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“For example, we often hear that necromancy was outlawed because it was a devilish practice that depended upon the power of Satan for its effectiveness. What you do not hear is that necromnacy was an aspect of ancestor worship, and that part of outlawing it involved making it illegal to bury your family members on your own land. Suddenly, you were required to bury your dead in Church-sanctioned graveyards. This effectively removed one of your most solid claims to ownership of your ancestral land. It was no longer the place where you could prove your forefathers lay buried. It made it easier for authorities to come along and kick you out of your home and take state ownership of the land your family had left to you. This also supported the ultimate goal of breaking up family clans, and the political power and wealth that often went along with them.”

- Aaron Leitch, Folk Tradition and the Solomonic Revival; At the Crossroads

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I see so many fics about Garak and Bashir that are sweet or sexy, and they’re tons of fun, but what I don’t see enough of is the most compelling aspect of their relationship: the fact that Garak is a deeply damaged individual. He is much older than Julian, a different species, and from a totally different background. Where Bashir’s parents risked everything to enhance him and give him a fighting chance in the world, Garak’s father denied their relationship and turned Garak into an efficient wreck. He’s a liar, a murderer, a spy and a torturer, and even his good guy progression can’t change some of that. His charm and good-naturedness is a mask, and if he ever only showed Julian his beaming sarcasm and witty banter in the bedroom (as most fanfics would have us believe), then their relationship was never real. Even the TV episodes show more than that! In The Wire alone, we see Garak scream at and attack Bashir, lie to him repeatedly, and communicate his need for help through strategically placed clues. It’s the closest he can come to revealing himself, because that IS him. It’s all true, “especially the lies,” because that is what Garak consists of. His groanings about sartorial choices and human rituals are characteristic, but they don’t compose his character. I want to see more of the REAL Garak; and, if he can’t give that, more of Bashir’s real frustration at not receiving it.




shevathegun:

Oh man, while we’re at it are we really going to keep pretending that Julian is not ALSO damaged as fuck? I’m sorry, but “[his] parents risked everything to enhance him and give him a fighting chance in the world”? No. No. Julian’s parents committed acts of heinous and horrific abuse against him, to the point where they were willing to completely unmake him in hopes of making him a child that deserved their love and affection. Julian’s parents didn’t give him genetic enhancements because he wanted them, because he needed them; he wasn’t born with a heart defect, he wasn’t in pain, he wasn’t suffering. Julian did not need genetic enhancements. Not to survive. Not even to be happy. He just needed them to be the child that his parents wanted. 

Julian is a product of abuse in exactly the way Garak is. It manifests in his social awkwardness and his unrelenting desire for approval and his need – not his desire, his need – to always be the very best at everything he does, because if he isn’t, then by his parent’s standards he doesn’t even deserve to exist. Like Garak, Julian lives a life of personas: he is so terrified to live as his authentic self that he almost doesn’t have one. He is whoever you want him to be; a parody of social and intellectual success.  

Julian and Garak are not opposites. They are identical. Julian is not some precious, innocent child who’s never suffered, who wouldn’t understand the damage abuse does, who wouldn’t understand Garak’s transient sense of self, who wouldn’t understand Garak’s duplicity and his fear. That’s the face Julian puts on. It’s as real as his super spy identity in “Our Man Bashir”. Julian’s authentic self shows itself when there is no one left to impress, when death is nigh, when only Garak is there to witness it, and it is bitter, and damaged, and deadly. Just like Garak’s is.

Julian’s real self is as damaged and unsure as Garak’s is, and I need a recognition of his complexity as much as I need recognition of Garak’s. 




milatheregnar:

I’d also like to point out that Julian didn’t ever need a “fighting chance in the world”.

Julian Sabatoi Bashir was born in the Federation of Planets, a society free of any monetary system where the needs of every citizen is met. 

It was never about Julian. It was about what his parents had envisioned their child would be. 

Julian Bashir is an example of something very real that happens to disabled children everyday. 

He was taken apart and put back together to fit an arbitrary standard. He had something inherent to himself removed. He was “cured” of what could really only be called a developmental disorder. 

The changes to this man were so extreme Julian changed his name. He did not feel he was who he was born as. 

And I repeat: EARTH IS A UTOPIA HE NEVER NEEDED A FIGHTING CHANCE

It wasn’t about Julian. I wasn’t even about Jules. 

It was about his parents’ ideal. 

And I’ll let you in on a little secret from personal experience. 

That shit leaves deep deep scars.




guljerry:

Deep space scars.

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Extra - For Science 2 - Queen_Kit

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So this didn’t exactly go how I originally tended, but that’s thanks to @morgynleri a bit and it makes it better because there are some more little stories instead of trying to summarize it all.

So have a rough timeline on Numeric Batch clones and Kaminoans being scientific…
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Okay. Okay. Friends. Listen.

Listen to me very carefully.

You need to read this fic. You need to drop whatever you’re doing, and you need to read this fic.

“But Jo,” some of you say. “I don’t really want to read a clever, funny, emotional, scientifically-accurate love letter to Jurassic Park with an awesome Incredibly Done With Everything ace Jewish protagonist and her gay friends and perfect velociraptor children overcoming the odds together and Saving The Day with animal behaviorism.”

to which I say: you are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity. 

And then I say, okay, but actually, you do. You do want to read this fic. This is literally the best fic I have ever read and it is criminally under-appreciated when in fact it should be the biggest fic in the entire Jurassic Park fandom.

Read this fic okay it will change your life.
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The trouble is that people don’t always agree.

Well then they should be made too.

By who? who’s going to make them?

I don’t know. Someone.

You?

Of course not me.  Someone wise.





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what’s funny is that his fascist tendencies are also his jedi tendencies

who has had the same wise leader for the last eight hundred years with no elections or questions asked?

oh right the jedi order




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#also who taught him that the senate would be completely paralyzed #and that the Republic all the slaves used to whisper of in wonder #would effectively throw an entire PLANET to the wolves #‘sorry these procedures take time we know your people are being killed #but there’s not much we can do sorry’ #who showed him that it wasn’t the senate or voting that saved the day on Naboo #but rather DIRECT MILITARY INTERVENTION #whoops it was Padme and the Jedi! #no wonder the kid’s view of politics is so warped! (via @rhodanum)

!!!

I have somehow never put that together before but holy shit you’re right. It’s not just the Jedi structure and worldview. It’s Padme herself.
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look man im a native english speaker and i’ve been mispronouncing a crap ton of words because i never looked up the pronunciation for any of them but if you make fun of how a foreigner pronounces an english word either because of their accent or having never heard that word before i will fucking fight you because english has shitty pronunciation rules and none of them make sense fuck off

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okay times are Trying at the moment and I could use a stress detox, so who wants to talk about Padmé and Anakin unexpectedly switching bodies because the Force? you? me? everyone? AWESOME, let’s go: 

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Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

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From @npr:

“We gathered our courage and succeeded,” said [organizer J. Rajeshwari]. “It’s men who ruled for the last four generations. It’s men who ran the unions. For so long, it’s only men. That’s why we women came together.”

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So I was talking with @norcumi last night for the first time on skype, and my brain ran away with me. Pertinent music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckNWtmkA2_g

Thus proving that the fastest way to get me to write is to egg me on with loud flaily noises. 

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No one actually thinks all men.
Just too many men.
Just enough men to be afraid.
Just enough men that all women have experienced it.
Just enough to make it a social problem not a personal one.
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