Twilight: Rape Narratives, Good and Bad
(Trigger Warning: Rape, Victim Blaming, Profanity)
Twilight Recap: Bella and Edward are having dinner in Port Angeles.
Ana Mardoll arrives at the last day of the Chapter 8 posts: You've no idea how dull and repetitive I feel over here. Oh, look, Edward is victim blaming Bella for her own near-rape. Oh, look, Bella is ignoring her own near-rape and Edward's crappy behavior to focus on her personal self-loathing and to slut-shame the waitress for doing her job. Oh, look, these are terrible people and they richly deserve each other and their dull, passive-aggressive romance. *YAWN*
So, there you go, these are terrible people and they richly deserve each other.
Deconstruction: Callous Helpfulness
(Trigger Warning: Medical Issues, Surgery, Fat Hatred, Dieting)
Ana's trip to a new dermatologist results in a a Fat Acceptance 202 post.
Narnia: Good Hair, Bad Hair
(Trigger Warning: Racism, Murder, Rape, Domestic Violence, Violent Deities, Animal Attacks )
Narnia Recap: Prince Caspian has been told (in flashback form!) about the peoples of Narnia.
Ana posts about racism in the context of (among other things) hair texture.
For Thursday, I pulled a question from the site analytics, and talked about how I (as an atheist) would feel about Religion As A Way Of Finding Meaning In Life. Finally, on Friday I posted the next installment of Pimp My Art Friends: Trinlay Khadro.
Also... last week I mentioned a Facebook group for Christian parents of atheist or agnostic children. There is now a companion group for atheist or agnostic children of Christian parents. If you know anybody who might be interested, please pass the word.
Twilight: Painted Waitresses
(Trigger Warning: Rape, Surgery, Cancer, Choice, reference to BDSM)
Bella is sitting in the car with Edward while Edward calms down after rescuing Bella from a situation of possible gang rape.
Hunger Games: A Question of Agency
(Trigger Warning: Death, Agency, Reproductive Rights)
I've decided to run a Hunger Games deconstruction to post on a non-regular basis. This will not be a line-by-line deconstruction like Twilight and will not precisely be a read-a-long like Narnia; it will be a thematic deconstruction by chapter with the assumption that everyone is already familiar with the books. Spoilers lurk herein.
Narnia: Savior White, Savior Bright
(Trigger Warning: Genocide, Othering through Romanticization, Nazis)
The Pevensie children have rescued a dwarf.
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An amendment legalizing the use of mass propaganda campaigns on American audiences has been inserted into the latest defense authorization bill — and that bill just passed the House.
The NDAA amendment lifts bans on propaganda that have been around since the 1940s, neutralizing laws put in place to protect the American people from its government’s own “misinformation” campaigns.
“It removes the protection for Americans,” a Pentagon official told Buzzfeed, who broke the story. "There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”
The amendment would remove all distinction between a hostile foreign audience and American one, turning the massive information operation apparatus within the federal government against its own people.
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