woman angle

Josie’s daughter, Alondra, who came to town last year to be with her ailing mother until Josie passed away, is now sorting through her estate and documents.
Alondra said she found no will in Josie’s files–only a piece of paper that said, “It all belongs to the angels.”

But, Alondra noted the handwriting was written shakily in thick magic marker,
and every word but “it” and “the” was misspelled.

—  Cecil -Episode 104. The Hierarchy of Angels. Welcome to Nightvale

nell411  asked:

And what is with this show and shitty mother figures? Seriously. The only living mothers on this show with no tendency towards villiany are Cat and Eliza. Give someone a good mom who's alive for the love of all that is good, geez. Sorry, I'll get out of your ask now.

Dude, don’t apologize! This is the fun part of fandom stuff. :)

On a subtext level it’s … not good that every new female character over the age of 40 has been spun as a villain. (Or a potential villain, with President Wonder Woman.) The mother angle plays up a lot of fairytale witch imagery in ways that lay unflattering implications at the feet of the creative team.

First, it comes across as awkward because it subtly implies that older women aren’t attractive or desirable due to a Western cultural association between “villain” and being physically unappealing.

Second, it implies that powerful women who are at the apex of their success are threats that deserve to be removed from society – and with the loss of Cat as a foil to this, there is no positive counterweight.

Eliza is the lone beacon of quality momming in this otherwise bleak season, but given that she’s only been in half a dozen episodes over the course of two years, that’s not doing much in the way of positive representation.

Something interesting happened in Shadow:

Dean was in a bar in which the victim had been working as a waitress, talking to the bartender and her friends (whom were likely also waitresses). We see a man walk away from the scene behind the bar while Dean is chatting to a woman. His body is angled away from her. There’s a pen and some napkins to their left.

Dean tells her, “Really? [???] five years?” [she mumbles a reply] “Well. Alright.“ [She says “Yeah, ???] “Awesome.” [Upon seeing Sam, Dean downs his shot and dismisses her] “See ya.”

Considering body language and tone, Dean wasn’t particularly interested in her.

Upon the bar there’s Dean’s shot glass, two more empty shot glasses to her left (the direction of where the dude left), an empty beer glass, a half full glass of beer or cider and a full wine glass. She’s into him, though. Maybe Dean was playing it cool.

847-555-4??6 (it looks a little like 547-555, but 847 is a Chicago area phone code and there are no area codes beginning with a 5 in the area.)

But wait a minute, Dean’s really excited about having gotten the bartender’s phone number. Sam calls the bartender that he never saw ‘her’. Dean refers to the bartender gender neutrally as the bartender. There’s a wistful smile on his face as he thinks back at the bartender.

After Meg dismisses him, Dean goes to get a drink from the bar. The guy that delivers him his drink ie. the bartender is the guy I’ve helpfully marked with the red arrow. The woman Dean was interviewing at the bar was not, in fact, the bartender. Like Dean told Sam, he interviewed the bartender and everyone who knew Meredith [note also the order: the bartender and everyone else]. Because Dean was actually working the case.

There’s an interesting visual gag once Sam and Dean leave the bar in that the traffic light man sign behind Dean turns on the second he says ‘chick’.

Because Supernatural’s subtext is nothing if not heavy-handed. But let’s look at the interesting bit, Dean’s notes:

3/847-555-01[?]66 Caleb, highlighted by a light source. Underneath his notes on the case. Circled.

The bartender? It’s left ambiguous.

You see, Dean calls Sam to tell him he figured out the sign. Sam asks him how he figured it out, sounding kind of incredulous at the amount of information Dean had been able to uncover. Dean tells him Sam doesn’t “have a corner on paper chasin’ around here“, ie. he worked the damn case. Sam asks him what the last book Dean even read was.

Sam, that is, reminds Dean – Dean who that begun the episode by calling Sam a geek – of the role he plays, of a dude who doesn’t read books and who never went to college, the dude who thinks with his ‘downstairs brain’ and makes EMFs out of walkmans, the front he puts up for his little brother, who does not feel as smart as Sam. So, Dean’s face falls and he tells Sam:

“No, I called Dad’s friend, Caleb. He told me, all right?“

The thing is, though, that Dean had their dad’s friend Caleb’s number already in his cell phone since they called him up in Asylum. He’s written the number of this Caleb underneath the notes, meaning that if he had gotten the information from Caleb, he’d have called him before getting the number. The number of Caleb on his notes is a Chicago area number, so if their dad’s friend Caleb was in the neighbourhood, Dean would have visited him instead of attempting to explain over the phone a symbol they had never seen before (how do you even describe that over the phone?). If their dad’s friend Caleb was in the neighbourhood, they would have called him for back-up when they called their dad for help. Furthermore, we learn in Salvation that Caleb lives in Blue Earth, Minnesota so he would not have a Chicago area land-line number.

This Caleb, friends, is not their dad’s friend Caleb. Dean just pulled the name out of his ass as he was lying to Sam about not having done the research because he’s not some geek and Caleb was the first name that came into his mind because he had been thinking about him all night long.

This Caleb with the Chicago area number was the fucking bartender.

CHEEZus! So many petulant butthurt manfeels about my assessment of Fury Road! Me: “First action movie I’ve ever seen that genuinely feels like it was made *for women*.” Rando guy on Twitter: “Actually I would argue that it is for everyone.” Male friend on FB: “Who cares about the woman vs man angle”?

FFS, you guys. Just because (FOR ONCE) an action movie prioritizes a female audience doesn’t mean men can’t heartily enjoy it, too. By these dudes’ “logic”, it would be impossible for me to love the almost limitless variety of action cinema I’ve consumed due to the fact that those movies tend to cater overwhelmingly to a straight male audience, usually at the expense of female viewers.

Fellas, it’s easy to be dismissive and corrective when an entire genre of filmmaking consistently caters to you. But for geeky girls and women who have spent our whole lives hungrily consuming the same action movies and comics and television shows you have, loving them just as much while simultaneously having to accept that they’re being made with a male audience in mind more than a female one (and therefore are likely to be at least somewhat sexist; maybe we’ll get a token “cool girl”, or a hugely fetishized male-gazey heroine badass who isn’t remotely believable or relatable), this is a lovely day, indeed.

Feminazi stole my ice cream action movie. I am laid low by the Vuvalini.”