My life in words

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All right, let's talk about THAT scene in the Divergent movie
I've been stewing on this for a fortnight now, ever since I watched the Divergent movie. Spoilers ahoy, obviously.

So Divergent is a post apocalyptic Chicago divided into five "factions" - Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Candor, and Dauntless. They're living communities based on valued traits. Abengation, where our heroine, Tris, grows up, is all about altruism and austerity. Sexual pleasure, just like every other kind of pleasure, is frowned upon 'cause it's selfish.
When a kid's around sixteen, they choose the community they want to live in, and it need not be the one where they grew up. Tris chooses Dauntless, which is all about being daring, and getting adrenaline rushes. Those guys there have more liberal attitudes towards sex, naturally. Tris starts lusting after a guy, Four. She has all these sexual feelings that she doesn't know what the fuck to do with. That scares her. Her fear is of intimacy at large. And that's what shows up in this simulation she undergoes wherein you go through all your fears. She overcomes that fear by saying to Head!Four, "LOL we are NOT popping our cherries in a hallucination of all places." She kisses Head!Four and then the simulation ends.
In the book there is ALSO an exchange between Tris and Four that amounts to Tris saying, "Well I'm nervous 'cause I'm a virgin unlike you" and Four replies, "Well, actually, I'm a virgin too." I found that incredibly refreshing. They never actually go all the way in the book but it was nice to see someone avert the trope of "A Man Is Not A Virgin", and to be privy to a female character's internal monologue that includes sexual desire, you know?

Enter the film. In the film, during Tris and Four's first kiss, Tris abruptly says, "I want to take it slow." Which in and of itself is fine, but I'm so over this framework wherein guys are horny and girls rein the guys' sex drives in. I'm so NHFT, especially because in the book, her internal monologue reveals that she herself is horny. But that's the least of my problems with the book to film changes. The main offender is the change they made to Tris' simulation of fears. It's no longer intimacy (which was consensual in the book). Instead it's of Tris and Four kissing then Four forces Tris on the bed and attempts to rape her. She overcomes the fear by kicking him in the nuts. They added a hallucinatory rape that WAS NOT ORIGINALLY IN THE BOOK. And just all around perpetuating the man as aggressor, woman as gatekeeper framework of sex, which is part and parcel of rape culture.

Some people thought it was wonderful that Movie!Tris asserted her agency by fighting off the Four in her simulation. I'm glad they could take away something positive from that scene. Truly I am. But honestly, the story of a chaste girl who defends her sexual purity is quite old. How many 90s sitcoms had episodes about girls putting the brakes on their dates getting too hot and heavy?

Oh well. At least Theo James is a beautiful man.

media rant
Just ONCE. ONCE. Portray nursing as something normal and G-rated, and not just ~super West coast latte liberal~ types? Or something to gawp and/or get a boner over?

(no subject)
Apparently they're going to start naming blizzards? I heard something or other like that on the TV. And those names are going to be Greek and Roman. So here's my list.

Boreas (super fitting)
Gaea (super fitting)
Khione (super fitting)
Mrs. O'Leary (you see what I did there?)


(no subject)
01. do you like your poptarts toasted or cold?

02. what's your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
Lol wut

03. do you like sitting in the front, back, or middle of the classroom?

04. what color is the last rug you stepped on?

05. who was the very first person you sent a text message to?
Actually, I think he's also the first lover I had. Damn.

06. do you ever see commercials for restaurants that aren't even in your area?

07. what's your opinion on wearing animal fur, skin, leather, etc.?
It's murder. I don't object so hard to leather, somehow. Probably 'cause cows at least are eaten.

08. when you eat blow pops do you chew the gum afterwards?
I don't eat blow pops. I hate the smell of bubblegum.

09. what's your least favorite flavor of candy?

10. do you know anyone who has been struck by lightening before?

11. which is worse: living where there's lots of tornadoes or lots of hurricanes?
I'd assume hurricanes, with all the flooding and stuff, but I'm no expert

12. do you prefer baths with or without bubbles?
I don't do baths. Showers. No bubbles.

13. do you know anyone who actually takes "sex bracelets" seriously?
Sex bracelets? What? Am I just getting old?

14. have you ever thought your pet was dead but really wasn't?

15. what would you do if you had the world to yourself for a day?
Travel to all the places on my bucket list. Hold conversations in every language I have at least a rudimentary grasp of. And make some hot guys fall for me, hang out with them. Not at the same time.

16. would you consider becoming a stripper if it was the only way to support your child?
I don't want a child and no I probably wouldn't

17. do you take anything for your cramps during that time of month?

18. are you good at remembering little details?
Eh sometimes

19. what do you think you'd be better at: being an artist or a musician?

20. besides seeing the boy/girl you like, what else gives you butterflies?
Hmmmm, I guess a vacation to a place I'm really looking forward to seeing?


Have you done a lot this summer?

Do you have the same friends that you did last year?

How do you know the last person you texted?
They're a tutoring client

Are you good at picking out gifts?
Depends on the recipient

Have you ever taken your boyfriend on vacation with you and your family?

Do you act differently around the person you like?
Yes, but not intentionally

Do you keep things under your bed?

Are you in a good mood?

What do you think of hickeys?

Has anyone ever given you a compliment on your butt?

What don't you like about where you live?
You won't see the aurora borealis except once in a blue moon and if you blink you'll miss it. Boo. Also, rush hour traffic is horrible. We need a more extensive bus service, and the metro needs to get up and running sooner.

What were you doing at 11:00 last night?

Is there someone you don't really like right now?

Do you like thunderstorms?
I used to a lot more. Eventually I'll like them as much again.

Who is the shadiest person you know?

Can you hold a handstand for a long time?

Would your parents kill you if you got pregnant?

Were you dating the last person you had sex with?

Do you tell your friends you love them?
I'm not very effusive like that.

Have your looks changed a lot over the years or have you stayed the same?
Stayed the same

What is the shortest time it took you to fall in love with someone?
I get attached more easily than I like to admit, but falling in love? Four months?

Do you think a lot of things are awkward?

(no subject)
1. Your name: Kripa
2. All the places you’ve lived: Michigan, Culpeper, Reston, Herndon, Charlottesville, Thane, Buenos Aires
3. Your first best friend: Lauren
4. Your childhood fears: dogs, drowning
5. What you were like in high school: socially awkward
6. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school: favorite-- band in middle school, pre-calc, French, Spanish, Comparative Politics 101, Portuguese, anthropology, stat in grad school, repro health, government and public policy (Professor Janine Davidson's class); least favorite-- tech ed, International Trade and War, American Economic History, macroeconomics
7. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend: Nick, 8th grade.
8. Your oldest hobby: drawing Disney princesses
9. Your sexuality: straight? although lately, feels like I'm ace.
10. What you look for in a partner: Besides aesthetics? A sense of humor, fidelity, honesty, desire to travel.
11. Your kids, or your feelings about having kids: Not interested in having kids.
12. Your pets, past and present: I've won goldfish at the elementary school fun fair, and I had a hermit crab once. All dead.
13. Foods you love and foods you hate: I love guacamole and most local and seasonal produce. I love raw honey, dark chocolate, paneer makhani, any Indian fish curry, any kind of jal-frezi, goat cheese, eggs with Harissa sauce. I hate bananas even though I appreciate how good they are for you. I'm not a fan of coconut water even though that's also REALLY good for you - it will literally save and protect your guts in many parts of the world. (Gonna have to get over that when I go to India...) I hate buttermilk.
14. What your life was like ten years ago: riddled with anxiety. but can I have a time machine to take it back to that point?
15. How much alcohol you drink: almost none, unless I go out with friends.
16. Your worst illness: Delhi belly
17. What you do at work: tutor kids, substitute teach
18. A question or comment people should never make to you: Uh, don't make sexist and racist and homophobic, etc., comments to me. Oh, and don't diss Harry Potter or most YA or juvenile stuff. Although I suppose Twilight is fair game.
19. The style of clothing you feel most comfortable in: graphic tees layered over a long sleeve tee, jeans, Converse sneakers
20. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert: A little bit of both.
21. Who you have a crush on: The guy playing Gloss in Catching Fire.
22. A friendship you lost: Can we not?
23. Three achievements you’re proud of: My education. Um...I've written some creative pieces. And I've had LTEs published in a few newspapers.
24. Your political views: Green, I suppose.
25. Your religious beliefs: Hindu?
26. Your perfect night out: A hot guy approaches me with interest?
27. Whether you like to plan ahead or be spontaneous: Both.
28. What you look for in a friend: someone who is not judgemental, can laugh at themselves and have fun, and who shares at least a few similar interests
29. Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark: such a night owl.
30. How you would like people to remember you: fondly!

Star Crossed Lovers Are Magic Part III
The Canterpulets’ house. Fluttershy is with her animal friends.

Fluttershy: Oh, why’d Roan-eo have to be a Mount-ague? Why’d I have to be a Canterpulet? Why are ponies’ names so important anyway?

Roan-eo: Giaralet, I don’t care that our families hate each other. I want to be with you. Will you marry me?

Fluttershy: Oh yes. When and where?

Roan-eo: At nine tomorrow morning at the Carousel Boutique? That good?

Fluttershy: I can’t wait.

Wipe to present

Sweetie Belle: And then what happened? Did they live happily ever after? sighs dreamily

Apple Bloom: They just met and they already want to get married? What the hoof?

Twilight Sparkle: has read ahead Um...they...they got married and both their families found out about it and they realized they needed to stop fighting and everyone lived happily ever after. The end.

Scootaloo: Boring!

Spike: Well, actually it starts getting interesting when -

Twilight: Yup. Very boring. They live happily ever after. glares at Spike

To be continued? Maybe?

Star Crossed Lovers Are Magic Part II
at the Canterpulets' house

Prince Blueblood: Mr. Canterpulet, I have come to request your daughter’s hoof in marriage.

Lord Canterpulet: Giaralet? But she’s just a filly.

Blueblood: I know she’s young, but even younger fillies than she are happier broodmares made.

Lord Canterpulet: dubious face

Blueblood: And I’m rich.

Lord Canterpulet: Tempting,, not today. But hey, come to my party tonight! It’s a costume party!

wipe to Fluttershy's room, with Fluttershy as Giara-let (Juliet), Rainbow Dash as the Nurse, and Rarity as Lady Canterpulet

Fluttershy: You called, Mom?

Rarity: This is the matter - Nurse, give leave a wait, come back! - My daughter’s of a pretty age. Giaralet, you’re old enough to marry now. Are you excited about that?

Fluttershy: Um...not really.

Rarity: Oh darling, you’re not getting any younger. And Prince Blueblood himself has asked for your hoof in marriage. Such a stallion! And with all the riches! and he’d share it with you. What do you have to lose, darling?

Rainbow Dash: Nothing, she’d gain, ‘cause mares grow by stallions. Ha!

Rarity: Oh, you. Now, Giaralet, could you like Blueblood? He’ll be at our party tonight.

Fluttershy: Um, I guess...if you say so.

Rarity: Marvelous. exits

Rainbow Dash: Come on, don’t worry about it. Just have fun tonight, all right?

Wipe to Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Roan-eo

Roan-eo: I had this weird dream the other night...

Pinkie Pie: Oh oh! Queen Mustang’s been with you!

Applejack: Don’t -

Roan-eo: Queen Mustang?

Applejack: -ask.

Pinkie Pie: She comes galloping ‘round all Equestria and messes with everypony’s dreams. [insert more Queen Mabustang shenanigans here]

Applejack: Oh hey, look, we're at the party!

Roan-eo and Fluttershy see each other and fall in love.

Rainbow Dash: Hey, your mom’s looking for you.

She pulls away a reluctant Fluttershy.

RD: That’s Roan-eo, and he’s a Mount-ague.

Roan-eo: Oh no, she’s a Canterpulet. :(

Applejack: All right, it’s been a blast, but it’s time for us to mosey on home now! She grabs Pinkie Pie and Roan-eo and they exit.

Roan-eo: No, wait, I need to go back there and take care of something. He goes back.

Pinkie Pie: Oh you were right, Benfillia! He did forget all about Rhineland!

Star Crossed Lovers Are Magic Part I
Open to CMC hanging out in Twilight Sparkle’s place.

Scootaloo: Tell us a story!

TS already has a book in hand and reads it out loud. Wipe to imaginary place.

Spike: Two harrases, both alike in dignity/In fair Faroe-na where we lay our scene/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hooves unclean...

Wipe to reality.

Apple Bloom: What in the hay?

TS: There were two pony herds - the Mountagues and the Canterpulets, and they just couldn’t get along. The Mountagues had a colt named Roan-eo and the Canterpulets had a filly named Giara-let. And they met and fell in love.

Cut to a scene in the meadow.

Canterpulet pegasus bites her wing.

Mountague (earth pony): Hey hey hey! Did you just bite your wing at me?

Canterpulet pegasus: I didn’t bite my wing at you. I’m just...biting my wing.

Applejack (basically a female Benvolio - Benfillia): Knock it off, foals. Let’s not cause a ruckus!

Canterpulet pegasus: Are you kidding? Ruckuses are the best, and I want one now!

Mayor Mare: What’s going on here? That’s the third time I’ve had to stop everypony from fighting. You pull this again and I’ll haul you off to the dungeons of Canterlot, you hear?

Exit Mayor Mare.

Mrs. Cake (basically Lady Montague): Benfillia, have you seen Roan-eo today?

Applejack: Yeah, he’s been sulking. Oh look, there he is! I’ll go find out, all right?

Mrs. Cake: Thank you. Exits. Roan-eo enters.

Applejack: Well hey there. Why the long face?

Roan-eo: Well, there’s this mare, right? Rhineland. We were gonna go to Sugarcube Corner together, but instead, she decided to go with Brilliant Beard. I’ll never date again!

Applejack: Aw chin up. There are other mares all over Faroe-na. Ya just gotta look is all.

Roan-eo: No one can compare to Rhineland.

Pinkie Pie (as Mercutio - Pinkutia): Hey everypony guess what! I just got us all invites to the biggest party in all Faroe-na at the Canterpulets’ house!

Applejack: Well that sounds great and all, but aren’t you forgetting something? Me and Roan-eo are the Canterpulets’ sworn enemies!

Pinkie Pie: Oh no, that won’t be a problem. It’s the best kind of party - a COSTUME party!

Roan-eo: I don’t feel like going to any parties.

Applejack: Oh come on, Roan-eo. You’ll see so many gorgeous mares that you’ll forget all about Rosalind. OICWYDT

Roan-eo: Her name’s Rhineland.

Applejack: Yeah yeah, come on! It’ll be fun.

Roan-eo: I’ll come, but I won’t find anyone better than Rhineland.

(no subject)
Put your music player on shuffle, write the artists that come up, and list three favourite songs by them.

01. Guns n Roses
/Civil War
/Don't Cry

02. Nirvana
/ You Know You're Right
/ Lake of Fire
/ Man Who Sold the World

03. Led Zeppelin
/ Kashmir
/ Dancing Days
/ When the Levee Breaks

04. Deftones
/ Good Morning Beautiful
/ Passenger
/ Needles and Pins

05. Depeche Mode
/ Flies on the Windscreen
/ Mercy in You
/ Blasphemous Rumors

06. A Perfect Circle
/ Brena
/ acoustic version of Three Libras
/ Gravity

07. Stevie Wonder
/ Part Time Lover
/ Land of Lala
/ I Just Called to Say I Love You

08. Radiohead
/ Talk Show Host
/ Karma Police
/ Optimistic

09. Rise Against
/ Roadside
/ Savior
/ Worth Dying For (actually, I need to listen to their full repertoire to fill this spot)

10. Incubus
/ Pardon Me
/ Adolescents
/ A Certain Shade of Green

11. Soundgarden
/ Fell on Black Days
/ Big Dumb Sex
/ Birth Ritual

12. Avenged Sevenfold
/ A Little Piece of Heaven
/ Save Me
/ I Won't See You Tonight

*I really really wish A7X would do a song called "The Triumvir and the Asp" (no such thing, I made that title up) and it would be about Antony and Cleopatra. I wish they'd get on that. Wonder if there's a way to get the message to M Shadows?

13. Tori Amos
/ Crucify
/ Welcome to England
/ Dew Drop Inn/Muhammad My Friend

14. Garbage
/ Milk
/ Use Me
/ Push It

15. Rage Against The Machine
/ Revolver
/ Revolution
/ Know Your Enemy

16. Portishead
/ Glory Box
/ Mourning Air
/ All Mine

17. Disney
/ My Lullaby (The Lion King II)
/ Savages (Pocahontas)
/ Battle on the Tower (Beauty and the Beast)

18. Michael Jackson
/ Dirty Diana
/ Will You Be There
/ The Girl Is Mine

19. Trans Siberian Orchestra
/ Christmas Eve Sarajevo
/ Wizards in Winter
/ Nutcracker Suite

20. Tool
/ Jimmy
/ No Quarter (yes, I like this version better than Led Zeppelin's)
/ Stranglehold (way better than Ted Nugent's version, plus Ted Nugent sucks as a human being, and as far as I can tell, MJK doesn't)

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my imagination is way too active
Am I going to make a fanfiction out of this? I doubt it, it's pretty blatantly self-indulgent. It stars me. Nevertheless.

Basically I'm imagining being a witch, but in the US. Exactly where I currently live. My folks would be a witch and wizard, but my maternal grandfather would be a Muggle-born wizard. After I got my acceptance letter to Salem Witches' Institute* (it would be co-ed though) on my 11th birthday, I'd get my school supplies from a place hidden in an alley in Georgetown. Every metro area in the US would have such a place. And me, personally, I'd get everything but my wand in the US. I'd go back to India to get my wand, which would be neem and dragon heartstring. (Pottermore gave me English oak and dragon heartstring.) I wouldn't have pets, and I'd be spoiled, so my phials would be made of crystal, and I'd get two cauldrons, pewter and copper. I think I'd love potions class. The curriculum would be largely the same, I imagine, except OWLs and NEWTs might be called different things. As for me, I'd have pursued the standard fare (Charms, Herbology, Transfiguration, Astronomy, History of Magic, Potions, Flying, Care of Magical Creatures) and Divination, Muggle Studies, Ancient Runes, and Arithmancy. Except I wouldn't have needed time turners; Salem would have offered summer courses, and winter session and Easter courses on top of that. I'd probably have had a huge crush on the school quodpot captain. I think there wouldn't have been houses.

Er...I guess I'd have graduated in June 2005. (Started in September 1998, after the Wizarding War in Britain was over and Voldemort was killed.) I'd have taught Potions or Divination after graduating, and I'd have done it in the West coast school. Or maybe gone over to Hogwarts or Beauxbatons. 9-11-2001 would have been the work of Dark wizards, and the American Minister of Magic would have declared a War on Dark Magic. Witches and wizards in my own family's circle might have been accused of Dark magic. There would be witches and wizards carted off to Alcatraz and Guantanamo and younger witches and wizards would speak out against it. I'd join them after graduating, actually. And then after our first Muggleborn Minister of Magic comes to power, I'd celebrate and then get a job teaching Divination or Potions in the West coast wizarding school. This would be the year 2008. Not long after the election of the first Muggle-born Minister of Magic, a fringe group of American wizards would demand to see proof that the Minister is actually a wizard, and not a Muggle.

*Located on the East coast, in Massachussetts. There are other wizarding schools in the continental US, one on the West coast (haven't decided where) and one in the Midwest (haven't decided where).

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