Living and working in L.A. Have a degree in making TV that is currently being underutilized. I like lots of TV and books, especially scifi and fantasy with cool lady characters.
looking for fics of my rarepairs like
I’ve never seen a gif that perfectly exemplifies ff.net until now
This is a bag full of major characters
Actually it is a bag full of assorted candies. But pretend the candies are interesting and well rounded fictional characters with significant roles in their stories.
We’ve decided to mix things up a bit with the nibbles at this party for Western Storytelling. While we used chocolate covered raisins before - this time we have lots of candy.
We get out two bowls to share the candy.
We start filling the two bowls. At first we only start filling the one on the left.
This doesn’t last forever though. Eventually we do start putting candy in the bowl on the right.
But for every single character we put in the bowl on the right, we just keep adding more to the bowl on the left.
The people from Group B become understandably angry because they have so much less candy. Someone points this out and so the people from Group A add more candy Group B’s bowl.
But the people from Group B look at the two bowls and notice the clear difference.
“Why,” someone from group B asks, “does our bowl only have LemonHeads?”
“What? No it doesn’t.” Someone from Group A says.
“If you want different candy maybe you should add your own,” an A says. The people from Group B balk. The people from Group A often go up to the candy bag and the bowls to distribute more candy themselves, switching it between bowls and pulling more from the bag, but whenever the people from Group B try to do the same the people from Group A stop them.
“I don’t know what you’re complaining about; LemonHeads are my favourite characters in our bowl. I’d love to have a bowl just with LemonHeads,” one more A adds.
“Yeah, what do you have against LemonHeads? LemonHeads are a great and valid candy! You should appreciate that you’re getting candy at all, and stop LemonHead bashing!”
This party goes on for a long time. People grow up and have children. When the children from Group B grow up, they all eat LemonHeads. “See?” The people from Group A say, “LemonHeads are their favourite! Why are so many people from Group B complaining about something they like?”
“It’s not that LemonHeads are bad,” someone from Group B tries to say, “It’s just that we wish we could have some variety or choice.”
While the people from Group A aren’t looking, someone from Group B gets to the candy. They grab a Starburst from the bag and put it in the Group B bowl. A sympathetic A also moves a Starburst over from the A bowl.
The people in Group B get excited! “Finally, we have Starburst! About time!”
“That’s not real Starburst,” someone from Group A says, “Just because it has the wrapper doesn’t make it a Starburst.”
“Yeah, it looks gross, not like our Starburst,” someone from Group A says. “It’s not the same at all. Ours is better.”
“It’s literally exactly the same!” Someone from Group B says. “It’s got all the same ingredients and everything!”
“No. We don’t like your different Starburst.”
“The only difference with this Starburst is that it’s in our bowl!”
“Well, yeah” someone from Group A says, “but like, can your bowl even have real Starburst?”
Someone else from Group A says, “Honestly, this is why people from Group B shouldn’t distribute candy. People just don’t like it as much.” The other people from Group A all agree.
A while later it’s someone else’s turn to distribute characters. They go, “Man, I always loved these Starburst. I think we should revisit them!” and they move the Starburst to Group A’s bowl. Every in Group A now loves the Starburst.
At this point the people from Group B get really upset. Some of them are hurt, some of them are mad. They start clamoring for a change in the way candy is distributed.
“Why is it,” someone from Group A asks, “that when we move candy from the Group A bowl to the Group B bowl, they think that’s fine, but when we do it the other way everyone gets all mad?”
“It’s a double standard,” someone from Group A says.
“It totally is.”
This is why there’s not only a difference between making, for instance, white characters black vs. making black characters white, but why when increasing representation it’s important to note what kind of representation you are adding.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with LemonHeads, the problem stems from a lack of choice. The same way that there’s nothing inherently wrong with a Gay Best Friend™, it’s just that, you know, we already have a lot of those. Loving sex is almost certainly a completely wonderful trait of many black women; that doesn’t mean they appreciate Jezebel being the only flavor available when they go to the candy bowl.
Lots of people, when writing margianalized groups, will create one of these familiar and frankly old flavors. Then, when the group they represented understandably complains, will say, “This is why I don’t write women/POC/trans/disabled/etc people! You all are never happy!”
It isn’t enough just to include margianalized groups; you need to include them as the varied and distinct people they are.
(Now what the hell am I going to do with this 6 lb bag of candy???)
Dipper is not gay or bi-curious
Of course not.
Dipper is trans.
Mabel is the one who’s super bisexual.
reminder that the matrix trilogy was written and directed by a trans woman (lana wachowski) along with her brother
one of the most influential and iconic sci fi movies was created by a trans woman and MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!! lana wachowski is a babe and an inspiration, one of the few female directors in hollywood as well as one of the few transgender people in hollywood.
I sometimes wonder if response to the movie wouldn’t have been different if she were out at the time.
But Lana is amazing.