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lesserjoke:

"Why does he have to sleep out here?"

"He doesn’t want the others to hear him crying."

"Why does he have to cry all the time?"

"You know why."

— Doctor Who 8x4: Listen

According to some, the Doctor was an orphan…and what’s important is that all three episodes in this post were written by Moffat…

The Doctor being an orphan and feeling so isolated from the other children around him growing up explains a lot about just why he’s able to forgive the Master SO MUCH…the two became best friends (OR MORE) from when the Doctor was very young and you’ve got to think with no parents and growing up in a society so cold, self interested and without empathy as Time Lord society was, that connection must have been INCREDIBLY important to the Doctor given that he literally had no one else…and no matter what the Master does it must be hard for the Doctor to forget that when he had absolutely no one else the Master was there for him :(

There are so many things we don’t know about the Doctor’s early life, but him being an outsider certainly makes sense.  I can imagine him being an orphan, alone, with the Master as his first and almost only friend.

Another theory about his life is that his father was a Gallifreyan and his mother a human woman, something that shows up only occasionally in his makeup, and that this lead him to be ostracized by the Gallifreyans.

Either way, there has always been a very outsiderness to him, and I think that’s why some of the best showrunners of the series have been outsiders themselves be they Verity Lambert, R.T. Davies or Steven Moffat.

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the stupidest thing in the entire harry potter series was when they go down to the slytherin dormitory and it’s all dark and slimy and freezing and shit. as if lucius malfoy would let his son live in squalor like that. the house with the highest concentration of spoiled purebloods are happy to live under the goddamn lake? no.

wow this is the #1 best harry potter criticism i have ever read

the essential dichotomy of the two very different things jkr seemed to be trying to embody in slytherin which are just not compatible if you ask me.

you’ve got the malfoy side of slytherin.  blood purity, deliberate class metaphors, deliberate race metaphors.  this kind of slytherin is all about old wealth, british identity, and privilege-based violence.  the malfoys are SUPER WHITE they are the WHITEST WHITE, and with that goes this image they project as benevolent philanthropists, while they privately (and then not so privately) degrade and exploit and abuse those they consider categorically lesser (muggle borns, house elves, people poorer than them, etc).  this is the slytherins-are-privileged-racists side of the house traits.

the other side has always kind of struck me as jkr’s-privilege-seems-to-have-led-her-to-use-racist-tropes-to-make-slytherins-more-loathesome side of things.  it’s the snape side of slytherin.  the side embodied by snakes (and all that weight of judeo-christian inflected nastiness they are supposed to carry).  why is the house of POWERFUL pureblood families not represented by some animal associated with institutional power in britain (like I DON’T KNOW A FUCKING LION).  this version of slytherin is the kind of evil that is “obvious” because everyone knows snakes are bad (just like rats are bad!!! :|).  everyone knows the guy with the black eyes, the greasy hair,  the “”“”“sallow”“”“” complexion, and the hooked nose (always comes back to the Ambiguously Ethnic thing doesn’t it) is evil.  you know it even before he says a fucking thing.  you can tell he’s evil by his body, by his phenotype.  because this shit doesn’t exist in a vacuum and like it or not, certain traits have a history of being coded in certain ways, racially/ethnically speaking.  the idea of sneakiness, of cleverness, of ruthlessness and questionably moral doing-what-it-takes-to-get-ahead, none of that is coded ROBUST HETEROSEXUAL WHITE CHRISTIAN let me tell you that.  slytherins are bad at sports (not like the VIGOROUS HEALTHY GRYFFINDORS) and when they do get close to winning it’s by cheating.

but the thing is if you are running the system, you don’t need to cheat the system.  the two sides of slytherin just don’t mesh together.

THIS IS SUPER INCOHERENT I need to structure this into something formal with capitalization when I’m not quite so beset with insomnia and inarticulate rage.  I’M NOT EVEN A SLYTHERIN.  I just care because if JKR had been really serious about the radical and anti-authoritarian message she seemed to WANT for harry potter, it would have been gyffindor that was the dangerous, privileged, racist house.  that’s the house with the traits associated with POWER, and so much of that second slytherin has been associated with groups that are ruthlessly marginalized.

this old post explains it pretty well actually, the antisemitism / anti-foreigner sentiment seething just beneath the surface.

i love harry potter but sometimes i fucking hate harry potter you know?

(via flameintobeing)

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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

arte-mysia:

lesserjoke:

"Why does he have to sleep out here?"

"He doesn’t want the others to hear him crying."

"Why does he have to cry all the time?"

"You know why."

— Doctor Who 8x4: Listen

According to some, the Doctor was an orphan…and what’s important is that all three episodes in this post were written by Moffat…

The Doctor being an orphan and feeling so isolated from the other children around him growing up explains a lot about just why he’s able to forgive the Master SO MUCH…the two became best friends (OR MORE) from when the Doctor was very young and you’ve got to think with no parents and growing up in a society so cold, self interested and without empathy as Time Lord society was, that connection must have been INCREDIBLY important to the Doctor given that he literally had no one else…and no matter what the Master does it must be hard for the Doctor to forget that when he had absolutely no one else the Master was there for him :(

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Okay, so when I get home from work today (at like 9pm ugh) I need to immediately get down to work on finishing my long-form revised NWAV abstract, since that’s due “on or before” today’s date so I probably shouldn’t push the submission past midnight. On the bright side, I was able to finish the short one already:

General extenders (such as “and stuff” and “or whatever”) can vary in usage according to speakers’ social class, age, and gender, but their potential geographic variation has seldom been explored. This study considers such variation in an American English corpus of 380,000 public messages posted to the microblogging website Twitter in March 2010 and geotagged with each author’s coordinates at the time of writing. Eleven previously attested general extenders are represented in the corpus at differential rates for a total of 786 tokens, with “and shit” and “etc” being the most frequent. The eleven general extender types in the microblogging corpus display differential geographic distributions, but do not fall into the traditional dialect regions of American English. The most significant regional association found in this study links the general extender “and all that” to the New York City area, thereby representing a previously undocumented feature of that dialect region.

I’m presenting this research in Chicago on October 25th, and y’all should definitely come see the talk if you’re gonna be in the area!

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This is what the rest of that tie looks like. Like I said, I’ve had it in my wardrobe since 2001 (aka HALF OF MY LIFE HOLY COW). There are probably pictures somewhere of Bar Mitzvah-era Joe wearing it to temple, but unforch I don’t have any of those with me right here.

This is what the rest of that tie looks like. Like I said, I’ve had it in my wardrobe since 2001 (aka HALF OF MY LIFE HOLY COW). There are probably pictures somewhere of Bar Mitzvah-era Joe wearing it to temple, but unforch I don’t have any of those with me right here.

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