You posted an opinion on a social media platform that’s explicitly designed to enable reblogs and commentary from other users, including people who disagree. If you want to write in a broadcast medium where you have total control over replies and their visibility, get a Wordpress blog - but even then, the whole point of the internet is that other people get to share their opinions, too.
I appreciate that you think this is a black and white issue, but it isn’t. You, personally, do not get veto power over what the rest of the world imagines when they masturbate or the kind of stories they write for fun, nor do you get to determine where the acceptable overlap between those categories lies, because individual stories impact individual readers differently. No narrative is universally positive or negative, which is why tags exist in fanfiction: to help individuals navigate their needs and preferences safely.
That you, personally, cannot fathom a benign or logical reason why some people enjoy the sorts of fantasies or narratives that you find abhorrent does not mean no such reason exists; nor does it mean that every single person who enjoys those things is as morally pure as the driven snow. What it does mean is that there’s no way to tell at a glance, purely on the basis of the content, which type reader is which, such that you can’t functionally ban the latter kind without also banning the former - and if you’re okay with demonising innocents for the sake of punishing the guilty, then you don’t get to claim moral purity, either.
Which is the crux of the argument, here; the reason why it’s not black and white, even though it looks like it should be. Who decides what fictional content stays or goes, and why? It’s easy to say “no underage, no incest, no paedophilia, no rape,” but if you want to follow through, you have to define those terms in practical, specific ways, and that isn’t easy at all - not for published novels, and not for fanfic. Here’s what I mean:
No underage - okay, so does that mean no romance or sexual content for characters younger than 18, or just younger than 16? Whose definition of ‘underage’ are we using? Are there exceptions for teen characters within three or so years of each other, as there are legally in real life, or not? What are the limits of ‘acceptable’ content for younger characters - can they hug and kiss and talk about sex, so long as they aren’t implied to be having it? What if they are implied to be having it, but there’s a tasteful fade to black? What about stories where a younger character is making realistic bad decisions about sex or is being taken advantage of - can we tell those stories, or are they banned, too? If we do tell them, what are the guidelines for how graphic the content can be?
No incest - okay, does that include characters who weren’t raised together and don’t know they’re siblings? Step-siblings? Half-siblings? Does it include a ban on historical figures who really engaged in incest? What about characters who have an incestuous relationship in the source material - can we write fic about them, provided we take an explicitly anti-incest stance? What degree of separation are we allowing - does it start at first cousins, or do we go beyond that? Are all these things okay so long as it’s explicitly written as abusive and bad in the narrative, or is there leeway? What about people who expressly want to engage in daddy kink, which uses incest-adjacent language without necessarily being incestuous? Is that banned, too? What about fics where the characters aren’t related in the source material, but have been written that way in the story, such that a romantic relationship is turned into a familial one? What about fics where the characters are related in the source material, but aren’t in the fic, such that a familial relationship becomes a romantic one? Is any of this allowed?
No paedophilia - okay, does that include stories about survivors of child abuse? What about stories where the source material includes child abuse; is fic not allowed to mention it? Can you portray it if it’s very clearly a Bad Thing, even though some readers might still get off to it anyway? Can you imply that it happened so long as it isn’t discussed in detail or depicted graphically? What if survivors of child abuse want to write graphically about their experiences as a way to process trauma - is that allowed, or not? If so, how do you go about policing content creators to make sure that writers have suffered the Right Kind Of Abuse to be allowed to write those stories? If not, how do you justify the decision to exclude victims from their own narratives? If some victims find it traumatising to read fics that contain paedophilia, but others find it cathartic and helpful to write them, do you acknowledge that all victims have different experiences and try to create a platform where everyone can navigate those differences safely, or do you think it’s better to just close that door altogether?
No rape - okay, does that mean no stories about rape recovery? Can you show rape provided it isn’t graphic? Can it be mentioned at all, or only in passing? What if two characters consent to enacting a rape fantasy in the text - is that still morally wrong? Can rape occur provided that it’s obviously bad and wrong and clearcut throughout, or is the character being victimised allowed to feel conflicted or confused about their experience? What about instances where consent is potentially dubious, such as sex between characters who are drunk, or where one party is drunker than the other? What if a story’s source material is ambiguous about whether sex between two characters was consensual - is fanfic allowed to explore that?
These are only some of the questions you’d need to answer in order to implement your desired changes on a future, hypothetical website. I say again: it’s easy to sit there and say, “No porn involving these four things,” as though AO3 need only delete every work containing those tags in order to save itself from damnation, but functionally, practically, it doesn’t work like that. The wrong story at the wrong age or time can fuck anyone up, just as the right one at the right age or time can be revolutionary, and those might both be the same story to different people. Explicit stories on AO3 are expressly restricted to those over 18 - if younger people are reading those fics, then that’s a risk they’re taking upon themselves: in which case, it’s their responsibility to use the tags to safely curate their own experience.
I understand the worry that paedophiles will use fanfic to groom their victims, and I don’t deny that this has happened to some people. But at the same time, abusers use a lot of things to groom their victims - historical precedents, flattery, novels, movies, lies - and at the end of the day, the only commonality between those things is the abuser themselves, not the content; so unless you’re arguing that the content creates the abuser, removing the content neither removes the abuser nor curtails the abuse. By the same token, it’s also true that fanfic has helped a great many people to recognise or recover from their own abuse, by showing what it looks like or enabling them to write about their own experiences. I know multiple ficwriters who’ve written their own rapes or sexual assaults into fics, or their own mental health diagnoses, as a way to process those things safely, in a cathartic manner. You really want to take that away from them?
People are complex. Sex is complex. Fantasies are complex. Pretending otherwise is how you end up with books being banned or burned, to say nothing of a host of related social evils.
And if pointing all that out ruined your post, then maybe it needed ruining.
Ain’t no party like a prune party, 1958
Dust, stars, and cosmic rays swirling around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, captured by the Rosetta probe. (Source)
*kicks the front door in* DO YOU SEE HOW GODDAMN FUCKING COOL THIS SHIT IS
WE HAVE VIDEO. FROM THE SURFACE OF A COMET. SENT BY A ROBOT.
ROSETTA PROBE YOU’RE AMAZING WE LOVE YOU
That cliff is a kilometer high. is Here’s what you’re actually looking at:
i was wondering
Not only is this shit cool as hell but you gotta realize how unbelievably remarkable of a task this is and how hard it was to pull off.
Humans managed to send a tiny hunk of metal stuffed with electronics millions and millions and millions of miles away through this hostile, airless envionent to land (without breaking it!) on the equivalent of a dirty snowball shooting though outer space
That’s like shooting a bullet from LA to London and hitting a moving target that’s only one foot across, and having the bullet survive the ordeal unscathed.
Plus! We humans developed a way to videotape and transmit pictures from this snowball in space so we know what it’s like to stand the surface.
I mean, is that not mind blowingly amazing???
So, Diane, prior to Infinity War, I saw a preview for a movie that seems to be starring the Mastershark? It's called The Meg and it's about megalodon attacks. I just looked at the screen and muttered, "My gods, it's Ed."
Unless it’s at least 100 feet long, it’s not about Ed. :)
The megalodon is estimated to have been about 18m / just-shy-of-60-ft long. My guess is that Ed could bite off a megalodon’s head without TOO much trouble and take his time over the rest. An entree-sized serving. But not a really BIG entree. …He might want a fishie bag afterwards. :)
(The earlier post on the subject, with my graphic: http://dduane.tumblr.com/post/133000137476/is-ed-in-book-two-of-the-young-wizards-series-a
The world’s tiniest dragon must defend his hoard, a single gold coin, from those who would steal it.
Suggestion: The dragon’s definition of “steal” is somewhat loose. It still allows the coin to be used and bartered and change hands–but on one condition: the dragon must be with it at all times.
They become a familiar sight in the marketplace.
“Here’s your change, ma'am. One gold piece.” The merchant holds out a palm, on top of which rests a tiny, brilliantly colored creature clutching a single gold coin.
“That’s a dragon,” you say dumbly. “One piece… and a dragon.”
You cautiously reach out and attempt to take your change. You tug. It holds. You tug harder. The dragon lets loose a tiny, protective growl.
“Ma'am–no, ma'am, you have to take the dragon, too.”
The seller notes your dubious expression. “Not from around here, are ya?” They shrug. “Them’s the rules. Take the coin, take the dragon.”
They wait expectantly. Wondering how the world has so suddenly gone mad, you slowly, slowly hold out your hand.
The dragon perks right up. It scampers from their palm to yours with the coin clamped in its jaws and scales your sleeve with sharp little claws.
“Have a nice day, ma'am,” the merchant says. “Spend him soon, now, you hear? At another booth, if you can. He likes to travel.”
From its perch upon your shoulder, the dragon lets out a happy trill.
Bonus: the coin eventually passes to the rogue in a group of travelling adventurers. The dragon becomes the mascot of the entire group, and they lay out a small pile of coins for him to sleep on every night, clutching his coin like a teddy bear.
This is so pure I am in love
Where is the fanart? I need a fanart.
I need this on a shirt
Let me see what I can do
Can the dragon say ‘i am fire, i am destruction’?
tiny songbird gryphons! these will be stickers & charms; i’m opening up a new shop. more info to come soon!
zenosanalytic: truer-scummer: gallusrostromegalus: the-scarlet-spider: braincoins: freshfriedtras...
who was the fool who was tasked with naming the galaxy and the only adjective they could think of was ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmilky…’
scientist: (gazing up at space)
scientist: ……….. it sure is a milky boy
YOU DONT UNDERSTAND
ASTRONOMERS ARE THE SHITTIEST EVER AT NAMING THINGS I KID YOU NOT.
When it came time to name the two theoretical particle types that might be dark matter THEY INTENTIONALLY CHOSE THE NAMES SO THAT THE ACRONYMS WOULD SPELL “WIMPS” AND “MACHOS” I SHIT YOU NOT
THEY ARE FUCKING TERRIBLE AT NAMING ANYTHING
I just listened to a talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson himself LAST NIGHT and he went on about this more than once.
“I’m walking down the street and I’m like ‘ooh pretty rock…’ and some Geologist is like ‘actually, that’s anorthosite feldspar’ and I’m like ‘Nevermind, I don’t want it anymore.’ Any biologists in the audience? [some clapping] Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. The most important molecule in the human body, what did you name it? It has NINE SYLLABLES and it’s so long that even YOU GUYS abbreviate it as ‘DNA’!
But astrophysicists and astronomers? No, man, we call it like we see it. Star made of neutrons? NEUTRON STAR. Small white star? WHITE DWARF. You know that big red spot on Jupiter? Know what we called it? JUPITER’S RED SPOT.”
okay i’m glad you mentioned the biologist nonsense bc their naming methods are the bane of my existence
I see your astrophysicists-are-shit-at-names and raise you Marine-Biologists-Are-Fucking-Maniacs.
See this beautiful creature?
It’s a carnivorous deep-sea sponge that lives off of Easter Island and never sees the light of day, as it’s about 9000 feet down. Those delicate-looking orbs are covered in millions of tiny hooked spines, which latch onto anything unfortunate enough to bump into it, and hold it in place as it is digested alive by the sponge’s skin. Amazing, beautiful and profoundly creepy. They could have given it so many cool names. Could have drawn on mythology (I think Scylla would have been an appropriate reference), the region it was found in, the textured skin, PHAGOCYTOSIS, anything!
You wanna know what they called it?PING-PONG TREE SPONGE.
Good job, marine biologists.
It’s a great name and you need to leave if you think otherwise
It wasn’t named that by modern astronomers. The Hellenistic Greek name for that feature of the sky was galaxias kyklos; in Hellenistic Greek, galaxias means something like “milky”
(from the root galakt-, gala- meaning milk) and kyklos means “circle”. So, the Greeks called it the “Milk Circle” or “Milky Circle”, because they tended to describe large-scale sky-related phenomena as circles(see the zodiac) and because milk was their goto metaphor for its appearance. And yes, that means “Milky Way Galaxy” is a case of rhetorical redundancy.
Technically, all Greeks at all times are “Hellenistic” since Hellene is what the Greeks called themselves. The Hellenistic here refers to the “Hellenistic Period”.
Links go to the relevant wikipedia entries.
There was also a myth that the galaxias kyklos was created by a casual splash of Hera’s breast milk. I forget who she was nursing at the time.
so the fosta/sesta bill just got passed. i am so sad and i am so mad but i am not surprised. im in shock but im not surprised. they dont care about us.
already women have gone missing. already women have killed themselves. its been days.
i have spent the year applying to job after job and getting nowhere. you wanna know why that is? cause i lack ‘vital qualifications’. you wanna know why THAT is? cause i missed too much school due to mental health issues. that wasn’t my fault.
without a miracle, this was my only means to earn money. when i really needed it, it was there for me. i am lucky in that i have a supportive family and i’m young so they can help me. not every girl is as lucky as me.
there are hundreds or thousands of women who NEED this job to survive. to feed themselves. to pay rent. to feed their FAMILIES. their CHILDREN.
women are being forced to turn to pimps. many abusive. many manipulative. any resources they had to find clients on their own have now been stripped away.SESTA WILL NO DOUBT MAKE SEX TRAFFICKING AN EVEN LARGER PROBLEM.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS PINNED CONSENTING ADULTS INTO THE SAME BOX AS SEX TRAFFICKED CHILDREN. it is NOT fair.
i know some people like to bury their heads in the sand about things like this so heres some shit that might just effect you:
from now on, there are no more free condoms in america, even just in a doctors office. you have a teen? theyre gonna wanna have sex. unprotected now.
you wanna post a body posi nude pic on insta? BANNED. in lingerie? nuh uh honey.
even just erotic fiction and sex toys have started to be hidden on amazon.
and for sex workers, any social media (twitter. insta, facebook) in which ur indicating you may be a sex worker will be removed.
PayPal has seized over 100 million dollars of SUSPECTED sex workers money. 100 MILLION.
sex worker support groups in the us are no longer a safe space sw’s can go to.
i don’t even know what to do now. how do we reverse this? can we?
we need 55k more signs…by the 26th. i literally want to cry
I’m basically tagging anyone I know that I have had actual conversations with who has a wide following in the hopes that we can reach the signature goal to get this repealed. This bill puts sex workers in danger and actually makes it harder to trace and apprehend sex traffickers. It does the opposite of what it is claiming to do.
Universal Fan Con, a Kickstarter-funded convention celebrating diversity in fandom, has been “postponed” with just a week’s notice. With mixed messages from the organizers and no refunds guaranteed, ticketholders are in uproar.
Fan Con billed itself as the “First multi-fandom Con dedicated to inclusion, highlighting Women, LGBTQ, the Disabled and Persons of Color.” Its lead organizers are Robert Butler of The Black Geeks, and Black Girl Nerds creator Jamie Broadnax. Both flourished as independent voices in geek culture, offering an alternative to the predominantly white and male mainstream. Now, BGN writers are now publicly distancing themselves from the site.
Ticketholders are complaining about two key issues: money and a lack of transparency. The postponement news came out of nowhere, one week before the convention was due to begin on April 27. Some attendees received cancellation notices from hotels before they heard from the convention itself. Later, the organizers sent out an email that accidentally CC’d everyone instead of BCC-ing, revealing hundreds of private email addresses.
On April 20, the organizers confirmed the con was “postponed until further notice.” The official statement echoed a familiar story from other canceled conventions: The organizers had bitten off more than they could chew.
“As we built out our floorplan, invited guests, figured out lodging/travel arrangements, and confirmed activities, our costs started to grow exponentially. Unfortunately, the support we were anticipating in terms of ticket sales and sponsorships did not materialize.”
The organizers now say they “are determining how we can support refunds.” In other words, people may not get their money back. This may not be a big deal to locals who bought day passes, but some Kickarter backers bought VIP packages ranging from $500 to $5,000. The final Kickstarter tally was $56,498, with the organizers claiming to have put “significant personal investments” into the project as well.[READ MORE]