Portrayal

Trying to scroll through my dash after the latest cucumber episode, and everybody who doesn’t watch cbt is happily plodding along with their lives.
Soon when cbt actually catches on you will know the pain that is in the world.

i’ve seen v little on here about cucumber/banana/tofu which is kinda surprising bc its a series of gay shows but also not surprising at all bc it is V ENGLISH well anyway im here to tell you all not to watch it save yourselves tonights episode of cucumber was deeply horrifying do not do it

banana has been pretty good tho

Clarke, Lexa and representation

I am in my late twenties, happily engaged to another woman, and quite comfortable in my non-labelled sexuality. I watched ‘Bodyguard of Lies’ at a ridiculously early hour here in Europe because I couldn’t wait to see the context of the kiss between Clarke and Lexa. The episode surpassed all my expectations and I haven’t really thought about much else today. I am thrilled. Why? Because, in addition to the wonderful way their interactions was written (Lexa’s reaction to Clarke pulling back was a great depiction of how consent should and must work), throughout their conversations, their kiss, their every scene in this episode (and the ones before), the fact that this connection was happening between two young women was not a factor. At all. (Also don’t get me started on the AMAZING portrayal of women on this show in general). And this is so important. So often when lgbtq characters are introduced, their sexuality is at the forefront, struggled with, or the main characteristic defining the person. Such stories, if well-written, are important too, but I hunger for shows like The 100 that slays outdated norms and lets their characters be a mosaic - complex, morally ambiguous, brave, scared, lonely, strong… Characters that also happen to have a certain gender and sexuality. Characters like real people. Like me. 

And that’s why Clarke and Lexa’s story resonates so strongly with me, I think. Even though it’s scifi, set in a future full of war and death, I can identify with these characters - their emotions ring true, because I have experienced some version of them. Their story rings true because it is not shied away from. It is explored with the same honesty as other storylines. And even though I am comfortable in my own skin and proud of who I am, this story finds my most deeply hidden insecurities, pokes gently at them and tells me that I am important. It tells me that I matter, that I am seen. That being me is pretty damn awesome. For people that are never seen or accepted for who they are, I can only imagine how important stories like this can be. So please keep telling them. Keep slaying norms. Keep doing the unexpected.

Because representation matters.

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EDDIE:  HEAVENLY. 

ME:  SPEECHLESS.  BREATHLESS.  NEEDED DOUBLE TAKE.


He has just won an Oscar for his moving portrayal of one of the world’s most famous men. But this is the first photograph of Eddie Redmayne in his latest role … as a woman.

Or, to be exact, a man who became a woman. For he plays transgender pioneer Einar Wegener – later known as Lili Elbe – in The Danish Girl.

The movie, set in the 1920s, is a love story about how Wegener, a painter, was persuaded by his wife Gerda Waud – who was also an artist – to pose for her in women’s clothes after one of her models failed to show. In time, he became Lili and started on the transformation into a woman.

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2971171/WORLD-PICTURE-EXCLUSIVE-Oh-Eddie-make-wonderful-woman-picture-Oscar-winner-Redmayne-latest-role-transgender-pioneer.html#ixzz3StnXlyes

…It doesn’t matter whether we scrub floors, or whether we are leaders of great nations; unless we know that we are merely playing a part on the stage of time, we will suffer from the dualities inherent in the consciousness of being identified with these different stations and conditions. Stage actors do not bemoan their particular parts, but enact their roles to the best of their ability, knowing they are temporary portrayals. Do you see? It is only when we take life too seriously that we suffer.
—  Paramahansa Yogananda

kingdomheartsnyctophiliac asked:

I just wanted to say i really REALLY appreciate your blog because I'm a big Berserk fan, I just don't interact with other fans (ESPECIALLY ones outside of tumblr) because they're very aggressive and not feminism-y so just like BLESS YOU GOD BLESS B Y E

Thanks so much, and bless you too! Praise for my feminism is the best praise, and it means a lot to know that this blog feels welcoming to you. <3

And hey, if you’re still looking for actually-cool and safe Berserk fans to follow and interact with, there are lots of lovely and brilliant people out there having very interesting discussions about Berserk, and with a strong feminist slant in their writings, who focus a lot on the female characters and their portrayal, and who analyse/criticize Berserk from a (often intersectional) feminist perspective. I made a quick list of some of my faves for you in case you’re interested!

  • Agendermaximus. Amazing Casca speculation and AU headcanons, and so much love for her in general. Like this blog flows with love and enthusiasm for Casca, and it makes me so happy. Also AGM promotes much-needed consideration of Casca as her own character as opposed to a driving force and source of pain for Guts, and this is all good.
  • Cult-of-Casca. Come here for everything Casca!
  • Farnezes. Sadly, this blog has been abandoned for a while BUT I’LL NEVER FORGET. It’s full of some brilliant meta pieces on Casca and Farnese (and a little bit of Griffith too, taking an appropriately feminist approach to him). Go there and cry bitter tears with me later over the fact that it’s not being updated anymore.
  • Gatheringbones. Everyone needs to do themselves a favour and visit GB’s Berserk tag to read up her metas and tag commentary because they are amazing. GB focuses very strongly on Casca and Guts’ arcs (both their individual character arcs and the romantic arc between them) and their identities as survivors of child abuse still struggling against their formative influences, as well as Griffith’s role in perpetuating the effects of that abuse until they choose to walk away…and I…I just have a lot of feelings about this! Her reading is so convincing, touching and insightful, and offers such a positive and affirming interpretation of the Golden Age up until the Eclipse of course and the importance of self-determination and the refusal to be objectified. I will always love this blog.
  • Grailytoast. If you’re interested in ladies talking about Berserk’s ladies, then you really need to check out Grail’s Floracast; a podcast dedicated to female fans and their opinions and experiences. And please contact her if there’s anything you’d like to ask, suggest or contribute!
  • Ncfan-1. Ncfan-1 has written a number of brilliant meta pieces on so many narrative and thematic aspects of Berserk, but my favourites are their writeups on the female characters and Miura’s  presentation of them - and the best thing is that so much insight goes to the female characters that normally get overlooked in favour of Casca and Farnese, like Isma, Sonia, and Charlotte.
  • Nostalgica (please also check out her old blog for more). Nostalgica is one of the only people I’ve seen who really touches on Berserk’s queer themes (outside of the Guts x Griffith portion of the fandom, I mean) as well as one of the few fans I know who can enjoy and appreciate Berserk while being deeply critical of many aspects of it, of certain attitudes within the fandom, and of some of Miura’s choices as an author/artist. She’s someone who always catches the issues and implications that I missed and can make me reconsider so many things, and she’s willing to discuss aspects of Berserk I haven’t seen many other people go near. And at the same time, she’s one of the most fun and friendly people you could follow!
  • Nox-Artemis. Nox’s blog is pretty much a treasure trove for all the brilliant Casca meta (and overall appreciation of her), intersectional feminist analysis that strongly zeroes in on Casca’s race, anthropological speculations and theory-crafting, and very fair critiques and praise of Miura where he deserves both for his portrayal of certain aspects of womanhood and his treatment of Berserk’s female characters. She’s also your number one place to go if you want to see Griffith cut into with a really smart and merciless critical knife.
  • Theonlytoner. This cool person is currently posting a lengthy series of meta writeups on the theme “Women of Berserk”, and has also written some great commentaries on the Lost Children arc and its portrayal of child abuse, and is absolutely worth checking out.

They’re all great blogs and awesome people who are worth following imho. And I think it’s also worth looking at this post of mine for my general Berserk blog recs. I don’t know if everyone I listed there identifies as a feminist or would feel comfortable being labelled as such (in fact I can’t say that for everyone on my feminist rec list either), but they’re certainly not aggressive or anti-feminist in any way. They’re all very female-friendly and inclusive, and their blogs are very good places for female fans to lose a few hours.

I hope that was interesting to you, and that you enjoy looking these people up and finding more feminist Berserk fans to appreciate! ^_^

After another unsuccessful venture on ffnet for decent ss fics, I’m just gonna say that ya’ll can hollar about canon all you want but that still won’t make your shallow self-insert!Sakura any less shitty than your portrayal of her.

anonymous asked:

How domestic is Ichigo in your stories? In canon he claims that Yuzu has been in charge of the cooking since Misaki died, but a few of your fics indicate that Ichigo took over first and your portrayal of Isshins willingness and ability to do housework varies.

Well, like you’ve pointed out, it depends on the fic. Usually, my headcanon would be that Ichigo starts out cooking first. Anyway you look at it, no four-year-old should be cooking or would even know how right off.

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Invader Zim-The Best of Gir

Posting this video because it’s an exact, 100% accurate portrayal of what it would look like if I were a sidekick to an evil villain.

Crazy, erratic, incompetent, kinda cute but utterly useless X-P 

(I also love waffles!!!)

Feels About Western Portrayals of Mulan Post-Disney

So I really enjoyed the Disney movie, don’t get me wrong. I loved the songs and how bizarrely sexy Chang’s pixels were, and everything. But I hate what it did to the story of Mulan and how it is now viewed in the Western imagination (triggered by seeing a tumblr photo showing that Mulan was included in OUAT).

Mulan is not a fairy tale.

I repeat.

The story of Hua Mulan, a female war-hero, is NOT a fairy tale.

Unlike Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Belle, Mulan is a woman who actually existed and lived her story (not the Disney version). Hua Mulan is a young woman who lived in China during the Wei dynasty. This was a period of relative unrest and the bordering tribes of Loulan were again raiding the borders of China and massing for an invasion. In response, the emperor issued a draft, requiring one male from each family to report for military service. Unlike the popular Western characterization, Mulan was not a tomboy, but an extremely filial daughter. In fact, the traditional Chinese depiction of her (out of armor) is one of a young woman weaving before a window and sighing out of worry for her father. Because Mulan’s father was advanced in years and her brother was still a child, Mulan decides to take her father’s place in the draft. 

Mulan spends over a decade fighting to protect her country along the borders of China. When she returns as a victorious soldier, the emperor is so moved by her filial piety and her patriotism that he pardons her crime of “deceiving the emperor” (the most severe crime possible in ancient China - since the emperor asked for men to serve in the army and Mulan pretends to be a man, she is guilty of this crime, which is punishable by the execution of nine generations). Mulan refuses the emperor’s offer of a position as a court official (women serving as court officials was not completely unheard of in ancient China, contrary to popular belief), and instead asks that the emperor provide her with a strong horse to bring her home, so she can care for her aging parents. 

The story of Mulan is so enduring and beloved in Chinese culture because it is a story of the two most important values in Chinese culture: “忠”/”patriotic loyalty” and “孝”/”filial piety” (I could ramble on about the significance of how these two kanji are constructed, but I won’t~) There is, in fact, no “I” or “me” or “want” in the story of Mulan - “Reflections,” a beautiful song, is a gross misinterpretation of what the story is about - it is a story about “family” and “duty” and “must.” The traditional story of Mulan tells us that soldiers do notwant to go to war, but that, when the country has need, they must go to war. Mulan, like every other soldier she fights alongside, goes to war to serve her nation and protect her family - not because she was “nonconformist” or looking for an opportunity for self-discovery/adventure. 

So my issue with Mulan being relegated to a Disney “princess” in Western media is two-fold: Mulan is a very real, historical heroine unlike the other “princesses” (except Pocahontas) and Mulan’s story is not a story about a woman (like Snow White or Cinderella), but the story of a nation and the soldiers who give up everything to serve it. When we write or think about Mulan, we should be writing and thinking about her in the context of George Washington or Lafayette, historical symbols of patriotism, rather than in the context of Cinderella or Rapunzel or “Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away …”

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(Aside: Mulan’s also hardly the only woman to be celebrated for taking up arms to defend her nation. There is the equally celebrated story of the Yang family’s wives who were martially trained continued to fight to repel the invasion even after all of their husbands had fallen in battle. Princess Pingyang who not only led an army to her husband’s defense, but also mustered the entire army she led. In fact, Mulan has so many historical compatriots in Chinese history that there is even a title for these women: 巾帼英雄)

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