So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
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Wait, there's no such thing as unicorns?: For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud ›
I’ve read a lot of great essays about how fandom is female-majority and creates a female gaze and a safe space for women and etc. But spend five minutes in fandom and you’ll have an unsettling question.
Why does a…
We talked to authors Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on their picture book collaboration, “The Dark.”We asked both the author and illustrator of the book some questions about their joint effort over email. Here, they reveal the inspiration for “The Dark,” their attraction to darker themes and…
Where I Work: Jon Klassen
I worked at home for a few years after I decided to go freelance, and the novelty kind of ran its course. I missed going out in the morning, and I missed the dining room table not being full of work stuff, so I decided to rent a little studio space. This room is in an old bank building in downtown LA. It still has all the old fixtures and details from when it was built—frosted glass doors and old metal doorknobs. For illustration work it’s a great setup—lots of light and room to spread out. The only thing I miss from home is having the cat around. I’ve been seriously considering getting a fish, but I’m gone for work so often these days that I can’t even take proper care of the plant I brought in. And it’s a cactus.
Klassen’s latest picture book, The Dark with text by Lemony Snicket, will be published this week.
In Prometheus Bound, the author told as a myth how the primitive creatures that were created to be human at first had no knowledge, skills, or culture of any kind—so they lived in caves, in the dark, in constant fear for their lives. Zeus, the king of the gods, decided to destroy them, but Prometheus, a Titan whose name meant “forethought,” out of his “philanthropos tropos” or “humanity-loving character”, gave them two empowering, life-enhancing gifts: fire, symbolizing all knowledge, skills, technology, arts, and science; and “blind hope” or optimism. The two went together—with fire, humans could be optimistic; with optimism, they would use fire constructively, to improve the human condition.
The new word, φιλάνθρωπος philanthropos, combined two words: φίλος philos, “loving” in the sense of benefitting, caring for, nourishing; and ἄνθρωπος anthropos, “human being” in the sense of “humanity”, or “human-ness”. At that mythical point in time, human individuality did not yet exist because there was no culture—including language, skills, and other differentiating attributes.
What Prometheus evidently “loved”, therefore, was not individual humans or groups of individuals, but humanity as a kind of being, human potential—what these proto-humans could become with “fire” and “blind hope”. The two gifts in effect completed the creation of humankind as a distinctly civilized being. ‘Philanthropía’—loving what it is to be human—was thought to be the key to and essence of civilization.
I’m the artist and I think the above commentary, whether it is intended as a caption for my piece or for Doctor Who in general, is beautiful. Thank you.
Hey everyone - So if you’re following me, you know that I’m not really a ‘fandom’ guy; more of a ‘casual viewer’, hence why I don’t post fandom-related things very often.
However! I was having a conversation with Octoswan yesterday, who is an active member of the Tumblr-SPN community, about a lot of the drama going on with y’all lately and I checked out some of the posts related to said drama. I noticed that, in many cases, there were a lot of accusations and questions being thrown around about “the writers.”
“Do the writers just not know how to write women??”
“Why do the writers think that there always needs to be a romance??”
“Why do the writers…?”
And so on. What I started to notice was that there was a trend of blaming the writers for the problems that fans are having with the show or the direction it’s going, or for ‘baiting’ the fans in various ways, so as a screenwriter working in the industry (if not on SPN) I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions and notions about how a TV show episode gets written.
Another day, another poll won. It goes without saying that you guys never fail to impress us, time and time again. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
“I continued to be amazed at the tenacity of Sterek fans to not only win these online polls but literally throttle the competition. I think Tyler and Dylan will be very proud to know that the characters they helped create have inspired so much dedication and love. Congrats to the Stereks!”
-Jeff Davis [via E!Online]
Simply one of the most amazing comics I’ve ever seen.
Why is the term “friend zone” so popular when the term “unrequited love” already exists and is more accurate? I suspect it’s because it shifts the locus of responsibility. “Unrequited love” focuses on the person who has the crush. The feelings being discussed are the crushing person’s, thus the responsibility in on them to get over their crush and move on. “Friend zone”, on the other hand, focuses on the crush object’s choices. The phrase erases the agency of the crushing person. All blame for their pain is put on the crush object. “Unrequited love” is something that can happen to both sexes, but “friend zone” is a sexist concept that implies that women are solely responsible for men’s happiness, and not men themselves.
Okay, this is Schedios/Madeleine commenting now, sorry to intrude like this, but I don’t know anyway to reply cleaning without reposting.
I believe that the term “friend zone” can be used for all relationship types. However, it still maintains its negative connotations toward the crush or person in interest. I understand and agree with Amanda’s points, however, in that “friend zone” puts the “blame” (so to speak) on the crush object. “Friend zone” could literally just mean that you, as the one falling for another, are considered a friend, nothing more, at the moment. Overall, I believe that one should just be careful about how they use their words, since, though words have their specific definitions and societal meanings, they mean different things for every other person. Tread lightly and carefully, my friends.
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The Made Shop - The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (2012)
Hey. Don’t just scroll past. Come back and watch this. You need it more than you know.
the time out of your day to watch this will not be wasted, I assure you.
Okay seriously, yall need to watch this.
“After years together, he handed her a book. It was her favorite book, “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. She opened to the first page to find a note. “Hello Ashley… Out of interest, what would you say to marrying Brad? – Neil Gaiman” And just like that, they were engaged.”