24 4 / 2014
Son, I found your fedora. At first I thought you were a brony and I was going to be very disappointed. But then I found your giant stash of checkered vans and hawaiian shirts. Ska punk forever, son. Ska punk forever.
23 4 / 2014
Last week I made a comment about being by what the the current Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko said in an interview about DADT as part of Kate’s story. Andreyko later stopped by the blog to clarify things. I also received some input on my comment from a reader of the blog, Moira Phippen, which turned into a short discussion on where Batwoman was a character and her thoughts on Andreyko as a writer. I was so taken with her insights that I asked her to expand on them in a guest post. Here she discusses the three different authors that Kate Kane has had and their differing approaches to the character’s queer identity. Her thoughts follow and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I found Kate Kane just around the time of my life that I was beginning to come out, to my friends, family, community, partners, and even to myself. As a character, she is so crucial to me. Seeing a queer-identifying character take on the “Bat” name, and not just a girl, but as a “woman,” self-assured, confident, aware of herself and who she was… I can’t express how much an image like her was meaningful to me as a young adult coming to terms with a conclusion about her sexuality that she had tried her very best to avoid. No matter the writer, Kate has always embraced who she is, no apologies offered. Rucka, Williams, and now Andreyko have become some of my most treasured authors due to the care each have taken with Kate.
As I have grown older, I’ve embarked on my own path to being more like Kate: I try to be brave like her, bold like her, uncompromising like her. My relationship with each writer’s Kate - because they are, all of them, different Kates - has developed with me. In a way, they each represent different kinds of interpretations and portrayals of the queer experience and identity, all of which hold some unique and different value or impact.
A fascinating read by galaxygnome!
23 4 / 2014
have you ever met someone who is like the human version of period cramps
I think this is the first time something has conveyed to me with true clarity just how bad period cramps are.
23 4 / 2014
mattgoldey asked: Can you please explain to an old dude like me the concept of "trash" as you've been using it here lately? I guess I don't get it. :)
OH MY GOD THIS IS ACTUALLY VERY SLIPPERY i hope it’s cool if i answer publicly because it wasn’t until i was asked this question that i realized i’m not entirely sure how to explain it
like “trash” is kind of a… man it’s become sort of this memetic catchall for “self-indulgent bullshit but in a way where i’m still fully self-aware about it”
it’s so nebulous now that i’m thinking about it though but like definitely if i believe i’m 100% in the right about something. or it’s the kind of fandom fave i can and should be proud to tell, like, family members about
that is not trash
carol and kamala for example are definitely not trash (carol can be a little trash but for the purposes of trying to hash this out we won’t go into that).
but not all characters are by definition trash?? i think trash is more like… a verbal clue-in to like “i know i’m being ridiculous and self-indulgent and possibly a little wrong here but i don’t care here i go anyway, rolling in my self-indulgence”
ANYWAY GUYS DISCUSS this is very much a case of tumblr meme language taking on meanings of its own, like i’m not sure there’s any other vocabulary that properly 100% captures the full meaning of what i want to say when i say “trash” w/r/t my own decisions mindsets etc
GOOD QUESTION i’m interested to explore this
The impression that I’ve gotten from the posts I’ve seen (yours and others) is that “trash” is a cousin to “guilty pleasure”.