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Vote - Week 41

A few words from clauderainsrm:

Before tonight, I never knew there was such a thing as “wasp duty”, or that it was my job.

But apparently it is - and I’m still trying to accomplish the task of finding this dreaded wasp that I still haven’t seen - and remove it from the house, dead or alive!

Wish me luck.

There are some people though, who are going to need a little more than just luck.

They need you to read their entries, comment on them - and then vote for your favorites!

They need you to tell your friends to do exactly the same - reading all of them and deciding which ones are their favorites, because they are all good!

The poll will close Monday, March 16th at 9pm EST at which point the contestant with the lowest amount of votes will be joining the Home Game.

Good luck to everyone!



Poll #2003453 LJ Idol, Season Nine, Week 41
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

50(20.2%)
50(20.2%)
56(22.7%)
47(19.0%)
44(17.8%)

Comments

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octavia_blue
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Home game entry
...and speaking of home game entries, here is my home game entry
roina_arwen
Mar. 13th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
Tiny poll is tiny but full of humongous talent - not that I've read the entries yet, just going on past experience! Good luck ya'll, and may The Fourth be with you!
ryl
Mar. 13th, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
I'm cool with most insects, but I have no patience for wasps. Burn the house down. It's the only way to be sure.
anyonesghost
Mar. 13th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
I think I've been on wasp duty since the age of 9. (My childhood was like the Ender's Game of killing wasps.) Best to destroy them preemptively, before they take up permanent residence.
hosticle_fifer
Mar. 13th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm out of the competition, I no longer have a vote-tally to defend, so I no longer have to keep my face-hole shut about potentially controversial opinions.

I don't blame the authors for writing to the prompt they were given; there's nothing to be done about that. But with that caveat let me say that everything about this week in Idol made me tremendously uncomfortable.

Let me put it this way. If me and a few of the guys decided to all write stories about exacting revenge on shrewish exes using female genital mutilation, and then slapping each other on the backs about how manly we're being, there would be a social media witch-hunt demanding tangible retribution.

Majicking away some dude's taquito - oh, but he absolutely deserved it, of course - and then being lauded for how womanly and empowering the story is though - 100% socially kosher.

I know this is extremely pointed, and I'm probably walking alone into the lion's den here, but I felt I had to say it.
noodledays
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'm going to raise a couple of points you may or may not have thought about -

1. Gary chose the topic.
2. without thoroughly checking, most if not all the contestants left are self-identified women.
3. none of the writers at this point should have felt a need to curtail the direction their story was going for worry of offending, particularly given the topic - strictly my opinion of course.
anyonesghost
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
On point 3: technically not, but if the idea is to make it accessible to as many readers as possible, some of the contestants may have cut off part of their potential vote pool. (Pun totally intended.) Mind, I don't know what percentile of the Idol viewership is male (in any sense), so maybe it's not an issue from a voting perspective. But folks can write what they wish, and folks can vote how they wish.

(I've neither read nor voted yet. Looks like this'll be a fun batch.)
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hosticle_fifer
Mar. 13th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yup, and those are in fact points I did think about, even while making my post.

For point one, that's why I said that I don't blame the authors. You have a topic, the pressure's on, time to write. What else could they have done? Not much, really.

Second point, yeah, I believe you're right. Which made this choice of prompt a little uncomfortable. If it were five men left in the competition, would everyone have been comfortable with cliterectomy as a prompt?

And for the final and most important point, I was venting my opinion of the entire situation, and my observation of social currents at large, not calling out individual authors. Me expressing those opinions do not and should not be misconstrued as shutting people down.

Also note that I said 'uncomfortable', not 'offended'. Nothing annoys me more than "that offends me [subtext: so you should be silenced]". Everyone can write what they want, and I can choose to like it or not. And express my opinions on it.
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bleodswean
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with you for the most part. And I was made uncomfortable by the subject, as well. Castration fear, genital mutilation, revenge fantasy, and the psycho-somatic response to threatened genitalia are really not easy subjects. Nor is much of it funny. At all. There is little question in my mind that Koro has a psychological base in perceived societal emasculation. But that's a HUGE subject and probably not one that can be tackled in three days' time.

But using the comments section of a contestant's entry to make a social commentary doesn't seem appropriate. Especially once the piece has been written. Keeping in mind that most, if not all, of the writers are female.

AND...............regardless of kosher-ness...the desire to "majick" the penis (in several imaginable ways) is ages old and runs far deeper than the surface outrage or revulsion. Especially for women.

Why don't you homegame it? Your stance on this subject and the responses?



Edited at 2015-03-13 04:51 pm (UTC)
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lrig_rorrim
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
*nods* Honestly, I see where you're coming from, and I understand why it makes you uncomfortable.

I can only speak for myself, but I tried to come at the prompt from a different angle. I was very aware of the minefield of writing, as you put it, a "womanly and empowering" story about a dude losing his genitals. Add onto that the fact that this term refers to a culture specific syndrome for a set of cultures which I've got very little personal experience with, and I wasn't sure I could do much with it that wasn't fraught. I ended up asking the question "ok, so what happens when someone thinks that this rather regionally specific thing is a global thing? And why would they think that? And what kind of shenanigans would it lead to?" and then plopped it into a spec-fic (spec-fish?) context, because that's what I do. I was tempted more than a little to have my protagonist be female, because hey, according to wikipedia koro is a thing women experience, too. I didn't go that route, but I do hope that I navigated those murky waters well enough. And I hope it makes you feel better (at least in some small part) about this week in Idol that this issue is a thing that was kept in mind and approached with at least some amount of care.

(A note: I've only read one story other than my own thus far - I glanced at the other entries this morning, but I'm running super behind and 'glancing at' isn't the same as reading.)
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suesniffsglue
Mar. 13th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
I went with the first thing that came to mind. It was exactly what you're talking about, and I do apologize for any discomfort caused. I didn't feel comfortable adapting a masculine voice on this particular topic. When I read the wikipedia entry, I panicked for awhile until I came to the part about witches being blamed. My brain latched on to that direction, because it's something I could relate to. Perhaps I should have stepped outside the box more. Hindsight.
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anyonesghost
Mar. 13th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
I admit, I don't share your point of view precisely ... but then, I didn't read the comments. You read comments on the internet? I mean ... ick.
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ryl
Mar. 13th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Let me put it this way. If me and a few of the guys decided to all write stories about exacting revenge on shrewish exes using female genital mutilation, and then slapping each other on the backs about how manly we're being, there would be a social media witch-hunt demanding tangible retribution.
As a female and a person who enjoys a good revenge story (one of my favoritest Shakepeare plays is Titus Andronicus) I enjoyed the revenge aspect of some of these stories.

As a human being who is not at all cool with people hacking off bits of themselves, especially in the genital region, I am also uncomfortable.

I haven't figured out how to reconcile those two opinions yet. I don't think they can be.
murielle
Mar. 16th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
I was the commenter who used the word "womanly". Sorry, I can't defend my choice of words, but perhaps I was reacting to the insightful drawing of a woman who has been profoundly damaged by her husband's infidelity--not something I have seen so truthfully described in fiction (though that probably says more about my taste in reading than what is out there to be read). On further reflection, everything about the story (I re-read a few minutes ago) strikes me as richly feminine, from the tatting of the vail, to the women sitting knee to knee as one confides in the other, the descriptions are of things I would notice. And yes, even the justice is exacted in what I see as a feminine, or womanly way. The man is not killed, or crippled, only his virility is affected, his ability to cause his wife pain with his unfaithfulness. Furthermore, while his ability to achieve sexual satisfaction is arrested, he is persuaded to create an object for his wife's....

Perhaps if Aesop had been a woman he might have written a fable like this one. 😉

Edited at 2015-03-16 12:55 am (UTC)
clauderainsrm
Mar. 13th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
FYI
Friend of Gary (and thus Idol) Kristin won again last night - so make sure to watch her on Jeopardy!

and/or check out how she is trending on Facebook/the rest of social media!

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