A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRSTWhat we're really excited to see is the courageous Princess Merida in Pixar's Brave, who challenges her family and country's customs while wielding a bow and arrow on horseback - now that's a real Disney princess "first."
At first I thought this was someone being sarcastic, then I realized it it was something someone actually said.
Don't get me wrong, at some point I'll most likely be seeing Brave myself, and the idea of an animated Pixar film taking place in ancient Scotland is all kinds of neat, but come on. Even when I saw the trailer the whole, "MERIDA THAT IS NOT LADY-LIKE" had me nearly rolling my eyes. I'm really, really hoping the film isn't going to prop itself up on, "there is a young and feisty girl BUT SHE ISN'T LIKE OTHER GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE A WARRIOR AND DO THINGS ONLY BOYS DO AND EVERYONE THINKS IT'S WRONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT LADY-LIKE BUT BECAUSE SHE'D RATHER
Popular Fan ArtThis has been bothering me for some time now, and I've seen this sort of behavior even before I joined dA, but some folks honestly need to stop acting like artists who happen to draw fan art or fan comics for "popular" series automatically makes them "cheap" or that they're somehow shallow people because of it. People can actually, you know, like a series that's popular and end up wanting to draw fan works because they want to. Popular or well-known works or series are going to have lots of fans, so it's not exactly unnatural that more people might be inclined to draw fan art for certain series. It's one thing if you're not a fan of something popular, because it's completely normal for people to have preferences, but when you're just being dismissive of someone else entirely or looking down on them just because the subject matter they choose to draw is "popular" then it makes you look petty and/or jealous. Because, let's be honest, there are people who get really pissed and uptiPopular Fan Art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
special snowflake partyGetting pretty sick of the following:special snowflake party3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"other people/normal people: let's have sex and party and drink and do drugs lololol
me: gonna sit at home blogging and watching anime and doctor who and sherlock and snacking"
1) Despite masquerading behind a veil of this 'innocent' self-described "quirkiness" it's actually pretty haughty and pretentious when looked at from another angle.
2) It reeks of blatant and unabashed special snowflakism (almost in the same vein as those other posts with, "i would rather prefer to stay online and being a fanboy/fangirl than doin drugs or havin sex and party liek most kidz my age reblargh if u agree").
Actually, the entire mentality reeks of this really distorted idea that one can't be a partier or drinker/smoker and simultaneously be a frequent internet user or enjoy "nerdy" or "geeky" pursuits as well. Do you honestly think, given this day and age and how widespread and necessary computers have become, that you're the only one "addic
Reverse Nice Guy SyndromeI'm just going to dub it "Reverse Nice Guy Syndrome" for now because I don't know if there's a proper title for it, but I've noticed that there's a peculiar little bug that hits various people (although certainly not limited to "guys") that causes them to genuinely believe other people (or certain individuals) "owe" them attraction. In short, it's basically like "Nice Guy" syndrome in that it involves a feeling of self-entitlement, but in this case it can sometimes be a somewhat backwards attempt at empowerment in that the "syndrome" causes people to believe that if another person does not feel attracted to them, physically or otherwise, it is automatically the other person's fault entirely, and they are labelled as "shallow" (or an asshole, jerk, bitch, haughty, etc.) simply because they do not have an attraction to or possess a desire to sleep with the "deserving" individual. Like the "Nice Guy," the person always feels like they are the victim in the situation, and in many cases isReverse Nice Guy Syndrome3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Loathsome ListLet me show you it.The Loathsome List3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here’s a short list of things that you can check yourself against to see if I actually loathe you! Let it be known that if you fill any single one of these criteria… I HATE YOU! And am not your friend whatsoever! You are scum of the Earth!
This is only a short list. I had a much longer one, but, I lost it.
 Last updated: April 11th, 2015
- If you support infant/child and other involuntary circumcision aka forced genital cutting or forced sex (re)assignment, of any child
- If you are anti-choice/anti-abortion/”pro-life” and if you support crisis pregnancy centers
- If you are anti-feminism (if you are critical of White Feminism, that is different) or anti-sj. If you’re a radfem, T(W)ERF, or SWERF. If you say you’re for “real justice”. If you unironically use the term “politically correct”. If you’re against trigger warnings.
- If you promote abstinence, and if you think abstinence is bad because
Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded 'thoughI was talking with a friend about how some fandoms are super fun to be a part of. And some...not so much. I regret to say, as much as I love Korra, it's not a particularly fun fandom for me. Neither was Avatar. (They're FAR from the only fandoms that suffer from the problems I'm going to be "talking" (word-vomiting) about, but they're the ones I've had the most experience with.)Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded 'though3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fandom has become a dirty word. I have literally been accused of participating in fandom. Wait, accused of what? For me, the whole idea of "fandom" can be summed up in one word: excitement. Man, I love getting excited about shit. And I LOVE talking to other people who are excited about shit! And then our excitement spirals around each other's and then we make awesome creations with that extreme excitement. EXCITEMENT-BENDING! This is what happens EVERY time I post a fanart, and I c
Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...Never be ashamed of what you love. If it harms no one and gives you joy, if it lifts your spirits and provides a modicum of comfort when you're feeling at your lowest, and if it especially helps when you go out and seek people to identify with over the mutual commonality of what makes you happy... never be ashamed.Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Are you a furry? Do you have such bizarre fetishes as "slime girls" or inflation (and may even fancy some furry porn)? Do you feel like you're under scrutiny for liking the Star Wars prequels and any associated media (i.e. The Clone Wars) without any irony whatsoever?
People who judge you as a human being based on something harmless and trivial you happen to take some joy in? Pardon my French, but they're douchebags, the sort of douchebags who want to feel any measure of superiority over their fellow man and so go for some real cheap shots. Do not take a single word of what they say with
Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a SurvivorI tried to kill myself.Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a Survivor10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I was nearly successful.
I had a loaded gun, and in the darkest moment of my life - at my absolute lowest, after a long chain of shitty life events after shitty life events - I stared into the barrel. I had thought about it for ages. I locked myself in the bedroom. The cats scratched at my door, they mewled for me. They cried for me. Thoughts raced through my head; regrets, broken hopes, endless self-loathing, feeling everything was eternally out of my each...
After long deliberation...
I pulled the trigger.
... Against all odds...
The damn thing jammed.
I'm not a religious woman, but that was a damn miracle. A one in a million stroke of luck. It was as if sanity prevailed, as I immediately came to realize, drowned in sweat and fear and pumping adrenaline as I was, "Dear God, what the fuck am I doing?"
I unloaded the pistol, locked it in my safe... and both cried and drank myself to sleep that night.
Why The Author Can't DieRemember awhile back I was talking about Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness? Or, more precisely, the problematic subtext - if not, at times, text - that underlines his entire bibliography? Well, I finished my re-reading of the book, all the while this very topic I'm about to lay down gestated and simmered in the back of my mind, taking form as I read every line and analyzed every contour of Lovecraft's... unique choice of language.Why The Author Can't Die9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Ladies and gentlemen, I put it to you... l'auteur ne peut pas mourir.
The topic of "Death of the Author" has always fascinated me. Its simplest definition? The writing is divorced from the writer.
Once the author has produced a body of work, it becomes a separate entity, not an extension. The argument goes that to read aspects of the author's life onto the text - to impose a biography, if you will, gleaned from his political views, personal experiences and so forth - "limits interpretation of text." Rola
Knowledge and Belief: Agnosticism vs Atheism?Knowledge and Belief: Agnosticism vs Atheism?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a public service announcement!
Is it possible for someone to be both agnostic and a theist? What about both agnostic and atheist? The answer is yes!
The terms 'agnostic' and 'gnostic' speak to a person's level of knowledge concerning the topic. Atheist and Theist refer to the topic - the belief (or lack thereof) in a god or gods. Here are a few examples:
Jerome doesn't know if there is or isn't a god, but he doesn't believe in it regardless. Jerome is an Agnostic Atheist.
Anika claims to know that there certainly is no god at all, and she does not believe in this god. Anika is a Gnostic Atheist.
Kiana claims to know with certainty that god does exist, and he believes wholeheartedly in god. Kiana is a Gnostic Theist.
Charles doesn't know if there is or isn't a god, but he chooses to believe in one anyway. Charles is an Agnostic Theist.
Here's a helpful video w
I'm a Monster! being married is not easy, but fun!SO I saw this cartoon & only thing I can think of.... if there was a cartoon sitcom was like this, it would be a riot... I love this piece & it is funny... Here we have just an average home life in a not so average family...I'm a Monster! being married is not easy, but fun!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What do you guys think of this piece? I hope there is a sequel.
Erotic Art Is Not Pornography...It is time to make some things clear to anyone who has a less-than-dignified view of Proud Warrioress Art and the Contributors and Co-Founders of every group administered by us.Erotic Art Is Not Pornography...7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Erotic art is clearly not pornography. Erotic art does not exist to demean women, or make women feel that their bodies are less than beautiful, or make people go irreversibly insane when they see a pair of titties.
Pornography specifically makes use of actors and actresses to have sex and do other erotic acts for pure profit and a type of entertainment that caters to the lowest view of human sexual behavior. This statement is not meant to imply that every movie and video that is made about nude people engaged in erotocism is pornography. There are productions that hire film crews and actresses to tell a true and genuine story. This is not pornography. This is in fact a form of art.
What is the difference? It is about respect. It is about dignity. It is about the performers or the artists having a true art
Determined to Prove a VillainOne of my recent obsessions, game-wise, of late would be the self-described "Dystopian document thriller" Papers, Please. I went so far to call it this year's equivalent to Spec Ops: The Line and I still stand by that statement. Don't let its deliberate retro, bleak, DOS-quality graphic style dissuade you. Papers, Please tackles moral dilemmas with more nuance and sophistication than most Triple-A games do, and need I remind you Triple-A games have a tendency to relegate every possible shade of grey into two categories of Good and Evil, Paragon and Renegade, Mr. Rogers and Hitler. It is worth your time.Determined to Prove a Villain2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Playing it prompted me to think about how villain protagonists in gaming are often written. Or, more accurately, how they're "played."
Kratos might have been a victim of circumstance and manipulation from the cradle to his many graves, perhaps saddled with an incurable rage that only comes with being the son of a god,
The Almighty P WordThe majority of the world's countries have populations that prefer their members to profess belief in a higher power. Several countries have laws where apostasy is punishable with death. Others, like the United States, are more atheist-tolerant; in other words, "non-religious people live here, but that doesn't mean we have to like them, associate with them, or make them feel welcome." And then there are more atheist-friendly countries, like Sweden.The Almighty P Word1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I find it odd, but not unexpected, that so many people in atheist-tolerant countries are worried about persecution against them. It's fair to say that every religion has been persecuted against (at the hands of another doing the persecuting) at some point in human history. It's fair to say that in certain parts of the world, religious persecution is a very real thing; it can be very dangerous to be a Christian in an Islamic country. It's fair to say that throughout much of human history, the atheist
America Catches Up to Marriage EqualityToday is perhaps the second most significant day in the U.S. for marriage egalitarianism under the law. The first day was when the Supreme Court of the US struck down DOMA, a federal act that barred the federal government from recognizing gay marriages performed in states that allowed same-sex marriages. In the years since that decision, many conservative states have passed local bans on same-sex marriage. Conservatives even managed to slip Proposition 8 through in California (a measure that was later trounced). Nearly all of those bans have been challenged, and the majority were thrown out as unconstitutional by lower courts. Today, the Supreme Court of the US has ruled that all bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, and that marriage is a universal right (and leads to many other rights) that are subject to the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. No state may abridge those rights. This has now opened up marital rights to the entirety of the United States.America Catches Up to Marriage Equality1 week ago in Personal More Like This
Internet Copyrights 101Since there was an app recently on Facebook which resulted in numerous copyright infringements and legal issues, I figured now would be a good time to refresh everyone on basic internet copyright rules. These rules are by no means complete, official, or set in stone, and there are always exceptions.Internet Copyrights 1013 years ago in Personal More Like This
Follow the TOS
This should be self explanatory, but please follow the Terms of Service agreements you signed for whatever website you're currently on. Not all websites have the same rules and restrictions in their TOS and you should treat each site individually and not expect that since you got away with something on one site means you'll get away with it on another. Most websites do not allow uploading of content that is not your own.
Ask permission first.
A lot of copyright infringement happens because people don't bother to take the time to ask the original creators if it's alright to repost. It usually doesn't take much effort to send an e-mail or note asking for pe
Religion destroys your humanityYeah I've been meaning to talk about this since it's been bothering me. It's amazing how so many people lose their mind when it comes to religion. Okay so if you remembered I had mentioned it on these http://supyloco.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4k06yb http://supyloco.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4k07aa http://supyloco.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4k07jm . Now that part is interesting for various reasons though it's not the most talked about nor is it the worst in the sense that it's not as defended or talked about. You know my opinion on rape and I find it disgusting that the bible is just so lenient when it comes to the rapist and instead is punishing the victim. But no this is not the point of this journal. The point of this journal is not point out the many flaws of scripture but to address the people who make excuses for it. That's the name of the journal. So one of the most interesting story of the bible is that of Abraham. I had a poll on him here http://supyloco.deviantart.com/journal/pReligion destroys your humanity3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The WHUTler - I Like Analysis but this is RidicI love a good analysis as much as the next person. Even the ones that are meant to be satirical, comedic, or generally sarcastic. But I think there are times when people just get so into something (or a character) that they feel the need to over-analyze their every action or just look into it to the point where they either end up seeing something that isn't there, or take something and make it out to be deeper than it actually is.The WHUTler - I Like Analysis but this is Ridic3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I see a lot of GIF sets for shows like Sherlock, Avengers/Thor, and Doctor Who that do a lot of, "let's take a GIF set or images from this scene and write a complex analysis for this character or that character or this scene."
And then, most recently, we have the Once-ler fandom.
I'll admit that I didn't watch the entire Lorax film, but I've seen enough clips/scenes from the movie as well as GIF sets and summaries/reviews to know pretty much how all of it goes down. The overall general consensus seems to be that the movie was fairly shitty, although th
Stop Pretending to be Shocked by TransgenderismTransgender individuals (which is to say, individuals who do not identify with their assigned physical gender, and may, at some point decide to reassign their physical gender to match their gender identity) have been around for a very long time, despite the fact that people have recently been more consumed by discussions of sexual orientation. It took an Olympic-champion-turned-reality-star to come out publicly as transgender before the nation decided to face the issue.Stop Pretending to be Shocked by Transgenderism3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
And not surprisingly, the peanut gallery is squawking loudly about how gross and unnatural it is for a male to become a female.
If this is you, then consider this your wake up call to stop being shocked by it. There's nothing unnatural about transitioning gender, and in fact, at least half the people complaining are themselves sexually transitioned. Of course, I could go on and talk about all the animals in nature that function as both male and female, or I could discuss species of fish who actua
The First Amendment - Freedom of SpeechThe first Amendment of the United States constitution is first because it is the most important. It grants us the right to free speech, which is generally important to stopping oppressive regimes (and is often the first one that an oppressive regime will try to attack). Worded exactly as it is in the constitutionThe First Amendment - Freedom of Speech2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
That's more or less it. Let's talk about what it actually means, or is "supposed" to mean. Most of the amendments of the United States constitution were written in a way to be interpreted to any time, sometimes ones that the people who wrote them can't possibly imagine. And you shouldn't be surprised when people interpret them in... less than ethical ways. The fourteenth amendment was made after the
Korra: When Extremes Meet - ThoughtsBefore I go into more depth on my review of the episode and my overall thoughts, I'd just like to say that this is the first time in ages that a television show (I don't watch tv very much), let alone an animated television show, has left me feeling so giddy and intrigued. I was practically rocking back and forth and bouncing off the walls by the time the credits for episode 8 rolled, like some obsessively hyperactive kid in an asylum with colorful candy-coated walls.Korra: When Extremes Meet - Thoughts3 years ago in Personal More Like This
That being said, I genuinely liked, no, LOVED and ENJOYED this episode far more than I did with episode 7 (which was also a pretty good). This is an episode where we get to see more bender-on-non-bender oppression play out (when before it was limited to mostly talk and bender triad activity) and it culminates with Tarrlok abusing his political power to place an unfair curfew on all non-benders while successfully arresting and imprisoning every member of Korra's gang. The highlight of this episode was mainly that we get to
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic icons 2Sweetie BelleMy Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic icons 24 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thoughts on Korra: Out of the PastThe opening scene alone gave me a creepy vibe, what with Tarrlok just levitating a helpless Korra into a metal prison through bloodbending alone.Thoughts on Korra: Out of the Past3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But, oh lord, Tarrlok. I'm fully aware that a number of people had already theorized that he was Yakone's son or at least had some relation to Yakone (I was sort of on the 50/50 fence and mostly figured that if he wasn't the son, he'd at least have some connection or relation of some sort), but now we have official confirmation. But in all seriousness, that...was fast. The previous episode had built up this entire thing on Tarrlok and how formidable he could truly be, but I didn't expect (or want) his streak to end this soon. I knew there'd be a chance he'd get his bending removed or meet with some dark fate, but just...not one episode later. Especially since he raised the stakes so highly in the previous installment.
This was probably the scariest Amon appearance yet, and the scene with Tarrlok and Amon in the shed just gave me straight horr