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bethgrantactor: #ItalianCinema #Messina #Franco #themindyprojectfox

"so this is a ‘camera’, you say?  Fascinating.  And what does it do?"

bethgrantactor: #ItalianCinema #Messina #Franco #themindyprojectfox

"so this is a ‘camera’, you say?  Fascinating.  And what does it do?"


thank you for your insight on why the video game community is totally not sexist, alex mahan

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I wasn’t able to draw at the time the Pacific Rim sequel was announced, so to compensate, I animated all the drift compatibles dancing horribly in celebration of the upcOMING ANIMATED SERIES 8V


fandom thoughts





So, here’s a thought:

The types of fandom that are most often considered traditional and acceptable, and which are often either male-dominated or coded as masculine, tend to be acquisitive, whether in terms of knowledge (obscure trivia) or merchandise (collectibles). Whereas, by contrast, the types of fandom most often considered insincere, non-serious or “unreal”, and which are often either female-dominated or coded as feminine, tend to be creative, such as making costumes, writing fanfic and drawing fanart

Which is arguably an interesting expression of gender dynamics within fandom, in the sense of being a direct response to gender representation within the canon of particular franchises: namely, that because men, and particularly straight white cismen, are so ubiquitous within popular narrative(s), they have less need to create personal fan interpretations in order to see themselves represented, or to correct/ameliorate stereotypical portrayals; whereas women - and, indeed, members of any other group likely to suffer from poor representation - do.

Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be both an acquisitive and a creative fan - not by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I trying to say that the only reason someone might be an acquisitive fan is because they’re complacent about issues of bias and representation, or that the only reason someone might be a creative fan is because they want to address an issue in the canon. Some people like to collect, some like to make, and some like both, or neither. It’s fine! But I do think that, when it comes to conversations about Fake Geek Girls and what being a “real fan” means - conversations which tend to be strongly gendered - the split between acquisition/creation tends to follow gender lines, too: that guys who know All The Facts and buy All The Merch are the REAL fans, whereas girls who just dress up and tell silly headcanon stories aren’t, and that maybe, there’s an interesting reason for why this might be. 

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This is interesting. Especially because an extrapolation from that is that the ‘orthodox’, ‘traditional’ mode of interacting with a work - knowing, staying close to the first interpretation, valuing the refusal to budge from those first interpretations over being inclusive and fluid - is therefore masculine-coded, but it’s feminine-coded to be canonically fluid, intensely metacritical, artistically motivated, and to encourage creative deconstruction and reconstruction

Where 'MascFandom' is a kind of Canon Literalism, 'FemFandom' by comparison is Canon Exegesis

Which is probably a sliver of the backlash that grows into the Fake Geek Girl conversation - that people think the ‘text’ of their fandom ‘faith’ shouldn’t be tampered with or recontextualized, whereas other people insist that it has to evolve to meet the needs of the people who it serves? 

I’m not sure how it accommodates for works like Welcome to Night Vale (a really good place, I think to discuss fandoms and their interactions with media), where the literalism of its canon is the establishment that blanks are required to be filled in by the audience. Fan-created artwork of any type, arguably, is as valuable a ‘history’ of Night Vale as Cecil’s radio show, because so many details are up in the air anyway, and have to be informed by the information you do still have (e.g. nothing says Cecil can’t be a blob, so what would it mean if he were a blob?).

This is absolutely fascinating to me now, and will surely make up a large part of actual notes I have about what I can now call ‘exegetical fandom theory’ and how people interact with and alter media.

Reblogging for commentary, and because the divide between literalism/exegesis is another fascinating lens through which to examine both fandom generally, and its gender dynamics. 

Freaking READ THIS.

I am afraid my commentary cannot possibly match the excellence above, but I have to add, extensive knowledge of canon is required for transformative works.  It’s not that non-acquisitive fans don’t know their stuff, which is a pretty common accusation (having to “back up” their creations with source material).  It’s that acquisitive fans (or a subset of them) sometimes don’t seem to understand the urge to take “fact”/canon and expand upon it.

 It has often seemed to me like some sort of context: who can take everything the most literally, and least critically?

This is why stars and creators who embrace fan creations fill me with such joy.  These are people who understands that when the work is done, it belongs to the fans.  Not in a mean financial sense, but in an overarching becoming part of their lives sense.  I think some people have a hard time understanding the importance of that.  I think some particularly difficult people know that some fans feel like they should be free to interact with the world on their own time and in their own freeform way, and they do not respect it at all.  I used to be one of them.

Thankfully, I pulled my head out of my ass.


here’s a new rule for tumblr feminists: never make fun of trans women




i’ve been angry about this for my entire life


Inflammable means flammable? What a country!

wait until we get to irregardless


jsmapdi reblogged your photoset and added:

You were judging me!? Sigh. I don’t care.

Nope, I’ve literally no room to talk. Like I only said the least rude things I thought today. My mind is like a filth carnival and all the rides are Messina and all the prizes are also Messina. 

does that make me the comedy theme park mascot?

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Accent Challenge

Tagged by the-omniscient-narrator for whatever this weird challenge is.

Apologies for the audio quality.  Recording on a Samsing Galaxy S3, so might as well be using a potato.

1. Your name and username.

2. Where you’re from.

3. Pronounce the following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, GIF, Tumblr, Crackerjack, Doorknob, Envelope, GPOY.

4. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

5. What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?

6. What do you call gym shoes?

7. What do you call your grandparents?

8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

9. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

10. Choose a book and read a passage from it.

11. Do you think you have an accent?

12. Be a wizard or a vampire?

13. Do you know anyone on Tumblr in real life?

14. End audio post by saying any THREE words you want.

Not tagging anyone in particular.  Redo this if you want.


so i found some old pc gaming magazines from the mid-late 90s at value village today and




oh man


oh geez


oh man


oh my GOD