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lgbthenry:

There is a difference between:

a queer character whose story doesn’t revolve around them being queer

and

a queer character whose story completely ignores the fact that they are queer

Searching for a Dramatic Moment

ceci-nest-pas-une:

There is a consistent problem I’ve been having with Season 7 of Doctor Who: in a constant effort to create the dramatic Hollywood-movie feel Moffat promised Season 7 would have, the writers have failed to create the actual drama of the plot which truly make those moments dramatic. The writing has been rather shoddy, leaving me feeling as if the episodes are ultimately hollow.

Or, to put it in Tumblr form, every time I watch an episode, a day later I’m just like:

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There are many, many examples I could give of this, but lets look at the “iconic” moment of this season and how it compares to other comparable episodes to really see where the drama is lacking.

Midway through “Asylum of the Daleks,” the Doctor tricks a Dalek into exploding itself, and in the ensuing explosion, Amy is knocked unconscious, leaving the Doctor to carry her prone body out into a field of destroyed daleks. This image became the “defining” image of Season 7, frequently used on BBC’s promotional materials both before and during the season’s airing and featuring prominently in the Season 7 trailer.

Yet there was nothing truly iconic about the moment. In “Asylum,” that scene was barely important, a minor throw-away scene we could’ve done without. It didn’t progress the plot, nor did it serve as a necessary focal point of the plot. In fact, the whole scene felt rather contrived, as if it were another of Amy’s photo shoots to capture an image of the Doctor carrying his helpless companion.

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Now, most critiques have focused on how the image makes Amy seem helpless and is anti-feminist. However, I was mostly dissapointed at how…well…boring the moment felt. Because if done well, the Doctor carrying a helpless companion can be one of the  greatest and most dramatic moments of the episode.

Consider Season 2, for example. At the end of “New Earth,” the Doctor catches Rose twice to prevent her from collapsing when she is un-possessed by Cassandra. In this instance, Rose’s collapse was the climax of the underlying subplot: Rose and the newly regenerated Doctor were still unsure about each other, where they stood, and what their new relationship would be like. After both a literal and figurative out-of-body experience, they both finally feel fully comfortable in themselves and in their relationship with each other. The are, quite literally, comfortable in their own bodies.

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Or consider the beginning of Season 3, where the Doctor carries Martha’s unconscious body through the hospital at the end of “Smith and Jones.” In this case, there is an element of dualism and reciprocation. The Doctor is willing to sacrifice himself to save the hospital, and Martha finds him prone and unconscious after he is nearly killed by the Plasmavore. Due to her efforts, he survives, but Martha exhausts herself resuscitating him and passes out due to lack of oxygen. Now the Doctor reciprocates the favor by caring for her while he ensures that the Judoon return them to Earth.

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Finally, we have the finale of Season 4, where after having her memories wiped by the Doctor, Donna collapses into his arms, and he holds her up in what is probably the most devastating hug in Doctor Who’s history. As Dalek Caan predicted, by erasing her memories the Doctor has effectively killed Donna Noble; or at least, he has killed the Donna that he knew. She has reverted back into the person she was before she met the Doctor: a shallow, self-absorbed woman with a narrow perspective on life. When Donna collapses, she’s not merely prone and unconscious to the Doctor, she is effectively dead to him. So the Doctor is not carrying her to protect her or save her, he is carrying the burden of what he has done. He is carrying the body of one of his best friends.

It is devastating, it is emotional, and it is dramatic.

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Show me the Doctor carrying Amy, and I’ll shrug. Show me the Doctor carrying Donna, and I’ll dissolve into a puddle of feels and tears. It’s as if the writers are demanding that we feel something without adding in the necessary detail to make us actually feel it. A moment doesn’t become dramatic because you have a bunch of explosions and then show a beloved character carrying another beloved character, a moment becomes dramatic when the plot weaves emotion, purpose, and action together. Character’s actions must have emotional depth and subtext to them, otherwise we are left with a flat moment that leaves us feeling hollow and ultimately disappointed. 

flippolife:

This girl is like 1000 times more funny than me in her video’s. So yeah. This video was amazing in particular. 

"BACK TO START!"

Reasons to date a transguy (for the ladies):

yo-brosef:

kjxinquiries:

1. We won’t leave the toilet seat up.

2. No risk of pregnancy.

3. We just want to cuddle anyway.

4. We’ll remember your birthday.

5. We understand how long it takes to get ready in the morning.

6. During your period, we can commiserate.

7. If you’re lucky, we might have some old clothes that fit you.

8. We aren’t grossed out at the thought of giving oral.

9. …AND we can locate the appropriate parts.

10. We’ll never force you to dress girly against your will.

11. We often look young, even into middle age.

12. We’re willing to go to the store and buy you feminine products.

13. Will never need Viagra.

14. Size is never an issue; if you don’t like it you can choose a new one.

15. How many bio-guys you know have a vibrating dick?

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1. I leave the toilet seat up sometimes because I stand to pee.

2. Whilst it’s true I can’t impregnate a partner, sometimes it does suck that I will never be a child’s biological father. There are also infertile cis men.

3. As much as I like cuddling, it’s not what I prefer. I have a high sex drive and I like sex… a lot. Not all trans men like to cuddle

4. I forget most people’s birthdays unless they’re close to a holiday. I also usually forget anniversaries.

5. I don’t understand how some people take so long to get ready. It doesn’t take long to put on jeans and t-shirt and mess with your hair, I’ve never put on makeup or had to figure out how to wear some women’s clothing (honestly, some of those tops just confuse me) so I don’t know how hard it can be.

6. I can at times, but not all trans guys can.

7. None of my clothes would fit two of my exes because they were taller than me and just because we might be the same height, it doesn’t mean we have the same taste in clothing.

8. I’m not but some trans men are grossed out by the thought of giving oral. Some cis men love giving oral. Some women don’t want to receive oral.

9. Just because someone has/had those parts, it doesn’t necessarily mean they know what to do with them and I’m sure there are women out there dating cis men who are completely satisfied because their partner knows what they’re doing.

10. Nobody should force anyone to dress a certain way

11. I used to have a baby face and look younger but after a year on T I’m actually starting to look my age. Some trans men end up looking older than their actual age.

12. I’ve always felt anxious buying feminine products, mostly because I always felt the cashier assumed they were for me, therefore misgendering me. Even now, I feel a little anxious because I’ve had to use them and the thought of them makes me feel really gross.

13. A lot of cis guys will never have to use Viagra. Just because he’s old doesn’t mean it stops working.

14. Size was an issue because my dick is my dick. I’m attached to it, it’s a part of me. I’ve had to use another one and I couldn’t connect with it, sure it worked but it wasn’t me.

15. There are cis guys out there that use vibrators along with their dick using harnesses for double penetration. There’s also “penis extenders” that a cis guy can use which I’m sure can be used with a vibrator. I wouldn’t want my dick to vibrate anyway, just because I wasn’t born with it doesn’t mean I don’t want it to be as realistic as possible.

Would you look at that, I’m just like your average Joe. Seems as though we’re just like cis men; a diverse group of people with different personalities. 

I’m sure this post was made with good intentions but really, the way I saw it, if someone wanted to date me because they though it would be like that I would be incredibly offended and they would be incredibly disappointed. It assumes all trans men were raised to be a stereotypical feminine woman and have had that female experience and I just haven’t. I have no idea what it’s like to be a woman, I was lucky enough to have never been raised as one. 

(btw when I say “lucky enough” I don’t mean that it’s bad to be a woman and that being a man is better, but that my parents never forced to be someone I’m not and I haven’t had the same negative experience a lot of trans men have)

All definitely valid points! 

I’m mostly reblogging to say that while I appreciate the sort of humor that goes into a post like this, and I relate to most (if not all) of the points, other people might not and I wanted to show both views. 

laterrboners:

sktagg23:

feminismandpugsarelife:

gasmask-rabbit:

staticdiplomat:

edgebug:

sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years

this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow

Take only as directed and SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU FEEL WORSE.

Depression can be situational, it can be dysthymia rather than major depression, it can be mis diagnosed. Sometimes SSRI’s, or particular kinds of SSRI’s, are NOT what you need, but remember: these are the exceptions, not the rule.
For a lot of people they do a great deal of good.

This is good info! Thank you!

Also, not all antidepressants are SSRIs. I can’t take SSRIs because they make me suicidal (TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF THIS HAPPENS it is a not so common side effect) so I take different antidepressants

Also like okay I’ve talked to so many people who are utterly convinced that SSRIs can’t help them because they “just feel too bad” and they can’t see the way out of it.

THIS IS A TRICK YOUR BRAIN PLAYS ON YOU WHEN IT’S NOT CHEMICALLY BALANCED.

You have actually no idea how NIGHT AND DAY those meds can change your life please stop assuming you are like the one person in the world that they will not effect.

PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR BEFORE RULING ANYTHING IN OR OUT.

DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DOOOOOOO IIIIIIIIITTT.

PASS IT ALONG FRIENDS. LEXAPRO MAKES IT SO I DONT CRY SIX TIMES A DAY EVERY DAY ANYMORE AND THAT’S GREAT AND THINGS SHOULD BE GREAT FOR YOU TOO

I GET TO HAVE ACTUAL EMOTIONS INSTEAD OF JUST THINGS THAT VAGUELY FEEL LIKE THEM. 

I GET TO BE HAPPY. 

I GET TO ENJOY THINGS. 

I CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE SAD THINGS WITHOUT  IMMEDIATELY GOING I SHOULD KILL MYSEF

celerysticks4life:

shakemedownandout:

hylandbenoist:

getsby:

koolkidseatgreens:

Well ok Kesha, maybe it’s because you’re an auto tuned peice of shit who shouldn’t be famous, you have no Buisness being in the music industry, it’s not even your music you fuck, someone else wrote it for you to record and them to auto tune yourself. And it’s not at all good . It’s not positive either. So complain some more.

I don’t know if you know this, tumblr user koolkidseatgreens, but Ke$ha is a certified genius. She has an IQ over 140 and an SAT score of 1500. When she was younger she would go to the library and do research for fun. Ke$ha is a both feminist and an advocate for equal marriage/rights for people of any sexuality, being a queer woman herself.

Ke$ha is a smart, professional woman, and just because she sings songs about wanting to let loose and have fun every once in a while doesn’t make her a piece of shit.

Ke$ha’s songs are meant to point out the sexism in our media. She treats men the same way many men in the music industry treat women, and she is hated on for it. Relentlessly. She sings on multiple occasions about taking charge in a sexual relationship, of how she only uses men for their body parts. She sexualizes men to make them uncomfortable. She sexualizes men for a reaction, so that people can both see why women are so uncomfortable with their sexualization and also to point out the inequality between the sexes both in the media and in the world at large.

She is judged so harshly for singing about things that make many men famous.

If you listen to Ke$ha’s deconstructed album you will see that she actually has some talent, which may be hard to hear because she does in fact use a fair amount of autotune. This is because of her genre and because of the kind of music she chooses to create as an artist. Ke$ha may not write her songs, but this doesn’t meant she isn’t a good artist or a good person. This doesn’t mean she deserves your harsh words. Some singers are good at writing, but that’s hardly a requirement. Last time I checked whether or not you can sing has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a poet.

You should not be calling anyone a piece of shit, my friend, especially someone you’ve never sat down and had a conversation (or even taken the time to wonder about her feelings!), but if anyone deserves that kind of language it’s not Ke$ha.

You may think that by shaming women for expressing their sexuality and having fun every once in a while, that you are somehow abolishing sexism. That in weeding out the less ‘deserving’ women you are gaining our sex more respect. This is not the case, and the fact that you and many others feel such a strong need to shame this woman who has done nothing wrong, especially not to you, shows that we still have a very far away to go.

Um I’m just going to add, Ke$ha actually does write her own songs. For example, here’s her first album’s tracklist:

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She has also written for other artists, probably most famously “‘Till The World Ends” by Britney Spears, which is part of why she’s on the remix of it. She wrote for years and was even the female voice on Flo Rida’s “Right Round” but refused to be credited because she didn’t want her first single to not be her own work. She spent years, starting at the age of 15, writing music before she came out with her album because she wanted to make sure it was all her own and all what she wanted to do.

You can even get all her unreleased music which, combined with her actual albums, is 10.3 hours according to my iTunes playlist. Some artists have been around for twice as long as her and haven’t written that many songs. 

Not only have critics proclaimed she could be a country star if she ever leaves the pop music business (which is showcased on her unreleased track “Goodbye”), but she’s actually the daughter of a very talented country songwriter. Her music is actually fairly well praised by the music critics community and if you listened to any of her songs that her record won’t let her release as singles—“Last Goodbye”, “The Harold Song”, “Only Wanna Dance With You”, any of her ballads—she can write multiple styles of songs. She’s just stuck in a box of what she can release and then shallow minded people call her dumb for having fun.

That’s a big fuck you for hating Ke$ha.

THIS. ALL OF THIS. ALL OF IT. EVERYWHERE. ALWAYS.

The reason why I don’t like Ke$ha? 

"but I just couldn’t date a dude with a vag."

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/keha/growapear.html

(Source: lannisturnt)

chronicillnesscat:

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat with blue eyes. Text reads: “You’ll understand pain when you’re older” - In more pain than most people twice your age”]

chronicillnesscat:

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat with blue eyes. Text reads: “You’ll understand pain when you’re older” - In more pain than most people twice your age”]

chronicillnesscat:

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat with blue eyes. Text reads: “We’ll walk. What.”]

chronicillnesscat:

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat with blue eyes. Text reads: “We’ll walk. What.”]

awesome-everyday:

Congressman John Yarmuth requests that his conservative colleagues come visit us in the 21st century on women’s rights issues.

THEY EVEN WEAR PANTS