lotesse: (trek)
The reason why making Reboot!Sulu gay is weak representation is that it effectively outsources any risk to a queer individual, instead of stepping up and claiming solidarity and then biding whatever consequences. When Takei came out, he took an active risk. It worked out well, thank god, and the world seems to have pretty well embraced him for who he is. By making Nu!Sulu their One Gay, Everyone Look, We Have One, Abrams and company aren't having to put themselves on the line, because Takei has already tested the situation and found the safe ground. They know they can follow behind him without too much resistance from the public. Everyone will cheer and no-one will fuss.

Takei's remarks on authorial intent were muddled, but - Roddenberry was at least consistently gutsy in his diversity-related gambits. This, in contrast, is some weaksauce market-tested cowardice.
lotesse: (tony)
[personal profile] anghraine tagged me on tumblr - fifteen things that are making me happy right now:
1. winter is far from over; I have a solid three months of snow left to look forward to
2. the myth-type of Persephone, the rape victim married to her rapist, given a cold power by her trauma and her survival but also fundamentally connected with the renewal of spring. she gets stronger and more dangerous by breaking, and i'm connecting with that
3. soft-aesthetic photos of black men with flowerbeards
4. Jim Kirk's face
5. Lip Gallagher's face
6. Mandy Milkovich's dyejob - so cute! and Debbie's haircut
7. I got to see my best friend and not!sister this week when she came home for her mother's 60th birthday
8. I'm no longer involved in any way shape or form with my ex's endless hopeless drama
9. Jim Kirk genderswaps
10. William Shatner genderswapped is kind of what I look like, except for the eye color
11. Marvel 616 Civil War fix-it fic
12. Cara Loup recently uploaded a bunch of her zine-era Han/Luke to the AO3, and it's glorious - and also imo it's cool to spend time in a SW universe where the PT hadn't been made yet and see what people were doing.
13. Anna ([personal profile] starry_diadem) is publishing some of her amazing Battlestar Galactica 1978 fic as with the serial numbers filed off; her worldbuilding work is tremendous, and also I tracked her down a few years ago after a long break from the fandom by recognizing her very distinctive use of the word "gauche" in fic even after she'd changed pseuds, of which I am unreasonably proud.
14. the water-soluble wax pastels are awesome for coloring my mandalas
15. girl you know i listened to the ESB radio serial again the other night and it is some hot shit; no one else can act at all, but Mark Hamill is there, and he goes pretty hard. the exaggerated-noises style that radio dramas always do work really nicely with the film's plotlines; lots of moaning and heavy breathing and whimpering from Luke, it's all very exciting. also they do the Hoth scene that fanwriters always tackle, with Han and Luke overnight in the shelter. they found the worst voice in the world for Vader tho, which is kind of a problem
lotesse: (sillycat)
Hooooly hannah y'all I was NOT prepared for Farscape 3.16, wow wow wow, I thought I was trippin' earlier this evening.

(I suspect I'm going to end up staying up late tonight; there's an awful lot of partyish noise outside, perhaps some sort of sporting event? What DID we do before Netflix Watch Instant? Actually, scratch that, I remember life before Netflix Watch Instant; I watched all of BtVS and AtS on Netflix delivery DVDs, rationed out in little 4-episode-a-week mini-binges. NOT fun.)

eta: "I don't wanta be like other people. I don't wanta be like you. I don't wanta stoop that low. Kirk wouldn't stoop that low." What the HELLL show you just HIT ME WITH THAT KIND OF SWEET ISH with no warning or nothing? Like. That's even better than Lois McMaster Bujold's continued "City on the Edge of Forever" ref, "I love you" and "let me help."

God, I love science fiction.
lotesse: (trek)
four things make a post:

- I love reading oldschool XF MSR work, because of how transparently women's wish-fulfillment it so often is - because there's some whole additional level of hot in knowing that you're reading the work of a powerful independent creative thoughtful woman theorizing her own revolutionary empowered sexuality via media interpretation, laid on top of the ordinary pleasure of the text.

- It consistently wrongfoots me that The X-Files, while a show about aliens and the search for extraterrestrial life, is not about first contact in the trekkie sort of way; not about xenopolitics, strange ways of being, the wonder of the encounter with true vital difference. I keep wanting to know about Reticulan attitudes toward fetal life, their reproductive politics. Or their perspective on contact with our, to them alien, world and worldview - do they have a Prime Directive? but the show isn't doing that, isn't about that.

- As charming as the magical realism of "The Rain King" may be, the episode is guilty of NiceGuyism and romanticization of coerced consent.

- Now that I think about it, nu!Trek isn't about first contact in the same way that classic Trek was; nu!Starfleet is presented imo as pretty much always already integrated, although of course actual on-screen representations skews heavily white-dude-wards. But, like, we've known the Vulcans for a long time in that verse; the presence of multiplanetary life forms clearly borders on the passe there. Contrast with TOS, where yes we've made a few interplanetary contacts but closer alliances are only just beginning to form, where Spock serving as first officer on a Federation ship alongside humans actually seems to be something of an anomaly - which, it would have to be, considering that none of the Federation people know about the existence of pon farr. TOS McCoy is constantly having to theorize alien physiology on the fly, because while they're a United Federation of Planets in name, these people are only beginning to really enter into the interplanetary field. I wonder what that shift is about - does more racial integration erase the primacy of the fantasy of difference? and does that erasure benefit or harm goals toward infinite diversity in infinite combinations?
lotesse: (books_dreaming)
department of glad I survived that one: there was tornado activity nearby today, but nothing too bad came my way, just lots and lots of wind and rain and my cats being anxious and hyper all afternoon. I heard the figure of tornadoes in the midwest this afternoon reported at 59, which is fairly terrifying. lots of people in Illinois and Indiana have a long hard week ahead.

department of infinite hell: so here I am watching Melissa Harris-Perry online, as one does, and I get an ad from msnbc.com using nuTrek to shill for GE. WHAT THE INFINITE HELL. STOP MAKING SULU SELL YOUR SHIT.
lotesse: (trek_ponfarr)
Needle and scissor, scissor and pin (277 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: The Original Series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy
Additional Tags: Stitches, Shore Leave, Spock POV
Summary: Probably needles and sutures. All the pain. They used to hand-cut and sew people like garments. Needles and sutures.
lotesse: (greenswirl)
More hair than she needs (517 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery, Tangled (2010), The Color Purple - Alice Walker, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, Eugene Fitzherbert | Flynn Rider/Rapunzel, Celie/Shug Avery
Characters: Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Rapunzel (Tangled), Rapunzel's Mother, Shug Avery, Celie (The Color Purple), Kathryn Janeway, Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Diana Barry
Additional Tags: Hair, Femininity, Self-Determination, Female Character of Color, Canon Lesbian Relationship, Feminist Themes, Drabble Collection, Bechdel Test Pass, 5 Things, Female Friendship

Five female characters who cut their hair, and one who didn't.

lotesse: (bsg)
because all I want is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, when you get right down to it :)

chatter about Star Trek Voyager and the Prime Directive )

chatter about Battlestar Galactica 1978 )
lotesse: (Default)
meme responses: stuff about Dollhouse, Star Trek, and Narnia )

Also, I want to link to Ana Mardoll's piece at Shakesville on the acquittal of Ezekiel Gilbert for Lenora Ivie Frago's murder, because this is one of those cases I want to point to whenever people (so often in the form of my undergraduate students) assert that we've changed since the (inevitably indefinable) Bad Old Days. It's an impulse that I find really frustrating, because it makes me not want to celebrate our successes, knowing that any mention I make of victory will be taken as a total declaration of the end of the war.

eta: also I passed the graduate Spanish test-out I took yesterday! Which is awesome, because it means I don't have to take HISP 492 for the rest of the summer, and have both the foreign language requirements for my degree covered. Which means that as soon as I defend my prospectus, I'll be ABD. I am chilling out today, but this weekend is going to be for writing; I think I have most of my prospectus worked out mentally, but I need to just sort of pound out the words.
lotesse: (trek_changein)
link of interest: the Hathor Legacy does the full-length version of the Star Trek Into Darkness takedown, and I do mean full-length.
lotesse: (trek_ponfarr)
Like others - *waves at [personal profile] princessofgeeks* - I've been getting back into Classic Trek. I've been sort of vibrating back and forth between Voyager and TOS, happy as a pig in clover to be back in this fandom. I love being in this fandom. There's Voyager talk coming up, but right now I seem to be writing kind of a lot about TOS episodes? I blabbed about 'Where No Man' in PoG's comments, and I seem to have produced a very long analysis of 'Requiem for Methuselah.' idek.

Anyway, here is a very long analysis of ST:TOS 3.19,'Requiem for Methuselah.' )
lotesse: (trek_changein)
[personal profile] mecurtin just wrote pretty much the definitive "Star Trek in the Twenty-First Century" post, Star Trek Could Use A Hard Reboot (pull quote: The thing about ST:TOS that you whippersnappers may not realize is that it was both radical and transformative. I can talk for hours about Gene Roddenberry's many faults, but he actually had a political vision with Star Trek. He wanted to show a universe -- a future -- in which peace, diversity, and rationality are not only desirable, they are *possible*, we *can* get there from here). She's on fire.

eta: relinked to her public posting at Obsidian Wings, rather than her locked journal entry.

(anyway, I owe [personal profile] mecurtin a huge debt of gratitude for her work on the Foresmutters Project back when, which gave us the ability to read Leslie Fish K/S online, and thus made my life infinitely richer. I super love early K/S because of how creative everyone gets with genitals; there's so much deeply nonheteronormative sex going on, with Fish's floral-metaphor tentacles being a case in point. Not only is it early m/m, it's often actively transcending that label by redefining biological sex.)
lotesse: (trek_uhura)
I am not going to be seeing Star Trek Into Darkness, because racefail and also just my Trek is the one with the philosophy in it, sorry. I do want to link to [personal profile] greywash's post on the issues with the way that the movie's racefail issues were concealed prior to its release,, because I do think the whole thing has been unfortunate; we needed to be having these conversations months ago, so that it didn't have to feel so much like squee-harshing now. Being grumpy at nu!Trek only ever comes out of being in love with old Trek, anyhow - so I wanna talk about Voyager! Reaction babble up to 1.10. )
lotesse: (panslabyrinth_book)
I've been really rubbish crazy this week - changed the dosage of my antidepressant and it doesn't seem to be agreeing with me, to the degree that I'm wondering if the lower dose I was taking all last spring wasn't also messing with me, just more subtly. Lord knows it was not a great spring. I have an appointment Monday, so right now I'm just kind of trying to hang tight and get through and working assiduously to distract myself through the consumption of narrative media. I read the first 160 pages of Dan Simmons' The Terror, because [personal profile] musesfool recently mentioned it, and the idea of a supernatural monster story about the (still living! but only just barely!) hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea sounded too good to pass up. It is so far eminently readable, although the pastiche style badly wants to be Patrick O'Brian and just really isn't.

But really the thing that I wanted to post about - I've been casting about for a show to cuddle up with, trying various rewatches. And I just now figured out what I need, and I'm so excited. Ladies and ... ladies, I am now about to embark on my first rewatch of "Star Trek: Voyager" since it first aired when I was nine.
lotesse: (feminism_assignmentfemale)
I'm finally reading Elaine Scarry's "On Beauty and Being Just," - one of the ones I've been pretending to have read for years - and, idek, guys, I kind of hate it. Like, the prose is gorgeous, of course, hers always is, but I feel like she's strawmanning all over the place. I'll agree that extrapolating from feminist critiques of beauty to argue that, say, a vase is negatively reified when looked at is silly as anything. But similarly, I feel like extrapolating from a vase or a flower to human aesthetics is just as wrongheaded, and that's what she keeps doing. The feminist critique doesn't object to beauty qua beauty, it objects to the weaponization of beauty in the service of racism, classism, and misogyny. So I just. Don't know what to do with this book. And am frustrated.

some linkspamming:

[personal profile] oursin, 'Adequate' and 'competent' are not, in fact, pejoratives - this conversation was something I really needed to read. When I was in fifth grade, my parents convinced me that even top marks were meaningless, because all my As meant was that I was doing better than the other kids, not that I was working at my own maximum potential. So I just possibly have some issues.

Abigail Nussbaum reviews the Avengers - everything she said, please.

new Regina Spektor Album with streaming option!

eta: Garland Grey, Buffy Vs. The Beige Demon: Good Riddance to Riley Finn: Most modern television shows display their enlightenment by unleashing paper sexists at their heroine and allowing us to take the clobbering of these shadows as a triumph over sexism. Which, in the unscripted world, is too often not a douchebag saying “You can’t cuz you’re a girl” but is instead someone internalizing that belief and using their power to punish you for it. This scenario creates a false image in the culture of “What Sexism Looks Like” which men use to calibrate their understanding of misogyny. Which means anything less blatant than THAT is just the moaning of people who can’t compete AND once the show has labeled itself NOT SEXIST, it is free to deal in subtler, more insidious forms of sexism. Also with lovely Classic Trek exempla.
lotesse: (trek_mirror)
I'm doing a workup of Camille Bacon-Smith's Enterprising Women for school - seriously, would you believe I drew it out of a hat? In a general gender-studies course not otherwise affiliated with fan studies? - but anyway, her interpretation of Della Van Hise's Trek tie-in novel Killing Time is giving me all kinds of happy nostalgia. I need to dig up an unexpurgated copy - the one I had as a kid was bowdlerized, but god I loved it anyway. I actually didn't know at the time that she was fen - I just knew that her book was actually, you know, hot. But it's really the exact kind of AU scenario that's made to make me happy.

I have to say, though - I don't miss the analog days. They were a crap time to be a kid. It wasn't the worst age-based oppression I ever experienced - not being able to vote in 2000 was torturous - but my childish lack of ability to get what I wanted rankled like stinging nettles.
lotesse: (Default)
I am loving all the Shakespeare refs threaded through the Vorkosigan Saga - the obsessive return to Richard III is, in particular, a very deft touch.

And - knowing Bujold's background, I'm willing to lay money that Cordelia's thought, right at the end of Cordelia's Honor, that "let me help" rhymes with "I love you" is a ref to "City on the Edge of Forever." Which had me grinning like a mad thing.
lotesse: (trek_mirror)
Star Trek: TOS, how are you so good? Like, umpty billion times better than anything else?

... I mean, damn that show knows how to construct kinky costumes on a shoestring budget. And, yanno, groundbreaking sf and some really lovely writing and Nyota Uhura kicking infinite ass and obligatory post-adventure K/S flirting on the bridge, but it's really that blessed gold bolero that leaves me gaping.
lotesse: (trek_ponfarr)
The Boy: it's like, "Damn it, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a courtesan."
me: *blink*
lotesse: (trek_mirror)
Classic series and ST:TMP, K/S, K/S/Mc, Uhura, JTK, Spock, Number One, and silly macros.

it's with starlike eyes )

daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin


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