1. iluvatardis:

    polyamorousmisanthrope:

    valkyriestrikeofthelashatterdome:

    gotterdammerungs:

                                 (x)

    And then in the future, everything changes. He’s been through it all, of course-watched humanity rediscover the heavens above them, watched them begin to wonder what’s out there. He cheered with the rest of the world when they landed on the moon, cheered as if he’d found Isla de la Muerta all over again, because there was something new. New treasure, a new horizon. But then they stop going, stop exploring, and he goes back to riding tankers across the rising seas. So he’s surprised when one day he wakes up from a night with his bottle of rum (his truest companion), and hears that there’s colonies on Mars now, and they need ships to supply them. He spends the next decade crafting new identities, learning all he can to qualify for the job, and after several tries (and even more faked deaths-this immortality thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in the age of the inerasable digital self) he gets it. The ships go nearly constantly now, the needs of the terraforming project creating an unbroken line of vessels from Mars to Earth and back again. “Show me that horizon,” he whispers to himself, his personal prayer of thanksgiving, each time they leave orbit, because the worlds, the stars are in motion and it’s never the same, with nearly three years for a round trip the ports are always different, even if they keep the old names. And finally one trip something goes wrong with the reactor, they’re too low on power and have to deploy the backups, and Jack (Lucky Jack, they call him, for he survives too many things he shouldn’t but science has yet to accept that maybe some things weren’t old wives’ tales after all) goes out for the spacewalk to bring up the solar panels. And as they rise, geometric patterns black against the sun’s glare, he’s struck by a powerful sense of déjà vu, because it’s all here-wind and sails, a ship beneath his feet and stars above his head, horizon in all directions. He wonders, for a moment, if the reason he’s still here is because the universe wanted a witness, to mourn the end of one age of exploration, and rejoice in the birth of the next.

    Thank you for writing this. It made me cry, but oh I am so relieved to see the yearning for the stars.

    That shouldn’t have given me as many feels as it did… 

    (Source: jamesfrancos)

  2. thescienceofjohnlock:

    fallontonight:

    Hugh Jackman crashed on The Tonight Show couch for a night, but he had warned Jimmy during his interview earlier this week…

    Mr Jackman please consider this an open invitation to sleep on my couch whenever you like and of you don’t leave, so be it.

  3. genderpunk-dragon:

bandersnatchery:

"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

(Source: io9)
Click here to read the full article.

the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
—————-
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
CBC
metro news
global BC
huffington post

    genderpunk-dragon:

    bandersnatchery:

    "Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

    "Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…

    "The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

    (Source: io9)

    Click here to read the full article.

    the article doesn’t do the issue justice.

    the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 

    the policy revision includes

    -they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system

    -required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students

    -preferred names/pronouns on all school records

    -gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them

    -disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums

    —————-

    the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 

    the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 

    these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue

    CBC

    metro news

    global BC

    huffington post

  4. amuseoffyre:

    peggylives:

    Steve ‘did it hurt - a little’ Rogers

    #/SCREAMS ABOUT HOW SKINNY!STEVE’S CHRONIC PAIN PROBABLY FUCKED UP HIS PERCEPTION OF PAIN FOR LIFE  #STEVE ROGERS ‘OKAY YEAH THAT’S UNPLEASANT’ WOULD PARALYSE ANYONE ELSE  #AND THAT’S NOT THE SERUM  #THAT’S SKINNY STEVE THROUGH AND THROUGH   (via beccabuchanans)

    Don’t even start me on the fact he’s spent his whole life trying not to make a big deal of when he’s ill. He doesn’t want pity or sympathy. He doesn’t wanted to be treated like he’s weak. He doesn’t want to be looked down on because ‘he can’t take it’.

    You only ever hear Steve Rogers scream once, and when he thinks people think he’s being weak, he stops and never screams again. Not unless you count the moment he sees Bucky fall to his death.

    (Source: sabacc)

  5. buttsosaurus:

gender-weird:

Why FCKH8 is NOT an Ally to the Queer Community
That time they made fun of asexuality and diversity of the queer community in one fell swoop
That time they became hypocrites about it to avoid being called acephobic (not to mention cissexist/ not trans* inclusive)
That time they used misogyny to empower cis gay men, alienate lesbians, forget about bisexuality, and be cissexist about all forms of sexuality
That time they stole ideas from queer charities to make a profit
That time they stole ideas from bloggers to make a profit
That time reviews show just how shitty they are at doing business anways
That time they paralleled racial segregation to the gay rights movement because they are definitely the same thing
That time they used stereotypes of Black women to render them into props
That time they ignored gender neutral pronouns, cited religion as a reason for doing so, and harassed someone over it
Basically all of the stuff folks are reporting on this tumblr I keep linking ya’ll to
They harass and disrespect people on their facebook page. They are actively cissexist, transphobic, asexual erasing, racist, sexist, and misogynist in order to sell shitty, overpriced t-shirts that they stole from charities. 
So in other words, fuck fckh8.
(I understand that a lot of parodies of fckh8 have recently appeared on tumblr and other social network websites. As far as I am aware none of the links I have posted above are parodies, and are actually associated with fckh8. 
If you notice any disparities, please let me know.)

friendly reminder that this is more reasons why you should not be a fan of fckh8 and the more i look at the tag the more bullshit by them appears

    buttsosaurus:

    gender-weird:

    Why FCKH8 is NOT an Ally to the Queer Community

    They harass and disrespect people on their facebook page. They are actively cissexist, transphobic, asexual erasing, racist, sexist, and misogynist in order to sell shitty, overpriced t-shirts that they stole from charities. 

    So in other words, fuck fckh8.

    (I understand that a lot of parodies of fckh8 have recently appeared on tumblr and other social network websites. As far as I am aware none of the links I have posted above are parodies, and are actually associated with fckh8. 

    If you notice any disparities, please let me know.)

    friendly reminder that this is more reasons why you should not be a fan of fckh8 and the more i look at the tag the more bullshit by them appears

  6. rubyvroom:

    Sorry for the extremely lengthy post on your dashes but this is so important

  7. upyourkiltandaroundthecorner:

    Jason Momoa for Men’s Health UK October issue (x)

    (Source: theresarumblyinmytumbly)

  8. killerville:

    septembriseur:

    This is a quick info-post to remind people that the first issue of Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier comes out on Wednesday, 1 October, and you should buy it. Here’s why:

    • Bucky Barnes
    • in bondage space
    • + Daisy Johnson, aka Quake, as female protagonist
    • the author, Ales Kot, is a young progressive duckling dude who reads fanfiction unironically, is interested in exploring issues of queerness, gender, and trauma, and is conscious of his privilege 
    • the artist, Marco Rudy, is Mozambican, and his art is legit bonkers, like really unusual and psychedelic and strange; he’s also said that he’s “been asking to draw female-focused stories for a while now,” which is a +
    • so basically what I’m saying is that this is a Big Risk Book where two super-innovative young creators have the chance to run wild and do something that’s actually exciting and challenging and beautiful, instead of the comics industry’s preferred standard of offensive and exhausting.
    • There’s also going to be a Skottie Young (A-Babies) variant cover if you’re into that kind of thing.

    In sum: despite being a dude-titled comic created by two dudes, this has the potential to be both really good and at least a little bit horizon-expanding in terms of what Marvel puts out. Something worth checking out, at least, for sure.

    (And according to the list I’m looking at, that’s the same week that you’ll be able to pick up Black Widow #11, the Black Widow & X-23 team-up issue of this totally totally gorgeous series. And if you’re someone who doesn’t usually buy comics, why not also check out some back issues of that amazing Ms. Marvel book you’ve been hearing so much about, or Image Comics’ delightful girl-adventurer-grown-up book Shutter?)

    YES. i was going to make a post about this but septembriseur did it so much more coherently and neatly.

    PLEASE TRY THIS COMIC. marco rudy is an incredible, INCREDIBLE artist and ales kot is a great storyteller with a knack for characterization and layers of meaning.

    plus: my boy bucky barnes, letting his hair grow out and getting into vaguely sexual danger, this time in space.

  9. Grindr users on Scottish independence

    leupagus:

    hellotailor:

    machotrouts:

    I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample:


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    STATISTICS:

    The number of people I’ve questioned who are still present in my Grindr message history – that is, excluding the many people who blocked me – appears to add up to 655. I’ve divided their reactions into…


    NO: 114

    YES: 101

    Undecided: 24

    Other opinion: 20

    Indifference: 15

    Evasion: 38

    Bemusement: 13

    Amusement: 2

    Too horny to answer: 6

    General rejection: 4

    Did not respond: 318


    So there you have it. When only decisive opinions are taken into account, Grindr votes NO to independence, with a 54-46% split. If this is reflected in the results of tomorrow’s referendum, we can assume the headless torsos have taken over Scotland and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.


    (The eagerly anticipated machotrouts.tumblr.com endorsement goes to a YES vote. I am a headful torso.)

    Vital citizen journalism.

    By far the best thing I’ve seen in re: Scottish independence. This is, indeed, vital citizen journalism.

  10. firstenchantervivienne:

    There’s a post going around critiquing the idea that Natasha had any kind of control over her causeway fight with Bucky, that it “dehumanizes” her by not letting her have faults/get into trouble. Except it doesn’t, because she was not “terrified out of her mind.” 

    We’ve seen what she looks like when she is that scared when she was up against the Hulk. Natasha facing the Hulk looks nothing like Natasha tangling with Bucky. You didn’t see her smiling at the Hulk when she was running from him, even those few times she managed to slip out of his reach successfully before he caught up with her. Furthermore, that was a very deliberately filmed reaction shot. The directors wanted that smile in there, to show her state of mind, and they made sure Scarlett would be able to concentrate on the perfect smile – she was literally given running shoes to wear for that one shot so she could focus on her acting and not worry about tripping in her high heeled boots.

    I don’t know how anyone could fail to miss the symbolism of Nat cracking his goggles and forcing him to remove them, giving us the first glimpse of the man behind the mask? She opened his eyes. Not only that, but she’d made him angry, the first sign of human emotion he displays in the movie - a rather emotional outburst of rage as he shoots down at her.

    (under a cut because this got a bit longer)

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  11. Taken - The New Yorker →

    blacksupervillain:

    #staywoke, stay safe and know where the fuck you’re driving. the police out here are all bastards.

    While the article details other cases in DC, Philadelphia, Detroit and Arizona, I’ll just note that the main one in Tenaha is in Shelby County, TX.  Shelby County, of the “Us? Racist? Naw, why on earth would minorities still need voting rights protections? After all, a black man’s president, so we can’t possibly be racist.” case which overturned part of the Voting Rights Act. 

    (Source: shmurdapunk)

  12. allakinwande:

    All photos less than 24 hours ago.
    The fight in StLouis continues.

  13. sebelessar:

Source: www.dn.se (Swedish newspaper)
The votes for Swedish parliament. Date and time included in the screencap. The first three is the opposition that ends on ca 43% of the votes. The next four is the conservative “Alliance” ends on ca 39%.
The yellow one? That is the racist, xenophobic, homophobic and generally unpleasant “Sverige demokraterna” or SD (trans. Swedish Democrats). This means the racists becomes able to tip the scales in parliament.
Great job! (Sarcasm)

This utter buffoon now leads a party that has outright Nazis in their group. They have conducted meetings in Nazi uniforms.They sing Nazi battle songs on their “conference.”
A group of them filmed themselves using racial slurs towards a young couple, the woman was caucasian and the man a person of colour. Then these high end politicians picked up iron pipes to assault the couple (and claimed self defense). All on film on their smartphone.
By all the gods I thought Sweden was better than this. Suddenly it is accepted to spout racist propaganda on the streets, in the subway and in parliament. The image of the careful, just and kind Swedish diplomat is shattered by iron pipes.
EDIT: Some links
Iron pipes: http://www.expressen.se/tv/nyheter/inrikes/sds-riksdagsman-bevapnar-sig-med-jarnror/
Iron pipes 2: http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A4rnr%C3%B6rsskandalen
Iron pipes YT link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPycz-tsrDM
I cannot tell you how much this upsets me.

    sebelessar:

    Source: www.dn.se (Swedish newspaper)

    The votes for Swedish parliament. Date and time included in the screencap. The first three is the opposition that ends on ca 43% of the votes. The next four is the conservative “Alliance” ends on ca 39%.

    The yellow one? That is the racist, xenophobic, homophobic and generally unpleasant “Sverige demokraterna” or SD (trans. Swedish Democrats). This means the racists becomes able to tip the scales in parliament.

    Great job! (Sarcasm)

    This utter buffoon now leads a party that has outright Nazis in their group. They have conducted meetings in Nazi uniforms.They sing Nazi battle songs on their “conference.”

    A group of them filmed themselves using racial slurs towards a young couple, the woman was caucasian and the man a person of colour. Then these high end politicians picked up iron pipes to assault the couple (and claimed self defense). All on film on their smartphone.

    By all the gods I thought Sweden was better than this. Suddenly it is accepted to spout racist propaganda on the streets, in the subway and in parliament. The image of the careful, just and kind Swedish diplomat is shattered by iron pipes.

    EDIT: Some links

    I cannot tell you how much this upsets me.

  14. kiarasnaps:

    Laverne: Nicole, does your belief system now change, in which you now know you don’t need him to be there? 
    Nicole: No. I think what happens is it turns into less a conversation about my blackness and more about relating to humanity, because that’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re just realizing that people are capable of doing it. We’re underestimating people because people said we weren’t viable. 
    [x]

  15. doctorscienceknowsfandom:

rainewynd:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

em-kellesvig:

thesmilingfish:

dorothyoz39:

thesmilingfish:

thesmilingfish:

Quite possibly the most unfriendly looking behind the scenes picture ever. 

I can’t find the link, but I remember reading something about Joe arguing with Mallozzi about Sheppard not knowing there was an all female SG team under his command was disrespectful to his character and that Sheppard would know who were on what teams and that it was a hit to his character all for a stupid joke. Turns out Joe F. was right because the ‘joke’ fell flat and left fans perplexed at Sheppard lack of knowledge.
I could be misremembering though, so hello world at large please feel free to correct me.

I remember reading exactly the same thing!
Reading about Atlantis is a constant reminder of how much Mallozzi and Co screwed up by ignoring Joe. This is just one example, killing Weir is probably the biggest of them…

Joe fought them over the killing off Elizabeth and Carson as well. Joe has said at conventions this was about the time that they stopped telling him things - and so probably it’s close to the end of them stopping listening to him as well. It’s frustrating because at that point Joe was a lot more invested in the show than the actual show runners who were already planning out SGU. 

Another problem Flanigan had with Mallozzi around this time was the issue of behind the scenes photographs. As you can see with this one, it has the MGM watermark. The actors’ contracts clearly stated that only MGM and SciFi had permission to take BTS photos and use them for promo purposes. 
Mallozzi, however, had started taking photos of his own of the cast and crew and was posting them on his personal blog without their permission, without recompense, for his own benefit and profit, and in direct violation of the actors’ contracts.
Naturally, the cast and crew were upset about Mallozzi using these photos to drive traffic to his personal blog but no one really wanted to call him on it given that Mallozzi and Paul Mullie were co-executive producers and had been since Season 2 (during Season 1, they were consulting producers with Michael Greenburg and N. John Smith as Executive producers). 
So cast and crew quietly asked Flanigan to speak to Mallozzi on their behalf. Whether they asked him because he was the union shop foreman, or the show’s star, or they thought he’d be the most persuasive is open to conjecture. They asked and Flanigan spoke to Mallozzi, who didn’t take it well at all.
He did stop taking photos on set without permission — he certainly never took another photo of Joe Flanigan — but when he did, and when he posted said photos to his blog, he made a point of saying (with truculent asides) that he had permission from the actors, that he wasn’t trying to profit from them, and (I’m paraphrasing here) wasn’t it sad that some people had to spoil the fun for everyone.
It was all downhill for Flanigan and Sheppard from there.
Yes, TPTB stopped listening to Flanigan, and Sheppard was not only disrespected as a character but virtually pushed aside throughout Season 5. Not just because of Universe but because Mallozzi held a grudge. It’s all there on his blog. I read it in real time and was appalled by Mallozzi’s childish behavior. 
Mallozzi violated the actors’ contracts, got called on it, and took it out on the one person who said something to him, even though Flanigan was speaking for them all. Sad.

Well, damn. I’d forgotten about that. Does it make me a bad person that I am gleeful that Mallozzi and co. have, for the most part, found zero work in the entertainment industry since SGU went off the air?
This just adds to the pissoffedness I had when I found out that Joe F. had a group of investors and was trying to negotiate with MGM to do SGA. From what I’ve pieced together it was probably around the same time that Devilin and Emmerich were in meetings for their own Stargate movie reboot - and MGM decided to go with two failed producers. (Seriously, they have more misses than hits in their catalog.) 
So now we’re sitting here with a dilemma. The reboot we never wanted. The reboot we were hoping for - with someone besides the old PTB at the helm. If the movie does badly does that put a kibosh on any more Stargate for the foreseeable future? If the movie does well does that mean we’ll just get more of the movies that completely ignore 17 years worth of television canon?
Someone smarter than me, which is pretty much anyone reading this, needs to explain to me what the best course of action is for fandom in general with this. Petitions aren’t going to do shit - I know that much. We’re pretty much guaranteed that MGM didn’t give the exclusive rights to the franchise to D&E - this is one of their biggest franchises and they’re going to hold on to it tightly. But what can we do to show MGM what we really want? It needs to be a concentrated effort and not spread out to include SG-1 and SGU because that’s just too much to ask for off the bat I would think. Specifics would be best I would imagine. But at the end of the day from MGM’s POV it’s all about the bottom line. Will it make money? That’s all they really care about. How do we go about, as a fandom, engaging the studio and revitalizing the fandom?
Wow. This reblogging of a picture because I was having private conversations with someone about “Whispers” really took off in a heavy yet delightfully unexpected way. 

The thing is: it doesn’t matter if an SGA reboots makes money. MGM believes it won’t. Wright and Cooper had no faith in it. Mallozzi and Pullie had no faith in it. They had no faith in the fans. 
"This is not the demographic we’re looking for." — Brad Wright, as he canceled SGA to make way for SGU.
They wanted the male 18-25 demo, the emo boy gamers in Mom’s basement. What they didn’t realize, what they still don’t realize, is that Mom’s the old school sci fi reader. Mom writes the fanfic. Mom has the money.
But they don’t know how to write to our demographic. They never did. They tried to put Amanda Tapping in a push-up bra and a tank top and she refused, thank whatever gods you chose. Because that’s how they write women: for men. For adolescent men. Not for women or people of color. 
So, no, they won’t listen to us. That’s why the petitions didn’t work. That’s why email campaigns won’t work. We’re not the demographic they want, even though we’re the demographic with the money to spend, with the ability to invest, and the interest to do so. Nearly two decades of time, energy, and money later, and they still don’t get that their fan base is mostly women, 25 and up. 
If they aren’t willing to hire female writers, listen to professional women storytellers, why the hell would they listen to us?

Which is just…ignoring the fact that the best shows, period, appeal to everyone. What makes Star Trek enduring, to me, is that it made you feel like you could dream to be any of the crew (and I’m not counting the reboot here). When SGA killed off Weir, they killed off a lot of my interest in the show because it said they didn’t want that character at all or anyone like her.

They don’t want us, because most of that stuff about being motivated by the bottom line and profits is just a cover story. What they really want is to do something that impresses their friends — and by “friends” I mean “powerful white men they *wish* were their friends”. It’s all, *all* about performing masculinity — and because our culture has a subtractive definition of masculinity, any interest by women automatically makes a thing (activity, art, posture, emotion, whatever) less masculine. So it’s *really important* to not just appeal to young men, but to drive away women, especially older women.
I have also heard it said that the reason the advertising industry focuses so relentlessly on males, especially younger males, is that they are suckers. They are more influenced by brands and ads than women are, and more likely to impulse buy.
Women are taught to shop — by our mothers, peers, and culture. It’s a skill we’re expected to practice and hone, to become canny consumers in a consumer culture. Because shopping skills are gendered feminine, being brand-loyal and impulsive becomes gendered masculine, which makes men even more prone to be suckers as consumers. And that means ads aimed at men are more likely to pay off.

    doctorscienceknowsfandom:

    rainewynd:

    em-kellesvig:

    thesmilingfish:

    em-kellesvig:

    thesmilingfish:

    dorothyoz39:

    thesmilingfish:

    thesmilingfish:

    Quite possibly the most unfriendly looking behind the scenes picture ever. 

    I can’t find the link, but I remember reading something about Joe arguing with Mallozzi about Sheppard not knowing there was an all female SG team under his command was disrespectful to his character and that Sheppard would know who were on what teams and that it was a hit to his character all for a stupid joke. Turns out Joe F. was right because the ‘joke’ fell flat and left fans perplexed at Sheppard lack of knowledge.

    I could be misremembering though, so hello world at large please feel free to correct me.

    I remember reading exactly the same thing!

    Reading about Atlantis is a constant reminder of how much Mallozzi and Co screwed up by ignoring Joe. This is just one example, killing Weir is probably the biggest of them…

    Joe fought them over the killing off Elizabeth and Carson as well. Joe has said at conventions this was about the time that they stopped telling him things - and so probably it’s close to the end of them stopping listening to him as well. It’s frustrating because at that point Joe was a lot more invested in the show than the actual show runners who were already planning out SGU. 

    Another problem Flanigan had with Mallozzi around this time was the issue of behind the scenes photographs. As you can see with this one, it has the MGM watermark. The actors’ contracts clearly stated that only MGM and SciFi had permission to take BTS photos and use them for promo purposes. 

    Mallozzi, however, had started taking photos of his own of the cast and crew and was posting them on his personal blog without their permission, without recompense, for his own benefit and profit, and in direct violation of the actors’ contracts.

    Naturally, the cast and crew were upset about Mallozzi using these photos to drive traffic to his personal blog but no one really wanted to call him on it given that Mallozzi and Paul Mullie were co-executive producers and had been since Season 2 (during Season 1, they were consulting producers with Michael Greenburg and N. John Smith as Executive producers). 

    So cast and crew quietly asked Flanigan to speak to Mallozzi on their behalf. Whether they asked him because he was the union shop foreman, or the show’s star, or they thought he’d be the most persuasive is open to conjecture. They asked and Flanigan spoke to Mallozzi, who didn’t take it well at all.

    He did stop taking photos on set without permission — he certainly never took another photo of Joe Flanigan — but when he did, and when he posted said photos to his blog, he made a point of saying (with truculent asides) that he had permission from the actors, that he wasn’t trying to profit from them, and (I’m paraphrasing here) wasn’t it sad that some people had to spoil the fun for everyone.

    It was all downhill for Flanigan and Sheppard from there.

    Yes, TPTB stopped listening to Flanigan, and Sheppard was not only disrespected as a character but virtually pushed aside throughout Season 5. Not just because of Universe but because Mallozzi held a grudge. It’s all there on his blog. I read it in real time and was appalled by Mallozzi’s childish behavior. 

    Mallozzi violated the actors’ contracts, got called on it, and took it out on the one person who said something to him, even though Flanigan was speaking for them all. Sad.

    Well, damn. I’d forgotten about that. Does it make me a bad person that I am gleeful that Mallozzi and co. have, for the most part, found zero work in the entertainment industry since SGU went off the air?

    This just adds to the pissoffedness I had when I found out that Joe F. had a group of investors and was trying to negotiate with MGM to do SGA. From what I’ve pieced together it was probably around the same time that Devilin and Emmerich were in meetings for their own Stargate movie reboot - and MGM decided to go with two failed producers. (Seriously, they have more misses than hits in their catalog.) 

    So now we’re sitting here with a dilemma. The reboot we never wanted. The reboot we were hoping for - with someone besides the old PTB at the helm. If the movie does badly does that put a kibosh on any more Stargate for the foreseeable future? If the movie does well does that mean we’ll just get more of the movies that completely ignore 17 years worth of television canon?

    Someone smarter than me, which is pretty much anyone reading this, needs to explain to me what the best course of action is for fandom in general with this. Petitions aren’t going to do shit - I know that much. We’re pretty much guaranteed that MGM didn’t give the exclusive rights to the franchise to D&E - this is one of their biggest franchises and they’re going to hold on to it tightly. But what can we do to show MGM what we really want? It needs to be a concentrated effort and not spread out to include SG-1 and SGU because that’s just too much to ask for off the bat I would think. Specifics would be best I would imagine. But at the end of the day from MGM’s POV it’s all about the bottom line. Will it make money? That’s all they really care about. How do we go about, as a fandom, engaging the studio and revitalizing the fandom?

    Wow. This reblogging of a picture because I was having private conversations with someone about “Whispers” really took off in a heavy yet delightfully unexpected way. 

    The thing is: it doesn’t matter if an SGA reboots makes money. MGM believes it won’t. Wright and Cooper had no faith in it. Mallozzi and Pullie had no faith in it. They had no faith in the fans. 

    "This is not the demographic we’re looking for." — Brad Wright, as he canceled SGA to make way for SGU.

    They wanted the male 18-25 demo, the emo boy gamers in Mom’s basement. What they didn’t realize, what they still don’t realize, is that Mom’s the old school sci fi reader. Mom writes the fanfic. Mom has the money.

    But they don’t know how to write to our demographic. They never did. They tried to put Amanda Tapping in a push-up bra and a tank top and she refused, thank whatever gods you chose. Because that’s how they write women: for men. For adolescent men. Not for women or people of color. 

    So, no, they won’t listen to us. That’s why the petitions didn’t work. That’s why email campaigns won’t work. We’re not the demographic they want, even though we’re the demographic with the money to spend, with the ability to invest, and the interest to do so. Nearly two decades of time, energy, and money later, and they still don’t get that their fan base is mostly women, 25 and up. 

    If they aren’t willing to hire female writers, listen to professional women storytellers, why the hell would they listen to us?

    Which is just…ignoring the fact that the best shows, period, appeal to everyone. What makes Star Trek enduring, to me, is that it made you feel like you could dream to be any of the crew (and I’m not counting the reboot here). When SGA killed off Weir, they killed off a lot of my interest in the show because it said they didn’t want that character at all or anyone like her.

    They don’t want us, because most of that stuff about being motivated by the bottom line and profits is just a cover story. What they really want is to do something that impresses their friends — and by “friends” I mean “powerful white men they *wish* were their friends”. It’s all, *all* about performing masculinity — and because our culture has a subtractive definition of masculinity, any interest by women automatically makes a thing (activity, art, posture, emotion, whatever) less masculine. So it’s *really important* to not just appeal to young men, but to drive away women, especially older women.

    I have also heard it said that the reason the advertising industry focuses so relentlessly on males, especially younger males, is that they are suckers. They are more influenced by brands and ads than women are, and more likely to impulse buy.

    Women are taught to shop — by our mothers, peers, and culture. It’s a skill we’re expected to practice and hone, to become canny consumers in a consumer culture. Because shopping skills are gendered feminine, being brand-loyal and impulsive becomes gendered masculine, which makes men even more prone to be suckers as consumers. And that means ads aimed at men are more likely to pay off.