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“Without his labour, who would the Warrior defend?”: social advancement and religion in ASOIAF through a comparison of Davos Seaworth and Gendry. by sallyjessyrofl

Gendry’s, on the other hand, is much more pessimistic. He in a sense is forced to abandon his identity, his future security, but accepts it, even continues to utilise his skill-set in new contexts. Throughout AGOT, ACOK and ASOS we see multiple examples of Gendry’s inherent kindness and strict moral code. His world is ordered, which is not surprising when we consider how his role as apprentice blacksmith saw him in direct contact with a strictly feudalistic society. By the time of Brienne’s later POV in AFFC we see how these ideas have been corrupted in a kind of horrible pastiche and radicalisation of the original mandate and functions of the BwB. Before, the BwB functioned according to Hobsbawm’s original (though not uncriticised) thesis of ‘social banditry’.

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The BwB under Lady Stoneheart is a story of corruption, of an abandonment (or subversion) of fundamental ideas of the rule of law and justice-by-trial as a result of both her leadership and the context of an increasingly intensifying, demoralising war and upcoming Winter. This is reflected with Gendry…

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Complete Triggers Guide

 
Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shoujo Kakumei Utena) is a 1997 anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara.  Utena Tenjou is an eighth-grade girl who wishes to become a prince, and because of it gets caught up in a strange dueling game played by her fellow middle- and high-schoolers. As Utena fights to protect – and befriend – Anthy Himemiya, her shy classmate but also the mysterious Rose Bride at the center of the duels, the stakes become higher and the game more dangerous. 

Utena is an amazing and very worthwhile anime, but it is also an extremely intense and disturbing one. I love the show, but it is irresponsible to recommend it to people without a warning about the subject matter. I believe Utena has the potential to be be very cathartic and comforting for people, especially wlw, who’ve experienced trauma, but also very dangerous with regard to triggers. I’ve put together this guide so that people curious about the show can be forewarned and watch it in safety, or choose not to if they deem it too disturbing.

Many thanks to the volunteer editors/proofreaders who helped me complete this!

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gendry's (mis)characterization in fanfiction

an ask i received made rebloggable by request of sallyjessyrofl

hey, i saw how you tagged that post about mischaracterisation in fics with gendry and i’d be interested to hear from you about ways you agree fic writers have warped his character into some fanon personality?

(asked by anonymous)

alright sure! first of though, i just want to say that this of course doesn’t go for ALL fic writers/fics (although it is for a handful of them), and i refuse to point out any specific writers and/or fics.

tl;dr: gendry is his own person who strives to live undefined by other people and/or social barriers, yet such barriers and those above him tend to conquer his efforts. gendry is not anyone’s character to mold freely; he has is own characterization, personality, and ideals. his lowborn status has shaped him as a character and is not something easily taken away from him, and arya is not the key to unlocking his introverted personality. gendry doesn’t need arya to survive (nor her for him), and he has a characterization that expands beyond the limits of her existence.

my full explanation is under the read more

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sallyjessyrofl  asked:

Your BwB meta is the best. One of the things in the series which makes me the saddest, tbh-- their transformation from social bandits with some sense of purpose to those they originally formed themselves in opposition to.

It really is saddening. :( That’s something I don’t think the anon understood. I don’t hate the BWB because I think they’re villains – in the beginning of ASOS they’re arguably protagonists, because Sandor is still playing an antagonist role. (Albeit a deliberately reader-sympathetic one, and on reread even more so, but he’s certainly an antagonist to Arya at that point.)

But it’s in his trial you see they’re already starting to become what they were fighting against. That willingness to kill someone entirely uninvolved in the crimes they accuse him of, the guilt by association – and Beric and Thoros had been regular King’s Landing residents, they were at the Hand’s Tourney, they knew of Sandor’s animosity to Gregor… but it didn’t matter to them. All Cleganes are the same, even if one’s never touched the fighting in the Riverlands because he was in King’s Landing as they knew he was.

And if Arya hadn’t been there in the Hollow Hill with her (semi-justifiable) claim about Mycah, you think they’d’ve let Sandor go? Fuck no. They wanted to kill him, they’d’ve found some jumped up reason for a trial no matter what.

And, yeah, sure, Thoros, you saw the dead Targaryen babies… oh, wait, why were you in KL at the time? Because the high priests of R'hllor knew Aerys had a thing for fire and wanted you to convert him, right? Huh. Were you there when Aerys had Rickard Stark burned alive? Maybe not, but how about the Hand Qartlon Chested? Did you stand and watch like everyone else in the court, saying nothing? And you saw those dead children laid at Robert’s feet… but that didn’t stop you from becoming Robert’s best buddy, did it. And sure, you regret your actions before you found your faith… but I suppose nobody else regrets stuff they did in the past, do they?

It’s this absolute and total hypocrisy, that culminates in Brienne’s “trial” – Brienne, who saved the people they claim to protect while they were off on a mission of empty vengeance – but that doesn’t matter, she’s connected to the Lannisters, therefore she’s a whore who must die. It’s a damn good thing that when Jaime went off with her he didn’t take his squires… doesn’t matter that they’re children, sons of Riverlander lords, their fathers made peace with Lannisters and they served Jaime, nothing would save them.

I can understand how one might think of the BWB as heroic when hearing about them in ACOK. Or at the beginning of ASOS (even with the trial and even with how they frustrated Arya), or even at the end (because Freys, y'know). But I don’t understand how one could finish AFFC and still love them unwaveringly, still think of them as heroes selflessly helping smallfolk.

Though the anon was incorrect – hell, even I was incorrect in this post – I don’t actually hate the BWB. I’m just really, really angry at them, at what they could have been and what they became.

ok so i was talking to sallyjessyrofl and have lately been having a lot of feelings about the non-shippy (i swear) parts of arya’s and gendry’s and sansa’s and sandor’s relationship and i wasn’t going to ramble but then i decided fuck it i’m going to ramble.  yes i ship both things; no this isn’t going to be a shipping manifesto.

so like, arya is someone who dives headfirst into relationships, regardless of backgrounds.  she’s fierce in her level of dgaf about jon’s bastardom, and befriends mycah because she wants to and constantly points out that his friendship came first to her before his status.  it’s part of why it hurt so much when sandor killed him, and why she didn’t let go.  arya is protective of her friends, protective of her “pack”, loyal, intense, loving, etc. 

enter gendry.

so as far as we know, gendry hasn’t spent a lot of his life being valued.  his mom’s dead (and whether or not she liked him/wanted him is a point of depressing headcanon for me), his master armorer shipped him off to the night’s watch sans explanation, it’s unclear if he had a lot of friends, his dad gave a rat’s ass, his dad’s bffls (not that he knew they were bffls) express an interest in him…but he doesn’t know what that interest is and it’s certainly not so much in him so much as the fact of him/his existence and that’s….not so great.

and gendry’s in it to survive.  like maybe he doesn’t mind the night’s watch bc he’ll be valued there–he doesn’t really talk about that, but shit hits the fan and he’s on the road with arya and hot pie and lommy and he’s totally willing to ditch the latter two at first bc fuck they aren’t his friends and arya’s the only one who seems to be able to handle shit anyway…and she refuses to leave them.

and when he gets taken by the mountain’s men, she goes in after him.

and when they’re at harrenhal, she doesn’t forget his friendship and goes to him for help because she trusts him and she’s proven time and time again that he trusts her and f;ioeawfkdjsnoiagr;enlfkd ok. 

it’s important that gendry gets knighted, that arya fundamentally makes him feel like he’s good for something beyond just existing.  it’s also important that he leaves her because that’s taking advantage of the agency he’s never had and which, frankly, arya’s inspired him to take advantage of by saying “yo let’s leave harrenhal even though you’ve got security here.”  it’s important that he sees himself as being more than his existence.

and oh wait.

what does that remind me of

sansa and sandor!

because sandor def starts off being like “yo fuck life”.  the lannisters don’t see him as being more than his existence, he’s got this background of…oh…wait…fuck.  he hasn’t got a family background either bc y would u count that brother who tried to murder him when he was a tiny child?  no one looks him in the face, everyone takes him for granted bc he’s one giant killing machine and that’s all he ever has been and all he ever will be and…

then you have sansa who’s scared witless of him but actually acknowledges his pain, asks him about it, despite being scared to look him in the face.  she’s forced to deal with abuse but in that abuse, she doesn’t lash out at him, if anything it makes her recognize that he’s not joffrey and they don’t share that brand of cruelty and wait he’s human? and like has a character?  and no one’s looked at him or thought of him like he’s had a character behind dat muscle before? holy shit.  

and both gendry and sandor have interesting relationships with knighthood: gendry gets knighted by beric dondarrion, but still works in a forge (bc useful life skill during a war); sandor’s like “I’M NO KNIGHT I’M NOT I’M NOT BUT FUCK I’M GOING TO BE MORE KNIGHTLY THAN MY BROTHER BUT DON’T YOU FUCKING CALL ME A KNIGHT OYU FUKCWAD”; and both of these knightly-feelz are deeeeeply rooted in their relationships with their respective stark sisters.

and of course there’s the whole “HIM?” reaction that gendry has when he sees sandor’s helm bc whoops sandor made off with his bae arya.  

but like whoa damn these two dudes who suddenly are spurred (plz appreciate the knightly pun there) into feeling like they have agency because they are recognized as humans by these two girls.  and that they are not defined by the things society uses to define them.

yo but dat parallel. dose girls w/ their good heads on their shoulders inspiring character growth in those who have been too defined by society.

She wakes up in his arms again.

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She relies on more than instinct these days. It’s unnervingly human of her, and it makes her even angrier at him.

Anger is easier. She knows this.

Nymeria asks again, “Let me eat him, then”.

Arya glares. “No”, she says with finality. “He is mine to do as I please”.

It’s more than territoriality, though. When he comes to the woods, she pounces at him, throws him on his back, sniffs every crevice of his body, makes sure no one else has touched him. She marks him as hers, draws blood with her little sharp teeth, rubs her scent into his skin. It should be enough. Having her way with him, satisfying her own needs. Alas, it’s not.

There are moments of quiet, when their panting has subsided, when their hearts have found their normal paces, when his calloused fingertips draw lazy patterns on her back. Moments when she can’t help but breathe in his scent not for any sense of possessiveness, but out of simple affection. She’ll think back on these moments with anger later on, but right then she can’t bring herself to growl or snarl at him, so she lets his warmth envelop her and his quiet breathing lull her to sleep.


For Laura.

sallyjessyrofl  asked:

Hey! Thanks to your (always ace) blog I've started to read the Dunk and Egg stories. I'm on the last one now-- is Black Tom Heddle supposed to be an ancestor of Jeyne and Willow Heddle? Or have I totally missed something?

Er, the events of the story (which I won’t spoil for you) mean probably not, but he’s definitely related to them if not a direct ancestor. Tom Heddle was probably the grandson of Ser Jon Heddle, the knight who had bought the Inn at the Crossroads (then called the Clanking Dragon, before its iron black dragon sign was cut down during the Blackfyre Rebellion). There may have been other Heddles alive during the time of D&E, siblings or cousins, and odds are one of them ran the Inn, not Black Tom. (Which is a good thing considering what happens to him.) Masha Heddle (hanged by Tywin Lannister for allowing Tyrion to be captured at the inn) was probably one of their descendants, and Willow and Jeyne are her (great?) nieces.

But anyway, the Heddles are a bit more than typical smallfolk – as descendants of a knight, they own a little land, they have last names, they’re closer to bourgeois than peasants. The ASOIAF wiki doesn’t refer to them as a “House” though, so I’m not sure what the exact distinction is. I think I remember hearing that the World book may say more about the Inn, so maybe we’ll get a little more clarification there?

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invocationofglamour replied to your post

heddle could just be a common name for the smallfolk though, it could mean like “hedge pruner” or something?

Nope, the Heddles who own the Crossroads Inn are definitely a family. AFFC says Jon Heddle bought the Inn and made its dragon sign, the sign was cut down when his elderly son ran the Inn during the time of the Blackfyre Rebellion, Masha Heddle was the (great?) granddaughter of that innkeeper, her nephew (the innkeeper with the whores in that Arya chapter) ran it after she was killed, and her niece Jeyne ran it after he was killed.

And this is GRRM, he wouldn’t have named the dude in TMK Heddle unless it was a deliberate connection. Especially considering the thing about the black dragon, you know?

sallyjessyrofl  asked:

It seems to me that all this hate on Elementary that Sherlock fans do is just pretty much encouraging discussion and viewership of Elementary in the first place. Plus, all this hilarious wank is just making me interested and making me rofl at how angry people are getting about it, as if Moffat created the series itself. Now my fourteen year old brain wants to watch it just to annoy them.

It’s true, their tears only make us stronger. BUT YEAH, YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT WHEN IT AIRS - if it’s good, then great! And if it’s bad, then we’ll always have the #elementasquee tag.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. Medea by Euripides
  4. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  6. The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
  7. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I was tagged by my dearest Tudor twin sister Megan.  

sallyjessyrofl replied to your post: When you wish you knew peeps in real life

OH GREAT ANOTHER REASON FOR ME TO RESENT LEAVING GLASGOW

Oh I know, could you actually imagine? Lecturer: Robespierre, tyrant of the French Revolution… Bunny: No…. Lecturer: He sent thousands to be guillotined… Bunny: No…. Lecturer: For him, there were plots everywhere, you couldn’t feel safe… Bunny: No… Lecturer: Lyon? Bunny: No… Lecturer: Danton…. Bunny: …… Lecturer: ……….. Bunny: …………….. Revwarheart: You tried.
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Hahaha, oh my god. And yes, HOW WAS RUSSIA?

RUSSIA WAS AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.  I had been anticipating/dreaming/reading about it for so long it could have been one of those things that was anti-climatic but it was even better than I could ever have hoped for.  I did all the nerdy russian-history-geek things I wanted to do and stood in the Bloody Sunday square and went to the Winter Palace and Finland Station and geeked out at the Lenin statue and THE CHURCH OF SPILLED BLOOD OH MY GOD.

I also drank vodka with a Russian called Alexey so all my wishes came true.  

It was just perfect.

Can someone please tell me

What on Earth is happening? Somehow in the few days I’ve been away from the computer I’ve somehow been branded a homophobe, from what I can see completely unjustly. When that blog came out (I can’t even remember the name) I made NUMEROUS posts about how awful it was in an open, accepting, and loving dialogue with my followers and friends. Why didn’t people just bother to look before I got all this hate?

For the record, I have been part of my university’s LGBT society. I have stood up to homophobic bullying in school. I have family members who I have helped to come out in the face of a potential flurry of abuse from their parents. And woe betide me who brings out the “I HAVE GAY FRIENDS” card, but some of my closest friends are LGBTQI people, and I have never done anything but support them. I’ve done research into homosexuality as part of my university course to gain better understanding.

So before you decide to flood my fucking inbox with hate, please LOOK at the blog, please, just for a fucking moment.

sallyjessyrofl  asked:

You turn around and it's the year 1863. Taking a deep breath you realise you're probably dying of pulmonary TB. WHAT DO YOU DO? //you asked for it//

Everything around you is filth and poverty. You don’t get to have a proper look though because no matter the time you find yourself in you know you should steer clear of dark alleys. From the houses you see and the many homeless people’s rags, this should be the 19th century and probably London, although it’s difficult to tell. You stop running when you reach a street enlightened by lamps. Are those powered by gas? You don’t manage to give yourself an answer because the moment you draw a deep breath you start coughing like there’s no tomorrow. Literally. Oh, Lord, there is something wrong with you. The coughing does not recede and you eyes water. You put your hands on your brow and find it scalding. Fever. Just when you think you are probably going to die, something comes out of your mouth. Something green. A piece of olive? Oh, the olive. The one in the martini you were drinking not ten minutes ago before you got out of the restroom of your favourite club and found a drastic change in your surrounding. Ok, not dying then. Just lost somewhere in a different time. Cool, you can handle that. You CAN handle it. Can’t you? 

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I NEVER BACK DOWN FROM A CHALLENGE 

HEAR ME ROAR

sallyjessyrofl  asked:

1) your blog is awesome (srsly so pained when I saw you did meta on birth control though b/c me& my friend want to write a medical history of Westeros and 2) do you have anything on social banditry in the middle/ EM ages? I want to write BwB meta but I worry it'd end up being a misapplication or anachronistic because I specialise in the 19thC. And 3) keep on rockin'

Thanks very much! Medical history is its own field and there’s certainly room for lots of inquiry into Westeros, so I think you should absolutely pursue your interests.

There’s a lot of banditry in the Middle Ages, especially during the early and late period, to the point where it is almost entirely unsafe to travel the roads, but I wouldn’t consider them popular heroes. They’re as problematic for peasants, tradesmen, merchants, and pilgrims, as they are the rich.

I suppose you get closer to an approximation of social banditry by the 14th century with the Jacquerie in France and the Peasants’ Rebellion in England. You might take a peek into those revolts and see if any parallels strike you. Good luck!