“Girlhood” is electric as it trails the girls blasting music and dancing on the subway, getting into fights, singing to Rihanna while wearing shoplifted dresses in a rented hotel room—a place where the girls can be unfiltered and free—and doing the other things that girls do when they’re testing themselves and each other. The energy and beauty of the film comes from these moments and from its camera’s contentedness with languidly resting on the simultaneously innocent and wizened faces and bodies of these not-yet women.

Alexis Okeowo writes about the new film by the French director Céline Sciamma.


Ken Currie, “Transfigurations,” 

2013, oil on linen, 54 x 66 in. Flowers Gallery New York

"I want the viewer to be simultaneously attracted and repulsed by my work in the same glance," says Currie. "My aim is to provoke anxiety and discomfort in the act of looking … to hold their gaze, then mercilessly unsettle them."

anonymous asked:

yo your tag commentary on your last reblog was so fucking true thanks for putting that out there

no worries man.

I used to give my mother such a hard time for some of the shit she’d pull, particularly the fake act for guests and strangers but getting older I just understand her more and she’s such a fucking loving, compassionate person and family is everything to her and when someone in the family isn’t doing well, she does absolutely everything she can to help them while simultaneously blaming herself for their pain or struggle because she’s been told, like most mothers, that if the family isn’t running smoothly or if there’s any dysfunction with her kids or if her husband isn’t satisfied or happy in any way, its going to be mostly her fault. 

and it kills me. all she does is love us and work really fucking hard in her job and trying to make us all comfortable and happy and she tries to do her best like she’s a fucking superhero to me but she gives herself such a hard time when she thinks she’s failed us. fathers obviously aren’t exempt from pressure either but like I said there is that stereotype of “it always comes back down to the mother”. mommas have a LOT of pressure on them to be perfect so it’s not surprising to me that they feel obligated to pretend that everything is perfect in front of strangers and guests. like there ARE some narcissistic mothers and other forms of dysfunction that can contribute to that façade but for the most part, the fake mum act is really just them giving into the pressure of being perfect. 

like this website always goes on about the unrealistic standards for girls and women and they neglect to see how that translates across to mothers and the role of motherhood itself. 

"But there’s something also off-putting about Young Adult, and although I would call it challenging before I’d label it off-putting, so many people find themselves unable or unwilling to connect with it. The film doesn’t have a winning and aspirational female protagonist, and Mavis is so unpleasant at first (or even second) glance that many refuse to embrace her or allow themselves to identify with or understand her. In general, audiences don’t particularly like flawed women, although they often take perverse joy in championing the flawed and morally questionable male protagonist.Breaking Bad gave us the greatest example of this hypocritical mindset, as so many people took pleasure in and rooted for the despicable antics of Walter White while simultaneously condemning his actions, and yet they encouraged the behavior because without that complexity and those deep character flaws, there would be no show. Even still, most viewers hated his wife, Skylar, who disapproved of her husband’s bullshit and voiced that displeasure regularly. Skylar herself was a flawed female lead, but viewers refused to relate or accept her because women should know their place, even in fiction.”

my favorite thing about Skyward Sword is that Zelda is simultaneously on her own adventure on the surface world even though we don’t get to see it. Her role isn’t passive whatsoever, if anything it’s more involved than Link considering she’s always one step ahead of him and her motives and actions are the reason Link’s even doing anything

Billboard Cover Story: Behind the Scenes With Katy Perry as She Rehearses for the Super Bowl -- 'The Biggest Event of My Career'

Backstage at the top-secret rehearsals for the biggest gig in American showbiz, in a large, stuffy room marked “Wardrobe,” a dozen or so half-naked female dancers wriggle into candy-colored, body-hugging costumes and pull on matching socks and sneakers. At the center of the action is Katy Perry, lying belly-down on a massage table with one bare leg poking out from under a blanket — simultaneously getting treatment for a bad hamstring and giving notes on her dancers’ and bandmembers’ costumes. “It’s obscene, I know,” Perry says, referring to her elaborate multitasking. “But it’s not because I’m a diva!”

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anonymous asked:

What is it that you don't like the most about SJW's?

Personally, the thing that prompts most negative feeling in me about SJWs is [what I perceive to be] their hypocrisy. They work themselves into a frenzy raging about how unjust poor treatment of some groups is while simultaneously condemning and bullying entire other subsets of people. I acknowledge that privilege is a thing and that in the case of racism for example much of it is institutionalized/tied up with power dynamics - that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s shitty to go around saying negative things about men or white people, etc.

— The Queer One

Delhi rape survivor sues Uber taxi app

A woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber taxi driver in New Delhi last month has filed a lawsuit against the service in a US court. She is also seeking a permanent injunction to make sure the company introduces safety precautions.

The 25-year-old woman, who filed the lawsuit in a California federal court, has called the taxi firm the“modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking.”

"We intend to hold Uber responsible for the significant physical and emotional harm it has caused to our client, while simultaneously seeking a court order mandating that Uber initiate certain safety precautions that they appear unwilling to do voluntarily," said Douglas Wigdor, the woman’s lawyer, who is a prominent New York attorney.

current mood: very frustrated sourdough bread-roll with a little chunk missing from the side

anonymous asked:

I've seen writers pointing out how much loneliness can hurt, and simultaneously how it makes you grow like anything else. When I find myself distant from everyone I can only feel sadness - how can we grow through solitude?

By giving yourself to it. By embracing it. By welcoming it. By embracing all those feelings that come from it. By making friends with it and allowing it to simply be.

The odd thing about “bad” or uncomfortable feelings, is that if you welcome them they are transformed. They are allowed to take their course and complete their life cycle. If you don’t fight them they can turn into something else. They can turn into their opposite.

When these feelings of being alone come, see them as an opportunity to change and open a door. Try to see them as an opportunity to start a new chapter in your life. These feelings are part of life, so to welcome them and allow them is to allow life to be. This is how we make use of them. By having them simply reside in our awareness and just letting them be there in us, we can find peace and inspiration comes in. I would think that this is what the writers are alluding to.


anonymous asked:

Hi there. I'm not certain whether it's been asked before or not but I was wondering how you feel about the use of masculine pronouns when referring to the Christian God (not including the historical Christ)

Good question! I for one am all for switching it up. I think God transcends our ideas of gender while simultaneously embodying all genders. The Bible refers to God as He and Father and the Bridegroom but also imbues God with a lot of classically feminine traits, like healing, comforting, defending, being beautiful, showing mercy, and mending broken relationships. Here’s a great list of some times in the Bible when God is described using feminine language, generally as a mother (thanks to 

  • God comforts his people like a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13)
  • Like a woman would never forget her nursing child, God will not forget his children (Isaiah 49:15)
  • God is like a mother eagle hovering over her young (Deuteronomy 32:11)
  • God seeks the lost like a housekeeper, trying to find her lost coin (Luke 15:8-10)
  • God cares for his people like a midwife that cares for the child she just delivered (Ps 22:9-10, Ps 71:6, Isa 66:9)
  • God experiences the fury of a mother bear robbed of her cubs (Hosea 13:8)
  • Jesus longed for the people of Jerusalem, like a mother hen longs to gather her chicks under her wings (Luke 13:34)

When God creates man and woman, he created them both in His/Her own image. So men and women and all the shades in between present facets of divinity to the world around them. All men have a little woman in them and all women have a little man in them, simply from an anatomical and hormonal perspective, so it would be foolish to think that a God who makes us so complimentary and nuanced is not himself many things in one. After all, this is the God who is three persons in one Spirit, so I don’t think it’s disrespectful to use a collective singular They to refer to God in Her/His entirely.

Star Trek Into Darkness : Sentence Starters
  • "You didn't give a thought to us."
  • "I'm not the only one who's upset with you. ________ is, too."
  • "No, no, no. Don't drag me into this. She is right."
  • "Not exactly a love song, ________"
  • "Wait, are you guys... are you guys fighting?"
  • "Why is there a man in that torpedo?"
  • "Until a year ago he didn't exist."
  • "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
  • "I am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously. To which are you referring?"
  • "Don't agree with me, ________, it makes me very uncomfortable."
  • "IT WILL FIT!"
  • "If ________ were here, and I were there, what would he do?"
  • "Well, still, it's a hell of a quote."
  • "I am not sure that qualifies."
  • "He'd let you die."
  • "I wanted you to know why I couldn't let you die... why I went back for you..."
  • "Because you are my friend."
  • "If you test me, you will fail."
  • "Remind me never to piss you off."
  • "(S)He wanted to exploit my savagery!"
  • "________ would finally have the war he talked about, the war (s)he always wanted."
  • "What I am about to do, it doesn't make sense, it's not logical, it is a gut feeling!"
  • "That's not me, ________. It's you."
  • "Damn it, man, I'm a doctor, not a torpedo technician!"
  • "You know, when I dreamed about being stuck on a deserted planet with a gorgeous woman, there was no torpedo."
  • "You are a murderer!"
  • "Is there anything you would not do for your family?"
  • "You mistake my choice not to feel as a reflection of my not caring, while I assure you the truth is precisely the opposite."
  • "If I get back we really need to talk about your bedside manner."
  • "When it became relevant, as it just did."
  • "Shall I destroy you, ________? Or will you give me what I want?"
  • "I have fulfilled your terms. Now fulfill mine."
  • "Did you hear that? I called him "Perfect-Hair"."
  • "What I do on my private time is my business."
  • "You were in a coma for two weeks."
  • "Tell me, are you feeling homicidal, power-mad, despotic?"
  • "There will always be those who mean to do us harm."
  • "You think you world is safe? It is an illusion. A comforting lie told to protect you."
  • "That was an epic beating."
  • "I'm glad you could be part of the family."
  • "You don't rob a bank when your getaway car has a flat tire."
  • "You filed a report? Why didn't you tell me?"
  • "Are you crazy? Whoever you are."
  • "He will not hesitate to kill every single one of you."
  • "None of you are safe."
  • "There's greatness in you, but there's not an ounce of humility."
  • "Do you know what a pain you are?"
  • "You think the rules don't apply to you."
  • "Let's go get this son of a bitch!"
  • "Damn it, man! That was our ride! You just stunned our ride!"
  • "Why the hell did he surrender?"
  • "Because you care about honor."
  • "Sounds like we have a superman on board."
  • "I am sorry."
  • "I will consider that an apology. And I will consider that apology."
  • "I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for, but I have a feeling you'll know it when you see it."
  • "Darkness is coming."