1. Because Elementary is the proof that a good diversity cast isnt enough to save a boring show

    lyrangalia:

    I’ll grant you, anon, that diversity isn’t enough to save a show from poor writing. However, let’s talk about a few other things, shall we?

    Let’s talk about how shows with all white male protagonists can churn out straight-up racist episodes still be utterly beloved by its fanbase and the Emmys. Let’s talk about how shows with all white male protagonists can kill off every female character it’s ever had for ten years and still have a massive popular following heralding it as progressive for gay representation. Let’s talk about how movies with with all white male leading men (most of them named Chris), with POCs and women only in supporting roles, is hailed as progressive.


    No? Don’t want to talk about that?


    Then let’s talk about how before Elementary started, before a single episode script had been seen by the public, Sherlock fans and its creators derided the show for daring to make Watson a woman, and called its leading lady ‘a dog’ on televised interviews. Let’s talk about how the Sherlock fandom hurled racist, sexist, and painfully country-centric abuse at Elementary before the show even premiered.

    Let’s talk about how a certain show’s fandom is so bad there’s an entire Tumblr dedicated to documenting misogyny in the fandom (hey, sherlockfandomhateswomen!)

    Let’s talk about how a number of people who responded to my comment about Tumblr fans admitted that they never gave Elementary a chance because the fandom reaction had been so virulent before a single scene of writing was made public.

    Let’s talk about how there are literally fans who defend their dislike of Elementary because “Watson has to be a man” or “how dare they make Moriarty a woman.”


    Don’t want to talk about that either?

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  2. fandom thoughts

    scifigrl47:

    fozmeadows:

    So, here’s a thought:

    The types of fandom that are most often considered traditional and acceptable, and which are often either male-dominated or coded as masculine, tend to be acquisitive, whether in terms of knowledge (obscure trivia) or merchandise (collectibles). Whereas, by contrast, the types of fandom most often considered insincere, non-serious or “unreal”, and which are often either female-dominated or coded as feminine , tend to be creative, such as making costumes, writing fanfic and drawing fanart. 

    Which is arguably an interesting expression of gender dynamics within fandom, in the sense of being a direct response to gender representation within the canon of particular franchises: namely, that because men, and particularly straight white cismen, are so ubiquitous within popular narrative(s), they have less need to create personal fan interpretations in order to see themselves represented, or to correct/ameliorate stereotypical portrayals; whereas women - and, indeed, members of any other group likely to suffer from poor representation - do.

    Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be both an acquisitive and a creative fan - not by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I trying to say that the only reason someone might be an acquisitive fan is because they’re complacent about issues of bias and representation, or that the only reason someone might be a creative fan is because they want to address an issue in the canon. Some people like to collect, some like to make, and some like both, or neither. It’s fine! But I do think that, when it comes to conversations about Fake Geek Girls and what being a “real fan” means - conversations which tend to be strongly gendered - the split between acquisition/creation tends to follow gender lines, too: that guys who know All The Facts and buy All The Merch are the REAL fans, whereas girls who just dress up and tell silly headcanon stories aren’t, and that maybe, there’s an interesting reason for why this might be. 

    Here’s that post I couldn’t find!  Thanks to killerzebras for finding it for me!

  3. gailsimone:

badguyshavetheworstaim:

a comic done by christianne benedict, posted on the womanthology art forum. brilliant!

YES. Jesus, thank you.
I cannot tell you how many times I have had to point out what the audience at conventions actually LOOKS like to people in the industry. They can do signings in a booth full of every kind of person all day long, every color, every size, every orientation and more, and STILL go online and talk about how only white straight males read comics.
IT IS PROFOUNDLY UNTRUE AND INSULTINGLY IGNORANT.

    gailsimone:

    badguyshavetheworstaim:

    a comic done by christianne benedict, posted on the womanthology art forum. brilliant!

    YES. Jesus, thank you.

    I cannot tell you how many times I have had to point out what the audience at conventions actually LOOKS like to people in the industry. They can do signings in a booth full of every kind of person all day long, every color, every size, every orientation and more, and STILL go online and talk about how only white straight males read comics.

    IT IS PROFOUNDLY UNTRUE AND INSULTINGLY IGNORANT.

  4. thearchangeltrickster:

    sometimes you read such a great fic that when you’re finished it’s just

    image

  5. teamfreesnuggles:

    when ur friend writes/draws porn

    image

  6. blameitonthepatriarchy:

    I am sick and tired of the way we critique misogyny in fandom. 

    Why is it always “shame fanwork creators (overwhelmingly young women and queer ppl) for not including enough female characters” and never “question the fact that we’ve created a media culture where canonical female characters are by and large so boring that no one wants to create fanworks based on them?” (Not to mention the fact that any person who dares to include an original female character in a fic will have the deadly accusation of “Mary Sue” leveled at them, even if they’ve written the most well-rounded character in the world)

    Why do we talk about the danger of fetishization when straight women are writing about male/male pairings, and never think about the fact that slash is often being written by young women who have been socialized to be so ashamed of their sexuality that their own fantasies never include people of their own gender?

    Why are we placing the burden for destroying problematic tropes about sexuality and romance exclusively on this tiny, relatively powerless subculture made up of relatively powerless people who are creating media exclusively for their own enjoyment, and not on the gigantic megacorporations that are profiting off the romanticization of abusive, unhealthy, destructive relationships, an attitude fans are only repeating?

    Why do defenses of fic always turn to “it’s not all gay porn !!!1!!!!111” as an argument? What’s wrong with people creating erotica that they can enjoy, when almost no one is making mainstream porn for the audience that reads fic, when people can explore potentially problematic or even dangerous kinks/desires without actual performers having to participate in making video porn, when the “gay porn” side of fandom can lead to some of the most wonderfully freeing discussions about sexuality possible in our society?

    Say I write a fanfiction. The only female character complies to the problematic sassy/helpful best friend trope, mostly because the story revolves around two main male characters (well-developed in canon, with lots of canon jokes about how much they love each other, and played by male actors I find extremely attractive) getting together and having a fair amount of extremely explicit sex. This fic is read by, oh, 200 people, all of whom are already familiar with the conventions of fandom. How does that compare to the literal millions of people who watched, for example, the first Hobbit movie, which contained (as I recall) no women or queer characters at all, and had an audience full of all kinds of people, likely including little girls who are looking up on screen and learning that their stories aren’t seen as worth telling?

    I’m not saying fandom tropes aren’t harmful, I’m just saying we should look at the scope of the damage done by them as opposed to, oh, every other kind of media ever, and then think about why we’ve chosen to shit all over the not-for-profit hobbies of young women and queer people.

  7. Does anyone else play that sort of sad fandom Old Spice commercial game where you go:

    racethewind10:

    saunteringvaguelydownwards:

    “Hello fan, look at your show, now back to that fic, now back at your show, now back to that fic. Sadly, that fic isn’t your show, but if it stopped using misogyny, racism, and homophobia, your show could be awesome like that fic.

    Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on Tumblr with a manip that your show could look like.

    What’s on your screen? Back at your show. AO3 has it, it’s a fully-completed, 50-chapter, in-character fic of that pairing you love. Look again, that fic is now an AU set in your favorite genre.

    Anything is possible when you get your entertainment from fandom and not the show.

    I’m on a blog.”

    This might be the most perfect post on tumblr

    • Doctor Who: SCREAMING
    • Supernatural: CRYING
    • Sherlock: WAITING
    • Merlin: DEAD
    • Hannibal: Eating Merlin
  8. lavienoire:

itsinthetrees:

Avengers Fancast
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as The Black Panther (T’Challa)
“Oft-times when you slay the dragon —- its blood stains more than your hands.”

OMG.

    lavienoire:

    itsinthetrees:

    Avengers Fancast

    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as The Black Panther (T’Challa)

    Oft-times when you slay the dragon —- its blood stains more than your hands.

    OMG.

  9. "

    We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.

    I knew that if we had a daughter, because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise, she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?” Fraction continued. “That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.

    "
    Writer Matt Fraction on his role on expanding the profile of female characters in the Marvel Universe. (via goodmanw)

  10. robinchan33
    :

    hetahomestuckgirl:

    AW

    i’m gonna cry

    this is so cute

  11. burn-thenightaway:

    pondermoofin:

    watchtheskytonight:

    purplesmauge:

    crowleysdelicateass:

    popsible:

    I love this new trend of actresses calling reporters out on their bullshit.

    Can I just, Renner’s face is the second and third frames. He’s so disappointe in the male race at that moment. And so proud of Scarlett.

    Scarlett Johansen, you are badass.

    Bless her.

    Four for you, Scarlett! You go, Scarlett! 

    Forever reblog this damn woman.

  12. tricksternova:

its-idek-anymore:

kirrii:


#the most accurate post on tumblr ever

looks like a fucking constellation

The Big Shipper

I’m point 5 or point 6 in majority of the fandoms I’m in.

    tricksternova:

    its-idek-anymore:

    kirrii:

    #the most accurate post on tumblr ever

    looks like a fucking constellation

    The Big Shipper

    I’m point 5 or point 6 in majority of the fandoms I’m in.

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