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I just...I don't even have words for how angry this makes me.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] black_sluggard at Wtf: TV Tropes deletes rape tropes
This pisses me off on so many levels. The mandate of TV Tropes is to catalog examples of elements of plot, story, and rhetoric used in storytelling and media. By playing it "safe" (and choosing the cash from Google ads over its own content) TV Tropes is its failing at its own purpose, and undermining its integrity as an archive. If a trope exists, it belongs there. They shouldn't get to pick and choose.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] dancingdragon3 at Attention feminists! TV Tropes deletes all rape tropes
Censorship and cultural insensitivity continue with the deletion of all references to rape on the TV Tropes website. Do they think that it will go away if you don't talk about it?

Article at The Mary Sue


TV Tropes claims they did it so as not to encourage rape. I am doubtful of this explanation.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] foxxcub at Livejournal, come on.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane at Livejournal, come on.
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory at Livejournal, come on.
I never use Scrapbook, but I think people who pay for a service should, you know, know when that service gets severely diminished. Via [livejournal.com profile] caiusmajor:

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic at Livejournal, come on.
Alright, I am not drunk enough to deal with this, so I'm just going to put out this PSA:

Livejournal Scrapbook is going away. Your 10GB of Paid Member space is now 2GB. If you care, there is an explanation in Russian on the Russian news page. There's also a user-submitted translation.

+ You will no longer have access to your Scrapbook once this goes live.
+ Your images will redirect, but the URL will be different.
+ Unable to tell what will happen to any photos you have that put you over the 2GB limit.
+ Back up your Scrapbook just in case.
+ If you want your photos transferred over now instead of waiting, let them know here.

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I have about five minutes before I have to be out the door again--longlonglong week and it's only Wednesday D:--but I was doing a quick skim of my flist and one entry really raised my hackles. Look, I get that slash isn't everyone's thing. It's mine, but I'm not going to judge anyone or accuse them of being homophobic or anything if they do something like write a post in a fic finding comm and clarify that they aren't looking for slash stories.

However, if that post takes up my entire screen plus some and they feel the need to state over and over again throughout the descriptions of the various scenarios that they're interested in that they want 'no slash', my face is probably going to go from :) to :| to :/ to >:| in fairly rapid succession. Say it once. If someone recs slash anyway, then repeat it to them, but there's no need to beat us over the head with it, because now I am thinking uncharitable things about you and how you clearly don't want The Gay anywhere near you.

Am I overreacting or do other people have the same kind of negative reaction to posts like that?
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I vote we instate a new rule. 'If your profile reads like a twelve year old's Myspace page and your PMs are riddled with errors, you aren't allowed to try to lecture people about their occasional disregard for grammar in the name of literary effect.'

Ugh. 
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1. I find it hilarious (in an ironic, haha, what the fuck is wrong with you, I hate you sort of way) that I just saw a header with a warning that contained 'slash' AND 'homophobia (internalized and externalized)'. And then there was the other header that said 'Positive feedback delivered in a respectful manner will be gratefully received'. So basically, they only want to hear nice things about themselves? And god forbid you don't treat them like a lady while doling out those compliments. *rolls eyes*

2. I still haven't heard back about the baking job at all. *frets* It's been less than a week. I shouldn't be too worried yet, right? *frets more*

3. A woman who's singing with the college choir on our next concert turned out to have been the food critic for the local paper for about two decades. I tend to take food into rehearsals a lot, which she noticed, and we got to talking about how I want to be a pastry chef. Apparently she knows pretty much the pastry chef in town and she offered--without my even asking, because it honestly never would have ever occurred to me to ask--to ask him if he'd be willing to take me on as an apprentice or an assistant, which would be amazing.

4. I can feel myself wanting to become more and more antisocial/reclusive. *headdesks* Yell at me not to, please? I really don't want to disappear again.

5. I freaking love Haydn.

6. The [livejournal.com profile] cmfanficawards are officially open for nominations for last year's fics. Need to figure out what all I'm going to nominate.

ETA:

7. Sometimes I feel like I'm living out one of the less perky Taylor Swift songs.

8. I feel like I'd probably be going through a super slutty phase right now if I had anyone in my life to be super slutty with and/or like bars/clubs/whatever well enough to actually go to them without being dragged by people.
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So, apparently it's illegal to sell sex toys in Alabama unless it's for a medical reason. It's definitely one of those laws everyone pretty much ignores--as evidenced by the two different sex stores my friends and I went to last night--but still. Really?

Next thing you know someone's going to try to reintroduce the idea of female hysteria.

Fuck that noise. There's absolutely no real reason to restrict the sale of something like a dildo. Come on already.


Less legal than marrying your cousin in the state of Alabama.
coffeebuddha: (heels bigger than your dick)
Dear Project Runway,

Ever since I watched the first episode of the first season I've loved you. I've loved you madly, deeply, and passionately. I gasped at Jay's Chrysler building dress, coveted Austin's gowns and Seth Aaron's jackets, and gaped at Kenley's offensiveness. I laughed at Santino's Tim Gunn impressions, wished time after time that Tim Gunn was my uncle or at least a family friend, and wondered aloud 'what the hell is Heidi wearing' more times than I can count. I've watched models sewn into dresses, models go missing, models completely fail to keep their opinions off their faces during judging.

And I loved it. That's why it pains me so much to say this:

I think I need to see other creativity/talent-based reality shows.

Don't get me wrong; it's not me. It's you. You've changed. I've always known there was producer manipulation, but until the last couple of years it wasn't enough to get worked up over. There are so many things I want to say to you, but they're all sticking in my throat. I thought you did your worst to me when Gretchen's hideous collection won out over Mondo's gorgeous one for the flimsy and patently untrue reason that hers was more 'on trend'. I thought wrong.

Again, don't get me wrong. I liked Anya's collection well enough. It's very pretty; how could it not be when she basically remade one pretty dress over and over again in different fabrics? BUT it was even prettier back when Uli did it back during season 3 and lost for not being diverse enough.

Uli did it first, Uli did it better, Uli did it with more diversity, Uli did it with a hell of a lot more skill and quality, and Uli was eliminated because the judges thought it still wasn't enough. Anya winning was a complete farce and stinks of producer manipulation and the judges being taken in by a pretty face. She seems like a nice enough woman and I wish her all the success in the world with her career, but the fact remains that there is absolutely no reason why she should have even made it to the finale after the utter disaster she presented last week that the judges hated 2/3rds of. The fact that they made it a final four instead of a final three screams of the producers sticking their noses in where they didn't belong, because there was no way they could justify cutting anyone other than her and of course the former beauty queen who's been sewing for less than a year just has to be kept around.

I want to love you, Project Runway. I do. But I just can't do this anymore. I want to see talented designers completing ridiculous challenges and getting stressed out and pulling it all together at the last moment and getting rewarded for their hard work. I don't want watch consistently strong competitors being just as consistently overlooked and disregarded in favor of someone who only appears to still be squeaking through because they're more dramatic.

If that's what I was looking for in my reality tv, I'd watch some shit like Jersey Shore. I've stuck by you for years now, but I don't think I can anymore.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry that you've turned into such an unenjoyable fucking joke.
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1. If I see one more person warn for slash, ESPECIALLY in the same line as something actually deserving of a warning like dub-con, I think I might scream.

2. I'm having trouble pasting text into the LJ text box. The lines of text always end up breaking and then I have to spend forever scrolling through the whole thing and fixing it so it doesn't look like I'm trying to pull some e.e. cummings shit. Anyone else having this problem?

3. I'm getting kind of tired of seeing characters with eidetic memories popping up all over television, especially when their eidetic memory is presented as their biggest defining characteristic.

4. I'm putting together a picspam entirely devoted to dimples. I'm super excited about this. \o/ THardy doesn't really have dimples, so let's go ahead and post a couple pictures of him now so that I won't be sad later when he isn't in my picspam.

 
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I had a whole long post typed up that basically just made me want to cry and be emo in a corner, but instead I'm just going to post a picture of Tom Hardy, because if I'm going to hate myself tonight, then I might as well hate myself while looking at some fucking pretty.

coffeebuddha: (bernard drinking wine-black books)
I had a whole long post typed up that basically just made me want to cry and be emo in a corner, but instead I'm just going to post a picture of Tom Hardy, because if I'm going to hate myself tonight, then I might as well hate myself while looking at some fucking pretty.

coffeebuddha: (wrist is pissed)
Someone is plagiarizing one of my stories over on ffnet. I'm so pissed off that I actually feel numb.

The Mouths of Babes: LJ/FFnet

The copy: FFnet
coffeebuddha: (wrist is pissed)
Someone is plagiarizing one of my stories over on ffnet. I'm so pissed off that I actually feel numb.

The Mouths of Babes: LJ/FFnet

The copy: FFnet
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Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] allira_dream:
    Four months ago, CBS reporter Lara Logan was separated from her camera crew while covering the revolution in Cairo, Egypt, and brutally raped by a crowd of men.

    Two months ago, Logan bravely began speaking out in the media about her assault in the media to help end the stigma surrounding rape.

    Two weeks ago, Dan Rottenberg, editor-in-chief of Philadelphia-based online arts magazine Broad Street Review, posted a letter blaming Logan in part for the sexual violence committed against her -- equating her gang rape with "getting laid."

    (....)

    Rottenberg's editor's letter, published on June 6th, is titled 'Male Sexual Abuse and Female Naivete,' six words that from the get-go suggest if women were to act more responsibly, men wouldn't commit "sex abuse," i.e rape. The letter is accompanied by a photo of Logan (above) on the red carpet, wearing a v-line neck dress and smiling for the cameras. The caption under the photo reads, "What message was the TV journalist Lara Logan sending here?"

    Rottenberg goes on, "Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed."


I'm too pissed off to think of something to add to this other than what I said over on [livejournal.com profile] allira_dream's post. I've said it a thousand times before and I'll probably say it a thousand times again: It is never anyone's responsibility to keep themselves from being raped. It's other people's responsibility to not rape them. Added to that, rape is almost never about sexual attraction so much as it is about control, and to say otherwise is just grossly ignorant.

SIGN THE PETITION FOR THIS RAPE-APOLOGIST ASSHOLE TO GET FIRED.
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Reposted from [livejournal.com profile] allira_dream:
    Four months ago, CBS reporter Lara Logan was separated from her camera crew while covering the revolution in Cairo, Egypt, and brutally raped by a crowd of men.

    Two months ago, Logan bravely began speaking out in the media about her assault in the media to help end the stigma surrounding rape.

    Two weeks ago, Dan Rottenberg, editor-in-chief of Philadelphia-based online arts magazine Broad Street Review, posted a letter blaming Logan in part for the sexual violence committed against her -- equating her gang rape with "getting laid."

    (....)

    Rottenberg's editor's letter, published on June 6th, is titled 'Male Sexual Abuse and Female Naivete,' six words that from the get-go suggest if women were to act more responsibly, men wouldn't commit "sex abuse," i.e rape. The letter is accompanied by a photo of Logan (above) on the red carpet, wearing a v-line neck dress and smiling for the cameras. The caption under the photo reads, "What message was the TV journalist Lara Logan sending here?"

    Rottenberg goes on, "Earth to liberated women: when you display legs, thighs, or cleavage, some liberated men will see it as a sign you feel good about yourself and your sexuality. But most men will see it as a sign you want to get laid. Forewarned is forearmed."


I'm too pissed off to think of something to add to this other than what I said over on [livejournal.com profile] allira_dream's post. I've said it a thousand times before and I'll probably say it a thousand times again: It is never anyone's responsibility to keep themselves from being raped. It's other people's responsibility to not rape them. Added to that, rape is almost never about sexual attraction so much as it is about control, and to say otherwise is just grossly ignorant.

SIGN THE PETITION FOR THIS RAPE-APOLOGIST ASSHOLE TO GET FIRED.
coffeebuddha: (spite and porn)
It's late, I'm tired, and I've seen this way too many times today to not want to hit something with a tuba.

Guys. Warning for slash in your headers? Is fucking repugnant.

Let's take a look at some things that are typically warned for and see if you can't figure out why that is without my spelling it out for you.
  • Rape/noncon/dubcon/sexual assault
  • graphic violence
  • character death
  • child abuse
  • emotional/mental abuse
Basically, these are all things that are generally acknowledged to be potentially triggering for readers. Can we all parse out why lumping a same sex relationship into the category of 'things that need to be warned for' with things like that might possibly be offensive as all get out?

If you want to say that your story contains slash, then have at it. Include it in your summary, in your notes, or in an actual 'Contains' line. But don't fucking warn for it like it's something offensive and triggering.

coffeebuddha: (spite and porn)
It's late, I'm tired, and I've seen this way too many times today to not want to hit something with a tuba.

Guys. Warning for slash in your headers? Is fucking repugnant.

Let's take a look at some things that are typically warned for and see if you can't figure out why that is without my spelling it out for you.
  • Rape/noncon/dubcon/sexual assault
  • graphic violence
  • character death
  • child abuse
  • emotional/mental abuse
Basically, these are all things that are generally acknowledged to be potentially triggering for readers. Can we all parse out why lumping a same sex relationship into the category of 'things that need to be warned for' with things like that might possibly be offensive as all get out?

If you want to say that your story contains slash, then have at it. Include it in your summary, in your notes, or in an actual 'Contains' line. But don't fucking warn for it like it's something offensive and triggering.

coffeebuddha: (spite and porn)
Dear too many writers/television shows/movies/etc,

I have no problem accepting the fact that your undead/vampire/special snowflake of a character doesn't need to breathe. For whatever reason, they are already defying the laws of, oh, pretty much everything, so a little oxygen deprivation isn't going to make me blink. But saying that they can't breathe? That they're physically incapable of doing it?

Okay. No.

See, it'd be one thing if you did it where they're basically just existing as a mind inside of a body that no longer functions. But when your character runs around, fights, and freaking speaks? That's when I start rolling my eyes hard enough to sprain something. In case it's skipped your notice, the lungs are not in fact involuntary muscles. You can control how you use them, just like you control your arms and legs. So if the character can move enough to break into a secure building, beat up a bunch of security guards, and generally be the badass to beat all badasses, then they should be able to use their lungs. If, for whatever reason, their lungs are the one part of them that is paralyzed, then that character should probably brush up on their sign language. Because speaking? We do that by pushing air through our vocal chords.

I get it. It's all Very Dramatic to have your character going into an emo monologue about how horrible the world is and how useless they are because their friend is dying and they're incapable of giving them CPR. But the very fact that they're capable of doing said whining makes the entire thing bullshit. So stop it. Please.
coffeebuddha: (spite and porn)
Dear too many writers/television shows/movies/etc,

I have no problem accepting the fact that your undead/vampire/special snowflake of a character doesn't need to breathe. For whatever reason, they are already defying the laws of, oh, pretty much everything, so a little oxygen deprivation isn't going to make me blink. But saying that they can't breathe? That they're physically incapable of doing it?

Okay. No.

See, it'd be one thing if you did it where they're basically just existing as a mind inside of a body that no longer functions. But when your character runs around, fights, and freaking speaks? That's when I start rolling my eyes hard enough to sprain something. In case it's skipped your notice, the lungs are not in fact involuntary muscles. You can control how you use them, just like you control your arms and legs. So if the character can move enough to break into a secure building, beat up a bunch of security guards, and generally be the badass to beat all badasses, then they should be able to use their lungs. If, for whatever reason, their lungs are the one part of them that is paralyzed, then that character should probably brush up on their sign language. Because speaking? We do that by pushing air through our vocal chords.

I get it. It's all Very Dramatic to have your character going into an emo monologue about how horrible the world is and how useless they are because their friend is dying and they're incapable of giving them CPR. But the very fact that they're capable of doing said whining makes the entire thing bullshit. So stop it. Please.
coffeebuddha: (heels bigger than your dick)
1. I hate my LJ layout. Actually, I hate all of them. All of them. How is it that there isn't a single music themed layout that doesn't suck? I'm not asking for anything elaborate. Just something soft and pretty with notes on it. How is that so hard to find? If I had any talent at all with graphics, I'd make my own. *grumbles*

2. I don't care if people have conversations in the comments of my fics. I really, truly don't. BUT if you have an entire conversation with someone about their icon without ever saying a single word about the fic, it really pisses me off. That's just rude. *grumbles*

3. I'm ridiculously sensitive to certain things, like any repetitive motion/sound (a foot or a finger tapping, for instance) or the sound of fingers moving over corduroy. It feels like there's something underneath my skin, scratching at me with tiny pieces of glass, pushing to be let out. It makes my stomach clench and my head hurt and my entire body ache. If I'm exposed to it long enough, I'll actually throw up. I know it's bizarre. I know that. But you know what, parents who have known me for 20+ years? This probably shouldn't still surprise you so much that you think I'm faking or treat me like a freak when I ask you to stop. *grumbles*

4. My laptop's a piece of shit and it'll probably be at least another year before I can afford a new one. *grumbles*

5. Writing's hard. *grumbles*
coffeebuddha: (heels bigger than your dick)
1. I hate my LJ layout. Actually, I hate all of them. All of them. How is it that there isn't a single music themed layout that doesn't suck? I'm not asking for anything elaborate. Just something soft and pretty with notes on it. How is that so hard to find? If I had any talent at all with graphics, I'd make my own. *grumbles*

2. I don't care if people have conversations in the comments of my fics. I really, truly don't. BUT if you have an entire conversation with someone about their icon without ever saying a single word about the fic, it really pisses me off. That's just rude. *grumbles*

3. I'm ridiculously sensitive to certain things, like any repetitive motion/sound (a foot or a finger tapping, for instance) or the sound of fingers moving over corduroy. It feels like there's something underneath my skin, scratching at me with tiny pieces of glass, pushing to be let out. It makes my stomach clench and my head hurt and my entire body ache. If I'm exposed to it long enough, I'll actually throw up. I know it's bizarre. I know that. But you know what, parents who have known me for 20+ years? This probably shouldn't still surprise you so much that you think I'm faking or treat me like a freak when I ask you to stop. *grumbles*

4. My laptop's a piece of shit and it'll probably be at least another year before I can afford a new one. *grumbles*

5. Writing's hard. *grumbles*

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