thedeadparrot: (shatner bullshit)
(posted by on Aug. 4th, 2009 01:17 pm)
So, I keep peeking into [ profile] tos_rewatch, because I like episode discussion, and I've been on a mission to get the most out of my shiny, new DVDs as possible.

But yeah, every time I do so, I start getting an eyetwitch and many, many reminders that NO, THIS IS NOT A SAFE SPACE FOR ME. This is not a criticism of the mod, really, because she has never claimed that the community is supposed to be a safe space, which is fair enough.

It's just, ARGH. Can we not claim that TOS is above reproach for its presentation of women, even if it was downright progressive for the 60's?

Can we not say that Kirk treats women well, just because he doesn't always sleep with the women of the week? (Because he sure as hell spends a lot of time kissing them and leaving them behind, not to mention seducing them for information.)

Can we not link to essays that contain every I'm A Nice White Person fallacy in existence regarding Kirk's supposed lack of prejudice against Klingons? (Hint: Just because a group of Klingons killed Kirk's son, Kirk does not get a free pass to hate all Klingons. You can search and replace any minority group for Klingons there to see what I mean.)

Can we not say that Charlie of "Charlie X" is somehow "not evil, just destructive" and how he's "just like a lot of teenage boys," because his behavior is (a) NOT OKAY and (b) the fact that his behavior is a lot like other teenage boys says a lot more about how teenage boys treat women than it says about Charlie in particular. And if you don't think men's belief that they are entitled to women's bodies is not as prevalent as I am making it out to be, go read the comments on

Can we not call feminist criticism of episodes a "knee-jerk genderfail reaction"? Or else my knee might need to jerk in other directions, ifyouknowhatImean.

Seriously, you guys, and these are the threads that I have the guts to actually read.

Fandom, why you got to hurt me so?
thedeadparrot: (oracle)
(posted by on Jun. 15th, 2009 10:44 am)

The Iranian election fallout is just sort of insane and amazing and I don't even know. I am inclined to believe that it was rigged, but I think that's sort of a less-important issue than the way the government has been reacting to the dissent and protesting, as well as the eventual outcome of this much anger. I have to say, the bravery of the protesters is awe-inspiring, and the tweets have been giving me chills.

The revolution will be posted on the internet, indeed.


This open letter to Pixar made me sob a little. I'm going to see Up tomorrow, and I'm sure I'm going to love it, but at the same time, I remember how much it meant to me, growing up, to see spunky girls in my movies and on my television. Yeah, just go read it.


Kings this week, I don't know. This show is remarkably uneven for me. I will say that I was surprised and pleased that Michelle annoyed me far less than Jack this week, but I wish that they'd make Jack a lot less incompetent in general.


Python is still my favorite.


So I did some martial arts training for the first time in like two years yesterday, and now my body is punishing me. Ow. Ow all over.


I need to start reading more books this summer. I have like, three that are just sitting on my shelf, and I have a library full of awesome that I would want to use. At some point.


Wrote Forgetful a Doctor Who Rose/Martha porn battle ficlet. Kinda a rush job, but there it is.
thedeadparrot: (self-portrait me)
(posted by on Feb. 4th, 2009 02:41 pm)
I have been angry lately because I feel like have a lot of anger to make up for. I've been thinking about race in general and my race in particular, and how I've spent so much of my life identifying as white because it was easier, because it was expected of me, and I've been trying harder lately to say, "No. Fuck that shit. That's not who I am. That's not what I've experienced."

I've spent too much of my life thinking that none of my white friends understand my anger because it's not valid, that I shouldn't get angry because it means rocking the boat, it means making other people upset, and I'm a good Asian girl. I don't do things like that. It means that I've noticed race, and I shouldn't do that, that makes me a racist.

I want to change that now. I want to get angry and say so and have reasons for it. I want to say what I've been pushing away for so long. I want to talk about something that has made me so upset for so long, I still have the scars.

This is about constructions of beauty, and about my own issues, and about racism.

Why I Will Hate Arthur Golden Forever And Ever )
thedeadparrot: (self-portrait me)
(posted by on Apr. 24th, 2008 10:52 pm)
So there's a throwdown in fandom over sexist crap, but this post isn't about that. This post is about me.

I wish I were able to fully express how much feminism has taught me, how much it's changed the way I look at the world an how I look at myself, but yeah, this is the best I've got.

Read more... )
thedeadparrot: (bitch please)
(posted by on Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:17 pm)
Male geeks should not be allowed to make generalizations about women, ever. Arguably, no one should make generalizations about women, but male geeks are far more obnoxious about it than most.

It amuses me greatly that he claims that women like seeing each other face to face too much to communicate in primarily text-based medium. Which is why they don't like sci-fi, apparently. And why online fandom doesn't really exist. Especially because there are no girls on the internet. Just guys pretending to be girls.

Writing feels kind of painful lately. I'm not blocked, per se. I'm not searching for ideas. I have a few that I like. It's just that getting them down feels weird and awkward, like I'm relearning how to write. Maybe I should try something short before I jump into something longer.

(And yeah, [ profile] mjules, I'm totally working on it, the only problem is that I can only seem to write one paragraph of it at a time before I start twitching.)

Classes are starting up tomorrow. The way my schedule is stacking up, I might not have any Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes, which would be kind of nice, though also really annoying. Because Tuesday/Thurday classes are the worst. They're long and kind of painful, and I really don't want to have to deal with four of them in one day. I need to do some shopping for an Econ class though, and one of the ones I'm really considering is M/W/F. So maybe that might turn out okay.
thedeadparrot: (Let it be)
(posted by on Jan. 20th, 2007 06:37 pm)

I have developed a taste for Bollywood. There's just something wonderfully honest about it's desire to entertain. It's action! It's angst! It's romantic comedy! It's a musical! And even when it's being absurdly cheesy, it's just so unselfconscious and kind of earnest about itself that you kind of have to love it. I've also kind of developed a crush on Shahrukh Kahn, even though he's not hot, like at all.

As of right now, I've only seen Main Hoo Na, and about half of Devdas, but never fear flist! I shall see more.


Anyway, yeah. I've been thinking a lot about female characters in pop culture and the lots and lots of issues surrounding them. Mostly inspired by this post and some of the comments.

I think one of the problems with ass-kicking female characters is that some people feel like making a female character ass-kicking is sufficient character development for a "strong female", and then just sort of let that be her only character trait. Oh, and maybe also falling for the hero.

Another major problem is that there just aren't enough female characters in general, so that the small number of female characters are charged with the burden of being almost representatives for all women everywhere, which they just can't live up to. In order to get a real representation for what women are like, you need a lot of female characters, to show the whole gamut, the whole range of possibilities. It's the same thing with a lot of other minority characters, too.

BSG is quite amazing in the sense that it has a lot of different female characters, and not only that, they bothered to give their female characters actual personalities. This is not the case on a lot of other shows. Which makes me sad.


Less depressing things! I've spent most of today messing around with Nightvision. The most obvious change is the new recs page, which is pulled from my bookmarks. These won't be updated all that often, as I generally only save the ones that I have a hard time finding again, and the only real point of doing this was so that I could mess around with Wordpress plugins for fun and be really, really nerdy.

I'm also kind of in love with Smart Link, because it's cool, and it makes my life so much easier.
thedeadparrot: (bitch please)
(posted by on Nov. 9th, 2006 09:04 am)
Okay, this whole "War on Boys" thing has been bothering me a bit. Take this article for example. But I haven't really been able to quite put my finger on all the reasons why.

This, on the other hand, is a good rebuttal to the whole shebang, which helps solidify all the reasons for the odd feelings I get about the whole thing.

And he brings up some good points. Dude, why the hell are you complaining about how nowadays in the classroom, women are trying to keep boys docile, when back in the "good old days" when men were still men and feminists didn't exist, the classrooms were actually stricter? Good thinking, people. It's totally feminism's fault.


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