MORRIS IS A WITCH! I SAW HER DO MAGIC!
Well shit, someone get the dunking cage and let’s take her to the river. And here I left my duck at home today.
ahh yes, you don’t like the drama in the aytag. solution? spam the tag with pictures and gifs of yourself eating various things in a kind of gross manner (wow hey i feel sorry for anyone who has an ED right now) instead of, you know… aywas related things? fucking show us…
Okay that’s a legit request, but would you have listened to it? Or would you have done it more to be edgy?
So here’s the thing. It’s true that gender is only a single part of a person’s identity. But it’s also a part of a person’s identity. If your general attitude is “lol gender,” or even if you just think that gender isn’t important, than you are marginalizing a part of a person’s identity.
It’s definitely not a joke. I don’t think anyone here thinks it’s a joke.
However, some people tend to make gender be the only thing that shines through and for someone who doesn’t know that person and doesn’t care too much about gender this and gender that, that can be very off-putting.
Off-putting as in, because they don’t know too much about the gender thing*, and think the persons personality is more important, it will be harder for them to reach out and establish contact with people who let their gender be the #1 defining thing about them. This kind of situation is a little extreme, but not entirely uncommon online either.
Also, the whole environment online where people who are not gender-nonconforming, as in, (white) cishets (I detest this term..), are assumed haters or not given a voice in debate because of their lack of nonconformity only further divides these groups and does not at all help to bridge the gap and create understanding. (Now, that’s more a comment directed at Tumblr, but Aywas might be like that when it comes to certain issues.)
*And non-conforming people have this reputation of jumping at you eating you alive if you haven’t educated yourself about their very specific identity before you dare talk to them. People would rather play it safe and avoid people who triumphantly put their non-conforming gender up there as a neon billboard, because they’re afraid of being perceived as an enemy/hater if they write even a tiny little unintentional mistake?
Unfortunately, there are definitely some people who seem to think it’s a joke. :( I can link you if you’d like, unless they deleted the posts/comments.
You make some very good points. Most cases of misgendering are honest mistakes, and the way people respond to it is out of proportion, rude, and a poor way to introduce someone to the trans community. But it’s not really what I was referring to, in this case.
She knows, as she’s friends with bex and has been sticking up for her this entire discussion. This wouldn’t be a problem if Bex had done like she said she would and tried to read up more on trans* perspectives and what they go through, but she hasn’t. So far all I’ve seen her do is give support to “color/genderblind” arguments and those people who are saying “STOP BEING MEAN!!!1”
Morris is right about aywas/tumblrites being quick to attack, but the other side of the coin are a lot of the posts Bex is agreeing with and Morris is echoing the statements of. Yes people are being snappy and waspish and really we should give them more of a chance. The issue is… a lot of the history when dealing with a cishet majority is that bringing it up nicely gets the matter just glossed over by the other party, or aggression back at you. Plus on top of that majorities like to use the argument “well if you were NICE, I’d listen to how you want to be treated like an equal”, otherwise known as the Tone Argument.
Because of this there’s a lot of preemptive snapping at people, but the alternative can lead to a lot of exhausting effort being wasted, or being attacked when you give someone the benefit of the doubt. People who are in minority groups have to make concessions all the time, so really for cishets and the like to come into our spaces, a little of the reverse should be observed. They need to either clearly have a vouch from others that this one is okay, or they need to be respectful by understanding that people are going to be wary until they get that the person’s cool.
Think of it like this, if you say hi to a dog and it starts growling at you? Do you growl back? HELL NO. Anyone will say that person was a damn fool for doing it, and if they get their throat ripped out, then it really was their fault for not trying to defuse the situation.
Married, but separated on different plantations William and Ellen Craft devised a plan to escape the horrors of slavery.
Ellen, who was very fair-skinned, passed as a young white woman. Her husband William played her doting servant.They set out on December 21, 1848 and traveled luxuriously by train and ferry. During a four-day trip they were almost thwarted, but quick wits and good old-fashioned luck kept them on their way. After arriving in the free city of Philadelphia they were given a crash course in reading and writing. After a short stay, they moved to Boston where William resumed work as a cabinetmaker and Ellen became a seamstress. Two year later slave catchers showed up, but they quickly fled to England to avoid their captors. They remained in Europe for over 20 years and had five children.
In 1860, the couple wrote “Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom,” chronicling the escape. The Craft’s returned to the United States in the 1870s and established a school for newly freed African Americans.
Learn more about their story in Smithsonian Magazine.
Read their book here:
Patients taking the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) should be aware that the drug manufacturer Pfizer has issued a recall of one lot of the medications after they discovered one bottle contained a heart drug used to treat atrial fibrillation.
The medication found is Tikosyn that was discovered in one bottle of Effexor XR. The heart medication could cause abnormal heartbeat that could cause symptoms of dizziness, sweating, pallor and fainting.
Patients should check their antidepressant for lot numbers 130142 and V130140, with expiration date of October 2015. Also recalled is Effexor XR with Greenstone lot number V130014, which expires in August 2015.
The antidepressant recall includes two lots of Effexor XR® 150 Mg Extended-Release Capsules and one lot of Greenstone’s Venlafaxine HCl 150 Mg Extended-Release Capsules.
The FDA warns the interaction between the heart drug Tikosyn and venlafaxine “could be fatal”.
Hi friends - if you know anyone who might use the medication, please reblog/signal boost
I do not understand this “male privilege” bullshit.
What. Fucking. Privileges. Do. Men. Have.???????
Name them. I swear, I challenge you to name these “male privileges” and be able to prove them.
Come on, I fucking dare you.
Oh boy. Well, as a man, I’ll tell you my male privilege.
- My odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are probably skewed in my favor. The more prestigious the job, the larger the odds are skewed.
- I can be confident in the fact that my co-workers won’t think that I was hired/promoted because of my sex - despite the fact that it’s probably true.
- If I ever am promoted when a woman of my peers is better suited for the job, it is because of my sex.
- If i ever fail at my job or career, it won’t be seen as a blacklist against my sex’s capabilities.
- I am far less likely to face sexual harassment than my female peers.
- If I do the same task as a woman, and if the measurement is at all subjective, chances are people will think I did a better job.
- If I am a teen or an adult, and I stay out of prison, my odds of getting raped are relatively low.
- On average, I’m taught that walking alone after dark by myself is less than dangerous than it is for my female peers.
- If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be questioned.
- If I do have children but I do not provide primary care for them, my masculinity will not be questioned.
- If I have children and I do care for them, I’ll be praised even if my care is only marginally competent.
- If I have children and a career, no one will think I’m selfish for not staying at home.
- If I seek political office, my relationship with my children or who I deem to take care of them will more often not be scrutinized by the press.
- My elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious the position, the more this is true.
- When i seek out “the person in charge”, it is likely that they will be someone of my own sex. The higher the position, the more often this is true.
- As a child, chances are I am encouraged to be more active and outgoing than my sisters.
- As a child, I could choose from an almost infinite variety of children’s media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of my own sex. I never had to look for it; male protagonists were (and are) the default.
- As a child, chances are I got more teacher attention than girls who raised their hands just as often.
- If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether or not it has sexist overtones. (Nobody’s going to ask if I’m upset because I’m menstruating.)
- I can turn on the television or glance at the front page of the newspaper and see people of my own sex widely represented.
- If I’m careless with my financial affairs it won’t be attributed to my sex.
- If I’m careless with my driving it won’t be attributed to my sex.
- I can speak in public to a large group without putting my sex on trial.
- Even if I sleep with a lot of women, there is little to no chance that I will be seriously labeled a “slut,” nor is there any male counterpart to “slut-bashing.”
- I do not have to worry about the message my wardrobe sends about my sexual availability.
- My clothing is typically less expensive and better-constructed than women’s clothing for the same social status. While I have fewer options, my clothes will probably fit better than a woman’s without tailoring.
- The grooming regimen expected of me is relatively cheap and consumes little time.
- If I buy a new car, chances are I’ll be offered a better price than a woman buying the same car. The same goes for other expensive merchandise.
- If I’m not conventionally attractive, the disadvantages are relatively small and easy to ignore.
- I can be loud with no fear of being called a shrew. I can be aggressive with no fear of being called a bitch.
- I can ask for legal protection from violence that happens mostly to men without being seen as a selfish special interest, since that kind of violence is called “crime” and is a general social concern. (Violence that happens mostly to women is usually called “domestic violence” or “acquaintance rape,” and is seen as a special interest issue.)
- I can be confident that the ordinary language of day-to-day existence will always include my sex. “All men are created equal,” mailman, chairman, freshman, he.
- My ability to make important decisions and my capability in general will never be questioned depending on what time of the month it is.
- I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if I don’t change my name.
- The decision to hire me will not be based on assumptions about whether or not I might choose to have a family sometime soon.
- Every major religion in the world is led primarily by people of my own sex. Even God, in most major religions, is pictured as male.
- Most major religions argue that I should be the head of my household, while my wife and children should be subservient to me.
- If I have a wife or live-in girlfriend, chances are we’ll divide up household chores so that she does most of the labor, and in particular the most repetitive and unrewarding tasks.
- If I have children with my girlfriend or wife, I can expect her to do most of the basic childcare such as changing diapers and feeding.
- If I have children with my wife or girlfriend, and it turns out that one of us needs to make career sacrifices to raise the kids, chances are we’ll both assume the career sacrificed should be hers.
- Assuming I am heterosexual, magazines, billboards, television, movies, pornography, and virtually all of media is filled with images of scantily-clad women intended to appeal to me sexually. Such images of men exist, but are rarer.
- In general, I am under much less pressure to be thin than my female counterparts are. If I am over-weight, I probably suffer fewer social and economic consequences for being fat than over-weight women do.
- If I am heterosexual, it’s incredibly unlikely that I’ll ever be beaten up by a spouse or lover.
- Complete strangers generally do not walk up to me on the street and tell me to “smile.”
- Sexual harassment on the street virtually never happens to me. I do not need to plot my movements through public space in order to avoid being sexually harassed, or to mitigate sexual harassment.
- On average, I am not interrupted by women as often as women are interrupted by men.
- On average, I will have the privilege of not knowing about my male privilege.
And lastly, I am taken as a more credible feminist than my female peers, despite the fact that the feminist movement is not liberating to my sex.
This is male privilege.
THIS. THIS IS HOW YOU BE A MALE FEMINIST.
Flaphack #7: *Magically transform an old concert lanyard into a soothing pancake scented car freshener!
*not actually magic
DENNY’S WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU EVEN DOING
denny’s has the best social media marketing team ever look at this look at it
they knew their restaurant was the equivalent of 3am nightblogging and they just went with it
Truth Behind Fat: References
DISCLAIMER: This links list is always in the works, and is not comprehensive or complete. If evidence is not listed, it doesn’t mean it does not exist. If you have any links to add, please insert them in relevant comments and they will be reviewed.
For a general resource on debunking the junk science behind obesity, please see:
- Linda Bacon’s resources and blog
- Sandy Szwarc’s blog, Junkfood Science
- Michelle’s blog, The Fat Nutritionist
- ASDAH’s article repository
Debunking Fat Hate and Misconceptions
Doesn’t Obesity Kill?
- Obesity does not kill 400,000 Americans a year (in fact, it ‘contributes’ to fewer than 30,000).
- Fit Over 60s Live Longer Regardless of Body Fat
- No tenable link between obesity and breast cancer type
- No tenable link between diet and weight control and remission of type II diabetes
- The J-curve relationship between BMI and mortality
- Mortality risk for overweight and obese is no greater than for ‘normal’ when hypertension and diabetes are controlled for, (Anthony Jerant, Peter Franks. “Body Mass Index, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Short-Term Mortality: A Population-Based Observational Study, 2000–2006″ J Am Board Fam Med July-August 2012 vol. 25 no. 4 422-431)
- Low-Calorie Diet Doesn’t Prolong Life (New York Times, August 29, 2012)
Shouldn’t Fat People Should Simply Eat Less and Move More?
- In controlled settings people lose 10% of their weight on a diet, but one third to two thirds of the weight is regained within 1 year, and almost all is regained within 5 years. (“Methods for voluntary weight loss and control. NIH Technology Assessment Conference Panel.” Ann Intern Med. 1992 Jun 1;116(11):942-9.)
- The preponderance of evidence shows that diets don’t work
- No weight loss intervention shown generally effective post 5 years
- Fat people as a whole metabolically the same as lean people, except that they’re bigger
- Eating and weight gain not necessarily linked, study shows
- Evidence for a bodyweight setpoint (energy homeostasis)
- Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments: Diets are not the answer. (Mann, Traci; Tomiyama, A. Janet; Westling, Erika; Lew, Ann-Marie; Samuels, Barbra; Chatman, Jason. American Psychologist, Vol 62(3), Apr 2007, 220-233. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.3.220 ) (PDF)
Isn’t There An Obesity Epidemic?
- Americans have only gained an average of 14 lbs (women) and 16 lbs (men) since 1990 (Gallup)
- Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic
- The 1998 BMI definition changes made 30 million Americans overweight or obese OVERNIGHT
- The Myth of the Obesity “Tsunami”
- One-third of American Adults are Obese, but Rate SlowsYeah, But What About the Children? Isn’t Fat Killing Them?
- Childhood famine (that includes dieting and starvation) increases risk of type 2 diabetes
- Adolescents who engage in unhealthy weight-control behaviors such as dieting and binge eating are three times more likely five years later to be overweight than adolescents who did not engage in those behaviors
Isn’t Weight a Lifestyle Choice?
- Obesity largely determined by genetics, says study
- Obesity is 77% heritable
- Thin parents pass on skinny genes to children (October 4, 2011, The Independent, UK)
- Insulin resistance. A multifaceted syndrome responsible for NIDDM, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. DeFronzo RA, Ferrannini E. Diabetes Care. 1991 Mar;14(3):173-94.
But Doesn’t the Idea that People are Different Sizes Though Consuming/Exercising the Same Violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
- In fact, in principle, the suggestion that a “calorie is a calorie” — all human metabolisms are the same Bunsen Burner — violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Isn’t there a Study that Disproves the Claim that You Can Be Fit and Fat?
- That study is junk science. The preponderance of evidence shows that in fact, one can be fat and fit.
Is there Discrimination Against Fat People?
- Brownell Obesity Discrimination Study (2001)
- Health Professionals Specializing in Obesity Aren’t Immune from Weight-Bias
- The surprising reason why being overweight isn’t healthy
- Obesity bias based on disgust, study says (2010)
Isn’t Fat Unhealthy?
- Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift (Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, Nutrition Journal 2011, 10:9, 24 January 2011)
- Higher BMI can lower risk for Alzheimer’s
- Metabolic syndrome associated with decelerated cognitive decline in the very elderly
- The case against the Type II diabetes “epidemic” in kids
- You can’t eat your way to diabetes
- ‘Obese’ BMI does not harm current health of young adults, study says
- Obesity not always tied to higher heart risk (Reuters, May 24, 2012)
Shouldn’t Fat People Try to Diet Anyway?
- Although long-term follow-up data are meager, the data that do exist suggest almost complete relapse after 3-5 yr. (Miller, W. C. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Aug;31(8):1129-34.)
- In fact, size acceptance and health at every size may be a better approach to health than chronic dieting. (Bacon L, Stern JS, Van Loan MD, Keim NL. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 Jun;105(6):929-36.)
- Except that dieting can kill you, even when you’re fat and dieting down to a ‘normal’ weight.
- And there are suggestions that frequent (intentional) weight loss diets reflect susceptibility to weight gain, rendering dieters prone to future weight gain. (August 9, 2011, K H Pietiläinen, S E Saarni, J Kaprio and A Rissanen. “Does dieting make you fat? A twin study” International Journal of Obesity | doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.160)
- Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index. (Eric M. Matheson, MS, MD, Dana E. King, MS, MD and Charles J. Everett, PhD. J Am Board Fam Med January-February 2012 vol. 25 no. 1 9-15)
- And adolescents who engage in unhealthy weight-control behaviors such as dieting and binge eating are three times more likely five years later to be overweight than adolescents who did not engage in those behaviors.
- There are even further suggestions suggest that for many adolescents, dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain. (Alison E. Field, ScD, S. B. Austin, ScD, C. B. Taylor, MD, Susan Malspeis, SM, Bernard Rosner, PhD, Helaine R. Rockett, RD, Matthew W. Gillman, MD, Graham A. Colditz, MD. “Relation Between Dieting and Weight Change Among Preadolescents and Adolescents” PEDIATRICS Vol. 112 No. 4 October 1, 2003 pp. 900 -906)
- Weight Regain Following Sustained Weight Reduction is Predicted by Relative Insulin Sensitivity, Trudy J. Yost, Dalan R. Jensen, Dr. Robert H. Eckel*, Obesity Research, Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 583–587, November 1995But Aren’t Food Deserts/Lack of Access/Poor Choices/Lack of Time Making Poor People Fatter?
- Studies question the pairing of food deserts and obesity (Gina Kolata, The New York Times, April 17, 2012)
General Sites Debunking the Junk Science About Obesity
- The Problem With Peer Review
- When the population approach to prevention puts the health of individuals at risk
Evidence for the Moral Panic
ADOPTION AND FERTILITY
- Australian woman told she was too fat to adopt (January 2003, The Age, Australia)
- In the UK, fat women can’t adopt (June 2006)
- Kylie Lannigan told she was ‘too fat to adopt’ (June 2007, Australia)
- Gary Stocklaufer denied adoption request because he was fat (July 2007, United States)
- New Zealand bans fat woman from entering the country (November 2007, Big Fat Blog, NZ)
- Obese women not allowed to get IVF treatments (December 2008, BBC News, UK)
- Charlotte and Damien Hall denied for adoption because of their BMI (January 2009, The Guardian, UK)
- Couple accused of starving baby so she doesn’t get fat (January 28, 2010, Fox News, USA)
- Grandad arrested over Grand Canyon hike (September 2, 2011, The Age, Australia)
- Parents allegedly starved baby because of obesity concerns (November 8, 2011, ABC News, USA)
- Grandmother to face capital charges in granddaughter’s death (March 1, 2012, CBS News, USA)
- Oz parents to be held responsible for their kid’s obesity (February 2, 2009, The Indian Express, India)
- Parents of fat children told they may be put up for adoption (September 5, 2011, Mirror News, UK/Scotland)
- Ohio puts 200-lb third grader into foster care (November 27, 2011, MSNBC, USA)
- ‘Obese’ 5 year old taken from parents (December 5, 2011, iOL News, UK)
DEMONIZATION OF FAT PARENTS, AND PARENTS OF FAT CHILDREN
- Is childhood obesity a symptom of neglect? (July 16, 2010, TIME Magazine, USA)
- Study: Children are likely to become overweight by mimicking behaviors of obese parents NOTE: The study did not in fact show that children become overweight by mimicking the behaviors of fat parents, despite that scare-headline. It just showed that fat parents are much more likely to have fat children — which makes sense, given body weight is 77% heritable (July 13, 2009, NYDailyNews, USA)
MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE
- Doctors’ ultimatum to kidney transplant wife: Lose 42lb in nine months or watch your husband die (March 2009, Daily Mail, UK – h/t richie79)
TAXATION AND PUBLIC POLICY
- Fat people should have their food taxed to ‘pay for healthcare’
- Don’t operate on smokers and the obese, says NHS Health Secretary (February 2007, Daily Mail, UK)
- City government promotes lie to motivate weight loss via fear; anti-obesity agenda is to blame
- The 1998 BMI definition changes made 30 million Americans overweight or obese OVERNIGHT
- Obesity bias based on disgust, study says (2010)
- Global governments must get ‘tough on obesity,’ in which the commentariat helpfully suggests plus-size clothing be ‘prescription-only,’ amongst other astoundingly panicked and bigoted replies (August 25, 2011, BBC Health, UK)
- Southwest, Sizism, and Institutionalized Oppression (Athia, YouTube, August 2011)
- On Kevin Smith and Flying Fat (BigLiberty, February 15, 2010)
WORK AND EMPLOYMENT
Libertarian/Anarcho-capitalist Arguments Against the Obesity Moral Panic
If you are not happy, that sucks and I am sorry, but maybe you should consider spending your time (and in some cases your money) on another virtual pet site. There are lots of great ones out there.
I am not saying that your opinions are not valid, or that I am tired of the bitching. I am just sad…
I actually have been getting back into other games, and working on my own, as I realized that the fundamental aspects that I have problems with aren’t going to be solved by the old guard. They have their money, or they don’t think their problems are problems. These days I just throw dragons to the pit and sell a few who I think look good. I’d be more interested in the custom skin side if Fr wasn’t so damn restrictive about it. But then also there’s outlets for that. For grinding I’ve taken up the gardening section on Aluriya, and on Aywas I’ve gone back to fiddling with designs, working on premades of a silver I’m going to sell, and waiting with baited, happy breath and the only fussing I have is that there’s no 600X600 size image uploads. Well, and some of the users, but they’re less visible than the merchant-types on FR.
The fact is though, you don’t want a player ever really to feel this way about your game, it’s literally the second worst state, behind “vengeful”. This means they’re fine with liquidating most, if not all of their assets, and telling others in detail how they went from passionate to apathetic. This is all a great shame because it’s going to lead to a slow hemorrhaging out of the site if this keeps up.
And yet- I’m fine with that when just a few months before i was frothing-raving upset that the site was going in this direction. Now it’s just another example of a petsite with an interesting idea, but failed execution. It’s unfortunate that the creators put years into the game, but them’s the breaks, yanno?
Singular “they” is a correct gender-neutral pronoun! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And, there you have it! “They” is grammatically correct.
OMG, next time I want to publish something and they try to edit it out!!!
Not so fond memories of the “english teacher” telling me that “they” isn’t grammatically correct a few weeks back.
Snap, vindicated, bitch.
Indigenous Canadian Women Are Suffering a Murder Epidemic
Last week’s discovery of the body of Loretta Saunders, an Inuit student who disappeared while working on a thesis about missing and murdered Native Canadian women, sparked calls across the country for action. NGOs say violence against Aboriginal women and girls is reaching epidemic levels — and around half of the murder cases remain unsolved.
On February 13, NWAC delivered a petition to the House of Commons, signed by over 23,000 Canadians in support of the call for a national inquiry.
Next time you want to say “Canada’s such a nice place! Nothing bad happens in Canada!” please give a thought to this.
Source: Vice Magazine
Oh, you poor sweetie. Please don’t feel at all self-conscious about asking this question, because it’s totally fine, and I so appreciate you saying you like the books (and I would love to have a TV show!) but this is actually something that comes up a lot. This ask about my books is really nice, which is why I chose it, because people have told me they find hostile asks upsetting. I do myself.
Since this question DOES come up a lot, sometimes in not-so-nice ways, I figured maybe I could use this nice question and write some kind of Ultimate Tumblr Answer to all such questions so I wouldn’t have to answer it again.
This is going to be kind of a BIG answer and it might feel overwhelming, so check out of it any time after the simple answer, which is:
None. Zero. Zip. Nada.
There is no Supernatural in my books. I promise you.
I have only seen a few episodes of the first season of Supernatural, back maybe six years ago, and I didn’t enjoy it. (Which doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy it. Many people cooler than me enjoy it. I have a brilliant lady astrophysicist friend who owns all the box sets!) I’m not going to go into why I didn’t enjoy it, because then people will come and argue with me about my judgy ways, and criticise all the stuff like Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf that I do like. Fair enough, people. Let us all like what we like, accept that we like different things, and everything will be lovely!
I always feel like I have to be careful talking about Supernatural: if any Supernatural fans read the Demon’s Lexicon series and think to themselves, ‘Hey, this contains some of the stuff what I like, i.e. demons and brothers (the only two things TDL and SPN have in common)’ - then fabulous. I want people to read my books, and whatever way they get to my books is wonderful.
But it’s also important to be clear and honest: I would not base a book series on a TV show I never saw much of, and which I didn’t enjoy. That would be a lot of time to devote to stuff I didn’t enjoy! I wouldn’t do it. (Why do people think I would? Well, we’ll get to that later.)
There are a lot of demon stories out there, and a lot of family stories out there, but here are some obvious dissimilarities between Supernatural and the Demon’s Lexicon series:
1. The brothers in Supernatural are actually blood related, while the brothers I wrote about are not blood related. They are not even the same species.
2. One of the brothers in Demon’s Lexicon is disabled.
3. Road-Trip-Through-Small-Town America is a very distinct aesthetic Supernatural seemed to be going for. Can’t be achieved when your setting is England. The magic system itself is rooted in American folklore—mine is totally different.
4. There are ladies in my series who are present in every book and important, whereas I do not believe the Supernatural series has a female lead present in every episode or indeed season.
5. There’s also a queer character present and important in every book, and I do not believe the Supernatural series has a queer character present in every episode. Or indeed season.
6. There are no angels in my world and I understand angels become pretty important in Supernatural. Obviously, they like angels and I like—other stuff.
This has come out seeming judgy of Supernatural after all. I understand that Supernatural now has a queer lady character played by Felicia Day, and that’s excellent. I don’t mean to bag on Supernatural. But it is a very different story to the story in my books, and its creators have very different priorities to me, and I think that’s pretty clear.
There’s something else to be discussed here, which is that people may say unto me: Why’d you write books about brothers and demons if you didn’t want people to think your books were fanfiction, you dumb jerk?
I have two answers to that.
1) I can write what I like and I think it’s gross to say that I can’t.
2) It wouldn’t have mattered what I wrote about. Every book I’ve ever written gets this. My books haven’t just been called Supernatural fanfiction. They get called Harry Potter fanfiction, too. Definitely! How would I have the ability to come up with my own characters?
No, the hero of Demon’s Lexicon is definitely Harry Potter. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was an evil demon, right?) And Unspoken is definitely Harry Potter too. (Y’all remember that Harry Potter was a part-Japanese sassy girl detective? As well as being an evil demon. That Harry Potter. Such a multi-faceted individual.)
My books are also Twilight fanfiction. (What isn’t?) And Full Metal Alchemist fanfiction. Just ceaseless fanfiction. And that means of course that the books are very, very bad.
My books get called fanfiction all the time, I think, for two reasons:
a) I am a girl. Dudes get to write perceived-as-derivative/actually-derivative fiction all the time and it’s a HOMAGE, but girls can’t do either. People decide girls’ stuff is derivative and lousy all the time, whereas boys’ stuff is part of a literary tradition and an important conversation. This is sexist and terrible.
Neil Gaiman referenced Asimov in Neverwhere:
And G.K. Chesterton in Coraline:
And William Gibson in Neverwhere:
Yet I do not see Neil Gaiman getting chased around and called a plagiarist like I was this summer when I wrote three words which also appear in the Hunger Games! (And before that, as it turns out, in The Emperor’s New Groove. Llamas, sue the Hunger Games!)
I am very tired of seeing women insulted for things every dude in the world is allowed to do. It is not literary critique. It is violent misogyny.
b) I used to write fanfiction. (These two issues—sexism and fanfiction—are actually very closely intertwined, because writing fanfiction is something that mostly girls do, and thus like all things Associated With Ladies, such as sewing and pink, is treated as dumb and worthless. And fanfiction, as I’m going to discuss, provides people with a narrative that go ‘why this lady actually sucks’ and people love narratives which say that.)
For those who didn’t know I used to write fanfiction, it’s obviously irrelevant to your opinion of me, and honestly, you can cut out here. Definitely if the person who asked me about Supernatural this time around wants to cut out here… they should. I am about to get mad. It is not your fault. I have just got this too many times, and I have had it up to here.
When someone is traditionally published after writing fanfiction, they get treated like trash, both by people who think fanfiction is weird rubbish and by people who themselves like to write and read fanfiction.
why do nice girls always go for the assholes i dont even like pegging
No. Just. NO. I am so sick of this bullshit stereotype being both perpetuated AND played out. No.
Saying nice girls go with the assholes is the biggest stereotype in relationships of all time
AS IN LITREALLY AIMING FOR AND PENETRATING THE ASSHOLE WITH A STRAP ON DICK.
FUCKING THANK YOU
Well that answers a question I’ve had for a while now.
Next time someone comes at me with “Abortion is Murder” argument I’m going to throw this post at them