important people coming through

When I was younger and more abled, I was so fucking on board with the fantasy genre’s subversion of traditional femininity. We weren’t just fainting maidens locked up in towers; we could do anything men could do, be as strong or as physical or as violent. I got into western martial arts and learned to fight with a rapier, fell in love with the longsword.

But since I’ve gotten too disabled to fight anymore, I… find myself coming back to that maiden in a tower. It’s that funny thing, where subverting femininity is powerful for the people who have always been forced into it… but for the people who have always been excluded, the powerful thing can be embracing it.

As I’m disabled, as I say to groups of friends, “I can’t walk that far,” as I’m in too much pain to keep partying, I find myself worrying: I’m boring, too quiet, too stationary, irrelevant. The message sent to the disabled is: You’re out of the narrative, you’re secondary, you’re a burden.

The remarkable thing about the maiden in her tower is not her immobility; it’s common for disabled people to be abandoned, set adrift, waiting at bus stops or watching out the windows, forgotten in institutions or stranded in our houses. The remarkable thing is that she’s like a beacon, turning her tower into a lighthouse; people want to come to her, she’s important, she inspires through her appearance and words and craftwork.  In medieval romances she gives gifts, write letters, sends messengers, and summons lovers; she plays chess, commissions ballads, composes music, commands knights. She is her household’s moral centre in a castle under siege. She is a castle unto herself, and the integrity of her body matters.

That can be so revolutionary to those of us stuck in our towers who fall prey to thinking: Nobody would want to visit; nobody would want to listen; nobody would want to stay.

Lgbtq+ people getting outed and kicked out is such an important, real-world issue. And yet they (SG) doesn’t properly explore it? What the actual fuck.  

ok but actually. one thing with video games is that everything that the player’s character interacts with is there for the purpose of serving the player.

which actually turns the whole premise of ‘exploration’ upon itself. you go out into unknown grey spaces of the world, which were created just for the purpose of you treading through them.

so the act of assimilation of the space within the player’s/character’s understanding of their role precedes the experience of that space. 

the whole idea of the unknown is structurally subverted

moranument  asked:

what's his favorite song? his favorite type of music?

ask me anything about my muse.

during the time of the winter soldier, brock is age 49, meaning brock was in his late teens and early twenties during the 80’s, which i feel is vital for his music taste. rumlow is very much that old man who says ‘music these days sucks’, though he does have a few things he latches onto.

to get into the nitty gritty, there are some songs/artists that are absolutely timeless for him:

ecstasy of gold - the good, the bad and the ugly score. this a song that resonates heavily for rumlow, as he grew up idolizing clint eastwood films. hearing this for the first time during the film, brock felt as though he was watching one of the greatest scenes of all time. as the years went by and music became more easily accessible through technology, ecstasy of gold became a necessity in his music library. this is often a song he will listen to before any mission that seems more dangerous than others. it makes him feel larger than life and compared to the things he goes up against, that is the exactly feeling he is looking to evoke before heading out.

ghost riders in the sky - johnny cash. brock adores this song however, if i could list just one artist to describe brock, it would be johnny cash through and through. brock doesn’t hold many people in high regard but johnny cash is one of the few who he has the utmost respect for. brock loves johnny’s baritone vocals, raw emotion, and his creative lyrics. ‘ the man in black ’ is another thing brock can relate to, and if asked, he would say it’s just his style to wear an absence of color — though it is likely that this is somewhat inspired by his favorite musical artist.

basically  any  song  ever  - metallica. brock was one of those who dropped off when st. anger came out. he’s partial to the black album for its clean production sound and catchy songs. yet he becomes the most nostalgic over their earlier albums and it wouldn’t be rare to find him mouthing the lyrics to these songs around the house and playing a quick little air guitar if no one is watching.

mouth for war - pantera. a song about channeling your hate into something productive. a go-to workout song. a very brock song.

there’s many more genres and artists that brock admires, and when it comes to newer stuff he’s quick to admit that he enjoys the national and interpol, among a few others. however, the ones listed above truly encompass who he is as a person.

lambofcolombia  asked:

I have a cool character who is desperately lacking some personality due to my own lack of subtlety. I wish I could draw it out in a way that lets readers bond with the man without typing "ARROGANT BUT OVER-PROTECTIVE" in the center of the paper. Any tips? And yes, I am a bit of an amateur. Thank you for noticing.

It’s okay to be new at things! Don’t fret when you can’t get it down right away! Check out our personality and character tags, and also check out:

When showing personality, there’s several things you can do:

  • Convey personality through action. Your character’s actions are going to tell us far more than actually listing his personality. What does he do that’s arrogant? How does he show that he’s overprotective? Those actions are super important.
  • Convey personality through dialogue. Personality comes out in how people talk, what they say and how they say it - and also what they don’t say. An overprotective person might not want to say why they’re so protective - especially if they’re arrogant. Tap into your character through dialogue!
  • Convey personality through how others view them. An arrogant person may not believe they are arrogant, but others are going to disagree. How others view your character is important and will tell us a lot about your character.
  • Convey personality through fashion/possessions. How a person dresses and what they have also act as guides to their personality. An person may dress well because they view themselves as better than others - or they may dress poorly, because they don’t care about what others think. They may pride themselves on listening to bands no one else has heard of, or will defend their collection of Nickelback CDs until the day they die. What they have and what they like will tell us about their personality as well!