Today someone tried to ‘help’ without asking if I needed help while getting onto the subway, grabbed my collapsible mobility scooter despite me screaming 'NO!’ and literally pulled it apart in the doorway of the downtown A train at 42nd street.
Pieces of it fell to the ground where the train car meets the platform and very nearly plummeted to the train tracks below. I will not apologize for striking that person in an attempt to remove their hands from my property. They did not apologize for causing me an immeasurable amount of stress.
They literally ran away as I shouted “THIS IS WHY YOU ASK BEFORE TRYING TO 'HELP’ PEOPLE” and desperately grasped at the pieces of my mobility aid, reassembling it as quickly as I could. I wound up missing the bus I was trying to catch, had to buy a new ticket and sustained minor injuries in the process.
Please, please please. ASK A DISABLED PERSON IF THEY NEED HELP BEFORE TOUCHING THEM OR THEIR PROPERTY. HELL, ASK ANYONE BEFORE PUTTING YOUR HANDS ON THEM OR THEIR STUFF.
Comparing the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale to the 1990 version is… weird, because the old one seems to have been made with a “haha, this could never happen; let’s play it like a fun adventure thriller and sell it as sexy as possible!” kind of attitude. I mean, the trailer has this bouncy narration that starts with “once upon a time…” and turns the dystopian element into more of a soap opera.
And just take a look at the promotional art:
(…I don’t think that was the message of the book, guys. Sure, Offred was longing for human touch, or pretty much any kind of human connection, but I think that the book was more about women being reduced to wombs with legs, not state-owned prostitutes… It was about the desperation of needing to give birth or face punishment. Everything about this dystopia was hyper-de-sexualized.)
Oh, and my favorite:
“A psychosexual movie shocker.” With what looks like half the cover of a cheesy romance novel, minus some buff shirtless guy.
(I also think it’s kind of funny that they say “once upon a time in the near future” sex became used for control and domination, as if rape and prostitution haven’t existed for centuries… but okay…)
I’ll admit I haven’t seen this version (or the Hulu one, for that matter), but I do appreciate that they cast a properly old and creepy man in the part of the Commander, and a properly aged woman for his Wife. The Hulu casting is a little youthful, if you ask me; the book characters felt very weathered, and I think it mentioned that they were supposed to be quite a bit older than Offred. Her “affair” with the Commander is supposed to feel very weird and unsettling, partially because he’s this old man who wants someone to play Scrabble with and dress up in sequins.
Anyway, then we had what I call the “holy shit these dystopias are too real” phase, culminating with the new Hulu adaptation of this particular dystopia, which is waaaay too relevant to today’s issues.
See? This is how you depict the feeling of objectification. Not with a topless woman bathed in flattering lighting – by objectifying a woman yourself, you’re not sending a message so much as continuing the trend. Especially when you sell your film as some kind of sexy romance. “Branded, sold, controlled: she belongs to The State” doesn’t quite cut it; this very simple, very clear message does. Offred is no longer human, she doesn’t have a face; she is just an object. Objectified.
(This also has some fantastic layering because it recalls the messages that you might find scrawled across the bathroom mirror meant to demean other girls; part of Gilead’s system involves pitting women against each other: Wives against Handmaids, Handmaids against Aunts, even Handmaids against each other out of jealousy and in the Red Center with their slut-shaming. To stay in power, the men at the top make sure that the women below them are too occupied with resenting each other that they forget to look up at who the real enemy is.)
Now THAT is how you market a dystopia. This story is not some scandalous fantasy set in the near-but-distant future; it’s a warning, of what might be lurking just around the corner. The Handmaid’s Tale is an incredibly frightening book to read today, because of the things that are being allowed to happen in our society. It shows what happens when we let sexism flourish, when ecological and political crises make us paranoid enough about national security that we let the people in power take away our rights. It is a fucking nightmare.
PSA: If you're looking to buy prints, posters, or merch and come across a site called TeeChip DON'T BUY ANYTHING FROM THEM, EVER
They steal artwork from artists without their permission and attempt to resell low quality crap of it, and trick people into buying it by stating “BEST SELLER, NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES, LIMITED TIME ONLY”
And hey, guess what? Someone messaged me earlier and I found out that this “company” is selling MY ART that I definitely did not give permission to use, sell, or distribute.
This “company” literally edited out my work from the original images, rotated a few, and slapped them all onto a poster.
Uh, NO. Not cool at all.
I have already filed a DMCA and hope to have it taken down within a day, but who knows if they’ll even do that seeing as their “DMCA form” is literally an email to “someone who takes care of these matters” 🙃
PLEASE don’t support shitty “companies” like TeeChip who steal the hard work of others! If you ever recognize artwork that you suspect is stolen on any site that sells artwork or merch, please let the original artist know if you’re able to! It’s always greatly appreciated when people let us know this kind of shit is happening and we can take actions to stop it
had to stop speaking because he couldn’t stop staring at this dog.
remembers taking a picture with someone
“when you’re given a platform you have to do something about it..you have to expand beyond your own personal goals.”
“i never really thought in a million years that this character or these stories or something, you know, to have someone, who, just reached out to me and said you know, ‘thank you for recognizing something or i’m related to this’ is probably the most gratifying experience out of this whole process.”
“the task for me would be to be more involved and see where I can help…even if it’s just, I don’t know, putting a smile on someone’s face, or answering some questions or you know, making someone feel better.”
“i’m awkward, I get nervous nervous, I get panic attacks, I get crazy, you know, whatever, depression.”
“my job is always to remain as honest as I can and to just, i don’t know, help in some way.”
goes on this whole thing about trying to focus on what he can control v what he can’t control, how that helps him to be a happier, better person.
“one of my goals in life is to really embrace struggle.”
“it’s important to kinda take in and be really grateful about sort of what’s happening, which i always remind myself, no matter what, and i really, really am.”
this video is in romanian w/ english subtitles, so all info is from there [x]
“i was very lucky, i tend to forget this. when i was 22 or 23 years old i wasn’t thinking about what it meant to her after the revolution came, to decide to go elsewhere for a better life.” on his mother, the sacrifices she made, and better understanding now that he’s older.
“after my grandma died, to be honest, it was difficult for me to go back there cause i had to go to the cemetery, to live that moment again, and face what happened with her. it was a very delicate situation for me.”
“when i saw that car driving fast with that flag with the hole in the middle, I felt like… i always remember something major, important was happening.” on the revolution when he was a kid.
“when i was watching it (a video of Ceausescu) i felt something so…i mean, i remember like the memories were there in my muscles. i felt like a knife went through me when i heard that voice it felt to me like it was yesterday.”
“the thing that i feel changed most was a deeper sense of responsibility.” on being asked if fame changed him.
his parents are what keep his interest in romania alive, and are the reasons he can still speak the language.
so i work at target and two kids ran outside shouting at their clearly exasperated mother that there’s a squirtle outside and it took everything in me not to follow them out until my fucking manager went “A SQUIRTLE?!” and ran outside to catch it
and i can’t get over it because that sounds like a clearly fake text post but it happened because EVERYTHING coming from this game sounds fake like if someone told me they caught a dragonite and the whole bus rose in a standing ovation i would fucking believe it because that’s the kind of shit that happens with pokemon go
like clearly 2016 is a fake year but finally we’re getting something unreal that’s actually good
I was trying to explain to my brother how my artstyle was becoming more small and chibi like and he replies “eventually they’ll all just be huge heads and small bodies” and I wanted to demonstrate that but I only had my mouse at the time and
Do you think there's sexual tension between JM and JK?
Oh boy DO I! I mean, most of the times jikook is full of adoring glances, back-hugs and heart-eyes, you can say they are a soft couple, but then…
this kind of shit happens and all I can think is “WOW, am I interrupting something? Do you need some time alone?” and that’s only from seeing them through a screen, imagine how much tension you can feel in real life, I bet the air is so heavy you can barely breathe…
the terf who drew trans people being cooked alive, inevitably: omg it was just a sona!!! I would never actually kill and torture people!!!! they deserve it but IIIII would never do it!!!! please commission me I need money and I am dying!!!!! Look how good my art is im a lesbian so I’m part of the community I can be as shitty as I want!!!!!!
her followers, inevitably: you’re being so mean to her she is a lesbian and dying!!!! I can’t believe you won’t let her draw herself boiling human beings!!!! Anyone who says 1 (one) negative thing about her is obviously a tranny and should kill his/herself!!!! You’re all so mean I’m gonna doxx fifty people and then delete, only to come back a month later and act like nothing happened