Well, I wasn't expecting that!

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:49 pm
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As a teenager in the late 90s and early 2000s, I had enough problems, including pimples, my parents’ divorce, and figuring out how to pull off a German accent for my school play. I didn’t have time for actual sex and romance. Instead, I needed vague, non-threatening man-boys who sang and danced in perfectly choreographed harmony.

Luckily, I was an early millennial, which meant I had more boy bands to pick from than the current generation has Kardashians.  After flirting with the Backstreet Boys, I settled comfortably into NSYNC fandom. My friend Heather was also a fan, although we didn’t have any special name for our fandom. In recent history, fans of One Direction referred to themselves as “Directioners,” but things weren’t as organized back then. Heather and I both still logged onto the Internet using AOL and a landline phone; we didn’t have time to think of cute nicknames. Even now, typing this from a wireless Internet connection in an apartment, the only name I can think of is NSyncophants, and that’s not exactly flattering.


Still, that didn’t stop us from talking about the band every chance we got, generally over AOL Instant Messenger (or AIM, as the cool kids called it). Heather’s favorite guy was JC; I was partial to Lance.  But at some point, we started repeating ourselves. There were only so many ways for us to analyze the cover of CosmoGirl featuring the boys holding adorable puppies, and only so many ways for reporters to ask the guys, “Would you ever date a fan?”

So when we ran out of material, I started creating my own.

I don’t have copies of the stories anymore. But the plots, at least as far as there were plots, went something like this: Heather, me, or both of us struggled with adversity. NSYNC came along, and, if they didn’t fix our problems, they at least made it better by telling us we were great. And singing, of course. There had to be singing.

When I was feeling ambitious, I wrote my own songs for the guys to sing to Heather and me. I’m in my early thirties now, yet I can remember the chorus to “Your Love is Like Polish Sausage” more clearly than I can remember prom night: “Your love is like Polish sausage/except not greasy and with less calories/your love is like Polish sausage/It’s lethal and it brings me to my knees/more potent than the power of cheese.”

It’s not great, but it’s not terrible for a 16-year-old who wrote it because she wanted to compare love to food. I expected to cringe a little when I typed the lyrics out, but instead I laughed the same way I laugh now when “Bye Bye Bye” comes onto the radio and I remember the exact spot in the music video where the guys performed simultaneous pelvic thrusts.

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The whole boy band fan fiction thing was a way of figuring out what I could get away with, and I don’t mean lyrically. I had crushes on boys I went to school with, but the idea of writing stories about them mortified me, because what if they found out? Then I would have to deal with the fact that they didn’t like me back. I wanted someone to care about me, but I didn’t want to have to risk anything to get that affection. NSYNC broke up in 2002, and a few years later, Justin Timberlake had gone solo and figured out how to bring sexy back, while I was still trying to puzzle out how to bring sexy anywhere. I’d like to say writing the fan fiction gave me all the confidence I needed, but it was just an early step in what turned out to be a complicated process.

The boys on the cover of the “Celebrity” album.
image: Jive Records

On TV, I saw girls screaming and throwing themselves at Justin and JC and Lance and Joey and Chris, and I felt a little secondhand embarrassment. Sure, it was fun to imagine being the same room as the guys, but what on earth would I say to them?: “Hey, have you guys ever thought of singing more songs about Central European meats?” So I wrote a fantasy version of our meetings that was as silly as possible. I set one story at the fast food restaurant where Heather worked, and I made sure to include a fryer accident that was as cartoonish as possible. I did everything short of adding a note at the top of each story that said, “This is all a joke! I don’t trust my own desires, LOL!” And why would I? Between abstinence-only education and my parents’ awful marriage, I was getting the message loud and clear: love and sex were unreliable. Wanting them was a sign of weakness. Maybe writing the silly little stories was my way of protesting, my way of saying, “I may not like whatever this is, but it does still exist.” It was a way to feel normal, and that felt like a small act of rebellion. (The stories, by the way, were quite chaste; I don’t even think I included kissing.)

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I didn’t realize until later just how much faith I must have had in Heather to show her these stories. True, she was pretty much the only person who would want to read them. She thought they were funny, and she didn’t treat me like a weirdo for writing them. It was one of the kindest things she could have done for me. We’re still friends today, and she’s still kind and thoughtful.

The boys on the cover of their “Greatest Hits” album.
image: Jive Records

Nowadays, fan fiction is so popular that there are websites devoted to exclusively to sharing it. People of all ages are writing it for all sorts of reasons. I haven’t tried it in a while, but the teenage version of me who did still exists somewhere. Perhaps it’s in the part of me that still knows the lyrics to almost every NSYNC song by heart. Heather does too. If we somehow manage to die at the exact same time and place, we could probably go out singing every verse of “Bye Bye Bye” plus the bridge.

One of the best/worst songs in the NSYNC discography is “Giddy Up” from their self-titled debut album. It’s very much in the “I have been wronged by a beautiful lady” pop song tradition. For some reason, Heather and I latched onto one line from the song: “Girl, were you alone?” We must have instant-messaged, “Girl, were you alone?” to each other dozens, if not hundreds, of times. Whoever received the message would respond in the silliest way possible. If I sent Heather the message, she would often say JC was with her. If she sent me the message, I would reply that Lance was with me.

We knew, of course, that the other girl wasn’t hanging out with any members of NSYNC. But even if we couldn’t say it, we also knew that we weren’t alone.

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Sometimes you look at a belly dance clothing vendor, admiring the beautiful clothing and considering a purchase because you need a new pair of pants (well, "need" is such a strong word, but "budgeting for a vanity purchase" is longer), but you notice some things:

You say to yourself, "Huh. All those models are really, really, REALLY thin."

REALLY thin.

You notice there are a couple of pictures of slender non-model dancers, and that's pretty cool, and a troupe of slender-to-average non-model dancers, and that's also cool.

Then you keep scrolling down and see that picture of the one non-model dancer wearing their clothes who might be considered larger-than-average has been cut off at the chest. You pause. You click. You see she's got a belly.

She's not fat. She's not plus-sized. Just larger-than-average. With a beautiful stomach, but one that's a little bit bigger than any of the other pictures that are actually visible on the site.

There aren't any plus-sized belly dancers on this site either. AT ALL. Which is weird. Because there are plenty of plus-sized belly dancers who are happy to buy dance wear. Especially custom-made dance wear.

That's when you realize that this clothing vendor doesn't want lardasses like you sullying their goods with your impure body.

So you close the tab and remember the name of the vendor, because you won't sully their bank account with your fat-stained money either.
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Posted by Jessica Mason

Warning: Spoilers for Wynonna Earp season two follow.

Wynonna Earp showed up to San Diego Comic-Con last weekend in a major way, with cast and creators taking the convention by storm to meet fans, discuss the show and announce the news of a season three (!) pick up to a packed panel crowd on Saturday afternoon. I got to chat with the cast as well as showrunner Emily Andras and Wynonna Earp comic creator Beau Smith about the latest twists in the story, the rest of the season and the amazing little show that could.

One thing was clear: the cast are the only people that love the show, Emily Andras, and Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna) more than the fans. Fans were recently shocked when in episode six of the currently airing second season, it was revealed that Wynonna was pregnant, a move that integrated Scrofano’s own real-life pregnancy. Praise for Scrofano as a performer and Andras’ boldness in unflinchingly building the pregnancy into the story was a constant theme among the performers. Beau Smith said it simply: “Emily is smart and Emily is also super brave.” It’s not just that she brought the pregnancy into the story, but also allowed Wynonna to keep kicking ass and to represent that not only as a woman but “also as a mother she can be strong.” The character of Wynonna was inspired by Smith’s own mother, and Smith sees her strength and fire in Scrofano’s performance.

Tim Rozon, who plays the suave and immortal Doc Holliday–who may or may not be the father of the Earplet–was similarly affected by Scrofano. “I was inspired and in awe of her daily,” Rozon said. “Selfishly, it was the best experience I’ve had in my life,” Rozon added, explaining how working with Scrofano and relating to her simply as a human being who was truly experiencing pregnancy made it “really easy to be dramatic and effective this year.” New cast addition this season, Tamara Duarte (Rosita) was personally moved by watching Scrofano, watching her working while pregnant and not slowing down, and to know this was something she herself could do.

No one had it harder than Scrofano, who not only filmed until four days before she gave birth but who also was co-writing a Wynonna Earp comic with Smith in her scant time off. “It was really hard emotionally,” Scrofano noted of the filming this season. However, according to Scrofano, the secrecy required to keep the pregnancy under wraps allowed the actors to return to the same “bubble” of filming the first season. Scrofano notes: “The work was pure. We were just coming at it fresh … We could just be a family and just focus.”

Andras was passionate while discussing the choice to write in Scrofano’s pregnancy. “You have to put your money where your mouth is, you just have to be prepared to honor that commitment if you’re a feminist,” Andras said. “I just can’t have her holding an increasingly large series of laundry baskets. I wanted her to kick some ass.” The show managed to catch Wynonna’s gestation up with Scrofano’s with a bit of magic, but that was also a conscious choice to wink that the “magical pregnancy” trope and also take the choice away from Wynonna. The option of termination and choice was important for the show to address (cue a bunch of sly ‘plan B’ jokes), but the removal of that choice from Wynonna also fit into the show’s themes. “Destiny keeps screwing over Wynonna,” Andras lamented.

Wynonna herself is feeling down, but not out as things move on this season. Putting it succinctly, Scrofano said Wynonna “can’t catch a fucking break.” Now as a mother, “I think she feels alone more than ever. I think she feels the burden of responsibility now in a way she’s never felt.” But that doesn’t mean things will slow down. As the season continues, things for Wynonna and the whole gang continue to amp up and evolve, and if the first half of the season has been wild, we can expect the second half to be, as Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly Earp) described it “super epic.” Katherine Barrell (Nicole Haught) noted that things are getting “super high stakes, super dangerous.” Barrell added that with the addition of the Earp bun in the oven, “there’s this sense of when you’re caring for yourself and grownups it’s one thing, but when you’re caring an unborn child … it’s another.”

One thing we can look forward to is continued unexpected pairings of characters and seeing different sides of them. The entire cast lauded Andras for her ability to explore fresh aspects of her cast and continually keep them on their toes. For Shamier Anderson (Xavier Dolls) especially, we will see who Dolls is without Black Badge behind him. Since his relationship with Wynonna stalled thanks to the baby, “he’s just sad for a lot of things,” Anderson noted. But he did tease about Dolls’ dragon-like powers and that we will see more of “what he can actually do” when he goes “dragon mode.”

We may also learn more about the history between Dolls and newcomer Jeremy (Verrun Saranga). Saranga, who Beau Smith cited as a particular favorite this season, also praised Andras for the variety and challenges she brings for the character. “She always gives us different things to play,” Saranga said. Tamara Duarte teased similar revelations coming for our other new addition this season, saying of mysterious genius/bartender Rosita: “You’re gonna find out who she is, what she is … It’s gonna all unfold.” Provost-Chalkley as well has loved the new aspects of the younger (maybe-not-)Earp sister she’s been able to play this season. “[I’m] so fortunate that I’ve been given so much this year,” Provost-Chalkey said.

Speaking of Waverly, I asked how the fandom’s favorite ship, Wayhaught is going to weather the storm of stress this season. The answer? Nicole and Waverly are doing pretty well, considering everything. “They always come back together,” Provost-Chalkey said. Barrell added that, “It’s not very often that you get that many stressors on a new relationship, so I think it’s really showing the strength of their bond.” As for, well, everything else, the outlook isn’t so rosy. Andras teased cliffhanger endings for the rest of the season, as well as revelations about the Earp curse coming in this week’s episode. Beau Smith said of the rest of the season: “It’s about to go into hyper speed. There are characters that are going to come up that we are going to be shocked to see.” He also said an episode is coming that is “a kaleidoscope of chaos … and it will all come together. You’ll be very thankful or just plain shocked.”

No matter what, the fans are excited and the creators and cast are right there with them. “We won some sort of cosmic lottery for this show and fandom,” Rozon said. Lovers of strong feminist stories feel the same. “We have Game of Thrones‘ cut up vegetable budget,” Andras said, so “you really need character to be consistent and developed,” to make it seem just as epic. The show has succeeded spectacularly in that regard, and continues to get stronger with each episode. Andras gave a hat tip to SyFy for allowing her to keep the show so progressive: “They have never once said to me ‘tone it down with the vagina talk.’” Sometimes it takes a small show to do big things and trumpet a big message, and that’s what Wynonna Earp has done. “I think genre as a rule is really inclusive,” Andras noted. It’s a good thing too because it’s given us instantly iconic moments for female characters every week. Writing a feminist show is all Andras knows how to do, she explained: “It’s kinda my jam.” And it’s ours too.

Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls. Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.

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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

Some memes are funny and some are cruel and some are both, leaving you curled up in a fetal position and laughing while you question your existence.

Instagram user angstyfairy creates hilarious and clever memes that can be, well, a little too relatable and on the nose. If a meme can show you something about yourself, this Bingo card takes the navel-gazing cake. As soon as I saw it (crossposted to both Tumblr and Twitter, because this one spread across platforms immediately) I sent screenshots to two of my group text chats. “BINGO,” came the immediate response. “I’m the second row,” said another friend. “I’m the fourth column,” said another. And on and on.

There’s a couple of things happening. First off, many of us would like to believe that we were once “gifted” children, or perhaps we were told that we were by parents or teachers or mentors. So the meme’s headline is an instant hook. I was never in any of the special “gifted” classes for kids who did well on tests and in STEM areas, but my writing skills were praised at a young age, and as such I’ve lived in a state of both “thinking that [I’m] destined for greatness” and “existential anxiety” about the process of writing ever since.

This is the double-edged sword of being told you’re excellent at something as a kid—it can be a big morale boost, and it can also be paralyzing once you realize you still need to put in a lot of work and that further acclaim and success won’t simply descend from the sky, no matter what your 8th grade English teacher said.

But there’s more going on here than simply having been placed on a youthful pedestal in some area or another. Maybe there really are traits inherent in certain smart kids who become smart and yet often frustrated, burnt-out adults. Whether discontented about work, relationships, personal projects, the increasingly dystopic state of society or all of the above, as adults this seems to manifest for many of us in similar ways.

Weighed down by our own outsized expectations for ourselves, we find this can result in a lack of motivation, or a refusal to ask for help, or an escape from it all through substances and risk-taking behavior. We have issues with authority (since we may believe we are the authority), which extends into a skepticism about work hierarchies or the government. And the fear of not living up to the potential we thought we possessed can result in quitting when things don’t come easily, making excuses, or not trying in the first place.

That’s my best guess at parsing why some of us find this meme incredibly, instantly relatable. Perhaps this has nothing to do with peculiarly “gifted” childhoods and is more about distinct personality types; I have friends and associates who certainly wouldn’t identify with any of these squares—and they were often brilliant students and are accomplished adults. Or maybe “gifted” means something different and nebulous that’s impossible to pin down with test scores or career ladders. Whatever it is, it’s resulted in these immensely “covetable personality traits,” as angstyfairy jokes in their caption. I feel called out.

While I don’t feel that every single square here describes me, it’s so many—like, 22—that if this were an actual Bingo game I’d have “won” many times over. Which is satisfying, at least, since I love instant gratification.

Anyway, how’d you do?

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News about the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, which promises to take an intimate look at the mind that brought us The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has emerged giving us a closer look at how this film will unfold.

Syfy Wire reports the Finnish director Dome Karukoski will be directing the film. Highly acclaimed in Finland, Kaurkoski’s previous films include Beauty and the Bastard, Heart of a Lion, and the recent biopic about iconic gay illustrator Tom of Finland.

The project, which has been in the works since 2013, was written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The film “explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the ‘fellowship’ apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.”

Syfy points out that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were penned in the 1930s and 40s, so it’s unclear whether the film will dive into Tolkien writing these specific stories, or instead focus on the inspirational elements during the war. His years past WWI, which include not just those books but other instances like the author’s pioneering writing on Beowulf and friendship with C.S. Lewis among the Inklings would be fascinating to see onscreen. Either way, I’m excited for a thoughtful and personal look at the writer.

It’s also been reported that Nicholas Hoult is the frontrunner to play young Tolkien, as the filmmakers “sparked to Hoult’s performance in the Yorgus Lanthimos-directed The Favorite.” Hoult, who’s recently worked on Rebel in the Rye, a J.D. Salinger biopic about the young writer during World War II as well as The Current War where he portrays Nikola Tesla, would definitely in his element for dramatic history.

What do you think about the team so far? It’s hard to think of a single person to capture the magic of Tolkien’s mind, but do you think Hoult can do him justice?

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Plenty of studies have shown that girls begin to feel excluded from STEM fields at a young age. From the overwhelmingly male portrayals in film and television to the gender-based marketing of STE-related toys, girls grow up subconsciously hearing that science and technology is not a place they inherently belong. To combat that idea and to shrink the gender gap in these fields, we have to reach girls early and make sure they see the same inclusion, the same access to opportunities as young boys.

The Girl Scouts of the USA announced today that they’re introducing 23 new badges in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as the outdoors. I have to say, I’m pretty jealous of anyone who gets to be a Girl Scout today. Check out some of these new badges:

The new badges are meant to address “the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM,” and they’re being introduced into all levels of the organization, even as early as the Daisies, the group for girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade.

To create them, the Girl Scouts have paired with other organizations like GoldieBlox, Code.org, SciStarter, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Sylvia Acevedo is the new CEO of the Girl Scouts, as of this past May. She’s a huge proponent of getting girls and women into STEM, herself being a former engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as a former Girl Scout. She said of the new wave of badges, [These girls] want to be hackers. They want to protect against cybersecurity and cyberterrorism. They want to do that kind of coding. If you think about it, that’s solving a problem in their community—and that’s the core of what we do at Girl Scouts.”

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Pitcher plants blooming. Also at least three kinds of bog orchids, and little tiny sundews.

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I’m not oblivious to the fact that folks can feel like they suffer from event fatigue or what have you. All I can say to that is, I personally believe that events are like any other kind of story. The delivery method doesn’t matter. Whether it’s its own title, a weekly book, an anthology, or a team-up, I don’t believe there is a type of book that doesn’t work. All that matters at the end of the day is whether or not your story is good. -- Nick Spencer

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The Order of Truth's Aeon Priests have resurrected our May 2014 Numenera Bundle, featuring the tabletop science-fantasy roleplaying game Numenera from Monte Cook Games. A billion years in the future, explore the Ninth World to find leftover artifacts of nanotechnology, the datasphere, bio-engineered creatures, and myriad strange devices that defy understanding. The inspiration for the recent Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game from inXile Entertainment, Numenera is about discovering the wonders of eight previous worlds to improve the present and build a future.

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A reader writes:

I start my new job tomorrow and I don’t know if I should bring a lunch or not. I usually do pack a lunch but part of me feels it’s “dorky” to do so. The job is in the city and I think my new coworkers would take me out to lunch (two of them did during the interview). It would be relatively easy to buy a lunch if they don’t, and I know it’s not a huge deal either way, but what would you suggest?

I think you’re fine either way.

But if I must pick one course of action, I’d say don’t bring your lunch, especially since you know you’ll easily be able to buy yourself something if no one has lunch plans for you. It’s just too hard to know how first days will go and people taking you out for your first day is pretty common.

That said, plenty of people do bring their lunch on their first day, and it’s not a big deal if you’d rather do that. Just make sure it’s something that you won’t mind skipping if it does turn out that people suggest taking you out. You shouldn’t turn down that invitation even if you have really delicious pad thai from last night’s dinner waiting for you at your desk.

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By now, I imagine most of my fellow geeks are aware that when Peter Capaldi leaves Doctor Who in the coming Christmas special, he’ll be replaced by Jodie Whittaker. Naturally, not everyone was happy about the next Doctor being…gasp…a woman.

As the conversation progressed, I started to see more people suggesting the backlash wasn’t a thing. All they were seeing was people complaining about the backlash, as opposed to anyone actually being unhappy about a woman playing the Doctor. The whole thing was people getting angry over nothing, and feeding on each other’s anger.

Now Steven Moffat himself has joined in to proclaim, “There has been so many press articles about a backlash among the Doctor Who fandom about casting a female Doctor. There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely.”

Oddly, most of the people I’ve seen saying the backlash is imaginary, made-up, and/or blown completely out of proportion, have been men. Perhaps — and I’m just guessing here — because it’s easier for men to overlook sexism? Misogyny doesn’t directly affect us, so we’re less likely to notice it?

It’s like white people denying racism, straight people denying the hatred and intolerance of homosexuality, and so on. Just because we don’t see it — perhaps because we choose not to look, or perhaps because we’ve never learned to look — doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

For all those who share Moffat’s confusion, here are just a few examples of the ignorant, sexist, hateful, and sometimes flat-out batshit responses to Whittaker taking over as the Doctor.


“The replacement of male with female is meant to erase femininity. In point of fact, and no matter what anyone thinks or wishes, readers and viewers have a different emotional relationship to female characters as male. This does not mean, obviously, that females cannot be protagonists or cannot be leaders. It means mothers cannot be fathers and queens cannot be kings.

“…I have been a fan of Dr Who since age seven, when Tom Baker was the Doctor. I have tolerated years of public service announcements in favor of sexual deviance that pepper the show. But this is too much to tolerate.

“The BBC has finally done what The Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen have failed to do. They killed off the Doctor.”

John C. Wright (you may remember him from his freak-out over Korra and Asami.)


Over on Twitter, @TechnicallyRon took comments from angry Doctor Who “fans” and turned them into title cards.

Lisa Crowther also screenshotted some comments from angry Daily Mail readers.


Twitter also has plenty of comments like this fellow’s woeful lament, “And again the PC brigade get their way. R.I.P Doctor Who” (Source)


Joe Scaramanga’s response to this sexist twit was a thing of beauty.


British tabloid and shit-filled dumpster fire The Sun responded to the announcement by publishing nude photos of Judie Whittaker.


Caitlynn Fairbarns has rounded up a ton of the negative comments and reactions.


But remember everyone, it’s not about sexism!

“It’s a woman. That’s it, Doctor Who is ruined. Like I said, I’m not sexist, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.” –Mark S.W.


Now, folks might argue that the majority of Doctor Who fans are excited about the Doctor being a woman. (Though there’s a very real and valid frustration that we’re on our fourteenth doctor and the character has still been exclusively white.) Others will say some of the negative comments are coming from trolls just looking to get a reaction, or that of course Daily Mail readers are being horrid about Whittaker’s casting.

You might be right. That doesn’t change the fact that the negativity exists. It’s not one or two isolated assholes. It’s a real and significant thing, and it’s closely tied to the kind of harassment and disdain and hatred and other forms of sexism women deal with every day. Sexism that men so often don’t see. Sexism we respond to by telling women they’re overreacting, or they’re just imagining things, or that if they’d just stop talking about it the problem would somehow magically go away.

I get it. You’re tired of hearing people complain about sexism. Gosh, can you imagine how tiring it must be when you’re constantly on the receiving end of that sexism. Constantly being told you shouldn’t be allowed to play the same kinds of roles. Constantly being told your only worth comes from your body. Constantly being told your inclusion is some kind of public service announcement. Constantly having your accomplishments belittled as “PC pandering.”

Look, I wish we didn’t have folks like Wright rolling around with his head up his ass every time his Straight White Manliness feels threatened by a cartoon or a TV show or whatever else he’s scared of this week, but we do. Pretending otherwise not only turns a blind eye to the pervasiveness of sexism and other forms of bigotry, it also means turning your back on those who are directly targeted by that intolerance every day.

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Review: Rescued by Dakota Storm

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:30 pm
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RescuedRating: 3.75 stars
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Length: Novel

Dean is a rancher who is out driving in the snow. He’d been meeting with a realtor checking out some property to possibly expand his and his brother’s ranch. Dean’s truck conks out in the middle of what is working up to be a huge blizzard. Deciding to get out and walk, he’s soon overcome with the cold and snow.

Colt is out with his nephew Coop and comes across Dean and brings him out of the snow into their truck. Colt and Coop bring Dean back to their house to get him warm and safe. There’s a nearly instant connection between Dean and Colt as they settle in for what’s going to be a serious storm.

Colt is a well known tracker and rescuer, and he’s called out to find two lost boys who headed out on their snow mobiles and didn’t return. Once he’s found the boys, Colt, Dean, and Coop settle into a routine while Colt recovers from an injury. Suddenly, Dean is called back to his ranch as his brother has gone missing. Colt and Coop come along for the ride so Colt can help.

Once everything is taken care of, Dean and Colt have to decide whether they are in it for the long haul, or if what they had was just two men keeping each other warm during the chaos.

I’m going to start by saying I liked Rescued just fine. At just 134 pages (per Amazon), it was short, sweet, and to the point. I enjoy rescue stories, and this fit that bill to a T. Colt rescues Dean from the storm, but when you think about it, Dean rescues Colt as well, just not from the snow. Instead, Dean rescues Colt from loneliness.

Dean and Colt have a good chemistry. As I said, their attraction was damn near instant, with smiles, sideways glances, and little touches being exchanged as soon as Colt and Coop get Dean into the truck. To me, it felt a little too quick, but with the length of the book, I understood it had to be that way. This all being said, just because the attraction was instant, it didn’t mean they jumped into a sexual relationship right away. Basically, they had to concentrate on just staying warm and keeping the fire and generator going. Also, there was Coop to consider because they all slept in the living room to be near the fire to conserve the gas for the stove and hot water. No matter how much they wanted to touch each other, they couldn’t very well be doing that in the presence of a thirteen-year-old boy.

Speaking of that thirteen-year-old boy, my biggest knock on Rescued has to do with Coop’s…maturity. I think that’s the word I’m looking for. He doesn’t have much of a filter or concern for privacy and control. Take this, for instance. After Dean’s clothes get wet, he has to climb into the truck with no pants or underwear, sitting between Colt and Coop.

The intimacy was a little much in the warmth of the cab, and the teenager’s eyes gleefully bugged out of his head.

Here’s another example. Dean is taking a hot shower when they get back to the house, and he’s daydreaming about Colt.

The shower was just what he needed for his sore and frozen muscles He didn’t want to get out of the thick stream of hot water, but he didn’t want to use all the hot water either. Just as he was about to get out, the door whipped open.

“Sorry, I have to pee. It’s too cold to go outside.”

Dean stood in the shower, amazed at Coop’s carefree nature.

Call me old fashioned, but that seems a little more than a carefree nature. That’s pushing some boundaries. Couldn’t he have held it a few more minutes? Maybe that’s a ticky thing, but it gave me a bit of a squicky feeling.

There was a nice bit of tense action while Colt was out searching for the lost boys. As I read, I was hoping he’d find them. I knew he’d find them, but there were a few moments when I was concerned. Those boys were out for well over a full day in snow as deep as three feet and extremely cold temperatures. Later, when Dean’s brother, Randy, went missing, the situation was similar…tense and even a little exciting. I thought maybe those scenes ran a little long, but the included details showed me the author did some pretty extensive research into the tracking/rescue process.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the sex scenes. They were super hot, and there was chemistry to spare. I liked the time Colt took with Dean worshipping his body and talking dirty. I also appreciated the fact they didn’t jump right into the penetrative sex. Colt was injured, and the doctor said no to…strenuous activity. So, there was a lot of kissing, touching, and oral. Frankly, that was great. However, when they’re finally able to get into everything? Wow! It was loving, and the men were caught up in each other, but we’re not talking about slow and sweet. That came later (and yes, I went there with that pun).

If you’re looking for a nice way to spend an hour or so, Rescued is a nice distraction from the real world. The cold and snow will stave off the summer heat, for sure. I’m more than willing to check out some more of Dakota Storm’s work.

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Republicans (especially their President) have made some increasingly ridiculous public statements lately, which has left us to only imagine what they’re keeping to themselves … until they accidentally spill it on a hot mic, that is. That’s exactly what happened with Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democrat Jack Reed today, and it’s equal parts frightening, absurd, and hilarious—well, maybe not exactly equal.

During the exchange, which can now be found documented across the internet, Collins complained of the way the Office of Management and Budget—which oversees the implementation of the president’s budget vision, but is not part of the legislature—basically just crosses out any budget item that’s a grant, which Collins finds ” incredibly irresponsible.” Hopefully, she’ll act accordingly when the time comes for the Senate to actually act on such a thing, as she’s been one of the few Republicans so far to have saved us from the Senate GOP’s health care legislation so far.

With the way the health care bill has been crafted largely in secret and rammed through recklessly, I have to imagine that Collins also found that “incredibly irresponsible,” but she seems pretty alone in terms of Republican senators who feel that way—or who care about acting on it, at least. At this point, Collins is the GOP senator who’s voted against Trump the most, and she’s still voted with his whims 86% of the time. I don’t know why we had to find out how she really feels accidentally, though. We’d probably be better of if she switched things around and started publicly calling her party’s actions irresponsible, while keeping her 86% agreement to herself.

She also said she doesn’t think Trump has any idea how the budget process works, as mandated by law, and I have to bet she’s right on about that. Reed, of course, had harsher words for Trump, like “crazy,” which he also applied to members of the House of Representatives. I’m pretty sure we all know which ones. Republican infighting has been as much a hurdle in the legislative process as—maybe more than—Democratic resistance, with one House representative, Blake Farenthold, saying he’d duel with three Republican Senators who oppose the health care legislation … if they were men:

“Some of the people that are opposed to this, there are female senators from the Northeast … If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Collins had a few personal thoughts to share on Farenthold, including, “Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?” By that, she meant this shot of Farenthold at a pajama party:

Nothing says duel-worthy badass like ducky PJs. My money’s on Collins—both in a duel and to hopefully rescue us from “incredibly irresponsible” legislation, since Farenthold and most of the Republican party don’t seem to mind it so much.

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Posted by Charline Jao

The Emoji Movie, for the most part, has mostly stayed in everyone’s periphery before its upcoming release. However, a couple of days ago, an ad from the Twitter page featuring a parody of Hulu’s highly-acclaimed Margaret Atwood adaptation The Handmaid’s Tale caught some eyes and resulted in criticism that led the account to delete the tweet. Of course, this is the internet, so you can see a screenshot above of an emoji gleefully donning a handmaid’s red uniform with the text “The Emoji’s Tale” and a caption reading “Blessed be the emoji. #EmojiMovie :D” with a link to purchase tickets.

The ad was questionable for lots of reasons, mainly that it seems like the creators wanted to capitalize off the popularity of the Hulu series without pausing to think whether it was a good idea to combine a kid’s movie with a dystopian and terrifying series about state-sanctioned sexual violence and the loss of female autonomy. It’s almost as if they saw the “[film] as told by emojis” format around the internet and decided to pick a random popular show with quotable lines.

Also, just who exactly is this ad trying to target? Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale who also have kids? Someone who thinks it’s hilarious to put a dead-eyed emoji with a serial killer smile in the place of a woman forced by the state to give birth? I just—I’m confused.

PR Person #1: Should we emphasize the fact that we have industry royalty, Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart on the film, to demonstrate the fact that this film includes real talent who, with a complete absence of pretension and not taking themselves too seriously, are all excited about this film?

PR Person #2: No, put the creepy female emoji on The Handmaid’s Tale, I hear that’s a show people like right now.

PR Person #1: That’s actually a really dark show based on different instances of state violence in history, illustrating a patriarchal totalitarian regime that resonates a lot with our present time. It occasionally stumbles with race, but it’s a really powerfu-

PR Person #2: Too late I already made it, blessed be the eggplant emoji, amiright?

In some ways, this complete marketing flub mirrors the strangeness of The Emoji Movie, which feels still doesn’t feel like a real film to me. As with all bad marketing moves, it seems like this could have been fully avoidable with a more diverse team. Or like, one person who watched The Handmaid’s Tale and didn’t find it fuel for shallow, emoji-filled humor absent of any real commentary.

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