as you may know by now, i live in Europe, many of my online friends, do not. what brought us together was, the internet.
a mere love for say Yuri on Ice, memes, youtubers.
in the recent months, the internet has been under attack, free speech and fair use are being silenced.
think about this: you’re just watching a music video from your favorite idol, whether it be Taylor Swift or Queen, you really enjoy that content
as you go to the next video it says “error, this video is not available in your country” you think ‘okay, whatever’ and move on to the next one, same message, you skip to the next one again, same message again.
then you realize, all content by Taylor Swift has been blocked by Youtube. all content by Cardi B has been blocked by Youtube.
Article 13 threatens to block songs like despacito, DESPACITO, a song that gained over 90b views, over a directive.
this is not a joke anymore. this is not a “meme ban law”, this will affect the UK, this will affect your favorite non European creators, this will affect you.
European content creators will not be able to make content anymore. not without licenses for every single thing they show, do and put as background music.
this threatens to kill creativity and the internet as we know it.
our future, is in jeopardy if this gets passed. without Europe, net neutrality would’ve already been non existent.
the internet needs to be saved.
not just for us, but for our future. the future of the world. the internet brought us together as a world and we’ve shown it many times before how strong it can be.
we have to show that strength again.
we have lost a crucial battle back in September, but we have not lost the war. we have to keep fighting and to push our belief. to push the internet further. to grow as a community, as a society.
what Europe wants to do is protect copyright, which is needed yes, but not in this extreme, it’s like when you were in elementary school and this one kid ruined a field trip for everyone.
we cannot let them take away our internet. fight for your right to free speech, fight for your right to have fair use.
fight for your internet
if a company like YouTube, a google owned company that literally owns all your data and probably sold it making millions off of it, is NOT able to afford a directive like Article 13.
please, i beg you, to share this with your friends, your family, to tweet your MEP’s, to email them, to call them, to remind your European friends to do that.
we are strong.
we are a unity.
we are a community.
we are the internet.
we have put our strengths together to save the Internet.
thank you for listening. don’t give up. stay strong.
I used to cringe so hard at my “I’m not like other girls” phase until I realized that most girls have this phase and what we actually mean is, “I’m not a thoughtless one-dimensional caricature of makeup and boobs, which is all I’ve been taught to believe girls are.” How can women be viewed so poorly that little girls everywhere all think they’re unique just for having independent thoughts and interests?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the character of the blonde popular bitch in teen movies. There are a lot of examples:
Regina George (Mean Girls), Sharpay Evans (High School Musical), Heather Chandler (Heathers), and Cher Horowitz (Clueless) just to make a few.
What is interesting is all of their characters are defined by three primary characteristics: being physically attractive, being ultra-feminine, and having ambition. Now what’s interesting is the first two characteristics are things that society likes in women, so in a typical story one would expect these characters to be treated as heros or at least love interests. But instead ¾ of these characters are either primary or secondary villains. Cher is the exception, being the protagonist of her movie, but many of her actions are vilified by the script so despite being the protagonist, it isn’t until the end that she is treated like a hero.
Why is this character type villainized?
The answer is that these characters are women who use the things that society likes in women (femininity, beauty) not for men, but for their own personal use. This goes back to the aforementioned ambition. These characters crave power, and are willing to work for it, more specifically, they are willing to use their ~feminine wiles~ to get it. By having this ultra masculine character trait, these characters are seen as villains when they perform simple acts like caring about their appearance, or being flirtatious. Traits like this, ambition, flirtation and even vanity are praised in male characters.
Many of the actions and personalities these women do/have are strikingly similar to many male anti heroes in action movies.
They are arrogant, clever, manipulative, self-aggrandizing, just like characters like Tony Stark, Loki, Han Solo and Deadpool. But whereas these anti heroes become lovable scoundrels with hearts of gold, these characters become the villains of their tales because they are teenage girls.
To me what this says is audiences and writers are fine with all the traits associated with ambition, they just aren’t fine when it’s associated with femininity. Because an ambitious clever man is a scoundrel, but an ambitious woman is a bitch.
As a little girl constantly seeing these characters portrayed as evil made me develop a really negative image of femininity. I wanted to think I was superior to other girls because I feel better presenting pretty masculine. I was really misogynistic to a lot of girls because of my preconceived notions about femininity equating to shallowness and bad intentions. I know there are a lot of gay/gnc girls that like me had similar misogynistic hang ups because of gender non conformity and that really sucks!
As such I think it’s really cool when movies subvert the blonde bitch trope. To some extent, Clueless did this, but I think a better example is Legally Blonde. Elle Woods is clearly ambitious and hard working, but she’s also a feminine pretty blonde woman. And she is absolutely the hero of her story, and she is able to succeed due to a combination of her femininity and her ambition without having to compromise either!
What, like it’s hard?
Allow women to be feminine and ambitious and written like heros!
honestly, when you see either ariana’s dangerous woman docuseries, taylor’s reputation stadium tour, or any beyoncé’s performance, you really realise how wide the gap between male and female performance standards goes…….. the artists i just mentionned go to extreme lengths to offer both a visual and vocal show to whoever buys tickets to see them, they deliver on special effects, fierce looking but usually demanding stage outfits (imagine just the pain from the heels!), !!!choreos!!!, their concerts are like the whole package. and when you compare it to a shawn mendes, ed sheeran, harry styles or a lot of male performer’s show, it’s blatantly painful to see the difference : absolutely no hate towards them (i love them!!), but male artists get to just grab their guitar and microphone, throw some light effects in the mix, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and NO ONE IS SHOOKED, and i just hate these double standards. imo that’s just yet another reflection of how women are expected to do so?? much?? more?? all the time. anyway, all i’m saying is i wish that female artists could design tours where it’s just them in tshirt and jeans, with their guitar, and still be recognised as the artists that they are, and that male artists would sometimes step up, or feel free to step up their game