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Explaining Molly as a "Mirror"

Since I’ve been asked about this specifically a number of times I thought it would be helpful to just make a post.

So “Molly is John’s mirror” not some clever subtext that someone in the tinfoil hat brigade discovered. It is, in fact, a very old trope of the “Ms. Male” or “Distaff counterpart” that certain fans are applying here.

Basically it means taking a male character, slapping a female signifier on him, and voila! Same shit, new character.

One of the most recognizable examples is Ms. Pac Man. In order to appeal to the female market. Media Execs simply slap a lipstick and bow on whatever they happen to be making at that moment and hey! look! inclusivity! Buy our stuff, dumb ladies!

Here are some reasons why this is problematic:

1. It diminishes the female character’s role to her relationship with a male.

2. It does not leave room for dimension as this character is not her own person. She is merely a “girl version” of someone else.

3. It reduces female identity to shitty gendered signifiers (pink, frills, sparkles etc…)

Usually this goes hand in hand with the “Smurfette principle”. Where women are tokenized as the “girl” in an all-male cast. She may be a character that has other qualities but the one given highest import is that she is female in a way that remains very rigidly within the scope of the social gender binary.

This is not how Molly Hooper was written. She’s being read that way by fans who have a lot of internalized misogyny that they are projecting onto her character.

So far the only overlap I have seen is that Molly likes ugly jumpers and she’s nice.

But Molly wears ugly jumpers far more often than John, yet it’s a characteristic that belongs to him by default?

And let’s be honest, John is really not that nice. I mean sometimes kinda, but only if there’s something in it for him. (eg: getting to be the “hero”, flirting with women, looking superior to Sherlock) but apart from that, he’s just kind of a jerk who treats his non-neurotypical friend like some lovable “idiot savant”. Any one of us who met him in person would probably instantly label him as a “fuckboy” because well… the shoe fits.

Molly has a level of kindness that is completely unprecedented. Her kindness and loyalty are her trademark characteristics and I, personally think, that it’s very not good to hand that off to John just to make him seem better or to apply more validation to a fan-made narrative that actively works to erase female characters.

It’s definitely something to unpack and examine.

Reboot (the cult classic 90s CGI animated series) is getting a “reboot”

a lot of us who are either old enough or found the series online later remember it as this

Plot: The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. The setting is in the inner world of a computer system known by its inhabitants as Mainframe. It was deliberately chosen due to technological constraints at the time, as the fictional computer world allowed for blocky looking models and mechanical animation

it was about the secret world inside of computers before the genre of “Secret world inside of (insert technology here)” got overused

well for whatever reason they decided to rip off a couple other franchises instead and gave us this

http://www.cbr.com/reboot-live-action-first-look-photo/

After playing the multiplayer Cyber Guardians video game together, four teenagers are recruited by V.E.R.A (Hannah Vandenbygaart, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!), the Virtual Evolutionary Recombinant Avatar, to fulfill their mandate to mend and defend cyberspace. Austin (Ty Wood, The Haunting in Connecticut), Tamra (Sydney Scotia, Some Assembly Required), Parker (Ajay Parikh-Friese, Mr. Young), and Trey (Gabriel Darku, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) now must protect cyberspace from threats that pose true consequences to both the virtual and real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started at Alan Turing High. Way more

ok?

let me list off three things this is ripping off

Power Rangers (any season)

Cyberchase

or the one show that many people seemingly don’t even remember

VR Troopers

that was basically Power Rangers but with computers and Virtual Reality  and other junk that kids and media execs in the 90s didn’t quite understand well enough yet

anonymous asked:

Part 1) In order to best demonstrate our online support of a Sense8 renewal, we need to coordinate WorldWide Twitter trends. It's the best way to put pressure on them because it's public - media, TV execs, competitors, and influencers can all see it - and more negative media attention is the last thing they need. Can all big accounts like yourself please share this schedule and hashtag request?

IMPORTANT PSA!

Guys, the time has come. We need a unified fandom nickname for Oliver/Felicity/William

The goal is to create something that becomes the fandom standard that starts getting used by Execs, Writers, Media, etc.- the way OTA and Olicity are.

Reply or Reblog with suggestions and I’ll conduct a poll!

My starting suggestions:

QueenFam

Team Queen

Ok now…go!!!

High key offense, I'mma need @that particular part of the Voltron fandom to not lose y'all minds if Klance does not become canon.

I would love nothing more than to have some kick ass LGBT rep in a general audience animated show, but I do know that media execs are a bitch and don’t want to lose out on the money/getting shit from homophobic parents.

It’s sad I know, but it’s to be expected; that’s why I’m not that pressed about it.

And honestly, so what if either Keith or Lance ends up with Allura? What is the big fucking deal? Are you really that caught up in a fictional relationship or do you just hate Allura with that much of a passion?

Allura is a wonderful character, shes beautiful, caring, courageous, intelligent and just as deserving of love as any other character.

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Former Facebook exec:  “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed”

I think what a lot of y'all don’t realize abt mixed race characters in media is that it’s USUALLY not for the sake of mixed representation especially if they’re half white

It’s so the character won’t be TOO black or TOO Asian or TOO Latino. They’ll still have those “"pretty”“ European traits, but with all the "good” “exotic” traits of being a poc.

Y'all get way too hung up on the character being mixed that y'all don’t think critically about why that trait was chosen. Media execs aren’t trying to represent mixed poc (why is it way more common for us to be mixed with white than anything else like????) they’re doing it for brownie points so they can have a black character but with loose curls and a thin nose and light skin that white people will like

It’s fetishization, it’s cowardly, half white characters are hardly progressive or radical and people of color criticizing mixed characters isn’t about “racial purity”

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.
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Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society - The Verge

No, the irony of quoting and posting this to social media is not lost on me. However:

  1. This food for thought is important enough
  2. Tumblr is freaking great and (probably) not part of the problem
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Fmr. Facebook Exec: Social Media Ripping Apart Society, “You are programmed.

               life for bae suho is, for lack of a better word, pretty shit right now. he’s got media execs breathing down his neck, a vocalist making outrageous demands like she’s some seasoned veteran instead of a girl that’s only one single out of her debut. he can think of a million things he’d rather be doing than putting this track together. which is why he’s sat in a bar in the middle of the afternoon, already two beers deep. ❝ hey, ❞ he says, waving down the nearest bartender, ❝ can i get another beer? ❞

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Hi, Nonny. First, I understand that you’re attempting to be respectful and polite, so please note that my response will be in kind. I’m addressing this because I want people to understand the philosophy behind what I do here and I also want to set up some clear boundaries and expectations. 

You asked that I engage with you, so I’m going to address your submission point by point.

Keep reading

at the cartoon network offices, circa 2012

cn exec: rebecca, we’re looking for a bright, silly children’s comedy that makes the occasional fart joke. what do you have for us?

rebecca sugar, probably: the current state of american race and gender norms is deplorable. masculinity is a prison and a construct heavily influenced by the patriarchy which also serves to disenfranchise women. it’s disgusting. the intersectionality black and other minority women face is a series of unique experiences beyond those of white women. speaking to animation, specifically, minority characters are so rarely presented and when they are, so little care and attention is given to features so frequently stolen from them in media 

cn exec: …

rebecca sugar: sorry I forgot to mention steven likes pizza and cat-shaped ice cream sandwiches

here's the thing

Regardless of what social media execs for networks want us to think, it is not actually our job to be unpaid publicists for our favorite characters/storylines so as to “convince” them to do their fucking jobs and create a satisfying and organic narrative. It’s a TV show. You watch it because you enjoy it and if you don’t trust the writers, if they screw you over, then you stop watching. Because they’re going to do what they’re going to do regardless.

Trending and talking up your faves and that sort of thing is great and if you want to, then you go ahead and do it. I do it myself. But when you get to the point, where you’re stressed out and a nervous wreck and freaking out over some irrelevant, easily-cheated poll on some site no one’s ever heard of or ready to go off and cry sadly over some shitty promo that has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual writing of the show, then that’s when it’s time to consider, for yourself, whether any of this is at all fun or satisfying for you anymore. You don’t deserve to be stressed out and upset when you’re meant to just be enjoying a show and a ship and a character and a fandom you like.

If they’re not going to do right by Candice and Iris and Westallen, the actress they hired and the character they wrote and the storyline they set up unless we win every poll and we shout louder than anyone who ever says anything bad about Iris and we trend every single week and we vastly outnumber people who ship miscellaneous fanon whatever, then they are fucking trash and don’t deserve us as viewers. And they need us far more than we need them.

Pedowitz thinks the biggest lesson from the fallout is how showrunners and fans interact on social media. “I think he got a great learning curve for what social media can do,” he said. “Be adored or hated at ny given time… My take on this is, that was much more of a social media reaction and how Jason handled the social media reaction.” The exec said there was no outreach to him directly from GLAAD or other organizations regarding workshops or sessions to prevent such mistakes from being made in the future.
—  Mark Pedowitz (CW president) | thewrap