Lost Arcana

fuckyeah-nerdery:

i-come-by-it-honestly:

John Scalzi gets it.

John Scalzi isn’t just an awesome scifi writer, but an awesome person in general.

durnedscribblingwoman:

medievalpoc:

sanssouciavecmoi:

medievalpoc:

kaitlinsaysrawr:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

 I highly recommend reading the entire article. 
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
0% of protagonists are women of color
0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.
Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch. Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han! Firefly the first mate is an African American female!
You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.
Boo ya.


I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.
I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.
I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.
Read more Diversity Gap studies on:
The Academy Awards
The Tony Awards
The Emmy Awards
The children’s book industry
The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List
US politics

But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.
If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.


They tried to use Firefly, a show that uses an entire culture as a backdrop for a space drama and two characters with the surname Tam who are not Chinese, to tell people that we should be grateful for scraps from Joss Whedon, who is not actually a feminist writer or producer. Who are they kidding?

1. I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity
2. I agree with this so hard it needs an onomatopoeia

And that’s how you consume media critically.

Off topic, but this discussion tweaked on some thoughts I’ve been having about Joss Whedon and how he’s been hailed uncritically as a Feminist writer and producer and director because he writes active, physically strong female leads when, actually, he’s really not Feminist in the way he uses those leads.
Let me start by saying that I was and am a huge Buffy/Angel fan. I cannot express how much these shows meant to me, how much I adored them, what a difference they made to me during a difficult period of my life (my mid to late teens). BUT. That show is fucking awful to the female characters. The treatment of female as opposed to male characters is startling when you look at it in retrospect. Female characters are infinitely more disposable than male.
Angel? Left and got his own show. Spike? Left, came back, left, came back and left again ad nauseum. Riley? Left and came back then left again. Oz? Left and came back and left again. Giles? Left and came back. Wesley? Left and got his own show.
Now let’s look at female characters who bore roughly equal importance within the story as love interests, friends, or allies.
Jenny? Dead. Kendra? Dead. Joyce? Dead. Tara? Dead. Cordelia? Dead. Anya? Dead. Fred? Dead.
Every time that Joss really needed to hammer in a message about tragedy, hopelessness or darkness, the first tool he reached for was fridging the female. Did a beloved MALE character ever die in Buffy or Angel in order to increase the emotional stakes, tension, or sense of peril? No. The only time a male main character died for good in either show was Doyle, and that was because the actor was leaving, and they needed to get shot of the character fast. Generally, even when you thought one of the guys had died, they would come back, like Angel, and be fully reintegrated into the plot.
Female characters who died only got to return briefly as avatars of evil, such as Jenny being used as the face of Buffy’s most dangerous enemy, the First Evil, Cordelia’s stint as the mother of Jasmine (and then for one further episode as herself, before dying again). Fred’s *actress* got to stay, but her soul got ripped to shreds so finally that there was no hope she’d ever return, and her body was left as the host for an evil goddess who later turned out to be not so bad, really, apart from that whole… murdering Fred, thing.
What I’m saying here isn’t that Joss Whedon is an evil, terrible, no good misogynist. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t so easily accept a male creator as a force for Feminism when his work displays such a stereotypical disregard for the female characters.
Other factors to consider:
The Goddamn infuriating Nice Guy Xander Harris, who slut-shames, assaults, judges, and dumps his way through the female cast and is still somehow billed as the series’ ‘heart’.
The way that female sexuality is consistently punished. Buffy has sex with Angel = Angel turns evil and tries to kill everything she loves. Oz and Willow shown having sex = Oz turns feral and leaves her. Willow and Tara get back together and have sex = Tara dies and Willow turns evil. Buffy has a relationship with Spike = Xander shames her and then victim-blames her when Spike assaults her. Every other relationship Buffy has = Buffy gets dumped and has her heart broken.
The way male sexuality is treated neutrally or rewarded. Xander sexually assaults Buffy while under magical influence and pretends to forget about it = no consequences. Xander tries to force Cordelia to love him and casts a love spell on all the women in town = no consequences. Xander has sex with Faith = no consequences. Xander jilts Anya at the alter = no consequences for Xander AT ALL OMG.
This presents, to me, a picture of a male creator who WANTS to write a Feminist show full of strong characters, female, but is so mired in the tropes and conventions of our patriarchal media that he literally cannot help himself from conforming to them without even realising it.
So basically… Joss Whedon isn’t in any position to be calling himself a Feminist. Even if he wanted to, which he doesn’t because he thinks we should call ourselves Humanists even though that completely misses the point and also already means something else anyway. *Sigh*

durnedscribblingwoman:

medievalpoc:

sanssouciavecmoi:

medievalpoc:

kaitlinsaysrawr:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch.
Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.
Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han!
Firefly the first mate is an African American female!

You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.

Boo ya.

image

I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.

I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.

I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.

Read more Diversity Gap studies on:

The Academy Awards

The Tony Awards

The Emmy Awards

The children’s book industry

The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List

US politics

But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.

If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.

image

They tried to use Firefly, a show that uses an entire culture as a backdrop for a space drama and two characters with the surname Tam who are not Chinese, to tell people that we should be grateful for scraps from Joss Whedon, who is not actually a feminist writer or producer. Who are they kidding?

1. I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity

2. I agree with this so hard it needs an onomatopoeia

image

And that’s how you consume media critically.

Off topic, but this discussion tweaked on some thoughts I’ve been having about Joss Whedon and how he’s been hailed uncritically as a Feminist writer and producer and director because he writes active, physically strong female leads when, actually, he’s really not Feminist in the way he uses those leads.

Let me start by saying that I was and am a huge Buffy/Angel fan. I cannot express how much these shows meant to me, how much I adored them, what a difference they made to me during a difficult period of my life (my mid to late teens). BUT. That show is fucking awful to the female characters. The treatment of female as opposed to male characters is startling when you look at it in retrospect. Female characters are infinitely more disposable than male.

Angel? Left and got his own show. Spike? Left, came back, left, came back and left again ad nauseum. Riley? Left and came back then left again. Oz? Left and came back and left again. Giles? Left and came back. Wesley? Left and got his own show.

Now let’s look at female characters who bore roughly equal importance within the story as love interests, friends, or allies.

Jenny? Dead. Kendra? Dead. Joyce? Dead. Tara? Dead. Cordelia? Dead. Anya? Dead. Fred? Dead.

Every time that Joss really needed to hammer in a message about tragedy, hopelessness or darkness, the first tool he reached for was fridging the female. Did a beloved MALE character ever die in Buffy or Angel in order to increase the emotional stakes, tension, or sense of peril? No. The only time a male main character died for good in either show was Doyle, and that was because the actor was leaving, and they needed to get shot of the character fast. Generally, even when you thought one of the guys had died, they would come back, like Angel, and be fully reintegrated into the plot.

Female characters who died only got to return briefly as avatars of evil, such as Jenny being used as the face of Buffy’s most dangerous enemy, the First Evil, Cordelia’s stint as the mother of Jasmine (and then for one further episode as herself, before dying again). Fred’s *actress* got to stay, but her soul got ripped to shreds so finally that there was no hope she’d ever return, and her body was left as the host for an evil goddess who later turned out to be not so bad, really, apart from that whole… murdering Fred, thing.

What I’m saying here isn’t that Joss Whedon is an evil, terrible, no good misogynist. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t so easily accept a male creator as a force for Feminism when his work displays such a stereotypical disregard for the female characters.

Other factors to consider:

The Goddamn infuriating Nice Guy Xander Harris, who slut-shames, assaults, judges, and dumps his way through the female cast and is still somehow billed as the series’ ‘heart’.

The way that female sexuality is consistently punished. Buffy has sex with Angel = Angel turns evil and tries to kill everything she loves. Oz and Willow shown having sex = Oz turns feral and leaves her. Willow and Tara get back together and have sex = Tara dies and Willow turns evil. Buffy has a relationship with Spike = Xander shames her and then victim-blames her when Spike assaults her. Every other relationship Buffy has = Buffy gets dumped and has her heart broken.

The way male sexuality is treated neutrally or rewarded. Xander sexually assaults Buffy while under magical influence and pretends to forget about it = no consequences. Xander tries to force Cordelia to love him and casts a love spell on all the women in town = no consequences. Xander has sex with Faith = no consequences. Xander jilts Anya at the alter = no consequences for Xander AT ALL OMG.

This presents, to me, a picture of a male creator who WANTS to write a Feminist show full of strong characters, female, but is so mired in the tropes and conventions of our patriarchal media that he literally cannot help himself from conforming to them without even realising it.

So basically… Joss Whedon isn’t in any position to be calling himself a Feminist. Even if he wanted to, which he doesn’t because he thinks we should call ourselves Humanists even though that completely misses the point and also already means something else anyway. *Sigh*

teratocybernetics:

abwatt:

arminarlert:

reminder that if we’re in a mutual and you’re under the age of 18 and find it creepy or weird that i’m following you back as an adult then let me know and i’ll unfollow and it won’t need to be a big deal at all… like, please put your own safety and wellbeing first 

Agreed. I’m 44, and I’m a teacher. And if my following you on Tumblr makes you uncomfortable, please send me a fanmail and I’ll unfollow you post-haste.   

A blog should be safe space, no matter the platform, and it’s part of the reason I don’t generally send messages to folks; if you want to talk with me, it’s up to you to initiate contact. And likewise, if you want me to cease and desist, please ask, and know that I’ll bow out with nary a word of nastiness.

yo

jazzykatharding:

winneganfake:

Today’s proof of life shot, complete with the totally inappropriate shirt I ended up wearing while walking through the halls of my daughter’s school.

Is that a South Lake Union Trolley shirt? Love it!

jazzykatharding:

winneganfake:

Today’s proof of life shot, complete with the totally inappropriate shirt I ended up wearing while walking through the halls of my daughter’s school.

Is that a South Lake Union Trolley shirt? Love it!

hallowshorror:

anotherlgbttumblr:

kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial
'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation. Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

hallowshorror:

anotherlgbttumblr:

kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial

'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.
Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

I mentioned tulpa is a term rarely used though. In fact yesterday at lunch, knowing I’d be writing this article I asked my lama what a tulpa was. His response? “A what?” When I wrote it down he recognized the word from having read it, but never really heard it discussed. (It was my lama who told me the older form of tulku was tulpaku, which I confirmed at home with a dictionary) At home I grabbed my various books and texts. Some ritual texts, some academic, some glossaries. Do you know what word I wasn’t able to find? Tulpa. I have huge textbooks used for teaching University courses on Tibetan Buddhism that cover everything you can think of, no tulpa. I know where the word’s popularity comes from (and I’ll get to that in a minute) but I decided to check my non-Buddhist texts

It shows up in almost 30 texts I could find (note: I didn’t actually check too many, I just had a sense of where they’d be if anywhere). They’re all over the place; Kenneth Grant, Donald Tyson, in books on Ceremonial magick, and books on Wicca. What do they say about tulpa? They just say it means an energy construct or thought form.

Tulpa: Not What You Think, http://blueflamemagick.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/tulpa-not-what-you-think/ (via zerosociety)
iamaleximusprime:

mandopony:

ask-dr-knockout:

To ALL those artists out there who take commissions and sell their art of any type this is for you! If anyone ever tries to argue with your prices show them this! Take pride in your work! Never settle for anything less then what you believe to be a fair price for the efforts and passion you pour into your work.
YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Seconding this SO hard right now.
I’ve known of so many artists who were amazing but refused to charge the proper amount for their hard work. It’s a crime.

All commissioners must remember this when you commission someone!!

iamaleximusprime:

mandopony:

ask-dr-knockout:

To ALL those artists out there who take commissions and sell their art of any type this is for you! If anyone ever tries to argue with your prices show them this! Take pride in your work! Never settle for anything less then what you believe to be a fair price for the efforts and passion you pour into your work.

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Seconding this SO hard right now.

I’ve known of so many artists who were amazing but refused to charge the proper amount for their hard work. It’s a crime.

All commissioners must remember this when you commission someone!!

evilsupplyco:

I shivered in terror at the sound of the monster’s laugh only to realize I was the one laughing.

Having the strength of horror in my lungs, I now laugh louder.

media: Ezra Miller first LGBT actor cast to play superhero in franchise blockbuster!!
bisexuals: um... Alan Cumming...? Nightcrawler?? anybody?
world: no he's bisexual
bisexuals: what. what the fuck do you think the B stands for??

archiemcphee:

For a wonderfully eerie ongoing project entitled Ghost Photographs American artist Angela Deane alters found photos, turning people into anonymous phantoms. The results range from amusing and delightful to wistful and melancholy. Deane’s painted snapshots reveal that ghosts go on vacation, attend prom and even go trick-or-treating. They have parties and gather to watch ballgames. It turns out that ghosts are just like the rest of us and we’re all ghosts ourselves.

"These ghosts are the ghosts of moments, of days, of experiences. With the specifics of identity obscured by paint I like to imagine it’s as if you and I can partake in the memory, share in the experience, allow the snapshot to seem familiar. Let’s share some memories, shall we?"

To view many more images from this haunting series follow Angela Deane here on Tumblr at ghostphotographs. Prints are available by contacting Deane through her personal website.

[via Junkculture and CreativeReview]

phdscar:

Fucking Legendary

ddemotivators:

NPC Descriptions
posted by Nachtritter

ddemotivators:

NPC Descriptions

posted by Nachtritter

Jakub Rozalski
before the storm
harvest
on the road
survivors
into the wild
warlord

meeting with a warlord
hammer and sickle

dbvictoria:

Perfect Tommy is perfect.