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roachpatrol:

MASSIVE WARNING TO NIGHTVALE PEEPS: THIS GUY IS BAD NEWS

lorentztransformation:

This guy is getting into Welcome to Nightvale and it’s best to stay the fuck away. He’s a bad guy. What kind of bad guy?

The kind that has been lying since for-fucking-ever and has a pattern he follows in every fandom he can get in. The kind that blames all of the abusive, terrible things he’s done on mental illnesses though his diagnoses never remain the same. The kind that has done really terrible things to people (one survivor of his abuse/cult shit describes his shamming of her body and jesus, massive trigger warning for awful body shamming). 

Andy is also transphobic: he states he was assigned female at birth, but identifies as a cis straight man since he’s totally not trans, as us trans men are somehow not as man of a man as he is.

Not that it matters to him that he doesn’t ID as anything related to the LGBT community, because he’ll be happy to appropriate our pain and suffering for his cause shamelessly.

There’s much more crap you can find out. This guy is thirty now and is still targeting younger people (you may have seen him posting his number in places telling you to call him if you feel unhappy, which is probably one of the more dangerous things you can do.

You can read more about him here:

"And I’m prouder of that than if I’d simply been ‘good’ from the beginning": Why I Think Andy Blake is (still) Dangerous

ATF links This one is super useful as it has a whole bunch of links to the warning blogs.

Primer on Andy Blake

The warning that went out to the Teen Wolf fandom that he also tried to weasle in on.

You can also find more info on him in the andythanfiction and thanfiction tags on tumblr. Don’t try “Andy Bake” or “Andrew Blake”, however, as that’s the name of a famous porn director. Fun fact, he picked that name to make it harder to trace him, so that’s not sketch at all.

So stay safe. He’s a bad guy with a terrible record. Don’t let his shitty art copy pasting/painting over fool you.

trigger warning: sexual assualt tw: sexual assault tw: abuse trigger warning: abuse tw: cult trigger warning: cult tw: fat shamming trigger warning: fat shaming

Amazing. Teen Wolf wouldn’t have him so he’s moved on to WTNV. I’m kind of interested in when he’ll try to go after Homestuck teens—or has he already? Either way, keep an eye on this guy. 

Sounds like someone needs a visit from that pack of plastic bags that’s still hanging around the Dog Park.

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roachpatrol:

imagine steve rogers finding out people were saying that girls and women shouldn’t wear captain america merchandise and uploading a youtube video of him that consists of like seven minutes of him reading the stupid comments out loud in silly voices and laughing

The thing that I hate about thoughts like this, is he probably wouldn’t. He’s from the 40’s, so his view on women would be waaay different. Like, he wouldn’t work with Black Widow, he’d tell her to stay in the back or go make a sandwich or something like that….

Haha! Ha. Wow. Ok, nope! No. I have no idea why you’d think that since every possible piece of canon, from pretty much any universe where he’s not evil or a silly parody, contradicts you. 

 In the comics and in the movies during the 40’s he worked with an integrated team called the Howling Commandos. In some universes it was racially integrated, in some universes there were mutants in his team also. When women would show up as spies, nurses, secretaries, or secret agents, he’d be polite to them, plus there’s how in his actual recent origin movie he adored Peggy Carter and thought she was extremely capable.  In all the movies and comics and in cartoons he’s depicted as extremely respectful to women and affirmative of their abilities to help fight in the war and as superheroes.

In the very first 1960’s comic issue of the Avengers, he never tells Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, to get back to the kitchen. I don’t think he even quibbles over her inclusion in the team—she’s actually who names them.

Since the 1940’s, in comics written since the 1940’s, he’s pretty consistently and universally written as a guy who treats women and racial minorities and aliens with the respect due their profession and skill. He’s teamed up with X-men and mutants like Storm and the Scarlet Witch and Spiderwoman, agents and military women like Maria Hill and Sharon Carter and the Black Widow and the Wasp, and even businesswomen like Pepper Pots.

In conclusion: Steve Rogers is a super respectful badass and I love him and he doesn’t have any truck with sexism, the end. 

Now imagine Steve reading tumblr user circe-thorn’s comment above in a mocking voice on youtube, though.

He’s mad and he’s disappointed.

Hell yes.

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Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.

it is absolutely code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”

"Using her fists in a scientific fashion" is my new favorite

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Notes from Management [ardentleprechaun]

So is Shane like the district manager’s son or what how the fuck hasn’t he been fired

Is there even really a Shane? I like this as an imaginary coworker that everyone rights snarky passive-aggressive notes to. “Shane, fix your nametag so it no longer says ‘Queen Bee.’”

management is just as bored as shane is, and secretly deeply amused by his antics, you can tell by the way the notes are phrased. :D

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

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The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

Hey guys I figured out why Carlos can’t remember where Night Vale is!

roachpatrol:

jetgreguar:

allrightcallmefred:

fredscience:

The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here

I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”

Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.

The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.

Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

Hey guys I figured out why Carlos can’t remember where Night Vale is!

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here’s me

reading creepypasta until the sun’s already risen

Heh, been there. Just looking behind you becomes the hardest thing ever.

2SPOOP with me it’s usually SCP or one of those lists of spooky Wikipedia entries though

I really like long conspiracy pastas like The Holders or the one I recently stumbled across, 200 Phenomena in the city of Calgary

they give subtle hints to grand cosmic schemes that conspire against us and it makes me so wonderfully unnerved when they’re really well written

and i gotta say, it’s never looking behind me that becomes an issue, it’s the mirrors and windows and dark spots in the room that suddenly occupy my mind with obsessive terror

Those sound really interesting! 200 Phenomena sounds just up my alley; I love stories about cities.

Looking behind myself becomes the thing I have to do to break the story’s spell, otherwise I’m stuck in my seat facing one direction, half-sure that something is waiting just outside the range of my vision.

http://runescape.salmoneus.net/forums/topic/283144-200-phenomena-in-the-city-of-calgary/

this is where i found them collected! they’re good and progressively get better it’s p gr8

Oh my god the Holders series is so fucking scary, I second this recommendation. It’s the kind of haunting, queasy worry kind of fear you can’t dismiss or forget about because as far as you know it’s happening somewhere… 

Sleep? WHO NEEDS THAT?!

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He’s killin it.
Follow him. He’s great.

Give this man a cookie!

Hey let’s celebrate this white dude for saying literally the exact shame shit women have been saying since always!

Well, given how often men haven’t been saying them… yes, let’s!

isn’t seeing men say this too one of the goals of feminism? don’t complain about success, that’s silly.

Rape jokes don’t stop until EVERYONE CALLS THEM OUT. EVERY TIME.

So yes, he gets a cookies. EVERYONE WHO CALLS THEM OUT GETS A COOKIE. There are ENOUGH COOKIES FOR EVERYONE CALLING OUT THIS BEHAVIOR.

*aggresively hands out cookies*

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usedtobecakeisalieieat31415 asked: Neil, you've written a trans woman character in Sandman but the way the story develops makes it seem like you think trans women arent actual women. And well, considering what you said about your friend, im sure thats not the case. So... could you clarify things? (i hope this doesnt sound accusatory, thats not how i mean it)

neil-gaiman:

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muchymozzarella:

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neil-gaiman:

Why would you think that? I think the final page is absolutely clear on Wanda’s gender. And I hope the story is too.

Mostly, I found a lot of the stuff I was seeing in the late 80s from some feminist quarters really offensive, seeing them dismiss trans women as not real women, and decided that I wanted to put those attitudes into the story, which, from the title on, was about identity and how we create our own. So yes, there are god-like things in Sandman who do not see Wanda as a woman, just as Wanda’s family back in Kansas are not able not see her as a woman, but then, the narrative in Sandman is pretty clear that god-like things are just as likely to be screwed up, wrongheaded and mistaken as anyone else in the story. Wanda’s attitudes and responses to the Gods in the story are mine, although said much more pithily than I would have.

If I were writing it today, rather than in 1989, when there weren’t any Trans characters in comics, it would be a different story, I have no doubt. But that was the story I wrote in 1989. I got a fair amount of hate mail for putting a trans character in a mainstream comic, and I’m still proud of it, and of Wanda.

this is such a self-congratulatory retcon it disgusts me. when you write force majeure into your story and make it do value judgments, what in fuck’s name do you think people are going to take as the last word on a point of contention

also “there weren’t any trans characters in comics” maybe not the ones you and your boys’ club were writing you smug little shit

1. Neil Gaiman wrote more LGBTQIA characters into his 80s mainstream stories than most other writers do today. Mainstream.Keyword is mainstream. How many mainstream comics or media do you know today very actively portray transwomen as a major player in an arc or storyline? What about in the 80s? And when I say mainstream, I mean mainstream.

2. If you actually read the storyline, you’ll understand that Wanda remained Wanda even while the entire world was against her, the last insult being the name Alvin on her gravestone—promptly crossed out and replaced with Wanda by Barbie, who with the lipstick wrote the last word; the last word in writing being Wanda’s true name. 

3. Death, who was probably the most powerful being in existence and arguably the greatest of the Endless, knew completely and entirely who Wanda was—a woman. That was the final word, to trump all other words. Wanda was a woman, and no shitty gravestone marker, no intolerant families, and no evil cuckoos could say otherwise. 

That was my point of view too. Obviously, readers’ mileage varied and not everyone took that away from the story. But I think most people did. Or at least, I hope so.

Just to insert some additional facts into this, as someone reasonably knowledgeable of the texts in question.

1) The twenty-eight year friendship Gaiman referred to earlier in this discussion is almost certainly Roz Kaveney, a trans activist who is particularly outspoken critic of TERFs, as well as a prominent member of British sci-fi fandom who is thanked in the credits for the Game of You trade paperback, and who I can basically guarantee you without having seen an interview quote to this effect served as an advisor and consultant on the Wanda plot. This is not, of course, a magical inoculation against all problems, but it does at least provide reasonable evidence that Gaiman knew what issues he was coming into contact with.

2) The goddess that misgenders Wanda is a moon goddess. This is almost certainly intended as a reference to Dianic Wicca, a feminist pagan tradition that is also ideologically transphobic and an early example of what we now call TERFs. The case for this being intentional seems to me very strong, and I think anyone trying to argue that it was not Gaiman’s intent when writing Game of You would need active textual evidence against it - it would be shocking if, between Gaiman’s increasing connections to the neopagan community via fandom and his friendship with Kaveney he did not know about Dianic Wicca. 

3) While I quibble slightly with “the most powerful being in existence” mattering much in terms of the Endless, it remains the case that, on the whole, Death is the closest thing that Sandman has to a moral authority. The text is consistently deferential to her view, and she’s essentially the only character in the entire text where you’d really have to struggle to find a moment where she does something awful to anyone. The fact that the story goes out of its way to show Death acknowledging Wanda as a woman does, in fact, speak volumes. 

4) All of which said, the story absolutely does contribute to a larger cliche of the trans person as beautiful but doomed to die. There are of course defenses to be made of any individual text in this tendency. Indeed, they’re kind of inevitable - stories that are angry and about demonstrating something that is wrong with the world, particularly horror stories of that sort, are overwhelmingly likely to end with sympathetic people dying. Yes, there are way too damn many stories about trans people dying. But…

5) There weren’t nearly as many in 1991-92, when A Game of You came out. Dianic Wicca was younger then than A Game of You is now. Gaiman’s statement above that he would write the story differently now, I would suggest, almost certainly meant to indicate precisely that fact - that he recognizes that things that were progressive and major breakthroughs in 1991-92 would be considerably less progressive in 2014, and that he would aim to do something different today. 

Accordingly, I do not think that the critique of transphobia in A Game of You is particularly persuasive. It is an imperfect text, but a frankly bizarre choice of targets given its historical context.

I suspect part of the problem is that people don’t read Sandman in historic context. And mostly, they shouldn’t need to. 

It would have seemed ridiculous when I started writing it to think that that people would be reading it 25 years later as current fiction, rather than, if anyone read it,  as a curiosity that you could find in single issues in the quarter bins of comic book stores.

Would I write that story in that way now? Obviously not. But Wanda was one of my favourite characters in Sandman, and there were a lot of characters.

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