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I’ve got 99 problems and 98 of them can be attributed to poor time management and self control.
(title taken from the poem of the same name by Suheir Hammad)
I’m crawling out of my little fandom hole because three episodes in, I’m becoming increasingly irritated at how Oberyn Martell and the Dornish on a whole are being portrayed in Game of Thrones.
Apparently, when not attending weddings, Oberyn and Ellaria can be found exclusively in a brothel inciting an orgy of some sort. Even when they do attend outside events, they are drawn to the scantily clad contortionist or to propositioning fellow guests by suggestively eating food. Yes, Dorne is more sexually permissive than other areas of Westeros. Paramours are common, noble-born women have sex before and outside of marriage, and bastards are not scorned and hidden away. For the writers of Game of Thrones, this means one thing: more sex scenes.
Instead of highlighting how racist the Westerosi attitudes towards Dorne are, the show buys into them, reducing the Dornish so far to a few men in turbans and over sexed characters with quick tempers. So far, Oberyn Martell has spent his time having sex, issuing threats and hotheadedly killing stray Lannister soldiers. Gone is any subtlety he had in the book, where he patiently bided his time with his brother to seek justice for his sister, Elia. Instead show!Oberyn is the orientalist archetype of a highly sexed, overly passionate non-white male, unable to keep either his libido or temper in check.
Coming on top of Essos and how the characters there are PoC who are either cruel, barbaric, avaricious slave owners or slaves who need to be saved by the white saviour character (and this is without mentioning the cringe worthy end of season 3 where Daenery’s crowd surfs a purely brown crowd), this portrayal of Oberyn Martell and Dorne is particularly galling.
For David Benioff and Dan Weiss it seems Oberyn Martell and Dorne is very much their erotic and their exotic.
I have been wanting to assemble a huge post of some of the amazing women artists out there, because it seems like too often they get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there, they are all amazing, and they all need more visibility and recognition. I encourage you to browse through and visit their websites, and please reblog and add more artists to the list! I know this is NOWHERE near comprehensive and that are tons more artists out there.
This list mostly covers mostly professional illustrators and scifi/fantasy artists. I know I’m missing out on a ton of talented people in comics, animation, fine art, and people who do primarily fan work, but I don’t know quite as much about those areas so they aren’t as well represented here; my apologies.
(The tags got cut off; I guess there’s a limit now? As such I wasn’t able to tag every single artist included.)
EDIT: Added more artists!
Click the “read more” to check out the art! Warning: This list is HUGE, and very image intensive!
Back after 3 nights in London. It was our first time in the UK.
The parks (and squirrels) were breathtaking and we had the most amazing weather. The sole of our feet is peeled after hours visiting the (free) museums (dinosaurs, Van Gogh, Assyrian art + Rosetta stone, the translator’s monument). Forbidden Planet was OK (maybe too much merchandise and less old editions than I thought… I couldn’t find new Tanith Lee books, but it was only a sidequest) but Camden felt even better than I expected. Surprisingly, there were horse statues everywhere (WHAT’S WITH THE HORSES???). We probably had the biggest cultural shocks in Tesco. I had heard a lot of negative comments about the food in London and yet: all the choc/mint goodies were delicious, we ate curry every day and we enjoyed the duck in Chinatown. The biggest letdown was the airport bureocracy, which is plainly ridiculous and humiliating.
As a memento, we bought “The ocean at the end of the lane” because it was cheap and because it was Gaiman. Yay!
We all know how the story goes. The spunky fantasy heroine is inevitably joined by her Charismatic Mammal Companion* who loves her and protects her and about fifty percent of the time is also telepathic.
This is fine if you are a North American heroine, where you have cougars and wolves and bears and an array of hoofstock, or jaguars if you go a little farther south. Works out okay if you’re Northern European, too—fewer big cats, but there’s always wolves, or the old standby, telepathic horses. Get over into Asia and you’ve got tigers and snow leopards and more wolves and dholes and panthers and what all, and of course, our African heroines have their pick of the savannah.
But the poor fantasy heroine stuck on a Polynesian island? You are sunk. There’s only one big animal in the neighborhood, and it will follow you around grunting worshipfully and rolling in mud when you aren’t looking, and occasionally getting overexcited and goring your relatives. This, I suspect, is the real reason that we see so few Polynesian fantasy heroines.
I just liked the sketch of the one chick so much that I wanted to paint her. And somehow the pig showed up. - Ursula Vernon
*Dragons are mammals for the purpose of this discussion. They’re just like platypi, with the eggs and whatnot. And they sweat milk like a platypus. What? Just because YOU never milked a dragon…
Feminism on drugs.
I’d take those drugs.
|—||Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad (via discworldquotes)|
For Atlantis, Disney needed a new language for the Atlantean people. To do this, Disney hired Mark Okrand, the man who also created the famous Klingon and Vulcan for the Star Trek series. In the Atlantean language, Mark Okrand’s main source for it’s roots and stems of its words are Proto-Indo-European,but as Okrand also described it as being the “tower of babel” or “root dialect” for all languages in the world, he also used ancient Chinese, Latin, Greek, Biblical Hebrew, along with many other ancient languages or their reconstructions. As such, you can actually learn to write and speak the language!
This film is so underrated it hurts.
ah this explains how they understood french and english so well almost instantly… better than the magical wind in Pocahontas that’s for sure
Social Justice Warrior?? okay but we’re gonna need a Social Justice Thief and a Social Justice Cleric cuz I’m a Social Justice Witch and don’t have party heals. Might need a Social Justice Paladin if the war isn’t specced into defense plus maybe another Social Justice DPS to round the party out