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The life that I have is all that I have and the li

The life that I have is all that I have and the life that I have is yours.

This is me:"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations." (John Green, "The Fault In Our Stars")

Former suburban hothouse flower. Currently struggling to function as an adult.

This blog has no theme and is largely inane.
Jul 28 '14

Oh god I just spent like an hour reading dad jokes

Tumblr, you should know this about me: I am an aspiring dad. Like, literally I do want to raise a kid someday, and it’ll be amazing and stressful and beautiful and super confusing and okay imma stop there because I could actually go on for paragraphs about the magic and responsibility of caring for a child and being a parent, but no, that is not my point here. My point is that someone in the last few months made the observation that all of my jokes are basically dad jokes, and, probably contrary to her expectations, I got all warm and fuzzy and it started this whole thing where I’m really excited about being the cheesiest dad ever.

I dunno. It’s a silly goal. But also, pretty much everyone I know has some sort of bad blood with their father(s) and I don’t want to be that person for my kid, you know? Presumably all those men love their children and want them to be happy, and I know I will definitely feel the same about my future kid, so, I’d MUCH RATHER be the lame, corny, groan-inducing dad than the dad who was never around, or the dad who was always angry, or - whatever, there’s so many problems I’ve experienced or heard about.

So, goals for parenting:

  1. Love
  2. Support
  3. Basic physical needs (food shelter clothes maybe this should be higher on the list?)
  4. Dad jokes

So, I’m in the process of getting my shit together for the first three, but it’s kind of stressful and too somber to talk about when really I just want to talk about how awesome babies and kids and teenagers and just, that whole offspring situation all is, or can be, so instead, Dad jokes. I’m boning up on my Dad jokes. I’m crafting elaborate Dad jokes in my head, practicing on my friends, so that when the time comes, I’ll be ready with everything from “Hi Hungry, I’m Dad” to perfectly timed puns.

And since I’m sort of a self-styled “armchair linguist”* I feel that I will be even better prepared for this sort of thing, as most of the best (/worst?) Dad jokes revolve around wordplay.

*Yum, upholstery**

**Secondhand Dad joke, from my own dad, who is one of the masters of the Dad Joke (pratfalls! multi-tier puns! surreal humor!)

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okay now what are mom jokes though

i feel like they’re different

but similar

hmmm

sometimes they mock you lovingly?

or teach you a lesson, sort of, maybe, ehh

my actual specific mom is hilariously terrible at telling jokes

like, she’ll get the punchline out of order or set it up wrong so the punchline doesn’t make sense

it’s really adorable, it’s like the joke-telling part of her brain is just, stuck at four years old

(i’m pretty sure my stepmom’s joke-telling and appreciation is stuck at 8th grader, but i mean, dad jokes pretty much average the approximate maturity level of your typical 8 year old, smug “c wat i did there” grin and all)

but anyway, for example, my mom was telling me a logic joke, and this is how she told it:

"3 mathematicians walk into a bar, and the bartender asks the first one if he wants a drink and he says maybe. the bartender asks the second one if he wants a drink and he says maybe. and then the bartender asks the third one if he wants a drink and he says yes."

and then she stopped and waited for me to get it

i just stared back at her, waiting for it to click

so anyway, this is the actual joke:

Three mathematicians walk into a bar.

The bartender asks them, “Do you all want a drink?”

The first one says, “Maybe.”

The second one says, “Maybe.”

And the third one says, “Yes.”

which i actually do find pretty amusing because i am a nerd

and it would’ve qualified as a very nerdy Dad Joke if not for the delivery

as it was, it qualified as a “we are laughing because you are terrible at this, like, little kids are better than you at this, it’s like watching a puppy trying to pick up a basketball” and i was much more delighted with my mom’s general incongruity and quirkiness than with the actual joke

she’s actually really smart

she has a masters in english literature

SHE CAN READ BEOWULF UNTRANSLATED

also she’s just

wonderful

and i feel bad for making fun of her on the internet

even though IT’S ALL TRUE

and additionally is one of the things i love the best about her

um

my mom is actually the best you guys, that’s what you should take away from this

the best

Jul 22 '14

Leo Marks

The life that I have

Is all that I have

And the life that I have

Is yours.

The love that I have

Of the life that I have

Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have

A rest I shall have

Yet death will be but a pause.

For the peace of my years

In the long green grass

Will be yours and yours and yours.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_That_I_Have

Jul 22 '14
fuckyeahftms:

Who IS that? It can’t be me. Nah.
What a difference a decade can make. The hair. Oh, goodness. That’s the only difference. And I no longer wear frog shirts (in public).
Funny faces are my specialty. I didn’t listen to my grandpa and it got stuck that way.

Wow these photos remind me of me.
That’s a pretty cute kid up there on the left. I had hair that long too, and I wore frog shirts sometimes. Never “Native woman staring into pond at her reflection except it’s actually a wolf howling” shirts though. I always thought they were weird and tacky. Good for me.

fuckyeahftms:

Who IS that? It can’t be me. Nah.

What a difference a decade can make. The hair. Oh, goodness. That’s the only difference. And I no longer wear frog shirts (in public).

Funny faces are my specialty. I didn’t listen to my grandpa and it got stuck that way.

Wow these photos remind me of me.

That’s a pretty cute kid up there on the left. I had hair that long too, and I wore frog shirts sometimes. Never “Native woman staring into pond at her reflection except it’s actually a wolf howling” shirts though. I always thought they were weird and tacky. Good for me.

Jul 21 '14
waynethevegan:

s0mething-rad:

fuckyeahrainbowhair:


fallingfate:
rapeculturemakesmeangry:

This is from the slut walk. One of the arguments is that girls ask for rape because they wear slutty clothes, short skirts, tight, low-cut tops. This girl is an example of the fact that rape victims can look like anyone, you, me, this girl. Rapists. Dont. Discriminate.

I promised a long time ago that I’d reblog this whenever I saw it on my dash. No regrets, it breaks my heart every single time.

an incredibly important message, rape is rape. no one is ever asking for it. a woman has the right to dress how ever they want - it is society that identifies risque dressing as ‘asking for it’, and in my opinion, that way of thinking needs to be diminished.

Seriously if you see this and don’t reblog it, I have NO respect for you

always reblog

waynethevegan:

s0mething-rad:

fuckyeahrainbowhair:

fallingfate:

rapeculturemakesmeangry:

This is from the slut walk. One of the arguments is that girls ask for rape because they wear slutty clothes, short skirts, tight, low-cut tops. This girl is an example of the fact that rape victims can look like anyone, you, me, this girl. Rapists. Dont. Discriminate.

I promised a long time ago that I’d reblog this whenever I saw it on my dash. No regrets, it breaks my heart every single time.

an incredibly important message, rape is rape. no one is ever asking for it. a woman has the right to dress how ever they want - it is society that identifies risque dressing as ‘asking for it’, and in my opinion, that way of thinking needs to be diminished.

Seriously if you see this and don’t reblog it, I have NO respect for you

always reblog

Jul 21 '14

I like movies.

I like making connections between things.

So here’s some double feature ideas:

  • Dream House and Shutter Island because they’re basically inverses of each other, and it’s awesome
  • Django Unchained and Twelve Years a Slave: fantasy vs. history, both brutal as fuck, jeez, I had to stop in the middle of Django to think happy thoughts and I can’t even deal with Solomon Northrup lying about that letter, how would he even know how to write, who would teach him, n*****s can’t read or write, ugh, and Patsy, I CAN’T
  • Obviously I have to include The Rocky Horror Picture Show because ~*theme song*~ but it does actually tie in well with Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • The Crying Game and V for Vendetta because Stephen Rea, basically. I keep hoping I’ll find someone else who shares my headcanon that Fergus and Finch are the same person, with this whole tragic story that bridges the gap between the two movies, and Finch’s haunted eyes* aren’t just the result of the whole dystopia thing, but because he got out, lived happily ever after…and then Dil died. SO MUCH FEEL
  • But anyway with regard to above tangent, no one besides me seems to love those two movies with equal ardour
  • Bonus level triple feature: Back to the FutureDonnie Darko, and Primer because WOOOooo time travel
  • Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream. You will never ever be even slightly tempted to do drugs. You will also probably have screaming night terrors for a thousand years.
  • My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View: both contain a young Daniel Day-Lewis, but because is a literal chameleon, you would not know it unless someone told you, like someone (me) is doing right now. Both about the constraints of conformity on love and sexuality, about family suffocating young people, the friction between social pressures/norms and young love.
  • For an overlapping double feature with more obvious parallels than the above, try My Beautiful Laundrette and Maurice. Or for that matter, since class is a thing that is affected by queerness, try Lianna with both.
  • I want to come up with a double feature for City of God but I can’t, everything I think of just doesn’t compare in quality, it stands alone, it’s so good, watch it.
  • Funny Games (the original German one, shot-for-shot remakes, while I have never seen any, seem like they’re missing the point, and like they’d be a waste of time to watch) and Saw. Fabulous psychological thrillers, each; very claustrophobic, filmed in limited settings, almost black box theatre worthy; one set fire to the whole torture porn genre, the other offers a meta-criticism via cinematography (among other things? Mostly I remember the scene where the camera stays on her face and just her face, which if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean, and if you haven’t it’s not a spoiler). Also screaming night terrors for a thousand years. Also: The Dread Pirate Westley got old :( but still handsome enough, in his way.
  • Emma (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow) and Clueless, for obvious reasons.
  • Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. They are both fabulous. There are a lot of naked butts in the former. The latter is filmed in Our Overlord Whedon’s actual house. So if you’re a member of the Whedon cult, that’s a thing that happened. But on the other hand, Emma Thompson. And butts. Buttttttt…on the third hand, or possibly tentacle, I really like Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof and Clark Gregg and whoever played the cute queer-looking photographer at the party and Nathan Fillion and Fran Kranz and the guy that played Andrew on Buffy but has also been in other stuff, and just, the directorial style on Whedon’s version is so great, it feels fresh, it’s intimate and painful and heartbreaking, I like it. Butt on the fourth appendage, EMMA THOMPSON NO THIS POINT IS NOT REDUNDANT SHE IS A GODDESS AMONG WOMEN DON’T FRONT
  • The Royal Tenenbaums and Lone Star (dir. John Sayles) - weird dysfunctional family problems over generations, wildly different tones, both examples of really tight filmmaking. Because Sayles and Wes Anderson are pros to the max. (I’m trying to avoid saying the word “auteur” here because I feel like I’ve reached my weekly quota for cinephile bullshit in this post’s concept alone, but whoops, looks like I just said it, oh well.)

More suggestions welcome! And if anyone can think of a modern/accessible movie that would go well with On the Waterfront or Casablanca, I would be really pleased if you passed it on to me - I keep wanting to show these movies to my friends but I feel like they’re just gonna snooze if they don’t have anything to hold onto going in, even if it’s just the promise of a different movie that contains full color sex and explosions afterward. You know?

Jul 12 '14
Jul 12 '14

Sisterhood is powerful; male privilege is a poor consolation prize.

My favorite website is, and has been for a while, Autostraddle, a feminist and queer women’s news and culture blog. It’s really great, trans-inclusive, sharp, smart, thoughtful, witty - I love it. And for several of the years that I’ve loved it, most of those years in fact, I was a queer woman, or a bisexual genderqueer person, and both of those demographics are deliberately courted as its audience.

Now, though - now I’m a man, or round up to man, anyway: testosterone, male pronouns, etc. I’m uncomfortable claiming myself as non-binary these days because I’m not really sure whether I belong in that category or not - I’m still figuring it out, and my male identity is pretty fragile this early on in my transition - basically I think that I’ll be comfortable with gender neutral pronouns as well as male pronouns someday, and that I’ll be able to femme it up a little more at that point, but it’s too soon right now because I still don’t get read as male consistently by the world at large, and I’m insecure about that. Ideally, someday, I’ll have a much more typically male physical appearance, and I’ll be more secure in my own identity, and I’ll have fun with makeup and femininity and being, I don’t know, 80% male on the inside? That sounds awesome.

Anyway, back to Autostraddle, and the present. They cater to women and genderqueer people, but mostly to women, and I respect that. I think women’s spaces are great, and that men don’t get to co-opt them, or ask that they allow us in or include us in their discussions. I still read Autostraddle because it’s the best source of queerness and feminism that I know of, and those two things are so necessary to me, and I love them. But I’m a man, or as good as, so I am standing back a bit more, which mostly involves commenting less, as I was never really involved in the community beyond that.

Recently there was a comment thread that became a discussion about Autostraddle’s inclusion of non-female genders, and I piped up with a long-winded and ill-advised comment about the oppression of transgender people as a whole, that it wasn’t just trans women, although of course trans women definitely drew the short straw as far as oppression goes. (I don’t like the trend of centering the voices of transmasculine people in trans spaces. I think it ought to be the opposite.)

I was rightfully (and gently) reminded to check my privilege, and I regret posting the comment to begin with. It was a helpful reality check, but it made me feel kind of homeless.

Autostraddle has historically been not only an entertaining and informative and generally lovely source of queer and feminist news and culture, but it has also felt like a safe space for a trans person like myself, even though I’m a guy.

I know there are plenty of trans blogs, some trans websites, and myriad trans tumblrs that do include trans men in their target audience. Original Plumbing comes to mind. But - I’m not really looking for a trans-specific website. I’m looking for a queer and feminist website that’s trans-inclusive - and sharp, smart, thoughtful, witty. Autostraddle is one of the only websites I know where the comments are worth reading.

Another alternative, I suppose, would be to look for a queer men’s website, but the ones I’ve perused don’t seem particularly trans-inclusive (usually trans-erasing), or bi-inclusive (often implicitly or explicitly biphobic), or feminist, and they’re often very very white (I’m white, but I’m also into dismantling white supremacy, so this bothers me). They often seem to focus a lot on the mainstream (white, cis, monosexual, able-bodied, assimilationist, male) gay culture - I don’t even really consider them queer, they’re that normative. 

Feminist websites, while wonderful (I really like The Toast and Bitch) tend to be less queer-inclusive, and again, they tend to cater to women.

To break it down, these are the primary qualities I appreciate in a website:

- queerness

- feminism

- trans-inclusion

- bi-inclusion (and inclusion of non-monosexuality in general)

- a commitment to the interests people of color

- intersectionality

- a writing/editorial staff that reflects all of the above

- a wide range of articles (fashion, nerdliness, news, culture, humor, literary, movie and music reviews, etc. etc. etc.)

- snark and sass

- thoughtfulness and intelligent analysis

- a supportive commenter community

I’m not really sure what to do. In general, I find women more interesting and awesome than men (though I’m like, 75% into dudes romantically and sexually), and I love sites with a queer focus, or at least deliberate, non-token queer inclusion.

I’m not going to leave Autostraddle when it’s the only place I know that fills these needs, but I wish I knew of more places to try - sites to check out that I might fit into better, where I might find myself courted too.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Jul 5 '14
"Samuel L. Jackson seriously wants to be in the new Star Wars movies. He doesn’t care how it happens, he doesn’t care how many arms he has or how dead he is, or if he has to somehow do this as Nick Fury instead of Mace Windu."

Is there anyone among us who doesn’t think Star Wars could use a little Nick Fury? (Source)

…it’s a universe with a well-established history of just cloning the shit out of people at the slightest excuse. Samuel L. Jackson could theoretically play every role in the next movie without it being that implausible, by Star Wars standards.

(via stuckinabucket)

Holy shit I would pay twice the going rate for a movie ticket to see a film performed entirely by Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t even care what film. Star Wars, Pride & Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, The Godfather…Any. Movie.

(via copperbadge)

“From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and fucking conceit made me realize that you were the last motherfucker in the world I could ever be fucking prevailed upon to marry.”

(via hippity-hoppity-brigade)

It is a truth fucking universally acknowledged that a single motherfucker in possession of a giant motherfucking fortune must be in want of a goddamn wife.

(via knottahooker)

“The fucking recollection of what I said—of my fucking conduct, my fucking manners, my motherfucking expressions during it, is now, and has been many fucking months, goddamned painful to me.  Your reproof, I shall never fucking forget: ‘had you behaved like less of a motherfucker.’ Those were your goddamned words.  You know not, you can scarcely fucking conceive, how they have tortured me.”

(via stuckinabucket)

“Really, Watson, you fucking excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. “I am bound to say that in all the fucking accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have fucking habitually underrated your own motherfucking abilities. It may be that you are not yourself fucking luminous, but you are a motherfucking conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a fucking remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your fucking debt.”

(via knottahooker)

Motherfucker, mama always said life was like a box of fucking chocolates. You never fucking know what you’re gonna get.

(via asgardian-feminist)

To fuck up a motherfucker or to not fuck up a motherfucker, that is the question.

(via getdowngetfunky)

Guys this is the kind of thinking that got Snakes On A Plane made

(via xtremecaffeine)

But soft! What fucking light through yon motherfucking window breaks! It is the fucking east, and that motherfucker Juliette is the fucking sun

(via knottahooker)

“Harry, you’re a mothafuckin wizard.”
“Say what?”
“Bitch, did I stutter?”

(via ididthatonce)

“A little motherfucking sea-bathing would set me up for fucking ever.”

(via baileyeverywhere)

“About three goddamn things I was absolfuckinglutely postive. First, Edward was a motherfucking vampire. Second, there was a part of his sparkly blood drinking ass — and shit if I know how strong that part of the cold bastard might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was fucking unconditionally, irrefuckinvocably, in motherfucking love with the pale ass blood drinking motherfucker. “

(via duelist925)

We want the finest motherfuckin’ cakes known to humanity. We want them fuckers here and we want them fuckers now!

(via wellharkather)

“One day, and that fuckin’ day may never come, I may call upon your bitch ass to do me a motherfuckin’ favor.  But for now, consider this a fuckin’ piece of generosity on the day of my daughter’s fuckin’ wedding.”

(via endlesskng)

“You cannot fucking stain a motherfucking black coat.”

(via maddy44)

“And none for Gretchen motherfucking Weiners, bye.”

(via jujuberry136)

“My good fucking opinion, once lost, is lost forever, motherfucker.”

(via misamdry)

We must be as swift as the fucking cold river, with all the force of the badass typhoon, screw shit up like the goddamn fire, mysterious as the mutherfucking dark side of the motherfucking moon.

(via nethenclawpuff)

“I’M FLYING MOTHERFUCKERS!”

(via loracarol)

The wand chooses the god damn wizard motherfucker!

(via queenofthedicks)

Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Motherfucker was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything; I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Motherfucker is just a… piece in a jigsaw puzzle… a missing piece.”

(via saunteringvaguelydownwards)

“With great motherfucking power comes great motherfucking responsibility.”

(via stuckinabucket)

“I will take the motherfucking ring to fucking Mordor.” [pause] “Though I do not know the motherfucking way.”

(via lord-kitschener)

“I’m the mother fucking Doctor, bitch! I’m worse than everybody’s fucking aunt!”

(via putthecheeseinthemac)

“Pay no fucking attention to that motherfucker behind the curtain.”

(via breelandwalker)

One ring to rule those bitchasses, one ring to goddamn find them, one ring to bring all those motherfuckers and in darkness bind them.

(via thebatsknees)

“I’m gonna fucking steal the Declaration of Motherfucking Independence.”

(via eternal8song)

“Your ass shouldn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, motherfucker.”

“Lemme tell you a riddle. Your ass is waitin for a train, a train that will take your ass far away.  You know where you hope this motherfuckin train will take you, but you don’t motherfuckin know for goddamn sure. But it doesn’t motherfuckin matter. How the fuck can it not matter to you where the fuck this train takes your ass?”

(via hellyeahangels)

Fuckers assume that time is a fucking strict progression of motherfucking cause to motherfucking effect. But actually from a goddamned non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big motherfucking ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey…goddamned stuff.

(via dramageekforthewin)

Toto, I’ve got a goddamn feeling we ain’t in motherfucking Kansas no more.

(via total-screaming-genius)

One morning I shot a motherfucking elephant in my fucking pajamas.  How the fuck it got there, I don’t motherfucking know.

(via underscorethony)

This is motherfucking Sparta bitch!

(via abumponthehead)

Seven motherfucking minutes ago… we, your forefather motherfuckers, were brought forth upon a most motherfucking excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill… and Ted. These two great motherfucking gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my motherfucking time, just as it’s true today. Be motherfucking excellent to each other. And… MOTHERFUCKING PARTY ON, DUDES!

(via pileofmonkeys)

“As you goddamm wish.”

(via aka14kgold)

“I AM MOTHERFUCKING SPARTACUS.”

(via lostinhistory)

“No, *I* am motherfucking Spartacus.”

(via quigonejinn)

“One motherfuckin’ day more before the godamn storm. Will we ever, ever, for the love of a motherfucker in the storm, meet the fuck again?”

(via johnnysnotmyname)

That motherfucker is like fucking fire and ice and shit. He’s like the motherfucking night and the storm and the heart of the goddamn sun. He’s ancient as shit and fucking forever. He fucking burns at the center of goddamn time and he can see the turn of the fucking universe. And that motherfucker is awesome as shit.

(via only-slightly-insane)

Guys Star wars happens “A long long time ago, In a galaxy Far Far away” Fury hasn’t been born yet in them.

(via jimbly)

Only if you assume that George Lucas was making a documentary. Otherwise for all we know the actual intended audience of the piece was Jack Harkness sitting around on Boeshane in the year 5122.

Also this seems to indicate a despicable lack of faith in the time travel abilities of Nick Fury.

Or that you think our current Nick Fury is not himself potentially a clone of the Furies that existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

(via copperbadge)

…and now I am picturing Samuel L. Jackson as all three Greek Furies.

“We’re here for vengeance, motherfuckers!”

(via persian-slipper)

Either way, you’ll be receiving a visit from Director Fury shortly. I strongly suggest you have an explanation prepared.

(via copperbadge)

Jul 4 '14

ladiesagainsthumanity:

RUTH. BADER. GINSBERG. 

via @sethdmichaels

OH MY GOD WHAT WHO ARE YOU I LOVE YOU I GET IT NOW I GET WHY PEOPLE LOVE YOU

(Source: ihopeyoulikeblackberries)

Jun 14 '14
Embroidery + hyperbole and a half = marry me

Embroidery + hyperbole and a half = marry me

(Source: sorrowandgrace)

Jun 14 '14

Ugh why is transfic always so bad

These are a few of my least favorite things:
- the entire story revolves around the character being trans, like that’s their whole life
- MISOGYNY IN FTM FICS
- TRANSMISOGYNY ALWAYS
- giant whiny long trite monologues about how much they hate their body
- USING THE WRONG FUCKING PRONOUNS IN NARRATION JESUS CHRIST ONE GOOGLE SEARCH IS ALL I ASK
- all trans fics are about bodies
- trans bodies are not sexy, à la “I’m straight/gay/lesbian and you have the wrong parts,” or some variation thereof
- always stealth, always insecure
- transphobes are all equally transphobic and Evil with a capital E, everyone else is perfect and accepting and wonderful from day one
- the trans character is always more disgusted with their body than their sex buddy, like always, and their sex buddy thinks they’re the hottest creature ever and never wishes anything were different honey unless you want it to be and cures the trans character’s body image issues with sex - and healing sex in a more general sense, please can we not, sex is not a panacea and cannot cure depression or PTSD or dysphoria or anything at all actually, it’s just sex
- basically, lack of nuance on multiple levels
- transitioning is only about physical changes and names/pronouns
- gratuitous transphobic violence/language/bullying
- trans guys never have meta or phallo, just a hysto and top surgery at most
- if trans women haven’t had genital surgery, they get erections and ejaculate no matter how long they’ve been on blockers
- always gotta do the self hate
- STEALTH STEALTH STEALTH TO EVERYONE NO I DON’T HAVE ANY RELATIVES WHAT
- body hate —> celibacy/virginity
- fade to black sex/relationships, if they happen at all
- all the tired old trite trans clichés forever
- first explain that the character is trans, then the story can begin
- the main character’s love interest is never trans because OMG it’s so hard to sell a trans body as sexy
- the story literally exists to say that this or that character could be trans, the end
- always self pity never anger always envy never pride always anguish never confidence

Exceptions exist, but not in the top most kudos’d ao3 fics tagged ftm, which is infuriating because ao3 DOES have excellent ftm fics and apparently these boring trite self-congratulatory ally fics get more attention. Because okay, I can see a trans person writing a fic like one of these, but not all of them, because seriously they have huge cis pity vibes and it’s not good.

Also who hates the way the word “genderflip” is used? And “rule 63”? Because, ugh, sometimes it’s used about trans fic, which just, no. And it’s FREQUENTLY used when a character is “suddenly the opposite gender” - NO. THAT IS NOT. NO. GENITALS DON’T DETERMINE GENDER, AND ALSO YOU ARE LETTING A LOT OF PRIVILEGE SHOW THERE OKAY. Like, it’s fine to be curious about what Harry Potter would do if he woke up with a vagina via some Voldemortian plot gone hilariously awry (probably yell at his friends until Voldemort got dead and the spell reversed itself, I’m guessing), but his having a vagina does not make him a girl and does NOT MEAN that you should start using female pronouns in the narration. Let me repeat: JUST BECAUSE YOU CHANGED A CHARACTER’S GENITALS DOES NOT MEAN YOU CHANGED THEIR GENDER.

/end rant

A couple exceptions:

"Second Chances" (X-Men: First Class, Erik/Charles) by Red
http://archiveofourown.org/works/373245

"Brilliant and Commonplace" by…also by Red, apparently. Never made that connection - thanks, author! (BBC Sherlock, John/Sherlock)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/203724

May 28 '14

In the late 19th c. in Chicago:

"…and even demanded legal rights for prostitutes, including the right to be free of police harassment."

http://thebaffler.com/past/facebook_feminism_like_it_or_not

From a Baffler article about Lean In. Somehow I missed all the controversy about the book when it came out, so I’m educating myself now.

So far, though, this bit is what sticks out - how far we have regressed with respect to the rights of sex workers.

I’ve heard that in Amsterdam it’s only illegal to pay for sex, or to offer payment for sex, not to solicit payment for sex. If you’re going to criminalize prostitution, that seems like the way to go about it.

"Including the right to be free of police harassment." That’s huge.

May 28 '14

In the late 19th c. in Chicago:

"…and even demanded legal rights for prostitutes, including the right to be free of police harassment."

http://thebaffler.com/past/facebook_feminism_like_it_or_not

From a Baffler article about Lean In. I missed all the c

Mar 28 '14
teenwolftoday:

tonystaarks:

fostercatsandpanicattacks:

tonystaarks:

sometimenever:

HE’S MEANT TO BE NINETEEN
HAHAHAHA no.

is this script from stiles pov or

Can i just point out “unquestionably handsome”. Not just handsome. But so handsome that no one’s gonna try and say otherwise.

 #also ‘undeniably adult sexuality’.  #WHY IS DEREK SMOLDERING WITH SEXUALITY WHILE TALKING TO TEENAGE BOYS. 

DEREK IS NOT STRAIGHT. I REPEAT NOT STRAIGHT.

teenwolftoday:

tonystaarks:

fostercatsandpanicattacks:

tonystaarks:

sometimenever:

HE’S MEANT TO BE NINETEEN

HAHAHAHA no.

is this script from stiles pov or

Can i just point out “unquestionably handsome”. Not just handsome. But so handsome that no one’s gonna try and say otherwise.

 #also ‘undeniably adult sexuality’.  #WHY IS DEREK SMOLDERING WITH SEXUALITY WHILE TALKING TO TEENAGE BOYS. 

DEREK IS NOT STRAIGHT. I REPEAT NOT STRAIGHT.

Mar 28 '14

this amuses me

(Source: brogitsune)