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  • 2w, 42m
    Not-female-empowering vs sexist.

    Hey everyone, so recently I was talking about the Book of Life with someone and she brought up the idea that it was sexist, and not only that, several co-workers of hers thought so too. We didn't talk much more about it, but it stayed on my mind.

    Now, I did see the movie, and my first instinct was to scoff at the notion. Sexist? How? But, I didn't scoff... it wasn't just self-preservation either, she really did get me thinking. Was it just that I was unable to see it? Maybe I have desensitized myself to certain things, and maybe I just don't see it because I was paying attention to other things.

    And before anyone with a tumblr here goes: "Check your privileges, yo!" let me stop you right there. You can eat your damned "privileges" and sit on a flagpole. I don't give a flying f**k about your inane overdramatization of social issues. This is a serious discussion. If that's your first response, return to tumblr to find someone who cares.

    Looking back on it, there's several cultural and quasi-historical factors to consider: The story takes place in Mexico, which yes, still suffers from a lot of machismo in the pure sense of the word,  and not the idea that a male is 'manly' or not. There's less of it nowadays than before, but for the purposes of this let's focus on the timeframe of when it's supposed to be happening, which is arguably around late 1800s to early 1900s which was the epitome of this attitude. In that time, good daughters followed their father's orders (and let's be fair, that was not just in Mexico, that was the general attitude world-wide) and males were expected to be soldiers or carry the weight of things. So yes, in that sense, I can definitely see where the sexism might be perceived, but at the same time, I don't think that just because Maria wasn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she wouldn't be a strong female character onto herself. If anything—in my opinion—she proves to be proud, honorable and loyal. In the end, whatever her father wanted, she was the one calling the shots as to who had an actual chance to win her heart. Another (very) important character, La Muerte, is not only female, but a beloved leader, firmly respected and capable of incredible bodily harm to other immortals.

    The movie doesn't necessarily "empower" Maria into an ass-kicking I-can-do-and-take-control-of-everything Maria Sue, but it doesn't make her fragile or any less deserving of respect in my opinion. In fact, in a straight fight with the bad guy, she lasts longer than Carlos, who is an experienced bullfighter and arguably has more experience in life-and-death situations.

    The story does NOT focus solely on the female character, Maria, rather focusing on the struggles of the main character: Manolo, a reluctant bullfighter who would rather be a Mariachi.  Even his friendly rival, Joaquin has a secondary role, in the whole thing. But does that make it sexist? If a movie about the story of Anansi doesn't feature any white dudes, does that mean it's intentionally excluding white people out of ideology? I think not. It's just that they had nothing to do with it. It's not malicious, and as such, I don't think that there's a malicious sexist agenda in that movie.

    I think the movie concentrates on its story, rather than trying to please everyone, and the story is about a guy who wants so much to go back to his beloved, he has to pass challenges and escape death and live again. If anything, his journey of learning to stand up to his ideals deals with one social issue which is bullfighting. You can't expect a kids' movie to include shining examples of every single modern (and past) social issue that is hinted at in there.

    Anyway, that's my thoughts. So, what do you think? And most importantly, to my female readers: if you watched the movie, did you think it was sexist? And if so why?

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  • 2w, 1d
    Upcoming...

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  • 3w, 1d
    I'm kinda curious.

    Since you guys presumably follow me for my charming personality, winning smile and goatee, my stories, I was wondering, what are your favorite moments in any given fic I've written? And if you want to share why, please do so!

    I think this will give me some insight into what I'm being effective in communicating per story, so don't be shy!

    Also! Anyone here willing to do a possible alternative cover art/or concept art for Gothic in exchange for some story goodies? You can PM me and I'll let you know what I have in mind, so we can decide if it's worth your time or not, sound fair?

    31 comments · 321 views
  • 3w, 2d
    Apparently, I write like...

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  • 3w, 4d
    So what is your weakest writing skill?

    Mine is...

    Poetry. I-I just can't. I've written poems before, worked with constraints, learned most of the forms, wrote a haiku a week for six months, etc. But I find it extremely challenging to do so without feeling like my poems are simply... cute at best. As in, "you deserve a pat on the head... you tried." Kinda cute. "Now go to your room!"

    I was better at free-styling it mainly because I sucked at the other approaches. I don't remember when was the last time I even wrote one from beginning to end. I imagine it was about 10 years ago or so.

    ... ye gods. Now I know I'm old. Damn.

    I tied the tie sdrawkcab

    Ouy, ris, era na toidi

    OUY, RIS, ERA NA TOIDI!

    It said as to me as I chose

    I chose between black and white

    Blue and green and red and yellow

    Stripped or with polka dots or maybe just mellow?

    It said it, not me!

    Gnirats at me in the eye!

    OUY, RIS, ERA NA TOIDI!

    It dewolleb to me

    And I was tying from right to left

    And then I was tying from left to right

    A twist and a turn and a half a pull

    And again it falls untied, around this fool.

    Was it diagonal? Shelby? Onassis? Or Full Windsor?

    I deralg at the scowling face in front of me!

    Ni eht eye! It glared right back!

    Finally, with a turn and a slide and up and a down another slide and a pull...

    It was done!

    And all I could say...

    All I could say was:

    STUPID, STUPID MIRROR!

    I think I'll stick with prose.

    59 comments · 704 views
  • 3w, 6d
    And now some announcements!

    First of all, three people in this site wouldn't know a good story if it sprung out of a side-street with a bat and broke their legs with it, then threw it to the side as it grew fangs and claws, mauled their arms, and ate the remains within their fading eyesight. Just saying.

    Second of all, good ol' Piquo Pie has a thing for blogs going on right now. Check out #FebFIMfanficlove for more info.

    And finally, new Three Sisters: Like Fudge chapter coming up tonight!

    17 comments · 353 views
  • 4w, 6d
    Audio Editor needed!

    Does anyone here know how to edit audio and is willing to work with me on a deadline and on a regular monthly basis?

    14 comments · 165 views
  • 4w, 6d
    And now for your Tavi fix!

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  • 5w, 1d
    Signal Boost: Since I was Small

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  • 5w, 4d
    Random Brainblarg: I sometimes wonder...

    What do other 'ponefamous' authors and users here think of me?

    As in... I don't define who I am on the opinions of others, (although I do admit that just like anyone else, I like feeling appreciated, or recognized or simply liked) but there is a sense of self-awareness when it comes to your peers, that no matter how much of your own person you are, you sometimes have to wonder about.

    Like: "What does Shortskirts think of me?" "Or The Elusive Badgerpony? Does he even know who I am?" Or, "Does Cold in Gardez think my writing is generic and uninspired?" "Vimbert is a cool guy most of the time, but do I annoy him as much as I think I do?" Or, "Why doesn't X,R,S or Y ever acknowledge my stories?" "I bet Anonymous Pegasus has never read a single one of them..." "Dude, Bad Horse totally must think my work is a literary nightmare!" and that kind of thing. Of course I could just ask them, but I guess that's not the point of writing this here.

    I'm just wondering... do you guys feel like that sometimes? There's always someone you respect, or simply look at as competition in some sort of way, and whose opinion might matter even if you don't want to acknowledge it because it might feel like you're vying for attention. But I feel that knowing that it matters to you on some level, is actually the opposite of that... unless you write a blog post about it. Then you might be vying for attention.

    I dunno. I'll go write stories now.

    54 comments · 571 views
  • 5w, 5d
    Blueblood and Sweetie: Best (adoptive) Siblings.

    Celebrating that they're to meet again... in a chapter written in the past, published then and now looped back to IRL with additional material and such...

    “My poor little sister... puberty hit her like a ton of rocks, you see,” he explained, earning a glare from both mares. “That is: what I meant to say,” he amended himself, waving a hoof to placate the female ire, “is that she’s had to walk down a rocky road... er, she took her time as a filly for granite? Metamorphically speaking, she’s been under a lot of pressure, you know... and she hit rock bottom before she came here, so I told her schist happens and fortune favors the boulder...”

    “Blueblood,” Sweetie hissed. “Please. Stop.”

    What are your favorite quotes or moments for the duo?

    15 comments · 770 views
  • 6w, 1d
    Writer Talk: The Death of a Character

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  • 6w, 2d
    Because nostalgia hits you when you should be asleep.

    Oddly enough, I was trying to pass out when the need to listen to this song hit me. I guess it's time to go back and pass out, but not without sharing one of the most awesome nostalgic pieces ever created.

    16 comments · 548 views
  • 6w, 3d
    Have you heard of BP?

    20 comments · 817 views
  • 7w, 4d
    He has really amazing handwriting.

    18 comments · 404 views
  • 8w, 2d
    You know what the start of this year feels like to me?

    I guess if you know the game it'll make even more sense.

    13 comments · 264 views
  • 8w, 3d
    One year more...

    I was planning to write something deep and meaningful...

    But I couldn't think of anything... perhaps if I had one more day?

    Anyway, Happy New year, y'all! Thanks for the follows, the comments, the ranting, the sanctimonious bitching, the reading and the chance to meet you all wonderful people online and in person if you were at Bronycon.

    You're all awesome. Especially you. Yes, you. You know who you are. Or maybe not, but you could think you know you know who you are.

    In any case! Beer.

    13 comments · 507 views
  • 8w, 6d
    Who's next?!

    40 comments · 812 views
  • 9w, 6d
    Random TSC Trivia

    So you like The Sweetie Chronicles? Did you know that...

    - There's a book series blog called the exact same thing? I had never heard of it until a random google search pulled them up, and I was like: "Say whaaaa~"

    - Three downvotes for TSC are there because three authors got angry with me because I would not include their worlds in TSC?

    - Two downvotes are from people that have it in their Favorites Folder?

    - TSC was originally going to be a Ranma/MLP multiverse crossover starring Ryouga and Trixie?

    - Every world Sweetie visits actually a) teaches her something about herself, and b) has a counterpart world?

    - The longest chapter (split into smaller parts) was written within a month?

    - I don't have enough art? Seriously, how come there's pic of the mane 6, pregnant Dash & drunk Sweetie? Or Bon Bon & Lyra teaching Sweetie how to look pony? (I'm such an attention whore and a shameless, needy little author.)

    - Except for a couple of loose ends, I could, theoretically write chapter 20 right now and get 95% of what's going to be happening at that point in time with all of the previous chapters unwritten... correct?

    - I consider it a privilege to write each chapter in other author's worlds?

    - Sweetie Belle from TSC appeared in The Empty Room around April 2012 and by then she was already past the Backwards Through the Mirror (3rd May, 2014) chapters timeline-wise?

    - Ever since the Best Night Ever chapters, I can't go to a bar without wanting to order a Chocolate Martini?

    - There's a Goonies reference in TSC: BNE?

    26 comments · 865 views
  • 10w, 2d
    Boom.

    15 comments · 493 views
Nov
28th
2012

If you have clicked on the "View Mature" check box, certain things need to be made clear.

The first of which is, you will end up with clop (aka porn) in your front page and on the Featured Box. The reason is the aforementioned check box. It is an agreement if you will. By you clicking it with your precious little hooves, claws, hands, tentacles or other appendages, it immediately forms a sort of contract: you are, basically, accepting that you are an adult and old enough to view or not view the material that will pop up.

I can assure you, that just like the teen and everyone ratings, most of it is not going to be well-written, or even thought out at all. But that is a common risk with all things in the internet.

So, you clicked on "View Mature". That means that you are discerning enough to know what you like and what you don't. It implies that you are of sufficient mental growth and understanding to be above whining when the stuff you don't like comes up.

While it is certainly hard to find stories that incorporate sex in a believable and cohesive sense, you, as an adult, should not be surprised to find substandard work in a place that's open to literally everyone to post provided they follow very simple rules and don't exceed the willingness of the moderators/administrators to put up with.

By declaring yourself an adult, you also indicate your capacity to understand not only site-rules, but also the ability to read descriptions and tags. Such as "Sex", indicative of a story containing intercourse of varying levels of explicitness; or "Gore" which points out that the story in question is indubitably going to contain explicit imagery of innards, blood and general butchery.

Having established that, as an adult, recognizing these basic premises of adulthood stature, I will remind you that whining, emailing, pming, posting comments in unwanted places and generally acting like a child because "OMG there is clop in a site where the vast majority of users is compromised of 15-20 year old teenagers and men" is NOT acting like an adult.

In other words, kid, if you can't handle it, simply un-check the damned box. Most likely, you won't find what you're looking for there anyway.

Wanderer D · 399 views · Report
#2 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

Thank you for this.

#3 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

:derpytongue2:

#4 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

Amen :ajbemused:

#5 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

Thank you for posting this. some people just whine whenever anything vaguely sexual comes along.

#6 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

This was brought on by fattymcguys blog wasn't it?

#7 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

YEESSSS.  There is so much whining about people annoying themselves.

:raritydespair::raritydespair::raritycry::raritycry:

#8 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

lol

some people smh

#9 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

Ah may not be too well versed on finer intricacies of modern vernacular, but Ah do imagin' that "Burn" is the correct word ta' use here.

#10 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

i am a filly, and i dont care what i read if i dont like it i leave it alone if i like it and it is for adults i will still read it but i wont read it in front of my parents :rainbowkiss:

#11 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

It truly is annoying when people that can't handle the fact that there is clopping, whine about it showing in their front page.

Clopfics are actually fun to read. Just no need to take them too seriously.

E: Oh yeah... and what I think adult means, is that you can think and act like one. Just what you said.

#12 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Yes, EXCELLENT :rainbowdetermined2:

#13 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Am I understanding this correctly that you don't actually need to be a legal adult (over 18) to declare yourself an adult on this website?

#15 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Somehow, I doubt this will get people to shut up.

#16 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

These are not the clopfics you are looking for...

#17 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Dude, so true. :rainbowlaugh: I uncheck that box every so often to see what is featured that isn't rated Mature.

Usually it's all crap either way. :derpytongue2:

#18 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

But I don't wanna click a box! I wanna WHIIIIIIIIINE INCESSANTLY!

:unsuresweetie:

#19 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549379

i declair myself an adult because i act mature, so you can click the box if you act mature enough to not whine about something

#20 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>549365

Fatty and Jesus cry when you fap to ponies.

#21 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

You have all the best rants.

#23 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

This is because of IJAB, isn't it? People still haven't stopped talking about him leaving. Seriously, he's complaining about bad stories being on a fan fiction site where literally anyone can post nearly whatever they want? If he just ignored that crap then problem solved!

#24 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

This blog exhibits what many people lack.

Common sense.

#25 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

FINALLY SOMEONE GETS IT. Sorry... all the complaining has been eating away my patience for a while. I get it. Clop isn't for everyone. But why do you have to make a scene? Thanks for this, Wanderer. People really need to calm down and think sometimes. Maybe this will stop at least some of the commotion that's been going on. Thanks again. :ajsmug:

#26 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Has this been a problem?  I'm underaged but I I see something I just ignore it, I've seen it all before and I know I'm not interested.  They must be new to the internet in general.

#27 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Okay, now I'm curious.  What inspired this?  Not that I don't agree with you, I figured out everything you just said the first moment I saw the 'View Mature' box.

#28 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

I am, myself, put off by sexual (or even romantic, as I'm an aromantic asexual and cannot relate to either comfortably) themes and activity in fiction, and it causes me to flinch when I see it mixed with ponies, because I cannot connect the two very well. I do the one thing that's sure to work, and that is... wait for it... avoiding it! That's right, if you don't want to see the latest second-person clopfic in the featured box and lose your faith in humanity as a whole (again), keep the damn box unchecked and you don't have to worry about it, as our colleague Wanderer D has said here. I don't whine about it, am underaged, and I can ignore it, like Armalite. If people really want to associate such things with our precious little ponies, be my guest, because it's not going to hurt me or anyone else, and that's what matters.

#29 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549402 There's an insane amount of bitching about clop/gore on the site from people that apparently don't know how to either unclick the 'show mature' box or how to ignore the flagrant 'sex' or 'gore' tags.

#30 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Yah. Good thing you wrote this.

Unfortunatelly, it changes nothing :pinkiecrazy: There will still be those who wil whine for the sake of whining or boosting their pubescent ego

#31 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

>>549391

1) Jesus does not exist, and if he did he was an ordinary man who was stoned off his ass.

2) I do not clop to ponies. At least not pictures of ponies anyway.

#32 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549412 That's really stupid.  I guess people check the mature box to see fics that have light gore, but bitch when they find something that's too gory.    

#34 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

What is the limit for tagging something as mature? I recall knighty telling us that anything including drug use, strong violence, adult language or innuendo needs to be tagged as mature. I would hate to lose all that.

#35 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

This. This man here. This man knows what he's on about.:moustache:

#36 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

I'm upset that people are upset about something they should know better than to be upset about. :pinkiesick:

#37 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

As an EqD pre-reader... THANK YOU!

#38 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

And as even more new-type news....

THIS!!!

#39 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

It's sad that so many peeps are that immature... though personally, since not all M-rated shit is clop, perhaps a second view checkbox, "View Explicit", or a specialized [Clop] tag, is in order? It would A) reduce the whiners and B) Please those that aren't into that stuff but quietly accept their existence.

#40 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

It pains me that something like this post actually has to be said. Where is common sense these days?

>>549425 Jesus thinks you may need to take a chill pill.

He told me just now.

Hi Jesus!

#41 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

I don't complain about clop. I complain about bad clop. Just as much as I complain about HiE, self-insert alicorn OCs and anything else I find repulsive.

Seriously. The amount of rape fics is off the charts. This is awful.

If anything, I can't wait for the tag system where I'll be able to completely ignore that shit.

#43 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549471

You have a Tulpa named Jesus? Nice work bro, I don't have the sheer force of will to make one. I'm far too lazy.

Care to share your secrets?

#44 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

I can't even find where this button is, can someone please point it out?

#45 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549519 The 'View mature' filter is located in the drop-down menu under your profile name.

#46 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

Uh.

What brought this on? Even as a person who dislikes clop pretty intensely, I'm confused. I just keep the "Mature" box unchecked, even though I'm old enough to look at all the fucked-up porn I want (and frequently do, just not of ponies), and all is well.

Seriously, I've seen a few blogs about some hullabaloo over clop, but not what incited it. What's going on here?

#47 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549461

This, though, sounds like a good idea. In addition, if you get linked to a story which is blocked by the filter, there is currently no way of knowing why. Is it gore or... other... reason.

Ahem.

But in general I love the mature filter; generally it works very well. Most of the time, I can pretend that... such things do not exist.

#48 · 117w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

In other words, kid, if you can't handle it, simply un-check the damned box. Most likely, you won't find what you're looking for there anyway.

I hate when people make this argument. It's just so ignorant. Not everything that is Mature has clop or gore. I'll point you over here. There is no excessive gore that requires a gore tag nor is there any sex at all. However, it is a very mature story and thus deserves the tag.

So please, don't tell me I can just turn off the tag to avoid the clop. If I do so, I miss out on a lot of well-told stories that are mature without the sex or gore.

"OMG there is clop in a site where the vast majority of users is compromised of 15-20 year old teenagers and men"

While some people have been incredibly childish in their reactions to the clop, they do have a point if you actually take the time to think about it.

Take a look at the featured box. Many times, you will find a fic in there that is nothing but sex. It's a porno, but written down. Now tell me again how that's a story? I was under the impression that the featured box was for stories, not pornos.

I came here to read. If I wanted to jack off, I'd go watch porn.

Additionally, is it wrong to express disappointment in the userbase? That they're spending all their time jacking off to ponies? I, for one, find that quite disappointing. That people give in to their carnal desires so easily...

#49 · 117w, 3d ago · · ·

>>549447 Aren't you supposed to remain anonymous?

#50 · 117w, 3d ago · · 1 ·

I'll start by saying that I am not a clopper, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a story just because it has sex in it.

I've honestly never understood why people care so much about clop.

If I don't like certain type of story, (HiE or Gore for me personally) I just ignore it.

You don't see me complaining all the time about HiE fics though, I don't waste my time complaining about other people's opinions.

Whatever happened to Love and Tolerate?

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