Space Dandy - Episode 16
every time i rewatch fma2003, i pick up something i hadn’t noticed before, and every time i have a realization about some nuance i’d previously missed and feel stupid for having missed it, i think about the anti-crowd who somehow miss even the most obvious of points and then i feel better about myself
If you are going to make a token stand against anti-semitism, an inopportune selfie and Macklemore are not the right choices. Drake’s got us covered against Macklemore. We need help fighting anti-semitism. We don’t need help mocking people who make themselves look ridiculous.
Mawaru Penguindrum (輪るピングドラム) conceptual design art of the Takakura household, illustrated by Shouko Nakamura (中村章子), who also worked on the storyboard and was responsible for the first ending animation.
Seven children and seven Horcruxes
The seven characters each having one of the seven Horcruxes. Draco with the ring, Ron with the locket, Hermione with the cup, Harry himself, Neville and Nagini, Ginny and the diary and Luna with the diadem.
THIS IS BLOODY BRILLIANT
whoneedsamap said: Dave I'm in university and the only philosophy course I took was Logic 1, everything else is engineering, math or computing. It's going to be a problem if I start hating women, my best friend is a woman. Do I need to take extra classes in fourth year?
Logic’s a good class! I really enjoyed Logic, even though the C+ I got in it stings me to this day.
Really I just meant there’s a certain attitude of “My STEM major is valuable, your Humanities degree is not.” Which leads to this extreme ignorance of art and thought, which leads to some mid-20s or 30s jerk acting like he discovered Ideology out of the blue when really it’s like, if you’d spent one day in college taking a course or reading a book besides Computer Programming 101, you might’ve heard some of this stuff and then it wouldn’t come as some huge revelation that society programs you to do stuff (omg, just like a computer!)
Which relates to the Red Pill, but that has more issues than just “I invented Philosophy!” I see a lot of this MRA/Red Pill/whatever stuff as cargo cult philosophy or activism. See Feminists talk about something, copy it, say “no, this is a man’s issue!” without any real understanding besides this animal instinct of “I gotta get -mine- if they’re getting -theirs-!”
Please don’t think I’m saying “Engineers are stupid! Yucko!” That’s a great major for creating things of value and for securing your future, especially in a time where the economy’s shit and things are pretty fraught. I’m only rallying against that subset of nerds who dismiss everything without immediate, tangible value—an attitude of “if it’s not going to fix global warming or make me beaucoup bucks, I don’t care.” Having grounding in this type of thought (whether it comes from college, from reading, or from watching that Zizek documentary) makes you a better rounded person. I think it’s super cool that a lot of nerds are extreme history buffs. It’s super weird, though, that they’re so into Carthage and Hannibal and shit, but don’t give a damn about what Plato had to say. Plato is probably more relevant to the average modern human than knowing how to drag some elephants to war.
I think there’s a similar attitude among the sorts of STEM majors who overrun TV Tropes. They act like literary analysis is brand-new because they just discovered it, and then try to warp it into a black-and-white, categorical thing so it’s more like the sciences they’ve studied, rather than the greyer stuff that the humanities usually are.
For all STEM majors like to gloat about “English majors who can’t do calculus” or whatever, I think that gaps in a humanities education show a lot more down the line. But perhaps that’s just me. I think we could all benefit from taking some classes in, or just being curious about on our own time and educating ourselves in, stuff outside of our majors/destined career paths. A college education should be about more than job-training.
EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY
Joni Mitchell, signing her first record contract, 1968. Photo by Ed Thrasher.
A lot of Ouran fanfic that focuses on one particular slash pairing likes to pair up the rest of the boys, too, as periphery couples, and it’s usually Mori/Honey, Kyoya/Tamaki and Hikaru/Kaoru.
And it’s annoying because I’m totally down with those first two pairings but I’m so not here for the twincest.
fyi this is the perfect response
Anonymous said: What do you make of female anime fans who support & defend works with misogynistic content, whether its aimed at men or women?
Sorry I took so long to answer this, anon!! I’ve been on a self-imposed Tumblr break until I can finish writing a thing but I’m taking a break from my break.
Anyway. There’s not really a simple answer here because this is vague and context is really important. There’s a lot of flavors of misogyny and there’s a lot of ways people might defend it.
It’s okay to like problematic things. Seriously. I like Space Dandy, which can hide behind all the self-awareness and irony in the world but still objectifies women a ton. I loved loved loved Fushigi Yuugi as a wee baby anime fan and, for all its problems, it will probably always have a place in my heart. I have close friends who enjoy K-On, even if I side-eye it as moe otaku pandering. Things can be good but still have issues with its female characters or even exclude them entirely.
"Misogynistic content" is not a black and white thing. What one woman finds empowering, another might find to be not so much (see: Beyonce and the sex positivity movement). Some things might be excellent in some aspects, and fall flat on its face in others. Detractors of slash fandom criticize its focus on male characters, while others consider it powerful because it’s a female-driven community creating sexual content for women, by women.
And sometimes, women just straight-up have internalized misogyny! And well, that’s not okay, but it’s also not entirely their fault because god knows our culture, and many others, encourage it. Or maybe they don’t really take feminism into account when enjoying media. Or…well, there’s lots of reasons.
I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a less general answer, but your question is really vague.