Antique Beast

'Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.' ~James Branch Cabell
25. F. Melb, AU. wizard. seriously..

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via owldee)

I’d like to add that it is normally a white male who plays savior, so any deviation from that would be nice.  In about half of the movies mentioned the person who trained the white male was a person of color.  But, I guess we are leaving that out because people of color don’t matter, right?

Thank you, Elizabeth Bear, for the friendly reminder that people of color are completely invisible to white social justice activists unless we are murdered in cold blood.  #YesAllWhitePeople

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This is a good point.  Reflecting on where this trope is visible, it feels like often the sidelined character is either a woman of any race (mostly white but not always) or a man of color.  See Laurene Fishburne in The Matrix, Zoe Saldana in Guardians, or both Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman in Lego Movie.  White male protagonists are always ‘the chosen one’, meant to be educated from complete ignorance by some minority character until he eventually surpasses them.

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jaegerdelta:

geekgirlvideo:

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foxy-green:

bencarignan:

rickybrugal:

dorkly:

Female Fantasy III

Perfecto.

perfect

May they be forever alone for their elitist douche-baggery.

I was recently interviewing the woman who founded Her Universe and we were talking specifically about women and geekdom. I asked about the rise of girls in geek culture and she very accurately corrected me: There is no “rise” of geek girls. We’ve always been here. Girls are just as nerdy as dudes are. Ladies have always been interested in sci fi and fantasy and video games - we just don’t talk about it a lot because men are assholes. 

yes.

Reminder that the very first writer of science-fiction was a woman (Mary Shelley)

Reminder that the very first computer programmer was a woman (Ada Lovelace)

Reminder that the largest contribution to the development of object-oriented programming was done by a woman (Barbara Liskov)

Reminder that a woman invented code compilers (Grace Hopper)

Reminder that a woman discovered radioactivity (Marie Curie)

A woman first photographed DNA (Rosalind Franklin)

A woman discovered what stars are made of (Cecilia Payne)

It was, most likely, women who made the first calendars and noted the passage of time, as their menstrual periods coincided with the moon phases.

Don’t you dare tell us we do not belong in the realm of science and geekery. It does not belong to men. We were there from the start.

fuehrer3345:

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Ladies rare holders

Several of these were utilized by Dita von Teese for her vintage photo shoots

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mizufae:

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shannonwest:

equalityandthecity:

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Y E S 

IT IS GETTING BETTER

When I first read about this woman’s plan I thought it was a strong idea but I was worried that it was a little bit much for one person, no matter how dedicated, to keep it up for too long, especially since she has, you know, college to commit to. I never thought about how, if other people helped her carry her burden, I never thought about how much it would look like pallbearers with a coffin. Which is simply one of the strongest visual symbols one can use to disturb people in the western world.

mizufae:

pastel-gizibe:

shannonwest:

equalityandthecity:

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Y E S 

IT IS GETTING BETTER

When I first read about this woman’s plan I thought it was a strong idea but I was worried that it was a little bit much for one person, no matter how dedicated, to keep it up for too long, especially since she has, you know, college to commit to. I never thought about how, if other people helped her carry her burden, I never thought about how much it would look like pallbearers with a coffin. Which is simply one of the strongest visual symbols one can use to disturb people in the western world.

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Young men need to be socialized in such a way that rape is as unthinkable to them as cannibalism.

Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia (via erkings)

Fun fact: Canada launched the “Don’t Be That Guy” rape prevention campaign targeted at potential rapists rather than potential victims was launched… and the number of reported sexual assaults fell by 10 per cent. within that year.  Rape prevention NEEDS to start with education and focus on the perpetrators, not just policing the behavior of potential victims.

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newdukeofyork:

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decadentlullaby:

When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.

CREEPY.

The Republican treatment, so as to not destroy family values.

newdukeofyork:

fleetwytchmac:

decadentlullaby:

When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.

CREEPY.

The Republican treatment, so as to not destroy family values.

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