so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy
This post was originally calling for lesbian representation, but then one commenter suggested there should be a gay prince instead because his story would appeal to a wider audience, another said a lesbian princess would not be revolutionary because there would still be a romance plot and empowered (het) women who are not dependent on
their loversmen are more important than lesbians having that one happy ending, and comments like that just kept accumulating. Now, all of these are interesting and important stories we should see more of, but the problem is that the people who wrote these comments thought that lesbian representation might somehow override the stories they wanted to happen, and suddenly their replies were not simply about different kinds of representation: they were listing reasons why we should NOT have a lesbian princess but another kind of character instead.
Anyone should understand why this is ridiculous – lesbian representation is not taking anything away from you, but somehow lesbians are often perceived as antagonistic and aggressive, as if we were going to erase your whole existence merely by existing ourselves and demanding something for us, too. Sadly, this is reflective of a wider pattern of lesbophobia, another great example of which would be tumblr user theroguefeminist suggesting that I must be a “biphobic, transphobic radfem” and saying lesbians generally hate bisexuals merely because I said they overstepped their boundaries by derailing that post. But of course, us lesbians are just mean hags who are somehow more prejudiced and judgemental (despite studies suggesting the contrary) than other LGBTQ people, whose attitudes towards us in turn are just fine, no prejudice involved.
Then, someone wrote a reply dissecting why the aforementioned comments were, in fact, derailing the original point. She literally began by writing
Everytime someone asks for lesbian representation someone will try to turn it to something else, a gay guy or a girl with no love interests etc. Every fucking time. As soon as you say “lesbian” someone is already gearing up to derail the conversation and change the focus to something else. Why is this considered so much to ask, why every other person has something else to propose as an alternative?
And that’s why bringing up “queer women” as a collective group was not only irrelevant but also derailing. L/B/Q women do share a lot of challenges. However, both lesbians and bi/pan/other queer women have their own specific issues. This particular post was addressing lesbian representation, and the reply which I quoted above was specifically talking about a particular form of lesbian erasure and lesbophobia: shifting the focus, as if lesbians were not important on their own. Making this post about “queer women” was a perfect example of this.
Hope this helped. :)
can we all just appreciate that peeta lives in a place called panem
panem is latin for bread
peeta lives in bread
I’m pretty positive The Hunger Games is just one, really long and depressing bread pun.
postmodernist panem, after 74th hunger games: supporters of katniss everdeen from the outer districts write a series of biting cultural critiques on the privilege of the near districts and about how peeta mellark’s new hairstyle is a powerful act of resistance to capitol domination