The Mercy Thompson series is a very popular Urban Fantasy series written by Patricia Briggs. When we first met Mercy, she was a fiercely independent female mechanic who had the ability to shift into a coyote. Over the course of eight books, readers have gotten to know Mercy, her friends and the world which Briggs has created quite well. For the most part, the Mercy Thompson series has been interesting to read but like any other book in this genre, it has not been without its share of problems. It would be far too easy to dismiss gender as an issue in the this series because the protagonist is a woman and the author is also female. One would think that at least in this area, a reader could consume an unproblematic story but that is not the case - and we should be wary of assuming strong depictions of women (or any marginalised person) just because of the author. Despite all of the good qualities in this series, gender representation is an ongoing issue.
Most blatantly, other women simply are not present - or not present to any great degree. Mercy lives in a very male world. Obviously, as a straight woman, her love interest is Adam and Adam dominates much of her life, but even outside of Adam most of the people around her are men. She worked with Zee and then Tad - both male. Her main contact with the vampires has been with Stefan - male. Back when she lived with the Marrock, the main contacts she had where with him and his son, Samuel and, to a lesser extent, Charles. Her closest friends - Warren and Kyle - are both men. Most of the pack members are men - and, in common with many other series - for some reason women just don’t turn into werewolves very often. She has a somewhat fraught - and definitely low contact - relationship with her mother.
There are very few women in Mercy’s life - and the only one with anything resembling a close relationship with her is Jessee, Adam’s daughter and, of course, a teenager not a peer.
This lack of female equals is already very much an element of this trope - but what women she does meet are usually antagonists. The few female members of the pack are very hostile to Mercy - Honey being the only one starting to thaw towards her in the latest book. Marsilia, the vampire head of the local Seethe, has certainly clashed with Mercy pretty viciously. Mercy even clashed with the Marrock’s wife when she lived in the Aspen Creek Pack (apparently more so than with the Marrock himself). Even her relationship with her mother is fraught and difficult and contains, at best, a kind of understanding contempt of her mother and she appreciates the distance between them.
Any women Mercy seems to build any kind of a respectful, peer relationship with - or has the potential to - are brief appearances, usually confined to one book; while her female enemies are much more prominent.
This comes to a head in the latest book, Night Broken with Adam’s ex-wife who is almost comically awful to Mercy. Because a woman fleeing from a murderous stalker who has beaten her and destroyed her life really has time to play petty “catty” games? Apparently so! This frankly ridiculous caricature of spiteful womanhood, in turn, is presented as an extremely weak justification for Mercy herself sharpening her claws for a truly cringeworthy take down of a battered woman seeking refuge. By the end of the book, the conflict was almost comic in its awfulness, with Mercy wanting to send Christie back to her abuser and Christie wanting Mercy to die on her hospital bed.
But the paucity and problems with other women in the series are not the only problematic elements of this book when it comes to female representation; we have to consider her relationship to Adam.
When Mercy first met Adam, she had been forced out of her home by the Marrok - Bran. She was determined to live independently and resented the idea that Adam moved next to her to watch over her. She chafed at the very idea of needing a guardian because she was very independent. In response Mercy did things like moving a broken down car in Adam’s line of sight because he hated to look at it from his bedroom window. Any way that she could be an irritant, Mercy jumped on it.
When the relationship began to develop between Mercy and Adam her agency began to significantly diminish. Suddenly Mercy moved from being fiercely independent to an object that needed to be protected and controlled. It began quite simply with Adam referring to Mercy as “his”, which is not endearing and speaks of ownership or possession. Dominance issues repeatedly occur in interactions between Adam and Mercy which invariably cause Mercy to do things like lower her eyes, make her posture submissive and even deliberately consider what she is saying for fear that she might upset the mighty alpha. Of course it’s all justified by the fact that Adam is the alpha of the pack (a classic case of Explained by the Woo-woo). Accepting it on this basis ignores the way in which gender plays into this interaction. Sure, all wolves must show submission to Adam but no one is put in their place more consistently than Mercy. Even at the onset of their relationship when lovers are more apt to be kind, Adam is quick to apply pressure. He declares his love for Mercy in Iron Kissed and Mercy is told that her refusal to declare instant true love for Adam was endangering the stability of the pack. Yeah, no pressure, really.
dice: haha so ok heres this freerunning game about a woc who kicks ass yeah we’re hella excited bioware: ok so in this game you can play as a gREY LADY WITH HORNS also here have some canon gay characters and poc too also DRA G O NS sucker punch: HAVE THIS DLC ABOUT A PINK NEON LADY YAAAAS square enix: LADY WITH PTSD WHO IS TREATED LIKE A HUMAN BEING HOLY S H I T„„ ubisoft: no„„ no f e male.. tOO much w O RK , , TITTY GRAPHICS???? HIPS? ? ? n o
EA Games seem to come in force in 2014. After the great success they had with the Titanfall game, now, at the upcoming of E3 2014 they will reveal a trailer of one of the most waited games: Mass Effect 4!
We will not see Commander Shepard from Mass Effect trilogy since BioWare is coming on Mass Effect 4 with a new story which doesn’t involve Shepard.
BioWare Writer Mac Walters said that “the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever”.
'omg guys i tried playing watch dogs last night but idk i just CAN'T relate to a male protagonist like i get so uncomfortable?! a girl was hitting on me and i was like I'M NOT GAYYYY so i turned it off and played tomb raider for a bit so i felt like a REAL WOMAN AGAIN! does anyone else relate?'
translating this article because this is so important
1. “Monsieur Ebola can solve the problem in three months” - Front National’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen about how an Ebola epidemic would solve the immigration problems (x).
2. “Women should not have the right to vote” - Janusz Korwin-Mikke, leader of Poland’s ‘Kongres Nowej Prawicy’ (Congress of the new right). (x)
3. “Register all Jews - they are a national security problem” - Jobbik, Hungary (x)
4. “These sexual drifts are not normal and they never will be” - Party secretary of the Swedish Democrats, Björn Söder about homosexuality (x)
5. “People have the right to be concerned if a (Romanian) group moved in next door. - Nigel Farage, UKIP leader (x)
6. “All credit to Venner whose final, highly political act was an attemot to awaken the people of France” - Marine Le Pen, leader of Front National about a man who shot himself in protest against gay marriage (x)
8.”Most people over 70 are uncomfortable with homosexuality” - Nigel Farage, UKIP leader (x)
9. “Rape is an expression of Islamic culture” - Richard Jomshof, the Swedish Democrats (x)
10. “What Auschwitz? Were you there?” - NIkolas Michaloliakos, leader of Golden Dawn (x)
11. “The holocaust was only a detail in World War II” - Marie Le Pen, founder of Front National (x)
12. “Send the homosexuals and Somalis to Åland” - Teuvo Hakkarainen, Finns Party (x)
13. “You will die here!” - Jobbik in Hungary protesting against Roma (x)
14. “Gay marriage caused floods” - David Silvester (UKIP), claims that he warned David Cameron that allowing gay couples to marry would lead to flooding.(x)
15. “The Muslims are our biggest foreign threat since World War II” - Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the Swedish Democrats (x)
16. “Stop Muslim immigration” - Martin Henriksen, Danish People’s Party (x)
you know europe’s in trouble when italy is not the worst country at electing people
My only consolation is that apparently most of the established conservative parties do not want to form alliances with the more xenophobic and racist right-wing parties, such as the Ass-Backwards Finns Party (who are a fucking joke and in no way represent most Finns), the DPP and UKIP. The Morons Finns Party do not wish an alliance with Front Nationale’s Jean-Marie Le Pen (‘cause he’s considered a joke in Finland), so they’ll probably form an alliance with UKIP and DPP. That means that instead of a huge, united conservative front in the European Parliament, there will be three right-wing alliances that will (hopefully) not agree on very many things and will spend most of the time bickering with each other.
It’s not ideal, but at least we do not have an united right-wing front in the parliament.
A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom:
1960s: with the advent of Star Trek, fandom moves into the public sphere for the first time with a television in almost every home, creating a large group of people all excited about one thing. This means conventions, mailing groups, fan magazines, and fanfiction presses.
Yeah this pretty much remains the deal until the internet gets put into every home in the 90s.
BIG FUCKING DEAL FANDOMS, 90s EDITION: X-Files, Xena, Star Trek, Star Wars, ASoIaF, The West Wing.
So with the internet, this really cool thing happened: Geocities. And then Yahoo groups. Early fanfiction archives. Back in the day, fandoms had to create their own private spaces. This made fandoms on the internet smaller and less accessible than fanzine operated ones. However, since fans on the internet didn’t have to pass through an editorial board to publish their fic, it was the beginning of the democratization of fandom.
In 1998, fanfiction.net was launched to compete with the hundreds of independent, fandom-oriented fanfiction archives. More democratization, although fanfiction was marketed on how many reviews one had. You had to, like today, “break into the market.”
In 1999, Livejournal was launched. Fans created communities and their own private journals which was like woah, we have our own places to store our own fic? And can cross-post them places? However, with Livejournal came the idea of the BNF: big name fan. Since communities had moderators and posts could be friend or community locked, people could easily gain social capital.
On the other hand, authors like George RR Martin get Livejournals.
Around this time was also the rise of forums. Again, moderators had a lot of power, as did certain users who would rise to the position of moderator. People rapidly gained and lost power, causing quick turnover in these parts of fandom.
In 2002, due to legal concerns, fanfiction.net bans NC-17 fanfiction.
Adultfanfiction.net is created to fill the void. For years, 13 year olds would pretend to be 18 to enter. Including myself.
In 2005, fanfiction.net, again due to legal concerns, bans “choose your own adventure” and songfics.
In 2007, Archive of Our Own is launched to further democratize fandom in response to fanfiction.net’s new stringent rules, offering writers a cleaner format, kudos, hit counters, and bookmarks. However, many older fandoms have not made the move.
In 2007, tumblr is launched. It would take until 2010 for it to reach saturation on the internet, meaning that most fandoms which lived and died pre-2010 exist(ed) on Geocities, Yahoo Groups, independent archives, ff.net, etc.
In 2009, Geocities is taken offline. Thousands mourn because they never backed up really old fic that they liked.
In 2012, most major broadcasting companies have caught on to the fact that tumblr has democratized fandom to a degree of anarchy and mob mentality, and utilize it, since tumblr is unmoderated.
And that’s what you missed on FANDOM EXISTED BEFORE TUMBLR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Right now I’m reading an article that’s saying that the family of Elliot Rogers called the police several weeks ago after discovering a disturbing YouTube video he had created. They interviewed him but found him to be a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human”. And they let him go because there was no history of guns with him.
Wow, just wow.
This didn’t come out of nowhere. This could have been prevented. :(