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Af, Books, and Community: ti skerb Retweeted Shan AF RJ mesa 15 - AF SP mesa 71 @ShanaBRX Jun 14 Fuck everyone who whines about ao3 News All News May 2019 Newsletter, Volume 135 Published: Thu 13 Jun 2019 01:03PM 03 Comments: 4 Recently, the Archive of Our Own has received an influx of new Chinese users, a result of tightening content restrictions on other platforms. We would like to extend our warmest welcome to them, and remind everyone that our committees are working to make AO3 as accessible as possible in languages other than English Read more... 20 t 2.8K 6.4K Show this thread ao3tagoftheday: zoe2213414: eabevella: naryrising: You can read the post here for more info, but I wanted to just add a bit about what this entails from my POV, on the Support team.  Somewhere between ¼ to 1/3 of all our tickets last month were in Chinese (somewhere upwards of 300 out of 1200 or so), almost all from users just setting up their accounts or trying to find out how to get an invitation.  A lot of the tickets are what I’d characterize as “intro” tickets - they say hi, list favourite fandoms or pairings, or provide samples of fic they’ve written. Although this isn’t necessary on AO3, this is not uncommon in Chinese fandom sites that you have to prove your credentials to get in (in fact it wasn’t uncommon in English-language fandom sites 15-20 years ago).  We respond to all of these tickets, even the ones that just say hi.  We check whether the user has managed to receive their invite or get their account sent up, and if they haven’t, we help them do so.  This means taking every single ticket through our Chinese translation team twice, once so we make sure we understand the initial ticket, and then again to translate our reply.  This is a challenging process, although we’ve found ways to streamline it and can normally get a reply out pretty quickly (like within a few days).  We do it because this is part of why AO3 exists in the first place - to provide a safe haven where users can post their works without worrying about censorship or sudden crackdowns on certain kinds of content.  We do it because this is important, and helping these users get their accounts and be able to share their works safely is why we’re here.  We hope that we’ll be able to help as many of them as possible.   There have been a few (thankfully few, that I’ve seen) complaints about these new AO3 users not always knowing how things work - what language to tag with, or what fandom tags to use, for instance.  To this I would say: 1. Have patience and be considerate.  They are coming to a new site that they aren’t familiar with, and using it in a language they may not be expert in, and it might take a while to learn the ropes.  You can filter out works tagged in Chinese if you don’t want to see them.  Or just scroll past.   2. You can report works tagged with the wrong language or the wrong fandom to our Policy and Abuse team using the link at the bottom of any page.  This will not cause the authors to “get in trouble” (a concern I’ve heard before, as people are reluctant to report for these reasons).  It means the Policy and Abuse team will contact them to ask them to change the language/fandom tag, and if the creator doesn’t, they can edit it directly.  If you remember Strikethrough or the FF.net porn ban or similar purges, please keep them in mind and consider that these users are going through something similar or potentially worse.  This is why AO3 exists.  We are doing our best to try and help make the transition smooth.   I am a Taiwanese and I’d like to put some context behind the recent influx of China based AO3 users. China is tightening their freedom of speech in recent years after Xi has became the chairman (he even canceled the 10 years long term of service of chairman, meaning he can stay as the leader of China as long as he lives–he has became a dictator). They censor words that are deemed “sensitive”, you can’t type anything to criticize the chinise government. Big social media platform won’t even post the posts containing sensitive words. You don’t have the freedom of publish books without the books being approved by the government either. To disguise this whole Ninety Eighty-Four nightmare, they started to pick on the easy target: the women and the minorities (China is getting more and more misogynistic as a result of the government trying to control their male population through encouraging them to control the female population through “chinese tradition family value” but that’s another story). Last year, the chinese government arrested a woman who is a famous yaoi/BL novel writer named 天一 and sentenced her 10 years in jail for “selling obscene publications” and “illegal publication” (she’s not the only BL writer who got arrested. Meanwhile, multiple cases where men raped women only get about 2 years of jail time in China). It’s a warning to anyone who want to publish anything that’s “not approved” by the government that they can literally ruin you.  Just recently the chinese government “contacted” website owners of one of their largest romance/yaoi/slash fiction sites 晉江 and announced that for now on, for the sake of a Clean Society, they can’t write anything that’s slightly “obscene”. No sex scene, no sexual interaction, they can’t even write any bodily interaction below neck (I’m not kidding here). But that’s not their actual goal. They also listed other restriction such as: can’t write anything that’s about the government, the military, the police, “sensitive history”, “race problems”, which is… you basically can’t write anything that might be used as a tool to criticize the government (as many novels did). This recent development really hurt the chinese fanfic writers. They can’t write anything without the fear of being put on the guillotine by the government to show their control. Most of them don’t even think that deep politically, they just want to write slash fictions. But there are no platform safe in China, that’s why the sudden influx of chinese users to AO3. I bet it won’t be long before AO3 got banned in China, but until then, be a little bit patient to them. As much as I hate the chinese government, I pity their people. I’m crying so loud…As a Chinese, you don’t know how your kindness meant to us. When I’m young, I read 1984, and I thought this story is so unrealistic, but now, it’s getting tougher and tougher for fanfic and the writer in China. Thank you ao3. Thank you for the people who care about Chinese people. (hope I didn’t spell anything wrong) Hi everyone! As much as I poke fun at ao3 culture on this blog, I love the platform and the community and I’m glad that it can function as a refuge for Chinese fans, both writers and readers.So followers! I encourage you all to be welcoming and helpful to Chinese fans joining us on ao3 and to be patient as the platform figures out how to integrate them. If any of you are Chinese speakers and are inclined to volunteer with ao3, I’m sure that would be appreciated. As for the rest of us, let’s remember that ao3 exists as a sanctuary for our community, especially exactly those parts of it that are most at risk under Chinese censorship (lgbt+ content, explicit fics, etc.) and let’s take this opportunity to be grateful that our community has worked together so well for so long in order to create this sanctuary. I’m delighted that that effort can now be helpful to Chinese fans facing censorship, and I’m excited to see how Chinese fans and fan culture will interact and co-create with English speaking fandom.And with that, I’m off to slip ao3 an extra 10 dollars.
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Baby, It's Cold Outside, Bad, and Birthday: emilysidhe Baby It's Cold Outside discourse is the same as Macbeth discourse dont-spoop-yourself Explain? emilysidhe OK, so one of the big debates in Macbeth involves the scene in which Lady Macbeth talks Macbeth into killing King Duncan. People debate strenuously over whether it's a scene of Lady M pressuring her reluctant husband into it, or whether it's a scene of her sensing, due to their emotional intimacy, that this murder is something her husband secretly wants and has partially internally decided to do, and is arguing him into it in order to help him give himself permission to do it, in the same way that people see their loved ones wavering over the dessert menu and jump in with things like, "Go on, get the cheesecake, it's your birthday!" Readers and scholars disagree strenuously about this - we even studied an incident in college in which two 18th century illustrators attended the same performance and happened to draw the scene the day after, producing two images that advanced opposite interpretations even though they'd seen the exact same actors do the exact same performance. It's a big deal In the same way, the Baby, It's Cold Outside discourse is about whether this is a song about sexual harassment, or whether it's a woman singing about how she wishes she could spend the night with the guy she just had an excellent date with if only the neighbors wouldn't talk, and him responding, "Stay, baby, it's cold out! No one could expect you to go home in this!" ms-demeanor I really don't know (baby stab his side) King Duncan's a bro (baby cut through his hide) I like him a lot (That decrepit old sot?) This plan ain't so great (But what a king you'd make!) The guards might worry (Darling, do it in a hurry!) His sons will rush the door (So knock them on the floor.) I'm not such a knave (Bash his head with a stave) But l'd be a good king (Now you're starting to think) The dukes might all talk (But their chatter means naught) Say, love, what do you mean (You'd make such a king) I simply must go (baby cut through his hide) There's a war on you know (baby cut through his hide) But what of his wife? (And what of his life?) It feels like bad luck (But that don't mean much) l've got a bad premonition (And l've got a mission) But that's just superstition (My love, you're a vision) The witches said l'd rule (If they lied they were cruel) So babv let's stab Stab his siiiide! I figure someone mightve posted this before, but its still appropriate for Christmas.

I figure someone mightve posted this before, but its still appropriate for Christmas.

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Advice, Bored, and Energy: So bored, nothing to do... EMT Anresia ASSASSIN Sigh HELL SITE theyorhe: lettersfromthegreenroom: vicarious–vagabond: laryna6: Anhedonia - not finding pleasure in things you normally take pleasure in - is a symptom of depression. When depressed, you will also be reluctant to start things, and won’t find things appealing. This sets up a nasty vicious cycle where ‘life feels bleak’ - ‘nothing sounds fun’ - do nothing - don’t have fun - ‘Hey I’m not having fun, life really is pretty bleak right now’ - More depressed. The way to break that cycle is to do things that you enjoy. Doing things solely for the sake of having fun is an important part of handling depression. Not only does it keep you from getting more depressed, but it can make you go ‘Hey I’m having a really nice day’ and give you bouncy energy to do productive things with.  I get so focused on all the things that need doing that I forget that when depressed, doing things solely because they’re fun is the practical thing to do if I want to get thing done. There is a difference between procrastination and having trouble activating. If there’s a thing you need to do and you know you aren’t going to be able to do it now, do something fun, and afterwards you will have better odds of actually doing the thing. If you find yourself in the situation in the picture, pick something that you are intellectually aware you would find fun if you were feeling better and start doing it.’ This means that you are focusing on something other than *sigh* and playing a game can make you feel productive, put ‘life is good!’ and ‘I can succeed at things!’ chemicals into a brain that is sorely in need of them.  A couple weeks ago when I couldn’t even find any interest in reading fanfic, I eventually managed to start playing a random RPG and felt much better a few hours later. i certainly wasn’t expecting anything close to actual, halfway decent advice that might help some folks out when i threw this little Funne Picture out into the wild, but that’s nice. thank you. i’m not sure if i’ll ever break this little cycle for more than a few hours, but .. yeah man. it’s just a little nice to see folks trying to help other folks out on posts of mine instead of the usual terrible nonsense Exactly what I needed right now. Easy to parse version: Anhedonia is a symptom of depression, it’s not finding enjoyment in things that once made you happy. If you find yourself in this situation, pick something that you KNOW you would find fun or enjoyable.  When you’re depressed, the best thing to do is do things BECAUSE they’re fun, it’ll help motivate you more.

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America, At-St, and Doctor: BAT-WIELDING THUG TAKES OFF Mugger's Trumped Donald stops attack Dy JAMES ROSEN Call it The Donald to The Rescue. When he saw "a big guy with a big bat" bashing anoth- er fellow, Donald Trump did what any self respecting billionaire would do: He ordered his driver to pull over. "I'm not looking to play this thing up," Trump said yes. terday. "I'm surprised you found out about it." Marla Maples said Trump. with n Manhattan said eries of Witnesses tugging at his arm to "There's Trump went through try to stop him, leaped from his the crowd of onlookers. black stretch limousine Monday A lot of people were surprised evening during the assault on that he got out to see what was hap Ninth Ave, near 45th St. pening." Romeo said, adding that the bat wielder ran ofr just before Brutal-looking Trump actually appeared and that "Someone in the car looked over Tnimp, "just looked around and and said, Gee, look at that, it's went back into his limo. I said to mugging, Trump sa r witness, who as my driver to stop the car because it as brutal looking," was a guy with a bat, hitting a guy Trump was at nrst reluctant to over the head, and Trump yelled discuss his daredevil deed. but Put that bat down. What are you then he warmed to the task doing? The guy dropped the bat, "The guy with the bat looked at came over and started talking t me, and I said, 'Look, you've gotta stop this Put down the bat. Trump said the bat man deli Trump said, "I guess he recognized ered at least "five or six good nse because he said, "Mr Trump, I whacks" before Toump interceded didn't do anything wrong I said Trump said he left the site only How could you not do anything after he man who appeared wrong when you're whacking a guy to be a doctor treating the victim with a Then he ran away and heard that an ambulance was Trump said the incident oc- on its way curred at 8 pm, as he Maples and Police said the attack was not re another couple were heading to. ward the Lincoln Tunnel on their The incident may have been a way to the Meadowlands for a Pan karmic sequel to the Oct. 31 mug- la Abdul concert. ging of Trump's mother, M mp emerges from limo much ike the one he jumpodout of to Kathleen Romeo, a 16yearol whose attacker was chat student at St. Michael's Acadegu... v 01 pa Repost @students4trump ・・・ Throwback to that time the future President of the United States stopped a mugging. 🇺🇸 • • • studentsfortrump donaldtrump students millennials millennial maga makeamericagreatagain classictrump trump usa america american hero presidenttrump potus potus45 presidenttrump

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Complex, Friends, and Lazy: lazy-hufflepuff pins eyes were twinkling 'How did you know about that?" Harry asked Professor McGonagall told me, said Lupin, passing Ram chipped mug of tea, "You're not worried, are you? So noticed this line in Prisoner of Azkaban and now Ican't stop thinking about how great it would be ifRemus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall became good friends while Remus was teaching at Hogwarts, so here are some headcanons about that When they meet for the first time in 15 years, it breaks Minerva's heart to think about the eager awkward boy she once knew and to look at the broken man with the tired eyes he has become. She notices how much Remus has aged since she last saw him. For Remus, being back at Hogwarts hurts like hell. As he gives McGonagall an unconvincing smile, he can't stop thinking of his school days and of how much has changed. Helo, Professor. It's been a long time, Remus says slowly. McGonagal pulls Remus into a hug. He is stiff but doesn't pul away Remus at first being reluctant to talk to any of the otherteachers much because he doesn't feel he belongs there and he's kind of lost the will to connect with people. McGonagall making sure that Remus is involved in every staff room conversation McGonagall adjusting to the strangeness of seeing Remus on his own, not with three other grinning boys McGonagall joking with Remus about pranks he pulled at school and Remus explaining how they were done McGonagall comecting Remus each time he called her Professor rather than Minerva Remus and Minerva staying up late in the staff room dnnking tea and talking about complex magical theory Remus asking Minerva "Tel me about James and Lysboy telme al about Hamy •••••••• laughing because I lost most of my Snapchat streaks (don't really care in all honesty) but one of them was 300+ oops

•••••••• laughing because I lost most of my Snapchat streaks (don't really care in all honesty) but one of them was 300+ oops

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Af, Apple, and Ass: LOOK AT THE LIL PAWS LOOK AT THE LIL TONGUE LOOK AT THE LIL ROAST CHICKEN SQUEAKY TOY @DrSmashlove Bruh. How when the airplane hitting all type of turbulence and bouncing all over the clouds and shit, it's people on the plane acting like shit's sweet. Like the kids - I get it. They think this is a roller coaster or some shit. But u adults? Y'all know this shit ain't a game. Ain't yall seen the movies where the plane crashes and people start eating each other? The South American rugby team Bruh they ate each other. If I learnt anything from Hollywood it's that every time I step on a plane, it might crash in a undisclosed location and I might have to roast a motherfucker and sustain myself on their meat. With that said: Dear Martha the Big Lady Next To Me Doing Crossword Puzzles Like Shit's Sweet, giggling and eyeing me because I'm praying to God to let us land safely: rest assured u gon be the first to have a heart attack and then the first to die and the fat on your frame is gonna ensure that u gon be tasty AF when I cook yo ass. I got a apple in my carry-on too because I pack clean snacks when I travel. So when we crash in these Rocky Mountains imma build a fire, find a stick sturdy enuf to hold yo ass up, put this apple in yo mouth, and rotisserie yo ass, no offense. Everyone on the plane gon be like "smash chill emergency rescue people will see us!" And imma be like "nahhhhhh b, we gotta eat Martha's tasty, 'ideal fat marbling' ass, off principle. She was snickering at me for being a scared lil bitch and praying for forgiveness while we were hitting 'air bumps', she getting eaten now. Anyone got hot sauce??" And people gon be reluctant at first but on Day 4 of starvation when rescue vehicles can't reach us, yall gon eat TF out of Martha. And u gon look at me like "wow, this is scary, it's like this motherfucker been planning this shit, like Martha taste a little TOO good, lemme get some of that buttery assmeat, don't be stingy..." BoneAppTheTeeth MarthaYourFleshTastesAmazing SmashYouWilinBruh iKnowThat 🙋‍♂️😂😂😂
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Feminism, Tumblr, and Vine: <p><a href="http://hot-chubbies-with-cheese.tumblr.com/post/158089938124/kissmyprivilege-black-girl-against-feminism" class="tumblr_blog">hot-chubbies-with-cheese</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://kissmyprivilege.tumblr.com/post/158089163011/yourownpetard-apostolos94-skypig357" class="tumblr_blog">kissmyprivilege</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://black-girl-against-feminism.tumblr.com/post/158088863869/apostolos94-skypig357-reluctant-phoenix" class="tumblr_blog">black-girl-against-feminism</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://yourownpetard.tumblr.com/post/158084758738/apostolos94-skypig357-reluctant-phoenix" class="tumblr_blog">yourownpetard</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://apostolos94.tumblr.com/post/157887836216/reluctant-phoenix-skypig357" class="tumblr_blog">apostolos94</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://skypig357.tumblr.com/post/157866886746/reluctant-phoenix-skypig357" class="tumblr_blog">skypig357</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://reluctant-phoenix.tumblr.com/post/157866179090/coffeepotsmokin-lunaingenue-jamaicanamazon" class="tumblr_blog">reluctant-phoenix</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://skypig357.tumblr.com/post/157862754451/coffeepotsmokin-lunaingenue-jamaicanamazon" class="tumblr_blog">skypig357</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://coffeepotsmokin.tumblr.com/post/157616119449/lunaingenue-jamaicanamazon-paleblueguy" class="tumblr_blog">coffeepotsmokin</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://lunaingenue.tumblr.com/post/157615656159" class="tumblr_blog">lunaingenue</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://jamaicanamazon.tumblr.com/post/157531331674/paleblueguy-wally-jo-idk-what-was-happening" class="tumblr_blog">jamaicanamazon</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://paleblueguy.tumblr.com/post/157530445356/wally-jo-idk-what-was-happening-here-but-i" class="tumblr_blog">paleblueguy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://wally-jo.tumblr.com/post/157516111223/idk-what-was-happening-here-but-i-support-her" class="tumblr_blog">wally-jo</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>idk what was happening here but i support her</p></blockquote> <p>That man deserved it, i know he did</p> </blockquote> <p>Her form is magnificent</p> </blockquote> <p>So effortless</p> </blockquote> <p>Amazing</p> </blockquote> <p>He should slap the fuck out of her right back.</p> </blockquote> <p>Why?  You don’t know the context!  He might well have deserved it.  The fact that he did not, either shows that or that he is a, um…, “bigger” man.</p> </blockquote> <p>Unless he had threatened to hit her and she was acting in self defense there is no “deserved it”</p> </blockquote> <p>^^^^</p> </blockquote> <p>“idk what is happening here but I support her” is the perfect encapsulation of what is wrong with our collective reaction to violence against men.</p> </blockquote> <p>Let a man do that to woman. People want to call out double standards, but when it comes to stuff like this, crickets.</p> </blockquote> <p>Wonder how many of her supporters call themselves feminists. </p> </blockquote> <p>Her arm looks super altered tho</p></blockquote> <p>Pretty sure that guy is a Vine star. There&rsquo;s a 99.9% chance that these pictures are part of some joke.</p>
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