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This Eulogy for a Fairy Princess will break your heart. Here’s a FB page with Heather’s art.
Eleven Asian and Pacific Islander women you should have learned about in history class.
Fansplaining covers the concept of the Mary Sue.
I hesitate to get too reductive on the links between shaming girls out of their own stories and the kinds of things that dominate many corners of the fanfiction world, but one could draw a line from the embarrassment of the Mary Sue to the positioning of certain types of characters in fandom as “default.” In the vast landscape of popular media, at least in the Anglo-American context, we’re implicitly taught to view the white male character as neutral, blank, infinitely relatable. While media certain can shoulder some blame, fans should be held responsible, too, and the way young fans are encouraged, gently or mockingly, to step out of their own perspectives, away from their own backgrounds, and into the perspective of certain types of characters is one of the lasting legacies of the Mary Sue construction.
(I found that via Elizabeth and Gav’s The Rec Center which I highly recommend if you’re into fandom)
Politics gets Too Witches.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Witches casting spells in public to subdue the president seems no more surreal a phenomenon than anything currently emanating from the crucible of the White House. And going forward, as women’s autonomy and dignity is challenged by a misogynistic regime that seems bent on modeling our treatment of women on The Handmaid’s Tale, and indeed creating a sort of tyrannical government seeking a return to holy wars, it’s not a far stretch to assume that women’s resistance will increasingly be characterized as witchcraft or worse. It will be in the best interests of progressive witches among us to demonstrate solidarity, support, and flexibility in the uncertain days ahead.
Fuck your notions of special snowflakes, identity labels are helpful.
A rec list of books about death.
I la-la-la-love online tests. I take them all the time and rarely think much of the results, but this one was surprisingly accurate (I got Rationality, Independence, and Resilience).
The article is four years old and written by a white guy, but anything that gets me a little closer to Spock is still good for me! Twelve cognitive biases that keep you from being rational.
A post about a book, Bitten by Witch Fever, showed up on my dash this week.
Beautiful to look at and compelling to read, this book is a highly original and captivating volume that interleaves facsimile sections of alluring, arsenic-laden wallpapers with thought-provoking narrative. It is tracing the arresting story of the use and effects of the toxic pigments ingrained in popular wallpapers of the nineteenth century. Hawksley presents the history of Scheele’s green and schweinfurt green, pigments created using arsenic, which produced the vibrant shades whose brilliance made them instant favorites with wallpaper designers and householders alike.
With the aid of contemporary case studies and reports in the press, she reveals how, by the middle of the century, manufacturers were producing millions of rolls of arsenical wallpaper, with devastating consequences for those working in their factories and for those living in rooms decorated with the deadly designs.
An interview with the costume designer from the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Jane Zhang sings “The Diva Dance” from The Fifth Element