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but I would be so boring, you guys.

I went to the first day of my last semester Ever (holy shit, really happening), which was Portfolio/Self-Promotion/How to Get a Job, Stupid. Somehow a segue from mothers being the primary market for children's books dovetailed into the Twilight/supernatural YA lit trend, and every single person in the room groaned and whined and bitched and moaned about how terrible the whole thing is. One girl said, "didn't they see Interview with a Vampire?" to which I had to say "no, because they were fetuses." The instructor made some comment about the first time he ever saw the Sailor Moon cosplay society at Comic Con, which caused another collective groan. I finally had to say, "oh come on, how is this any worse than what you guys liked when you were teenagers?"

And that's just the thing. I may be particularly defensive about Sailor Moon because I still believe in how extraordinary it is, and not just with nostalgia-colored glasses. The Babysitters' Club, for example, doesn't hold up nearly as well. But that doesn't mean I'm going to apologize for having read it. And I don't think teenagers should have to apologize for reading Twilight, either. Twilight is bad because it's bad, not because teenagers like it. I read my weight in cliche, cheesy, over the top fiction as a kid - I devoured it, and then wrote my own, too. It's what kids do. I don't think any person who was scoffing at "kids today" was reading The Complete US Presidents for fun. (I did, but I was a weirdo.) And I bet every one of them would have started a war over Harry Potter if I suggested that it was anything but perfect. I think it's amazing world-building and competent story-telling, but I never found the writing interesting enough to want to pursue it, personally. That doesn't mean it's wrong to love it; quite the opposite.

Nobody would have been in that classroom if it hadn't been for the things they liked as kids and as teenagers, and that's just a fact. I don't know when that became some sort of shameful thing, to have been a teenager and liked stuff. Is it some sort of collective preening, pretending that we're all so much better because we're 4 years (or in my case, 7 years) out of high school and they're all babies? I don't get it.

It made me think about 7 years ago, what I liked and read and wanted more of. If it hadn't been for the infancy of Sailor Moon fandom (and Gundam Wing slash fandom) on the internets, I don't know what kind of person I'd be today. Heck, include bandom in that, too; where would I be now without My Chemical Romance? That's how important it was to me. I am who I am because of the artists who made the things I wanted to watch and read - and emulate. I should want to be that artist for some teenager out there, looking through their school's library or their local bookstore (depending on how long either of those things actually exist). So when my instructor went around the room and asked what market we were hoping to sell to, I said young adult. I was the only person in the room that did.

I also said "and sports merchandising," because everybody loves giraffes in baseball jerseys. That's been proven by science.
I blame saintawesome and Jason Mraz for this. And since I don't know Jason Mraz, I can safely say that this is entirely Em's fault. So there.

even if the skies get rough
Sailor Moon/The Vampire Diaries (Chiba Mamoru + Damon Salvatore)
summary: "I had to learn what I got, and what I'm not - and who I am" / Mamoru's parents are not exactly what he'd dreamed of. They're better.
warning: implied Salvatore incest and mpreg, complete and utter insanity

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Since all the cool kids have done it, I now have a Dreamwidth account: [personal profile] onewarmline.

I have no idea what I'll use it for, since I keep having to blow the cobwebs off this journal too, but if you're into that sort of thing, it exists! If you have DW, leave your username in the comments so we can not use them together.

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


Oh god, my eyes burn and my wrist kills, and I'm so exhausted that I'm too tired to be tired, but I got this fucking assignment done and if I wasn't sure I'd break something, I would pat myself on the back.

Nero, from Star Trek XI, rendered entirely in Illustrator CS5.1 with the Pen tool (and some blend modes, and the Symbol Sprayer). Here.Collapse )

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Since nenena pointed out that the widget may not load properly, here's a stable link to the storefront: http://www.redbubble.com/people/swiener/portfolio

This is what happens when you make me mad.

WARNING: This post contains some pretty heinous bald-faced sexism. I don't know if it's triggering, but I know that if I'm not sure, I'm warning anyway.

I've been having a lot of fun on Twitter this Giants' season; I've met lots of great new people with whom I've celebrated the wonderfulness of Brandon Belt, and lamented the injuries of ... um, everybody. 2011 has been a lot harder than 2010, but I'm glad to have found them.

Of course, as the man said, every rose has its thorn. One clever fellow got very upset by the amount of fangirl squee that was taking place on photos of Giants players. There's a pretty high volume of it, and some of it goes overboard, so I was fairly content to let it pass.

Oh, but then he said this: Here be stupid.Collapse )

That didn't go particularly well for him. I rolled up my non-existent sleeves and, as the kids say, "went off." To whit...Collapse )


Don't make me angry, internet. You won't like me when I'm angry.
Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (now behind a cut - apologies for the triggers, the formatting was kept from the OP by LJ - The Management):Read more...Collapse )

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.


Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

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