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title: “bravely, my diligence"
fandom: The Tempest (2010)
song: THC - "Dip"
summary: Bravely, my diligence. Thou shalt be free.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/362598.htm
I'm planning to use what remains of the summer to finish some vids I've had to leave unfinished for far too long. Things are going well so far! I now have a complete draft of the Helen Mirren!Prospera/Ben Whishaw!Ariel shippy fanvid I've wanted to do since forever :DD
Back in 2011 I made a post on the DW comm kink_finders where I said that "It seems inevitable that when het fic does those fun H/C power differential tropes--slave fic, prostitution fic, kidnapping and assorted imperilment--that it's the woman who gets stuck in the role of slave, prostitute, kidnapee. I really, really want het where the guy's the one placed in a position of fetishized vulnerability and all that delicious power given to the woman."
People were awesome and I got a lot of recs. If your storykinks align with that, I'd suggest wandering over to take a gander! I'm mentioning it today because recently I found a het slavefic that does exactly what I always wanted to see done with excellent quality over in Rurouni Kenshin fandom. It's a WIP, standing at 9 chapters right now. You can read it here on AO3. I highly rec it! Even if you're not familiar with the manga or the anime, since it's an AU you should be able to enjoy it anyway.
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/362228.htm
Okay, so we all know what essentialism is, right? In its simplest form, it’s the whole “men are from mars, women are from venus” thing that gets thrown around, saying that (a) there is such a thing as an inherently female or male body (b) all people are either female or male (c) and the biology of their bodies determines their personality/characteristics/abilities. People who like to pretend that women talk more than men because OVARIES or something. Or that a dick makes a person a man and that having one is a ~magical power source~ for channeling the mental energy to do math.
"Flower Boy Next Door" is a thoroughly adorable, kind-hearted, genderfucky (there's basically a role reversal in the main pairing, with a sweet and bubbly hero and a serious and angsty heroine) little Kdrama which I fell head over heels in love with a couple months ago. In the past I've talked about problems I have with the standard het Romance tropes -- well, this series beautifully dances around all of them. My Tumblr tag for the show (warning: spoilers at link) has no less than 66 pages of entries! LOL I'm rewatching it and doing meta on the eps now that summer's here and I have the time.
All the episodes are available for legal and free streaming here, if you want to try it out.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/360192.htm
Two days ago I finished my first year of grad school. It was quite stressful (to say the least) and my attention span has been more comfortable with Tumblr than DW/LJ. But now that the summer is here and my workload's lighter, I'm going to try to engage more over here! Fingers crossed.
blacksquirrel and I had a conversation where she jokingly referred to a popular article in Queer Theory where the author backs up an argument with references to an episode of South Park with a "Pakistani Leather Man" character. It was memorable and it kind of represented the mysterious/strange qualities of academia to me.
“[T]here are elders in the field [of history] gleefully announcing the passing of the theory they refer to as the ‘linguistic turn.’ … employing conceptual tools they would renounce in the study of medieval society or modern intellectual history, they chronicle a succession of phases or stages (from the political to the social to the cultural, to language, to the postcolonial and the global) that totalize history’s practices at any point in time. They reduce the theoretical preoccupations of ‘language’ to a simple thematics, it becomes an object of study (in a succession of them) rather than (what it is) an epistemological position… . There has been great celebration recently, in the pages of the American Historical Review and elsewhere, o f the passing of the linguistic turn (a stand-in for theory more broadly) and the restoration of the empirical imperative in contemporary historical work. Sylvia Schafer refers to ‘the sigh of relief’ that has accompanied this commentary. ‘Declaring theoretically informed historical writing to be a certain kind of ‘dead’ not only distances history ever further from modes of thought that have never sat well with its preferred politics of knowledge. It also suggests that no ‘new’ insight can emerge from history’s past.’ … This thematizing of history, its placement in a succession of ever-evolving objects of study… nullifies its epistemological threat and renders it simply out of style, passé.”
Finally I’ve read an article that explains things I’ve been finding so frustrating. I have a strong liking for theory; in fact, what I know of it so far energizes everything I do. And I assumed that coming to grad school would mean that I’d get the opportunity to rigorously explore and learn theory as well as traditional historical facts, but honestly… my first semester, I had to fight and claw to get even a bit of it. I went outside my department to a Gender Studies class taught by a Sociologist, which people looked down upon for various reasons.
It's been pretty unpleasant.
This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/359522.htm
title: “daughter of the rain and snow”
song: Florence + the Machine - “Landscape (Demo)”
fandom/character: Revenge (ABC) | Emily Thorne (née Amanda Clarke)
summary: born from dark water / daughter of the rain and snow
vidder’s note: Special thanks to amnisias and greenchestnuts for their help, and to everyone else who gave encouragement & feedback!
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/359134.htm
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you’ve come a long way, baby
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/358074.htm
I’ve been chatting on various fan forums about the finale, and several topics keep coming up. Below are some of the topics that have been raised and my POV on them.
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This entry was originally posted at http://mswyrr.dreamwidth.org/356690.htm
I rewatched the pilot last night. I hadn’t seen it since it first aired, and watching it right after seeing the (amazing!) finale had quite the impact. The thing that stood out the most to me was, as always, Emily and Nolan’s relationship. Mainly, that it just does not exist there, not as it comes to. And both of them are a mess. They’re isolated and working out of the very worst of their coping strategies. Emily is all cold rage, destruction, and only allowing herself to connect with her dead father and then only through her plans to burn everyone who hurt them down.