I love the Transformers fandom.
It’s basically an entire fandom screaming “I DON’T CARE IF THEY’RE ROBOTS JUST MAKE THEM FUCK” and once a fandom has hit that point you can do just about anything and no one will give a shit, it’s like the fandom equivalent of that guy at a party who goes “hold my beer and watch this sickass backflip I’m about to do in high heels”
and it’s perfect
I dislike the Transformers fandom that make robots engage in sexual intercourse. I would rather explore the emotional and physical bonds that form between cybernetic life forms over millions of years and see how it is different from organic life forms. I would rather consider the desires and connections that are created without a biological endocrine system, perhaps with a mechanical analogue.
I do not want to negate the fandom that explores this. I expect the majority of those who write robots with dicks are exploring their own sexuality in a manner that makes them feel safe. I just… don’t see the need to stick dicks on EVERYTHING. I’ve had long discussions about how there are necessary narrative shortcuts taken within MTMTE and RID to ensure that we, the human basic readers, will understand it, and these discussions often get very meta, but I do enjoy noodling these concepts around.
But hey, my solution to this is to not look at fanfic or fanpic that puts dicks on robots. So, it’s not the entire fandom. Just a REALLY large part. LIKE THE ONE RODIMUS HAS, APPARENTLY.
One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.
Couldn’t find a list like this, so…
Wesley Lowery, Washington Post journalist who was arrested while sitting in a McDonald’s.
Local alderman Antonio French.
Huffington Post journalist Ryan Reilly, who was also arrested while reporting on the protests.
Local TV reporter Christina Coleman.
Guardian reporter Jon Swaine.
I’m sure there are many, many other good sources of information on the ground; hopefully, people will reblog with links to them.
For an overview of what’s happened in Ferguson, Missouri since police shot and killed an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown, this New York Times story has some background. You can also read about the story in the LA Times, and there are live updates at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
There’s livestream video here.
"Why do you even need to do that?", he snarled at the screen as he looked at pictures of a person who had decided to identify as gender-neutral, who had styled their hair to match the format of one of their favourite fictional races, who struggles with the hateful comments on the internet just because they chose to present themselves in this way.
"What’s the point? She just looks so stupid!", he spat, as he got up from his desk and went out the door into an entire world that was catered for him as a straight white man.