repeat after me:
- women owe you nothing
- women’s bodies are their own
- nothing you do will ever make you “deserve” a woman
- you wanting to get your dick sucked will NEVER be more important than a woman’s right to feel safe/comfortable/like an actual human being
- how women select partners is not the problem male entitlement is the problem
ok so I have a friend who has a 6 year old daughter with a prosthetic arm and a while ago I told her to go watch the winter soldier because it was so good
and she just texted me that she watched it and that her daughter is begging to have her prosthetic remade to look like Bucky’s
im gonna cry omg
update: her doctor is working to get her a customized one :)
That is freaking awesome.
Once it was [Kanye] West’s turn to speak again, he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”. West’s mic was silenced, and Myers turned, visibly shocked by the comment. […] George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency.
George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. George W. Bush would la (via sexhaver)
Yeah, not when he stole the Presidential election in 2000.
Not all the “rendition” and “interrogations”.
Not when they crafted a media campaign to get people to support another occupation.
Not when we littered Iraq with radioactive waste because we loved our DU shells.
Not when we used White phosphorus on Fallujah in a way that can only be described as a city-wide collective punishment.
Not when that war ate up the national guard and reserves so that the federal government just didn’t have the resources on hand for when Katrina broke the levees.
Not when the Bush administration continued to bungle the response to that, leaving thousands of mostly Black people dead or homeless.
No, Kanye’s the gross one, supposedly.
And Bush said that after he left office I’m pretty sure, so we’re talking about him also disregarding how he bailed out the irresponsible banks while home values tanked.
In 2000, a television viewer interested in science fiction/fantasy and strong female characters could find multiple viewing options. Concurrently running shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, Dark Angel and Charmed relied on female leads combing intelligence and physical prowess to fight the big bad while simultaneously delivering messages of female empowerment. Characters like Buffy and Xena display characteristics that are traditionally gendered male as protectors, warriors, and leaders. Charmed’s brand of wicca and the Halliwell family backstory draw on pre-Christian matriarchal tropes to produce female heroes who fight frequently male demons. Most of these programs ran for five plus years, developed a loyal fan base and survive in syndication. Fast forward a few years and the number of strong female leads of this type has dwindled. The 2008 primetime line up provided Echo on Dollhouse and Sarah Connor on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but neither program survived beyond a second season. Jump forward a few more years and we see the Winchesters and Nick Burkhardt instead.
What is most disturbing about these two programs is that they follow on the heels of similarly themed previous programs that featured female leads. Supernatural is a show about siblings who are charged with fulfilling their family destiny to fight demons alongside a guardian angel. This is also the premise of Charmed. A chosen hero has a secret identity that allows them to see and fight monsters to protect their town and by extension, all of humanity. Are we talking about Grimm or are we talking about Buffy? The fact that Grimm’s executive producer David Greenwalt produced Buffy and its spinoff Angel and Supernatural’s Ben Edlund worked on Angel is even more damning. It is as though these production teams are cannibalizing the texts they produced for female leads to feed male heroes. The sci-fi/ fantasy action hero teleserial is being reclaimed in the name of heteronormative masculinity when it was one of the few cultural spaces where female heroes flourished. This visible trend, the decline of the Buffy figure and rise in the Winchester type on regular network programming, coincides with Faludi’s theory on the post 9/11 return to the myth of the nuclear family. Young women looking for Buffy figures now must move farther away from mainstream programming to find them. And even if they do find them, they might find them plagued with enlightened sexism, like Trueblood’s Sookie Stackhouse. The absent Buffy is symptomatic of an overall devaluation of strong women that mirrors our current media climate and asks young women to accept increasingly limited options in which to locate their identities. When Faludi refers to anti-feminist backlash, she refers to the way a lack or an absence can be equally damaging as the active devaluing of female characters. Recently asked why he feels the need to write strong female characters, Whedon summed up the issue succinctly by saying “because you’re still asking me that question.”clearancecreedwatersurvival)