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Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction - The New Yorker
Delany’s rapturous sexuality and his explorations of race within science fiction still have the power to startle.

“Delany countered that the current Hugo debacle has nothing to do with science fiction at all. ‘It’s socio-economic,’ he said. In 1967, as the only black writer among the Nebula nominees, he didn’t represent the same kind of threat. But Delany believes that, as women and people of color start to have 'economic heft,’ there is a fear that what is “normal” will cease to enjoy the same position of power. 'There are a lot of black women writers, and some of them are gay, and they are writing about their own historical moment, and the result is that white male writers find themselves wondering if this is a reverse kind of racism. But when it gets to fifty per cent,’ he said, then 'we can talk about that.’ It has nothing to do with science fiction, he reiterated. “’It has to do with the rest of society where science fiction exists.’“

evidently i really really love the concept of reverse dippica because of my trash take on it//
  though pacifica seldom shows it, she’s incredibly clever underneath her bombastic and quirky, 90′s fashionista personality– and these traits immediately draws dipper’s attention. i don’t think he’d be all too used to the level of eccentricity paz possesses and honestly,. views her as a new species to be discovered while feeling some emotional investment haha. pacifica, on the other hand, is just, do NOT sign me the FUCK up 👎👀👎👀👎👀👎👀👎👀  bad shit ba̷̶ ԁ sHi

If you think reverse racism exists, please either educate yourself, or unfollow me. White people can literally never be systematically oppressed, and a POC calling you a “cracker” isn’t racist. White people can just not ever be discriminated against at such a level that POC are, we fucking created racism like….we steal culture, and then ridicule the people that created it. Fuck whatever “definition” of racism you have, because you can’t define it in one simple sentence. We’re the most racist people in the world, and yet we don’t even understand how racism works.

Title: Time Reversal
Chapter: Seven
Pairing: NaruHina
Words: 3887
Summary: AU. Hinata has the ability to reverse time. She is very frugal with it until one day Naruto Uzumaki has an accident. She finds herself saving his life but it doesn’t end there as Death seems to follow him.
Prompt by madhattressdelux

A/N: Please check if you have read the previous chapter because some of my mutuals haven’t and I don’t want you to get confused.

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Naruto’s eyes widened when Hinata stepped into his sight.
Her hair was put up, one clip adoring the side like a colorful dot in the sea of her indigo hair. Her bangs were brushed to the sides a bit, exposing her forehead for once. It was a rare sight and he internalized as many details as he could.
She was wearing make up, that made her eyes bigger and her cheeks sweeter from redness. Even under the sparse light she sparkled but might be just his imagination.

The yukata she was wearing had the same lilac color of the flowers he had once seen on her windowsill and she was as lovely as those blossoms, which he could oddly remember very well.
So often had he heard people say how beautiful girls looked in traditional garments and this was the time he indeed started to believe it was true. She was returning his gaze shyly as he understood the matters of the world a little better and it made his head spin.

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Stray thoughts

1) I guess most of us agree that this is one of the strongest episodes in season 2. The “monster-of-the-week” has an engaging and emotional story that entwines with that of the characters in one of the greatest parallels and reversal of roles the show has ever pulled off, and the episode ends in such a high and powerful note. But there are also a lot of things that don’t make any sense to me? I’ll get to that in a bit. 

2) <3 Willow’s rainbow sweater, okay?

3) Thing #1 that doesn’t make any sense: In one scene (see pic above) Buffy’s at the Bronze and in the next scene she conveniently shows up at Sunnydale High to stop that guy from shooting his girlfriend? 

4) “I’m a truth seeker. I’ve got a missing gun and two confused kids on my hands. Pieces of the puzzle. And I’m gonna look at all the pieces carefully and rationally, and I’m gonna keep looking until I know exactly how this is all your fault.” I just love to hate Snyder.

5) LOOK AT THE BOARD! IS THIS FORESHADOWING? 

I’m grasping at straws, I know.

6) Thing #2 that doesn’t make any sense: “Well, I had good lesson plans. Ms. Calendar had them on her computer.” Well, excuse me, but didn’t Angelus literally set Jenny’s computer on fire two episodes ago? CONTINUITY, writers! Look it up!

7) Harrison! (please tell me I’m not the only who’s watched Popular!)

8) Thing #3 that doesn’t make any sense: the arm that jumped out of Xander’s locker and tried to choke him. Granted, it was an effective scare, and it adds to the “there’s something weird going on” theme. But how does this relate to the James/Grace storyline? I tell you how: IT DOESN’T! I wish the writers had created scares, or not even scares, just eerie stuff going on at the school, that were somehow linked to James’ and Grace’s relationship, you know? Other than the actual recreation of their last argument and the teacher writing “Don’t walk away from me, bitch!”, nothing that happened on this episode made sense. 

9) 

Xander:  I’ll have you know I was just accosted by some kind of, um,
locker monster.

Giles:  Loch Ness Monster?

9) It’s kind of ironic how Giles initially dismissed Buffy’s theories in Killed by Death arguing that “Death and disease are possibly the only things that Buffy cannot fight. It’s only natural for her to try to create a defeatable opponent. Especially now, after Jenny.” and yet here he quickly assumes the Poltergeist must be Jenny, even if there’s a lot of evidence suggesting otherwise, because he’s trying to make sense of her death and he’s not ready to let go of her just yet.

11) Thing #4 that doesn’t make any sense:

Okay, this is seriously one of my worst nightmares. Does it relate to the James/Grace storyline? NOT AT ALL, obviously.

12) And this is dialogue is so important:

Chief:  Schoolboy pranks?

Snyder:  Never sell..

Chief:  The sewer got backed up.

Snyder:  Better. I can probably make that one fly. But this is getting out of hand. People will talk.

Chief:  You’ll take care of it.

Snyder:  I’m doing everything I can, but you people have to realize…

Man:  Snyder, what’s going on here?

Snyder:  Backed up sewer line. Same thing happened in San Diego just
last week.

Snyder: We’re on a Hellmouth. Sooner or later, people are gonna figure that out.

Chief:  The city council was told that you could handle this job. If you feel that you can’t, perhaps you’d like to take that up… with the Mayor

Snyder:  I’ll handle it. I will.

First, it’s the confirmation that Snyder is fully aware of exactly what’s going on at Sunnydale High. Second, it’s the first mention of the Mayor as a key player regarding all the supernatural stuff. And this is what I like the most because it means the arc for season 3 was already in the works and I just love me some good foreshadowing! Especially when you don’t even realize it’s a foreshadowing and then when something else happens it all clicks into place, you know? 

13) “Nuke the school? I like that.” SEE WHAT I’M SAYING?

14) You can actually see William’s insecurities and feelings of inadequacy right in this shot.

15) I’m guessing this moment inspired a lot of fan fictions, am I right?

Also, this qualifies as thing #5 that doesn’t make any sense. (And Cordelia’s thing with the mirror is #6, and the wasps surrounding the school are #7)

16) 

Willow: Giles, Jenny could never be this mean.

Giles: I know. It’s not her, is it?

17) “To forgive is an act of compassion, Buffy. It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.” Ugh, this is so brilliant.

18) “James destroyed the one person he loved the most in a moment of blind passion. And that’s not something you forgive. No matter why he did what he did. And no matter if he knows now that it was wrong and selfish and stupid, it is just something he’s gonna have to live with.” The parallel between James and Buffy is so well done, and it hurts so much. But the difference is, I think, that James seemed to be seeking Grace’s forgiveness, whereas Buffy was just trying to find a way to forgive herself (I know it’s Angel’s forgiveness she gets in the end thanks to the possession, so this is only my very own subjective conclusion)

19) I was so enthralled during the Buffy/Angel-James/Grace scene that I couldn’t write anything down. That scene is just so powerful because due to the buildup throughout the episode you are expecting Buffy to play the role of Grace, but then we realize she’s actually James and it all makes so much sense. And the dialogue fits Buffy and Angel so perfectly. What’s more, if you consider the three possessions it’s all even more harrowing. From the beginning of the episode, James seemed to be seeking someone he could possess in order to play out his spat with Grace and hopefully find some forgiveness/closure. The first possession is sort of badly acted because clearly the couple involved in it couldn’t connect to James’ and Grace’s emotions (they weren’t even fighting to begin with.) In the second possession, it seems as though James looked for someone who could fit Grace’s character a bit better, a teacher. But still, the emotional connection wasn’t there. And in the last possession we get Buffy and Angel, who A) have the age difference thing going just like James and Grace did, something that had stopped them from getting together in a few instances, even though they eventually started a relationship, and B) can clearly emotionally mirror Grace’s and James’ states.

And it all works so powerfully and beautifully and heartbreakingly. And it is cathartic. Because Buffy has been bottling up all this guilt and self-loathing since Innocence and she hasn’t allowed herself to express these emotions because she has to stay strong, she has to keep on fighting. 

20) Ugh Sarah is just one of the best criers ever. And she’s so beautiful at it.

21) I wish the relationship portrayed in this episode hadn’t been one between a teacher and a student because considering the way the possession played out, which ended with Buffy and Angel kissing and reconciling (and therefore James and Grace kissing and reconciling), it is just further endorsement/romanticization of borderline paedophilic relationships. 

22) Ugh you can actually see a saliva string between Sarah and David after they break off the kiss!

I guess Sarah is a slobbery kisser because the same thing happened with Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions (that kiss is ingrained in all of our minds, righ?)

23) Sorry, the saliva thing broke the spell for me, but that scene is yet another punch in the gut for Buffy because one second she’s kissing the love of her life and at peace and the next moment the reality of everything that’s happened hits her right in the face.

24) “I’m the one who was friggin’ violated.” Since when does Angel have any qualms about violations in general?

25) And the cliffhanger! Spike can walk! It’s a miracle!

26) Amazing episode!