Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
I am unexpectedly weepy looking at this.
Real life “Rosie the Riveter” - Tennessee, 1943.
GLORIFY THE SHIT OUT OF THIS IMAGE
Painting a more accurate version of history, one reblog at a time.
When I posted this archival image of a “real life Rosie the Riveter” one year ago, I had no idea it would resonate with so many people. 19K and counting.
A photo from my home state. (Check out the rest of the gallery; it’s fantastic.)
So keep saying it. We need to know who to avoid.
She wrote him as a believable (albeit magical) character. Real life people generally don’t work like this: “blah blah blah oh yeah I’m gay blah blah blah did I tell you I’m gay?”
Yeah, she could have hinted at it by throwing in a past boyfriend (though that would be really out of nowhere unless she replaced a character here or there which, in fairness, would work pretty much just as well) or having someone mention it in passing or something, but she didn’t. Because usually sexuality doesn’t come up in conversation unless you make it come up in conversation.
And no. I’m not saying it from the perspective of a straight person. Literally, unless someone has specifically been talking about sexuality, I’ve never felt the need to turn around to people and say “hey, I went out with this girl, did I tell you I’m pansexual? Because I am.” And how did you find this fact out? Because you brought it up in conversation.
People don’t just run around shouting about how they’re bisexual or gay or lesbian or asexual or anything else. No one does that. It’s not what people - realistically - do. Why should it be any different in a book?
See, being gay (or, more accurately, not being straight) isn’t a personality trait. Dumbledore is a believable but eccentric character. Eccentricity is a personality trait, so it was brought up. It was hinted at. Gay isn’t. So it wasn’t. Because you need to go out of the way to point it out. And, to be entirely honest, if J.K. wrote in “Dumbledore’s gay and no one cares, isn’t that great?!” I’d feel so patronised. I don’t care who’s genitalia he goes for (if any) or if people couldn’t give less of a shit. It’s patonising to go out of the way to point out that “ooh magical land where no one cares because you’re such a good wizard!”
And besides, the Harry Potter series got enough stick from rabid crazies who were convinced they were evil because ERMAHGERD WIZERDZ! There’d be mass book burnings if she pointed out that the headmaster of this EEEEEEVIL wizard school was also gay. I’d rather she just not point it out than watch the backlash from some ignorant fucks.
So yeah. Sorry, but it is good she didn’t point out that he’s gay. The fact no one pointed it out shows they didn’t mind/care about him being gay. No one pointed him out as ‘the gay Hogwarts Headmaster’ because he was just ‘the Hogwarts Headmaster’ to them. If you want a world in which people don’t care who you slip into bed with (and if you don’t then there’s something very wrong with you because I don’t know why anyone should care) then you shouldn’t react with hostility when someone writes a world were people’s reaction to sexuality is pretty much “ok, so?” You need to accept when someone writes a fictional world with a positive attitude towards sexuality with characters who, you know, don’t make a huge song and dance out of who another character wants to fuck.
But here are some people for whom sexuality came up in conversation - this is off the top of my head: Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Cho Chang, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Lavender Brown, Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, James Potter, Lily Potter, Severus Snape, Merope Gaunt. There are thousands of words about canon heterosexual relationships, but literally zero about any queer people at all.
Here’s how to write homosexual characters:
Dean started to dash off to Transfiguration, but thought better of it and planted a kiss on Seamus’s cheek before quite sauntering down the second-floor corridor
Here’s how to write bisexual characters:
Parvati waved goodbye to Lavender and grabbed another toast soldier.
'Cor, Patil, how're you going with her without getting your face snogged off?' Ron grumbled.
Parvati fixed Ron with a stare. ‘You know, Weasley, she calms down rather a lot if you pay any sort of attention to her.’
Here’s how to write asexual characters:
'So, Luna,' stammered Neville, running a hand through his hair in an attempt to sound suave, 'are any suitors knocking down your door?'
'Impossible,' she replied after a pause, 'the anti-Horklump charms should prevent that. Besides, I've never seen anyone I find attractive, so unless they're knocking for cuddles and their names begin with 'Gin' or 'Nev', it's a fool's errand.' She blinked twice, airily, before casting a glance at an increasingly pink Longbottom.
Here’s how to write trans characters:
'I was just so excited when the letter came addressed to “Hermione” instead of to my grandfather's dreadful old name. Somehow Hogwarts just KNEW!'
Here’s how to write bigender characters:
'It's “Ms” today, actually,' interjected Charlie.
'Ms Weasley,' Filch continued, 'it is wholly inappropriate to be carrying live newts inside the castle proper without a regulation case.'
I could do more, but you probably get the point - that far more effort has been expended establishing characters in Harry Potter as heterosexual than would ever have to be expended establishing queer characters. We were cheated with Dumbledore. Retroactively, extratextually establishing him as gay is the bare minimum that Rowling could have done with her series.
Addressing two of feraldash’s points directly:
- if you can’t tell the difference between SHOUTING that you’re pansexual and indicating that you’re pansexual through context clues, you really need to go back to middle school. It is incredibly patronizing to reduce concerns about an utter lack of queer representation to a straw man argument that no one was shouting it from the rooftops.
- Firstly, the vast majority of people protesting Harry Potter for depictions of wizards are neither rabid nor crazy, they’re just Christian. If you are a Christian, you need to own up to the trash that was spawned by the same holy texts and theology that spawned you, and you need to pick that trash up. If you are an atheist, shame on you for conflating mental illness and religiosity. Go sit in the shame cube. If you’re something else, go sit in your own religion’s shame cube.
Secondly, there were ALREADY LITERAL BOOK BURNINGS. It couldn’t get significantly worse than it already was. And if a) fear of imagined backlash or b) concern about not selling an additional 4 million copies or something are preventing you from including explicit queer characters, I hope you beach yourself on the curb every time you try to parallel park.
Anyway, your response indicates that you didn’t actually read the OP at ALL. 1/10, horrible post.
reblogging this again because of the awesome commentary by freezepeachinspector
Now THIS is how you can write in casual moments for characters to have queer representation, without worrying of making the character all about them being queer themselves.
I’ve begun silently fighting back against jerks on the subway who sit as spread out as possible. Basically I match your stance.
This guy was sitting on the train with his knees splayed and his hands on the seat to either side of him. So I slowly backed up into the seat next to him forcing him to either move his hand or have me sit on it. Then I spread my knees equally wide and stuck my elbows out just as far.
It’s amazing how uncomfortable this makes men.
Eventually he closed his knees more (so I closed mine.) The ladies across from me noticed this silent warfare and were slightly confused. When he finally got off the train and I sat like a “lady” they realized what I did and grinned at me.
Yep. This is my new thing to do on the subway.
ur a little rebel i like u
You know why most guys sit like that?
It’s a body language signal known as a “crotch display” and it’s used to show dominance/confidence.
This is why guys get uncomfortable when women do this, and also why women are told to sit “like a lady” - basically, without the crotch display. When women do it, they’re telling all the dudes that they’re either stronger or on equal standing with them.
So I say right on, ladies! Go for it.
just a side note: Sitting with your legs open/parallel is better for you and better for your spine.
Martha has exclusive names for the children to make them feel special:
Bruce is her Baby.
Dick is her Darling.
Jason is her Dearest.
Tim is her Sweetie.
Cassandra is her Princess.
And Damian is her Angel.
Babs and Steph get the honorary grandchildren names of ‘her beautiful dolls’.
And the kids try and fight over which name means more.
can supervillain/superhero/collateral damage insurance be a thing
if you had a full time white collar job you could get a decent insurance package protecting you from financial hardship in the case of damage to your person or possessions
and then when loki unleashes the casket of ancient winters on manhattan and freezes your car solid, then a doombot picks it up and heaves it at iron man and it shatters on impact
all you have to do is file a claim and probably pay a few hundo to get a brand new car
i would read a whole series about the people who investigate these claims for fraud (mmhm yes sir i can see you’ve filed for a replacement home entertainment system but as your home is nowhere near midtown which is where the giant alien rabbits materialized we are denying this claim) and like
they’re not even afraid for their lives anymore when a new baddie brings the kerfuffle, they just sigh resignedly and get their ergonomic chair and carpal tunnel brace ready for the onslaught of paperwork they’ll see the next day