pumpkinapplemuffins said: I’m interested, can you give me that article?

Here’s the article that I found, though I intend to look more into Japan and its feminism movement. I’m mainly spurred by how manga has its own variety of fridging women in stories and how the fanbase over there reacts to it, specifically women. I know that in the West, fans have had their own reactions to such devices in comics and relationships with the comic book writers as explained in this video, so I wonder how fans do the same in Japanese media.

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omg, maybe he’s just ~colourblind~ y’all.

A while back, I wrote that I figured he was commenting on how he pictured Nymeria’s skin colour, not the fact that Janina was an Indian woman…and how that really highlighted his ignorance about race and ethnicity. I guess he wasn’t thinking about the importance of poc in his narrative, but somehow still writing these characters as poc based on his own prejudices and just not realising what he was doing, does that make sense? Like he was imagining these characters as darker skinned and inserting all this orientalising dialogue and in-canon racism, without any thoughts toward race–as you said with a colourblind lens–while apparently still thinking of them as white. And that’s just very confusing to me as someone who doesn’t have the privilege to ignore that race matters. How does an author with very modern sensibilities write characters who experience prejudice based on their skin colour, their culture, and not think of them as people of colour? How do you appropriate the experiences of people of colour without realising that you’re doing so?

You would think being constantly right about things like this would validate me, but it doesn’t. 

The fact of the matter is that there are many woc with her skin tone and interpreting these characters as poc would change absolutely nothing about their narratives (well besides making them that more important)–especially since they are SO orientalised in the text. It’s something that would actually enrich and subvert the story so much. But now, knowing what I do, the entire series just became less interesting–it’s basically on the shelf next to all the other fantasy books that handle characters of colour the same way.


Tagging posts are weird sometimes but I’m such a sucker for other people’s handwriting and I’ve been tagged by the super-lovely soulsliding so of course I’m doing this. 

1) name 2) url 3) blog title 4) favourite colour 5) crush/significant other 6) write something in caps 7) favourite band 8) lucky/favourite number 9) favourite drink 10) tag your friends (and faves!)

I’m tagging holmes-and-watson, rustincohleruinedmylife, lapetite–mort​, pumpkinapplemuffins and rustyfinn. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty stoked for this, seeing what you guys’ handwriting looks like.

P.S. I’m sorry I wrote “rustincohleismylife” instead of “ruined” but I guess it’s safe to say these two are the same at the moment…

P.P.S. I just saw that I cut off my URL’s y. Y???

pumpkinapplemuffins asked:

Concerning your insights about Miyazaki movies, I wholeheartedly agree! I've been in Japan for a semester recently and like most westerners, who are interested in Japanese pop culture, my image of Japan has mainly been formed through media representation of it. And that representation, (magazines, TV news and TV entertainment) is made up of a majority of light-skinned Japanese people. However, when you actually go to that country, you encounter a rich variety of skintones. It's... interesting.

And there you go! It’s definitively erasure, imo, to have movies that portray Japanese populations as homogeneously light-skinned when that may not, as is apparently not, the case in reality. It’s a shame that such amazing movies suffer from this, but if definitively ought to be remarked upon and hopefully Studio Ghibli will move towards being more inclusive towards people with darker skin tones and actually portray them.

Ten Favorite Films meme

I was tagged by lovely pangur-pangur and these are my life, these are my choices.

Moonstruck - opera, dramatic Italian handwaving and families. The Nephew - Irish island and heritage, romantic angst, family feuds. Beauty and the Beast - the romantic library scene! “I let her go because I love her”.

The Two Towers - humans move me and impress me more than stronger elves and dwarves when they rise against the dark forces. Plus music and Rohan. The Last of the Mohicans - the pride of 90′s adventure movies without CGI but a whole lot of suspense and drama anyway. Music!! And the tumoil of the end!! The Dark Knight - great action which has me excited every time i watch.

The Brothers Lionheart - Swedish literature queen Astrid Lindgren of my childhood wrote a story of death, siblings, courage and tyranny. Ronja Robber’s Daughter - Another Astrid Lindgren-story with fantastic humour, serious fights, independent children, and Swedish medieval forests. Pirates of the Caribbean, the Curse of the Black Pearl - the humour, the actors delver down to the smallest role, Jack and Barbossa’s snark, swordfights.

Pocahontas - another Disney favorite: Pocahontas fluent movements and running freely though forests (like me), the interesting culture clashes, the romance (Pocahontas offering a perhaps lost John Smith a home there!). Boondock Saints - cool movie with memorable scenes, excellent pacing, interesting moral dilemmas, and loyal brothers being loyal.

Tagging 5 people below (only if you want to do this, or anyone else for that matter!)

pumpkinapplemuffins asked:

What does it feel like to live in NZ? I mean, I'm from Europe so I have already been to so many different countries on short and inexpensive trips. I've also lived in Japan for half a year and people would take short trips to Korea. NZ is so far away from everything, going somewhere else must feel like a big deal?

Uh, I don’t really know how to answer this because I’ve only ever lived here (and in England when I was 1-2 years old). So I guess it feels normal to live here? 

I guess it’s quite different to other countries which are bigger or closer to each other because there, it’s easier to go travelling. I get pretty jealous when I talk to my English friends and they talk about their school trips to places in Europe like it’s no big deal - our school does those kinds of trips but they’re incredibly expensive and a huge deal. We do have quite a few tropical islands at our travel disposal, though, plus Australia. But even then, it’s still a plane trip away, instead of a car or train trip!

But actually living here itself is just like living in any other country, really… there’s a heck load of diversity and I actually live in quite a big city (relative to the rest of the cities here) which contributes to that. There’s not really any feeling of being fenced in or anything like that!

pumpkinapplemuffins replied to your post “Someone just called me a SJW.”

but weren’t they refering to the original poster, in this case dracadancer? The way I read it, none of the reblogs refered to your comment in any way. Unless they like, idk, came into your inbox and specified they meant you.


I dunno. I was the one who made the post about Esperanto in the first place, so I assumed that I was the “OP” that everyone was referring to in all of these frisky reblogs (they didn’t start out frisky though).

I don’t even know what’s happening with that post anymore, so I’m just kinda going:

pumpkinapplemuffins replied to your photo “So today, I went bridal shopping! … - ish. Okay, so we only went to…”

I always thought that you wore the petticoat between the hoop skirt and the real thing, to keep the hoops from being obvious.


Yeah I was thinking that too (though the lady said that the forepart, the second layer, should be thicker to prevent that)… Not exactly sure what the order of putting on all of these layers is. I suppose I should look it up. XD

Im glad to hear you’re well bb will we see u tommorrow ya think for the hobbit premiere actually no scratch that stefffi said it’d be like 330am or something..are you still with Michael hows life and everything pumpkinapplemuffins replied to your post: pumpkinapplemuffins replied to your post: This…

I’ve been going through an intense writing phase this past month but now I have to do some more analysing and transcribing, ugh. I asked for the entire Hobbit-premiere week off, though, so I hope I will be more chill then!! I miss you too ;^;

pumpkinapplemuffins replied to your post “Back in the day before LJ redid the comment section, there was a…”

I have an extension for my browser that does that, yay. btw, whatever happened to skonka and lanavis? I never see them anymore, which is great. I just wonder what was the final straw that got them banned.

Idk! Skonka usually shows up in Doctor Who posts, but I haven’t seen him in months. Idk what resulted in the ban.

Or maybe he just got bored of trolling?

Who knows.