the woman who survived

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“I have written a poem for a woman who rides a bus in New York City. She’s a maid, she has two shopping bags. When the bus stops abruptly, she laughs. If the bus stops slowly, she laughs. I thought, ‘Mmm, a-ha.’ Now, if you don’t know black features, you may think she’s laughing. But she wasn’t laughing. She was simply extending her lips and making a sound. I said, ‘Oh, I see.’ That’s that survival apparatus. Now, let me write about that to honor this woman who helps us to survive.”
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) dir. Rita Coburn & Bob Hercules

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“I think that as a black woman, my beingness is a form of activism in and of itself. The fact that I am on a show called Black-ish, that I’m playing a woman who is both a wife and a doctor, a mother and a person, a partner and an individual, and that I am playing a joyful black woman on television who is not just surviving but thriving is by definition a form of activism. If I take that and ripple it out further in an amplified way, I can’t help, from my beingness, to not be a form of activism, because that is who I am.” - Tracee Ellis Ross, Good Housekeeping Magazine

why do so many people hate miranda lawson? is it because she’s beautiful? smart? capable? because she knows it and isn’t ashamed of it, all while thinking she didn’t really earn any of it? is it because she was loyal to cerberus and thought she was helping humanity until she realized she was wrong, at which point she immediately sided with shepard? is it because she’s an abuse survivor? is it because she doesn’t apologize for being a victim? is it because she loves her sister enough to save her from the same abuse despite the potential consequences? is it because she wears a tight jumpsuit? why do you really hate miranda lawson

All the times when Rhysand had to hold back

- When he awoke from dreams of her, only to find himself under the mountain lying next to Amarantha. To wake from dreams of her nimble hands creating art and see the woman who used him for her own personal gain.

-When he finally saw her, actually saw her, to find her surrounded my faeries with the intent of killing her. I mean seriously how did he not rip them all to shreds?

-To return to the Spring Court and see her- his ONE SOURCE of happiness, with the man who killed his mother and sister. Tamlin took everything from Rhys, and at that point, also took Feyre.

-IN ADDITION, she was thinking of Tamlin sexually. We need to give him A LOT of credit.

-When he stumbled in on Feyre and Tamlin in their short moments of peace, ONLY TO SEE that Tamlin had used their short time to FUCK, for gods sake. When he wanted to see her escape, to live.

-When he kissed her and had to pretend it was just for the sake of the charade. When he had to look into her eyes and see disgust at what he did.

-When Feyre “died,” all while he had just realized the bond. JUST when he learned how much she mattered to him, she was taken from him. Killed by the woman who tormented him for 50 years. GOOD GOD SARAH.

-And when she was alive once more, she ran into the arms of his enemy. Looked to him for comfort.

-To be awoken every night with images of her puking, with no one to help her. He couldn’t comfort her in any way. 

-When, 3 months later, he heard her plea, and winnowed to her wedding. When he saw her once again in the state of skin and bones, starved. Next to the man that neglected her into this state. HOW THE FREAK DID HE NOT KILL ALL OF THE FAE NOBILITY 

*side note: i know it wasn’t touched up on much- only with a “get out of that atrocious dress” sorta thing, but- to see the woman who had 1) painted beautiful skies 2) survived the trials 3) saved all the courts DRESSED UP in a fluffy gown that in no way showed her strength. Her beauty. Her triumphs. AS A TROPHY OF TAMLIN.

-To see her hate him for saving her. For rescuing her from a toxic relationship. Honestly Feyre I know you’re stubborn but if a hot sexy dark guy whisks you away to a beautiful hidden city you better damn well appreciate it. I get it though. You might be slow, but you got it eventually.

-To think that they’re friendship was growing, only to see her insult him again or question his values.

-To once again hear her cry, to see her locked up and afraid, and not bust the door down and kill Tamlin in the process. OML RHYSAND YOU STRONG BAT YOU<3

-To see her smile, unflinchingly, at TARQUIN OF ALL PEOPLE. The smile he wanted for himself. He wanted to be selfish for once. He wanted Feyre to smile for him, and him only.

-To not tell her everything on Starfall, only because he wanted her to forge her own path- whether that meant she was with him or someone else.

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Good thing it got better… kind of

“For the last eight years I’ve been the head of communications for the UN Refugee Agency. My job is to make people care about the sixty million displaced people in the world. I wish I could tell every single one of their stories. Because if people knew their stories, I don’t think there would be so many walls. And there wouldn’t be so many people drowning in the seas. But I don’t think I anticipated how difficult it would be to make people care. It’s not that people are selfish. I just think that people have a hard time caring when they feel insecure. When the world is unstable, people feel vulnerable. And vulnerable people focus on protecting what they have. They focus on their own families. They focus on their own communities. It can be very hard to welcome strangers when you’re made to feel threatened. Even if those strangers are more vulnerable than you.”

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This is my friend Melissa Fleming, who I think is one of the most important people in the world, and who was so instrumental in helping organize the HONY refugee series. Tomorrow at 7pm we will be in conversation at the Union Square Barnes and Noble, to celebrate the launch of her new book: A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, which tells the powerful story of a young woman who survived a shipwreck while fleeing the war in Syria. If you can’t make the signing, you can get the book here: http://amzn.to/2kb9Ga8

the ‘no longer human’ (2010) that you probably haven’t seen (and nakahara chuuya’s significant role in dazai osamu’s life)

You read that right. ‘Ningen shikkaku’, or as we know it, ‘No Longer Human’ had a movie that came out on 2010, directed by Genjiro Arato and starring Toma Ikuta as Oba Yozo (and to a lesser extent, Dazai Osamu). 

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So, I DM a Giest: The Sin-eaters campaign in NWoD. The characters are a krew with a prophecy to save the world and at the moment they’ve found the military hunter version of Gutanamo bay (‘cause one of them are employed by them and the military needed help big time). They’ve checked all the cells and become disgusted by the conditions and found 1 surviver. A woman, seemingly human, who seems to have been a part of the cult that had an evil entity attached to their leader and killed the whole compound except the group and 2 NPCs. 

Morgan, one of the characters, is the only one who can see into the Spirit realm due to his Stigmata Boneyard and he senses a spirit growing inside of this woman. Something out of this world, he’d describe it as a dragon embryo. One of the seals of the apocalypse is when a dragon returns to the world.

He failed to explain that before he said;

“So, I want to kill that woman. I need to hack her into as many pieces as I can with my knife. I want to slit her throat and stab her until no one can tell she was once a woman,“ 

Silence falls around the table and the other players just stare at him. 

P1: Woah.. Morgan… what the fuck man? No. She’s just a human woman.

P2: What the fuck is your problem?

P3 (whose character haven’t met Morgan before): So… that’s the resident psycho when I’m not here? Man you guys are compensating…

P4: I…No. No. You’re not doing that, Morgan.

Morgan: I have to. I’m a Reaper.

P1: So what? We don’t kill innocents. 

P2: When did you become psychotic, man?

Morgan: But she’s carrying the embryo of a dragon inside of her! She believes to be the chosen one! She can’t live and birth that thing! The Prohecy, guys!

All the others: Why didn’t you say that before!? What’s wrong with you!? You don’t start that conversation with how you want to hack her to a million pieces and THEN tell us it’s because she’s carrying the world eating dragon!

Morgan: So… I can get to work now?

P1: I’ll be outside. I can’t god damn watch that, even if she’s carrying a dragon.

P2 and P4: Yeah, we’ll come along. Do it quick, Morgan.

P3: I guess I’ll stay and make sure it get’s done then…. Nice…

It didn’t get done quick, and you couldn’t see that it was a woman when he was done. Now the characters are all a bit worried about him and his mental health. 

In honor of Yom HaShoah, I wanted to share links to the songs my synagogue performed at our memorial tonight. links are in the titles - just a warning, if you watch the videos on YouTube, some of them do contain Holocaust/Nazi imagery.

El Maleh Rachamim - a prayer traditionally sung at funerals and remembrance days for the dead. it’s a very beautiful melody.

Dos Elnte Kind (The Lonely Child) - a Yiddish song dedicated to Sarah, the daughter of Rachel Pupko-Krinski. they were separated during the war, but both survived and immigrated to America. the woman who sang this at my synagogue this evening was a close friend of Sarah’s daughter, and she was wearing a necklace left to her by Sarah.

Yisrolik - a Yiddish song about orphaned children of the Vilna ghetto

Flying - an English song by folk artist Laura Wetzler, who performed it for us tonight. she and her partner are both the daughters of Holocaust survivors, and she wrote this for her mother-in-law, a partisan whose sister Hannah (ZK”L) was murdered by the Nazis after they were discovered smuggling resistance newspapers

Minutn Fun Bitokhn (Moment of Confidence) - a Yiddish partisan song from Krakow. my favorite line, which isn’t translated exactly the same in the lyrics I found online, is “Revel, dance, you hangman! It won’t be long, I hope. Once there was a Haman–then there was a rope.”

Zog Nit Kein Mol (Never Say) - also known as Partisaner Lid, the Partisan Song, this is one of the most famous songs to come out of the war. it was written by Hirsch Glick (ZK”L) in the Vilna Ghetto after he learned of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Hatikvah (The Hope) - a Hebrew song associated with the Zionist cause, which was often sung in concentration camps after their liberation and in Displaced Person camps (if you look online you can find a recording of the inmates of Bergen-Belsen singing this song in 1945). it is now the national anthem of Israel.

Prison was not good to Team Cap.

But prison was absolute hell for Wanda Maximoff.

Sam, Clint, and Scott were all a little beat up. A few cuts and bruises, a lot of anger. Some of that's the battle. Some of that's them being arrested and thrown into maximum security cells.

But Wanda?

Wanda’s in a straight jacket and a shock collar. Wanda’s collapsed on the floor, leaning against the wall, silent, white as a sheet, and barely moving.

Wanda wasn’t just arrested. Wanda was tortured by the government.

Because how do you get an all-powerful and uncooperative young woman into a straight jacket? You knock her out, probably shoot her full of tranquilizers until she stops struggling.

Because why put her in a shock collar if she’s already restrained? To keep her quiet and docile. Because they don’t understand her or her powers, what they do or how they work, so they’ve tried to cover all the bases.

Because why wouldn’t Wanda speak to Tony; why wouldn’t she snark and quip like Clint and Scott and Sam; why wouldn’t she spit and curse and scream? The last time she tried, she got shocked. The last time and every time before that, they shocked her. She was in constant pain from moving or speaking - because every time she did something, anything the guards thought she was trying to use her powers, trying to attack them - so she decided the best option was to sit still, keep quiet, and stop fighting. Don’t make any sudden movements; don’t make any movements at all.

She’s been in this situation before, with HYDRA. But even they didn’t restrain her. At least they let her move, let her speak, let her use her powers. At least they let her throw herself against the walls, let her scream, let her manipulate the fabric of the universe. (At least she still had her brother.) She knows what prison feels like - knows confinement and pain by heart - but this is worse. 

When Steve comes to break her out, how much do you want to bet that she flinched at the sight of him? Moved into the corner when the door opened? Cringed when he tried to unbind her? Whined when he got close to the collar because she was afraid it would hurt him or her or both?

How screwed up do you think Wanda is after being tortured by people who say they’re doing it to protect the greater good?

How long before she tries to speak again? Is it just a whisper at first? Is she quieter than she used to be? Does it take her days before she’s willing to speak above a mumble, weeks before she shouts to be heard, months before she screams of her own volition? 

How long does it take Wanda to let people touch her again? Does she throw Clint across the room the first time he places a hand on her shoulder to comfort her? Does she flinch at loud noises? Stops wearing necklaces because they make her feel collared? Refuses hugs because they make her feel restrained?

How much time goes by before Wanda dares to use her powers again? How long before she lets go of the fear of being shocked for something that’s a fundamental part of her? How long before she embraces the energy again?

How long before she stops being scared and starts being angry?

Consider a world where EVERYONE has superpowers

But not everybody discovers what theirs are because they’re never put into a situation in which their powers might be applied

For example, some people will have powers like flying or heat vision or something that comes from them

Some people will have powers that react to what they regularly interact with, like a student who finds out she can turn school supplies into deadly weapons

But many people will never figure theirs out because of their geography or context, like a man from rural America who can survive the harsh environment of Antarctica but will never ever go to the Arctic, or a woman who can survive a bullet but will never get in a situation where she’s liable to get shot

A kid who can stop bombs who lives in a peaceful country all their life

A person who can breathe in space but never think to go up into space

A homebody from Europe who can communicate with the tarsiers of south east Asia

Here’s just a few inspirational women that I love and want to celebrate this international womens day

JK Rowling - Author of one of the most iconic book series of our time. Also Twitter queen of clapbacks 

Priyanka Chopra - Bollywood star paving her way through Hollywood. Is open about sexism within the industry.

Viola Davis - Incredible talent and the first black actress to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award. 

Ibtihaj Muhammed - A black, Muslim Olympian. Already iconic. First woman in hijab to represent USA.

Monica Singh - Activist who survived an acid attack during her college years. She has found empowerment through her scars and is helping others do the same.

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The Most Overlooked And Underrated Characters In ‘Get Out’ Are Black Women
Truly understanding the film means paying these women closer attention.

“During the climax of “Get Out,” Chris finds photos of all of Rose’s black victims in a small closet of her bedroom. Georgina being the only woman in a sea of men made me think two things:

 1. Black women know better. We know better than black men and we don’t trust white women as easily. I was not surprised that Rose was only able to capture one black woman for every twenty black men because as I said above, black women be knowing.

2. Despite us knowing better, we are STILL vulnerable. We’re still out here trying to survive. We have the same foot on our necks that’s on that of our brothers. And the *most* vulnerable of us are queer black women.


When Chris finds out his phone has been unplugged and suspects Georgina is the culprit, she confronts him in an effort to apologize.                                       Her apology/confrontation not awkward enough, random tears fall down Georgina’s stoic face when Chris mentions he gets uncomfortable around too many white people. “No, no, no, no, no,” she repeats with a vacant smile but still inexplicably crying. What I hadn’t realized while watching these two scenes in the theater was that unlike Logan and Walter, who apparently needed a camera’s flash to “wake up,” Georgina was the only one whose black consciousness broke through without an external trigger. 


She also seemed to have the greatest internal struggle when she was in close proximity to Chris. Which means she was fighting the hardest but it wasn’t even for herself. That is what’s heartbreaking.  I’m not sure that Peele did this intentionally, but Georgina is the embodiment of the two-edged sword that is the “strong black woman” stereotype. It’s this idea that Black women can’t be broken, that we don’t crack under pressure, that we make the best of our circumstances, or that we don’t need support. 


While this stereotype is founded in some truth (black women are some of the most magical and persevering beings I know), it also builds up a myth about black women and our ability to maneuver through life. We can be broken. Wedo crack under pressure. Sometimes, our circumstances get the best of us. And no matter how stable we are, we ALWAYS need support. So, Georgina is every black woman that has lived up to this stereotype while simultaneously being cut down by it. She is every black woman who has fought or is fighting despite being constantly pushed down. She is every black woman who becomes wearier after each push and desperately needs someone to help pull her up. She is every black woman trying to save black men from their own demise only to be met with suspicion and distrust. She is every black woman who has to sustain whiteness for survival while struggling to protect and maintain her black womanhood.“

The Victims of the Aurora Shooting

On July 20, 2012, a deadly shooting transpired at a Cinema 16 theatre in Aurora, Colorado. This tragedy happened during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. A devastating total of 82 casualties were reported. 58 people received non-fatal injuries from gunfire, 4 from tear gas, and an additional 8 people were injured whilst fleeing the theatre. 12 people were killed. This post is a tribute to the fallen victims. 

Jonathan Blunk, 26, pictured with his daughter. Jonathan Blunk was a father of two, as well as a Navy veteran. Between 2004 and 2009, Blunk had served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea. Blunk was killed while protecting his girlfriend, Chantel, pushing her beneath the theater seats.  According to family and friends, Blunk had wanted, if able to choose, to die as a hero. And indeed he did. 

Alexander Boik, 18. Boik’s dream was to become an art teacher. He had been accepted at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where he would have attended classes in the fall of 2012. Boik enjoyed baseball, music, and making pottery. His family had said that Boik was dating a young woman who was also present at the shooting. She fortunately survived. Boik’s family specified that Alexander was “loved by all who knew him”, and that he was “a wonderful, handsome, and loving 18-year-old young man, with a warm and loving heart”. 

Jesse Childress, 29. Described by Air Force Captain Andrew Williams as knowledgeable, experienced, and respectful, Childress had been an Air Force cyber-systems operator. Childress had been based at the Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. Tech Sergeant Alejandro Sanchez, a co-worker and bowling teammate of Childress, said “He would help anyone and always was great for our Air Force Unit”. Ashley Wassinger, another co-worker, said that Childress “was a great person, fun to be with, always positive and laughing. Really just an amazing person, and I am so lucky to have been his friend”. 

Gordon Cowden, 51. Cowden, a “true Texas gentleman”, was with his two teenage children the night of the Aurora tragedy. Thankfully his children survived the shooting, ultimately escaping unharmed. Cowden had his own business and also loved the outdoors. He was, as described by his family, “a quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor”. Cowden’s family went on to say that he “will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle”. Cowden was the eldest victim of the Aurora shooting. 

Jessica Ghawi, 24. Jessica Ghawi, also known as Jessica Redfield, had only just prior to the shooting, written about surviving a mall shooting in Toronto. The beloved sports writer’s death came as an absolute shock to her brother, Jordan Ghawi. Jessica has been described by friends and colleagues as smart, outgoing, and witty. Hockey player Jay Meloff, Ghawi’s boyfriend, was hit very hard by her death. “140 characters could never do you justice nor could all the words in this world. Never wanted to fall asleep because it meant missing time with you”. Meloff had tweeted the previous words shortly after Ghawi’s death. 

John Larimer, 27. Larimer was a Navy petty officer and the youngest of five siblings. When the shooting began, Larimer immediately rushed to shield his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek, his life being taken soon thereafter. He had once told his brother Noel that the best way to die was in the process of saving someone else’s life. John Larimer had immense pride for his country and will continue to be loved by his girlfriend, friends, and family. Adam Kavalauskas, a former friend and college roommate of Larimer, expressed that Larimer was “never selfish” and was “always serving others”. 

Matt McQuinn, 27. On the night of the shootings, Matt McQuinn was with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her brother, Nick Yowler. When the shooting commenced, McQuinn and Nick Yowler attempted to shield Samantha with their bodies. The young woman was unfortunately shot in the leg, but was able to escape with her unharmed brother. McQuinn, however, did not survive. His stepfather, David Jackson, stated “I know he’s a hero. He and Sam were very much in love and planning their life together. I am sure they were thinking very seriously about getting married soon.” 

Micayla Medek, 23. Medek was out with a group of about ten friends to see “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20. She was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved to hang out with friends. Medek’s aunt, Jenny Zakovich, described her as an independent-minded and sweet girl who rarely asked her family for anything. “This shouldn’t have happened to somebody like her,” Zakovich said. Anita Bush, the cousin of Medek’s father, has said that she hopes “this evil act…doesn’t shake people’s faith in God”. 

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6. Veronica was the youngest victim of the Aurora shooting. “She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a 6-year-old girl,” said her great-aunt. Veronica, an only child, tragically died on the operating table at a local hospital. 

Alex Sullivan, 27. Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday with friends on the night of the shooting. His first wedding anniversary with his wife Cassie would have been just two days later. Sullivan was cherished by his family and friends, and was described as “just a big teddy bear” who gave great hugs. He was smart and funny, with a great smile, according to his loved ones. Sullivan was an enormous movie fan and a comic book geek, as well as a fan of the New York Mets. “He was a very, very good young man,” said Joe Loewenguth, Sullivan’s uncle. 

Alexander Teves, 24. “Alex was a very wonderful, kind, caring person,” said Teves’ aunt, Barbara Slivinske, “He had a great sense of humor. At one point he grew his hair ten or twelve inches long so that he could cut it off and donate it to Locks of Love”. Teves died while protecting his girlfriend as the gunman attacked several movie-goers. He had a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver and was aspiring to become a psychiatrist. Alexander Teves is survived in part by his two younger brothers, ages 16 and 17. 

Rebecca Wingo, 31. Wingo was working towards an associates of arts degree at the Community College of Aurora. She had joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. Wingo became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served as a translator. Her father, Steve Hernandez, posted a FaceBook post saying, “I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man. My grief right now is inconsolable. I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable”. A friend of Wingo, Hal Wallace, said that she had “the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen. She got prettier as she grew older”. 


Other victims who survived, but received extensive lifelong injuries. 

Ashley Moser, the mother of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, suffered a miscarriage not long after the shooting. She also lost her ability to walk as a result of many critical gunshot wounds. Moser will remain in a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. 

Caleb Medley has serious brain damage as well as an eye injury due to a shotgun wound to the head. He requires a feeding tube and has severely impaired movement. Medley can no longer speak. After the completion of three brain surgeries, he was the last victim of the Aurora shooting to be discharged from the hospital. 


The Community First Foundation collected over $5 million for a fund for the Aurora victims and their families. The Aurora Victim Relief Fund announced on November 16, 2012, that each claimant would recieve $220,000. On July 25, 2012, three out of the five hospitals treating Aurora victims announced that they would either limit medical bills or forgive them entirely. 

Couple of people dropped notes in my askbox wanting to know what this meant:

Which is fair, because not everyone’s seen Fullmetal Alchemist.

So Imma explain better what I mean by “Izumi Curtis with Fur” when I say I want Keith’s mama to be the most hotblooded as fuck piece of badass to ever blast through the stars.

Meet Izumi:

This is a woman who:
- Is one of only five characters in the series to survive the act of committing human transmutation
- Puts the fear of God into two of the most powerful alchemists in the series on a regular basis
- Can throw a seven foot tall suit of armor or a ten-foot-tall solid-muscle homunculus without breaking a sweat
- Takes on inhuman monsters with no backup
- Kills bears with her bare hands so she can eat them
- Is the only person to have successfully broken into the Briggs Mountain Fortress, and did it multiple times just to steal supplies from them
- Wipes out entire army platoons barehanded
- Does 90% of this while missing multiple internal organs due to the aforementioned human transmutation.

THAT’S what I mean when I say I want Keith’s mother to be the walking example of hotblooded.

okay so in the wake of horror films full of shitty representation of disability/mental illness I figured that I ought to try and make a list of horror films that deal with disability or mental illness in a slightly less terrible way and/or are personally meaningful to me as a disabled (autistic) madwoman (if I tried to list my disorders, we’d be here a while.)

keep in mind that these are movies I’ve seen that I found meaningful, I don’t want anybody to be like “oh yes these are all Unambiguously Good” because what’s a coping mechanism for me might be a hurtful thing to someone else. that being said.

  • Lights Out (2016) - this one is kind of iffy in the sense that some mad people I know kind of hate it? also tw for suicide. so take it with a grain of salt, because I can’t tell if the director was trying to do a good thing or a bad thing so it’s somewhere in the middle and really your opinion of the film will probably be dependent on (a. your attitude towards medication (b. your attitude towards why people commit suicide. but I loved it and here’s why: visible self-harm scars on our protagonist, her mother taking her meds is an act of heroism, mental illness is unquestionably a bad thing and is part of the monster they fight, institutionalization is just something that happens to people and the patients aren’t Terrifying or Awful they’re real human beings. my depressed friend and I went to see it together and we both loved it. but again. tw for suicide.
  • The Babadook - this is one that everybody knows about but okay I’ll mention it here
  • Gaslight (1944) - manipulative men are terrible, Ingrid Bergman is hot, and she has a fucking AMAZING scene at the end of the film. This is a film adaptation of the play that originated the term “gaslighting”; as such, there is a lot of gaslighting in the play. Hard to watch but worth it imo.
  • Wait Until Dark (1967) - Audrey Hepburn plays a young blind woman named Susy who survives the final battle against her would-be murderer by destroying all the sources of light in her house so that she’ll have the upper hand (since she knows where everything is and doesn’t need to see to navigate). I saw this one once years ago so if there are bad things about it I don’t remember please don’t come after me.
  • not a horror film but I’m adding Terminator 2: Judgment Day to this list, because fuck it I’m claiming Sarah Connor for us mad girls and she kicks ASS in this movie despite clearly Not Being Okay
  • Stranger Things also has a major character who is disabled and another major character who’s mentally ill and while it’s not always the best representation for us mad girls I know of two people who have identified pretty heavily with Joyce. So I’m including this.

also I haven’t seen Hush (2016) but I’ve heard some favorable reviews - the protagonist is deaf, and she survives and defeats the man who tried to kill her. With a corkscrew.

I’ll reblog as I remember/come across more - reblog with your own recommendations!!

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#BlackWomenAtWork shows why some women identify as womanists, not feminists
For many black women, the "mainstream" feminist movement wasn't — and isn’t — enough.

When Bill O'Reilly insulted Rep. Maxine Water’s hair and White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporter April Ryan to “stop shaking your head,” the comments by the two white men hit a nerve.

Black women — who often face a one-two punch of racism and sexism in their daily lives — immediately took to social media using the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork to air out their grievances, including those about other women.

The struggle isn’t new. Decades ago, activist and writer Alice Walker coined a word that spoke to black women’s special dilemma in the struggle for equality. She used the term “womanist.”

A womanist, as Walker defined,  is “a black feminist or feminist of color … a woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually … committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female.”

For many black women, the mainstream feminist movement hasn’t been — and still isn’t — enough.

anonymous asked:

How do you normally explain to people you're not glorifying war?

I’m a historian. I don’t see my tumblr as glorifying anything.

I never started demons for other people, this was my own space where I posted photos of the moon and deers, then photos from the Great War side by side, and it organically grew. And as an undergrad I was constantly taking courses on conflicts so it was natural I’d post shit I found in a text book that struck me as rememberable because hey, if I found it insightful, maybe someone else would too?

Personally, I think a lot of people (esp civilians) glorify it because it’s v impersonal when they look at these photographs and posts. It’s very sterile because there’s no personal connection, so I can understand where you’re coming from anon.

Let’s be real here though: I post shit for me, and this history is personal to me because I know veterans who survived Omaha Beach, or the Frozen Chosin, the Siege of Khe Sahn. I know a woman who survived Auschwitz as a child; I worked with them for like four years. I have heard the horrors from the source, and idk that makes this page–this history–so much more important to me because I know the people it has effected to such a high fucking degree. If a person sees one thing on this page that makes them look deeper into the subject, or read a memoir, then it doesn’t become glorification.

War is terrible, and yeah, it may feature noble deeds, and remarkable sacrifices, but it also is brutality unrestrained. War breaks women and men down alike, it’s unnatural and not glorious, but it needs to be seen.