WHY DO THEY NOT TEACH THIS IN SCHOOL?!
this is probably the most useful post i’ve ever reblogged in my life
I NEED THIS POST FRAMED
Reblog it could save a life
It’s too bad few Senators heard it …
When you watch Torchwood there is a warning at the very beginning that some scenes may offend or disturb people, so if you allow your children to sit and watch it with you that’s your responsibility, it’s not ours anymore. We kissed, we held each other, we lay on top of each other in bed… and there were lots of complaints about that. Nobody complained that I was shot in the head four times, there were burning people in ovens, that I was stabbed by a mob of 50 people hundreds of times, and I was hanging dripping my blood in a pit. So that’s what confuses me, because you’re not complaining about gay sex, you’re complaining about two men kissing. And it’s 2011. And people say, “Well why should we have that on television?” Because the BBC have to represent the greater public — and there are gay people out there who pay their television license. For people to complain, that’s your prerogative — but you know what, none of them turned it off! They were just embarrassed because it put them in a position where they had to explain things to their kids or their family which probably should have been explained a long time ago.
This is why I love him, and why I will always love him.
The fact that people complain about sex, while never complaining about violence is so very revealing about our society.
IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE EXPLAINING “COUNTRYCIDE” AND “CHILDREN OF EARTH” BUT NOT SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS TO YOUR CHILDREN
GET THE ACTUAL FUCK OUT.
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?
Melissa, to be honest, regardless of whether it was a men’s prison or a women’s prison, prisons aren’t safe at all…prisons aren’t safe for anyone…They wanted me to hate myself as a trans woman. I was not going to allow the system to delegitimize, and sexualize, and take my identity away from me.
Saw this in a magazine…To everyone who thinks becoming skinny will be the solution to everything. You still have to love yourself first no matter what the number says on the scale.
The bolded sections represent quotes from the criticism he received. All the z-snaps are in order.
Your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what we have in the real world? I read fantasy to get away from politically correct cliches.
God, yes! If there’s one thing fantasy is just crawling with these days it’s widowed black middle-aged pirate moms.
Real sea pirates could not be controlled by women, they were vicous rapits and murderers and I am sorry to say it was a man’s world. It is unrealistic wish fulfilment for you and your readers to have so many female pirates, especially if you want to be politically correct about it!
First, I will pretend that your last sentence makes sense because it will save us all time. Second, now you’re pissing me off.
You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. I realized this as she was evolving on the page, and you know what? I fucking embrace it.
Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain.
Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn’t a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder.”
You don’t like it? Don’t buy my books. Get your own fictional universe. Your cabbage-water vision of worldbuilding bores me to tears.
As for the “man’s world” thing, religious sentiments and gender prejudices flow differently in this fictional world. Women are regarded as luckier, better sailors than men. It’s regarded as folly for a ship to put to sea without at least one female officer; there are several all-female naval military traditions dating back centuries, and Drakasha comes from one of them. As for claims to “realism,” your complaint is of a kind with those from bigoted hand-wringers who whine that women can’t possibly fly combat aircraft, command naval vessels, serve in infantry actions, work as firefighters, police officers, etc. despite the fact that they do all of those things— and are, for a certainty, doing them all somewhere at this very minute. Tell me that a fit fortyish woman with 25+ years of experience at sea and several decades of live bladefighting practice under her belt isn’t a threat when she runs across the deck toward you, and I’ll tell you something in return— you’re gonna die of stab wounds.
What you’re really complaining about isn’t the fact that my fiction violates some objective “reality,” but rather that it impinges upon your sad, dull little conception of how the world works. I’m not beholden to the confirmation of your prejudices; to be perfectly frank, the prospect of confining the female characters in my story to placid, helpless secondary places in the narrative is so goddamn boring that I would rather not write at all. I’m not writing history, I’m writing speculative fiction. Nobody’s going to force you to buy it. Conversely, you’re cracked if you think you can persuade me not to write about what amuses and excites me in deference to your vision, because your vision fucking sucks.
I do not expect to change your mind but i hope that you will at least consider that I and others will not be buying your work because of these issues. I have been reading science fiction and fantasy for years and i know that I speak for a great many people. I hope you might stop to think about the sales you will lose because you want to bring your political corectness and foul language into fantasy. if we wanted those things we could go to the movies. Think about this!
Thank you for your sentiments. I offer you in exchange this engraved invitation to go piss up a hill, suitable for framing.
I like how “PC and foul language” will cost sales and never rape, misogyny, or white supremacy fixations…
We have a saying, my people. ”Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.
hey, if we boost this enough, any chances the folks at DC will realize this should be embossed in GOLD on the character bible? It might help them realize that Princess Hack’n’Stab needs to be retired IMMEDIATELY.
Wonder Woman is not from Florida.
God is like Robert Pattinson: It’s not the person you have a problem with; it’s the fan club that freaks you out.
Anurag Sahay (via really-shit)
this is the best analogy I’ve ever heard
The Confederate flag is not a positive symbol - The Confederacy was formed because Southerners decided to fight and die rather than be told they can’t own human beings. Southerners gathered under that flag in order to wage war against those who would prevent them from keeping slaves.
The Confederate flag is a flag of war, a flag that says, if you come here to try to free our black men and women, we will kill you.
That flag was flown, not to celebrate pleasant Georgia evenings and sipping mint juleps on a shady porch in the setting sun, but to symbolize the South’s intention - by violent force - to maintain the institution of slavery. There is nothing “down home” and “folksy” about the Confederate flag. It has no lessons to teach us about “states’ rights” or individual freedoms. The Confederate flag was not first flown because southerners wished to conduct trade under their own terms, or observe their own traditions and holidays. No, that flag was flown specifically because the South did not agree with other nations that owning people was wrong.
Across the nation it does not bring romantic understandings of the Old South culture. It does not bring to mind good manners and a lost chivalry. It is a raw symbol of racism in the minds of most Americans.
Having been raised in the South, I know there are some people who see that symbol and in their mind racism does not arise. True as that might be, it’s time everyone admits that this is not a common understanding. To raise the Confederate flag and claim ignorance that it says “I am a racist and support white supremacy” is a sad affair. If someone honestly is ignorant of the fact that almost everyone sees it as a racist statement, that is sad. They mean to say one thing and are communicating something else.
*NOTE* Taken from various websites because they say it much better than I do.
These dudes are fucking legit. They don’t just show up one day in court, either, they actually make friends with the kids and let them know they have a support system and that there are people in the world who care about them and will always have their back. And less important, but also cool, is that the few times a couple of them have come into my cafe, they’ve been super friendly and polite and when I told one of the guys that I noticed his Bikers Against Child Abuse patch and wanted him to know how awesome I thought he was because of it, he got kind of shy and blushed and said, “The kids are the awesome ones, we just let them know they’re allowed to be brave.”