DID YOU KNOW I COULD ASK YOU QUESTIONS? IT IS SO COOL
actual question: if the aang and co decided to transfer to p.s. 118, which hey arnold kids do you think each character would be closest to?
Arnold would really like Aang and Katara, because of their shared missing parents issues and love of ~doing good~. I think Katara would fit the sort of righteous part of his personality, and Aang would fit his more fun-loving side.
Sokka and Gerald are the coolest kids on the block. (I want this to be a show. Just this.) Toph hangs out with them too, but she also goes around beating people up with Harold, and really likes Stinky and Sid.
Helga finds herself surprisingly close with Mai and Zuko, although she thinks Zuko’s kind of an idiot. She also adopts the Dangerous Ladies as her new role models. Ty Lee decides Phoebe is totally adorable and that they are going to be best friends forever.
Rhonda wants to be friends with Azula, who finds her tiresome.
Grandpa, Grandma, and Iroh have the craziest parties. Iroh gets along really well with everyone in the boarding house, and sometimes has jam sessions with Mr. Hyunh.
Curly and Eugene both develop creepy fixations on Zuko.
I don’t know who Suki hangs out with. I guess she kind of floats around, or maybe she’s friends with Connie and Maria. (HEY SOKKA, COME OVER HERE.)
If you could live in any fictional world, which one would it be, and why? :D
I’d love to live in Diana Wynne Jones’s Ingary, preferably traveling around in the moving castle - there’s just enough mix of comfortable charm and adventure in that world. I can get behind that.
Alternatively, Lyra’s Oxford, Gondor, videogame!Toronto in Scott Pilgram (although that might be too cold/boring for me), or the Avatarverse, in Ba Sing Se when it hasn’t gone to shit. Oh! Or New New York. Maybe. XD
You're flying to Mars. Assume a level of technology that makes this roughly as difficult and dangerous as sailing around the world is right now.
You get a crew of four, plus yourself. Fictional characters only, any canon. WHO DO YOU PICK.
I spent FAR TOO LONG thinking about this. Basically, I wanted to choose people who would be very competent at their jobs but also super fun to hang out with, and who would probably get along well.
Captain! Fee Carmichael (Planetes)
Science officer/navigator! Sokka (ATLA)
Communications! Robin Charles Scherbatsky (HIMYM)
Engineer! Fio Piccolo (Porco Rosso)
I would be Fee’s ~*~first mate~*~
If you’d let me add more, the others would have been: Helmsmen Troy Barnes and Abed Nadir (Community).
Something rubbed me the wrong way while reading this, but I didn’t care enough to properly think through/articulate what it was. So right on, lady! Particularly:
I don’t find the whole decrying girls who can’t be slut-shamed as useless, vapid, talentless, etc. any less repugnant.
Slut-shaming: THE WORST. But the opposite problem - prude-shaming, I guess it would be called? Seems to happen a lot within the Mainstream Feminist Community(tm) in little insidious ways that don’t really get paid attention to.
Also, I find the author’s claim to know exactly what kind of music “freaks” make, and what constitutes a “freak” to be a little odd and constraining. I get that you like Lady Gaga, dude! But seriously.
“Don’t go around telling girls that they’re terrible and should be someone who fits into your mold. Taylor Swift is terrible and should change herself to fit into my mold!” That’s my summary of the article linked above.
Yeahhhhhh. I have zero patience for hypocrisy.
That article was just as offensive as the sorts of social constructs she’s complaining about. And, I’ll admit, offensive on a personal level as well, since some of her complaints about Taylor Swift would apply to me as well. But oh well.
I enjoyed Rawles’ comments, included below. To summarize: in our society, a girl just can’t win.
You know, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last while considering celebrity and specifically female celebrity with regard to It Girls in music and acting and things like that, the realities of how women are treated in Hollywood, and the more I thought about it (and read about it at relevant blogs also discussing these things) the more I found myself sort of unable to dislike a lot of people. (I went through this with Megan Fox, specifically!)
They are ALL crafted personas and something real peeks out now and again (moreso with some than others; and sometimes the real thing is awesomely subversive) and more than that, the personas that have been constructed are 1000% more about/a reflection on our culture than they are to do with these people individually.
So, yeah. The role that Taylor Swift is slotted into is quite problematic for many reasons, but then so is this. And I love Lady Gaga, but gross. I am much more inclined to find the fact that our society seems to need to put someone in that role and how people, as a result, treat the construct of Taylor Swift really interesting than I am to harbor any dislike for anyone involved.
Like yes she won whateverface over Lady Gaga at the Grammys! Ignoring the fact that awards are meaningless and everyone would be better off if they accepted that, the reactions that were very specifically attacking her (not the Grammys, not anyone who actually had any control over it, but Taylor Swift herself) were skeevy. As if only the blood of Taylor Swift could return Lady Gaga’s rightful irrelevant awards to her, as if she was supposed to go, I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS BECAUSE I SUCK AND AM EMPTY-HEADED AND TALENTLESS AND HAVE NO EDGE SINCE EVERYONE SAYS SO, SO GAGA YOU CAN TOTES HAVE IT.
Except wait: “I’m irked by her consistent inability to recognize more deserving nominees in her acceptance speeches”
Apparently according to this article she really is supposed to do that?
And yes I understand the ridiculous Madonna/Whore dichotomy that her image/music presents is problematic and the idea that she is the only viable role model is a path straight to slut-shaming, which, yes, always a giant NO to slut-shaming. Of course, slut-shaming is so ingrained into nearly much every aspect of our society that pretty much anything and everything will set it off and I don’t find the whole decrying girls who can’t be slut-shamed as useless, vapid, talentless, etc. any less repugnant.
Because you know that’s what happens. A girl doesn’t have an image that lends itself to calling her a slut, the immediate go to is then to rage on about how much of a stupid waste of space she is. See also: a million milquetoast ingenues and the SHE CAN’T ACT!11 cries that follow them.
Which is not to say that there are no ingenues that can’t act or even to make any comment on Taylor Swift’s talent or lack thereof given that I don’t even listen to her music. But the fact that this dismissal happens for women constantly and there are only a handful of dudes who it’s okay/generally accepted to go HE CAN’T ACT/HE HAS NO TALENT about is not a coincidence. And indeed the reverse wherein personality defects in men are supposed to be excused because of their talents is far more common. This all loops back around anyway because even if a girl doesn’t “seem” like a slut, eventually the more success she has the more the cries of talentless will turn into suppositions that her success is based on her physical attributes in some way. Even if it’s not direct accusations of sex, it’s still slut-shaming of the IT IS YOUR FAULT IF OTHER PEOPLE FIND YOU ATTRACTIVE AND THAT AFFECTS THEIR TREATMENT OF YOU variety. And let’s not even get into the underlying issues with the TAYLOR SWIFT YOU ARE TOO PRETTY TO PLAY THE OUTSIDER IN YOUR SONGS outcry because yes Glasses Make You Ugly is stupid, but Pretty Girls Feel Universally Accepted and Never Ever Awkward or Like Outsiders is kind of a specious argument don’t you think? Not to mention it’s just exclusionary in quite the absurd way to go YOU ARE NOT WEIRD ENOUGH TO BE ALLOWED TO FEEL BAD ABOUT YOURSELF.
So to be entirely clear. I completely understand taking issue with her image and the reactions to it. But I also think the underlying issues driving the sheer level of focused ire deserve a bit more consideration than they’re actually getting.