In the Grand Canyon state, “walking while trans” may very well be a criminal act.
That was the message sent last Friday by the Phoenix judge who convicted transwoman Monica Jones of “manifesting prostitution” following her arrest by undercover police officers in May of 2013.
the truth about tumblr user firebolting
some of you may be familiar with a tumblr user named firebolting, commonly known as chandler, who was active for many years on tumblr across a multitude of popular fandoms, including but not limited to marvel, inception, doctor who, LOST, harry potter, lord of the rings, and star trek. throughout his years in fandom he became very popular on tumblr, mostly as a graphics maker and general fandom presence.
The interesting thing here is that Felicity’s not actually being selfish here, or isn’t being selfish in an “I want you to consider my feelings first” emotional exchange sort of way—her request is not really about herself. My read is that she’s asking Oliver to be selfish. (But Oliver is ALWAYS selfish, Vern! Yeah, he kinda is, but this is different.)
Felicity understands money in a way Oliver does not, specifically: she understands that his vigilante life will be very different and very difficult without his financial resources. Because she knows the value of a dollar and because she knows (intimately!) the cost of outfitting their lair, she’s aware that Oliver losing his financial backing means the team loses financial backing. Even if she invested the money he gave her before he left, she’s used a fair chunk of change to make his renewed quest possible, and a million dollars—no matter how you invest it—is a far cry from billions.
Additionally, Oliver’s social capital is a factor. Because he’s a wealthy, white, socially influential man, he has a lot of cachet that lets him get away with what would otherwise be suspicious behavior (see: running around at night wearing a hoodie, basically). Without money, the story people start telling about Oliver is a very different, much less permissive narrative. He’s less special and less acceptable, and when you have as little regard for crafting a believable alibi as Oliver Queen does, you’ll end up in hot water.
Thea’s refusal to sign those papers—and the Queen family’s subsequent financial ruin—would mean that Oliver could no longer fund his secret life, and that he would no longer enjoy the same level of social access that he did as a CEO or a socialite. That means he’s not invited to parties, he won’t have access to rare heirloom jewelry, he can’t constantly replace his motorcycle when he drives it down the stairs, he can’t upgrade or replace equipment—money paves the way for Oliver to be what he is. He has never been in a situation where his lack of money affects his circumstances—on the island, money wouldn’t have helped, and before the island, it was abstract, because it was a get-out-of-jail-free card. Take away the money and the weight behind his family name, and keep the responsibilities he’s been juggling lately, and Oliver becomes a very minor player with major problems.
Felicity’s reaction here is phrased so that Oliver can shift the burden of responsibility onto her—“don’t hate me,” she says, when (in my mind) she’s really saying, “I will help you make this decision if you will let me, because I am thinking on a different level.”
It’s certainly emotional, and Felicity certainly seems to view Thea as a Very Important Person in this scenario. We don’t know why Felicity places so much weight on Thea’s needs, we just know that Felicity is willing to invest a lot in Thea’s well-being. Is she projecting her own abandonment issues onto Thea? Is she aware of how Thea could be an advocate for Team Arrow? I don’t know, but it’s clear that in this situation, Felicity is making sure that Oliver is fully informed as to his options—and that he’s informed as to her opinion regarding his options.
it’s interesting to note that Felicity has consistently had a better “big picture” notion of events—she has to, because she’s piecing information together in real time, and because she is processing a lot of raw information. Her conclusions are flawed because Oliver is withholding information that will allow her to refine her methods—but it’s pretty clear from this scene that Felicity is looking at the potential for fallout and deciding that drawing Oliver’s frustration is a better bet than having to completely rehab their attack on Slade. They’re already at a disadvantage, and she’s trying to keep the playing field as level as possible. If she can protect Thea at the same time, and maintain an environment that will better protect her friends? Felicity will do it.
(By the way, wanted: an AU where Oliver remains undercover after returning from the island and has to become the vigilante on a shoestring budget. Did someone say something about him working at a florist? He works at a florist. He meets Diggle when Digg is buying flowers for Carly’s wedding anniversary. I can see it now. Thrift stores. omg.)
It happened like this, don’t tell me it didnt.
Treat yourself the way you treat your favorite characters. Look into your back-story to understand your current plot. Sympathize with yourself. Recognize your flaws, and appreciate your strengths. Defend yourself. Cheer yourself on when you go into battle. Appreciate every relationship you make and always look for hidden potential. You’re the protagonist in your story. You’re the main character. You’re the hero.
Anonymous asked: someone once pointed out something about the x-men that still sticks with me today, and i was wondering if i could get your opinion on it, gail. they said that the x-men don't really make sense in the marvel universe. that the persecution, fear, and prejudice against mutants the way it's presented isn't at all consistent with a world that accepts people like the fantastic four and captain america without really batting an eyelash, or at least who aren't seen in the same way as mutants.
I don’t agree with that at all.
I think the mutant fear still makes perfect, though sad, sense in the Marvel Universe, and here’s why.
Bigots don’t need logic. It’s way, WAY down on their list of priorities.
The biggest supposed patriots and military supporters still treated black military men like shit in World War II. People who say they ‘don’t care what someone does in their own home’ still make gay jokes and are tolerant of gay panic. It doesn’t need to make sense, it just needs to make them uncomfortable to be afraid.
And in the MU, the idea is not that people are afraid of mutants because of their powers, I always felt it was because mutants are BORN DIFFERENT. Which is, let’s face it, the root cause of most jackass bigotry in the world today, anyway.
As a second thought, mutants to many represent a threat to their belief that homo sapiens is the dominant life form on Earth and always will be. If babies are being born that can mentally lift a tank, that idea is threatened.
Anyway, that’s my thinking.
Where was this little elbow touch?…
look at how he looks at her though!!
we need those scenes!