the politics of representation

anonymous asked:

My friend had two thoughts: Flo tweeted that the role was originally supposed to last a season. What if Supercorp was written as a back up plan that would be natural if needed especially since the CW is on very thin icy with the LGBT+ community. But also there were strong Clois parallels starting in the first episode. What if they were going to go back to the in your face politics and representation of s1 by having two wlw ships on the show. Using s2 to test the waters and see how people react.

that’s a really interesting question! and honestly, it makes a lot of sense. to me, s2 was all about testing the waters. it was the first time CW took over the show, it was the first time cat wasn’t going to be a prominent role, and, to your point, the network is on EXTREMELY thin ice with the LGBT community (rightfully so). so, they knew they needed some form of rep and FAST. but perhaps they did have the foresight to have a back up plan. or not even a back up plan, but an endgame LGBT situation if sanvers truly wasn’t going to be a full time series thing. i dont think they ever intended for there to be two wlw pairings at the same time, and they certainly didn’t anticipate having their LEAD character be LGBT, but it does seem like they might be leaving the door open for that shift. more likely, they are perhaps building a slowburn for when sanvers fades out, so that supercorp can take over. its also the reason i can start to get over mon-el, because that was also a “test the waters” situation, one that fell extremely flat. and you CANNOT DENY the clois parallels, which are SO blatantly obvious that they can’t be a coincidence. s3 is going to be so interesting because now the network officially owns the show as far as i’m concerned, and its a make or break season for them. yikes haha

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Here’s what politics looks like if you take out the men 

Out of the 22 people running for president in 2016, only two of them are women. Elle U.K. is confronting this imbalance directly through the magazine’s #MoreWomen campaign, launched on Oct. 1 to celebrate women’s global power. Their eye-opening launch video shows how easy it is to make full rooms seemingly sparse.

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Paul Ryan’s latest Instagram post reveals a major problem with political representation

On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan snapped a selfie with a large — and largely homogenous — pool of Capitol Hill interns and posted it to Instagram. In light of the picture’s racial makeup, his caption struck many users as somewhat tone deaf. Unfortunately, the photo reflects the very white reality of Capitol Hill.

In case you missed issues B.A.P WAKE ME UP MV has touched on pt 2 cuz im trash and have been wheezing/crying the whole day fight me

Insecurities + Low Self Esteem/self-worth: shown through the girl with makeup around her and she soon tries to apply lipstick, only ending up smashing the mirror.
Murder/Shootings: The man waving his arms around as if conducting a musical piece until lights spark at his fingertips (like gunshots being fired) and then people dead surround him.
Anxiety/Depression/Mental Illness: The man in the bathroom, coiled up by the bathtub as he looks at his surroundings afraid of something, only to submerge himself into the water in his bathtub.
Illness in General/Suicidal thoughts or attempts: The girl who drinks down those pills as well as some other type of liquid can represent either illness in a physical aspect or portrays the attempt to suicide.
Eating Disorders/Hallucinations: The scene with the woman chopping veggies can allude to two different interpretations. Hallucinations as she almost eats a worm or it is the symbolic representation to express eating disorder.
Societal/Political Issues: The probably most iconic scene where the man is holding up a sign “Emotion Revolution”. This is representative of public demonstrations we see on the news today to fight for equal rights and social justice. The people passing by as if its nothing represent those who are unaware of the issues that surround them.
Revolution is starting to be achieved when these people who went through their own respective life problems come together to help ‘spread the awareness’. I guess you can say they, “wake up” into new ‘selves’, represented through celebration towards the end of the MV.

This isn’t even it. The MV is very diverse in nationality and they haven’t placed labels/stereotypical roles on these people according to the colour of their skin or where they came from. Each and every person was given a role that any human being would go through in their life because every human being is a human being despite race, colour, place of birth, gender, etc.

Not only did B.A.P create a song concerning social justice but they went even deeper this time. They went into mental illness, problems that we have as individuals at a personal level rather than just ‘society’ as a group. They looked into people in their variety and represented it through WAKE ME UP MV.

B.A.P aren’t just ‘kpop idols’. You probably thought I’d say “they don’t fit in the kpop category anymore.” No. This is something far bigger than just the music industry.

Under the capitalist system you have the absolute freedom of choice for inconsequential things. You have dozens of different toothpastes, hundreds of different phones, different TV’s, and different computers.

But under the capitalist system you have a supremely limited choice for anything of consequence. Limited political representation and choice, limited control over one’s work, limited access to necessities, and a limited pursuit of fulfillment.

Nothing meaningful is offered in capitalism.

i also think this new trend of neo-victorian purity culture in fandom that ridicules people for shipping “bad” ships and attacks writers whose fics have “problematic” content is subtly tied to fandom’s new visibility and conditional mainstream acceptance. because of twitter and the increasing celebrity and showrunner interaction with fans, and because representation politics have somehow melded with respectability politics, there’s this push to “cleanse” ourselves of weird, freaky, disturbing, embarrassing content and present ourselves to the world as just “normal” people who love tv shows and books. because if they see we’re normal and cool, they’ll listen to us right? they’ll respect our demands right? they’ll give us our ships right? nope! instead we’re experiencing a massive dearth in fandom creativity because people are only invested in supporting and uplifting canon ships and canon stories, and instead of looking to ourselves for creativity and representation we’re depending on showrunners who’ve never had our best interests at heart. and honestly eff that. i don’t care about being seen as “normal”. i’m a weirdo! i’m a freak! fandom is weird and freaky and i’m okay with that! in fact, there’s power in that. we don’t need some stamp of approval from showrunners and celebrities, and we certainly don’t need to justify why we write or desire certain content in our fics. be weird! be freaky! be embarrassing! own it! it’s the only thing that’s truly ours.

A Basic Reminder

When someone says something like:

“Hey, there is this issue that negatively affects me for x, y, or z reasons.”

The incorrect response is:

“But I am not part of this problem!” Or, “But my partner/brother/sister/mom/uncle/cousin/crush/friend and I have never see that happen in that way.”

The correct response is:

“I am sorry you have had to deal with that, how can I help?”

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These photos of Ilhan Omar’s swearing-in ceremony shows exactly why representation matters

  • On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar made history in the United States in more ways than one when she was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • She became the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator.
  • Omar, who serves House District 60B in Minnesota, held the Quran during her swearing-in ceremony, becoming the second person to do so after Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
  • One photo, in particular, shows just how powerful this moment was and exactly why representation matters in the political system today. 
  • In this photo, Omar is seen standing tall — donning colorful accessories and her bright orange hijab — among a sea of white faces. 
  • This is a historic sight that doesn’t come too frequently for young women of color and Muslim Americans, especially in politics. Read more

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New Hampshire is the only state to get an “A” in gender parity among government jobs, report finds

  • A new report from Representation2020, an organization advocating for women’s representation in politics, has found that just one state is doing well enough to merit an “A” rating in gender parity: New Hampshire.
  • To determine New Hampshire’s standing, researchers used a “gender parity index,” a system that awards points to states based on how many women hold office in U.S. Congress, state executive positions, the state legislature and local government. 
  • New Hampshire was the first state to elect an all-female congressional delegation, with women currently occupying all four of its seats in the U.S. Senate and House.
  • According to the same system, Washington followed close behind New Hampshire with a “B” ranking. Fifteen states received a “C,” 29 received a “D” and four — Louisiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Mississippi — were awarded an “F.” Read more (5/10/17)
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Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor
Ginella Massa filled in on Toronto’s CityNews 11pm broadcast and created a buzz after the broadcast ended

A Toronto television journalist is believed to be Canada’s first anchor to don a Muslim head scarf at one of the city’s major news broadcasters.

Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for CityNews’ 11pmbroadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, “That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada.”

Massa, 29, said on Friday that she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in 2015 while reporting for CTV News in Kitchener, Ontario, a city west of Toronto. She moved back to Toronto, where she grew up, earlier this year to take a reporting job at CityNews.

Massa recognized the personal career strides she had made after stepping out of the anchor desk, but she said it took her editor to point out the larger significance.

“It wasn’t until my editor said, ‘Hey, great job! Was that a first for Canada? A woman in a hijab?’ And I said yes. And so I tweeted about it. As much as I knew it was important, I didn’t expect the reaction that I received. My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the last week,” Massa said.

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Way back on the seventies, even before the first Star Wars movie came out, Laura Mulvey, feminist film theorist published her work “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. In it, she explained, according to Freudian theory, the two pleasures from cinema come from 1) identifying yourself in the story to forget about life for a while, and 2) enjoy looking at visually appealing images and people. Because the industry was entirely controlled by straight white men, though, they inherently filled the first niche with people like them and the second one with objectified and sexualized women, especially there solely for the enjoyment of the male gaze.

Left without lead characters to identify with, minorities —what an ugly and deceiving word when they amount for the majority of people in the world— had to desperately search for themselves in background characters. A big part of the fandom consists of women, people of color, queer or with disabilities, latching on to the few characters they could find representation in. They get attached to this characters, love them like part of their own family and friends, because they provide something that is so rare to them in mass media: a voice.

One can only imagine what it is like to be a straight white male. To go to the movies, enjoy the story fully, and then leave without the necessity to form any kind of emotional attachment to the characters. Why would they? They will find themselves perfectly represented all over again in the next movie they decide to watch, whichever it might be, and the next one, and the next one. Representation to them is not a luxury, it’s a given right.

Seeing this, it’s no wonder how confused and scared straight white males are, now that they can’t find themselves leading the charge of the new Star Wars franchise. Two movies in a row they’ve had to sit on that theater and face the minority’s reality, facing a situation that is so unlike anything their psyche is used to they react like wounded animals, with a primal fear of being erased from a narrative they are sure to own.

The best part is, for the first time, they are so desperate to find themselves that, like lost children in the dark, they have latched themselves to the one character that has given them a chance at representation: Kylo Ren. They have projected on him their airs of grandeur, blind expectative of an easy redemption and even the misguided self-assurance that, in the end, he will be the ‘true hero’ —instead of the women and people of color who are actually fighting evil in the story. Inadvertently, though, they have willingly chosen to self identify with the most annoying, manipulative, mediocre, unbelievably self-righteous and unbearably whinny fuck-boy this franchise has ever created.

Though, looking at their reactions and comments online, they might not be too far off on that one.

—  On Star Wars, Representation and Straight White Males