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Florence Nightingale was never called “The Lady with the Lamp” but ”The Lady with the Hammer”, an image deftly readjusted by the war reporter of the Times since it was far too coarse for the folks back home. Far from gliding about the hospital with her lamp aloft, Nightingale earned her nickname through a ferocious attack on a locked storeroom when a military commander refused to give her the medical supplies she needed.
"Who cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World"- Rosalind Miles (via fyeahnursingthings)

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ninemoons42:

dduane:

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'Jem' creator, fans call out movie reboot all-male production team

…The most interesting thing about this 21st century Jem reboot was that the producers seemed pretty serious about getting the fans onboard. In their admittedly bro-heavy announcement video, Blum, Braun, and Chu explained that they were looking to crowdsource ideas for the movie: casting, music, everything. This was going to be a Jem and the Holograms movie for the social media generation, and that meant stirring up some excitement on Tumblr and Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, it turned out that what the fans wanted was a Jem movie with at least some professional input from women. Specifically, they wanted the show’s original creator, Christy Marx, who also worked on multiple other children’s cartoons including G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Conan the Adventurer.

Posting to Facebook, Marx wrote that she had “no inkling” that a Jem movie was in the works until a few days before the public announcement.

This sucks exceptionally hard. Christy is an old friend, and one of the most experienced women in animation. They couldn’t even have brought her in to consult? What the hell is wrong with these people??

Seconding dduane

it is the wrongest of the wrong things to put together a Jem and the Holograms movie that neither includes any women on the production team nor calls in the FUCKING creator to consult!

What the actual fuck, Hollywood? You really gonna shit on my childhood and my heroines like this? (Heroines, plural, because the Misfits fucking rocked just as hard as Jem and the Holograms did.)

Seriously, the fact that three dudes announced a Jem reboot and didn’t even address the idea of involving any woman in the creative team just burns me. Hearing that the creator was completely left out of the process kills my interest completely.

I know the point here is the damaging, unattainable image fakery, buuuut, when I watch this I can’t help thinking: I LOVE THAT INTERFACE, WHERE CAN I GET THAT SOFTWARE

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ghasedeh:

janetmock:

Janet Mock returns to Piers Morgan Live. (x)

My people are everything. Thank you for supporting me tonight. I exist among giants. I love you all. 

Janet Mock is everything. Beauty beauty grace grace love love. Justice. Love in public.

Incredibly graceful and courageous, after the appalling things Morgan said.

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stupidfuckingquestions:

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year discussing the fact that Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ is the biggest selling song of 2013 in the UK

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DINI: “That’s the thing, you know I hate being Mr. Sour Grapes here, but I’ll just lay it on the line: that’s the thing that got us cancelled on Tower Prep, honest-to-God was, like, ‘we need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys’—this is the network talking—’one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys, but right there.’ And then we began writing stories that got into the two girls’ back stories, and they were really interesting. And suddenly we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a big part of our audience, in sort of like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman and [indistinct]’s really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘F***, no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve gotta get that in there. And we can’t—’ and I’d say, but look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching, with the families, and then when you break it down—’Yeah, but the—so many—we’ve got too many girls. We need more boys.’”

SMITH: “That’s heart-breaking.”

DINI: “And then that’s why they cancelled us, and they put on a show called Level Up, which is, you know, goofy nerds fighting CG monsters. It’s like, ‘We don’t want the girls because the girls won’t buy toys.’ We had a whole… we had a whole, a merchandise line for Tower Prep that they s***canned before it ever got off the launching pad, because it’s like, ‘Boys, boys, boys. Boys buy the little spinny tops, they but the action figures, girls buy princesses, we’re not selling princesses.’”

paul dini on the cancellation of Young Justice

the entertainment industry is run by male pricks with misogyny and shit for brains

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One of many good responses to when people say the following:

  • "Well if you’re so mad, why don’t you go make your own?"
  • "Well girls only want to see boys on their shows too, girls hate girls too."
  • "It’s just business, that’s just the way it is."

Even when a man wants to put more female content into a show, he are still told no by network executives. What fucking chance do female creators have? Network executives are not gods. They are not mystical oracles with a finger on the pulse of the nation.  They aren’t people who find joy in creativity or innovation.  (If anything, they are soulless demons with no respect for you, the viewer.  They respect no one except the almighty $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.) And they control your entertainment.

Learn to discern!

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theletteraesc:

bebinn:

After reading an NPR segment featuring a cheery grandmother as the face of anti-abortion protestors, clinic escort Erin Matson decided to show the truth behind the innocent facade. Click through for more first-person accounts of anti-choice harassment and terrorism.

Fuck you NPR

farandolae:

SIGNAL BOOST: please reblog this axolotl. Reblog it a lot so that when I go to my notification page I don’t see that my most reblogged post recently has entered the MRA side of Tumblr. I would prefer to see this axolotl instead. I will send a cute message to everyone who reblogs this axolotl.

farandolae:

SIGNAL BOOST: please reblog this axolotl. Reblog it a lot so that when I go to my notification page I don’t see that my most reblogged post recently has entered the MRA side of Tumblr. I would prefer to see this axolotl instead. I will send a cute message to everyone who reblogs this axolotl.

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randomling:

wizzard890:

xshruglife:



“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”  Oscar Wilde


Forever reblog

This gif’s widespread use as shorthand for the concept of ~weaponized femininity~ has always bothered me, and I’ve never understood why it’s become so popular. I mean, sure, at first brush, it seems obvious: here is a studiedly beautiful woman who, with the simple gesture of placing a cigarette between her lips, has dozens of men wrapped around her finger, vying for her favor. But just take a minute here and look at her face. She’s not reveling in this, you get the feeling that she didn’t even expect it, this woman is upset and overwhelmed by the amount of male attention she’s getting.
Because this is a pivotal moment in a movie about a woman who is forced into prostitution.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena came out in 2000, and starred Monica Bellucci as the titular Malena, a young wife whose husband is off fighting for the Axis Powers in WWII. Beautiful and shy, Malena tries to keep to herself, but finds it increasingly difficult as word of her husband’s absence attracts not only the attention of all the men in town, but the bitter jealousy of their wives and lovers. She does nothing to encourage any of her suitors, and instead spends her days caring for her aging father. But this uneasy peace in her life is shattered when she receives word of her husband’s death, and she’s left to fend for herself in a town where half the people only care for her body, and the other half hate her for it.
In the rest of the film we see the following: Malena’s relationship with her father destroyed as a result of sexual slander, Malena taken to court by a jealous neighbor who swears the young woman was sleeping with her husband, Malena’s rape by her lawyer as “payment” for her legal fees, Malena’s entry into the world of prostitution, and Melena’s public beating, stripping, and humiliation at the hands of the town’s women when the Americans arrive at the end of the war. Her husband appears in the third act, somehow alive, and he reclaims his wife, restoring her to respectability, and the townspeople begin to accept her once more, now that she is on the arm of her husband, and has, as some of the women whisper, ‘put on a little weight”. 
But in spite of all of that, the film isn’t Malena’s story. Instead, we see her life through the eyes of our narrator, a young boy who by turns worships her and is disgusted by her “fall”. This is his coming of age, his discovery of himself through Malena’s trauma and the specter of female sexual jealousy.
In short, this is not a woman’s movie. Malena’s beauty is a cage, something that draws awful, selfish responses from the men around her, responses that she is forced to endure as a result of her situation. And what’s worse, her looks isolate her from women, none of whom can see past her smoky eyes and hourglass figure to the heartbroken widow who needs a friend.
So you know. Use gifs if you like, weaponize that femininity in the most numbskulled, reductively simple way possible, because lipstick is ~how you control men~ and Sex Is About Power, like Oscar Wilde said. Just remember that in this film, and so tragically often in real life, that power doesn’t rest in women’s hands. 

This is excellent commentary.

Probably the reason this gif is used to illustrate feminine “power” is because the scene is a reference to a classic Mae West moment from Goin’ to Town:

…and in that context, it WAS about that.
And if anyone can be said to have wielded that power on her own terms, it ought to be Mae West, who wrote her own material and moved from a successful stage career to become a film star at 40.
(Thank you Helens78 for helping me track down the reference!)

randomling:

wizzard890:

xshruglife:


“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”  Oscar Wilde

Forever reblog

This gif’s widespread use as shorthand for the concept of ~weaponized femininity~ has always bothered me, and I’ve never understood why it’s become so popular. I mean, sure, at first brush, it seems obvious: here is a studiedly beautiful woman who, with the simple gesture of placing a cigarette between her lips, has dozens of men wrapped around her finger, vying for her favor. But just take a minute here and look at her face. She’s not reveling in this, you get the feeling that she didn’t even expect it, this woman is upset and overwhelmed by the amount of male attention she’s getting.

Because this is a pivotal moment in a movie about a woman who is forced into prostitution.

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena came out in 2000, and starred Monica Bellucci as the titular Malena, a young wife whose husband is off fighting for the Axis Powers in WWII. Beautiful and shy, Malena tries to keep to herself, but finds it increasingly difficult as word of her husband’s absence attracts not only the attention of all the men in town, but the bitter jealousy of their wives and lovers. She does nothing to encourage any of her suitors, and instead spends her days caring for her aging father. But this uneasy peace in her life is shattered when she receives word of her husband’s death, and she’s left to fend for herself in a town where half the people only care for her body, and the other half hate her for it.

In the rest of the film we see the following: Malena’s relationship with her father destroyed as a result of sexual slander, Malena taken to court by a jealous neighbor who swears the young woman was sleeping with her husband, Malena’s rape by her lawyer as “payment” for her legal fees, Malena’s entry into the world of prostitution, and Melena’s public beating, stripping, and humiliation at the hands of the town’s women when the Americans arrive at the end of the war. Her husband appears in the third act, somehow alive, and he reclaims his wife, restoring her to respectability, and the townspeople begin to accept her once more, now that she is on the arm of her husband, and has, as some of the women whisper, ‘put on a little weight”. 

But in spite of all of that, the film isn’t Malena’s story. Instead, we see her life through the eyes of our narrator, a young boy who by turns worships her and is disgusted by her “fall”. This is his coming of age, his discovery of himself through Malena’s trauma and the specter of female sexual jealousy.

In short, this is not a woman’s movie. Malena’s beauty is a cage, something that draws awful, selfish responses from the men around her, responses that she is forced to endure as a result of her situation. And what’s worse, her looks isolate her from women, none of whom can see past her smoky eyes and hourglass figure to the heartbroken widow who needs a friend.

So you know. Use gifs if you like, weaponize that femininity in the most numbskulled, reductively simple way possible, because lipstick is ~how you control men~ and Sex Is About Power, like Oscar Wilde said. Just remember that in this film, and so tragically often in real life, that power doesn’t rest in women’s hands. 

This is excellent commentary.

Probably the reason this gif is used to illustrate feminine “power” is because the scene is a reference to a classic Mae West moment from Goin’ to Town:

…and in that context, it WAS about that.

And if anyone can be said to have wielded that power on her own terms, it ought to be Mae West, who wrote her own material and moved from a successful stage career to become a film star at 40.

(Thank you Helens78 for helping me track down the reference!)

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ninemoons42:

ladyavenger:

"I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically."
—Natalie Portman

a picspam of some Marvel women for ladymarvels

 - I like this A LOT.