Extroverted Intuition (Ne): The
Doctor’s first approach to any new experience is excitement at its greater
potential. He rarely takes objects for what they seem to be, but instead looks
past them to their conceptual worth. He’s very quick to form accurate
suspicions and discern others’ motives, and can even predict events in the
short term (he realizes people are breathing in stone dust, which is converting
them into a new kind of creature; he warns a woman that she is no longer necessary, a second
before her employers kill her as “the only witness”; he swiftly figures out
the robots are waiting for Madam Pompadour to get “the right age” to
harvest her organs, etc). He’ll often assert a statement and contradict it a
moment later, indicating his ability to think in different directions at once (“No,
it’s safe… well, maybe not safe…
yeah, I think I’ll do a scan, in case there’s something dangerous out there…”).
Introverted Feeling (Fi): He
can be oblivious to other people’s feelings, when absorbed in his own –
so much so that his companions often have to tell him he’s being rude to get
him to stop (usually he’s so excited about an idea, he doesn’t quit theorizing
it in time to avoid making it an insult). His preoccupation with losing Rose
makes him clueless about Martha’s gigantic crush on him. It’s a relief
for him to partner up with Donna, because she doesn’t demand he open up
emotionally. When asked about his former partners, the Doctor admits they’re “gone…
but fine,” without expanding on his feelings about it. He broods. Intensely. He also tends to see the
world in strong ethical terms, defined by right and wrong; right is whatever he
decides, and he can be merciless and without pity in punishing anyone who
violates his stance on humane behavior.
Extroverted Thinking (Te): The
Doctor can shut down and go into a Ne/Te loop, whenever he has to make a tough
decision; Donna berates him for intending to let everyone in Pompeii die,
because the Doctor argues “it’s a fixed point in time” – it must happen. He chooses to accept his role as the catalyst for
making it happen, because “it’s Pompeii or the planet… that’s all I needed to
know.” The Doctor doesn’t like it when others violate the “code of the universe”
(disobey galactic rules) and often reacts with harsh punishment (imprisoning
aliens in mirrors, destroying the spider’s children, etc). Donna says, upon
their first meeting, that he “need[s] a companion, to hold [him] back
sometimes.” Sometimes, if he lacks the tools to fix a problem, he thinks they’re doomed.
Introverted Sensing (Si): Ten
is running away from his past. He prefers not to think about, or dwell in it,
too much, as it brings out his sadness over losing former companions, including
Rose. When reunited with Sarah Jane Smith, the Doctor happily revisits their
former connection, and even builds her a new K9 as a parting gift, making sure
to give it all the memories of the previous model.
Note: When I started the blog a few years ago, he was one of
my first typings, and I ran with the popular consensus that the Doctor is “an NTP.” I was intellectually lazy in forming my argument. Sometimes
people argue he’s ENFP because he’s “so emotional,” but I don’t like that approach. It’s stereotyping. It’s his ethics, not how emotional he is (anyone can have feelings) that make him ENFP. He rarely makes purely
emotional decisions; he has a strong Te, and loops into it a lot.
Likes ISTPs, INTPs depend on Introverted Thinking, a form of reasoning that operates on the basis of immediate perceptual information. They, too, are able to grasp, all at once, the structural logic of a system or process. However, INTPs relate to the outer world with Extraverted Intuition, so their need for direct experience is not as clears as the ISTPs Extraverted Sensation. INTPs are interested in the logical possibilities of a structure: the way form and context interact with and exert change on each other. Thus, they are more at home than ISTPs with theoretical reasoning. INTPs do, however, require visual and tactile contact with a system in order to reason properly. Their primary method of exploring structural possibility is almost always a form of design or model making. Because their focus of attention is on possibility, INTPs are likely to be more interested in the idea that animates a system and its impact on reality than they are with the system’s objective utility. Galvanized by Intuition, INTPs will strive for theoretical systems that include all possible variables, but such theories can fall short of application in the real world. Accordingly, these types can be frustrated by the need to defend their ideas in terms of Extraverted logic which beings and ends with material application. [Lenore Thomson]
Erlich ENFP [The Advocate]
ENFPs are the most optimistic of all types–not because they’re determined to see the positive, but because they focus on hopeful possibilities. They grasp patterns very quickly but their interest is decidedly personal. They see people’s potential for loving, for learning, for making a difference, and they look for ways to nurture and encourage it. ENFPs have a warm, empathetic approach to others, and they establish immediate affective connections. They have implicit faith in their ability to identify with people. ENFPs are so alert to circumstantial potential that they can adapt themselves to almost any job that interests them. However, ENFPs have little patience for administrative details. They prefer to think on their feet, as a situation is happening. Moreover, they have a hard time sacrificing their options to an organized routine. If they have to make a decision, they want feedback from as broad a range of people as possible. Although ENFPs can seem hesitant in this regard, unwilling to act until they’ve tested public opinion, it should not be supposed that they’re yielding to popular consensus. As dominant Intuitives, these types are looking to the future. They see how a change of circumstances will make life better for people, but they’re not sure yet the means to realize their vision. ENFPs use their secondary function, Introverted Feeling, to make choices and to determine their agenda. [Lenore Thomson]
Gilfoyle ISTP [The Craftsman]
ISTPs relate to the world by way of Introverted Thinking, a form of logic that’s tied to their direct perceptual experience. It works in the background of awareness, guiding their actions, facilitated by visual and tactile cures in an unfolding situation. Because Introverted Thinking works like this, as a means of negotiating immediate experience, ISTPs have to be active in order to use it. They need hands-on involvement so they can feel a situation’s impact and gauge the effects of their behavior on it. Unless they experience this kind of contact, they’re likely to be bored or restless. They can’t get enough perceptual feedback to sustain their attention. Even their language may reflect their hands-on preferences–in phrases such as, “I get it,” “Can you handle that?” “Stop pushing me around,” “This is really hot!” “Cool!” and so forth. Their skill is to find a reasoned balance between structure and freedom. ISTPs live for that kind of balance–in everything they do. It makes every situation one of a kind. The point of lives for ISTPs is to be fully present to it, so that their direction becomes clear in the process of living it. These types are not the sorts who opt for a fast track career and the American dream. They prefer to remain independent, to get paid for their time and skills, and not for their loyalty to a particular institution. [Lenore Thomson]
Dinesh ISTJ [The Inspector]
Although ISTJs are indeed careful, and concerned to preserve what has been proven to be worthwhile, these characteristics are only a part of the type’s approach to the world–the part that most people see. ISTJs are fundamentally Introverted Sensates, with a highly subjective, original turn of mind. As Introverted Sensates, ISTJs are unparalleled realists. However, they don’t concern themselves with external reality as such. They relate to facts about external reality, and largely by way of the mental constructs determined by Extraverted Thinking: words, numbers, schemes, diagrams, hierarchies, methods, and codes of conduct. Moreover, outward predictability is important to them only insofar as events and experiences involve their primary interests and emotional investments. ISTJs are usually observing the world with a kind of detached irony. Their inner expectations are frequently contradicted by their outer reality, and the incongruity would be exasperating if they took it too seriously. Made aloud, their observations are both pointed and funny, but they are also unexpected and sometimes have an “out in left field” quality. Most ISTJs don’t share their private considerations with others unless they feel at home and among friends. Experience usually teaches them that their reactions to situations are not necessarily the ones that others are having. [Lenore Thomson]
Jared ISFJ [The Defender]
Like ISTJs, ISFJs are comfortable with facts and information about concrete reality. However, ISFJs relate to the outer world in a decidedly personal way, with Extraverted Feeling. ISFJs are highly alert to behaviors and gestures that suggest another’s emotional attitude, needs, and expectations, and they generally acquire knowledge that allows them to be of service–preferably to one person at a time [*cough* to Richard *cough*]. Like all Introverted Sensates, ISFJs are good at following procedures, and they may have a flair for research and statistics. Thus, they are sometimes attracted to more technical fact-based occupations. Even in these cases, ISFJs tend to personalize what they do, using their skills on behalf of an employer, an administrator, or a customer: someone who needs their assistance and expertise. ISFJs are so focused on others’ goals and expectations that they can seem literally selfless, without a full personality of their own. For this reason it may be difficult to appreciate the Extraverted Feeling nature of an ISFJ’s expectations. Like Extraverted FJs, ISFJs need to feel needed. They have a hard time saying no, even when they’ve taken on more obligations than they can readily handle. ISFJs are more subjective in their motivations than Extraverted FJs though. Their behavior is not dictated by a social role, but by their self-experience as a helper, a rescuer, or nurturer. [Lenore Thomson]
Monica ENFJ [The Coach]
ENFJs enjoy face-to-face communication, and they’re usually good with an audience. Indeed, their charismatic interaction with a group, and their focus on systematic improvement, can put one in mind of ENFPs. It should be emphasize, however, that ENFJs don’t inspire world-changing visions so much as life-changing decisions. Like INFJs, these types are interested in the way people see things, and the possibility of seeing things from another, better perspective. ENFJs genuinely believe that, deep down, people want to contribute to the system that supports them, and they’re certain that communication, understanding, and identification will ultimately bring anyone under the judgment of collective values. The danger of the ENFJ can be their ability to see the positive aspects of anyone’s position which can make them feel indecisive, as though they had no firm position of their own, or inadequate, because their standards for themselves are so high. Believing that they should be able to handle anything that arises with reason and understanding, they may have a particular problem with displays of anger. [Lenore Thomson]
Gavin Belson ENTJ [The Commander]
ENTJs are natural born leaders. They live in a world of possibilities where they see all sorts challenges to be surmounted, and they want to be the ones responsible for surmounting them. They have a drive for leadership, which is well-served by their quickness to grasp complexities, their ability to absorb a large amount of impersonal information, and their quick and decisive judgments. They are “take charge” people. ENTJs are very career-focused, and fit into the corporate world quite naturally. They are constantly scanning their environment for potential problems which they can turn into solutions. They generally see things from a long-range perspective, and are usually successful at identifying plans to turn problems around - especially problems of a corporate nature. ENTJs are usually successful in the business world, because they are so driven to leadership. They’re tireless in their efforts on the job, and driven to visualize where an organization is headed. For these reasons, they are natural corporate leaders. [PersonalityPage]
Big Head ISFP [The Artist]
ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people’s sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in.
ISFPs have no desire to lead or control others, just as they have no desire to be led or controlled by others. They need space and time alone to evaluate the circumstances of their life against their value system, and are likely to respect other people’s needs for the same.The ISFP is likely to not give themselves enough credit for the things which they do extremely well. Their strong value systems can lead them to be intensely perfectionist, and cause them to judge themselves with unnecessary harshness.
ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are “doers”, and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a “hands-on” environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. [PersonalityPage]
Russ Hanneman ESTP [The Doer]
ESTPs are outgoing, straight-shooting types. Enthusiastic and excitable, ESTPs are “doers” who live in the world of action. Blunt, straight-forward risk-takers, they are willing to plunge right into things and get their hands dirty. They live in the here-and-now, and place little importance on introspection or theory. The look at the facts of a situation, quickly decide what should be done, execute the action, and move on to the next thing. ESTPs have a strong flair for drama and style. They’re fast-moving, fast-talking people who have an appreciation for the finer things in life. They may be gamblers or spendthrifts. They’re usually very good at story telling and improvising. They typically makes things up as they go along, rather than following a plan. They love to have fun, and are fun people to be around. They can sometimes be hurtful to others without being aware of it, as they generally do not know and may not care about the effect their words have on others. It’s not that they don’t care about people, it’s that their decision-making process does not involve taking people’s feelings into account. They make decisions based on facts and logic. [PersonalityPage]
ENTP [The Originator]
The ENTP personality type is sometimes referred to the “Lawyer” type. The ENTP “lawyer” quickly and accurately understands a situation, and objectively and logically acts upon the situation. Their Thinking side makes their actions and decisions based on an objective list of rules or laws. If the ENTP was defending someone who had actually committed a crime, they are likely to take advantage of quirks in the law that will get their client off the hook. If they were to actually win the case, they would see their actions as completely fair and proper to the situation, because their actions were lawful. The guilt or innocence of their client would not be as relevant. If this type of reasoning goes completely unchecked by the ENTP, it could result in a character that is perceived by others as unethical or even dishonest. The ENTP, who does not naturally consider the more personal or human element in decision making, should take care to notice the subjective, personal side of situations. This is a potential problem are for ENTPs. Although their logical abilities lend strength and purpose to the ENTP, they may also isolate them from their feelings and from other people. [PersonalityPage]
Peter Gregory INTJ [The Scientist]
With Introverted Intuition dominating their personality, INTJs focus their energy on observing the world, and generating ideas and possibilities. Their mind constantly gathers information and makes associations about it. They are tremendously insightful and usually are very quick to understand new ideas. However, their primary interest is not understanding a concept, but rather applying that concept in a useful way. Unlike the INTP, they do not follow an idea as far as they possibly can, seeking only to understand it fully. INTJs are driven to come to conclusions about ideas. Their need for closure and organization usually requires that they take some action. INTJ’s tremendous value and need for systems and organization, combined with their natural insightfulness, makes them excellent scientists. An INTJ scientist gives a gift to society by putting their ideas into a useful form for others to follow. It is not easy for the INTJ to express their internal images, insights, and abstractions. The internal form of the INTJ’s thoughts and concepts is highly individualized, and is not readily translatable into a form that others will understand. However, the INTJ is driven to translate their ideas into a plan or system that is usually readily explainable, rather than to do a direct translation of their thoughts. They usually don’t see the value of a direct transaction, and will also have difficulty expressing their ideas, which are non-linear. However, their extreme respect of knowledge and intelligence will motivate them to explain themselves to another person who they feel is deserving of the effort. [PersonalityPage]
Laurie Bream ESTJ [The Guardian]
ESTJs live in a world of facts and concrete needs. They live in the present, with their eye constantly scanning their personal environment to make sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically. They honor traditions and laws, and have a clear set of standards and beliefs. They expect the same of others, and have no patience or understanding of individuals who do not value these systems. They value competence and efficiency, and like to see quick results for their efforts. ESTJs are take-charge people. They have such a clear vision of the way that things should be, that they naturally step into leadership roles. They are self-confident and aggressive. They are extremely talented at devising systems and plans for action, and at being able to see what steps need to be taken to complete a specific task. They can sometimes be very demanding and critical, because they have such strongly held beliefs, and are likely to express themselves without reserve if they feel someone isn’t meeting their standards. But at least their expressions can be taken at face-value, because the ESTJ is extremely straight-forward and honest. [PersonalityPage]
A non-spoiler review, but from the way i tell this you might be able to connect the dots and end up decipher the plot or something
Finally finished this beautiful otome game!!
contrary to popular consensus, i actually really, really enjoy Rumpel’s route. (along with Rod! Give him a chance people!) Well, i always like the ‘ikemen, but secondhand embarassment inducing’ trope, i admit, but that’s not it!
His route is much deeper than that, and he’s more than just the flirty character.
His route’s conflict touches me the most.
It’s not a problem that’s from the big plot, or his curse, no, it’s from his own foolish way of thought. (Said way of thought made him practically begging to be cursed.)
I love the connection between his fairytale and the curse, it’s so well thought i swear.
Oh, about the romance itself, I’m super weak for his confession scene. like. Super. what the hell Lucette, i’m not prepared for an otoge MC to admit that she /knows/ what he will say next. And the scene rolls in such a sweet way! Gotta admit it’s really giving me the dokis.
Oh, oh, and i highly, highly appreciate the creators for not making Bria as a one-dimensional snotty bitch craving for some hot guy (hi to that shallow girl on zen’s route). No, she is fleshed out nicely. i can really understand why she did that.
I can also understand that the fault is on them both. It’s just not working out because none of them are willing to reach out and change. Maybe this is why i like this route? (Ironically) despite him being the flirtiest little twerp, i feel like this route is less about the burning feelings, and more about…. commitment and acceptance. Am i getting sappy? I may be.
Verdict: a super nice, clever, and warming route featuring some lame comedic pick up lines, I want to replay it again :>
It’s the popular consensus that V should have his own route in Mystic Messenger because, well, who wouldn’t want to romance the mysterious photographer who’s seemingly in charge of the RFA. It’s funny because I also want him to have his own route but for entirely different reasons. Spoilers follow.
Then the Squad, aka @audreycritter and @preciousthingsareprecious were enabling me and we went on a long long tangent that involved a lot of drunken ramblings on my part that ended up pretty good (mostly thanks to Audrey).
The post in question was along the lines of “will I let Damian grow up? No, never.” and I do have a tendency to prefer him younger, so I started thinking about why.
So I went back to the start. And honestly the only good thing Morrison has ever done is give us Damian. But I know it’s a popular consensus to just like let him grow up already but I am soresistant to that idea…. because the comic writers haven’t even touched on the reality of Damian being a kid. I personally can’t let go of Damian being a child, until they’ve fleshed it out.
What do I mean by this? In Morrison’s run, Damian is supposed to be 10, but he’s drawn like a 15 year old boy, and acts like a 45 year old man. But this, this is a child of trauma. And as Audrey pointed out, trauma kids tend to regress emotionally, not mature. When Damian shows up, he only matures, and he does it fast. And then Bruce is gone, and Dick is flailing. Damian should never have been Robin. Like maybe in a few years time, after he’s healed from like 10 years of trauma. Realistically, the batfam would know better than to let a traumatized kid out to fight crime. What he needs is stability. A routine. Unfailing guidance and support.
Honestly, Damian needs so much help. He’s caught in this mindset where physical violence = his self worth, and it’s going to take a lot to get out of it… honestly, if Damian were to become Robin as soon as he arrives at Bruce’s… he’d die. But the problem is, Morrison didn’t even touch on any of that when he wrote Damian’s death, he just wanted to take his character with him when he left.
So I guess what I really want is a reboot. I want them to start over at 10, I want them to flesh out the consequences of each action the characters take (I know, with comics it’s more likely I’ll win the lottery tomorrow). And if they did that, then I could handle him growing up. I could deal with it. But until I get the closure I need, of Damian being a child and recovering from childhood trauma, I will always be stuck trying to get him out of that rut myself.
You made Damian a child soldier, Morrison. Now you have to deal with the consequences of that. He can’t just be an Unfeeling Soldier…. he’s a kid. Like 10 years old, buddy. Just a sprout. A wee thing. But the thing is… with his childhood, he will never be just a kid again. And that makes me sad. And it should make the batfam sad too. He needs a family, not vigilantes. He needs Bruce, not Batman. He needs love, not more violence–even if it’s aimed at criminals.
So yeah. I don’t want Damian to “hurry and grow up” because we haven’t even explored him being a kid yet and encompassing all that it means. He is a child of trauma and I need closure
THE CURRENT POPULAR CONSENSUS ON HOW THE MOON CAME INTO EXISTENCE IS THAT SOMETIME DURING THE FORMATIVE STAGES OF EARTH, WE GOT STRUCK BY AN OBJECT APPROXIMATELY THE SIZE OF MARS. THE RESULTING COLLISION WOULD KNOCK A LARGE AMOUNT OF MOLTEN ROCK INTO SPACE, BUT NOT OUT OF EARTH’S ORBIT, WHICH WOULD THEN SOLIDIFY INTO THE MOON THAT MANAGES OUR TIDES AND FREAKS OUT OUR DOGS TO THIS DAY.
THE MARS-SIZED OBJECT GOT ITS COMEUPPANCE, THOUGH, BECAUSE IT WAS ABSORBED INTO THE GOOEY CENTER OF THE EARTH.
Sick and tired of the “Legolas-Tauriel-Kili” thing being denounced as a “forced love triangle” I made a thing.
A love triangle is not a triangle at all. A true triangle would be something along the lines of “A likes B, B likes, C, but C likes A,” which is much cooler than what we usually get. Three lines, three corners = a triangle. No, what we usually get is “B and C fight over A, A is a passive player in all this and won’t make a decision until the end because the writer doesn’t know how else to plot.” A variation -equally cliche and no more tolerable- is “A likes both B and C, B and C are oblivious and I hope they’re gay lovers but in our media it’ll only ever happen in my fanfiction.”
Despite popular consensus of those raging against the romantic subplot simply because it’s a romantic subplot, the Kiliel+Legolas thing is not a love triangle. There is no debate in who the one with the other parties’ affections will choose, because she makes her decision really fucking quickly, doesn’t she?
Legolas liking Tauriel is mentioned once, and whatever romantic feelings he has for her are hearsay in the discourse and not returned. Yeah, they’re friends. Friends. A girl can have a guy that’s a friends without it intruding on her love life.
The main thing you have to understand, if we’re going to have a productive discussion, is that free speech is about more than legalities to me.
It’s part of my personal value system. It’s something I care about in all aspects of my life, and I try to conduct myself accordingly. And I fundamentally disagree with people who reduce it to law alone. That perspective is quite troubling to me, in fact: it ignores the reality that social forces can hold just as much oppressive sway as legal ones. I wouldn’t dare assert, for instance, that racism is over just because black people have the same legal status as whites. Nor did marriage equality magically end homophobia. I’m suspicious of the argument that oppression by government is more “legitimate” than oppression by public opprobrium. To go full Godwin: Neo-Nazis have little to no political power worldwide, yet the threat they pose to the objects of their invective is still very real.
The left seems to grok this concept - see above re: racism and homophobia. But there’s a certain reluctance to apply it to free speech that I find frankly baffling. Is it so unthinkable that social prejudice, of one stripe or another, might inform the parameters of what’s allowed to be said? Of what people feel comfortable saying? Common sense would hold that it’s not - there are certain positions we’ve all but driven from the Overton window. Some, I think, for good - but I don’t buy that consensus by popular opinion is prima facie good.
It’s here, I think, that people confuse legality and morality. If a majority Protestant neighborhood reacts with disdain to any hint of Catholicism, such that a visiting Catholic speaker is drowned out with a chorus of boos - well, that’s certainly their right. They haven’t infringed upon said Catholic’s free expression in any legal sense, but I’d argue that by disrupting his speech, they’ve limited others’ right to freedom of association. They’ve curbed my right to hear what he has to say. They haven’t done anything illegal, and I certainly wouldn’t call for their arrest, but a legal act isn’t automatically morally defensible.
A few months ago, Donald Trump held a rally in my city. I’m no fan of Trump, to be perfectly clear. But I was frustrated and disappointed by the reaction of my community, a significant portion of which circulated a petition to have his speech shut down. To be once again perfectly clear, I do not think they did anything illegal, and I recognize that petitions are a valid form of free speech. That said, if a few thousand signatories can be enough to remove an event from a public space, we should all we scared. Access to information should not be controlled by those who scream the loudest. Suppose the next controversial speaker is a representative for Planned Parenthood. Suppose the local evangelical population makes enough noise to get it canceled. Such silencing isn’t illegal, but it’s silencing nonetheless.
A community where you’re perfectly at liberty to become a Muslim, but at
the same time your mosques get shut down and you will be fired from
your job and unable to find a new one is not one of religious freedom,
no matter what the first amendment says. And a community where
political events can be shut down at the whim of the majority and where
you can be fired for supporting the wrong candidate does not
meaningfully have freedom of speech, no matter what the laws say.
Freedom has to be inscribed on the hearts of the people as well as on
the paper of the laws for it to be effective in the real world.
I am fascinated by the in-universe development of the study of linguistics in Tolkien. We know that the Ñoldor in Aman are accomplished linguists, but they seem to practice it as more of an art than a science. I was looking at an old meta about the Shibboleth of Fëanor, and a few quotes jumped out at me in a completely different context:
The Noldor were, even compared with other Eldar, talented linguists, and if p did not occur in the language that they learned in childhood - which could only be the case with the youngest generations of those who set out from Aman - they would have had no difficulty in acquiring it. The change p > s must therefore have been a conscious and deliberate change agreed to and accepted by a majority of the Noldor, however initiated,
This is a really weird use of the term “linguists”. It doesn’t seem to mean that they’re good at studying the abstract nature of language, but that they pick up languages quickly. And they seem to make changes to their language to an extent by deliberate, popular consensus. Ñoldorin linguists aren’t trying to describe language, they’re trying to perfect it. And that’s made very clear a few paragraphs down.
The change was a general one, based primarily on phonetic ‘taste’ and theory, but it had not yet become universal. It was attacked by the loremasters,(5) who pointed out that the damage this merging would do in confusing stems and their derivatives that had been distinct in sound and sense had not yet been sufficiently considered.
Linguistic loremasters among the Amanyar Ñoldor are pretty explicitly primarily concerned with improving Quenya. They have aesthetic and practical theories about what Quenya should look like, this is the kind of thing they argue over. This isn’t really a phenomenon that occurs at the same scale in any real world society I can think of.
I do have a theory for why they’re like this. Elves don’t have generations the way humans do, there simply aren’t enough children born at the same time. There’s no drift over time, because the oldest speakers of the language will always be around, and the population is growing slowly enough that they don’t really need to branch out geographically. Clearly, Elven languages did undergo some level of linguistic drift, but by far the most radical changes - the development of primitive Quendian into Quenya, Quendya, and the Lindarin languages - occurred before or during the migration, or in Middle-earth. That is to say, in periods or situations where many more elves would be dying, and small groups moving and settling in new areas was a lot more common.
Quenya wouldn’t change all that much on it’s own in Aman, and there are a lot of factors contributing to the weird kind of practical prescriptivism that pops up. The Ñoldorin population is stable enough that any change the loremasters agree on can reliably spread to everyone without different distinct dialects developing naturally. There’s a huge cultural emphasis on aesthetics, in addition to a partially innate, partially Valar-derived social pressure to treat beauty as a moral good. The Quendi in general place a ton of emphasis on linguistic markers as a sign of group identity, which I think is a result of their proto-culture developing on a continent with no sunlight. Auditory signals are way more important than visual ones.
And so we end up with linguists who are craftsmen in a very Ñoldorin way, working to shape the language instead of study it. It’s a tradition Fëanor fits into very neatly. Of course, this begs the question of when linguistics in the sense of the modern discipline came into being - and that’s also answered in the Shibboleth:
It was, however, certainly the contact with Sindarin and the enlargement of their experience of linguistic change (especially the much swifter and more uncontrolled shifts observable in Middle-earth) that stimulated the studies of the linguistic loremasters, and it was in Beleriand that theories concerning Primitive Eldarin and the interrelation of its known descendants were developed. In this Feanor played little part, except in so far as his own work and theories before the Exile had laid the foundations upon which his successors built. He himself perished too early in the war against Morgoth, largely because of his recklessness, to do more than note the differences between the dialects of North Sindarin (which was the only one he had time to learn) and the Western.
The Ñoldor don’t start to study the history of the development of their language in depth until they get to Beleriand and are exposed to a lot more linguistic variation, which actually makes a lot of sense. The conditions don’t exist anymore for practical linguistics to be a workable thing, and they have all this new data to work with. They’re already primed to give language a huge amount of social importance, so figuring all this out probably has outsized diplomatic weight as well.
(I also selfishly love that Fëanor is the first person to pursue this avenue of linguistic study and spends his last weeks alive learning North Sindarin. He wanted to come to Middle-earth (before everything happened) because he felt that Valinor was too stagnant, without the real possibility of any organic growth or change. And the first thing he encounters is a new set of languages with their own history of rapid development. He has a war to fight, and he still bothers to take notes.)
I vaguely remember hearing about how the Bolsheviks initially wanted to abolish the family unit. How was that going to happen? What was the outcome supposed to look like? And why did they (presumably) abandon it?
“What will be the influence of communist society on the family?
It will transform the relations between the sexes into a purely private matter which concerns only the persons involved and into which society has no occasion to intervene. It can do this since it does away with private property and educates children on a communal basis, and in this way removes the two bases of traditional marriage – the dependence rooted in private property, of the women on the man, and of the children on the parents.
And here is the answer to the outcry of the highly moral philistines against the “community of women”. Community of women is a condition which belongs entirely to bourgeois society and which today finds its complete expression in prostitution. But prostitution is based on private property and falls with it. Thus, communist society, instead of introducing community of women, in fact abolishes it.”
"Once the conditions of labour have been transformed and the material security of the working women has increased, and once marriage such as the church used to perform it – this so-called indissoluble marriage which was at bottom merely a fraud – has given place to the free and honest union of men and women who are lovers and comrades, prostitution will disappear. This evil, which is a stain on humanity and the scourge of hungry working women, has its roots in commodity production and the institution of private property. Once these economic forms are superseded, the trade in women will automatically disappear. The women of the working class, therefore, need not worry over the fact that the family is doomed to disappear. They should, on the contrary, welcome the dawn of a new society which will liberate women from domestic servitude, lighten the burden of motherhood and finally put an end to the terrible curse of prostitution.
The woman who takes up the struggle for the liberation of the working class must learn to understand that there is no more room for the old proprietary attitude which says: “These are my children, I owe them all my maternal solicitude and affection; those are your children, they are no concern of mine and I don’t care if they go hungry and cold – I have no time for other children.” The worker-mother must learn not to differentiate between yours and mine; she must remember that there are only our children, the children of Russia’s communist workers.
The workers’ state needs new relations between the sexes, just as the narrow and exclusive affection of the mother for her own children must expand until it extends to all the children of the great, proletarian family, the indissoluble marriage based on the servitude of women is replaced by a free union of two equal members of the workers’ state who are united by love and mutual respect. In place of the individual and egoistic family, a great universal family of workers will develop, in which all the workers, men and women, will above all be comrades. This is what relations between men and women, in the communist society will be like. These new relations will ensure for humanity all the joys of a love unknown in the commercial society of a love that is free and based on the true social equality of the partners.
Communist society wants bright healthy children and strong, happy young people, free in their feelings and affections. In the name of equality, liberty and the comradely love of the new marriage we call upon the working and peasant men and women, to apply themselves courageously and with faith to the work of rebuilding human society, in order to render it more perfect, more just and more capable of ensuring the individual the happiness which he or she deserves. The red flag of the social revolution which flies above Russia and is now being hoisted aloft in other countries of the world proclaim the approach of the heaven on earth to which humanity has been aspiring for centuries.”
We argue that such ideological concept was abandoned as measures were taken by the Soviet government to increase and promote natality after a long period of high casualty numbers due to the First World War and the Russian Civil Ear, and the overall abolishment of abortion via popular consensus on a national level.
Shout-out to the dudebros yelling louder and louder that they don’t think a Black Widow movie is plausible, because that is the clearest sign we could get that a popular consensus is building toward a Natasha movie being an inevitability.
Their misogynistic tears and dying screams will only make it more delicious when it finally happens.
i remember before the trans stuff started to really hit the social media world, the main gender/sexual social justice focus (on here at least) was mostly concerned with homophobia and misogyny. granted, the groupthink about those topics was typically watered down and liberal as hell, but at least those issues were being addressed… nowadays, it seems like those oppressions have been completely brushed aside by the popular consensus, to make way for “acephobia” and “transmisogyny”. as though homophobia and misogyny are no longer issues in the world.
simply put, it seems as though this mindset has been fueled by self-interest, that once some people started using different pronouns or calling themselves “demisexual” everyone else wanted a piece of that special pie, so they could feel good about themselves for fulfilling their roles as “oppressed” people. of course i’m going to get shit for saying that, because it’s the fucking truth. i’d be lying if i said i didn’t think of putting “they/them/their” in my goddamn title at one point, but i quickly realized that i was just uncomfortable because i never really bought into the concept of gender as a whole.
i don’t even need to mention how the community on here has become increasingly homophobic and misogynistic, to the point where “cis gays” is seen as acceptable as an excuse for homophobic remarks and “vulva” is the most horrendous word to ever be written. every time i see “OP is a TERF” written on a random post of mine, i feel hopeless and silenced, like i’m being smothered. i’m sure anybody, radfem or not, feels the same way when they are called that. to be a woman and to have opinions, which may or may not involve the fact that you are a woman? “unthinkable. how dare she question male supremacy. how dare she be a lesbian. how dare she question what makes us feel special and entitled. gender works for me, so it should work for everybody.”
You’ve seen those blogs running around on Tumblr – you know the ones ; the flawless characterizations of your favorite characters, the exceptional writing by your fellow bloggers, the iconic icons and the giveaways full of freebies and gratitude for reaching milestones. The roleplayers of Tumblr are some of the friendliest, most open enthusiasts of this popular hobby. They come from all sorts of fandoms, bringing you their own portrayals and interpretations of popular and unpopular characters both. Big fandoms, small fandoms, and every size in between, the roleplaying community as a whole is a grandiose family full of fun and surprises. But what is it like to start out in a growing community as this? Daunting, that’s what.
But don’t worry – ! I’m here to help you get on your feet with little tips and tricks I’ve learned in my experience in this community. So You Want to Roleplay is going to be a series of guides that I’ll be writing when I have the time to help people get a start in roleplaying. Just know that these are not definite rules and should be taken as guidelines. I am not a pro, if you can be a pro at this hobby at all, but I can say I am fairly experienced.
I know the popular consensus is that Harry is a lesbian, but since Harry is John's mirror, do you think it's possible she is bisexual and just happened to marry Clara, a woman (the love of her life)? That would nicely mirror John's being bisexual and just happening to marry a man, Sherlock (the love of his life).
… You know what Lovely? I don’t think that it’s actually stated ANYWHERE that she’s not bisexual. John only says that Harry is a woman. I quickly checked the blog as well, and nowhere else is it mentioned about Harry’s sexuality except that she was married to Clara. Hmm. This is interesting to think about, and actually would be a good way to round out the mirror. Like… she’s had relationships with men but prefers women and same goes for John vice versa.
Hmm. And this actually makes my mirror theory for her work better too. Something to think about.