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Hi, my name's Caitlin. I'm 21, Australian, and a multi-fandoming multi-shipper. Among other things, I love Doctor Who, Torchwood, Agents of Shield, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Supernatural, Merlin, Harry Potter, Top Gear, Hannibal, Sherlock and AFL. I write a lot of meta on all of these which can be found under fanworks. I also love German, my friends (on and off tumblr), mindless liveblogging, online dress-up games, Australiana and in-depth analysis of the Hogwarts houses. Clara Oswald is the prettiest.

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the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

metamorphosis2011:

You Sir, are just too damn adorable

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Many Ladies wear it this way

tillthenexttimedoctor:

abossycontrolfreak:

tillthenexttimedoctor:

cifera:

i am all for headcanon but i really think a lot of people don’t understand what the actual meaning of headcanon is.

headcanon is not ‘i don’t like this part of canon. in my opinion it should be different so i’m just going to replace it with what I think it should be’…

I basically understood the original post in the context of my experience - i.e. when people for instance “headcanon” the Eleventh Doctor era away or headcanon a selective reading which strikes away a lot of the complexity of the text for the sake of being, idk, nicer. I like to think a headcanon tends to me made in good spirit and I dislike using the word for that kind of thing for that reason. It doesn’t add anything, it just takes away. Reading the post again - and also considering that that might have mainly been my frustration talking… well, fandom terms are rather flexible anyways, I guess. It’s probably not my place to get high and mighty about it.

I feel really strongly about the ‘canon’ (versus ‘interpretation’) versus ‘headcanon’ though, because I’ve seen them used as weapons. The narrowest, least analytical reading of something isn’t necessary the ‘best one’ or even the one best supported by textual evidence. ‘Headcanon’ is used to often to denote ‘I disagree with your interpretation so much that I don’t even need to provide actual evidence for why it might be flawed’. And I really hate that. Because using it as a de-facto insult just makes me uncomfortable.

EDIT: It’s also a pointless usage of the word, because an interpretation can be proved to be flawed without going around calling it a ‘headcanon’ because the word sounds catchy.

Yeah that’s very true… Mostly I associate headcanons with fic (where I think people have free range to do whatever they want) or ficlets/fic ideas, and interpretations with meta (in which every choice should be defensible and arguable).

So yeah, if I use headcanon I mean “You probably can’t dissaude me of this but I’m mostly doing it because I think it’s an awesome idea and you disagreeing is no big deal”, and if I use interpretations I mean “This is a really valid point that I think is defensible based on canon and I would like to have discussions about it if you disagree”.

Tbh though I haven’t actually seen headcanon used as a weapon? I’ve seen people standing by their headcanons to the point of stupidity and building them up to a ridiculous importance though, which does piss me off.

And people who want to have a headcanon about an entire era not being present or removing something that removes complexity made me want to shake my head so much that their use of language is by far the least important things. (That being said, I adore fics which *explore* the idea of something being different in canon, but those are often the ones that bring out lots of complexity or different areas of complexity and I think that’s super cool)

tillthenexttimedoctor:

cifera:

i am all for headcanon but i really think a lot of people don’t understand what the actual meaning of headcanon is.

headcanon is not ‘i don’t like this part of canon. in my opinion it should be different so i’m just going to replace it with what I think it should be’.

headcanon is ‘canon has never specified/is ambiguous about this specific thing, so i’m going to fill in the gap with my own reasonable guesses’.

A headcanon also isn’t an interpretation based on textual analysis, quotes and clearly outlined evidence.

deanreborn:

WHY ARENT WE TALKING ABOUT THIS

tastefullyoffensive:

Anatomy of Songs [wronghands]

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moffatappreciationlife:

snogboxez:

Steven Moffat was NOT sexuallizing Irene Adler by making her naked.

There is NOT A SINGLE POINT in that scene where she is viewed purely as a sexual object by either Sherlock or John.

If you actually pay attention you’ll see the reason she chooses to be naked is so Sherlock can’t deduce anything about her (as the majority of his deductions are done from clothes, etc.). THIS GIVES HER THE POWER IN THE SCENE. YES, SHE IS USING HER BODY AS AN ADVANTAGE BUT HER POWER HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SEXUALIZATION OF IT.

Seriously, if you think that because a woman is naked on screen, she is being sexualized then maybe you should take a good hard look at your own views on feminism and misogyny, rather than accusing writers of the latter.

Irene most definitely is framed as a sexual being - or at least a person very talented at using sex - and if one purely defines “sexualisation” in these terms than it does technically take place during A Scandal in Belgravia.

But as the OP points out, her nakedness does not make her a sexual object and it does not invite the viewer to see her as one. Instead, it is an expression of wit and power. She outwits the protagonist of the show  effortlessly here by using every tool available to he.

Her body - or what she chose to cover it with, how she chose to cover it with - would have been a weapon in any scenario in which she meets Sherlock Holmes, full of hints, full of secrets. And with that one choice, she makes it her weapon. And Sherlock is quite literally clueless.