violsva: A graffiti white maple leaf surrounding the words Toronto Maple Waffles (toronto maple waffles)
Let's say that Group A eats kittens.

They're terrible people, right? But if I say to you, "Stay away from Grace, she's a kitten-eating monster," you're going to assume I'm joking. That's hyperbole. That's actually a terrible thing to say about someone.

So everyone in Group A doesn't have to worry about rumours that they eat kittens, because seriously? Who does that? You must be joking.

But if anyone does say, loudly, "Hey, these people seem to be eating kittens," they can say "Well, you eat BABIES!"

Because then people who don't know them are going to go, "Right, these people are throwing hugely exaggerated insults at each other, got it." Because these look like the same insult, if you don't know the history. And even if you try to show them the history, well, you must be blowing it out of proportion, right? No one eats kittens. Not in our society.

The fact that one of these insults is in fact true - people have actually been eating kittens - and one is false - no one has eaten a baby - may be ignored.

And the second person now has to fight against accusations of baby-eating - which they do care about, because they don't want to be seen as a horrible person. They don't eat babies, and they're probably really upset that someone said they did. And a few people are going to be saying "Well, they must have a reason for saying you eat babies, and you did start it by saying that they eat kittens..."

So no one wants to accuse actual kitten eaters of eating kittens, and if you do, the first thing that does is cast suspicion on the one doing the accusing.

Anyway, if you're wondering where this is all coming from, someone in the Sherlock fandom ate a kitten in public and then tried to distract everyone by going "THINK OF THE CHILDREN!" If you really want more information, it's here.
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The thing in Brave is that Elinor doesn’t ever say that Merida is incapable of doing something. She says that she shouldn’t. She doesn’t think that she'll lose, she says, “If you loose that arrow…” Because she knows she'll win.

She’s completely confident of her daughter’s abilities, she just doesn’t think she should use them.
violsva: Merida from Brave, with the text "Solve all your problems by turning your mother into a bear" (Merida bear)
 So, there’s a sort of long ongoing argument where one side says “Why is there no femslash? :(” and other people say “we just write what we want to write, and male characters are better developed and written to be more interesting” and the first people say “but isn’t fandom about reinterpreting canon and exploring things the creators don’t” and it just keeps going around and around and eventually someone says “why are you putting the burden on fanwriters when mainstream media has so much more power?”

This is solely in response to that last point.

Women have money. Historically ‘geeky’ fandoms haven’t been eager to take that money, but they’re starting to realize it exists and they might want some.

But all media still assumes that their core audience is straight white men 18-35. And they will not lose that audience if possible. And they assume that not writing about male characters will lose them.

But there’s a solution! If you write a show with no significant female characters, you can, they believe, still get women to watch it if you just make sure you have two pretty white men with lots of sexual tension. And straight white men 18-35 will still watch it, and probably deny that there’s any sexual tension at all.

The problem with saying that it’s on the creators is that we have so much evidence that if they can get away without writing lead female roles, theywill. And if they see that there is huge demand for shows with two pretty white men as the leading characters, they’re going to ignore any demand for anything else and then say that they are just giving female fans what they want.

If you object to any new female characters in a show about these two white boys, the creators of that show don’t know that you also watch Orange is the New Black. They hear “Women don’t want more female characters anyway. Actresses are sent death threats for playing love interests! Clearly there’s no point to focusing on the women in this show.”

And I’m not saying there’s an easy way to fix this. But there are reasons why we need to celebrate female characters in fandom, as much as we can. We need to say we want female characters, and show that we like female characters* or else we will be invisible in fandom, and women will be invisible in media.

The burden is on fandom because if we don’t show that we care about it, no one else will care. This sucks, but it’s what we have to deal with.


*Translation: that female characters will make more people watch the show, and that a lack of female characters will make existing fans say 'screw it’ and leave to watch something else, rather than also watching something else

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The latest in irresponsible reporting: "Collisions, snow squalls shut down highways. See where." from a link on the Weather Network's site. This is not how we headline warnings. Warnings are important. People need to know where the hell they can't be driving.

Does anyone else find that the drive for multimedia on news websites makes them avoid news websites? I don't just mean that there are ads everywhere and the images and videos make everything ridiculously slow to load. I mean that images and videos are actually a pretty ineffective means of finding the kind of information one went to the page for. I don't want to watch a video, I want to skim an article and actually leave with the information I want.

For once I agree with BBC Sherlock: I prefer to do my own editing.

Not to mention slideshows. One page per soundbite is the least efficient information layout I can think of. Which means, of course, that there's more space for ads.

Fred Clark mentioned that the newspaper he used to work at had an online policy the staff unofficially called "Fuck the Capricorns": split up the horoscopes over two pages so the last few signs have to click twice, and look at more ads.

We need to figure out a new model here, and no one's even come close to one yet.

The hilarious part, of course, is that our eyes are trained to ignore image ads already. I suppose making content look like ads is more ethical than making ads look like content.
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
Title: L'Appel du Vide
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Rating: T
Warnings/Enticements: Colonialism, Victorian Attitudes, Recreational Drug Use, Angst, More angst, The Hiatus, Disregard for Personal Safety, Paranoia
Word Count: 7213
Summary: Sherlock Holmes’ afterlife.

At AO3.

I now have over 100 000 words posted at AO3. \o/
violsva: full bookshelf with ladder (Default)
Title: Το ὄνειρο ἑνός ξυπνητού
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Rating: M
Warnings/Enticements: Slash, Unrequited Love, Recreational Drug Use, Mentions of Suicide, Angst, Misery, More angst, Pretentious Classical References (see title)
Word Count: 3237
Summary: Sherlock Holmes finds a series of distractions, some more successful than others.

At AO3.

It is, incidentally, almost exactly a year since I started this thing. Three more chapters.
violsva: Mulan squinting at a bowl of food (morning mulan)
12-4: Insomnia

4-8:30: Fever dreams

8:30-9:30: Staggering around, feeding the cat

9:30: Calling in to work

9:30-11:30: Sleep

11:30: Woken up by boss, who wants me to check something. It takes a full minute before I realize he didn't get my voicemail and thinks I'm at work.


4: Explaining basics of new desktop shipping program to boss over phone

4-present: Griping

There has been something resembling writing going on as well, at least. I hope I'm better tomorrow, I want to go to work and this is unpleasant. And Monday will be hideous if I don't ship things tomorrow.

It's snowing outside. In mid-April. At least an inch.

But I have a date on Tuesday, and it involves poetry, and I will be better then. Or I damn well plan to be.

My brain, at least, is doing pretty well recently apart from the cold symptoms. No emotional nonsense. Ugh, sick.
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
Goddammit, why isn't this chapter over yet?

(Work is now full time, plus three hours per day on the TTC. I may need to see my psych again soon. I don't have free time when she's in the office. Yay.)

(Wanted to go out dancing tonight but there's enough snow around to make that awkward. Also, last time I got far too much male attention, which is not what I'm looking for in a gay bar.)
violsva: Merida from Brave, with the text "Solve all your problems by turning your mother into a bear" (Merida bear)
First of all, this clown is but hopefully will soon no longer be my city councillor. Let there be much rejoicing. Rob Ford's audit later this month!

Secondly, I desperately need to live somewhere that isn't an hour and a half from my job. Insert random profanity into the preceding sentence as you prefer. Work would be better if Canada Post was a finely tuned perfectly oiled machine.

Thirdly, on the other hand I got more then 300 words on the way to work this morning. So things could be worse. But now I have to type it up.


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