I am tired of being told to like female characters.
Yes, I am going to judge male and female characters differently, I am going to be interested in a wider range of plotlines that feature male characters and, to be honest, I am going to like more male characters…
Okay no. Really how do you think this is going to help anything at all?
Dismissing every female character and justifying it with “sexism” only perpetuates the problem.
We hold female characters to an impossibly high standard while forgiving every male character their flaws, loving them for their angst and their poor choices and their antiheroics, and condemn female characters for similar faults.
This is why movie executives are convinced that a movie with a female lead won’t sell. A lot of that is because of people like you - who justify the hatred of female characters and write these movies off before they’re even released.
Do you have to like EVERY female character? Of course not. But sometimes you have to accept that YOU ARE BEING SEXIST. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THIS IN YOURSELF, FORCE YOURSELF TO BE OPTIMISTIC, AND SUPPORT THESE CHARACTERS DESPITE THEIR FLAWS. OR THINGS. WON’T. CHANGE.
because “HELL LET’S ONLY HAVE MALE CHARACTERS AND THEN SEXISM WON’T BE A THING” is possibly THE MOST FLAWED solution to this problem that I HAVE EVER HEARD
Here’s some things Tony Abbott announced as future Coalition policy at a $500 minimum per head IPA gala fundraising dinner last week, chock-a-block full of my favourite right-wing Hench-Men, including, Gina Rinehart, Rupert Mudoch, and Andrew Bolt:
“John, there is one campaign where you will not prevail – namely your urgent advice to me in the IPA Review last August to be more like Gough Whitlam. You had a great deal of advice for me in that particular issue and I want to assure you that the Coalition will indeed repeal the carbon tax, abolish the Department of Climate Change, abolish the Clean Energy Fund. We will repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, at least in its current form. We will abolish new health and environmental bureaucracies. We will deliver $1 billion in red tape savings every year. We will develop northern Australia. We will repeal the mining tax. We will create a one stop shop for environmental approvals. We will privatise Medibank Private. We will trim the public service and we will stop throwing good money after bad on the NBN.”
And here’s a list of some other things that were specifically discussed off the record during the evening:
- Public broadcasting - gone. The ABC to be broken up and sold off, SBS to be fully privatised.
- Corporations to be allowed to make secret payments to political parties.
- A return to WorkChoices, just by another name.
- The clean energy fund and the renewable energy target - scrapped.
- Funding for sport and arts - including the Australian Institute of Sport - axed. Same for science, with the CSIRO to be privatised.
I am not even kidding when I say, that if the LNP is elected, I am moving country.
I meant to post about this last week but I got too mad
This is why I get angry when people say that all of our political parties are as bad as each other. The man is insane. The “lesser of two evils” is actually a clear choice at the moment, but people seem to forget this because they’re led by a red-headed woman, who obviously couldn’t ever make good decisions.
I like Julia Gillard. I think she is a good politician. But even if you don’t, look at your alternative. I can’t believe any of the younger generation would even consider voting libs.
Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of either gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.
Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.
Lindy West for Jezebel: “If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?” (via lauratheoutlandish)
witkneemott asked: ohhh please do tell... I hope to make adventure time cupcakes with marshmallow fondant; Can you give any tips to a natural artist and novice baker? p.s. I just found your tumblr & I look forward to following all of your creative leaks. Please&Thanks!
of course! my main tip would be to make sure you don’t overfill your cupcakes, as you want nice smooth, almost flat tops. i’ve not ever worked with marshmallow fondant, but the main problems you can have with fondant are it getting too dry and cracking (like on bmo) or too wet and drooping (like on princess bubblegum). just keep trying and i’m sure you can do it! they are such beautifully simple characters, so fun to make from fondant and so great for cupcakes. send me some pictures, i’m so excited to see what you make!
Hallowe’en 2012 - Part 3
Super dooper pooper scooper late, but what can you do. My final Hallowe’en costume from last year! This one took the longest and was probably the most disappointing in the end but i had a tonne of fun making it and can hopefully fix it up for future use.
In case it isn’t obvious, this is me as The Corpse Bride, as in, the Tim Burton movie. My thoughts on this costume are: makeup and wig/veil = good, dress = bad. Which sucks because the dress took the longest!
It was originally a pretty scary 80s wedding dress my aunt dug up for me at vinnies, and it was super awesome in it’s 80s-ness. But the sleeves, half the bodice, and the frill had to go. It also didnt fit over my boobs (grr) so i altered it to have a corset-style lace up back. I added boning to the bodice so it would stay up without straps, and hit different parts with splashes of cold water dye. The cotton underskirt i dyed with the same colour but obviously, not being polyester, it was a lot more vibrant. The dark blue lace on the waist was already on the dress, i just dyed it and moved it, and i added the trim and lace along the top. And the big rip in the skirt.
The veil was pretty awesome on it’s own, i just held the flowers and to part of the tulle in the dye for a while. The wig i already had waiting in my wardrobe for a marceline cosplay, and it was the perfect colour. I’m pretty proud of the makeup, even though i had to wipe part of it off and do it again, which is a bit noticeable. The blue is my Mehron face and body paint again, and i would like to reiterate how much i love this stuff. Dark blue is eyeshadow, and i had a cheap pink lipstick that worked nicely. False eyelashes and i’m done!
I’ll definitely be trying this costume out again, making it better and trying to be more movie accurate. And while it was fun to wear, wigs and boning and veils all get uncomfortable after a while, and all three together can be almost unbearable. The comfort i sacrifice for looking swell! Totally worth it.
Now its 100! That shit’s not possible. Amaze!
So now i have to think of something special. Suggestions?
I have 99 followers? Since when? Wowzers!
You guys, you’re awesome. I’ll have to think of something fun to do for 100! And, again, i apologise for being such a shit blogger haha. I actually have some cakes to post, and costume pictures, so i’ll get them out asap as a thankyou for making me feel so special!
For real. This shit be cray.
Hallowe’en 2012 - Part 2
Now for my second look! Pretty damn proud of this one. I realise it could be better but for a first attempt i think i did quite well. Not even a practice go for this one!
I was headed to the last Jurassic Lounge for the year and wanted to wear my own clothes but some form of cool makeup. I was going to do the smile, from my last post, but i got a little sick of it to be honest. And it didn’t show up well in photos with flash. I’ve seen a lot of people do this sort of thing for zombie makeup, and it meant half my face could be normal, so i went for it!
The white is my Mehron face and body paint again, god i love that stuff. The red was done with two different lipsticks and a black eyeshadow. I sponged on the white layer, then as it’s water soluble i ran a wet sponge down the edge to tidy it up. I then painted on the teeth with a fine brush, and outlined the mouth. I filled in the mouth with a dark red lipstick, and went around it with a brighter red, then used my finger to smudge in the black. The blood coming out of my ear is lipstick too. All the bruising is just eyeshadow!
I decided to make up the other half of my face really normally, if a bit more overtly than i usually would. It’s hard to see here, but it was gold eyeshadow, fully lined, with a false eyelash. Just the one! That took some getting used to. I also put on a heap of blush and Lime Crime Kaleidoscope on my lips. The two faces went well with my asymmetrical hair :)
So yeah, pretty proud. Half-drunk middle aged women kept coming up to me asking for photos, it was like being at a con, except for the half-drunk and middle aged part. It was awkward but it did make me smile, which of course ruined the effect! What a to-do.
One more Hallowe’en look coming soon!
Hallowe’en 2012 - Part 1
I’ve been experimenting with some different face painting/makeup this year, which i’m actually pretty proud of.
This is your generic demon look, based on one of my favourite people, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The first picture was my trial run last week, when i felt like doing makeup at about two in the morning. As you do. The second is how i wore it to a party. I did need that trial run though, as there was a lot of room for error, and i kept stuffing up. But i think it turned out pretty well!
I used my amazing new Mehron face and body paint for this, and i have no idea how i ever lived without this stuff. Honestly, if you like doing crazy makeup, get some of it. It’s completely water soluble and comes off with nothing more than a quick rinse, and it smells amazing. I think it has heaps of excellent natural things in it, which is why i bought it, as i have crazy allergies and sensitive skin. The stuff smells like coconuts and applies like a dream. The black is just some liquid eyeliner, its the part i’m least happy with because it ended up so messy.
I made the horns out of Sculpey clay, which i had tremendous trouble with because it was a bit old. I ended up having to put it in a cliplock bag in a sink full of hot water to get it to soften, and then because my hands were damp it went all sticky and weird, and then i burned it in the oven. But all of these things actually combined to make them look even better! The horns are just held on with a thin piece of elastic hiding in my hair.
Overall, it was fun! But i was strapped for time so i ended up just having to wear my own clothes. Would love to recreate this with a creepy demon outfit as well. Stay tuned, another looking coming at you tomorrow!
38 - Finally back!
Can’t believe i’m only up to thirty-eight. How pitiful. My goal now is just to get to a hundred and see if i can achieve it. Fingers crossed! Somehow writing a fifteen thousand word thesis is easier than daily blog posts. Who would’ve thought?
So, i’ve been suffering from Topshop fever since it finally opened in Sydney in early October. I didn’t brave the opening day queues (so much regret) but headed in as soon as it opened on the second day of trading. And promptly lost my mind. Monika and i tried on six things on every level, and i had to practice my restraint reeeeally hard. Sadly my second outing a week later didn’t end up being as beneficial for my bank balance.
So expect some great Topshop items making appearances very soon! Like this outfit, which has some great socks with little dinosaurs on them. I love dinosaurs! I bought five pairs of patterned socks so yeah. Never need socks again. Also wearing my vintage-y skirt from when i was a kid again, and my favourite sparkly shoes.
Best part of this outfit (besides the socks) is this denim jacket. I was never really one for denim jackets, but i had been looking at this one on ASOS for so long that i eventually caved and forked out for it. And i absolutely love it. I love the little cut-outs in the hem. I love how the sleeves looked rolled. I love the adjustable back (yay for my waist!). And i love that the top button is neon yellow. And the damn thing goes with everything. Sigh :)
Jacket - Blaak Rainbow for ASOS
Singlet - Cotton On
Skirt - mine from when i was very young!
Shoes - London Rebel
Socks - Topshop