I would really love to see a data that examines screen time for characters of different identities (m/f/other, race, etc) / number of lines / billing / box office / marketing budgets / etc.
and then like compare that data to
popularity of characters / popularity of fanworks / number of fanworks / size/activity of fandom / etc.
To see what fandom gravitates towards (‘cos I am really dubious about the whole “well, we work with what we’re given” when there are massive poc-negative contingents in Night Vale, a canon with a lot of PoC, which is also a larger fandom than one could predict, given the marketing for it - it’s mostly been word of mouth - and even like OuaT, which has a TON of awesome female characters, and yet M/F outshines F/F and Rumple is more positively viewed than Regina, or say Teen Wolf, where the popular ship omits all female characters, the canonical PoC - including the main character who’s a MoC - and canonically queer characters (including a woman and a PoC, among others), and so on).
That sounds like a hella thesis. But I do not have the tools, skills, or time to do it. It’s just… a thing, knocking around the back of my head, is all.
Basically: I think that the “low-hanging fruit” argument only works if (a) you don’t look at the canonical narratives that fandom celebrates or gravitates to more often over others, and (b) you accept the premise that fandom only works with what we’re given (*cough*coffeeshopAUs*cough*omegaverse*cough*), both of which seem dodgy to me.
well (and this is my highly unresearched, highly unscientific, and highly personally-oriented, rambling, and extremely tangentially connected opinion) i think it’s a blend of both a and b.
it seems, to me, as if fandom is only comfortable with dismantling one Big Thing at a time. And what I mean by that is fandom, in a lot of ways reflects mainstream culture, because this is what shapes us (Oppression 101, yeah, but stay with me). We can only dismantle certain problematic things at a time, like homophobia, because addressing all of the other issues at the same time is really hard and exhausting (which is why when you tell people, “yo axes of oppression, there’s levels to this shit,” or like me, when you try to explain gender issues to your family, they have trouble understanding, and they don’t want to think about it, because it requires a major shift to the way that we think about things and relate to the world around us).
this is germane to the discussion, i promise.
so, as a result, the reason fandom chooses destroying homophobia (as it effects white cis het dudes) as the Hill To Die On, because thinking about how all these other problems intersect with each other is difficult. writing about non-binary people, disabled people, black people, trans people, requires a stretch of imagination (and empathy, i think!) that people just aren’t prepared to give, because they understand the cultural narrative as us v. them, Me v. the Other(s), and allowing the Others into their conceptions of themselves is subconsciously wrong.
people are thinking so hard about subverting one set of really shitty tropes and stereotypes in one axis of oppression, that they perpetuate issues in the other axes, and when you point that out, people see it as a Collective Issue, as opposed to separate but interconnected issues.
which is why X-Men as an allegory for racism and homophobia doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny for me, because of this: there’s levels to this shit. there are still disabled mutants who would experience ableism and socio-cultural prejudice because of their mutation. there would still be a trans black woman who would experience transmisogynoir on top of being persecuted because of her mutation.
and there was somewhere that i was going with this line of thought but i can’t remember it, but it basically boils down to, more often than not, fandom tries to sell itself as progressive and inclusive, and there are pockets of this, and there are fandoms that do this very well, or try to, but more often than not, they don’t do this, and then give you the low hanging fruit argument, when, more often than not, a lot of headcanon and fanon!character interpretations develop from spare details about characters from canon, so i’m forever skeptical about this argument.
i don’t think fandom just works with what they’re given, and i also don’t think that we just rely on canon. we cherry pick characters based on what we respond to. and often, we’re only given white cishet able bodied males to respond to, so when we’re offered something from the Other, people react negatively. gayness has just become something that is very slowly but surely being integrated into the celebrated side of the One/Other dichotomy, which kinda mirrors what has been happening in the mainstream.
but yeah, that’s what i think, and my opinion is informed by my own interactions and ideas about fandom, so grain of salt it.
and none of this made any sense, probably, i have a lot of thoughts and sometimes they just blend and smash together sorry i’ll see myself out
“If trans people are a minority with almost no rights in this country [India], transmen are a minority within that minority.” Just as “there are hijras, kinnars, mangalamukhis, aravanis, kothis, jogappas, shiv shaktis among trans women as identities, there is a wide range of trans…
This is lovely and awesome. It’s a GIF from a thank you video that Lupita made once she reached one million Instagram subscribers.
There is a great organization called One Simple Wish that connects children in care with people who want to help them.
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Have another reason to not like Arizona despite some of the cool people who call it home.
Been keeping an eye on the ongoing case of ASU student Monica Jones, who was accosted on the street while walking in her Phoenix neighborhood during a sting operation and charged with ‘manifestation of intent to prostitute’ the very night after she spoke at a May 2013 rally denouncing Project ROSE. .
Project ROSE is a program created with 15 partner organizations including the Phoenix Police Department with the goal of avoiding filing charges against adults engaged in prostitution, providing an opportunity for medical and social services and assistance in helping them exit the life of prostitution if they choose.
In practice, the program and its profiled prostitution sweeps target trans, SGL and low income women far too often and has a 30% success rate, the same rate as a woman who goes before a judge and hasn’t gone through the unjust Catholic Charities supported program.Jones believes she was unfairly targeted for arrest because of her outspoken criticism of Project ROSE. A Change.org petitionwas created urging the Phoenix city prosecutor to drop the charges against her..
And they trying to throw her into a goddamn mens prison. FUCK the judge FUCK the poilice, FUCK the catholic charities, FUCK Project ROSE and ALLLLLL its partners. She is appealing. Keep her in your thoughts.
A song about Orphan Black by lacunaroo
" …. Cosima’s the geek monkey, and she’s studying evo devo She wants to make crazy science with Delphine in the bedroom Yes, ditto obvs That’s oddly romantic, totally encouraging ….."
Haha …. I love the lyric of this song.I can’t say how talented our OB fans are.You guys totally amazing.Bravo !!!!
how much do islands cost i want one
Less than a college education
what the fuck
buffy appreciation week: day 2 • favourite pairing or friendship
buffy summers and willow rosenberg