see, that’s gun control
people love to make fun of tumblr fangirls for making everything “gay”
like looking at scenes where two characters gaze at one another and finding homosexual subtext
but these people don’t realize that we have to look for it. That’s the real issue here. Not that we’re “looking for queerness” but that there’s a lack of it in media in general.
Non-heteronormative representation has been relegated to subtext, so can you really blame us?
I think that there is a big difference between looking for/observing subtext and deliberately “making everything gay.” For instance, in shows like Supernatural or Sherlock where there is very obvious homosexual subtext and queerbaiting, I’m fine with people pointing it out. “Oh, Dean looks at Castiel so dreamily.” “John and Sherlock behave very similarly to a couple,” so on and so forth. What I’m not fine with is when people try to force a label on these characters. “Dean is definitely gay, he just doesn’t know it yet. Just look at how he looks at Cas. He wants Cas’s dick.” “Why would John marry Mary when he’s obviously in love with Sherlock? He’s so far in the closet he isn’t even aware,” etc. Those kinds of comments are harmful as they imply that queer people (or straight people) are unable to form their own sexual identities. If Dean says that he’s straight, he’s straight. No one has the right to deny that part of his character or conclude that he’s delusional or afraid to face facts - his identity is his own. The argument that he’s bisexual or gay often erases the relationships that he’s had with women that have helped shape him into the person he is or give insight as to why his character behaves in a certain manner; and that’s bad. If the writers decide to give him an arc in which he discovers his queerness (yeah, right) then it’s a totally different situation, but he has to form that identity for himself.
I realize that these are television characters and complete works of fiction, but similar scenarios occur in life. Queer adolescents - hell, even adults - are told that they’re confused or they’re just going through a phase or they just want attention, etc. and have the label of heterosexuality forced on them. Feminine heterosexual men or masculine heterosexual women are treated in a similar manner: one hint of a characteristic not stereotypically associated with their gender, or a close, platonic relationship with someone of the same gender causes a conclusion that they’re queer and hiding or confused or haven’t realized their identities yet. Reinforcing those kinds of behaviors isn’t a productive thing to do.
I do agree with the original point though - there is not enough representation for the queer community in media. We definitely need more shows, books, movies, or whatever that include realistic queer characters; no more of this hetero-queerbaiting bullshit.
TL;DR: Exploring subtext, theorizing, creating fanfiction, and shipping are perfectly okay. Using that subtext to erase part of someone’s identity because it does not align with your desires for the character is not.
holy shit the mike brown petition only has 15k more signatures to go
This is the petition asking that all law enforcement officers wear cameras on their person. Please take the time to sign it.
I HAVE SEARCHED ACROSS THE AGES FOR THIS GIFSET
OH GOD THIS IS SO GREAT
When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.
In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.
We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.
When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU
"A man does not choose his companions in black cells,” the handsome one with the red-and-white hair said. Something about the way he talked reminded her of Syrio; it was the same, yet different too. “These two, they have no courtesy. A man must ask forgiveness. You are called Arry, is that not so?”
Glad You Came - With Violin
The chorus is magnificent and I love how he smiles as he plays!!! *U*
Seriously, just take three minutes and acknowledge this beautiful young brother and his talent. It’s worth it.
One of mt favorite things about human beings is when you can really SEE how much passion and love a person has for something.
Press play- you will not be disappointed. [:
Really, really worth the watch.
“Woman? Is that meant to insult me?”
Someone come and take my beer and Photoshop away from me. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning on a Friday.
Jesus take the
Uh…I think I really need to pick up the next Assassin’s Creed game!
Finally! We have a strong male lead character in a video game.