Wow I LOVE your commentary on the Ruth Wilson photoset. I know she's in a show called Luther, where she plays a really badass sociopath/criminal. :3
Haha awesome! Sociopath/criminal was my next guess :p I might have to look that show up!
So often Hollywood only hires women who fit into such a narrow type that I’m always so pleased to see a woman who can look tougher and smarter than shit. Not that she’s not also prettier than fuck, like most women who work in Hollywood. But she also has a really smart and/or evil look to her.
mmmm I would totally cast her as a female Samuel L Jackson type. Yeah.
“It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.”—
Excellent article. I always end up thinking this when I see reblogs like that. Female competition is a horrible, poisonous thing (that I’ve only recently gotten over engaging in, and I am much happier for it).
people on tumblr seem to have this weird mindset where if people lash out at you for anything you say, as long as it’s just your opinion, then you’re the victim and never did anything wrong.
and that’s fucking stupid because if i said “i think we should jail people for not speaking english in america”, even if i pulled the “its just my opinion” card, you’d have every damn right to be mad at me for perpetuating such a dangerous idea.
your opinions are not sacred untouchable things, and people have every right to dislike you for them, because your opinions say a lot about who you are as a person.
england: sherlock holmes with homosexual subtext jonhlock: sherlock holmes with homosexuals femlock: sherlock holmes with homosexuals america: oh shit guys we have to make one of them a girl so there’s no homosexuals
Not sure I get this post.
Sure I don’t like it.
Allow me to educate you, fandom - ‘england’ is not a fandom. It’s a country. It’s a country that just happens to border on and be on the same island as that of the man who invented a fandom. Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock is a fandom that is Sherlock Holmes, updated, reimagined quite brilliantly, with some homosexual subtext and a few flaws, like any fandom.
Johnlock is a ship - a fandom within a fandom, that is Sherlock with homosexuals.
Femlock is an AU - another fandom within a fandom, with nothing to do with Johnlock unless the fan artist/author decides to merge the two. It’s Sherlock with ladies.
America is a country. America is a perfectly respectable country that happens to have an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes (not just Sherlock) coming out soon that incorporates Femlock elements. Also has a big budget film series with like twice the homosexual subtext as BBC Sherlock (Richieverse).
America is a nice enough place with nice enough people in it. I’m sick and bloody tired of folks complaining that the US is ‘erasing’ Sherlock’s sexuality or homosexual subtext. The original Holmes and Watson were at most in a romantic friendship and Holmes is, one can be fairly certain, asexual. You know what that means? It means he isn’t straight, or gay. It means he doesn’t give a fuck about your shipping or Watson’s ass or Irene Adler’s gorgeousness. By insisting that Elementary is ‘erasing’ the gayness, you are erasing canon and the identities of many a fellow fan - that’s real, actual people.
So what, the US still doesn’t have equal marriage in every state? Yeah, it’s a fight that we won’t rest until it’s won, but think about it - in Uganda, Iran, and other third world countries, you can be executed for being gay. But you don’t really care, do you? Because they aren’t dealing with your precious ‘ships. Real, actually human beings die every day because of homophobia - suicide, hate crimes, or whatever. Great Britain does not have equal marriage for same sex couples either - only civil unions.It is not a perfect gay utopia, and the USis not the worst place for gays to be.
Even if you want to talk America, even if you want to talk TV, wouldn’t you rather deal with the writer who was fired over a girl blushing in a cartoon because of another girl’s caring? Wouldn’t you rather deal with the frankly sloppy handling of certain queer issues in one of the most progressive teen shows on TV? No - because CBS made Watson a girl and that’s wrong because that’s not how you see the character? A character in the public domain?
You are not helping GSMs by doing this. You are fetishizing gay men and erasing asexuals. Being an ally means standing beside us, not speaking out when your particular fantasies are not pandered to.
Oh catch me because I am swooning, sleepygeek. Such a good response to all this business.
If anyone is complaining about the lack of possible homosexual subtext and prioritizing that over anything else then there’s a problem and it’s not with any casting for any show. (extra bit)
“I’m cookie dough. I’m not done baking. I’m not finished becoming who ever the hell it is I’m gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day, I turn around and realize I’m ready. I’m cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat m- or enjoy warm, delicious, cookie me, then that’s fine. That’ll be then. When I’m done”—Buffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Chosen, S7E22)
“Women are socialized to make men feel good. We’re socialized to “let you down easy.” We’re not socialized to say a clear and direct “no.” We’re socialized to speak in hints and boost egos and let people save face. People who don’t respect the social contract (rapists, predators, assholes, pickup artists) are good at taking advantage of this. “No” is something we have to learn. “No” is something we have to earn. In fact, I’d argue that the ability to just say “no” to something, without further comment, apology, explanation, guilt, or thinking about it is one of the great rites of passage in growing up, and when you start saying it and saying it regularly the world often pushes back. And calls you names.”—
“Body-shaming is ubiquitous and abhorrent; it happens everywhere, to pretty much everyone, at one time or another. It is especially levied against women, who are shamed for being skinny, for being tall, for being short, for having big boobs, for having small boobs, for having body hair, for being unfeminine, for being too sexy, for being too prudish, for being smart — shamed at some point for being pretty much anything while also being female, including for being ugly (and failing to serve a purpose as a beauty object) and for being pretty (which must mean they are vapid or dumb).”—
“Male privilege may be more obvious in other cultures, but in so-called Western culture it’s still ubiquitous. In fact, it’s so ubiquitous that it’s invisible. It is so pervasive as to be normalized, and so normalized as to be visible only in its absence. The vast, vast, vast majority of institutions, spaces, and subcultures privilege male interests, but because male is the default in this culture, such interests are very often considered ungendered. As a result, we only really notice when something privileges female interests.”—Lucy Gillam, When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege (via touchoftea)
Start with Lies My Teacher Told Me & Young People’s Guide to American History. Both are excellent & their bibliographies will point you towards other things. I’m definitely going to have to create a list of books though because I see a lot of requests for sources & I have a good 20-30 books I think would be a good idea.
n. the inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like—as if all your social tastebuds suddenly went numb, leaving you unable to distinguish cheap politeness from the taste of genuine affection, unable to recognize its subtle and ambiguous flavors, its long and delicate maturation, or the simple fact that each tasting is double-blind.