historical reproduction

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Yay! I finished the prototype/sample for the new, adjusted, and improved Redthreaded Victorian standard corset! This corset is intended for reenactment, cosplay, living history, or theatre where a historical, period look is required. It is appropriate for crinoline through bustle era, and features steel boning, English coutil, and front busk with underlap.

anonymous asked:

You seriously don't think women had to fight for what they wanted to wear in the early 1900s when the feminist movement was gaining notice (and yes, it did start before then). You clearly need to do some research if you honestly think dress code was never an issue until now. Next you're going to be saying the right to an abortion was not an issue until today- it was very much something women fought for. You're one of those people who shuts a rape victim down because 'some people have it worse'.

I never said dress code wasn’t an issue until now. And I never said I was against old feminism (from the time you mention and earlier) in fact I said the exact opposite. But being pissed off that schools don’t want their students dressing around like whores is a bit asinine. I’ll agree that some dress code “violations” are ridiculous, I once saw a student get sent home for wearing sweats. But it is not too much for schools to ask girls to wear shorts that cover their asses & keep their boobs in their shirt.


If women don’t want to be “oversexualized” by the media or general public, then they shouldn’t flaunt sexual organs on a day-to-day basis. It’s complete hypocrisy. And before you tell me that “boobs aren’t a sexual organ”; it’s a biological fact that men are more attracted to bigger breasts because (historically, with reproduction and shit) that meant the woman would be able to produce milk for an offspring.

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SN: a great infill project in the heart of the rust belt, Cleveland, OH, transforming decaying and underused parking lots into a landmark park along the Erie Canal. The park will also incorporate historical reproductions of key features of the Ohio & Erie Canal circa the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Cleveland City Planning Commission approves early plan for Canal Basin

CLEVELAND, Ohio’s Planning Commission on Friday enthusiastically approved an early “framework” plan for the proposed Canal Basin Park, a 20-acre public space that would celebrate the Ohio & Erie Canal and how it helped shape the city.

“It’s truly extraordinary,” said Tim Tramble, a member of the Planning Commission. “I think it’s going to be a great contributor to the consistent in-migration to our city.”

The plan describes how an area twice the size of Public Square would be transformed from crumbling parking lots and weed-choked remnants of the canal to one of the city’s most important parks.

The park will ultimately serve as the northern gateway to the Towpath Trail, which when finished will connect the city to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and other points to the south.

“I believe it will be a national model for how to recover an urban space that’s been damaged and abused,” said Craig Kenkel, superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

on sequel culture

I find myself stymied by how fanwork culture has, in many places and many respects, supplanted the culture of original fiction.

I recognize that this is largely a false dichotomy. Everything is derivative. Everything relies on tropes. Humans have been telling and retelling the same stories for as long as we have been human. In recent years, though, I’ve noticed the emphasis shift from “retooling classic archetypes” to “exploring very specific universes that require background knowledge to engage with”. And I’m uneasy about that.

I write fairy tales. This is how I have understood my writing for as long as I have written. I put my own spins on cursed children and witches in the woods. I adore the genre’s harsh, poetic style, and I’ve spent a lifetime cultivating it in myself. Sleeping Beauty is my very favorite story; most of my own works include elements thereof. So I get it, I really do: the human urge to derive and adapt. Hell, my other driving passion in life is sewing reproductions of historical clothing. I don’t have room to throw stones here. At the same time, though, I have reservations about how much of online creator culture relies on external referents. On knowledge of specific fandoms and on a certain slavish dedication to reproducing their elements exactly. Simply put: I see much, much more room for fanwork than I do for original work, and this bothers me.

Everything is derivative. Yes. But there seems to me a difference between writing one’s own space opera peopled with original characters and writing about Spock and Kirk sailing the Enterprise. Which is not to say either is better! I believe there’s room for every type of creative expression imaginable. But in marketing my own original - albeit rooted in myth - fiction, I have encountered a certain resistance to engage with stories not set in easily recognizable universes.

In many writers’ circles, the first question isn’t “what do you write?” - it’s “what fandoms are you in?” Much of the writing advice circling tumblr simply assumes that its adherents are creating fanworks and only fanworks. It flogs the language of OCs and AUs until I want to scream aren’t you people sick of sequels already?

I am concerned about the effects of this particular cultural milieu on creators who cannot lash their work to Marvel or Disney. Like it or not, having a brand on your side means something. For all fandom’s collective bitching about endless sequels, I worry that we, in fact, are the ones enabling them. By privileging stories with a recognizable brand over ones without, we make it abundantly clear: originality doesn’t sell.

I’m not saying anyone should stop writing anything. I hope I will go to my grave never having said such a thing. I believe everyone who wants to should write, and I believe everything should be written. I write fanfic myself! What I would like to see is not a dearth but an expansion. If collective-we want Hollywood to notice indie works and underserved markets - well, that starts at home. It starts with seeking out those fledglings.

In the end, of course, the merit of the work is the deciding factor. Tokenizing helps no one. But expanding what gets seen in the first place is not a small thing. Making room among the internet’s literati for work that lacks such a high barrier to entry, work that explores outward rather than in-, work that requires no more background than a pen and a fierce imagination, would be one hell of a start.

anonymous asked:

Your statement about there being no racism against whites is actually racist. So are you saying that if there was some white hate group formed that it wouldn't be racist. Black and hispanic jokes are not okay, but stupid white girl jokes are? Are you telling me that stereotyping whites as not being able to dance &loving Starbucks isn't? You make white jokes, but call yourself anti racism. All races experience racism. If you can't see this and stop making white jokes then ur a racist & hypacrite

Anonymous said: There's definitely racism against white people. You’re actually ridiculous. Here’s the definition of racism: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” ANY RACE CAN EXPERIENCE RACISM. your statement is in fact racist.


You are both wrong. Here are some definitions to start us off:

Privilege is the sociological concept that some groups of people have advantages relative to other groups. The term is commonly used in the context of social inequality, particularly with regards to race, gender,age, sexual orientation, disability and social class. (source)

Racism refers to a host of practices, beliefs, social relations and phenomena that work to reproduce a racial hierarchy and social structure that yields superiority and privilege for some, and discrimination and oppression for others. Racism takes representational, ideological, discursive, interactional, institutional, structural, and systemic forms. (source)

Honestly, this article gives a great rundown so I’m going to copy paste the highlights and add on a bit of my own commentary as well.

Racism can be…

  • Representational: depictions of essentialized racial stereotypes are common in popular culture and media, like the tendency to cast people of color as criminals and as victims of crime, or as background characters rather than leads, in film and television; also common are racial caricatures that are racist in their representations, like “mascots” for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and the Washington R******* (name redacted because it is a racial slur).
  • Ideological: racism is manifest in world views, beliefs and common sense ways of thinking that are premised on essentialist notions of racial categories, and the idea that white or light skinned people are superior, in a variety of ways, to dark skinned people. Historically, ideological racism supported and justified the building of European colonial empires and U.S. imperialism through unjust acquisition of land, people, and resources around the world. Today, some common ideological forms of racism include the belief that black women are sexually promiscuous, that Latina women are “fiery” or “hot tempered,” and that black men and boys are criminally oriented.
  • Discursive: racism is often expressed linguistically, in the discourse we use to talk about the world and people in it, and manifests in racial slurs and hate speech, and in code words that have racialized meanings embedded in them, like “ghetto,” “thug,” or “gansta.”
  • Interactional: racism takes an interactional form such as a white woman crossing a street to avoid walking past a black or Latino man, a person of color being verbally or physically assaulted because of their race, or when, someone assumes a person of color working at an establishment to be a low-level employee, though they might be a manager, executive, or owner.
  • Institutional: racism can take institutional form in the way policies and laws are crafted and put into practice, such as the decades-long set of policing and legal policies known as “The War on Drugs,” which has disproportionately targeted neighborhoods and communities that are composed predominantly of people of color, New York City’s Stop-N-Frisk policy that overwhelmingly targets black and Latino males, and educational tracking policies that funnel children of color into remedial classes and trades programs.
  • Structural: racism takes structural form in the ongoing, historical, and longterm reproduction of the racialized structure of our society through a combination of all of the above forms. Structural racism manifests in widespread racial segregation and stratification, recurrent displacement of people of color from neighborhoods that go through processes of gentrification, and the overwhelming burden of environmental pollution born by people of color given its proximity to their communities.
  • Systemic: racism within the U.S. can be described as systemic because the country was founded on racist beliefs with racist policies and practices, and because that legacy lives today in the racism that courses throughout the entirety of our social system.

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Because white people benefit from privilege and perpetuate the system of inequality that POC suffer from, we cannot suffer from racism. POC can hold prejudices against white people (that IMO are completely justified), but it’s not called racism because those prejudices are individual and do not effect white people’s daily lives like racism does.

If you’re white you benefit from privilege every single day of your life, and to be educated on that privilege is the LEAST you can do. Both of you are examples of people who are ignorant to the reality of racism and how it can effect the daily lives of POC.

You will never fear for your life walking down the streets because of your skin color, you will never be racially profiled, you will never have to worry that a workplace won’t hire you because of name, you will never have to worry about someone using racial slurs and hate speech because of your race. The system is behind you, it will defend you and keep you safe from those things. 

Black people worry about being murdered by people sworn to protect them, and POC Muslims have to worry about being pulled aside disproportionately in airport security, or being called a terrorist while living their day to day life, Mexican immigrants were just recently called criminals, drug dealers, and rapists by Donald Trump, a candidate for President of the United States. White people don’t suffer from this same discrimination and prejudice in the media and in our day to day lives.

I’m sorry that your feelings are hurt because people say that white people go to Starbucks too much, and that we can’t dance, but no one on any major media outlet is going to perpetuate those stereotypes, if anything they’d dismiss them, and say “Oh it’s so awful that people stereotype white people like this” when just minutes before they’re calling a peaceful black protest of police brutality a band of gangsters and thugs.

WHITE PEOPLE DO NOT SUFFER FROM SYSTEMIC PREJUDICE AND INEQUALITY THEREFORE RACISM TOWARDS WHITE PEOPLE DOESN’T EXIST.