I want to note that the way the sex binary looks like it’s present throughout the animal world is that white scientists have a terrible habit of labeling everything “male” or “female” even when it makes no sense.
Like, by any reasonable metric, bees have three sexes: drone, queen, and worker. Workers are only labelled female because someone couldn’t abide the idea of something not being either one or the other.
And before someone calls “genetics” there are many species where both sexes have the exact same genetics, and even many where individuals can change reproductive capacity at will, and scientists suddenly have no problem calling the ones who grow eggs “female” even though they were “male” two weeks ago.
Some species of mammals reproduce asexually. They have only one sex. It is still called “female” because it makes babies even though one might reasonably ask why even make the distinction when every single individual makes babies just the same.
the1001cranes asked: re: Outlander - it's really rapey, the author of the books is TERRIBLE, bad LGBT stuff going on, and the actual show has HORRIFIC voiceovers EVERY EPISODE. just enjoy the gifsets. you will be happier.
Aaaand this is what I have you here for. Bless.
Wait, was this the author that compared fanfiction to child slavery??
oh my god you are making me so glad I never read further.
I had actually never heard of the author/book series, but had recently begun to see gifsets on my dash and it looked interesting. Then author Diana Gabaldon popped up as a guest on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of the podcasts I listen to regularly (episode link here). The more she talked the more horrified I became.
-She decided to write her first novel as historical fiction because it would be ‘easy’ and made it speculative fiction so she could make up anything that she didn’t really know. ‘I knew nothing about Scotland or the 18th cent.’
-She specifically wrote the female lead because she wanted to write about the Jacobean uprising, but there weren’t any women and she needed there to be more sexual tension.
-She’s friends with George R.R. Martin. (Enough said.) They don’t discuss all the ‘political stuff’ and ‘controversy’ around their works. (Controversy is rape. Say you’re talking about your characters being raped.)
-Host: There’s a scene where Jamie beats Claire in the book—
Gabaldon: Well, he didn’t exactly beat her, he’s not, like, punching her in the mouth, ya know. He spanks her with his sword belt because she did something incredibly dangerous, ya know, and nearly got them all killed. That’s basically what highland justice was like. You screwed up, you got punished for it and then you work to get back in the good graces of the clan…It’s his duty as her husband to correct her and, uh, set her on the right path. She doesn’t like it *laughter* ‘cause she’s a 20th cent. woman…but he’s not hurting her.
-When the host asked how she thought people would react to the spanking scene, Gabaldon opined that there would likely be ‘knee-jerk feminism from very young women, but I think anybody over the age of thirty-five would appreciate the, uh, cultural conflict in that scene. It’s one of my favorite things, in fact, because each person in it is completely right according to his or her own view of the situation…When push comes to shove, he outweighs her by eighty pounds. But, as I say, people above a certain age will appreciate it for the historical accuracy and for the, uh, considerable humor of the situation.’
-Host: Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Or what do you think about that?
Gabaldon: No, I wouldn’t describe myself as a, no, I try to avoid describing myself with those kinds of labels. I mean, I’m a Roman Catholic, uh, I’m a libertarian.
-She goes on to say that she can’t help but sort of identify with feminist ideas considering the age she grew up in, but she’s not ‘agenda-driven’ and that ‘agendas are detrimental to art.’
There was more, but I mostly ragequit listening after twenty minutes of that bullshit. I’m not sure how anyone could read 7+ books of that nonsense.
oh my god
also, its definite down the pipe - does anyone know how much of the first book they’re planning on covering in the first season? the whole thing? - but there’s some greeeeeat racism & slavery & more sexual assault from one of our current characters that I’d totally spaced out on. sigh.