Deconstruction: When We Like Problematic Art
Artistic analysis isn't about finding The Answer. It's not about making a list of Good Art and Bad Art and then having everyone realign their tastes to match. It's not about coming to an agreement. It's about experiencing different viewpoints and understanding why other people think differently from you
(Trigger Warning: discussion of rape, rape culture)
Twilight: When Rape Plays Matchmaker
And this is the seduction of victim-blaming, the idea that sensible people can agree that Bad Things just happen, like the tides or tsunamis, and there's nothing we can do about them except insist that the potential victims of Bad Things police their every little movement and action in an attempt to avoid the unstoppable Bad Thing.
Speaking of Methodist blog posts, my favorite reaction to the failure of the church to change its policy on marriage equality and inclusion can be found here:
Sample quote, "There comes a time. It’s as simple as that.
There comes a time when a new mind settles over the human family, when almost imperceptibly, people begin to think a new and different thought, making the old thought no longer thinkable and the world a kinder place to live in. One of our hymns - used often in the apartheid days - reminds us that to every person and nation- to all of us -there comes a ‘moment to decide.’ One of its lines is particularly apposite today:
‘New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth, they must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.’ "
Twilight Themes: Venn Allies Behave Badly
I want this author, and others like him, to be my ally. Really. But I can't consider them that until they stop talking about misogyny in others and start addressing it in their own selves.
Twilight: Disney: The Little Mermaid
For me, The Little Mermaid is the story of an Otherkin girl living in a world that is hostile to Otherkin. For me, The Little Mermaid is the story of a feminist girl living in a world that is hostile to feminist ideals. For me, The Little Mermaid is the story of a culture-conscious girl living in a world that mandates insularity. And now I'll walk through the film and explain why I feel these things.
Narnia: Susan, Problems of
The Pevensies were “good rulers” who made no plans for the future, lived each day as if they had thousands more to come, and despite coming into their kingdom through the climax of a civil war that had raged a hundred years, saw no need to live as if Narnia was anything other than a peaceful utopia.
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