Twilight: Privilege Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry
(Trigger Warning: Vehicle Collision, Cultural Appropriation, Brain Damage, Abusive Relationships)
Twilight Recap: Edward and Bella have concluded their dinner conversation and are heading back to Bella's house.
Ana Mardoll draws attention to the quirk in Edward's behavior that leads to Jacob's existence--Edward Cullen [is] a complex, tortured character: He can explain scenting out humans for tracking, and he can explain magical vampire telepathy powers, but he can't bring up vampirism because that particular secret is beyond the possibility of being broached. .
Deconstruction: The Inevitable Avengers Thread
Why do I still feel ambivalent about the whole thing, despite liking it alright in theaters?
Narnia: The Privilege of Omniscience
(Trigger Warning: Genocide)
Narnia Recap: Caspian has been adopted by two dwarves and a badger
Religious allegories and metaphors are sometimes a bit tricky for me to handle because a lot of times they seem to depend on access to information that, in theory, many of us simply don't have. Or, on the flip side, to the obscuring of information that we sometimes tend to not notice. The Narnia series strikes me is an example of the former, of providing information we don't normally have access to -- and which the other characters most definitely do not have access to -- and then using that to ask us to draw conclusions from there. It's hard for me to grapple with.
By the way, I am chagrined to find that my blogpost Gentleman, criticizing that stupid 1950's picture of a woman in a crinoline and its caption, is now a source for people looking for that picture. Who was the 70's feminist who said, "Every route out of caste leads right back in again"?
Second, the I blogged about the recall election in Wisconsin, and about a letter that I saw on my facebook news feed directed at people who voted in the recall against Walker. I also state how I wouldn't be surprised if there was some type of fraud involved and lo and behold... I may have been right. I do hate it when my cynicism is justified.
Speaking of cynicism and fascism, I talked a bit about news in my own state - specifically, how the appointed dictator of Muskegon Heights is privatizing that entire school district, voiding all union contracts, and renting the buildings out to charter schools (I used this concept in my novel; I'm rather horrified to see it actually happening here in the real world). Taxation without representation? What's that? The representation part, that is.
Keeping with the same theme (Trigger Warning: Just about everything including misogyny, racism and homophobia) I took a look at the wonderfully misogynistic, racist, homophobic, capitalistic, hateful, anti-American, anti-human platform that the Iowa GOP has adopted it. Every stereotype that you've ever associated with the right is packed into this document. All of the hate, the ignorance, and mind-blowing disconnection from anything remotely resembling reality is all here (A taste: they want to repeal civil rights and remove OSHA). I wheeled out Comic Sans just for this post. Following this is a post dealing with more wonderful right-wing Christian indignation about some inane thing, and some good news: an example of Tim Carney, a Romney supporter, getting thrown off of the air on MSNBC because he tried to play the verbal shell game that right-wingers always try and it blew up in his face.
The last posts are more eclectic. I took a look at the history of Ayn Rand's Anthem and took a look at part of the first chapter (watch for falling anvils with morals on them...) and established immediately why her world not only doesn't work within the confines of the fictional boundaries she was attempting to set, but why it falls on its face right out of the gate because of the protagonist's name. Last but not least, the discovery that dark matter actually exists eluded me last year, so I figured I would share it with others who live behind the curve, like me.
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.
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We already know that no women will be on stage at this year's presidential debates, but what about in the moderator's chair? We were shocked to find out that it has been 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate....Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates to have a woman moderate one of the debates now.
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