tween clothes

Another note, one that extends beyond just the choreography/dance department: “sex positivity” is not an argument we should be having about children. For example, you cannot shut down criticism of sexual choreography for children, or of overly revealling/mature clothing for tweens, in the name of being “sex-positive.”

Sex positivity is a wonderful and necessary thing when dealing with adults. Consenting adults make choices for themselves. But forcing sexuality on children is not sex positivity, and forcing traditional gender roles on children is not sex positivity.

And a lot of the defense of these acts will market itself as sex-positivity in order for us to feel like we can’t criticize it. Don’t fall for it.


Kill la kill is one of my favorite shows not just for their successful character design, animation and fun factor. There’s something else about the production that’s very very note worthy. (at least for me)

They did smart/low budget animation on every type of shots a typical young animator would hate animating. 

1. Family eating scenes: Eating is always annoying to animate, takes alot of frames, need a lot of anatomy accuracy. A  character eating is usually animated with great care. Miyazaki trained his animators to be good at it, for that, some animators have to go out their way to film people eat. But with Kill la kill, finished in 2-4 frames. WHAT STUDY???? WHO CARES ABOUT EATING? Let’s fight! A scene in family eating, they didn’t EVEN LIPSYNC! They skipped it all with several minutes of loops and got away with it it. GENIUS! 

2. Flat loops, flat tweens: I see them cut down small movements that would normally take 5-6 frames into 2-3 (sometimes, 1!) just so they can focus more on the fun stuff. But this flatness worked with the timing because it’s so fast and appeared funny instead. 

3. Quick looping stills and cuts: It happens alot with Mako’s sequences, where she interrupts the fight. Said a bunch of random lines taking up several mins (looks like a pure time buyer for the fight sequences.) and it worked. 

4. Computer Tweened clothing: No one wants to animate it… so they have effects over and just tween morf one drawing? Total of 3 drawings for several seconds. Brilliant. 

5. Using effects for comedy of the story: They are not the first one that do that but they might be the first one that make it funny. 

This would keep the production fun for the crew, keeping higher moral. The whole show’s style is DESIGNED for that fact. I think for any production design, this is an important note to take and remember. 

I love it when JP makes cheap animation look great. 

anonymous asked:

As I male I've notice that amongst my generation say ages 22-29 that men and women are becoming mortal enemies on some level especially on the internet, I know guys have done some really horrible things to women but what is it that males as a whole can do to perhaps break the rift and get women to love us and not hate us anymore?

Sigh. This is a really loaded question, and I know you’re coming from a good place, but this is how I see it. These are not simple issues. 

I think the crux of the problem that you’re trying to refer to all boils down to how women and girls are treated by men and then how boys react to this. There’s this weird infantilizing women as well as sexualizing young girls. So we see women who are 25, 30 playing teenagers like Stockard Channing (34 at the time) in Grease, Audrey Hepburn (32) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Rachel McAdams (26) in Mean Girls, (granted a lot of men have done the same in movies as well) and then take a look at tween clothing with *incredibly* short skirts and shorts. (This is in no way placing the blame on what preteens and teenagers wear. This is discussing how companies are manufacturing these looks and trends and creating the market for the demand of sexualizing teens). So we expect teenagers to look like adults and act like adults when they don’t have the experiences adults do. They are still very much children. 

You might want to ask the women in your life about the age they first were when an adult made a sexual comment at them either by hitting on them, eyeing them, catcalling, etc. I was 12. 

12. I was not sexy at 12. No one is sexy at 12. YOU’RE FREAKING 12. 

So with these experiences that make a lot of young girls/women uncomfortable either with themselves, with adults, or the Western patriarchal society we find ourselves in, and the easy access and availability of the internet to see other people’s experiences with the same thing, we are seeing more girls and women FED UP WITH IT. They are angry

Sometimes that anger is misdirected. Or sometimes it’s interpreted to be directed at specific individuals and taken personally. The eyerolling #NotAllMen ring a bell?

Thusly, young men/boys may feel they need a space and create the grossly misled Men’s Rights Activists, hide under the guise of anonymity, take their aggression out on girls and women, etc.  


So have this: Stop being a fuckboy. The skeleton army is coming.  Or, if you see something shitty happen, call that person out on it. 

PS. You can’t just say “how can we get women to love us again???” because it doesn’t work like that. Life doesn’t work like that. LOVE DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT. 

Be good to the people in your life. Treat everyone with the respect that they deserve and that you deserve as well. Being entitled will not help you. 


Squire (Tamora Pierce)


Once again, my childhood set actually deserves its top spot ranking for being the only cover to show just how badass Kel can be.  Touseled hair, dirt smudge, unbuttoned collar, and the determined glint in her eye - all perfect. #Flawless. #iwokeuplikethis

Complaints: could have a better background. She looks like Mary freakin Poppins hangin on her cloud.


The Danes are back in action with this vivid cover. Love the centaur-guy actualy kicking her in the head - that’s a pretty brutal moment to show on the cover, but it’s definitely compelling. The real reason this cover wins is because of the baby griffin perched on top of the title, like that M looks like a tasty snack.

Complaints: These German-fairytale-inspired illustrations never were as compelling for me as they might’ve been for a less-character-more-action oriented reader. Plus the crazy snakevines are back, only this time they’re eating her bow and arrow.


Inoffensive, but a little boring. Enjoying the expression on the baby griffin’s face, and the background is a little better than the first one - at least she’s on the ground.

Complaints: That haircut. That yikes-we’ll-be-wearing-a-hat-for-the-rest-of-kindergarten haircut.


Oh, Delias. For those of you who haven’t seen before, Delias is a reference to this particular aesthetic style, which correlates to the branding of a tween clothing catalog in the US in the 90s. At least here she’s holding a weapon with some of her characteristic determination.

Complaints: clearly she’s come from holding Belle-from-Beauty-and-the-Beast at spearpoint.

“What do you want? I’m already being held hostage and forced to endure a cadre of singing flatware!”

“The dress, girlie. Give me your dress and no one gets hurt.”

Can we also agree that Jump looks like a cat?


oh. my.  Um, let’s give this one credit for a nice, kicky title font.

Complaints: This isn’t a warrior in training, this is the Unconventional Materials challenge from Project Runway, and Kel is wearing lingerie made out of aluminum siding. Or it’s the Breastplate Challenge: Red Carpet-Ready Armor.