Just about every Game of Thrones dream I had came true this past weekend. Well, not every dream. My OTP Jaime/Brienne is still not a thing, but hey, there’s still time. That said, our latest episode “The Lion and the Rose” finally featured what is known as the Purple Wedding—something that I had been waiting to happen for a very long time. And now that I’ve seen it, I can only wonder what’s in store for our characters in the future.
I have only finished the first three books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which puts me quite a bit ahead of the show, for the most part. However, the show has already started to add in or hint at things in the fourth and fifth books. In some instances, this is needed—we don’t see Theon at all during the third and fourth books—but in other instances, the narrative gets changed completely. Sometimes this is for the better, but other times, I wonder how the TV series is going to tie everything together.
Massive Game of Thrones spoilers and a trigger warning for rape after the cut.
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Just about every Game of Thrones dream I had came true this past weekend. Well, not every dream. My OTP Jaime/Brienne is still not a thing, but hey, there’s still time. That said, our latest episode “The Lion and the Rose” finally featured what is known as the Purple Wedding—something that I had been waiting to happen for a very long time. And now that I’ve seen it, I can only wonder what’s in store for our characters in the future.

I have only finished the first three books of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which puts me quite a bit ahead of the show, for the most part. However, the show has already started to add in or hint at things in the fourth and fifth books. In some instances, this is needed—we don’t see Theon at all during the third and fourth books—but in other instances, the narrative gets changed completely. Sometimes this is for the better, but other times, I wonder how the TV series is going to tie everything together.

Massive Game of Thrones spoilers and a trigger warning for rape after the cut.

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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to play piano for the annual student-run musical revue at my alma mater. Each year a number of songs are chosen from a variety of musicals, generally with some sort of overarching theme. This year, the theme was “Villains”. While primarily just a showcase of song and dance numbers, there was some element of discussion of the motivations of the characters, and what led them to their villainous ways. The question of why people do bad things felt especially pressing in light of the stabbing attacks at Franklin Regional High School, located a mere 40-some minutes away from my alma mater. As I prepared for rehearsal the night after the attacks, just two nights before opening night, I thought to myself: our show has either become very timely, or completely disrespectful.
It all hinges on just how the villain is portrayed in the musical. Is the villain demonized, humanized, or glorified? Too often, though not always, it is that last option. Sure, lots of other media forms can glorify the villain, but I think musical theatre can more easily take it to another level. Many novels, TV shows, or movies can make being a villain seem understandable or sympathetic or intriguing; others can go a step further and make being evil seem cool, glamorous, and sexy. But few things have the power of musical theatre to make being bad seem downright fun. Take a bad guy that would be glamorous in another context, then add impressive choreography and a catchy song? You’ve just made a rock star. I’m going to look at just a few examples from some musical theatre baddies after the jump.
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This past weekend, I had the opportunity to play piano for the annual student-run musical revue at my alma mater. Each year a number of songs are chosen from a variety of musicals, generally with some sort of overarching theme. This year, the theme was “Villains”. While primarily just a showcase of song and dance numbers, there was some element of discussion of the motivations of the characters, and what led them to their villainous ways. The question of why people do bad things felt especially pressing in light of the stabbing attacks at Franklin Regional High School, located a mere 40-some minutes away from my alma mater. As I prepared for rehearsal the night after the attacks, just two nights before opening night, I thought to myself: our show has either become very timely, or completely disrespectful.

It all hinges on just how the villain is portrayed in the musical. Is the villain demonized, humanized, or glorified? Too often, though not always, it is that last option. Sure, lots of other media forms can glorify the villain, but I think musical theatre can more easily take it to another level. Many novels, TV shows, or movies can make being a villain seem understandable or sympathetic or intriguing; others can go a step further and make being evil seem cool, glamorous, and sexy. But few things have the power of musical theatre to make being bad seem downright fun. Take a bad guy that would be glamorous in another context, then add impressive choreography and a catchy song? You’ve just made a rock star. I’m going to look at just a few examples from some musical theatre baddies after the jump.

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marshmallowbrigade:

harrie5:

Sign it here

People like pictures right?

The signatures have started slowing down on this, and that’s not very good.
As of me typing this, there’s still 37K signatures left. That’s a lot!

So keep sharing the link guys!

33,779 signatures needed by April 20, 2014!

Also another thing you can do is talk to you representative! If you don’t know who you’re representative for your district is this is an easy website to use that will let you know who your representative for Congress is.

The petition is important, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. It just means that President’s administration will issue a response to the issue. That can help something gain traction, but letting your congressional rep know that this is an issue close to your heart can also help make a difference!


As a comic book fan of color, I’m used to cheering a little bit every time a Black, or AAPI, or Hispanic, or Middle Eastern, or other superhero of color gets their own movie, or is featured in a major comic book title. And why shouldn’t I? If representation is good, more representation should obviously be better. People of color spend so much time looking for ways to be represented or to represent themselves in a culture that is still, in many ways, more WASP-y than Janet Van Dyne.
I think that leads to desperation. We take these heroes however we can get them. Many superheroes of color are just badly done, or so ethnically on-the-nose as to be stereotypical (Sooraya Qadir is a good example of this, though I very much like her character). Their characterizations are often as hurtful to the goal of meaningful diversity as they are helpful. Take the original Luke Cage, who was essentially an overmuscled jive-talking Black mercenary and prison escapee who said things like “Where’s my money, honey?” to Dr. Doom.
Now, Luke Cage has certainly improved over the years, toward a more authentic complexity (Mighty Avengers is a decent place to check this out). I’m appreciative of that shift. It’s actually not even terrible characters that I want to engage with. For the most part, we’re mature enough to recognize overtly negative, racist characterizations of heroes of color — that’s the easy part. There are two other kinds of Black heroes that we have to watch out for.
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As a comic book fan of color, I’m used to cheering a little bit every time a Black, or AAPI, or Hispanic, or Middle Eastern, or other superhero of color gets their own movie, or is featured in a major comic book title. And why shouldn’t I? If representation is good, more representation should obviously be better. People of color spend so much time looking for ways to be represented or to represent themselves in a culture that is still, in many ways, more WASP-y than Janet Van Dyne.

I think that leads to desperation. We take these heroes however we can get them. Many superheroes of color are just badly done, or so ethnically on-the-nose as to be stereotypical (Sooraya Qadir is a good example of this, though I very much like her character). Their characterizations are often as hurtful to the goal of meaningful diversity as they are helpful. Take the original Luke Cage, who was essentially an overmuscled jive-talking Black mercenary and prison escapee who said things like “Where’s my money, honey?” to Dr. Doom.

Now, Luke Cage has certainly improved over the years, toward a more authentic complexity (Mighty Avengers is a decent place to check this out). I’m appreciative of that shift. It’s actually not even terrible characters that I want to engage with. For the most part, we’re mature enough to recognize overtly negative, racist characterizations of heroes of color — that’s the easy part. There are two other kinds of Black heroes that we have to watch out for.

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Top – repaired outfit, bottom – original; via repair-her-armor

If you’ve ever read any science fiction, played any video games, watched any anime, or if you’ve just generally seen any Escher Girl-like drawings, you know that women in pop culture are typically designed with the male gaze in mind. That is to say, they’re normally drawn in unrealistic poses and terrible costumes in order to cater to the tastes of straight heterosexual guys. (Dom even did a post on this recently.) That’s why sites like Repair Her Armor are so important. Much along the same lines as The Hawkeye Initiative, Repair Her Armor attempts to show uncreative designers the error of their ways through collective group shame:

This blog is dedicated to show and change the looks of ridiculous female armors (and other outfits) that women tend to have in media; such as games and comics. The purpose is to show that over-sexualized women is not “empowering”, but clearly offensive and ridiculous - not to mention it’s also clearly out of context. We’ll also show that their clothes could be greatly improved with a touch of common sense, equality and character.

In other words, Repair Her Armor goes by the idea that even small changes to an outfit or design can be much better (and make much more sense) than whatever the original is. They also accept submissions for characters who don’t have armor in their source material and spotlight existing good costumes for both men and women, among other such things. Some of my favorite RHA armor redesigns are below the cut!
Warning: possible NSFW images past this point.
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Top – repaired outfit, bottom – original; via repair-her-armor

If you’ve ever read any science fiction, played any video games, watched any anime, or if you’ve just generally seen any Escher Girl-like drawings, you know that women in pop culture are typically designed with the male gaze in mind. That is to say, they’re normally drawn in unrealistic poses and terrible costumes in order to cater to the tastes of straight heterosexual guys. (Dom even did a post on this recently.) That’s why sites like Repair Her Armor are so important. Much along the same lines as The Hawkeye Initiative, Repair Her Armor attempts to show uncreative designers the error of their ways through collective group shame:

This blog is dedicated to show and change the looks of ridiculous female armors (and other outfits) that women tend to have in media; such as games and comics. The purpose is to show that over-sexualized women is not “empowering”, but clearly offensive and ridiculous - not to mention it’s also clearly out of context. We’ll also show that their clothes could be greatly improved with a touch of common sense, equality and character.

In other words, Repair Her Armor goes by the idea that even small changes to an outfit or design can be much better (and make much more sense) than whatever the original is. They also accept submissions for characters who don’t have armor in their source material and spotlight existing good costumes for both men and women, among other such things. Some of my favorite RHA armor redesigns are below the cut!

Warning: possible NSFW images past this point.

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kkristoff:

cold-never-bothered-me-anyways:

Arabian Little Red Riding Hood with a red hijab

A Japanese Snow White with her coveted pale skin and shiny black hair

Mexican Cinderella with colorful Mexican glass blown slippers

Greek Beauty and the Beast where Beast is a minotaur

Culture-bent fairy tales that keep key canonical characteristics

GIVE ME THESE I M M E D I A T E L Y

My favorite Teen Wolf actors are currently filming Season 4, and if rumors are to be believed, it’s less American Horror Story: Lycanthrope and back to normal ol’ campy-yet-awesome Teen Wolf. But here’s the thing: I’m not so sure that this season is going to be less traumatic now that Kate Argent is back.
Jeff Davis has said this will be a big season for Derek, and that he will be in trouble at the beginning of the season and the gang will have to rescue him. Big money is on Kate kidnapping Derek… again.
This does not sound like a light and fluffy season to me, but I’m really worried the writers will attempt to make it that way, and in the process royally screw up a really important issue.
Trigger warning for sexual assault below the cut.
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My favorite Teen Wolf actors are currently filming Season 4, and if rumors are to be believed, it’s less American Horror Story: Lycanthrope and back to normal ol’ campy-yet-awesome Teen Wolf. But here’s the thing: I’m not so sure that this season is going to be less traumatic now that Kate Argent is back.

Jeff Davis has said this will be a big season for Derek, and that he will be in trouble at the beginning of the season and the gang will have to rescue him. Big money is on Kate kidnapping Derek… again.

This does not sound like a light and fluffy season to me, but I’m really worried the writers will attempt to make it that way, and in the process royally screw up a really important issue.

Trigger warning for sexual assault below the cut.

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