Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.
Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.
That’s the art you mean, right?
Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.
It’s interesting though — the culture of shame surrounding adult women and fandom. Even within fandom it’s heavily internalized: unsurprisingly, mind, given that fandom is largely comprised by young girls and, unfortunately, our culture runs on ensuring young girls internalize *all* messages no matter how toxic. But here’s another way of thinking about it.
Sports is a fandom. It requires zealous attention to “seasons,” knowledge of details considered obscure to those not involved in that fandom, unbelievable amounts of merchandise, and even “fanfic” in the form of fantasy teams. But this is a masculine-coded fandom. And as such, it’s encouraged - built into our economy! Have you *seen* Dish network’s “ultimate fan” advertisements, which literally base selling of a product around the normalization of all consuming (male) obsession? Or the very existence of sports bars, built around the link between fans and community enjoyment and analysis. Sport fandom is so ingrained in our culture that major events are treated like holidays (my gym closes for the Super Bowl) — and can you imagine being laughed at for admitting you didn’t know the difference between Supernatural and The X Files the way you might if you admit you don’t know the rules of football vs baseball, or basketball?
"Fandom" is not childish but we live in a culture that commodified women’s time in such away that their hobbies have to be "frivolous," because "mature" women’s interests are supposed to be caretaking, via marriage, children, and the lives of those within an imagined (generally nuclear) family unit: things that allow others to continue their own special interests, while leaving women without a space of their own.
So think about what you’re actually saying when you call someone “too old” for fandom. Because you’re suggesting they are “too old” for a consuming hobby, and I challenge you to answer — what do you think they should be doing instead?
I would like every anon and non-anon who have sent me messages along the the lines of 'you're too old for tumblr, it's creepy' and 'when will you grow out of fandom?' to read this and remember it when they are in their 40s.
Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”
That’s super cool, but it’s also worrying that they can’t just organize a peaceful public protest? Like. Isn’t that… There’s like a whole thing about how they should be able to do that exact activity.
GA: I Prefer Something A Bit More Realistic
Teen Titans Theme Song
Left Ear: Japanese, Right Ear: English
THIS SHOULDVE BEEN THE FUCKING THEME SONG
Midna’s Lament - Zelda Reorchestrated
Half-Japanese Characters and Naming Conventions
Diasporic Japanese followers, any input?
I think it would depend on the family, of course. When it comes to 2nd-gen and beyond East Asian-Americans, there’s usually a Western first name and then an East Asian middle name, based on what I’ve seen. There’s one guy I know with a half-Japanese, half-Chinese son, and the first name is Western and the middle name Japanese, but this is not something I have firsthand experience with, so once again, I’m opening up the floor to Japanese followers only, please.
A lot of families (in my experience) will name their kids in whatever language / culture is the mother’s since it isn’t reflected in the last name; I have a white last name, so my first name is Japanese. That said, it’s also common (just for immigrant / PoC families generally) to give their children a “Western” name for various reasons.
Middle names aren’t used in Japanese, but they might use a Japanese given name as their middle name.
In that scenario, they’d probably have a Western first and last name and Japanese middle name. Like someone already said, there are no middle names in Japan, but Japanese-Americans definitely use them.
If the mother’s a feminist, she might have given the kids her Japanese last name, or perhaps the parents agreed on a hyphenated last name.
It’s also possible, but more unlikely, that they’d get a Japanese first name. It really depends on the mother and her political views, the region they live in, her worries for her children’s potential economic prospects, etc. If so, she’d probably try to give her kids a Japanese name that wouldn’t be one of the ones that are harder to pronounce for native English speakers.
Adding to the anecdotes, in college I had a friend who had a Western first name (James), a Japanese middle name and a Chinese last name.
And my personal favorite:
Popcorn guy is my favorite.
okay seriously in the extended pictures, WHAT THE FUCK IS THE FAMILY COMPLAINING ABOUT WITH THE PIZZA ON THE TABLE? LIKE SERIOUSLY WHAT
I like the last one “Oh my god, I’m on fire? Better jump out a fucking window then.
I’ve said it 100 times, I FUCKING LOVE INFOMERCIAL PEOPLE SO MUCH!!
Infomercials are how I’ve learned about americans and their society.
but u forgot the best
The fucking tupperware avalanche is my life.
On Black Characters “Not Sounding” Black
It just felt like something that would be cool. A little different, wouldn’t change much. But the stuff that came [out of people’s mouths]…
All these nerds were hitting me up on Twitter and emailing me and shit and they were like “You fucking n**ger, don’t fuckin’ take Peter Parker from us. Peter Parker’s supposed to be fuckin’ White, you dumb n**ger.”
Like literally all over the place. And these are nerds! These are nerds.
And that…I wasn’t like, wasn’t really surprised by that. I was like, you know, people are racist, whatever.
But the thing that got me…there was this one letter and it was written really nice. Obviously the guy was trying not to ruffle any feathers.
He was like, "Listen, the thing about it is, there’s no Black kids like Peter Parker."
And that…that INFURIATED me. Like I couldn’t handle it. Cause I was like…
It’s fuckin’ 2011 and you don’t think there’s a Black kid who lives with his aunt in Queens…who likes science? Who takes photography?
As someone who has had “White” or “trying to be White” attributed to her for having interests that apparently Black people can’t have, i’m so over people pressing POC into tiny boxes of who we’re “supposed” to be just because it bursts their preconceived notions of us as individuals.
My advice: find a new editing friend.
On PoC Not being “Authentic” enough.
Donald Glover is one of my favorite people.
Inquiry: Why aren’t you reading Paranatural right now