Much as Jews constitute community through our interpretive storytelling about Torah, fans constitute community through our interpretive storytelling about pop-culture and literary source texts. Fanworks in all media can offer interpretive readings of source texts, though I’m focusing here on fan fiction because, like midrash, it’s a written form.

Fan stories, like midrash, fill in lacunae in our source texts: for example, Doctor Who stories that ask, what other adventures might the Eleventh Doctor have had with River Song when they were courting? Fan stories, like midrash, articulate motivations and emotions that aren’t explicit in the text: for example, LOST stories that explore what Ben Linus might have been thinking and feeling when he turned the underground donkey wheel to move the island.

Fan stories, like midrash, articulate motivations and emotions that aren’t explicit in the text…

Fan stories, like midrash, resolve contradictions in the text.

Fan stories, like midrash, give voice to characters who aren’t front and center in narratives as we’ve received them.

And fan stories, like midrash, make meta-points about their source texts and about our community’s readings of those texts: for example, though Hawaii 5-0’s televised narrative privileges its white male characters, fan stories that explicitly focus on Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua implicitly critique that focus both on the part of the show’s creators and on the part of its fandom.



- Fanfiction and Midrash: Making Meaning, Rachel Barenblat x

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A significant amount of Christians I know have stayed in abusive relationships.

A significant amount of churches I know teach staying in a relationship with an abusive god.

I think there is a correlation here.

"The god who is appeased by throwing the virgin into the volcano or nailing his son to a tree is not the God of Jesus." Brian Zahnd

Substitutionary atonement theology is just the worst. (For those not in the know: substitutionary atonement is the idea that Jesus was tortured to death in place of humanity, because God had to torture somebody to death for humanity’s sins.)

It’s not just a correlation. It’s been outright stated in the church, especially to women. “Stay with your abusive husband, believe his excuses and apologies, be quiet and don’t make a fuss, because it’s just your cross to bear.” This shit is unconscionable. 

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  • Question: what denomination are you - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    I was raised in, and am now a pastor of, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA. It’s the largest Lutheran denomination in the US, and is ideologically more moderate-to-liberal than other Lutheran groups, such as the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.








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When I first read about this woman’s plan I thought it was a strong idea but I was worried that it was a little bit much for one person, no matter how dedicated, to keep it up for too long, especially since she has, you know, college to commit to. I never thought about how, if other people helped her carry her burden, I never thought about how much it would look like pallbearers with a coffin. Which is simply one of the strongest visual symbols one can use to disturb people in the western world.

you rock it, young feminist protesters. Fuck yeah, I am so proud of you.

Yes, they’re awesome.

But I think there is another part about this I like, too.  Notice the burden of that pain is being shared — made lighter by women committed to being here and helping.  They can’t fix it, of course but mutual support makes the burden lighter.

No wonder the patriarchy wants us in competition with each other…

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Instead of asking yourself “What would Jesus do?,” start asking yourself “What is Jesus doing?”

Jesus is alive and the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Too often we consider Jesus as a past memory instead of a present reality.


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Newly Discovered Dinosaur ‘Dreadnoughtus Schrani’ Compared to Other Dinosaurs and a Boeing 737

Sometimes I think about dinosaurs and I’m just like, “Nope, those are definitely mythical, how could dinosaurs exist?”

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I’ve never had a headcanon so strong where I’m like, “I don’t care about actual canon, I don’t care what you say to me, this is how it really is,” until WoC!Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman should be a woman of color. Nothing you say can convince me otherwise.

Like, real talk: the origin of Wonder Woman is based on the myth of the Amazons, right? And depending on which source you consult, the Amazons were supposed to have lived in Libya (ancient Libya basically referred to all of the known territory of Africa that wasn’t Egypt), or Anatolia (present-day Turkey), or Sarmatia (present-day Ukraine). So we’re talking either African, Mediterranean, or Caucasian (as in, from the Caucasus), and we’re talking about a Greek mythological legend. So give me some olive-skinned Wonder Woman, give me northern African Wonder Woman, give me WoC!Wonder Woman, or give me death.

Also note that I support all other forms of WoC!Wonder Woman, even if they deviate from the mythology. Hijabi Wonder Woman. East Asian Wonder Woman. Mayan Wonder Woman. ALL THE NON-WHITE WONDER WOMAN.

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[TW: sexual abuse, ableism]

I’m sure just about everyone here is aware of the statistic that on average, 1 in 5 women in the US are sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.

For people with developmental disabilities, that number is over 90%. Over 90% of our most vulnerable population are sexually abused, very often by care providers or family members.

Where the fuck is our outrage? How is ableism not viewed as a legitimate oppression yet?

y’all feel free to just keep ignoring this though

This is so scary and so wrong

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Marrying young is not the end of my freedom. It means I want to travel and see the world, but with her by my side. It means I still like drinking in bars and dancing in clubs, but stumbling home with her at 2am and eating pizza in our underwear. It means I know that I want to kiss those lips every morning, and every night before bed. If you see marriage as the end of your ‘freedom’, you’re doing it wrong.

Well this was just beautiful

Going to a christian college, I see a lot of people get married very young, mostly after knowing each other less than a year. But MAN, if you’ve known the person you love a while and you love them like this, get to Vegas tonight, I’ll be the witness.

Met at 16, dating at 17, engaged at 20 and married at 22. And the adventure’s still rolling.

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All I can think of when I hear that song…