I have better luck roleplaying as male muses then female ones, and I can’t figure out why this is.
One reason is probably because there is a wider varity of personality types available in male characters, as well as more depth and thought usually put into them before we see them, so more layers to explore.
AAACTUALLY, as someone whose been role playing for about eleven almost twelve years and mainly plays OC’s (usually women because I am a woman and tend to identify with female characters better) I’d just like to point out how untrue this is.
Whenever you give a female character any interesting characteristics she’s instantly labelled a Mary Sue. Even if what has happened to her is something that’s pretty common in Canon. Playing a mutant? Give her a low level ability that she has some control issues with? MARY SUE! Make her have better control? MARY SUE! Decide fuck it and make her a human that still fits into the X-Men universe? MARY SUE!
The problem is that more people are willing to role play with male muses because they are “better”. Which is just fricken wrong. Not every female OC (or Canon character for that matter) is going to be horribly written. We aren’t all Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way’s. The fircken stigma surrounding any female character has got to be broken.
THIS IS SO SO SO IMPORTANT. The first comment on this is incredibly sexist - the suggestion that female characters inherintly have less layers to explore, less avaliable personality types and are less well developed is a grossly sweeping statement that too many people seem to covertly agree with.
As fandoms consisting of and mainly controlled by females, it is appalling to see how female muses are treated - much of it goes on without people really noticing or calling it out, but it sure as hell exists.
Roleplayers can get away with far more with male muses - it is easy to play a sub-standard muse (or even play a muse at a sub-standard) when it is male and do well in a community. Female muses have to be exceptional to be noticed - male muses only have to exist.
((EXACTLY! Male muses can get away with more can be less developed ect. And no top of that there are so many double standards in the RP community towards female and female identifying muses.
Male muses can smut almost non stop and not a single fucking person will call them out on it. I don’t smut often but when I do it seems I would always get an anon message calling my female muse a ‘tramp’ or ‘slut’ for hooking up with someone she hadn’t known very long, or someone she knows but isn’t interested in having a long term romantic relationship with. But nothing was said to the male muse I smutted with or to any of my male muses. It got to the point where I permanently turned off anon because I just got so sick of it!
Same goes with if you’re playing an aggressive or out right mean female muse. If my female muse was very aggressive, if she was sarcastic, if she was just they type who argued with everyone she met (and it was CANON that she was this way.) I’d get asked “why’s she such a bitch?” “shouldn’t she be nicer?” “you’re not going to get a shipping partner that way if you’re playing her so mean” or worse they’d ask why I was such a bitch or why shouldn’t I be “nicer” to my rp partners. Because I wouldn’t make my female muse become instant bff’s or fall head over heels in love with someone she didn’t trust!And once again: None of the male muses I played had this problem.
If you rp as a female muse you are expected to be nice to everyone regardless, you are expected to be happy with the few threads to have even when you’re outright dropped for male rpers (I was told this several times in the past), you can only smut only once in a while and ONLY with a muse who’s romantically involved with yours, And God forbid you feel ignored by your partners because then you’re “whiney” and “seeking attention”.
It IS sexist because you are treating this muse and this muses mun poorly based solely on their gender and gender identity.
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Actually about roleplay, but actually an important point about characters in any medium.
If you get a submission that’s supposedly by your own url + some random numbers, delete it immediately.
Do not follow the link.
I have no idea what lurks there, but you can be pretty sure it’s nothing good.
look at these boots and tell me you dont immediately want to go adventuring in them holy shit i love these shoes so much
Not with that zipper, I don’t.
Only now discovered this Christmas mini-episode for Sherlock. (Oops.)
I didn’t know Anderson cared. That’s actually really sweet.
I just have one gripe: Someone didn’t do their research properly, basing of all things the jury story in Hamburg. Germany’s legal system doesn’t have juries anymore. The term “Schwurgericht” is still used, but it means a completely different thing now.
What we have instead is the Schöffengericht, which consist of one (or in special cases two) professional judge and two voluntary ones. However, those only convene for crimes that have a prison sentence of 2-4 years. In Germany murder is punished with a life sentence (min. 15 years prison followed by a conditional discharge).
Tl;dr: That situation Anderson describes is one that would never come to pass in a German court. And, no, ‘highly unusual circumstances’ will not account for that.
Asked by felisquoreda
Unfortunately not. We’ve tried but we just can’t make it happen unfortunately =(
The problem in this case is sadly with Youtube throwing a hissifit about the GEMA wanting to extort money from them. Both sides are being massive douchebags about the whole thing (the GEMA’s always been, but Youtube’s - or rather Google’s - reaction isn’t the most mature either), but once Youtube ahs a GEMA flag on something, it isn’t easily removed.
If you’re interested in some background: The GEMA just assumes that every artist’s licensing rights are represented by them unless an artist actually tells them “no” (it’s more complicated, but basically), which was alright as long as all music on the German market only came through big music companies who are all GEMA clients and beneficiaries. Theoretically it makes it easier if you want to throw a party and play a lot of various artist’s music. You just pay a fee to gain the right to play all music (instead of paying every individual music company for the rights to the music of their artists) and gain your own profits from doing so. Which in theory is what Youtube is doing.
So the GEMA apparently walked up to Youtube and kicked their shins and brought forth their claim. Youtube on the other hand just told them to stick it where the sun don’t shine because they were not going to pay any fees to anyone ever and started to flag anything that the GEMA could potentially think they cover. (About 80% of all Youtube videos we Germans can’t see because of a GEMA flag is not actually flagged by the GEMA, but by Youtube for potential violations. That is why you can’t even see some artist’s original music videos on their own German channels.)
Leading us to today’s (and I think a years past’s) desaster.
What any German can do is proxy around it. It’s not illegal, don’t worry, and can for example rather easily be done by using the Stealthy add-on or a software called Tunnelbear. The downside is that proxies often slow down your connection, which generally doesn’t work too well with livestreams. Which is why I sadly can’t watch the livestream today.
But better to have tried and failed but not to have tried at all, right?
I finally managed to watch Epic and I have to say it’s a movie that kind of deserves that name (even if it’s a bit generic). One because it does have a sense of grandeur, a fight good against evil, for the good of a world. (It doesn’t quite match the genre description, but it does what it can with its ~90min runtime.)
However, there is another reason why it imho deserves that title: Its depiction of women is epic.
Sadly of the ~10 characters that really play a role in the movie only two are female (plus one that comes in at the end but it does not really have an impact on the story), but what they lack in numbers they make up for in awesomeness.
First we have Queen Tara, a refreshing departure form the typical queen of the fantasy genre - who is either an evil witch or the personification gentle motherliness. The last part does heavily factor into her personality a lot, but at the same time it isn’t all that she is. She has spunk and the chemistry between her and Ronin, commander of the Leafmen (highly trained soldiers who wear leaf(-like) armor), is easily my favorite thing about the movie, especially since I love imagining what their history might have been.
Described as ‘the life of the forest’ she is a protector and caretaker and for once that role is fulfilled completely. She does not hide behind her guard because her death means the death of the forest, she does not simply run away, damn the causalities, but she takes her role so seriously, that she uses her powers to save others while she herself is in mortal danger. She is a hero in her own right and she has the powers to prove it.
It’s not quite made clear one way or the other, but she either controls plants or they willingly help her out. So when it comes to a fight and she has to flee, she takes full advantage of that. This leads to quite some awesome scenes from her knocking out a bunch of enemies surrounding her by using a lily pad to running up the branches of a tree while they bend to help her out.
She is the queen, she has powers, she has a mission. And she won’t let some goon capture her just so another character can become the hero by rescuing her.
(It’s just sad that… well… you’ll see.)
Actually the objectification that usually occurs when a woman or girl is captured so the male protagonist can go and rescue her, is averted by making the objective of the whole movie the rescue of an actual object.
I really liked that.
Secondly we have Mary Katherine or MK, the protagonist of this movie. When she first showed up, I rather liked her. She was sassy but there was an earnestness to her, a sense that she would be able to deal with the world and the lot she’s been given (namely her father and his ‘delusions’).
When she’s inevitably thrown into a strange new world, she at first seems to simply lose all that. She stumbles along with an otherwise male cast, letting them do the work. Which admittedly is a smart move considering that she has no idea what is going on and they do, but she just seems to have no real sense of agency other than to stay alive and be swept along by the events.
However, once she does get a handle on what is really going on (and what this new world is like), she starts to do things. Most of the problems that arise from now on are solved because she does not only have ideas but actively worked to realize them.
The movie is far from perfect, of course (for example I’d like to have seen a second woman in the main group), but I think they did one thing right: They made their women into interesting characters first.
It is sad that this is something I have to praise, but if it’s praise that gets us to making this an industry standard, I’m glad to hand it out.
So. Yeah. I liked that movie and I will happily recommend it to my cousin to show to his daughter once she gets to that age.
Oh. And a shout out to the fact that the Leafmen aren’t all male.
(The text is a repost from here because I have rather different followers on that blog.)
Jackson: While rituals and customs may vary, almost all cultures put significant pressure on single adults to form bonding pairs. […]
Carter: It’s bad enough being on your own without every TV show and commercial and magazine ad trying to tell you how abnormal it is.
Jackson: I think that’s what I just said.
Carter: I mean they make you afraid of being alone, at the same time telling you not to settle for anything less than the perfect romantic ideal like that actually exists anywhere in the real world. I mean either way you can’t win.
- Stargate SG-1, Affinity (S8, Ep. 07)
This rather surprising quote from an episode whose synopsis made it look like just another Teal’c centered joke episode summs up my feelings pretty accurately.
I don’t even know what to add. Sam pretty much said it all.
I was linked to this from twitter this morning and it made me cry all over my toast. Although it seems rather quiet and soft, it is pretty powerful.
Something quite like that refrain has been my personal mantra all my life and I fully intend to contribute my very own entry to the tumblr they have set up.