RT @d_ruddenwrites@birdsite.link
'If you got rid of every male creator who was a monster, we'd lose so many -'

Don't care. Do not. There isn't a single piece of music, cinema, TV or literature that I would trade for another person's safety, and that's what you are proposing.

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I also think it's really, REALLY hard for most people to do a mea culpa because creative work is so inherently a) personal b) draining. Even in my own work, stuff I never even LIKED, it's taken me years to look back on some things and go "Yeah, I shouldn't have done that." twitter.com/GentleFishorse/sta

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Again, a read of "I think [Thing] is or falls within this trend of " is totally valid (I make these reads all the time), but trying to validate that read with "I think [Thing] is and therefore the author is an unapologetic bigot" is like

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I suspect that the current focus on "my read on this piece of art makes means I understand the author's intent" is a means of making one's subjective read seem more valid. And it's shitty and I hate it. Unless the author has stated something, like, you can't read minds?

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RT @Shvartacus@birdsite.link
Twitter is wild because the dumbest people are like “Mayhaps you have slandered me with that ad hominem” and the smartest people are like “my dog is a chonky boi”

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But I can say that the jump from “This song is transphobic” or “This song might unintentional empower transphobia” to “This songwriter is transphobic because of my read on a song they wrote thirteen years ago” is kind of bad faith, y’all.

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So like… if someone says “I think ‘Sex Changes’ is transphobic”, I can’t say that’s an invalid read, but I can say I'm kind of ambivalent on that read because I remember how different the culture was when the song was released.

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But my problem with reads like that is they tend to make the jump to a statement of authorial intent - the person who originated the “Ender’s Game = Hitler apologia” read had a big vendetta against Card, and argued that Card drew deliberate Hitler parallels with Ender.

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Like I can feel that someone else’s interpretation is dumb as hell - for instance I’ve always thought “Ender’s Game = Hitler apologia” is a bad, stupid read, but it’s not an invalid read. I can’t say “your read is wrong” because that read is subjective.

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And this brings me back to "Death of the Author" thoughts which I can't shake. The thing about reads of art is there’s no invalid reads. There are bad faith read, but you can’t say one person’s subjective interpretation is invalid.

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That also said, I think it's easy to see where someone would read the song in question as transphobic-- I was re-listening to that Dresden Dolls album a couple of weeks ago and when it got to “Sex Changes” I definitely had the thought, “oof, this song has aged poorly.”

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This is kind of frustrating - I understand where this impulse comes from since a lot of public figures are suddenly loudly disappointing, but I really wish people would pause before turning their read of a piece of art into a statement of authorial intent. twitter.com/amandapalmer/statu

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I assume that Frozen 2 is finally going to grapple with Elsa's godlike ability to create life.

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