quick note: aus are all good and fun, but ive noticed at least one that doesnt seem to recognize that there were, in fact, upper-class unmarried ladies in early-1800s europe. look up spinsters, theyre as good a place to start as any. theyre not specifically upper-class-only, but money certainly enabled many to remain financially self-sufficient, especially in harder times.
specifically, a lot of spinsters were likely aspec, choosing not to marry because they simply never found anyone they were attracted to enough for it, whether this be romantically, sexually, or both (what is less documented but probably happened at times: an aspec spinster and an aspec bachelor joining in a queerplatonic marriage before there was the language to fully explain it to others).
while some spinsters may have been queer in other ways (trans, trust issues regarding becoming close enough to anyone to be circumstantially outed to them; wlw, with “close female companions” they didnt feel safe to openly marry), and some may truly have been allocishet and single purely due to circumstance or personal trauma, a common characterization was a lack of attraction at all, or not enough to be seen as significant/enough for marriage, both noted by outsiders and by spinsters themselves.
while not all spinsters were queer, as a group they are a part of queer history, the same way the isle of lesbos didnt only have queer people during sapphos time, but is obviously also seen as a part of queer history today nonetheless.
remember the spinsters. dont erase them from history, not even in fiction.
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It’s funny how in SPN the Winchesters do SOOO much horrible shit, but the times when people actually hold them accountable are usually the FEW things that they actually weren’t responsible for?
Like when Pamela showed up lol, and decided to summon the then-unknown Entity that was Castiel, and the voice of this eldritch horror the likes of which none of them have ever experienced is like “HEY FAIR WARNING YOU’D BETTER STOP RIGHT NOW OR ELSE”
Dean: Hey this is a bad idea you’d better listen to the horrible Presence and stop right now
Sam: Yeah I agree you’d better listen to the horrible Presence and stop right now
Pamela: It’s fine, I’m a medium! 😌
Pamela after its very much NOT fine: WHY WOULD THE WINCHESTERS DO THIS TO ME
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You know... I don’t think I ever saw anyone talk about how weird it is that Madoka’s rewrite of the universe still has the same characters we know and recognize after such a huge thing that should have changed how the human history developed enough for these girls to not exist, as witches are such a major part of their world history just like magical girls who supposedly brought their development on were, as they would cause a lot of people to die that would have to alter the course of history.
It feels more and more like while it is a supposed rewrite of the history, it is in a way a rewrite that goes from current time to backwards with the new law than being a completely new universe from scratch- as in, the world ends up developing in a way where people who existed in the timelines where witches existed do exist, and the past changes and people in the past die from different reasons than witches, but still keep the history beyond that intact.
Which makes me wonder...
In that case, wishing for Incubators to never have contacted humans would have worked just as fine too, since Madoka was willing to fuck with existence itself to prevent girls suffering further- It sounds more and more like Madoka indeed fell for Incubators’ argument of their own importance in human history than it being a fact.
I know part of that also was Madoka not wanting to “trample on other girls wishes”, but that also feels like a childish mistake to me as the context still is young girls being tricked into signing their souls away for a wish they are likely to regret in their most vulnerable moments, deliberately preyed on by an alien species who in the end does not care about what happens to humans as shown by it fucking off to sunset the moment Gretchen grew too powerful an they got their energy quota met as they left the world to its destruction in at least one timeline we see, so it rings hollow to me to justify it as a necessary good or simply respecting wishes of other girls who are still literally kids when it is essentially knowing and allowing girls who could live their lives than be killed off after painful battles with only now a magical girl valhalla, which is only really there for ones who would have witched out than having their gems broken for all we know too.
This is again, not to blame Madoka, but to point out the extent of manipulation and mental cornering Incubators placed Madoka in, which was more than a little part of why she wanted to preserve the system added to her being a child who was fairly naive in her desire to believe Incubators meant well after all with their entropy schemes than being a parasitic existence on humans, leading to her wishing just stopping magical girls from turning to witches.
This is more than a little rambly, but just some stray thoughts I’ve been having after a few recent rewatches of Rebellion, especially since I’ve never seen anyone point out that it would be possible to essentially erase human and Incubator contact so that humans’ feelings would have never taken the form of witches, nor would it have brought on wraiths as a replacement since Madoka’s existence of LoC required Magical Girls to still exist in her newly made universe since she is a central concept of the new universe governing Magical Girls and their transformation into Witches, hence requiring the existence of Magical Girls who would come under the threat of becoming Witches, for which the negative energy had to take a new form in the shape of grief cubes and wraiths, at least from my current understanding of things.
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