ember_keelty: (anthy how annoying)
I have thoughts about Puppetgate. Here is a good rundown of what that is if you haven't heard of it, including some initial arguments for why the play is terrible that I won't be rehashing here and an example of the defense of it that I will be responding to: that it represents the plight of parents whose children have autism, which is "the other side of the autism story" and deserves to be told as much as the stories of people with autism. In my view, there are three problems with that.

1. The stories of non-autistic parents of autistic children are currently over-represented, actually.

The most prominent autism-related nonprofit is Autism Speaks, which is run by non-autistic people. Its focus is raising "awareness" of autism in an incredibly stigmatizing way that centers the hardships of non-autistic caregivers for autistic children. The other place that autism comes up frequently in well-publicized social discourse is the antivax movement, which treats it as a sort of bogeyman and generally acts as though parents should be more afraid of their children "contracting" autism than of them dying from preventable infectious diseases. Parents of people with disabilities are viewed as so put-upon by the general public that they garner sympathy from mainstream media even when they murder us. Meanwhile, autistic adults like myself have difficulty finding supportive resources, because we aren't children burdening non-autistic adults with no legal and socially acceptable means of getting rid of us and therefore not the focus of autism-related nonprofits such as Autism Speaks.

2. The parents in All in a Row are terrible representation for caregivers anyway.

The husband plays outlandish, outright abusive "pranks" on his wife and then blames it on their child. The wife is secretly the one trying to get their child taken away by a social worker who explicitly views him as an "animal" to be institutionalized. These are villain protagonists, whether or not they were intended as such. The point of villain protagonists ought to be not "aren't they just so universally relatable to people in their situation?" but rather "this is how people with understandable or even sympathetic motives can end up doing monstrous things."

3. You can and should tell "the other side of the story" without dehumanizing the obverse side.

I think this is true even when you're inverting a dominant narrative where the characters usually centered actually are villainous and you want to call that out - after all, bigots don't generally see themselves as inhuman, so portraying bigotry as something only inhuman monsters engage in can only serve to comfort them and reinforce their conviction that they aren't actually bigots - but it's even more important when you're telling the story of someone "on the other side" from the sort of people the dominant narrative already tends to dehumanize, because punching down is both the cruelest and the laziest thing that an artist can do. Depicting the plight of caregivers for disabled children is certainly not the most urgent artistic mission in the current social climate, and the caregivers in All in a Row would certainly not be a good depiction if it were, but it's true that caregiver fatigue is a real thing that exists and that it deserves to be depicted in art as much as any other part of the human experience. Still, that depiction doesn't have to come at the expense of narrative compassion for the characters receiving care. All in a Row had the autistic character portrayed by a puppet specifically so that he could engage in "shocking" behaviors like biting his mother and the audience could see firsthand the misery his parents were going through without being confronted by the reality that the source of this misery is a human child with his own subjectivity and his own pain. That isn't daring or brutally honest storytelling, but rather the exact opposite.
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It's been over a year since I posted anything here, but I don't feel like breaking this tradition just yet.

Things I wrote in 2013 )

Not a bad year, except for the part where I stopped writing for almost half of it. )
ember_keelty: (anthy you win)
Dear Author,

First of all, thank you for writing for me! I have a feeling this exchange is going to be awesome. ♥

For this exchange I asked for pairings that are rare enough I would be happy to see just about any fic at all for them. Any rating from G to R is fine! The one thing I am not particularly interested in is porn without plot, though I don't mind some smut if it's in the context of a larger story or the focus is more on the characters' feelings and the dynamics of their relationship than every dirty little detail of what's going on physically.

Here is a short list of things that I especially like:
-Power couples being awesome and devastating all who oppose them, whether politically or in battle. (I think this would work especially well for Dawn/Marley, Pratty/Sanary, and the Bodacious Space Pirates couples.)
-One girl being in danger and the other having to rescue her.
-Both girls being in danger and having to fight their way out together.
-Hurt/comfort of any variety, from fluffy sickfic to darker fic about recovering from deep psychological or physical wounds.
-Happy or at least bittersweetly hopeful endings, though I am fine with the story as a whole not being particularly happy. (The one exception to this is if you're writing Jupiter/Mars. That pairing should be as dark and hopelessly fucked up as possible.)

I hope that helps inspire you a little! And seriously, thank you again.
ember_keelty: (juri thoughtful)
Bodacious Space Pirates is an anime about a high school girl who suddenly inherits the captaincy of a pirate ship. IN SPACE! I just finished watching it yesterday and I would highly recommend it to any yuri fans reading this. There are lots of compelling female-female friendships as well as one canonical lesbian relationship. The scifi and world-building elements are intriguing and usually at least somewhat plausible. There is refreshingly little male gaze for this kind of anime. The only problem I had with it was the plot structure. The pacing was frequently off, I really felt the lack of any sort of single thread of conflict running through the series, a number of things that happened weren't explained to my satisfaction, and the finale left me with a sense of incompleteness. A second season would clear up that last one, but I have my doubts that a movie, which is so far the only continuation announced, could. Failing another season, what this series really needs is a fandom with lots of fic to fill in the gaps. Tragically, my searches so far have turned up a total of three fanfics, and not much in the way of fanart either.
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Cross-posted from tumblr because this is a better place for it anyway.

I’ve been lurking some Harvest Moon/Rune Factory forums. Just now I was reading some discussion of the bachelors in Land’s Origins and while most of the girls were very enthusiastic about Neil, a couple started talking about how much they dislike him and Vaughn and the other “bad boys” of HM. What’s so appealing about a guy who’s mean to you until you win him over? they wanted to know. I was nodding along in agreement and feeling very mature, when suddenly I realized that I made a beeline for Raven in RF3 and she is the same exact thing only female.

And that’s kind of interesting to me. What’s the difference? Well, obviously, I’m more attracted to gals than to guys. But it’s more than just a question of attraction. Flip Micah's and Raven’s genders and the moment Raven shoved Micah in Sol Terrano I would have run and never looked back. Honestly, it was a little troubling even in the canon scenario, but I forgot about it pretty quickly. I actually have a much stronger reaction to Marian drugging Micah. That seems threatening in a way that simply getting physical doesn’t when it’s female-on-male.

Flipping the genders also destroys the dynamic where it’s the guy doing all of the emotional work for once. Even the part at the end with Aquaticus annoyed me less than I thought it would. “I’m going to be levelling her up alongside me,” I thought when I read about the endgame scenario, “so why can’t she save herself?” Well, because she’s being More Than Mind-Controlled. When you’re fighting the dragon, you’re really fighting the last lingering traces of her doubt and self-loathing. (But isn’t it funny that women rescuing men emotionally, for example in East of the Sun-type stories, is never symbolized that way?)

But then I have to ask myself: what if just Micah was genderflipped? I don’t think anyone who knows me would buy it if I claimed I would find their relationship less compelling if it were girl/girl, so I’m not going to make that claim. It’s definitely a kind of double standard.

I’m pleased to report, though, that the double standard seems to be entirely on my side, since Raven is, from what I can tell, an overwhelming favorite with the same fanbase that always goes for the Vaughns and the Skyes when there’s an option to play as a gal and romance the guys.
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My fic for the 2012 Valentine's Day Yuri Challenge! It's Juri/Utena, sort of, in the Unresolved (And Never To Be Resolved Because We Both Already Have Life Partners) Sexual Tension sense. Two thousand words, general audiences, no warnings.
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The year isn't technically over yet, but I don't have any holiday challenge fic going up and I don't plan on writing anything in the next few days.

Things I wrote in 2011 )

The meme )
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I will still be crossposting to Livejournal, so no worries if you aren't.

ETA: Apparently, there is an issue with the cross-post link! Until I figure out how to fix it, you can find my Dreamwidth journal here.

ETA2: Nevermind, it's fixed! Apparently when I created a custom footer I copy-pasted the template URL from the default footer, because this is my first day on the internet and I thought it was my actual URL.

ETA3: Okay, this time for real?
ember_keelty: (anthy happy)
Wrapping this up with some more Sayaka/Kyouko afterlife fluff. I just get a kick out of Sayaka managing to completely fluster Kyouko just by being herself. I think Sayaka does too.

VII. Beneath thy guidance reconciled )
ember_keelty: (utena blah)
Once when I was talking about Madoka Magica with my best friend, she wondered why Sayaka became a witch in the third timeline when she would have had so much more support. I hypothesized that maybe that was the whole problem.

More sad fic. I promise I'll write something happier tomorrow to make up for it.

VI. Look At Me )
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So far I have written about why people hate Sayaka and why they are wrong. Now I am going to write a little bit about why I love her.

V. Things that Miki Sayaka IS: resourceful, brave. )
ember_keelty: (utena for her)
Darkfic this time, around 600 words. It focuses on Sayaka's relationship with Mami, since that's something I'm pretty sure I've never seen before in fanfiction. There's relatively little fic centered on Sayaka's feelings and experiences in the first place, and what there is is invariably about her relationship with Kyousuke or Kyouko.

Trigger warnings for graphic violence and death.

IV. Black and White, Red and Yellow )
ember_keelty: (anthy happy)
Sign-ups are now open for the first ever Homestuck Shipping Olympics!
The HSO is an event that brings fans together to create awesome stuff and hang out. You can participate by signing up with a livejournal account here and choosing which ship to support! Please only sign up if you can be polite and respectful about other ships; we want this to be a really fun experience for everybody. Sign-ups will be open from now until August 1.
ember_keelty: (juri thoughtful)
My Myth, Ritual, and Performance professor assigned us to write fairy tales.

That was probably a bad idea. )
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