From the March 1992 issue of Starlog. Kim Cattrall had this to say on becoming Valeris:
"They said, ‘No, no, no, we want your input, and we would like you to name your character.’…And the look - there had never really been a Vulcan woman, except on the TV series. In all the episodes that I saw, the look was very nebulous; it wasn’t as specific enough as I thought Spock was. So, I came up with a hairstyle that I thought was similar and militaristic enough to work with. We designed a headband, shaved part of my hair, to make my ears stick out, and dyed my hair and eyebrows black. I wanted to look very, very retro and different, and I think we achieved it."
"I just thought I looked so cool. I didn’t want to take the ears off at the end of the day and I would actually leave them on. I wanted to go out in them. I didn’t want to take them off…The first couple of nights I slept in them. Making a telephone call was a new experience for me because, if you’re not careful, you can leave half your ear on the receiver."
On the difference between Saavik and Valeris:
"She’s much more dimensional than just a beautiful woman with backswept hair who wears funny ears and a sexy top. She’s much more defined. She has more succinct desires and wants, and she’s ambitious. With the other Saaviks, it was very difficult to tell what they wanted: they were very ambivalent. There’s really nothing ambivalent about Lieutenant Valeris. She has a role in her life, and she wants to do well and fit in, sometimes a little too much. But she’s very defined, whereas I felt both Saaviks weren’t. They were just sort of carbon copies of Spock.”
On not being “the villain”:
"I tried not to put ‘villain’ on Valeris. I didn’t want her to be the baddie. I wanted her to do it for reasons that she feels are just. Come on. ‘Klingons cannot be trusted.’…We’ve known that from day one. So, Valeris did what she felt she had to do. That’s the way I played it.”
So, here’s a thought:
The types of fandom that are most often considered traditional and acceptable, and which are often either male-dominated or coded as masculine, tend to be acquisitive, whether in terms of knowledge (obscure trivia) or merchandise (collectibles). Whereas, by contrast, the types of fandom most often considered insincere, non-serious or “unreal”, and which are often either female-dominated or coded as feminine , tend to be creative, such as making costumes, writing fanfic and drawing fanart.
Which is arguably an interesting expression of gender dynamics within fandom, in the sense of being a direct response to gender representation within the canon of particular franchises: namely, that because men, and particularly straight white cismen, are so ubiquitous within popular narrative(s), they have less need to create personal fan interpretations in order to see themselves represented, or to correct/ameliorate stereotypical portrayals; whereas women - and, indeed, members of any other group likely to suffer from poor representation - do.
Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be both an acquisitive and a creative fan - not by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I trying to say that the only reason someone might be an acquisitive fan is because they’re complacent about issues of bias and representation, or that the only reason someone might be a creative fan is because they want to address an issue in the canon. Some people like to collect, some like to make, and some like both, or neither. It’s fine! But I do think that, when it comes to conversations about Fake Geek Girls and what being a “real fan” means - conversations which tend to be strongly gendered - the split between acquisition/creation tends to follow gender lines, too: that guys who know All The Facts and buy All The Merch are the REAL fans, whereas girls who just dress up and tell silly headcanon stories aren’t, and that maybe, there’s an interesting reason for why this might be.
I know my crappy pics don’t fully illustrate my point
I’m just sick of going to movies or reading comics and out of the infinite possibilities out there for aliens, male aliens are the only ones who ever have any sort of variety
breathtaking and timeless
I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.
HERE FOR THIS
young.black.educated.confident. i don’t see a thug here. at all.
"I’m better at life than you."
school beach trip??? i imagine most wizard swimwear looks similar to bathing suits from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. hermione however decides to wear very 90s muggle swimwear and sticks out a considerable amount. (she doesn’t care tho (heck yes muggle born pride))
harry on the other hand borrows one from the twins, as he has never owned a bathing suit much less a wizard one. needless to say it doesn’t fit, and even more unfortunately for harry, the twins switch up their clothes so often that. well,
Writing the first draft of this essay would be going a lot smoother if I actually had the ability to think clearly right now.
Can’t tell if period pain or painkillers are the cause of my current brain fog, but either way, I have half an essay written and 99% sure it doesn’t actually make sense.
I was going to wait until after I had the entire draft finished, and listened to one of the two lectures I skipped during the week, before playing the Sims, but what is even the point when I can’t think?
Reinstalling my Sims 3 expansions while writing the first draft of my cultural studies essay due this time next week. Best use of multitasking ever.
I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.
Things I’ve seen:
- Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
- Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
- TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned
- A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent
- Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.
- Journalists making the story about them
- National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.
- One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.
- One anecdote that stands out: as the TV cameras were doing their live shots in front of the one burnt-out building in the three-block stretch of “Ground Zero,” around the corner was a community food/goods drive. I heard one resident say: “Where are the cameras? I’m going to go see if I can find some people to film this.”
- Last night a frustrated resident confronted me when he saw my camera: “Yall are down here photographing US, but who gets paid?!”
This year’s Campbell Award winner was Sofia Samatar. Her debut novel A Stranger in Olondria was shortlisted for like every major award, and “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
I hate selkie stories. They’re always about how you went up to the attic to look for a book, and you found a disgusting old coat and brought it downstairs between finger and thumb and said “What’s this?”, and you never saw your mom again.