women as a lamp


In Liberia, less than 10% of the population has access to electricity. Women solar engineers are pioneering efforts to provide affordable and clean energy by installing and managing solar lamps in their communities.

Rural Liberian women, trained as solar engineers by Barefoot College in India, with support from UN Women, are promoting renewable solar energy that reduces dependency on expensive and polluting fossil fuels, like kerosene. The solar lamps are lighting villages and communities, enabling longer work and study hours, and bringing greater security to many, especially at night time.

📷: Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos for UN Women

  • everyone before hiveswap: just calling it now joey claire likes girls
  • joey claire: golly gee i sure do love this movie about lesbian dancers... wowie that ginger rogers sure does have some incredible legs... dad's weird lamps shaped like scantily-clad women are making me feel some type of way alright... the ladies in these paintings are all so beautiful...

folk’s reaction when we first heard of the balloon squad:
naaah they can’t be trusted they look shady i’m not getting good vibes from them stop marginalising them all to be muslims how do you KNOW they are muslim??? lmao why y'all reaching for how much do u wanna bet they won’t even be on s4 y'all are reaching for nothing.

the balloon squad:
get introduced within the 2nd clip of the 1st episode of the season and from then on, in under 24 hours, already have profiles, have a youtube channel, have already posted a video of themselves on it holding a bottle of coke, are all muslims, are all bros who love each other and call each other’s shit out when it comes to respecting women, and are aimlessly throwing a fucking sock into a lamp everytime snoop dogg says smoke weed everyday because they are that lame.

anonymous asked:

I hate to say this because I'm a WonderTrev stan but maybe there was too much Steve Trevor in the movie...? Do you have any thoughts on this?

I totally have thoughts on this. I agree that there was a *lot* of Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman movie. Chris Pine is a cutie (I’m a recently converted fan, tbh) and I enjoyed seeing him on screen. But I also noticed while watching that he was being treated far, far better than are female love interests (here, a moment of silence for all of the Lois Lane scenes on the DCEU cutting room floor).

On the one hand, DCEU!Steve is a well-rounded supporting character with a well-defined story arc. That enriches the movie as a whole and contributes to the overall aspirational-level-status of this movie. In an ideal superhero movie, the love interest should never overshadow the lead but still be written so that the audience is emotionally invested in them. Wonder Woman gets very close to that movie. And it’s a geektastic parallel to WW’s debut in All Star Comics #8, where, Steve Trevor’s backstory took up 3 out of the 8 pages of that initial story (never to have this much “screen time” again).

On the other hand, there is something to be said about the emotional and political power of subverting an existing trope. Instead of writing the perfect superhero movie, they could have made Steve Trevor be more passive, show up for only a few scenes where he had to make kissy faces, and then be kidnapped for the hero’s motivation (that we would be just supposed to believe even though the movie would spend little time building a romantic connection).  I feel like that would have been powerful because it subverts aggressive masculinity and not have made me enjoy the movie any less. And I mean… I’m a hardcore Steve Trevor stan and I’m still comfortable saying that. 

I can’t shake the feeling that because Steve is a man, they were likely hesistant to go that route, like “what’s the point of this man unless he’s *doing* something?” If he was a woman, that question wouldn’t even come up. This is kind of telling of how we see men and women. Men are seen as active, well-rounded, and with lots of agency. Women are seen as passive objects (sexy lamp strikes again). If portrayals stray from these expectations, then it’s striking. It’s why we’re crying at No Man’s Land and it’s why we would notice if Steve Trevor got as little screen time as did Lois Lane in MOS/BVS.

Also, I don’t agree with people who say that Steve was the heart of the movie. He got some choice lines and Chris Pine’s charisma made him stand out, but we’re giving Steve way too much credit by saying that, no? This was Diana’s movie.

Here’s to hoping that in the next superhero movie, the love interest will get to be as fully developed as Steve Trevor’s maleness allowed him to be in this one. Thanks for the question! And if you have thoughts, let’s hear ‘em!

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was a poet and playwright, winner of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also awarded the Robert Frost Medal in 1943, for her lifetime contributions to American poetry.

Her poetry often explored issues of femininity and sexuality, such as the love between women in The Lamp and the Bell. She was named as one of the 31 Icons of 2015 by the Equality Forum, for LGBT History Month.

Wonder Woman

Oh yeah remember when we bechdel tested things? Anyway uh funnily enough if you make a movie about a woman who lives on an island of women then yeah it fucking passes. Also passes the Mako Mori test, Sexy Lamp test, and the Fury Road test and possibly some others.

Since this was opening weekend I’ll hold off on any spoilers yet other than to say I think it was, well, wonderful. It was refreshing to see a movie devoid of snark and one that I think handled the whole ‘highly capable fish out of water’ theme in a way that seemed realistic. Was it flawless? Obviously not. But I think it was a great movie, one I enjoyed seeing, and the first superhero film that I’d recommend to female friends who don’t like superheroes.

Also some of the fragile masculinity highlights, courtesy of “I follow a lot of feminists on twitter and tumblr”

-Men suing the Alamo Drafthouse over violating equality laws. I’m pretty sure private businesses can generally do what they want for private events, just not have a long-standing policy that is discriminatory, and I’m pretty fucking annoyed at the lawyer who is a. from my current state and should maybe stay in his goddamn lane and b. gets super tone policing (a la I wasn’t going to do anything but then they were mean to men’s rights activists!) Anyway it’s going to take several months so like… it already happened and if the Alamo Drafthouse loses I will exclusively go there for movies for the next few months even though it’s in fucking Brooklyn to help them recoup the costs.

-Someone on Twitter wrote “If you write it, they will come” in response to the success of a movie with a female star and director and some dude who appears to definitely be a Sean Hannity fan among other fatal flaws was like “actually it’s If you build it, HE will come” and like, is that seriously the best you can do, mansplain fucking Field of Dreams at someone who is clearly adapting the quote anyway as seen by their use of the word “write” instead of “build”

- a lot of anti-feminists can’t spell the word feminist which is pretty great

- also someone pulled the fake geek girls thing to which someone pointed out that Wonder Woman is based on two bad-ass bisexual women so um actually

- anyway computer programming and science fiction were both invented by girls who were just trying to get away from Lord Byron so women are technically the gatekeepers of geek culture

-Oh also FOX was like “this isn’t American enough” and like bitch, she’s from a magic island of warrior women and then the rest of it takes place in London and Belgium, maybe you’re not Themysciran enough

- In conclusion throw a tank at your haters


The Blue Lamp is one of my very favorite songs. Blue Lamp was written about a blue lamp that my mother gave me when I first joined Fleetwood Mac. A very heavy leaded glass lamp that I carried on an airplane home with a friend of mine, she carried the base and I carried the shade, home to L.A. And we were really afraid it was going to get broken because it was this, you know, leaded glass lamp. They didn’t want us to take it on the plane cause it was too big. Well, we got it on the plane, by screaming and yelling and crying. So that is the lamp that I carried from my mother’s home. And it became and has remained my favorite possesion. It is the one thing that never changes. It is without a doubt the only light that shines through the shining night much of the time for me.
And the blue lamp was supposed to be on the cover of Bella Donna, the picture of the blue lamp. And I decided to change the cover so there are some very, very wonderful pictures of this group of women and this room and stuff around this blue lamp. So someday those pictures will come out and you’ll get to really see the blue lamp. Cause it really is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, it looks like a huge blue mushroom. And it’s a wonderful thing for my mom, too, because it’s all so real, even though it sounds like sort of a gothic fairy tale song, you know, it’s totally real, every line in it is real.“


March 24 and 25, mark the two main days of the Chamaya-vilakku crossdressing festival in Chavara, India (Kerala). It is the first of four major crossdressing festivals held in India during the vasanta or spring season and occurs on the tenth and eleventh nights after the Mina-sankranti. The Chamaya-vilakku festival is held at the Kottankulangara temple in Kerala. For two nights during the month of Chaitra, thousands of men of all types dress up as women and offer themselves to Sri Bhagavati-devi, an expansion of the goddess Durga. In a special ceremony called Chamaya-vilakku, women and crossdressing men grasp tall, lighted lamps and wait for the procession of the goddess in the form of a sila or stone to pass by. The goddess Bhagavati then blesses the pilgrims and showers all good fortune upon them. The crossdressing festival is based on a story surrounding the temple’s origin: Long ago, a group of cowherd boys worshiped a stone in the mood of shy, young girls. After some time, the goddess Bhagavati personally appeared before them to accept their worship and become the stone. The Kottankulangara temple was then constructed to house the stone deity and formal worship was commenced, along with the annual festival. The Chamaya-vilakku celebrations are very well organized; the crossdressing men are registered at the temple and makeup, dresses, wigs and jewelry are all available for rent on site.

I was tagged by @shadowscollide to list 10 songs that I’ve been into recently, so here they are:

1. Cheating On You - Franz Ferdinand 

2. Knock Me Down - Red Hot Chili Peppers 

3. Molly’s Chambers - Kings of Leon

4. In the Morning - The Coral

5. Walcott - Vampire Weekend

6. I’m Not Gonna Teach Boyfriend How to Dance With You - Black Kids

7. Soma - The Strokes

8. Behind the Sea - Panic! at the Disco

9. Time to Pretend - MGMT

10. All Falls Down - Kanye West

It took me ages to decide on just 10 lmao I wanted to add some stuff by muse, imagine dragons and John Frusciante ofc but these are just the songs I’ve been listening to recently. I tag @contribute-to-chaos, @lost-in-belle-reve, @vampires-and-chill, @little-lamp, @photo-cell, @samanthaevansblr, @amotherfxcking-women, @pianogirl1174 and @kisskisspessimist 

as you can’t help but know, the most amazing thing to happen to me in the last two weeks were an unexpected, unprecedented, four days binge of fifty-four episodes of a chinese alt-history-fantasy drama nirvana in fire. like, usually i keep tv shows on my hard drive for years, it takes me either co-watching with somebody or a concerted application of willpower to watch tv - but i’ve watched this in gigantic chunks, pausing, basically, only for work, without sleep, food or human company, and after finishing i’ve, erm, started a rewatch. yes. at least it’s much more stately.

it’s very beautiful - prettily shot, with great cast, great costuming, beautiful everything - populated by a gigantic (there’s no shame in consulting a character chart in the beginning!) cast of not-always-good good guys and sympathetic-or-at-least-compelling bad guys, chock full of intrigue and plots inside plots and wonderful tropeness and an amazing amount of hurt/comfort. plot-wise it’s monte-cristo (there are some direct homages but it doesn’t play out scene by scene) meet king lear meet wuxia (which i found pretty but hilarious: people SUDDENLY starting to fly on invisible ropes and pummeling each other within quite srs bsns drama; but i relaxed and learned to love it).

in the alt-not-quite-china-empire the aging, paranoid emperor watches dejectedly his two sons pettily fight with each other for his approval and for his crown; twelve years ago he’s executed his eldest for a (false) conspiracy along with his best general, said general’s prodigy son and 70k people of his best army, because that’s how people roll here. this decision had slowly poisoned the country and the court, but as of now it’s a complete taboo.

MEANWHILE, to a no watcher’s surprise, the prodigy son had actually lived; a hilariously convoluted fantasy poison changed him from a robust military guy into a frail, terminally ill, (really much prettier) scholar with a different face, and after extensive preparation and planning under this new persona he enters the capital to play a long game: obtain revenge, clear the names of the accused and put his best friend, the third, neglected prince, on the throne. without telling the prince anything, because… reasons. from there on there are courtroom dramas, small and big intrigues, an incredible amount of angst and drama, some lovely lighter interludes (my favorite character is a relatively minor noble kid whom i’ve immediately dubbed ‘bertie’, because he obliviously canters through all the tragedy just asking everybody to be pals and go out and have some fun with him; he has a very satisfying character arc), and some glorious, glorious sarcasm mostly delivered by mei changsu who’s, besides being a gothic hero, a sly asshole at heart.

there’s our main character with his politely aesthetic bloody cough and his most cutting Eyebrows Of Disdain, there’s his obstinate, grieving, ignorant prince friend, there’s this ex-fiance who’s a terrifying army general in her own right, there’s the prince’s mother who, at some point, slays her way through the palace status wars with ruthless and terrifying kindness, there are secret agents and martial artists and wandering doctors and god knows who else, and the pacing never slacks, and some of the plot twists are s o s a t i s f y i n g and apparently it’s absolutely everything i ever wanted. (also, while the drama is mostly focused on the two main dudes, there’s a lot of different female characters, good and evil, with varying agendas and wants and need, neither of whom is a sexy lamp, and women here don’t hesitate to support and enrich each other). i don’t remember when i was last so invested, and i think you should be invested, too.

it’s available on viki in full, so clearly you should all come and see.

ALSO did i mention the pretty (at this point i’m compelled to add that, while mei changsu fears cold for hurt/comfort and plot purposes, i covet his fur cloaks.


ONCE UPON A TIME : the reboot
by drew and menelaos

season 6, episode 9 : Scheherazade’s Story

past : Following Jafar’s wish that prevents her from using the genie’s wishes, Scheherazade awakens within Marjanah’s lamp. Marjanah sorrowfully informs her that in order to grant Jafar’s wish, she was faced with three choices: death, turning Scheherazade into a genie herself, or trapping her within the lamp where Marjanah is powerless and unable to grant any wishes. Not able to kill her and wishing to spare Scheherazade the lonely lifetime Marjanah has faced as a genie, she chose the third option. To occupy her time, Scheherazade begins to write. First she writes her own story, then she rewrites it from Jafar’s perspective, then she begins to write the stories of people she has met: Ali Baba, Sinbad, Aladdin, the Sultan… eventually Marjanah gives her a magic mirror that allows her to watch the people from other magical realms, both past and present, so she can transcribe their stories. Scheherazade watches as Peter Pan kills Captain Hook, Phillip awakens Aurora, King Arthur discovers Guinevere and Lancelot’s deceit, Red turns into a wolf, Snow White and Prince Charming meet for the first time… And then she finds Regina, and as she writes her story and learns that the Dark Curse will rob everyone of their memories, she realizes exactly how important her chronicles will become. Scheherazade and Marjanah do everything they can to defend Scheherazade’s stories from the coming Curse, protecting them by binding them within a single book, and ultimately realize that this means trapping themselves in the lamp until it can be broken.

present : Feeling that something is amiss, Henry turns to his storybook for further information about Sydney and finally connects the dots to realize he was Jafar before he became Regina’s magic mirror. Ruby and Cynthia are left behind to guard Mr. Gold while Emma and Regina hunt for Sydney, leading them to Gold’s shop, where the door is standing open, the shelves ransacked. Regina finds the third lamp and rubs the side on a whim, and two women appear from within the lamp. Marjanah and Scheherazade reveal that they have been watching everything from their own magic mirror, and Scheherazade begs Regina to use her wish to take them to her brother. Regina obliges, and the four women are transported to the dock. They arrive just in time to see Sydney summon the Servant, releasing Gold from his cell as he arrives to the dock. Scheherazade calls out to her brother, distracting him just long enough for Gold to seize the Servant’s dagger, stab Sydney, and disappear. Regina acts quickly by using her second wish from Marjanah to heal Sydney’s wound. Sydney and Scheherazade are reunited, and Sydney forgives Regina for her past transgressions. Emma asks Regina what she is going to do with her third wish, and a glint appears in her eye. When Gold realizes what has happened, he decides to gain the upper hand once and for all by kidnapping Henry.

‘once upon a time’ stars : Salma Hayek as the Evil Queen/Regina Mills, Emily Rose as Emma Swan, Jaimie Alexander as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Henry Cavill as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archie Hopper, Cate Blanchett as the Blue Fairy/Evelyn Oxford, Naveen Andrews as Jafar/the Magic Mirror/Sydney Glass, Daniel Gillies as Peter Pan/Dr. Matthew Llewelyn, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby Connor, Sonequa Martin-Green as Cynthia Fogg, CJ Adams as Henry Mills, and Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold

recurring stars this season include : Aishwarya Rai as Scheherazade, Max Irons as Beau/Gabriel Barbot-Beaumont, Oscar Isaac as Prince Adam/Robbie Barbot-Beaumont

guest stars include : Estella Daniels as Marjanah

[ previously on once upon a time ]