Brief Overview of Shipping, Slash, and Canon

First I want to say that I have recently started listening to the podcast Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files, which I am really loving as a huge fan of The X Files. Though Kumail Najiani and some of his guests have said some incorrect things about fandom. I want to clear them up for any of my non-fandom centric followers.

First off, fans don’t stop shipping fictional couples once they get together on screen a.k.a. become canon. Members of fandoms start making gifs, fan videos, fanfiction, and have discussions surrounding moments or episodes featuring the romantic couple together. For example once Brittana became canon on Glee the shippers started making gifs or fan videos surrounding their relationship. Nobody just moved on to another ship the minute Brittany and Santana kissed on screen.  Just look up Brittana on tumblr and you will see the millions of posts about that one couple.

Second off, the term slash can only be used if its a gay couple. Neither Scully/Mulder or Lexa/Clarke could be considered slash. Though technically Lexa/Clarke or Clexa is a femslash couple, which is the female version of slash. As Kumail Najiani pointed out slash was created by the Star Trek fandom who loved to pair Kirk with Spock, which is why it only applies to gay couples.

Thank you Kumail Nanijani for making sure to cover the involvement of fandom on The X Files. I am a huge fan of your podcasts. I just wanted to clear some things up about the comments on fandom made on your show, but I hope you don’t take any offense.

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Special Holocaust Remembrance Day Post

I first want to take a moment to remember the men, women, and children who both survived and died in the Holocaust. As well as the European and American soldiers who fought in World War Two to free Jews, Gays, Gypsies and political dissents from Nazi concentration camps. I am going to list feminist TV shows that in someway demonstrate the horrors of one group keeping people who are different locked up inhumanly though I am no way saying anything of these shows demonstrate the atrocities that happened to the innocent people in those camps. There are still a few survivors of the Holocaust alive and its important that we take this day to remember for them, but also so we continue to be aware of the immoral actions humans can do to other humans:

  1. Battlestar Galactica Season Three Episode 1-4: In the Cylon Occupation of New Caprica, human beings are kept under martial law where anybody who is part of the resistance against the Cylon’s strict horrific rule are put in solitary confinement and eventually executed. Theres a puppet government like in part of France during World War Two. Dr Baltar the elected President of the Twelve Colonies being the ultimate figurehead.
  2. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season One – Seven (1993-1999): Before the Federation took over the space station Deep Space Nine, the Cardassians occupied Bajor where they treated the Bajorans like second class citizens in their plant. The Nazi like Cardassians sent Bajorans to their deaths in work camps or into the dangerous mines.
  3. Firefly Season One: The all powerful Alliance sent young geniuses like River to special secret labs to experiment on their brains to make super soldiers. Very much like what Dr. Mengala did to Jewish children and adults who were at all different from the normal human being.
  4. The 100 Season Two: The people in Mount Weather have been draining the blood out of the grounders or making them into mindless killers Reapers for generations to keep themselves alive. The leaders excuse this by making the grounders lesser than them in their minds and like the German people the normal citizens just never talked about the draining.

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10 Reasons Why Margene Heffman is a Feminist Character

Here are the ten reasons why Margene Heffman from Big Love is a feminist character:

  1. Margene Heffman becomes a talented saleswoman and television personality. Margene has a entrepreneurial spirit, which is discovered when she starts selling  jewelry on television.
  2. Perhaps because Margene was not raised Mormon she is the most sexually free of all the wives.
  3. Heffman has a very cheery disposition, which causes people to be naturally drawn to her. She is the only one of the sister wives to have friends outside the marriage like Anna and Pam.
  4. Margene is the youngest of all the wives so a lot of the children come to her with their problems. Like Teeny who had nominated her biological mother Barb for the best mother in Utah, but felt bad about it because she was worried her other mothers Margene and Nicki would feel left out. Heffman talked the third oldest child into telling Barb and Bill about the nomination.
  5. Margene is the only one of Bill’s wive to really fall in love with the whole family before marrying them. She is in a polygamy out of love not because of religion or because of a previous single marriage.
  6. After Bill dies, Margene Heffman travels overseas to do humanitarian work, but still comes home for special occasions like Sarah’s babies blessing.
  7. Margene Heffman loves her children, but recognizes that she needs to do more than just being a homemaker. So Heffman goes out to find purpose without the help of Bill, Barb or Nicki. Margene’s people skills works out when she starts selling jewelry on-air.
  8. Margene Heffman marries Anna’s boyfriend Goran to keep them in the country since her best friend is pregnant with Bill’s baby. Margene does this out of love for both Anna and the Henrickson family so the baby can be in all their lives.
  9. Margene Heffman loves to dance, play around with the children and generally keeps the joy alive in the household.
  10. Margene Heffman is often written off by Barb and Nicki for being oblivious or clumsy, but instead of acting out in anger she always tries to prove them wrong.

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10 Reasons why Nicolette Grant is a Feminist Character

Here are the ten reasons why Nicolette Grant from Big Love is a feminist character:

  1. Nicolette “Nicky” Grant loves her family and will do anything to protect them. This trait can get Nicky  into trouble like when spied on the D.A. for her father the cult leader Roman Grant.
  2. Nicki is very skilled at fixing household appliances. When the third sister wive Maragene breaks her washing machine, Grant is the one charged with finding a solution to whatever was wrong with the machine.
  3. Grant can use a firearm to protect her family.
  4. After Nicki Grant realized that her father Roman Grant was a fake prophet who abused everybody on the Juniper Creek Compound, she started helping out at a shelter where women and children from the Polygamous compound come for safety.
  5. Nicki wants power tools not jewelry for her birthday.
  6. Nicki Grant can be very selfish and cold, but she does everything she can to assure her biological children have a great life. Nicolette Grant even sends her oldest son Wayne to a private Catholic School because it was the best in the area.
  7. Nicolette believes in “the principle” meaning polygamy, so she treats the children from all the marriages like her own. Nicky gives sound advice to everybody who comes to her like Sarah the eldest child. She tells her not to sleep with her boyfriend Scott because he is pressuring her.
  8. Nicki helped look after Barb the first wive and the children when she was sick with cancer.
  9. When Nicolette Grant did not want children she took birth control pills even though it was her turn in the family to be pregnant.
  10. Toward the end of the series Nicki Grant is able to assimilate out of compound life enough to start wearing her own style.

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