simplest terms

Margot Robbie Wrote a Letter to Hollywood

Dear Hollywood,

We accept that we had to sacrifice a whole week standing our ground and defending our rights as women. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are when you still see as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.

Being a woman in Hollywood means you will probably have to fight through degrading situations and will be offered chauvinistic roles by men who think that that’s all anybody wants to see us play. But even those of us lucky enough to have established a career in the hallowed grounds of show business are still in the shadows of the big trees, constantly reminded that we only grow in the sunshine they allow us. These difficulties we face are to share the same spirit of those faced by countless women all over the world who struggle for the right to earn a living, the right to be heard, and even the right to be safe from harm. 

In recent years, superhero films have been all the rage, and I should know as I have benefitted from the trend. I only wish we could transfer a little bit of that heroism into reality. That those heroes we admire in movies would defend us against the villains in government, in the workplace, in the entertainment industry, and even in the most basic human interactions. There are women in and out of Hollywood that have proven this week that they are those real heroes. Their bravery and courage to speak truth to power has made a powerful impact that can be the start of real change. It is our decision, and those of us that have a platform can choose to use it for those in the world who do now. Which means that, we can not only highlight the painful inequities, but we can continue to speak out as long as they exist. And we can keep drawing attention to injustice wherever we find it and to use our talents and intellects and privilege to help a new chapter of women, a chapter for all of us.

So thinking about being a woman in Hollywood reminded me that when you take away Hollywood, we are all just women, all facing the inequalities that being a women brings with it. And, what I’ve come to understand is that, though we are unique and powerful as individuals, we are invincible when we come together. So, some may have seen us as objects and other individuals, but never as equals. But, in the words of The Breakfast Club, each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, The Girls Club.

Dear Hollywood,

We accept that we had to sacrifice a whole week standing our ground and defending our rights as women. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are when you still see as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.
Being a woman in Hollywood means you will probably have to fight through degrading situations and will be offered chauvinistic roles by men who think that that’s all anybody wants to see us play. But even those of us lucky enough to have established a career in the hallowed grounds of show business are still in the shadows of the big trees, constantly reminded that we only grow in the sunshine they allow us. These difficulties we face are to share the same spirit of those faced by countless women all over the world who struggle for the right to earn a living, the right to be heard, and even the right to be safe from harm.
In recent years, superhero films have been all the rage, and I should know as I have benefitted from the trend. I only wish we could transfer a little bit of that heroism into reality. That those heroes we admire in movies would defend us against the villains in government, in the workplace, in the entertainment industry, and even in the most basic human interactions. There are women in and out of Hollywood that have proven this week that they are those real heroes. Their bravery and courage to speak truth to power has made a powerful impact that can be the start of real change. It is our decision, and those of us that have a platform can choose to use it for those in the world who do now. Which means that, we can not only highlight the painful inequities, but we can continue to speak out as long as they exist. And we can keep drawing attention to injustice wherever we find it and to use our talents and intellects and privilege to help a new chapter of women, a chapter for all of us.
So thinking about being a woman in Hollywood reminded me that when you take away Hollywood, we are all just women, all facing the inequalities that being a women brings with it. And, what I’ve come to understand is that, though we are unique and powerful as individuals, we are invincible when we come together. So, some may have seen us as objects and other individuals, but never as equals. But, in the words of The Breakfast Club, each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, The Girls Club.

The amount of parents I’ve met who’ve told me, as a soon-to-be father, how much kids ‘ruin your life’ makes me so fucking sad.


These are all people who had kids because it was 'the next logical step’. Like they have this mentality of 'Marriage? Check. House? Check. Well, guess we better have kids!’ And then bring small dependant humans into the world…and get upset when their lives are inconvenienced or changed as a result.


It really saddens me because there’s this damaging culture of children being part of the standard. So people who shouldn’t be parents (and I mean that in the simplest of terms - not in a judgemental way, but a 'it’s just not for you’ way) feel pressured to have children and regret it. And then the poor child grows up feeling like a burden.


It’s not fair on anyone. The parents, the children.


As a post on this site once said - children and the decision to parent should be 'hell yes or hell no’. If you think for any reason at all that you might not be big on raising kids, do not actively go out of your way to have kids. Having them won’t magically make you want them.


All the people I know who wanted - really wanted - their kids and to raise kids have said 'it’s difficult but I LOVE it. I love being a parent.’


Can we please eliminate the idea that parenting should suck? And that having children is a necessary part of adulthood?


And can we please eliminate the idea that people who don’t want children are somehow lacking? And that those who do want children are doomed to misery?


Signed, a very excited father-to-be who understands it’s not something everyone wants or should want.

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Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the breakfast club. 

The Breakfast Club (1985) dir. John Hughes

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“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question?”

The Breakfast Club (1985) dir. John Hughes

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Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed. - The Breakfast Club (1985)  

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Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question?                                                                                     Sincerely yours,
                                                                                                   the Breakfast Club
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Dear Ms Willhelmsen,
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we are.
What do you care?
You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, with the most convenient definitions.
You see us as a homo, a slut, a basket case, a princess, and a terrorist. Correct?
That’s the way we saw each other at 7 o’clock this morning. We were brainwashed.

Prologue: When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies - by @monstermonstre

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“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”   

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The Breakfast Club AU

«You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain… and an athlete…and a basket case… a princess… and a criminal… […]Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club. »

Paganism 101: Dumb Suppers

With Samhain around the corner (click here for a post about Samhain), you may see the term “dumb supper” crop up in posts surrounding traditions and activities done at this time of heightened liminality (click here for a post about liminality).

Originally posted by xesoteric-extraterrestrialx

What is a dumb supper?

In layman’s terms, a dumb supper is a meal that is held in silence with food reserved for invited spirits. This ceremony is mean to be a time of remembrance and connection to those you have lost. That’s the simplest version of it.

The term “dumb” simply refers to the silence that is observed during the meal, as no one shall speak, no phones shall ring and no external noises such as radios, televisions should be able to be heard. Essentially, a dumb supper should be done in total, utter silence.

How do you do a dumb supper?

There is no staunch set of rules for this, aside from the silence. A basic template to follow if you’re unsure or doing this for the first time, may be as follows:

  1. Cleanse your space; empty of it any energy, even if it’s residual. You can do this by burning incense, spritzing or chanting - however you feel is best. If you want to, or are wont to do, cast your circle now.
  2. When you set the table for the meal, set a place for every physical being in attendance, making sure you make it so that the head of the table is set for the spirits who will be joining the supper. You may want to set a place for every spirit you want to invite, but this isn’t always feasible. If you like, you can use tealight candles set around the plate to represent them.
  3. There is no set colour scheme for this ceremony, but black is typical of the season and activity. You may want a black tablecloth or candles on the table itself.
  4. If possible, use candles as a light source.
  5. Upon entering the room in which the supper is being served, no one may speak. 
  6. Only once everyone’s food has been served - spirits included - may anyone begin to eat.
  7. During the meal, you may want to speak to your spirit guests in your mind; tell them you think of them, remember memories, share laughter. You may want to simply think about them, if that is easier.
  8. Once the meal is over, you may want to say goodbye (silently of course).
  9. Only when everyone is finished eating may you all leave and exit the room in silence. Once you are out of the ceremony space, the silence can be broken.

Food, drink and menu choices:

The food you serve at your dumb supper is entirely up to you. You may want to incorporate some of the traditional Samhain foods, e.g., apples, game, cider, late Autumn vegetables, etc,. but remember that you may want to serve food that pleases the spirits you invite too.

What do you do at the end of the supper?

This depends on you and your traditions.
If you’ve cast a circle, you will want to remove it and cleanse the area. When it comes to the food, there are a few things you can do to dispose of the food.

  1. Some people choose to burn the meal afterwards - it is said that the smell of the burnt food can bring happiness to the spirits.
  2. Some people will divide the meal out between the guests afterwards to make sure nothing goes to waste.
  3. Some people simply bin it.
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Saturday Detention

by @suddenclarityharry (FallingLikeThis)

“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question?”

or The Breakfast Club Au that was dying to be written.

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Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

insp.

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    dear mr. vernon,

we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it was that we did wrong. what we did was wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. you see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. you see us as a brain, an athelete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. correct? that’s the way we saw each other at seven o'clock this morning.

                                   we were brainwashed.

why don’t we talk more about the “magnus is quite magical……..he’s-uh-he’s very good at magic” scene???? like wtf even was that

a stoic ass character just deadass melted into a puddle of anxiety and nerves and gushed at the news that the nearest high warlock would be called to consult at the institute (aka: “m-magnus bane?? to come here??? to the institute????”)

y'all deadass alec had a dead body in front of him and was examining it like it was just a pile of files at his desk but as soon as magnus was mentioned, his whole resolve dissolved into nothing and he was trying to keep his shit together and trying to act like he HAD his shit together when really he just became a babbling rambling mess who couldn’t shut up about magnus and how magical he is

it doesn’t stop there tho bc then, probably like not even an hour later, alec chooses to spar in the training room without a shirt on, KNOWING that magnus was going to be there and he was likely going to run into him. (oh and don’t even try to cover his ass by saying “this just how he trains!!! to not get sweat on his shirt!!!!” or some shit like that bc i now have enough receipts of alec training with a shirt on to royally debunk such statements and shut that shit down)

but anyways lmao what really fucking gets me is that he don’t even put a shirt on when he does happen to run into magnus (or magnus runs into him rather). his knowing ass just puts on a light jacket that has a zipper BUT HE DON’T EVEN ZIP THAT SHIT UP HOW WILD IS THAT.

you can’t possibly tell me all that is a fucking coincidence lmao

to sum shit up, in the simplest terms and most convenient definitions, i’ll say this again:

wtf even was this whole episode

Something I’ve been thinking about: aliens and magic.

There’s a surprising amount of cross-over between sci-fi and fantasy, in fantasy you have magic wands/staffs that can shoot fire balls, and in sci-fi you have blaster pistols and rifles; if you explain all those things in the simplest terms you have a bunch of long and short stick that shoots glowy hot things.

There’s also telekinesis, the ability to move objects at your will without touching them.
In shows like Star Trek you have tractor-beams which does the exact same thing as telekinesis except it’s actually explained in terms we (now) understand other than “it’s a strange mystical force”

I’m not saying there’s a possibility that aliens visited midevil era earth and created these tropes, but what if a group of humans crash-landed on a planet with primitive aliens and used these tropes to explain their tech without impacting the alien culture too much?