through-the-lens

A repeat character, this is a Boucq-ian send-up of contemporary commuting, through the lens of a radically caricatured jungle. I like this page in particular because of the very obvious Moebius reference.

(Heavy Metal issue #176, July 1998 - Page 83 Jerome Moucherot by Boucq)

We happen to live in an era that is incredibly wrapped up in notions of political correctness; everything is seen through the lens of politics. But being…politically correct is just another way of fighting, another form of power and strategy, an insidious means of manipulation.
— 

Robert Greene.

As opposed to reasoning and arriving at common understandings. 

Had this awesome Homestuck dream.

So I had a dream we all had an app that’s basically a book on our roles. Like, there was a book for each regular class. The lord and muse books were 3 volumes each, and each volume is the size of a normal class book.

But the app we had was a selection from the main volumes. Our main is in the front then our opposite aspect then the rest. As time went on we were able to use our alternate roles but like through a main class filter…like me with seer of time stuff through a sylph of heart lens.

In it are fraymotifs, holymotifs, themed powers for y'all, bending diagrams for me; each is customized. By the way, holymotifs are abilities that are noncombative in nature, like building things. There was also basic info and tips from our alternate selves. Aphysical copy was also available for our homes in any format you wanted. Leather bound book, papyrus scroll, the nice smelling vanilla pages like the Bible has, and so on.

The size of each regular book was about the size of the book of spells from Star vs the Forces of Evil. The title of the Sylph book was

A Sylph’s Guide to Life: Mending Wounds, Engaging With Others, Taking Care of Yourself and How to be the “Mom Friend”

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this one is literally dedicated to @itsallavengers bcuz all her posts are magnificent but the Tony & Peter ones always have me HOWLING

honestly you guys need to stop misapplying intersectional theory. since you base your ideas on identity politics you seem to think that each “identity” holds the same weight, but in reality our lives are determined by race, class, and gender (and also ability and nationality). but these things don’t have equal predictive effects on people’s lives. you guys seem to think that if a working-class person of color is also “neurotypical” and able-bodied and cishet that the count of “privileges” to “disprivileges” makes them “less oppressed” than a white person who is not-cis, not-straight, and not-neurotypical at the same time, but that’s absolutely not how oppression works. trying to quantify oppression “levels” means you’ve already lost. even then, we have to understand this through historical transformations and labor relations under capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy. 

wrt to the working-class cishet poc, their cishet status doesn’t really grant them grand material benefits at the end of the day. they’re still oppressed by the state and denied access to material goods. like, cathy cohen talked about this in her pivotal essay in which she criticized queer theory for this exact dichotomy (queer vs cishet) in her essay “punks, bulldaggers, and welfare queens”. 

whereas even if a white person is a woman and also lgbt, their race is a huge shield against certain forms of material violence that cishet men of color face despite being cishet or male. 

oppression is continuous and sustained and it’s determined by labor relations/class relations. if there is no class or race in your analysis then it is faulty. 

we have to analyze these things through a materialist lens. so for example, a white lgbt woman may be oppressed because she is denied access to material goods either because she’s a woman (so being denied employment bc she doesn’t wear makeup, for instance) or because she’s lgbt (so being denied housing, for instance). but is she susceptible to sustained poverty, or environmental/biological racism, or urban racism, or biometric surveillance, or state violence? probably not. class has to factor into this. 

a working class cishet poc who may appear neurotypical and able-bodied (i say appear bc it’s necessary to chart the physical and mental effects of poverty onto a person and that doesn’t become immediately apparent) is not less oppressed or more privileged because they have “three” or “four” privileges (cis, het, able-bodied, neurotypical). let’s say they live in flint, michigan. they are targeted by an onslaught of environmental racism that has trickled down into the very cells of their body. so in addition to living in abject poverty, which the state ignores and even exacerbates, the environmental racism that characterized the flint water crisis affects them physically and psychologically on a daily basis. this prevents them from working, from providing for their children, from saving and investing. they have low assets and disposable income. their income probably decreases because of outrageous healthcare costs and their difficulty working due to health problems. 

their supposed “neurotypical” status or their cishet status neither shield them from this violence nor gain them any benefits. on the contrary, a white lgbt woman living in a middle-class town may have “fewer” privileged identities (if you’re using the identity politics privilege chart) but her life isn’t impacted by environmental racism or police brutality or class violence, and so she can navigate her material reality with far greater ease. of course she can still be exposed to the violence of misogyny and homophobia, but that violence is quite unlikely to come from that working-class cishet poc in flint, michigan. 

we can an apply a similar analysis to the dakota access pipeline and how that is an example of the settler colonial state oppressing indigenous people. it doesn’t matter if the indigenous person in question is straight or not - their people are universally targeted by environmental racism and state violence. 

so when like you guys call cishet poc “heteronormative” or cishet moc “patriarchal” it makes no sense bc they aren’t oppressing you and if they are enacting homophobic or patriarchal violence it’s probably and primarily against women or LGBT people in THEIR community, not against white women or white LGBT people. 

sure they can be homophobic or misogynistic. but if we’re going to analyze something such as “straight” privilege or “male” privilege in their context, we’d have to compare it against lgbt poc and women of color, not against the lgbt community or women at large. and that’s when you see like cishet moc being privileged against lgbt woc. 

oppression is not a simplistic algebra equation. it’s not like “okay, i have three privileges, and you have four, so your privileges cancel out your oppression”. it’s a complicated, interconnected matrix, primarily determined by race and class (and gender).  

Air Signs - I love the way that your mind works, intricate cogs working tirelessly within your mind, conveying thoughts, concepts, strokes of genius each bigger and brighter than the one before. I admire the determination you hold for social justice, the way that you fight for a seat at the table to discuss your thoughts and ideas no matter who tries to put you down. You can be as strong as a hurricane or as graceful as a butterfly.

Fire Signs - Your warmth can be both gentle or overwhelming. I love that your personality can be comforting like a warm living room fire, or it could almost numb the senses with bonfire-like intensity. Your passion and desire is second to none and inspires a spark in even the coldest person’s heart. You provide warmth to the newborn infant, you strike fire into the heart of the revolutionary.

Earth Signs - How I wish I could see just how deep your roots grow. Your soil is rich and fertile, giving life to revolutionary ideas and setting them in motion every day. You are organised in your chaos, you grit your teeth and bare through where others would call it quits. You have the power tear the world down and the ability to build it back from scratch, don’t let anyone confine you to cheap labels.

Water Signs - Your waters may be murky at times, but when the dust settles and everything becomes clear - oh how beautiful it is to see through your lens. You hold such depth, depths that nobody else can reach. You remain a mystery to everybody else while working in your own intricate way, embracing the chaos in your emotion and loving every ounce. You hold an entire world within you, with the power to drown it out or bring life to the planet.

Understanding Dean

I wanted to talk more about all the Dean and Cas moments in 13x06. I was so busy flailing like a lunatic last night, and while I mentioned it briefly in my watch notes, I do think these moments of intimacy between them are telling of a bigger picture and worth examining more closely.

Look at just how much insight Cas has into how Dean works…

When Jack mentions Dodge City, Dean gets that dopey, bashful look on his face whenever he wants something badly. And it’s Cas that gives him a pointed and knowing look in return. 

It’s intentional, and our gaze is deliberately draw first to Dean, and then Cas’s reaction. Not Sam’s, who by all accounts in canon, has precisely the same amount of exposure to Dean and cowboys in 6x18. All flailing about the unwritten implications aside (okay not completely aside, because just think for a minute about how Cas has come to know this as intimately as he does), Cas knows inherently that this is something that gets Dean excited. And later, when Jack looks on in incredulity at Dean’s unabashed fanboying over the motel room and the old cowboys…

Jack: He really likes cowboys.
Cas: Yes, yes he does. 

I have trouble reading Cas’s line here as anything other than long-suffering. In my eyes, he’s framed as a long-suffering spouse who’s put up with this reluctantly, but lovingly, for what feels like forever. But whether you read their exchange as something more intimate, or just as a long-suffering friend, it’s still long-suffering. As in, Cas has had to bear witness to Dean’s cowboy obsession time and time and time again. We only know of one other instance in canon where Dean has had this particular kink on display: 6x18′s Frontierland. I’ll grant you Cas is a drama queen, but Frontierland on its own is just not enough to warrant this level of exasperation in Cas, because it was Sam who went back in time with Dean then and bore the brunt of Dean’s enthusiasm for the Wild West. 

Next, Cas knows that Dean is an angry sleeper. And okay, I’m not setting the flailing aside on this one, because JUST HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT, CAS? HMMM? We know canonically that Cas has a history of watching Dean sleep. We now know that he has a history of waking him up as well, and Cas knows how to do that in a way that is gentle and soft enough not to wake the sleeping bear as well. I would very much like to see precisely how Cas wakes Dean up.

And the coffee? That whole scene was so delightfully domestic. You get the sense that this is a ritual– a daily routine that they go through.  I adore the silent, wordless exchange between them and Cas just plunking himself down in resignation. Communication without words requires intimacy and familiarity with someone else, and we’re seeing that in spades here. 

When they split up to tackle the case, I love that it’s Sam who splits them the way that he does: Jack will stay with Sam, and Cas will go with Dean. It’s not necessarily the most logical choice, and it would have made arguably more sense for Cas to go with Jack.  I like to think that Sam is acknowledging that his brother and Cas need some space alone. 

Which leads me to my final point. Just as moments within an episode can’t stand alone and must be taken in context, so too should we look at the overall season arc and the choices that are made to put episodes where they are in chronology. 13x06 falls right after the episode in which Sam is trying is absolute, adorable best to cheer Dean up, but he’s doing it in all the wrong ways. I’m not saying that Sam doesn’t understand Dean, because he’s absolutely close with Dean and has to know things about him that others don’t because of their close proximity all their lives. But I feel like they’re making it glaringly obvious over the course of the past few episodes that Sam doesn’t relate to Dean in the way that Cas does, and contrary to whatever bullshit Dean might spew, Cas is not his brother

Sam’s insight into Dean (at least in the previous few episodes, and he certainly has a history of this in the past too) is well-intentioned and loving, but misguided. Frankly, I blame Dean for that because of how carefully he’s kept Sam from truly seeing him. The contrast between Cas and Sam and how they both relate to Dean is fascinating. Sam seeing the sanitized, performing Dean facade, whereas Cas sees beneath it. 

I’ve wavered in the past between “Sam knows” and “Sam is an oblivious moose.” I’m beginning to lean more in the direction of oblivious moose, not necessarily because that’s where I think Sam’s at, but because that seems to be the direction the writers are taking him in– as a stand-in for casual viewers and the lens through which we see the dynamic between Cas and Dean.

TAYLOR!

With the RFI video messaging coming out, I thought now would be a good time to tell you that I’m currently working on my dissertation on a topic that may interest you! It’s about the cost (tangible and intangible) of success for female leaders through the lens of social role theory. I’m specifically looking at the impact career ascension and success has on female leaders relationships, family dynamic, mobility, and other life goals.

I’m dedicating it to all of the strong women in my life, where your name will be listed on the first page! I should be finished in May, 2018 and then I’ll be Dr. Childs!

Okay one last thing before I go to sleep… I just found another interview with Rian Johnson from a Japanese newssite.

Here is my super rough translation for his quote regarding Kylo in The Last Jedi:

“I want you to pay attention to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in particular. It was important not only to strengthen him, but also to make him stand out from what he is (??),” and to describe the complexity and fragility of Kylo Ren he says, “He is not a perfect evil. There is a crack in his armor. I found the one crack and tried to open it. I thought that I could understand him through that lens.”

@nemling @sakurau121 would you be able to help me with this? I know it’s off and there may be some other interesting bits from the interview that I missed…

“so where does that leave us?”

“same as always - family.”

did you mean: dean gets hurt, belittled, betrayed and violated and he has to forgive, forget, smile, same as always

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pairing: Jikook

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description: anon and @clairelions wanted a Jikook drabble on their Disney trip so..here it is

“–and then let’s check out that one shop and…and–are you seriously still filming me?”

Jungkook looks up from the lens that was so firmly pressed to his face just moments ago. A click and the camera was suddenly turned off. He lets the device hang around his neck turning is focus on Jimin as if it wasn’t already on him.

The corners of Jimin’s mouth were turned down into a semi-amused frown. He had begged Jungkook since the beginning of this trip to film in moderation. But the second they stepped out of the dorm, his lens never left the older’s face.

“I have not seen you set that camera down once since we left our dorm. Enjoy the moments Jungkook! It’s so beautiful here,” Jimin insists. He always tells him to live his life in the moments, but this time around he wanted to capture them.

“I am enjoying the moments…and I think what I’m capturing is beautiful,” Jungkook mumbles softly. Jimin almost, almost didn’t catch what he was insinuating. But, as soon as he caught on, a gentle blush dusted his cheeks pink.

“You–just-” he tries to find the right words. “You know what, let’s just go see the castle now. Maybe they’ll do fireworks or something.” And with that, he turns around in haste and starts toward his intended destination. Jungkook stares after him, a fond smile making its way into his face.

Of course the second Jimin turns back around, the camera was back on Jungkook’s face and the little red recording light back on. He follows the older moving through the crowds, his lens still focused on him.

When they finally reached the castle, Jimin’s jaw was dropped in awe. He turns around with a beaming smile on his face, pointing towards the magnificent structure. “Jungkook, are you getting this? This is amazing, I’ve always wanted to see this in person oh my go…”

And then his voice just…fades out. It’s as if Jimin was moving in slow motion, that smile never leaving his face. He could feel his pure joy from where he was standing. His eyes were crinkled at the corner just the way Jungkook loved them. And suddenly the castle didn’t matter. The crowds didn’t matter. Disneyland didn’t matter.

All Jungkook could see was that one person through that tiny little viewer.

“Jungkook!”

He looks up.

“Seriously, did you hear anything I just said? What did I say about enjoying–”

Jungkook didn’t even think. One minute he was standing a couple feet away from Jimin, and the next he was dragging him by the wrist in between the darkness of two little gift shops.

Jimin looks confused as hell, but follows regardlessly.

“W–”

Jungkook gently pushed him against the wall and captures his lips between his own. He’d been aching to do that all day, but being in public the entire time prevented that. Jungkook never wanted to let go.

When he finally pulls away, Jimin attempts to speak but Jungkook shushes him quickly.

“I am enjoying the moments. I’m enjoying every single moment I am with you. And what makes me most happy is being able to capture you being happy.” Jimin’s eyes are widened in awe, unable to respond. Jungkook continues. “Don’t you see how incredibly beautiful you are in everything you do? I’m going to show you, Park Jimin.” He gestures to his camera. “And you’re going to see how I see you: so goddamn beautiful.”

He steals one last kiss.

Jimin is silent for a few moments. Jungkook already knew what he was thinking. How could someone be so determined to make Jimin see how much they care?

But he goes with it. And so he nods his head, and lets Jungkook lead him back out into reality. Because he trusts him, wholly and fully. That was never going to change.

“Show me.”