Sometimes I sat for hours with the word Dear
on the page, forgetting what should have
come next, thinking only of the whitetail
in the woods, body frozen and body darting
in the same instant. Every molecule & tendon
hushed and summoned at the first snap
of twig under hoof. Spent then lo, unhounded.
The phone would ring & I’d stop.
The rain would bell from the sky, muslin
The birches, the chain link, the Styrofoam
cups & I’d stop.
Years passed this way, a slow theft having
altered our hands.
How the histories of things eat.
Dear what Greenland we have chosen:” —
Letter, by Allison Titus
Oh man, you know he really really is not a psychopath/sociopath and I’m fucking tired of hearing about it?
Look, psychopathy is present from a really young age, and often shows up in acts of animal cruelty. Oh, what do we have in the very beginning of the book? Is that her objecting to Lady’s execution and also helping set Nymeria free? Wut?
And, of course, there’s the ever present lack of empathy in sociopaths. Once again, think back to some of Arya’s very first chapters. You see her trying to understand her half-brother’s situation, and thoroughly objecting to the mistreatment and then murder of Mycah. These are not the actions of someone who gives no fucks about people’s feelings.
Arya in general is fascinated by people and not in a “how can I use this person??” kind of way. She’s survived as long as he has because of her empathy and the personal connections (however fleeting) that she makes.
Yes, she’s hella violent and twisted at this point. But think of all the things she’s gone through. She’s witnessed acts of extreme cruelty while her brain is still developing. Her life has been “kill or be killed” literally ever since she escaped from the Red Keep. This kind of stuff is going to have an effect on someone, and it’s not going to be pretty. The killing of Dareon is kind of “whoaaa what are you doing?” but in context it makes sense. She’s trying to hold on to her identity, she lives in an organization that values violence, so when you add the two you get a nine-year-old kid clinging to the harsher aspects of life up North. Such as executing deserters from the wall.
So yeah, take note: she’s not a sociopath just because she’s not your plucky tomboy princess.
I want to vomit up my uterus
oh shit yeah I am so fucking sorry for not doing that!!
Eurasian protagonist (exact Asian heritage unclear) Faith of Mirror’s Edge, a parkour-based game by a Swedish company.
Fan Re-imagining of a “prettier” Faith by a Korean gamer
From an ethnic Korean gamer:
“There is always a huge complain from Asian gamers whenever Western developers design Asian female characters…” As Torokun continues, this is mainly because many Westerners’ definition of what is considered as “Asian” beauty is very different from what Asians consider beautiful.”
Which do you prefer? I (this coming from an Asian female) prefer the softer, younger face of the second (though the boobs are ridiculous/unrealistic for a slim Asian girl who does parkour). Ideally, the body of the first and face of the second, I don’t know why the eye tat was missing from the second.
Some translated comments from Japanese gamers:
“There’s no way Japanese would accept a face like that.”
“That woman is extremely homely.”
“Not sure if moe-style is necessary, but that original face is awful.”
“She’s totally flat.”
“I kinda like the character. I don’t think Asian equals ugly.”
“Fuck off Asian beauty!”
“Man, the Mirror’s Edge protagonist is way creepy… It’s like some Asian female stereotype.”
“The eyes are way too Asian.”
“Everyone knows Western female game characters are ugly.”
“That face makes her look 40 years old.”
“For Westerns, there’s not much difference between the faces that eat kimchi and the faces that eat soy sauce.”
“The original is better looking.”
“Slant eyes for Asians is the same as big lips for black people.”
“If you really sit and think about it, in America, Lucy Liu is an angel, right?”
“Who cares about this one game person’s opinion.”
“But foreigners think slant eyes are sexy.”
“Americans like aggressive faces?”
“Well, Japanese people have the stereotype that Americans are fat, bald and clumsy. It’s the same.”
Realistic-looking East Asian eyes from a Japanese hetalia fanartist (sorry, I’m a fangirl).
China is on the far right on the top row and Japan on the far left on the second row. You will notice that China has single eyelids but it looks nothing like the ridiculously slanty Western stereotypes of East Asian eyes :/
(tries to crawl through the screen to hug/plaster herself over 3D China :3)