salienne: (DW Rose Sun)
You know, I actually enjoyed that. I mean, despite the sexism, as that's always there, but still.

What I liked )

What I liked... not so much )

In conclusion, Moffat can write, and write well. I just wish he wasn't like so many other male writers in that his writing is also really damn sexist.
salienne: (DW Rose Sun)
I would appreciate your plot twists more if they weren't sexist as fuck.
salienne: (Farscape joy)
I am officially an alumna with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, who graduated with general Honors.

Yay. :)
salienne: (Farscape geek)
I am writing Jack/Daniel morning-after fic.

...Nope, I'm not 10 years behind the curve or anything.

Done! :DDD

May. 12th, 2011 08:23 pm
salienne: (Farscape joy)
I am done with undergrad as of today. Last paper was turned in at 5 PM.

It was in Russian and even my mother tells me my grammar was awful (75% correct is not... good :/), but wtfever, hopefully the professor will take pity on me and I am done.

Now if only anyone else was done and could go celebrate with me. And if only I had a job lined up. x_x
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In which I film blog it up one final time.

Women in Television: Lovers, Mothers, and... Oh. Take 2.

As I wrote last semester, Fox's Fringe is a sci-fi procedural following the investigations of the FBI Fringe unit. Made up of Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), a half-mad scientist named Walter Bishop (John Noble), and Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), Walter’s genius son with a history of petty crime, the Fringe team look into crimes of the strange and fantastic. Essentially, picture a quirkier X-Files, with parallel universes rather than aliens. Each of the three seasons has thus far twisted the show in an intriguing new direction, but while season 2 seemed to be where the show found its rhythm and established Olivia as a complex character and independent agent, season 3 has since fallen into tired and unoriginal gendered tropes.

While by no means a feminist utopia, seasons 1 and 2 of Fringe establish Olivia as a pivotal actor. )

ngl, this season of Fringe has been so monumentally disappointing I don't even know what to do with it. I mean, there was always this undercurrent of "Olivia is a WOMAN," but the complete reduction of her character to that one trait is such lazy writing. I'm a shipper for just about every canon pairing ever, and this season lost even me. If it weren't for the straight-up-sci-fi fangirl in me, I would've abandoned ship long ago.
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(Originally written by [ profile] paulnolan, I'm just spreading it.)

I just received a rather alarming message from Trans Menace UK, a trans activism group on Facebook. Apparently the government are consulting on scrapping the Equality Act. Without this law in place, firing people based on their gender, race, sexuality, trans status or disabilities is fine, among other things. And given the way they're framing it as "Red Tape", and that The Sun and The Daily Mail, two papers that are vehemently opposed to "Yooman Rights" are among the most read in the country yeah... we're in trouble.

The Tories may be scum, but even I didn't think they would go this far.

If you're in the UK, here is a link to the consultation so you can voice your displeasure. We can't let this happen."
salienne: (Farscape frell)
The MD gay marriage bill just died in the state House. After the Senate had passed it, with a governor who said he'd sign it.

So much rage right now, FL. So much disappointment and rage.
salienne: (Fringe Olivia what is this)
So as many of you may or may not know, the House of Representatives recently passed the Pence amendment, which would cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Due to the Hyde Amendment, these funds cannot go towards abortions. Instead, they go towards such services as STD testing, pregnancy testing and cancer screenings. In other words, it would cut off basic health services for over a million impoverished patients, especially women.

I, naturally, told my representative this was not okay.

Here is the response that I get:

"Thank you for letting me know of your opposition to any attempt to restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood in fiscal year 2011.

As you may know, on February 19th, the House approved H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, by a vote of 235-189. Attached to this spending measure is an amendment that would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood for the remainder of this fiscal year. Despite what you may have heard or read, this amendment does not cut any funding for health services, and it does not prevent other organizations from receiving any health services funds as provided for in the Continuing Resolution. (What does he think the funds go to--wild gay orgies, followed by abortions for the lulz?)

While I appreciate knowing of your thoughts in this regard, I voted for this amendment because according to Planned Parenthood's recently released 2008-2009 annual report they received a staggering $363.2 million in government grants and contracts, a $13.6 million increase from the previous year. A fact sheet released in September of 2010 also revealed that for this same time period, Planned Parenthood performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions. (Correlation=causation, apparently. Whoooooooooooo) Planned Parenthood continues to receive more government funding each and every year while they simultaneously perform an increasing number of abortions. It is my belief that subsidizing abortion providers under the umbrella of family planning – other than in special cases such as the life of the mother – must no longer be accepted. (THE HYDE AMENDMENT, YOU PIECE OF LYING SHIT. YOU DON'T EVEN MENTION IT.)

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Although we may not agree on this issue, I am confident that there are many issues on which we do agree and it is my hope that you will continue to keep me apprised of your interest in legislative matters important to you.

With best wishes and personal regards, I am Bill Young, a rampaging douchecanoe."

Does he think I have the IQ of a doorknob? Seriously? Not only are abortions medical procedures, so even if I did believe his whole "we're funding abortions!" spiel he'd be wrong, but does he honestly expect me to believe these federal funds are just being given willy-nilly? If they don't go towards medical procedures, what do they go towards?

smh i can't even
salienne: (Fringe Olivia 2)
Y'all remember that film blog I did last semester? Well guess what I'm doing again!

So, for your reading pleasure, here be the first installment:

Black Swan and the Hazards of Female Autonomy

In many ways, Aronfsky’s award-winning Black Swan is a film about femininity and repressed womanhood. Following the struggles of Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, to master the lead role in Swan Lake, Black Swan focuses on the pressure on women not only to reach perfection but to be perfect. In this respect the film’s message is clear. This pressure is destructive, leading to Huge spoiler ).

When it comes to more nuanced notions of gender and repression, however, Black Swan becomes much more thematically murky. For purposes of this post, I will focus on the issues of female adulthood, independence, and sexuality in our protagonist, Nina. Through its depiction of her journey to self-destruction, Black Swan delivers the clear message that a free woman is a dangerous woman, perhaps less miserable than the trapped girl but certainly more devastating.


The primary female influence on Nina is her mother, Erica Sayers, played by Barbara Hershey... )

I clearly did not cover everything there was to cover re: gender in Black Swan or even everything to do with female sexuality here, partially due to time and word constraints and partially due to focus. This essay is about what it means to grow up a woman in the world of this film, and it's neither a pleasant nor positive experience.

I definitely think there is more to be said about female homosexuality/bisexuality and motherhood, though, and I find the way Nina's mom is both this twisted figure
and the moral voice of the film a bit... odd, if not downright disturbing, though I haven't quite untangled my own thoughts there yet. I also think I could delve more into the idea of male (sexual?) ownership and its arbitrariness (see: "my little princess") and I'm sad I didn't get to explore the significance of Beth's character and Nina's quest for perfection and unhealthy self-policing more. Of course this leads us into the mental illness angle, which I just don't feel competent enough to cover.

So... yeah. It's a good movie. Obviously has its issues (still wtf'ing over Aronfsky's quote, ngl) but I'd recommend it. Definite trigger warning for mental illness, self-injury, sexual harassment/assault, and body horror though.


Feb. 7th, 2011 08:24 pm
salienne: (Fringe Olivia what is this)
Dear Professor,

Next time we're about to watch a movie with a graphic attempted rape scene, how about a little fucking warning? 'Cos me, I'm just disgusted and offended. Someone else? Might be really triggered.

No love,

salienne: (Farscape frell)
As mentioned earlier, I contacted my representative (a Republican) about HR3, otherwise known as the "Only some rape is real rape, and incest--really that bad?" bill.

Well, he got back to me. I find his response, um, infuriating to say the least.

Thank you for letting me know of your opposition to H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. You can be sure that I share your interest in this regard and appreciate knowing of your thoughts.

As you know, H.R. 3 would prohibit the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law, from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion.

H.R. 3 has been referred to various committees, including the House Judiciary Committee, where it awaits further consideration. Because of your interest in this regard, and in an effort to be of all possible assistance to you, I have taken the liberty of sharing your opposition to this measure with my colleagues on the committees. As they continue to review the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, please know that they will keep your thoughts in mind.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this matter of mutual concern. It is my hope that you will continue to keep me apprised of your interest in legislative issues important to you.

Now, reading that, can you tell where he stands on the issue? 'Cos if you were to skim, reading only the first paragraph with any real depth, you might even think he agrees with my opposition! I mean, he shares my interest, right?

...And then we come to paragraph two, which completely misrepresents the scope and fundamental purpose of the bill and neglects to so much as mention the Hyde Amendment.

Suddenly, close reading becomes a lot more important than it has been since, say, English class last year. Suddenly I understand why he shares my "interest" and not my concern. Suddenly that last paragraph and really this entire e-mail seem strikingly disingenuous.

Congressbro, and I mean that as condescendingly as possible, I would respect you a lot more if you weren't trying to hide your stance on this Bill by pandering to both sides, hoping I won't pay attention on any final vote. Hoping I wouldn't notice you're one of the fucking cosponsors, you cowardly piece of hypocritical misogynistic trash.

So unbelievably disgusted right now I can't even
salienne: (Default)
It has been a very long time since I've read a book.

Work, what I should be doing, politics, freaking out over work and what I should be doing and politics, and guilting over not playing more with my cat have pretty much taken over my life and eaten my soul. These past few days, though, I was finally able to carve some time out for Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, and maybe I've just fallen out of practice with reading--and this makes me so sad I don't even know what to do with it--but I am very confused. I don't even know why I'm confused. I just am.

So, for those of you who have read The Left Hand of Darkness, where am I supposed to be at the end of this book, other than sad and somewhat hopeful for the ~future~ of humankind? What's with the gender dualism and how much did 60's attitudes factor into it? Did we really need, like, dozens and dozens of pages describing really cold places? Was that slashy? And Estraven? This is more just me fangirling and Spoilers ) Just... what's going on here?

idunno, I need to read more books, but someone discuss with me here!

ETA: Wiki tells me it's meant to be feminist. How is it feminist? I am so confused.
salienne: (Default)
So the GOP wants to be really really sure that federal taxpayer money doesn't go towards abortions women don't get abortions. They are so concerned about this, in fact, that they've decided to legislate "forcible rape" as the only "real" kind of rape, the only one worthy of an exception to the Hyde Amendment.

The text of the relevant part of the Bill:

The limitations established in sections 301, 302, 303, and 304 shall not apply to an abortion--

(1) if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest;

To put this into perspective (source):

"This bill takes us back to a time when just saying 'no' wasn't enough to qualify as rape," says Steph Sterling, a lawyer and senior adviser to the National Women's Law Center. [...] the new bill's authors are "using language that's not particularly clear, and some people are going to lose protection." Other types of rapes that would no longer be covered by the exemption include rapes in which the woman was drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes. "There are a lot of aspects of rape that are not included," Levenson says.

As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18.

The bill hasn't been carefully constructed, Levenson notes. The term "forcible rape" is not defined in the federal criminal code, and the bill's authors don't offer their own definition. In some states, there is no legal definition of "forcible rape," making it unclear whether any abortions would be covered by the rape exemption in those jurisdictions.

If you're in the US and are horrified by this as I am, I urge you to contact your Congressional representatives.

In case anyone is interested, the letter I wrote can be found behind the cut:

Dear Congressman )
salienne: (Farscape Aeryn Princess grin)
So this is pretty much my favorite fic of the New Year, and it is a huge love/critique/love letter of meta to fandom, and it is Merlin/Arthur in the most adorable way possible, and did I mention it is a huge love letter to fandom and I love it like burning?

Whoever this anon is, they're amazing.

In which Arthur is a BNF and Merlin is his prized beta...

Have at it!.
salienne: (Farscape Aeryn Princess grin)
(Swiped from [ profile] sw_fangirl

If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.

Tag eleven people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

What song are you currently addicted to?

(Video is hella spoiler-y, but AMAZING.)

Also, just because:

The Slash Dragon has a solo.

Who was your favorite celebrity when you were a child?
Don't even know, tbh. Probably Johnny Depp, though I was a mess of OMG JACK SPARROW hormones by that point. And damn that man is a fabulous actor and he's done some really sweet things, but the Polanski fail... *Twitch*

What's the latest movie you watched?


Yeah, this depresses me too.

What is the one skill you wish you had?

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
Fringe and [ profile] ontd_political.

Speaking of, I need to write some fic. It's due for [ profile] fringeverse!

What's your favorite musical instrument?

Actually, I take my answer two questions back back. I wish I could play the violin, I'm in love with that instrument.

What web sites do you visit when you go online?
hotmail, gmail, [ profile] ontd_political, my FL

If you had to live in a foreign country, where would you choose to go?
The UK or Canada

If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Probably buy a new laptop and a ps3, and then save the rest.

What is your favorite time of day?
Dead of night.

...I had a thing for vampires when I was younger, what can I say?

What's the last thing that made you happy?
The letter my friend wrote me for New Year about how much she appreciated my friendship. <3 She's such a sweetheart.

Do you want to learn another language?
How about I work on my Russian first?

What are five things you can't live without?
1. internet
2. my cat
3. my good friends
4. oxygen
5. tv (I need it like burning, and it's so unhealthy, and I don't even care)

And this is me, tagging... Whoever wants to do it. Go for it, bbs!
salienne: (Default)
Fuck Yeah, Disingenuous Liberal!

It's like Privilege-Denying Dude, but more multi-purpose and, well, liberal.

I think these are my favorites thus far:

trufax, tumblr, trufax
salienne: (Farscape Aeryn Princess grin)
A summary of every love triangle wherein one girl chooses between two guys two guys fight over a girl prize:

GIRL: Doo doo doo, life is lonely.

GUY 1: Hello girl. I am hot.

GIRL: Oh heavens I may be a little wet, I am in love!

GUY 1: I love you too bb.

*ENTER: Guy 2*

GUY 2: Hello girl. I am more hot.

GIRL: Oh heavens I may be a little wet, I am already in love! But but...

GUY 2: I love-

GUY 1: HEY. Mine!

GUY 2: Who says?

GUY 1: I say. I mean, um... she says! Let's let her choose.

GUY 2: But of course.

GIRL: Okay. Cool. 'Cause-

GUY 1: Why are you here anyway? What do you want?

GUY 2: I want her. And she wants me.

GIRL: Actually-

GUY 1: No. She wants me.

GUY 2: She wants me.

GIRL: ...I'm not really important to this conversation, am I?

GUY 1: Me.

GUY 2: Me.

GUY 1: I'll fight (you) for her.

GUY 2: Any time, dudebroass.

GIRL: ...

*GIRL goes to a cafe with a very long book*

GUY 1: You're on!

*GUY 1 and GUY 2 proceed to have various contests of bravery and manly manliness, getting all hot and dirty and making ~eyes~ at each other, until such time as one of them wins. Let's go with GUY 1.*

GUY 1: Ha! I beat you!

Guy 2: ...Dammit.

GUY 1: I get the girl! I get the girl!

*GIRL comes back from the cafe, where she was actually quite enjoying her book and latte, as a woman ending up single would be a tragedy of incalculable proportions.*

GIRL: Aren't I the protagonist here?

GUY 1: Ha! I got the girl!

GUY 2: So you did. *To GIRL* I will always love you, but I realize now your heart lies with him.

GIRL: ...Yeah. Guess so. I LOVE YOU GUY 1, I ALWAYS HAVE.


*GUY 2 leaves. GUY 1 gets his reward and GIRL life happily ever after.*
salienne: (DW wth?)
My way of dealing with the awful that was today/going back to school tomorrow: watching the Eclipse movie.

The whole time, THIS HAS BEEN MY FACE:


Even with the squickiest parts of the book toned down (Edward, for instance, doesn't offer Bella up as a baby incubator to Jacob), it still Keeps. Getting. Worse.

It's also still not over, what is this, this is the slowest moving movie ever made.

On another note, one of the guest actresses form SGA is in it (the annoying princess), and it amuses me mightily.

ETA: Edward, for instance, doesn't offer Bella up as a baby incubator to Jacob



“I don’t care about anything but keeping her alive,” [Edward] said, suddenly focused now. “If it’s a child she wants, she can have it. She can have half a dozen babies. Anything she wants.” He paused for one beat. “She can have puppies, if that’s what it takes.”

You GO there, Edward, offering your lady to other guys without asking her permission! She's your lady, after all, and it's any old baby she wants.

Have Jacob's reaction:

"I couldn't think about what he was suggesting. It was too much. Impossible. Wrong. Sick. Borrowing Bella for the weekends and then returning her Monday morning like a rental movie? So messed up.

So tempting."
salienne: (Fringe Olivia crying)
My father likes to watch Glenn Beck. Oftentimes he'll sit at his computer, reading some Russian e-book or another, with Fox News on in the background. Naturally, I try to avoid, say, any part of the house that isn't my room when this is going on to control the rage.

I was in the kitchen grabbing a snack, and I heard maybe a minute of this man's show. A minute.

Have a direct quote:

“Who do you trust? Do you trust the experts anymore, or do you trust your gut?” (i.e. Truthiness or facts, pick a side!

Guess which option his tone implied was right. Really. Just guess.

And my father is standing there and watching this shit.)

I can't.

People listen to this. This is why so much of the US doesn't even believe in global warming/climate change. This is why so much of the US is convinced that, the more education you have, the less you know.

I just...

People listen to this, and they believe it. Including my father.

I give up on the world for tonight.


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