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one time two boys from my media class came in late and my media teacher was about to shout at them but one of them said “anyway he didn’t shit himself but the dildo was too big” which asked too many questions to shout at him for

Reblog if you are a girl who likes/watched 'The Lord Of The Rings'

I’m doing this because there are some people in my Media class who believe that LOTR is only for boys and that boys only like it. Please if you are a girl and like LOTR reblog/like or if you are a boy who believes that girls can like it reblog/like. 

Prove these people wrong.

Marriage ≠ Maturity; Money ≠ Intelligence

Marriage is not proof of maturity. Money is not proof of intelligence. Both of these are wrapped in cisheteronormative and capitalistic perceptions of adulthood and they repulse me deeply. These perceptions are something that I have had to deal with from random strangers online to people in past classrooms and corporate jobs to “friends” (in quotations because my actual friendships are healthy and loving; these are people who assume that we are “friends” because they know me) to actual family members. These perceptions are harmful. Some people who know me were more respectful to me in my 20s than now in my 30s, coming up on age 36 soon. Why? Mainly because from time to time I would date, and though I identify as asexual now (and for many people coming to terms with accurate sexual orientation is a journey), most of the (actually few in total) people I dated were cis men (though some aces date even when they identify as asexual, but don’t need to date any gender “prove” similarity to non-asexual people in order to be “valid” via that similarity). Thus, that picture at least visually fit cisheteronormative perceptions of maturity. In other words “oh look, she’s in her 20s and dating someone so they must be headed towards marriage; that’s adulthood there; maturity there!” Another reason is because in my 20s I thought I might pursue a PhD (hell nah now) and I was working on my Master’s degree in my mid to later 20s. I also worked in corporate then. Thus, that picture at least visually fit capitalistic perceptions of intelligence. In other words, “oh look, she’s in her 20s and getting those degrees and might acquire some status via corporate jobs and class; that’s intelligence right there!”

Fast forward to my mid 30s and I am not married nor desire marriage (I…never really did to be honest, though I tried to in order to socially fit in and make past partners happy when I was younger). I don’t even date nor have desired to in many years. I am not working in corporate and living what might look like middle class when it really would not be at all for me. I am not going to pursue a Ph.D. I do not have a lot of money or own a lot of possessions. I am missing many social markers, status markers and consumptive practices that people have decided represent maturity and intelligence. Thus, people I know who once respected my opinions purposely try to speak over me in spaces to exhibit their perceived dominance. People who respected my life or were interested in my life now tell me about theirs and never ask me about mine. People in couples purposely exclude me from conversations when they could’ve skipped inviting me altogether; it is as if they invited me so that they can “perform” what they think adulthood is for an audience they perceive to be “children” if they are unmarried. People who speak of things they think are “mature” such as pain and heartbreak and bills and debt and the like now talk down to me as if my intelligence still doesn’t run laps around some of theirs just like it did in my 20s when they were more respectful of me. (And of course online people are always disrespectful and paternalistic because they’re intimidated on topics I know with proficiency so they try to “son” me on my own personal life to assuage their discomfort with Black women.)

This is not about personal dislike; obviously I expect people who dislike me to be disrespectful. These are people who think they still like or love me, but demoted my worth in their minds because I don’t participate in the institutions that they value and ones protected by the status quo. If I insult marriage–and I don’t, even though I question the State’s role–nothing happens. Why? It’s a protected institution and for the longest was only for heterosexual people. It’s not the same as someone insulting me for not being married. Being single is not protected. Because the kind of people that I’ve alluded to here have lives that fit into the status quo–because they rarely challenge injustice itself, because they fail to realize that people like me are who they are often standing on in order to have these lives that they think are the product of bootstraps alone and arbitrary “success” not tied into systems and institutions–they assume that they are “mature” and “smart” as a default. Well no, I reject the notion that cisheteronormativity proves maturity and capital/status proves intelligence. And once the reality of the violence that both cisheteronormative norms and capitalist systems are unearthed, people’s status quo protective arguments fall apart even more rapidly than I could take them apart here. I am not suggesting that money doesn’t matter now, nor do I believe the lie it cannot buy happiness because for some people, basic resources and healthcare etc. would alter their lives majorly, even as such people are spoken of as unintelligent for not being rich.

I have completely disconnected from some of the people who have treated me this way in the last 5-7 years and even before this. And that was a long term sort of “clean up house” activity that consumed a lot of my 20s unfortunately. (Even so, a lot of people were more respectful to me then than now.) In my 30s it is a bit more challenging since some of the people who treat me this way are also family. Some are people adjacent to family that are more difficult to excavate. And while it’s in my nature (introvert, Virgo, someone who simply doesn’t give a fuck at times etc, whatever label or no label etc.) to retreat from people–because I’ve found that very few quality relationships/deep friendships supersedes plentiful superficial or associate-level ones–I do find it sad that often the only answer is retreat. I try to open myself up to the possibility of people ever truly understanding me–I don’t feel that I am that complex, to be honest, just human like everyone else–but most people cannot see me beyond their status quo goggles. There are people who say they “like” or “love” me and yet I know I could never have an in-depth conversation with them about asexuality or agnostic atheism, for example. There are gaping holes about my identity and life that they don’t care enough about to ask, yet I should always center every facet of their lives? Can you deeply love a person that you don’t really know or truly care to know? It’s amazing how some people think they are “close” to me yet have no clue what I do everyday. People I help. People who told me I saved their lives and they mean it, which always humbles me. I’m like…nah…I didn’t do anything like that, yo. But they say that I did. Money that I’ve raised to help people in need. Projects that I’ve helped get off the ground. People, primarily Black women, that I’ve mentored. Minds that I’ve changed. Discourse that I’ve created and participated in that has a lasting impact on many Black women, as Black women have told me, even as I have to fight off plagiarism and erasure on a never ending loop

Because I do this work of my own creation, because it is not happening in a cubicle, because it cannot make me rich or even “middle class,” and because it is not happening while I am married, my maturity and intelligence are devalued and questioned and erased. Regularly. Even by people who would say that they “love” me. Even by them. “Kindness” isn’t always kindness. Even by other people who are clearly more immature and less intelligent in every way; they decide that they’re “above” me because accepted status quo markers. I don’t think that I am more “radical” or “real” because certain institutions are ones not for my life; honestly it’s been a question of safety and some semblance of peace, not me proving that I am “better” than those more tethered to institutions that I find harmful for me personally. But what happens when even people who purport to “love” me also view me as harmfully as people who passionately hate me and all because they share views on what makes someone mature and what makes someone intelligent? What would they have me do? Try to “fit in” to the point of wanting to self-harm? Quietly accept harm from others? Or instead try to survive in a way that is no less valid because it looks different from what is accepted? Some lives fit the picture of what is “right” and some do not. But that picture is a reflection of oppressive systems and not absolute truths.

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omg yesterday in my media class there was a picture of Miley Cyrus in a magazine and this guy was like “I feel like she’s a lesbian and there’s gonna be a scandal that she made out with Amy Winehouse or something"  and I almost pissed myself and then I looked at him and I was like Amy Winehouse is dead and he looked at me wide eyed and said "oh my god I’m so sorry” I love media class

James Dean written presentation:

I have chosen James Dean because for the last 57 years he has been one of the biggest influences in the media’s eye, and one of the most visually iconic actors of his time.

 James Dean was born on February 8th, 1931 in a small town in Indiana called Fairmount, he moved there to live with his aunt and uncle at the age of 9 after the death of his mother. Jimmy has been a rising star since his early days of high school in Fairmount – being involved in theatrics and the town’s basketball star, which with that he made the front page of Fairmount’s local paper.

 Having made only three films, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, all of which have become legendary and timeless, and after his tragic death in September of 1955 it moulded Jimmy into the ULTIMATE hero.

 Jimmy’s exterior alone is what brought him to such great extents of fame, during and way after his untimely death.

 Everyone wanted to be with him, or be like him. He was the first person of his generation to populate the leather jacket, and the tight blue jeans with the tucked in white t-shirt, and the turbo charged “bed head” hair style, that today is still very popular. All over the world, mostly large metropolitan cities like Toronto, NYC, and Los Angeles have clothing designers that have runway models channel the “Rebel” look for fashion shows, sporting the red windbreaker, white shirt, jeans and hair do.

 Certain musicians have just literally evolved both their careers and personal life to James Dean, and one musician in particular, Morrissey, formally of The Smiths dedicated continuous material and time to Jimmy, in 1983 he wrote a book in titled “James Dean is Not Dead” – in the book there is a quote by Morrissey, “Send me anything Jimmy touched. If he touched a wall, send me a piece of the wallpaper.”

 Things like that genuinely prove to me, and I’m sure prove to the media just how much of an impact Jimmy has on people’s lives. Morrissey also had songs he had written about Jimmy and singles released from albums that had an image of Jimmy on the cover.

 Throughout James Dean’s career, he was viewed as “very different”, an odd boy, but a budding and talented young actor with a lot to offer. Many people he knew for a short time or who had worked with him had a very difficult time understanding what he was all about – as both a person and an actor.

 Jimmy had a big influence on kids and young teens; with this he really tried to tell those kids that it was OKAY to be different. He said this not so much with his words, but more so through the eyes of his characters – and through the eyes of the real James Dean.

 After Rebel came out after the death of Jimmy, kids felt an emotional connection through his captivating role as troubled teen, Jim Stark. With this role did it not only be a major highlight in Jimmy’s acting career, but his characters became so easy for many people to relate to.

 For the 21st century Rebel Without a Cause is still one of the most influential films, the classic scene in Rebel where Jimmy pulls his father down a flight of stairs and continues to “strangle” him has been channelled as well in films over the last 30 years, the Stephen King film “Christine” very methodically rein acts this in a subtle scene where the character Arnie Cunningham has on the red windbreaker, and white shirt, and attempts to strangle his father in a fit of rage.

 From the farm back in Indiana, to the UCLA campus in California, to the bright lights of NYC, and finally to the Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, these are all the places Jimmy got to go, even managed to make it to the dusty country of Marfa Texas for his final role in Giant.

 Everyone who worked with Jimmy or who was at least familiar with him when he was a member of the Actors Studio in the mid-1950s said that his acting “was so natural” – he was a method actor, and with that he got very involved with all of his roles he practically became the character. There is just so much emotional strain you can detect in his face while acting, it’s almost as if he’s not acting at all. You just have to glance into his eyes and you can see everything; the pain he was feeling, the hurt in his heart, everything. He didn’t have to try, and I think this is what truly made him such a phenomenal actor.


James Dean only spent sixteen months in Hollywood where he made three films, one film was released in Jimmy’s lifetime, and another was released at the time of his death. Three years after his death Warner Brothers were receiving thousands of letters per week addressed to James Dean. His films had such an intense affect upon teenage America that fan mail addressed to the corpse outnumbered that of any living Hollywood star.


James Dean had this great defiance in his acting that mirrored his personal style. Whether it was slouching around in chinos, wandering the streets of Manhattan with tousled hair and the common cigarette dangling out of his mouth, or maybe it was the red jacket, white t-shirt and jeans pose from Rebel. Jimmy was the epitome of cool. Fashion journalist Peter Lyle said, “He was very assured in his dress – if you look at Brando in “The Wild One” in comparison to Dean in Rebel, Dean looks more effortless. Plus, you never see a bad photo of him. There are bad pictures of Clint before he became Clint and there are bad pictures of Warren Beatty when he looked clean cut. You never see bad pictures of Dean.

 James Dean lived life in the fast lane. He had a love for new discoveries, taking an interest in photography, dance, the arts, and a true passion for sports car racing, which he was in fact very good at, having won two races. . He tried to cram a lifetime of living into the short time he had. With Jimmy’s love for sports cars, he bought a Porsche 550 Spyder in 1955 after the filming of Giant. Who knew that this car would be what ended Jimmy’s life shortly after purchasing it.

 On Friday evening, September 30th, 1955, at approximately 5:45PM, we lost Jimmy, after being struck head on by another vehicle. He was only 24 years old. The highway of the accident has been dedicated to Jimmy, the “James Dean Memorial Junction”. And as for Jimmy’s final resting place, back in his home town of Fairmount, Indiana, where he is buried in the Fairmount Park Cemetery. Commonly Jimmy’s well-maintained headstone is showered with flowers, letters, and “stained” with red lipstick clad kisses.

 His clothes inspired us to dress like him; his hair inspired us to style our hair like his. James Dean has such a timeless image, it will never fade, or look dated, and James Dean will never go out of style.

 For media behind the camera, there have been various films that were released based on James Dean, his legacy and the dedicated fans of Jimmy. In 1977 there was a film released called “September 30th, 1955”, this film is about a college undergraduate who is a lifelong fan of James Dean goes crazy when he hears of his idols death. In 1982, one of the more notable films was “Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, starring Cher and Kathy Bates. It takes place inside a small Woolworth's five-and-dime store in a small Texas town, where an all-female fan club for actor James Dean reunites in 1975. Through a series of flashbacks, the six members also reveal secrets dating back to 1955. And most recently, in 2002, actor James Franco played in a made-for-TV movie, simply titled “James Dean”, this movie covers James Dean’s life, starting at his time at the Actors Studio in NYC, to his death.

 Jimmy once said; “The gratification comes into the doing, not in the results”. He just wanted to have the feeling of achieving something, success, doing what he truly enjoyed.

 There are really no real words to describe the legacy of James Dean, and to have him classified as a legend doesn’t even fabricate what James Dean means to the fans, and the great loss, of what was 57 years ago this September; and every September, on the anniversary of Jimmy’s death, those same fans - the ones who leave red lipstick marks on the sun-baked headstone of his grave - come together in Fairmount, Indiana and attend the three day James Dean Festival. Together, they celebrate the life and work of one of the most enduring legacies in Hollywood. Thousands of Dean fan’s laugh, cry and share their very own stories of how the young actor, gone, but not forgotten, managed to change their lives forever.


The Nightmare!

  • dreamland
  • bugs
  • beware

Pretty excited for my last media assignment for the year. We are looking at violence in film, and for this assignment we get to pick a movie of our choice, or just a favorite film, and analyze the amount of violence depicted. The teacher said it “would be like writing a love letter to your favorite movie - expect you also explain the violence you see." 

Obviously I’m going to pick Rebel Without a Cause. Its the perfect movie to analyze teen violence in the 50s. This movie was kind of the turning point for the big teen angst movement around that time. 

I’ll get to watch it and write about it, its going to be a fun and fairly simple paper to write. I’m usually not excited about school work, this is the first :)

Alex Kingston: A Master Class for young actors...

Alex Kingston: A Master Class for young actors…


Ages: 7th through 12th grade

All proceeds go directly to the support of Shakespeare in the City, a free arts program for youth.

REGISTER TODAY – Space limited to 22 people


Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, E.R., Royal Shakespeare Company member) will work directly with you on:

Exploring and amplifying your artistic choices without compromising truthfulness (i.e. reaching the second balcony in a large house, with honesty and truth)

“Demystifying” often misunderstood principles of acting, such as pursuing an objective, playing an action, moment-to-moment spontaneity inside the structure of a tightly staged play.

Creating rituals for preparation prior to performance.

Enhancing your understanding of Shakespeare’s work through scansion, rhythm – the subtextual differences between prose and verse – and what it means for you, the actor.

She will also talk with you about her experiences working in in Britain and in America, in a variety of mediums, touching on topics like:

Playing with Gender Bending in Shakespeare – and beyond.

Your Questions Answered – What is an actor’s life?


Alex Kingston, who won critical acclaim in the title role of the PBS miniseries “Moll Flanders,” joined television’s top-rated, “ER” during its fourth season, as the spirited surgeon ‘Dr. Elizabeth Corday.’ She also reprised her role on “ER” along with the rest of the original cast, for the final episodes of the series.

Kingston was recently seen starring in the UK series “Chasing Shadows”, “Upstairs Downstairs” on the BBC, “Marchlands” on ITV, “Hope Springs,” on BBC One,” the ITV mini-series “Lost in Austen,” and as River Song in the highly successful British series “Dr. Who.” She will next be seen in the independent film “Bukowski” for director James Franco. She currently can be seen recurring on “Arrow” for the CW.

This past year, she starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in the critically-acclaimed Manchester and NY production of “Macbeth”. Other recent credits include the West End production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” playing the role of ‘Nurse Ratched’ opposite Christian Slater and in the films “Sweetland” opposite Alan Cummings, in “Alpha Dog” starting Justin Timberlake and “Like Crazy” starring Felicity Jones and directed by Drake Doremus. She also recurred on “Flash Foward” for ABC and “Law & Order SVU” for NBC.

Previously she was seen in the UK and America in the lead role in the Box TV and PBS drama film “Boudica.” Kingston played the great 15th century gladiator queen “Boudica.”

Growing up on the outskirts of London, Kingston was first introduced to the theatre when she and her family visited her mother’s native Germany; where she saw her uncle, an actor, perform. She made her own stage debut at age five, playing the Angel Gabriel in the Nativity play. “My mother made me these big, beautiful wings,” remembers Kingston, “and the other kids – without wings – were all jealous. I was very excited, and then a bit upset when I discovered that Gabriel was really a guy.”

Kingston was inspired to pursue an acting career by her English teacher at the all-girls grammar school she attended in Epsom, where she often had leading roles in school plays. She landed her first professional role at age 15 as a judo-chopping bully on the successful British series, “Grange Hill.”

After finishing school, she moved to London, where she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing the two-year program of study, Kingston worked in repertory theatre across England. She joined the famed Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in productions of “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” “The Curse of the Starving Class” and “The Bright and Bold Design.” She also starred in the Birmingham Repertory’s productions of “Othello,” “The Alchemist,” “Traveling Players,” “Saved,” “Julius Caesar” and “See How They Run.”

While Kingston tended to play classical characters on the stage, she took on contemporary roles in British television programs, including “A Killing Exchange,” “The Bill,” “Crocodile Shoes,” “The Knock” and “I Hate Christmas,” and in the American cable movies “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and “The Infiltrator.”

Her feature film credits include the critically-acclaimed “Croupier,” “Carrington,” “The St. Exupery Story,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Curran’s Wife,” “The Wildcats of St. Trinians,” “A Pin for the Butterfly” and “The Woman and the Wolf.” Kingston made a cameo appearance in the independent film “This Space Between Us” and starred in the British pop-culture film “Essex Boys,” for which she played a double-crossing girlfriend of an underground drug criminal.