female showcase

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You do things you never imagined you could do before.

   [16 Days of Outlander]
   [1x14 | The Search]
   [Favorite Line Not in the Books | Choose Love]
   [“If there’s a chance I can save Jamie, I have to try.”]

Are they dropping hints Sarah McLachlan will be in the musical episode? If so, that would be all kinds of awesome. She’s great.

It took me a second to remember why I thought that was also kind of queer. I mean, it could have been because her song Ice Cream provided the title and theme song for ‘Better than chocolate’ - lesbian movie shot in Vancouver that at the time pretty much every lesbian had seen. Slim pickings. And hey, happy ending!

…or it could be that she founded the Lilith Fair tour, showcasing female musicians - hugely popular with women who love women…

…or was it because Sarah McLachlan then appeared in a cameo on Ellen Degeneres’ sitcom. The storyline not at all being about Ellen going to Lilith Fair ‘Womyn Fest’ to meet ladies after her break-up?

So yeah, if Sarah ends up singing on The Song in Your Heart, wouldn’t that be another funny coincidence of accidental queer references on Once? Of all the artists they could pick? I mean, there’s no way the writers would know obscure lesbian pop culture from the nineties, and remember some random episode of Ellen and…

Oh.

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She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.

Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome’s Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May 7, 2017, that aims to showcase the female artist as a great painter — one of the most talented followers of Caravaggio.

The artist was born in Rome in 1593, daughter of the painter Orazio Gentileschi.

Orazio was a close friend and follower of the fiery Caravaggio — the inventor of the groundbreaking technique of chiaroscuro, light and darkness, that produced a new intensity and stark realism.

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

Images: Palazzo Braschi

Mary, 23

“Color, shape and texture inspire my style. I like to dress like a walking masterpiece with my hand-painted pieces I do myself. Fashion empowers me, and helps me feel like I can conquer my day. I feel happiest when wearing looks that combine my lust for art and my appreciation for showcasing the female form (aka my cute lil body!)”

Apr 12, 2017 ∙ East Village
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This honestly needs to be spread everywhere. A song about girls liking girls by an (ex?) Disney star, starring to other (ex?) Disney stars. Plus the unexpected but most enjoyable part in the video that showcases females standing up for themselves and fighting back is just ugh. Perfection.<3 Slay me Hayley. Slay me Stefanie. Slay me Kelsey.

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Samar Haddad (Space Vacation); Rana Zaher; Yasmine Darwiche; and Stephy Ibrahim (Saturn in Motion)

“Critical Mass: Women in Graphic Design” showcased four female graphic designers in a group exhibition during Beirut Design Week (May 19-May 26, 2017)

Seeing this still makes my blood boil. It isn’t about a woman of awe-inspiring powers displaying her vulnerable side. It’s about reducing a female character, after showcasing her terrifying abilities just a few scenes before, into a stereotypical picture of an uncertain, insecure, bashful woman in love. While her male counterparts get to make grandiose speeches and (implicitly)assert their heroic natures. They are the public men, Sakura’s the private woman in her metaphorical hearth.

Just take a moment to think about how their immediate preoccupations have been juxtaposed against each other. See the difference between Sasuke’s interaction with Sakura and Naruto. The undermining is so brilliantly subtle that it’s generally construed as a beautiful, romantic moment.

Nothing much matters if the prodigal son offers a patronising (and tender) explication of his desire for redemption to the ever-constant girl. Does it?

anonymous asked:

Management thought it would be a great idea to do employee showcases on their social media - which in theory sounds nice. Except that the way they went about it is more of a glorified marketing strategy and skipped over me (a female line cook) to showcase a male coworker who has been there a little less than me and has had to put up with a lot less bullshit. It seems a little unfair and tbh I don't think they meant for it, but my anxiety got triggered and now I feel like I'm not good enough.

A Witch of Breath's Temple

The Witches temple was hidden away, at the peak of a mountain just above cloud level. On a really cloudy day it looked like the temple was built on a sea of cloud.

The temple itself was made out of a smooth, pale blue material. The ornate silver gates were patterned with cloud formations, and there were large stained glass windows showcasing a female figure, clad in blue and surrounded by fields of gold. Her long hair was brown and her two tailed hood seemed to move in the wind.

The inside of the temple looked like the sky on a summers day. Clouds lazily drifted across the large room, and a moving mosaic of a bright blue hurricane showed what happened to the enemies of the Witch. There was no ceiling, but the skeleton of a dome structure was the supports for a circus tent-like roof made of long blue ribbons.

Music seemed to come from the walls. A beautiful song that reminded you of drifting along in the wind. (A.K.A the song Green Ghost). There was a set of blue-green steps leading up to an ornate silver-white throne. It looked slightly fuzzy around the edges, almost like the edges of a cloud. The Witch was not sitting there however. She was laying on one of the clouds, she never actually sat on the throne. The clouds were comfier.

(Sorry its so long, I got really into it. :D )

It looks lovely - mod balencia

anonymous asked:

Hey Sara, I think my ask was eaten but Tumblr so i will just send it again. As I've read in IWSY, the other sister of jungkook couldn't bear a child. Was she healed after y/n touched her for the first time? Sorry coz I didn't remember that i read it before.😭

I didn’t receive an ask like that so I’m really sorry! *cries*

And - the purpose of Chaewon not being able to bear children as a Vampire was to showcase that female Vampires were similar to female humans. Some women just can’t have children (for whatever reason) and I wanted it to have a sense of relatability for us in the real world ^^ Y/N’s power (as far as the story goes) is new to her - so who knows, she might be able to touch Chaewon and ‘give life’. It is something that I considered while constructing the basis of her power, however - it’s something I chose to omit when I wrote the story^^

How I treat myself when I do okay on the GRE.

The Disney artbook has David Hall’s and Kay Nielsen’s concept art for Alice in Wonderland which is rare and a bitch to find, as well as showcasing two female concept artists I hadn’t known so I had to.

Scandinavian folktales illustrated by the gorgeous art of Kay Nielsen is a must, and the Calla Editions will be the death of me.

Finally, the “Tales of the Marvelous and News of the Strange” which is a collection of Arabic fairytales that have recently been discovered, and were published for the first time in english.  Which, with such a gorgeous cover, I thought was the appropriate book to try branching out in my readings of fairy/folktales and mythologies.

I really wish that GRRM had given Doran’s mother a name. Canonically Doran’s mother ruled Dorne in her own right and she believed in protecting her people and I think it’s such a missed opportunity on GRRM’s part that he didn’t have a sidebar in TWOIAF about her rule. What did the Unnamed Princess do during her rule? What did she do for her people, that left a lasting impression on Doran? What did she do during the WOT9PK? (Am I right in my theory that she lobbied Aegon V to take action while he dreamed of dragons?? Tell me I’m right.) What influence did she have on Princess Rhaella, information which could have been provided to us via letters, diary excerpts, etc in TWOIAF? How was the Unnamed Princess received and treated at the Targaryen court? What were her political policies? Why does Arianne not think about her grandmother? Why, in a series where it’s so important for GRRM to be ~~misogynistically accurate~~ (the misogyny is not historically accurate), why did GRRM not write a small paragraph showcasing a female ruler, ruling in her own right, presumably competently, presumably uncontested? What was her name?

Have You Heard and Watched Hayley Kiyoko’s “Girls Like Girls”?

First off! Let me introduce Hayley Kiyoko! One may know the 24-year-old as Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo, or maybe from her appearances in The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, OR MAYBE from Insideous 3??? If you haven’t, than maybe you have heard Kiyoko’s new music video release for “Girls Like Girls,” which is an entire song dedicated to how girls just happen to like girls just like… well… like how boys do! The song’s music video dropped June 24 off Kiyoko’s EP This Side of Paradise, which released this past Feb.

Not only has Kiyoko herself been associated with Disney, but so have the stars of her music video, 18-year-old, Stefanie Scott who played Lexi Reed on Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm and 23-year-old, Kelsey Asbille who played Mikayla on Disney XD’s Pair of Kings. The reason I bring this up, is because it just brings a big, fat smile to my face. I enjoy the fact that Disney has brought TV recognition to the existence of same-sex couples in their show Good Luck Charlie, and it makes me proud to see two Disney affiliates being natural… making art… and, of course, liking girls.

Anyway, shall I finally discuss the heart-throbbing details of the “Girls like Girls” music video? I think so! I was first made aware of the video through Tumblr! I kept seeing pictures of this beautiful girl cut up on a bike, and then I saw the same picture as the cover frame for the music video on YouTube. I had an “OOooo!“ moment and once I saw the video, my heart broke and melted together:

The story is about two best friends Coley (Stephanie Scott) and Sonya (Kelsey Asbille). When the video begins with a beat-up Coley riding her bike–I presume back home–I couldn’t help but wonder why it was that she was beat-up, and then we cut through to see Coley and Sonya together at a house–maybe Sonya’s boyfriend’s (yeeeeah riiiigggght!). The two look at each other like no one else was in the world but them, as they do through the entire video, and it just became impossible not to smile about it. As Kiyoko’s lyrics come through, “Stealing kisses from your Mrs., doesn’t make you freak out; got you fussing, got you worried, scared to let your guard down…” one shall see, Coley gives Sonya something her aggressive boyfriend cannot–true love. You root for them the whole time.

However, when Mr. Aggressive Drunken “boyfriend” Trenton–A.K.A. Hayden Thompson–realizes this, he pulls Coley flying from Sonya in an outrage, yelling at Sonya in anger of the fact she has picked Coley over him. Meanwhile, with Coley hitting her head upon some patio rocks (explaining the opening scene) looks up to witness Trenton yell at Sonya. With the final straw pulled out, Coley socks him in the face a few many times. And finally, then, tears and all, the two loves finally kiss and all is made right in the world… “Tell the neighbors I’m not sorry if I’m breaking walls down.”

Many Tumblr comments about the video include ones like tayloredheart’s: “This honestly needs to be spread everywhere. A song about girls liking girls by a Disney star, starring two other Disney stars. Plus the unexpected but most enjoyable part that showcases females standing up for themselves and fighting back is just perfection.” 

In a post about the video, camila-alpaca of Tumblr said, “After watching the music video [“Girls Like Girls”], there’s a void in my heart that needs to be filled. AND THAT’S A FILM ABOUT THE CONTINUATION OF GIRLS LIKE GIRLS…”

As one shall see, the lesbian and Tumblr community or as I’d like to call them, leztumbs, have been empowered about love and I most certainly cannot disagree with them. Nothing like some female love and empowerment. Right on Kiyoko!!!!

Go to iTunes to download Kiyoko’s EP This Side of Paradise, which includes the EP title track, “This Side of Paradise” and “Cliffs Edge”

Check out the video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I0MT8SwNa_U
It Really Grinds My Gears...

Okay, so I’ve seen people complaining about many things having to do with Final Fantasy XV for a long time now. Despite it being popular both as Versus XIII and XV, the game, like anything else, has gathered many haters in addition to fans. I personally disagree with many of the gripes other people seem to have. These opinions of mine may prove to be quite unpopular, but I feel that as a fan, I’d be doing the game a disservice by not coming to its defense when I feel it’s being wrongfully criticized. There will be some Kingsglaive spoilers in this post, so don’t read past this point if you would like to steer clear of those. Here we go.

1. Luna being weak

One of the most common things I read here is how Luna is weak or a damsel in distress and how we were cheated out of Stella, who is, apparently, the gold standard for heroines everywhere. Luna is a priestess, the youngest in the history of the FFXV world, and has been confirmed as the only person able to hold back the plague of the stars, a strange phenomenon that threatens to cover the world in darkness through the lengthening of the night. She’s also able to speak with the gods themselves. Luna has remained unbroken even after seeing her kingdom being forcibly taken over by Niflheim, her mother and King Regis being killed by Glauca, Nyx sacrificing himself so she could get away, and the horribly destructive conquering of Lucis. She knows her brother is a servant for the empire that has taken everything from her. She stood against armed soldiers of the empire. She stood against an Archaian, and Leviathan at that, confirmed to be one of the strongest. In Kingsglaive, Luna jumped from one airship to another, jumped out of a moving aircraft, stood up to Luche, who threatened to kill her (and tricked him into putting on the Ring of the Lucii, which killed him), and then embraced death without fear as Glauca was about to swing his sword down on her.
My point is that Luna’s incredibly courageous and has a will of pure iron; she’s determined to do what she has to do, regardless of how many people she loses or what she has to sacrifice, even if it ultimately means losing her life. She holds certain abilities no one else has, that are key to the survival of the world, and she fights for the good of everyone. Quiet determination and emotional fortitude are NOT weakness. Not being a physical fighter is NOT weakness either. As for Stella, we knew next to nothing about her save for her role as the Juliet to Noctis’s Romeo in the story. She was his love interest as well as enemy. Yes, she fought for her family and kingdom despite her opponent being the man she loved. Yes she showed determination and strength through her facial expressions and actions. HOWEVER, Stella’s strength doesn’t take away from Luna’s. Luna is not a weak or badly written character because she doesn’t do what Stella does or share her role in the story.

2. Cindy being overly sexualized

This one is really problematic for me. I see people complaining about Cindy’s clothes all the time. She wears shorts and has big breasts. Big deal. She’s got the goods, so she flaunts them. This one’s actually very simple: the main facet of Cindy’s character is NOT her clothing of choice, with the keyword being choice (and I know that Cindy is a fantasy character whose clothes are chosen for her, but I’m going at this assuming we’re speaking about a real woman). Cindy is a genius mechanic. That’s already impressive and good representation, considering that her field is usually male dominated. Cindy is quite literally the only reason the hero party’s car gets fixed and it can be on its way to, well, save the world. Cindy’s clothing being provocative takes nothing away from her skill as a professional or her personality. Her clothing is representative of real life, as all women don’t cover themselves from head to toe. Some women enjoy showing off their features, and more power to them, because we all have the right to dress how we want to dress without being subject to prejudice or critique.
Everyone complaining that she’s sexualized needs to take a step back and think about why they aren’t saying the same thing about Gladiolus, who is literally Cindy’s male counterpart in terms of costume. No one says he’s less of a warrior for not wearing a shirt. No one says men are being sexualized or insulted by his lack of a shirt. If you’re complaining about Cindy’s supposed sexualization, YOU’RE sexualizing her because you’re putting all the emphasis on her clothing when she exists beyond that. Her shorts and cleavage are her defining trait only if you make them.

3. The party
I want to point out that I’m a woman who has absolutely no qualms with other women, because I did get called a woman hater at one point for bringing this up to another user on here. I find no issue whatsoever with the fact that the entire playable cast is comprised of males. I’ve brought up before that most of the games in the Final Fantasy series, at least as far as I’ve seen, have evenly split casts in terms of gender, if not almost evenly split. Final Fantasy X-2 had an all female cast, and, similarly to XV, focused a lot on the sisterhood that formed between the protagonists. Now many people seem to be insulted that men are getting their crack at getting a cast exclusive to them, and I’m just not seeing what the problem is. X-2 had an all female cast, yet males were prevalent in the story and played their roles; they got their chance to shine, but the women were in the spotlight. XV follows this as well, with the game concentrating on the chocobros whilst still showcasing a female cast (one that I find very diverse and interesting).

Luna plays an important role, as does Cindy, even if her role is much more brief. Gentiana, Luna’s attendant, has been confirmed to play an important role in the story and to be much more than a simple servant. Leviathan is a female, and Gladio’s sister, Iris, is also included. I almost forgot to mention Aranea, who’s the captain of an aerial platoon in the Niflheim military and an expert at aerial combat. All these women are extremely different yet are important to the story.
The fact that you play as young men doesn’t detract from the importance of the women in the story; they’re still important and have roles to fulfill. The game is not sexist for not having playable women and neither are it’s creators. The creators of X-2 weren’t sexist for limiting your playable party to YRP, so please stop it with the double standard. Further, some are more upset with the reasoning behind the all male party than with the party itself. All I have to say to that is that, while some people are consistent and comfortable with themselves to the point that they can be around people of other sexes and genders without acting a least a bit different or strange, other people simply aren’t; certain people’s personalities change, whether drastically or not, depending on the groups of people they’re with. That’s neither sexism nor rocket science, and it’s not an excuse either. If the creators of FFXV didn’t want women in the game, they wouldn’t be in it period, with no excuse. It’s be very difficult to touch on the theme of brotherhood and the bonds forged and strengthened between these four men if they’re all constantly acting differently than they normally would because a girl’s around. We saw this in the Duscae demo, where Prompto and Gladio flirt with Cindy incessantly. Events like those are great to show new facets to the characters personalities, but they also show you that these young guys (at least Prompto and Gladio) would behave quite differently with girls in the group, even more so if romantic dynamics were brought into the mix.

4. The emo boyband look

Since the days of Versus XIII, it was known that the story of XV would be very dark, dealing with heavy, real world themes like death. Noctis talked to Stella about seeing the light due to a traumatic experience. It was said that this light gave Noctis the power to sense others’ impending deaths, if I remember correctly. It was also said by Square Enix that black is a very important color in Lucis, as it’s connected to… well, I forget. I don’t remember if it’s Etro or what, but the color black apparently has some relevance in Lucis. The chocobros aren’t dressed like a boyband. If you look at them, they actually each have their own distinctive style. Ignis is prim and proper with his fancy looking attire. Noctis looks more sporty and casual, Gladio looks like he wears clothes because he sorta has to, and Prompto looks a little artsy fartsy even, like he has fun dressing himself and accessorizing. Quite literally the only thing the chocobros’ outfits have in common is the color, and that’s because they’re all from Lucis, where the color holds importance.

So sorry for the long post (and for all the typos… I’m on a cell phone…)! I tend to ramble a lot. I also get really passionate about defending FFXV because I’m very excited to play the game. It’s disheartening to feel the critiques against it are unnecessarily harsh or hold no basis in anything we’ve been shown… if I’m incorrect in anything I said, feel free to respond and correct me! I wrote this solely as a defense for FFXV, not to bulldoze anyone or their opinions on the game, so apologies in advance if I did that with my words, opinions, or tone!