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vorpalgirl  asked:

Mod Jess said in the 1st chronological post in the "Dragon Lady" tag: "I think when it comes to Asian ladies, they immediately fall into the Dragon Lady stereotype whenever they get angry, no matter what kind of angry it is." Been pondering that, b/c everywhere else lists it as a specific set of traits derived from racist pulp fiction portrayals (not just "angry"), but that sounds more like "Asian equivalent of Angry Black Woman". Makes me wonder. What're your current thoughts/feelings on this?

Anger in the Dragon Lady vs. Angry Black Woman Stereotype

It’s tempting to make superficial comparisons like this, because hearing about specific emotions that fall into multiple stereotypes leads you to think that the root of stereotyping is tied to individual emotions and how they present. Stereotypes are, instead, meant to reinforce a behaviour or belief set about an ethnicity, and as a result cannot be compared on traits.

As a result, our thoughts are that you’re drawing a false comparison without understanding the history and beliefs behind the stereotypes.

Asian women are taken as submissive, and Dragon Ladies are understated, cool anger… when Angry Black Woman is the polar opposite of this, as being loud, brash, and bold. Whiteness views them as extremely different people, and uses the tools to reinforce completely different behaviour sets.

While some stereotypes do indeed share root similarities— Magical Negro and Magical Native American both fall under “x ethnicity has special powers inherent to being x ethnicity"— most do not. Making comparisons like this without understanding the behaviours that are being perpetuated leads to only revealing more ignorance, instead of making you sound educated.
Stereotypes do not come from “x people express emotions in y way”; stereotypes come from “x people should behave in y way, which influences all emotional expressions allowed and imagined.” Of course stereotypes are going to cover the same emotions, because people only have so many emotions. They just express them in different ways, and different people will have different default sets of behaviour.

What racist stereotypes do is limit the set of default behaviours allowed down to a single note. Angry East Asian women are Dragon Ladies because white people assume all Asian women are submissive and restrained in their behaviour, and that falls in line with the Dragon Lady stereotype— clinically calculated, refined, seductive, and deadly. Angry Black Women are their own stereotype because all Black women are loud and hot-tempered— motivated by exploding at the smallest provocation from a chip on their shoulder.

Most racist stereotypes are reinforcing different sets of behaviour, founded in totally different beliefs from centuries of white people creating certain images for certain ethnicities. Dragon Ladies have their roots in the “dangerous Asian who will seduce then kill you” stereotype, while Angry Black Women come from “slaves complain about everything” stereotype. The two do not mix.

You need to have a much deeper understanding of stereotypes before you go throw around comparisons such as this. It is hurtful to try and flatten individual ethnicities’ experiences with “both of these stereotypes impact the same emotion, therefore you’re similar, right?” It’s the same logic that drives “Japan and China are close enough I can blend the two cultures easily, right?” or “Native Americans are all the same, right?”. Just because we have some tenants of shared oppression and limitations in our expression does not mean our experiences are the same. Individual stereotypes should be taken as individual stereotypes until proven otherwise.


lightdusk  asked:

Which are your favourite and least favourite costume designs for Raven?

I’ve been away on mobile so I wasn’t able to properly answer this. I think I’ve gotten a question like this before xD Oh well! Answer time!

^Favourite. I love love love her 2003 comic design. From those thigh high boots to the classy, gold belt, it’s just a stunner. It’s so perfectly Raven. It pays enough homage to her initial design by Perez while still being unique and imaginative. Raven isn’t the type of gal who changes much, so I think adding too much flair to her classic costume even through the years, almost doesn’t make sense. This was a costume I could get behind. Plus, she looks like a mega hottie.

The leotard comes tied at second with her NTT design. I really love how the cartoon design took a play at her 2003 comic counterpart (it often looks like Raven may as well be in a leotard considering the fabric just falls between her legs and exposing much of her hips). I also like that they chose to go with purple rather than blue as a theme. 

Her NTT design is just classic and there’s something super aesthetically pleasing about it. The right amount of conservative while still form fitting and alluring. It goes with Raven’s mysterious personality so well. I also love the raven theme, and those flashy, gold earrings. Don’t forget the finger stripes! (The 2003 comic outfit had them, too). Also, both of these come in white variations which, I may add, make Raven look even more stunning. 

After the one year time skip in the 2003 run, Raven also decides to go with some pants/bodysuit, and I’m like, 100% all for it. You can’t see it in this picture, but on the front she’s got a Raven emblazoned on her chest and it’s really subtle. She also draws some elements from cartoon Raven in regards to her belt. The shiny, gold earrings from Perez are also back. :D All around a solid costume!

Okay, yeah, I know, this one isn’t practical or anything, but Raven’s DC Bombshells design is cute as all hell and deserves an honourable mention at the least. Look at her! She’s a total burlesque babe! It’s perfectly feminine while still maintaining that cool, understated charm Raven possesses. I don’t know, I just like it. 

Final one on the ‘good’ side would be her animated costume. As much as I…have my gripes with this interpretation of Raven, I do think her costume with the leggings was nice, especially in the Judas Contract where she fills it out a bit better. It isn’t my favourite (probably because it’s tainted by the awful JL vs TT film), but it certainly isn’t a bad costume or her worst.

Yeah…I’m going to go ahead and say it. I don’t like her Rebirth costume much. Listen, I get it okay. I get she’s a named after a bird. The whole idea is that in all her previous costumes, it’s this understated theme, whereas her newer ones like to flaunt the damn feathers. I hate the feathers. There’s like, no creativity to this costume at all despite clearly trying to be distinguished. It’s a really lame looking, discombobulated thing with random squiggles and lines to give it some sort of differentiation. Her shoes are dumb, her cape is dumb, and the belt is just there so that fans can still recognize it’s her. It might have been semi-okay when Jonboy was still drawing it, but even then. It’s just. Meh. Now that Pham et al are drawing it, it just looks worse, imo. 

It tries too hard to be something it isn’t, and although I do appreciate it trying to be almost like armor rather than sexualizing Raven like she normally is, it’s just not done well. 

Raven’s Injustice costume is pretty lame and half-assed. They took her basic concept and added…idek what to her leotard. She’s got the eye of Sauron on her in chains xD I know it isn’t the eye of sauron let me make a joke. And what the hell is with the Amazonian boots? Just…wtf even is this costume? Yeah, no, definitely ranked low. 

Last and most certainly least is this abomination. The more feathers you add to a Raven costume, the worse it gets, honestly. But this? I just…….wow. I remember seeing red Beast Boy and this disgusting concept and wanting to rip my eyeballs out. One thing’s for certain; the bad outfits are at least all from equally horrendous comic book runs. It’s like I can’t stomach looking at her almost as much as I can’t stomach Lobdel’s nightmare inducing TT series in the N52. Just…burn it. Burn it all. 

I'm Stuck on My Baby
Irene and the Scotts
I'm Stuck on My Baby

Irene And The Scotts - I’m Stuck on My Baby (1967)

There are lots of things I like about this gritty soul song - Irene’s wailing vocals, the guitar, and the horns. But I gotta say that I am most enamored with the sax solo. No, not an impassioned, honkin’ solo, but a cool, understated solo in which every note counts. Produced by Motown Funk brother Bob Babbitt .
As The xx gear up to tour their new album, I See You, Oliver Sim reflects on a new version of himself

It was during The xx’s residency at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in March 2014 that Oliver Sim found out what stardom really looks like. “Those shows were crazy,” he says of their 25 performances at the former military headquarters on the Upper East Side. “The response we got, the people who came, the whole experience was mind-blowing.” Each night - at an event more like an art installation than a gig - the band performed encircled by an audience of just 40 people, who watched them play in complete silence. On the last night, A-list attendees included Jay Z, Beyoncè, Björk, Anohni and filmmakers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. “Throughout the show I was facing (co-vocalist) Romy, and Madonna was standing directly behind her,” he says, reliving the moment. “Every time my gaze went up an inch, I was staring straight at her. It was surreal.”

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How smug would he be to see he got requested more than Feanor? (He also has more followers and is too mature to ever brag about it but somehow the count just keeps being relevant)

  • their blog url:  thou-shalt-post-and-ill-click-follow
  • the kind of posts they reblog: All the stuff Finwe posts in his ‘two sons at least thou hast to honour thy words’ tag. Passive aggressive support for anything Feanor posts. 20 best recipes for half-frozen seal meat. Lotta PSA stuff ‘what to do if you haven’t heard from a loved one in 48 hours’ and see that was meant to be a funny Turgon And Aredhel reference but lol it also works for Feanor ditching him and Fingon’s hike into Angband, this poor fucking guy. 
  • the first person they followed: I wanna be like *ahem* but tbh it would have been Finwe. (this whole thing where the half cast belongs to a feudal royal family really does a number on this question)
  • what kind of theme they’d have: Classy but comparatively understated. Probably cool blues and silvers, a v. icy look. 
  • what kind of text posts they make at 2am: 
  • @finegunz posted: LDRs are the woooorst :( I’m so lonely rn 
  • @thou-shalt-post-and-ill-click-follow posted: Hi So Lonely, I’m Dad. 
Book 6: The Capture, Chapters 10-12

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Chapter 10

Tobias deposits twitching-poisoned-roach-Jake onto the roof of a nearby building and starts yelling at him to morph back into human form before the bug spray kills him.  Jake is vaguely aware that it would in fact be a good idea to do that, but he’s having a hard time finding the necessarily mental focus while suffocating and dying.  (Children’s literature!)

He ends up falling deliriously into that recurring dream he’s been having, where he’s a tiger stalking Tom, except this time we actually play it out.  He catches Tom and pounces, but just as he does, his perspective switches and suddenly he’s the human about to be eaten and Tom’s the tiger, leaping toward him.  Which is, if not exactly what I had predicted the dream would be, close enough that I’m calling it a win.

Jake wakes up from the dream to find himself human again and no longer on the verge of death, so good job, buddy! Although neither he nor Tobias are totally sure how he morphed back in his semi-conscious state, and there is a part of me that worries he fucked it up real bad and put all his internal organs in the wrong place or something.  Let’s hope that de-morphing is automatic enough that all the stuff just goes where it’s supposed to go even if you’re distracted.

Tobias fills him in on what he’s missed: Everyone else has gotten to safety.  Also, Tobias saw Visser Three and Tom leave in the same limo and he’s pretty sure from the body language he observed that V3 and Tom are pretty good bros at this point.  Which doesn’t bode well for the whole “fuck up the hospital plan, which Tom appears to be majorly involved with, without getting V3 angry at Tom in the process” thing. Good times, good times.

Chapter 11

School day, basketball game in gym class. I’m pretty sure this scene is just here to remind us that before Tom had a Yeerk in his brain he was a really good basketball player with a possible college-ball future, but now he’s in a cult with a trash baby for a bro, and we should be sad.

Marco catches up with Jake after class to let him know that Marco’s been playing Intrepid Boy Reporter with the governor’s staff.  He’s determined that there’s a five-day gap in the governor’s public schedule starting on Tuesday, which is probably when the governor’s surgery is scheduled.  Marco wants to know if they should do “it” on Saturday, where I assume “it” is whatever their plan to bust up the hospital takeover is.

Jake agrees but he’s still pretty torn up about this whole “endangering Tom” situation.  Marco pauses to check in on how Jake’s doing between the overall alien invitation thing, the specific “we might be putting your brother in danger” thing, and the “you almost died yesterday and that is very relatable to me, do you need to talk about that?” thing.  Good boy, Marco, supporting your friend.

Jake doesn’t seem to want to get into it, though. So they go their separate ways, with Marco letting Jake know that Cassie’s already thought of a way into the hospital but that it’s probably gonna be gross.  Oh, good, because that’s what we need more of.

Chapter 12

After school, Jake and Rachel and Cassie head to the mall to shop for Jake’s mother’s birthday. (Apparently last year Jake took Marco, it went Not Well when it turned out that teen boys don’t know what mothers like, and he’s trying to learn from his mistakes.  Hee.)

Rachel storms through the mall in pure Buffy-inspired style, delivering a lecture on the best way to shop for moms (something on sale, understated, but classic and cool enough that it doesn’t make them feel like a fat middle-aged lady.)  Oh, child, this fat middle-aged lady is here to tell you that it’s not the dire situation you think it is.  You could not pay me enough to be my svelte but miserable tween self ever again.

She plunges into the department store sale rack and emerges with a silk blouse that’s marked down to nearly half-off.  Which still makes it cost more than Jake was planning to spend, but Rachel is adamant that it’s worth it because he’s saving money because sale!  Cassie is just like, forget it, Jake, it’s mall logic.

Jake and Cassie go to pay, and Rachel peels off to “check something in Juniors.”  I can’t decide whether I think she’s legitimately shopping for herself, or trying to be nice and give her friends time to moon over each other privately, or whether next time we see her she’s going to be in her full elephant glory crushing a Sbarro employee.  Kinda hoping for the latter, TBH.

At any rate she’s gone, leaving Cassie to fill Jake in on her plan: they’re going to be flies.  Jake has had a lifetime’s worth of bug morphs lately and also he’s seen The Fly and is not super into this.  But they can’t think of anything better, so they tentatively agree to go into the hospital in fly form.  There’s a cute little riff on them quoting The Fly at each other here and it’s pretty cute. Awww, tiny nerdy children in love.  Have a good time with your teen mall flirtation, kids, before you start hearing the security guards yelling about the elephant trampling the salad bar.

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It’s a new month, which means a new post for me to reblog to keep track of books I’ve read!

The Monster Show - David J. Skal (402 pages; it’s about the evolution of horror movies from the 1930s to what was the present day when the book was published (1993). It’s fantastic - highly recommend for people who are horror fans.)

(eta: there’s a random bit of transmisogyny where the author literally quotes radfems. not cool, David. Not cool.)

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New York Fashion Week is here—and while little compares to catching all the front-row action, watching from the comfort of your couch with your hair in a top bun comes pretty close. Thanks to the magic of livestreams, you can see the hottest shows instantly—but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on style.  We’ve put together the perfect looks for your streaming parties—so grab your girls, get comfy and prepare for Spring/Summer ’16!


We’re in a LTR with everything sporty, and it’s getting serious. Think skinny joggers, bold logos, striped cuffs and waistbands. No hand-eye coordination required.


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I am now going to read way too deeply into Solas and his gloves.

I made this its own post? Lol.

@the-emerald-halla replied to your photoset “the-emerald-halla: World of Thedas: Volume II - Solas “He decorated…”

Ever since I read your thing about him fussing with his gloves during his personal quest, I’ve really noticed it every time!

Oh my god, halla! I mean why does this feel like such a defining feature to me? I need to unpack this a bit. Keep in mind a lot of this may just be me, lol. But I feel like his behavior during “All New Faded for Her” did more to craft my reading of Solas than any other single moment in the game. The glove-fussing in particular almost seems like this combination of focus and decorum with real pent-up aggression. Possibly because he’s angry when he does it–it’s almost like he’s channeling his anger into his accessories. How interesting.

To me, this indicates a deep kind of focus, as well as a practiced sartorial awareness, which then, to me, indicates his status. Dorian and Vivienne may bully him mercilessly over his “hobo” sensibility, but Solas is highly intelligent and, in more ways than one, seems groomed in a certain way that both grants him his charm and social confidence (like in his early flirtation with Lavellan and behavior at the Winter Palace), as well as enables him to enjoy the finer things (ie: frilly cakes!). Still, Solas is anything but flashy. He is understated. His clothing may not be “fashionable” per the modern standards of Orlais, but he pays attention to his accessories–whether they are furs or gloves or belts or the wrappings on his hands and feet or the fact that he wears that jaw amulet. All are carefully designed to communicate “apostate hobo,” but I imagine that everything Solas wears is made of high quality textiles and constructed with the utmost care. He is making a rhetorical choice not to stand out, and that well-controlled, “proper” etiquette he’s got is a handy guard, but then cue All New Faded for Her, and it becomes clear that when the shit hits the fan, Solas is not always the understated, cool cucumber we may think he is.

This entire quest, and this compulsion in particular, communicates to me another side of Solas, particularly the more reckless, aggressive side that we rarely see in-game. It makes sense to me that the name of the quest is an anagram of “Dread Wolf Fen’Harel.” I feel that this is one of the only times in DA: I that we get a glimpse at what Solas was like as a warrior and a rebel, before the Veil and before the Big Sleep, and when he was not playing the political game of allies and enemies. This entire quest (to me, at least) sort of captures Solas as a product of rugged, reckless youth and anger, combed over with this intellectually arrogant, almost high society sheen. He is angry as all fuck when those mages corrupt his spirit friend, but in his initial lashing out, he is collected. He focuses on his accessories. It is very particular in this way that I’m sure I’m reading too much into at this point, but hey what is reality when I have such sweet fantasy to cling to?

1. She was my mentor.

She and Lexa have been dating for six months before Clarke gets to meet the ‘famous’ Anya in person. Lexa might try to be understated and cool, but Clarke’s fairly sure she’s barely gone a day without referencing Anya.

“Anya gave me this record, you should listen to it…”

“So there’s a new restaurant I think we should check out, Anya recommended it to me…”

“Well I guess it’s technically a scotch but Anya says the taste is more reminiscent of an Armagnac…”

“I need a different jacket if I’m going to wear those flats, Anya says the cut really doesn’t work…”

Given Lexa’s exacting standards and practiced indifference towards many other things Clarke later found out she was adorably enthusiastic about (dogs, cooking, candles) her unbridled admiration throws all expectations out of the window.

Lexa makes Anya sound like she has every worthwhile quality in the world. Clarke’s not often intimidated, but she will admit to feeling a little disquiet about the whole situation.

“So who is Anya… to you?” Clarke asks cautiously, about five minutes drive from the restaurant where they’re meeting Anya.

“She was my mentor,” Lexa replies with a faint smile.

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In defense of the cool, understated dress flat

We’ll never swear off high heels for good, but a fun night shouldn’t come packaged with cramped feet and red blisters. There are a ton of great dressy flats out there that make heels look boring in comparison. You may not get the added height bonus, but chances are you’ll feel ten times more comfortable and look all the more confident for wearing something a bit more unexpected. The next time you dress up, think understated and elegant, and don’t rule out flats. Choose from the chicest new slip-ons, ballet slippers and loafers below and see where the night takes you.

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I gotta say, as much as I occasionally find myself seriously disagreeing with the president, I think he’s the most intelligent one we’ve had in my lifetime. I read his books, watched more of his major speeches than most folks I know, and heck, I’ve spent the night in his daddy’s hometown in Kenya. His story reminds me of mine. Single mom, living with the grandparents, grew up drawing Batman and Spider-Man for his classmates, tried not to turn into his father. I don’t have his job, and it’s easy for me to take pot-shots at his choices sometimes, but he tends to come out on top of a lot of his battles by playing a pragmatic long-game, which often *doesn’t* involve himself getting the credit. He’s not playing “the game,” he’s winning his. Again, I can relate. Also, it’s hard to understate how cool it is to have a president who has one side of his family tree dating back to the Revolutionary War, and on the other, is a first-generation American. That’s just boss as hell. Anyway. Little fandom moment. For all the things I wish he’d do or not do, or do faster, he’s been a pretty sharp president. I’m looking forward to reading the insider stuff after he’s out of office. You know, during Warren’s first term. ;)
—  Over on a pal’s Facebook wall, a few of us comics creators were chatting about the president, the old Birther arguments, and in the middle of it, I took a break from repeating the basic facts of the birth certificate issue (guys, he released it during the 2008 campaign. I have a copy of it), to articulate some of what I think about the man. I want him to be better, to do better, but I’d still pick him over any of the other folks who have had his job in the last three decades.