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College, Fucking, and Saw: greyliliy ladyalexb Follow deadcatwithaflamethrower people l still want to stab over a decade ater Creative Writing Professor at a former college: Welcome to creative writing! By the way, you will not write fantasy, ghost stories, pranormal, or science fiction in this class, as this is a creative writing course." morgynleri What the ever loving fuck is with "creative" writing professors who think that speculative fiction of any stripe ISN'T CREATIVE? thebibliosphere I still remember my own creative writing teacher telling me this because he saw the Terry Pratchett book on my desk and got this smug smirk on his face like "aha, gotcha. He had the nerve to pick it up and call it "popularist fiction, like somehow being popular and easily accessible made it less inherent in intellectual value. I had it in my back pack because I did my final thesis on the evolution of mythology and folk tails into fantasy and sci-fi and the societal importance of telling stories (before anyone asks, no I don't have it, I lost it when I moved continents), and I used Terry Pratchett because there wasn't a single humanitarian issue the man did not touch on Which I told him. And then he kind of floundered and went "ah, well but, it's...well I mean it's not exactly high brow, like neither the fuck was Shakespeare or Dickens you self-important turnip. Dickens was literally selling his stories by the chapter. He was the popular author of his time. Shakespeare was too, he fucking made up words and phrases all the time because the language he needed to express himself didn't exist in the way he needed it too Intellectual elitism is nothing more than a hold over from class warfare and the belief that only certain people should get to be truly educated And it needs to be smashed #Writing #All types have their own value. #Queue 108,090 notes “Creative” Writing
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College, Fucking, and Saw: I REALI FUCKIN IKE CAT deadcatwithaflamethrower OK people I still want to stab over a decade later: Creative Writing Professor at a former college: Welcome to creative writing! By the way, you will not write fantasy, ghost stories, pranormal, or science fiction in this class, as this is a creative writing course." morgynleri What the ever loving fuck is with "creative" writing professors who think that speculative fiction of any stripe ISN'T CREATIVE? thebibliosphere I still remember my own creative writing teacher telling me this because he saw the Terry Pratchett book on my desk and got this smug smirk on his face like "aha, gotcha". He had the nerve to pick it up and call it "popularist fiction" like somehow being popular and easily accessible made it less inherent in intellectual value I had it in my back pack because I did my final thesis on the evolution of mythology and folk tails into fantasy and sci-fi and the societal importance of telling stories (before anyone asks, no I don't have it, I lost it when I moved continents), and l used Terry Pratchett because there wasn't a single humanitarian issue the man did not touch on. Which I told him. And then he kind of floundered and went "ah, well but, it's...well I mean it's not exactly high brow", like neither the fuck was Shakespeare or Dickens you self-important turnip. Dickens was literally selling his stories by the chapter. He was the popular author of his time. Shakespeare was too, he fucking made up words and phrases all the time because the language he needed to express himself didn't exist in the way he needed it too. Intellectual elitism is nothing more than a hold over from class warfare and the belief that only certain people should get to be truly educated. And it needs to be smashed. vocifersaurus neither the fuck was Shakespeare or Dickens you self-important turnip Creative Writing
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Be Like, Children, and Crying: sorry-ipanicked So me dude bro on the internet talking about the new She-Ra reboot: Ugh SJWs are taking over cartoons and making them all preachy. I hate it when shows try to push an agenda on kids. Why can't they be like they used to be, you know? Original He-Man, looking straight at the audience: We had a lot of fun here today but you know what isn't fun? Judging others based on how they look. Not liking a person because he or she is a different race or religion is wrong. Also, plant a tree, and don't do drugs. bogleech Lou Scheimer was born to a German Jewish family and believed that his cartoons had a responsibility to teach children kindness and respect for everybody Back then there were also MILITANT divides between "boy's" and "girl's" entertainment but when he found out He-Man had at least a small following of little girls he pitched the concept of He-Man's sister She-Ra and was insistent she be as tough a warrior as her brother. He saw that girls actually did like scary" sword and sorcery and had a WHOLE EW FUCKING SHOW made so they could fee l acknowledged and have a heroine to look up to with her very own series er he would help design a whole new sci-fi fantasy setting with the most creative control he ever had, Bravestarr, and was adamant that the hero be a Native American man, the first ever in a starring role on a kid's action show He also wanted Bravestarr to be a positive role model by being a patient, gentle, soft spoken man who abhors violence and avoids using guns at all costs These cartoons are remembered as schlocky toy commercials and they ARE entertaining that way but real love went into them by a guy who wanted kids to grow up more sensitive and caring. Some of these same geeks crying about THE SJW'S were raised by even more bluntly progressive media than we've almost ever had and they didn't even know it Source: sorry-ipanicked 46,706 notes She-Ra
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Anaconda, Arguing, and Avon: foone Follow oone Here's the question I always have with universal translators in sci-fi: how do they know when to stop translation? Like say an alien asks about deserts on earth, and the human lists "the sahara desert, gobi desert and kalahari desert" Alien: You just said "desert" six times. :43 AM-19 Jul 2018 756 Retweets 1,883 Likes 068 ロ756 ㅇ1.SK foone @Foone 24h ("Sahara" is Arabic for "desert". "Gobi is Mongolian for "desert, and "Kalahari is Tswana for "desert foone @Foone 24h Man, the aliens are going to think we're so bad at naming. Cause really, aren't Brit: Behold, the beautiful River Avon Alien: Ahh, the River River. You humans have such a knack for naming things. foone Foone 24h Here we are in Chad, looking upon the mighty Lake Chad! Ahh yes, the land of Lake, bordering the Lake Lake. Another fine human name." foone @Foone 24h And here's Nyanza Lac, in Burundi. As you can tell by the fact that it's named Lake Lake in Bantu & French, it's a la... actually this one's a city. A city named Lake Lake strange-emily I found this thing on Facebook... and l fell down the Humans Are Weird hole yet again. ( first did before I even started my blog - Pinterest is sooo full of these posts! And I keep falling down it from time to time, when I discover something new) sirthane You could do it like Douglas Adams with some device that reads brainwaves (or whatever jargon you choose) and translates the intended meaning of the words according to the speaker. In this context, for instance, the speaker intends the word Sahara to mean the name of the place, so the translator would translate it accurately as Sahara Desert. I've thought about things like this before. Mostly about the common rip at ghost hunter shows and movies about how a x00 years old German castle has ghosts that speak perfect, crystal clear, modern English. My thoughts on a plausible explanation were that an apparition would not physically speak by causing vibrations in the air. Rather, consider the possibility that they instead push thoughts into the minds of those it interacts with causing them to experience the sensation of hearing and seeing them as a means to communicate Your brain receives thoughts of the meanings and concepts the being intends to convey. That's why you hear them in your native language, no matter what you speak or where you're at. This also comes with the bonus of explaining why proof is never found on audio or video recordings. The sights and sounds you perceive didn't actually physically happen. You could also reasonably argue that they'd still be able to interact with (push) physical objects with strong enough emotions through some means (depending on canon) while communicating in this manner by saying that expanding and contracting the air in such a way to create the sound of voice with intelligible words would require far too much precision and control ldk. It's fun stuff to think about. Source:strange-emily #brain waves #translation #ghost echnology #humans are space australians #humans are insane #humans are space oddities #humans are space orcs #humans are weird #humans 16,100 notes A neat solution to a worldbuilding problem

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Anaconda, Andrew Bogut, and Fanfiction: WORD COUNT GUIDE FOR FICTION CATEGORY AVERAGE WORD COUNT FLASH FICTION SHORT STORY NOVELETTE NOVELLA NOVEL 300 TO 150O WORDS 1500 TO 750O WORDS OR 5.0OOO TO 10,00O WORDS FOR LONG SHORT STORIES 7,500 TO İ 7,500 WORDS 17,500 TO 50,000 WORDS 40,00O TO 110,00O WORDS 50,000O TO 100,000 WORDS ROMANCE YOUNG ADULT NEW ADULT SCI-FI/FANTASY THRILLER/MYSTERY HORROR URBAN FANTASY PARANORMAL HISTORICAL MIDDLE GRADE 50,00O TO 80,000 WORDSS 60,000 TO 85,000 wWORDS 90,000 TO | 20,000 WORDS 70,00O TO 90,000 WORDS 80,00O TO 100,000 WORDS 70,00O TO 90,000 WORDS 85,00O TO 1O0,000 WORDs 80,000 TO | 20,000 WORDS 20,00O TO 50,000 WORDS Share Image fuckingconversations: nkfloofiepoof: redseeker: deathcomes4u: peaceheather: caitlynlynch: Adding to this because of @illogicalilse‘s tags “ #*steeples fingers in-front of face*#i’ve read fanfiction longer than all of these “ “Over 150,000 words = Epic Fanfiction” Yeah, what do you call 400k? Insanity @devcon03 I remember you were wondering about this. friendly reminder that fanfic authors write full length novels for free, and all most of us ask in return is exposure in the form of recommendations, reblogs, and feedback Not just full length novels, but full-length BOOK SERIES. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stones was 76,944 words.Eragon was 157k wordsThe Hobbit was 95,022.words (and yes, those 22 at the end are very important words~) Anyway, please PLEASE review, comment, and share the fanfictions you like. These authors are, for free, giving you hours and hours and hours of entertainment. Thank them.
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Bones, Dogs, and Fucking: its tunny how science iction unverses s0 oten treat humans as a boring defaut everyman species or even the weakest and I want to see a scit universe where we're actualy considered one of the mare hideous and territying species How do we know our saiva and skin ois wouidn't be utra-corrosive to most other races? What if we strongest vocal chords and can paralye or ka the screaming at them? what if most sentient lite in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and ives in fear of us rare animat races who can move so quicly and chew shit up with our Like that old story theyre made of meat onty HOLY SHT THEY EAT CAPSACIN FOR FUN YOU GUYS IHEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN humans are a proud warrior race weh a pantheon of bloody gods Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc REMOVING A LIMB WLL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD WARNING HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE WARNING HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS WARNTIG HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROMSED WEAPONS SEE CLASSIFIED DATA HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BOOY 0O OH GOO THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GO0 More senously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life Our endurance shock resistance, and abiity to recover trom injury is absurdy high compared to amost any other animal we often use the phrase heathy as a horse to connote heartiness-but compared to a human, a horse is as fragie as spun glass There's mountng evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by toiong逮at a walking pace. without sleep or rest un t ded of exhaustion, ts called pursuit predation The only other animal that can sort of keep up wth us? Dogs That's why we use them for hunting And even then it's only sort of) Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient te did not evolive from hyper-speciaised pursut Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we dont need to overpower or outrun you, we just need to ousast you- and by any other species standards, we just plain don t ge e Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from vitually any injury that's not atal Even traumatik dismemberment isnt necessarily a career-ending injury for a human We heal from injunes with edtreme rapioity recovenng in weeks trom wounds that would take others months or years to heal The resuits aren't pretty humans have hyperactive scar tissue. among our other suvival-onented trats-bu ook at our We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most anesthetics or life support. in extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves- and survive Thanks to our extreme heartiness we regard as routine medica procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic n essence, wed be Space Orcs I do hope you realize Im going to be picking up this stuft and Our jaus have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way O WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAVV to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape and then we continue to wear metail in out mouths to keep them in place We formed cohabitative relationships with tny mamma's and insects we keep at bay from botnening us by death, often using ittle analouge traps And by god we will eat anything - We use borderline toxic peppers to season our tood e We expose ourselves to patentaly lethal solar radiation in the our skin e We risk hearing loss for the opportunity to see our favonte + We have a game where two peopie get into an enciosed area and hit each other untl time tuns outione of them pass out We willingly lurip 0ut ot planes with only a firey piece of cloth to prevent us trom splatering against the ground Our response to natural disasters is to just rebuild our buidings in the exact same places We climb mountains and risk treezing to death for bragging rights We invented dogs We took our one time predators and completely domesticated them On a planet ful of lons, tigers and bears, we managed to advance further and faster than any other species on the planet e Kingons and Krogan and Orcs aint got sht on us can we taik about how pursut predation is fucking tenlying it's one thing to face down a cheetah, which wil siam into you at 60 mph and break your neck its another thing to run very quickly to get away from a thing, only to have it just kind of show up to have it be intelligent enough to fgure out where you are by the fur and feather youve left behind, your tootprints and piss and sht, and then you think you've lost .it and you bed down for the night but THERE IT IS WAITING WHEN YOU WAKE UP and you spiti againt but it keeps folowing you always in the comer of your eye until you just de ok cov Sci-Fi, except humans are the scary cool aliens with unimaginable powers.
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Bones, Dogs, and Fucking: its tunny how science iction unverses s0 oten treat humans as a boring defaut everyman species or even the weakest and I want to see a scit universe where we're actualy considered one of the mare hideous and territying species How do we know our saiva and skin ois wouidn't be utra-corrosive to most other races? What if we strongest vocal chords and can paralye or ka the screaming at them? what if most sentient lite in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and ives in fear of us rare animat races who can move so quicly and chew shit up with our Like that old story theyre made of meat onty HOLY SHT THEY EAT CAPSACIN FOR FUN YOU GUYS IHEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN humans are a proud warrior race weh a pantheon of bloody gods Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc REMOVING A LIMB WLL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD WARNING HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE WARNING HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS WARNTIG HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROMSED WEAPONS SEE CLASSIFIED DATA HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BOOY 0O OH GOO THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GO0 More senously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life Our endurance shock resistance, and abiity to recover trom injury is absurdy high compared to amost any other animal we often use the phrase heathy as a horse to connote heartiness-but compared to a human, a horse is as fragie as spun glass There's mountng evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by toiong逮at a walking pace. without sleep or rest un t ded of exhaustion, ts called pursuit predation The only other animal that can sort of keep up wth us? Dogs That's why we use them for hunting And even then it's only sort of) Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient te did not evolive from hyper-speciaised pursut Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we dont need to overpower or outrun you, we just need to ousast you- and by any other species standards, we just plain don t ge e Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from vitually any injury that's not atal Even traumatik dismemberment isnt necessarily a career-ending injury for a human We heal from injunes with edtreme rapioity recovenng in weeks trom wounds that would take others months or years to heal The resuits aren't pretty humans have hyperactive scar tissue. among our other suvival-onented trats-bu ook at our We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most anesthetics or life support. in extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves- and survive Thanks to our extreme heartiness we regard as routine medica procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic n essence, wed be Space Orcs I do hope you realize Im going to be picking up this stuft and Our jaus have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way O WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAVV to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape and then we continue to wear metail in out mouths to keep them in place We formed cohabitative relationships with tny mamma's and insects we keep at bay from botnening us by death, often using ittle analouge traps And by god we will eat anything - We use borderline toxic peppers to season our tood e We expose ourselves to patentaly lethal solar radiation in the our skin e We risk hearing loss for the opportunity to see our favonte + We have a game where two peopie get into an enciosed area and hit each other untl time tuns outione of them pass out We willingly lurip 0ut ot planes with only a firey piece of cloth to prevent us trom splatering against the ground Our response to natural disasters is to just rebuild our buidings in the exact same places We climb mountains and risk treezing to death for bragging rights We invented dogs We took our one time predators and completely domesticated them On a planet ful of lons, tigers and bears, we managed to advance further and faster than any other species on the planet e Kingons and Krogan and Orcs aint got sht on us can we taik about how pursut predation is fucking tenlying it's one thing to face down a cheetah, which wil siam into you at 60 mph and break your neck its another thing to run very quickly to get away from a thing, only to have it just kind of show up to have it be intelligent enough to fgure out where you are by the fur and feather youve left behind, your tootprints and piss and sht, and then you think you've lost .it and you bed down for the night but THERE IT IS WAITING WHEN YOU WAKE UP and you spiti againt but it keeps folowing you always in the comer of your eye until you just de ok cov Sci-Fi, except humans are the scary cool aliens with unimaginable powers.
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Energy, Future, and Hungry: dazed-unfazed: kweyolempress: tentakrule: winneganfake: fullcontactmuse: jenniferrpovey: holmgangs: sunlitrevolution: Bladeless wind turbines generate electricity by shaking, not spinning Scientists hope to hugely reduce the cost of wind energy by removing the blades from wind farms, instead taking advantage of a special phenomenon to cause the turbines to violently shake. Vortex, a startup from Spain, has developed the tall sticks known as Bladeless — white poles jutting out of the ground, that are built so that they can oscillate. They do so as a result of the way that the wind is whipped up around them, using a phenomenon that architects avoid happening to buildings and encouraging it so that the sticks shake. They do so using vortices, which is where the company gets its name from. The bladeless turbines use special magnets to ensure that the turbines are optimised to shake the most they can, whatever speed the wind is travelling at. As the sticks vibrate, that movement is converted into electricity by an alternator. Wiggling Poles of the Wasteland Harvest Electricity For Power Hungry Humans These also look like they would cause fewer problems for birds and bats. This is really cool. They leave off the important note that when the wind rises, each pole makes a sound like a hundred vuvuzelas roaring at once. In the post-apocalyptic world of the future, villagers will speak in hushed tones about the Roaring Plains, and caution adventurous travelers to stay well away.  I appreciate how they essentially invented very useful yet alien-looking screaming pillars. Science continues to make some suspiciously sci-fi shit. At least you won’t have to go outside to know how windy it is… You’ll hear it. They provide us energy They provide us warmth They love us These martyr gods, their twitching agony is our salvation GLORY TO THE WAILING OBELISKS
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Anaconda, Andrew Bogut, and Fanfiction: WORD COUNT GUIDE FOR FICTION CATEGORY AVERAGE WORD COUNT FLASH FICTION SHORT STORY NOVELETTE NOVELLA NOVEL 300 TO 150O WORDS 1500 TO 750O WORDS OR 5.0OOO TO 10,00O WORDS FOR LONG SHORT STORIES 7,500 TO İ 7,500 WORDS 17,500 TO 50,000 WORDS 40,00O TO 110,00O WORDS 50,000O TO 100,000 WORDS ROMANCE YOUNG ADULT NEW ADULT SCI-FI/FANTASY THRILLER/MYSTERY HORROR URBAN FANTASY PARANORMAL HISTORICAL MIDDLE GRADE 50,00O TO 80,000 WORDSS 60,000 TO 85,000 wWORDS 90,000 TO | 20,000 WORDS 70,00O TO 90,000 WORDS 80,00O TO 100,000 WORDS 70,00O TO 90,000 WORDS 85,00O TO 1O0,000 WORDs 80,000 TO | 20,000 WORDS 20,00O TO 50,000 WORDS Share Image fuckingconversations: nkfloofiepoof: redseeker: deathcomes4u: peaceheather: caitlynlynch: Adding to this because of @illogicalilse‘s tags “ #*steeples fingers in-front of face*#i’ve read fanfiction longer than all of these “ “Over 150,000 words = Epic Fanfiction” Yeah, what do you call 400k? Insanity @devcon03 I remember you were wondering about this. friendly reminder that fanfic authors write full length novels for free, and all most of us ask in return is exposure in the form of recommendations, reblogs, and feedback Not just full length novels, but full-length BOOK SERIES. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stones was 76,944 words.Eragon was 157k wordsThe Hobbit was 95,022.words (and yes, those 22 at the end are very important words~) Anyway, please PLEASE review, comment, and share the fanfictions you like. These authors are, for free, giving you hours and hours and hours of entertainment. Thank them.
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Fall, Lgbt, and Love: shiraglassman: the-aila-test:  Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more feminist-friendly films have included their own character tests, like The Mako Mori Test, The Furiosa Test, The Sexy Lamp Test, the list goes on. While these are all helpful (though comical) tools feminists have used to criticize media narratives, very few of them seem to empower or apply when viewing Indigenous and Aboriginal women in media narratives / storytelling. As a Native woman, I’ve experienced disappointment and heartache from the way Native women were represented on film, television, cartoons, and other forms of media. From stereotypical “Indian princesses” to the distressing amount of physical and sexual violence in live action period pieces, it felt that a Native woman was not a character you were meant to love and root for. She was never a character you were supposed to relate to or want to be. In almost every role she’s in, she cannot exist without being a prop for another character’s story, and if she has a “happy ending,” it’s usually in the arms of a white colonist or settler. I’ve created the Aila Test to bring my own concerns to the table when feminists criticize media. Not only should these issues be analyzed and addressed, but content creators who write about Indigenous / Aboriginal women should consider writing characters who pass this test. We need them now, more than ever. To pass the Aila Test, your film / animation / comic book / novel / etc, must abide by these three important rules: 1. Is she an Indigenous / Aboriginal woman who is a main character… 2. Who  DOES NOT fall in love with a white man… 3. And DOES NOT end up raped or murdered at any point in the story. Do you know characters that pass the Aila Test? Please submit them to this page! I found one! It’s only sixteen pages long, but “Né łe” by Darcie Little Badger is a short sci-fi romance between two Native American women…. in space… surrounded by forty-one puppies. It’s part of an LGBT Native collection called Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time and I reviewed just the story by itself here.

shiraglassman: the-aila-test:  Does It Pass The Aila Test? We all know the rules of The Bechdel Test. In recent years, fans of more femini...

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