Do you have any feelings on the latest WTNV controversy? (That the co-author of 'Summer Reading Program' episode has been revealed to write underage rape fanfiction, and as the creator of Tamika's character, people are skeeved out and upset by this.)
I’ve read the accusatory post in question as well as the rebuttals from people who say that the AO3 tags don’t actually do justice to the fic, that the fics were actually victim-focused and not actually erotic.
Personally, I think it’s absolutely despicable to police someone’s ID this way when all you have for a justification is literally “won’t someone think of the children!”, and I think that it’s especially despicable in fandom where we might have 10000 reasons for writing specific tropes or kinks that people outside of fandom might view as harmful. You don’t know if she’s a victim. You don’t know how she’s treating the topic. You don’t know if she wrote those fics when she was 12 years old herself and trying to explore sexuality in ways that were comfortable and safe for her. You just don’t fucking know, and more importantly unless she signed up with the AO3 name “Ashley Lierman” or linked to her AO3 account from LinkedIn, you weren’t supposed to know. It seems like someone deliberately tied her real life professional identity to her fanfic identity, which is bullshit, absolute BULLSHIT. you do NOT out fanfic writers. What the fuck. That’s what got me fired from my job 11 years ago, that is the #1 first fucking rule of fandom, that is why we would rather pull an article than endanger people in the fandom who feel less safe because of it. You do not out fans. You do not out fans.
It’s possible that someone might one day go through my Prince of Tennis fics and try to blacklist my work because I’ve written numerous fics about various characters, aged up significantly, who started out as 11 and 12 years old in their respective canons. Or criticize me because I wrote fics where two teens had sex at age 15, or decide that I’m unfit to do my job or represent fandom in public because I wrote a fic where a gay serial killer and a sociopath practices dubious consent with bloodplay and then gets a happy ending, or because probably somewhere in my recs I’ve bookmarked fics that feature non-con or abusive relationships or incest or who the fuck knows. If someone wanted to go on a witch hunt, they’d have plenty of material.
And the same thing applies to every single person reading this. If someone wanted to connect your fanfic handle to your real life and then take a stroll through your kinks and tags looking for dirty little secrets, then use it to create controversy and try to ruin your professional career, are you sure they wouldn’t be able to? I wouldn’t take that bet. And I’m way more horrified by the fact that someone thought this was an acceptable way of creating dialogue than by the content of her fics.
I think there absolutely is a time and a place and a context for discussing whether someone’s fictional work should factor into their professional reputation, but the way to have that discussion is not to fucking stalk them on AO3 and then screencap the content of their fics in order to out them on Tumblr. Absolutely disgusting, and the quickest fucking way to ruin fandom as a safe space.
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
I’d also like to point out that we DO NOT do surgery the same way we did even 100 years ago. One of the cool things I learned while working with a pathologist is that you can now remove a (non-ruptured) appendix and gall bladder through a person’s navel. No huge ass scar, no lengthy recovery. Out through the navel it goes.
Most of the time, unless the damage is extensive, surgeons make incredibly tiny holes in an effort to minimize damage and maximize healing. Hell, I’ve seen articles about being able to do surgery BY REMOTE CONTROL thanks to advanced computer systems. There was one surgeon who practiced surgery on a 3D printed heart because the child whose life they were going to save had such a rare defect that few had ever done the surgery before.
Don’t drag the medical profession into your assertion that we can’t examine what we do and ask if there’s a better way. They do it all the time.
yes to all this.
i get quarterly physicals because of a genetic condition what needs constant eyeballing just in case. every time i arrive at the clinic there’s new study results on some bulletin board or something. sometimes it’s about new medication. sometimes it’s about a new way to use medications that’re tried and true because maybe we can get more out of them. sometimes it’s about a procedure, and “is there a better way we can go about doing the thing?” is a CONSTANT QUESTION as IT said above.
so is “well, we have been doing the thing THIS way for ages but that’s based on old-ass data and does not work well for everyone; we should therefore do the thing THIS way for some people, THAT way for others, and DO THIS OTHER THING for yet more people, in order to make things work the best possible way.”
and yeah i’m describing things a little dorkily but that’s the basic gist of HOW IT HONESTLY WORKS. doctors worth their salt are constantly re-examining and learning and listening and CHANGING STUFF UP because they know that tried-and-true is not always best-thing-ever.
so yeah the whinebabby with the cackhanded change-is-bad-waaaaahhhh argument can shut the entire fuck up until they educate themselves…because my happy ass would not even be here if doctors did not change things up, learn, examine, and adjust their treatments and techniques as new data became available.
i am walking talking proof that crap-for-brains is wrong.
I’d also like to point out that the process for replacing certain portions of the heart (like, oh, the ascending aorta, otherwise known as the bane of my family’s existence) is changing pretty much as we speak. The current method involves implanting a replacement aorta from a cow, horse or pig to serve where the aorta the patient was born with no longer can.
The new method being trialed and pushed presently is a 3D printed version of the patient’s aorta, made of a material that won’t stretch to the point of rupture. Not animal parts.
Frankly, if I ever have to get mine replaced, I’ll be a lot more comfortable with using the new method—even if the current method is the one that we’ve “always used,” it’s still essentially frankensteining a patient’s cardiovascular system and putting them on immunosuppressants for the rest of their life to keep their own body from attacking the only thing keeping them alive. And that, personally, makes me horribly uncomfortable.
The man who came up with the new method (an engineer, if I’m recalling correctly) has actually been told repeatedly that his method is under scrutiny and unsafe because, I kid you not, it’s just not how things are done.
There is nothing worse than tradition and comfort getting in the way of progress, especially when people’s lives are at stake.
Suzanne Warren, her philosophies, wise/kind words, and all around deep shit appreciation post ✿◕‿◕✿
Can u believe there are plants that are illegal
Can you believe there is love that is illegal
Can you believe in life after love? I can feel something inside me say I really don’t think you’re strong enough, Now. Do you believe in life after love? I can feel something inside me say I really don’t think you’re strong enough, Now
Today I have seen posts about:
- how people should stop learning new languages because that’s cultural appropriation
- that teeth being called white and straight is racist and homophobic
- that Father’s Day is men being bitter and wanting to take something for themselves rather than just a day where we say thank you to our dads
and yall are sitting around here wondering why people aren’t listening to some of you