i can’t believe people get so angry about a bisexual spider-man. whatever. have your shitty bi/homophobic opinions. you’re an asshole anyway. i just can’t believe you’re robbing everyone of all the glorious ‘swings both ways’ jokes
In case you still don’t understand how badly women have had it, when anaesthetic was first invented doctors weren’t allowed to give it to women who were giving birth because the church said that the pain of childbirth was God punishing women for not being men
I am 90% sure that is bullshit. 95% sure, even.
"When anaesthetic was first invented"?
Various forms of local and general anaesthetic have been around since at least 2200 BCE. I have difficulty believing that the “doctors” and “the church” of ancient Sumeria cared that much about a story which wouldn’t be written for at least another thousand years.
I had someone tell me that dislike of Umbridge is usually from ingrained sexism toward female villains. I kind of stared in shock — I mean I love my lady villains. I love nasty female villains. I love sneaky and clever female villains. I love female villains that wrap themselves up in what the patriarchy expects of them and uses those expectations to smash someone upside the head.
I tried to explain my hatred of Umbridge isn’t that she’s full of traditionally feminine attributes.
It’s that she’s lawful evil.
If you did an alignment chart, no one would represent lawful evil more than Umbridge. I don’t think there’s ever been a character that better sums up lawful evil.
And, to me, lawful evil is the most terrifying and disturbing evil there is.
To me, lawful evil is the shit that gets thousands of people killed while the person responsible walks away feeling like they did their duty.
Evil forces like Bellatrix and Voldemort are fairy tales. They’re the bad guys a good guy can chase away with a sword or wand.
Umbridge is that evil that really does lurk in the hears of men (and women). The realness, the plausibility of it, makes her amazingly uncomfortable.
So, yeah, I can’t get as excited about her as a fantasy book creation as easily as some other female villains. Not because she’s a woman, or because of her gender presentation, but because she represents a sort of evil that’s far, far too close to home.
Voldemort is the kind of villain that most people hope never to meet.
Umbridge is the kind of villain that everyone is familiar with.
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
Fairy tales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be defeated.
in movies when kids sneak out through their windows and im just like why dont you have screens in your windows who doesnt have screens in their windows what do you just let bees and bugs and birds and shit fly into your room what the fuck
If you think about it Ursula was actually really nice because she only promised Ariel legs, and she gave her really nice legs that matched her body type and skin color when she could have just as easily given her goat legs
Today an older man started ranting at me about how entitled our generation is and how when he was our age he worked for $3/ hour and had no benefits or unions and how kids these days expect to be paid $15/hour for ‘shit a monkey could be trained to do’
He then let it slip that when he turned 20 he bought his first house for $7,000. Hmm if only things other than living expenses increased 10x+ since then…
Translation: “I worked for the equivalent 2014 Purchasing Power of $40 - $100 an hour, depending on how you calculate it. But you should totally be happy with 1/10 of that.”
Assuming that Balthazar Melchior and Caspar are named after the three Kings from the Nativity, why did you decide to make them all white? Obviously Dark Science isn't going to be a 1 for 1 retelling of the story of Christ but I'm wondering what your thought process was.
Caspar is based on Ayn Rand and Melchior is based on Fritz Rasp, both for very specific reasons. The naming convention of the three magi isn’t the only thing informing the character decisions. There are people of color in DS, but those three just happen to not be among them.
I actually had initially intended to make Balthazar brown, but at the time worried that people might confuse him with Coffee Shop Guy from Hob. In retrospect, that was pretty stupid of me.