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  • Friday
    I have started rereading Wicked because I was too young when I read it the first time

    A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. White and purple summer thunderheads mounded around her. Below, the Yellow Brick Road looped back on itself, like a relaxed noose. Though winter storms and the crowbars of agitators had torn up the road, still it led, relentlessly, to the Emerald City. The Witch could see the companions trudging along, maneuvering around the buckled sections, skipping when the way was clear. They seemed oblivious of their fate. But it was not up to the Witch to enlighten them.

    what am I doing putting my stuff on the internet. I'm a fucking joke.

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  • 1w, 3d
    White supremacists say that racial mixing is "white genocide," which means my dick has the power to destroy civilizations

    I've been off of writing so long that it feels like what I write now isn't up to the standards set by my earlier work.

    Then again, that's true of a lot of my bullshit when you compare it to my better things, so really it's not that big of a change.

    2 comments · 21 views
  • 2w, 5h
    a major reason Skyborne Dance isn't moving very well

    Mind you, the actual scene and prose I'm doing right now is a lot of fun, and I'm glad I got back to it.

    But...

    As some people have noticed, I've already dug myself partially into the hole of the pegasus culture being categorically awesome and Applejack being categorically wrong about how she doesn't like it. If I could tag people here like you can on Facebook, I would tag Applejinx here, because Trixie's Magic Bit does this with polyamory. Avatar does it with Na'vi culture. Dresden Kodak does this with transhumanism. The Conversion Bureau does it with ugh forget I said that; I feel filthy comparing things I like to that POS.

    A key catalyst is that Applejack will see something that she very reasonably considers a big fat indictment of certain characters and their lifestyle, but--bit of a spoiler--she will be mistaken. The only honestly unsympathetic, problematic, "bad" thing about pegasus culture according to my current planning notes is that Cloudchaser is a racist.

    side note: I'm gonna have to go back and retcon in the fact that Cloudchaser and Flitter like to visit Ponyville so that they can fly with a famous athlete. They don't recognize Rarity and AJ, which doesn't fit now that we know that Chaser was on the Equestria Games team. OR MAYBE ALL GROUNDBOUNDS LOOK THE SAME TO THEM OH MY GOD THAT'S HILARIOUS.

    ... but anyway, it's not much of a story if the ending is just Applejack and Rarity being put in their place and learning about tolerance. Applejack's good intentions should be partially vindicated, and not just by a cop-out like a character saying "your way is good too." Even more against my current approach is that Rarity's prudishness should be vindicated as well, instead of, again, simply being waved off as "fine too."

    You see the problem, right? Again, I have already started digging this hole. And with AJ's current activities... now is the time for me to make sure she's not completely in the wrong. The question is, how?

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  • 2w, 2d
    so that's over with

    and now I'll get back to work on Skyborne Dance.

    and maybe my finals

    nah ponyfiction is more important.

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  • 2w, 4d
    hows this for a cover image

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Feb
24th
2014

This is fucking fascinating and I don't really know what to think about her argument, which means it is the best kind of argument.

I'm trying to give myself a little extra time to digest this. It's too easy to read her article and quietly nod along when of course the issues she's talking about are more nuanced than she makes them look with her point-blank assertion that being a pornstar is empowering because it's fun.

TacticalRainboom · 216 views · Report
#1 · 42w, 4d ago · · ·

Try reading this: Filk Crit Hulk: We Need To Change How We Talk About Rape

You'll find it more palatable because you'll choke on it and be upset, but it's saying very much the same things. It just looks only at the parts that the Duke Pornstar article insists on not ONLY looking at. It's two sides of the same coin, in a very obvious way.

Another way to look at it is, the Hulk article shows the poisonousness of the culture, and the Duke article shows someone who at least clams to have happily stepped outside that poison. Heck, the only good sexual experiences I've had have been with women much like that. So long as the patriarchy doesn't hunt down and punish this woman for her 'sins', I buy it completely. I could cry that I don't get to be in her personal life, but that's another story. That's the sort of person I'd like to know (in all sorts of ways! :raritywink: )

It makes it damned awkward for me when I have to function not only as a male, but as one who is primarily stuck in rape culture and deemed grossly unfit because I fail at doing my share of rape. All I can do is sit there rejecting that whole scene and seeing signal flares shot over the wall, from women who cry out, I'm free and can make my own choices and own myself! These choices so rarely involve a reclusive serial novelist and inventor, for obvious practical reasons, but I can't honorably decide that the world owes me a mate just as I am, so I'm stuck cheerleading from behind enemy lines, collateral damage.

Emergency rations would be nice. Air-drops. I'll have Dashie begin some in March, as that is within my power to do for my compatriots. :rainbowwild:

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#2 · 42w, 4d ago · · ·

The only thing she's maybe wrong about is the whole "I wouldn't want to work for someone who discriminates against sex workers" thing. I mean, it's a good viewpoint to have, but jobs don't grow on trees at the moment, so neither is it very prudent. c.c But if you're having any concerns about her general argument, Tac, it mirrors a lot of what I've been reading about feminism topics in general. She's entirely on the money, and it's nice to see her calling out anti-porn feminists as well.

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