyes wide. With the heart in a fist you seek the source of that cry, it has been inside the palace you are sure. When you hear the painful groans again you jump out of bed and run to the door without a second thought. Opening the doors abruptly you find the two guards looking very uncomfortable, both turn their heads towards you when you go out into the hall with them, but they say nothing

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DISNEY AFTERNOON COLLECTION retro video games from CAPCOM available 4/18 on Windows, PS4 and XBox One:

SAN FRANCISCO — March 15, 2017 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced The Disney Afternoon Collection, a compilation of six games that feature beloved Disney TV characters from the 80s and 90s in fun-filled adventures. The beautifully restored classic games feature crisp 1080p HD support and include all-new modes that can be enjoyed by first-time players and long-time fans. The Disney Afternoon Collection will be available as a digital download across North America and Europe for $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99 starting on April 18, 2017 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Players will be able to relive their childhood afternoons with Disney and explore these pieces of gaming history with classics including:

  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers – This classic lets players team up with a friend in co-op play as they assume the roles of the mischievous Chip and Dale as they take on memorable villain Fat Cat and attempt to solve the mystery of a missing kitten.
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 – Fat Cat has escaped and his plans are even more dastardly this time. The titular heroes and supporting cast Monterey Jack, Gadget, and Zipper must stop Fat Cat from his evil dream of world domination!
  • Darkwing Duck – Play as the original caped crusader and fight a city full of criminals from the infamous F.O.W.L. organization in this action-packed platforming epic.
  • DuckTales – In this iconic platforming adventure, players help Scrooge McDuck fill his feathery pockets with vast riches from across the world.
  • DuckTales 2 – The sequel to the original game comes jam-packed with more action and an even bigger caper set in new locations like the Bermuda Triangle and Niagara Falls!
  • TaleSpin – Take to the skies as Baloo the bear navigates his plane through exotic and dangerous locations in this side-scrolling shoot-em-up.

All six games are new and improved HD versions of the originals and feature a number of filtering options that replicate a classic retro look and feel. This collection also offers new ways to play with Boss Rush and Time Attack modes for each game. In Boss Rush mode, players battle through challenging boss encounters consecutively, while Time Attack mode encourages time-based gameplay and provides online leaderboards that track the fastest times for each game. A new “Rewind” feature makes these challenging titles more accessible for newcomers, with the option to rewind time and enjoy a swift recovery from blunders. Additionally, the in-game Disney Museum will provide history buffs with a wealth of content to celebrate the era of the original releases, such as concept art, advertisements, character art, and music – all preserved in their original glory.



Summary: Emma Swan is the hidden princess of Misthaven, when she was born the kingdom was under siege from the Evil Queen, and King David and Queen Snow in their desire to protect their daughter locked her away. When Emma is twenty her only dream is to see the world, and create a life of her own. Her parents deny her. Instead they sign a treaty with the Dark One her hand the in marriage the price of such a deal. Desperate and angry Emma does the only thing she can think of. She steals away into the night, and finds herself at a tavern in the village, with a blue eyed stranger.

Killian Jones is a pirate. He lost his hand in a duel with the Dark One, and is consumed by thoughts of revenge, but even so. Who was he, to deny himself the simple pleasures when in port? So when he comes to the aid of a beautiful blonde, who is being harassed by a drunkard, how is he supposed to know she was a princess as desperate for escape as he?

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anonymous asked:

Finals week is fast approaching and I need to get out of my head. I'm in the mood for something that screams "I wish this could happen in real life", where H & D are Super Cool Badasses™. Pretty much anything that leaves you with damn-that-was-cool vibes (spies, action, assassins, adventure, smut, romance, etc). Surprise me with your amazing recs! Thanks for all you do!

Here are my fav action/adventure fics:

Title: An Aversion to Change
Author: Misdemeanor1331
Rating: MA/NC-17
Genre(s): Action, Drama, Romance, Suspense
Chapters: 42
Word Count: 109,539
Summary: After his failed attempt on Dumbledore’s life, Draco seeks refuge at the Order of the Phoenix. Sent back to Hogwarts with suspicious title of Head Boy, he is forced to share a dormitory with none other than Hermione Granger. But with war looming on the horizon and sinister happenings in Hogwarts itself, their seventh year together is anything but ordinary.Slow moving D/Hr with plenty of plot and some fluff for good measure. :)

Title: Aurelian
Author: BittyBlueEyes
Rating: T
Genre(s): Action, Mystery, Romance
Chapters: 43
Word Count: 271,132
Summary: Two years after the war, a young stranger pays a visit to the burrow. His arrival alone is baffling, but the news he brings of an upcoming war  turns the world upside down. Hermione’s quiet, post-war life will never be the same.

Title: Carnival
Author: kalee60
Rating: MA
Genre(s): Adventure/Romance
Chapters: 5
Word Count: 28, 130
Summary: Venice at Carnival time is bright,fun and deadly.Draco,playboy by day and black op’s assassin by night, is on an assignment to save the wizarding world.But when Hermione Granger slams back into his life and current mission, is he ready for the challenge?

Title: Ever After
Author: damnedscribblingwoman
Rating: M
Genre(s): Adventure, Angst, Fluff, Romance
Chapters: 7
Word Count: 23,597
Summary: Draco and Hermione fall under a sleeping curse and get thrown into a dream world filled with the fairy-tale version of their friends and family.

Title: In These Dreams of Eternity
Author: Vashka
Rating: MA
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Romance
Chapters: 7
Word Count: 26,186
Summary: An adventure as old as Merlin. An unknown Prize. One magical ship. Exotic locations. Extreme danger. Two enemies. No wands. Destiny waits.

Title: Mr & Mrs Malfoy
Author: phlox
Rating: MA
Genre(s): Action, Suspense, Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 12,036
Summary: Draco and Hermione Malfoy are a normal married couple, living a normal life in a normal magical world, working normal jobs… and going through the usual, ordinary, everyday, commonplace rut. 

Title: Oblivious
Author: roughgamequidditch
Rating: M
Genre(s): Adventure, Romance
Chapters: 25
Word Count: 123,068
Summary: Hermione is forced to work with a stranger in capturing the death eaters that have eluded the ministry in the 6 years since the war ended. Draco Malfoy is glad that the ministry gave him enough polyjuice potion to last through the entire mission.

Title: Second City Assignment
Author: pinktini
Rating: T
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Romance
Chapters: 3
Word Count: 7,996
Summary: Long time coworkers at the Auror office, Draco and Hermione are frequently partnered because of their track record of successfully completely assignments. They have good work routine going for them. That is, until an underlying attraction complicates everything.

- Lisa

Types and their ideal pets
  • ISTP: A snake, the first thing they show all their guests
  • ESTP: A parrot, they try to teach them to sit on their shoulder but fail
  • INTP: A tortoise, low maintenance but interesting
  • ENTP: A spider, the more dangerous and exotic, the better
  • INFP: A lizard, surprisingly cute and intriguing
  • ENFP: A duck, so random but so much fun
  • ISFP: A fishtank, they're intrigued by underwater world
  • ESFP: A guinea pig, noisy, social and criminally cute
  • ISFJ: A cat, as lazy and cuddly as possible
  • ESFJ: A horse, taking care of it is hard work but so worth it
  • ISTJ: A turtle, requires more effort than a tortoise but equally interesting
  • ESTJ: A dog, a highly trainable and intelligent one
  • INTJ: A centipede, dangerous and solitary, they could watch it for hours
  • ENTJ: An ant farm, watching a tiny society and seeing how it works
  • INFJ: A hedgehog, cute, solitary and shy
  • ENFJ: A bunny, social, fluffy and active

kateyes224  asked:

I just spent a couple hours reading A Black Tie Affair this afternoon, and can I just say...wow. Like, wow. That was fantastic and sexy and absolutely one of the funnest fics I've read in awhile. There's something about M and S being dressed up and undercover and in dangerous and exotic locales that, coupled with your gorgeous writing, just lends itself to a great story. So thank you!

You’re very welcome darlin!  I’m publishing this answer because it’s like getting a review from the NY Times or something.  Probably the most fun I’ve had writing too.

I sort of ended the series because I didn’t want to get too repetitive but I tend to go back and brainstorm about it whenever I need like… a break.  It’s like my happy place of sexy ridiculous but badass spies.  So more may come someday.

So me and @invisbledragon on the ts discord made a bad guy for Prince and I wanna tell you guys about him!! (mostly bc I’m trying to write something for him but I wanna give context before hand)

His name in Mal. [Short for Malicious Intent] and the idea for him came from this vine. Every Hero needs someone to be their villain or they ain’t a hero so this is Princey’s.

Bit of back story under the cut: (pls note Mal is not part of an au thnx)

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Elektra & orientalism: Elodie Yung fights the script

much commentary has pointed out the pitfalls of contrasting Elektra & Karen in Daredevil s2. It has quite accurately noted that Elektra & Karen are openly contrasted as potential love interests and as people, and that the “exotic,” dangerous, and morally compromised Elektra seems pretty damn Orientalist in contrast to Karen’s whole Madonna/pure/good characterization. not to mention that old white guy Stick, who has KILLED AN UNARMED CHILD, is accepted as the good side, while mysterious Asian organization is evil mostly because it’s doing mysterious things and involves ninjas running around. this thesis is well-documented and basically accepted at this point; in any case, I accept it. the script is Orientalist and has racist undertones. 

HOWEVER, the finished product of Elektra in the series is more than a racist caricature of a foreign sex demon, and it’s largely thanks to Elodie Yung.

First of all, we know that Elodie is aware of the tropes and the language surrounding Elektra. In a Rotten Tomatoes interview, the following happened: 

Q: Elektra is mysterious and exotic. What is your take on her?

Yung: Yeah, that’s what they keep saying. I don’t see myself as exotic.

Not only does Elodie reject the term exotic, she goes on to substitute a term she thinks is better, a term which does suit Elektra and which DOESN’T have all those nasty racist undertones: mysterious. And why?

Yung (cont): She’s mysterious, yes, because she comes back into Matt’s life out of the blue… And she hides most of her life from Matt, so in that sense, yes, she’s mysterious. 

And again, in the same interview, Elodie displays the same consciousness of stereotypes and their context:

Yung: I do feel privileged to play Elektra, because definitely she is a strong female character. She’s a strong character. It would be nice if eventually we’d just say she’s a strong character, not a strong female character.

here, Yung questions the usual narrative (let’s cheer this character for being a Strong Female Character) and suggests that in the ideal future, roles for different genders will be so on par that she won’t have to describe her character in terms of gender but focus on the particularities of the character instead.

so okay. We know Elodie is aware of this bullshit and smart as hell and not having any of it. 

Now let’s look at her performance. She’s often given flirtatious lines, but rather than giving the rote performance of a typical seductress, she imbues some of them with a kind of playfulness that (FUCKING WINS OVE RMY HEART) elevates Elektra to a rounded character with, as Elodie herself says, “layers.” Take, for example, the moment when she says “You’ve been working out, by the way. I appreciate that.” The little frown and the poke of the fry at Matt’s face–is that purely sexual, exotic, calculated, manipulative? No. That’s fucking cute, okay? It’s a little bit flirty, but it’s not hugely sexual. 

Moment #2: when Elektra figures out the way to make the secret door open using the little bonsai tree, she turns to Matt and says, “I’m a genius.” There’s something so genuine in her eagerness, her delight, the childish gesture, the smile just a little too wide. Like, this is lopsided, puppyish excitement, and it’s shared with Matt; no wonder he lights up with a smile at it, because she’s FUCKING CHARMING SANS ARTIFICE, OKAY? That was an acting decision. She could have gone in the other direction, acted like Elektra wasn’t half as excited and pleased as she was, played, it cool, but no. Elodie won my heart with that, okay?

Moment #3: when Elektra’s dying, she says, “I know now what it feels like to be good.” The hurt in Matt’s face is obvious, and Elodie turns the rather hammy line “does it always hurt that much?” into a moment of dark humor, drawing one last half-smile from him with the way these odd, painful things can still make her laugh.

Like, yes. The script is pretty terrible in places. But Elodie Yung’s performance consciously transcends the stereotypes it’s given and gives us a fucking glorious character that has not only captured Matt’s heart, but ALSO MINE.


script: ur exotic

Elodie Yung/Elektra: No. I am so much more than that. I’m a badass, and I’m REALLY FUCKING LOVABLE

cryofthewolf  asked:

Eight x Rose for the send a ship thing?

  • Drinks all of the coffee

Rose much to his horror and warnings about the dire consequences of all that caffeine.  She arches her brow at his third up of tea with milk only thank you.  They debate the issue, of course, and later end up on adventure on a planet devoted to the worship of tea.  The Doctor is arrested for insisting darjeeling requires lemon.  After Rose rescues him and leave amidst the great tea revolution, both agree to never speak of it again.

  • Brings up adopting a pet

The Doctor cannot resist strays.  Rose is delighted at first.  As the menagerie grows from Winston the cat, Hector the Purple parrot of Radalya IV, various mice with names she could not pronounce to more exotic and slight dangerous creatures, even the TARDIS seems put out.  Rose pulls him aside and mentions how crowded the bigger on the inside ship feels.  Flower the scampers by chased by thumper the giant rabbit.  She suggest some of their new friends would be happier with their own kind. 

She bit her lip as she realized what she said.  He slumped forward and rejection poured off him in waves.  She wrapped her arms around him and peppered his neck with kisses.   No, I didn’t mean…  She sighed.  Can we at least section off the TARDIS so I don’t wake up with birds nesting in my hair?  He bounced back and got right on it.

  • Kills the bugs

Rose has to because he just coos to them and lectures the insects on making better choices like not bothering his companion.  Rose secretly disposes of the nastier ones.  He discretely never asks about it.

  • Cooks the meals

The Doctor loves to cook gourmet meals.  Rose is content to pour wine, sit back and enjoy watching him knead dough and slice, dice and ohhh he just licked his finger.  Nothing is as erotic as how the Doctor cooks for her and sometimes they never get a bite in because her appetite has shifted to tasty hot Time Lord.

  • Starts getting into holidays way before they should

Both of them but Rose soon learns no does Christmas like the Doctor.  The TARDIS is decorated everywhere.  He’s so enthusiastic about lights, trees, traditional, space age, art nouveau, all white, a riot of colors and then there’s garland and the scent of gingerbread.  The gingerbread room with it’s town made of sweet treats is her favorite.  For days they visit various Christmasy destinations until Rose thinks she is Christmased out.  The best part though, is spending it with him, curled up in their Victorian Christmas decorated library where each year she promises him her forever.

  • Initiates the couple selfies

Rose is shocked at how much he loves pictures.  But not just any picture will do.  He’s an artist and a perfectionist.  Rose giggles when she goes back through their collection of prison selfies.  She never did understand how she got to keep her phone.  The Doctor takes pride in all the pictures.  He’d never cared much before but Rose has that effect on him, making him care.

  • Forgets the birthdays and anniversaries

They both get so wrapped up in adventures, time slips by them.  The Doctor frets usually months later when he realizes he’s missed her birthday and their anniversary.  Rose doesn’t care as long as she’s with him.  He takes her to a ball to make it up.  They dance and laugh and always run out before saying goodbye to whoever’s ball the crashed.  The real celebration always is back in the TARDIS

  • Always ends up with too much junk food after grocery shopping

Rose is appalled when she finds his biscuit cupboard.  Apparently he pairs them with his tea which means he has every kind of biscuit imaginable because apparently he never knows what kind of tea he might crave.  Rose wonders how he stays so fit as his biscuit collection always seems to need replenishing.  And finally he takes her to the biscuit mart which has two floors of nothing but biscuits.  Rose never asks how he found it, just nods and watches  him  fill the cart.

  • Nicknames the other

The only nicknames they ever need are my love but this is cherished and never shared outside the TARDIS.  It’s an intimacy neither will ever tell another soul.


Heracles is part of Animal Control but he takes all (and only)  cat request and often takes the lost cats home. Where every few weeks his coworkers Kaelin and Kyle have to empty it out.  Due to homeowners complaining.

Kyle deals with the exotic/dangerous animals: big cats, poisonous snakes, Gorillas ect…

And Kaelin does everything else what you normally think about when you call animal control possums and raccoon and stray dogs.   

The Mummy and its sequel are the best Dungeons and Dragons movies ever made.

I mean, really.

You have your no holds barred barbarian, raging included:

Your PC link to all plot exposition via bardic knowledge, with language comprehension on their spell list:

The punchy-yet-lovable thieving rogue:

The hard-to-kill NPC that requires a set of rare, dangerous artifacts to reassemble:

The memorable NPC’s with funny accents: 

The exotic, yet dangerous locations that required days of hard travel to reach:

… and for extra measure, the Wall of Sand spell:

That post about the person who had a pet wolfdog that’s circulating throws up about 300,000 alarm signals for me.

I never wish to be negative about someone writing about their family pet, but when it comes to a dangerously exotic, you cannot wax poetic about how fun it was. I checked the tags and there were at least 3 people within a few scrolls who said things to the effect of “oh i don’t care about those drawbacks because you get a giant loyal pupper!!!”.

Wolfdogs, even low-content wolfdogs can be incredibly aggressive and very difficult to train and contain. Even experienced wolfdog handlers maintain a very cautious and respectful relationship with their animals. They have much lower thresholds of how much misreading of body language they will comply with before they become defensive. We trained being compliant into dogs. With wolfdogs you’re taking a lot of that out.

This post doesn’t mention dealing with seasonal aggression, this post doesn’t talk about the constant testing behaviors wolfdogs (and especially high-content) wolfdogs will pull to test boundaries, doesn’t talk about any of the behaviors commonly related to wolfdogs. Didn’t mention the smell.

The post talks about alpha/beta/omega dynamics when those have been thoroughly debunked in wolves which are part of a real family unit.

The dog is described as loyal, fiercely protective, mischevious but loving.

All dogs are different, but: wolfdogs are not known as protective. They are not that “loyal”. By backcrossing the dog to a wolf you are undoing those “loyal, fiercely protective” traits that we worked so hard to establish in dogs in the first place. Wolves and wolfdogs are surprisingly cowardly, they will run away, they will lose their shit in a public setting if not very carefully trained.

In all, the post stinks to high heaven. I’m not saying they’re lying, but the dog just… y’know, might not have been a wolfdog. I highly doubt your average vet will just happen be versed enough in phenotyping to identify the wolfdog content of a random animal that walked through their doors unless you has one that regularly treats/sees wolfdogs or has an outside interest in them.

Also, those parents are super irresponsible.

Maybe that dog was an exception, but even if it was true, the post is highly irresponsible and at this point has 50k notes. Tens of thousands of people, and perhaps even more are going to walk away with this inflated, cutesy view of a  dangerous, hybridized animal that requires tons of special care.

It’s infuriating.


To the lovely themexicansnob, who’s tired of contemporary mexican films being all about narcos, the government and how shitty our country is.

I agree it’s frustrating that these kinds of productions (which a lot of the time aren’t good) are the ones that usually get wide releases in Mexico and get picked up by international distributors, mostly because of the public’s morbid fascination with violence and constructions about the ~exotic and dangerous~ “third world”.

With that in mind, I’ve made a list of a few films I like that may not be exactly heart-warming or uplifting but that reflect the human experience through different narratives and styles, avoiding the extremes of the mexican preciousism movement and the current crudeness in national cinema.

  • La fórmula secreta (1965), Rubén Gámez
  • Poetas campesinos (1980), Nicolás Echevarría
  • El premio (2011), Paula Markovitch
  • La mancha de sangre (1937), Adolfo Best Maugard
  • Nazarín (1958), Luis Buñuel
  • Pedro Páramo (1967), Carlos Velo
  • Mezcal (2006), Ignacio Ortiz
  • Bartolomé de las Casas (1992), Sergio Olhovich
  • Macario (1960), Roberto Gavaldón
  • El lugar sin límites (1978), Arturo Ripstein
  • Danzón (1991), María Novaro
  • En la palma de tu mano (1950), Roberto Gavaldón
  • Dos monjes (1934), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Stellet licht (2007), Carlos Reygadas
  • Cada loco con su tema (1939), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Santa Sangre (1989), Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • La mujer de Benjamín (1991), Carlos Carrera
  • Cronos (1993), Guillermo del Toro
  • La perla (1947), Emilio Fernández
  • Cuentos de hadas para dormir cocodrilos (2002), Ignacio Ortiz
  • Fecha de caducidad (2011), Kenya Márquez
  • Cabeza de Vaca (1991), Nicolás Echevarría
  • El hombre sin rostro (1950), Juan Bustillo Oro
  • Canoa (1976), Felipe Cazals
  • Redondo (1986) Raúl Busteros
  • Post Tenebras Lux (2012), Carlos Reygadas
  • Alamar (2009), Pedro González-Rubio
  • El fantasma del convento (1934), Fernando de Fuentes

While the least restful place in the sanctuary, after a nearing 20 hour emergency shift, the Nursery does do in a pinch.

Berk Dragon Sanctuary AU

The Nursery is one of the largest buildings/enclosures in the sanctuary. Unlike many other animal sanctuaries, this sanctuary is at a disadvantage in that the animals it’s protecting have the freedom to just up and fly wherever they want to go. The workers work hard to make the environment one that the dragons will want to stick around in and come back to. They also train (as much as they can) the dragons to not get into trouble when they go off, although sometimes they wonder if it’s a futile task. The babies, however, do not have the luxury of having the size and street cred their adult counterparts do (and unfortunately baby dragons are wildly popular as (illegal) exotic pets, among other dangers, (and doubly unfortunately, most owners realize they don’t want a full grown dragon, which often doesn’t bode well for the dragon itself). So the orphaned/abandoned babies are kept in the Nursery, where they can be monitored and kept until they’re big enough to fend for themselves. They have plenty of space to frolic, and get lots of big-dragon play time to learn social and hunting skills needed to survive in the wild. The humans usually have at least one human supervisor in the Nursery at all times.

On 80 Days and Postcolonialism

Jules Verne was a French author credited as one of the forebears of science fiction. He wrote Around the World in 80 Days in 1873 at the pinnacle of the British empire. Even as a Frenchman, he associated strongly with England in its colonizing capacity. The entire book, though singularly obsessed with the ways of foreign cultures and driven by an earnest wanderlust, was placed squarely in an Orientalist and colonialist framework.

Orientalism is the belief that Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures are intrinsically, backward, exotic and dangerous in comparison to Western European culture. Edward Said is responsible for the term’s wide acceptance thanks to his book Orientalism which describes the process by which Orientalist theory was adopted to justify and bolster European colonialism of Arab lands post-Enlightenment.

The iOS game 80 Days by Inkle Studios written by Meg Jayanth seeks to take the parts of the book that resonate: wanderlust, a sense of danger, adventure, global culture and divest them from their original colonialist perspective. It seeks not merely to subvert and criticize the aims of the protagonists, who remain the white-male explorers of Verne’s imagining, but to craft a new, non-exoticised world from the framework Verne originally laid out.

Inkle does this in several ways. First, there’s a unifying effort made to join the various technologies of the world. The game wholeheartedly embraces science-fiction concepts alien to the original work. Vestiges of steampunk find their way into the story: robots, flying airships, submersible trains, cars, hydrofoils and much more convey you along your journey. Most importantly, every nation seems to have equal access to the technology regardless of its geography or historical context. In Bogota, a townswoman sneered incredulously when Passepartout (whom you play as) was surprised to see an automated version of Simon Bolivar in the town square. “Do you not have automata, where you are from?”

History has shown us that technology is often used as a weapon of colonization; more technologically advanced countries use the tools they selfishly hoard in order to subjugate the rest of the world. Verne is tacit in this by reinforcing the differences between Europe and the colonized world, referring often to Europe as the civilizing force and the rest of the world as the wild, untamed wilderness; ripe for adventure but absent of order, intelligence and development.

Another way Inkle’s 80 Days manages to flatten the distinction between Europe and the rest of the world is how it introduces the story. In Verne’s book, you don’t hear about the events of the journey until they reach Egypt and the Suez Canal (itself an example of an Orientalist project according to Edward Said). By Verne’s account, Europe isn’t deserving of comment. True Adventure can only be had in places outside and away from Western European life. To Verne, the Middle East, Asia and even America were no different than the center of the Earth or deep within the sea.

Verne also describes a route that, at least while on the Asian continent, adheres generally to the shadow of English hegemony and empire. They visit India and Hong Kong, both under English rule. And it’s with a noticeable change of tone whenever they refer to an independent nation. Usually it is with fear at what kind of dangerous savagery (not yet quelled by English military force) might possibly await.

Inkle, on the other hand, starts you off in France and allows you to travel to a wide variety of locations ignored by the book. This allows you to see Europe as just another place full of adventure and danger. Neutering Europe by ignoring it in the text only places it above and separate from the locations where Verne’s story takes place. This is central to colonialist thought. Even though it may seem unflattering to cast Europe as a place of little interest to an adventurer it’s actually much more belittling to other nations to exist solely as a savage backdrop for an adventurer’s story, devoid of a normal safe and functioning society (as is implied to be Europe’s status quo).

Characters are often left unnamed in the source text. Passepartout and Verne hire a nameless “Parsee guide” to help them transverse the forests of India. They are not complete characters but props, to facilitate the narrative - too foreign to be given descriptors other than their religious and cultural signifiers. In 80 Days every character has a name and a story. Giving a character a back story may take effort, but neglecting to even name characters which drive forward the plot’s momentum gives you a good idea of the relative lack of importance of non-European characters in Verne’s account.

Inkle’s 80 Days allows players to empathize with the people they meet and be changed by the journey. Any good story contains an element of change, whether it’s change registered in the character herself or the world around them. After Verne’s heroes finish their adventure, they are remarkably unchanged. The only difference is Fogg’s acquisition of an Indian bride, who he saved from death. His white savior role elides perfectly with his western detachment: his one departure from aloof gentlemanliness was to save the virtue of a defenseless women against “crazed fanatics” Meanwhile, my Fogg slept on streets, embroiled his valet in fist fights and mutinies, dealt and received insult in turn and even admitted a closeted romantic attraction to his valet on the brink of death. A much more deep and colorful character, even when wrapped in the cold veneer of an Englishman.

I think Inkle’s adaptation of the source text is a great example for how we can draw from historical narratives without being shackled by the perspective of the author or the time in which the work was written in. It puts the lie to flippant claims of “historical authenticity” when faced with complaints around lack of diversity in a period piece. While 80 Days exists in a fantastical universe, with science fiction tropes littering the surface, the backbone is quite true to many of the themes of the original. It remains an explorer’s tale, full of near-escapes, risky maneuvers and flirtatious conversations with mysterious strangers. Except in Inkle’s post-colonialist version, you aren’t eurocentric totems of civility wading into the mucky depths of third world depravity - instead you’re simply tourists, sampling the culture of a world that doesn’t care whether or not you’re impressed with its many accomplishments, and that goes on whether you’ve gotten to experience it or not.

fialleril  asked:

For your always-a-Sith Anakin AU: Imagine him trying to woo Padme by, like, spending weeks learning all about Naboo flower language and then sending the most appropriate and meaningful bouquet and she just says, "Oh that's nice, Dorme, put it in some water I've got five meetings and a speech today." (Meanwhile Anakin frowns to himself because obviously these flowers were Insufficient to express his regard properly. He will have to Do Better.)


i bet you anakin has eight books outlining the finer points and subtle symbolism of naboo’s flower language - roses are always in the center of the romantic boquet, but on the outside of the friendship arrangement, etc - and he has a notebook full of notes. the corkboard he used to use to plan tactics is now covered in red string and paper clippings from, like, horribly cheesy romance novels. he’s sleuthing out the definition of love all on his lonesome!


and then padme takes it all in stride - she just gets so many - and anakin’s like, analyzing her behavior with a microscope. he compares it to trashy, awful holodramas - he read the reviews! the people of the empire think these are the best dramas on, so they clearly must be accurate representations of love. clearly. there is no fault in his logic, no siree.

so, obviously she wasn’t impressed - and part of anakin’s like, “your love isn’t worth anything, of course she wasn’t,” but the overwhelming majority says, “MAYBE SHE JUST…. DIDN’T GET IT.”

cue anakin going overboard and ordering a fuckton of flowers. just, a metric fuckload. it’s enough to flood padme’s apartment.

(unfortunately, anakin went after the fancy imported flowers. there was a giant, fuzzy, beady-eyed, extremely dangerous exotic tarantula hiding beneath those sunflowers. the, er, wooing could have gone better)