How to “win” an argument on the internet (without losing your mind) 5

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Let’s get that obvious and ultimately unhelpful piece of advice out of the way. If you’re here and reading this post, you’ve already given in to the siren song of someone being wrong on the internet. But all is not lost. Change happens in you, my friend. Your perspective needs some adjustment for the sake of ...

Reasons why I will not be replying to your argument 31

This post has been made for my own later use. Others are welcome to use it as well. The numbers on the list are for reference rather than ordinal purposes. To whom it may concern: Thank you for your interest in my blog post/comment/tweet/facebook post/[insert social media of choice here]. I appreciate that you have ...

Luke vs Rey, a point-by-point comparison 4

Since there’s been shit talked about the comparison between Rey and Luke (and how “realistic” Rey is as a character in a universe where there is sound in the vacuum of space and magic exists but okay) I wanted to actually sit down and granularly compare the two characters. Rey’s information comes in after my ...

Wish Fulfillment 6

I already had words about this asinine Mary Sue bullshit yesterday. Charlie Jean Anders wrote a good piece about it at io9 today and mentioned something that was on my mind as I went to bed last night: wish fulfillment. The “Mary Sue” is a very specific wish-fulfillment fantasy, in other words. It’s about getting ...

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 3

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I already went off on this on Twitter, so I will be brief. Mary Sue. Go read the TV Tropes essay, which is a good history of the term and its rather fuzzy meaning. But note some of the common factors. Special powers. Implausibly talented in an incredibly wide variety of areas. Remarkable physical traits. Everyone ...

She’s not like other girls. 4

I’m not that tuned in to YA because I live under a rock, so this was the first I heard about Bergstrom poking YA authors as a whole in the eye. Went and read the interview linked in that post. Have some serious fucking problems beyond the general feeling of dude have you just managed ...

Yeah, whatever happened to starving like a *real* artist? 8

Sameer Rahim, are you fucking kidding me? I know people rarely get to write their own headlines, so I tried not to just punch my laptop in the screen when I saw this one: Whatever happened to writing for love, not money? But the article isn’t any better. I know they have to eat, but when ...

Two storifies, two podcasts for Wednesday 3

Two storifies, two podcasts for Wednesday
I know, there has not been bloggening in forever. July has been and will continue to be totally crazypants as far as scheduling goes. But here, I have some stuff for you! Storifies: During my one long break at DetCon1, I went to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. I only had a bit over three ...

Only YOU can prevent fires. 5

I remember firefighters coming to my elementary school. They showed off all their cool gear and even wore their SCBA units so that we’d know what they look like in a fire and not be scared of them. They taught us stop, drop, and roll. They taught us to call 911. And they also drilled us ...

Sibling bonding in the modern age, Or: My brother and I get lost down the MRA rabbit hole together 3

So yeah, this was a thing that happened on twitter today and kind of ate my afternoon. Mostly because I saw someone saying incredibly stupid shit  about women/feminism to my older brother and like any good little sister, I rolled up my sleeves and waded in. And then it just kind of went down this strange ...