I feel like writing a cheerful family feels fic about single dad Sheriff Stilinski and his sons; about his best friend Chris and Chris’s new husband, Peter; about Peter’s nephew Derek and his ridiculous crush on Stiles, the Sheriff’s youngest son. It’s just one big, happy, weird, slightly dysfunctional family.
Remember that pretty unnamed girl I bought a couple weeks ago? I finally found a mate for her. And he’s only a day younger than her! Meet Sunniva and Riven. I’ll probably make up a banner for them in the next couple days and add them to the hatchery. I really like the babies that were popping up in Foresee Progenty. Here’s their range. If anyone would like to be add to their ping list, feel free to let me know either here or PM me on FR.
I’m not sure that I’m ready. You know, I feel like I’ve been sleepwalking since I got back. I’m physically present, but I’m somewhere else at the same time.
You know, I had a very similar experience on my first spacewalk. Just this sense of, oh, for want of a more elegant term, quantum disconnectedness
And did it go away?
Unfortunately, it did.
ships in which someone speaks English as a second language (◡‿◡✿)
ships where that someone slips into foreign swearing when upset (◕‿◕✿)
ships where that someone moans out foreign endearments when they’re with their lovers (ʘ‿ʘ✿)
SHIPS WITH BILINGUAL LOVERS (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧*:・ﾟ✧
Great question, glad you asked. Here’s how we feel about it, because we a are all borg when it comes to reacting to Dylan O’Brien.
This Stiles is not a Sexual Mature Tornado of Bangability, quite yet. This isn’t “Derek turns around, and loses his breath” level. I think this is college freshman coming home from Thanksgiving Stiles. I think this is a Stiles who feels a little weird coming home to a kitchen that isn’t stocked only in jars of salsa and ramen, who feels like his bedroom is somehow too small without his roommate and everyone on the floor wandering in and out.
It’s nice to see Scott, to have Scott pull him in for a hug, tight and familiar. It’s nice to spread out on Derek’s floor, listening to the familiar fights. He tells them stories, too, about how his first semester’s going, about how he was kind of surprised the first time he failed a test without studying, how it turns out that when you eat nothing but takeout for two weeks, your poop is gross. (Scott highfives him and they snicker, in the same way they’ve been snickering for ten years when one of them says poop.)
This is a Stiles that isn’t ready for Derek yet, doesn’t wow him, who smells kind of gross and is really proud of his patchy-ass beard and talks about trying to get an internship in LA maybe.
But this is a Stiles who’s catching Derek’s eye, even if he doesn’t know why. Maybe it causes a sense of forboding. That’s right, Derek. the sexually mature tornado of bangability is coming.
I want a story about Brooklyn residents and their POV after Steve moves back and is an Avenger and fighting and then coming home to Brooklyn and everyone simultaneously unphased and blasé but also alternately super protective and proud of their hometown hero.
And like Steve is just there and he’s a neighbor and a helper and a participant in block parties and spaghetti dinner fundraisers and checks in on the elderly and carries boxes and furniture for people and helps with neighborhood watch and teaches self defense classes and speaks at the schools.
And when he’s fighting and the fighting comes to Brooklyn or people are targeting Cap and everyone is like out on the street with baseball bats and yelling and being super protective and Steve is just like what are you doing are you out of your minds go back into your homes and stay safe and the people of Brooklyn are like fuck no, we are going to help you whether you like it or not. This is our home and you’re OUR kid. Brooklyn born and bred, that shit doesn’t leave you. And you’re not leaving US again.
#BROOKLYNITES ACTIVELY STOPPING PAPARAZZI FROM TAKING SHOTS AT CAP WHILE HE’S JUST LIKE IN FUCKING STARBUCKS OR SOME SHIT? #and there’s a pap across the street and this lady with a baby carriage bumps into the pap just as he’s taking his shot #”not here” she tells him in a quiet voice #and the pap looks around and EVERYONE on the street is giving him dirty looks #home sweet home
#this makes me so happy #because then bucky’s back right? #cripes you think they’re protective of Steve #imagine the collective wrath of brooklyn whenever someone starts trying to paint bucky barnes as a Bad Guy TM #like a radio show is talking shi t #and suddenly they are just swamped with calls from angry brooklyn folks #wanting to know if they like having front teeth (via bonesbuckleup)
So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:
We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:
Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:
I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women.