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An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Poodle from Go Dog Go!

What an adorable letter! ;; Indeed, the hat-wearing poodle can wear whatever she pleases. ♥

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Why the #AskELJames Tag Matters

I think when people comment on what happened yesterday, they see her as an author who is being savaged. Again, if people stick to critiquing the problematic themes and ideas of the book and its terrible writing “style,” then that’s truly fair game. However, I think some of her defenders, like with Vanity Fair, are unaware that E.L. James isn’t being bullied. Instead, she has seemed to behave like a bully for years. She’s been nasty to the Twilight fandom who made her famous. A May 2012 article from Crushable by Natalie Zutter, in its texts and comments, documented the history of Ms. James and her fans during her tenure in Twilight fandom. During that time, she encouraged her “Bunker Babes” or fan army to overrun Goodreads and Amazon forums (against the spirit of the terms of service) to promote her book and shout down detractors. Additionally, she would send nasty emails and publicly mock readers on Twitter who even pointed out typos or expressed genuine confusion by the text. Most appalling of all was her alleged apparent tendency to use her Twitter to post the personal addresses and information of her critics (something the Stop the Goodreads Bullies site has faced massive criticism for in the past). She even allowed her fans to harass a teenage girl in Russia who made the mistake of translating Fifty Shades of Grey, then Master of the Universe, into Russian without James’s express permission.

I’m not saying previous troll-like behavior justifies personal attacks on the #askeljames tag. It does not. Again, the minority of the comments were attacks on her and her fans personally and those weren’t okay. However, those nastier ones don’t negate the real valid comments about abuse and stalking, the retweets of quotes from the actual books that match red flag checklists, or the legitimate questions and expressed hurt of offended survivors.


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That’s what the bulk of the hashtag was about, and that’s why it matters. In an age when celebrities can throw enough money at problems to make them go away, the Twitter tag is a small relief, a way to get thoughts out there even if they will largely stay ignored. Besides, can anyone really be so ignorant after Bill Cosby’s tar-and-feathering with the #CosbyMeme or Robin Thicke being taken to task for his creepy behavior toward his ex-wife and his terrible views on consent in “Blurred Lines” with his #AskThicke tag, that they truly believe asking Twitter for an honest conversation with a controversial celebrity is going to work well? Again, on Tuesday, Republican hopeful Bobby Jindal’s #AskBobby tag was equally as large a disaster. Oddly, you don’t see nearly as many articles in the mainstream media about it period, and so far I’ve seen none that have called what happened to him “bullying.” James is about as public a figure as Jindal now. Again, you can’t be Publishers Weekly’s “Publishing Person of the Year” in 2012 and not also live under public scrutiny. It’s a trade-off.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Anthy :: Contemplative)
tw: discussion of misogyny, racism, and rape )

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Freddie went to the groomer a couple days ago! He looks like a calander Bichon now, he's so precious! I took pictures with my new phone, so I'll upload them later when I learn how to transfer them to my computer. :P

I want new icons, specifically Kirby icons of pretty Japanese fanart, but nobody but a few friends makes icons anymore. *sob* I miss Photoshop and I have to get it back along with all my old brushes and textures from my old dead computer. Though maybe it'd be easier if I just started over from scratch. /first-world problems. I went browsing through my icon journal to look at my old icons. O THE OVERSATURATION. O THE OVERSHARPENING (AND LACK OF IT). O THE TEXTURE ABUSE. O THE OVERABUNDANCE OF BRUSHES. O THE AWKWARDLY PLACED (AND FONTED) TEXT. O THE SMUDGES I DIDN'T CLEAN. I like to think that I've gotten better now that I've seen my mistakes, at least. :P

I'm close to beating Rune Factory 4! I finished the third quest and now I'm tackling the Sharance Maze. I just want to marry Arthur and then my life will be complete. ;;

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Freddy Fazbear :: NOPE.JPEG)
I got my laughs from seeing the Budgett's Frog on Conan O' Brien, so I went to Youtube to look for more frog hissage.

I had no idea they sounded so ear-screechingly horrible. D:

Scientists weren't kidding when they called this guy the Freddy Krueger Frog.

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Pumpkin Online Aims to Include Everyone, Everywhere

Pumpkin Online is a farming sim MMORPG, currently being developed as the debut project of Pumpkin Interactive. It’s being developed using the Hero Engine, and the basic plot bears strong resemblance to other farming sims like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, both of which the developer cites as inspirations. You create a character, select a profession, build your farm (and customize it, both inside and out), craft items, complete quests, and develop friendships and romances with NPCs. The game takes the farming/romance sim and the sword and sorcery MMO, mixes them up, and creates something huge and exciting.

What’s different about Pumpkin Online is the extreme freedom it provides. Monique Blaize, the team leader at Pumpkin Interactive, explains that as an African-American woman, “I’m a double minority in the game industry and I’m hoping to get involved in it.” Being aware of and sensitive to the need for minority representation in media, she has made every effort to make Pumpkin Online as inclusive as it can be.

The cast of NPCs is exceptionally diverse, meaning that there are several minorities among the characters. When creating your character, gender options include non-binary possibilities, and the choice of gender will not restrict any body features or clothing choices. Same-sex relationships are as present as opposite-sex relationships. The bottom line is, Pumpkin Interactive wants everyone to have the chance to play a character that represents themselves – something that the game industry does not always make possible.


I don't usually play MMORPGs, but I'd totally play this one. :D

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Hullabaloo Steampunk animated film

James Lopez, a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), is currently trying to raise money for his traditionally animated project Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a steampunk short film which Lopez is hoping will help save the cause of 2D animation, and possibly lead to a TV series or film. So, if you’re interested in badass steampunk ladies or traditional animation, may I recommend you give a dollar or two.

Saving 2D animation with steampunk and badass ladies? YES PLZ.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Grover :: Stop Turning Pages!)
I like how the Cinema Snob does episodes of movies involving cannibalism, necrophilia, talking vaginas, coprophagia, pedophilia, bestiality, Nazisploitation, and E.T. porn without anyone batting an eye, but the second he does m/m gay porn like "Gayracula" or "Drive," the commentors immediately start questioning his sexuality. Lesbians are okay, and aliens are fine (as long as they're female), but gay men? "You can be a cannibalistic serial killer who fucks dogs and children, but if you're gay, god that makes me so uncomfortable!" It'd be just like the Snob to post another gay porn episode just to spite them. :D

Speaking of which, I got to thinking after watching his review of "Mommie Dearest." You ever been recommended a movie or book for its camp value and over-the-top hilarity, only to see it for yourself and be genuinely terrified and uncomfortable? I felt the same thing about V.C. Andrews' "Flowers in the Attic" and "My Sweet Audrina" that Brad did for "Mommie Dearest"; I expected something corny, trashy, and silly, but I ended up being creeped out and not finding any laughs at all. Albeit, FitA and MSA aren't great to begin with, but still. I had to stop reading both books because they were disturbing in ways I didn't like at all.

I guess I had a similar reaction to "Twilight" and "50 Shades" too. To this day, I never got past the first chapter of "Twilight" because I'd immediately get bored and pissed off at Bella whining that she got a fucking car from her dad. Though with "Twilight," I did manage to get a little bit of hilarity from the movie; I just needed a better audience (and Rifftrax) to watch it with. (I saw "Twilight" with my Mom and I wasn't allowed to make snarky commentary, which led to a dull, dull watch. I still laughed out loud at the SKIN OF A KILLER!!!1!1 scene though) But "50 Shades"... when it wasn't boring me to death, it frightened me and made me angrier than a bull at a firetruck. The only other book I can think of that incites this much rage from me is "Wuthering Heights." Just... ugh.

What do you think, guys? Have you ever been recommended something that's supposed to be trashy and So-Bad-It's-Funny, only to make you legitimately uncomfortable?

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Elsa :: Freedom)
The 6 Male Characters Women Never Get to See in Movies

This is one of the best feminist articles I've read in a while. I especially lol'd at #2.

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Why referring to the Romani people as 'gypsies' is a bad idea, and why you should listen if someone tells you you used a racial slur.

I have to commend this chick for keeping her cool as long as she did while dealing with those bigots. Especially when one of them spouts something like this:

Get ready to be amazed. )

I knew the Romani were hated, but I had no idea it was THIS bad in the present-day.

Burned girl a symbol of Roma hate and hope. Whatever the hell you do, don't read the comments.

A few of them are basically, "WAAAAAAH WHAT ABOUT THE 13-YEAR-OLD WHITE BOY WHO GOT BEATEN UP AND MUGGED BY ROMA KIDS? I DON'T SEE YOU BRINGING THAT UP!!!!11!1" Shut the fuck up. Nobody deserves to be beaten or set on fire. And way to miss the point of the article; trying to burn a child to death, no matter what her race, is immoral. But I guess you don't care, since she would've totally grown up to beat up poor innocent white children for their money if the far-right extremists hadn't intervened. ghjkaghkjdsghkjdshge

I also like how bigots stereotype certain races as "lazy" when they don't even allow jobs for those races in the first place. Or how people see the Roma as "happy nomads" when in reality, they had to keep moving around because they kept being kicked out of their homes by bigots who don't welcome them. GEE I WONDER WHOSE FAULT THAT REALLY IS.

gkjdsghdsakjghkfjdghkfjdb fuck humanity.

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Stay safe and warm, everyone!

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Quottage :: Mary Poppins)
Why the Feminist Controversy Over Frozen Misses the Point

I wasn't worried about Disney taking enormous liberties with the storyline; that's pretty much expected. I knew that Frozen wasn't going to have much in common with The Snow Queen anyway. But what really grinded my gears with the unfortunate implications of DiSalvo's quote about animating Anna and Elsa.

If this article is true, it puts my fears about the movie to rest. Trying to keep two siblings look related while still having individual characteristics is a HUGE world of difference from "WAAAAH ANIMATING FEMALE CHARACTERS IS TOO HAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD!"

In other news, the family and I just got back from watching Catching Fire. Nomnomnom.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Rosa & Zoroark :: Must Squish You!)
Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy to Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman

*fangirl sighs forever* ♥♥♥

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On the Importance of Magical Girl Heroines & Weaponized Femininity

Bolding is all mine, nomnomnom.

The Magical Girl genre is essentially a genre which explores the female Heroine’s arc, the female coming of age story, and the womanhood narrative with varying degrees of success or failure — but it gets explored. I’d be hard pressed to name a whole lot of series that allow women to play every single archetypal role in the heroic book the way say, Sailor Moon does. Because Usagi Tsukino is a regular girl who is sort of clumsy and a bit of a bad student, but kind and loving and sweet. She is the “regular young girl” who begins a journey into becoming a powerful woman. She might initially play at being the virginal Princess type, but let’s face it — her future child drops out of the sky, and there’s never any sort of real play at insinuating she’s a bad person because she grows up. Usagi is a Warrior, a Queen, a Mother, a Lover, a Friend, a Sister - the Heroine of the story. She saves her own boyfriend/consort’s ass regularly from the bad guys. Essentially, she’s the hero, and the story is about her.

It’s more complex than that, of course. Her weapons are pink and shiny and come in the form of compacts and wands with heart and moon shapes. She wears a sailor fuku, she’s got long flowing hair, she’s feminine, beautiful, and when she doesn’t trip first, she’s going to kick your ass in the name of the moon (and love and justice). Being a girl is her weapon. Being feminine and a woman is her weapon. Some of the other Scouts have other presentations of themselves and their genders, but that’s just it - womanhood and girlhood, and gender, and sexuality, and so on — has a spectrum. It’s all there.


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Kyubey isn’t the devil. Kyubey is the society we live in, which takes up and preys on young girls at vulnerable times in their lives, and asks them to be perfect. Society asks girls to fight against evil, the icky, awful, and impure, and it keeps asking until we say yes. Yes to being beautiful, and perfect, and good, and pure, and sweet, yes to being a nice young lady, yes to fighting everything that is bad and evil and dangerous - to fighting the things that threaten us and our friends.

Except there’s a catch. We’re fighting ourselves. What they don’t tell you, society, or Kyubey in this metaphor, is that there is no way to prevent yourself from becoming what you started out fighting. You lose, in this scenario, every time. At some point, a young, “emotionally volatile” girl grows up and becomes a woman. One day, you hit puberty, or maybe you haven’t yet, and someone leers at you, or looks at you wrong, or calls after you and you are suddenly made aware of the fact that being a woman is dangerous. Growing up means something incredibly different for girls than it does boys.


And this part has PMMM spoilers. YES. THANK YOU. This is how I see Sayaka. )

You become a witch or a bitch the day you fight back. And even if you don’t fight back, you’re going to become a witch or a bitch eventually. That’s the unfortunate truth of growing up female — sooner or later, society will betray you. And while you might not become Walpurgisnacht, it can be as simple as a hiss in your ear, or a seething message in your inbox. You’re an emotionally out of control girl, you’re evil, you’re bad, you’re a slut, a whore, or a bitch, or hysterical, or over reacting. You become a woman in a society that hates women. And if and when you react, you get tossed straight into the bin of evil terrible things.

Sorry for copy-pasting so much. This is just my way to convince you to read the entire essay. :P So go go go!

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Puri joins Anime Planet, nomnomnom.

In which I keep track of everything I watch and read, and weep at how enormously behind I am, haha. XD I haven't seen some of those shows in years!

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Sebastian :: Jawdrop)
TW: Transphobia and misandry, including slurs. Mainly transphobia.

This is NOT how feminism is supposed to work. )

I hope this monster gets their limbs soaked in army ants before slowly pulling them out of the sockets, then has the remaining stubs get rammed in with hot pokers.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Quottage :: Mary Poppins)
Review of FATAL, the world's worst RPG.

I can't believe I hadn't read this earlier. The review is hilarious. The game, on the other hand... The sheer badness of this game is... legendary. :o

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

On an unrelated note, my current music is totally Homura's theme.

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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Sebastian :: Jawdrop)
What the hell does [dreamwidth.org profile] fandomsecrets have against Amanda Palmer? I don't know that much about her (other than that she married Neil Gaiman and a few Dresden Doll songs), but seriously. This is the closest comprehensive information I can get without angry anons getting carried away frothing at the mouth.

So everything that happened with her ex? Not cool. Not cool at all. The EvelynEvelyn thing? Sketchy as hell, and the way she "responded" to Feminists With Disabilities was inconsiderate. But holy shit, her haters are obnoxious.

It's one thing to hate a person, especially for the problematic things that they've done. But then there's claiming that she's "pretending to be a rape survivor for attention," wanting her to be raped and decapitated while the world rejoiced, and how wishing those things upon her is a-okay because she is not a human being, but a "rodent."

Thank god for a few of the anons that called them out on their despicable behavior. Seriously, those guys remind me of Twihaters. You know, people who dedicate their entire energy hating Twilight and Stephanie Meyer to the point where they become just as annoying as Twihards, but in a different way.



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here_inmyhead: Raggedy Ann as animated in "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure." (1977) (Feferi :: Giggle)
WTF Yaoi Anatomy

My new favorite tumblr blog, nomnomnom. 8)

Edit: Fuck Yeah Bad Yaoi for even more fun! :D



Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!

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