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July 30, 2014 at 6:55am
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airyairyquitecontrary:

pervocracy:

latining:

lunar-raspberry:

"And what do we say to death?""Not today."

Non Hodie

I want to work in this hospital
NOT TODAY BUDDY

I like it very much but I wonder why they’re both waist deep in a river?

I’m guessing it is the river Styx.

airyairyquitecontrary:

pervocracy:

latining:

lunar-raspberry:

"And what do we say to death?"

"Not today."

Non Hodie

I want to work in this hospital

NOT TODAY BUDDY

I like it very much but I wonder why they’re both waist deep in a river?

I’m guessing it is the river Styx.

4:34am
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hanasakimizuki:

reblog/like if you post:

• doki doki pretty cure

• magical girl lyrical nanoha

• kyoukai no kanata

• puella magi madoka magica

• little witch academia

• MAGICAL GIRL LYRICAL NANOHA

and I’ll follow you

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July 29, 2014 at 10:21pm
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The telephone itself is made of skin

5:06pm
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fuckyeahandrogynousgirls:

boyishgirls:

somebody please tell me how a twilight porn fanfiction ended up as a best seller and got a movie adaptation

http://www.reddit.com/r/TwoXChromosomes/comments/2byz2l/many_women_do_not_agree_with_me_on_this_subject/cjaqvmi?context=5

(Scroll down to the yellow highlighted post)

I love this type of fandom history.

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July 28, 2014 at 6:08pm
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magicalgirlconfessions:


Sailor Pluto is too old to be a senshi. It’s problematic because it creates undertones of pedophilia. No, just no. It’s not fucking OK.

Submitted by Anonymous

Can someone explain how Pluto being old creates the implication of pedophilia?  I just don’t get it.

magicalgirlconfessions:

Sailor Pluto is too old to be a senshi. It’s problematic because it creates undertones of pedophilia. No, just no. It’s not fucking OK.

Submitted by Anonymous

Can someone explain how Pluto being old creates the implication of pedophilia? I just don’t get it.

10:24am
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Why do you keep sinking my ships?

 

AKA GLB erasure in Anime fandom.

 

I was inspired to write this by stormingtheivory ‘s The Remarkable Queerness of Shinji Ikari and his exploration of how gay erasure in Eva fandom leads to people missing themes of the anime and also is bad on the grounds of representation.  However Eva isn’t the only example of this.

 

One strikingly bad example of this happened with ROD the TV.  The anime features a romance between the two young girls Anita King and Hisami Hishiishi.  We get to see their love grow and Hisa comparing their relationship the relationships in Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables (a story also steeped in lesbian romantic subtext).  Romantic  nature of the relationship is is further emphasized when a boy confesses his love to Hisa only to have Hisa reject him on the grounds that she loves someone else.

 

Unfortunately for the loving couple the British library targets their school with a weapon that rewrites reality.  According to the British the weapon fixes the things that are “wrong” with the world.  Like the UK no longer being a colonel super power.  Anita escapes the weapon by being away from school but when she returns she discovers that Hisa no longer loves her.

 

I found this arc compelling because it is a quite literal act of lesbian erasure marked as an unambiguously evil act.  A part of an effort to prop up a waning and corrupt power structure.

 

While this is delivered as a fantastic metaphor it reflects a historical fact.  In many countries the laws against homosexuality were imposed by their colonial powers.  Many nationalistic ideologies reject the existence of GLBT people because they are outside the unifying narrative of nationalism.  Likewise we see homophobia in the cultural colonialism of evangelical missionaries.  It is a frequent pattern that queer people are othered to support existing powers.

 

Even though the plot makes no sense unless read as a romance there are people who reject Anita and Hisa’s relationship.  Carrying out an equivalent erasive act as the antagonists.

 

Sometimes it seems that no matter how unsettle the same sex attraction is people will try to reject it.  I really want to understand why this is and how it operates.  I could just say it is because of  homophobia.  However that is less an explanation then a label; we know it is homophobic because it directed against LGBT people and it is directed against TBGL people because it is homophobic.

 

The obvious answer is  In an effort to gain a deeper understanding I read a whole mess of comments and tried to find patterns in both what was said and who said it.  This isn’t the best of methods but it does have the advantage that it is something I can do.

 

* I wasn’t able to find anyone who identified as BTLG who erased queer relationships.  There was criticism that some relationships perpetuated stereotypes or appeared to be nothing more than fan service for a heterosexual gaze.  However none read those relationships as being something other than romantic.

 

* The younger the couple was the more likely their relationship would be erased.  Even when heterosexual relationships with characters of the same age were accepted.

 

* Women were more likely to erase lesbian relationships and men were more likely to erase gays.

 

* Among the comments there were examples of a deep and systemic incorrectness.  Some of such brain meltingly wrongness that the prospect of revisiting them brings me horror even now.  This was unfortunately not a new revelation.

 

I think the first point is rather self explanatory.  So let’s look at the second.  It seems that some people think that being BLTG is somehow more adult than being heterosexual/cis.  Some people want to think of children as simple “innocent” creatures without the complexities of adulthood.  However children as young as 3 can articulate their gender identity and gender preference kicks in as soon as one is able to feel romantic desires.

 

With the third I have a hypothesis.  With fiction we tend to identify with the characters and empathise with what they feel.  Someone experiencing a same gender relationship on screen might find it disconcerting to be the target of romantic attention from someone of the same gender.  If that is the case the best response is a call for self awareness.  To ask people to understand the lenses they view the world with and the blind spots that come with these views.

 

However people are not going to do that are they?  I’ve read the comments; there are people profoundly unaware of any form of subtlety or nuance.  Who blindly trust unreliable narrators, who can’t see how context gives meaning to events, for whom unless a story spells out something in unambiguous black and white they can’t see it.  In a vibrant complex world how do these people survive?  How do they make good decisions with such limited perspectives?  These people can vote and participate in politics; this scares me.

 

Sometimes I think we don’t deserve subtext.  Stories with people who are not hetrosexuals should start off like Sasameki Koto.  With the main character starting off by saying “I’ve never liked anyone except girls”.  Then when the audience surrogate character tries to dismiss it and laugh it off having another character turn to the audience and say “This girl is the type of girl who likes girls” ( It’s telling that my reaction when I first saw this “No one is going to erase this” rather than “They are laying it on a bit thick”).

 

Okay the “You fools don’t deserve real art” is somewhat of an exaggeration (though the fact that I feel compelled to say that is a symptom of the problem).   However it is something that just gets to me.  I expect that it gets to anyone else who has characters who represent them and having to fight to not have their natures erased.

 

8:10am
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tunefulcandour:

mantearsflowingfree:

why is there no anime for me, a straight male aged 15-30, that most neglected of demographics.

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July 27, 2014 at 10:28pm
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Anonymous said: Magical gundam lesbians.

magical-girl-fanart:

VividRed Operation 

More likely it is Magical lyrical Nanoha.

10:26pm
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6:18pm
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Magical Girl Timeline (in progress) →

magicalgirlsofshoujo:

I started working on a timeline of all magical girl anime. The purpose was so that I could make something to track magical girls demographics (primarily the seinen vs shoujo demographics) as well as franchises (which have become the driving force lately).

I am attempting to make something fully comprehensive, not just including every series, but every animation made in that series. For example, Creamy Mami and every OVA release after. The only exclusions I intend to make would be hentai, because that’s so beyond the mainstream that I don’t think it’s necessary for inclusion.

It’s kind of a mess right now, but my current goal is to just make sure I have a full collection of titles considered to be mahou shoujo properly dated. So I currently have editing open and invite you to add anything that’s been forgotten and to fix any errors in dates you notice.

It’s a lofty goal to make something both complete and still organized, but I hope I can do it with your help!

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