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I'm the fun in dysfunctional

Greetings! Vitória's blog here. If you enjoy WTNV, BBC Sherlock, queer-feminist rantings, quotes and fangirling in general, then: WELCOME :)
Apr 18 '14
sociolab:

anintersubjectiveworld:

Fact: You can’t teach sociology without making people uncomfortable. The entire venture is designed to make people question the ideas they’re taught in everyday life, about supposedly “natural” behavior, supposedly “normal” social organization, supposedly “self-evident” truth. Sociology consists of yanking those out, sometimes quite forcefully. It also consists of teaching people that their emotions are social creatures, learned, normalized, adjusted for the demands of social organization, not internal reactions. It consists of making them realize that their opinions are not their own. If they could opt out of whatever upsets them, we can just abandon all efforts.

There are few things that make me as livid as statements like this.  People who write about trigger warnings in this way obviously have no idea what a trigger is or how triggering topics can affect someone.
Yes, sociology makes people uncomfortable because it challenges so many taken for granted beliefs.  But that’s not what trigger warnings are about.  It is about warning students when there will be discussion of sensitive topics that a person may or may not have experienced first hand.  Trigger warnings for racism are not for white people.  Trigger warnings for slurs are not for the privileged groups that use them as weapons.  Trigger warnings for sexual assault/rape are not for rapists.
I think it is perfectly appropriate to warn students before discussions about sexual assault, violence, suicide, or whatever other topics may be of a sensitive nature.  I would never ever want any of my students to be forced into a situation, where there is already an unequal power dynamic, that may negatively affect their well-being.
My friend sat through a presentation of a graphic poem about a woman’s experience with sexual assault in one of her classes.  The poem and the following discussion re-traumatized her and the students’ responses made her feel unsafe.  I sat with her afterwards while she told me what happened.  I would never ever want one of my students to leave class like that.  What kind of educational purpose does that serve?  She doesn’t need to learn about a woman’s experience with sexual assault.  She knows.

sociolab:

anintersubjectiveworld:

Fact: You can’t teach sociology without making people uncomfortable. The entire venture is designed to make people question the ideas they’re taught in everyday life, about supposedly “natural” behavior, supposedly “normal” social organization, supposedly “self-evident” truth. Sociology consists of yanking those out, sometimes quite forcefully. It also consists of teaching people that their emotions are social creatures, learned, normalized, adjusted for the demands of social organization, not internal reactions. It consists of making them realize that their opinions are not their own. If they could opt out of whatever upsets them, we can just abandon all efforts.

There are few things that make me as livid as statements like this.  People who write about trigger warnings in this way obviously have no idea what a trigger is or how triggering topics can affect someone.

Yes, sociology makes people uncomfortable because it challenges so many taken for granted beliefs.  But that’s not what trigger warnings are about.  It is about warning students when there will be discussion of sensitive topics that a person may or may not have experienced first hand.  Trigger warnings for racism are not for white people.  Trigger warnings for slurs are not for the privileged groups that use them as weapons.  Trigger warnings for sexual assault/rape are not for rapists.

I think it is perfectly appropriate to warn students before discussions about sexual assault, violence, suicide, or whatever other topics may be of a sensitive nature.  I would never ever want any of my students to be forced into a situation, where there is already an unequal power dynamic, that may negatively affect their well-being.

My friend sat through a presentation of a graphic poem about a woman’s experience with sexual assault in one of her classes.  The poem and the following discussion re-traumatized her and the students’ responses made her feel unsafe.  I sat with her afterwards while she told me what happened.  I would never ever want one of my students to leave class like that.  What kind of educational purpose does that serve?  She doesn’t need to learn about a woman’s experience with sexual assault.  She knows.

Apr 18 '14
smashsurvey:

For two days, we surveyed the fan presence for the narrative podcast Welcome to Night Vale here on tumblr. Commonplace Books’ horror/mystery series follows the broadcasts of Cecil Palmer, a radio host in the town of Night Vale. Cecil’s dynamic with his boyfriend Carlos is a frequent feature on the show and has been a point of contention with homophobic bloggers on the site before, but now it seems WTNV’s diverse cast and progressive stance has attracted a new kind of scumbag attitude. 

So, is the WTNV fandom community racist? 
We asked the tags if they thought the community that formed around Night Vale had turned unwelcoming towards people of color and interpretations of figures on the show as characters of color — and, specifically, if they’d seen accepted white supremacist and overtly racist attitudes in what should be safe fan spaces. For a show as progressive and accepting as Night Vale is, the results were upsetting. 
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smashsurvey:

For two days, we surveyed the fan presence for the narrative podcast Welcome to Night Vale here on tumblr. Commonplace Books’ horror/mystery series follows the broadcasts of Cecil Palmer, a radio host in the town of Night Vale. Cecil’s dynamic with his boyfriend Carlos is a frequent feature on the show and has been a point of contention with homophobic bloggers on the site before, but now it seems WTNV’s diverse cast and progressive stance has attracted a new kind of scumbag attitude. 

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So, is the WTNV fandom community racist? 

We asked the tags if they thought the community that formed around Night Vale had turned unwelcoming towards people of color and interpretations of figures on the show as characters of color — and, specifically, if they’d seen accepted white supremacist and overtly racist attitudes in what should be safe fan spaces. For a show as progressive and accepting as Night Vale is, the results were upsetting. 

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Apr 18 '14

cedrikaprovencher:

landorus:

i feel like ‘restaurant’ shouldnt be spelled like that

les anglophones volent des mots à d’autres langues puis chialent parce qu’ils ne sont pas orthographiés comme ils le voudraient

(Source: landorus)

Apr 18 '14
"It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being."
Apr 17 '14
fuckyeahexistentialism:

Gabriel García Márquez   March 6, 1927- April 17, 2014

fuckyeahexistentialism:

Gabriel García Márquez   March 6, 1927- April 17, 2014

(Source: firsttimeuser)

Apr 17 '14
"This is for the first time I heard the word, ‘heteronormative’ and felt like I was handed a corkscrew after years of opening the bottle with my teeth."
Lauren Zuniga, Confessions of an Uneducated Queer [x] (via hurryuppleaseitstime)
Apr 17 '14
"

This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.

Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.

It’s on us.

How do we fight this war? We stop enabling. We check ourselves and, when necessary, wreck ourselves. Do you know a guy who’s hate-following women on Twitter just to troll them? You check him. Do you know a guy who’s writing disgusting screeds to women journalists because they don’t like the same things he likes? You check him. Do you know a professional whose discourse with women in his field is loaded with gender-specific language and condescension that could enable further abuse? You check him. Are your Twitter followers identifying you as a sympathetic ear for their sexist views? You check yourself. Is your website’s message board a cesspool of ignorance and hate? You check it like you actually give a damn. Do you know a guy who’s sending rape threats to women for any reason? Oh, you report that guy.

Let me make it plain:

A woman objecting to the content of a comic book — even if you think she’s dead wrong — does not rise to the occasion of vicious name calling and rape threats.

Nothing does.

"
Andy Khouri writes at Comics Alliance. Read the whole thing - the motif is Fake Geek Guys, noting that the superhero fans who act in such an abusive, unethical way are 100% against the genre they claim to love - but I pull this part out of context.  (via kierongillen)
Apr 17 '14

pemsylvania:

THE WORST PART OF HAVING CURLY HAIR IS WHEN PEOPLE ASK IF YOU HAVE BRUSHED YOUR HAIR LIKE NO I FUCKING HAVEN’T BECAUSE IF I DO THAT I WILL POOF UP AND LOOK LIKE A FUCKING CLOUD SO WOULD YOU RATHER WALK AROUND WITH A FUCKING CLOUD HEAD OR WITH PRETTY CURLS SHUT THE FUCK UP AND EAT YOUR STRAW HAIR

(Source: pemsylvania)

Apr 17 '14

(Source: holmeswilliam)

Apr 17 '14

khorazir:

"Mealtime"

As we’re finally allowed to post our contributions to the fabulous Cabin Pressure Artbook, here’s mine. Drawn in ink and coloured with watercolour. For more information about the artbook and how and where to purchase it, visit their tumblr or their storenvy.

The four motifs are also available as postcards. Since shipping is more expensive than the actual cards, I could be persuaded to add them to the package if someone buys any of my Sherlock fanart prints or fanbooks ;). Or if you just wanted the cards you could donate some money to support my cycling team for the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace Bike Ride.

Apr 17 '14
anotherwellkeptsecret:

Martin Crieff and Princess Theresa for kassna. It’s been a long time since I’ve drawn these two so it’s interesting to see how my style’s changed with them.

anotherwellkeptsecret:

Martin Crieff and Princess Theresa for kassna. It’s been a long time since I’ve drawn these two so it’s interesting to see how my style’s changed with them.