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could you maybe explain the drag queen thing i dont get it im sorry
drag queens often perform incredibly catty misogynistic stereotypes of womanhood and use a huge amount of misogynistic slurs and transmisogynistic slurs. it’s also incredibly common for drag circles to excuse or actively engage in racism, see Shirley Q Liquor, who wears actual blackface onstage (which RuPaul defended publicly and insisted wasn’t racist). and when RuPaul’s Drag Race was called out by the trans community for frequently using transmisogynistic slurs and then designing a game on the show where the goal was literally to “clock” trans women, the drag community rose to defend him, and he got away with a weak-ass fauxpology. additonally, drag is a performance, so the performers can shed womanhood (particularly the dangerous territory of DMAB womanhood) at will, and do not actually experience misogyny or transmisogyny in any real way. drag culture also often blurs the lines between drag and non-cis genders as a way of excusing transmisogyny, which perpetuates attitudes in queer communities that non-cis genders are performative and therefore to be judged on how “well” they are performed. this often makes cis queer spaces very uncomfortable for trans people; people will openly clock you and comment on your ability to “pass”. I have no problem with drag as a gender expression, or with DMAB people who express femininity, but I have a huge fucking problem with drag culture.
The Tiffany Aching books are so important.
They’re about a girl, in a professional hierarchy created by women, growing into her own power, and growing as a person. At the end of each book, her good work is validated by the most powerful witches. For Tiffany’s success, she’s rewarded in an almost Mary-Sue like fashion (and I use that term in the most positive way). Granny Weatherwax bows to her. Granny Weatherwax takes off her hat to her. This lifts Tiffany’s spirits and reassures her that she’s on the right track, and it’s treated as SO IMPORTANT, and, like — how many other books do that?
The prizes at the end of the story — Tiffany becomes a better person, she protects people, she gains the respect of her superiors (who are also women).
Can you imagine that in another novel? The joyful moment of heartwarming, the cherry on ice cream sundae of the adventure, the heroine’s crowning glory, is that some old women bow to her in respect.
The books are so positive towards women, it’s unreal. Sure, the witches don’t always get along (they’re witches, they’ll always argue), and Tiffany has to deal with some petty one-up-man-ship, but it’s so fucking mature, how it’s handled. Tiffany winds up helping her enemy, Annagramma, who slowly learns to become a decent human being, and is revealed to have her own problems. She also becomes friends with the woman her childhood crush marries, even though they were initially antagonistic towards each other. It would have been SO EASY for these women to be one-note villains, the “bitches” for Tiffany to triumph over, but they’re not, and that’s fantastic. Pratchett does not go for the low-hanging fruit, and tear other women down to build Tiffany up.
I once had the incredible privilege to speak to Terry Pratchett in person at the Edinburgh Fringe. I thanked him for the Tiffany Aching novels, which had helped me and my husband bond during our year of long distance. And I asked him how he, as a male author, was able to write such well-rounded women.
"Well, my mother was a woman," he said, and the audience laughed, but basically he said that his life had been filled with just as many interesting women as interesting men, and it felt natural to reflect that in his novels.
The Tiffany Aching series is a gift for girls. It’s a gift for just about anyone who reads them, but girls in particular NEED stories like this, stories about a world of women helping and challenging each other. Stories where they get to be powerful.
Boiled artichoke is very tasty but it does rather stick in your teeth.
I just got some of the best news possible at this point in time - the flatmate I’ve been complaining about is moving out at the beginning of November!
sorry about the rudeness but I AM SO HAPPY!!!
A review of the last few days in Australian politics
- With support from Labor and the Liberals, a bill has been passed through the senate that allows journalists and whistleblowers to be jailed and the internet to be monitored by Australian security agencies
- A Liberal senator told the senate that some foetuses miscarry because they understand they may not survive out of the womb
- The Australian media has continued in its tirade against Muslims in Australia with several examples of mislabelling, provoking, sensationalising and fact picking.
- Tony Abbott did not attend a United Nations climate summit attended by more than a hundred world leaders, including the super-polluters and big business. He did attend the terror summit the day after. He has also listed Islamic extremism, Russian aggression, ebola and economic stagnation as the greatest threats to the world, leaving out climate issues.
- With the terror threat level being raised, involvement in Iraq and politicians making asinine remarks, Islamic Australians are increasingly the target of vilification and attacks.
- After spending time with Indigenous Australian communities, the Abbott government have cut funding for Aboriginal communities and new laws give police greater power to target Indigenous youths.
- The Abbott Government will sign an agreement to send Asylum seekers to Cambodia, one of South East Asias poorest nations with an already strained welfare system. Babies born in detention under Australia will blocked from applying for protection.
So what kind of picture does this paint? It’s a bit like a summation of the Liberal party since they’ve been in power. They’re taking away our freedoms, first healthcare and education, now speech. They’re continuing their racially backed campaign against foreigners, be they asylum seekers or Islamic people. They’re proving they don’t care about indigenous Australians and women’s rights and that they definitely don’t care about climate issues.
This last week or so in Australian politics proves that this government have an agenda of xenophobia and anti-reason, of dangerous neoconservatism. It proves, quite terrifyingly, that it’s working.
ayyyyyyyy snoooooooow. as long as there’s snow for christmas. i just want it now mostly because then maybe the ticks would finally die and i wouldn’t have to keep plucking them from our cats
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