So...I came on tumblr for the Klaine fandom...and whilst season 3 put me off the show for a bit I'm now back on board but not as obsessed as I used to be.
Outside of Klaine I'm also a bit of a multifandom blog as well as bits and pieces of lifeblogging. Expect anime/manga stuff (my first love), crime procedural dramas (Castle, White Collar etc.), Holmes stuff (I love both Elementary and Sherlock, BTW), Merlin and lots of other things that capture my attention. My most recent addiction is Supernatural which I got so emotionally involved with whilst watching that it may be my NEXT. BIG. FANDOM. (Sorry)
As for me-I'm 31 years old, live in Somerset in the South West of England and I work full time for a company that brought my soul 11 years ago and won't let me go! I'm actually a Supervisor for a Builders Merchants (no more details there because I keep my internet life and real life very separate). I'm also asexual and aromantic which means I survive on OTPs because I cannot produce the necessary emotions myself! (Joking aside, I'm an absolute shipper and I'm unashamed of that fact).
The situation with Blaine is different because Kurt didn’t feel assaulted. We know he was hurt by Karofsky and he objected when Rachel said no one got hurt by ‘Sexy Santa’. But Kurt did not treat the situation with Blaine as an assault and, in my opinion, his assessment of the situation is the one that truly matters.
I’m not saying that anyone has to accept such a scenario if it happens to them (some people, like Kurt, would just brush it off as a drunken error but some people would be very hurt by it and they are entitled to do so) but you also can’t make people feel something just because you think they should.
The sexual harassment I received from a previous manager I worked with may have seemed petty to some people, but it made me feel harassed and intimidated so I will never let anyone degrade my feelings about the matter. But a colleague who recently joined my team had some comments made towards her by another member of staff that I found inappropriate and she didn’t care about. I won’t tell her that she should be offended (although I did make it clear to her that just because she’s willing to joke about with someone today it doesn’t mean that she has to accept their treatment tomorrow).
People can be upset about how Blaine acted in the car (and, yes, it was a poorly planned and edited scene that I think came off worse than was intended) but I don’t class it as a sexual assault because Kurt doesn’t. A definite misstep though, yes.
(Plenty of people have also gone into detailed analysis of that scene like how Blaine never held Kurt or restrained him and how it was more cajoling (which was still inappropriate) than anything physical but I’m a) on my mobile b) understanding of different interpretations of the scene and c) not really all that interested in getting involved in the debate regarding said scene)
But, despite my own opinion on the matter, the fact that people even debate this much about negative sexual intent directed towards Kurt kind of shows that the writers need to think twice about how they write sexual storylines for him.
Only just getting around to last night’s Glee.
I thought fandom were over-exaggerating (like they are prone to do) but holy fuck I feel ill.
Kurt, Rachel and Santana were grossly taken advantage of and Kurt was fucking assaulted? In a manner that was sexually intimidating?This episode was kind of a mess up until then but at least entertaining (Unique was singing which always makes me happy and there was Kitty from before she evolved into a decent human being but with bonus vulnerability and Santana was hilarious as Mrs. Claus)…although fuck the Chipmunk song.
But then, wow…sexualised violence is one of my ewwwwww nonononono things. And tying someone up after they refused to roleplay with you and then revealing that they’d been manipulating you anyway and taking advantage just hits so many ‘gross gross gross fuck no especially not to my favourite character who already had a storyline where he was sexually harassed and then victim blamed for it’ buttons that I’m really, really tempted to not unpause this thing and just walk away.
EDIT: Okay, I unpaused and watched through my fingers but it went back to Lima and LOL…Lovechild was hilarious! But, still, what the actual fuck, Glee??? I’m so glad this episode never actually happened in canon. I’ll take my tiny nuggets of Lima fun and just brain bleach the fucking grossness of yet another person using sexualised violence against Kurt (did they not get enough negative feedback from the Karofsky storyline???).
Characters/Pairings: Dean/Cas, Sam/OFC, various others
Author Spoilers/Warnings/Contains Notes: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Summary: AU after Season 8, episode 6, “Southern Comfort.” Dean goes to sleep in a motel room in Texarkana, and he wakes up 17 years old, in his childhood bedroom in Lawrence, Kansas, 1996. He has no idea how he got there, why his parents are still alive, why his brother is an adorable freshman with no memory of his adult life, and why the only ally he has in this place is the angel he left behind in Purgatory – somehow also 17 years old. They have to get out, that’s the important thing. Only, falling in love with his angel wasn’t a part of the plan….
Rec: The Best Years of Our Lives, My Ass
Or, All the Personal Catharsis You Could Ever Want for Dean Winchester, Which Doesn’t Come Easy and Will Leave you Feeling Totally Satisfied
(The original title is better.)
Dean mysteriously gets to reclaim some of the adolescence he never got, as Modern Dean is plopped into a High School AU — specifically, a High School AU that could have been his life, had his life been drastically different. And Castiel goes along for the ride. The specific circumstances that land them in a 1990’s Lawrence are a little hand-waivy, but, well… *waives hand*
This fic is tightly written and true-to-character, though the realities of being an out queer youth in the 90’s can be hard to read about, even considering that in the aftermath of the specific incidents of gay bashing and homophobia in the fic, Dean and Cas’s situations have the best possible outcomes. All of Dean’s interactions with his Mom make me want to bust out sobbing, and his time of enforced teenagerhood gives him time discover things about himself without the weight of his usual (both real and imagined) responsibilities hanging over his head, and the space in which to unpack his feelings for Castiel.
Basically this fic is wonderful.
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I’ve been wanting to say this for weeks, but Orlando Jones is a fucking social media marketing genius.
I’m not saying that he isn’t also a really good and genuine guy, because no one can spend as much time on social media as he obviously must do without also mostly enjoying it, but he’s also been very, very clever about the hows and wheres and whos.
I mean, just with the way he’s managed to establish himself in a large and longstanding fandom like Supernatural very quickly and easily. That gets him and his show huge exposure, even with the hate he got from anti-Cas and anti-destiel peeps (hell…even that smaller fraction of negative attention he got is still exposure). And it’s taken about two/three weeks before the actors of SPN are tweeting with him (and Misha tweeting about him links into his genius because Misha is another social media superpresence).
And because he’s been very positive about the show and respectful, especially since Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow have similar styles in the same genre, it is also good for SPN. Because Sleepy Hollow has been quickly known for having excellent diversity and lots of excellent ongoing main female characters, two things that SPN lacks. Associating Supernatural POSITIVELY with Sleepy Hollow doesn’t improve the SPN situation but it certainly doesn’t hurt it (plus, it helps stop pitting the shows against each other-can yoy imagine how different Elementary and Sherlock fandoms would have been if Moffat and Gatiss had been welcoming and pleasant about Elementary?).
So, yeah, Orlando Jones. Social Media Genius.