versus the intersect

Short Skirt / Long Jacket: A Belle/Adam Spy (Chuck) AU

Chapter 1“Belle Versus the Intersect”

Director Thompson answered before the first ring even finished.

“Is it done?” she asked and Agent 004 pursed his lips, frowning deeply as he kept his gaze locked on Belle’s car.

“No, it is not done,” he snapped, viciously gripping his steering wheel. “You failed to mention that the target isn’t a hacker, or a mobster’s moll, or a vigilante – she’s an innocent girl who thinks that she has epilepsy!

“That’s likely just a cover story,” Director Thompson responded curtly, and he could hear the frown in her voice. “Did you engage with the target, 004? That wasn’t authorized.”

“I wasn’t going to engage,” he snapped in return, keeping a close eye on Belle’s car to ensure she didn’t drive off. Epileptic or not, she still had the Intersect inside of her head and it was an unpredictable and entirely untested piece of software. That email had been intended for a highly trained agent on an op in Tanzania, not a twenty-seven-year-old girl.

“But then I followed her to a hospital, and I overheard what she was saying to the nurse at the front desk. She had them give her MRI tests. She doesn’t realize what’s happened to her, Director. I’m not going to kill an innocent girl. She’s done nothing to deserve to die.”

“She’s a threat, Agent.”

“She’s innocent!” he responded with venom in his tone, slamming his hand down on the dashboard. “I don’t kill innocent people! I don’t give a damn what you all call me – I am not a beast.”

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anonymous asked:

Is there a difference between a crossroads and an intersection?

you mean in general or for the purposes of SPN?

I mean, they’re technically the same thing, for the purposes of the definition “a place where two roads cross one another,” but you’d never see Crowley telling someone he was an “intersection demon.” >.>

Linguistically, the two words might share that common first definition, but there’s a subtle difference of implications in choosing to call it a “crossroads” versus an “Intersection.” And that’s all down to the other, secondary definitions of both of these words.

Intersection also carries implications of unity, of “joining together.”

Crossroads subtly implies the opposite, that it’s a division point.

Crossroads can also mean “a point where a decision must be made.” At a metaphorical crossroads, someone has to make a choice, with the implication that there’s no turning back once that choice is made.

Sort of like a demon deal, yes? 

glamarre2  asked:

Dear Trudy, as a man who wishes to end patriarchy, I understand that my role is to challenge sexism among other men. As a white who wishes to end racism, I understand that my role is to challenge racism among other whites. However, as a withe man who wishes to end kyriarchy, is it also my role to challenge sexism among black men? Is it also my role to challenge misogynoir among black men? Is it possible to do so without exercising or perpetuating racism? Thank you for your time.

In cases like this, it is better to follow the lead of the people who this actually effects. Cause it ain’t you. ;)

Are you listening to women on the topic sexism (and examining how some non-Black women of colour/White women often do not have an analysis of Black men and sexism that is not anti-Black and racist)? So for example, when Black men are sexist, what is your response? Is it paternalistic scolding? Is it presenting their sexism as “arbitrary” and “worse” than other men? Does it examine how anti-Blackness is dehumanization where some Black men engage in such abuse as a way to “earn” a way into a “humanity” and “masculinity” that is ultimately shaped by and for White men? Does it examine how White supremacy and patriarchy shape masculinity on a basic level as aggression + dominating women + access to resources/capitalistic power, by which racism impacts how Black men can do this, though they still have male privilege? Are you engaging this way for all men, or does anti-Blackness mean you skip over the sexism of non-Black men of colour to examine Black men’s sexism as “unique?”

Are you listening to Black women on the topic of misogynoir? Do you examine how White supremacy defines “womanhood” as “White” (more specifically cis White) which means Black women are treated as antithetical to “real” womanhood, which impacts how everyone is socialized to degrade Black women, and a part of that “everyone” includes Black men? Do you critique Black men for being misogynoiristic to Black women but aren’t examining how anti-Blackness, sexism, misogyny are why the unique experiences with misogyny and dehumanization that Black women have exist? And how this degradation functions by the structural juxtaposition of Whiteness to Blackness as human to “non-human?”  

Though your experiences are not intersectional, are you examining oppression with knowledge of intersectionality? Think about the how’s and why’s and the culpability of White supremacy and patriarchy in multiple other oppressions. That gives you more than enough to deconstruct in regards to your social positioning as a White man.

Respect the people impacted by a particular oppression or intersecting oppressions enough to let them speak for themselves. If your entire activist approach is majorly focused on the privileges afforded White men and White male violence, interpersonally and structurally, while centering the experiences and voices and following the leads of the most marginalized women, like Black trans women, or sex workers or poor girls of colour under 18, you’ll be doing a lot. Because unless you’re actively viewing the oppressions as intersecting (versus linearly as “White on race,” “man on gender”) and examining how it’s in fact imperialist White supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy (H/T bell hooks), a matrix of domination (H/T Patricia Hill Collins), of interlocking systems causing interlocking oppressions, then yeah, a lot of what you say can end up arbitrary as fuck, paternalistic and even racist.

If you support and amplify the voices of say Black women experiencing sexism/misogynoir—and clearly not experiencing it only from Black men—versus trying to scold/correct Black men, that would help a lot. Also some shit is just not gonna be any of your business. Some issues Black people want to discuss intraracially and your presence and critique operates in the way the White Gaze does. And if actually concerned with change, it means allowing people the space and respecting their agency enough to know when to speak up and when to move out of the way.    

Hope this helps. Take care.