Jun. 29th, 2010 12:23 am
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[ profile] sadynax: Four Holmes chibis and four Watson chibis
There are so many great chibi artists in Holmes fandom! These are chibis of the various Holmeses and Watsons over the years and are all super adorable.

[ profile] sga_kinkmeme: Kink Meme Post #1!
SGA finally has a kink meme! I am not a big fan of kinkmemes in general, but it's about time SGA got one.

For my own reference, prompts I'm eyeing (some/all could be combined with [community profile] kink_bingo squares):

John, masturbation with sex toys, John isn't willing to risk his career to have sex with other guys in Atlantis, where everyone knows everyone else's business, but he's not about to go five years without getting fucked.

Jennifer/Rodney, FtM!Jennifer, wax-play

Jeannie, masturbation. You're really not supposed to be attracted to your brother from an alternate universe. (I...was immediately hit by a bunny inspired by this, but actually about non-AU!Rodney, so I'm not sure if I would try to work AU!Rodney in, too, or just write it separately.)

John/Ronon, highschool AU, making out behind the bleachers

[community profile] asexual_fandom: Asexual Comment!fic/Kink Meme!
The kind of prompts I'd like to see here:

Any prompt that is centrally about an asexual character or the experience of being asexual. Any character who self-identifies as asexual or their equivalent is included, regardless of what asexuality means to that character. However, the character does not have to explicitly identify as asexual in the fic, as long as the story is about their experience of lacking sexual desire and/or attraction. Stories about romantic relationships, or characters experiencing sex or sexual pleasure, or stories where a character's sexuality is fluid, are fine, as long as asexual experience is foregrounded.

What I'd rather not see:
Stories about how all sex is immoral, sinful, frightening, traumatic, or disgusting.
Stories where asexuality is something that needs to be, or is, "cured" or "fixed".

[site community profile] dw_biz: Question of the Day/Writer's Block
Poll and discussion on whether DW should use the QotD feature or ditch it. Things seem to be coming down on the "get rid of it" side, of which I approve.

[ profile] aesc: "it's just a story": an argument for getting rid of the 'just'
I'm somewhat at a loss to explain why "just a story" is both a desirable position for some and so ubiquitous, given the important role narrative plays in everything from personal identity to group identity to the existence of bookstores. Maybe it's because stories are everywhere, and the only way to handle their multiplicity is to say none of them matter, as opposed to saying all of them do. But more than that, I think "just a story" can be explained by the ease with which its position can be taken up; it doesn't require all that pesky heavy lifting and scrutiny, particularly with reference to "lighter" fare like fanfic and transformative work.

But, you know, the same worlds that produced Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners and Hollywood blockbusters have produced us too, the narratives we tell ourselves and our friends, and those we publish or keep in our own heads.

Where Are My Keys I Lost My Phone
Post about what it's like having ADD.

[personal profile] wistfuljane: Thank you for continuing to dehumanize us
The thing is you don't see me or other chromatic/non-white/fen of color like me as human. It's more than that we're invisible to you. It's more than a lack of empathy or an excess of centricism. I can be as mocking, as wry and as cynical as I want about it, but the truth of the matter is you'll continue to not see us and it's time for me to honestly acknowledge that it's because you don't see us -- me -- as human, that white Western privilege has kept and will keep you seeing us so. To you, we're incapable of feeling anxiety. We're incapable of feeling scared, of feeling hurt, of feeling exhausted, of feeling burned out, of emotionally breaking down.

[ profile] prozacpark: Fiction, gender, women's pain, and MAN PAIN.
I've seen the phrase "man pain" used a lot and never understood what it was supposed to mean. I couldn't understand why people seemed to be saying that it was inappropriate for male characters to have any sort of pain or why it was mock-worthy, but this explains it well. It's not the pain of any male character, but rather a certain type of pain (most commonly seen in privileged characters) that makes everything All About Them. (Applicable to RL as well. See also: White Women's Tears.)

[personal profile] amazonziti: The J2 Fail Post, cont'd
Part 2 of her linkspam of doom + commentary. I...cannot pull out a sample quote because the commentary is really just all so good and so necessary to read, but I think this especially cannot be said enough:
I have seen absolutely no proof of any personal attacks on the author since, oh, the first several hours of the community's reaction to her fic.


And here is the thing: none of the posts I have linked to -- none of the posts I have seen, period -- have been abusive towards the author of the fic. I have seen people criticizing the fic and her apologies, and people venting their feelings, and people protesting racism and silence, and people speculating on how she came to write such a fic, and people choosing to ignore the author and talk about the fic, and people choosing to put the fic aside and talk about fandom, and people putting fandom aside to talk about their own experiences, and people putting that aside to talk about anti-racism more generally. More than one hundred posts, you guys? Several thousand comments? And none of it has descended into personal attacks or cruelty. Criticism and discussion are not abusive.

[personal profile] parentheses: BIG DAMN HEROES (DREAMWIDTH EDITION)
DW version of the Awesome Ladies Ficathon. The LJ one got so big so fast, I can't even look at it anymore. It's just too overwhelming. But this one is still small and has some interesting prompts. I need to go back through myself and see what's been left since the last time I looked.

Scientists are "normal" people, some children discover
Very interesting look at drawings 7th graders did of scientists before and after they took a field trip to a lab.
It looks like a visit to Fermilab has no impact on boys’ gender stereotypes about scientists, but it has a strong impact on challenging girls’ gender stereotypes about scientists. For girls, there was a 58% increase in female scientist representation in their drawings; for boys, there was a 0% increase in female scientist representation in their drawings.

In the comments, some people say the reason boys only drew male scientists was that they were thinking of themselves as scientists, so it makes sense for them to draw men and girls to draw women or that boys that age may be uncomfortable drawing women. But as someone else pointed out, if you asked them to draw a nurse or some other traditionally female job, you can bet they would draw female nurses without hesitation.

[personal profile] aris_tgd: Someone is Wrong on the Internet
Kink, and moreover, greater service to a story, to an individual story, is definitely okay, because that story which you are burning to tell and which has forced itself on your consciousness? Obviously, that is a kind of need--a need to create, to express, to communicate. But the question needs to be asked, if you're creating a story based on the prevailing narrative? If you're again writing about the straight/cis/white/male/able-bodied/neuro"typical" and consuming the "other" as a stereotype or as a service to the plot, if you're reducing people to stereotypes and reducing actual lived experiences to plot elements and tropes and (WITHOUT THOUGHT) sexual fetishes (people as objects, rather than parts of fully realized people as sexually exciting parts of fully realized people)?

The question I have, then, is: Why

are you writing that story


Because that story is already part of the dominant cultural narrative. That story has been told an awful lot.

[personal profile] telesilla: Ignorance!=Bliss
Being ignorant doesn't mean that you're of the people or that you're closer to some kind of folk wisdom ala Forest Gump or that you're somehow more innocent or better at keepin' it real.

To flaunt it as some kind of badge, to insist that meta discussions are elitist and that they harsh your squee strikes me as standing up and saying "I don't know shit about this and I don't care about what that says about me!"

[community profile] queer_bodies: Community Profile
This community is meant to celebrate the uniqueness of our bodies. Not being lumped into cultural expectations of beauty it can be difficult for some of us to find value in ourselves. The aim here is to make a comfortable place for queer people to see pictures of other queer people presented by our posters in the way they want to present themselves. We are welcoming to the exploration of our bodies.

Looks like a possibly interesting comm. At first I just watched it, assuming it was new and stuff would appear soon, but nothing did, so I went back to the userinfo and oh hey, the stats showed three locked posts. So I joined and saw there actually was some activity. Anyway, I sent the mod a PM advising an unlocked welcome post so people don't just assume it's an inactive comm.

Mimi-kun no Boy no Kisetsu
[personal profile] pulchritude pointed this faily manga out to me and I just wanted to warn others off it as well. It is a one-shot about a trans woman who falls in love with a gay guy and even though she says she has known she was a girl for twenty years and her only goal has been transition, she chucks it all to be with him. This could be a very interesting story if handled thoughtfully, but obviously if it were, it wouldn't be a happy story, but a very sad one. Here, though, it is presented as happy fluff. Because being trans is something you can just turn off at will because it interferes with the hot boysex. I am saddened, but totally not surprised that it has a high user rating. I am thankful I have not seen a story like this in fandom, but I am sure it's only a matter of time.

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