Shahla Sherkat (b. 1956) is one of
the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Iran. She is a psychologist and
journalist who has been outspoken about the situation of women in the country,
often experiencing legal issues because of it.
She is the founder of
Zanan magazine, considered the most
important women’s journal published after the Iranian revolution. She often had
to appear in court for publishing content deemed controversial, in areas
ranging from politics to sex, and at one point even had to spend four months in
prison. In 2005 she received the Courage in Journalism Award from the
International Women’s Media Foundation.
The Amazing Way the Fellowship’s Theme Grows (Part 1/?)
The Lord of the Rings soundtrack uses a lot of “leitmotifs”, or bits of music that show up lots of times and represent specific characters, places, and things (the Rohan theme, the One Ring theme, the Shire theme, etc.)
What’s really amazing, though, is how these leitmotifs grow as the films go on. As a character grows, their theme music grows with them. As a kingdom changes, its theme music subtly changes too.
One example: the way the theme music representing the Fellowship grows over the course of the films.
There’s way too much to fit one in post so I’ll spread this out over several posts (in the next days weeks) tagged #fellowshiptheme.
You know the epic music a lot of people call “the battle music” or the “Lotr theme song…?” ( DUNN DUNNNN, DA DA DUNNN!- The music that plays in the very beginning ofthissoundtrack)?
You might know that’s the theme music (leitmotif) that represents the Fellowship.
According to the composer, this theme plays whenever the fellowship is bonding, or coming together to do something that none of them could have done alone.
We hear the Fellowship’s theme scores of time over the course of the trilogy, but it’s different every time, reflecting the state of the fellowship at that point in the films.
The first time we hear it is in Bag End, as the the title “The Fellowship of the Ring” shows up on-screen.It’s played slowly and softly, just an echo of what it will become: musical foreshadowing.
You can hear it at (0:30) of this clip.
(*Links to soundtrack: OST:his piece isn’t on the OST soundtrack. Complete Recordings: The Shire)
But the second time we hear the Fellowship Theme, and the FIRST time it’s actually applied to the characters– is in this scene (at 0:30 of this clip)
Sam hesitates. “One more step, and It’ll be the farthest away from home that I’ve ever been.” Frodo walks by his side, gently encourages him, and they journey on together. We hear the Fellowship theme for the second time.
The composer (Howard Shore) could have easily debuted the Fellowship theme at the Council of Elrond, when the Fellowship is actually formed. Or when the Fellowship sets out from Rivendell. Or during the huge battle in Moria.
But instead, as Howard Shore wrote in his book on the soundtrack, the theme music begins where the Fellowship itself does…It begins here.
The love and heroism that will bind the Fellowship and save Middle-Earth isn’t born in a world-shaking battle, but in a small moment of friendship.
The Fellowship’s theme music, like the Fellowship itself, doesn’t begin in moments of epic flashy heroism….but in lil humble hobbit-y scenes in the Shire.
(to request a soundtrack to be written about, reblog this linked post. Posts in the series are tagged #fellowshiptheme. All my soundtrack posts are tagged #lotrsoundtrackfacts)
(b. 1978) is a former politician and human
rights activist from Afghanistan. She used to be a Parliamentarian in the
National Assembly of the country, but was dismissed after denouncing the
presence of war criminals in the Parliament.
She began her career as a social activist by becoming director of the NGO
OPAWC – the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women’s Capabilities. The public
condemnation of war lords and criminals attracted criticism, threats, and even
assassination attempts, but also widespread admiration, as the BBC called her ‘the
bravest woman in Afghanistan’.
Right now I look like a teen mom with too many kids (I love them though you are all precious)
If I get 500 likes on this I’ll post one, granted if the gods are in my favor and the stars are aligned correctly I’ll look halfway decent but meh
If you need some visual beforehand though just imagine a white passing (I don’t know how the fuck people think I’m white with the hair I have but o-fucking-kay) black girl with two afro poofs on the side completely done with life
Eric’s middle name: David Eric was born in Wichita, Kansas
Eric loved dogs, his was named Sparky. Sparky was a Yorkie and died a year after Eric Eric wrote a letter to ID software with ideas for DooM 3 (im sure his would have been a better game) Eric’s favorite body part on a women was her legs
His favorite soda was Mountain Dew
He was born on the 9th of April, star sign Aries He drove an automatic
His favorite sport was soccer. His dream car was a Hummer. His favorite season was summer. His favorite day of the week was Friday.
Eric bought the letters for natural selection at hobby lobby
He loved pepperoni and green pepper pizza
Eric was born with a congenial leg problem that required numerous doctor’s visits when he was a baby.
Eric smoked kamel reds
Keep it going with your own trivia guys and girls!
the historicity of queerness in black sails, pt. 1
Hello, Tumblr! Let’s talk about pirates, queer stuff, and historical accuracy.
There’s been renewed talk in certain spaces this week about queer narratives in historical drama. This has been spurred almost entirely by the series finale of Black Sails, which made the (distressingly) controversial decision to end its four-year run by giving its queer protagonists a largely happy ending.
If any show currently airing was going to take such a leap, it was always going to be Black Sails, which from the outset possessed a keen interest in exploring queer narratives. This was seen–correctly–as being something almost unheard of among historical dramas: a genre whose queer characters, if any, are relegated to the status of minor character or tragic subplot. But why is this, and why did Black Sails provoke some ire for heading in the opposite direction? There is an easy answer; an assumption lurking in the undertow of many an irate Facebook or Reddit comment: queer people in the 18th century didn’t get happy endings, did they?
This is part of a bigger question: There were no gay people then, right? In other words, characters can’t be openly gay in the show, because they killed men for that, didn’t they, and isn’t this supposed to be a ‘historical’ drama? So: how accurate is the queerness inBlack Sails? Let’s take a look at some history.
Trigger warning for discussions of period-typical homophobia and a brief mention of rape.
Amal Clooney (b. 1978) is a Lebanese-British lawyer and activist, specializing in
human rights and international law. She has had a number of high-profile cases,
especially as part of her work for the United Nations.
In addition to lectures she held at various higher education institutions
across the globe, she was also a faculty member at Columbia’s Law School Human
Rights Institute. She has created the Amal Clooney Scholarship, which sends one
Lebanese female student every year to study at the United World College in
Haleh Afshar (b. 1944) is a British-Iranian professor
and life peer in the House of Lords. She is a Muslim feminist, concerned with
equal opportunities and development.
She teaches politics
and women’s studies at the University of York. She has written numerous texts
on the role of women in politics, the state, and the workforce, particularly in
Africa and Asia. She is a founder of the Muslim Women’s Network, and has been
the Chair of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.
al-Sharif (b. 1979) is the woman responsible for the campaign aimed at giving
women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. To initiate this movement, she filmed
herself driving in the country, where it is illegal for women to do so; she was
detained and released on bail on the condition of ceasing activity and not
talking to media. Still, she remained an active voice pushing for women’s
rights in the Middle East.
She is still campaigning heavily on social media platforms such as
Twitter and Facebook for the loosening of Saudi Arabia’s strict legislation,
despite the risk associated with these activities. She was awarded the Vaclav
Havel Prize for Creative Dissent by the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2012.
What video game would you love to play that's considered a Batman game but it's not directly connected to Batman?
open-world gotham city
actually open-world, not “you get to explore the GCPD, two other known places from the comics and then you meet batman”. every other building is explorable
there are random instances of crime in alleys or bodegas. you can choose to intervene or move on
you hear people randomly talk about “the bat-man”, others in fear or making jokes
time moves in-game similarly to how it does in fallout 4 so when it’s 25th december in the game’s calendar, there are celebrations, people have put up christmas trees and decorations. a week before the 4th of july there are flyers everywhere inviting you to a fireworks show
you can choose your origins and that affects your gameplay. you can be born in a rich family so when there is a gala, you can easily attend it due to your family being invited (might even meet bruce wayne!). similarly, if you choose the origin of being born middle-class, you can attend as a journalist or someone with really well-connected friends. you’d probably have to break in if you chose the poverty origin and/or be very, very sneaky
that works both ways. when there’s a quest that involves the bad side of gotham, if you grew up on the strees you can gain access a lot easier than say, someone really rich who’s bound to get mugged
you can progressively become a vigilante or a gotham rogue (that doesn’t necessarily mean a villain, just not the best role model). throughout the game you upgrade your costume so you start out with a really amateur suit but by the middle/end of the game you look legit. resources are easier for you if you’re rich but you have more connections with the other origins
if you involve yourself too much in crime-fighting, you might draw the interest of batman but if you two meet, instead of him going “ok i’m your mentor now”, he’ll probably warn you to stop
easter eggs of far-off batman silhouettes with a kid running by his side. meetings of someone on a gargoyle that looks like batman? talking to… superman?? you can never reach them at first because your vigilante abilities suck. actually getting to meet them needs very specific flags to have been raised so it doesn’t happen to everyone
you get to costumize your own t-shirts with letters/words and certain phrases are made aware by npcs. if you type anything like “bruce wayne is batman”, you’ll hear people laugh, point at you or have certain individuals actually consider it
ipod-style menu so you can toggle on/off music while you’re exploring gotham