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seetobe:

surfandwrite:

thesoftghetto:

niggawithablog:

locc-2dabrain:

krxs10:

why THE FUCK is no one talking about this

why isnt this on the news

we all know the reason why. stop the bullshit.

And this shit happened on May 18…MAY 8-FUCKING-TEENTH!

Story

I read the article and this honestly makes me so fucking angry. I encourage all my followers to reblog the shit out of this. Share it on your Facebook and Twitter, too.

Please spare some time for Darren Rainey. This is a horrific brutality against a human being that is being swept under the rug by most media. 

The news article linked is really fucking hard to read. Just a heads up.

thequantumqueer:

Claiming that cisphopia/heterophobia/reverse-racism/misandry is equivalent to transphobia/homophobia/racism/misogyny is like saying that being shot with a Super Soaker is equivalent to being shot with an AK-47 because “you still shouldn’t shoot people.”

Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet »

1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern. 

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.

In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.

3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”

I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.

4. STFU about looting.

And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.

5. Look Around You.

If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.

6. Make a donation to a civil rights organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center or the ACLU.

7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.

Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.

9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.

If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.

10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.

And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.

Written by Kate Harding

kaijuloki:

locusinbloom:

*shrugs* Every single point you’ve made has already been addressed by Loki fans at extensive, exhaustive length. First rule of debate: know your opponents’ arguments as throughly as you know your own. Do your own research. Or don’t.

However, I’m responding to this because I want to say to you, from one human being with feelings to another human being with feelings, that empathy is the scope of our humanity. It’s easy to love those who love us and think like us. It’s damn hard to care about the fates of people who are different from us. Even were Loki truly irredeemably evil, I would want your first instinct toward him to be compassion, because that defines you as a person. It has nothing to do with whether he “deserves” it.

And? This is not a debate so much as it is defending myself against your incrimination. You asked what I thought, and I responded. It is utter and complete bullshit for you to think that I need to come up with new material just to explain my stance.

I am a Loki fan and I do love the character, but I also acknowledge the horrible things that he has done. I am passionate about the character, and I would be extremely riled were something to happen to him in continuity. However… This does not mean that I think he needs to be treated like a human criminal, or be pampered in a cell. You can be a fan of a villain and not give a good goddamn about his/her 'redemption.' I like his villainy and I don’t want a reformation.

Also- I have Aspergers, which, if you don’t know, is a form of Autism. Your argument that compassion is the first thing you should feel towards anyone (let alone a genocidal warlord) and empathy being ‘the scope of our humanity’ is extremely flawed  and noninclusive. Maybe even a little dehumanizing. There are people who cannot feel compassion or empathy as easily as others. The first instinct of many is not compassion, and that doesn’t make them any less of a person.

I’m sorry that my language was exclusive. Let me rephrase. Those of us who can feel empathy innately, should. Those of us who can learn empathy as an intellectual skill set, like my little brother (also autistic), should. Those of us who can’t do either are per definition sociopaths (like Loki?) and should be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity by the rest of us. Not given a good asskicking for expecting them to do something they literally can’t do.

kaijuloki:

locusinbloom:

You are entirely right. Loki is not a woobie, not little, also not a baby who needs a hug. He is an adult criminal and this is what he needs: respect, compassion, and rehabilitation.

The Prison Industrial Complex in the United States profits from human suffering. More inmates is more money, so there is no fiscal incentive to lower recidivism rates. Criminals who learn skills, adopt hobbies, make friends, and find employment are bad for business. That stuff reduces recidivism, but it requires seeing convicted people as adult human beings capable of making good choices.

In the end, which do you care more about: retribution or protecting future victims? I won’t ask you to apologize for your condescending tags if you still stand behind them, but maybe you will be willing explain what you actually do believe Loki needs?

Bearing in mind the real world ramifications of your stance, both for people who commit crimes and people who are victims of crimes?

To start with, you are comparing Loki to a human criminal, which he is very far from. You also assume that he can, in fact, he rehabilitated. I don’t think he will ever be a “normal, functioning member of society.” You cannot help someone that does not want to be helped. If the MCU has told us anything, it’s that he has no desire to be rehabilitated or change his ways. He might have aided Thor in The Dark World, but it was arguably to further his own schemes.

Loki is a master manipulator. He’s supposed to seem sympathetic, but he would likely twist any compassion shown to him in his favor. Respect and compassion are not going change potentially a millennia of bad behavior and skewed perception. (He doesn’t think that he is in the wrong, at all. He feels NO remorse for his crimes, as shown in TDW.)

What do I think Loki needs? A good ass-kicking, maybe, but I’m sure that wouldn’t do squat. You cannot compare an fictional extra-dimensional ancient being to a  human criminal. You know, common criminals don’t try to commit genocide or take over the planet. (Though, I will say this; respect, compassion, and rehabilitation would have done very little for historic tyrants like Hitler and Mussolini. Both of these men genuinely thought that their causes were just, though their actions caused the deaths of so many people.)

Also, I stand by the fact that what I said was not condescending.  It was my honest opinion, and  be damned if I’m going to apologize for it, when literally all I said was  “#he is not a wooby little baby  #that needs a hug.”

*shrugs* Every single point you’ve made has already been addressed by Loki fans at extensive, exhaustive length. First rule of debate: know your opponents’ arguments as throughly as you know your own. Do your own research. Or don’t.

However, I’m responding to this because I want to say to you, from one human being with feelings to another human being with feelings, that empathy is the scope of our humanity. It’s easy to love those who love us and think like us. It’s damn hard to care about the fates of people who are different from us. Even were Loki truly irredeemably evil, I would want your first instinct toward him to be compassion, because that defines you as a person. It has nothing to do with whether he “deserves” it.

ghostsneverleave:

locusinbloom:

roleplayingconfessionsfromrpers:

marablake:

roleplayingconfessionsfromrpers:

marablake replied to your photo “It makes me sick how people are targeted in Marvel fandom for being…”

Good job proving the OP’s point there, admin. Liking does not equal woobifying.

Stating that a villain is not a baby in need of a hug does not equal bullying or harassment, either. A differing opinion is not an attack. I was merely responding to the part in which the OP stated that ‘“he’s evil” or “he’s a psycho”.’  

Differing from what? That post wasn’t even about whether Loki is a wooby or not, it’s about his fans being treated badly. So why did you feel the need to respond with snide comments that buy into the nasty stereotypes being used to denigrate Loki fans?

having a more nuanced opinion of him than “he’s evil” or “he’s a psycho”. Nuanced doesn’t equal woobying either, FYI.

So like I said, good job proving the OP’s point.

Now I’m done. If you’re determined to be a hater toward real people with feelings, there’s no point in my wasting logic on you.

The only one making snide comments or being a ‘hater towards real people’ is you. By saying “good job proving the OP’s point there” you were suggesting that I was attacking and harassing the OP or Loki fans, in general. In reality, all I said was; “#he is not a wooby little baby  #that needs a hug.” Now, I don’t know what planet you’re from, but that is in no way harassment or an attack, nor is it mocking or derogatory. It legitimately seems like you’re only looking to pick a fight.

I said that “a differing opinion is not an attack” because holy shit, people on Tumblr sure do think so sometimes. From the post, I honestly cannot infer whether or not the OP has a differing opinion. It doesn’t matter whether or not s/he does, because you are attacking me for stating mine regardless.  

Newsflash, I’ve been roleplaying the damn character for years now. I’ve been in the fandom for years. (In my experience, the most hate from this fandom comes from Loki fans, not against them, but that’s a bit off-topic.)   That nasty stereotype is one of my biggest peeves, and I will argue it to my grave, but I would never attack or harass anyone for it. I think that’s stupid.

You are entirely right. Loki is not a woobie, not little, also not a baby who needs a hug. He is an adult criminal and this is what he needs: respect, compassion, and rehabilitation.

The Prison Industrial Complex in the United States profits from human suffering. More inmates is more money, so there is no fiscal incentive to lower recidivism rates. Criminals who learn skills, adopt hobbies, make friends, and find employment are bad for business. That stuff reduces recidivism, but it requires seeing convicted people as adult human beings capable of making good choices.

In the end, which do you care more about: retribution or protecting future victims? I won’t ask you to apologize for your condescending tags if you still stand behind them, but maybe you will be willing explain what you actually do believe Loki needs?

Bearing in mind the real world ramifications of your stance, both for people who commit crimes and people who are victims of crimes?

I agree with you whole-heartedly, but let’s just note that there are some people out there that there’s not enough respect, compassion, and rehabilitation to save and actually rehabilitate.
Our x-husband being a great example. He did great in treatment. He eventually got married and had supporting friends and a loving significant other who forgave him for his crimes though no one else would. He had respect and compassion.

But he’s still back in jail for hurting someone, again.
This is not just the second time, it is not the third or the fourth… and I sincerely doubt it was the fifth, or even the tenth time he’s harmed someone.

The American prison system only makes better criminals, and it needs SERIOUS reform, but that doesn’t mean that a better prison system with more respect for violent criminals would have changed who our x-husband is and was.


That said, LOKI IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. SOME PEOPLE LIKE THE BAD GUYS —- and I honestly think Loki would have been a different (read: better) person had his father loved him the way he loved Thor.
There are things about Loki’s back story that is relatable to so many people, and the Loki fans do not deserve to be treated like naive children (or worse, possible criminals or abuse supporters) for liking him.

I like Hannibal quite a bit.

Would I kill people? No.
Would I eat people? No.
Do I support his actions? NO DAMNIT!

I recognize that Hannibal is a person I wouldn’t really want to meet in real life, and that he is a dangerous psychopath that would likely kill me and eat my flesh without even a second thought.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person.

Same goes for Loki fans. There’s nothing wrong with liking Loki. Heck, there’s not even anything wrong with adoring him.
He is a fictional character, made for people to enjoy.

That is all.

*Nods* Yes, of course, that’s very true. I tend to view crime as having three breakdowns (although that’s vastly oversimplifying it).

There are people who are rich/privileged enough that they believe themselves to be above the law. This can happen in dramatic ways like CEOs stealing millions and not going to prison. Or it can happen in very subtle ways like a middle class person not caring where they park their car because they know they can afford the ticket or a college boy who doesn’t think it counts as rape if she didn’t actually say ‘no’.

There are people who are sick and find it difficult or impossible to control their behaviors and they might also not be able to understand why their behavior is wrong.

Also, there are people who, through poverty or minority status, no longer have an investment in the society they live in. They have literally been treated like vicious wild animals for so long that they have adopted that attitude into their psyche.

Humility to the proud, justice to the poor, healing to the sick.

After we get that done? Yes, there will still exist people who desire to hurt others with malicious aforethought, but a much smaller and more manageable problem. Even then, there will be no need to take eye for an eye, just treat these people with dignity and compassion and keep them the hell away from potential new victims.

roleplayingconfessionsfromrpers:

marablake:

roleplayingconfessionsfromrpers:

marablake replied to your photo “It makes me sick how people are targeted in Marvel fandom for being…”

Good job proving the OP’s point there, admin. Liking does not equal woobifying.

Stating that a villain is not a baby in need of a hug does not equal bullying or harassment, either. A differing opinion is not an attack. I was merely responding to the part in which the OP stated that ‘“he’s evil” or “he’s a psycho”.’  

Differing from what? That post wasn’t even about whether Loki is a wooby or not, it’s about his fans being treated badly. So why did you feel the need to respond with snide comments that buy into the nasty stereotypes being used to denigrate Loki fans?

having a more nuanced opinion of him than “he’s evil” or “he’s a psycho”. Nuanced doesn’t equal woobying either, FYI.

So like I said, good job proving the OP’s point.

Now I’m done. If you’re determined to be a hater toward real people with feelings, there’s no point in my wasting logic on you.

The only one making snide comments or being a ‘hater towards real people’ is you. By saying “good job proving the OP’s point there” you were suggesting that I was attacking and harassing the OP or Loki fans, in general. In reality, all I said was; “#he is not a wooby little baby  #that needs a hug.” Now, I don’t know what planet you’re from, but that is in no way harassment or an attack, nor is it mocking or derogatory. It legitimately seems like you’re only looking to pick a fight.

I said that “a differing opinion is not an attack” because holy shit, people on Tumblr sure do think so sometimes. From the post, I honestly cannot infer whether or not the OP has a differing opinion. It doesn’t matter whether or not s/he does, because you are attacking me for stating mine regardless.  

Newsflash, I’ve been roleplaying the damn character for years now. I’ve been in the fandom for years. (In my experience, the most hate from this fandom comes from Loki fans, not against them, but that’s a bit off-topic.)   That nasty stereotype is one of my biggest peeves, and I will argue it to my grave, but I would never attack or harass anyone for it. I think that’s stupid.

You are entirely right. Loki is not a woobie, not little, also not a baby who needs a hug. He is an adult criminal and this is what he needs: respect, compassion, and rehabilitation.

The Prison Industrial Complex in the United States profits from human suffering. More inmates is more money, so there is no fiscal incentive to lower recidivism rates. Criminals who learn skills, adopt hobbies, make friends, and find employment are bad for business. That stuff reduces recidivism, but it requires seeing convicted people as adult human beings capable of making good choices.

In the end, which do you care more about: retribution or protecting future victims? I won’t ask you to apologize for your condescending tags if you still stand behind them, but maybe you will be willing explain what you actually do believe Loki needs?

Bearing in mind the real world ramifications of your stance, both for people who commit crimes and people who are victims of crimes?

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Ferguson, Missouri, demilitarized, peaceful protests ensue. Go figure.

attribution: REUTERS
The same protesters … without tanks, tear gas or stun grenades.

What a difference 24 hours—and the demilitarization of a police force—can make. After all hell broke loose in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday night, where journalists were arrested and Ferguson police launched unprovoked attacks against demonstrators protesting the police killing of an unarmed 18-year old, calm seems to have been restored:

A festive demonstration filled the centre of Ferguson, Missouri, early on Thursday evening after a dramatic shift in police tactics, with a new chief and contingent of officers brought in to police protests over the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Hundreds of people gathered at the same intersection in this northern suburb of St Louis that has been the epicentre of violent clashes with police since the weekend. But where a wall of armed officers in military gear and armoured trucks once stood, there was almost no police presence. […]

The shift followed the installation of Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri state highway patrol as the effective commander on the ground, under orders earlier in the day from the state governor, Jay Nixon. His force replaced the St Louis county police in leading the operation.

So for now at least, a hallelujah for the people of Ferguson regaining their First Amendment rights.

And now it’s time for answers: Why was an unarmed teenager gunned down in the street for the crime of jaywalking? Who shot him? How many times was he shot? And who in the hell decided that the proper response to a community's outrage over that young man's death was to launch an offensive that made Ferguson, Missouri, look like a war zone in a third-world country?

(And for the love of God, please spare us any kind of “Blue Ribbon Commission.”)

7:58 PM PT: And … one more question: What. The. Hell?

imageEyewitness on MSNBC just now says ambulance didn’t arrive for Michael Brown for 30-35 minutes.  Police stood around.

— @GregMitch

Source: Barbara Morrill for Daily Kos

Meta on my fic “God of Lies, Lasso of Truth”

mosellegreen:

I wrote this meta two years ago after posting my fic God of Lies, Lasso of Truth. I reread it tonight for the first time in quite a while and was surprised at how much more relevant it all is after TDW.

kadorienne:

Probably you should read the entire fic before reading this.

So, this is going to be my one big Loki apologist fic. He’ll be sympathetic in most if not all fics I write about him, but this will (probably) be the only one that tries to provide justification for… as many as possible of the things he did, anyway. And give him ultimately good motives however much I and the reader might disapprove of his methods. In some of my Loki WIPs he’s far more morally questionable. I’m not trying to excuse him, at least not for everything, just redeem him from Designated Villain status.

The real guilty parties here, of course, are the screenwriters, who inflicted massive cognitive dissonance on us. I really have to wonder what the hell they were trying to do here. They made Loki by far the most sympathetic character in Thor. The titular hero is a spoiled bully who endangers his friends for his own vanity and likes to kill people. The father figure is a conniving egotist who deliberately withholds affection from his adopted son in order to manipulate him. The movie made Loki someone who a lot of people could identify with - any of us who values brains above brawn, any of us who got beaten up by Thor-like jocks on our way to the library as a kid, any of us whose parents didn’t love us - or at least didn’t love us enough not to break our hearts. And then suddenly they had him do a whole bunch of evil things. And the spoiled bully is supposed to be the hero because he endured the horrific ordeal of, um, three days in New Mexico without superpowers macking on Natalie Portman. Just what is the message we’re supposed to take away from this? Smart people are evil? If our parents didn’t love us, we should just go ahead and commit mass murder and seize our brother’s thrones because we’re inherently evil anyway? Cut abs are a sign of divine election? What?

And then they go and make another movie about Loki, and in this one he’s invading Earth with an alien army and causing an awful lot of human deaths. Only, the movie makes it crystal clear that a much eviller dude is forcing him to do this and has tortured him horribly already for a whole year and will torture him more if he doesn’t get the Tesseract for him. We don’t have any reason to think that Loki would ever have tried to conquer the Earth without Thanos forcing him to do so. Indeed, numerous viewers noticed that Loki’s plan makes no sense whatsoever (nor does Tom Hiddleston’s performance) unless you assume that he was deliberately sabotaging his own invasion and wanted the Avengers to foil it. He could have killed most if not all of the Avengers, given Thanos the Tesseract and ruled Earth, but instead he let the Avengers defeat him and was dragged back to Asgard in chains and muzzle.

And these are just the personal reasons for identifying with Loki. There are also political/sociological interpretations, which I’m sure were unintentional but are nevertheless glaringly obvious. Here's the most popular essay discussing how Loki being taught to hate his own species is an excellent symbol for internalized racism - the most popular one, but far from the only one. Really, it would be massively easy to read this entire movie as a piece of very clumsy antisemitic propaganda. Loki is very much a Jewish stereotype, and is pitted against a rival who is quite literally the Aryan ideal. The pale-skinned, dark-haired, sneaky smart nerd versus the muscle-bound unintellectual blond warrior, the latter being the Good because his name is the title of the movie. And gosh, you might feel kind of sorry for all the hard luck they’ve had, but look at all the evil things they’ll do if they have half a chance, so better keep demonizing them/him.

Loki can also be a symbol of the oppression of homosexuals or any other sexual minority, or of women: he’s by far the less macho brother and shows no interest in or from the fair sex at any point in his two movies. He’s the only beardless man of rank on Asgard, something which he could, in Norse culture, have killed you just for mentioning. Legally. For those nerdy enough to find out that in Norse culture, magic is considered women’s work and male sorcerers are considered “ergi” (basically, faggots), and that mythological Loki has taken female forms and given birth, the parallels are even more glaring.

This isn’t intentional, of course. What it is, is Protagonist Centered Morality - also known as “bad writing”. Whatever benefits Thor is by definition good, whatever thwarts him is by definition evil. And this makes Loki evil the moment Odin picks him up in that temple, because by his mere existence as Thor’s supposed brother, he is a competitor for the affection of their parents and for the throne. His own rights and needs are irrelevant. He is evil for trying to kill off the frost giants, something his adoptive father and brother had both attempted to do, but they get a pass, Thor because he then went to Earth to make out with Natalie Portman, Odin because it’s in the script for Thor to tell him he’s a wise king and a good father (this about two minutes of screen time after Odin decides that when his heartbroken adopted son is hanging over an abyss is a good time to reject him some more). Thor drags his own friends and his brother into an insanely dangerous situation in Jotunheim and nearly gets them all killed, but the audience is supposed to forgive him, and the friends themselves commit treason about three days later for Thor’s benefit. We can condemn Loki’s assumption that he has the right to sabotage Thor’s coronation because he can see that Thor is not ready to be king, but how about condemning Odin for not having noticed that Thor is exactly what he is? How about condemning Thor for being stupid and reckless?

I am a nerd, a bookworm, an oddball, and the less said about my family life, the better. According to the two movies about Loki, I am evil by nature and it’s only a matter of time before I’m supervillaining all over the place. I might as well not even try to do anything else.

Since I don’t accept the movies’ contention that my proper role in life is to unleash alien armies upon New York or attempt xenocide, I have to settle for writing fanfiction that restores what I can of Loki’s morality and dignity. I will justify all of his crimes that can be justified - not all of them can, and some can only partly. I will purge the painful memory of him being paraded through Central Park muzzled and chained (why the hell did they need to take off from there? Why the public humiliation?) by having him at least apply the damned thing to himself. I will make sure Tony gives him that drink. I will have him enduring the sewing of his mouth stoically, which I think he would. I will let him lift Mjolnir, just because the damned thing is a symbol of the paternal love and approval Loki never had any chance of winning but was forced to strive for anyway. I will give him a bit of resolution with Bruce Banner, even letting Loki have the moral high ground on this, because the Hulk’s brutal assault on him was played for laughs. I will give him the most gorgeous hunk in the Nine Realms to warm his bed, because I love him and because they were so obviously in love onscreen. In both movies, Loki was constantly silenced by other characters, an especially painful thing since his skill with words was the Silvertongue’s greatest strength. I will give him his chance to speak at length, and with no danger that his words will be doubted. I will give him everything he wants except the throne of Asgard, which he didn’t want for all but a few days of his life.

Alternately, I could spend three days in New Mexico making out with Natalie Portman. I hear that turns you into a good person.

So all of the above still holds, but in retrospect it seems that before TDW it was all a lot more accepted throughout fandom. Almost everyone could see that Loki got a bum rap and was judged by a double standard and that his unjust treatment was symbolic of real-life injustice towards racial and sexual minorities. I said it, people who later became the Resistance said it, people who didn’t later join the Resistance said it, the people whose essays I linked above said it.

Then TDW took all the worst aspects of the first two Loki movies and amped them off the charts. Asgard was made much more explicitly racist and this time we didn’t even get Thor’s eleventh-hour figuring out that even if an enemy species is evil, you still shouldn’t genocide them. (Just raze their cities, steal their magic, condemn their realm to a slow death, and kidnap their infant princes. Just don’t kill them all quickly so that their suffering is over fast. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere.) Asgard’s imperialist aggression was made much clearer, and all the Asgardians (except for Loki and Frigga, both of whom were foreign-born) were much more openly sadistic, savoring their cruelty to their enemies with wide smiles. And Loki’s treatment was far more disproportionate, ridiculously so. I remember all the fics in which I had Thor pleading with Odin to give Loki a chance at atonement such as Thor had, or pleading that Odin stop torturing Loki, and I can only weep. Loki’s position as a persecuted minority was made far more obvious in all kinds of ways we’ve rehashed many times.

And as I’ve pointed out many times, if any Asgardian character had shown the slightest decency - if any of them had ever expressed regret at having to punish Loki, or hope of eventual reconciliation, or seemed to miss him, or anything - Loki would have automatically seemed more villainous. But instead, everyone but Frigga was delighted that Loki was doomed to torture for the rest of his life, and savored their cruelty to him with great big grins.

Bizarrely, when Asgard’s racism and fascism and human rights violations was made much more clear, as was Loki’s role as a symbol of Jews, nonwhites, homosexuals, and women who step out of their place, the audience became much more blind to these things. Before TDW a lot of people were pointing out how unjust and bigoted Asgard was, but they didn’t get attacked the way Loki’s Resistance did. There wasn’t even anything called Loki’s Resistance, because we didn’t need to circle the wagons so that the Odin supporters would flame us instead of every random fangirl who thinks Tom Hiddleston was hot.

(In retrospect, perhaps naming ourselves wasn’t the best move, tactically speaking. If we’d let the trolls keep flaming every woman who has the hots for Tom Hiddleston, they’d have wasted a lot of their time harassing people who weren’t angry about the bigotry of these movies, the fans and their friends would have slapped them down with “Don’t ascribe opinions to me/pick on my friend just because I/she like(s) a goodlooking actor!”, and the Counter-Resistance would likely have fizzled quickly. But letting innocent bystanders take the heat meant for us is the kind of thing Odin would do. What we did - separating ourselves from the larger group in order to protect them - was the right thing to do. Loki would be proud, I think.)

Anyway, it’s interesting, and puzzling, to observe that people were expressing exactly the same views before TDW, with somewhat less justification, and back then it was hardly controversial.

Okay, so here’s a study done by the Stanford Psychology dept. Groups of white people were shown mug shots of “criminals” and asked whether they would sign a petition asking for a harsh sentencing law to be made less harsh. If blacks were overrepresented in the mug shots, then the study members were less likely to sign the petition! The results were the same when paper demographics were used instead of mug shots.

From the study: “But we found that, ironically, exposure to extreme racial disparities may make the public less, and not more, responsive to attempts to lessen the severity of policies that help maintain those disparities.”

Apparently, the more blindingly obvious you make matters of oppression, the more those in power become mysteriously blind to it.

The upshot here is that, when Asgard was “merely” shitty, we said, “hey, that’s a shitty place.” When Asgard became a fascist dictatorship with glaringly obvious social inequalities, we said, “hey, that’s just like our country! What a wonderful place to live!”

Anonymous asked: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

uristmcdorf:

natnovna:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

IMPORTANT

thequantumqueer:

"cops are people too"

no

cops are public servants

if you put on a badge or take an office, then in that moment you are not a person. you are the government, and deserve to be treated as such.