kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
Brett Ratner, who directed X3: The Last Stand, said in a recent Q&A that "rehearing is for fags."

I think this statement explains a lot about why X3 was . . . the way it was.
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
I kind of want this shirt.

The wording is awkward, and it's so very fannish and shippy that I'd probably be too embarrassed to wear it out of the house. Also, I'm suspicious of the vagueness of "a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the fight against hate." (What portion? Contributed how and to whom, exactly?)

Nevertheless, I kind of want this shirt.
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
1) There is, or was, an X-Men cologne.

I am both intrigued and horrified to see my two newest interests collide.

2) In other perfume news, today I spent a happy ten minutes in the "aromatherapy" aisle of the hippie grocery store sniffing testers of a bunch of essential oils. Now I know a lot more about a lot of basic notes, from the difference between lemongrass and lemon to unusual things like frankincense and hyssop. I discovered the geranium smells totally different from how I thought (it's much earthier and deeper, barely recognizable as floral) and that patchouli really does make me feel nauseated.

3) Unrelated, although I could make a metaphor about drowning out the stink of homophobia, [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen has responded to Orson Scott Card's "gay men are hellbound pedophiles" rewrite of Hamlet by hosting The Big Gay Hamlet ficathon (actually a prompt-and-fill challenge), for Hamlet fic with queer themes. In the spirit of not doing what Card did, stories about pedophilia, rape, and abusive relationships are off-limits; there's not a requirement that stories be "positive," in the sense of not talking about homophobia or other problems, just that queer characters and queer sexualities (including asexuality) not be demonized. It's a cool thing and I hope lots of folks participate.

ETA: 4) Returning to frivolities, I always thought I was immune to shoe-lust. And then I saw these glorious steampunk-y boots. I'm not buying them, because even discounted they are $100, but I want them more than I can begin to tell you.
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
I'd better preface this by saying that I love the deleted XMFC scene where Charles shows Angel an image of Erik in a dress. I especially love "you've never looked more beautiful, darling."

However. Even though Fassbender said it first, using names like "Traneto" or "Transneto" or any other variation thereof is not okay. Fassbender is a delightful and extraordinarily handsome man, but apparently he's not knowledgeable about trans* issues. Wearing drag != being trans. Being shown as wearing drag by your telepathic boyfriend best pal, against your knowledge and will? Also != being trans. [NOTE: Please see my ETA for more about the context of Fassbender's remark.]

Trans* people are real. So are people who enjoy wearing drag. The conflation of drag and trans*-ness hurts people in both categories by erasing their identities.

So, could we all use the right names? Even when we're being silly and squeeing and having fun? That way no one gets hurt and everyone gets to have fun.

Including trans* people like me.


ETA: Fassbender's comment, if I'm remembering correctly now, was made in the context of talking about the superpower to change one's sex at will. It wasn't made in relation to the Erik-in-a-dress scene. While I think the term "Traneto" is still faily and offensive (it's waaaaaaay to close to "tranny" for comfort), at least when Fassbender used it, it was in a context of sex/gender identity and not just crossdressing.

ETA2: A couple of folks have brought up the possibility that those fandom people using the words Traneto/Transneto are actually referring to "transvestite" rather than "transgendered" or "transsexual." It's certainly possible, but (a) it's still a conflation of identities (doing drag != being a transvestite != being transgendered/transsexual), and (b) is "transvestite" all that common of a term anymore? It's not one I hear often unless I'm watching Eddie Izzard, and it's definitely not the interpretation that came into my mind on hearing Traneto/Transneto.
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
I'm not sure how ranty these rants are, but I tried.

Spoilers are possible for any of the listed fandoms, although I've made huge/not ubiquitously known spoilers highlight-to-read.

[livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth asked about Raffles/Bunny )

[livejournal.com profile] biichan asked about Charles/Erik, X1-3 )

[livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil asked about Charles/Erik, XMFC )

[livejournal.com profile] executrix asked about Avon/Tarrant )

[livejournal.com profile] silver_sandals asked about Dax and Sisko, Deep Space 9 )

[livejournal.com profile] vandonovan asked about Spock/Uhura, any version )

[livejournal.com profile] ansketil_rose asked about Vetinari/Drumknott, Discworld )

[livejournal.com profile] mcicioni asked about Robbie Lewis/Laura Hobson, Lewis )

[livejournal.com profile] halotolerant asked about Tim Ferguson/Paul McDermott, Australian comedy RPS )

[livejournal.com profile] lady_twatterby asked about Holmes/Watson )

various

Aug. 3rd, 2011 12:06 am
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
This week's Warehouse 13 was silly fun, if a bit "let's pull a premise out of our asses!" I thought it was pretty awesome to see not really spoilery for anything, but cut anyway )

In other news, part of my work on my XMFC story today was inventing Erik's worst memories, ones so bad he wouldn't want to think about them even as rage-fuel. It was fun in the way that's not. (I did not, for the record, go the "he was sexually abused" route. I still think it's plausible, and I still don't want to write it.)
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
I'm frustrated with LJ being down, and I've been reluctant to post on DW when I can't necessarily crosspost to LJ. But, you know, screw that.

Mind you, I don't have much to say right now. So help me out? Share something: a thought, an opinion, a link, a rec for something you love (doesn't have to be fannish), a picture, whatever.

Here a fannish thought from me: it puzzles me a bit that the XMFC fandom seems so split between "political" fics and shippy fics. Properly written Charles/Erik is going to be so fucking political it hurts. Same for most of the other likely pairings I can think of, too, including Charles/Moira, Erik/Raven, Havok/Darwin, Raven/Hank, etc.

And a rec: China Miéville's blog (RSS on DW here). He started out just posting pictures, and he still does post some awesome ones, but increasingly he also posts political commentary and odd, dreamlike narrative fragments.
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
Do any of you happen to know whether good quality men's trousers in the early 1960s would've had zip flies or button flies?

And, yes, this is very much me wondering whether Erik could at least attempt to undo Charles's flies with his mind. (Erik's going to decide not to try it, on the grounds that too much could go wrong . . . )
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
I want the Team Erik t-shirt so much. And there's absolutely no way. When I started reading the announcement I thought I could just ask someone who was going to SDCC to buy one for me, but no, you get one by pre-ordering the DVD at Comic Con, and of course anyone doing that will want the t-shirt themselves. *whimpers*

There are Team Charles t-shirts too, but alas, they are yellow and ugly.

XMFC again

Jul. 16th, 2011 11:02 pm
kindkit: Erik Lehnsherr wearing an awesome suit and hat (XMFC: Erik has an awesome hat)
The housemate and I thought of going to see the last Harry Potter movie tonight, then contemplated how crowded the theater was likely to be and saw XMFC again instead.

on third viewing )
kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
Yesterday I saw X-Men: First Class for the second time (it was at the cheap theater).

thoughts, ranging from the silly to the potentially disturbing )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I saw it yesterday and mostly loved it. spoilers )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Frost and Pegg: BFFs)
Here are my responses to the meme I posted yesterday. (You can still ask about other pairings if you like; the original post is here.)

I've avoided major spoilers for recent or difficult-to-obtain canon (or in a couple of cases made them highlight-to-read) but there are minor spoilers galore.

[livejournal.com profile] biichan asked about Second Doctor/Jamie )

[livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina asked about Xavier/Magneto )

[livejournal.com profile] hafren asked about Hornblower/Pellew )

[livejournal.com profile] flo_nelja asked about Tenth Doctor/Simm!Master )

[livejournal.com profile] vilakins asked about Henderson/York )

[livejournal.com profile] thevera asked about Giles/Ethan )

[livejournal.com profile] entropy_house asked about Avon/Blake )

[livejournal.com profile] lullabee_lj asked about Eighth Doctor/Fitz Kreiner )

[livejournal.com profile] lullabee_lj also asked about Harry/Snape )

[livejournal.com profile] queenbookwench asked about Fraser/Kowalski )

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