“Waking up in a fast-paced world…We encounter dangerous days. Our brains process as much data as it can, but as you all know…only so much data can flow before our minds break. We malfunction. There are two routes to take once you break. You can either accept it and reform yourself, or you can deny it and fall deeper into the void…” -LeH
Fury Road is a road map (pun absolutely intended) on how to reinvent and interrogate genre along gender lines: you can’t just let the female characters do all the work, though it helps if there are LOTS of women, and a diversity of characters so not all the pressure is on a single character to make up for all the ladyfail of the genre to date. To achieve something like progress, you don’t just write “strong female characters”, you have to play around with the narrative tropes of male characters as well – challenging the paradigm and the audience expectations from every angle.
Furiosa is extraordinary. She’s action hero and maternal guardian rolled into one; if Max is the masculine feminist ally and Nux the reluctant but redeemable feminist ally, Furiosa is that even more important figure: a woman who is strong and powerful enough to transcend the sexist bullshit of her society, a woman who has shot and punched her way through the glass ceiling, and then stops to help other, less powerful women along the way. We need our male allies in feminism, but we need our powerful women to be allies too, and not all of them are.
Too often, the female action powerhouse character is the only “strong female character” we get, and she is surrounded by men in order to emphasise her unusual status, and to make it clear that she is exceptional; that makes her less of a threat to patriarchal norms. A movie in which Furiosa was the only woman might still have been good, but not great; a movie in which she was the only ally and helper of the five wives would probably have been awesome, but might not hold the same symbolic resonance as one in which Max and Nux volunteer to be vehicles for the destiny of these women.
I’ve seen a lot of people comment on the fact that the person who wrote, directed and steered this film, who made so many of the choice decisions (including the deliberate choice to hire a woman as editor as insurance against him screwing this up) is a 70 year old white dude. You know what this means? This means there are no excuses for any creator of any demographic to keep perpetuating old fashioned, boring, and unchallenging genre traditions out of nostalgia, or ignorance, or an inability (unwillingness) to be flexible.
This is a guide for preparing magical events in conjunction
with the Sabbats. Although spell work is not normally conducted at this time,
the home or surroundings may be aligned with the Sabbat energies with scented
candles, incense, and decorations.
Yule: burn bay, bayberry, chamomile,
frankincense, rosemary, sage; decorate with
holly, juniper, mistletoe, oak, pine cones, cedar, evergreen, blessed thistle.
Imbolc: burn basil, bay, benzoin, celandine; decorate with angelica, myrrh, yellow, white, or light
History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.
History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.
But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and other writers of what we now consider “primary sources” simply didn’t think about women and their contribution to society. They took it for granted, except when that contribution or its lack directly affected men.
This does not in any way mean that the female contribution to society was in fact less interesting or important, or complicated, simply that history—the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves—was looking the other way.”
ARTEMISIA (except for Mugwort) should be avoided, as many kinds of artemisia can cause frightening dreams and, after waking, headaches.
BAY which sometimes causes headaches upon waking, can also add a gray-brown colour and violent quality to dreams.
FIXATIVES are not recommended for use in dream blends. These include cellulose (processed corncobs) and orrisroot. Since they contain some fragrance they may change the texture of the dream blend, making the results unpredictable. Orrisroot can also cause headaches upon waking.
OILS of any kind are not recommended. Oils are highly concentrated and can overpower other herbs.
RUSSIAN TARRAGON can cause frightening nightmares.
SAGE can create a haunting feeling in dreams. However, garden sage blossoms and clary sage blossoms can be used in small amounts in dream blends.
TANSY which can cause violent and terrifying nightmares, can also produce headaches upon waking.
“You wake up in the morning, you start to act like the programmed being that you were molded into. Brush your teeth, Eat your shit breakfast, watch news, Let your brain eat the news…go to work…work the standard hours for your career….come home, cook dinner, watch news, let it sulk into your brain… then watch recommended programs…then sleep. Then….you repeat…. and Repeat…and repeat…you will eventually fucking repeat…till you are run dry..and you crack….Make the Change.” -LeH
(Left to right: Jessamy, Iola, Tansy, Ruth. Picture by fairymascot.)
Weetzie Bat meets The Worst Witch in a heartwarming novel of first love and best friendship!
Headstrong, impetuous Tansy Trilby can barely sit still, let alone read- but what she lacks in academic achievement, she makes up for in magical talent, and so she is accepted to be a boarder at Bluebell Hall, where her first term sees adventures of all kinds.
Ruth, the solidly practical one of the group, faces financial ruin. Jessamy, sweet, demure, and a gifted charmworker, has been forced into servitude by her adopted family. Iola, fearlessly rebellious, is forced to confront a frightening figure from her difficult past.
And then there is Cressida.
Polished, cultured, and a bit prissy, she’s everything that Tansy’s not, only just as talented. Her curls gleam in the sun, and she raises her hand before speaking- and Tansy can’t possibly decide if she despises or admires her.
But when an unexpected act of kindness brings the two together, she discovers that under the veneer of Cressida’s posh upbringing lurks a genuinely good heart- and a dark and dangerous secret.
On the night of the Bloody Moon, a girl will be sacrificed to an ancient evil. Is love truly the greatest magic of all?
Why you might like this book:
-the main protagonists are a biracial girl with a learning disability, a physically active fat girl, a butch trans girl, and a black girl
-there’s a queer love subplot that no one thinks is the slightest bit unusual
-it ends happily.
Here’s a link to where you can buy it- and if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app for your computer or phone.