HAPPY 79th BIRTHDAY JULIE ANDREWS!
….there is NO way she’s 79
It really frustrates me how, when people want to argue against casting a person of color for a certain role, they always resort to “UM OKAY BUT CAN YOU FIND A NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESS WHO HAS X Y AND Z PHYSICAL TRAITS??” and then it forces people to argue that, yes, natives can have green eyes or black people can have red hair etc etc
when really the natural eye color and hair color of the actress of color should be JUST as inconsequential as it is for a white actress because GUESS WHAT??? There are things such as 1) hair dye 2) wigs 3) colored contact lenses.
Like, I’m about 95 % sure that Jennifer Lawrence is wearing colored contact lenses AND a wig in the Hunger Games but nobody seems to care.
Like when it comes down to it, there are very few physical attributes you cannot/should not change via makeup or cgi—and those are predominately skin color & physical disabilities. Pretty much everything else can be, and almost always is changed.
Staging can change how tall a character seems. Actors can lose or gain weight or muscle as the character requires. Tattoos can be stenciled on. Body hair can be added or taken away. Padded bras or binders can be used. Hell, they REMOVED Ralph Fienne’s nose for Voldemort.
Wigs and colored contact lenses are two of THE MOST frequently utilized aspects of character costuming & make up and when you say something like “Annie can’t be black because black people don’t have red hair!!” what you’re really saying is that you think that people of color should be barred from playing characters unless they exactly match up with the physical description in a way that white people have never, and will never, be held to.
if anybody asks me why i hate men, i’m just gonna redirect them to this post.
it’s pretty fucking obvious that men only want to invest in breast cancer research to further degrade, objectify, and jerk off to body parts they already feel 100% entitled to. that’s what is at stake for them.
what about the women whose “tatas” weren’t saved? how must they feel being surrounded by awareness ads that focus more on keeping women’s sexy-sexy-titties-to-continue-titillating-the-males than saving real life human beings and helping survivors?
If anyone’s wondering, those posts came from here. It’s a forum for breast cancer support. Give it a read, and you’ll see how many women are outright abandoned by their husbands, sometimes after being married for decades, because their “tatas” couldn’t be saved.
This culture of “save the tatas” even goes as far as the doctor’s offices themselves. Most doctors request that the husband be present during surgical consultations, as though he has an equal say in the patient-professional discussion.
If the woman is single, as was my case, doctors have actually recommended postponing surgery until she finds a relationship, because “it could be nearly impossible to find someone who accepts it [your unnatural tatas] in years to come”.
I’m 15 months post-mastectomy, and the date I had this past week was the first time since then that a guy hadn’t reacted negatively to my scars. The relief was so overwhelming that I was fighting back tears. When I told him —essentially warning him that my body wasn’t what he must be expecting — I felt so guilty; it seemed to have the same weight and shame as telling someone I had some sort of an incurable STI or a felony record.
I shouldn’t have felt that way. I should not be ashamed of choosing to live.
Thank you for your important commentary! I hope you find someone who can love you for who you are and admire your strength as a survivor.
Anonymous said: You're older than the millennial generation, right? As an outsider looking in, how do feel about millennials, their struggles, and their reaction to such obstacles?
Man, I’m not sure I’ve had an ask that’s made me feel as old as this one does.
I’m basically on that gap where I’m either the last of Generation X or the first of the Millennials, and everyone who has a set idea of where the break-off lies generally disagrees with someone else. Personally, I count myself as the tail end of Generation X- my older sister is solidly in that range, and she’s a huge influence on me, though Morgan points out I’m quite a bit more Millennial in my use of technology. (I may have been checking my text messages at that moment.) It’s kind of a weird window to be in- who am I supposed to identify with, the Gen Xer who is in their 50s, or the Millennial who’s just old enough for a Tumblr account?
Basically, I feel like Millennials face some a pretty shitty situation in a lot of ways. I mean, given that the Boomers love to point out how they were the generation of the 60s and all the social and political progress they made then, the fact is that they’ve turned out a lot more like their parents than they really want to admit. And Generation X is feeling pretty under attack from Millennials, too- there’s limited resources (money, political power, etc) available, and Xers are getting that same “damn kids” attitude, because they’re kind of set in the idea that they can’t fight with the Baby Boomers (who are fucking up a lot of shit) so they’re joining in kicking the Millennials around. (Which sucks, because let’s be honest, Generation X- Baby Boomers are never going to side with you, because you’ll always be “those damn kids” to them.)
I also feel like Millennials take a lot of crap that isn’t necessarily deserved. I mean, they get laughed at for supposedly having the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality, but who handed out those fucking trophies when they were kids? The previous generations. Whatever.
I think they have a very different world to face, too. A much bigger world, given how the internet and technology can let you find and connect with people on a much more personal level, no matter how far away they are, than was possible twenty years ago. It’s a lot easier to find information and share experiences and so they have access to a much better grasp of what people, as a whole, are facing than previous generations.
And then there’s the fact that they are basically seeing an older generation that is holding on to their jobs longer, tagged with a struggling economy. I’m not saying that no previous generation has ever faced a struggling economy before, but this is basically a double whammy. Millennials are getting fewer opportunities, and finding that the entry cost to those opportunities- and just to life in general- is higher than previously seen. (I mean, it’s anecdotal, but the college I enrolled at right out of high school was about $1k for a semester tuition, and it’s $4,500 right now.) Part of this is, again, due to prior generations holding on tighter to what they have- look, Boomers, taxes are a thing that your parents paid, not a violent assault on your rights.
I think Millennials are, for the most part, doing the best they can. They take a lot of blame for things they can’t control, like not getting married or buying homes. Yes, there are problems- they’ve been raised in a very polarized political environment, and that leads to an unwillingness to consider the idea that they might be wrong. And they can tend to jump on an idea and embrace it without necessarily considering the background or the repercussions of it. But, let’s be honest about this, older generations- “I learned it from you, okay? I learned it from watching you!”
But, on the other hand… I see a lot less selfishness from Millennials, and a lot more willingness to help each other out. I think there’s a lot of hope to be taken from that. They seem to interact a lot more with people around the globe, so I think they can learn from a lot of different viewpoints, which could lead to a lot more awareness of what people face.
So, all in all… I mean, they’re people. They’re facing rough circumstances, and trying to handle it the best they can. And I think they can do good stuff, if they don’t fall into the same traps that their parents and grandparents have.
But Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, an JPMorgan Chase are not powerful because they worked hard. The best illustration of this point comes through a historical analysis. How did the banking system in this country get started? How did the richest people in the richest country in the world get their money?
Banking got started in this country by investing in the Triangular Slave Trade. The reason historians call it Triangular Slave Trade is that Europeans went to Africa, enslaved the people, brought them to this part of the world, and sold the people for products like hemp, sugarcane, cotton, and then those products were sent to Europe. That is why there were three angles: Africa, the United States, and Europe. The banking system—Lloyd’s of London, Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo-invested in that process and that is how their hegemony was established. In the last five years, almost all the banks I just mentioned have reluctantly acknowledged that they became established through the institution of slavery and the slave trade. So we see many people today questioning the system considering this simple fact: ‘Because the banks got rich by exploiting my ancestors I don’t see why I should have to pay them anything. They owe me if anything. I don’t want their money, because there is no price tag that can be placed on the suffering.’
i wonder if china has fancy plates called america
For anyone who doesn’t know why it’s called “China”
It’s because way back in the day, western culture started importing played and cups and whatnot from China, made of RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE Chinese porcelain. So you’d only ever take it out for the most important guests, but it would always be on display to flaunt your wealth. Eventually, “Chinese Porcelain” just became “China”
SO DID ANYBODY KNOW THAT THIS GUY, HARRY MELLING
AKA DUDLEY DURSLEY
WAS RELATED TO PATRICK TROUGHTON (HIS GRANDFATHER), AKA THE SECOND DOCTOR?!
WHICH MEANS DUDLEY WASN’T A MUGGLE, HE WAS A FREAKIN’ TIMELORD.
Also the actor who plays Dean Thomas is the son of one of the original companions.
Welcome to Britain. We have always had ten actors, we just breed them to get the next lot.
See Benedict Cumberbatch.
hades isn’t a badass. hades named his three-headed-guard-of-the-underworld-dog spot. hades whispers to his flowers to make them grow. hades grows fruit. there’s no sun in the underworld.
hades isn’t a badass. stop saying this false thing
In myth, Hades’ most remarked upon traits are 1) how responsible/reliable he is, 2)how sober-minded he is, 3)how dedicated, implacable, and long-remembering he is, and 4)how boring and grim most of the other Olympians think he is to be around. Oh and notably, that if you play him a song he likes, he’ll basically give you anything you ask for(though not without conditions).
Hades is, canonically, a gigantic nerd. If they’d had trainsets, he’d have been the Olympian who collected trainsets, meticulously corrected with exacto knife and hobby-paints the errors toy-makers introduced to those trainsets, and then endlessly talked about those trainsets to anyone sat next to him at Thanksgiving Dinner :| When he wasn’t trying to rope them into an interminable discussion about gardening or divine law, that is :| :| He’s the sort of god who frequently handed out punishment like giving someone a million-piece puzzle where every piece is shaped the same, that resets itself at the start of every day if you don’t complete it, and then he keeps the last piece on his person at all times as a secret private joke for eternity because he finds you personally distasteful(not even because he’s mad at you or hates you particularly; he just doesn’t like you as a person) :| :| :| He is. A Gigantic. Nerd.
I love this as a thing.
but can I just point out that the rest of the Olympians were doing things like banging everything that moved (Zeus) or setting people up to fail (Artemis) or having a blast with wars (Ares)
Like dude was “boring and grim” comparatively, but I bet he probably was a delight to spend time with and banter with compared to ANY of those fuckers.