i feel like i should put a disclaimer on this that says 'this is not my opinion' *sigh*

Anyone ready for some wild SPN season 12 speculation?

OK DISCLAIMER: this is just my opinion and I know nothing more than anyone else OK and I’m more than happy to be proved wrong or have lots and lots of opinions on this, please do, its just fun and I wanted to write down my thoughts as I flailed about this a lot today, lets be honest :)

Foreshadowing points through the season and Speculation under the cut.

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deathbycoldopen replied to your post: Dear Yuri on Ice fic writers, I just want to say…
That’s great! I do kind of wonder about the trend in yoi fic where Yuuri is referred to as a “boy” and viktor is referred to as a “man”. Obviously there’s an age difference, but 23 is old enough that I’d comfortably call him a man. Which leaves me with the reminder of infantilizing poc by white americans (particularly calling black americans boy). As someone affected more directly by that kind of thing, does that bother you at all? (sorry for the rambly message)

I cannot speak for all Asian-Americans, or even Asian-American men. Please take this as my personal opinion of the kind of stuff that bothers me. And I apologize in advance for being kind of wordy, but I have LOTS of thoughts and they’re very complicated, so it’s hard for me to put them all down.

I have kind of a hierarchy for things that bother me, ranging from “super-racist, holy crap do NOT do this” to “argh” to “sigh.” I encounter “argh” and “sigh” level stuff all the time, everywhere. YOI fandom is no exception.

Super-racist stuff in fandom I will nope out of. Won’t read, won’t like, won’t recommend, will silently grit my teeth at all the positive comments. Argh and sigh? If the fic is otherwise redeeming, I’ll keep going, and sometimes I will even love it.

Super-racist stuff, IMO, is almost never okay; there’s just almost no way to present a character in which it makes sense, and so unless you’re an insider (in the case of writing a Yuuri that speaks imperfect English, that means a Japanese person from Japan who has gone to an English-speaking country and experienced racism for the way you spoke) you probably don’t have the experience to know how to write that well, and your dominant culture has probably given you an idea of how you think that feels for the person who is speaking that is absolutely counter to how it actually feels internally.

Stuff that isn’t at that level–the “argh” and “sigh” level–is harder to classify, and there are fewer hard and fast rules as to whether I argh or sigh. There are things I can say bother me, but someone will handle it so well that I’ll love it unreservedly.

Again, what follows relates to my personal tolerance–other people (including Asians) will not be bothered at all by things that really grate at me. On the other hand, there are things I can tolerate, that will really hurt other people.

Things that hit somewhere between “argh” and “sigh” level for me include: desexualization of Yuuri, making Yuuri a lot less competent than he canonically is, saying that Yuuri has a tiny dick, treating Yuuri as having less agency and being incredibly dependent on others to function, treating Phichit as an adjunct to Yuuri without his own wants and wishes, and… a lot of other stuff. YOI fandom isn’t perfect; it just mostly avoids super-racist.

These things can be quite complicated–there’s a real difference between writing an Asian character who is a complex, wholly functional human being, who is ace, or who has a small dick, or who has difficulty making choices–and writing a caricature where those same things feel like ugly, painful racial stereotypes. I don’t want to suggest categorical rules in these categories. 

(You can already see why this is so complicated–“small dick” is both an Asian stereotype and an insult born of shitty toxic masculinity. Men can have small and/or no dicks and still be men, and be sexy and lovable and good lovers. Likewise, Asian men can have big dicks, small dicks, or no dicks at all. Dick isn’t indicative of anything at all, and in a fic that recognizes that, I do not mind. I do mind when the fic unconsciously accepts as a given that bigger dick=better, and Yuuri is tiny.)

I think it would fall into the “super-racist, don’t do this unless you’re black and can process how this hurts and how to alleviate that hurt” to call an African-American character “boy.” I don’t think there’s a context in which a non-black person can use that word, applied to a black person, in fiction and not get tangled up in the history of that word applied to that person. (There’s a giant asterisk here about portraying racism in fiction that I’m not going to get into because it’s so massive.)

But Yuuri is not African-American, and the characters are not American, and I don’t think it carries that same context. That means that it depends heavily on how it’s handled.

In terms of Yuuri being called a boy, in my mind, this depends on a lot of factors that depend on who’s doing it and what the context is. I feel like friends saying, “Yeah, boy!” to each other isn’t a big deal. The word “boy”–in addition to the specific usage for African-Americans–can sometimes signify friendship (“that’s my boy!”) or queerness or a number of other things other than “young man.” I’ve had Victor call Yuuri a boy–as in “I don’t kiss boys who don’t cry over dogs”–and in that case, Victor is clearly assigning himself as being in the same classification as Yuuri, and that doesn’t personally bother me (obviously, or I wouldn’t have done it). It also wouldn’t bother me to have Yakov calling Yuuri a boy–Yakov is seventy, so both Yuuri and Victor are absolute CHILDREN to him. It probably would bother me if Yakov thought of Victor as a man and Yuuri as a boy, though. It’s more likely to be the reverse–Yakov has known Victor since he was a literal boy, and he met Yuuri as a man.

You didn’t suggest this, but I would also personally be leary of claiming that because “boy” is a slur used to put African-Americans in their place, it should not ever be used to describe Asian-Americans. I personally try not to disclaim ownership over the specific types of racism experienced by black people. Asians are (mostly) not insiders to the incredibly harmful use of “boy” in this case, and representing that it harms them equally implies that they would have the ability to call African-Americans “boy” as insiders, and…no. No. We don’t, we can’t, that’s not okay.

Asians experience racism, but it is not the same kind of racism that black people experience. As Asians can often be guilty of anti-black prejudice, I think it’s especially important to not coopt the African-American experience.

This is a very long response to your question, and I already know I’m glossing over some points as it is, so my apologies both for the length and incompleteness of the answer. These are my personal opinions and not everyone will agree with me, but here you are.

Tony Padilla | Little Padilla

Requested by anon
Bi!Tony Padilla X Fem!Reader
Warnings: Swearing, mentions of smut, mentions of abortion
Word count: 1374

It had all started as a simple hookup after the Winter Formal. We had been making eyes at one another the entire night, flirty glances and sexual gestures, simple body movements that suggested the most intimate. We had sneaked away with his Mustang and shared the bed at my place, since my parents weren’t home that evening. 

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Get Used to This

Prompt: What if the 12x07 cuddle scene had gone a bit differently?

Disclaimer: Nothing is mine except for the ungodly amount of fluff, we all know Shonda’s not that nice.

After the drama with Torres and Penny, all Amelia Shepherd wanted was a big burly man. Luckily, she knew exactly where to find one. She walked down the hall, eventually slowing to a stop in front of their on-call room. Their on-call room. Technically it wasn’t theirs, but it was the perfect halfway point between her office and the ER, and the amount of time they spent in it should count for some sort of ownership. There was a secret law among the staff that when Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Hunt were both at the hospital, that room was to stay clear and nobody was to say anything about it.

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anonymous asked:

OMG! I feel the same about the boys being consistently mischaracterized in the fics part, but umm whenever someone asks me how (and quite angrily at that) I always go dumb and just can't seem to put it in the right words so as to not piss anyone off (coz boy there are some extremely temperamental people in this fandom). Sigh, I would beg you to do an essay on this but then I'll feel like a selfish brat ;; plus I don't have Junsu to give you too. So lemme jus' wish you A Very Blessed New Year <3

…I will… essay about it.

Let’s get in trouble one last time, 2014.

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anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts/ feelings/ theories on Paul

Anon, you were the first to request such a thing and since I mentioned this request in a post, I have since had seven others request this Paul write up. I hope it pleases all of you. 

(And by they I mean me)

Oh Paul. I have so many thoughts/feelings on Paul, and obviously I have theories on everything apparently so Paul is no different. This is incredibly long and incredibly rambly so bear with me as I put it under a readmore. (I totally think y’all should actually read it though, at least for the witty comments about how husky Paul’s voice is.)

I find Paul equally frustrating and fascinating.

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In regards to the latest Night Vale episode

So the latest Welcome to Night Vale episode came out yesterday (titled: The Deft Bowman), and I’ve received a lot of asks asking my opinion on it, more namely on one of the new characters introduced.

The character in question is the Secret Police’s spokesbeing. They were introduced as genderless. I am genderqueer and a very strong advocate for more non-binary representation in the media and even, a week or more ago, made a post saying Night Vale should introduce a non-binary character into the show, possibly a intern.

Yesterday, the day the new podcast came out, I woke up to MANY asks in my inbox telling me there was a new, non-binary/genderless character in the show. I was excited! But also very skeptical. When things like this happen, I feel I always have to put up a guard when I go to explore what they’re talking about, and honestly I’m glad I did this time.

I was worried about how they would handle it. While The Night Vale crew is very good about many issues, they are still cis (mostly cis men who write it from what I understand, and if there are any trans* people on the team that I do not know about please excuse my ignorance to the situation.) I do not know the extent to which they understand non-binary genders. And while I do understand where they were probably trying to go with this, they really could have done it better.

Before I get into my concerns, I want to say that I do enjoy the new character. I am glad they introduced a new genderless character. In this post I am not trying to convince you to stop liking/listening to Night Vale, I know I absolutely will still be doing both of those things, but to listen to my concerns as a genderqueer person and hopefully convince you on why how they handled it wasn’t the best way to do so. I am also going off the assumption that they introduced this character in order to have a non-binary character in the podcast. This could very well be false. Now that the disclaimers are done, let’s get down to business.

As you might know, non-binary people do not get representation in media. It’s a simple fact. If we do get representation, it is extremely minimal. And the representation that we do get isn’t human. Often times, if not all times, it would be a monster or alien, or some other being.

This is really problematic. This enforces the idea that people who do not fall in the gender binary are unnatural, that they don’t exist in human society, and that non-binary genders only exist in beings with different types of bodies or forms. It creates this idea that being non-binary is only part of the imagination, that it only exists in sci-fi and fiction.

This is why I was wary when I was told there was a new genderless/non-binary character in Night Vale. I was worried it would be another non-human being. I was worried that once again, we would be denied real representation of our gender identities by expressing it through something that is unnatural and increasing the idea that we are fake.

And sadly, my worries were confirmed.

Not once was the new character described as “human” or even a “person.” They were referred to as a “being.” This could mean any number of things. They were described as “The Sheirf’s Secret Police’s genderless spokesbeing, with the smoothly beautiful features, explained in that voice that calms animals.”

While this description could be interpreted as human, there is nothing there indicating that they actually are. 

We were denied an actual non-binary human. We were denied actual PROPER representation that did not portray us as some unnatural beings. We were, again, described as something out of reality’s reach, and our identities were pushed even further from reality subsequently.

When it comes down to it, I am tired of not getting proper representation. I had slightly higher hopes for Night Vale, seeing as they had handled other problematic things well in the past. But it didn’t happen, and frankly I’m unsure if it will happen. I’m not trying to say the Night Vale crew wouldn’t attempt to include an actual non-binary character, but it seems that they already have, and I was disappointed.

This doesn’t diminish my love for the show or the creators, and it doesn’t lessen my respect for the problems they’ve addressed very well. I hate saying things like this, but I’m used to being disappointed with things like this. I’m used to not getting representation. So while I do still get angry about it, it’s rarely an anger I act on because I know non-binary people getting representation in the media is years, if not easily generations from now. It doesn’t mean I will stop fighting, it means I know how to chose my fights.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sorry I am reposting this, because the gorgeous @oohhshiny made me the gifs I intended to use for this scene, because she is amazing! So this is how it should have looked. Thanks poppet xx

So the adorable human being that is @sanjamac asked if I too would join in on some Caryl positivity! I am chuffed to be asked, but I want to make it very clear to all of you, that my brain leans more to the scientific, and less towards the articulation of my thoughts and or feelings. I would also like to include the disclaimer that everything you are about to read is entirely MY opinion, and if you do not agree with any of it, that’s more than ok :) Alas, I will give this a go!

Ok so I have decided to go for my favourite Caryl line. We have sooo much to choose from, because almost every interaction between these 2 is layered, interesting and touching.
But my favourite Caryl line comes from the man of few words himself, Daryl. 

When Daryl says to Carol in Consumed “You don’t have to…. You don’t”       I will be completely honest with you, the first time i watched this scene and heard that line, I sobbed. This was, i think, maybe the 6 most powerful words we have heard spoken to Carol during the entire time she has been on our screens.

We know, that Carol is not emotionally coping with what happened at the prison that led to her banishment, but more insistent in her current psyche is what happened at The Grove. So Carol went from being abandoned by someone she loves, to stumbling upon the man whose girlfriend’s life she ended, and the 2 little girls that she promised a dying man that she would protect like her own.
She is already incredibly emotionally fragile, and struggling with decisions she may have made, which we see in her interactions with Tyreese. She feels it so, so much. (and I will fight anyone who says otherwise!!) 

So we all know what happened with Lizzie, and as much as I loved Tyreese as a character (he just wasn’t made for that world), I felt he let Carol carry way too much of the burden of Lizzie. Carol, whether she wanted to step up or not, had to shoot that little girl and bury her. She even dug her grave. It was like Tyreese was there with her, but he wasn’t with her 50/50. After they left the grove, Ty was still unable to even kill walkers. Leaving this further chore to fall solely to Carol. (I mean no hate to Ty, I love him, he was a jelly bean, and I have met Chad and he is a beautiful teddy bear who I wanted to take home with me)

So we are left with what I refer to as the “Shell of Carol”, she’s there, but she ain’t there. This is where the self flagellation appears to ramp-up. With her storming Terminus, not scared, not worried about herself AT ALL. Purely focused on freeing her family and reuniting Ty and Judith with their families. By her own words, she “wasn’t staying”. It was clear that she hated herself and had no belief that she deserved to be WITH her family, let alone loved by any of them!

OK, so I am rambling, I have just realised. And I apologise! 

But we understand the level of self loathing and contempt that i think she was holding for herself at this point in time. Carol doesn’t believe much of anything anymore, only that she doesn’t want to watch anyone else she loves die.
When Carol and Daryl see the mum and child walkers behind the glass, you can see Daryl sigh almost in defeat for the amount of shit that seems to be constantly hurled at Carol. He knows how this will affect her. And it does. But she seems to shove the feelings down as quickly as they arise, and take on the responsibility of putting down the mother and child herself. She sees this as her penance now. It doesn’t matter if it hurts HER, it only matters that she can stop any pain or death befalling her family.
But before she can turn the handle on that door, we see this.

Daryl suddenly realises what Carol is planning to do, and he instantly speaks, using the minimum amount of words needed for the situation. He lowers and softens the timbre of his voice to a gentle and soothing level (a voice and tone that he keeps exclusively for her), letting Carol know that she doesn’t have to go in to that room and put those walkers down. That’s not on her.
Carol silently rebuffs his words and goes to open the door, and thats when he tells her again, a little more intensely in an attempt to get through. 

But Carol refuses to look at him, she doesn’t want his allegiance, because she doesn’t in any way believe that she deserves it. But she gives in, and walks away.

This whole tiny little moment speaks of complete devotion to me. He wants her to know, and be confident in the knowledge, that he is here now, and she can share the burden. He knows something harrowing has taken place in those few days since he last saw her, and that she has probably had to undertake a lot of the emotional load alone…. And she isn’t alone anymore

Daryl will do anything to keep her safe, and not just physically safe, he wants her to be as emotionally connected as she was before the fall of the prison.
And because he is a man of actions and not words, he demonstrated his devotion to her, as well as their partnership, by taking care of the mother and child for her, and honouring their lives by carefully wrapping and burning them.

Because he IS a man now… A man of honour.