this-is...-kind-of-horrifying

tumblr is pretty weird i guess cos its just slit views and tiny interactions into the lives of 107 people i care about, a large margin of whom i’ve never actually met but struggle to support in tiny ways. it’s kind of like playing a horrifying version of the sims where there’s extremely little you can do when they hit the red bar, and they’re all real and Extremely Important people

Media's Growing Sexualization of Women

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“A provocative new study tends to confirm that the portrayal of women in the popular media over the last several decades has become increasingly sexualized, even “pornified.”

University at Buffalo researchers said previous research has found sexualized images of women to have far-reaching negative consequences for both men and women.

The study will be published in the September issue of the journalSexuality & Culture.

The new study uses the covers of Rolling Stone magazine from 1967 to 2009 to measure changes in the sexualization of men and women in popular media over time.

“We chose Rolling Stone,” said sociology professor Erin Hatton, “because it is a well-established, pop-culture media outlet. It is not explicitly about sex or relationships; foremost it is about music. But it also covers politics, film, television and current events, and so offers a useful window into how women and men are portrayed generally in popular culture.”

After analyzing more than 1,000 images of men and women on Rolling Stone covers over the course of 43 years, the authors came to several conclusions.

First, representations of both women and men have indeed become more sexualized over time; and, second, women continue to be more frequently sexualized than men.

Their most striking finding, however, was the change in how intensely sexualized images of women — but not men — have become.

In the study, the authors developed a “scale of sexualization” to measure the intensity of sexualized representations of men and women.

An image was given “points” for being sexualized if, for example, the subject’s lips were parted or his/her tongue was showing, the subject was only partially clad or naked, or the text describing the subject used explicitly sexual language.

Three categories of images were identified: a) those that were, for the most part, not sexualized (i.e., scoring 0-4 points on the scale), b) those that were sexualized (5-10 points), and c) those that were so intensely sexualized that the authors labeled them “hypersexualized” (11-23 points).

Researchers then compared the covers of the magazine by decade.

In the 1960s they found that 11 percent of men and 44 percent of women on the covers of Rolling Stone were sexualized.

In the 2000s, 17 percent of men were sexualized (an increase of 55 percent from the 1960s), and 83 percent of women were sexualized (an increase of 89 percent).

Among those images that were sexualized, 2 percent of men and 61 percent of women were hypersexualized.

“In the 2000s,” Hatton says, “there were 10 times more hypersexualized images of women than men, and 11 times more non-sexualized images of men than of women.”

“What we conclude from this is that popular media outlets such as Rolling Stone are not depicting women as sexy musicians or actors; they are depicting women musicians and actors as ready and available for sex. This is problematic because it indicates a decisive narrowing of media representations of women.

“We don’t necessarily think it’s problematic for women to be portrayed as ‘sexy.’ But we do think it is problematic when nearly all images of women depict them not simply as ‘sexy women’ but as passive objects for someone else’s sexual pleasure.”

The review and analysis is important because an abundant research has shown similar images to have a range of negative consequences:

“Sexualized portrayals of women have been found to legitimize or exacerbate violence against women and girls, as well as sexual harassment and anti-women attitudes among men and boys,” Hatton said.

“Such images also have been shown to increase rates of body dissatisfaction and/or eating disorders among men, women and girls; and they have even been shown to decrease sexual satisfaction among both men and women.”

“For these reasons,” Hatton said, “we find the frequency of sexualized images of women in popular media, combined with the extreme intensity of their sexualization, to be cause for concern.”

Source: University at Buffalo

What kind of mom Giselle would be (if Bleach is any indication)


As requested by anon. :)


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If Giselle’s behavior in Bleach is the same as her behavior would be as a mom, then what kind of mom would Giselle be? If it was, you know, less horrifying?


1. She would always be willing to help.

Even when her kids didn’t want help. Actually, especially then.

Giselle: Making a diorama, huh? I will help you.

Kid: Mo-om! I don’t want your help!

Giselle: Here. Instead of that cardboard cutout, how about an actual dead squirrel?

Giselle: I did the taxidermy myself!

Kid: MO-OM!

Giselle: I think it looks good right there.


2. She would buy them clothes.

And then insist (insist!) that they wear them. You know, like Hitsugaya didn’t exactly have a choice about whether to wear that Quincy uniform.

Giselle: I bought you an outfit for picture day!

Kid: Um…you want me to wear a uniform?

Giselle: You want to slay, don’t you?


3. She would use a lot of inappropriate sexual innuendo. 

Not with her kids. But with their teachers sure. And that would be super embarrassing for her kids.

Kid: This is my mom. Mom, this is my math teacher.

Giselle: So you do hard equations, huh?

Giselle: That makes me so…

Kid: ANYWAY WE HAVE TO BE GOING


4. She would be supportive of her kids’ gender identities.

Giselle has dealt with being misgendered. She wouldn’t do that to her kids.

Kid: Mom…..I think I’m a boy.

Giselle: Okay!

Kid: That’s….it?

Giselle: Of course not!

Giselle: Let me know if anyone tries to tell you otherwise. I will kill them!


5. She wouldn’t understand how presents work.

In canon, Giselle figures that if she, say, gives Bambietta her blood, then Bambietta should be willing to give it back to her. Which means that mom Giselle just wouldn’t understand how presents work.

Kid: Uh, mom? Is that my iPod?

Giselle: Yup!

Kid: Can I…have it back?

Giselle: What?? I gave it to you! You should be happy to give it back!

Kid: I keep telling you that isn’t how presents work.


6. She would be bad at comforting.

Not that she wouldn’t try. But Giselle just wouldn’t have a good sense of what is comforting…and what is more horrifying.

Giselle: Don’t worry.

Giselle: We can keep the dead goldfish for as long as you want.

Giselle: You might even like it better dead!

Giselle: Look! It floats now!

Kid: [crying harder]

Giselle: I’m serious! Dead is better!


7. She would want to take care of injuries at home.

Giselle wouldn’t be very into hospitals. She’d figure that any injuries could just be taken care of at home.

Kid: MOM! SAM JUST ACCIDENTALLY CUT OFF A FINGER

Giselle: And I’m sure I can tape it right back on!

Kid: MOM THAT ISN’T HOW FINGERS WORK


8. She would use reverse psychology constantly.

In canon, Giselle likes to goad people into attacking her, so that they will touch her blood and become hers. Parent Giselle would also use reverse psychology, albeit in a less horrifying way.

Giselle: Oh yes. I think you absolutely should eat that cake.

Giselle: Delicious, delicious, not deadly cake.

Kid: …maybe I don’t want dessert after all.

Giselle: You’re so healthy!


9. She would never get mad.

Or at least, she’d never seem to. No matter what her kids did or said, Giselle would continue to have that cheerful look on her face.

Kid: And after I ran over your flower bed with my bike, I suddenly remember that I had forgotten to turn off the bath and long story short that is why the basement is full of water.

Kid: I know you were keeping all of your taxidermy equipment in the basement. I’m sorry. I think it’s ruined.

Giselle: And then?

Kid: …okay seriously your happy expression is starting to weird me out.


10. She would have trouble letting go. 

Canon Giselle doesn’t like letting go - if her friend dies, she turns that friend into a zombie (even if she has to murder her first). Mom Giselle would also have trouble letting go.

Giselle: I’m so happy you got into college!

Giselle: I know you’d be sad without your mom, so I have the dorm next to yours!

Kid: Mom…

Giselle: It’ll be great!

thenerdbeast asked:

I feel there is one tidbit left out when talking about Suglilite, her abandonment doesn't begin and end with Pearl leaving her behind in the episode. Garnet and Amethyst probably hadn't fused in a long time, meaning Sugilite was left to rot in fusion limbo. She has probably returned tot he void once again, clearly as a her own persona divided and trapped inside Garnet and Amethyst's gems. Just wanting the right to exist is something I can sympathize with deeply.

It’s weird to think about fusions, maybe “Coach Steven”, since it made a lot clearer that they’re kind of separate people, in a way (in the same way that someone is a different person when they’re with certain other people). And that they’re apparently aware of the time they’re not ‘around’, which is kind of horrifying to think about. 

But I think its, like, parts of yourself you don’t really let out unless you’re with certain people, rather than a person trapped in nonexistence. Its, like, “I forgot how great it feels to be who I am when I’m with you” but personified as a person. Like, missing being with a person. Maybe Garnet and Amethyst used to be closer than they are now, and probably really indulged each other’s wild sides. And they don’t really do that anymore, Garnet feeling the need to be responsible for the others and having to be the leader. And they miss that and that’s the sort of feeling Sugilite embodies, maybe.

Mad Max – A feminist action movie

Okay, Mad Max, like Pacific Rim, was one of those movies I hadn’t honestly planned to watch at all… until tumblr couldn’t stop talking about it making Men’s Right’s Activist angry. 

So then I had to see it (good job dude bros!). And man, I can see why those guys got angry! Read the spoiler filled thoughts about why Dude bros are angry about this movie and why it is awesome and feminist and you should watch it.

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imjusthereforthefanporn asked:

I'm a die-hard Cullenmancer but I can't stop reading your Cullen hate posts because you are SO! FUCKING! FUNNY!!! Your "i’d say find the maker, but i suspect this is why he fled the golden city" comment on Cullen romance mods made me laugh so loudly that I woke up the entire house. :D :D :D

that’s great but here’s the thing: i make these posts at the considerable expense of my mental health to let people who are made uncomfortable by this character know they’re not alone and to draw attention to how media (and our culture at large) is dismissive of abusers if they look and act a certain way 

so you, a self proclaimed “die-hard cullenmancer”, coming into my inbox and telling me that what you really take away from my critique is the humour - you know, the very humour i use to defuse the sheer force of my horrified disgust at cullen - is like 17 different kinds of uncomfortable

theoutlawjosiewhales asked:

Sorry if you've answered this before, but will your TP au be a full on webcomic? Or little snippets like the 1920s one? And I can't wait to see how the whole "Link's the one who needs saving" thing will play out :3

That’s trickyyy to answer but, it’s debut teaser is going to be in a comic format, suitable to tumblr since its where i post most of my stuff for zelda! I’m not sure yet if I’ll do all the posts in that format, most likely I’ll do a little of everything. My main focus at the moment is actually commissions and my own personal webcomic, Solstice-11′s much, much needed revamping. Its why I mostly update on sundays with fanart/zelda related things! 

kendraasaunders asked:

Westhallen playing video games: Eddie whoops butt at Mario Kart, Barry is a master at DDR, and Iris owns both of them at Black Ops.

oh my GOD SHE TOTALLY WOULD KILL THEM AT BLACK OPS. they kind of just sit there horrified and she cocks her head and smiles really sweetly and says “where do you think my wasted training for the police academy application went?” and they remind themselves never to piss her off e v e r

Cockles Week 2015 - Cockles Fic Prompts updated with missing / new prompts

WRITERS, many of the prompts below were claimed by you and you know who you are.  Since our account was deactivated again, we’ve lost your claims. Please identify yourself with the prompt that you have been working on!  Send us a message!

1. Jensen and Misha get into a pranking war on set and everyone else is done with their gross flirting lol - anon CLAIMED AND PUBLISHED by nerrrrrrrrrd here

2. Knowing Misha can never really be serious, but that he can never back down from a challenge either, Jensen challenges Misha to finally give a real, serious interview for once. And then when Misha does, he’s honestly kind of stunned and horrified to learn just how difficult some of Misha’s life really was. It makes him see Misha in a new light, makes him appreciate Misha even more. Fluff and cuddles ensue - anon CLAIMED by profoundfangirl

3. friends to lovers, jensen realizes he’s in love with Misha during a con panel. Somehow Misha finds out and fluff ensues - anon CLAIMED by nerrrrrrrrrd

4. the pink shirts that both mish and jen have worn at different cons. only that they are now each wearing the others pink shirt to a con and idk what happens next. but please give a happy ending - anon  CLAIMED AND PUBLISHED by castielspsychnerd here

5. so after asylum 14 let’s have cockles road trip in europe, shopping, eating, going to theatre, drinking and checking into B&Bs and cottages and finally arriving at jib6 happy and relax and everyone is in cockles heaven. amen - anon

6. Cockles AU where Jensen is a widower whose young son is aware that his father is lonely but is avoiding relationships for the sake of the son (whatever the reasons). Misha is a well known columnist whose articles Jensen reads every day. In the end, Jensen and Misha falls in love and it’s 2 and a half men AU. thanks!!! I’ve always wanted this so looking forward! - anon  CLAIMED BY  imaginecas

7. Jensen and Misha are about to get married and because Jensen has dreamed of this moment for a very long time, he wants everything to be perfect. In ensuring this, he becomes a bit of a ‘Bridezilla’. Only Misha can pacify him and he does so with sweet words and gestures. The fluffier, the better. Rating:M/ NC-17 bottomJen pls - anon CLAIMED AND PUBLISHED by emwebb17 here

8. Jensen and Misha share the same room for Asylum but Misha for some reason feels sad and cry while everyone is sleeping but Jensen can hear him so he goes to his bed and sing something for him :) - mercystiel CLAIMED by castielspsychnerd

9.  cockles at a sushi restaurant, trying out different dishes, drinking sake, and chatting with the sushi chef behind the counter. anthony bourdain style. smut or fluff or both, why not. au or not. chopsticks or hands, feeding each other. PLEASE! this was in my dream :p - anon

10.  Misha and Jensen are both really tired after a long day of shooting the show and they go to Jensen’s trailer for the night. Jensen sings Misha to sleep while they cuddle. Fluff! CLAIMED by castiels-playdoll

11.  cockles wine tasting, they go from tasting wine from their glasses to tasting wine from each other’s lips. They inevitably get rather tipsy and snugly and jensen takes the sweetest selfie to preserve the moment. fluff and/or smut, but preferred both - anon CLAILMED by dreamdictator

12.  AU with shy Misha. Jensen is in group vid chat when his bf Misha walks past wearing just sweatpants and everyone asks J who it is. Jensen grabs him and sits him on his lap so everyone can say hi, then gets all possessive and angry when everyone starts cooing over his cute boyfriend - anon CLAIMED by castiels-playdoll

13.  please write a story where Misha feels insecure and thinks Jensen is too beautiful/perfect to be interested in him - anon CLAIMED by  fandomsfanfictionsfangirlingohmy

14.  Misha and Jensen get sent to the spn world. then while trying to act like cas and dean, they fail miserably. sam ends up finding out along the way and proceeds to fix everything. the whole ordeal brings jen and mish even closer. in more ways than one. - anon

I have a couple friends talking about “purging toxic people” from their lives on social media (like, talking about it on social media not just purging people on social media) and honestly I find it kind of horrifying to broadcast that kind of thing because it makes me paranoid and just, idk, *ducks head* whatever I’ll come out when you’re done

it’s like that “I just deleted a bunch of people so if you’re reading this you made the cut” status except more ominous

taylorswift Speaking of graduating, i actually just graduated high school. I mean it’s not that big of a deal but it is something. The scariest thing is that starting next month i will live alone, far away from home for the first time in my life. It’s kind of horrifying, but also exciting. I mean you did it, right? And you’re happy now! So it must not be that scary after all. Just thought i’d share it with you, since you’re a huge part of my life and all :)

Pairing: Jensen Ackles/Misha Collins

Word Count: 3,389

Rating: General

Summary: Knowing Misha can never really be serious, but that he can never back down from a challenge either, Jensen challenges Misha to finally give a real, serious interview for once. And then when Misha does, he’s honestly kind of stunned and horrified to learn just how difficult some of Misha’s life really was. It makes him see Misha in a new light, makes him appreciate Misha even more.

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thyshogo asked:

[Text: Mr. Shibuta] is this right number mrs. shimotsuki??? just checking. i said you're a brat, self-explanatory. jk. i hope you've done your homework though. because there's plenty of room for improvement.

For a long moment, Mika only stared at the message, utterly taken aback. Unblinking, she hesitated, her expression a pale combination of perplexed and somewhat horrified.

{Mika Shimotsuki} Is this some kind of joke? A teacher employed by this academy would never speak to a student in such an unprofessional manner. If you’re a student or some other staff member who’s gotten a hold of Mister Shibata’s phone, trust that I will have you reported. This is harassment, and what I have to assume is theft as well. You could effect the reputations of both students and teachers with this kind of foul prank! You won’t get away with this.