Someone is complaining that Black Panther isn’t realistic.
So a movie about a half-man, half-alien traveling with a woman who was raised to be a weapon, a wise-cracking raccoon who is a genius, a sentient tree and a strong let literal-minded alien is realistic?
Really? Just say you hate black people. It’s shorter.
Tyler Dillot was 27 years old, not good looking, and very
much “out of shape.” The last time he had been “in shape” was back in high
school at Regis Prep when he had been on the track team. Back then he had gone
by Ty, the Dill Man, or Dildo (only by his closest companions). Then college
had come and gone, as had his physique and his innocence, and then he became “out
of shape.” In fact there was no shape to him. He wasn’t a rhombus or a
quadrilateral or even a parallelogram. He was a torso and limbs. But he was
determined to make a change.
It was a Calvin Klein advertisement that prompted the sudden
urge for physical enlightenment. The billboard was on the corner of East
Houston and Lafayette and depicted a half naked woman and half naked man embracing
while only wearing Calvin Klein underwear. The half naked woman was beautiful and Tyler
had seen her before on some Instagram feed on one of his late night rabbit
holes, but the man on the billboard was otherworldly. The man’s body was
rippling with muscle, and Tyler very quickly became aware of how sweaty he was
under his thin t-shirt, even though it was only 65 degrees out and breezy and
not even mid April and all he had done that Saturday morning was wake up at
11:20, eat a bagel, drink an almond latte with an extra shot of espresso, check
Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, then Instagram again. He could feel a pimple
forming on the back of his neck.
“I am going to join a gym,” he announced to the world.
“Shut up,” said a stranger passing by.
Later that day he had joined Equinox ($200 initiation fee,
$250 per month), bought a new pair of Nike Free Run Trainers ($130), three pair
of Nike Flex Running shorts ($45 per pair), and three Under Armour t-shirts
He had wanted to get Nike shirts as well, for he hated
mixing brands almost as much as he hated wearing brands, but the Nike tops were
all too tight on his chest and made his nipples feel exposed. Being self
conscious about ones nipples is one of the worst things in the world, aside
from global hunger and YouTube personalities who play the ukulele, so he went
with the Under Armour shirts which were more forgiving on both his physique and
He would have to phone home and let his father know about
the additional charges to the card, but he was still skiing in Aspen and
wouldn’t be home for another week. The charges wouldn’t be an issue, he just
wanted his father to know so he could be proud of his son for the effort. His
father was rich and the rich are always happy when their children spend money.
If they don’t have any children, they spend their money on Porsches or plastic
surgery, both of which have a near 100% success rate.
Tyler had planned on getting into the gym early the next
morning but had drank too much that evening at Erik Brennan’s 32nd
birthday party. Erik was from an improv class Tyler had taken when he first
moved to the city, and had recently made a video where he interviewed people on
the street and asked them what their favorite sexual positions were. Then Erik
explained to them if they were subconsciously sexist or not. The video had gone
viral and been featured in both Vox and Bustle that morning and subsequently
retweeted by Ellen. It was important work and Tyler had shared it on his own
Facebook page with the caption “funny + thought provoking work = Erik Brennan.”
The party was at a Mexican bar in the East Village, and
Tyler had a few beers, said hi to Erik, had two shots of tequila, sang Erik
happy birthday, had a Sangria, said bye to Erik, then ate 2 slices of pizza
(one sausage, one sausage and pepperoni), and left at 2 AM. When he got back he
ate a spoon of peanut butter straight from the jar (for protein) and fallen asleep.
He woke at 11 AM, checked Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, than
Instagram again, where he liked one of Erik’s photos from the party, taken
after he left. “Good friends, good timesss” he commented. Then he got dressed
and went to the gym, stopping only to purchase a green drink ($7), a Smart
Water ($4), and a protein bar ($3).
Equinox was packed, like church on a Sunday morning, only
with more self-righteousness and sweat and judgment, and Tyler felt as if
everyone was staring at his nipples. He had planned on pairing with a physical
trainer but none were available when he arrived at noon, so he sojourned into
the unknown, alone.
The treadmills were all full, as were the ellipticals, and
he briefly entertained the idea of trying out the rowing machine, before
realizing he had never rowed a boat in real life, why would he start on a lie.
So he made his way to the floor of free weights and barbells.
Tyler did a few reps on each arm of the twenty-pound
dumbbell then moved over to one of the benches where a muscular man with a tan
was just finishing up a set with a large amount of weight. He was grunting and
panting as if mid-coitus, and when he finished he let out a moan of pleasure
Tyler had never released in all of his life.
“Are you finished with the bench?” Tyler asked.
The tan man took one of his headphones out.
“What?” he replied.
“Are you finished with the bench?” Tyler repeated himself, a
little louder this time.
“No need to yell bro, all yours,” the man with the tan said
as he walked away. Tyler watched him make his way over to the water fountain
and noticed a tattoo on the back of his bulging neck. “For Strength &
Honor” it read in a cursive font worthy of an encyclical.
Tyler smirked and made a joke in his head about how any neck
tattoo should really just say “unemployable,” then thought about tweeting it
and ending up typing it out and saving it in his drafts to tweet out later that
day when he was likely to get better circulation.
He sat on the bench and checked the weight on either side of
the bar. It was 150 pounds, forty pounds less than what he weighed. He knew he
wouldn’t be able to do any reps of it, but he was curious as to see how heavy
150 pounds really was.
“For strength and honor,” he whispered to himself,
He lay back, ducking his head to fit under the bar. He
reached up and gripped the steel, still wet with sweat from the tan man’s
hands. He exhaled then pushed up slightly. The bar didn’t budge. Then he pushed
slightly harder and felt it move a bit. Finally, with a grunt like a small
boar, he pushed up with all his might. He felt it lift up a little then raise
into the air just an inch.
The bar was already wet from the tan man’s hands, and
Tyler’s soft palms were oily and sweaty and added to the steel’s slippery
state, and so as slippery things often do, the bar slipped.
It fell from his grasp and rolled just over the edge of the
cross beams meant to hold the bar secure. 150 pounds came crashing down onto
Tyler’s throat and crushed his windpipe, severing his intake of air. He
screamed but nothing came out and the tan man with the tattoo couldn’t hear him
due to his headphones being noise-cancelling.
By the time he noticed it was no
use. Tyler was finally in shape.
It’s seriously gotten to the point where seeing “male” or “female” used in a post immediately makes me suspicious, because transphobes are so intense about focusing on that sex binary that doesn’t exist
What is your favorite Finnish's myth/folk lore story ?
It’s a bit sad the original Finnish mythologies and folklores aren’t written down anywhere except for the national epoch Kalevala. I have only small, general hint-like information of this deity or that spiritual creature in Finnish mythology. Add there the fact no one here believes in old spiritual creatures, we have no “don’t go there, there are spirits!”-places or “don’t do this, it upsets spirits”-thing here and here we go. Nothing is left from old traditions. Lehto ry does work for keeping the traditional Finnish religion alive. There are some pagans who follow traditional Finnish religion.
Here are some of my faves
Liekkiö (from liekki, flame) and Ihtiriekko were spirits of deceased children, often killed at birth. While Liekkiö was harmless, appearing often as a shape of flame, and mostly bothered traveling people with crying and whimpering, Ihtiriekko tried to point out their killer and get peace for their soul. Whether people believed in Liekkiö or Ihtiriekko, it depended of the area.
Hiidenhirvi (Hiisi Moose) was a big moose, which bothered people and caused havoc. It was from Hiitola, which in some cases means the land of dead. In one story forest spirits Hiisis created Hiidenhirvi from natural materials. Hiisi was another annoying spirit, evil one, and you wanted to avoid it. If Hiisi caught you in the forest, it took you to its home Hiitola, where you served as Hiisi family’s slave till you died. Vesihiisi (Water Hiisi) was a special type of Hiisi living in lakes and bonds.
Vetehinen (roughly translated as Waterly) was evil male water spirit, kind of like a merman. Like all evil spirits, it was the best to avoid Vetehinen. It was possible, however, to bribe Vetehinen to help you. A story goes how Vetehinen tried to turn over fisherman’s small boat (because Vetehinen is a little shit) but the fisherman cut Vetehinen’s arm off with his sword and it fell in the boat. Defeated, Vetehinen asked to get his arm back but the fisherman said he’d return the arm only if Vetehinen helped him to get some fish. Muttering and utterly pissed off, Vetehinen had no other option than help the man. The man got a boat full of fish hunted down with the help of Vetehinen, and Vetehinen himself got his arm back.
Vetehinen’s female counterpart is Näkki. While Vetehinen lived in lakes and bonds, Näkki lived in all type of waters (for what I know). Kids were warned not to go near water because Näkki can take them and drown them. This phrase is still used here; even I got told as a kid not to go alone near water because Näkki can catch me. Nowadays it serves more as a thing to scare kids so that they don’t accidentally drown themselves than a real belief of Näkki. It’s same as the phrase we use for kids who are naughty, that “If you don’t behave, Mörökölli comes and kidnaps you”. Mörökölli is considered a furry, goblin like creature.
By the way, we call seashells as Näkinkenkä, Näkki’s shoes.
Ancient Greece had Cerberus guarding the pathway to land of death; we’ve got a giant snake with multiple heads. There runs a river between the living and death near the entrance of the land of death (Manala or Tuoni), called Tuonen virta (River of Death). In Tuonen virta swims gracefully a white Tuonen joutsen, a Swan of Death.
Ajattara was a beautiful female spirit who made men get lost in the forest and then killed them. We have got a band here in Finland named Ajattara and they write and sing their songs in ancient Finnish spell casting form. FInland was definitely the land of spell casting and the spells were always sung.
We also have got a badass female deity, Louhi. Louhi ruled the land of Pohjola (Northland, as north was considered the direction of evil) and acts as the antagonist in our national epoch Kalevala. Louhi was an old witch with a great army and she basically ruled all the lands and the men there. She had multiple beautiful daughters and also a husband, who got killed later in her front yard. Louhi is capable of changing her appearance and summon forth men for a fight. She’s very powerful at spell casting.
Sami people up North in Lapland are better in this folklore stuff and they still have holy places which can’t be disturbed. From Sami folklore I love the belief that dead people can be summoned back to Earth in forms of bears and wolves. The latest incident, where a shaman was asked to deliver these “Lifted” (Nostettu) spirits, who caused damages in a form of wandering wolves, was held in Lapland in 1921. The shaman had been angry about it, saying that “Nowadays anyone can lift spirits, but then they have no idea how to send them back”.
EDIT: Oh and I forgot! Kola Samish people believe they are descendants of a Deerman, who was half-deer, half-man (deertaur basically). A human woman, who slept with the Deerman, gave birth to Kola Samish people from this union. The folklore tells that Deerman’s mother was a powerful witch, who could take a form of a deer. Kola Samish people have also folklores of raven and seal, who both marry a human woman. Where the Deerman taught the humanity how to hunt and thus represented forest, Raven was the symbol of air and Seal the symbol of water.
Hi. Sorry my English really bad. I see your thread on twitter about poc. Can me (white girl) say 'SH has much POC' so i not have to say 'sh have one chinese man, one half mexico half lebanese woman, etc.' Or is it mean to say? Please educate me!!! Thank in advance.
Okay, I’m going to clarify the proper use of the term people/person of color (POC).
Where does POC come from? It’s important to note that the term of color came from people-first language so it would not be quite right to say POC women or POC actors. It’s not the worst if you do this but it’s still awkward in the “ATM machine” sense. You should instead say women of color or actors of color.
When can you use the term POC? POC is a great term to quickly encompass all non-white people, especially when referring to instances where they appear as a group like your example with a diverse cast containing many different races and ethnicities. Using it in that case is 100% fine.
When should you not use POC? When referring to individuals or to media that speaks directly to a specific race, it’s important not to throw it under the umbrella of POC. Magnus is an Asian* bisexual; Moonlight is about a gay black man. These characters and stories speak specifically to certain groups, so designating it as overall “POC” media erases the individual race/ethnicity for whom the characters/stories speak to.
*Truthfully, even “Asian” is a bit of a large umbrella because Asians are a huge diverse group within themselves. Issues that affect East Asians do not always overlap with those that affect South East Asians do not always overlap with those that affect South Asians. For example, my sister, a SE Asian who is very light, does not have same difficulties moving through airport security as her husband does, who is South Asian.
Why is it not okay? This erasure is significant because for several reasons:
1. It leads people to assume that POC can be interchangeable. And when people feel that one “POC” can stand in to represent “diversity” for all POC, it results in them thinking they’ve done enough to cast one or two brown people and call it a day. So when I talk about how I don’t have a lot of rep, I get given a long list of non-white characters as if to say, “You have these, why are you still complaining? Isn’t it enough?”
First of all, even with the entire list of POC it isn’t enough to make up for the number of white characters that have dominated media for decades and second of all, once you reduce that already small list to their individual races/ethnicities, there’s even less.
2. It results in people not understanding the specific stereotypes that apply to certain races/ethnicities. For example, Magnus is especially susceptible to desexualization and feminization as an Asian man so things that are okay to talk about with him (i.e. being very…large) would not be okay to do with a character who is a black man, as black men are frequently hypersexualized.
Why do POC sometimes use the term POC instead of their race then? These questions spawned after Harry did, in fact, use the term person of color and I want to clarify that a person of color using that particular term to stand in solidarity with other people of color is completely different than white people using it to lump us all together. For those of us who aren’t white, I think it was clear to us what he was doing – underlining the importance of any LGBT+ POC being recognized over white LGBT+ – which is a nuance I guess gets lost when you are outside the community.
So yes, some of us under specific circumstances will choose to use the identifier POC rather than our specific race for purposes of solidarity. However, as I said in that thread, white people cannot stand in solidarity with us. They can only stand beside us as allies. So it carries completely different connotations when used by them. It only serves to throw all POC under the same umbrella.
Anyway, I hope this helps clear things up; I realize it can be complex and especially on social media platforms where people like to type shorthand, it’s easy to just throw it in wherever. And frankly, some of us are guilty of this, too. But basically, just remember that while diversity of all kinds is important to all people of color, each race/ethnicity has unique issues to overcome and unique experiences they identify with. So the continued use of POC as an umbrella perpetuates the idea that one “POC rep” is enough for all of us and meant to be shared among us, which is a concept that really needs to end if we are to further push diversity in media.
LIP March Madness: Introduction of Human Emotions in a Virtual System
Summary: There are some thing you should not mess with. Katniss should have known that before stepping inside the Dreamatorium. Now she has to run through its simulations to find her friend Beetee before he’s lost forever. Sort of. Based on Community season 3 episode 16 “Virtual Systems Analysis”.
battle rages all around her. She sees the Men in White fall by the
dozen, but the gray uniforms of the rebels lay on the ground, too,
marred with blood and dirt.
epic music swells in a crescendo of brass and percussion.
uses her bow to block the shotgun-axe of a soldier, then punches him
in the guts and stabs him in a soft spot of his neck with her combat
Crafter is at her side, wielding his powerful plasma spear with
purpose. They need to open a path through the battlefield to get to
the Reasoner and the Hunter, who have almost reached the President’s
camp, leading the assault.
WONDERFUL ASS (basic tracking and overdubs) Kiowa Trail home studio (Chanhassen, Minnesota) Producer: Prince, Artist: Prince, Engineer: Don Batts
“Prince told me himself that that was written for Vanity.” —Susan Rogers
When Prince wasn’t recording at Sunset Sound, he was working from home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This was the third home Prince had set up like a recording studio. When Prince moved from a rented house on the north arm of Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota, to this house, he had Don Batts set up everything in a finished family room in the basement. “He had big Westlake monitors mounted up on the wall,” Matt Fink described to author Jake Brown. “And there was an isolation room, so he’d had some construction done on that particular home studio to make it more viable as an acoustic-engineered room. He had a drum set and every keyboard of the day—the Oberheim and the Omni, which [the Omni] was a very integral keyboard used on 1999. He didn’t use it much on Purple Rain, but was really using the Oberheims quite a bit on the Purple Rain album.”’ The two rooms—one for the control room and one for overdubs—were small, but Prince got huge results from the setup. In May of the previous year, during the first night the studio was operational, Prince recorded the bulk of “Little Red Corvette.” In many ways, music can be seen as Prince’s primary language, and it is a bond that he shared with those around him. “Musicians, when they really communicate, don’t have to talk. They just play.”“ It was also fairly common for Prince to use music to express his feelings to those around him, especially those close to him or those he wanted to add to his inner circle. "Wonderful Ass” is an example of his writing something to someone near to his heart. Prince and Vanity were going through a tough time, fluctuating between staying a couple and seeing others. At the time, Vanity and Jill Jones were both living in Prince’s home. “We all kind of lived together for a little, brief moment, trying to be harmonious,” recalls singer Jill Jones, who sang background vocals on this track as well as uncredited background vocals for Vanity 6 during the tour, “and it didn’t really go so well.” “On that tour, he was dating Vanity again because they knew they were going to do the Purple Rain stuff,” she continues, “and he told me, ‘I’ve got to date her to solidify all the contracts or whatever.’ And then he would write her songs like 'Wonderful Ass.’ "Vanity has an ass that don’t make no sense, I’m telling you,” recalled Jellybean Johnson fondly. “It’d make you leave all your homes. Back then, especially, because she was already beautiful. But that butt she had! Oh my God. And she was turtling, wiggling. every night. It was all over.”’
Jones and Prince worked on the song together in Prince’s studio, with both of them adding to the list of rhyming words on the lyric sheet. “It’s not a novel idea to rhyme a bunch of words. We were sitting there and coming up with rhymes. 'My sensibilities you aggravate.’ Because on one hand I’m thinking it’s about Vanity’s butt, and she does aggravate you. So, there was a little bit of that and also, we all lived together, so I think I could have commented about her wonderful ass too. (laughs)” But was there only one inspiration for “Wonderful Ass” and the various tracks Prince wrote over the years? Jones gives her thoughts on that:
I don’t think Prince was that literal in his song writing. I think it’s a bit of an insult to any creative person or a writer to think that inspiration is that linear. I think that we do get inspired by all sorts of stuff. Vanity took it; she owned it. She played it and announced that this song belonged to her, but I also don’t think that that’s how you write songs. And I think that there could’ve been many things that could have inspired him. We went to see so many movies, 'Frances’, all these other things. 'Flashdance’. There were so many things that play into what works in decision making.
“Wonderful Ass” isn’t a classic love song by any stretch of the imagination. It is more of a playful song with lyrics written as a compliment unique to Vanity, and it is obvious that it was a track Prince enjoyed recording. The lyrics aren’t to be taken too seriously, with Prince describing the differences between himself and his partner, but being distracted by her ass, and even repeating the phrase “You’re so wonderful” before revealing that the wonderful part of her is that she’s “got a wonderful ass.” “ Some of the language in the song, although tame in retrospect, was considered slightly racy, but as he often did, Prince performed it with a wink and a smile. Considering his history of vulgar lyrics, it is easy to confuse the man and his art. Engineers like Susan Rogers were constantly put on the hot seat regarding this:
People asked me: "How can you work for that nasty man?” And I have never worked for anybody with more respect for women. There was an aspect of Prince’s character, which was a mysterious mythological figure who doesn’t speak much and is half man/half woman. Then there is another aspect, which is very much close to the Morris Day/Time-figure, a wisecracking guy who makes lewd jokes about women. The “Prince” character that he created for himself is much more rude than I think he is himself, because I never, ever, ever received anything but respect from him and I really must say that for the record.'
By the time Rogers joined the Prince camp in the summer of 1983, the song was sitting on the shelf, and she had doubts about what was planned for the track. “I don’t think he ever intended to release that. It was more like a song that was fun to write and sing.”’“ The tune is a solo venture featuring keyboards over a Linn drum pattern and appears to contain no outside help, at least for the basic recording. Although those around him didn’t imagine him placing it on a Prince album, it is possible that, based on the humor in the track, it might have been considered for the Time. Prince even ended the song with an impression of Morris Day, saying, "You know I like yo’ ass.”“
Duane Tudahl: Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984
“The oldest mythological stories of world’s birth in Scandinavia often
contain a folklore, where a nation/tribe has an animal ancestors – most often a
bear or a moose. Kola Samish people believe they are descendants of a Deerman,
who was half-deer, half-man. A human woman, who slept with the Deerman, gave
birth to Kola Samish people from this union. The folklore tells that Deerman’s
mother was a powerful witch, who could take a form of a deer. Kola Samish
people have also folklores of raven and seal, who both marry a human woman.
Where the Deerman taught the humanity how to hunt and thus represented forest,
Raven was the symbol of air and Seal the symbol of water.
Kolta Samish people believe that they are descendants of bear; on a one cold winter night, a young Samish girl had found a shelter from a bear’s nest, slept with the bear and gave later birth to Kolta Samish folk.
Samish have multiple folklores, where a human transforms
into a bear, either by their own will or as a result of being cursed by a
witch. Witches could summon a bear to attack someone, and such bears were
“…The bear of Kurtakko
and Kallojärvi (Skull Lake) was Lifted, it was one of those bewitched bears
Otherwise it wouldn’t have hurt anyone. When the bear had been slayed
they found a belt with a knife underneath its skin. It had been a cursed human…”
- Story told to Samuli Paulaharju, in 1920
Wolf was an animal living in packs, so a witch could use
their summoning skills to summon a punch of dead people back to Earth in forms
of wolves. This kind of story was told in Utsjoki in the beginning of 1900.
There was a wolf pack tormenting the area, so a priest was called to help
people. He couldn’t help, so a sage called Kovven was called next. He was able
to send the restless spirits back. Kovven had, after sending the spirits back, muttered
angrily that “Seems that anyone can nowadays summon dead spirits to wander in
form of wolves, but then they have no idea how to tame and send them back.”
Anna, after the failure at the World Championships who found the most correct words for you?
– Coaches. They said: “You should go and sleep, tomorrow will be a new day.”
Perhaps you could not fall asleep?
– I managed to sleep, but I didn’t manage to forget at all about what happened. Of course, this is impossible.
And the reason of this failure is clear?
– There are a lot of them, they are different, but I do not know which was the main. And how can I know? I can only guess, which I do not like. The main thing is that we try to get rid of these problems at trainings. This is sport, this is life everything is possible.
– I do not think so.
– I wouldn’t name my technique as a problem. According to coaches’ I was prepared very well.
Have the past season taught you something?
– The season was summed up in Helsinki, and there, at the last competition, I again came to the familiar conclusion:do not stop working.
During the season it seemed that everything was brought to normal and stabilized.
– But I didn’t have such thoughts. I will not say that I was confident.
Turns out you didn’t reach the state “I can do everything”?
– I know that I can work. I know that everything is possible, but to set myself to the fact that I’m perfect … I’m not perfect, but I can correct many of my weaknesses.
During that ill-fated performance at the World Championships it seemed that you wanted give up right there on the ice.
– No, it wasn’t like that.
But there was a sad pause.
– Pause – yes. Inhale – exhale and let’s continue.
When you finished the program you fell on the ice. Because of the lack of moral strength or resentment?
– I don’t remember already.
Next season’s programs will be no less dramatic?
– We think about it, but we can not say for sure yet. We haven’t decided on music and artistic image yet.
Couldn’t the drama both in short and free program pressure you to much?
– No, because the music itself was not exciting. Last year’s “Bolero” in the short excited me more. My main criterion – I must feel the music.
What kind of music you don’t feel?
– A lot of. I do not feel weak sounds, I love a strong voice. Music can be melodic and beautiful, but something is still will be wrong. I rejected quite a lot, there were so mamy that I did not even remember how many and which one.
A recognized classical music by a great composer could be weak?
– I have a different perception, I do not like to take what others had. That’s why, Anna Vladimirovna (Tsareva) suggested music with vocals for the free program. Very strong voice, which almost no one heard. A win-win criterion. The killing of two birds with one stone.
I heard a melody from your short program playing by a street violinist in the underground passage at the Park of Culture.
– A lot of people know the short, but the free, especially the part which in the middle, is a rarity.
At the end you have a requiem, with which Oksana Grishuk and Evgeni Platov triumphed at OG-1998 in Nagano.
– Yes, I know.
Tatiana Tarasova did this program. Didn’t you discuss the requiem part?
– When we were in Sochi in September, she worked on both short program and free program. And she paid special attention to this very last part. The big bet is made on this part. We have to get the audience, do something that will set us apart from the other competitors.
Tatyana Anatolyevna is famous for precise phrasing.
– In my case, she played not with phrase, but with added element. I do a spiral, then do steps near the board and there happens a music change. From the second to the third part – the final, the one that should captivate the viewers. The one where I really need to feel the accent. And there Tatyana Anatolyevna added a quite usual jump jump – not even a split, but it instantly made the transition to the final part brighter. It helps us to convey the idea of our work. In my opinion, the viewer understands us.
Transition to requiem it’s when you slowly and stately skate backward, doing steps….
– gaining speed for the spiral, yes this moment.
From the same step Grishuk and Platov started their program.
– We did not take it from them. I have never copied other people’s programs. This step is beautiful itself and very simple in execution.
You reminded me of the “Russian split jump” that Sasha Cohen did, but which has already died as a popular phenomenon? Is it too difficult?
– No, this element is not difficult at all, you can work on it. Jason Brown does it. It’s a “wow”!
But except for Jason, no one came to mind, besides, Brown does not claim for serious results.
– A new level is jumps in combination, all attention is focused on them.
What would you like add to your artistry?
– Simply more polishing. Every gesture I want to make even softer, even it’s already good. If the gesture is sharp, I want it to be sharper. There must be a “point” in the element. Arms and feet should be synchronised, moves should be finished and you need to feel it. Like the emotions on the face. All my choreographers Misha Ge, Kolya Morozov and Viktor Adoniev advise me in this.
Morozov is deeply engaged in ice dance, how often did you work with him this season?
– He invited me somehow to Novogorsk, but I could not come, but we met at the Russian Championship. I hope Kolya is happy with what I’m showing on the ice. He said “Well done”, but we have not analyzed my performances in details yet.
Maxim Kovtun told me that for the last year’s performance Peter Tchernyshev advised him to learn facial expressions on the on the example of Mikhail Baryshnikov.
– This season I understand both my artistic images, after all I skate tango again, which I love and dance since childhood.
– Very much. I grow up, my views change, I discover a lot. What is tango in childhood? Coach choreographed and you skate it. Just moves. As I grew up, I began to invest myself into a dance. After all everyone imagines it in his own way. The tango of 2014, with which I first flew to the World Championships, is incomparable with the dance of 2017.
Is it a symbol of a strong woman?
– Yes, but this woman is me. I still skate like with a partner. I took lessons, to have a feeling of man in dance, and then went on the ice alone, but my arms, back, body, legs move in such a tact, like the man is next to me. Once I saw a dancer performing a tango. He was half dressed like a man, half like a woman. He danced as like in pair, but in fact – with himself. It was very beautiful and very interesting. You look – one, but you realize that it’s a pair.
But it’s still unusual?
– I have been on the ice for so many years that I feel ok alone on it, even with the feeling of a virtual partner. I worked a lot with Misha Ge, who knows how to do hands in tango, and this formed a whole image. I really liked (Alexander) Zhulin with his partner in the same tango, but they had a restrained one. The ideal tango for me it’s like in movie “Scent of a woman” But there it is also restrained. Passion, but to a certain point. I keep this “point” in the program for some time but then everything goes beyond. Tango in hip-hop, but without hip-hop moves. This is primarily a tango, but a little bit beyond it. Even more passion and energy, which I give to the public and the judges. Well, you saw the end of the program. It’s interesting for me when something classical have the note of freedom. I prefer casual style in clothes, but I adore classics, because I know: it suits me.
Isn’t tango conveyed better on stage or ice when passions run high in personal life?
– Absolutely not. There were no passions in childhood for example.
But there should be some worries?
– There are always some worries, let it be worries, for example, when I forgot to feed the cat. Sometimes I worry about my brother when he has exams. I have a father, a mother … But sporting worries do not intersect with family. My brother understands perfectly that I am engaged in figure skating, and doesn’t interfere in this sphere. He does chemistry, and I do not bother him either. Thank God, he does not put experiments at home. We know well that we do not understand each other, but we worry for each other.
Does tango affect your life posture?
– I don’t become more daring. I’m one on thice, different at physical trainings and also different in life. I do not want to hurt anyone because of my sport. I’ve never been spineless, but I’m working on myself not to be insolent. I’m not any like that with my frieneds, and of course not with my family. I can take it out on my brother but only as a joke.
Is Russian Nationals strongly “refreshing” when with 215 points you don’t get on the podium.
At first you had two competitors, then five, now – ten.
– Well all 18 are competitors, after all, all skate clean. So what’s the point for me to worry?
Don’t you have a feeling that representing some other country you would be in the top?
– I’m already in the top.
In the very-very top?
– What’s the point to represent a country with no competition? My rivals are pushing me forward.
Alina Zagitova, who won the silver at the National Championship being 14 years old, did she push you strongly?
– No. I do not care.
– The situation in general. The fact that competitors are simply exists.
When young girls come, it’s easier for them to coordinate.
– That is the problem. While they are all small, it’s easy for them. But then puberty comes – and that’s all, different sorts of things will begin.
Seemed your have grown up steadily.
– I had to work very hard for it to seem so. A centimeter of height and already something is not right. Plus a year and it’s already harder, two years – more! Therefore, we have to adapt the technique to make it possible to jump with changes in the body. And you have to think and plan more. Now I don’t grow up in height any more, if from 14 to 16-17 I was growing up physically, then after 16 I’m growing up mentally. How the child thinks – to go on the ice and do everything quickly. All you need to do, it’s to do what your coach says. And now you understand that you represent a country, that the audience applaud for a reason. And this requires additional efforts to keep the balance.
Do you have enough coaching staff to make progress?
– I work not only with Anna Vladimirovna, but also with Artem Punin, and with Mikhail Panarin on physical trainings, on acting with Margarita Bugaeva, on choreography with Maria Alexandrovna Borisova. I have a whole team of specialists.
So there’s no questions about change of coach?
Earlier you said that there is almost no difference in points between the combinations “lutz – loop” and “lutz-toe loop”, but has the situation changed with current serious level competition?
– The two points that separate these elements, in fact, have a great importance, but I will not say that “lutz – loop” is difficult. If you work on it, it will be even easier than “lutz-toe loop”. This is a conversation from the same series: you jump with an arm over the head or without it. Everyone is trying to do lutz or flip, choreographically stretching his arm overhead, and this, in the end, it becomes uninteresting. Although it’s beautiful and brings some +GOE.
Serafima Sakhanovich told that it’s more convinient for her to jump with arms overhead.
– See, and I don’t see any sense in this.
Alexei Mishin focus on the difficulty and power of the jump. They Wait the awakening of Elizaveta’s triple axel …
– He is the master in this field. I also want everything, but gradually. I tried the axel in three and a half turns, however, landed it half-turned. The worst thing about it is an entry. You wrap yourself in it and do not know in what kind of abyss you’ll fly away. It’s like jumping with a parachute and you think: will it open up or not? Plus one revolution is a new feeling, unfamiliar. Where to open? Where to close? .. But now is not the time to think much about that.
Who is your idol in figure skating?
– Carolina Kostner, I like her skating skills.
To mention Costner it’s a win-win option.
– But why? She has worked for a very long time to achieve such a skating, but the thing is, you can’t do everything on ice just by working hard.
What you can’t do?
– There’s nothing impossible for me.
What are you dream of?
– Spread eagle.
I’ve read about it.
– Coaches work on my program, someone says: “Let’s put some cool thing here”. “A spread eagle!” – someone says immediately. “She can’t …”, answers the one who knows me very well. And there comes silence.
I noticed your photo in Instagram with the signature “I’m swimming into my dream”.
– I wrote it before going to bed. I dive into a real water in a real long dress in real figure skates. I could agree only on such photo shoot during thes season. After all, usually such activities take away a lot of energy, but I did not refuse to dive under the water in skates. The biggest problem was to find some skates you won’t afraid to spoil. I found someone else’s, a bit broken. I wore a dress and dived. Eyes saw only blue tiles, it was warm. I did not want to get out. Interesting that the skates then dried up and became like new ones.
You love photo shoots, but never fold your lips according to the trend.
– Like a duck? Although I have a fully right to do this, given the features of my lips. I like natural images, I’m pro natural beauty. On the photo, it’s important to pose to look aesthetically pleasing, but you need to feel relaxed.
Evgenia Medvedeva created her own line of sportswear. Do you have any similar ideas?
– Now I do not have an exact idea about the future. I think that if you start some business, you need to treat it scrupulously, know all the details in order to be able to do something unusual. I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do, but after figure skating. Starting from cooking, finishing with design. I like to sew something to my jeans and experiment in the kitchen. Just not before the competition and so that nothing on the stove burn or explode.
From Babylonia to Stonewall to 2016, by HB and Emilie Parent
A brief history of LGBT+ issues
This article doesn’t pretend to be exhaustive. First, because
concepts like sexuality, homosexuality, gender or gender identity
are born very recently, and finding evidence of their evolution
through time can be tricky. The idea of a community of people
described by their gender or sexual features does not work with
the cultural representations of past societies. Second, because
the sources used here are mostly revolving around Europe and
the United States. But of course, gender and sexuality have
taken many shapes, and been the subject of various discourses,
all around the world; and the model shown here must not be
taken as granted.
Babylonian era :
Homosexuality is tolerated but stays a marginal phenomenon
Marriage is considered mandatory, because it ensures a societal stability, but love seems to be separated from it
Homosexual men are said to be effeminate
The babylonian goddess Ishtar/Inanna, embodying love and sexuality, but also war, is occasionally represented with both
masculine and feminine features
Sexual education is very developped
Advanced knowledge on the subject
Homosexuality is tolerated but not
Conjugal love is the most important
❖ Hermaphroditus : son of
Aphrodite and Hermes, the nymph
Salmacis falls madly in love with him
and praysto his father the make them
become one. It results in one being
having breasts and a penis, half-
woman and half-man.
❖ Tiresias : in Ovide’s Metamorphoses,
this son of a nymph is turned into a
women for seven years because he
disturbed a snake couple. He then
stops an argument between Zeus and
Hera by affirming that women feel
ten times more pleasure than men
during sexual acts.
❖ A few men are known for their
close and sometimes openly
romantic relationships with
other men: Socrates and Alcibiades;
Aristotle and Hermias, to whom
Aristotle dedicated a poem when he
died; Hipparchus, tyrant of Athens
assassinated by the man who refused
his advances and the lover of this one;
Alexander the Great and Hephaestion.
❖ Sappho, near the end of the VIIth
century B.C., sings about her love for
many other women.
•Men meet themselves naked in
gymnasiums, away from women ; the
picture of the ephebos, the young man
in training, is erotized.
Love comes in various concepts : we can
distinguish terms like philia which
expresses friendship and mutual respect
between people of the same sex, éros for
desire and sexual attraction, agapé
designating a disinterested and
unconditional love, and storgê for family
love. Marriage is seen as a social
There is no notion of sexual or romantic
orientation. Sexual practices are
separated from commitment ties, and
sexual behaviours are either
appreciated or punished depending on
the cities or the times.
This is a misogynistic society based on
structures of domination: the one who is
penetrated is considered inferior, and,
no matter the penetrated subject – a
man can love whoever he wants –
homosexuality is very rare and two men
together are not accepted. Homosexual
prostitutes and transvestites are
despised because they are effeminate.
Pederasty is a pedagogic relationship
between a married young man, citizen
of Athens, who educates a young boy
between the age of twelve and the
apparition of the first hairs. It’s a rite of
passage towards adulthood and
citizenship. It’s mostly performed by
aristocrats and a part of the middle
class. The boy is chosen for his beauty
and youth, and rules are put to protect
him. The older one is always active.
The sexuality of women doesn’t matter,
it’s usually ignored and thus not
❖ Emperors show close •
relationships with other men : Hadrian builds a city on the Nile named after his lover Antinous. Mark Antony has relationships with other
boys during his youth. Nero has a few
favourites and often has the passive
role. However, people often
condemned the “unbridled
sexuality” of those tyrants.
We find relationships between young
boys and young adults just like in
Greece. These stop with the
beginning of the Republic.
The passive homosexual becomes
mocked and scolded.