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The Modern Goddess

Aphrodite walks down the street, an unassuming young woman. She watches the men who follow women around, clawing at their hair, their clothes. She curses them on a watery tongue. They will drown on their own words tonight. 

Athena is at war in the senate seat, the streets, in her own head. She’s a strategist, a wise, nasty woman. She stands for the people who are thrown to the wolves, and gives them a sword so they can be the heroes she knows them to be. 

Artemis hunts down the abusers, the takers, the grim reapers. She shoots arrows of truth and revolution into the hearts of survivors. She is always just ahead in the tree line, crying for you to be free. 

Hera is the school teacher, the grandmother, a victim who notices your wounds and stays with you. She is a mother, firm grip on your shoulder as you stand up against violence, against anything bad for you. You will win today, you have no other choice. She looks at you and survival is etched in her face. 

Hecate is the friend that tells you to leave the asshole, who is a bodyguard, who threatens their tongues with their wrath. She cannot be moved, grounded in the earth. 

Hestia is a social worker who takes in runaways. She holds picket signs and feeds those who would not be fed. Who makes homes for the lost, the aged, the sick. She sees their strength and their trial by fire. She rewards them for their triumph up to this point.

Persephone knows how to fight for her love, how to break your mother’s heart for knowing who you are and what you want, realizing that was not what your family wanted. She waves pride flags, she sips wine at gay bars. 

the toronto maple leafs just full on released a video explicitly standing up against violence against women and homophobia. like no one asked them to do this. what a blessing.

for cishet aro/aces who want to “reclaim” the word queer, let me tell you about the history of the word queer’s reclamation. the q slur first started being reclaimed by LGBT people in the late 80s, during the AIDs epidemic. in May 1990, the organization Queer Nation was formed and they passed out flyers at New York’s Gay Pride Parade that read:

“Ah, do we really have to use that word? It’s trouble. Every gay person has his or her own take on it. For some it means strange and eccentric and kind of mysterious […] And for others “queer” conjures up those awful memories of adolescent suffering […] Well, yes, “gay” is great. It has its place. But when a lot of lesbians and gay men wake up in the morning we feel angry and disgusted, not gay. So we’ve chosen to call ourselves queer. Using “queer” is a way of reminding us how we are perceived by the rest of the world.”

their explanation for reclaiming the q slur was their anger with being persecuted for being gay, labeled as disgusting and sinful for being gay people during the AIDS epidemic. they were reclaiming “queer” to remind themselves of every time they heard “queer” while being bullied and beaten by their family+peers for being LGBT and therefore, remind them of the harmful bigotry cishets portray. they were outraged by all the violent hate crimes happening to LGBT people every day. Queer Nation’s goal was to eliminate homophobia, and the increase of gay, lesbian and bisexual visibility. they wanted to make it clear to straight people that queers would not be restricted to gay bars for socializing and for public displays of affection, and to call attention to the fact that most “public” space was in fact hetero space. through parodying straight behavior (such as “spin the bottle”) at these events, queers refused to be invisible while publicly questioning the naturalized status of hetero coupling activity. queer people were LGBT people standing up against the bigotry and violence due to the increased homophobia and transphobia during the AIDS epidemic. they were making a political statement that they did not deserve to hide or be ashamed for being LGBT, did not deserve to hide or be ashamed for being sexual and LGBT. that cishet people would have to deal with LGBT people and their affection, whether bigoted cishet people liked it or not.

throughout the years, trans and sga/mga people have been attacked with the q slur, had it muttered in our direction in passing or yelled at us while being beaten. queer is still a slur for so many LGBT people, they’re still being harmed by it every day. not for being perceived as “weird” or “not the norm”, but for specifically being LGBT. for being trans and/or for being sga/mga. queer has been and continues to be a word that LGBT people have exclusively been attacked with by cishets. and if you’re cishet, you can’t “reclaim” a word that didn’t harm you in the first place, that doesn’t only have a history of not harming you..but a history of you harming others with it. 

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UCLA Students held a rally today in response to the racist party Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Phi had October 6 2015. Dear White People was not just a movie but something that happens in many campuses. students are in Solidarity with Afrikan Student Union and Afrikan descendant students. With Halloween coming around it is important to stand up against culture appropriation and cultural violence. 

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2017 Sundance Film Festival - full lineup

US DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Band Aid” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Zoe Lister-Jones) — A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band. Cast: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel. World Premiere

Beach Rats” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza Hittman) — An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online. Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff. World Premiere

Brigsby Bear” / U.S.A. (Director: Dave McCary, Screenwriters: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney) — Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. Cast: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins. World Premiere

Burning Sands” / U.S.A. (Director: Gerard McMurray, Screenwriters: Christine Berg, Gerard McMurray) — Deep into a fraternity’s Hell Week, a favored pledge is torn between honoring a code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing. Cast: Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, Steve Harris, Tosin Cole, DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes. World Premiere

Crown Heights” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matt Ruskin) — When Colin Warner is wrongfully convicted of murder, his best friend, Carl King, devotes his life to proving Colin’s innocence. Adapted from This American Life, this is the incredible true story of their harrowing quest for justice. Cast: Keith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha, Natalie Paul, Bill Camp, Nestor Carbonell, Amari Cheatom. World Premiere

Golden Exits” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry) — The arrival of a young foreign girl disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families. Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny. World Premiere

The Hero” / U.S.A. (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch) — Lee, a former Western film icon, is living a comfortable existence lending his golden voice to advertisements and smoking weed. After receiving a lifetime achievement award and unexpected news, Lee reexamines his past, while a chance meeting with a sardonic comic has him looking to the future. Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katherine Ross. World Premiere

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Macon Blair) — When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves, alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Ingrid Goes West” / U.S.A. (Director: Matt Spicer, Screenwriters: Matt Spicer, David Branson Smith) — A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram lifestyle blogger and moves to Los Angeles to try and befriend her in real life. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen. World Premiere

Landline” / U.S.A. (Director: Gillian Robespierre, Screenwriters: Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre) — Two sisters come of age in ‘90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair—and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi. Cast: Jenny Slate, John Turturro, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock. World Premiere

Novitiate” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maggie Betts) — In the early 1960s, during the Vatican II era, a young woman training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, sexuality and the changing church. Cast: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor. World Premiere

Patti Cake$” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Geremy Jasper) — Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory. Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty. World Premiere

Roxanne Roxanne” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Larnell) — The most feared battle emcee in early-’80s NYC was a fierce teenager from the Queensbridge projects with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At age 14, hustling the streets to provide for her family, Roxanne Shanté was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend. Cast: Chanté Adams, Mahershala Ali, Nia Long, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds. World Premiere

To The Bone” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marti Noxon) — In a last-ditch effort to battle her severe anorexia, 20-year-old Ellen enters a group recovery home. With the help of an unconventional doctor, Ellen and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey that leads to the ultimate question—is life worth living? Cast: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato. World Premiere

Walking Out” / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Alex Smith, Andrew Smith) — A father and son struggle to connect on any level until a brutal encounter with a predator in the heart of the wilderness leaves them both seriously injured. If they are to survive, the boy must carry his father to safety. Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone. World Premiere

The Yellow Birds” / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors, Screenwriter: David Lowery) — Two young men enlist in the army and are deployed to fight in the Gulf War. After an unthinkable tragedy, the surviving soldier struggles to balance his promise of silence with the truth and a mourning mother’s search for peace. Cast: Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jason Patric, Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston. World Premiere

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The Problem Expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series is deeply loved all over the world. I, too, grew up and fell in love with reading, because of early exposure to the Wizarding universe. However, I think we can all admit the series does have its flaws and plot holes. It happens in every book. There’s always a matter of suspension of belief, especially when it involves magic/super powers in the same world we live in.

The problem with J.K. Rowling’s new “History of Magic in Northern America” is that she’s expanding into the world, when to hold together, her story needs to stay on a smaller scale. Native Americans have been angry because J.K. has essentially erased the prejudice and violence they faced, because “wizards all respect kin”. This is offensive and harmful and doesn’t even fit with the focus of the Harry Potter series, which revolved around harmful blood purity prejudice, so obviously Wizards don’t respect all of their kin. 

My main point is that as J.K. expands into real world history, you run into inevitable issues. In the Harry Potter series, Wizards are often ridiculously ignorant of muggle-behaviors, despite having lived on the same planet since forever. Logically, it is very unlikely that wizards could remain so oblivious to muggle habits. The fact that muggle studies wouldn’t be required so wizards could blend in (In the first Harry Potter, they talk about all the wizards in strange clothing that muggles notice on the night of Voldemort’s supposed death. Yes, very subtle.) and not draw undue attention to themselves is bizarre and not very helpful to living undetected.

Now, continuing with the idea the Wizards aren’t involved with the muggle world, you bring in history. She talks about Native Americans. Are you telling me that Native American wizards never cared about the prejudice they witnessed? That they didn’t use magic to prevent white people from hurting, harming, and terrorizing their land. Even if you try to say, well, the Native America wizards had their own secret tribe, what about a muggle born? Wouldn’t that Native American wizard want to stand up against violence and oppression like that? With such power and ability, it would be easy to stop such issues. Even just putting barriers around tribes would’ve been successful. 

This becomes an issue as you apply it to other historical events. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in the 1920s, full of segregation and racism, but also the Harlem Renaissance. If there are any black characters, will they just ignore the racism they see everyday? Would they feel no kinship or empathy? Even white characters should be concerned. Did no wizard ever have a moral compass, especially muggle borns who saw their family struggle and deal with these very real issues?

You can’t tell me no Jewish wizard was ever tempted to apparate into Hitler’s sleeping quarters and Avada Kedavra his ass. Or, taking a less violent route, they could’ve wiped his memory like Gilderoy Lockhart. There would be tons of spells and things they could do to keep malicious world leaders like Hitler from happening. And even though the laws in place may not allow it, would those muggle borns or wizards of the same race/sex/opressed class not want to help? No matter how small the wizard numbers are, I can’t imagine they wouldn’t try to get involved with these things. But applying that power to real world history causes the world building of wizards to fall apart. It makes wizards look like assholes who stood by with no concern for the killings of millions of people because they’re superior wizarding class. That could be considered prejudice in itself.

I deeply, deeply love Harry Potter. It was the first story my parents read to me as a child. And I do love reading the tidbits JK writes for Pottermore. But the wizarding world and its stories need to be kept more insular, like the books mostly taking place in Hogwarts, a small school community. Reading stories in a small setting, its not a concern how wizards affect history and social justice, but applying them to the world at large does. 

JK Rowling is an excellent writer in my opinion, and definitely very revolutionary for the world of writing and publishing. Even so, her world needs to be kept smaller for maintaining suspension of belief. While I appreciate her trying to flesh out the world, it just isn’t going to hold up under any scrutiny.  And JK is currently erasing racism and prejudice for her stories to work and that is offensive to many readers who want to be able to see themselves in the wizarding world without erasing their history and struggles.

-Dakota

Wait, hold on a second...

Well, time to put on my ranting shoes.

Okay….Am I the only one her that doesn’t see a man hitting a woman, but a mutant hitting a mutant?

I mean….you do know that’s fucking MYSTIQUE right?!?!

One of the most badass mutants in comics??

A woman who is by no means a fragile little flower that can’t defend herself?

And that aside…..You do know that’s fucking APOCALYPSE RIGHT?!?!?

He is THE villain in the X-Men Universe. He is to the mutants what Darkseid is to The Justice League and what Thanos is to the entire Marvel Universe. He’s a powerful bastard.

 Don’t get it twisted, Apocalypse could choke out any mutant he wanted. If you would swap out Mystique for, say, Nightcrawler, it would make about the same amount of sense.

I can’t stand shit like this. I can’t stand when women cry out to be treated equally, but when something like this is shown, they cry violence against women. First of all, isn’t that kind of ass-backwards? Like complaining you want ice cream but then complaining once you get it?

Second of all, this isn’t like a guy jut slapping a woman around for whatever reason (*cough* Like Johnny Depp on Amber Heard), this is a fight. Mystique and her X-Kids are fighting against Apocalypse and his Horseman. He’s not gonna pull any punches just because she has a vagina, and she’s not gonna complain about him putting his hands on a woman.

Look, Rose McGowan, you mean well. I get it. And considering the lack of context, I can understand why you would see this billboard the way you do. But this is a swing and a miss for me when it comes to standing up against domestic violence simply because there’s nothing to stand against. I for one abhor the idea of domestic violence. I support anything having to do with fighting against such a vile act. But I also support anything that puts women as equals with men, that shows women can do anything and everything a man can. And that’s what I see when I see this billboard. Not a man beating on a weak woman, but a mutant getting the upper hand on another mutant who happens to be a woman.

But who am I?

To all the women out there

Please, if you are or ever have gone through being abused in any way whether it be verbal or physical, take a stand for yourself and take action! No matter how scary or hard it may be, NONE of you deserve it, and YOU ARE WORTH WAY MORE THAN THAT. DON’T EVER LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL OTHERWISE. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you “deserve it” or “your the reason for the way they treat you”. FUCK THEM. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT AND YOU NEVER DESERVE THAT. Don’t ever let a man put you down or lay a fucking hand on you! WE HAVE A VOICE, WE MATTER, AND IT’S TIME FOR THESE SHIT BAGS TO SEE WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF. THAT WE ARE STRONG AND WE WILL NOT TAKE THAT SHIT FROM ANYONE.

-coming from a girl who has finally found her voice

beautiful-despite-herself  asked:

//Oh how about Valka or Astrid for the decision meme? :3c

Oooooh the prominent HTTYD ladies!

Valka for sure is my queen. No contest. No contest at all.

I never personally gravitated toward Astrid, though I did grow to appreciate her after HTTYD 2. Valka, however, really excites me. I find her nothing short of phenomenal.

Valka is complex. She’s deep and intricate. She’s real. And what’s very fascinating about her is that many of her traits can be described in terms of opposites. 

Peace Versus War

Valka is first seen as an incredible, intimidating figure, a proud dragon rider standing on top of the clouds in full armor. She is imposing and mysterious, something that makes the heart jolt out of the chest when she is first seen. Her meeting in the cave with Hiccup is creepy; it is clear she has all the cards, all the power in the situation, not Hiccup. And that amazing sense of strength, solidarity, and the ability to fight never leaves her. When she pulls out the alpha during the Battle of the Bewilderbeast, she commences one of the most theatrical, dramatic, and war-like gestures of the whole film.

Valka is a woman who can stand up, who is willing to fight Drago with her staff, who has the capabilities of snatching and kidnapping Hiccup right out of the air. However, at the same time, her ideals are not of being the knightly lady in armor. It is to promote peace, an ideal in which dragons are no more attacked by Vikings. She started standing up for her values as a young woman, certainly by the age of twenty - and probably sooner. She was willing to stand up to her husband and chief to try to end violence against dragons.

Valka might be introduced as an intimidating figure in armor, looking like a dangerous physical threat. And she is. But she is a vigilante, one who fights for her kind - the dragons.

Human Versus Dragon

And the next opposite that defines Valka is whether or not she is human or dragon. The interactions she has with Hiccup and Stoick are clearly human, her emotions and loneliness and desires definitely human… yet there’s an awkward off-ness to her actions. Valka has adopted the movements, actions, and body language of the species she has lived with the past twenty years, and she stands up to fight for dragons over and above her own species. She is, in many ways, a dragon. 

This is important not in terms of her characterization, but also Hiccup’s. Hiccup is both of his parents, a man with the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon. Stoick represents that Vikingly aspect to Hiccup, that chiefly heart. Valka is the dragon. 

This is where her abilities lie. She can fight, sure, but her ability to control dragons is what makes her so monumental. The fact she let Stoick fight Drago does not mean she is weak; rather, it is a strength. She and her husband both realize she is the only one who possibly has a chance of stopping two mountain sized dragons from fighting. Valka leaves Stoick to fight with a mere man. Instead of dealing with someone six and a half feet tall, she flies straight into the war zone between two bellowing Bewilderbeasts.

Valka’s draconic nature is what makes her so powerful, so unique, so… peculiar. It is both a strength and a weakness, and a way audiences can both relate to her and find her a fascinating anomaly. She is relatable because she is human, but also off-kilter because she has adopted so much from a different species.

Confidence Versus Insecurity

Valka’s plot arc focuses all on this interesting contrast. Valka shows many aspects of being an incredible, self-made, confident woman. She is intelligent enough to live by herself among dragons and use her abilities to single-handedly harass Eret’s dragon riders. She knows she can stand against men trapping dragons, and she is one of the greatest threats to Drago’s regime. The way she holds herself in the skies radiates the unique confidence of a bold vigilante who knows what she fights for. There is a strong sense of self.

However, Valka also radiates regret and insecurities. She made the bold decision to stay away from Berk to fight for her values. However, she also feels guilt for leaving her family and making Stoick raise Hiccup alone. This guilt is exacerbated when she reunites with her son and husband, and she spend much of HTTYD 2 emotionally wrestling with a controversial decision she made twenty years ago… and has held to ever since.

Valka clearly worries that her family will reject her. She expects that Stoick will yell at her or that Hiccup will not like her. She is timid around the other Haddocks, and it’s clear this comes from her perception of herself as faulty. There are enormous insecurities coursing through her.

These insecurities are dealt with throughout HTTYD 2 - not solved, but certainly developed. Hiccup and Stoick encourage Valka to return home, and she becomes more comfortable with her husband and son again. Valka comes to be more confident of her place in the family. 

And that leads to yet another contradiction. 

Runaway Versus Loyal Mother

Valka ran away from her family. She is a mother who abandoned her baby son. That is huge. HUGE. She has left behind her role as a mother and wife two decades ago, stepping off to different causes. She put dragons before her own family, chose to fight for draconic freedom rather than raise a child, and lived without ever even telling her husband that she still lived. Valka disappeared, and though Cloudjumper was the one who first took her away, she was the one who kept herself away.

Yet Valka throughout HTTYD 2, upon meeting Hiccup, shows a desire to have that parental connection she skipped out on while her boy grew up. She clearly finds her son important even though they are strangers at this point in time. And when Stoick finds her and asks her to return back home to Berk, she agrees.

Valka comes to take her position fully as a mother after Stoick dies. She comforts her son. And after the battle on Berk, she affirms she will stay on the island rather than return to her old sanctuary.

So yeah. Valka is absolutely phenomenal. Her character is deep and intricate and admirable and sympathetic and relatable and wild and unique. There are huge weaknesses in her personality, but also awe-ing strengths. Valka. is. one. tangible. and. very. human. personality.

Just… wow.

Valka. Valka all the way.

Fuck all those shitty man in this show and yall praise and find excuses for they action because the have a dick, while i have to heard, “what boring storyline Lilly has this year”,“she is dirtying the name of feminism” Lily in this fucking insanity of men being abusive toward women is the most sane person YOU ARE NOT FUCKING PAY ATTENTION WHAT THIS SEASON IS ABOUT, and is not about you all fucking precious abusive ship, is about women stand up against all kind of violence they suffer EVERYDAY, and yet you all ship abuser and victim, and yet you tell a man is manipulate by a woman when they don’t act as you expect, and yet you all judge the hate of woman who suffered abuse, you know what, i would die of hapiness if this show end up with Lilly together with her 100 girlfriends plus Vanessa and Catriona killing all those shitty man you all adore