14 9 / 2014
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."
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14 9 / 2014
"What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up."
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13 9 / 2014
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12 9 / 2014
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11 9 / 2014
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10 9 / 2014
"Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society & make it feminist."
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09 9 / 2014
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09 9 / 2014
What is it about The Capital in The Hunger Games that is so wrong?
Is it the killing of innocent children?
Is it the oppression of the districts?
Is it the media censorship?
Is it the attacks on peaceful protesters?
Is it the denial of basic human rights?
Does any of this sound familiar?
If it’s clear in fiction why is it so hard to see that what’s happening in Ferguson is so wrong?
It’s clear to some of us.
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08 9 / 2014
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07 9 / 2014
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04 9 / 2014
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03 9 / 2014
If you claim to be a feminist and you shame girls for wanting to do traditional things like take their husband’s last name or be a house wife then you are doing it all completely wrong.
Feminism isn’t an elite group who defeats gender norms, it’s a group who accepts ALL women’s choices.
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02 9 / 2014
Not a rant… seriously!
Another stressful day at work. On top of new responsibilities, the girl who was supposed to be taking some of mine is quitting and her last day is Friday. Suddenly I will be responsible for something like triple my current workload. And I have to train at least one person, but more likely two- which will take the load off, but it’s not instant relief.
I was really overwhelmed and emotional about it. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get away from my current position towards our IT department, and I’d been hoping that with me and this other girl cross training, I could start making progress on something resembling a career. It feels like two steps back, and then two more. How am I supposed to shine at flipping data entry? Oh, look how fast she types! Bo-ring.
I know it will be fine. I know I’m not purposely being set up to fail. It just seems like a losing proposition. How can she impart 4 years of knowledge in less than three days? Of course I’m going to make mistakes, it’s just a matter of time. I am pathologically afraid of failure, even though I know it’s not the end of the world.
Still, I won’t let this break me. I’ll kick as much ass as I can and maybe I get my own kicked in the process but at least I’m not sitting on the sidelines complaining about how unfair it is.
I suppose the upside is knowing that things change, I won’t always be so stressed out and scatter-brained. Maybe I’ll use it to get off my ass and start working out again or get back to properly writing. Maybe it’ll be just the spark I’ve needed.
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