I really do love reading an interesting Isekai or Self-Insert story. A fun Isekai/SI is easy enough to find— just any story with a good power fantasy and some decently written characters will do the trick. And there’s nothing wrong with those, I love them and they’re a great time! But there’s something special about an Isekai/SI story that really explores the opportunities implicit in someone traveling from one world to another, that thinks about how that could happen and what it could mean.
There’s fanfiction…. And then there’s FANFICTION. The kind of shit you happen upon at like 3am or some other ungodly time because you were trying to find a fix for ur fixation at the time and you are just SUCKED IN and every sentence feels like a line of cocaine and it has quotes and imagery that permeate your brain and it’s the shit that sticks around in your consciousness forever and it never goes away and it’s always going to be one of Those Fics.
#some fics will place a line of dialogue in your head and never let it leave #and you will never be able to tell anyone about it because the context is just too much to explain
my two cents on The Leak, as someone who is not a lawyer but does have some training in the american legal field:
one of the biggest deals about this is that it ignores if not outright overturns the doctrine of res judicata.
res judicata means “a matter decided” in latin, and it’s pretty much what that implies: the legal doctrine that says that once a matter has been decided by a court, it can’t be overturned willy-nilly. higher courts overturning lower courts, sure, but once the supreme court makes a decision, that’s supposed to be It.
admittedly, res judicata has been overcome in the past, like in brown v. board with the whole “separate but equal” thing that the supreme court created originally and then decided wasn’t valid. but that was, like, a whole-ass century in between decisions, and during that century, a lot changed, including but not limited to race relations stuff that was directly related to the “separate but equal” doctrine.
roe v. wade was in 1973. that’s not even 50 years ago. and i think even conservatives would be hard-pressed to suggest that some sort of societal change in the last forty-nine years has made abortion less legally acceptable somehow.
roe v. wade getting overturned would be bad enough in and of itself, but the way it’s phrased in the leaked draft suggests that res judicata is no longer being respected, and that opens the door for a lot of important supreme court decisions to be overturned.
obergefell allowing gay marriage? loving v. virginia allowing interracial marriage? the supreme court case that said the civil rights act protects gay and trans employees? griswold v. connecticut that said states can’t ban birth control? any number of supreme court cases that establish rights fundamental to living in a society?
yeah, that’s all potentially up for grabs now, too.
if we don’t do something to prevent the conservative-dominated supreme court from striking down every liberal case in not-too-distant history… well, it ain’t gonna be pretty.
Trying to get this out of my brain in a way that makes sense— I feel like politics in America right now is a Sisyphean boulder, except both sides are trying to push it over the top of the hill so it rolls down the other side. Once they do, once that last barrier is overcome, the boulder will start rolling on its own toward the future we want to see. For the left, that future is universal healthcare, equal rights, taxing the rich, saving the world for climate change— and for the right, honestly I don’t even know what they want except to stay in power and never give the left what they want.
The problem is, we aren’t pushing the boulder in the same way. The left is pushing with a crowd of people who all only have the strength of their arms (a single vote). The right has constructed a massive machine of voter suppression, gerrymandering, unequal representation, political machinery, and just-straight-up-lies that means they can push four or five times as hard as they really should be able to.
i think what’s particularly enraging is that this ruling is from a SCOTUS packed with stolen seats who were installed by a president elected on a technicality and they’re going to overturn a right to bodily autonomy that is supported by over 70% of the country
#I have a lot of feelings about this whole thing #most of those feelings are rage or despair and cannot be expressed in a sensible way #but this is the thing that’s fundamentally at the core of a lot of those feelings #every year the right manipulates more of the political machinery to suppress more of the population #and nowhere is more visible at a glance than in the Supreme Court
Another Cardcaptor thought: I can respect Eriol/Tomoyo as a ship, but only if the early stages involve Tomoyo noticing that Eriol has less than perfectly innocent intentions toward Sakura and delivering a very casual and serious “if you hurt her I’ll kill you”.
#Tomoyo could and would cut a throat with a smile if she thought someone was going to hurt Sakura and I stand by that #cardcaptor sakura#tomoyo daidouji #also she has literally god-class social insight and nothing can escape her gaze and I stand by that as well #if you crossovered Tomoyo into literally any secret identity fandom she would know who everyone is before the day is out
It’s interesting to me how different an experience watching the Cardcaptor Sakura anime is from reading the manga, just for the simple reason that there’s a lot more Cards. Eriol’s character inevitably takes on a different tone when the card-changing trials stretch out for so much longer.
#like obviously he was enjoying himself in the manga #but you did get the sense that he also felt bad about putting Sakura through so much #and that hits a lot sooner when everything doesn’t have to last twice as long #cardcaptor sakura#ccs
I don't see people talking about this so today is the 110th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in where the factory owners locked working women and girls inside to "eliminate the risk of theft" (in reality it was too keep them from taking breaks), which resulted in the gruesome deaths of 123 mostly immigrant women and girls and 23 men, many of whom jumped to their deaths from the ninth floor either in a panicked attempt to escape or in order to die quickly. There were reports that some of the workers were on fire already as they jumped.
The eighth floor of the building was able to telephone the tenth floor to warn them about the fire, but the factory on the ninth floor where these women and girls labored had no such communication and such warning.
The factory owners were criminally charged with manslaughter for actions that contributed to the mass deaths but acquitted. However, this tragedy led to mass sympathy to the labor movement, and unions spurred on safety regulations that passed in New York state and eventually the entire country, and activists were able to reduce child labor in the process.
This tragedy is a reminder that has been forgotten in the 110 years since: every safety regulation-- every scrap of paperwork contributing to the hundreds of pages of red tape people like to complain about--every word of it was written in the blood of a laborer.