Coming Out as a Slytherin

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:39 pm
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Ars Technica published an article by me on Pride Day (yesterday, traditionally the last Sunday in June) entitled “Coming Out as a Slytherin.”

In the article I detail how there have been a series of “closets” whose doors I have had to kick down, from coming out as bisexual in the 1980s, to coming out as a pro who also wrote fanfic in the 2000s, to, eventually, realizing I had to come out as Slytherin, too.

In the article I talk about the pervasiveness of the anti-Slytherin bias in the books, which carries right through from Harry’s first hearing of the word through the epilogue:

“One of the magics of the Potter books for me was that as I read them, I was transported back to feeling like a kid again. … My journey as a fan… started from a childlike devouring of the books where I took Harry’s journey at face value. Harry hated Snape and Draco? I hated Snape and Draco. Harry thought all Slytherins are bad? I thought all Slytherins are bad. It’s a book for kids, right? A simplistic worldview is appropriate and comforting.”

“But the moment I leapt into fandom headlong was also when book six, Half-Blood Prince, came out. In that book, Harry keeps on thinking that Snape and Draco are villains. It’s also a book where many adult readers started realizing that Snape and Draco are victims. I went back and re-read the entire series through Snape and Draco’s eyes and what I saw was very different.”

“I guess you could say it was the Potter fandom equivalent of being woke.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 03:12 pm
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Still alive. Need to up my meds a bit, I think. Hypomania sucks.

Been doing a daily thing on tumblr this month. Didn't actually think of it until a bit over a week ago, boo. Anyway. Lego Pride. An example -

A different pairing every day, leaning heavily on Star Wars. :)

And now it's time to go to work. It's my Friday. Two classes and I'm done until Saturday morning. Yay.

Take care, y'all.

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Jun. 15th, 2017 02:37 pm
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Got the scoop on where I'll be teaching next term. It's mixed news.

I'll be part-time at the primary school and part-time at the branch. Part-time anywhere is seriously not my choice, but I understand why they've put me in those spots. It's because I'm in the neighborhood, so the sure-to-be-wacky class schedule doesn't mean long commutes for not much class time.

The up side? It's pretty good... I should be teaching less than three-quarter's time but get paid for full-time. I'll also still have my two days off in a row. Granted, I'll be the one they call when they need emergency coverage, but whatever.

I'd still rather be doing full-time at the kindergarten, but for all I know, they'll move me to that next term (i think that's when one of the kinder teachers's contract is up).

Director of Studies is *trying* to take care of me, and I greatly appreciate it.

Tomorrow I talk with the Operations person who's dealt with my landlady the past couple of years. Hopefully she can talk her into letting me stay (in which case, i will be spending some cash to get a/c installed. it's already too freakin' hot).



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