Jeliza Patterson

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If you step on my foot, you need to get off my foot.

If you step on my foot without meaning to, you need to get off my foot.

If you step on my foot without realizing it, you need to get off my foot.

If everyone in your culture steps on feet, your culture is horrible, and you need to get off my foot.

If you have foot-stepping disease, and it makes you unaware you’re stepping on feet, you need to get off my foot. If an event has rules designed to keep people from stepping on feet, you need to follow them. If you think that even with the rules, you won’t be able to avoid stepping on people’s feet, absent yourself from the event until you work something out.

If you’re a serial foot-stepper, and you feel you’re entitled to step on people’s feet because you’re just that awesome and they’re not really people anyway, you’re a bad person and you don’t get to use any of those excuses, limited as they are. And moreover, you need to get off my foot.

See, that’s why I don’t get the focus on classifying harassers and figuring out their motives. The victims are just as harassed either way.

Hershele Ostropoler, in a comment on John Scalzi’s blog post, “Readercon, Harassment, Etc.”   

The comment is in reference to sexual harassment that occurred at the Readercon convention and the subsequent defense of the situation by some members of fandom and the Readercon Board.  

It’s also applicable to other situations where someone claims their intentions were pure and they didn’t mean to do something sexist/racist/heterosexist/abelist, etc.  Even if you did not mean to step on someone’s foot—you did.

(via racebending)

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From Andrew Lang’s illustrated “Fairy Tale Books” to Disney’s cartoon fairy tale movies to even modern, “edgy” adaptations like the ABC drama “Once Upon a Time,” most fairy-tale depictions show stereotypical heterosexual, homogenous, white couples.  Through these drawings, I reconstruct these relationships, depicting different races, body-types ranging from thin to muscular to curvy (and most importantly) ladies loving ladies.

Beauty and the Beast is re-imagined in a fantasy feudal Japan, where the beast is a horned, tattooed demonness seducing a beautiful princess.  The Little Mermaid is set in Regency era Europe, and the mermaid* is rescuing a dark-skinned lady.    Finally Cinderella, a 19th century girl dressed in a man’s suit, charms the princess, represented as a colored lady of the house, in a waltz on the dance floor.

Though all the drawings have “historical” basis (Heian Japan, European Regency, American Civil War), each drawing has a fantastical or historically inaccurate element to it — the demonness tattooed with modern Yakuza/gangster tats, the dark-skinned Regency girl, the Civil War era black high-society lady.  These inaccuracies were included so that a variety of races could be inserted into historical images.  Once I committed to wanting to depict various races in sometimes stereotypically Western settings, I decided that I would include something “inaccurate” in each drawing to unify them.

*My thoughts on mermaids: mermaids should have strong backs, big arms, and amazing six packs.  If anyone used her upper body that much just to get around from place to place, I’d expect her to have huge, huge arms.  So I made sure to give my blonde, generic mermaid nice buff arms. 

(Source: slureads, via racebentdisney)

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