Boom! I’m working on a series of alter ego related drawings in which I show Anti’s cruel ways of getting rid of each and every one of them, until he’s left as the only relevant personality in Jack’s mind. Therefore taking full control of everything Jack owns and more. (I’m too happy about this shit gnarfyfdx)
I will upload one finished piece every day for the next week, starting today. Have fun theorizing! ovo (rip my wrist)
Technically the first one would be the drawing of Jack surrounded by his egos i posted a little while ago but shh it dont count for now
Everybody’s talking about… Okay, I’m talking about the upcoming match up between Take and Ui and who is more likely to come out on top. While Ui has always been a higher rank than Take, it was Take not Ui that Arima entrusted with the zero squad.
It’s important to understand that the theme of life is teshuvah. Most commonly translated as “repentance,” teshuvah has nothing to do with the beating one’s breast and undergoing penance (as in sackcloth and ashes); it means literally “to return” and describes specifically the intricate process of returning to G-d, returning to a life of growth and dynamic becoming. This intricate process begins with fixing one’s mistakes and resolving not to repeat them, but it’s more than that.
Kabbalah teaches that teshuvah is the theme of the cosmos. G-d intentionally set in motion the breaking of the vessels. He intentionally created a world full of chaos so that there would be an opportunity for challenge, which would create the possibility of error. Having made mistakes, we can then experience remorse and struggle to find the courage to change for the better. We can then humble ourselves to ask forgiveness and commit ourselves to continued growth.
Therefore, teshuvah isn’t relevant exclusively to individuals and their mistakes. Whatever one does affects the entire cosmos, because everything that happens works toward the making order out of the chaos and contributes to the process of constant becoming. Teshuvah is actually the theme of life. We are always in the midst of teshuvah. Life is an endless journey—an adventure in becoming. It’s all about improving, building, and accomplishing—that’s what we love doing.
Great news! We have raised the funds to keep King Alfred’s Coins in the heart of the region in which it was discovered.
The Watlington hoard is the first large Viking hoard discovered in Oxfordshire & contains over 200 Anglo-Saxon coins.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to the campaign. Lead support was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, towards both the acquisition and to fund a range of educational and outreach activities. Thanks to a further major grant from Art Fund as well as contributions from the public and the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean, the Museum reached its fundraising target within days of the deadline.
“The Watlington Hoard is one of the most exciting and important acquisitions we have ever made, particularly significant because it was found in Oxfordshire. To be able to keep the hoard in the county and put it on display with the Ashmolean’s Anglo-Saxon collections, which include the world-famous Alfred Jewel, was an opportunity we could not miss.”
– Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean
An Exceptional Discovery
In October 2015, metal detectorist James Mather discovered an important Viking hoard near Watlington in South Oxfordshire. It dates from the end of the 870s, a key moment in the struggle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for control of southern England.
The Watlington Hoard sheds new light on the conflict between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and on the relationship between the two great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex.
The hoard contains over 200 Anglo-Saxon coins, including many examples of previously rare coins of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (871–899) and his less well-known contemporary, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia (874–879). This is the first large Viking hoard discovered in Oxfordshire, which once lay on the border of Wessex and Mercia. The Watlington Hoard therefore has enormous relevance to our county. At the same time this is a find of truly national importance, providing a major new source of information about this tumultuous time in the history of our nation.
I don’t care what anyone says, “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt will always be about a guy singing to a cat he wants to take home but his parents won’t let him or other circumstances prevent him from taking it home.
Everyone thinking we are being defensive about our point of view but what we are actually doing is attempting to explain it in a way people might understand better because after 3 separate explanations including a well improvised yet super relevant metaphor you dimwits still don’t understand what we are trying to say. We know that y'all be close-minded AF so we keep trying to explain but then you disregard us and call us defensive when in reality we were just trying to help you open your mind.
If every man was a piece of literature, a Novel guy would be a guy who is loaded with intriguing and compelling features, information, flexibility, inspiration, and all the wonders of a good book where every new chapter keeps you on your toes. These are the guys I like. Because they’re deep thinkers, grounded, with a strong sense of self and a humble sense of adventure. I can reread then over and over again, and never get tired of the familiarity.
Some guys are like Newspapers. They can tell you all sorts of things many of which will shock and intrigue you, but most of the things you learn from them you will find are not relevant to you and therefore, you will find them disposable and boring.
Some guys are like magazines. They have all the makings of an idealistic partner. They are flashy and attention grabbing just like ads. The facades that they put up are either superficial, and you find out that what their selling is far from anything you’d actually be proud to call your own, or the product is exactly as it describes and there is nothing deeper to read about these guys. So you stack them neatly on the shelf or the coffee table and let em collect dust until a guest brings them up for the sake of conversation: the hot topic.
Any ideas what Ui might be doing next time we see him?
I just made a pretty comprehensive post on that, but I have more to say so consider this a summary and follow up to this post here:
I think both Ui’s nature as a stand in for the CCG, and also his own self awareness of the nature of the CCG right now including realizing the organization is at death’s door, makes him a natural contender to be the one to unravel the mystery surrounding both V, the Washuu and the garden children. I especially think though, he will follow up learning the origin of the garden children because that is the one most connected to his relevant area of interest, ie: Hairu.
Therefore his pursuit of the truth in the CCG, will actually be more like a motivated search for Hairu. Furuta however, puts him in prime position to do so by choosing to make him his chief advisor and giving him the second highest non V ranking in the CCG right now. If you believe that Furuta is purposefully flubbing this so that V’s secrets will be revealed and acting to highlight the darker side of the CCG, placing the hope at his side and dangling bait to investigate while at the same time pretending as if he’s doing it to blackmail and control Ui is a pretty smart way to do it.
Remember in Furuta’s attempts to buy Ui’s loyalty he reminds Ui of what he really cares about, not the CCG, not Furuta, but Hairu. Furuta would be under no illusion of Ui’s loyalty though, he would know that Ui’s loyalty ultimately lies with Hairu and not himself. Also what is a better stageplay twist than the villain being foiled, because his most loyal right hand man choosing the woman he loves, over him.
The question is what is Ui going to investigate, and what will he find. Then the end result of what his investigations lead to a change in him. The matter he will investigate is mentioned by Okahira, as stated here by @kingkishou there may be a link between the Sphinx trading company liquid, the medicine keeping the Q’s alive, and the older members of the garden.
The ultimate end result however is this investigation will inevitably lead to the garden, which is where Ui learns the truth of Hairu and Arima’s lives, shattering his projected images of them. That they lived miserable lives as half ghouls who were treated only as disposable tools in a conflict. Even if you believe that Marude is going to be the one to expose the Washuu, I think Ui’s investigation will be a necessary plot thread because what Marude was tied to was the Washuu, and the chain of command in conflict. His primary emotional tie was to Chika his best friend. Ui’s primary emotional tie is to three garden members, Arima, Furuta and Hairu thus it makes sense he will be the character to investigate and learn the secrets of the garden.
Finally two hints of foreshadowing I picked up on in the chapter. First is the way they Hairu and Arima are drawn here could indicate Ui’s intention only to revive Hairu. He’s made no mention of reviving Arima so far, and Hairu is drawn smiling and facing the camera, while Arima is drawn with his back facing the camera. it’s simple visual language to show that one has passed and one has not. There has been speculation that if Hairu is revived than logically Arima should be revived as well, but I personally doubt that. There were five chapters specifically about his death, while on the other hand Hairu died in a blink of an eye and was immeidately hidden for future plot thread purposes.
Ui could also have personal motivation for only reviving Hairu, but not Arima. After all the decision to revive somebody you loved from the dead is a bit of a selfish one considering you make it without their choice. Hairu didn’t love Ui. She loved Arima. If Ui truly revived Arima and Hairu at the same time, she wouldn’t love him, but Arima.
Considering Ui has already made the decision to be selfish and cling to the god of death, it’s possible he could have already made such a choice. Okahira seems to ackonwledge it as well, he asks the obvious if he’s just going to revive his beloved superior Arima first, but then realizes Ihei is the more likely target, and muses talking about her in a crush like fashion for a few moments. Second is this, Urie is drawn with two eyes whited out, Ui is only drawn with one eye whited.
This one is pretty obvious, Urie Kuki is now a ghoul with two Kakugan. Ui Koori seeks to restore Hairu by making her a one eyed ghoul, thus she would only have one kakugan.
Ui’s eye is drawn that way specifically when asking of Kanou, so perhaps it’s a sign of his newly gained knowledge of the nature of ghoulification. Finally, we see this image of Ui specifically calling Furuta a god of death.
It could just simply be Ui Koori alligning himself with the masses in saying that any god is better to worship than no god at all, even if it is specifically a god of death. However, there’s additional meaning if you consider Ui’s relationship with Arima.
It’s an amazing sign of Moon stagnation, despite all of the circumstances in his life Ui hasn’t truly changed, he’s still worshipping a god of death. Arima was a mass murderer who stood on piles of corpses that he himself stacked up, and was referred to by all around him as a god of death and yet Ui still worshipped him and aspired to be like him.
Even in this supposed radical shift in his character, Ui is doing as he always did and worshiping a reaper. You could also use this to tie a line between our two most major garden children, Furuta and Arima. Who seem radically different on the surface, but both of their forms of rebellion come at the cost of ghouls, even when done for the sake of ghouls. The only way that Arima could see himself helping ghouls was making himself the greatest villain, a threat to them all to be exterminated. It’s likely Furuta’s rebellion is the same, but his makes him a threat that threatens both ghouls and humanity so both sides have to come together to defeat him.
However it also says something about what the conditions of the garden must have been like, to raise such thoroughly damaged people that even when they want to help all they can do is spread death. They must have grown up completely surrounded by it thus it is all they ever knew.
Y’all, I can’t stop thinking about this, so here’s my predicted order for next week’s episode of Malec scenes.
1. Alec arrives at apt to talk and apologize/clarify. Since then, Magnus has calmed down, but he still feels the need to speak with the Queen and process the feelings of betrayal. Magnus tells Alec about he and Luke going to the Queen soon. He agrees to report back to Alec after the Court.
2. Luke and Magnus go to Seelie Court. Queen presents plan to go against the Clave, and, instead, hunt Val/Seb at their own desire, and perhaps, in the end, destroy the Clave or at least fight against them. Magnus receives flower–my guess is it is supposed to, maybe, wilt or change color when he needs to make his decision–or when it realizes that he’s made up his mind. Maybe Luke receives one as well? A flower?
3. Magnus goes to see Alec at Institute. Magnus talks about needing time* on his own to think about his “decisions”, what the Queen said, and process what Alec did. Alec desperately tries to reassure him with “I love you”, but then reluctantly agrees to give him time and space to think and process. This would obviously be upsetting for Alec and Magnus both, thus the tears in their eyes make sense, but Alec will ultimately understand that Magnus needs time alone to think about where he stands in this complicated war–he needs to remove himself from just feeling for Alec, and instead, look at the big picture. This has to happen after the Court because Magnus is wearing the flower as he’s walking away from Alec. This has to happen, also, before the Max/comfort scene because there’s no way in hell Magnus would be like, “oh, your brother is dead/injured/in danger, but I need some time alone right now” and then peace out.
4. At his apt, whilst I am sure drinking the required whiskey or 5 and thinking of his decisions, Magnus has flashbacks of he and Alec together--maybe when he realized that he loved him? He then makes his decision not to side with Queen’s quest against the Clave, and instead fight beside Alec, whom he believes will help protest the warlocks as well. He realizes his decision when, perhaps, the flower turns a certain color–indicating him deciding to not revolt against the Clave.
5. He leaves to go tell Alec, but when he arrives at the Institute, he realizes something has happened, and he has to comfort Alec after something unexpected happens to Max.
*Here’s why I think Magnus will request time on his own, and not a break up, to process things (even though this time will only last a few hours): Magnus has been through hell and back in the past few episodes–he hasn’t really had time to process where he stands in all of this conflict, or how the body-swap fully impacted his opinions. It is only natural that he request a brief time to think. Space and time to think are completely natural things to request in any relationship, and a request for these two things does not mean an end. In the books, with Malec, Alec betrays Magnus by lying to him. In a rather hasty way, Magnus breaks up with Alec, when, in reality, they both just needed time; eventually, they both realize that they can’t be apart and that they simply have things to work through. I am not saying they are going to break up–they won’t–but, as a reflection of the book, the show will acknowledge this, but instead of a break up, we get a healthier alternative that all healthy couples need at some point: time to process and think through their own thoughts before making a decision together. In doing so, the show will do what it’s been doing best with Malec and still keep the essence of the books, but make them healthier and more relevant to a modern audience. Therefore, we get an expressed need for space and time before coming back together, instead of a break up, which shows how show Malec, in all of its glorious healthiness, will grow stronger together–both separately and together–by working through conflict as opposed to simply ending things. And then they will fight a fucking dragon together.
Because, after all, relationships take effort, right? And we are all for effort.
So someone who is a muslim told me Linda sarsour one of the women who started the women's march wants sharia law and is super anti women rights in the Middle East. They sent me sources like breitbart and their conservative junk so I was wondering if you or any of your followers know anything? Because i don't trust those sources at all.
So I’ve looked this up and… These claims seem spurious and based on what a “liberal Muslim” should look like.
The claims that she “minimises” Saudia Arabian treatment of women comes from a single tweet where she said that women there got paid maternity leave. Pointing out a way that SA does something well is not a way of approving of anything negative they do.
She didn’t do the Charlie Hebdo support thing which people say makes her an extremist. I didn’t stand with Charlie Hebdo either, while I felt for the victims the movement seemed mostly about bashing Islam and forcing Muslim people into respectability politics, where they either agree and are “good Muslims” and if they disagree they are “bad Muslims”. They didn’t bother to look at her criticisms, choosing to believe that she was saying that she supports terrorism, rather than seeing that she just didn’t support the way the Charlie Hedbo thing was managed.
She refused to say “I am Charlie Hebdo” Stu therefore anything she had to say wasn’t relevant to some.
They say she minimises honor killings, yet all I have seen her say about this was against a film called Honor Diaries, and there was NOTHING negative said about the victims, she simply said that the producers and creators were islamaphobic. Which is true. She said that they didn’t need islamaphobes hijacking issues for them.
Regardless of where you stand on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she is very vocally anti-Islam and, while she definitely has her reasons, there are other women who feel that Ali looks over other women and contributes to the problems they face.
The “she wants sharia law” claims are absurd. The people levying them don’t even know what sharia law is. It’s mostly property, marriage and inheritance law. Yes, some places have ridiculous versions of sharia law, yes some places will dole out lashings. But that’s not… That’s like saying “law is bad because is some countries law is used to murder gay people”.
Sharia Law is not inherently bad and it’s incredibly different from place to place. It’s not a terrifying boogeyman.
Now, the ONE criticism I could find that had some merit was that she is antisemitic. But it’s very, very hard to find anything because it’s all right wing media spruking the same nonsense over and over. She supports a more free and independent Palestine, which is not abnormal. The only thing I could find that was assuredly antisemitic was “zionism is creepy” which seems to overlook why Jewish people would want a safe homeland.
But any of the things about her having ties to Hamas is because she has some family who were in them. As far as I can tell she has never actively supported violence committed.
She also was a part of banning pro life “feminists” from the march, which many people are like “how DARE you silence these women” as though those women weren’t actively looking to control the bodily autonomy of anyone with a uterus.
From the research I have done, all the criticisms are REALLY badly sourced like, they literally show tweets of her lamenting that people don’t know what sharia law is and espousing some benefits as “evidence that she wants people to be forced into sharia law”.
99% if it is that she doesn’t fit the “progressive mold”, she’s proud to be religious, she’s defensive of her right to be and she won’t tolerate things that she sees as a threat to that without saying anything.
A feminist is not meant to be Muslim. She can probably be Christian but definitely not Muslim, it’s cultural image is at odds with the narrative constructed by western supremacists, who believe that we are just simply more advanced in every way.
Be critical of her if you want, hell… Be critical of EVERYONE. Buy a LOT of this criticism is simply because she has the audacity to be Muslim and proud.
Also, if anyone feels I am out of my lane here let me know. I tried to tread carefully and I recognise that many of these issues have a deep complexity that I myself will NEVER have to experience.
It has come to my attention that INTP (especially) have to deal with this issue: being dumb until they suddenly become smart.
What do I mean by this?
I look to introverted thinking (Ti) dominance in the INTP to answer this peculiarity in the INTP to answer that question.
The INTP’s Ti is always running. It is always building and correcting one’s internal framework, looking at different facts, figures, concepts, and arguments (even if contradictory) to create the most accurate build of whatever Ti user is interested in (could be anything from fashion to math, by the way).
Now, that sounds really cool. I admit it. However, there’s a caveat to that: internal. Unlike Te dominant people (extraverted thinkers: ENTJ/ESTJ), the thinking process in the INTP is introverted, meaning the INTP uses a subjective categorizing system to identify, sort, and store the data they observe and obtain. Te users use the external data itself to make decisions, while Ti user must have a framework in which to put that data into, otherwise it’ll likely have no relevance and therefore, be forgotten.
Thus, an INTP is only as smart as the model one has built in one’s head, and equally, as dumb as the model one has built. If that model is inaccurate in some way (whether due to lack of due diligence in Ne and Si or unconscious Fe), the INTP individual will have trouble identifying problems and and coming up with adequate solutions. INTP will struggle, not with the delivery of thought or idea, but rather, with the reception or lack thereof.
Because the subjective Ti model is incorrect or inaccurate, the Ti using INTP will not be able to figure out where the disconnect is. Then it’s the familiar pattern; confusion, frustration, and finally, decision that everyone else is dumb for their inability to comprehend or understand. Because Ti is a rational judging function (even if introverted), INTP will actually believe the self is right and even be able to convince themselves that they’re not the problem, even if others point out flaws or differing viewpoints.
That’s how you have a dumb INTP.
However, with enough failures, some dumb INTPs stop thinking that they’re 100% correct. They start to question their presumptions and conclusions. They question the model. Some of them may question themselves (could lead to depression or other instability during this phase). They realize that the model they have in their head might be incorrect and start research to verify that their “deductions” are correct.
This is how you have the typical, average INTP.
Then, the INTP begins to seek out more objective observations. They talk to people, asking for input. They share their thoughts, not with the goal of arguing, but for clarification. And when they’re in this “exploratory mode,” they will likely tap into their unconscious inferior Fe function, which will prevent them from coming across as crass, cold, or like a jackass. In the process, INTP will likely find many consistent but also inconsistent information, they’ll find different but potentially equal and valid points, and seek to integrate it to the Ti model. As the INTP actively turns and twists the model within oneself, INTP will finally be granted their “Eureka” moment, when everything finally clicks into place. Of course, through this process, their model is going to be potentially immense and complex (yet at the same time, incredibly simple for the Ti user) due to the amount of Ne-Si data collection that will have likely gone into it.
INTP will find that their model is perfectly suited to understanding many areas, but also to actually solve important real life problems, … this will make the INTP very happy. This allows the inferior Fe to come out more as well, due to the relaxation resulting from an accurate understanding. The INTP will then continue looking at new things to incorporate and change their models to be even more accurate and applicable in even broader areas of life, and this will make a very excited INTP. This also helps those around them, and they’re more likely to come to the INTP for advice, which the INTP will more than likely be happy to help with (depends on the problem).
And that’s how you finally have the smart INTP.
Not saying it’s easy to be any other type, but being smart INTP takes a lot of determination and work for sure. So keep at it, INTPs. You’re always going to be a work in progress, but that’s when you’re “smart.”
Summary of a discussion written by lionschmion on twitter! Direct word-for-word transfer from the astro master herself:
(Disclaimer: many thanks to Cae, @ohcaesu, for being a soundboard!)
Interpretations of Black Moon Lilith has always bothered me in astrology, because when it isn’t poetic gothic nonsense, it tends to describe Lilith as wrathful and vengeful – as in, a position that reflects the most dangerous form of anger. I have also seen Lilith also tends to be described as fear and insecurity, as though defining your deepest darkest secrets.
Both of these aren’t wrong, but I was never satisfied because it seemed… incomplete, and because it paints Lilith as irredeemably negative. I see Lilith as wild and untamed, and defying logic and consequence.
Black Moon Lilith is often referred to as the “dark side of the moon,” so with that reason, if you take the Sun position to be the “ego” (self-identity), and the Moon position to be the “super-ego” (rational understanding of your identity), then Lilith would be the “id” (pure desire and instinct).
As such Lilith is perhaps one of the most neutral positions of a natal chart – Lilith is neither good nor dark, Lilith simply represents pure unrestricted freedom, in all its anarchy and danger. Lilith is the raw form of a sign’s inner desire and impulse, without worry of consequence.
Lilith is as innocent as she is dangerous – the same level as a child, if you will. A child is capable of unconditional love but also unfiltered reactions to being hurt. A child only grows when they learn limitation and rational self-restraint through experience and age.
Cycles are common in zodiac mythology, and one can see that clearly in the order of the 12 signs, which represent an evolution of the psyche. Aries is the youngest inexperienced child, aging all the way to Pisces being the oldest wise elder – and then reborn again from square one, as Aries.
If we take the signs as a natural aging/evolution of the previous sign, we can assume the present sign’s underlying shadow-ego is reflective of the sign that came before. For instance, Aries manifests out of Pisces’ self-destruction, Taurus manifests out of Aries’ ego-centrism, Gemini manifests out of Taurus’ desire to be free of stress…. so, basically, the “raw” form of a sign would be the immaturity they are trying to outgrow from the previous sign, so it’s the childish impulses that’s being limited by the “adult” understanding of the current sign.
Which is to say: Aries would be the “childhood” of Taurus, who is going “that may have been fun, and I wish I could still be that way, but I have to Grow Up.” Furthermore, Taurus would be the “childhood” of Gemini, and Gemini would be the “childhood” of Cancer, and on and on. That “childhood” immaturity is represented in Lilith.
To go into more detail, my interpretation of Black Moon Lilith through the signs:
Homosexuality was legalised in Portugal in 1852 (then criminalised again during the dictatorship and then decriminalised again when it ended).
The age of consent used to be 14 for heterosexuals and 16 for homosexuals, but that was changed to 14 for both.
The age of consent is 14 years old for relevant sexual acts — kissing included — and 16 for copulating, oral sex, and anal sex.
All good, right? No. Definitely not all good.
Let’s consider a minor someone between 14 and 16 years old:
As an adult, engaging in relevant sexual activity with a minor of the same sex, or leading them to engage in such activity with another, will earn you up to 2 years in prison or a fine up to 240 days.
As an adult, copulating, having oral sex, or anal sex with a minor of the opposite sex (but not other relevant sexual activity), or leading them to engage in such activity with another, will earn you up to 2 years in prison or a fine up to 240 days, IF you took advantage of the minor’s sexual inexperience.
This means that an 18 year old and a 15 year old of opposite genders can engage in any kind of sexual activity they please, as long as the youngest has sexual experience.
However, two people of the same ages but also the same gender, and regardless of sexual experience, cannot even kiss, lest the 18 year old face up to 2 years in prison.
Once you turn 14, you can give and receive hand jobs to and from an adult, as long as you do it with someone of the opposite gender. But if you do it with someone of the same gender, the adult goes to prison.
And you wanna know where it gets better?
CÓPULA (in infopedia) — DIREITO relação sexual que supõe, especificamente, introdução de pénis por via vaginal
Which means that the act of copulating specifically implies, according to Portuguese law, the insertion of a penis in a vagina. Which means fingering (penetration included) is not copulating, therefore being included in the “relevant sexual acts” section.
What does that entail then?
If a 15 year old fingers, or is fingered by, an 18 year old (penetration included) of the opposite gender, it’s all fine and dandy, because it’s not copulating, oral sex, or anal sex. But if a cis 15 year old girl fingers, or is fingered by, a cis 18 year old woman (penetration included), it’s considered a criminal offence.
So a straight minor/adult couple can do anything they want as long as the the minor is at least 14 years old and isn’t a virgin, but cis wlw (and God knows the law must be even more unfair for non cis people) can’t have sex until they’re both 16+, lest the older one end up in prison. hell, LGBTQ+ people in general can’t even fucking kiss without committing a crime.
i’m exhausted by this culture on tumblr where media consumption, specifically tv shows, is so politicized.
like, yes, i think it’s important to be conscious of the media you consume and its messaging. but i also think it’s ok to be like hey i’m aware this show has xyz issues/shortcomings but i still enjoy aspects of it as a source of entertainment. instead, tumblr has this idea that everything you enjoy has to be politically and ideologically stellar in order to be allowed to enjoy it.
so you’re not allowed to just say “hey i enjoyed this thing because it’s entertaining, people who enjoy xyz might also find this entertaining!”
instead it’s “hey so this show is great because it has this this and this rep, and it addresses this this and this socially/politically relevant topics, and therefore it is wonderful and worthy of our consumption” … until it falls short, and then it’s endless discourse where people must fight back and try to prove in essay format why they are still allowed to enjoy the thing
here’s the thing…no tv show is ever going to be politically and ideologically flawless. there will always be shortcomings, and sometimes some major issues. because it’s mass media entertainment. it’s television. so…don’t let the major issues go ignored, but maybe try not to hold tv shows to an impossible standard. it’s a lot harder to enjoy them that way js
How to survive your prospectus - Part 1 (Part 2 is here) or “Know your sections”
Quick disclaimer: Everything that follows comes from personal experience and should not be taken as absolute rules, in no way whatsoever. Quick disclaimer 2: Because of this, it reflects what writing a prospectus for a dissertation in the Humanities has been like. Quick disclaimer 3: Always alwaysalways check with your advisor (or with your whole committee) what they expect from the prospectus, as it can (and should) differ from case to case.
Ideally, your advisor will tell you, going in, what are the sections that are expected on your prospectus. But if they don’t, here’s what mine looks like (and some short sentences/prompts to keep in mind as you go about them). I believe these sections can be more or less retained if you’re writing a short proposal or project:
Introduction: “X, an example of Y, happened. What interests me in Y?” Ideally, this is only one or two (max!) paragraphs long. If you have a case that can serve as a hook for the reader to be drawn in, use it. Attach the big question mentioned about to the end of the introduction.
State of the field: “People have said this about Y.” In my case, it was a historiographical review. I created something like a little mind map on paper with the main authors/text I knew I had to go through under headings such as “political history”, “in literature” and “in art,” and it helped me visualize how I could link them. Don’t expect to cover it all, though - selection helps you frame your question. For instance, if you’re interested in masculinity in the French empire, are you primarily interested in the history of the French empire or in the history of masculinity?
Theoretical framework: “I will look at Y from the perspective Z.” This may also turn out to be a methodological framework, depending on your question and how you’re framing it. Again, not about an argument - pinpoint the authors that have helped you frame your question and your approach to sources.
Specific goals of my dissertation: “I think looking at Y from the perspective of Z will allow me to observe W.” This is where you come closest to making a point. You can justify your sources in general terms and develop your question - break it into more precise points and make sure you indicate why you believe connecting these points is an important contribution to your field.
Chapter outline: “This is how everything comes together.” A chapter outline can vary a lot. I know of people who presented tentative titles and key-phrases that are going to be in their chapters; I wrote five pages on roughly 6 chapters because I thought it helped me prove my point about my source selection, chronology etc.
Sources: “This is where I’ll look for W.” A paragraph just describing the state of the corpus. Mine is scattered across countries and supports, so I just wanted to make sure that my readers knew I am aware of this situation. I then annotated the primary sources and archival collections to indicate how they fit into my research; I also indicated when they were available online, which means my readers and I can have an easier sense of how much traveling I’ll require for archival work.
Bibliography Everything I ever read about the topic and everything I could find that seems to be relevant in any way possible.
General points, especially for short-format projects: 1) If you have a limited space, divide and conquer The emphasis will depend on what kind of project/proposal you are writing. Is it a grant for archival work? Play up how your documents are necessary to your work and how it will contribute to the field. Is it a targeted grant by area? Play up the importance of your questions to a broader debate.
But don’t worry about space (at first) Write to your heart’s content. As you edit your text, you’ll find yourself naturally trimming down your project to avoid redundancies and to exclude confusing passages. But don’t worry about the limit at first, because you’ll find it more troubling than helpful.
2) Know your reader This is especially important if you have readers/committee members from outside your field or if you’re applying for a grant that attracts a wide variety of candidates - and therefore has radically different readers, whom you’ll have to convince of the relevance of your project in a wider dialogue among fields of the humanities and/or social sciences. If you are writing to an audience of experts, you have to make sure that it’s specific enough to not be seen as a survey while not restricting it to a talk exclusively among peers.
3) Pick and choose, wisely Stay away from jargon, stay away from minute information, stay away from detailed background: tell your reader strictly what they need to know. One excessive sentence at one point is one necessary sentence you don’t get to write elsewhere.
I'm not really involved in SW fandom, so I'm curious to the logic or reasoning behind the Finn Skywalker theory.
Here’s my logic.
Finn’s parents are obviously important to the story because they have not told us who they are. If Finn’s parents had no bearing on the overall trilogy, then they would have released a novel by now telling us who they were and how they lost Finn. That has not happened, so therefore, his parents are relevant to the story. One of these characters is likely a Skywalker, why can’t it be Finn? I think that would be a great twist because everyone is expecting it to be Rey, but surprise! It’s actually Finn!
Also, there’s a ton of parallels between them, so there’s that too. I’d argue that Finn is more like Luke than Rey is.