Languages animate objects by giving them names, making them noticeable when we might not otherwise be aware of them. Tuvan has a word iy (pronounced like the letter e), which indicates the short side of a hill.
I had never noticed that hills had a short side. But once I learned the word, I began to study the contours of hills, trying to identify the iy. It turns out that hills are asymmetrical, never perfectly conical, and indeed one of their sides tends to be steeper and shorter than the others.
If you are riding a horse, carrying firewood, or herding goats on foot, this is a highly salient concept. You never want to mount a hill from the iy side, as it takes more energy to ascend, and an iy descent is more treacherous as well. Once you know about the iy, you see it in every hill and identify it automatically, directing your horse, sheep, or footsteps accordingly.
This is a perfect example of how language adapts to local environment, by packaging knowledge into ecologically relevant bits. Once you know that there is an iy, you don’t really have to be told to notice it or avoid it. You just do. The language has taught you useful information in a covert fashion, without explicit instruction."
lol poor straight white dudes trying to “scrape together” to make little “pockets” for themselves in the area of media analysis. in ANY area. it’s a tough world out there for you guys, I know
#at best you’re condescending#at worst you think you’re being persecuted and start throwing slurs around#and you wonde r why we get so defensive of fandom spaces#and of pieces of media that actually give a fuck about us
Dilation and constriction of these organelles, called chromatophores, are responsible for the squid’s ability to change color.
Inside Nature’s Giants: The Giant Squid (2010)
the fact that there is radio silence from the majority of the welcome to night vale fandom about this ””’
whiteswhite cecils only”” blog
the fact that there was radio silence from the majority of the welcome to night vale fandom when there were white supremacists IN the POCecil tag
the fact that when there wasn’t radio silence from the majority of the welcome to night vale fandom, it was often to tell POC that ~~~~Cecil could be white don’t pick on headcanons i don’t care what color cecil is he could be black or white or purple for all i care~~~~
*~!Congratulations, this fandom is garbage!~*
if people from the main fandom address it then it’s one of 2 arguments:
1. “cecil could be PURPLE or have a TAIL it doesn’t matter i mean he’s probably a corgi lol live and let live idk ^___^”
2. “if you guys aren’t more polite to this white supremacist then they’re not gonna listen, are they? i mean sorry to be devil’s advocate but you really don’t make it any easier for yourselves, do you? you’re kinda asking for it.”
welcome to the night vale fandom aka the trash olympics
can we still do sci-fi about the deep sea is this a thing that’s allowed
you know what to do with this, fandom
Are you fucking kidding me. Are you kidding me right now.
Seriously, I don’t do this very often because I’d rather stay out of conflicts, but really.
You all need to grow the fuck up. The WtNV fandom has the most diverse representation of any fandom I have ever seen. The show has the most diverse representation of any fandom I’ve ever seen. Whining about this blog is not a question of fighting against oppression anymore. WtNV has these wonderful POCecil blogs, and Consensual Night Vale, and I’m sure lots of other blogs that are about representation and freedom of expression and other important things. This right here, this isn’t about that. This is about you all being self-righteous pricks.
If you would ignore this blog, it would be gone in a week. Or it would still be there, quietly reblogging pictures of only white Cecil and occasional posts about the problematic elements of only white Cecil so it could add derogatory things to those posts (which you could also ignore). Instead you all send anons and whine to the Tumblr staff. You are being immature children.
But hey! I believe in leaving people alone to do what they want, so never mind, carry on if you think this is going to make anything any better or increase your personal happiness in any way.
These kinds of blogs have to be taken seriously because they can and do spread their bullshit around to others. Among the messages sent to that blog I’ve seen some that are supportive and some that even agree with it. And the examples you mentioned of the WTNV fandom being a shining beacon of diversity? PoCecil blogs became necessary in the first place because the white Cecil depiction took hold in popularity, became the fandom’s majority headcanon, and pushed all other depictions out into the margins. Same for Consensual Night Vale, it was created because the content it hosts is difficult to find elsewhere, thanks to the likes of daftalchemist, soupengine, videntefernandez, and other popular content creators who fetishize abuse and lack of consent. Oppressive views are more influential in this fandom then you think, so blogs like this absolutely do pose a threat. Feel free to ignore it, whatever, but don’t condemn others for addressing it.
There isn’t some clean-cut “Not Racist” badge that can be earned for some specific action, what you can do is provide consistent and ongoing support for PoC. Listen to what they have to say, call out racism when you encounter it (especially if something of yours gets used as a podium for it, as is the case with this fanart situation), and prioritize helping others over defending your own reputation.
TBH though these conditions should definitely be defined by PoC, I’m paraphrasing material that belongs to most general writing about allyship, but I am definitely not the one to go to for the specifics of this case.