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Ant-Man stuff
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I have been having a lot of feelings about Ant-Man over on tumblr if anyone is interested:

Flit like a Honeybee, Sting like the...
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So, back last year, I got really upset when I heard that Janet Van Dyne was being more or less completely removed from the MCU franchise.

She is the only member of the original Avengers team who is not getting her own movie (even if Hank Pym has to share his with Scott Lang). Even Captain America, who wasn't a founding member, got a movie.

She's also the only woman. Funny about that.

So I wrote the opening of a Wasp movie and then turned it into a comic. I've been working on it on and off since last October and I'm very pleased it's finished.

You can read it here on Tumblr

Or here on Ao3

Why I Need Male Allies
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Originally posted on tumblr

I wish I didn’t have anything to write about, because both of these things are unpleasant. But yesterday, two things happened. One of them was resolved well and the other was not at all, and in both cases, the outcome was entirely determined by the response of male onlookers and men in perceived positions of authority.
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Fic brainstorming help!
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So I just signed up to do the Natasha Romanoff Big Bang (15k) and I’m intending to do the Cap-Ironman one (25k) as well, but I’m not entirely sure what to write for either of them yet. So if anyone has any thoughts particularly on things you’d like *me* to tackle, let me know. Even just vague ideas of things you’d like to see my take on or themes you want to see me write.

New Fic: A Fistful of Steves/This Town Ain't Big Enough
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Title: A Fistful of Steves: This Town Ain't Big Enough
Author/Artist: teaberryblue/teaberryblue ()/raikishi(Raikishi)
Universe: Multiverse, focusing mostly on MCU, 616, and Ultimates
Pairings: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Other Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Steve Rogers/Steve Rogers/Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark (MCU), Pepper Potts & Other Avengers (MCU), Steve Rogers (Earth-1872), Steve Rogers (Ultimates), Steve Rogers (Earth-3490), Captain Americat, Steve Rogers (Earth-616), Steve Rogers (Earth-2108), A Lot More Steve Rogers
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Spoilers for AoU, Spoilers for comics through Avengers #44, some minor violence/injury, some mildly sexual content
Word Count: 33,143
When Tony Stark takes a bullet intended for Steve Rogers, he wakes up in a world entirely peopled by alternate incarnations of everyone's favorite Star-Spangled Man.

Welcome to Stevechester, Population: Steve

Words by teaberryblue, art by Raikishi

Fic and art both here on Ao3

Written for the Captain America/Iron Man Reverse Bang 2015

notes: This is my personal ode to the swansong of the multiverse, dropping in anticipation of today's Ultimate End #1.

Thanks to Sineala, Moonlit_Lampshade, and Angelinoshi for betas!!!!

The Cool Kids' Table
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I know a lot of the people I know on the internet are folks who were never the “cool kids” when they were younger.

And sometimes you run into people who seem resentful of this, and seem to think that now that they’re adults, it’s their turn, now they get to exclude people from things.

But one of the things I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that sometimes the kids that the rest of us thought we the “cool kids” never considered themselves to be the “cool kids.”

There may be varying degrees of correctness in that assumption, but there’s one thing that stands out as true: adolescence is a bitch, and everyone has memories of being excluded, left out, picked on, trying to fit in, trying to impress, and often failing.

We all do. We all have a memory of an outfit we bought that we thought was SO AWESOME that other kids mocked, or a memory of that boy or girl who kissed us “on a dare” or “as a joke,” of being picked on for having big boobs or no boobs, too much or not enough facial hair, for being awkward or wearing glasses or having acne or covered in body hair and not allowed to shave yet.

And we have a memory of a group of other kids who all seemed happy and all seemed to have a sense of belonging, like some golden light was shining down on them, and how badly we wanted to be one of them, if we were one of them, all our problems would be over.

But here’s the trick: now you’re a grownup. And yeah, you’re going to run into people who like you and people who don’t. And sometimes you’re going to meet a new person and they’re going to like you. And I don’t mean in a romantic sense. I mean they’re going to want to hang out with you and listen to what you have to say and your head will be going HOLY FUCK THIS PERSON IS SO GORGEOUS AND SMART AND TALENTED WHY ARE THEY TALKING TO ME WHY IS IT ME THEY WANT TO HANG OUT WITH.

And that? That is because now you are the cool kids’ table. Who sat at that table when you were a kid doesn’t matter anymore. Now you’re assembling your own table. And you get to pick who sits at it. If someone’s a jerk to you or your friends, you don’t have to give them a seat at your table.

And you can be that person who remembers being left out and decide this is your turn to be the gatekeeper, and try to keep people away from your table because they’re not as talented or not as experienced or skilled or rich or capable or whatever. Because you do get to pick.

But you can also keep the people who are kind and care about others even if they’re not the best at every little thing, you can teach them about the things you love in common and they’ll learn, and they’ll probably teach you something in return. And that is the really fucking coolest kids’ table

Hindsight is marvelous
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I was just rereading part of 1796 Broadway today and I realized something.  There are two major supporting characters that we introduced who play similar roles in terms of being sometime-support, sometime-antagonists, explicitly non-romantic sexual partners of major characters.

One of them is a man.  He's in his 40s, very worldly, brilliant, manipulative, deliberate, and sociopathic.  He is intentionally malicious and cares about no one but himself.  He tries to damage a character's relationships with other people on purpose, engages in gaslighting, lies, and forces people into situations where there are dependent on him so that he can demand they owe him.  He is unhealthily obsessed with the character he is sleeping with and causes real harm in his attempts to forward his possessiveness and jealousy.  He's smooth, sly, and passive-aggressive.

The other one is a woman. She's 24, very naive, guileless, terrible at lying.  She made one very bad decision and found herself mixed up with bad people in an attempt to right it.  She is by nature honest and has the best intentions, owns up to her mistakes, calls people on their bullshit, and won't engage in games of manipulation.  Her mistakes are all made in the service of friends, and she will put herself in danger to help the people she cares about.  She is supportive yet not enabling, sets good emotional boundaries, and listens to other people's problems until she thinks it's unhealthy and then tells them so.  She's defiant, stubborn, and temperamental.

Guess which one of these characters readers loved and which one they hated. 

Social Issues in the Sony Email Leaks
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Out of curiosity, after reading that Marvel article earlier, I went to Wikileaks and searched the database of Sony emails.

There are about 173,000 emails in the archive.

Of those, I searched for:

“feminism” : a word that appeared in 17 emails (.0098%)
“feminist” : a word that appeared in 43 emails (.025%)
“sexism” : a word that appeared in 29 emails (.017%)

Nearly every one of these emails was to or from Amy Pascal, who was fired after the leak.

”racism” : a word that appeared in 60 emails, most of which are either news reports, or, again, conversations including Amy Pascal (.035%)
“sexual harassment” : a word that appeared in 65 emails, most of which are alerts, news reports, and employee newsletters (.038%)
“misogyny” : a word that appears once in a news report (.0006%)
“gender issues” : a phrase that does not appear (0%)
“gender identity” : a phrase that appears three times, all in newsletters (.0017%)
“transgender” : a word that appears 38 times, all but twice in newsletters. The two outliers are a script query to Amy Pascal from an LBGT writer, and a warning about a man who “felt up his transgender niece’s boobs.” (.022%)
“genderqueer” : a phrase that does not appear
“non-binary”: a phrase that does not appear
“intersectionality” : a phrase that does not appear
“black women” : a phrase that appears 12 times, all of which were news reports (.0069%)
“black woman” : a phrase that appears 34 times, all of which were news reports (.0197%)
“lgbt: : a phrase that appears 148 times, most of which are news reports, and the vast majority of which are not are all part of the same thread in which Sony execs discuss putting out PR fires after HRC asked them to boycott a hotel that had booted an LGBT teen suicide hotline organization. (.086%)
“glbt” : a phrase that appears twice, but is two copies of the same email (.0012%)
“queer” : a word that appears 11 times, all in relation to announcements and news reports, with the exception of a single email about how teen girl audiences enjoy gay love stories. (.0064%)
“homophobia” : a word that appears 8 times, all of which are news reports and announcements. (.0046%)
“disability” : a word that appears 85 times, the vast majority of which are in reference to insurance coverage and HR requests.  (.049%)

That is how little these words were being used at Sony.

None of them made up even one percent of the emails being sent or received.

I could probably keep doing this all night but I feel like this is enough of a representation to illustrate the problem.

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This is a dream I had two nights ago!

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The Longest And Most Meandering Review of Age of Ultron You Will Read
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After several conversations with henpecked about the limitations of Tumblr and the way Tumblr's structure discourages in-depth critical thought, I decided I really wanted to move this to LJ.

I kind of want to move a lot of things to LJ. But we're going to start with this. Obviously a lot of spoilers under the cut.

Originally posted here

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