dianalilwashu

colourfulpantsandarainbowhat:

WHY DO PEOPLE CALL IT FUCK, MARRY, KILL WHEN THEY COULD CALL IT BED, WED, BEHEAD

clairelegrand:

I’ve always had this tendency to apologize for everything—even things that aren’t my fault, things that actually hurt me or were wrongs against me.

It’s become automatic, a compulsion I am constantly fighting. Even more disturbingly, I’ve discovered in conversations with my female friends that…

typette:

tetsuoatehimbread:

*draws*
wow i cant draw
*keeps drawing*

image

proper fucking attitude.

racebending:

If you’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, you may have noticed something a little weird about the semi-Biblical, semi-apocalyptic cast of the movie: they’re all white. Even the extras.

In an interview with The Higher Calling, Noah screenwriter Ari Handel spoke about the reasoning behind the lack of racial diversity in the cast.

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’

Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

In summary, white people are stand-ins “for all people,” and no other race could possibly qualify for “everyman” status. Ari Handel’s reasoning is that the only way to dispense with the issue of racism is to remove everyone who isn’t white. Asking what happened to all the other races is akin to nitpicking about whether the arc would float or not. It’s just silly, OK? “The race of individuals doesn’t matter,” which is why they made absolutely sure that all of those individuals were white. Or something.

Unintentionally, Handel managed to illustrate everything that’s wrong with the ongoing attitude towards casting actors of color in major Hollywood movies. White people are the norm, and everyone else is just a distraction. God forbid anyone attempt to be as diverse as the cast of the Star Trek, which debuted in 1966 and included a grand total of two non-white characters.

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Normative whiteness at work.

isaia:

voyagehour:

i thought i was over it and then

i wasn’t

 
same

asoftermadoka:

maybe they’re all in prison
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I know we only have very limited material to base things out of, let alone opinions, so can you explain why you don't like MCU's take on the Maximoff twins given what is shown so far?
Anonymous

madripoor:

NAHH ANON I ALREADY HAVE A WHOLE LOTTA REASONS WHY I HATE WHAT THEYRE DOING WITH MY MAXIMOFF TWINS. HERE’S A NEAT LIST OF WHY JOSS WHEDON CAN SUCK MY DICK:

1. the whitewashing. wanda and pietro are romani but instead they picked two of the whitest kids on earth to play them. the twins are drawn as whitepassing in the comics and people use that as an excuse to say it’s alright that they didn’t cast romani actors, but their ethnicity is a huge explicit part of their story, especially wrt the opression they’ve faced as POC. romani people are so underrepresented in media and are so openly and violently discriminated against and besides, the MCU is already whiter than mayonnaise so the fact that they added two POCs to the roster only to whitewash them is just wtf to me. apparently they’re gonna be british instead as well?? and then you make them work for baron von strucker? their parents were both holocaust survivors like why. why.

2. I FUCKING KNOW WHY. WHEDON WANTS TO FUCKING WRITE THE TAM SIBLINGS 2.0. HIS WANDA IS SUCH A RIVER TAM EXPY THAT MY SOUL IS BLEEDING. at first I was curious about why he was so insistent in having the twins despite the fact that they cant capitalise on their mutantness and then it hit me. nothing i’ve read about the mcu twins sounds like they genuinely respect the characters they’re adapting. the mcu take on the twins is nothing like the comics, so it seems like whedon is just indulging his character fetish for the ‘young waify delicate yet unstable supergirl’ with wanda and the doting brother who’s obsessed with her using pietro. and the cap 2 mid-credit scene really confirms it. wanda is a blank-eyed young girl in a nightgown playing with wooden blocks and ~looking ooh so craaaazy ooOooOooHhhh~~~ fuck joss whedon could you have grossly infatilised her more. olsen’s clueless comments don’t make me any more optimistic either, since she talks about how fun it was to play a mentally unstable character along with some crap about her powers that sounds like it came from a badly researched wikipedia article.

I dont mind them changing stuff for the movies, but wanda has several decades worth of characterisation before house of m ever happened, and house of m only happened after years of build-up. the fact that they’re jumping to that facet of her character straight away smells like bullshit to me, especially since this is the movie where they’re just joining the team. there are so many other things that make wanda interesting aside from her ~~craziness~~, but their focus on that along with the whitewashing makes me convinced they dont care about the twins as characters, and whedon was only ever interested in what he could twist their characters into.

The Importance of Mary Sue

marbleglove:

geekmehard:

unwinona:

When I was in Ninth Grade, I won a thing.  

That thing, in particular, was a thirty dollar Barnes & Noble gift certificate.  I was still too young for a part-time job, so I didn’t have this kind of spending cash on me, ever.  I felt like a god.

Drunk with power, I fancy-stepped my way to my local B&N.  I was ready to choose new books based solely on the most important of qualities…BADASS COVER ART.  I walked away with a handful of paperbacks, most of which were horrible (I’m looking at you, Man-Kzin Wars III) or simply forgettable.  

One book did not disappoint.  I fell down the rabbit hole into a series that proved to be as badass as the cover art promised (Again, Man-Kzin Wars III, way to drop the ball on that one).  With more than a dozen books in the series, I devoured them.  I bought cassette tapes of ballads sung by bards in the stories.  And the characters.  Oh, the characters.  I loved them.  Gryphons, mages, but most importantly, lots of women.  Different kinds of women.  So many amazing women.  I looked up to them, wrote bad fiction that lifted entire portions of dialogue and character descriptions, dreamed of writing something that the author would include in an anthology.

This year I decided in a fit of nostalgia to revisit the books I loved so damn much.  I wanted to reconnect with my old friends…

…and I found myself facing Mary Sues.  Lots of them.  Perfect, perfect, perfect.  A fantasy world full of Anakin Skywalkers and Nancy Drews and Wesley Crushers.  I felt crushed.  I had remembered such complex, deep characters and didn’t see those women in front of me at all anymore.  Where were those strong women who kept me safe through the worst four years of my life?

Which led me to an important realization as I soldiered on through book after book.  That’s why I needed them.  Because they were Mary Sues.  These books were not written to draw my attention to all the ugly bumps and whiskers of the real world.  They were somewhere to hide.  I was painfully aware that I was being judged by my peers and adults and found lacking.  I was a fuckup.  And sometimes a fuckup needs to feel like a Mary Sue.  As an adult, these characters felt a little thin because they lacked the real world knowledge I, as an adult, had learned and earned.  But that’s the thing…these books weren’t FOR this current version of myself.   Who I am now doesn’t need a flawless hero because I’m comfortable with the idea that valuable people are also flawed.

There is a reason that most fanfiction authors, specifically girls, start with a Mary Sue.  It’s because girls are taught that they are never enough.  You can’t be too loud, too quiet, too smart, too stupid.  You can’t ask too many questions or know too many answers.  No one is flocking to you for advice.  Then something wonderful happens.  The girl who was told she’s stupid finds out that she can be a better wizard than Albus Dumbledore.  And that is something very important.  Terrible at sports?  You’re a warrior who does backflips and Legolas thinks you’re THE BEST.   No friends?  You get a standing ovation from Han Solo and the entire Rebel Alliance when you crash-land safely on Hoth after blowing up the Super Double Death Star.  It’s all about you.  Everyone in your favorite universe is TOTALLY ALL ABOUT YOU.

I started writing fanfiction the way most girls did, by re-inventing themselves.  

Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.  

As a girl, being “selfish” was the worst thing you could be.  Now you live in Narnia and Prince Caspian just proposed marriage to you.  Why?  Your SELF is what saved everyone from that sea serpent.  Plus your hair looks totally great braided like that.

In time, hopefully, these hardworking fanfiction authors realize that it’s okay to be somewhere in the middle and their characters adjust to respond to that.  As people grow and learn, characters grow and learn.  Turns out your Elven Mage is more interesting if he isn’t also the best swordsman in the kingdom.  Not everyone needs to be hopelessly in love with your Queen for her to be a great ruler.  There are all kinds of ways for people to start owning who they are, and embracing the things that make them so beautifully weird and complicated.

Personally, though, I think it’s a lot more fun learning how to trust yourself and others if you all happen to be riding dragons.

Mary Sues exist because children who are told they’re nothing want to be everything.

A girl making herself the hero of her own story is a radical act. Stop shaming girls for doing it. Stop shaming yourself for it. 

This is a really good point.

musical-treasures:

So a boyband walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage and everyone thought they were going to sing One Direction or something typical…and then they sung Stars from Les Miserables.

This is the best thing ever. Just listen to those harmonies <3

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (via teachthemhowtothink)

I AM READING THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!  It is excellent.  :)