Musings of an Ist

thaddeus-maximus:

greenchestnuts:

courfeysasss:

dystopian future novels would be 363829276383715% better if the protagonists were asexual

Novels would be 363829276383715% better if the protagonists were asexual.

What kind of dystopian stories do you read that revolve around sexuality so much that changing the sexuality of the characters would change the meaning significantly or at all? In many, what’s to show that the characters have a certain sexuality?

Neither of us said the meaning would change significantly, we said it would be a better story.

theboywholikesfire:

I sorta did a thing.

courfeysasss:

dystopian future novels would be 363829276383715% better if the protagonists were asexual

Novels would be 363829276383715% better if the protagonists were asexual.

velartrill:

so I was writing an email to a friend and complaining about limited western social constructs and
struct relationship {
	struct person* p1, p2;
	enum r_type_t {
		/* platonic */
			acquaintance,
			friend,
			bff, /* added v1.9.2 */
			friend_with_benefits, /* added v2.0 */
		/* romantic */
			// wooing, (deprecated v1.2)
			// courting, (deprecated v1.2)
			crush, /* (added v1.2) */
			dating, /* (added v1.2) */
			partner, /* (added v1.5) */
			engaged,
			married,
			civil_union, /* (added v1.5) */
		/* ILLICIT AND IMPROPER ಠ_ಠ */
			// living_in_sin, (deprecated v1.5)
			// lovers,
			/*	(deprecated v1.5; existing cases should be
				migrated to `friends_with_benefits` or `affair`
	as marital status permits) */
			affair
	} type;
};

this may just be it

the dorkiest thing I’ve ever written

I was raised Muslim, but in my teens, I became severely disillusioned with the faith. Having finished reading the Qur’an in English for the first time, I started to fully appreciate just how easy it was for people to twist and re-interpret the book to serve their own needs. I realised my father had been doing that to me for years, with his rules that he swore came “from God” and his restrictions on my behaviour that were all part of me being a good Muslim girl. Cover yourself so men don’t stare at you; do not draw attention to yourself; avoid the company of men, for being around them will always be a temptation to the both of you. Obey your elders in all matters, even when you know they’re wrong. Abstain not only from sex, but from any kind of intimacy outside of marriage. Be chaste. Be a credit to your family. Be the version of good the people running your life expect you to be.

minionier:

astrodidact:

via I fucking love science/fb

ALSO RETTA

minionier:

astrodidact:

via I fucking love science/fb

ALSO RETTA

Cultural Appropriation, Star Wars and the Myths of White Supremacy

irresistible-revolution:

“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.” — Junot Díaz

Ever since I saw this quote I’ve been thinking about my favorite fantasy franchises like Star Wars, and how they function in entirely white worlds while depending on racial tropes and stereotypes in order to build that world. For example, the Jedi Knights very clearly draw from Buddhist philosophies, and yet they are almost all played by white men.
Another striking example though is the costuming of Padme, played by Natalie Portman, in the newer SW movies.
For example:
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This exquisite and elaborate regalia is based directly off off Mongolian royal attire, pictured below:

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I mean they weren’t really trying to be subtle about it. They just assumed, as most white people do, that nobody watching Star Wars would care or know enough about Asian cultures to notice.

Example 2:

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This exquisite hairstyle is also borrowed from a POC culture, specifically an NDN one.

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The above image is titled simply “Hopi Girl” and was taken by a white male photographer named Edward S. Curtis who obviously didn’t care to differentiate his subjects with names. The Hopi nation is based in the Southwestern United States.

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leaper182:

tastefullyoffensive:

Cats and Dogs vs. Furniture [via]

Previously: Before and After Pictures of Animals Growing Up

The appropriate caption is either:

"I appear to have miscalculated."

OR

"My cunning plan has sprung a leak, and I require assistance."