Title: What Does the...Sox?! Say?
Author: PriPri | Virago77 | virago77
Reader: Jinxy | mistressjinx | mistressjinx
Fandoms: Teen Wolf, Anthropomorfic
Pairing: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Rating: Not Rated
Tags: Sock!Derek, Sock!Stiles, Gratuitous Sock Sex, Gratuitous Static Cling, Sock Somnophilia, Fluff
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Notes: Birthday present for my buddy Capri. Unfortunately I have not returned to podficcing, this was just a one off for a lovely person.
Summary: The one where Derek is a broody dress sock and Stiles is a bright argyle sock. Love ensues.
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So, today I needed a haircut. Not a big one! I just wanted it thinned out and cleaned up a bit, because I don't mind the length, but it's very obviously been over a month since my last haircut, and when you have short thick hair, this is something that is noticable.
I tried New Place, because while I liked Old Place where I've gone the last few times, last time the cut wasn't that great, and I figured, why not try this place?
SHE PUT PRODUCT IN MY HAIR.
WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST.
A FUCKING LOT OF PRODUCT.
AND VERY VIGOROUSLY RUBBED IT INTO MY HAIR WHILE I'M LIKE "DON'T TEAR UP, DON'T SNEEZE, DON'T START COUGHING, HOLY FUCK THIS IS A STRONG SCENT AND ALSO DON'T FREAK OUT ABOUT UNEXPECTED-KIND-OF-TOUCHING DON'T FREAK OUT"
WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST.
EVERY OTHER PLACE I HAVE BEEN TO, THEY ASK "DO YOU WANT PRODUCT" AND I SAY "NO" AND THEN EVERYTHING GOES ON AS NORMAL.
She also parted my hair on the side, wtf, and with that and all the product, I had NO WAY OF TELLING how it would fucking normally look, if it were cut enough. And that was after the whole first producting, me looking in the mirror going "um, can you please cut down the cowlick and all this horrible thicky thickness in the middle???" and her doing some cutting IN THE BACK BUT NOT THE TOP and then MORE PRODUCT and a;slkdfja;lsdkjfalskjdf
But okay, I look like pre-serum Steve Rogers after she's done, but I figure, go home, take a shower, see how it looks, maybe it's okay, at least the back looks good.
So I go home AND WASH MY HAIR THREE TIMES and oh my god I can still feel some gunk in my hair, I think I'm going to have to take another shower *weeps* And oh my god there is still that mat of thick cowlickness in the middle, and she didn't clean up the neck that great, and despite me telling her to take the sideburns off, and then verifying it twice, including putting my glasses on and clarifying "no, shorter", they're still there and also a little uneven, and I am VERY TEMPTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE to tomorrow go back to FirstPlace, say "I am very sorry, I went somewhere else yesterday, can you please clean up the neck, get rid of the sideburns, and deal with the cowlick taking over the top of my head?"
And how THE FUCK DO I GET ALL THIS GODDAMN PRODUCT OUT OF MY HAIR.
to the hotel's reservation system says, "all rooms full."
However, when I called their toll free line, 800 356 8293, they were happy to book me a 2Q room for the weekend at $137/night (compared to con's rate of $104 for one person).
Bates Motel 2x02 HOMEBASE
Beauty and the Beast 2x16 HOMEBASE
Being Human US 4x09 HOMEBASE
Dallas 3x03 HOMEBASE
Intelligence 1x10 HOMEBASE
Teen Wolf 3x22 HOMEBASE
The Following 2x08 HOMEBASE
AIRING TONIGHT: HOMEBASELESS
How I Met Your Mother 9x20
COMING UP TOMORROW
Justified 5x08 HOMEBASE
S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x15 HOMEBASE
Pretty Little Liars 4x23 HOMEBASE
Supernatural 9x15 HOMEBASE
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1x20
The Originals 1x16
COMING UP SOON
Nashville 2x17 HOMEBASE
Criminal Minds 9x18
The Americans 2x03
WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEK
→Veronica Mars Rewatch!
*15 Greatest Buffy episodes nobody talks about [complex, Buffy]
*An Arc in Shadow: Derek Hale and Assault [tumblr, magess, Teen Wolf]
*Teen Wolf and racism [dw, cupidsbow, Teen Wolf]
*The Internet is obsessed with a show about Viking threesomes [dailydot, Vikings]
*Angel the Series and Fairy Tales [denofgeek, Angel]
*10 things Angel did better than any show [whatculture, Angel]
*Hawaii Five-O Timeline is complete [lj, Hawaii Five-O]
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“Howl,” by Allen Ginsberg, remains for me the strongest poem of this class [Poetry and Poetics, taught by Eavan Boland], for the sheer power of the poet’s voice. Ginsberg develops this voice through formal devices such as extensive run-on sentences, taut use of language in alliteration and wordplay, and elaborate imagery that juxtaposes the vulgar with the sublime. Taken together, these create a mesmerising composition which articulates Ginsberg’s sense of anguish and alienation as a gay, leftist Jew in a world gone mad, and which nonetheless expresses a desperate optimism as to the potential of the poetic form to elevate the human spirit. Although I am sixty years removed from its date of publication, I come to the poem from a city-state that resembles a “sphinx of cement and aluminum,” and I feel the radical queer hunger for spirituality and love that seeps out of “Howl.”( Read more... )
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This past Saturday, March 8th, was the 106th annual International Women's Day.
It's important to celebrate all the ways that women have made progress and taken stands for justice in the past year ( ... read more! )
Are there any women in particular you celebrated this year? What other ways can you think of to inspire change?
Shaun Duke is trying to get out and interview more international authors and is looking for help to do it via Go Fund Me:
“What is the World SF Tour?
Throughout 2014, The Skiffy and Fanty Show will focus much of its attention on science fiction and fantasy works from places outside of the United States. This will consist of interviews, movie discussions, the occasional Torture Cinema special, and discussions of World SF w/ locals. It’s a fairly large project, but it’s one I think is worthwhile. Additional details about the project can be found here.”
One of the milestones they unlocked during the funding campaign was a review of one of my favorite novels, Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates:
“Although one of his thicker, longer novels, I think that The Anubis Gates is one of Powers’ most accessible novels. It’s complete in one volume and chock full of allusions, magic, and history, begging the reader to learn more after (and with Kindles these days, during) the reading of the novel, and the prose is just gorgeous. The early 1980’s style means that the novel does focus much more on plot and setting than characterization, although the novel has plenty of the latter as well. How can you, for example, resist a character named Dog-Face Joe? Or Horrabin, a dangerous clown running a gang of beggars in London?”
It’s been suggested, recently, that a ‘lynch mob culture’ has developed in professional philosophy, and especially in on-line discussions among philosophers. The thought, I suppose, is that philosophers are in such a moral panic about climate issues within the discipline that they are willing to condemn without trial anyone who doesn’t tow the party line.
It’s worth reminding ourselves what lynch mobs really were. Groups of white people became so afraid of encroachments against white supremacy – and so terrified of the black male bodies they had formerly been able to own – that they would ‘take matters into their own hands’ and brutalize black men. Sometimes in lieu of due process. Sometimes just to set an example. Lynch mobs were ways in which those with power (white people) reinforced the status quo (white supremacy). To call some opprobrium and ruffled feathers on blogs and social media a ‘lynch mob culture’ is as bizarre as it is racially insensitive. Unless, of course, we are referring to the discipline’s collective reaction toward black academics who gently suggest that the appalling whiteness of philosophy might be in part due to the way our discipline is structured.
I’ve also seen analogy made to the Reign of Terror. And here we might find a more fitting image for what people really have in mind. In the Dickensian depiction of the French Revolution, the underclass whip themselves into a frenzy – into a hysteria – of self-righteous rage, all at the urging of a group of women. The aristocrats are brought to the guillotine and summarily executed, without trial or defense. And all the while the women sit in the front row, watching gleefully. And knitting.
So are we, perhaps, entering philosophy’s own Reign of Terror? Let’s step back for a minute to consider the specific fallout from recent news items. A powerful, wealthy man was pushed to resign from his job, though at the behest of a private university investigation rather than any public outcry. A powerful, wealthy man was denied a raise and a named chair, though again due to internal procedures rather than any public outcry. And a philosophy department was given an external chair and told to work on their climate issues after an external report from the APA Site Visit program.
As Reigns of Terror go, philosophy’s looks rather mild so far. A resignation, a denied promotion, and an external chair – it’s hardly the stuff of legendary frenzy. So I’ll admit to being skeptical that this is philosophy’s Reign of Terror. Indeed, if we consider the metaphor more closely, we might judge that being drummed out of the profession is, in this case, philosophy’s guillotine. We’re currently in a scenario where at most one prominent male philosopher has been driven from the profession. Some students have, through non-violent sit in protests, called for the firing of another. But that’s it. We’re also, however, currently in a situation where countless individuals from under-represented groups (women, Black people, disabled people, etc) have been driven from our profession by our own culture. And we’ve sat by and watched it happen. If there’s been a Reign of Terror in philosophy, it’s been a quiet, largely subconscious one. And white men have not been the victims of its guillotine.
Finally, I’ve also seen ‘witch hunt culture’ being tossed around. But again, consider the historical context of actual witch hunts. Witch hunts were situations in which those in power incited moral panic in order to perpetuate the fear that would help keep them in power. And women were disproportionality the victims of such violence. Women were publicly executed to keep powerful men in control and keep down women who directly or – more often – indirectly threatened their power. Applying this metaphor seems just as problematic as, and perhaps even more unintentionally ironic than, talk of ‘lynch mob culture’.
Should we consider issues of due process, false accusations, etc? Yes, absolutely. Do people sometimes get carried away with their rhetoric? No doubt. And I don’t question that we need to carefully consider how we conduct discussions about climate issues, and try to figure out what’s most helpful and constructive, especially for those most at risk. But to engage in such careful consideration, we also need to work at distinguishing between moral uproar and moral panic, and between outrage and hysteria.
Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 75th continuation) has Athare talking with Quiar and Raenarin about the fae and the Web.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 76th continuation) involves Athare and Quiar talking about the Moonjumpers and the shyders, and their role in the Web.
The Deities’ World: Hephaestus: Returning Home (part 3) features Hephaestus and Ares talking about family dynamics and their followers' beliefs.
The Deities World: Lucifer: Halloween (part 3) shows Lucifer thinking about whether to get a three-headed puppy.
The Deities’ World: Papa Legba: Choosing to Connect explores the difference between deities and loas, and the connection between people and divine, or people and worlds.
The Deities’ World: Persephone: Talking to Callidora has Persephone and Callie talking about their family, complete with three-headed puppies.
The Deities’ World: Persephone: Talking to Callidora (part 2) continues the conversation.
At the risk of sounding a bit geeky here, I’m a huge fan of Bryan Tracy. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s a motivational speaker and author of some great books such as ‘Eat Your Frog’.
For the last few years around December, I’ve been setting aside some time to review the year and plan for the upcoming one. As part of my review process I make some time to reread my favourite Bryan Tracy book, ‘Goals!’.
Actually, I say ‘read’ but in truth I ‘listen’ to it as I’m a huge fan of listening to audio books while I’m walking or running. And if you’re interested in reading more books I highly recommend checking out audible.com… but I digress…
One of the key themes in the book is to identify the ‘one skill’ that if you were to master it, would have the biggest impact on your work or personal life.
It’s a great question to ask yourself from time to time.
And if you wanted to think about it from a cooking perspective, the one skill that really has the biggest potential isn’t how to handle a knife or ‘plate up’ dishes like a chef.
No. The most impactful skill is seasoning.
It’s what separates the so-so cooks from the ones who are always getting rave reviews from their family and friends.
So when I saw this question from Marlene come in to my Stonesoup-by-request survey, I realised it was about time we had a talk about seasoning.
How does one know how much salt to use, in say, soup for instance? “Season to taste,” at the end of any recipe is hard to measure. Thank you.
Exactly how do you ‘season to taste’?
As someone who writes recipes for a living, it’s impossible for me to tell you exactly how much salt you should be adding to any given dish on any given day. Because it’s a moving target.
Not only will your ingredients be slightly different from mine, they’ll change from time to time. Even if you’re buying the same brand of soy sauce, it won’t taste exactly the same every time.
And there’s another reason. My taste buds are different to yours.
I could give you an estimate or tell you how much I have used. But I don’t.
It’s not because I’m being lazy. It’s a conscious choice.
I say ‘season to taste’ because that’s what I really want you to do. To taste the food, and decide if it could be better. If you think it can, then add some salt. And repeat until you’re happy.
It’s that simple.
I want to empower you to take command of the seasoning. To experiment. To back yourself.
I know it’s a skill that YOU can master. It just takes practice.
My number one tip for seasoning to taste
Apart from encouraging you to get in and practice, the only advice I have is to err on the side of ‘less is more’. You can always add more salt but it’s almost impossible to fix things when you go too far.
Even now, I keep a pot of sea salt and a pepper grinder on the dining table so we can tweak at the table.
Like to go deeper with this?
Then check out the following two articles on Stonesoup…
Hot Chorizo & Creamy Ricotta Salad
There’s something about the contrast between hot spicy pork products and cool creamy ricotta that gets me super excited!
I prefer to use dried chorizo rather than their fresh sausage counterparts, but either will work here really.
Enough for 2
2-3 chorizo, sliced
250g (1/2lb) cherry tomatoes
1 red capsicum (bell pepper), sliced
2 generous handfuls creamy ricotta
4 handfuls baby spinach leaves, washed
1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add chorizo, tomatoes and capsicum.
2. Cook, stirring every now and then on a medium high heat until chorizo are browned and cooked through.
3. Taste. Season.
4. Serve chorizo mixture with ricotta on the top and the baby spinach on the side.
dairy-free – replace ricotta with a nice hummus or some mashed avocado.
vegetarian – replace the chorizo with a drained can of chickpeas and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika. Add in a little chilli if you like it hot.
vegan – combine the dairy-free and vegetarian options.
tiny person friendly – replace chorizo with your favourite sausages or mild chorizo.
budget / more substantial – add in a can of chickpeas, beans or some cooked pasta to make the dish serve more people.
The English translation was fine- a little clunky in places, but basically fine, and my mother was mostly able to follow the action. And where she couldn't, that's probably the fault of the damned opera, which makes very little sense.
I did my best to sway my mother to Team Queen of the Night, because the sudden switch in Tamino's sympathies to Team Sarastro is for me the most frustrating part of the story.
It was lightly staged, but effectively, and Mozart's music and the giant green balloon dragon lured us into a strange fantasy world of dangerous wonders that force our heroes to reveal their true selves.
The cast was highlighted by Elise Brancheau's beautiful, desperate, naive Pamina and Mark Wilson's gloriously physical, antic Papageno. Papageno was definitely my mother's favorite character. I was less enthusiastic about the Queen of the Night's arias, which are of course incredibly challenging. I felt like the singer survived them intact, but didn't use them to say anything.
cahn and I have been arguing over my choice to rank Don Giovanni ahead of Die Zauberflote in my rankings, and nothing I saw gave me any reason to change my mind. The sense of character is so much stronger in Don Giovanni- it's peopled with a half dozen real, believable people whose conflicts are driven by personalities in tension, while The Magic Flute's conflicts well up from a source I still find elusive and dubious and meet resolutions as sui generis as the original conflicts.
The last in my cycle of three operas in five days is Wozzeck tonight. The whole week has been very exhausting. I should try to be more conscious about when I schedule things close together. I do not actually have limitless supplies of energy.
I mean, it's good music, but.
It's ok, though, as a) we rescued it after I took a picture and b) it was not alone:
The wild flower reserve had some terribly clever not-stiles, very well suited (one stereotypes) for use by elderly ladies who want to look at the flowers but aren't quite up to clambering over the regular type of stile:
Yesterday, mindful of complaints that previous videos showed the boys darting too quickly around the field, I shot one with the frame rate dialled right back. It was quite tedious to watch. Here's one that's a bit quicker than that, with special guest appearances from the two mares owned by TWWOTV, who like to stay close to the boys when they can.
The chaps have, it appears, now entirely finished the kitchen, including unexpectedly patching up the missing bit of plaster in the dining room ceiling, by the front door, and have now moved onto the hallway. The wooden panelling is more than half done (and that's the tricky half, with the radiator to deal with), and the woodwork has had a first coat of white: already looks much lighter and brighter in there, which is good.
Tomorrow, The Parents Arrive. This should be interesting (they are not staying here, but in a B&B nearby). I'm, in some ways, pleased that it coincides with the chaps causing mess and chaos, as it gives me an excuse! Father has Plans for our spherical pigeons, which reminds me that I must warn the Next Doors not to worry unduly if they hear gunshots coming from the house....
Main Argument: Any answer to the question of "why did the Romans watch the games?" "requires due consideration of human psychology, once it is properly set against the Romans' historical context" (2). Sociological explanations for the appeal of the Roman games are not enough, as the Romans were by no means the only people to enjoy this kind of spectacle. Fagan argues "that an explanation for the transcultural and transhistorical appeal of violent spectacle must be sought in human psychology and, on the other, that appreciation of the psychology in turn depends our understanding of the Roman experience" (ibid).
( Games and why people watched them )
Critical assessment: I really like Fagan's work in general, and this is an excellent book which I basically completely agree with.
Meta notes: "The nexus of patronage, indeed, was pretty much how everything got done in ancient Rome, and the ability to attend games was no exception" (115).
The sections of this chapter that say "This is the current model" and "This is why the current model is fucking stupid" are about half-written, which is about as good as I can manage given that I don't have my primary reference for them on hand. (I'm cobbling this from memory and from other works by some of the same authors because oh my god, two of those people have been repeating the same thing since 1995 or so, and the deeper I go into the records the more I want to throttle one of them. Oh my god, woman, you're the image of pathologizing the healthy! With outrageous cultural blindness and self-righteousness on top! Seriously? What are we, still in the 1950?)
The sections saying "This is one way to solve this" and "This is another" are doing pretty good. The latter is entirely new, conceived after Saturday's reading.
The missing sections are opening "So this is what we're going to talk about in this chapter" (most of this seems to properly belong in the Intro) and closing "And this is how I think it's best to proceed" sections.
Which, y'know, is kind of like my entire PhD in synecdoche. The intro and the first chapter are lost in "wtf was I even reading, where the hell are my references, wtf was I thinking", the middle chapter is kinda messy but pretty fucking awesome when it turns out, and then the ending is half pulled together on the fly and half not yet summoned into existence from the Void.
...wtf FF, why are you trying to correct "synecdoche" to "Indochinese".
Tomorrow I think I'll tackle the opening of this chapter. The close needs to sit on the back burner a little, and I need a damned opening.
recycling in recycle toter
library books that aren't actually going to get read in bag to go back to library
book deliveries opened and sorted into 'textbook', 'queer_bigbang research', and 'poetree week'
ordered what should be the last batch of textbooks (depends whether the list in the bookstore, whenever it gets up, matches the list in the syllabus already up)
SENT THE THING. FINALLY FUCKING SENT THE THING.
I also spent a good five minutes trying to convey "I am not following you around the store" to the two guys that I was, basically, following around the store. They kept going where I was going! There were no other places I needed to go! One of them was wearing a white button-down shirt, with cufflinks and carrying a coat over his arm, and a leather satchel. The other had a (non-ironic) beanie, red trousers and a woollen jumper. They kept talking about what wine to buy for their evening plans, and whether they should have risotto or pilaf. It was like a tumblr hipster gifset come to life.
+ They did some sort of email server switch over the weekend here at NNP and now email and calendars and contacts are all wonky for everybody. Technology giveth, and technology taketh away.
+ Yesterday, for this week's lunch, I made baked wonton ravioli (pics). Super easy, and super tasty. I made the whole package of wonton wrappers (~50) since I had enough cheese filling to fill them all - what I didn't pack up for lunch we ate as snacks and with dinner.
+ I am two episodes behind on Teen Wolf and Community (victims of my Life rewatch), and now I'm one episode behind on The Good Wife, because I can't watch it at my dad's. Sigh. Hopefully it started on time and the DVR caught it.
+ Go vote/comment in the remix qualifying fandoms poll. (As an aside, I am so glad I am no longer running remix. So glad.)
+ FOUR DAYS UNTIL THE VERONICA MARS MOVIE. I AM EXCITE.
+ TWENTY-FOUR DAYS UNTIL CAPTAIN AMERICA/WINTER SOLDIER. EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
+ In honor of that, I had a brilliant idea this morning: once the movie is out, someone should vid the Winter Soldier to "Sixteen Tons" (the Tennessee Ernie Ford version, for preference). "IF YOU SEE ME COMING, BETTER STEP ASIDE. / A LOT OF MEN DIDN'T, / A LOT OF MEN DIED. / ONE FIST OF IRON, THE OTHER OF STEEL. / IF THE RIGHT ONE DON'T GET YOU / THEN THE LEFT ONE WILL." I AM JUST SAYING. And obv. the company store is variously the US Govt when he's Bucky during WWII, then whoever is running him as the Winter Soldier, and then at the very end, if/when he gets his memories back, I would make it Steve/SHIELD.
+ I also posted a story yesterday:
jump in the saddle, hold onto the bridle (@ AO3)
Avengers; Steve/Bucky/Natasha; adult; 1,350 words
Steve could do this all day.
Nothing but OT3 porn. I would say I'm sorry for the earworm, but I'm really not. I've been singing it for days.
And though this is not that story, at some point I will write the "Bucky and Natasha test out Steve's enhanced endurance with sex" story. Because of course they do. ♥OT3♥ I just have to work up to writing that much porn all at once.
This graph from today’s 2014 Economic Report of the President is worth considering.
The current elevation of the unemployment rate is entirely due to long-term unemployment. In December 2013, the unemployment rate for workers unemployed 26 weeks or less fell to lower than its average in the 2001-07 period, while the unemployment rate for workers unemployed 27 weeks or more remained higher than at any time prior to the Great Recession. But the long-term unemployment rate has declined by 1.1 percentage points in the last two years, a steeper decline than the 0.5 percentage point drop in the short-term unemployment rate over that period (Figure 2-24).
People who lose jobs, even if they eventually find new ones, suffer lasting damage to their earnings potential, their health and the prospects of their children. And the longer it takes to find a new job, the deeper the damage appears to be. [...] A 2010 Pew survey on the experience of long-term unemployment was aptly entitled, “Lost Income, Lost Friends – and Loss of Self-Respect.”
Appallingly, the GOP has chosen to make “cut unemployment! Cut food stamps!” its major policy response to the unemployment crisis, and Democrats seem unable to overcome Republican intransigence.
Hat tip: Wonkblog.
Long-term unemployment: Doom.
Even as U.S. economy revives, long-term unemployed face uphill battle – CBS News
10 Reasons That Long-Term Unemployment Is a National Catastrophe | Mother Jones
The American Way of Hiring Is Making Long-Term Unemployment Worse – Gretchen Gavett – Harvard Business Review
Caught in a Revolving Door of Unemployment – NYTimes.com
Study: Longterm Unemployment Has Disastrous Effects On Health And Longevity
The first character I first fell in love with: Skye
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: Simmons. During the first couple eps I saw FitzSimmons mostly as comic relief and had no idea why everyone seemed to adore them. Silly me.
The character everyone else loves that I don’t: That new recurring dude, whatshisname, Ward's former SO. I have the feeling he might be working for the Clairvoyant but maybe that's just wishful thinking... something about the guy rubs me the wrong way.
The character I love that everyone else hates: Well, Skye is getting some hate in certain corners and I adore her. I sorely missed her in the last episode. Her absence really showed that she's the heart of the team, imo. Also, Raina: she's so compelling that I find myself wanting to like her even when she's being evil.
The character I used to love but don’t any longer: None so far, knock on wood.
The character I would totally smooch: I'm most attracted to Ward and May.
The character I’d want to be like: Simmons. She's bright and warm and brave. :)
The character I’d strangle slap: That would be Quinn.
A pairing that I love: My OTP changes depending on the time of day... right now I love most: May/Ward on the show, Ward/Simmons in fic, and Skye/Ward for UST/as a hypothetical (like, once they've both grown a bit more and no longer have a mentor/student relationship).
A pairing that I despise: Despise is too harsh a word. There's a few I don't like the idea of, but even for those I'll read fic if the author really sells it for me. (Like Clint/Coulson or Coulson/Skye... those are the hardest sells for me personally, but I'm reading a C/S fic right now.)
We may bribe the staff with baked goods and/or coffee to let us sit with her for an hour or so later in the week, because THAT'S OUR NEW BABY WHO IS SICK AND MISERABLE AND WAAAAAAAAH.
At least she's getting good care. (And, as Sarah put it: when else are you going to be able to leave the cat at the vet's for two weeks without the bill getting into five-figure territory?)
There remains a strong emphasis within fan studies on issues of gender and sexuality, not to mention generation, yet there is still relatively limited focus on issues of race. One consequence is that the “whiteness” of fandom is often taken for granted, with very few examples here of the practices associated with fans of color. How might we expand current paradigms of fan studies to deal more fully with race or be more inclusive of diverse kinds of fan tastes and interests?
In the book’s conclusion I mention that there is much more work on fandom and race. There is a danger here, though, that we might essentialize “fans of color” and their practices, creating a kind of academic segregation by default. Instead, there are ways to explore fandom and race that might lead the discussion in fruitful directions.
The first is to explore fandom’s multiple implications within what we might reductively call “the colonial project.” After all, it is a type of blindness not to deal with race within its historical context of colonialism, production and labour. It would be a mistake here to see wider issues of identity and consumption as fully falling outside those concerns. Collecting has always been a means of defining identity. What therefore happened in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, when electronic media became the context within which such practices were defined? Fans operated from within the orientalist ideologies that defined the colonial and postcolonial era. I have not seen very much work like this, but I think it would be interesting to explore the orientalism at play within fans’ collections of ‘exotic’ artefacts or ‘exoticized’ media genres.
A second approach might involve examining the implication of fandom within specific racial or ethnic cultures. Blackface, in its later incarnations, is an obvious example here. Researchers like Eric Lott have made clear that it was a mode of performance primarily organized to define whiteness. It continued in its vestigial forms into many of our own lifetimes. To identify as a fan of blackface was necessarily to implicate oneself in racial terms. Equally, we might explore dimensions of racial ownership around things like the chitlin’ circuit. How did fandom function within on-going histories of race relations, as a way to express ethic or racial identities at particular junctures?
A third way of examining race in the context of fandom is to examine moments when race made a difference within particular fan cultures. How are fans of a particular background treated when they constitute a minority with a particular fan culture? What does that say about perceptions of the object or the ethics of the fan community? Should, for example, one’s status as a ‘black Doctor Who fan’ always be a point of discussion? To what extent are people actively using fan cultures for particular objects as ways to build or deny inter-racial alliances? The recent discussion in the journal Transformative Works about racism in cosplay was instructive there.
Also, to what extent it unproductively generalizing and essentialist to explore why particular ethnic groups claim ownership over certain fan objects, some of which at first appear unconnected with their specific cultures? We can generate hypotheses at least, for example that Morrissey’s Chicano fans connect with his Anglo-Irish status as a white ‘outsider,’ but such theories hold absolutely no weight until they are subjected to thorough empirical assessment.
A final direction for the study of race and fandom might be to consider the racial implications of fandoms based around racially controversial objects. For example, how do the fans of the vulgar contemporary blackface performer Shirley Q. Liquor see the racial connotations of their object? This kind of research is a rather thorny area; using unsolicited material might give us some traction.
You suggest that academics writing about fandom often have a very static conception, not doing research on how people become fans or for that matter, how specific fandoms emerge. What do you see as some possible steps towards addressing these questions?
The answer to your query has two possible directions: one for collective communities and the other for personal fan passions.
The emergence of specific communities and fandoms is amenable to historical study. A substantial number of younger researchers still see the online world of the present as the main place to research fandom, but I expect to see more of this historicizing work as fan studies further expands as a field. In consequence, we might then be able to start developing a more elaborate understanding of the history of media fandom itself. To set the ball rolling we need a greater historicization of fandoms specifically as living cultures, communities that go through periods of expansion and decline. There has been some interesting recent work on this, including your piece for Boom about the San Diego Comic-Con.
The question of how people become fans is still something of an elephant in the room for fan studies. There may be some scope there for a project comparing ‘becoming a fan’ stories. As I explain my book, however, serious methodological obstacles await anyone who uses such material to explain the emergence of personal fandom. Longitudinal studies of individual fans – even autobiographic or auto-ethnographic ones – always have a reflexive, ex post facto element. People can keep diaries, but fandom is hard to anticipate. Serial or genre fans who predictably move from one object to the next are already fans in a sense, so their personal stories are not the same as those of new fans.
As new fans progress through the process of initiation, they change their perspective and commitment. Self-reporting afterward is not going to create the same data as might be collected ‘live’ at each stage. Asking individuals who already keep diaries to reveal their contents during phases of first initiation would move the question forward, but such individuals were not primed to talk about things that might help to address theoretical concerns. It is quite a thorny issue, but we need to start addressing it to fully understand fandom.
You write at the end of the book, “a master theory of fandom may never be found, but it remains a worthy goal to understand the phenomenon as a special bundle of processes that interact in contingent ways.” How does this push for a more general theory of fandom relate to the push, elsewhere in the book, for ever more particular accounts of specific kinds of fans and fan practices?
The concern that you raise here is in some ways like squaring a circle, because fan studies has expanded so rapidly as a field. Media technology has continually changed. More researchers have become interested. New fandoms and new ways of pursuing fandom have sprung up. Empirical work on fandom has now rather exploded. Beyond this, Understanding Fandom was deliberately rich in detail because I was disappointed by some other media textbooks: volumes that were well organized but rather low on information.
Because the value of some recent work is yet to be decided by history, the world of textbooks moves a bit slower that the field that they discuss. Although articles are referenced in Understanding Fandom and sometimes discussed quite extensively, I focused quite deliberately on the ‘classic’ texts of fan studies. My hope was to get a balance between theory and empirical detail, especially when particular examples could further illuminate theoretical concerns and point a way forward.
The challenge of creating a textbook is to be able to frame the work that has been done, and – ideally – explain a bit about what is missing or offer some fresh perspectives. One of the things that seemed missing to me from fan studies was much discussion about celebrity-following. I hope that the book begins a dialogue that will encourage us to widen our scope a little further, beyond a focus on fan practices and communities to think more carefully about on fan motivations. Of course, ‘textual’ fans follow auteurs and celebrity actors, so celebrity-following is a practice or set of practices, not a separate set of fandoms, but it is a practice that forces us to think about the “why” of fandom, not just the “how.”
The fascinating thing about media fandom, for me, remains that it affectively unites commercial culture, individual subjectivity and collective empowerment. My aim with Understanding Fandom was to explain it in an ethical way that might connect research on practices with a wider spectrum, if you like, of work on representations, identities and processes.
Mark Duffett is a Senior Lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Chester with research interests spanning fandom and popular music culture. As well as publishing Understanding Fandom (Bloomsbury, 2013), he guest edited a recent special edition of the journal Popular Music and Society, and also edited a Routledge book called Popular Music Fandom(2013) which featured chapters by Cornel Sandvoss, Joli Jensen and Matt Hills. In 2010 he organized an International Symposium on music fandom at Chester and was keynote speaker in 2012 at the MARS music conference in Finland. He is currently writing a book on Elvis Presley for the Equinox Press series, Icons of Popular Music, and co-organizing an April 2014 international conference on rock music and love in Montpellier.
My name is Kate, and I don’t always do the right thing. It is misplaced, at times, to even call myself an ally, when I reflect on the statement reposted on The Queer Proletariat: “the term ‘ally’…presupposes you are doing a good job.”
I can’t say I offer “solidarity” to those who take risks and speak out. “Solidarity” implies I’m right there with those who take risks, but I rarely am. I was not a member of the APA’s CSW Site Visit team who did the work they were asked to do and took poorly informed, public criticism in the blogosphere, including the questioning of their basic capacities for fairness, as Peggy DesAutels, Carla Fehr, and Valerie Hardcastle did. I was not here on this blog when Current Student was recently told she should not join the profession. Worse, most of us published nothing the next day when Rachel McKinnon, a junior scholar not yet begun at her first tenure-track job, was described on the highest-traffic blog in philosophy with adjectives that included “unhinged” and “crazy.”
Colleagues, we don’t have to debate whether we are allies or in a position to offer solidarity. When philosophers take risks, and suffer from highly personal and individual criticisms, we can at least attend. These things happened. They were bad and wrong.
I’m keeping comments closed, as the function of this post is to attend and not to debate the bearing of witness. But I’m a tenured philosopher in the job I’ll probably have until I die. So I can attend.
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I don’t know why there appears to be one of Snow White’s dwarves lounging in front of this flower clock (which is in the Lal Bagh Gardens of Bangalore) . . . but he amused me.
Starring: Nimueh/Ygraine with background Uther/Ygraine (modern DC politics AU)
Title: No Higher Place
Starring: Lancelot (gen-ish, canon-era)
Prompt: off the map
This week's prompt is "competition", fanworks due next weekend.