July 8th, 2010

Buffy - red and terrible and red

Fic Rec

quinara has written an epic poem that has Buffy and Illyria switching bodies.  The fascinating part: it's more than just two humans switching, of course, but Buffy going into the body of an Old One in a Shell and Illyria seeing the world through truly human eyes.  It's just incredible.  Even if you might find the poetry challenging, I want to wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.  (I think of poetry as taking a slow drink of a tall glass of water... take your time...)  It's absolutely beautiful and the wonders expressed truly encapsulates what I love about bodyswaps.  When you move beyond the 99% "teehee!  Bodyswap = Pron!" stories, you find gems like this that truly explore what it means to see the world through new eyes.

It's brilliant.  The language is beautiful.  The piece is wonderfully crafted.  The only thing I could wish for was more because I wanted it to go on and on.

What can you trust when your instincts are gone?
Buffy - red and terrible and red

Sexism

I found this comment on Jezebel in reading about The Daily Show's Lady Problem.  In the comments, one person was torn between considering sexism and also purely hiring people on merit.  One person responded:


At the beginning and early middle of the 20th century, most orchestral performers were male, with conductors and managers hiring based purely on playing ability.

After the auditioning system was changed so that all auditions were conducted with the players behind a screen, the amount of women in orchestras expanded to such a great deal that within about three decades many orchestras were majority female.

Merit is not very accurately measured. Especially in the performing arts.

-sexysecularist



I find this anecdote concisely describes the influence of sexism and how it affects the way we judge merit.  Fascinating.