"I'm not upset that you lied to me. I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
As romantic as the word “need” sounds, I like the idea of making the choice to be with a person, because you want to be with them, more than the idea of needing a person.
Will Cas choose to stay with Dean? Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion!
The Lego Movie
So I finally saw this movie iast night, and, sorry if I’m being super-obvious, here, but guys. You know it’s all about you, yes?
You know near the end when Emmet tells (spoiler) that no one’s destroying your work, there’s only millions of people creating new stuff on top of what you’ve already built?
You know that’s LEGO speaking directly to copyright in the age of remix culture, right? You know that’s LEGO making a positive statement about fandom and transformative works and each one of you, yeah?
This is LEGO, the company that has a Fair Play copyright policy and allows hobbyists to have conventions around their independently built model systems like Brick Con, tacitly permits con vendors to sell unlicensed variants on copyrighted Lego merchandise, and even partners professionally with some amateur hobbyists.
This is LEGO literally telling you that fanfiction is not copyright infringement but rather a celebration of the original work. This is LEGO literally telling you that fanwork is just as cool and as valuable and important as the work it’s based on.
The theme of The LEGO Movie is literally “everything is awesome, whether it started out as the canon or as fanwork.”
I just wanted to make sure you knew that. :)
I would be very enthused to see the LEGO Movie because of this, except.
Except it’s not about us, not really. It pretends to be about us, it maybe wants to be about us — while observing the Smurfette Principle.
LEGO started out as a gender-neutral toy, but it has become very strongly gendered. Nothing I’ve seen suggests that the movie undercuts that, that it doesn’t still privilege boys and their works, that girls and other non-boys are anything other than supporting characters.
It’s not about Us until it’s about fanworks that subvert the dominant paradigm, unless it’s about the girls and the queers and the weirdos playing with the white boy’s toys.
It reminds me too much of Galaxy Quest, a movie I know a lot of people love, but which enrages me because it makes it seem as though the quintessential Star Trek fan is a 12-year-old boy — when it’s really Bjo Trimble. We built this city.
Well… have you seen it? Because while I do think you make great points about LEGO as a dude-centered culture, I also think the LEGO movie sidesteps the Smurfette Principle (though I don’t think it passes Bechdel fwiw). It doesn’t have a relatively large cast in terms of characters who appear in more than one scene, and of that cast there are 2 female characters, one of whom is a sparkly unicorn combination of My Little Pony and Hello Kitty, literally as girly as you can get in the non-Barbie toy world. But she’s as smart and strong as any of the rest of the Master Builders. I do have issues with how the main female character is portrayed in terms of ‘fantasy girl falls in love with average joe geek’ syndrome, but she has agency and is explicitly *more* of an insider to the Builder culture than the hero is. She’s an expert, as is Unicorn Kitty. (And the movie also bypasses the trope of ‘X dude outsider enters Y culture, immediately becomes the best Y of all!’ btw.) And the very final moment of the film actually explicitly welcomes female fans to the LEGO fold while, I think, very cleverly parodying the “fake geek girl” mass panic that the entrance of women into geek culture causes among those who are already there.
So IDK, I think all in all I’d give the LEGO movie a positive rating in terms of what it says about female participation in LEGO culture as well as pop culture.
that one line in fanfiction that’s just so perfect it kills you and you have to take a minute to laugh or grin idiotically before you continue reading
everyone’s favourite undead uncle [listen]
cause i’m highly flammable, a caged up animal, i will go off on you
01. bad reputation | joan jett and the blackhearts 02. hot mess | cobra starship 03. zombie | natalia kills 04. gasoline | porcelain & the tramps 05. everybody loves me | onerepublic 06. sexy back | justin timberlake 07. hey na na | katie herzig 08. crazy | melanie martinez 09. black skinhead | kanye west 10. bad company | five finger death punch
Art by Starchild Stela
Can we please talk about how rad she is?
Plot twist: Misha actually uses West as inspo
Jared’s full body laugh is adorable. What’s even more adorable is he keeps eating his damn gummy bears while he is laughing.
I love how Jensen watches him, like he knows exactly the effect his little performance will have because he’s done this before, and he’s enjoying the fuck out of it.
"Companion, do you love the man?"
"I do not understand."
While my son Henry is very bright, he is also three and a half years old, so he rarely says things that really surprise me because I taught him all of the words he knows.
- Suicide or martyrdom? Are they the same? What makes them different? Does one affect the other?
- Is it possible to be abusive if the abuse is unconscious? If yes, how does one effect change in the relationship while maintaining personal safety?
- Is violating someone okay if there’s love involved?
- To what extent does child abuse explain adult actions? To what extent does it excuse adult behavior?
- Are toxic relationships always abusive, and are abusive relationships always toxic?
- Is violating a DNR ever an okay thing to do?
- What makes a relationship toxic/abusive? Does love change the benchmark?
- Are people capable of change?
- Is rape apologism still rape apologism if it’s a rape metaphor being excused? What about abuse apologism? Assault apologism?
- Is it ever okay to take choices away from a fully-functional adult?
- Should medical proxies have the right to override a DNR?
- Does someone with a history of making and apologizing for mistakes have the right to make decisions? If not, who should make them for him?
- Does an ex-junkie have the right to decide what goes into his body?
- If something good comes of a violation, should the person who was violated complain?
- If something bad comes of a violation, how much guilt does an enabler hold?
- Do former actions excuse current behavior?
- How much does media impact real life? Is how we react to media an accurate predictor of how we react to real-world analogs?
You all probably know where I stand on most of these. But these are seriously important discussions happening right now as a direct result of the media we consume - specifically, Supernatural's current story arc of Dean tricking Sam into being possessed by an angel.
And the most amazing thing is that these discussions are being held by people all over the world. It’s being discussed by people with fully-formed opinions and people who never thought about these things before. It’s being discussed by young teenagers, young adults, and adult adults. It’s being discussed by men, women, and non-binary folks. We’re having serious discussions with real-world implications using a television show as a springboard for the exchange of ideas and debate about where lines are and where they should be.
And that’s pretty fucking rad.
Stories are pretty effing important.
I’d like to think the writers are eavesdropping on our discussions