sapphostication:

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an extensive list of queer lady movies, for my dear followers as a new year present.

"Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue."

sansaofhousestark:

like there’s nothing inherently wrong with headcanoning harry or remus or whoever as gay. but i am deeply suspicious of people who do this and then ship them with draco and sirius respectively, and exclusively.

why? because almost every time, this involves not putting in any effort to invest in ginny and tonks’ characters, yet making every effort to explore draco - a racist bully - or even the marauders, who play second fiddle (in terms of the time spent exploring their youth) to the main story, which more heavily involves luna, tonks, ginny, neville, mcgonagall and the other teachers, etc etc.

i’m just …  really, really sick of this trend whereby people will point blank refuse to invest in female characters, elderly characters, canon character of colour (such as kingsley shacklebolt, lavender, dean, and the patil sisters), yet make every effort known to explore characters in canon who are often unlikeable or even just don’t have an enormous amount of material to work with who just so happen to be white men.

obviously harry, remus, sirius, draco & co are very important characters to the narrative, so understandably people relate to and like them for various reasons, yet equally as important are ginny and tonks, whose fanbases are much smaller, and whose output of fanworks is much smaller. i see dozens of posts in a couple of weeks about remus and sirius’ great love, yet maybe one a month about anything to do with tonks. 

true, remus’ and sirius’ past may be more tragic and compelling than tonks’, and one could argue the same for draco. yet isn’t tonks’ present just as compelling? a young woman fighting in a war, falling in love with an older man, becoming involved in plots with famous wizarding figures like harry potter and albus dumbledore - that’s the stuff of a 100k fanfic! yet, there are only 1324 works on ao3 tagged ‘nymphadora tonks’, compared to 8414 works tagged ‘remus lupin’. hmm.

it’s a similar situation for ginny. sorting by kudos for ginny/harry fics, i found one fic on the first page that was actually about them as a pairing, not as a past pairing, not in some sort of orgy or threesome, not as the beta pairing. most of the fics tagged ginny/harry were actually about draco/harry. funny how that works. there were also 2046 fics tagged ‘harry potter/ginny weasley’ compared to a staggering 9515 fics tagged ‘draco malfoy/harry potter’.

but it’s not only the disinterest in exploring characters outside the two most popular slash pairings of the fandom that really gets me riled up. it’s the blatant attempts to discredit these characters and label them as abusers and bad people that does that. i’ve read thousands of words worth of meta describing tonks as a dark manipulator, who guilts remus into marrying her in a moment of vulnerability - rather than, you know, a young woman who was suffering greatly herself in attempting to fight a war and find a way to convince the man she loves that he’s worthy of her. again, the same situation arises with ginny. a metric shitton of meta about what an evil temptress she is to harry - how dare she kiss him goodbye when he’s about to leave for what may be his death! how dare she have multiple boyfriends before harry! how dare she have a childhood crush on him! she must be a stalker! it’s garbage, and i see blogger i honestly respect fall into this gross mischaracterization all the time.

i’ve mainly focused on tonks and ginny with this meta because they are the love interests so often relegated to cardboard cutouts in fanworks designed to explore slash pairings. but as i mentioned earlier, similar treatment can be found with other secondary characters, in a subtler yet still harmful way. remus, draco and sirius are all secondary characters - harry, of course, is the main. yet the former receive a great deal of attention from fandom compared to other, similar secondary characters, such as hogwarts students padma and pavarti, dean, seamus, lavender, jordan, angelina, and even luna, a fan favourite; as well as other members of the order and teachers at hogwarts: mcgonagall, kingsley, flitwick, hagrid, etc etc. most of these characters have something in common - they are not white men. the exceptions are seamus, whose potential slash partner dean is black, (this pairing has a tiny 186 fics on ao3), hagrid, who is not conventionally attractive and in universe carries the stigma of being part-giant, and flitwick, again carrying the in universe stigma of being part-goblin (whose appearance is likened to that of people with dwarfism). all of these characters carry a similar standing within the books as secondary or beta characters - admittedly, some with more coverage than others - but all of a similar enough degree of description and ‘screentime’ to be invested in. almost every one is relegated to the background in fanworks.

i know i’m biased towards my faves - tonks and ginny. nevertheless, i don’t believe i’m wrong in saying this fandom has a much deeper bias in favour of white men, in particular of interpreting them strictly as cis, gay, and maintaining their assumed whiteness. to be perfectly honest, i’m tired of it. bring on bisexual ginny! nonbinary luna! mixed race hagrid! queer dean thomas and his openly pansexual bf seamus! aro ace mcgonagall! anything to break up the monotony of gay white cis man after gay white cis man, which, while they may not plague your dashes, certainly plague mine. magicqueers was a good start. but it’s only the beginning.

moonblossom:

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qwanderer:

thisisevenharderthannamingablog:

girl-farts:

kingcheddarxvii:

notviolet:

Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern’s Hair

SHUT THE HELL U P

this man has gone too far

damn

Where does Marvel FIND these people?

Imagine - Chris Pratt and Jeremy Renner show up to your door the night of prom and your parents are like WHY DO YOU HAVE TWO DATES AND WHY ARE THEY SO BIG AND BEEFY AND INTIMIDATING but Chris is just like “Nah I’m hair” and Jeremy raises his hand and says “And I’m makeup”

surprisingly well done

If this doesn’t result in an AU where Hawkeye and Star-Lord decide to retire and open a salon together, I don’t know what we’re all doing with our lives.

Karen Gillan as Jane Lockhart, in Not Another Happy Ending.