It’s National Splurge Day. You know what to do.
It really is:
Treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. And, to excess if you desire. Isn’t that a great thing? Maybe, you’re on a diet, and that special dessert is too many calories. Maybe, you want to buy a steak, and the budget is a little tight. Toss out the reservations, and go for it today.
(I wonder if the reason I’ve never heard of “National Splurge Day” before and yet every year we can’t escape knowing all about, say “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” is that the news media is complicit in the idea of mass consumerism benefiting enormous corporate entities in a way that they just aren’t at all in something that is about ‘treating yo’ self’ right. One is about you and whatever makes you happy and one is about giving your money to companies that don’t care about you and already have a lot of money…
I take it back. I don’t wonder about it at all.)
Gender Inequality and the Disney Princess Who Gets It Right
I’ve never seen anything - for children or adults - that illustrates institutional sexism as clearly or simply as the pilot episode of Disney’s “Sofia the First.”
Sofia wants to race pegasi, but she’s told that it’s something only Princes do - that Princesses just watch. She is discouraged by the other girls, the boys, the instructor…
She faces a truly uphill battle, as she is given the slowest, smallest horse in the stable, and no professional instruction or encouragement like the boys are. She almost gives up into believing that everyone was right - that Princesses belong on the bleachers and not in the race - but her mother encourages her to pursue her dream. Even though her biggest detractor among the boys is so threatened by her that he has to blatantly cheat at the final race, she manages to make the racing team.
Yeah, some idiots might say that she got special attention and encouragement from her brother, but this is how it really works. The deck was stacked against her, she had to fight twice as hard as anyone, and she got treated with really unsportsmanlike conduct by her competitor. Can you imagine how well she would have performed if everyone had treated her equally from the start?
Kudos to Disney for getting this one really, really right.
Every single politician using social media needs to see The Daily Show’s guide to using Twitter.
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Jessica Williams is my favorite thing about The Daily Show. She’s unrepentantly angry, funny as hell, and drop dead gorgeous. This new hairstyle has my jaw on the floor, for serious.
Wow. Modern-day Much Ado made me WAY more uncomfortable than I expected. So paternalistic and slut-shamey and domestic violencey.
I’ve been in this play twice and it has never made me this uncomfortable. While Claudio and Leonato were slapping Hero around I was literally squirming in my seat - like, why didn’t anyone stand up for her?!?
Nothing like modern clothing to throw truly horrible antiquated behavior norms into stark relief.
‘Star Wars’ Needs a New Approach to Gender—Not Just More Women
Because, after all, the lack of women in Star Wars is not arbitrary. Star Wars is a genre picture—and the genre is, broadly, boys’ adventure. The series is devoted to battles, adventure, politics, more adventure, and more battles. Girls certainly can—and certainly do!—like all of those things. But the fact remains that the genre has historically been focused on boys. Which means that it has been a lot more concerned with providing points of identification for guys than with points of identification for girls. It’s not an accident that it’s Leia rather than Han who ends up in the swimsuit and chains, right? (Even though she remains, even in chains, badass.)
Genre and gender, then, are tied up together. Sci-fi imagines different worlds—but those different worlds are governed in no small part by particular narrative expectations. The galaxy isn’t as far away, nor as teeming with possibilities as it looks.
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If we’re definitely not gonna get a Mara Jade or a Jayna Solo or a Teneniel Djo (which is 99.9% likely that we won’t) or any more Ahsoka Tano (which is still improbable, but more likely, since she’s a recent creation) then yeah. Star Wars needs a gender sea-change. 1 woman of note in an entire trilogy may have cut it in the 80s (BTW, it didn’t) but it definitely won’t cut it now.
I know it’s a long text but it’s worth the read!
“The most intriguing duel fought between women, and the sole one that featured exposed breasts, took place in August 1892 in Verduz, the capitol of Liechtenstein, between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg. It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their were female… Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist. Certainly, Baroness Lubinska was ahead of her time, taking an even more radical take on the (at the time) widely dismissed theories of British surgeon Joseph Lister, who in 1870 revolutionized surgical procedures with the introduction of antiseptic.
With the precautions Baroness Lubinska recommended, the topless women duelists were less likely to suffer from an infection; indeed, it was a smart idea to fight semiclad. Given the practicality of the baroness’ suggestion and the “emancipated” nature of the duel, it was agreed that the women would disrobe—after all, there would be no men present to ogle them. For the women, the decision to unbutton the tops of their dresses was not sexual; it was simply a way of preventing a duel of first blood from becoming a duel to the death.
It is humorous that most recounts of this historic event fail to mention two important things: the winner of the duel (Princess Metternich) and the reason why the women came to arms in the first place—they disagreed over the floral arrangements for an upcoming musical exhibition.”
^ best part of the entire article.
WHERE IS THIS WOMAN’S MOVIE?
There are nearly six times as many showings of Man Of Steel alone as there are of all the films about women put together.
If I were limited to multiplexes, as people are in many parts of the country, the numbers would be worse. In many places, the number would be zero. Frances Ha is by far the most widely available of the four women-centered movies, and it’s on 213 screens this weekend in the entire country…The Internship is on 3,399.
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon - you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
So THIS is why it’s been real hard for me to find a job lately.