Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.

Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”

Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.

These are women are who I always wanted to be.

Reblogged from thebitchqueenofangmar

I’m eight episodes into Knights of Sidonia, and the only things I’m sure about in the show is that there is 

— a talking bear that used to be a space pilot 

— a girl who is bigender who is currently a space pilot

— a guy who eats a lot who is currently a space pilot 

— a space station named Sidonia that is super dumb looking. 

Help. What is going on in this anime? 









So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

Shout-out to the Journal committee! \o/

#fandom ic #this is where like half our readings come from #and i’m pretty sure my professor knows the people who write some of those articles

Not only does your professor know the people who write some of those articles, she has written some of those articles.  :D

TWC is awesome, and I have so much respect and gratitude for all the people who work to put it together: the editors, the guest editors, the peer reviewers, the copy editors and proofreaders, the layout people, everybody. I assign readings from it in class not just because so many of the individual essays are fantastic but because TWC itself is a valuable resource that I want all my students to know about. It’s also an outstanding example of the fannish do-it-together ethic: fans wanted a thing that didn’t exist, so fans made it.

Not have some of your professors written some of those articles, but some of your fellow fans have written them as well. Although I can’t name avatars. Just… trust me.

Perfection. So needed.

Jenn! Has Jen seen this?

(Tagging jenndoesnotcare and quietsuperstitions)

Reblogged from rachelbearenson