lately I’ve seen…not a lot but definitely enough posts that talk in fairly definitive terms about fictional characters and butt stuff. it turns out that for some, there is a level of cosmic significance to who tops and who takes the d. which on one hand, whatever, but on the other hand there are a lot of troubling elements to the rhetoric that people use, which I’m not sure people are aware of, which I’m here to talk about. so. get ready for butt stuff, gender essentialism, insidious homophobia and why it’s a no-no to conflate sexual identities and sexual positions.
firstly, let me be quite clear: it is okay to have preferences. it is okay to have preferences when it comes to porn and wish-fulfilment fantasies and fanfic and character dynamics. that’s okay. preferences are okay. where things start to get murky is when we try to justify utterly subjective, utterly arbitrary preferences and present them as somehow more right than others. a more “correct” way of reading a character. “look at him, he’d never top.” “it’s obvious he bottoms, because reasons.” but even preferences on their own don’t exist in a vacuum, and queer relationships in media and fandom exist within a larger societal narrative that piles multiple layers of intersecting homophobia and misogyny onto them.
faceless-intern-dana asked: Hi! I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a blog like yours except from a transgender and nonbinary perspective?
I don’t really know of anyone who has a blog like ours (which I’m going to take as a compliment), though I do know of a few transgender book bloggers — androgynousbookworm and bendingthebookshelf. I also know that weneeddiversebooks occasionally has trans contente.
Does anyone else know any other trans book blogs/bloggers?
Oh! And I just remembered transpositiveliterature!
Researchers Discover Prehistoric Human Habitation Sites in the Nefud Desert
Looking down from space in earth orbit, the Nefud Desert appears as an arid oval depression across the northern reaches of the Arabian Peninsula. On the ground, it is known for its sudden violent winds, large crescent-shaped dunes, and brick-red colored sand. It is 290 km (180 miles) long and 225 km (140 miles) wide, with an area of 103,600 km² (40,000 square miles). It sees rain only once or twice a year.
But in antiquity, there were lakes scattered across this otherwise unforgiving land.
Dr. Eleanor M.L. Scerri of the University of Bordeaux and her colleagues call them ‘paleolakes’. Today these ancient lakes are only arid areas with sediments and other stratigraphic features that tell us that there was once water in these places. But investigating scientists have also found that they contain fossil flora, fauna and archaeological features and artifacts— evidence that, at one time, tens of thousands of years ago, there were also plants, animals, and humans along their shores. Read more.