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Anonymous asked: Do you think John Winchester was homophobic? Maybe that's why Dean feels like he can't tell Sam about his feelings for Cas? Dean obviously knows he has feelings for/about Cas. But he refuses to acknowledge them to Sam, even when Sam asks directly (8x18), even though Sam makes it pretty clear that he already knows. We all know John raised Dean to be the manliest man to ever man, do you think John's influence is the reason for this?

sleepsintheimpala:

That’s one hell of a question there, anon. One I struggled with so much, I ended up exchanging notes with dustydreamsanddirtyscars and I think feandra is struggling with the same question. As soon as their replies are up, I’ll give links to them here.

This is not a John Winchester appreciation blog. I think he damaged both Sam and Dean by being unable to deal with his feelings of loss and turning to revenge instead of taking care of his boys. On rewatches I tend to want punch him in the face and I never get more protective of the brothers then when he is around/mentioned. So, my answer here might surprise you. No, I don’t think John was particularly homophobic. Uninformed, heteronormative and hyper-masculine: yes, with a probability bordering on certainty. But homophobia is not something I’d easily accuse him of. If only because canonically we actually know very little of John’s view on sexuality. To me, the idea of John as a homophobe is more fanon than canon.

The only way to infer anything is by looking at the way Sam, but particularly -since it is your ask- Dean, view homosexuality. And when I look at Dean, what I see is heteronormative and hypermasculine behaviour. The hypermasculinity of John we find in Baby -I love her to death, but lets face it, she’s one heck of a dudebro musclecar- in dadrock, in Dean’s attire. In Dream a Little Dream these are the very things Dean confronts himself with as being of his dad, so hyper-masculinity is one I feel safe to infer.

As for the heteronormative, the immediate example that springs to mind is from the season 8 finale with Cupid’s match-made-in-Heaven between the two dudes at the bar. Dean doesn’t look disgusted or appalled, but flummoxed. It simply never occurred to him that these to guys (dressed in hunter apparel) could be meant for each other. So, yeah, as far as there is anything to say about John’s views on sexuality, I think the way Dean reacts is as much of an indication as we’re going to get.

But there is something else in your ask I want to address that is related to this.The statement that Dean is aware of his feelings for Cas. Maybe you meant something else, but to me this suggested that you meant that he is aware of his romantic feelings for Cas. To be honest, anon, I’m not sure he is 100% aware what the giant clusterfuck of emotions wrapped inside guilt stored inside self-loathing with a coating of emotional repression means. I think he aware that Cas is different, that Cas affects him in a way no-one else does. And if I accuse John Winchester of sabotaging Dean’s views on love and particularly of any love towards Cas it is in these two areas: everybody you love leaves & supernatural creatures are the bad guys.

The first one, god, poor Dean, cause Cas does leave, has left time and again, most painfully last season. And just when he was ready to stay, Dean kicked him out because of Gadreel, needing to have Cas leave to save Sam. And people you love leaving is definitely something John fostered in him. John’s never-ending route for revenge stems from losing the love of his life to the supernatural, so for Dean an early lesson was: love =pain. Cassie & Lisa will only have reinforced that notion. And then this supernatural creature with which he shares a profound bond does the same. He leaves when Dean is at his most vulnerable and he has never been taught through healthy example how to deal with this. The example has been to pick up a shotgun and tear the US apart looking for revenge, which coincidentally Dean is now doing.

Mix this with Dean’s black and white views of the supernatural and you have a situation in which sifting through any sort of emotions becomes hugely problematic. Just look at his reactions to season 8s slew of supernatural creature/human relationships. If he has a problem anywhere that would prevent him from talking to Sam about any sort of emotions I think this is where it lies. How do you explain any sort of feelings for a supernatural creature, because if the most important thing was “take care of Sammy” the second thing would have been “kill anything supernatural.”

My hope here, anon, lies in the fact that the show has addressed Dean’s problems by making him state he has issues with love and…love. So, I’m pretty sure part of his redemption is going to be sorting out this mess. Which will also go hand in hand with letting go of John Winchester’s voice dictating his choices in life.

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About the repression of sexuality

littlehollyleaf:

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So idk about you, sexual/romantic orientation etc, but regarding this post (or the issue), I wanted to tell you about my own experience.

I was 4 when I had my first crush - for a fictional character, a cartoon bear/bunny, I don’t remember exactly. And I said to my mother, “mum, do you know who I like?” (like like), she replied “I think I do! Isn’t [name of the character]?”, so I blushed and ran away.

A while later, probably also when I was around 4-5, I had my first crush for a real person - a girl. It didn’t confuse me in the slightest. I went once again to my mother, because I was sure this time she wouldn’t guess. 

"Mum, can you guess who I like?" she was silent, so I kept going, "it’s not [name of the character] anymore, it’s [name of the girl]!"

And she kept silent. She said nothing and kept going about her business. When you’re a 4-5 year old, still learning the world and the rules, you have to pick up on stuff like this, reactions like that, right away. I did:

girls don’t like girls

It wasn’t a problem, because I also liked boys, so I never had to question it. I almost forgot about it. Years later, my “girl crushes” were put aside. Once, a guy asked me if I was lesbian, and I laughed. Because I liked boys, so I couldn’t be lesbian, right?

Took me tumblr, the biggest heartbreak (and tragedy) of my life to understand that I could, in fact, be attracted to both. 4 years have passed and I’m still questioning my sexual orientation.

LONG STORY SHORT, it doesn’t take much for us to repress something, especially if that something is a taboo, especially if society criticises it, especially if nobody told you that things don’t need to be black and white. Sometimes, the silence is enough.

Thank you for letting me share this, hon x

This is important in helping understand different factors involved in repression of sexuality in general, of course. But it does also very much relate to that post and to Dean. John needn’t have been (consciously) homophobic or acted in a homophobic way to influence Dean into repressing any feelings he might have for guys - John simply being silent on the matter of same sex relationships, combined with general heteronormativity in society, could easily have been enough to teach Dean to repress that side of himself, yes.

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Anonymous asked: Do you think John Winchester was homophobic? Maybe that's why Dean feels like he can't tell Sam about his feelings for Cas? Dean obviously knows he has feelings for/about Cas. But he refuses to acknowledge them to Sam, even when Sam asks directly (8x18), even though Sam makes it pretty clear that he already knows. We all know John raised Dean to be the manliest man to ever man, do you think John's influence is the reason for this?

feandra:

Thanks for the question! Very interesting :) also - what follows is mostly my own interpretation based on canon as I don’t think there is a lot of textual evidence on these things… 

First of all,  I don’t believe that Dean explicitly knows about his feelings for Cas. I believe Dean is aware that his relationship to Cas is different to the one he has with Sam - but he hasn’t gotten as far as putting a name to it. I think it’s very difficult for Dean to differentiate between concepts such as ‘love’, ‘want’ and ‘need’. Mostly due to the neglect he suffered as a child and the skewed idea of ‘love’ that resulted of that (I’ve actually talked about this in a lot more detail here in case you’re interested). 

What happened in 8x18 and the conversation Dean refused to have with Sam wasn’t entirely due to Dean’s romantic feelings for Cas, I don’t think so. What Cas did left Dean in a very vulnerable place because it hit him precisely where it would hurt him the most: he basically laid himself bare in that crypt. He told one of his best friends he needed him and not to leave him… which goes against everything Dean Winchester usually does (Dean provides help and direction, he doesn’t ask for it… unless he’s in a very dark place). In Dean’s world, ‘need’ might as well be called ‘love’ (in any sense of the word). And despite all that, despite how defenseless Dean had felt, Cas left again. Cas once again implied he didn’t trust Dean with something - Dean who, only moments before, put himself in a completely vulnerable place in order to get through to Cas. So, when Sam wants to talk about it in 8x18, it’s not about shame or Dean not being ready to talk about his feelings for Cas or anything like that. It’s that Dean’s trust and vulnerability was thrown back at him as though it was nothing (just to be clear: I know that wasn’t Cas’ intention. But that’s what Dean took from it). It’s an incredibly intense emotion Dean is experiencing and reducing it to his romantic feelings for Cas doesn’t do it justice at all I think. On top of all that, Sam is his little brother after all - Dean doesn’t like to show weakness and his identity of The Protector is still in place. What happened between him and Cas goes way beyond feeling weak, Dean was left alone right after he admitted how much he needed Cas in his life. It’s important to understand that Dean needs people to need him in order to feel loved: so him saying he needs someone is HUGE and obviously places him in a very defenseless situation, completely bare of his usual protective layers. There’s no way he would’ve allowed himself to open up to Sam about that. (of course I do believe the intensity of his reaction stems from the fact that he loves Cas… but I don’t think he’s ready to understand that, not yet at least) .

Do I think John was homophobic… hm, well I think it’s complicated. I’m sure there are people out there who’ve thought about this issue a lot more in-depth and I feel a little bit ill-equipped talking about it, but still:  I believe he certainly didn’t teach his sons awareness or acted in any way that would suggest any doctrine other than ‘becoming a manly man’. Personally, I don’t think he’d have ‘wasted’ his time on homophobic slurs or the like, but he DID raise his sons in a very heteronormative way (or with internalized homophobia firmly set in place). There obviously was a lot of masculinity in his appearance as a role-model and he put a lot of focus on survival and strength and other military standards with the way he raised his sons and thereby completely disregarding any differing inclinations or desires his sons might have had. In fact, I’m certain he continuously compared traits which society typically associates with femininity to weakness - we see enough evidence of that in the way both Sam and Dean react to pain.

Obviously, this is something that affected Dean especially hard since he wanted to please his dad in any way he possibly could (which, for him, meant idolizing him, copying him, trying to become like him). So I’d say my stance is that John’s parenting had everything to do with Dean’s inability to define and accept his bisexuality which also led to occasional homophobic behavior (the 5x14 cupid scene for example). Not because of outright homophobia on John’s part but because of the normative image of a ‘proper man’ he instilled on Dean (although canon doesn’t really give us much information on that so this is more of a subjective interpretation).

Also, what I think is absolute key in this whole mess is the fact that because of the neglect Dean suffered and his intense fear of not being loved or not being needed enough, he never really developed the tools he’d need to properly identify his feelings with regards to Cas (or any man for that matter) AS WELL AS to fully embrace his occasional inclination toward behavior that stands opposite the ‘manly man’ image (although we keep seeing the occasional evidence that it’s there and it’s a significant part of who Dean is). I think for a long time, his idea of a happy or ‘proper’ ending was exactly what he lost when he was four: a picket-fence house and a fairy-tale marriage. 

— -> and since you’ve asked this question a couple of other people, I’ll link to their answers as well which are all very insightful (and I actually found it super fascinating to see how similar and yet different they all turned out): dustydreamsanddirtyscars answer is here and sleepsintheimpala posted hers here!

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obsessionisaperfume:

I was thinking about that scene with Gadreel and Metatron at the end of “Meta Fiction,” and this expression of Gadreel’s in particular, which was in response to Metatron’s remark about people playing their parts:

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and about this exchange at the beginning of that…

Can we also laugh at the fact that Gadreel has already opened a door he was guarding in the past? Because he thought it was the right thing? Metatron really is a dumbass to let this guy guard his door…

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Gadreel and a possible Heel-Face Turn

obsessionisaperfume:

I was thinking about that scene with Gadreel and Metatron at the end of “Meta Fiction,” and this expression of Gadreel’s in particular, which was in response to Metatron’s remark about people playing their parts:

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and about this exchange at the beginning of that scene:

Metatron:  Is the door secure?

Gadreel:  Yes. The way home is safe.

I think these two things combined are a very good indication that the speculation that Gadreel has become suspicious of Metatron and will end up siding with the Winchesters is correct.  Because Gadreel did not answer the question that Metatron actually asked, here, and that’s generally a sign of deflection and deception.

IMO, Gadreel is already starting to separate himself from Metatron’s agenda.  And Metatron, caught up in his own concept of his story, completely failed to read the subtext of Gadreel’s answer.  Given the emphasis on the importance of subtext at the beginning of the episode, this is significant.

Because in this context, “safe” and “secure” are not the same thing. 

Metatron wants to know that nothing can get through the door to Heaven that he doesn’t want going through it.  That can either mean “locked” or “guarded.”

But Gadreel says, “The way home is safe,” which is not something you say about a thing as concrete as a door or gate.  ”The way home,” in idiomatic usage, doesn’t actually include the door at all, but means the path up to the door, and saying that it’s “safe” in the context of Metatron’s question makes no sense unless he means “safe from prying eyes.”   Gadreel seems to be saying that the door is secure because nobody can find it, which is not the same thing as being secure because it’s locked.

This might seem to be picky semantics, but it’s just this kind of difference in connotation that marks subtext in the first place.  Which, remember, we were told in no uncertain terms at the beginning of the episode is important to understanding the whole story.

The subtext here, both in Gadreel’s questioning of Metatron’s plan and in deflecting the question he’s asked (not to mention that very calculating facial expression), is that Gadreel is having second thoughts about how much he should be trusting Metatron.

And given the way he performs a literal face-heel turn from Metatron’s POV in the gif above, the subtext is also saying that Metatron ought to be questioning how much he can trust Gadreel.

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Organizational tip: IFTTT.com + Evernote

From time to time I see one or another of y’all grumbling about the impossibility of finding stuff on Tumblr. I suggest this:

1) Sign up for free accounts at If This Then That (they have patched their heartbleed vulnerability and replaced their cert-whatever-thingy) and Evernote (never had a heartbleed problem).

2) Crash course in Evernote:

2a) Evernote is a note-taking / web-clipping application, and is also known as my soulmate. You don’t have to download the Evernote client to your computer / phone / tablet, but I recommend it (ALL of it), because the apps have more features and are generally more pleasurable than using the website.

2b) Evernote has a shit-ton of features that I’m not going to go into (e.g. reminders, basic picture editing). There are also a shit-ton of websites and apps and meatspace products that interact with Evernote in all sorts of amazing ways (e.g. you can assign certain tags/notebooks to a specific Post-It note color so that when you use your mobile device to take a photo of a Post-It, it gets automatically sorted/indexed). But we’re not gonna talk about all that, because I’m trying to focus on helping you organize your Tumblr shit.

2c) You can create multiple notebooks in Evernote and organize them into stacks. Be aware that stacks are not notebooks—that is, stacks contain notebooks, but only notebooks can contain notes. Each note must exist inside exactly one notebook. A note can also have an unlimited number of tags, and tags can be nested infinitely.

2d) When you’re just getting started, I suggest that you think in terms of having as few notebooks and tags as possible. If you keep using the application to clip web articles and crap like I do, then notebooks and tags will tend to proliferate without your intending to anyway. For now, just make two notebooks, called, say, Action Items and Tumblr Archive. The point of this is so that you can have your Tumblr shit backed up to the “archive” notebook automatically while you do all of your other Evernote activity (such as shopping lists) in the “action” folder.

2e) In the long run, you will want to learn to wield Evernote’s search syntax like a motherfucker (video and article at link). This is true of every software application in the history of ever, but is especially true of Evernote, because once you get the hang of it, it’s like being able to use Google to retrieve the contents of your brain. IT’S THAT AWESOME I AM NOT KIDDING. Also, Evernote is one of those apps that seems not super spectacular at first, but gets more valuable over time. Trust me. Anyway: the better you are at search syntax, the less you will need those notebooks and tags to retrieve shit, which means you can spend less time trying to keep your shit organized.

2f) Evernote should call me for a good time.

3) Crash course in IFTTT:

3a) It’s a web service that connects your other web services to each other in really smart ways so that you don’t have to do stuff manually. That’s it.

4) Connecting your Tumblr to your Evernote:

4a) On your IFTTT dashboard, look at the top of the page and click “Browse”. In the search field, type “tumblr evernote” (without the quotes).

4b) You will now see a list of “recipes” created by other people that can do a variety of things like automatically saving every post that you “like” to Evernote, or automatically saving every post that you reblog to Evernote. Go ahead and click on one that looks like it will do approximately what you want it to do.

4c) Read the recipe description. It will be pretty clear what the recipe does. You can make modifications or not (I suggest that you click on one of those white-on-blue buttons to see what they do), and then click the “Use Recipe” button at the bottom of the page. Your modified recipe will not be shared unless you choose to share it.

4d) IFTTT will not see or save your password/username for Tumblr. Rather, you will see a pop-up window that prompts you to give Tumblr permission to allow IFTTT to do stuff for you. Ditto for your Evernote account.

5) Now you can get back to tumblring, while relaxing in the knowledge that anything you do from now on can be retrieved when you need it!

5a) It is possible, particularly if you are saving a shit-ton of pics, that you will run afoul of Evernote’s monthly upload limit. This can be fixed by becoming a Premium user (i.e. giving them money). Disclaimer: Evernote is not paying me for this, but they should.

5b) You can always go back to your IFTTT dashboard to modify, pause, or delete a recipe. For example, there are probably other note-taking apps that could be used instead of Evernote. Check the “channels” page to find out what other sites can interact with IFTTT.

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Podfic embedding: AO3

jesperanda:

fffinnagain:

When it comes to posting podfics on AO3 or on tumblr, it seems we have a bunch of options on how to give people access. While downloading long fics is very convenient, I like to be able to listen directly from the page for anything less than 25 minutes.

I can’t remember where I found it initially, but the markup text I’ve been using for posts to AO3 are the following:

<p><embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” flashvars=”mp3=http://www.mediafire.com/download/ok1dzhl313c7ci7/YOUR_PODFIC_TITLE.mp3” src=”http://archiveofourown.org/system/dewplayer/dewplayer-vol.swf” width=”250” height=”27” allowscriptaccess=”never” allownetworking=”internal”></embed></p>

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Listeners can also download this chapter as an <a href=”http://www.mediafire.com/download/ok1dzhl313c7ci7/YOUR_PODFIC_TITLE.mp3”>MP3</a>. Duration X:ZA, Y MB</p>

The one tricky bit is to make sure the audio URL used in the media player tag is for direct download. For example, if you are using a mediafire, you can change the “/listen/” in your sharing URL to “/download/” (note: there may be limits on whether this works, depending on the kind of account you have have with them). I also like to include a direct download link, rather than send people to the mediafire page, with the html link in the last line. 

Other podfic’ers have nice fancy skins set up with CSS, and I’m quite jealous of those. So if anyone wants to share their code for that, I’d be very grateful.  

Do people have reasons for not embedding the audio on AO3?

Is it weird that to post the audio directly to tumblr? That also seems relatively rare. 

The skin I use (Simple Fancy) and the skins I see most often were designed by Eos Rose — you can find them here.

I almost always post my audio to Tumblr, so I’m not the best example. :-) Perhaps it’s meant to consolidate feedback in one place? I can see that especially with AO3, where kudos and comment counts can boost a work’s cachet. </theorizing>

I do see a fair amount of lamenting about embedding troubles, and not all podficcers may have hosting that permits it. That may explain why some don’t embed. Perhaps your post will help.

But, yay for multiple points of access! My podfic listening time ≠ my stable Internet time, so I almost never stream.

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8x17 // 9x18

Both Goodbye Stranger and Meta Fiction were written by Robbie Thompson, and directed by Thomas J. Wright. It’s no coincidence then that were were several common themes shared by these two episodes.

They were stark contrasts to one another in many ways, with Dean and Cas seemingly having switched places at this stage. In Goodbye Stranger, it is Cas who is being controlled by Naomi; in Meta Fiction, Dean is being changed by the Mark of Cain. In Goodbye Stranger, Cas leaves Dean standing in a crypt; in Meta Fiction, Dean leaves Cas standing in a parking lot.

Throughout season 8, and the first half of season 9, it was Dean who showed great concern for Cas and his wellbeing. Now, it is Cas who is showing great concern for Dean. They know each other so well, and they can sense when something is not right. Dean knew Cas wasn’t right when he got back from Purgatory, and Cas sensed right away that there was something different about Dean after seeing him for the first time since he took on the Mark of Cain.

Both episodes end with music being switched on, followed by somber car rides with Sam looking concerned after he knows Dean has had incredibly emotionally draining moments with Cas.

The song that plays at the end of Goodbye Stranger is the episode’s namesake:

Goodbye stranger it’s been nice
Hope you find your paradise
Tried to see your point of view
Hope your dreams will all come true
Goodbye Mary, Goodbye Jane
Will we ever meet again
Feel no sorrow, feel no shame
Come tomorrow, feel no pain

In Meta Fiction, the song The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore plays as the episode comes to a conclusion:

Loneliness is the coat you wear
A deep shade of blue is always there
The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore
The moon ain’t gonna rise in the sky
Tears are always clouding your eyes
When you’re without love

Both incredibly fitting songs, the first about a wayward lover, the second about deep abiding loneliness. It’s also interesting that the song playing in Meta Fiction contains the lyrics “I need you”, which as we all know is something Dean said to Cas in Goodbye Stranger. I know many of us have been wanting a reverse crypt scene, and I think last night we at least got part of one, in a way. Only this time, with a lot less violence, and far more love and concern on Cas’ part. Perhaps this is an indicator of things to come. Perhaps this is an indicator that the angel who knows Dean so well will be the one to break the connection next time.

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Writing tips: How NOT to write disabled people

unforgott3n:

gimpunk:

Earlier this morning I got an anonymous question asking For some common mistakes people make when writing disabled characters and I invited other people to put their input in before I wrote this, but even in doing so I acknowledge this won’t be a comprehensive list. If anyone has anything to add, please add.

The biggest mistake people make when writing disabled characters is to write them within the two crippled tropes: The Inspirational Cripple and The Bitter Cripple.

Without fail a disabled fictional character will fall within one of these two stereotypes. They will either have embraced their disability, overcome obstacles, and be a saintly creature which opens hearts and changes minds or they will be an angry and self loathing monster.

I will be the first to admit that it is hard to address disability in fiction without inevitably inching upon a stereotype. Obviously you have to address the disability of disabled person and described how they internalize it, so sometimes they might be angry and it begins to look bitter but in an attempt to avoid making your character bitter they can come off as inspirational. The thing to keep in mind is that the disability is an aspect of your character and is not their sole identity; we all have our bitter days as well as our inspirational days, so and as long as you represent that dichotomy you have a good chance at avoiding a stereotype. 

The second most prevalent issue is the fact that most disabled characters are paralyzed and in wheelchairs permanently. There is something romantic about the story of someone being in an accident and suddenly waking up to realize they can’t move but the story has been done to death. It is still a fine story if that’s what you want to write but there are an innumerous different disabilities, many that even result in wheelchair use if that’s what you want to describe, but at this point it’s starting to seem like paraplegia is the only disability writers are aware of. Worst of all I’ve seen stories in which the author obviously wanted a disabled character in a romantic story but was unwilling to do any research on how the disability can affect sexual practices.

Speaking of lazy writing, another common problem with lack of research is how unrealistic a disabled character’s accessibility, comfort, adaptation, etc. etc. is portrayed. It can be anywhere from a mastery of wheelchair usage within moments of using one, to very unlikely details the only disabled people themselves would recognize.

I once read a book in which a disabled woman in a wheelchair was at rodeo with her date when a bull got loose; the hero scooped her up in his arms and carried her to safety. If the previous sentence doesn’t sound fishy to you, you obviously aren’t a long time wheelchair user. Given that the characters had a lot of bumpy ground to go over that would’ve had dips and holes the woman in the wheelchair would have had her seat belt on and being abruptly scooped up like that would be incredibly painful. I say this from personal experience.

This blog is about physical disabilities so I don’t feel comfortable speaking on much else but someone mentioned something about mental disabilities that I’d like to tentatively approach discuss. Characters with mental disabilities tend to be crafted based solely on their disability, as if no other part of their personality or intellect can be developed within a different context. As subtle and complex physical disabilities are, mental disabilities are even more so. If your character is mentally disabled remember to use the definition of their disability as a guide and not a cage.

Based on what I’ve seen in fandom, specifically the portrayal of Charles Xavier, who is canonically paralyzed a certain unknown percentage of the time, I would add, try not to scare yourself off from writing about a disabled character. Like, don’t worry about it so much that you never end up writing a fic you want to write, or end up writing a walking AU when you don’t want to, because you’re worried you will offend people by getting something wrong. And while it is important not to portray a disabled character as a one-note stereotype, some disabled characters will be very positive, uplifting people, while some others will be bitter, angry people - because some non-disabled people are like that too.

Do your research, of course, as best you can, but when it comes down to it, people in fandom tend to be pretty forgiving of factual mistakes as long as you’re trying. I’ve seen at least one person who uses a wheelchair themselves saying that they would rather see an imperfect depiction of Charles using a wheelchair than have one less fic where he is disabled. Representation is important.

Just making note of this post for my own reference. Another trope to be careful of, particularly in sf&f fiction, is the super convenient magical cure.

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hafell:

omgbuglen:

The satanic leaf tailed gecko with flying fox wings.

no, that’s a dragon.

hafell:

omgbuglen:

The satanic leaf tailed gecko with flying fox wings.

no, that’s a dragon.

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chargetransfer:

messier51:

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

Can we talk about Sam standing in front of a cauldron with the print “phosphor(ic)” on it though?
Because - as far as I can remember from chemistry class (which might be wrong, because I was horrible at chemistry - so if any of you know for sure that this is wrong, please tell me and I’ll delete this post) - phosphor as a chemical element basically translates as ~light. Quite telling I think, if I remember correctly…
Especially because we had countless shots of Sam in the light (because he is in a slightly healthier mindset atm than Dean) contrasted with Dean being in the dark. Which reminds me that last season Sam wanted to take Dean to the light already. I think now he needs to do that more than ever before - show Dean the light at the end of the tunnel.
And in that regard it might actually be a nice companion to THIS shot of Dean, which might be quite telling of where Dean might be headed…

A phosphor is something that luminesces, which isn’t quite light in general. Luminescence is a cold glow (just sayin’). However, in a factory like that it’s more likely to be phosphorus or phosphoric acid. The former’s used in fertilizers, and the latter in many things including household cleaners and your food. 
Phosphoric acid is an interesting metaphor for Sam though, since in it’s common diluted form it’s nontoxic—but it’s got all this potential to break down bones and iron oxides. 
(chargetransfer—you got any thoughts on this?)

Yup, I’d read it as phosphoric acid, especially with the “DANGER” written on the tank as well.  What also makes phosphoric acid interesting is that it’s a triprotic acid - there are three protons that come off.  It’s also one of the most common buffer systems and is quite important as a biological buffer.    
And the phosphate group is vital for life - ATP (adenosine triphosphate) - is the molecule that is used most to perform work in the body, driven by the energy liberated by removing a phosphate to make ADP, then the energy it takes to pop one of those phosphates back on.
Phosphates are essential for life, so if something fucks with phosphorylation, you are out of luck.  
So if phosphate or phosphoric acid have something to do with Sam, I think of it as the way he has to maintain balance.  

There is actually another way to take this.  (I have no idea if show is going for this interpretation, I just found it kind of interesting so I thought I’d share.)
One of the items up for sale in the auction on What’s Up Tiger Mommy? was something called the Amulet of Hesperus.

As far as I can tell, show made that up and there isn’t any actual/legendary amulet by that name.
But, Hesperus is a figure from Greek mythology.  He’s the evening star or the planet Venus in the evening.  (Which might call back the “reborn” Abaddon looking like Venus in the painting.)  His brother is Phosphorus, or the planet Venus in the morning, the morning star.  According to that wiki page I linked, Phosphorus is translated to Lucifer in Latin. 
This kind of goes along with all the duality stuff since Hesperus and Phosphorus were originally thought of as brothers but were actually the same entity seen at different times of day.
In the episode, someone bought it, but we don’t know who or where it is now.

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chargetransfer:

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dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

Can we talk about Sam standing in front of a cauldron with the print “phosphor(ic)” on it though?

Because - as far as I can remember from chemistry class (which might be wrong, because I was horrible at chemistry - so if any of you know for sure that this is wrong, please tell me and I’ll delete this post) - phosphor as a chemical element basically translates as ~light. Quite telling I think, if I remember correctly…

Especially because we had countless shots of Sam in the light (because he is in a slightly healthier mindset atm than Dean) contrasted with Dean being in the dark. Which reminds me that last season Sam wanted to take Dean to the light already. I think now he needs to do that more than ever before - show Dean the light at the end of the tunnel.

And in that regard it might actually be a nice companion to THIS shot of Dean, which might be quite telling of where Dean might be headed…

phosphor is something that luminesces, which isn’t quite light in general. Luminescence is a cold glow (just sayin’). However, in a factory like that it’s more likely to be phosphorus or phosphoric acid. The former’s used in fertilizers, and the latter in many things including household cleaners and your food. 

Phosphoric acid is an interesting metaphor for Sam though, since in it’s common diluted form it’s nontoxic—but it’s got all this potential to break down bones and iron oxides. 

(chargetransfer—you got any thoughts on this?)

Yup, I’d read it as phosphoric acid, especially with the “DANGER” written on the tank as well.  What also makes phosphoric acid interesting is that it’s a triprotic acid - there are three protons that come off.  It’s also one of the most common buffer systems and is quite important as a biological buffer.    

And the phosphate group is vital for life - ATP (adenosine triphosphate) - is the molecule that is used most to perform work in the body, driven by the energy liberated by removing a phosphate to make ADP, then the energy it takes to pop one of those phosphates back on.

Phosphates are essential for life, so if something fucks with phosphorylation, you are out of luck.  

So if phosphate or phosphoric acid have something to do with Sam, I think of it as the way he has to maintain balance.  

There is actually another way to take this.  (I have no idea if show is going for this interpretation, I just found it kind of interesting so I thought I’d share.)

One of the items up for sale in the auction on What’s Up Tiger Mommy? was something called the Amulet of Hesperus.

As far as I can tell, show made that up and there isn’t any actual/legendary amulet by that name.

But, Hesperus is a figure from Greek mythology.  He’s the evening star or the planet Venus in the evening.  (Which might call back the “reborn” Abaddon looking like Venus in the painting.)  His brother is Phosphorus, or the planet Venus in the morning, the morning star.  According to that wiki page I linked, Phosphorus is translated to Lucifer in Latin. 

This kind of goes along with all the duality stuff since Hesperus and Phosphorus were originally thought of as brothers but were actually the same entity seen at different times of day.

In the episode, someone bought it, but we don’t know who or where it is now.

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