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Featherdusters at 400 Yards: An Avengers Blog
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post on Feather Dusters at 400 Yards

An examination of the interactions between Steed and Ma Black in "Tunnel of Fear."

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/old-women-are-worth-listening-to-steed-and-ma-black-in-tunnel-of-fear/
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post: Steed vs Keel

John Steed is a feminist, and thank God for that.

David Keel, bless his heart, isn't a feminist. Poor wee lamb.

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/john-steed-is-a-feminist-david-keel-isnt/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:10 pm    Post subject: Blog on Toy Trap Reply with quote

New Blog Post about "Toy Trap"

In a discussion about the relative merits of David Keel in a thread about "Tunnel of Fear," I mentioned that I had issues with Keel's character based on how he is presented on the page, even in the absence of Hendry's performances. My previous blog addressed some of those issues, but I've found that there's a lot more to unpack in the episode "Toy Trap." Hence a new post, hot off the press: https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/its-for-your-own-good-you-know-exploitation-oppression-and-patriarchal-norms-in-toy-trap/

Content notice for discussion of sex trafficking and abuse in this one.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further mumblings on Steed's neurodivergence

I have a headcanon that Steed is ADD/ADHD, and some recent postings on tumblr led me to concoct this little smackerel of something about it:
https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/a-little-thing-about-steed-emma-neurodivergence-and-trusting-the-process/

My original post explaining the evidence for my headcanon appeared here:
https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/neurodivergence-in-the-avengers-part-3-neurodivergent-steed/
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post

A little smackerel of something about Steed, vulnerability, and emotion, vis-a-vis a scene from "Room Without a View."

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/flashback-to-nee-san/
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Comments Policy

For various reasons, I think it wise that I institute a comments policy on my Avengers blog. Follow the link for details.

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/10/13/comments-policy/
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post: Nurturing Steed

Wherein I explore ways in which Steed nurtures other people, with a focus on his relationship with Cathy Gale in Seasons 2 and 3. Also I natter a little bit more about Steed's feminism and say grumpy things about James Bond.

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/nurturing-steed/
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post: Nurturing Steed, Part the Second

Herewith another blog, this one about how Steed nurtures other men, and about how that nurturing aspect of his character was there from the very first season. Steed is not "James Bond Lite," y'all....

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/nurturing-steed-part-the-second/
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post: "Ableism, Sexism, and Toxic Masculinity: The Intersectional Violence at the Heart of 'Noon Doomsday' and Season 6"

In which I explore how Tara’s intersectional violence against Steed in Act III of “Noon Doomsday” is both an expression and microcosm of intersectional violence towards Tara–and, by extension, Steed–on the part of Avengers writers and producers, both within this episode in particular and across Season 6 generally.

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/ableism-sexism-and-toxic-masculinity-the-intersectional-violence-at-the-heart-of-noon-doomsday-and-season-6/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post

I cooked up a little bloglet about Steed being Webster in "Two's a Crowd."

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/what-price-steed
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post:

Wherein I analyze the scene between Emma Peel and George Miles in "What the Butler Saw" as a critique of rape culture.

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/emmas-date-with-george-miles-as-critique-of-rape-culture-in-what-the-butler-saw/
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post

Some more Steed-and-Cathy thoughts, vis-a-vis "Warlock."

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/youre-pretty-good-for-a-girl-thoughts-on-the-subversion-of-gendered-tropes-in-warlock/
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post

A bloglet about "Have Guns Will Haggle."

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/and-another-thing/
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Blog Post

Musings about the interactions between Steed and Dr Campbel in "The Master Minds"

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/in-for-an-interesting-challenge-steed-vs-dr-campbell-in-the-master-minds/
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Administrativa: Accessibility

I’m working on ways to make my WordPress blog more accessible to those with disabilities. I’ve started making audio recordings of my blogs and fic, which I will be uploading to SoundCloud. I’ll also be attaching links to the SoundCloud files at the top of every blog post and piece of fic. It may take some time to get files done for everything I’ve written so far, but I’m working on it, and all new stuff going forward will have an audio file connected with it.

If you are disabled and read my stuff on WordPress and have any suggestions for improving accessibility, please let me know, either in a reply or PM, or you can leave a comment on the blog itself, or you can send an ask (anonymously, even) to my tumblr (http://sparklywaistcoat.tumblr.com/). If it’s something I can fix, I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

Thanks!

https://therealavengers.wordpress.com/
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good on you, I'm a huge champion for accessibility.
You need not necessarily make audio recordings, a user's screen-reader will make any content audible and, more importantly, already be configured how the person can most easily understand it (variable speed, localised accent).

Avoid repeating linking text, and makes the links contextual and semantic; don't use media or content requiring plug-ins where text will do the same job, the CSS style sheets separate the presentation layer from the content, meaning you can be both stylish and accessible at the same time.

(For instance, you might have a link that is the text "A comparative study of Steed and Mrs Peel's motivations in 'The Master Minds'" rather than "read more" or "click here")

Also, annotate tables and images with alt or caption tags. For instance, this is on my page for "From Venus with Love":
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alt="Upper class chimney sweep Bert Smith smiles inanely at Mrs Peel, whose back is to us. His face, top hat and morning suit are covered in soot and grime"

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
You need not necessarily make audio recordings, a user's screen-reader will make any content audible


Yes, I understand that about screen readers, but I've also seen posts on tumblr from people saying that they really like to have audio files of fic, for example, so I'm going to create those as well. I figure it also gives people with or without disabilities another way to access my blog, since they can download the audio files to their phones or whatever to listen to while driving or doing other activities when they're not able to read. And there are some people with text disabilities who don't use screen readers, so the audio files might help them, too.

Also thanks for the tip about alt text: I've been putting in captions but haven't done the alt text thing yet.
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