I used to be the kind of person who whenever people told me they didn’t like girl groups, I was like, “Oh okay, I can respect your opinion,” but I am honestly at the point where I can’t do that anymore. I’m so tired of hearing my fave idols get slandered because someone made a judgement based off of two girl group songs they heard 10 years ago. If anyone said anything remotely bad about boy groups, those fans would lose their shit, but girl group stans are expected to sit there and take it. They have to listen to people calling their faves sluts, untalented, etc. They have to listen to people complain about sexy and cute concepts when boy groups can do bad boy concepts out the ass and not get any shit. They have to listen to people talk about how their faves “can’t dance” and how “annoying” their voices are. And if a girl group stan says anything about it, the rebuttal is always, “Well everyone is entitled to their own opinion :)).” I’m not respecting an opinion that is based off of poor judgement and ridicules women. I’m not respecting an opinion that is hypocritical and disrespectful to another human being. Female idols deserve respect and I’m so tired of having to fight for people to see how talented they are. I’m so tired of having to say this shit over and over just because people refuse to treat female idols like humans. Girl groups deserve so much better.
That girl who loves partying and socializing with people, she's a fangirl of so many buffed-up singers and she's so pretty. She's kinda judgmental and she's homophobic but she follows so many gay people and likes their posts and nobody in my generation really understands why. She can be really impulsive sometimes and she hates classes but she's a good friend and a funny person
That girl who is always late, she has social anxiety and she's silent af. Grades are not her forte'. She tries to socialize very hard and everyone is annoyed by the fact that she tries to discuss things that she really doesn't know shit about. She is afraid of some professors, she is christian af and she is kinda lost, but she's a good girl who believes in the supernatural and she always invites us to coffee at her place
The girl who loves spending time with people, she always loves to discuss about every topic, she knows so much about many things, she's doing great with her grades and she's among the top 5 students in the entire generation. Also, she has PERFECT, sonorous American accent and everybody loves it. She always initiates coffee gatherings but nobody really comes because she's not that much of a leader and her voice is so soft so nobody could really hear when she's talking. She's also a passionate gamer AND in the same time she finds time to maintain her grades and social life
That (jock) guy who's the tallest one, he's blonde, buffed-up and he's the definition of a straight white boy. He's childish as fuck and he can become very boring sometimes. Once, my colleagues have shooed him out of the cafeteria because he was bothering them. He also tells so many stupid dad-jokes and laughs at his own jokes, flirts with some professors, has been single since forever (not that he's ugly - he's average looking but he's so much boring sometimes because he doesn't have any real friends and he gets excited about people so he doesn't know WHEN to stop). He literally flirts with every single female human being that he can find and he pushes them all away because he's pushy af. He's also introverted and doesn't really know his way with girls
That girl who's one of the top students in the generation. She's always smiling, she has the best grades, she always tries to present this "perfect" image of herself. She is very intelligent and she loves reading, she gets drunk like every second day but that doesn't stop her from maintaining her perfect grades. She's very successful and she's a good leader, she knows all the fresh gossip and she always sits in the first row with her best university friend. In fact, she and her best uni friend are hated by everyone because they're just so successful and everyone's jealous of them. She also secretly hates everybody and gossips with her best uni friend. She and her friend have tons of screenshots ready to blackmail people if anyone says anything against them lmao. But everyone (every zodiac sign) in this generation pretends we like each other so...
That professor who's VERY detail-oriented and she's a big perfectionist but she can't fix her awful handwriting. She's very successful and she has TONS of potential, she literally KNOWS EVERYTHING about her subjects but sometimes she can really drain us physically and emotionally. She gives us tons of assignments and homework and she always gives us lectures on the most difficult courses. Jfc she behaves like we study in Cambridge / Oxford. But don't get me wrong, she's NOT a bad person. She's actually a VERY good person and at the end of each semester she buys us coffee and tea, she talks with us about our experience with the course and she just wants us to learn some things that we should learn, that's why we perceive her as "difficult" and "problematic"
That girl who loves hugging, has great communication skills and is a social justice warrior. She thinks that she's everyone's friend and she always tries to criticize everyone's opinion, thinking that she'll seem and sound more intelligent. She also listens to rock and metal, she loves children and she smokes a lot, she's very sensitive and she's very friendly. Once, on the Facebook group of the university, she tried to accuse Pisces of something he didn't do and he literally ruined her in front of all those people, that was one of her biggest mistakes she's ever done in uni because she didn't know that that guy can be pretty evil when someone tries to insult/hurt him. The next day in uni she was on the verge of a mental breakdown because that guy really hurt her with his words, making her look stupid and pretentious, and everybody stopped talking to that guy for like, a month or two
That girl who's late in class 90% of the time, and those 10% she's not present in class. She is very quiet and she doesn't show particular interest in anything. She doesn't have a taste in fashion and style, unlike most Scorpios that I know. She just wants to go home all the time and nobody knows what she's doing in her life, she's so mysterious and she's not a good teamworker because she doesn't really care about her grades
That girl who can't stop talking and she's always arguing with someone but we all love her. She's very communicative but she's insecure at the same time. She has tons of likes on Facebook and Instagram. She's a VERY open-minded girl, she hates racism, homophobes, nazi scum and racists. She's a really good friend with Leo and Pisces but Capricorn is her bff and her roommate. She has an excellent taste in fashion, style and music and she has S_L_A_Y_I_N_G eyebrows. I think that she's bi/lesbian but maybe she's closeted. She always hugs Capricorn and gets beaten by Capricorn because Capricorn can't stand people touching her
That girl who loves vintage notebooks, loves taking studyblr photos and uploads them on tubmlr and Instagram, she loves journeys and we haven't heard her talking for THREE GODDAMN YEARS. She is very antisocial and introverted but she has excellent taste for art, film, music and she's like 24/7 on her phone because it's obvious that she can't stand most of us but she's always sweet and supportive when someone approaches her. Sometimes she doesn't want to talk and she just smiles as a response. She's Sagittarius' best friend and roommate and they've became really close friends. She also loves journeys and she's a daydreamer but she's very intelligent. Her grades are not that good, she's not an attention whore and she tries to be "invisible" but she simply can't
That guy with his cockney accent who has insane memory and loves football. He's actually a loner, he's a bit creepy and weird, le loves britpop and indie nd he was one of the best students in the first two years of uni but his grades dropped. He's like, very secretive and he can be pretty arrogant and you just can't sit next to him because he's telling jokes all the time which takes your attention away. He is a loner and once he publicly told us that he used to have cyber sex with his girlfriend because she lived in another country and they've never met in real life (I mean, who tells such things omg Aqua get your shit together). He tries to insult people and he tries to be sarcastic but he can only be sarcastic with the stupid ones. He also thinks that he's a know-it-all and that he's the most intelligent person in the world. He can be really judgmental sometimes and he pushes people away with that
That guy who always sits in the first row with his best university friend and is one of the top students in the generation. He's also a model, nerd, gamer, works out and whatnot. He is sweet to everyone and talks to everyone but he can be very sassy at times. He was the one who had a verbal fight with Libra because Libra triggered him and he destroyed her verbally. He's really skinny and dreamy and he has a very deep voice and an excellent taste in fashion and style. His style is kinda dark and he's so aesthetic. He listens to some music that no other people in the world listen to but he also listens to some mainstream music. In fact, he listens to whatever he wants and he doesn't really think about what other people think about him. He tends to roll his eyes a lot and he cares about his physical beauty more than he cares about his love life. He's too egotistic and self-centered and he's extremely picky, which makes him single most of the time.
“I have no qualms about a female Doctor. I just want to get her pregnant, get a show with her son up and running, then kill her off and focus on her much more powerful male replacement. But just to be clear, no qualms at all.”
Let’s get this straight: the meaning of the famous Simone de Beauvoir quote “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman" is not that being a woman has nothing to do with the sex you’re born as and that anyone can become a woman. What de Beauvoir does is creating a distinction between sex and gender: when one is born female, the gendered socialization sets in and makes you a woman, i.e. the gender stereotype the patriarchy has created for female human beings. “Woman” in the sense de Beauvoir uses it here refers to how female human beings are socialized and conditioned to perform a certain role, the cultural and social meaning given to female bodies. She shows us gender is something that is being done and aquired, not natural and something we’re born with. The quote does not negate biological sex.
A helpful and comprehensive guide by Masashi and Kishimoto
So you’ve introduced this species called “female human beings” into your story and you don’t know what to do? You’ve come to the right place! This guide will provide you with all the necessary details you need to work with this very new species of characters that are so difficult to write about.
1. Make the female character pretty because that’s the only way said female character can be called ‘likable’.
2. Make your female character’s life and ambitions revolve around a certain dude-man-being because we all know female characters are empty shells if not for their dude-man-being.
3. If you think there is some potential for your female character’s development, which would considerably contribute to the development of your story, throw that potential out of the nearest metaphorical window you find and focus on your dude-man-being instead.
4. Even if you do give your female character a boost, forget about that development for ten to twelve arcs, at least.
5. Render your female character useless in every scene which could’ve had greatly contributed to her development.
6. Best way to avoid writing a ‘bad’ female character? Introduce as less of female characters as you possibly can! That should entirely eliminate your problem.
7. Developed your female characters into an actual, believable person with great accomplishments by the end of your story? No problem! Just depict all of them doing housework in the last chapter while your dude-man-being continues to contribute to the progress of the story.
8. Make your female characters lose fights. Be it against a weak opponent, a strong opponent, or even a rock. Even if they do win a fight, have a dude-man-person defeat her later on. Better yet, if she has almost won a fight fair and square, have your hax man pull some shitty move out of his ass and let him defeat her!
9. Female characters are not allowed to have dreams of their own– what? You already introduced what her aim is? No problem! Just don’t let her achieve that goal and let your dude-man-being achieve that dream for her!
Hope these tips will help you with the “females” in your story!
Femininity isn’t womanhood. Rejecting femininity does not mean rejecting womanhood or not being content being a woman - it means rejecting society’s restrictive norms for women and not being content with being forced into patriarchal gender norms. Woman means “adult female human being” and nothing else. Claiming femininity makes you a woman or that womanhood is femininity (and that rejecting femininity makes you a man or another “gender identity”) is frankly so offensive and misogynistic it’s above appalling. That woman = feminine and womanhood = femininity is something only misogynists would say. It’s not progressive. It’s not correct.
1.female human being of African descent. 2. subject to extreme abuse and oppression based upon the inaccurate or faulty (racist perception of inferiority by the oppressor. 3. Scientific: mother of civilization: one from whom all life comes forth. 4. one who subscribes and practices thoughts and deeds which promote unity among people of color.
[warning for old-school trans terminology and rhetoric, transmisogyny, slurs, and mentions of violence and rape]
this is the article roycevomit discovered; i managed to track it down in the local university library and use their scanner. bear with me, the text is a little long, but it’s also very interesting and at times a little too close to home. obviously i don’t agree with everything it says, but i think it’s an important part of our history.
Beyond Two-Genderism Notes of a Radical Transsexual by Margo published in The Second Wave Vol 2.4 (1972)
Over the past few years, both the feminist and gay movements have been challenging some basic assumptions about human sexual identity and expression. There is a growing group of people who refuse to see women as inferior to men, and who also refuse to see love between people of the same sex as inferior or less “moral” than love between people of different sexes. More and more questions are being asked about sex roles and relationships, ranging from why there is not equal pay for equal work to why a fulfilling sexual experience cannot involve less or more than two people. In brief, the feminist movement has challenged male chauvinism, and the gay movement has challenged heterosexual chauvinism. Of course, these are not separate issues. As one who views herself as a feminist bisexual woman, I think and feel them to be very intimately related indeed.
Two-Genderism: Unfinished Business
However, if I am to find a life as a full human being, I must challenge yet a third aspect of sexism which has not yet been challenged, at least not on a large scale. I call this aspect two-genderism, a rather clumsy term upon which I hope someone will improve.
Two-genderism can be summed up in the following assumptions: (1) human beings are divided into two distinct and mutually exclusive biological pigeonholes, male and female, (2) human beings are divided into two distinct and mutually exclusive psychological and social pigeonholes, men and women; (3) biological sex, subjective identity, and social assignment always coincide, and (4) none of these facts can change as a person grows and develops.
Perhaps these assumptions become clearer when we see exactly who gets hurt by them. While it is true that everyone is affected to some extent, and that without these assumptions it would be much harder to maintain or justify a sexist society, still there are two overlapping groups that are particularly damaged by two-genderism. First, there are intersexuals, people who combine some elements of both sexes in their bodies. Secondly, there are transsexuals, people who develop gender identities which are preponderantly opposite to the ones which society demands.
Most transsexuals have perfectly “normal” female or male bodies, as the case may be. Most intersexuals tend to adopt whatever sex they are reared to be, no matter how confusing from a two-sex viewpoint their biological condition is. And there are some people who combine aspects of both these groups. I am one of them.
A Personal Account
As I have learned from the feminist and gay movements, theory is not enough. Now women are beginning to feel free to discuss their rapes without shame or euphemism, and gay people openly discuss the joys and terrors of coming out. In the same way, I feel that an account of my past may give a better picture of what two-genderism means.
I am a genitally male person who has wanted to be female since about the age of four and a half. I have some female breast development and gonads which produce virtually no sperm for a reason which has not yet been medically determined. At present, I am taking female hormones and look forward to eventual sex reassignment surgery to make me as biologically female as possible. At the same time, I must admit that 21 years of living as a male, however unrelished a role it has been, has made my sense of femaleness different than it is for someone born into that status.
Rather than write an autobiographical case history, I would like to relate moments which may give a better feeling of what my transsexuality has meant in my life. My technique is borrowed directly from an article entitled “Barbaric Rituals,” which is in Sisterhood is Powerful.
Excerpts From A Diary
I am walking around in male clothing, and a child refers to me as a “funny-looking lady." Teenagers ask me if I am a boy or a girl. I am not sure if they are affirming my female identity or merely considering me as a hippy. I think of many replies, respond with silence, and walk on.
In a crowd watching a building a building demolition (do I see the bring-down of a sixteen-story building as symbolic transsexuality?), being asked by some teenage boys if I use silicone, and being warned by a hardhat not to lift my sweatshirt lest I be "lewd and luscious." Being told by one boy that I would probably be busted for "impersonating a chick” even though I am in male attire.
Being told by a feminist friend that I am masculine in being more idea-oriented than people-oriented, and wondering when people would ever give me a chance to be my real self to them.
Openly cross-dressing, wearing women’s clothing to a university campus, and being correctly associated with the gay movement but incorrectly identified as a male homosexual rather than as what I consider myself, a female bisexual.
Being called a faggot by some fraternity types at school. The humor was that a faggot is the derogatory term for a male who enjoys sleeping with males, while I was and am in a situation where I can go to bed only with myself.
Finding some genuine beauty and humanness in my own subjectively female sexuality, in spite of all the confusion and ambivalence, but being unable to express a shadow of it to anyone else.
Talking to a friendly gay male who tells me, “I’m a very tolerant faggot, but I can’t understand you. You’ve gone three steps beyond me and another two in reverse.”
Talking to a gay sister who can understand me as a “cross-gender Lesbian” but cannot understand why I find myself talking in a very different tone of voice, an affirmation of my emerging identity.
Being excluded from feminist groups because of my genitals and required male social role, and being excluded from male society because of almost everything else.
Talking with some genuinely kind organizers of a women’s center at my undergraduate school who has tried to comfort me by telling me that what with nonsexist child rearing I should have company in fifteen or twenty years.
After a demonstration against fraternity prostitution, going to a local newspaper and saying “Women’s liberation frees men too,” rather than, “I am what i feel, a woman who supports both her sisters and her brothers in ending dehumanization.”
Going to a campus meeting for a feminist organization where it is proposed to hold a women’s party, hearing that there can also be a men’s party, and realizing that I can fit into neither; going outside and having a good cry.
Having a radical male friend question whether my transsexuality is a personal distraction from “worthwhile” political work because “how many transsexuals are there, anyway?”
Leaving early from a radical literature distribution meeting and hearing that I had missed an excellent discussion of the unity of the personal and the political. Later the same night being asked, at a party of the same people, not to discuss my intersexuality since I might be overheard. Knowing that natural-born women could discuss birth control or abortion at this party without fear.
Telling myself that I am where a female was in 1950 or a gay person in 1960. Then thinking about a woman or gay person raped, murdered, or driven to suicide, and feeling guilty fro playing the game of “more oppressed than thou.”
Reading about a woman’s project in Vietnam, and getting my priorities straight by hoping that the war will be over before I will be eligible to join.
Wondering if I will ever be able to pass as a female, and deciding that if not, I would rather live in a body and wear clothes that I can enjoy, even if it is on a desert island.
Reading feminist literature which claims that “men sure of their masculinity support equality” and gay literature which says that those who cross-identify or cross-dress are expressing masochism, are a small minority of the upright homophile world, and should not make you doubt that “you can be gay and normal too." As a Lesbian who considers female transsexuals her sisters, experiencing the special pain of seeing these people apologized for and put down.
Arranging for hormone tests, and wondering what they can really prove. Realizing that to learn I "really” have breasts, that I “really” am partly female, would make me feel much more legitimate.
Enjoying medieval music, which has scales in between major and minor. Reflecting that even in classical music you are permitted to modulate, to change key.
This article is intended neither as a scholarly discussion of transsexual and intersexual states nor as a blueprint for ideal societies. There are a number of articles now available on transsexuals and intersexuals, although many have a sexist bias. As far as utopias are concerned, many anti-sexist people have shown a great interest in writing about androgynous societies yet small tolerance for actual androgynous people. I can, however, make some suggestions to both the feminist and gay movements.
To The Feminist Movement:
1. Do not assume that people who are confident about their sexual identities are for equality. many people are either confident sexists or unsure people who question the old givens. It is also an insult to all who do not fit the stereotype of a confident person of any sex.
2. Understand that because of psychological and social pressures many transsexuals seek extreme versions of their desired sex roles. Feminism can best reach these people by example and by understanding the uncertainty which sex identity shift can bring and which extreme role-playing can mark.
3. In writing, recognize that there are intersexuals and transsexuals who may be trapped in a no-person’s-land and who need solidarity from anti-sexist people. Literature which insists that there are only women and men is conspiring unconsciously with sexist forces to crush those in between.
4. In exclusively female groups, redefine what it means to be female so that male transsexuals may have at least partial membership before surgery. It is just at this transitional point, when the transsexual is beginning to live in her new identity, that communication with wher sisters may be important in shaping her life-style and in getting a wider perspective on what it means to be a woman.
5. Become involved in current gender research and treatment programs so that the feminist view may be represented.
To The Gay Movement:
1. Do not put down transsexuals, intersexuals, or other unusual people (e.g., transvestites) for apologize or express condescending pity for them.
2. Explain that gay people are those who wish to love a member of their own sex, while transsexuals wish to change sex. This is the difference between sexual preference and gender identity, and it should be known in order to confront the confusion and needless conflict between transsexuals and gay people.
3. Recognize that some female transsexuals will have male homosexual feelings and some male transsexuals will have female homosexual feelings. Such people should be welcomed to their respective groups.
Although transsexuals and intersexuals can organize themselves, they cannot make progress without help since they are such a small minority. Recognizing the problems of intermediate people would be a humane step for anti-sexist groups and a move toward a freer view of sex and gender for everyone. It would help bring to an end the two-genderism which is being challenged in genetic research but not yet in social reality.
I should say something about my obligations as a transsexual to the larger movement. First of all, I feel committed to such issues as child-care and abortion, even though I shall never be able to bear or father a child. I shall always try to be sensitive to the ways in which I have profited by male status, however much I have lost emotionally: for school and job simply being male was an automatic bonus. Of course, I will be renouncing this status, but I cannot renounce the very unjust benefits I have received and which are now unerasable history. I shall join with the Lesbian movement, while as a bisexual female I shall try to have the strict dichotomy between gay and straight removed (as Kate Millett has tried to do). My main feeling is that I want to love human beings; sex and gender should not be determining factors. At the same time, I do not put down those who happen to prefer one sex or the other. It is a question of taste, becoming a problem when one taste is almost forced and another is repressed.
I think the show got rid of Mercedes Gardner too soon because she was awesome and Wynonna could have used an honest to god friend going forward.
Mercedes was clever, decent and knew who Wynonna was and what she’d gone through.
And with Black Badge gone, her money wouldn’t go astray.
I’m sure the actress is going to kick butt as the bad guy but I wanted another friend for Wynonna.
[Words on the setting from my side] - physical education - friends - teaching - activity - kid - joy - gymnasium - team - happy - sportive (?)
Before opening the setting monitor showed words asking us not to say
おめでとう until instruction and then we shall sing Happy Birthday together.
This was a surprise to Nino.
[Nino sensei’s teaching about unko] - Nino-san’s jacket was green and his tie with green patterns. - Nino asked if everyone had unko today. Aiba-san answered five times. Nino said it’d be problem then.
- In western world, high heels were made in order not to touch unko in
street. Hat with brim was made because people in the past threw unko out
of window (in time when there was no toilet?) - Perfume was made to remove odour of unko. - In Japan unko was seen as thing can be re-used and was used as fertilizers.
- The setting was to teach how food turns to unko. Sakurai-san was to
demonstrate his typical day. He ate delicious meat. He was super cute
when demonstrating going to toilet. - ARASHI members dined together last night. - Sho-san did “ho!” deep breath, the one they learned in himitsu. Aiba said it was reminiscing. Sakurai kept doing this. - Sho-san did a lot `marius` gag e.g. itadakimarius when he started eating. - After the demonstration Nino said Sho-chan arigatou.
- Unko’s shape can tell our health status. Banana shape is healthy,
hard is lack of exercise, too soft is eating cold things or drinking too
much beer, juice etc.
[Sakurai sensei’s teaching about manliness and femaleness] - Sakurai-san’s jacket was pink and tie with grey and white pattern. - He partnered with Sato Shori. They were double Sho combi and double S combi (both names were SS).
- The corner was to wrestle with Hamaguchi Kyoko. Sho-san asked Fuma to
do it and Fuma said he wanted to do unko, and Sho-san said `no more
now!` (giggle) - Masaki-san was still sweating up till the second teaching. It seemed that the dome was bit hot.
- In VTR, Sho-san entered VS ARASHI’s green room to get members’ blood
(by a nurse). When getting Masaki-san’s blood, Sho-san said `It`s red,
right?` When getting MatsuJun’s blood, Sho-san said `Is it thick (same
word in Japanese to describe MatsuJun’s face), and MatsuJun laughed ‘Not
thick!’ When getting Nino’s blood, Sho-san asked him if he was happy
and Nino said he was happy. When getting Leader’s blood, Leader shouted
‘Painful!’ The nurse failed to get the blood vessels several times, at
last she managed to do it, Sho-san said 'Great~ So he is human~’ When
getting Sho-san’s blood, he was the only who didn’t look at the needle.
And he said 'Not painful~’ with a pitiful look. - Sho-san said while
people may have a sterotype on manliness and femaleness, in nature
different species have different interpretation. For example for King
Penguin, man is to feed the baby penguin while the female is to hunt for
food. - For human being, female may unconscious have consideration
factors on choosing partners i.e. good voice. This may be related to
immunity (sorry I didn’t take note on this part so I am not sure) -
The blood of members were sent to immunity test. Nino got almost full
score, meaning he has good immunity. MatsuJun and Nino have two areas
which were the same, there is only 0.01% for two persons to be the same
in two areas, they were like miracle brothers. Leader and Sho-san got
one area the same. Masaki-san had three out of four areas different from
other members (the remaining area, all members were the same). So
Masaki-san was different from them. Sho-san (?) said that so that
Masaki-san can get along with anyone.
[Aiba sensei’s teaching about sports] - Masaki-san’s jacket was navy blue with brown tie. He took the jacket off during his session. - The word sports has association with the word deportare which means joyful and play.
- Masaki-san asked if animals play sports or not. Sho-san answered no,
because animals do not comprehend rule. <– Very Sho-san-like way of
thinking, I think.<br> - Then Masaki-san said lions play and the lost one will go away, there is some sort of rule in it.
- Masaki-san introduced interesting sports in the world, in Finland
there is a game called `Transporting wife`, husbands carry their wives
and run through barriers. The winner will get beer in equivalent kg of
his wife. - They had match on this game. Nino acted wife for ARASHI
team. Sho-san tried various ways to carry Nino but failed, at last he
carried Nino on back. Leader carried Nino with ohimesamadakko, the venue
(including me) couldn’t be more excited. MatsuJun carried Nino like
carrying mannequin in Shukudai kun. Masaki-san tried to carry Nino from
behind but failed and they both fell. Masaki-san tried several ways to
carry Nino but failed and they fell several times. At last Masaki-san
succeeded and he was in full sweat. MatsuJun commented that the game was
interesting out of imagaination. - Masaki-san said that one can
train `brain working nerve` (運脳神経) to help on do better sports. Examples
of exercise to train such brain working nerve include walking while
sitting on floor and using the butts to move forward.
[Matsumoto sensei’s teaching about nervousness] - Matsumoto-san’s tie was green. - He taught us way not to lose to nervousness.
- His corner ask one audience to talk to member. When staff searched
the audience which took some time, Sho-san asked what if doing one time
of `transporting wife`. - MatsuJun listed out symptoms of nervousness, Masaki-san added `want to go to toilet`.
- MatsuJun’s corner was to let the members to experience nervousness.
He asked Nino to player recorder (flute). Nino said he was not nervous,
he entered Johnny’s because of playing it (during audition). But his
pulse was recorded rising. - Nino didn’t play very well and he fell into foams like MMDA. - Masaki-san said 'Ninomi~’ when Nino fell.
- MatsuJun then said he also practiced recorder and wanted to play a
song. He talked to Nino 'Kazu! Listen to it!’ But his playing was out of
tone and Nino laughed so hard and said 'Jun-san! Jun-san!’ - MatsuJun wanted again but still out of tone and he laughed hard.
- At last the song came out to be birthday song. We sang it to Nino.
The birthday cake was strawberry cake with 34 candle. 3 is pink and 4 is
yellow. - Nino said he’ll start doing sports coming to age 34. - Right nervousness can make us perform better.
- Athlets learn to control nervousness by setting up routine, like some
actions you decided to do before a game and when you do it you can
concentrate. - MatsuJun taught us 'WakuWaku routine’ there were four
steps: 1. jump twice to straight your body 2. breathe slowly 3. look
straight 4. straight your hand, circle two times, and fingers down. Just
like 'ARASHI, ARASHI, for dream’.
[Ohno sensei’s teaching about tears] - Leader talked about an episode of him and his teacher in primary four. There were regrettbale tears and happy tears. - Leader said he cried when watching the finale of Hanzawa Naoki, but during testing he didn’t.
- During test it was found that when one cries, the stress level will
go down. Crying helps one alleviate stress and relax mind. It is a good
way to change mood. - Leader said animals don’t cry. - 5 x 10 in
5 x 10 con was broadcast because many fans mentioned it during voting.
The venue was full of appraise when Sho-san appeared. After the video
Sho-san joked that he was really slim that time. - Leader said he didn’t expect a full version will be broadcast. - Masaki said it is a good group (as depicted in the video).
- MatsuJun said that in the VTR Aiba-san tried hard throughout the song
to hold his tears while at last he smiled. It was good. Love you! (To
Masaki-san). And Masaki-san answered Thank you. - Leader said that crying is actually a resonance with others’ feeling.
* Sorry I have not crossed checked with other repo. I took handwriting
note. Please feel free to let me know if I have repo anything wrong.
Add: During closing Sho san did two times disco star byebye. And Masaki san did one disco star walk. And when they entered the door, since the camera was filming Nino, Masaki san who needed to cross in front of them bowed to walk in order not to bother the filming.
“Female” and “male” are material, biological realities. “Gender identities” are made up concepts that are valid literally only in the head of the person choosing to identify with them. There is no reality behind “non-binary” or “agender” or “genderfluid” because gender isn’t real, gender is a social construct. I will not stop talking about female bodies, female health issues, female reproductive rights and the experiences of being a female human being - to grow up as a girl, and live as a woman - to “validate” made up identities. I can respect those identities when meeting someone face to face or talking about them. But I will not make myself complicit in rendering feminism a useless, regressive movement, and I will not accept not being able to talk about sex based oppression, why girlhood is such a pain for so many of us, what is being done to us by patriarchy and men (male people, the oppressor class) - and why. We need words with meaning to do this. “Female” and “woman” have meaning. We have meaning.
I just read that list of “cis privileges” on Everyday Feminism, and I find it hard to believe a feminist even wrote it. 130 examples of “as a cis, you don’t have to …” and most of them are either not privileges at all for women, or literally things women are subjected to as a form of oppression and always have been.
“The curriculum at your school is more likely to center the experiences and perspectives of people who share your experience of gender”? What the actual hell? The whole education system is centered around males - we read about men in history, about male scientists, male experiences, male litterature … Women (especially women of colour, black women, marginalized women) are literally written out of history, out of humanity, and some shithead dares to write they’re privileged because no history book contains a “genderfluid” person? Hell, we are lucky if we get to read about and take part in the experiences of women subjected to the sex based oppression of women. Not much of that in the school curriculum these days. No, matter of fact is, in academia, queer theory is still the rage, despite it being regressive and misogynistic. Or maybe because it is?
“You don’t have to worry that a health center on your campus will not be able to provide you with competent care on the basis of your gender identity or expression”. Okay. Let’s take this slowly. 1) Your health has nothing to do with your “gender identity or expression”. If anything, it has to do with your biological sex, that needs to be taken into account. Your body doesn’t care you identify as non-binary. 2) It’s a well known fact women’s health is underprioritized, that women are silenced and shamed when it comes to health issues, and that women are actually not taken seriously by doctors and are sometimes denied health care on the basis of them being women, that is, female human beings. This goes for both physical and mental health care.
I could go on. “Cis privilege” isn’t real, especially not for women. “Cis privilege” is a made up concept (made up as in, it has no bearing on reality, just like gender identity politics itself) aimed at scaring women to silence and rendering fighting sex based oppression impossible. Aimed at rendering what’s actually real - that is, male privilege - invisible. It is nothing but vile.
Unless you’ve been marooned in a different dimension all this
week, you’ll have heard about the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
The ripples of outrage among certain groups; the cries of triumph among others.
It sparked a discussion on Twitter, which escalated gradually into a heated
debate about male and female role models, during which a group of (mostly) men
asked me repeatedly why girls couldn’t be satisfied with Wonder Woman, Cagney
& Lacey, Minnie Mouse and Miss Marple, rather than trying to muscle in on
the Dr Who clubhouse.
Well, it’s a fair question. Why do we need specifically female role models? My daughter spent
her childhood playing at Harry Potter, wearing my old academic gown, liberally
splashed with fake blood. I myself spent much of my own childhood pretending to
be Kwai Chang Caine, or the Doctor (mine was Jon Pertwee), or Marine Boy, or
the Six Million Dollar Man. It never occurred to either of us to feel that we were
missing out on heroes of our own gender. But here’s the thing. Over the centuries,
girls have become used to the fact that most of their favourite heroes are male.
As a child, I wanted to be a boy, because boys seemed to get all the best parts
in the stories I liked to read. My daughter was the same; after all, who wouldn’t
rather be Harry than Ginny or Hermione?
Boys have no such problem. Even now, children of both sexes tend
to assume that the lead role in any story will be taken by a boy. Boys have
twelve Doctors of their own gender, but still manage to feel threatened when
girls claim just one for themselves. Boys have hundreds of superheroes;
detectives, action heroes, spies, wizards, knights and cool villains. And yes,
girls do have those things too, but in far smaller numbers, and with the
unspoken assumption that female heroes are somehow less interesting to boys than
they would be to girls. Girls are happy to dress up as characters of both genders, from
Captain America to James Bond, but how many little boys would dare to dress up
as Wonder Woman?
Let’s face it: most little boys (with the help of the toy and
game industry) find it easier to identify with a cartoon dog, or a robot, or an
anthropomorphic car, or a two-headed alien, or a villain who wants to blow up
the world than a female human being. Why? Because they’ve been taught from the
earliest age that behaving like a girl
is the most shameful thing a boy can do. If a boy cries, he’s being a girl. If he shows vulnerability,
he’s being a girl. If he’s afraid, he’s being a girl. No boy wants to run like a girl, it means not being able
to run properly. Same with fighting like
a girl: it means not knowing how to fight. And by dint of being told that being like a girl means being silly, and
weak, and afraid, those boys will grow up into men who look down on women, and who
find it impossible to believe that a woman could be their equal in any way.
And yet, you could argue that this is precisely why little
boys need female role models. Boys need female role models to teach them how to
identify with women, rather than just
see them in terms of attractiveness or unattractiveness. And there’s no reason that
a boy shouldn’t be able to identify
with a female character as easily as a male one – as long as that character displays
qualities to aspire to.
Which brings us to the crux of the thing. What qualities
make a hero?
Opinions differ, but most agree that courage is essential. And
courage comes in many forms, none of which are restricted to a single gender.
One man on Twitter, sneering at the thought that women could ever show real heroism, implied that giving birth
was the closest a woman could get. Well, childbirth is certainly painful and
hard, especially in those parts of the world in which women are more likely to
die in childbirth than from any other cause; where women are forced into
marriages at the age of twelve or thirteen, and forced to give birth time and time
again. Yes, that takes courage. And so does enduring rape, or FGM, or war, or
displacement, or the kind of oppression forced upon women in countries all
around the world. But courage and heroism aren’t the same thing. The courage of
the oppressed and downtrodden, though real, is not a courage young boys are
encouraged to aspire to. It’s a passive kind of courage, a courage based on
endurance, rather than action. And to dwell upon the courage of oppressed women
is to feed into a narrative that says: women
are weak, women are helpless, women need the protection of men. In short,
it’s a narrative that casts the men as heroes, and the women as those in need
of rescuing. Casting women as heroes challenges that narrative. It suggests
that, in some cases, at least, women can be their own saviours – or even save men from oppression, instead
of it being the other way round.
But the idea that courage, like Lego, comes in two colours –
the passive, “feminine” courage of childbirth and bringing up kids on a
shoestring, and the active, “masculine” heroism of going to war, driving
fighter planes or risking your life working with power cables – is ultimately toxic,
feeding the idea that men and women’s bodies and minds are radically different.
They’re not: and courage, like human beings, is a complex and personal thing, spanning
a whole spectrum of colours. Here are just a few of them, challenging the
narratives of what makes a woman and what makes a man, but all of them showing
The all-women Kurdish groups of soldiers fighting ISIS
The Nigerian girls, risking their lives to go to school in
defiance of Boko Haram
Those who challenge the stigma of mental illness
Those who come out as gay or trans
Those who find the courage to leave their abusive partners
Those who stand up for their beliefs in the face of their
Those who fight for justice against brutal or oppressive
Those who fight to overcome fear, anxiety or depression
The aid workers and peacemakers who risk their lives in war zones
But action isn’t the only way to show courage. It is also:
That time you thought you couldn’t go on, but did
That time you stood up for yourself when you didn’t know you
That time you intervened when someone was bullying somebody
That time you faced your deepest fear
That time you dared to be yourself
That time you were brave enough to apologize, or admit you
All the times you kept going in the face of failure
All those times, whatever your gender, you were a hero. Remember that. You were a fucking hero.