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June 26 2017


• You don’t have to be nice to sexists

• You don’t have to be nice to racists

• You don’t have to be nice to homophobes

• You don’t have to be nice to transphobes

• You don’t have to be nice to aphobes

• You don’t have to be nice to ableists

You don’t have to be nice to people who don’t want you to have basic human rights and integrity.



What really sucks about the way Joss Whedon writes is that he sort of has this idea that if he writes about women being strong and confident, that is all it takes for women to appreciate his work. Like, even if the villain constantly belittles a woman for being a woman and people are constantly harassing her and sexualizing her, it’s okay because she’s strong and she can take it.

The biggest difference between Whedon’s version of Wonder Woman and Jenkins is that in Whedon’s version Wonder Woman is A Woman. She (and the audience) must be constantly aware that she is a Woman, that she is Sexy, that she is overcoming incredible odds because she has the terrible disadvantage of Being Born A Woman.

Whereas in Jenkins’ film Diana simply exists. There are some points made by other characters about her being a woman, like when Steve won’t sleep with her because he feels it’s improper, or when his secretary says, “Oh yes, put specs on her, like after that she won’t be the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen”, but Diana is almost completely unaware of her status as a Dreaded Woman. Her excitement over a baby? She’s literally never seen one before. Her little makeover seen? Spends the whole thing looking for something comfortable she can fight in. She basically never mentions the difference between men and women, never even says that women are better or whatever because she was raised by them. 

Joss Whedon would have never let Wonder Woman forget she was a Woman. She would have constantly been making comments about it, wether positive or negative, as would everyone around her. In Whedon’s heyday that might have flown a lot better, but now women seem to be a little sick of grrrrl power. They just want power. They just want to exist, both on screen and in life, without constant reminders that they are Women and that they must pay for that at every turn.














a movie like my fair lady but where a frat boy is turned into a feminist



Starring Channing Tatum. It’s still a musical and he dances. 

Viola Davis as Henrietta Higgins

She’s his gender studies professor. This was the last GE that he could take; if he doesn’t pass this class he loses his lacrosse scholarship.

after the Big Academic Conference (where he presents his term paper and discusses feminist issues with a bunch of academics and everyone is amazed at him), they argue. he’s become what she wanted him to be but his life is ruined, he can never fully enjoy the things he used to or talk to his friends in the same way. he’s become a feminist but he can never really be a frat boy again.

OMG it totally works…

He ends up as her grad student.

Why do Tumblr and Twitter have better movie ideas than 99% of Hollywood. /rhetorical

I can imagine this movie starring Channing Tatum, especially after that scene in 22 Jump Street where he and Jonah Hill could have totally went on their way but INSTEAD he goes and confronts the gang members about their homophobia. And he does all of this wearing his football gear.

Actually, these movies could technically take place simultaneously in the same universe. Tatum literally takes a gender studies course in 22 Jump Street and confronts the gang about their homophobia *because of* things he learned in the course (everyone should see 22 Jump Street it is a FINE FILM). And we never meet his teacher (who I still vote should be played by Jada Pinkett-Smith y’all should see her in Magic Mike XXL).

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Grammy Meagle is life goals, y’all

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Would you like to buy an ice cream?

Okay, so it’s even the small things. The way she eats the ice cream. She just eats it. No coy lick or self-conscious taste. There’s no male gaze here. No oral/sexual pleasure of the viewer. Just she eats the ice cream and it’s the kind of sloppy big bite of someone who is not self-conscious of eating, who hasn’t been trained from birth to think about how she looks as she does everything, even eating. Hasn’t spent her life being told that her purpose is in being attractive, even as she does a vital daily thing like eating. Doesn’t have a voice in her head saying, oh but ice cream, it’s kind of fatty, and what will people think.

She’s just, wow, this thing is delicious, I think it’s great, the person who makes it deserves to be told how great their skill is. How great their actions that have lead to this product are. Even in this she demonstrates valuing people by their actions and abilities and choices and who they are, not what they look like.

Fuck. This is agency. And the fact that is so rare and startling and obvious to me, the fact that Diana Prince eating ice cream moves me so much is So Terrible and makes me despair for our civilization and (nearly) all media produced before this.

And during the shot when she takes the first bite, Steve is reaching his arm out to pay the ice cream seller. That movement is much bigger and more eye-catching than Diana eating the ice cream. This scene normalizes females eating on screen (which shouldn’t have fucking been a problem in the first place), through both subverting the erotic eating trope and allowing women to eat and enjoy whatever they want without feeling self-conscious. Kudos to Patty Jenkins.

Yes! Excellent point!

And even more, Steve isn’t looking at Diana as she eats. A big part of the male gaze is that the default POV of films is generally that of the straight, white, male viewer. And generally Steve would be the stand in for that default gaze, but he doesn’t even look at her! He doesn’t buy it for her so he can watch. And he doesn’t even pull some Nice Guy bullshit like, I did something nice for you now do something nice for me, even as a vague joke or subtext. He isn’t trying to  get anything out it. He just thinks she’s probably never had it and might enjoy it. It’s about her enjoyment, not his. Despite everything trying to tell us that women feed appetites but aren’t meant to have any of their own.

Apparently I am never going to get over Diana Prince eating ice cream.

Yes, all this. But I’d like to mention that IN ADDITION to that, there’s also the overt humor of the moment that could have been gross too but wasn’t.

The ice cream seller offers her the ice cream but Diana is not familiar with the concept of ‘goods for money’ so they could have made a big joke about it with Steve basically giving her an immediate ‘lesson’ about how she can’t just TAKE the ice cream and how you’re supposed to pay for it.

That’s basically how introducing a character from an Utopian society to a capitalist world always works. And that’s always the joke ‘oh look how silly and uneducated this person is, doesn’t even know they have to pay for stuff!’.

But here though Diana does take the ice cream without planning to pay (because yes, she doesn’t know that she’s supposed to) Steve doesn’t make it into a ‘big deal’, he just reaches over and pays.

And so the scene flawlessly skips over any need to publicly shame or embarrass Diana and we can just focus on how adorable Diana is when eating ice cream for the first time in her life.

And I really truly appreciate that a lot.

bless every single one of you I’ve been waiting and waiting for this very gif set and the amazing comments sisters I love you all so much right now



“Oh, so because I’m straight I’m not allowed to have an opinion on [insert LGBT issue here]”


I’m an english major. I know next to nothing about science, engineering, and astronomy. Sure, I think space is cool. I’m very supportive of NASA’s efforts. I might even have an opinion on where we should send the next shuttle or how much money we should spend on space travel. 

But at the end of the day, my opinion on the matter is not valuable. I’m not going to enter into a discussion about the next shuttle launch with a bunch of trained scientists and expect them to take me seriously. 

Sometimes, your opinion is not valuable. Sometimes, you aren’t qualified to enter a discussion.

And, lets be honest, straight people’s opinions are valued in literally every other situation. Hell, straight people get more awards for lgbt “activism” than queer people themselves.

If you really can’t accept that sometimes your voice isn’t the most important in the room, you might need to get over yourself. 


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some thoughts after attending the Chicago Pride parade. (x)

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To celebrate Pride Month you have to acknowledge the triumphs, and, the tragedies.

June 06 2017

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You’re welcome

This is the most useful thing I’ve ever reblogged.

i used to think when people said my cousin twice removed that their cousin must’ve did some fucked up shit to get kicked out of the family twice


when black panther comes out I better get promos blown so far up my ass i can taste them. I want 4 trailers, 26 interviews, show up at the late show, put black panthers beautiful face on my pizza boxes, m&ms, doritos, you fucken name it

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oh my gawd this actually happens ??

girl hell yeah, I swear to god idk why they do that, they think gay people are zoo animals that strip or something 

My face when I hit on a girl at a gay bar and she says she’s straight and so is her boyfriend and all their friends.

That has to be extremely aggravating.

Straight people like to experience gay tourism to show us queers how open minded they are. As if it didn’t occur to them we might be hanging out in gay bars to meet other gay people.

My gay friend took me to a gay bar once i dont see the big issue of me going there whilst straight. Its not some exclusive club for gays only the same way we dont ha ve straight people clubs.

So you don’t think there’s a reason there are gay bars?

There is a reason it is for people to find like minded people but its NOT exclusive for gays only. Just like standard clubs arent only for straights i have had quite a few gay friends over the years and not one has batted an eyelid as ive joined them at a gay bar, I understand some people go there because they fetishize gay people and are looking for gay bffs but not EVERY straight person is like that.

Gay bars exist because before 2003 it was illegal in most states to be gay and one of the few places where gay and trans people could go and be themselves was a fucking mob-owned bar. The cops used to kick down gay people’s doors and arrest them while they were in bed. Trans people couldn’t walk down the street without getting at least questioned by the cops. Bars were the only space for us, and even then they’d get raided by the cops.

It’s why the riot that kicked off the modern gay rights movement happened at Stonewall, a bar. It’s why gay gathering places are bars instead of coffee shops or restaurants 9/10 times. (It also doesn’t hurt that drinking eases the pain of being the almost constant target of harassment and anti-gay legislation, also why alcoholism is so high in our community)

This isn’t some fucking hookup culture thing, or finding “like minded people” it’s something that was forced onto and built into our culture.

You’re exploiting our spaces that you forced us into to begin with. Don’t walk in here and tell us why gay bars exist when you’re this fucking ignorant.

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reasons to love anna paquin: she gets bifurious on larry king’s ass

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This makes me very happy =)

The left one is Robin Wright, who played Princess Buttercup in “the Princess Bride”, one of my favourite movies as a child. I didn’t recognise her


some lady on CNN just said that the travel ban is useless because most of the recent terrorist attacks (london, paris, pulse etc) have been from home grown extremism influenced by social media and that’s what should be the focus and most of the terrorists aren’t even from the countries targeted on with the ban and i was like you better spill.

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Chris Hemsworth on the other avengers .

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I love it…. and feel Magritte would have too given his political views.


I do feel Magritte would approve. 


anyway Chris Hemsworth knocking over everyone with mjölnir until he gets to Sam and Bucky and is like “I like these two, they can stay” is better than all of Captain America: Civil War and also is the most relatable thing he’s ever done

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June 05 2017

When the student of a social or historical phenomenon belongs to the culture in which it occurs or occurred, the choice of position is determined by the necessity to take a stand: one is either for it or against or tries to be indifferent.
However, even if the student does not belong to the culture that is being studied, the analysis will still bring to it value judgments that are accepted in the student ’ s own culture.
The demand for detachment in such studies, often encountered in the literature, is in any case unsound. It expects of the scholars a split personality which would remove all personal perspective and engagement from their activities as students.
This could only result in dull and mechanical and therefore meaningless analysis.

In fact, it does not exist in practice. What exists, however, is a pretense at objectivity by students who often ignore the fact that their views are wholly determined and thus distorted by current consensus. Such were my considerations when I published a book about Roman frontier policy and imperialism in the East in 1990. It seemed to me only fair to say something about my personal perspective in thinking about the problems at hand. I thought a candid admission that I was intellectually and emotionally involved in the subject of my studies would show that I was aware of my limitations and tried to use my personal experience to advantage in my ruminations.

I must admit that I found it surprising when a few critics, encouraged by this admission, used it against me and accused me of openly acknowledged bias in my views. It seemed to me then, and seems to me true today, that authors who are aware of their perspective have a better chance of delivering lucid analysis, than those who pretend that their experience in life plays no role in their work.

— Benjamin Isaac,  The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity (52 pages available here)
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