if you ever think mythology is boring or serious business or whatever shit
just remember that cerberus, the hell-hound and guard dog of the underworld, comes from the root indo-european word ḱerberos, which evolved into the greek word kerberos, which got changed to cerberus when it went from greek to latin
ḱerberos means “spotted”
hades, lord of the dead, literally fucking named his pet dog spot
Women read comics. Anyone at all engaged in social media knows this. Women read comics and are a driving force behind fandom. I think I could call them the driving force behind fandom and put up a convincing argument. Just think about it: what fandoms have driven America crazy in the last decade? Could anyone dissuade me from saying that they were Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games? “Avatar” may have put butts in theater seats, but you don’t hear about it… ever. No one is immersed in the world of “Avatar” except James Cameron and people who enjoy wearing Na’vi Zentai suits. “The Avengers” was pretty darn huge and, if Tumblr is any indication, a whopping portion of the people driving that fandom online do not possess a Y chromosome. Women engage in fandom to levels that men do not. When women get behind something, their sheer numbers and passion force it into the mainstream. That’s why you can name the actor who plays that werewolf kid in “Twilight” and probably sing at least the chorus to one Justin Bieber song. What do tween boys like? I have no clue. Sports? Probably sports. —
Brett White, Comic Book Resources (via wandrinparakeet)
and yet men remain the most marketed demographic for just about everything.
I’m pretty sure the only men who spend more time thinking about DC than women on Tumblr are the men who actually work there.
people still act fucking surprised when women show up for genre shit
“What do tween boys like? I have no clue.”
OK, I’m already excited about Up the Women and it hasn’t even started. Written by and starring Jessica Hynes? And she wears glasses and a frock? Ensemble cast of hilarious women? Yes please.
No, but, okay, Llin’s femslash vid. As Meda would say, let me asplain you a thing.
It took a rumor to make me wonder…
This is really important. That vid is about the importance of speculation and creative, reparative reading to femslash fandom. Femslash ships are almost never canon; they are almost never the major ships in their fandoms; they are non-obvious. Llin’s vid speaks strongly to this embattledness of femslash – the difficulty of defending femslash ships, of speaking up for the importance of locating the potential for women’s desire for other women. Femslash ships tend to be nonobvious because they are under the threat of a double invisibility: the ease with which female characters and their importance to their canons and to culture in general are overlooked, and the invisibility of eroticism between women over and above that.
We who are invested in eroticism between women invest in ‘rumors’ about these characters – the hint of noise that radiates like static around them – and, noisily, spread those rumors. They catch on because we talk – we promote what we see in language, in images, in video, in music, in (yes) CAPSLOCKING OUR FEELS. And this video so wonderfully pays homage to all those acts of rumormongering we engage in as fangirls, and all the many technologies we use to do it. Whether it’s the moment of a frantic reblog, the compulsive editing of a story, the painstaking labor of image-manipulation or matching video clips to music we love – what we do when we invest in eroticism between women is the loving, creative production of a discourse of ‘rumor’ that has the ability to turn that glimpse of static into a fully-realized relationship.
And to share our investment with our fellow-travelers – to show them what we see, make them see what we see. We recognize our investments in each other, in this rumor mill that is femslash fandom.
Now, I’m convinced – I’m going under…
Isn’t that just what it’s like, falling in love with a new pairing for the first time?
And that’s perhaps the cleverest thing our gal Llin has done here – taken a love song in the traditional sense and reinvented it as the mode of investment we have as fangirls, as creators, in the narrative conventions and technologies of creative engagement with eroticism between women.
We relate to each other through our investments in these modes of eroticism and in these ways of communicating that investment – we convince each other, and we go under together. And we wouldn’t be able to do it, if we didn’t plant those rumors in each other’s minds. If we couldn’t hear each other’s rumors, and suddenly know that what they’re saying is – or should be – true.
It can be difficult for other fans to see or understand – these hints of how we see our favorites standing just a little too close, of how we ourselves stand just a little too close to these texts. As KK observed in her reblog of Llin’s vid, one of the fantastically affirming things about it is that it sees what we do – including what we do behind the scenes, the work that only we see – sees it, and affirms it, and celebrates it. It’s very seldom that love-letters to fandom see femslash at all, let alone give it their fullest attention, as Llin has so wonderfully done here.
Never stop, ladies. Let’s give ‘em something to talk about.
All of this!
I love that this vid makes explicit the outside-the-norm-ness of these acts, in society, in the texts, in our own fanworks. People are talking because we stand outside those norms - we laugh just a little too hard, we stand out, people whisper. But we’re not going to ignore that talk and feel ashamed for our investments; we’re going to draw attention to them and give people something to talk about more. Fuck sticking just to rumours; let’s get overinvested. Even if we feel foolish, sometimes, in our little corner of things. Too bad: these are things worthy of shouting about.
…I like this vid rather a lot.
Dawww, you guys! *blush*
Had to reblog this for the awesome commentary!
YES THIS. YES.
a.k.a. karen: While of course I would rather have eight billion more seasons of W13,... -
While of course I would rather have eight billion more seasons of W13, I am tentatively okay with this renewal, because:
- they will be able to give the characters closure. Honestly, isn’t that the most important part?
- afaik (and I would probably know), Defiance doesn’t have set filming dates…