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Do you have any thoughts about the most recent PXS ending you'd care to share (outside of the general 'blurgh that was awful' most of us are feeling about it)? I always find your analyses very insightful.
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mercurialmalcontent:

pontificuspaintificus:

mercurialmalcontent:

Why thank you! And I certainly do have thoughts to share—

So on a technical level, this ending sucked. The last page comes out of nowhere. I’m not even going to pretend to equivocate on this; the story had a good setup going, characters interacting and showing interest, and suddenly it was “lol no one cares, abandon ship”. The last page doesn’t follow from the previous page in any sensible manner; it’s like the whole middle part of the story is missing, so the conclusion is kind of a non sequitur.

There would have to be a lot more story for that ending to make any sort of sense. Aside from Dave (who was mostly a cardboard cutout this time around) everyone seemed into it up until then, even if they were getting told to reign in their more ridiculous behavior (which is kind of what the GM is supposed to do) and Karkat was being a childish jerk about it (which is very Karkat). They were just getting started with pre-game setup and banter.

These are kids that don’t give up easily, especially not after some minor disagreements, especially not among this group, who all enjoy talking shit to and about one another. Instead, we get a panel of everyone staring at Terezi in silence, and then Dave - arguably the person who likes Terezi the most, and the person who was causing Terezi the least amount of shit - casually invites the group, without Terezi, to go do something else instead. Everyone practically falls over themselves to take his idea, all the while acting as if Terezi weren’t even there.

That’s the other big problem I have with the ending: it’s mean. It’s not funny, or poignant, or even lolrandom; it was the kind of passive-aggressive bullying mean children do to a child they don’t really like and were just humoring for a while because they were told to. 

Why would these characters do that? It’s not in character for any of them. Why tell a story like this? It’s petty and cruel, and looks even more petty and cruel considering the tacked-on ending. I can’t see any charitable interpretations for it; the closest I can come is that the writer got really lazy about the ending.

In retrospect, this probably would’ve been the kind of comic to leave without an ending.  There are so many potentials to consider in terms of “homestuck characters playing D&D together,” it would’ve been better to just leave it with a to-be-continued somehow.  Use it as a fill-in idea for between weeks!  Everyone was obviously so into it before the rushed ending came out, so why not have that one on standby so that they can pick it up later on and continue the silly story of the most ridiculous group of roleplayers ever assembled, rather than putting a bullet between the eyes of an otherwise good idea and ending it on a mean-spirited note. 

That would have been a great idea! It would have given the story the space a story of its kind needs - anyone who’s played a tabletop RPG is all too familiar with how long they take and how much player banter there is - and would have allowed for good characterization, which would facilitate the laughing-with we like so much in Homestuck, rather than the mean, uncomfortable laughing-at this comic is inviting us to do.

(vv, I don’t think I can easily find that post of yours, but thank you again for articulating that concept. It puts into perspective what’s so off about so many of these PxS stories.)

My mistrust [of men] is not, as one might expect, primarily a result of the violent acts done on my body, nor the vicious humiliations done to my dignity. It is, instead, born of the multitude of mundane betrayals that mark my every relationship with a man—the casual rape joke, the use of a female slur, the careless demonization of the feminine in everyday conversation, the accusations of overreaction, the eye rolling and exasperated sighs in response to polite requests to please not use misogynist epithets in my presence.

(via nadiaaboulhosn)

#i have a hard time dating men because i have a hard time believing men respect me

(via underwaternow)

Pretty much. 

(via fuckingrapeculture)

Source on that quote is Melissa McEwan, since no one bothered to credit her for it.

(via misandry-mermaid)

This goes for so much more than five pages but I don’t care anymore.

mercurialmalcontent:

kathygaele:

[Terezi, Rose, Kanaya, Karkat, Dave and the Mayor are sat around a circular table. The table is littered with character sheets and pencils, and Terezi has the DM screen. She is wearing her dragon hoodie. The mayor has a bowl full of broritos and a stack of TABS at his side.] 

TZ: OK4Y H4S 3V3RYON3 S3TTL3D ON TH31R CH4R4CT3RS?

CG: I WAS GOING TO MAKE A KNIGHT, BUT THEN KANAYA POINTED OUT THAT I COULD BE A TOTAL FUCKING BADASS AND BE A DRUID INSTEAD. CHECK THIS SHIT OUT. DUAL SICKLES. AND MY CONFRONTATIONAL CHITINOUS WINDBAG OF A LUSUS CAN BE MY ANIMAL COMPANION. [A panel showing the awesome yuan-ti druid with crabdad at his side]

GA: I Am Going To Be Playing As A ‘Tiefling’ Paladin. [quarter panel of the tiefling paladin, Dave’s speech bubble hides most of it.]

TG: yo arent tieflings devilspawn or some shit i dont know if thats exactly conductive to being a shining avatar of holy power like isnt that just like the antichrist rockin up to the apocalypse and being like, nah, im good, fuck you dad im going to join the good guys? 

TZ: 1TS 1N TH3 RUL3S D4V3. [The Paladin is revealed in the next panel, a halo behind her head and toting a chainsaw sword. She is a badass. Sparkles surround her.]

GA: She Defies The Stereotypical View Of Her Race And Strives To Prove Herself In A Hostile World By Helping Others And Doing Good Deeds. What About Your Character Dave? [Kanaya beams, Rose covers her mouth, giggling.]

TG: yo check this shit out. i made only the coolest fucking character the manuals would allow like this is damn near illegal levels of awesome im surprised i dont have like a negative five level adjustment thing to compensate for the sheer-

TT: Dave, as delightful as your rambling is, we would like to actually play the game at some point. [Rose pushes Dave’s speech bubble away, smirking]

TG: yeah alright lalonde youre just jealous you didnt think of rolling a dwarf bard first. [The tiny bard has a magnificent beard and a gold chain with the lettering MC PUFF N’ STUFF on it]

TT: After witnessing such majesty, I’m almost afraid to reveal my character. Mastery of the arcane arts and eldritch forces seem mediocre in comparison to dwarven mastery of the ancient lyrical pursuits. 

TG: your a wizard harry.

TT: I am indeed a wizard, but my name is not Harry. My signature spell is Evard’s Black Tentacles.

TG/CG: why you gotta make it weird rose. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT FUCKING WEIRD LALONDE. 

The Mayor: [Holds up his mayoral sash, eyes sparkling]

TZ: 4ND TH3 M4YOR 1S PL4Y1NG TH3 M4YOR.

The Mayor: [Points to his character sheet. Diplomacy is at the highest rank possible for a level 1 character]

TZ: YOUR CH4R4CT3R R3ND1T1ONS 4LL SM311 D3L1C1OUS, TH4NK YOU D4VE FOR L3ND1NG YOUR 4RT1STIC SK1LLS TO TH1S WORTHY 3ND34VOR. 

TZ: TH3 M4YOR 4ND 1 H4V3 WORK3D V3RY H4RD ON TH1S C4MP41GN. 

Mayor: [Double thumbs up!]

TZ: YOU B3G1N YOUR JOURN3Y 1N THE BUSTL1NG C1TY OF…[Pauses and looks at the Mayor, who slides a piece of paper across to her] C4NN3TOWN. 

TG/CG/RL/GA: hell yes / HELL FUCKING YES / Hell fu- / -ucking Yes.

TZ: TH3 M4YOR S3NT YOU ALL A M3SS4GE 4SK1NG YOU TO COM3 H3R3. H3 N33DS YOUR H3LP W1TH 4 QU3ST OF GR4V3 IMPORT4NC3. YOUR GROUP ST4NDS IN TH3 C3NT3R OF C4NN3TOWN. WH4T W1LL YOU DO?

CG: WELL OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS TALK TO THE MAYOR AND FIND OUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO. THAT’S STEP ONE OF ADVENTURES, EVERY IDIOT KNOWS THAT.

TG: who died and made you king crabsnack??

Mayor: [Frowns deeply at the word ‘king’]

CG: BY ALL MEANS, IF YOU WANT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE STRIDER DON’T LET ME FUCKING STOP YOU.

TG: nah im good. im just here to spin rhymes and have a good time.

CG: WELL, ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS? THIS IS A DEMOCRACY AFTER ALL.

Mayor: [Beams, offers Karkat broritos]

GA: Well In A Technical Sense My Character Has The Best Diplomacy Score But Honestly I Just Want To Kill Things So.

TT: My character is not interested in leading the pack. 

CG: IN THAT CASE, IT’S SETTLED. RIGHT. SO I LEAD US ALL UP TO THE MAYOR, WHEREVER HE IS. AND THEN ASK: WHAT’S THE HUGE EPIC QUEST OR WHATEVER? IT BETTER BE WORTHY OF OUR TIME BECAUSE WE’VE WALKED THROUGH THE FUCKING BOONIES TO GET HERE AND QUITE FRANKLY, I CAN’T STAND THIS CITY. 

TZ: [Looks at the Mayor, who nods.] TH3 M4YOR 1NFORMS YOU TH4T TH3 K1NG OF TH1S L4ND H4S B3COM3 CORRUPT 4ND V1L3, CONSORT1NG W1TH 3V1L FORC3S. H3 H4S B33N S4CR1F1C1NG 1NNOC3NT TOWNSFOLK 4ND TH3 M4YOR WOULD L1K3 YOU TO PUT 4 STOP TO TH1S.

CG: DOES THE KING NEED TO SACRIFICE SOME TOWNSFOLK TO STOP THOSE EVIL FORCES FROM KILLING EVERY FUCKER ELSE?

TT: Ah, this old trope. Is there a princess we need to rescue?

TG: dont break the forth wall rose jeeze dont you know how to do this stuff??

TT: My character is very well read, and familiar with mythology and its conventions. [Smug face] 

TG: bullshit lemme see that character…sheet…[looks down at Knowledge: Mythology] fine whatever.

CG: ANYWAY. AS I WAS SAYING. 

Mayor: [Emphatically shakes his head, broritos spilling everywhere in his agitation] 

TZ: NO, TH3 K1NG 1S JUST 4 M4JOR BULG3TW1ST3R.

Everyone: Well in that case-

[Two Hours Later - all the characters drawn SBAHJ style are covered in jpg artifacts after slaying a demonic horde]

DRUID: -pant- I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. THERE IS A LAYER OF BLOOD AND FILTH AS DEEP AS MY ANKLES. -pant- AND THEY KEEP COMING. 

PALADIN: I Have Personally Found The Combat Quite Thrilling It Has Been Enjoyable To Carve My Way Through These Morally Deficient Monsters. 

DRUID: YOU KNOW, FOR A WARRIOR OF LIGHT AND PURITY YOU SURE SEEM TO GET YOUR ROCKS OFF KILLING SHIT. 

BARD: chill out tartak do you need me to sing you a song to bring back your spine and make your booboos go away?

WIZARD: Children, hark unto me. The way is clear. We can now delve deeper into this castle of shadow and nightmares. The way will be full of peril, but with our powers combined there are no obstacles we can’t overcome.

[A imp staggers into the hallway. The wizard wiggles its fingers and says some arcane words. It cuts to the rest of the party looking on in horror while there’s screeching off screen]

WIZARD: …Now the way is clear. 

[A couple of panels of travel and combat, muffled rapping from Dave’s Bard] 

TZ: YOU 4PPRO4CH TH3 THRON3 ROOM, 4ND YOU H3AR M4N14C4L L4UGHT3R 3CHO1NG THROUGH TH3 H4LLS OF TH3 C4STL3. 

[The Mayor is shaking and clutching his TAB] 

Bard: alright before we go charging into assfuck county magic missiles blazing i feel like i should say something inspiring.

Wizard: Regale us with your inspiring speech, O bard. 

Bard: alright check it. were stuck in a castle in the middle of nowhere, getting ready to beard the beast in his lair.

its gonna be hard its gonna be rough but i know that all a you folks have got the right stuff. 

were gonna crack down on a tyrannical despot, the kind a guy that would get on with pol pot

were the avatars of freedom and social justice and the mayor, he trusts us

bringin the ameri-canne way to the land of -

TZ: F43RUN.

Bard: - so kick it barack and lets get the game done. 

Paladin: That Was Very Stirring Daveth. 

Wizard: I don’t know, I thought the rhyming scheme was a little weak.

Bard: [Double middle-finger pistols]

Druid: THAT. I. IF MY OPTICAL FLUID VALVES WORKED CORRECTLY I MIGHT SHED A TEAR. BUT SADLY, I AM A FUCKING SNAKE PERSON SO YOU ARE ALL SPARED THE SPECTACLE OF MY GLITTERING BODILY FLUIDS FLOODING THIS PASSAGEWAY AND DROWNING US ALL. 

Paladin: My. What A Vivid And Not At All Disturbing Picture That Conjures.

[Cuts back to the players]

TG: speakin of death by glittering bodily fluids i kind of have to take a leak so unless you all want to take part in some kind of omorashi bukkake orgy i suggest we get our motors running and kill the big boss. 

TT: My. What a vivid and not at all disturbing picture that conjures.

GA: Why Do I Get The Feeling You Did Not Mean That In The Same Way I Meant It?

TT: I have no idea, Kanaya. 

[Cuts back to the characters. They charge into the throne room, there’s a montage of struggle against a king with one eye and intimidating pitch black spiked armor. The wizard paralyzes him, the paladin cuts off his legs, the bard is rapping in the back of the room, and the druid delivers the killing blow.]

TZ: 4ND W1TH THE F1N4L BLOW, TH3 CRU3L K1NGS GR1P ON TH3 L4ND 1S S3V3R3D JUST L1K3 H1S L3GS! 4H4H4H4H4H4H4H!

Mayor: [Does a victory dance and sprays TAB over everyone]

TZ: GOOD WORK 3VERYONE! TH4T W4S 4N 3XC3LL3NT S3SSION.

CG: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO AGREE THERE. FOR ONCE WE GOT SHIT DONE IN A PROMPT AND ORDERLY FASHION, SURE IS A NICE CHANGE FROM OUR USUAL SENSE OF AFFAIRS. MAYBE WE CALL ALL LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT TEAMWORK FROM THIS PISSWEAK HUMAN GAME. 

GA: I Agree This Was A Most Excellent Distraction And I Admit That I Was Not Looking Forward To Another One Of Karkat’s Movie Nights.

CG: HEY, DON’T BESMIRCH MY DANE COOK COLLECTION.

TG: yeah no offense crabpuff but if i had to look at dane cooks long stoned looking face for three nights in a row i was going to repeat a long standing tradition and do an acrobatic pirouette off the handle of kanayas chainsword.

TT: This was a delightful distraction, thank you for hosting it Terezi. Shall we continue this next week?  I’m game for another rousing fantasy journey. 

[Everyone gets up, wanders off, and the Major puts the bowl of broritos on Terezi’s head while she smiles toothily]

THIS IS THE STORY TEREZI (and the readers) DESERVED.

mumblingsage:

mswyrr:

quietandsarcastic:

Oh yeah, you gotta read this. 

Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.” The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are “barely receptive” to its policies, and are likely to consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”

Here’s where the “real opportunity” comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a “lack of understanding” between women and Republicans that “closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.” Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote “fairness” for women and dealing “honestly with any disagreement on abortion” before moving on to “other issues.”

Today, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things (a journal that promotes “economic freedom” and a “morally serious culture”), published a very helpful essay illustrating how this fresh new strategy might work in practice. Reno begins his piece with a richly-drawn portrait of a hypothetical female Democratic voter: She is a “single, 35-year-old McKinsey consultant living in suburban Chicago who thinks of herself as vulnerable and votes for enhanced social programs designed to protect against the dangers and uncertainties of life.” (Reno does not specify the number of cats she owns, but for the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume the answer is “several.”) Reno speculates that this woman (whom he has invented and preprogrammed with opinions) feels “judged” by a Republican platform that opposes gay marriage, because “she intuitively senses that being pro-traditional marriage involves asserting male-female marriage as the norm—and therefore that her life isn’t on the right path.” So she votes for the Democrat, who does not appear to be “intolerant” of her lifestyle.

Here comes the part of the exercise where Reno carefully instructs this fantasy lady liberal that she has chosen poorly, and that the Republican party is the logical choice for a woman in her circumstance. This woman is suffering from “various kinds of personal unhappiness related to the lack of clear norms for how to live,” Reno writes. She secretly “wants to get married and feels vulnerable because she isn’t and vulnerable because she’s not confident she can.” And so, actually, she should support the party that wants to force people into traditional marriages, thus improving her chances of getting married herself. (Perhaps she can marry a gay man?) If only our hypothetical cat lady could get on board, she would get a husband, the Republicans would get another married woman to add to their key demographic, and gay people would get totally screwed. (Yay?)

In short, Republicans understand women plenty—it’s women who don’t understand themselves. Sounds like a promising strategy that will work with many, many sad single ladies that Republicans have invented in their brains. Next step: Finally granting imaginary women the right to vote.

A woman can’t object to legally mandating “traditional marriage” because it’s a homophobic, misogynistic airless room from hell and/or she’s queer, no, it must be that she hasn’t had the right dicking yet/found the right man. It’s not possible for a woman to have an actual, like, ideological objection to anything.

Please ignore the long history of intellectual and ideological work done by women throughout history and all the thoughtful women talking about their diverse needs and advocating for themselves today. That’s all just hysteria!

Women are only capable of being bitter, sad, Miss Havishams with a hole in their soul only marriage to a man can fill.

Right.

Suddenly I understand very clearly how Republicans can think same-sex marriage is a threat to traditional marriage. I mean, if traditional marriage is something women have to get lured into and might break away from at any instant…’cause they’re hysterical, of course…

credibilityproblem:

okay so here’s what actually happened:
terezi was a really great GM, they all had tons of fun! even karkat, though he struggled to admit it. they fought many adventures together.rose and kanaya spent significant extra time fleshing out their characters’ backstories, while naked. (sultry fiction was written.)

credibilityproblem:

okay so here’s what actually happened:

terezi was a really great GM, they all had tons of fun! even karkat, though he struggled to admit it. 
they fought many adventures together.
rose and kanaya spent significant extra time fleshing out their characters’ backstories, while naked.
(sultry fiction was written.)

concretefemme:

look at this cop-hating suffragette kitty 


#feminism#isn’t it funny how little we want to remember#that the fight for feminism has had a fucking death toll#that it was war#that it might still be war#that women fight#that women have always fought
In the “I Can’t Believe That News Story Just Said What It Did” Department

dduane:

From this article over at Salon:

One of the most fascinating things about the same-sex marriage battle has been the evolution of the arguments against gay unions. Not long ago, gays and lesbians were not only considered unsuitable parents; they were an active danger to children, child molesters and abusers. Kids raised by same-sex couples were said to fare worse than those raised by heterosexual couples.

No such arguments were made in Chicago on Tuesday, where lawyers for Wisconsin and Indiana did their best to defend their states’ bans on same-sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Their line of attack against gay marriage was quite the opposite: Gay parents are too responsible to need marriage.

That’s right — lawyers for Indiana and Wisconsin claimed that because a “fleeting moment of passion” can produce offspring, straight people need marriage as an incentive to stay together and raise their “unintended children.” Gay people, on the other hand, have to think and plan a lot harder if they want to be parents, so marriage doesn’t concern them. In other words, because an ill-considered, alcohol-fueled romp between two straight people can lead to a baby, gays shouldn’t be able to marry.

[REELS AWAY CLUTCHING HEAD]

vastderp-placeholder:

poppunk-notcollars:

iamtheralrus:

holy shit.

For the win


THIS IS MY PHILOSOPHY.

vastderp-placeholder:

poppunk-notcollars:

iamtheralrus:

holy shit.

For the win

THIS IS MY PHILOSOPHY.
me: *owns 264 unread books*
me: *buys 17 new books*
me: *rereads harry potter*