Today.

Nov. 9th, 2016 11:39 pm
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I stayed up until just about the end, last night, around fifteen minutes before they called it, and so I have gone through the day with too much to do on too little sleep. I felt like I was going to a funeral, heading out this morning.

Today I have been frustrated and angry and sad. I feel threatened. I feel that we are beginning a very difficult time and that there is so much potential for evil - for greed, for oppression, for violence, for atrocities. I am wary of what will happen in the United States of America and what may spill over, and I think that is sort of where we need to be. Wary. Aware.

We need to be watching and I think that we need to be very aware of the past as we do that, and of the sort of things that have come to pass when this kind of rhetoric has been spoken. And we need to be ready to say "no" and "never again".

I think there are many different faces of resistance, and we have seen that, in history.

I think that pervasive fear and anger can be like gasoline and I think it can smother freedom and goodness.

I think that there is a place in all of this, for those of us that can manage it, for radical kindness, and to fight evil with good; I think that this is part of resistance.

I've been remembering today, Jack Layton's words of over five years ago:

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we'll change the world."

I think we need some of those things, today. I think it is easy to forget they exist, today. (I've needed those words, today.)

I think that we need to prepare for the worst, but make the world we try to build not be shaped by fear, despair, and anger. We need to keep fighting.

Journalism

Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:38 am
kiki_eng: Bones and Jim on the shuttle, text: "you had me at 'I may throw up on you'" (Star Trek 2009) (you had me at "I may throw up on you")
The Agenda did a piece this week on a documentary, All Governments Lie, and the issues surrounding that film - it's about journalism and one journalist in particular: I.F. Stone. The piece is: Failure of the Fourth Estate. One of the things that the panelists seem to agree on is that independent journalists are, because of the compromised state of mainstream American media at present, in a sort of golden age; that there is a lot of independent journalism happening right now because there is a place for it, because of the way corporate media outlets are failing to report and investigate.

John Oliver did a piece on the decline of the newspaper industry a month ago - Journalism - where he talked about the importance of investigative reporting and the economic pressures that are leading and have led to its decline. (There's a skit about covering a cat raccoon news story in it. Hilariously, the day after I watched this The Toronto Star had a teaser for an article about an albino raccoon front page, above the fold.)
kiki_eng: Laena Geronimo of The Like playing violin (Laena playing violin)
Fanmix for [community profile] bandombigbang, complement to [personal profile] argentumlupine's podfic, Half of Something Else(, a podfic of [archiveofourown.org profile] fleurdeliser and [archiveofourown.org profile] tuesdaysgone's fic, Half of Something Else).

Title: Three is a Magic Number
Format: fanmix
Bands: My Chemical Romance
Pairings: Frank Iero/Gerard Way/Grant Morrison
Size: 25 songs
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: addiction (the singer in track 5 pledges to enable an imaginary addiction and in 21 there's a positive drug metaphor)
Summary: "hand in hand is the only way to land"


mix, tracklist, notes )
kiki_eng: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holly Golightly - Audrey Hepburn (woman in evening wear & sunglasses stands before shop window) (breakfast at tiffany's)
[personal profile] calvinahobbes and I decided to watch Fried Green Tomatoes the first week in February and then I kind of watched a bunch more films that feature queer women - I go through phases with media. (It's a thing.) I started writing this post after watching Jenny's Wedding and not really having the reaction I was expecting.

I also saw Deadpool opening weekend here, and I do not think I have ever been made so happy by a cartoon boner in my life; boners for everyone is pretty unambiguous. I feel it might actually be less ambiguous than a scene containing something along the lines of "Hello, my name is Wade Wilson and I am pansexual," because I feel like there is a strong desire within certain subsets of the comic book community to erase that sexuality, and that while someone might go "Ha, ha, what a funny word, 'pansexual', what a kidder, that Deadpool," that is basically the audience who's gonna get the message about his sexuality in the film's ending. So: yay, cartoon hammering home the queerness, and yay representation. ♥ The film lived up to expectations for me, going beyond in some ways, and was enjoyable if not a favourite.

The F/F films I watched in February were kind of hit or miss.

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991, USA (English) - "A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know."
Comments )

Jenny's Wedding 2015, USA (English) - "Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life - except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice - either change with it or drown."
Comments )

I Can't Think Straight 2008, UK (English) - "A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian."
Comments )

The Perfect Family 2011, USA (English) - "A devoutly Catholic wife and mother has been nominated for one of the church's top awards. She then goes about trying to prove she has the 'perfect' family, refusing to accept them for who they are."
Comments )

The Baby Formula 2008, Canada (English) - "Two adventurous women in love are desperate to have their own biological child. They take a chance on an experimental scientific process and make sperm from their own stem cells. Pregnant with humor and unexpected twists, their journey ultimately confirms that all life is a gift and all families are crazy."
Comments )

Bessie 2015, USA (English) - "The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s."
Comments )

Vic + Flo ont vu un ours 2013, Canada (French) - "Vic + [Flo] Saw a Bear is a darkly mysterious tale of [two lesbian] ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and [quiet], the [couple slowly] begin to feel under siege[...]"
Comments )

Show Me Love 1998, Sweden/Denmark (Swedish) - "Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin."
Comments )

kiddie gen

Feb. 27th, 2016 11:04 am
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The Dragon's Treasure by [archiveofourown.org profile] misura
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Elizabeth | G | 2,295 words
Summary: Elizabeth goes home. Various things happen. (Also contains moderate doses of floppy shoes, tennis rackets, bums and a treasure.)

This is very simple and Munsch-like and kind of wonderful.


At Tilde by [archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
Matilda by Roald Dahl | Marvel
Matilda | G | 1,247 words
Summary: Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.

There's something tremendously satisfying about people telling Xavier "no". I love this; Matilda is wonderfully herself and the path that she chooses is realistic.


a home for every season by [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis | The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Susan | G | 4,042 words
Summary: Susan Pevensie goes to Middle Earth
Let’s talk about a Susan who never moved on, who buried her family in English soil and spent the rest of her life trying to find her way home. She did not believe lions were kind, but she always remembered a bow in her schoolgirl hands.She looked in every old wardrobe she came across. It was casual, everyday– the first day in a new lecture hall, she checked the back of the coat closet. Friends had her over for Christmas dinner and she excused herself to go the bathroom, checked every cabinet and closet, and then headed back in for pudding. She went home with a cute boy she met in a smoky little pub and she checked his wardrobe before she headed home the next morning, heels in hand.

Part agonising, part defiant, part hopeful.


Realistic Painting of Mai by [deviantart.com profile] missbennet
Mai | G | one image

Pretty. Rich - lovely colours and texturing.
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[personal profile] cosmic_llin is taking suggestions for vids about revolution, and is especially interested in less known or non-Western stories.

I went looking through my bookmarks, and 12/14 of the vids I came up with on my first run-through featured women. Since my fannish roots are actually m/m slash I feel this is a pretty significant percentage. I didn't really notice, actually, what a large number of them were about women, but I watched a chunk of them in quick succession and one of them is a baseball vid I recced earlier this month by [personal profile] trelkez - it's called Revolution and is about a women's baseball team, on the surface at least.

One Girl Revolution by [personal profile] arefadedaway and She's a Rebel by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls are multifandom vids. [[personal profile] thingswithwings wrote some interesting meta, ladies (en masse) are awesome, about that particular genre in 2011.] ...and then there's [personal profile] kuwdora's SG-1 vid about Vala Mal Doran vid, Just a Girl.

SG-1, so, evil empire: check ...and Vala's generally a shit-disturber, so it made the list of vids to check out, and then I watched it. The No Doubt lyrics are pretty intense: "this world is forcing me to hold your hand, because I'm just a girl, little ol' me, well don't let me out of your sight" and "don't let me have any rights, oh, I've had it up to here." The vid ends with a shot of Vala about to burn at the stake, a shot of her in a kitchen, followed by a clip of her finishing up a fight and punching a man's lights out. (It reminds me of [personal profile] kuwdora's Hook Shot, which is a multifandom vid with a lot of punching, and ends with a girl shooting the camera out.)

Watching all of those female-centric vids about revolution have made me wonder. Is the act of being female an act of revolution? Does existing, as a woman, mean that whatever you do, you're going to occupy space that someone thinks isn't yours? Do we have a vidding canon that supports something along those lines?

There's a lot of speculative fiction on the fandom list for those 14 vids, but I'm becoming increasingly convinced that reality is by far the scariest source material out there, because, look, there's a reason we have all these vids about women fighting oppressive regimes.
kiki_eng: striped mug held by a woman wearing a sleeveless top (Hawaii Five-0) (mug held by Kono)
Les Canadiennes are a team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and they are my favourite. Here's some of the why:

My team is better than your team; the Stars have had the most Clarkson Cup wins and have finished the regular season at the top of the league standings, ahead of Calgary by 8 points. They have the second fewest penalty minutes in the league (earlier in the season they had the fewest and were second in the standings) with only Boston having fewer this season.

Kind of amusingly it's Montreal's Karell Emard who is tied with Rebecca Vint of the Brampton Thunder for having the most penalty minutes in the league, though. Emard picked up 14 of those 42 minutes against the Brampton Thunder on January 7th; I actually haven't seen that game but kind of have the impression that this was maybe in reaction to the more penalty-rich game that the Thunder plays.

4/5 of the league's point leaders are Canadiennes, with Marie-Philip Poulin at the top. That might be a name you recognise. She's kind of a big deal. She's a two time Olympian and was responsible for the gold medal goal in both games - actually she scored 4/5 of the Canadian goals in those games, so some people call her the Sidney Crosby of women's hockey, but, I feel she is so much more awesome than he is that this comparison is somewhat sad.

People in the CWHL are pretty awesome in general, especially Les Canadiennes. I mean, they have Julie Chu. Everyone loves Julie Chu - we made her our all-star captain this year and that's a title open to every all-star player so that's some stiff competition. ...and that was a fantastic choice, I feel, for so many reasons, including the weekend itself. The draft was great - you can watch it here (you'll likely want to start 38 minutes in) or [tumblr.com profile] icing-on-the-rink has put together some twitter highlights. [personal profile] sobsister commented at the game that Chu does so much interaction with everyone on the ice, which is great to watch, and she does. She does that.

Julie Chu has jokes and cheers people on, which is so great. She cheers on her teammates and young players and she's great. I sort of think that she might be living in Montréal now, but there was this year where she was commuting from the States for practice and it was an impressive commute, especially for someone who's not getting paid for this; she's very dedicated. She just seems really lovely all-around. Did you know Julie Chu knows how to crotchet and has been learning French with Anastasia Bucsis?

Anastasia Bucsis is Charline Labonté's girlfriend. Goalie! (Labonté came out after the 2014 Olympics.) There's also a video of Labonté cooking and goofing around and she has a cat who is tiny in it. Labonté was an all-star captain last season, actually, which was great; the ceremonial puck drop in particular was good. There's a nice gif set featuring her and Poulin and Ouellette doing a Hockey Canada event and they're all doing such a great job as role models, I feel; it's lovely. There's a quote from Poulin in there where she talks a bit about the importance of being a good human being off the ice, and, I just, yes. Yes, this is why I love them.

They are dorks, mostly Quebecois dorks. It's awesome. Look at these hats. They wore them to the Winter Classic. There were more hats on the bus to the winter classic. Dorks, dorks with matching hats. They do the crossword. I admit that I am getting progressively lazier with this post, so I present Caroline Ouellette singing.

As far as I can tell they are all lovely and I have mentioned barely any of them, which I feel a bit bad about, but I did mention the laziness. They are great. This weekend they are facing off against Toronto in the playoffs. Toronto has 14 points to Les Canadiennes' 42. Les Canadiennes are undefeated on home ice. (I am pretty sure your team is going down, [personal profile] sobsister.)

If you're around Montréal the 26th-28th you can buy tickets for those games here. The games will stream on the CWHL website and will cost $10 to watch, which is less than a single game ticket and I think will work out to about $2/game. (You can read about scheduling here.) Saturday's Furies vs. Canadiennes game is on Sportsnet 360 at 5pm EST / 2pm PST.

If all goes well Les Canadiennes will face off against either the Calgary Inferno or the Brampton Thunder in Ottawa on the Senators' ice on Sunday March 13th. (Tickets are available here for $20.) That's the first weekend of March Break for a lot of elementary school kids here and it sounds like a pretty good way to start it off.

I am so excited about the playoffs, and also anxious. Go Les Canadiennes Go!
kiki_eng: Laena Geronimo of The Like playing violin (Laena playing violin)
the moon's my teacher by [archiveofourown.org profile] driedvoices
Summary: Lydia resurrects another dead werewolf. At least this one buys her dinner.
Rating: PG-13 | 11,462 words | Erica/Lydia

I love Lydia in this. I love how strong she is in the face of feeling so vulnerable and I love the relationship that develops between her and Erica - it doesn't exist at all to begin with, not really, and then it's this fragile new thing that develops further. There's all of this growth in the fic and the character interactions are awesome.


Here to Hold on To by [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell
Summary: A chance meeting in the hospital the morning after Laura kills Peter leaves Laura with a telepathic connection to a teenager she'd never met before--one who, after she finds out about werewolves, wants the bite.
Rating: PG-13 | 14,812 words | Erica/Laura

This is really great. The tension between her and Erica is believable and pretty non-creepy. Erica is so much herself and Laura's feeling her out - this person suddenly in her head who wants to be a werewolf - and sorting out the business of being Alpha in Beacon Hills and I am just so much a fan of her chugging on and being an adult. I feel like this is how the story should have gone down.


November Pink by [archiveofourown.org profile] MissLouisa
Summary: Cora can barely remember what it's like to do the proper family thing - she moved around from pack to pack for the years she was missing, like an unwanted foster child, and she's experienced Thanksgiving and Christmas with families, but they haven't been her own family in a long long time.
Somehow, Cora and Derek end up hosting Thanksgiving for Lydia and the Stilinskis.
Rating: PG-13 | 3,580 words | Cora/Lydia

This fic is full of tentative relationships just starting to be built and it is really lovely for that. It's sweet and kind of awkward. I like the relationship between Cora and Derek a whole lot; they try with each other but are both pretty reserved, it's an interesting dynamic. The relationships in this are pretty satisfyingly realistic.


until the moon gives you back by [archiveofourown.org profile] fightingtheblankpage
Summary: After her brother's death, and after killing her own uncle, Laura doesn't have much reason to stay in control over herself. She spends years roaming the woods around her house, and forgetting who she was before. Then, one day, Lydia Martin buys the old Hale house on a whim. Lydia wants to be left alone. Laura wants to have a pack again.
Rating: G | 14,872 words | Laura/Lydia

This is a deliciously tropey AU with a near feral Laura reaching out to Lydia. It is basically exactly what you would expect to read based on its summary and it could benefit from a beta but it's kind of great. It has people feeling alone and disconnected, slaughtered offerings, head-pats and cuddles, and, of course, a dramatic showdown. It's fun.

she moves

Feb. 2nd, 2016 10:04 pm
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
Firework by Dogstar
Whip It | 3:48 | Song: "Firework" by Katy Perry
Summary: "Come on, let your colors burst".

Bliss taking on life and derby and making like a firework. I apparently have a lot of Bliss feels because nothing bad happens here, but this vid almost made me cry twice today.


Revolution by [personal profile] trelkez
A League of Their Own | 3:07 | Song: "Revolution" by The Veronicas
Summary: I'll blow your mind.

Ladies playing baseball. If you haven't seen this movie you really need to (because, like me, you need a crush on Geena Davis, obviously); it's about women and gender and baseball and it's funny and heart-wrenching and everything. There's actually some m/f in this vid, but I so completely do not care about it that I feel fine reccing this in my female relationships only month; it's pretty incidental. It's a vid about women being awesome together. It's glorious.


Do My Thing by [personal profile] such_heights
Bend It Like Beckham | 3:30 | Song: "Do My Thing" by Estelle ft. Janelle Monáe
Summary: Jess knows just where she's going.

I'm pretty sure if I were an animated character I would have heart-eyes, watching this vid; it is everything that I could want it to be. I love it. It's about Jess doing her thing and is perfectly femslashy. The femslash narrative in this vid is great.
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
If you were planning on sending a card to Denna Laing you should do it.

Today is the last day that I'm reminding people to:

SEND A POSTCARD TO:

Denna Laing
c/o National Women's Hockey League
67 West Street Suite 401-C11
Brooklyn, NY 11222
United States of America


WRITE:

You are awesome.


Cheer her on.

The postcard flashmob thing ends today, but I am pretty sure that a card for Denna is welcome at any time. All the cards for Denna, I say.

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