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…the use of the term Mary-Sue comes with an obvious assumption attached: if characters like this are simply unacceptable by definition, then there must be other types of characters out there that are OK. After all, not every single female character ever written can possibly be a Mary-Sue. Even the people who cling to the term Mary-Sue as if it was their long-lost twin would not dispute that.
The Mary-Sue is a ‘fake girl’. A plastic girl, an unrealistic girl, a perfect girl. Her opposite number in that case must be a real girl. A human girl. A realistic girl. An imperfect girl. Fictional ladies whose failures and flaws are right there on the page. Ladies who cannot be dismissed as ‘too perfect’ or ‘wish fulfilment’. Let’s call this type of character a Sarah-Jane.
Now, because Sarah-Janes are in total contrast to the Mary-Sue, defying all the traits that are supposed to make a Mary-Sue unacceptable, then the Sarah-Jane, by definition, must be acceptable. I mean, obviously they’re not as tightly defined as the Mary-Sue type, and because their major trait is that they’re realistic, they’re going to vary a lot. But they must be the kind of character that readers want to see. The kind that readers will embrace. The kind that they will at least give a chance.
Yeah. No. It turns out the vast majority of talk about Sarah-Janes - realistic, flawed, prominent female characters in fiction - *still* centres on what is wrong with them, and all the reasons they are SO ANNOYING for… not being perfect?"
Zoë Marriott, “Real Girls, Fake Girls, Everybody Hates Girls”
This is just a sample of a long and thoughtful essay — check out the rest!
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book Americanah explores the ‘strange construct’ of race in the United States. “You have to learn what it means to be black in America,” she says. In the interview she tells Terry Gross about why she aspired to have straight hair living in Nigeria:
"[T]he rite of passage from girl to woman is when you can go get a relaxer and have your hair straight. I remember looking forward very much to my last day of secondary school. … When I graduated secondary school, what I really wanted to do was go straight to the hair salon and get my relaxer, so my hair would be straight. Then I came to the U.S., and … I couldn’t afford to get a relaxer at a hair salon here because I thought it was just needlessly expensive. So I went to the drugstore and bought the relaxer kit and decided to do it myself, which didn’t end well. Having then a scalp with really bad burns, I suddenly thought, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ And that’s when I stopped using relaxers. And it took a while to accept my hair for the way that it grows from my head."
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Are vaccinations necessary?? ARE VACCINATIONS NECESSARY??
IS THE POPE CATHOLIC??
Vaccines save thousands of lives every year. Ever heard about Polio?? A disease that used kill thousands of children in this country. (Read Nemesis by Philip Roth). 58,000 children used to get this disease a year—it left thousands dead or crippled for life.
So are vaccines necessary to save children from disability and disease? YES
Rubella can cause horrible congenital defects in children. By ensuring that every woman who might become pregnant has been vaccinated we save thousands of babies every year from being born deaf or with congenital heart defects.
So are vaccines necessary to protect babies in utero?? YES
The HPV vaccine prevents the top 2 strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer—a cancer that used to kill thousands of women in this country. (Not to mention it protects against 2 strains of genital warts!). The HBV vaccine prevents people from contracting Hepatitis B which can lead to HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma).
So can some vaccines prevent cancer?? YES
Some people cannot have vaccines. Some people are allergic to them, or are immunocompromised (patients with HIV, cancer patients, etc) and cannot tolerate the vaccine. By ensuring that all people who can be vaccinated are vaccinated we protect those people who cannot be vaccinated!!
So can vaccines protect children with inherited immunodeficiencies, those who are HIV+, cancer patients, and a whole long list of other people who aren’t able to vaccinated? YES.
Can vaccines prevent the elderly from suffering from certain types of pneumonia? YES.
Can vaccines save the lives of children bitten by rabid dogs? YES.
HAV? HBV? HiB? HPV? H1N1? Yes.
Rotavirus? Chickenpox? Pertussis? Mumps? Yes.
Did vaccination eradicate smallpox? A disease that killed thousands of people every year? YES.
What about Anthrax? Shingles? Yellow fever? YUP. YUP. YUP.
Does the vaccination of health professionals against influenza prevent thousands of patients from being exposed every year. YES!
So if vaccines are a “Big Pharma heist” I don’t really give a fuck—because it’s a scheme that saves thousands of people every year. (Besides—vaccines don’t make a lot of money for those companies at all! They count on Viagra to make their big bucks). NOT TO MENTION big pharma would make a hell of a lot more money on the drugs it would take to treat these people if they got sick…. SOOOO it sounds like they would make a hell of a lot more money off not producing the vaccines to me. But you can form your own opinion on that one—because whether or not they make money is not really the issue for me here! The issue is can we save lives??
This is the one and only time I will ever answer this question because it is a RIDICULOUS question. It is 100% OUTRAGEOUS that we have to have this debate in this country.
So for the record
- DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM? NO
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- CAN EVERYONE BE VACCINATED? NO
- SHOULD EVERYONE WHO CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY YEAR? YES
So shut it down. Shut down anyone who tells you vaccines cause autism (because the guy who FALSIFIED the results of that study had his medical license pulled and his FAKE findings have been disproven a thousand times over).
Shut down anyone who tells you it’s about the money (because if it was about the money there would be more money made in producing designer drugs for erectile dysfunction).
Shut down anyone who tells you they’re dangerous (because while a VERY FEW people can have severe adverse reactions this is not only OUTRAGEOUSLY rare, but you are at a much higher risk from getting the disease than you are of having ANY side effect at all from the vaccine).
Shut it the fuck down.
IF YOU CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED.
Because guess who you protect when you get vaccinated?
- Your family
- Your grandmother with cancer who can’t get the flu vaccine this year because of her chemo.
- Your pregnant sister whose fetus could develop terrible birth defects if she were to be exposed to certain diseases.
- Your roommates in the dorm from getting meningitis.
- Your neighbors kids who might get pertussis if you haven’t been vaccinated.
- The patients you see at the ER
- Strangers on the bus
- Children with BTK, SCID, and other immunodeficiencies.
- ALMOST EVERY OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET.
So guess what—vaccines are perhaps one of the best developments of modern medicine in my opinion. And if only people would stop asking these ridiculous questions we could eradicate polio in the third world. We could stop children from DYING in this country from diseases that haven’t been seen in our parent’s lifetimes.
So—yes—I will SHUT IT THE FUCK DOWN any time I hear this pseudo-science because vaccines SAVE LIVES. And it’s time we wake up before we live in a world where there are thousands of children dying every year from Polio all over again.
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Here, let me get that for ya…
"Power struggles seem to be omnipresent in every field of human endeavor, extending all the way up and down society. We assume that power has a certain reality. Apart from comic books, where Superman has the power to fly, the only power real human beings have is the power they think they have. You see that sometimes in the collapse of a society. Why did the Soviet Union fall? Because one day the Kremlin gave orders and the soldiers said no, and the whole thing fell apart. It’s a fundamental truth that I think Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. , hit on, that power depends on the obedience of the less powerful. A leader is powerful only when he says jump and people jump. He has no actual power to make them jump. It’s their belief that he has power. It’s an illusion, a shadow on the wall. And sometimes people stop jumping, and then the world changes."
George R.R. Martin (x)
Be all like, “I have a fiction paper due and I wanna be on Ernest Hemingway’s level.”
I HAVE A MIGHTY NEED
ok 3 questions:
1. why are there only dude alcoholics on here lol
2. what exactly is “ampersand” level of drunk and can i be it right now
3. where’s poe
they couldn’t make a big enough glass for poe
We already discussed how NBC’s Hannibal has its finger on the pulse of fandom, especially regarding how to use fandom to generate buzz while keeping everyone happy. But now the Hannibal social media team has gone and outclassed all other TV social media teams one again,…
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