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[left] Amazon warriors from female directed film Wonder Woman

[right] Amazon warriors from male directed film Justice League

A fan named Atte Timonen first tweeted a photo comparing the Amazon costumes from Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and Zach Snyder’s Justice League, adding that the ones at left were created by a female costume designer, Lindy Hemming, while the ones at right were designed by Michael Wilkinson. He summed up his opinion of the changes with the observation: “Some steps backwards, methinks.” Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, added that the changes in costume design provide “a fantastic example of the difference between the male and female gaze.”

Emma Jones of the film website Electra, also weighed in, noting that “in both films, the Amazons are displaying a fair amount of flesh… [but] Wonder Woman’s target audience was firstly young girls, Justice League’s is young men and teenage boys.” While at least one of the Justice League actresses has defended what critics have called the "armor bikini” as being more comfortable, there’s nothing to indicate the costume changes were made to improve function. Silverstein, who said that the costumes remind her of Princess Leia’s famous gold bikini, argues that “women can be powerful without being sexualized.” Jones adds that the strong response to such costume changes goes beyond the Amazons to broader concerns about how women are treated in film as a whole. “The issue here is really the anger that many women within the industry feel at having been sexualized for so long within film-making. It’s a tipping point, where many women are calling out what they see as unfair, sexist behavior wherever they think they see it… I think we’re going to see a lot more ‘calling out’… perhaps until women feel the balance of power may have shifted.”

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You Taught Me How To Be Brave…

We climbed up to the roof drinking whiskey in the rain
But I wouldn’t let you in, my life revolved around escape
Cause I was always such a runaway
Trying to cheat my way right through the game
But when you touched me, I couldn’t get away

I have been through pain in the dark like a knife
Yeah, I’ve been betrayed, ooh
You showed me how to love like a spark in the night
And not be afraid, ooh 

- “Brave” by Zayde Wølf

More pre-Kerberos sheith. Because… damn it. Zayde Wølf made me do it.

Their cameo in s4 made me curious as hell about Shiro’s and Keith’s relationship during their time at the Galaxy Garrison. So, here’s my take on it:

  1. Shiro taking Keith to the roof for star-gazing… but somehow they always end up watching each other instead.
  2. A drunk as shit Keith “breaking into” Shiro’s dorm room (he does have a second key okay so technically it’s not breaking in- but don’t ask him how he got his hands on it) at 3 AM on a Wednesday, because he wanted some cuddles.
  3. Their first ride on a hoverbike.
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Toby Lam on Flickr.

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You don’t have to go down there, Richie. 

Right. I didn’t have to get on a plane in LA, I didn’t have to go to the dinner, I sure as hell didn’t have to come out here. And now I don’t have to go in.

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Ok i had the most vivid picture in my head when i read this scene so i had to draw it. This is from the Pharmercy Mafia!AU fic: Pocket Full of Shells by @logosminuspity (a fic based on drawings by @superrisu ) so go check that out if you want to fully understand this comic :D

I sure as hell know who I’d be loyal to, Fareeha

Date a boy who...
  • Looks at you like you put the moon, sun and the rest of the starts on the sky- 

-even when you are not there

  • Decides to be goofey with you
  • Seems to drift close to you because you make him comfortable
  • Is there to offer you help and at the same time respects your boudaries- 

-and decisions

  • Would fight tooth and nail for you when you are vulnerable
  • Will never give you his back and instead receive you with a hug
  • Trusts your abilities no matter what
  • Will open up to you on his moments of weakness because he trusts you
  • Who will be there to have your back even on the moments you are doubting of yourself
  • Date…. Shiro

Date Takashi Shirogane

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Peter, I know these last few months have been hard for you but I’m going to a better place and I’ll be okay and I’ll always be with you. You’re the light of my life, my precious son, my little Star-Lord. Love, mom.

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This post on the desexualisation of men made me think of this Charli XCX video.

Charli XCX directed this with Sarah McColgan, and asked the boys in question to do “all the sexy things that girls usually do in videos”. They include Riz Ahmed (this is the source of those gifs of him with a big pink teddy bear), Stormzy, Josh Ostrovsky (aka thefatjewish), Tom Daley, Jay Park and more - full list here. It is pink and fluffy and female gaze-y, and everybody looks happy.

It also has a much, much more inclusive idea of cuteness than sexy girl videos, and doesn’t dehumanise its subjects. Which is lovely, but underlines that when men are treated as objects of desire, they’re much more likely to keep a sense of agency.

unplanned collab with @malidroiit so here’s our ZERO SINS CupSon