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"A while ago, there was this 30 day meme going around about favorite female characters. I tried to do it, but found the categories too limiting, so I just changed it into a "female characters that mean the most to me/that I love the best/that have had the biggest impact on me" meme. I could never do one of these a day, because I always have too much to say, but I hope that by actually saying I'm going to do it and posting a list, maybe I'll actually do it! Here's the list I'm starting with; I may add more if I can actually get through this."
Captain Kathryn Janeway (Star Trek: Voyager)
Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility)
Phèdre nó Delaunay (Kushiel’s Legacy Series)
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Col. Samantha Carter (Stargate)
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Gwen Cooper (Torchwood)
Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)
B’elanna Torres (Star Trek: Voyager)
Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
Danica Shardae (Hawksong)
Sarah Tigress Vida (Shattered Mirror and All Just Glass)
Caroline Forbes (Vampire Diaries)
Kenzi (Lost Girl)
Detective Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)
Princess Leia Organa (Star Wars)
Katarina Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)
Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)
Sally Owens (Practical Magic)
Alice Hamilton (SyFy’s Alice)
Alyssa Jones (Chasing Amy)
Cynthia Davies (The Demon’s Lexicon Series)
Catwoman aka Selina Kyle (Batman Returns)
Barbara Gordon aka The Oracle (Birds of Prey)
Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)
Some fantastic vids have come out in Sherlock fandom since “The Reichenbach Fall” aired. Here are a few I enjoyed.
Note: All of these recs have spoilers for Sherlock BBC Series 2
Title: For Good – Wicked
Characters: Sherlock & John (friendship)
Summary: How the boys have grown thanks to each others influence.
Reccers comments: Sherlock + John + That Song = Perfection
Title: Once - Caleb Kane
Summary: John and Sherlock struggle with what makes them real.
Reccers Comments: This vid is absolutely amazing. Possibly the best Sherlock/John (or Sherlock and John if you prefer) vid I have ever seen.
Title: Take My Hand (Take My Whole Life Too)
Summary: I can't help falling in love with you. Sherlock/John
Reccers Comments: This is incredibly beautiful and incredibly sad. Be prepared to have your heart broken.
If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait until you meet ACTA. Also, Find out what ACTA is, and why it's a problem.
ACTA is not the European SOPA. It’s an INTERNATIONAL treaty that will apply to every country that signs it. ACTA will not just affect websites, and have them blocked out of the internet - its measures go as far as surveillance of anything you share through private channels.
Oh, yeah. And the Obama administration already signed it without Congressional approval a few months ago. So much for the White House's sentiments against SOPA that "Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship..."
Apparently they didn't really mean it. You can read all about how the Obama administration is trying to pass this off as an "executive agreement" as opposed to a international treaty so they didn't have to ask for the Congress's permission. And how it's fundamentally unconstitutional. Basically, Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution says that intellectual property is an issue under Congress's purview, and not the President's. Since it is an issue clearly stated in the Constitution as not being under the President's control, ACTA should be submitted to the Senate for approval.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon even wrote the President on this very issue last October:
“[T]he executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter into binding international agreements on matters under Congress’s plenary powers, including the Article I powers to regulate foreign commerce and protect intellectual property,” the letter from Wyden states. “Yet, through ACTA and without your clarification, the USTR looks to be claiming the authority to do just that.”
So, what can we as Americans do to stop ACTA?
Well, if you already signed the White House petition to "End ACTA and Protect Our Right to Privacy on the Internet," IT'S NOT ENOUGH. The US has already signed the agreement. The only way we can get out of ACTA as a country is if it is brought before the Senate for ratification.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- Sign the "Please Submit ACTA to the Senate for Ratification as Required by the Constitution for Trade Agreements" White House petition.
- Contact your Senator and tell them you want ACTA brought before Congress as an international treaty for ratification, and that you want it to be struck down.
- Contact your Representatives and do the same thing.
Alright. So now what?
Well, did you know that over 10,000 people in Poland have flooded the streets in opposition to ACTA? And that Ireland and 26 other European countries will sign tomorrow? What is especially fishy about ACTA is that not only was it developed (AND SIGNED HERE IN THE US) behind closed doors, but in Europe unelected officials were part of its development.
Eight of the 11 ACTA participating countries have signed the agreement and the battle now mainly lies in the European Union. This week, the Council of the European Union—one of the European Union’s two legislative bodies, composed of executives from the 27 EU member states—adopted ACTA during a completely unrelated meeting on agriculture and fisheries. It is now up to the European Parliament, the EU’s other legislative body, to give consent on ACTA in the coming year.
So y'all getting it? Done in secret. Unelected officials were involved in the development. Signed in secret in many countries. Has the potential to change the internet as we know it.
After ACTA is signed by Poland, Ireland, most European countries and the EU itself tomorrow, the only thing that stands between ACTA and the world, really, is the European Parliament. If they don't ratify ACTA, it won't go into effect in Europe.
SO WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO ON A GLOBAL SCALE? Sign the petition at accessnow.org to encourage the European Union to take a stand and vote "NO" on ACTA.
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Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.
An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.
The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.
This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.
It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.
However, reading it over, especially the comments section, a few issues were brought to mind that I wanted to discuss. See, I am a bisexual woman. I don’t think I’ve outright discussed it on this blog before, but there you have it. I am bisexual in the technical definition that I can be and have been attracted to both men and women. I have always said, regardless of what label I was using at the time, that, for me, gender is a preference, not a requirement. And my preference is men.
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Sexuality is not a group of boxes labeled ‘gay,’ ‘straight’ and ‘bi.’ It is not a scale (although that representation is more helpful for me personally). It is a big complex web of many different traits and individual people coming together to make something messy, confusing, and sometimes, if you do it right, wonderful. And how that web comes together for another person, whether you understand it or not, is valid, is not something that person can control, and is not an assault on your sexuality or your identity. For me gender is preference, not a requirement. Other people have other preferences, requirements and identities, and I respect that. You should too.
The first five people (in theory) to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble/ficlet of any pairing/character of their choosing. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.
Fandoms: Sherlock BBC, Harry Potter, Buffyverse, X-Men Movieverse (including First Class), Doctor Who/Torchwood, The Demon's Lexicon Series, Vampire Academy Series, Merlin BBC, Vampire Diaries (TV Show), Star Trek: Voyager, TNG and 2009 movie, Stargate SG1, Den of Shadows Series and Farscape