.hack//Sign: Rumors, Truth, and Digital Ducks
Episode 4 begins with Mimiru encountering the beginnings of the rumor mill soon to surround Tsukasa, and me quoting a couple of movies. Then Subaru meets Bear and we see her reaction to learning some of the facts of Tsukasa's case and Bear continue in his belief that the investigation needs to be taken offline and into the real world.
Twilight: Nothing Further To Ask
(Content Note: Abusive Relationships, Ableist Language)
It strikes me as interesting that these sessions are not conversations in the classical give-and-take sense, with both persons contributing and each learning about the other. Instead, they're almost one-sided info-dumps; Bella provides insight into her mind, while Edward shares bits and pieces of what it's like to be a vampire.
Deconstruction: Being Dana Scully
(Content Note: Conservative Christian Upbringing, Rape, Sexual Violence, Death, Hate Crimes, Child Molestation, Swearing)
When you're Dana Scully, you have moments when you can keep things together and moments when you can't. You don't get a vacation from being a survivor. You don't get forewarning before you're triggered or even just before you remember something about your experience in a moment when you don't want to remember something about that experience.
Narnia: Wild Gods
(Content Note: Physical Abuse, Religious Abuse, Hazing, Swearing, Gender Policing)
Trumpkin is an atheist or an aLionist or whatever you wish to call him -- him, not it -- because he's never seen one. It's as simple as that. Not because he's evil or because he knows he's wrong and doesn't care or any ridiculousness like that. No, he simply doesn't believe in that which he doesn't see. As philosophies go, it's a cautious one, but not -- in my opinion -- a bad or unreasonable position.
Deconstruction: Legitimate Rapes
(Content Note: Rape, Personal Descriptions of Rape)
This week I am not writing about Twilight. Not because I don't want to write about Twilight, but because there is something more important that I need to address in this moment.
Deconstruction: The Many Faces of Appropriation
(Content Note: Liking Problematic Art, Cultural Appropriation, Discussion of Geekdom and Pagan/Wiccan Communities, Religious Discrimination Against Men and Trans People)
One issue I'm running into again and again is that labeling something individually as "cultural appropriation" (or not) is not nearly as simple or easy as we would perhaps like it to be. And I'm starting to wonder if, outside the really egregious examples, some cultural appropriation ends up being "in the eye of the beholder" in the same way that Problematic Art sometimes is.
Deconstruction: Depression Diaries and It's Okay To Be Sad
(Content Note: Depression)
One of the things I've noticed in my fight with medication-induced depression is how Knowing I'm Depressed isn't some kind of magic bullet for treatment. And in fact sometimes it makes it harder.
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