I haven't had a fandom post here in years.

  • Aug. 14th, 2012 at 2:05 AM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
I had been watching Teen Wolf for some weeks now just to have a badly written, uber problematic season finale that makes me want to get away from this show. Fast.

And I truly liked the series. Past tense.

That's all.

Hey, people.

  • Dec. 29th, 2011 at 2:20 PM
la_vie_noire: Yuuko, smoking and looking pensive (Yuuko thinking)
Where are you migrating? I mean, platforms besides LJ/DW?

I'm just curious because I feel I'm missing a lot of fandom things.

Ashajgs porque no lo supero

  • Dec. 26th, 2010 at 2:36 AM
la_vie_noire: (Anthy flower)
Kaze no Machi He en español cantado por una fan latina. IMPRESIONANTE lo perfecto que le quedó.



*_*

Jun. 26th, 2010

  • 1:59 AM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
[livejournal.com profile] riko writes: excuse me as i'm serious for a moment. (SPOILERS FOR SERIES LIKE HOUSE, SPN, GLEE.)

2) Persons with disabilities are not less because they have disabilities. [...] Repeat after me: Different is not less. Different is not less. Individuals with disabilities may have impairments or restrictions but that does not take away from their full personhood.

3) Persons with disabilities are not tragic, heroic martyrs. They’re people. Unfortunately, in fiction, that's rarely what they're portrayed as. Disability is often used as a narrative tool that's one step away from fridging, meant to convey a lesson, a warning, or a source of inspiration, and it's made worse because usually the message is directed at the able characters in the narrative. [...] A person's life is not a teaching moment for someone else, and pity and charity are the wrong response because, once again, different is not less.

4) The life of a person with disabilities is not tragically unfulfilled because they have a disability. This is a more contentious issue within the disability rights community, which I won't get into unless prompted because it's sort of tangential. But suffice to say that many, many, many people with disabilities do not spend their time dreaming about how grand life would be if they were just "fixed." And yet isn't that the story of just about every single character with a disability on TV at the moment? [...] Different is not less. Disability is not a problem until society makes it one. Learn these lessons, fandom and TV and society. The story of a character with a disability is not how much it sucks to have a disability and how great life is for able people. That's only what able people think it is.

5) For the love of god, just stop removing the agency of people with disabilities, okay? It's not cute or dramatic or touching when the choices of people with disabilities are removed, especially when they are removed by able people who are acting in "their best interest." [...]

6) And with all that said, disabilities are also not things to be picked up and then put down again when it stops being narratively convenient.


Able-bodied people, before crying or complaining when a previously able-bodied character becomes disabled; before saying it would be the worst thing that could happen to them, that you would hate it blahblah!! think that you are devaluating real people's lives, you are saying they are something to be dreaded. Yeah, I know it's such a shock to you that isn't the case.

That, and disabled people don't get the representation you get. So shut up.

Jun. 24th, 2010

  • 6:20 AM
la_vie_noire: (Jean-Clare)
I so shouldn't be here, but.

[personal profile] ephemere, as always, just writes it most amazingly, The pomegranate lamp:

I wonder, truly, how some people who attempt to pass themselves off as compassionate and enlightened can say that speaking out against injustice should be leashed by the bounds of courtesy and the desire not to cause pain. I do not wonder that attitudes aligned with oppressive systems continue to be upheld; it is the system, and outrage is hapless against differentials of power.

There is talk of fear to speak. In my view, if what you have to say serves to further the damage and harm of the inequality, and your fear keeps your words locked in? Then be afraid. Because oppression is wrong.

But to be honest, you won't really need to be afraid. There may be backlash, maybe, and it may hurt you, but visit other sites, go into the world for a while, and they will reinforce the inequalities you're speaking. The system's got your back.

[...]

It's laughable -- vile -- to see people equating criticism with unfreedom, the anger of the oppressed with unsafety. They are nothing like each other. And those people who have been branded as "mobs", "sharks", "packs of wolves", are nothing like oppressive systems, because the vantage points from which they speak are those of, or in alignment with, the oppressed in the first place.

Don't speak to me of mobbing or of bullying or of internet debates as theaters of war. I have no power to exert any sort of force over those on the other side of the inequality. Whatever discomfort my words may engender, they present no danger because they have no power behind them. I say don't -- for what little it matters, because many people do, and do, and do. I wish you wouldn't. Please don't. (Colonize us. Use us. Dehumanize us. Dismiss us. Silence us.)

Don't speak to me of peace as holding myself in abeyance from fighting for the right to live without fear. Don't speak to me of courage, or bravery, or freedom. Bravery has nothing to do with why I am writing this. I write when I can because I can -- there are so many other times when I cannot. I write because I have to. Because, in very many ways, I am not free.

..Right

  • Jun. 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 PM
la_vie_noire: (Clare-killing)
Why? Why can't fandom be a place where white people can be freely racist and POC can act like caring and patient educators for them?

We have to start learning that the single objective of showing our anger over, I don't know, trivializing the death of thousand real black people by using them as kink-material for white writers, has always been Making White People Learn! After all, their education is always above our dehumanization, our anger, and or feelings.

If they don't feel comfortable because we are upset at their racism, well, we have to stop acting so savagely. They won't care- well, they never cared int he first place, but we? We have to care about making them care. Otherwise, there is no point.

Them not paying attention to our feelings and not regarding us as human being is a secondary matter. Our priority always always has to be to not make them scared of voicing their, I'm sure, enlightening opinions.

Except no. And fuck you kindly. As you see, what you ask is not a two-way road. Respect people and then you may be entitled to their respect; dehumanize people... and well, they may call you out, you know. That thing you fear so much is not even comparable to, you know, the offense which is part again of our constant dehumanization. (Well, maybe it is comparable if you take into account that POC are not people.)

ETA: This is public, people, and I really don't care what you think about it. (Unless I screw up in something involves my privilege. Real privilege. That power thing you may not like to look at.) But this is still my place, and I will ban you if you annoy me with "reverse ism" shit. Yes, as you may have noticed by this post, I don't feel like educating random strangers.
la_vie_noire: (Clare-killing)
I have been avoiding talking about the SPN shit because some of the responses this got made me sick to my stomach and I'm still damn busy.

What kind of bubble are some people living into? People. Context. Nuances. Do you know how many people, real people of color, did the Haiti's Earthquake kill early this year? And yet, you still think that the worst thing that could happen is "bringing your agenda into fandom." Instead of, you know, respecting a tragedy and its victims.

Dear fucking God, it's hardly the first time something like this has happened to fandom and yet people affected (marginalized people) have to smile and let the fucking white assholes go on with their kinks on their tragedies without saying anything because otherwise "would be stirring things up." Dehumanization of actual people? Secondary matters to privileged people's kinks.

Fucking privileged assholes. The sociopathy going on in some of these comments is amazing.

For the record, if you say that "showing anger over this is worst than the actual offense" you are a offense to my humanity. No argument.

Why

  • Jun. 12th, 2010 at 4:13 AM
la_vie_noire: (Utena-orz)
I drank a cup of coffee (I never drink coffee) because I wanted to be awake to study all night and else, but now I'm chipper, can't stop having fandom theories about shonen manga of arguable quality, and want to write Suzuki Adelheid/Enma Kozato fanfic exploring their relationship: her as a cool, calmed and emotional superior warrior, and his bodyguard.

If only I could write in English and not, like, have an exam in ten days.

Also, people. I'm very disappointed. In you.

You had to remind me to write about football while I was free, and now I see Eto'o half-naked and flirting with Sulley Muntari, and think, "oh shut, right." And I think other things also. Not related to football. But it's all your fault.
la_vie_noire: (Anthy flower)
[community profile] dark_agenda's challenge: the Racebending Revenge Ficathon.

Re-write one or more white characters in the fandom(s) of your choice as chromatic/non-white/PoC, in a story of at least 500 words, with some acknowledgment of how the racial difference would make a difference to the story being told.


That's all kinds of awesome.
la_vie_noire: (Juri-flirt)
[livejournal.com profile] rawles writes, a quick note

Along this same vein, deciding that you can defeat the misogyny of the source material/relationships in the source material by removing the women and replacing them with/focusing entirely dudes similarly reeks of bullshit. Because obviously the feminist way to deal with a misogynistic narrative is not to balance out relationships or illuminate and explore the female characters, but to ignore them! Riiiight.

The erasure of female characters from a narrative is never feminist. Period. The end.


Dude, seriously. Seriously. Not only that, there is also this shit with bashing female characters claiming they are so "unfeminist and problematic" and then going all starry-eyed and writing about whatever the awesome shit the guys are doing.

(But the "peen" part in that post made me cringe. Cis people, stop with the genitalia thing.)

Apr. 15th, 2010

  • 6:47 PM
la_vie_noire: (TYL!Yama - wait and see)
Via Feminist SF:

Pffft. Do you know who invented fanfic? John Scalzi invented fanfic. Like, right now. He is inventing it as we talk.

---

Via, of course, where else, QT:

My Dissonance Doesn’t Need to Make Sense to You.

My dissonance has absolutely nothing to do with what cis girls have. In fact, I am entirely indifferent to what cis girls have. You (you being directed at a hypothetical cis woman) could have a big bushy beard that birds live in and breasts flatter than a Plexiglas window for all I care. It is irrelevant (unless the birds were shitting everywhere, then it would be relevant to hygiene). Furthermore, and this goes back to all of this bullshit about how dissonance doesn’t make sense, who are you to expect a feeling, a deep psychological and instinctual feeling, regarding body structure, to be rational and easily explained? Last I checked, I didn’t have an awful lot to be sad about in my life (I actually do pretty well for myself, all things considered) yet I have depression. One could easily talk about how irrational my depression is. Yeah, except that depression isn’t rational. It just is. It’s a present internal feeling that has an effect on the mind and well being. It does not need to have a rational reason, just a cause.

Why do I even bother?

  • Apr. 10th, 2010 at 5:27 PM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
Reborn 284 spoilers or Oh fandom and manga, you fail so much it's not even funny )

ETA: Also, some day, someone, not me, has to write something about young girls and what they get from shonen manga, which is much more mainstream and, most of the time, more popular than shoujo manga. KHR is a good example of this, I have seen Japanese fans said that girls make 80% of KHR readers. And see, young girls may go for bishonen in these kind of manga, but the message they always get is this: cis men are the only valid and idolized identities; only relationship between men are worthy; women are sexual objects and not much more; only men can be powerful and admired, etc. Young boys? Get exactly the same thing. And this is just because people love the, "but this is a shonen manga!!" argument. As if there is no such a thing as sexism in this industry.

Heh, it wasn't headdesk-worthy this time

  • Mar. 28th, 2010 at 3:25 PM
la_vie_noire: (leyendo)
[livejournal.com profile] isiscaughey speaks some truths in Only Men Are Allowed To Be Perfect.

You know, I'm disturbed by how often the male characters who treat people (especially women) like crap are the fandom darlings. They become the woobie who can do no wrong, because he's deep, he has layers, he's had bad things happen to him, he's misunderstood (especially by all those evil female characters). They often have huge communities devoted to them and metric tons of fic describing how wonderful and perfect they are. I'm not trying to criticize people for loving the characters they love. We all have our preferences, and deeply complex characters are interesting, and often feel more real.

What's really bothering me here are the gender politics that go on in fandom, and the double standard between the way female characters are treated versus male characters.

Let's take Tony DiNozzo from NCIS. Yes, I like him too. He is a complex character, he's had some wonderful moments of heroism, and he has struggled with some tough times in his life. But let's be honest: he's rude, he's dismissive, he bullies people, he objectifies women constantly, and he also tends to blame women ("it's always the wife "). Before anyone jumps in to accuse me of misunderstanding poor Tony, let's take a step back and deconstruct things a bit.

Take some time and really, truly, and honestly think about this: if Tony was instead a woman, let's say Tonia, what would you think about her? When she constantly objectified men while simultaneously dismissing and blaming them, how would you feel? When she bullied, belittled, and tormented Tim, would it seem just as funny (because, after all, she really does love Tim like a brother, right)?


Well, it mostly takes into account white cis women vs white cis men (or racially privileged characters inside the show in question), I have to admit the Rose Tyler example made me twitch because all the people I know who dislike Rose do so due to the contrast/opposition the show and the fandom made with Martha. But I admit it, this is due to my circle, I don't doubt Rose is victim to misogyny (comparing her to the Doctor, for example) inside the fandom. (Heck, it's not like I haven't seen it happen in hundreds of other fandoms, the woman who is called a Mary Sue. Analogous male characters? Extremely popular).

The OP also said:

But what does it matter if we bash female characters? They're only fictional, after all. I'll just say this- I don't think it's a good idea to spend a lot of time disparaging and despising women, even if they aren't real, as that's the sort of thing that can become a habit.


And it's a lot more than that. Since the she already made a point how people will perceive a character differently (and will be portrayed differently) due to gender, I think it's pretty safe to say that the "hating women, loving men" reflects (and feedbacks) into gender perceptions. Yeah, gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, in our society those things aren't overlooked. No matter how much "those things don't matter to you," oh special snowflake, they have an impact.

PS: Gente del chan! Ayer mi internet murió. Como que toda la noche! ;;

Racefail 2010 has arrived. Why

  • Mar. 25th, 2010 at 4:33 PM
la_vie_noire: (Stop with the idiocy)
And it starts with the upcoming liveaction movie of Bleach by WB. (See link for comments of white people saying they don't care about Asian actors because Bleach is not that Japanese anyway.)

Seriously, white people. Seriously. The day you understand that race relations aren't something relative... it will be... for fucks sake, it will never come.

ETA: Okay, I will word it better. White people? Go fuck yourself. Hard. This show doesn't need Asian actors? What. Nothing distinctive? I mean, what about the fact that IT'S A JAPANESE SHOW AND WHITE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATING EVERYTHING NOT WHITE SINCE THEY STARTED COLONIZING COUNTRIES CENTURIES AGO, YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES.

Daughter of ETA 1: Also, notice how white westerns are there to define what is or isn't Japanese/Asian/POC. Most of them who only have been exposed to those cultures by media. Ah, white privilege.

That's all. I'm also working for the winner of my [livejournal.com profile] help_chile's bid. So will be kinda busy.

Spoilers for Reborn 283:

Ranting, as always and coloring )
la_vie_noire: (TYL!Yama - wait and see)
No wonder there are never new females characters in Reborn. This fandom is misogynistic as hell.

Reborn 283 )

Fandom linkage!

  • Mar. 19th, 2010 at 12:06 PM
la_vie_noire: (leyendo)
Via [personal profile] inkstone: [personal profile] snarp writes, Encyclopedia of Manga Tropes: Girl Power Corrupts and Bleach vs. Women (spoilers up to chapter 395 and probably a lot of pain).

[personal profile] bossymarmalade talks about Feministe's critique of Lady Gaga's latest video, Telephone. (My sister and I have bonded over that video last night, I kid you not.)

[personal profile] coffeeandink talks about the trailer of the latest Karate Kid movie. Read [livejournal.com profile] nemogbr's comment.

[personal profile] starlady talked about The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation which looks extremely interesting. Boy, if it only wasn't so expensive.

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So this is what twitter is for

  • Mar. 9th, 2010 at 11:37 AM
la_vie_noire: (leyendo)
About to go to the meat processing plant (boy, that sounds very different from "frigorífico") for bovine blood. Biochemistry's practice today is going to be long (yeah, protein extraction from serum is you are wondering, it will be very tedious).

I would love to comment on a lot of things and respond to your comments, but right now I'm very stressed and very bitter.

I have also been pondering some things about fandom and me, and how, you should know, I complain a lot about anime fandom in general and (right now) Reborn's fandom in particular. I won't deny there is a lot of fail because there is, like in every fandom. Thing is I realized that a lot of things aren't exactly for me and that makes me even bitter. No, of course I haven't just realized certain fandoms aren't for me, but the negative effect they have may be kinda bigger than I thought. Leaving aside things I find objectionable (because that's fandom life), I don't find fanish joy in a lot of things those big anime fandoms find joy. It's saying something that Reborn's fandom (well, certain sections, I still can't get over Hibari's popularity and the moe/rape obsession) has treated me better than its canon.

The thing is, I have these unhealthy fandom relationships because I have grown up with shonen and anime and I just can't let it go. I would hate to do a dichotomy where there isn't one (tangentially, sadly manga/anime and the Hollywood are two of the biggest fiction markets and the ones I can access more easily), but Western fandoms of Western fiction sometimes excite me even less.

Anyway, going for the blood. *sighs*

People. I beg you

  • Mar. 6th, 2010 at 1:09 AM
la_vie_noire: (Clare-killing)
Recommend me something to read, oh uber amazing reading list. Please. Anything. Something that is available online?

Because you see, I have no main fandom right now, so I'm sticking to a fandom full of 12 year-old weaboos who have no idea about anything.

Because seriously, why do people have to use this icon where I can see it?

So give me something or I may come back to this shit like I do every day.

Anything. Please.

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