kiki_eng: Annie Monroe of The Like wearing sunglasses (bandom) (Annie wearing sunglasses)
[personal profile] sinesofinsanity prompted me to write on this, and since she's a genfic person I went looking for stuff to rec her.

I didn't find a lot of female friendship fanworks when I went looking through my bookmarks. Part of this has to do with how female friendships are represented in the media. Too often there is no female character at all. Sometimes there is one female character. Female friendship doesn't get depicted where women do not exist. We live in a world where the Bechdel, or Bechdel-Wallace Test exists, where two women existing, talking to each other, about something other than a man, is actually remarkable.

This got long )

Obedience

Aug. 31st, 2012 08:12 pm
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
masters, doms, slaves & subs: mysterious ways by [personal profile] tree
Mysterious Ways (U2 song); Rating: G; Art: cross-stitch
The "on your knees, boy" cross-stitch is such a great kink piece. I love how it lifts that lyric from the song and highlights that kink that wouldn't necessarily be noticed by listeners; I think there's a lot of kink - purposeful and not - in music that not everyone picks up on; it's easy not to think about lyrics, so I love how this puts it on display. Of course, the cross-stitch is also removing the lyric from the context of the song; it's not something that someone's likely to look at and identify as a U2 lyric - it's not something that's unique to being a U2 lyric.
"On your knees, boy" is an order. On your knees is a less defensible, more submissive position. A boy is someone with less authority than an adult. Everything about that phrase is kind of screaming "do as I say"; it's incredibly kinky. The part where it's gilt-framed text makes me think of all the other framed orders I've been around in terms of kink, which is pretty fun.
As a cross-stitch piece it's really great to think of in relation to other word cross-stitch pieces; I'm used to seeing sayings that are valued in that house or things that serve as affirmations or reminders and thinking of [personal profile] tree's piece that way is really wonderful.

A Beginner's Guide to Vulcan Sexual Practice, by Captain James T. Kirk by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings
Star Trek; Rating: NC-17; 4,621 words; James T. Kirk/Spock
"It is tradition," Spock says blandly. "Surely you would not ask me to abandon Vulcan tradition." "Uh," Jim replies.
This is a fic that was written, as its notes say, in response to a comm that was set up as a place for fic featuring kink-free sex. It had this long list of all of the kinks that weren't welcome in the comm that the Kel-Toth that Spock follows in this fic is based on. The Kel-Toth and how Kirk and Spock interact with it are such excellent manifestations of obedience kink. The Kel-Toth is this long document full of rules, so many rules, about how Vulcans should have sex; it is pretty inherently kinky.
I really like this story for everything that it does with the obedience kink: it's got straight-up obedience, a look at the wrong/forbidden that rules create as well as the opportunity for the perversion of those rules. Spock's adherence to the rules comes with a fair amount of sorting out what he can and can not do; the Kel-Toth highlights kink. Kirk reacts to the rules by diving into the material head on, obeying the rules, and then finding all of the loop-holes and things not forbidden by them. It's fun. The story's an interesting exploration of obedience kink and kink in general.

stones to turn and stare at by [archiveofourown.org profile] summerstorm
Teen Wolf; Rating: NC-17; 4,126 words; Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
The window clicks shut as Derek turns around and says, "What?" His face is—hilarious, actually, but if Stiles is going to go through with this he can't allow himself to crack this early, let alone crack up. Cracking up is not something you come back from. So he repeats, "Sit down," widening his eyes to let Derek know that this is really freaking easy to figure out if Derek just puts his mind to it.
This is such a wonderful first time obedience kink story. I love that it's Stiles giving the orders in this, and that that's something that Derek wants and has asked for; it's a really interesting and enjoyable story, characterisation-wise. I really love thinking of this story in relationship to Derek's history with Kate; I think that this story is all kinds of hopeful and positive in relation to that.
It's a great expermentation fic. There's conversation and communication; the fic touches on the negotiation and discussion that Derek and Stiles had about this and details all of Stiles' thought processes and strategising as he feels out how to give orders and what sort of orders to give. There's uncertainty and awkwardness in it, which are both pretty fantastic in a first time fic. There's cooperation between the two of them. It's a really great fic about them exploring the kink together.

Pull Your Tangles Out by [livejournal.com profile] boweryd
Bandom: Panic at the Disco; Rating: NC-17; 9,000 words; Brendon Urie/Spencer Smith
If this is like a thing you two do.
This is another sort of first time story; it's an accidental kinksters or kink discovery fic, where someone doesn't realise that what they're doing is kinky or kind of falls into a kink. Spencer doesn't realise that the dynamic that he and Brendon have, where Brendon does what Spencer tells him to, is kind of kinky until its pointed out to him and then he thinks about it. Spencer processing, experimenting, and ultimately falling into the kink is all really fantastic; there's this lovely repetition of If this is like a thing you two do with Spencer turning that phrase over and figuring out what it means, what those obedience and submission kinks mean for himself and Brendon. It's a really wonderful progression.

New Message by [archiveofourown.org profile] jedusaur
Bandom: Fall Out Boy/My Chemical Romance; Rating: PG; 1,320 words; Pete Wentz/Mikey Way
Mikey's ringtone is a single half-second chime, because if it were anything more obnoxious than that, no one would spend any amount of time with Pete without throwing his phone out a window.
This fic contains an incredibly interesting expression of non-sexual obedience kink. Mikey takes on making a lot of the small decisions in Pete's life for him, making those orders. The way those little decisions tie them together and the level of knowledge and involvement that Mikey has with the minutiae of Pete's life because of them is neat. The orders are pretty simple on the surface, but what they mean isn't. There's that level of knowledge, to start with. There's also how connected Mikey and Pete are and the way they carry each other around and interact via text all day; they're very much a part of each other's lives. The way that chime is a connection and something grounding for Pete is very powerful. I love the way it's a kind of Hey, I'm here. Here's this little thing that you don't have to worry about anymore.
The obedience kink is this fic is really interesting to me in how firmly it's rooted in care-taking on Mikey's part. I think that care-taking in fic with a D/s slant shows up more commonly as aftercare or an aspect of play, so the amount focus there is on it here is remarkable.

This rec set was made for the obedience square of my [community profile] kink_bingo card. It is more than 500 words long. :)

Persons

Feb. 27th, 2012 09:33 pm
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
After I had dinner tonight I opened up my computer and I read things, bits and pieces that were linked on my reading list and network:

Thanks, But No Thanks by [livejournal.com profile] jedibuttercup
Star Trek; Rating: PG; 700 words; Focus: Nyota Uhura

Maybe one day he'll find something worth taking seriously, realize the way he treats female officers matters, and settle into an officer worth serving.

You Play the Cards You're Dealt by [archiveofourown.org profile] tristesses
Sherlock; Rating: PG-13; 678 words; Focus: Sally Donovan

And of course, it's also personal. Little things, the sort that are annoyances once or twice but add up over time, the mathematics of hatred: it's the way he smirks at her like he's seconds away from spilling all her secrets; how he calls her Sally instead of Donovan, without her permission (you don't hear him calling Lestrade by his first name, nor Anderson, oh no, it's strictly their surnames, sometimes their titles); his sneering implications (the state of your knees, Sally, like it's any of his business, like Anderson isn't equally blameworthy for fucking around behind his wife's back)[. . .]

Life With and Without Animated Ducks: The Future Is Gender Distributed by Cat Valente

Right this very second, here in the US, we are having an actual, serious, if incredibly stupid, conversation about whether or not women should have easy access to birth control. We are having this conversation because significant humans in our government believe women should not have access to it at all. I'm super excited about that, because it means it's 1965 and we're gonna go to the moon soon.

The Underground Rail by [personal profile] pocketnaomi

The Ms. Magazine blog entry of a couple of days ago (http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2012/02/21/were-winning-one-war-on-women-but-losing-another/, for those who want to read it) talks about a woman who is facing criminal charges in Idaho for ordering an abortofascient drug over the Internet because she couldn't make the trip to the nearest clinic, several hours away. I live within a day trip of some parts of Idaho. I started thinking, "If I'd taken a weekend to do it, I could've gone and picked her up, I bet. Taken her there, brought her back."

ILU-486 by Amanda Ching
Original Fiction; Rating: R?; ~8, 000 words

She was worried because she’d taken three large white pills a day ago, and while she was clotting and cramping and the like, if she didn’t get taken care of soon, she was going to have to explain the miscarriage to the police. They would find out. She didn’t know how they did, but she was already on warning. Sally swore they had detectors in the sewer pipes, but that sounded ridiculous.

Trek Recs

Mar. 25th, 2011 10:18 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")
Mockingbird by [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph
Rating: PG-13; 4,640 words; Focus: Number One
It starts "She is born Idri3." and is this really compelling character study coupled with some breathtaking world-building. [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph sketches out the person Number One is, this strong and pragmatic individual, and frames it all in relation to her culture, its history and current political situation. Number One and her people are humanoid but not human, familiar but unfamiliar. The style of writing is very much in synch with the world it depicts. It's stark and beautiful, a fascinating story.

Sing Me the Ages by [livejournal.com profile] tassosss
Rating: PG; 6,200 words; Focus: Nyota Uhura
This is a story about music. It's an interesting exploration of Nyota and to some extent the Federation. I really like the discussion of language and music as they relate to culture in this. It chronicles the expansion of Nyota's language set and the summary does a really good job of setting up the story and being reflective of its tone - "Nyota Uhura fell in love with music, poetry, and language all at the same time." It's what I call a "quiet" story, sedate.

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and Profit by [livejournal.com profile] lazulisong
Rating: PG-13; 15,600 words; Focus: James T. Kirk
Jim accidentally becomes a graduate student in Vulcan Studies. There's this really awesome Vulcan original character who is rather dry and brilliant. There's exploration of Jim's role as George Kirk's son in relation to the survivors of the Kelvin and it has the secretly smart trope in it, though with Jim it's more a case of secret layers of smart. It's sweet, and a little sad, and funny. This is a story that I really ought not to read publicly - I grin and make gleefully amused noises. It's filled with wonderful details and is an excellent read.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)

(ETA: Unrelated: Vote of Non-Confidence - Canadian Federal Election Imminent)
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists, and Weirdos is an excellent article about some of the more problematic aspects of the Taylor Swift package. I highly recommend it; it’s decently researched, raises some really good points, and has a highly amusing pictograph. It articulates a lot of what bothers me about Taylor Swift.

Still in the vein of Taylor Swift, there are a few brilliant works that have been written for and in response to her music videos You Belong with Me and Love Story.

You Belong with Me by [livejournal.com profile] screamlet
Star Trek Reboot RPF
Rating: NC-17
An AU in which Chris Pine moves in next to Zachary Quinto and then there is note-exchanging and shitty boyfriends and things. Or, as, [livejournal.com profile] screamlet summarises: "...Pinto live the Taylor Swift dream, but with more awesome."

Love Story by [personal profile] waldorph
Star Trek Reboot
Rating: NC-17
Swift’s Love Story is ridiculous for a variety of reasons, and this story kind of matches it, but with humour and self-awareness. It’s pretty fabulous and there’s this glorious embrace of various clichés in it. (There is totally pebble-throwing in this. That is how awesome this fic is.) It’s an AU wherein Jim and Spock meet before the Academy. They are indeed from two different worlds.

Think I Know Where You Belong by [personal profile] twentysomething
Supernatural
Rating: PG-13
Castiel is first clarinet. It is fitting and beautiful and kind of makes me want to cry tears of perfect, perfect joy. No, seriously. It’s awesome and hilarious. Dean, of course, is the golden boy whose window is right across from Castiel’s.
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
In Truth by [livejournal.com profile] mint_amaretto
Rating: NC-17
It's the Kirk/McCoy Dollhouse AU, and oh, it is brilliant and hard edged - and so much more interesting in many ways than the Dollhouse episodes I've seen so far. There's darkness in it, and truth. It's well-crafted and fascinating.

Five Times Jim Kirk Turned Down Propositions and Once When He Didn't by [livejournal.com profile] blcwriter
Rating: R
There's the evolution of Jim Kirk in here to Captain, about how he and his relationships change. I love this fic for it's strong female characters, and there's a lot of awesomeness and grace in the characters fleshed out in this. It's a little bit grandiose, and fun for that. (Kirk/McCoy)

Lunch and Other Obscenities by [livejournal.com profile] rheanna27
Rating: PG-13
There's some absolutely glorious fanart that has been made for this story, and it's amusing to boot, but doesn't make all that much sense without reading the story; I think that's a mark of something really good, that there's enough detail and originality in the story that the artwork (a mark itself) has that ability to confound. Nyota Uhura is the central character in this and it's largely about her relationship with Gaila. Spock's here too, and there's some really fascinating exploration of cultures and cross-cultural interaction in this. It is also delightfully amusing - an all-around joy to read.

Kevet Dutar by [livejournal.com profile] mytsie
Rating: PG
This is fun and adorable. The story was written as a result of the prompter's musings on the dynamic and character(s) of Spock's parents, and a lovely quirk of the mind that turned this into something very 1950s. There are a few great nods in that direction in the fic and it reads something like a sublime romantic comedy. It's about how they met.

Reading Against/Reading With: Mastering the Oppositional Discourse in Textual Healing by [livejournal.com profile] emeraldwoman
Rating: NC-17
This is smutty and hilarious. It's, um, porn, and literary criticism. I find literary criticism a source of great fun and amusement on it's own, so this is something that resulted in a lot of sniggering and snorting and assorted guffawing.

Star Trek Parody by [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales
There are lines in this that were popping into my head weeks after reading this, lines which I felt the need to share with other people, regardless of their lack of context. This is a thing of massive joy. I am told that it does well delivered by means of dramatic reading. (Interestingly, there is also some reference made to literary analysis in here.)

Boldly Go

Jun. 1st, 2009 12:53 pm
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
I bring Star Trek Reboot recs. (Yay!)

You Spin Me Round by ImaginarySanity
Despite the emotionally compromise him line in the film and an awareness of years of fan history, I did not see the Kirk/Spock thing when I saw the film, not really. (Possibly this is because I was distracted by an overwhelming Kirk/Bones thing.) This vid, though, is wonderfully slashy. It's also bouncy, colourful and a lot of fun to boot.
(Song: You Spin Me Round by Jessica Simpson)

cut and fucking paste and its sequel, edit, by [livejournal.com profile] crimsonclad
Rating: PG-13
Wonderful, charming, and bloody hilarious. I have a lot of love for the characters in this. It deals with the effects of Kirk and Spock Prime's mind meld on Kirk. It is a most excellent fic. Some day I hope to have it's babies. *nods*

i'm just a jealous guy by [livejournal.com profile] londondrowning
Rating: PG-13
Kirk/Bones! It deals with the mind meld and the crew's growing relationships with each other. The author's summary is pretty fantastic: "Leonard McCoy is thirty-one and he’s too fucking old to be anybody’s jealous boyfriend."

6 icons 11 wallpapers by [personal profile] swagga
These are amazing. They're very simple and pretty, part old Trek, part new. The wallpapers are incredibly amusing, each version with different text. They're a bit curse heavy - which I'm totally okay with but others might not be - you've been warned. I really like version 1 of the Uhuras -actually, pretty much all of them make me kind of ridiculously happy.

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