There Is Rape In Our Fandoms, Why Are You Surprised?

Not what I usually blog about but I thought this was a great text about rape and sexual violence in fandomes. I myself hadn’t realised how common place it actually is, and since I am in the making of creating a new world for a book I want to write I think I will remember this and have a long hard look at that world and what I choose to put in it.

Shoshana Kessock

The internet this week saw a tremendous uproar after this past week’s Game of Thrones episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” This is a show that prides itself on its last five minutes being intensely shocking and resulting in furious Monday morning blog posts and fights around the water cooler (or the internet equivalent, message boards and Facebook). Only this week’s fighting has been over something pretty heinous. And this is where the spoilers come in folks, so if you haven’t seen it yet, well, the rest of this article is spoilerific. It will also have discussion of Mad Max in it with some spoilers, so be aware. It will also be pretty triggery for discussions of sexual violence and screen caps from shows that might be triggery, so be warned. Whew, lots of warnings. With that out of the way, here we go.

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Cats of Visby

So I’ve been thinking about how often I see cats in Visby, though I’m not sure it there are a lot of them or if it’s the same once I see over and over. (One I know I see sometimes because it likes to lay on a bench outside one of the cafés in hopes of being petted by the visitors. He must love tourist season.) Anyway, I’ve also been thinking that it could be nice to try and capture the cats on photo and maybe do some kind of small project with the photos, or just photograph them because it’s nice and who doesn’t love a cute cat picture.

Today when I walked with my camera to photograph some of the ruins (I’ll show you those pictures another day when I haven’t been awake all night) I thought about the cats again and the possibility of taking their photos. And what do I see if not a cat?! Of course I had to take som photos of it and they turned out pretty good and now I feel like maybe it was a signt that my cat-idea is a good idea. I guess we’ll see what happends.

When I got home and looked at the photos I thought that one of them might look quite good in black and white so I tried that. And, wow, was I right! The picture was cute before but now I think it looks really great. Maybe another sign? 🙂

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When life gives you lemons…

I don’t mean to sound like my life is terrible. It’s actually quite good if you ask me. But today I once again had some bad news. Or rather… some news. At first I felt sad but the more I thought about it the more I realised that I wasn’t as much sad as I was disapointed. And when I thought about it some more I realised that it didn’t have to be so bad news after all. It’s not what I would have wished for but I decided to make the best of it, see it as an opportunity rather than a letdown and a hindrance.

When life gives you lemons…

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But lemon lemonade has never been my favourite. And I didn’t have any tequila at home. So what else to do with lemons? Then I remembered some diy-instructions I had found a couple of months ago when I was searching for new and adventurous things to do. I had bought things for it but they were still in the kitchen and I so far hadn’t tried the instructions. So I decided do to so.

When life gives you lemons… make body scrub!

Here are the things you need:
– 7 dl sugar
– 1 dl olive oil
– two lemons (zest from 2, juice from 1)

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You also need a bowl, a spoon, a measuring cup and a jar or something similar to put the finished body scrub in.

First you but the sugar in the bowl. Add the olive oil and stir it together.

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Zest both lemons and add it to the bowl. Then cut one of the lemons and add the juice. I was stupid enough to first cut and juice one of the lemons and had to try to zest the halfempty peel afterwards. Not very easy I can tell you.

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Then you just stir it all together untill it is properly mixed. Very easy. 🙂

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And then just put it in a jar untill you are going to use it. I tried my body scrub almost right away and it was… a new sensation. Just using it felt a bit strange. Just the thought of standing in the shower and rubbing yourself with sugar. Haha! But is smelled nice and now after the shower my skin feels very smooth and soft and nice. 🙂 I am definetly going to continue using and making this body scrub. It was easy and quite fun to make (though I had a little cut on my hand with stung very much when I got lemon juice in it), the ingredients doesn’t cost much and it feels like it’s probably healthier than regular soap.

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The original recipe said to also put 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in the scrub but I left that out this time because I was a bit affraid the sent of the vanilla would clash with the sent of the lemon. But I might try that next time. Maybe it will just make the body scrub even nicer. 🙂