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jordanmorris:

Jordan Jesse Go! and Stop Podcasting Yourself LIVE in the Pacific Northwest!
April 25th - Portland
April 26th - Seattle
Special guests at EACH SHOW!  Come on out!  Reblog if you’re coming!

I just bought tickets to this!  Wooohoo!  (Stop Podcasting Yourself is one of my favorite podcasts and I recommend you check it out if you like to laugh.)

jordanmorris:

Jordan Jesse Go! and Stop Podcasting Yourself LIVE in the Pacific Northwest!

April 25th - Portland

April 26th - Seattle

Special guests at EACH SHOW!  Come on out!  Reblog if you’re coming!

I just bought tickets to this!  Wooohoo!  (Stop Podcasting Yourself is one of my favorite podcasts and I recommend you check it out if you like to laugh.)

noirbettie:

metaneira:

racebending:

If you’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, you may have noticed something a little weird about the semi-Biblical, semi-apocalyptic cast of the movie: they’re all white. Even the extras.

In an interview with The Higher Calling, Noah screenwriter Ari Handel spoke about the reasoning behind the lack of racial diversity in the cast.

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’

Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

In summary, white people are stand-ins “for all people,” and no other race could possibly qualify for “everyman” status. Ari Handel’s reasoning is that the only way to dispense with the issue of racism is to remove everyone who isn’t white. Asking what happened to all the other races is akin to nitpicking about whether the arc would float or not. It’s just silly, OK? “The race of individuals doesn’t matter,” which is why they made absolutely sure that all of those individuals were white. Or something.

Unintentionally, Handel managed to illustrate everything that’s wrong with the ongoing attitude towards casting actors of color in major Hollywood movies. White people are the norm, and everyone else is just a distraction. God forbid anyone attempt to be as diverse as the cast of the Star Trek, which debuted in 1966 and included a grand total of two non-white characters.

[READ MORE]

Normative whiteness at work.

I particularly enjoy that mythical stories are a reason you can ignore race. I mean, people were totally okay with casting a black actor as Heimdall in a movie based on myth, right?

So “mythical story” means cast white people. And “historical accuracy” means cast white people. (Because, you know, PoC were only invented around 1800 and are completely absent from all of history all over the globe before that.)

Is this a fucking JOKE? I can’t believe this asshole.

I’ll repeat this bit: “Unintentionally, Handel managed to illustrate everything that’s wrong with the ongoing attitude towards casting actors of color in major Hollywood movies. White people are the norm, and everyone else is just a distraction.”

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.


Wow. (article) It was widely reported (though no proof exists) that he voided Mitchell’s contract on the grounds that baseball was too strenuous for women. The president of the organization overseeing the minor leagues later termed the appearance of “a female mound artist” a lamentable “Burlesquing” of the national pastime, akin to greased pig contests, hot dog-eating competitions and other ballpark promotions.

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

Wow. (article) It was widely reported (though no proof exists) that he voided Mitchell’s contract on the grounds that baseball was too strenuous for women. The president of the organization overseeing the minor leagues later termed the appearance of “a female mound artist” a lamentable “Burlesquing” of the national pastime, akin to greased pig contests, hot dog-eating competitions and other ballpark promotions.

Conversation we just had:

Pete - “I have to memorize so many things for [a midterm on] Monday, I might write myself a song and then listen to it over and over all weekend. I’ve only done that before like twice in my life.”

Me - “Wait. You’ve done that twice in your life?”

And yes, he means fully lay down the tracks and create a recording of a song for test studying purposes. I feel like this could have been a new career path for him, instead of accounting…

Hey it’s Thursday - here’s me with a goat!  (Also with Ben and Matt.)

Hey it’s Thursday - here’s me with a goat!  (Also with Ben and Matt.)

sorayachemaly:

unwinona:

nocakeno:

campdracula5eva:

sorayachemaly:

Even little kids have a wage gap

  • Boys, on average, spend two fewer hours doing household chores per week than girls do (they play two hours more).
  • If they live in households where children are compensated for doing chores, boys make and save more money.
  • A 2009 study conducted by University of Michigan economists found a two-hour gender disparity in responsibilities per week in a study of 3,000 kids.
  • 75 percent of girls had chores, while just 65 percent of boys do
  • This disparity in chores and free time continues into adulthood all over the world. According to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), men “report spending more time in activities counted as leisure than women. Gender differences in leisure time are wide across OECD countries.”
  • Year after year, studies repeatedly confirm these patterns.
  • The problems women face with unequal pay and housework duties actually start in childhood.
  • The fact that boys’ chores appear to be more profitable makes the childhood chore gap even more disturbing. Turns out, parents tend to value the work that boys do more.
  • Gender stereotypes dictate these patterns.
  • men who grow up with sisters do less housework than their spouses and are also significantly more socially conservative.

Just had to bold that bottom point there because of the amount of misogynists who claim that because they have women in their family, they can’t POSSIBLY be sexist ever.

oh my fucking god

I vividly remember all the families in my church where the grade-school boys were goofing off with toys and the girls were being handed younger babies and turned into babysitters.

Boys got to be boys, but girls had to be Moms.

Really, it ‘s a serious drag that even little girls today could answer #WithoutTheWageGapIWould

Damn.

noirbettie:

somehowfurious:

kissing-monsters:

apiphile:

sexxxisbeautiful:

pizzagrrrl:

Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.

MORE FEMALE KINGS.

Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.


Bitches get shit done.

noirbettie:

somehowfurious:

kissing-monsters:

apiphile:

sexxxisbeautiful:

pizzagrrrl:

Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”

King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.

“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”

Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.

MORE FEMALE KINGS.

Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.

Bitches get shit done.

bechdel-fest:

Just listened to the podcast of CBC radio show Q’s interview with the writer of this linked article, The dead woman TV trope vs. complex female anti-heroes - the audio piece is only 12 minutes long, I recommend giving it a listen.  

Here are some interesting points brought up (I’m dealing more here with concepts about living female characters, but read/listen to the linked stuff to learn more about the dead girl trope), first a quote from the article:

The conversation surrounding difficult women on television (and in fiction) often hinges on the question of likability, and given the overwhelming presence of dead women on television today, it seems all too likely that dead women are the most likable female characters of all. We have seen, recently, how hard a time audiences have with living female characters who are flawed, difficult, troubled, and in other words real…

And quotes by writer Sarah Marshall from the radio interview:

I think that we can assume both that viewers respond very strongly to the figure of the dead woman on TV, and that the people in charge of creating media, media executives and show runners and writers, assume, and apparently rightfully so, that this is what viewers want.  One of the really interesting things that I’ve observed over the last couple years is the responses that we’ve had to alive, and less likable women.

People feel comfortable watching a male character and observing who he is as a person, and not seeing him as someone they must identify with.  I think that viewers, perhaps somewhat innately, but have also been trained to view female characters as audience surrogates.  If a woman is on screen, if a woman is the star, we want to be able to slip into her skin and sort of experience the world as she does, and if she does things that we don’t understand or that we find unattractive, and we don’t want to have that surrogacy experience, then I think we respond potentially pretty viscously.

I honestly think that we have had so few complicated, potentially audience alienating female characters on TV that we just don’t know what to do with them.  It’s our vocabulary to look for the audience surrogate, to look for the relatable every-girl.  We make the assumption that characters will be a relatable every-girl, or an every-woman, when they’re really not.  We really need to learn to accept a viewing experience in which we’re asked to contemplate a female character as we would a male character, in which we’re able to see them as a complex human being, and tune in because we want to see the next part of this character study.

These are some ideas I hadn’t really heard or thought about before, and they make a lot of sense.  An obvious example (which was mentioned specifically in the article and the interview) being how audiences fucking loved evil murderer Walter White, but HATED his wife because she was annoying or some bullshit (sorry I actually love Breaking Bad but I get passionate about some audience reactions to it which I find extremely disturbing).  The concept of the male anti-hero being a whole other issue so I’ll quickly move on from that.

The whole idea of female character as audience surrogate, the relatable every-woman… there are some shows and characters I love that totally fit this mold, and I’m sure these kinds of shows/characters being the norm when it comes to female characters are why we’re trained as an audience to accept/expect those kinds of characters.  But there are also shows I love that break this mold - one that immediately comes to mind is Nurse Jackie, probably one of my top 5 all time favorite TV shows.  But I don’t think it’s well-loved by many, or watched by many; I’m one of the only people I know who watches it.  This main character is deeply flawed, complex, not an every-woman, NOT relatable to me personally, or I’d expect to most viewers.  I love watching her journey, her character study, even though I can’t “slip into her skin”.  

But I do find it difficult at times, with Jackie and with other complex women characters, because of what I’m used to; so yeah, I’m just nodding my head at Marshall’s ideas and looking optimistically forward to a time when we can watch women characters on TV (and movies etc) more how we watch men, as complex human beings.

(Reblogging from my side blog… My Bechdel Fest begins tomorrow - click over to there for details!)

muffinlevelchicanery:

YES. Way to go, St. Alban’s Episcopal !

"the Jesus the Homeless statue has earned more followers than detractors. It is now common, he says, to see people come, sit on the bench, rest their hand on the bronze feet and pray."

dreamonkid27:

IT’S REX MANNING DAY

Today has punched me in the face a couple of times, so to the world I say, c’mon world, not on Rex Manning day!!

So much swaaaaatching for this shawl design… But it’s all worth it, it’s going well! (It’s the next pattern up in the Betiko Collection!)

So much swaaaaatching for this shawl design… But it’s all worth it, it’s going well! (It’s the next pattern up in the Betiko Collection!)

glorianas:

is it a good show or is it just dark and gritty with a high production salary and middle age white dudes?-a question y’all need to ask yourself

I donated some old school leethal stuff to the ampKPSU fundraiser, and you can win this collection of goodies today!  How it works is the winner pays about half of the normal price of the stuff, as a donation to KPSU (PSU’s college radio station, which is currently working hard to get an FM signal - see the indiegogo page/video for details)… in this case, the estimated total price of everything you see here is $60, so if you win it, you pay a $30 donation and get it all.
This leethal prize pack includes:  a ninja mitts knit kit with recycled hand-dyed self-striping yarn and fingerless mitts pattern (super basic beginner-friendly project), a monster hat handmade from recycled materials - it’s super stretchy, and can be worn folded up, or long with floppy ears (more photos of it are on my flickr here and here and here), and a record bowl!  (And KPSU is also throwing a Hopworks beer cozy into the goodie bag.)
It will be given away on Pushing the Envelope today at 3pm (Portland time, that’s about 2 1/2 hours from when I’m posting this) - tune in to the show (online - use the player on KPSU.org or go here to get the stream feed to play it in iTunes or listen on your phone, etc) and when they announce the giveaway, be the first to call in to win!  (It’s a great show, so you should just listen to it regardless!)
In case you don’t know, my husband is a DJ and the production guy at KPSU, as he’s in school at PSU for a big career change (exciting stuff!), so that’s my personal connection to the station.  I’m really excited that they’re getting the FM signal so Portland will have a college station on the radio dial; I was a DJ and operations manager of my college station (in San Diego) oh so many years ago, so I’m a big fan of college radio in general, and am so happy to be able to help them out with my leethal stuff donations.
Bonus of donating the stuff - I get a commercial played on the air!  So cool!  I never imagined leethal would have a radio commercial!
There are tons of these half-price fundraiser prize gifts being given out on KPSU throughout this donation drive - I won a $20 gift card to a record store for a $10 donation the other day! - so listen, and follow KPSU on twitter to learn about the prizes!

I donated some old school leethal stuff to the ampKPSU fundraiser, and you can win this collection of goodies today!  How it works is the winner pays about half of the normal price of the stuff, as a donation to KPSU (PSU’s college radio station, which is currently working hard to get an FM signal - see the indiegogo page/video for details)… in this case, the estimated total price of everything you see here is $60, so if you win it, you pay a $30 donation and get it all.

This leethal prize pack includes:  a ninja mitts knit kit with recycled hand-dyed self-striping yarn and fingerless mitts pattern (super basic beginner-friendly project), a monster hat handmade from recycled materials - it’s super stretchy, and can be worn folded up, or long with floppy ears (more photos of it are on my flickr here and here and here), and a record bowl!  (And KPSU is also throwing a Hopworks beer cozy into the goodie bag.)

It will be given away on Pushing the Envelope today at 3pm (Portland time, that’s about 2 1/2 hours from when I’m posting this) - tune in to the show (online - use the player on KPSU.org or go here to get the stream feed to play it in iTunes or listen on your phone, etc) and when they announce the giveaway, be the first to call in to win!  (It’s a great show, so you should just listen to it regardless!)

In case you don’t know, my husband is a DJ and the production guy at KPSU, as he’s in school at PSU for a big career change (exciting stuff!), so that’s my personal connection to the station.  I’m really excited that they’re getting the FM signal so Portland will have a college station on the radio dial; I was a DJ and operations manager of my college station (in San Diego) oh so many years ago, so I’m a big fan of college radio in general, and am so happy to be able to help them out with my leethal stuff donations.

Bonus of donating the stuff - I get a commercial played on the air!  So cool!  I never imagined leethal would have a radio commercial!

There are tons of these half-price fundraiser prize gifts being given out on KPSU throughout this donation drive - I won a $20 gift card to a record store for a $10 donation the other day! - so listen, and follow KPSU on twitter to learn about the prizes!

definitelynotcool:

rufiohswithmilk:

When I stopped at a crosswalk today this guy pulled up next to me, rolled his window down, and stuck his head out, and at first I was like ‘Oh no street harassment here it comes.’ but then the guy was like “DUDE! LOOK AT THAT HUGE RAINBOW BEHIND YOU.” 

The only appropriate thing for a dude to shout at me out a car window.

So great!  But, also, the time I was Waldo for Halloween, walking down the street, and a guy yelled out the car window, “I found you!”

Made these video snippets for the KPSU fundraiser video that Pete made, love how they turned out! Makes me want to make a vinyl-y music video or something, some kind of bigger video project. Fun! (Go to indiegogo.com/projects/amp-kpsu to see the whole KPSU video)