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I originally reblogged this with my thoughts in the notes, but I feel like it will be a little more noticeable to comment here - this is super fucking creepy. And wrong. It’s not cute, or funny… and unlike some other scenes that, when taken out of context, could come off as endearing - this one never will. I love the show and I love Rae but it’s still ok to say that this is fucked up. It’s also not the only time she makes a comment like this, see “I think I’m about to commit a sex crime”. Not funny.
The difference for me between this scene and the “I think I’m about to commit a sex crime” scene, is this is entirely in Rae’s head. We’ve ALL thought inappropriate things about people, sexually, aggressively, aggressively-sexual, whatever, but we wouldn’t actually act on them. Sometimes we don’t even know why they cross our mind. I think having her reach out to touch the paperweight was a bit of a bridge too far, but I can still see the humor in Rae’s baser thoughts about men. Especially when there’s no chance she’ll act them out. I get that there are violent overtones of whacking someone over the head and then having your way with them, but I think intent has to be there for it to really cross the line for me. This might be one of the few double standards that favors women, but if it’s all in her head, who is it harming?
I get way more creeped out by Rae fantasizing about running Chloe over, but that could be because it was actually portrayed as a dream sequence.
Q:With regards to fanfic accuracy, certain details I'm not bothered about, but with language I always am. I've read MMFD fanfics, where the whole dialogue is in American-English, and that DOES bother me. It's set in England, we say trousers not pants (pants are underwear here), we don't go to high school we go to secondary (or senior) school, followed by sixth form college (or just "college") at 16-18. This isn't a comment about your fanfics, it's a comment about others I've read!
And it’s totally ok to be aggravated with things like that but it’s also important to keep in mind that everyone’s language differs. It’s also HELLA important to remember that a lot of people have learning disabilites and so conquering their own language might be a challenge.
If you don’t like the way someone writes something, best thing to do it to A) stop reading and B) remind yourself that this is something this person does in their spare time for fun and it’s 110% not ok to bash them because they don’t get everything correct.
Yes! Well said, as usual!
I try to be accurate in my language, but I’ve also been steeped in British culture from an early age. I’ve seen some people ask qualifying questions about stuff they don’t understand to make their fics more accurate, but no one HAS to do that. Sometimes people have a one shot in them that they just want to get out, and that’s absolutely fine. Often people are writing in their second (or third!) language, so it’s unfair to expect them to get everything spot on. (It’s unfair to expect ANYONE to get everything spot on.)
It’s all about supporting what you love and not bashing what you don’t. If someone wants to write, to tell a story to the best of their abilities, no one has the right to tell them they shouldn’t. No one is forcing us to read anything.