on gender equality

anonymous asked:

Ok, let's spread positivity. Tell me something you love about The 100 (not related to ships)

Wow. I love so many things about this show. Mmmm….I’m gonna say something that isn’t very acknowledged or discussed, I think.

On this show men are emotional, and more importantly, they are allowed to show their emotions. (you can be sensitive and hide it)

Men have been taught to keep their emotions to themselves. Their emotions have to be suppressed. They’re men.  Did you ever listen “Don’t cry. Don’t complain. Don’t be weak. Be a man”??  

Men can’t cry. Why? because crying is synonymous with weakness and women are the ones who are weak, crying is a woman’s thing.

On tv it’s also more likely to see a close friendship between women than between men. You can see women being supportive to each other, hugging, being touchy and physically affectionate with each other. It’s not often you see men acting like that.

With that said, the male characters on The 100 break down this trope of toxic masculinity.

They show their feelings for each other  (x)

They show their fears and weaknesses (x)

They break down and cry (x)

They are vulnerable

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They aren’t ashamed to show their emotions

I really love that this show normalizes the idea that men can openly express emotions. That’s healthy. It’s okay to cry and tell people how you feel. No matter if you’re a man or a woman.

Men who cry are seen as weak because this is considered an inherently feminine trait and writing male characters who are not scared of crying can change this view.

These characters break down sexual stereotypes and the way they’re portrayed encourages gender equality.

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“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” - Jo Cox, MP.

‘You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.’
- Maya Angelou

Excited to be marching on Saturday alongside @dangerscully @crossedbeams @mulderswaterbed. Make your voices heard.

Real women don’t want to be feminists and they don’t want feminist boyfriends

A big part of what’s wrong with the feminist movement today is they become so caught up in labeling themselves that they lose themselves. She’s a “feminist.” Her friends must be “feminists”. The man she wants to be with must be a “feminist man”. Then they’ll be a “feminist couple”. 

Feminism is what defines her. It’s who she is, which is why she demands a man who is a feminist and who knows his place as a feminist. She doesn’t see herself as a woman or the man as a man. Everything is defined and perceived through the grid of feminism.

Feminists have constructed an image of themselves as self-assured, strong women, which makes it harder to access the more feminine parts of yourself that could be more positive. This is the fantasy feminists today have perpetuated: that women can exist without vulnerabilities, that they are better, more evolved by becoming more like a man. 

Feminists who put their feminist creed before their identity as women create a tension in their own being because their femininity, their natural identity as women, is a liability, a weakness. Everything, then, becomes a power play. 

In demanding to be seen as a feminist and to date a feminist man, they aren’t just concerned about respect, she wants to be treated like a man - a mirror image of the man sitting across from her. Or, she wants some distorted image of herself to be reflected back on the man. Either way, neither are being true to themselves as a man or as a woman. They’re being defined by feminism.

They talk about women navigating the waters of being both strong and feminine, yet they recoil at vulnerability, and demand that a potential boyfriend sees her first as a feminist, not as a woman. She creates this tension in herself by abandoning her identity as a woman for the feminist persona. They need to stop living the feminist fantasy. They need to stop trying to strap on a penis. They need to grab a mirror and take a look at what’s down there and start being themselves again. 

When you date, look for a man who is a man - who is true to himself - and who loves and respects women. Let him be who he is. If he is a loving person, he will let you be who you are. It’s about mutual affection and honor between the genders, not about gender roles or conforming to a label or abandoning who you are and becoming something else. When you live in a fantasy then finding anything that’s real, including love and relationships, is almost impossible. 

Hwarang insights

There was a time when heroines in stories were damsels in distress who cried for their “perfect” and “flawless” Prince Charmings and Knights in Shining Armor to save them, sweep them off their feet and ride into the sunset.

When this became too much of a cliché, we finally got our strong female leads; a step up from the singing, weeping walking mess of the old century. Yes, they still needed a bit of saving from their counterparts who were still often good at everything, but at least they didn’t need them so much anymore to steer their character developments.

When the times changed yet again and gender equality came through, storytellers gave us the ultimate ‘Alpha’ women and femme fatales. Ladies who were so amazing men fall to their feet declaring their love for them instead of the other way around–but they would end up with the ‘Alpha’ males, naturally.

But we, the readers/listeners/watchers are fickle. Storytellers know that. They have to mix and match to catch our ever-changing tastes. And in this era where we have almost seen it all, they have very little choice left but bring characters home to what is more relatable—because whether we like to admit it or not, most of the time, we–the readers/listeners/watchersbecome them, the characters to where we most fit.

Which now brings us to Hwarang.

It’s not the best of dramas, obviously. It’s mediocre at best, however I am glad the writers were unafraid to keep their characters’ dynamic a bit away from what’s mainstream…and that’s what makes it enjoyable to watch.

It’s always refreshing to see characters who are seriously flawed…

Ah Ro | street-smart and endearing but cries at absolutely the tiniest things.

Moo Myung a.k.a. Sun Woo | handsome and loyal but is pretty much uneducated and generally untalented.

Soo Ho | the beautiful flirt but who’s supposedly stupid

Ban Ryu | the intelligent one but totally sucks at music

…or when the Alpha characters don’t always get what they want…and are found wanting…

Sam Maek Jong a.k.a. Ji Dwi | he is “king" but doesn’t get the girl

Princess Sook Myung | perfect as main lead, but isn’t one

…meanwhile still not forgetting to put in the favorite fluffs we often see in shows we love…

Soo Yeon | the bestfriend who talks a lot

Han Sung | the precious cinnamon roll who most of us think will die in the end just because. Lol.

Yeo Wool | the neutral but mysterious character—who we are willing to trade for Han Sung for the death part. Lol.

And lastly, it’s quite noteworthy that the writers managed to tie together all the characters well, from the principal to the cameos. It’s not perfect, yes, but we must remember that this show is —

…not about Ah Ro and Dog Bird’s love story

…not about Dog Bird’s secret past

…not about King Jinheung and his journey to the throne

…not about Min Ho’s infatuation with the Queen

…not about Soo Yeon’s star-crossed love story with Ban Ryu

…not about whether Yeo Wool and Han Sung is a ship worthy of sailing :)))

No..at least, not only.

It’s about the coming together of The Hwarang, a true event romanticized with all of the above fictional storylines for our enjoymentwith every single character essential in the storytelling.

it is all official now so i can finally reveal:

i have accepted an internship at my provincial government’s pay equity commission; more specifically, in their law library.  it’s the office responsible for promoting gender economic equality and resolving labour disputes associated w the pay gap… and it’s really cool!!  i will be developing libguides to help researchers and complainants access gov docs and case law

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Stop attacking other people for looking different than the character they’re dressed up as! We need to be nice and accept one another! ‘Cause in the end, we’re all just a bunch of nerds, looking to have fun, right?

Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943)

- Unsung hero

- Poor Serbian American inventor who was taken advantage of because of his trusting nature and immigrant status (I’m looking at you, you dickhead, Thomas Edison)

- Did not end up bitter even though people stole his stuff, he knew the future would tell the truth”

- Predicted internet/WiFi

- Asexual 

- Believed in gender equality and that women would eventually surpass men

- Believe in aliens

- Fine af