I don’t even want to talk about that finale.
IT’S FINALLY DONE. This was quite the undertaking, but I hope it was worth it! This was a commission for Sresla!
learning to draw is like driving on the highway like yeah sure you need to be watching other people but you REALLY need to focus on your own lane and your own destination or youre gonna follow that stupid fucking minivan all the way to tuskegee and then what. you didnt want to go to tuskegee. why did you follow that van look now youre in fucking tuskegee.
I think it says something about me + Doctor Who that however much I criticize Korra, when Korra leaked in Spanish, I watched it that night before the subs came out, and then again the next day with subs, but five episodes of Doctor Who have been leaked for weeks, in English even, and I just haven’t cared enough to watch them yet.
These feelings were so strong during my tenure at university I still have dreams long after, of time slipping away so quickly while I am immobilized by terror and panic. As I get older, I still have these feelings stirring in the background, and I’m sure they’ll only get stronger.
From what I’ve gathered, Peter Capaldi is a huge fan of Doctor Who that pretended to be a huge Moffat stan until he’d signed an airtight contract, at which point he revealed he hates the direction Moffat was taking the show he loves, plans to systematically undo it to the best of his ability, has been openly mocking and refusing the participate in parts of the script he doesn’t think are true to the character, and insisting that they “won’t chase him off this show,” which is basically saying “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”
I think the new season of Doctor Who is going to be glorious.
I kind of want a show that is just Capaldi on the set of Doctor Who mocking the script and butting heads with Moffat.
…I would sell a non-essential body part just to watch the on-set arguments
I sincerely hope this is true, but I’ve seen a lot of unfounded things about Peter Capaldi, some of them obviously originally intended as parody but taken as gospel by fandom. (Like that supposed letter written in to Doctor Who Magazine as a child—was from a year when DWM wasn’t in print, and the other letters on that page were also in-jokes.)
I’m just afraid this is a big Chuck Norris joke, based in part on Capaldi’s foul mouthed character on another show, and like the real Chuck Norris, will turn out to be a huge disappointment.
I didn’t want to end this post on a negative note, so I glanced at who’s writing series 8 to say, “Well at least I’m looking forward to…” but boy oh boy is that the most depressing lineup I’ve seen yet. I have hope for Jamie Mathieson, he wrote some good eps of Being Human, and there’s a few names there whose work I’m not familiar with so roll the dice you never know, right? They’re all really male-looking names, and none of them are Neil Cross. :|
The jokes are real cute, I just don’t wanna get my hopes up, looking at those writing credits will definitely sober you, Moffat has credit (full or partial) on 7/10 episodes, it is literally the Moffatiest season ever. Don’t count on an actor to save us, I’ll believe it when I see it.
can we talk about the fact that aleskot is the writer behind marvel’s upcoming winter soldier series and that he is a goddamned gift
I LIVE FOR THIS
I have such mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I completely agree about the eroticized vulnerability thing and how it can often be a power trip for (often female) fans to objectify seemingly powerful men that way, and I am 1000% on board that train. But I’m really hesitant about dismissing female pain. Because I don’t think that’s progressive either. Don’t want to congratulate women for their self-sacrifice? Well don’t worry, because women are never congratulated, for like, anything. Women’s suffering doesn’t get to be important, because women don’t get to be important. Men’s feelings, men’s distress, always carry such gravitas, but women who suffer are being backwards and anti-feminist by not being wish fulfillment fantasies—of course the moment they do that, they’re Strong Female Characters at best, Mary Sues at worst. Women don’t have a monopoly on their pain being given meaning, their pain being seen as significant and transformative and driving, their pain being worth giving a damn about because they’re worth giving a damn about and they’re not being weak or boring by having a setback. That’s actually much more commonly a male narrative, leading to backlash like dismissive cries of “manpain” (though I hate that word passionately too, and disagree with the idea that men should NEVER be shown in pain for the above reasons and more).
I just…as an angst fan especially, as someone primarily interested in stories where people suffer a lot and it’s totally romanticized, I’ve become aware of how it’s easier to fall into that with male characters, and I wonder how much of it is progressive-minded oh I’m using my agency as the narrator to make the men vulnerable and humiliated, or even the somewhat defensible “it hits too close to home with female characters/isn’t fun any more because seeing women in pain REALLY hurts” and how much is the much more insidious “women’s pain just isn’t as interesting or important” and WHERE THE HELL I WOULD GET AN IDEA LIKE THAT. And there’s also the fact that female-socialized people were groomed to be really sensitive to men’s moods and wait on them and give them attention and get sucked into their gravitas and their importance and nurse them and be their therapists and their moms and handle their hearts so expertly, and how much fixating on fictional men’s pain can actually resemble that toxic dynamic.
This isn’t saying “you’re a bad feminist if you like men + angst” NO YOU DO WHAT YOU LIKE and I’m going to continue to enjoy men + angst, but I am also interested in mixing that up, in women’s pain ALSO being important, interesting, alluring. And you know I don’t care if the male gaze thinks that’s hot because 1) no they don’t, they think killing the woman and then making serious faces for ten hours about how they weren’t man enough to protect her is hot, and 2) *Eowyn voice* I AM NO MAN so my gaze in finding women wonderful through good times and through bad != their gaze.
tl;dr: can we have yes to men in pain and ALSO YES to ladies in pain, pain is part of the human experience and I’m tired of hearing that female characters can’t be human because it makes them look bad.
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.