Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…
What’s important and interesting about Cap is exactly what some people dismiss as boring. It’s that decency and honesty and sense of moral authority. In a film world full of compromised characters, flawed protagonists and out-and-out anti-heroes, Steve Rogers is a breath of fresh air. Someone with no secrets, who literally wears his high ideals as a uniform and gets on with the job at hand, is far more interesting than any number of self-torturing, whiny man-children.
ALso read this
read the whole thing.
it ends with “So no, there’s nothing “revisionist” or “politically correct” about portraying Steve Rogers as an explicitly progressive superhero. Without that, he wouldn’t be Captain America.”
I would like to start off by saying that I in no way defend the boiledleather post that I found to be unproductive and only brought gratuitous drama to the ASoIaF fandom.
That being said, you’ll notice, anon, that this post has since been removed from asoiafuniversity. There are nine moderators of the blog, including myself, and all of us try really hard to reblog a large variety of different types of meta that bring new perspectives to the table. For instance, I have reblogged Bran meta and Shae meta, Olenna and Margaery Tyrell meta, I have reblogged Littlefinger meta as well- none of which were my own and many of which I had different opinions on.
The mod who reblogged the Arya fans = “bad fans” post believed that there was value in reblogging that post because:
"His point about “the Bad Fan phenomenon is closely related to recent pop-cultural discourse, which is that everything must either be talked about as The Greatest Ever or Hot Garbage” is about the zero-sum outlook on the world (Arya/Bran is only a victim of bad things and thus can never do anything bad; to say you want Sansa to succeed must mean you must want her siblings to fail)"
I don’t believe the mod in question saw it as an attack on Arya fans but rather a discussion of this phenomena. That being said, asoiafuniversity only wishes to have mature and thoughtful discussions encouraged by the meta we reblog. Thus, the post was removed after some people, including myself admittedly, felt offended by the massive generalization and targeting on Arya fans and misinterpretation of what Arya fans’ problem was in the first place.
On the topic of blog tags, some blogs have tags when they write a lot of meta that’s reblogged. I have a tag on asoiafuniversity, too, though it’s not really used on all my metas.
I’d like to believe I was asked to join asoiafuniversity for more than just to combat some bias. I actually do write about characters who are not Arya. I cannot speak to what specifically prompted joannalannister to ask me to help moderate though.
As for why I’m a part of asoiafuniversity, I like to contribute to the fandom. I enjoy reblogging metas that may otherwise have never been noticed and the blog might not have felt comfortable submitting them. I also love to have my thoughts stimulated by such discussions. While it is tempting in fandom to confine yourself to your own faves/OTPs corner, and perhaps less stressful, it is also important to have different ideas challenge your own. Maybe they don’t have merit, but they will get you thinking.
One important thing to understand about asoiafuniversity and its moderators is that we are don’t endorse everything on the blog. We don’t reblog only things we 100% agree with. We don’t have anything to do with many of the metas reblogged actually. We can only reblog what you, or more actually we, the fandom writes and contributes.
If asoiafuniversity seems anti-Arya or anti-Arya fans, it’s because that’s what the fandom is pumping out. There are inaccuracies across the board on all characters because fandom isn’t perfect and sometimes we reblog things that have some inaccurate aspects but still discuss an interesting topic. I assure you that as a Arya stan I reblog all well written metas regarding her when I find them. But you know, when I first became a mod, I excitedly searched for meta regarding Arya that had not yet been reblogged- as I didn’t want to just reblog my stuff- only to realize that, with one or two exceptions, every well written pro-Arya meta that I could find has already been reblogged to asoiafuniversity. There are just only so much on certain characters. Some characters just don’t have a big fandom presence on tumblr or a lot of meta writers. This is not limited to Arya though for sure.
Asoiafuniversity is here for the fandom, we are a product of the fandom, and while all of us are meta writers, we don’t write even close to the majority of the metas reblogged.
Boiledleather’s post shouldn’t have been reblogged in my opinion, but we’re not perfect, and it has been since taken down. On behalf of asoiafuniversity, I would like to apologize to everyone who felt insulted or offended by the post. But asoiafuniversity does not endorse anything that makes you feel targeted or personally attacked.
Joannalannister is by far one of the sweetest people I have met in the fandom, she tries very hard to create a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment for everyone in the fandom. Unfortunately, fandom can get heated easily as we are all passionate people by definition. If you ever have any concerns, however, you can always talk to one of us.
I don’t, like the rest of the mods, endorse everything reblogged to asoiafuniversity. However, I would like to believe I have a positive impact on the blog and allow for some great meta to get the recognition they deserve or even just get some people thinking.
Asoiafuniversity as a whole is a team of nine moderators who honestly want to promote thought-provoking discussion on a book series that has united all of the fandom.
I really don’t want to be involved in anyone being attacked personally so everyone please read this.
I love asoiafuniversity, I think it’s a great place to find discussion even though I don’t always agree with everything they post. I do get frustrated sometimes because I feel like some of my favorites are underrepresented, but as was said above that’s more a reflection of tumblr fandom as a whole, not the blog. There are a lot of people who write meta about Sansa and not a lot who write about Arya or Tyrion, for instance, and as a fan of those characters I do find that disappointing and frustrating, which was why I wrote my own post in response to that Arya post. Hell, the main reason I have a blog is because I felt the need to put my Tyrion opinions out there because almost all the analytical posts I see about Tyrion are hate posts.
And I felt like that Arya post was just another reflection of that, another instance of fandom saying that I’m only allowed to care about certain issues, that as a feminist I’m only allowed to defend certain types of women. I identify a lot with Arya. I identify a lot with Sansa, too, for different reasons, but Arya I identify with on a primal level, and seeing fandom tell me that I need to prioritize Sansa over Arya is like telling me that I’m not allowed to represent myself as a feminist, that my voice is not allowed to be heard and that my issues are not a part of your feminism. And since I made that post in response to what boiledleather said, I have been told that misogyny directed at Arya is not “true misogyny” because I should be focusing on Sansa instead.
Those were my issues with the post. They are not personal issues with asoiafuniversity or its mods, and I do appreciate that the blog is making an effort to be inclusive. I also don’t endorse sending anyone hate, so if anyone is doing that on my behalf please don’t.
I ranked Arya Stark 7th out of every Game of Thrones character. I ranked Sansa 4th. That’s a difference of three places. Three places in a tier that indicates I enjoy every single other character on the show who isn’t in that tier, which is effectively everyone, less than I enjoy Arya Stark. If this is telling Arya fans to go fuck themselves, I’m quitting my job as a writer and becoming a fireman. They ride in big trucks and hang out with dalmatians all day!
I love Arya. I think she’s a tremendous character. Now, I think that about plenty of characters who are awful people, so that doesn’t mean much. But Arya’s not awful, and I’ve never said so. Nor have I ever, ever, ever once, said Sansa roolz/Arya droolz or whatever false binary’s been concocted. I’ve compared them, because that’s what you do when you talk about narrative fiction, and I’ve said that Arya is the more attention-getting character, because she is, unless you’re deep enough in the woods of ASoIaF fandom to read meta tumblrs, at which point things even out. But to give some outside perspective, I’ve never once talked to a civilian or casual fan who prefers Sansa to Arya, or even thinks there’s much interesting about Sansa at all. Saying that there is; saying that some of Arya’s fans are typical TV Bad Fans who love mayhem and are willing to go to great lengths to justify it; saying that Arya’s arc is tragic rather than heroic — none of this, absolutely none of it, is a condemnation of Arya, either as a character or as a person. For chrissakes she’s just a kid, an abuse victim who’s been conditioned by circumstance to have the outlook on life she has. That she’s survived, that she’s hung on to herself as much as she has, that she hasn’t begun killing indiscriminately, these are all basically miracle stemming from her tremendous depth of integrity. A lesser person would be — well, you can’t swing a dead butcher’s boy without hitting lesser people in this series.
But my piece wasn’t about that, it was about people celebrating Arya’s hitlist, making claims that its continued employment was in some way both justified and just. If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written about this series and violence — and that goes all the way across the board, including the violence perpetrated by all the nominally heroic male characters whose actions I’ve seen people say I have no problem with, which is preposterous — you could guess how I’d feel about that. And it isn’t “this character’s a monster, you’re a false feminist if you give her the time of day.”
Saying “these are issues I care about” in no way means “and you’re not allowed to care about anything else.” Talking about one thing doesn’t preclude talking or caring about other things. Including by me! I love Arya. I think she’s incredible. I was writing about things regarding Arya fandom that are less-than-incredible. That doesn’t mean I think the other incredible things don’t exist.
A failure to share the exact same priorities and preferences and values in the exact same order does not imply an attack on those priorities, preferences, and values. It takes diff’rent strokes to move the world, yes it does.
I think the people criticizing Sean here are missing his point entirely. Sigh
New Yorker tv critic Emily Nussbaum coined the term “bad fan” to refer to viewers who watch shows about morally compromised people primarily to revel in those moral compromises, and who subsequently attack those characters and critics who seem to stand in the way. Think of Skyler-hating Team…
Sexism: it’s why we can’t have nice stuff.
This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.
A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!
Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.
All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.
Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!
A very touching comic. I’m so glad we adopted an adult cat. Not only was he bigger from the start (and therefore more satisfying to hug then a kitten) but he already knew where to go to the bathroom (unlike some kittens you’ll meet). We got Rocket even though we knew he had FIV and only a few teeth. It hasn’t made a bit of difference. The few teeth he had eventually needed to be removed (because they were rotting) but he hasn’t cost us anything extra aside from that. Not having teeth actually makes him cuter because it causes him to stick his tongue out a lot. He’s the most affectionate cat imaginable. And the gummy-est.
true detective season 2: jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong’o as fbi agents fresh out of quantico infiltrating a mysterious sorority at miskatonic university.
Love it! I think I heard the show runner say next season there’d be female detectives (prob cuz we complained)
Like many people in the film industry, my mind this week has been on Sarah Jones. Sarah was a second assistant camera (the person who transports cameras and lenses, helps the focus puller take measurements to get the focus right and slates the take, among other things) who was killed by a…
Tulsa OK 1921: US Government Bombs US City
National Guard troops patrolling the streets armed. Thousands of black people held in a convention center. Hundreds of black dead, with bodies piled like wood. That was not New Orleans, that was Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1921.
On May 30, 1921 a young black man named Dick Rowland, stumbled into a white woman, while entering an elevator. He was accused of assault, and arrested the next day. Newly rich from oil Tulsa, was a Ku Klux Klan town. Rowland was sentenced to be hanged. The Tulsa Tribune called for a “Negro lynching tonight.”
The white mob was surprised when they were met by several dozen armed black men, dressed in their World War I uniforms. This led to a racist three day destruction of the black neighborhood of Greenwood. The Red Cross reported 300 mostly dead black people.
Greenwood called “Little Africa,” was a relatively wealthy community. White mobs, many deputized, destroyed every house, store, church or school. The mob met resistance from an armed black population. Governor Robertson declared martial law. The National Guard arrived with machine gun mounted trucks, and airplanes hovering over Greenwood. It was the first time an American city was bombed from the air, by the US government.
Over 6,000 black people, were round up and held in the convention center and fairgrounds, as long as eight days. The homeless were shuttled into a tent city, where typhoid and malnutrition took over. Blacks were allowed out of the convention center, with a tag, with an employers name. Thosands fled the city.
Attempts to turn Greenwood into an industrial zone were unsuccessful. For several years, it was deprived of paved streets, running water, and garbage collection.
See: Tulsa Reparations Coalition and thank you to Internationalist Group for presenting this story in your newspaper.
Always needs to be reblogged
Shit they don’t teach you in school.
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