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[02 Sep 2007|11:29am]
Full-Metal Alchemist returned from Summer break today, and while I've got to say that Sunday mornings have never been the best time slot for me to be watching anything, I've grown to love it a lot. I didn't think I would, probably because it had every element that's supposed to make it the kind of series that I would love, and that just makes me cautious. But so far, it seems to be succeeding in where Coelho fell flat on his ass. 

I've read up on Alchemical texts in the past, which probably surprises few people. I'm the kind of person that has had The Gnostic Society Library in their favourites folder for the past several years. I have a few weird hobbies. And I just get giddy as a child when ever I spot something I know to be a real bit of alchemical lore in the show. A lot of manga takes themes from the Western sphere of experience and transforms them into new and exciting stories, and I love that.

Their fetishizing aspects of my culture makes me feel less guilty about having fetishized aspects of various East-Asian cultures from times that I was really too young to know any better. Probably because I also grew up within the influence of two cultures, I've always believed that it's through cultural osmosis that we can create great things, and that strict copyright clauses can only hinder their creation.

I haven't really read any fanwanks on FMA, but Ishvaal = "People of the lord", yes?
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[02 Sep 2007|08:21pm]
The Context

I know it must be hard to fathom that a girl doesn’t care what a smart man thinks about the thing that she cares most about in the world, or that there’s a movement that exists that doesn’t much take into consideration what men have to say on the topic. I know I’m supposed to
1) nod thoughtfully as I process your wisdom, asking clarifying questions about your points just in case I don’t immediately understand something you say, and then
2) offer up some powerful and intelligent argument on why feminism is important, and then
3) try to prove my point with examples from women in politics and a few stories about my grandmother, but of course, in the end,
4) concede that yes, you have some very good points that I will certainly think about, and thank you for educating me about feminism and correcting me on those things I didn’t fully understand about women and the world.


Queer Misogyny

We have to strengthen our solidarity between feminism and gay men’s quest for sexual freedom. If we become more vigilant about the ways that misogyny operates within our community and even in our own ideas about ourselves, we can start to recognize the critical links between gay liberation and the women’s movement. Solidarity between gay men and women increases our power and ability to further our resistance to the status quo.

How to Make a Monster (the sordid history of Fandom Wank)

I've been following Fandom Wank on and off since before it was TOSed, and it's funny how many of these events I can place without having had any idea what was going down on the inside. Furthermore, I distinctly remember crantz from somewhere (debate , atheism ? thies , jurhael ?), but I had no idea he was Sepiamagpie. Curiouser.
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