I find it kind of funny that you’re having a second wave interest in lockdown since you were a lot less interested in him at the time of the show airing
Well, I think the first time around I was sort of resistant to him, because a shit ton of folks in the fandom jumped on the pairing of him and Prowl, but it had this creepy predatory vibe that was very much informed by sketchy yaoi seme-uke dynamics, and I didn’t like it very much.
But everyone in the TF Fandom’s had Lockdown on their minds since he featured in the latest movie, so I had a chance to reconsider him in a little clearer space, and with additional appreciation of Lance Henriksen’s work as General Tesler in Tron Uprising to boot.
… but are they actually “gay” if their species is explicitly genderless? Homosexual implies exclusive attraction to the same gender, but if you only have one gender to pick from, why even make the distinction?
I mean I guess now that they do have women you’d call male/male couples gay, but we…
Well, the thing about it is that in the TF universe, the concept of “genderlessness” is fluffy at best, and often invoked at points in the franchise when people need a quick explanation for complicated issues. The Cybertronian species has never been historically or consistently portrayed as genderless; visibly male and female presenting TFs have been present from the series’ genesis. What HAS been historical and consistent is the fact that there’s been an overwhelming amount of male presenting Cybertronians over females. In the past, that would have flown without much question, but today’s audiences demanded some kind of explanation.
The franchise has been recently using the idea that the Cybertronian race is “genderless”, but what we’re being presented with is not true genderlessness, but rather a mono-gendered race in which everyone is male by default. This is because of the fact that the cast has been historically set with all these major characters identifying as and reading outwardly as male and masculine, and the human sociocultural perceptional default being considered “male.” IE, when TFs made the “switch” to being a “genderless” species, nothing about the characters who were already identifying as male changed in any way. They didn’t start using neutral pronouns, they didn’t start presenting with androgynous body types; all of them stayed exactly the same. Maleness and masculine-ness is a gender representation, and not a lack thereof.
As for the oddness in having gay representation in a comic book about alien robots, I don’t find it odder than any of the many other science fictional franchises that set down within their universes a multitude of sexual representations taken at face value. The reason why it’s important here, is because the Transformers franchise as a fictional story medium is historically entrenched in an area of hypermasculine presentation and posturing, often in deliberate defiance of the fact that its consumers are more than just straight men. It’s been about violence and war since the tale began, because the sociocultural traditions that it emerged from imply that such things are the only appropriate concepts of storytelling that are suitable for a story about male identified creatures, for male identifying humans. There have been lofty ideals and noble messages delivered within the franchise, but they have always emerged from the theater of battle. It is important that we have a representation of interpersonal values of cameraderie that come from places other than the brotherhood of combat or allegiance to just authority. There needs to be a place where male characters are free to care for and love one another without stigma, because our culture needs to get over the fear of male emotional expression and connection.
Put shortly, it’s like I once said somewhere before: Transformers fight and die so often that I’m becoming numb to the act, no matter how nobly or tragically it happens. Letting them love one another is what truly moves me.
I have a lot of Redwall books, the complete LOTR in paperback, a ton of manga and comics, (complete Hellsing, complete FAKE, complete Transmetropolitan), I could probably stand to get rid of my old game consoles and games as well…
It’s disturbing the way that our culture teaches people to hate ourselves so completely that anything less than self-deprication is considered vanity, and would call Pride cardinal amongst the 7 Deadly Sins.
But then again, how could we be controlled, if we held ourselves in worthy esteem?
Do you ever think you'll stop drawing fanart? No offense it just seems like the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of. I'm just curious what your plans/goals are since it isn't exactly an art form that people take seriously.
Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.
Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.
That’s the art you mean, right?
Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.
There’s a line between “stream of consciousness observational humor” and “dithering along making idiot noises like a sugared up child”, and sometimes I think a lot of Let’s Play Humorists are not adequately aware of it.
There’s a lot of messages out there telling girls that they shouldn’t place too much stock in how desireable they are in the eyes of men. And that is important. But what happens when a woman really WANTS to be desired, but knows she isn’t, because of the way she is?
Aw yiss are you gonna be at Otakon again?? ouo I gotta give you lots of hugs!
Yes indeed! I will be arriving on Thursday, leaving on Monday, and spending the weekend with my usual crew! I won’t be in cosplay this year, but you should be able to find me if you keep your eyes open.
I know I go on about the horrible neighbor bros a lot, but something’s occurred to me as I’m forced to overhear their terrible conversations.
The way that they speak in mocking of being scolded for porch sex makes me consider that amongst their lot, whomever was responsible the act has not owned up.
In most situations, if a person in a rooming agreement with others had been revealed to be doing something problematic for the rental agreement, the other(s) would confront the guilty party and ask them to knock it off, or boot them outright, depending on the severity of the infraction. This is not the case next door; instead there’s just this kind of general surliness and embarrassment that they were confronted, but it’s never been directed within their own ranks. There have been no strong denials, like someone who has been falsely accused are most likely to do, but rather this sort of continued braying about the complaint, like it’s somehow stupid of my landlord to ask them to not fornicate in the open air like a bunch of animals. It’s HIS fault, but not THEIR OWN.
I find this kind of strange at first glance, but on deeper analysis, it makes more sense. Amongst people of their ilk, there’s not much loyalty or responsibility, and no one would call anyone else out for any behavior that wasn’t sort of immediately threatening to the bro dynamic. Everyone’s going to sit around pretending that sex on the porch never actually occurred, but with the mental awareness that it actually DID happen, but they’re too emotionally and morally constipated to figure out who did it and how to discipline them correctly.
Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then tag ten of your favorite followers. Thinking good thoughts about yourself is hard, but it will make you feel better. So it give it a go for the sake of spreading positivity!
Hmm, okay. I suppose I need the practice, I’ve been out of it lately.
1. I can cook well! I’ve never botched a recipe beyond the point of salvation, and I’m getting to be a good hand at stuff I cook regularly, like fried rice and roast chicken and veggies.
2. I have a nice neck and collarbone.
3. People have continually commented that I am a very good writer. Sometimes I have a hard time addressing this as an actual skill to be proud of, because it’s so ingrained in my being by years of essay writing. But folks remark on my clarity of phrase and explanation frequently.
4. I also apparently have a wicked sense of humor. It can be dry, cynical, and frequently self-deprecating, and I often feel like it’s somewhat lesser than some of my wittier friends, but it’s still there, nevertheless.
5. I’m really good at drawing wacky facial expressions.
The thing that makes me kinda sad about SDCC (mind you, that I’ve not even ever been), is that it’s sort of growing to the point where even if you manage to go, the probabilities of your seeing a thing that you wanted to see are getting close to the same if you hadn’t even GONE. Unless you’re willing to camp out and sleep overnight and not do anything else at all. And that’s kind of disappointing.
I know some folks are willing to put in that devotion and usually achieve what they set out to do, via seeing a beloved star at a promo panel or the like, but it just seems kind of tiring. I get the feeling that most of this stuff was started out in the intention that everyone who went to the con would have a chance to see what they were interested in without a whole lot of crazy effort; you’d pay your entrance feel, and maybe wait in line a little, but for the most part, you’d get an experience that you were really hoping for without much effort, because the location and event was specialized towards you and your interests. But that doesn’t seem to be the case so much anymore, since the place is so full and loaded with industry and celebs.
Sure, I’d go if given the opportunity, but honestly, I’d probably come out of the experience a little shellshocked.
Most of us know what Poe’s Law is, right? The premise that extremist behavior is such that no act of extremism cannot be mistaken for parody, and vice versa, no parody so outrageous that it can’t be mistaken for the real thing.
I propose that when a group on the internet reaches a certain point of regard amongst the general populace, where their being hated and mocked outweighs their being supported, you will begin to see more Poes, and Strawman sockpuppets for the purposes of increasing the hate aimed towards that group, to the point where it becomes difficult to tell what outrageous, unacceptable behavior is actually regular occurrence for that group, and how much of it is actually rare outlier behavior magnified or given the most attention.
This could be called the Poe Saturation Point or Strawman Saturation Point.