01. because women can’t like action or science fiction
without there being any ~female~ things tied into it.
I hate the reboot. I do. I love it for some reasons but I hate it. Arg I really can’t.
OUCH WOW WHAT FUCKING YEAR DO YOU THINK THIS IS LINDELOF
I FUCKING TRUSTED YOU MAN
~LOL HOW DO WE WOMEN? MAYBE WE SHOULD BABBY. YES BABBY GOOD IDEA, BRING WOMEN. ALL WOMEN BABBY. WOMEN DoN’T STORY OR CHARACTERS THAT IS FOR MANS. YES GOOD JOb WELL DONE MANS.
AND THIS WAS FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FIRST MEETING?
GENE AND MAJEL OUGHT TO COME THE FUCK BACK AND SLAP YOU ALL
….lmao is this a real thing
i really don’t understand where this myth that women don’t enjoy star trek came from? like, what sort of cave of delusion do you live in
who do you think dressed up for cons and published zines and drew fanart and wrote all the fanfiction and coined the term slash back when star trek was not a franchise but a little-watched sixties TV series that was cancelled after three seasons
we helped keep this thing going and we’ve been here all along, you’re just not looking
It’s been ages now, but I was an intern at a magazine when Star Trek (2009) was doing its press tour. I transcribed a similar quote from Lindelof, and in the process lost it very, very quietly in my cube. Then made my way to the reporter’s office, closed the door, and lost it loudly.
I mean, ffs. Who does he think SAVED THE SHOW? Who crafted one of the first successful letter writing campaigned? Who organized one of the first, legitimately successful TV Show-Specific cons? People who had a lot of time on their hands (in part by many of them being stay-at-home moms), and a lot of energy, and a lot of enthusiasm? Women.
Star Trek simply wouldn’t exist, much less exist as a property highly dependent on the enthusiasm of a small number of fans with highly soluble wallets — hell, modern fandom as we know it wouldn’t exist (we pre-date Star Wars after all) if it wasn’t for the geek culture women pioneered and crafted.
And him being so blind? And so dismissive at, well, frankly, the people that make his entire career, much less this specific job, possible? Man, I’m angry all over again.
Damon Lindelof is literally the biggest back of dicks around. Not only for this, but he’s a Roman Polanski apologist as well. Just a horrible, horrible travesty of a human being.
WOMEN STARTED YOUR PRECIOUS SCI-FI GENRE.
YOU WOULD HAVE NO STAR TREK WITHOUT US.
YOU WOULD HAVE NO VAST UNIVERSE TO EXPLORE WITHOUT US AND OUR WORDS AND OUR STORY AND OUR INGENUITY.
THIS is why I write Winona Kirk the way I do. This shit right here. Because he’s a fucking toolbag, and he didn’t do anything but reinforce the idea that women are mothers, widows, defined (literally) by the men in their lives. And Winona fucking Kirk would have eaten him for breakfast.
I write Winona Kirk the way I do because of this shit right here.
The Mesa Academy: “Old Roots Run Deepest.”
Out in the deserts of Arizona, hundreds of miles from the nearest human outpost, there is a blood red-bluff standing dark against the desert sun. Halfway up its rocky face, in a natural chasm in the stone, is an ancient city built directly into the earth. Abandoned by its original inhabitants centuries ago, the settlement stood as a silent sentinel until 1892, when three dedicated wizards arrived in in its cool shadow.
Their leader, Jack Taos, was a Oraibi sorcerer who had spent almost a century watching the growing oppression of his people as Europeans encroached further and further into the west. Now, despite his best efforts, they were establishing schools on tribal land, robbing the children of his people of their language and traditions. But he would damned if the invaders would have their magic too. He needed a safe-space where he could instruct the young wizards and witches of his people in safety, and from which he could reach out to that dwindling population of native enchanters from across the continent.
For this task he recruited Beatrice and Jose Camacho, the half-blooded children of his niece. Born mere seconds apart, they attended the Academia Occidental before their uncle found them and began teaching them in the arts of their mother’s people.
The Mesa Academy began reaching out to wizards and witches of Native descent in 1893, after the founders spent a year making the abandoned structures habitable again. For the next seven years, the Academy stood at the middle of fiery debate about the state of magical education in the AWC. Many wizards were strictly opposed to allowing “uncivilized” and “disreputable” persons train young witches and wizards in the craft of magic. Specifically, the Allegiance, Laveau, and Mesa Academies were considered inappropriate sources of magical education, and there was pressure for the government to establish more suitable centers for young wizards and witches to obtain a proper (read: European) training in their sorcerous talents. In 1901, however, the Congress voted to recognized all three schools as official centers of magical learning, on par with the four already accepted schools (RPI, SI, Blackgate, and LAO).
This did not faze the educators at Mesa Academy one way or another. In the intervening ten years they had opened their doors to a variety of faculty from various tribes across the broad stretch of the Americas. Iroquois enchanters, Calusa swamp-sorcerers, Makah sea-witches, and Apache war-wizards all came to Taos’s call, and for the first time in perhaps centuries the tribes intermingled their magical traditions more or less freely.
The Mesa Academy is now the keeper of this ancient lore, and it still strives today to pass on that knowledge to new generations of witches and wizards of Native descent. The majority of the school’s students claim some sort of bloodline, however distant, to the first inhabitants of the Americas. The remainder of the students tend to be local to the region, though the Mesa Academy also reaches out to students who fit in with the spirit of the academy even if they don’t always have the genealogical ties.
Currently MA has the foremost curriculum in astronomy and transfiguration, and graduates more Animagi than any school in the known magical world. Its quodpot team, the Cactus-Cats, have won the inter-school cup consistently for nearly 8 years running. Though no longer the only school that offers Native American magical tradition as a class, it is the only one that works it into every aspect of the curriculum, and requires it up until the AWE level.
The Academy resides in that same ancient settlement. While it looks unsound from outside, it is actually incredibly comfortable, with running water and atmospheric controls to keep the sweltering heat from overwhelming the students during the hottest parts of the year, and the chill nights from freezing them. The Mesa Academy is famed for its complicated layout, which is designed to test the ingenuity and memory of its students. Boys and girls are hosted on opposite sides of the settlement.
Everyone look at this butthole right here. this little ejit gos around deliberately reblogging things tagged with variations on “do not reblog” becuase….
well actually i cant work out why he does it- some stupid notion of superiority reinforced by upsettng people is my best guess but i digress.
I propose we flood the tag “do not reblog” and variations thereupon with posts detailing what a knobwit this geezer is and see if that shuts his trap.
(oh and despite the tag at the bottom, feel free to reblog this)
everyone block http://pleasedonotreblog.tumblr.com/
this asshole specifically reblogs things you tag for people not to reblog
hopefully if you block them they won’t be able to see your posts
to be on the safe side i would use a custom tag to tell people not to reblog things
please signal boost this to warn people
Not this crap again.
Yeah, what happened to the waste of space that was fuckyeahreadmores, anyway?
Hogwarts’ darker side: Gryffindor
They call them the best house at Hogwarts and its members flaunted their badges and ties with pride.
Never mind the arrogance of that claim. Never mind that it silenced the rest of us by speaking for wizarding kind in Britain with the kind of self-assurance only they were capable of. Never mind it only told their side of the story.
So let me tell you, instead, what the rest of us thought of them.
Barnabas Higgs, a Hufflepuff, was often found shaking his head regretfully at Gryffindors when I was in school. Too hasty in picking sides, he said. And he was right. I don’t know a single Gryffindor who bothered to listen to both sides of a story before choosing their sides and they often resorted to wands where words would have served far better. Much was often made of Gryffindor’s clean slate concerning the use of dark magic - no dark wizard ever came from Gryffindor, my arse. But Barnabas, who later went on to become a Ministry diplomat to France (always a tricky country to deal with), could name at least four different wars and several serious diplomatic incidents all started by hot-tempered and imprudent Gryffindors who’d landed up in diplomacy because it was the done thing.
Let them all be aurors, he’d say huffily, they can pick sides as much as they want and lose their tempers all they want - just keep them out of diplomacy, they’re as bad as cats with a skein of wool then.
And most of Hufflepuff would nod solemnly in agreement. It was important to hear both sides of a tale before deciding where you stood and patience; patience was always the key. Of course, Gryffindors weren’t interested in either of those and expected the Hufflepuffs to follow behind them cleaning up their mess.
Fuck them, was all Barnabas would have to say when in his cups.
Claudius Pyrites had very strong views on Gryffindors; most concerning their lack of tact (about as graceful as a bull-elephant in a china shop) and the rose-coloured glasses through which they viewed the world. The world wasn’t cleanly divided between the good and the bad, he’d sigh before grumbling about how Gryffindors missed out on all the finer nuances of pretty much everything. I’d much rather have a Hufflepuff by my side, he’d say, at least they’re hard nosed enough to be able to tell when someone’s having them on. And they’re loyal to boot, unlikely to be swayed by some silver-tongued liar - idiot Gryffindors believing the stories fed to them by anyone and everyone, haven’t they heard of lies?
Nuance simply wasn’t something Gryffindors understood (they were also fond of rewriting history in its simplest terms - a different story for a different day) and the Slytherins despised them for it. Nuance was the heart of politics - of life.
But nuance was difficult and sometimes made cowards of men, so Gryffindors abandoned it rather than wonder if, sometimes, there was a time and place for cowardice rather than foolish, reckless bravery.
And us ‘claws?
Gryffindors laughed at us, with our strange preoccupation for gathering knowledge the same way they gathered Quidditch cups and Orders of Merlin. They laughed when they could not understand what we said and cheerfully declared all our hard work useless. What sort of use was that in the real world? they’d say, what’s the use of studying the nature of time or the quality of love? And we’d laugh and go along with it. Better to laugh at ourselves than to be bullied relentlessly for standing out of the crowd.
The line between fun and cruelty is thin. So very thin.
They laughed at us when we failed to match up to their trumped up standards of boyhood and masculinity - and sometimes, some of them (the Gryffindors who never get talked about) would beat us up for being different, for not being manly.
Take it like a man. Be brave. Stand up and fight.
Pacifists. Brains. Boys who fainted at the sight of blood. Boys who found no use for useless feats of derring do. Boys who would much rather talk than put up their wands and fight.
Boys who looked differently at other boys.
Every house had its dark side, though Gryffindor was fond of whitewashing its record by pointing to the apparent absence of dark wizards in the house (history, revisionism, need I go through the details again?)
What they didn’t realize was that they did not need to use dark magic to make morally questionable choices. They made those choices anyway. They did deeds that no one talked about - that no one wanted to talk about. But they were arrogant enough to believe in a simple system of right and wrong. Those like them were right, those unlike them were wrong.
And at the end of the war, they were the ones with the pens in their hands and their arses in the seats of power.
There are lots of women who just don’t think of the men in their lives as potential attackers, and they refuse to think of themselves as victims. They just get on with their lives like everyone else.
Where are their voices?
Well, that’s the point, isn’t it?
Maybe it’s about time we started listening to all women instead of just the noisy ones.
oh right as if antifeminist voices aren’t the loudest. most television shows and movies are decidedly anti-feminist. the strawman feminist is a very common trope in the media. most girls and women i talk to grew up thinking feminism was bad. i did too. and it took a lot of critical thinking, research and unlearning to even approach feminist ideas.
also, i love how antifeminists like you think that we see ourselves as helpless victims even though women’s and feminist organizations are constantly working to fight rape culture, anti-abortion laws and have, throughout history, taken action to make achievements for women
but you know, that’s how a self-made victim acts
More white women complaining about other, often times less privileged women trying to find solidarity and help each other. Shame on us, am I right? lol
Also, fuck that last one especially. I have zero patience for rape victims who want to shame other rape victims because their experience wasn’t “rape-y enough”. You guys can run your rape Olympics straight to hell.
Yeah the last one really pissed me off.
"One woman’s being drugged and dragged home to be forcibly penetrated is another woman’s romance!"
Fuck you asshole.
Also why is it that the same community that preaches “women need to take responsibility for their safety” is also saying women shouldn’t view men as a potential attacker?
You can’t have your cake and eat it too dipshits.
The reason you don’t fucking need feminism is because you’re right under “white men” on the social scale and you’ve got your head in your ass. gtfo