you know what’s really genuinely unsettling? the degree to which men fucking do not want to sympathize with/be interested in women.
male audiences will happily watch a dozen superhero shows, but then something like Agent Carter or Supergirl turn up and they’re panned from the first trailer and have to struggle for ratings. male audiences will watch countless installments of a franchise as long as it’s about men doing man things but the second a character like Rey or Furiosa or god forbid four entire female Ghostbusters steps up and takes a position of prominence it’s “pandering sjw bullshit”.
it’s not pandering. men just aggressively don’t want to have to be invested in a woman’s narrative and it’s really gross.
was talkin to a friend today and the topic naturally delved into the concept of love and navigating heterosexual relationships. we said a lot but we did come to one sad conclusion: talking to men is like talking to a shell of a human being. talking to men so wrapped up in hypermasculinity, men who maybe by no fault of their own have fully internalized and let the toxicity seep into them so much that they’re not able to carry out the bare minimum of an intimate relationship, whether platonic or otherwise. you feel like you’re jumping hurdles just to pull out one decent conversation out of them that isn’t so shallow that you’re scraping the ground. and the rare ones who do have access to their emotions, can’t readily recognize the emotions of others. they will unload on you all their burdens without so much a “how about you?” we compared them to our male friends who dont identify as straight, or even our straight friends who’ve just been raised in an environment that encourages emotional intelligence and sighed a sigh of relief that at least we have them to keep us sane. because it really does feel like talking to a wall sometimes.
This. This is what it looks like when you care about the people around you. This is one of the things pro choice is, caring about hungry babies. This is what peacefully protesting with a purpose looks like. Not rallying up to go picket the local Planned Parenthood, which does more in 5 minutes to prevent abortions than a Duggar will do in their entire lifetime. End rant.
It’s 1952 in Oxford University, and Susan Pevensie is leaving the Lady Margaret Hall library for the last time.
Her classmates will be sorry to see her go - ask any of them “Who’s the young woman with dark hair and a blue coat?” and they’ll say “what, you don’t know Susan Pevensie? You must be new.”
But most of her friends don’t actually know that much about her. They’ll agree that she’s compassionate and charismatic, “and brighter than you’d think she’d have a right to be, with looks like hers - how come she gets beauty and brains?” but nobody knows anything about her childhood. Or her family.
“She’s lost someone,” says a first-year student with a permanent air of exam-induced panic, “she came here on an inheritance from somebody, and I’ll bet anything it’s her parents because she never talks about them, but we’ve all lost someone, you know? From the war or not, it doesn’t matter. Nobody’s going to make her talk.”
She’s graduating head of her class with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; she wants to change the world, but really who expects her to do that? There’s a Queen on the throne and a dozen-odd women in Parliament, and many think that’s enough. She’ll make the perfect wife for some politician or businessman, at least while she’s young and pretty enough to be seen and not heard.
The shadows are chilly and long this time of year, so she almost misses the older woman leaving the Principal’s office, but the other woman steps directly into her path.
“Hello, Miss Pevensie,” she says. “I’m Agent Peggy Carter. How would you feel about a job in America?”
The Silent Film scene from Legion, Chapter 7 just might be one of the greatest pieces of art in television history. I really do not understand yet how to explain how perfect it was. This whole series is amazing so far, but that scene is everything the show is trying to do all at once and they nailed it.