A collection of contemporary reviews of The Transformers: The Movie.
See, I remember reading reviews in the papers pretty much universally panning the ‘86 movie when it was new. And the home video guides were no less forgiving when it was finally made available then.
Loud, gratuitously violent, confusing, and you can’t tell the robots apart. All Transformers movies ever, forever.
getting spoken to as if i’m straight by straight people who assume everyone is straight, subsequently feeling like the world’s most useless and irritated secret agent
It’s a serious issue, sodomquake could sue for libel.
But it’s the right thing to do.
I believe you acted in good faith, but you have caused damage to Sodomquake, and she deserves to know.
I don’t know what kind of person you are. I like to believe most call-outs come from a kind heart and caring, even when they end up being damaging. You probably have a conscience, and this will probably haunt you if you don’t come forward.
Do the right thing and confess. Take the consequences. If I know you, I promise not to write you off.
I wish I could agree with you that OP was in good faith, but I don’t. OP cherry-picked ONLY five fics out of around NINETY on AO3, over SEVEN YEARS of posting on AO3.
OP went through Sodomquake’s tumblr with a fine-toothed comb to find out her real name — I have been following Sodomquake for at least 5 years, from Livejournal to Dreamwidth to tumblr, and let me tell you, she WASN’T open about her name. She made it clear that if anyone ever connected her professional identity with her fandom life she’d be in hot water, possibly fired. She went out of her way to not ever mention it.
THE ONLY THING to connect her real name to her fandom identity was her saying — ONCE only — that she’d had a hand in writing Tamika Flynn. Her real name never, ever, appeared anywhere else on the internet.
OP clearly went to some lengths to do malicious harm to her, and tumblr’s stupid, stupid “reblog before checking” habit has hurt has let them.
Sodomquake is an amazing writer who has always written diverse, progressive, WELL-WRITTEN stories, even before it was cool to care about diversity, before it was cool to be into sj, even before TUMBLR, back when misogyny in fandom was rampant. She put her own, real money and time into helping people, and always donated money to anyone who needed it. And now she’s been driven off the internet, and has removed every fanfic she ever wrote (some of which have LITERALLY SAVED LIVES) from the face of the internet.
This is what happens when white guys listen to Indian music
whenever I’m feeling sad I just watch this video.
I was not expecting that level of choreography or that they would actually know the words. This is awesome.
The blonde guy kinda looks like Alistair from Dragon Age.
no one said it would be easy - cloud cult
i actually recorded this for my girlfriend tori, who’s been having a real tough time of it lately, ‘cause cloud cult is one of her favorite bands and she’s the reason i got into them. i find their music really soothing and therapeutic and i’d been looking for a good one to do for my recordings, so u3u
PROBABLY I SHOULD HAVE WAITED TIL I WAS LESS SICK TO DO THIS, but, well, oops
This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. And it ended in a way that I felt good about.
It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:
HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.
Guys, instead of thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”
Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.
I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:
- not being taken seriously
- not being listened to
- being dismissed
- being condescended to
- having something explained to me that I already understand
And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.
So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.
Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good!
I’m putting this on a side blog that I’ve just created now because my hope is that my followers won’t see this. I don’t want this to get more traction than it needs to, and I don’t want Ashley to see, even though I’m sure she’ll find out soon enough. My aim is to just put the facts out there from…
This post is important. The slanderous post it references and is directed at is the sort of blind, unverified, hyperbolic, social justice wannabe-warrior mudslinging bullshit that gives all tumblr activism a bad name. It undermines legitimate attempts at advocating for sexual assault survivors.
It is unresearched, not fact-checked, and based on the disgusting and warped idea that somehow SIMPLY USING tags on AO3 (WHICH EXIST SPECIFICALLY TO WARN FOR PTSD TRIGGERING CONTENT, TO PROTECT READERS ) is instantly and automatically THE SAME as ADVOCATING and FETISHIZING THOSE SAME ACTIONS.
Let that sink in for a minute. Anyone who has read Sympathy Crime in its entirety can tell you it is not sexy, it is not titillating, it is disturbing and upsetting, and downright painful to read. Because sometimes good fiction IS.
By this sort of logic, no stories which include or contain rape, pedophilia, abuse, domestic violence, murder, or anything unwholesome can ever be told, because according to this lunatic, that is implicitly saying you agree with and condone their occurrences. This is moblike ignorance, and it makes me furious.