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Entitled and re: Entitled

My response to a dude who was JAQing off in a rape thread on FB and got very huffy when I told him to stop it:

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Of course, he comes back to the thread TWO DAYS LATER to tell me how “hurt” he is that I “attacked his character” and how I’m just “mean.”

This is why I don’t try to talk to dudes with shitty attitudes about feminist issues, honestly. They act like misogynists, but demand you give them the benefit of the doubt that they aren't really misogynists. They argue with me about my own lived experience, but then protest that they are “just learning” and that “arguing helps their process.” They fly into a rage when I refuse to hold their hand and lead them gently to a point, all the while soothing their egos in hushed tones.

It is really not worth it most of the time.

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Rare Pair Rec List

Basically, these are the fics that got me into a fandom/pairing that I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS imagined I’d be into…

Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Sands/El

This is a pairing that shouldn’t work. But, against all reason, it really really does.

The Dark Knight: Batman/Joker

I’ve written a dozen fics for this pairing, and this was the fic that made me see its potential.

The Dark Knight Rises: Bane/John Blake

Again, doesn’t seem to work on paper but the author somehow makes it work in insanely wonderful ways.

Downton Abbey: Thomas Barrow/Jimmy Kent

The romance is one-sided in canon, but fanon has a way of making me root for even the most misanthropic under-butlers.

ASoIaF/Game of Thrones: Sandor Clegane/Sansa Stark

Aged up (as in the show) or taking place years after the end of the series, this pairing can really work.

Les Miserables: Jean Valjean/Javert

I have been listening to this musical for years and never saw it, then read this fic and was like, “Well yeah, of course.”

Glee: Dave Karofsky/Kurt Hummel

This pairing in problematic as fuck because of the intense bullying in the series, but poetikat has managed to write a graceful, beautiful story of redemption that happens slowly and believably.

Don't shut me down...

I suppose I should post something so that LJ doesn't shut down my journal. 

Title: Fool for Lesser Things

Author: Cyranothe2nd

Rating: Teen

Fandom: Downton Abbey/Harry Potter fusion

Pairings: Thomas Barrow/Jimmy Kent, Thomas Barrow/OC

Warnings: blood status bigotry, non-major character death

Summary: When Thomas is invited to the wedding of an old school friend from Hogwarts, he must choose between his budding relationship with Jimmy and a life in the Wizarding world.

Author’s Note: This fic is a response to Flippyspoon’s prompt that asked for “Thomas as a Muggleborn Slytherin.” However, this went in a direction that I did not really expect.I tried to maintain the canon of both series as much as possible, but I’m sure I’ve missed something. Finally, this fic was written over a weekend and is unbetaed. All mistakes are my own.

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Podfic: Afire

Title: Afire
Author: Are
Reader: cyranothe2nd
Length: 1: 54 minutes, 105 MB, mp3
Rating & Warnings: R, AU, first time, fantasy, firestarter, canon through series 4
Pairing/Characters: Thomas Barrow/Jimmy Kent
Author's Summary: Jimmy has a very strange ability. Thomas discovers it. Together, they try to work it out. I could have literally copied and pasted the lyrics of 'Burning Down The House' in here and it would have been a better description than I can come up with right now.
Reader's Notes: Music from 'Fearness' by Jang Yeong-gyu

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Podfic: He Remembers Dying

Title:He Remembers Dying
Author: aralias
Reader: cyranothe2nd
Length: 11:46 min, 10.7 MB, mp3
Rating: PG
Pairing/Characters: The Master/10th Doctor
Author's Summary: He remembers dying. He remembers dying and the drums have stopped, which means he must be dead. Logically.
Warnings: spoilers for 'Last of the Timelords'
Reader's Notes: Music from 'I Don't Want Love' by The Antlers

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Podfic: To Dive Into the Fire

John Simm David Tennant the Doctor and the Master

Title: To Dive Into the Fire
Author: tierfal
Reader: cyranothe2nd
Length: 30 minutes, 26.8 MB, mp3
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/Characters: The Master/10th Doctor
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is oblivious and boring and depressed, so the Master takes matters into his own hands.
Warnings: the Master is sketchy and sex-starved; mild smut; some language; Shakespeare; shameless pop culture references; another S3 Master-as-a-really-bad-companion AU
Reader's Notes: Music from 'Closet Romantic' by Damon Albarn and image by the BBC

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'Don Jon' review

Just saw Joseph Gordon Levitt’s directoral debut, Don Jon. So, this movie was not what I expected. And I say that in the best way possible. The movie was unexpected and fresh. Better yet, it has a feminist, progressive message that was thought-provoking but not preachy.

So, the movie features Jon (JGL), a New Jersey dudebro who sees women in terms of numbers (1-10) and prefers porn to the selfish sex he has with randos he pulls at the club. This all ends when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson). Case closed—typical love story.

Wrong.

JGL’s script is smarter than that. First, the movie makes you complicit in rooting for Jon/Barbara, even though there are obvious, glaring problems in the relationship (Barbara hates porn, Jon lies.) Both characters are written in a realistic way, with flaws that stem from social conditioning, both of gender roles and what gender roles mean in romantic relationships. The real centerpiece of the film is not the romance between Jon and Barbara, but the fragile friendship between Jon and Esther (Julianne Moore). I won’t say more because I do not want to spoil the movie, but suffice it to say that Jon has to learn to interact with women as PEOPLE, not as objects-to-be-fucked. And his redemption is gradual, and painful, and unsentimental.

It is rare for a film to take on issues like porn and the false expectations it generates, without preaching a “all porn is eeeeeevil” agenda. And this film is refreshing in it’s sex-positivity, while still maintaining that sex is about *connecting.* I enjoyed this movie so much that I am going back to the theater next weekend to watch it again.

Run down: Don Jon’ has an R rating for lots and lots of graphic depictions of porn, sex, sex noises, etc. There is also a minimal amount of violence, some swearing and a few homophobic slurs, as well as some sexist ways of talking about women. However, these things are contextualized and not explained away or excused.

Score: 10/10—really clever, progressive movie, wonderful script, well-acted and beautifully directed.

Podfic: As Is

Title: As Is
Author: arsinicarcher
Reader: cyranothe2nd
Fandom: Avengers, Iron Man
Paring: Clint/Coulson
Rating: R for slavery, past non-con and torture, maiming of major character
Length: ~ 6 hours, mp3, 310.66 MB in 2 zipfiles
Music: "Reign of Love," Coldplay

Summary: In a world where people are put on the market as commodities for all sorts of reasons, and SHIELD buys those who might be useful to them, Coulson makes what seems, at the time, to be an ill-advised purchase.


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Part Two

Readers Notes: This is one of those wonderful AU fics that just stay with you. There is so much to adore about this fic, from the slow buildup, to the frank discussions of consent and recovery. It's a truly remarkable fic and I'm so so pleased to have been able to pod it. Please leave feedback for the author. Thanks for listening!

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