she reaches down seductively. I guide her hand to my zipper. she unzips my fanny pack by mistake. raviolis spill out everywhere
catching up on OP, reading the mermen’s island arc
IT’S REALLY FUNNY that this question came in after the last one I answered. (They were far apart, time-wise, but it was like… a perfect pair up).
From a purely meta standpoint, Homestuck trolls only have the loosest of worldbuilding behind their biology and culture, and there are so many huge gaps that a person could spin up any number of ideas that could fit that gap. That said—
As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s a mystery and always would be. It’s really, really hard to separate out entrenched cultural biases with actual biological necessity, especially in a culture like the trolls’ where any challenge to the status quo is swiftly and violently crushed.
You can see this in action in real life with people who cling very tightly to evolutionary psychology and use it to try to ‘explain’ bullshit like why men are just naturally driven to cheat, or whatever the fad is this month. (Evolutionary psychology isn’t 100% bullshit, but the usual deployment of it all too often is.)
Like, why do trolls have to have two sexual quadrants? Why would they have to ‘for biological reasons’? They deposit genetic material into a receptacle, then that genetic material given to the mother grub who combines it (somehow) into an ‘incestuous slurry’. It’s all mixed together in the end — why would they need to have two partners, or any at all?
In the brief description of troll reproduction, the part about how the dominant genes rise to the fore and the more powerful the relationship, the more dominant the genes strikes me as a myth meant to maintain the cultural norm, especially since unreliable narration and subverting what the kids have always taken for granted is kind of a Thing in Homestuck. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense considering the whole slurry thing, and it strikes me as another reason to keep trolls divided and competing for the best possible relationships, rather than thinking of ways to fix their fucked up culture.
Then there’s also that troll quadrants map to human relationships and are essentially a very compartmentalized version of those but you’ve read that post already.
TL;DR — imo it would be impossible to separate the biological origins of troll quadrants from cultural pressures. It’s especially impossible considering we know almost zilch about troll evolution and more than a few cultural changes over time, and that they are presented as a cultural monolith, a very unlikely scenario in a species so cognitively like us and hinted at having a very large population. We can’t even begin to triangulate the possible origins with only one point.
Not to mention why do they need industrially-produced buckets if mixing genetic material out of the body is in any way natural
not only does it smack me as an artificial method of reproduction but also as incredibly fucking unhygienic
Biology as/is destiny is the idea that your genetics control most/everything of who you are and your possible success. You read/hear someone talking about ‘coming from bad stock’ or whatever, that’s that idea at play.
Culture as/is destiny is the same idea, taking nurture into account but making that be THE driving force. Your culture trained you to grow up thinking X, Y, and Z are true? Then you will believe those things are true, always, and there’s no getting out of it.
(see also: the “a leopard can’t change its spots” saying.)
In a Homestuck context, back when I joined the fandom there was a LOT of fic and meta insisting things like Gamzee couldn’t help but be violent because he’s a highblood and the comic says that highbloods are naturally violent, which I object to in both a “should that statement be taken completely literally for the comic’s world” context and in a “even if that is literally true in the comic’s world should I just accept it unchallenged” context.
Same with culture — there was lots of explaining that the trolls’ culture is violent, they can’t help but be violent, which is bullshit thinking and some of the same kind of nonsense underlying “product of their time” excuses for old people/old works and their bigotry. Obviously culture is going to have a huge impact on how an individual thinks about the world, but it is entirely possible and indeed likely that any given individual will think about at least a few things differently than dominant culture says they should.
DISCLAIMER: I know some people playing with these ideas in fic and AU meta know they’re unworkable in reality. I find the concepts as boring as they are bullshit, though, so I object to them on that level too. Subverting those ideas, awesome, but playing them straight? Snore.
never forget that for voldemort’s name to rearrange to “je suis voldemort” in the french translations, they had to make his middle name ‘Elvis’
I CANT HANDLE THIS
are you telling me the french word for wand is ‘la baguette magique’
why did they have to be sort of nice to me of all people and just say to block them why didnt they submit triggering things to me so i could get your ip fuck you
Do you want me to apologize for not doing an unethical thing that I have never done to people and would never do to people, even though you tried to goad me into doing it by being nice instead of telling me to kill myself?
I love how you’re sad about not being harassed. Yeah you’re a real convincing victim, there.
PS: Your privilege, tiny fawn. It is unchecked.
what. What the diddy fuck. ????? ? ? ??? ?? ?? ? ?
give this anon an award
elanorpam replied to your post:WHY DOES EVERYONE ON TUMBLR TAG FOR SCOPOPHOBIA WHEN NOBODY SEEMS TO HAVE SCOPOPHOBIA OH MY GODthe fuck is even that
the almost completely made up phobia of being watched that leads to people scrupulously tagging any pictures that appear to make eye contact w/ the viewer
MY SELFIE CAN SEEEEEE YOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU