oops i korrasami’d all over the floor
Due to the good response I’m seeing on DeviantArt and Tumblr, Tahorra Week will be held for the second time.
The first step to start the party is to set a definite date and of course, the prompts.
We will decide the date this way:
I’ve made a poll with several options of weeks that I believe are the best due to vacations (June, July and some weeks of August), all you need is vote in the poll that is below and if you can’t see it just click HERE.
<noscript><a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/7109838/”>When should we carry out Tahorra Week?</a></noscript></p>
*Note: You have till May 29 at 11 pm. to vote, the poll will be closed after that date.
All you need is send all your crazy, lovely, amazing, ideas that you believe are the best for our couple, to our AskBox by just clicking HERE.
*Note: You have till May 29 to send your ideas to the AskBox.
Spread the word and lets make this year’s celebration be big!
I selfishly request that people vote for the latest date so I have time to actually work on stuff.
I noticed that I hadn’t been farting around in my sketchbook enough lately, so I went and fixed that.
I feel fortunate that I know just enough kung fu to draw halfway convincing sparring.
i’ve been meaning to make this post for a while but here we go, i might as well do it tonight
[tw: discussion of rape, assault, violation]
The scene where Korra gets her bending taken away makes me uncomfortable and disturbed on a very raw, visceral level and it’s because to me, personally, de-bending reads like an analogy to sexualized violence and assault due to the similarities in power dynamics. (I am, right now, disclaiming a YMMV on this interpretation.) I just saw a comment that said Korra “fails hilariously” in her plan and it made me more upset than the rest of what was said in that post for these reasons:
- The removal of bending, in the way Amon does it, is a fundamentally violating act that leaves its victims - those we see - traumatized, hopeless, and depressed. Witness Tahno, Korra, and Lin’s metalbenders.
- It is a forcible violation of both the physicality and the spirituality of the victim. Their bending, an intimate part of their selves, is removed from them via a physical means that involves restraining them against their will.
- It is not an act of justice but an act of control and power, much like how sexualized violation and assault is an act of control and power, to exert dominance over the victim: Amon does it to make examples out of people, not to dole out justice; his victims are targeted and selected for politically motivated reasons (first a crime lord, then a cheating, bullying pro-bending team, and then a councilman and his family) and defeated in shows of strength and force.
- Amon removes Korra’s bending explicitly to control her: there’s no way he was initially planning on removing her bending in an abandoned storage room, away from the public eye. That would completely undermine his narrative of taking power from successively more public figures, entrenching his power over the populace. Instead he does it because she is out of his control, out of line with his carefully tailored plans - she ruins his rally and reveals his secret, and whether it was effective or not it still damages Amon’s public image - and she needs to be “destroyed”. Amon does it to put Korra in her place.
- In short: much like how acts of sexualized violence and rape are not about sex, but power and control, I read Amon’s removal of Korra’s bending as not about justice, but about overpowering her and controlling her. The power dynamics are uncomfortably similar, whether or not this was Bryke’s intention.
How is this hilarious?
Honestly, I’m sick of narratives where the women have to suffer like this; I’m tired of narratives that are violent against both the minds and bodies of women, and I don’t care for the lack of sympathy for Korra. She goes through a horrific, traumatizing experience that almost literally destroys her - her sense of self, her perception of who she is, her self-love - and I have nothing but sympathy and love for her, for all her faults and flaws.
Your mileage on this may, of course, vary, but I find it almost unforgivable that a proud, strong, enthusiastic young woman protagonist had to be forced through such a destructive and vile experience in the name of character development.
So fandoms can be pretty cool and creative at times. Got me thinking about what it’d like for the benders to have their bending back. Must be like people who receive religious healing (except it works).
Based on a plotbunny from kavos-plz. Around 10k. Probably a pretty upsetting fic. Consider this a blanket warning.
Tahno Week is what lit a fire under my ass to finish this, so consider this for Day 6: Tahno in Book 2.
I found these sketches when I was going through some really old files…. this is for you Korra followers…. prayer circle that Tahno shows up again…
Day 1: Dreams
“Broken dreams are like broken glass
Shattered pieces that weren’t meant to last
Everything is a lie
You just have to PRETEND”
So life got in the way of me celebrating this Tahno Week right. But I cranked this one out so I could at least do one of them on time. Have some angsty!Tahno