allchildren: nyota uhura remains unconvinced (☄ª cry moar)

We make progress. We wrest it into being. Media is not passively received and interpreted, and there is no "representation" without the re - it is a reflexive, back and forth process. We are not given Thing That Is Progressive and are then moved along a square of the chessboard of equality by the invisible hand of the media. We spy and scrabble and steal from it things that were never intended or particularly well-executed to be bestowed. (Is that not what slash is? That is what slash is.) The author of fiction is, in general, dead; the author of fiction's real life ramifications was never born in the first place is, upon reflection, us.

After saying all that it seems a shame to narrow my scope down to a single fiction, but that was where this idea originated and it is a point I want to make -- but let's agree it's probably just one of many examples.

Star Trek: The Original Perfect Progressive Utopia never existed. That is not a show or movie that I have ever had the privilege of watching. Has it intended to portray a Perfect Progressive Utopia? Yes. Has it been progressive in some aspects in relation to some grave injustices of real life? Again, yes. I am glad for both of these yeses - they are a big part of why I love Star Trek. That still doesn't actually make the answer to the third question, which is the Jeopardy answer of that post, yes: Star Trek has been [up till now] so progressive that it's actually the destination to which progress aspires.

I could collect receipts for Star Trek's various injustices all day if I had it, but I don't so let's go with broad strokes. Nichelle Nichols wanting to quit. Denise Crosby actually did because she had nothing to do; Gates McFadden was fired for wanting better writing for her character; Marina Sirtis hated the Sexy Feelings Alien she was pigeonholed into and didn't get to wear a real Starfleet uniform for five seasons (and was mind raped in the very last Star Trek entry prior to the reboot). WHERE EVEN TO BEGIN re: racism -- played as alien parables -- experienced by real actors -- flaunted through the brownface of every major Klingon character save Worf and his brother Kurn (Alexander) (Martok and Gowron) (K'ehleyr). Ricardo Montalban: no more Indian than you know who. Basically every major Bashir storyline managed to be offensive in terms of race, disability, and/or his frankly skeezy-ass approach to women and consent. ~Commander~ Sisko. The continual and ever more conspicuous absence of queer people in space. And on, and on, and on, and on.

And yet.

Nichelle Nichols didn't quit -- not because of something Gene Roddenberry gave her, but because of a scrap of progress that Martin Luther King Jr. could envision. Mae Jemison went into space -- even though Uhura had next to nothing to do. Now she has more, and it's still not enough -- but Nyota Uhura is still not a white girl. All kinds of girls are still boldly going. On SCRAPS. Of course it's not fucking enough. Of course the whitewashing of Khan is inexplicable, knowingly offensive, and awful. But what the fuck else is new? People have been stealing scraps and building them into something better than Gene Roddenberry or Michael Piller ever imagined since 1966, and it's no different now with JJ Abrams. I don't have to remind you of the crusades fans are willing to go on for scraps of gay subtext. Some of us will always be crusading with and for the other scraps. Welding them together into sculptures of what we want the next iteration to be like. Still not receiving passively. Still trying to make real progress out of the perfunctory and pitiful. Everyone has their lines and buttons, and it's easy to understand why the reboot might not be an old school Trekkie's cup of tea. But chalking it up to acceptance of the history of Star Trek's progressivism at face value -- what could be more regressive than that?
allchildren: kay eiffel's face meets the typewriter (☢ someday wendy)
First, a slightly belated exhortation slash enthusiastic recommendation:

[ profile] ds9_rewatch! A GROUP DEDICATED TO THE RE-OR-FIRST-TIME-EVER-WATCHING OF THE VERY BEST TREK, DEEP SPACE NINE! People who should definitely participate in this: the Doofpire Amry, Meredith, Ariel, everyone who enjoys awesomeness. People who should definitely not participate in this: everyone who hates awesomeness. (If you are worried about acquiring the series: maybe just join the comm, and, uh, *clears throat*. Or ask me!)

Why is DS9 so great, you ask? Well, here is a handy-dandy intro post that I did not make, but heartily approve of. And here is a picspam of one-shot and recurring female characters that I did make, and am pretty okay with. But perhaps you have no patience for clicking on things and looking at pictures! FINE, be that way.

have some words instead! )

[ profile] ds9_rewatch is still only on the second episode, so there is plenty of time to catch up, and I haven't really been participating myself yet, but I do hope to. (Their discussion posts in particular excite me, since when I marathoned the show in 2009 I was doing it solo and didn't really have any way to process it with others.) SO LIKE

LET'S ALL DO THAT. (Even if we form our own little splinter group. Which I would be utterly okay with.)

And now, interview questions! One set from someone who has known me a long time, and one from somebody who has not, which I think makes for a nice balance.

From [ profile] emilytheodd:

concerning beer and punk rock, mostly )

And from [ profile] elle_white:

concerning art and people and feelings, I guess )

If you would like questions *and actually intend to answer them* I will give you some.
allchildren: "my favorite part was everything" (ɤ the whole world)
I'm not currently reading fic, and I did not participate (either in organizing or writing), but regardless I am super fucking pumped about [ profile] where_no_woman's New Year's Fic Exchange, which went live today. There are THREE stories featuring Guinan (ugh, so excited; if this were starting again today I would have to join so I could request Guinan/Picard backstory fic, I rewatched "Time's Arrow" last month and I need to knoooow)!! TWO Jadzia Dax femslash fics (be still my ships-Jadzia-with-everyone* heart)! And of course all manner of things featuring AOS/TOS ladies both famous and obscure.

WNW is my baby, the thing I am most proud of having made in fandom (and to everyone I've seen say they wished there was an equivalent in their fandom: make one. please. do it.), but I've mostly been a silent partner for a good while now. It runs because of the members who joined and the other mods who make stuff like this happen on a regular basis. All women in Star Trek, all the time. What could be awesomer? How could I be prouder?

You guys rock. <3

* where everyone is taken to mean Sisko, Lenara, Worf, Spock, Uhura, and accepting offers elsewhere

P.S. lolol my clipboard. First attempt to cut and paste the WNW collection link instead resulted in this:

allchildren: morbo!! (³ belligerent and numerous)
Ah, life! Is full of things! Things like dog infections, and new phones, and movies, and music, and books, and OBSESSING OVER HIPSTER WHO OMG, and Los Gigantes! And too goddamn many appointments with healthcare professionals! Hence today's schedule which is full of "being lazy." And jumbled multi-everything posts.

- First, here's Where No Woman's new drabblefest for which I did the prompts! (I had to wait five months to post that set, no lie). You should come play! Also maybe take this poll about the ficathon we're doing.

Additionally, I put out a call for AO3 and/or Dreamwidth advisors for future WNW endeavors -- I do dream of someday moving the comm over although that won't happen without lots of planning and consultation with all involved, and I just don't have the energy to figure it all out myself -- and thought I'd mention it here too! I am in fact ALSO looking for possible partners in crime for the radical Star Trek politics comm dedicated to NON-HUMANS, which is currently sitting empty at [community profile] oldlifeoldcivilizations, in time for 3 Weeks for Dreamwidth, so if you are interested in subverting either Trek ladies or Trek aliens in the world of open-source, please do give me a shout.

- All this reminds me that [personal profile] lodessa got me Star Trek Online for my birfday (joy!!!!!) and I can't play it because my HD won't Boot Camp (DESPAIR). ;__;

- Sandals. Do you wear sandals? I live in a wet-winter climate and my dog is an adventuresome kind of dog, so right when the rains began this winter I had this uncharacteristic flash of practicality and bought some nice rubber wellies that enabled me to keep up with Rue through all the muddy bogs she so loves. NOW it is spring, sun and warmth are starting to be a thing, and the sad Californian truth is, I am offended on a deep personal level when forced to wear socks. But the only sandals I've ever had were Birkenstocks in my crunchier youth (which later became extremely uncomfortable) and these FloJo flipflops I've been rocking for ten years. I am thinking about getting some practical, nice-looking, walk-worthy sandals.

This is difficult because my feet are kinda faily! I need serious arch support, and I have bunions which means individual toe loops tend to... miss my big toe completely. I would also very much prefer any sandals to be ethically sourced and not leather, and I'm prepared to spend a bit because I think good shoes are generally worth it. Where have you found sandals success? I feel not like myself asking this?

- Per [personal profile] wordsatourbacks's request: a zip of 44 Liz Phair rareties!

brief liz talk )
allchildren: james t. kirk (☄ª m'nerds)
This entry is a whole lotta very personal tl;dr about seeing myself in fictional characters and sorting through those reactions and how I process fiction and emotions. Contains: self-description (ugh), reflections on my jerkiness and anxiety, self-indulgent biases. Does not contain: real meta, a conclusion, or proof-reading, or perspective whatsoever.

navel-gazing tangentially concerning james t kirk, nyota uhura, britta perry, and naomi campbell. )
allchildren: kay eiffel's face meets the typewriter (way of the warrior)
Heyyyyy guess who just mysteriously spilled green tea in her Macbook trackpad? The same trackpad that was replaced a mere four months ago after a mineral water incident? OH GOD APPLECARE DON'T KILL ME. (They gave me a free new powercord just last week!) Cry!

so here we are on an ... eMachine. With Vista. let us not discuss that any further.

What I do want to discuss though is Star Trek. Specifically, the hypothetical next television series. Yesterday I finished my watchthrough of Deep Space Nine (SUCH A GOOD SHOW, GUYS, SUCH A GOOD SHOW) and while I am in no way equipped to write out all my thoughts & feelings on that matter in a DWth text box on an eMachine that is not mine, I would really like other people's opinions on what the next Trek show could be and I think this is a good time to ask. DS9 being both political and Alpha Quadrant-based it is in some ways the obvious jumping-off-point for the continuing larger story of Trek despite having Voyager, Enterprise, and two movies coming in after. no specific spoilers for any existing Trek, I just want you guys to come on this ~journey of the imagination with meeeee )


P.S. What Trek should I watch next (I saw all of TNG as a child)? Show your work.
allchildren: kay eiffel's face meets the typewriter (⍣ i fall for you)


I drew you a picture. )

I also drawed you a picture of Uhura based on this one but I eated it it turned out fucking terrifying so I'm not posting that publicly, haha. AS IT TURNS OUT when you haven't tried to draw a person in five years, your abilities degrade somewhat. But it was really fun to just pick up a pen and try to make a picture. Lol remember the first decade and a half of my life when I wanted to be an artist? Those were the days! So maybe I will take up drawing more! Or not! WE'LL SEE


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