We are not the brightest of nations.
Some lovely person reblogged this (thankyou!) and blamed the Daily Mail, which got me thinking. Now while I too like to blame the Daily Mail for things, this one really goes waaay back. It’s British Exceptionalism (really English Exceptionalism) - the legacy of an imperial nation: the rest of the world exists for our benefit. You would also see it if you asked people “Foreign visitors to England should speak English” and “English people abroad should speak the local language”, except you wouldn’t need to ask that because you can just see it in our behaviour. No doubt the Mail and its ilk thrive on English Exceptionalism, but they didn’t create it. We are such entitled children, and this idiocy will be the tone of UK politics for the next several years, too.
1:16 pm • 21 October 2014 • 490 notes
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Oscar Wilde
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.
I completely agree with what you have written, and it’s totally fucked up, but unfortunately this is sort of the whole premise of Tumblr. People use tiny clips of information, often in GIF form without any context as too the intent of the source.
It’s yellow journalism bullshit. Basically just bad essay writing, which pretty much every person on the internet is guilty of too some degree. It makes it very difficult when one is making a point in this way, too make a truly cogent point that will be taken seriously.
if every Tumblr post was constructed as a proper argumentative essay, Internet based political activity might actually have some real affect on the world, instead of being a weird parade of people alternately preaching to the choir, or heatedly arguing with bigots and trolls, who either will never change their opinion, or just don’t actually give a fuck, and are just fucking around.
(Source: defpro, via fractalacidfairy)
5:13 pm • 20 October 2014 • 419,184 notes
Marilyn Monroe is remembered as a weird symbol, SHE WAS A REALLY FUCKING GOOD ACTOR. She shouldn’t be remembered for winking and shit, some like it hot and gentleman prefer blondes are live.
10:43 pm • 18 October 2014
Josh Thomas talks about male suicide
I wonder how feminists will react to this
Probably ignore it then go back to making male tears mugs and gifs
Actually this is a very common idea among feminists
It’s something feminists have been talking about for years it’s called toxic masculinity and it’s one of the common threads among the topic of ‘Patriarchy hurts men too’. If fact the first time I read about toxic masculinity was on a feminist blog.
If you actually read things feminists talk about instead of straw manning them you might know this but OH WELL
10:34 pm • 18 October 2014 • 155,471 notes
Just copped some fresh docs. birthday shit, love you mum!
10:11 pm • 16 October 2014
imma need like a few days to process this i’m
It’s like the dynamics of racism in America summed up in three short youtube comments.
10:11 pm • 12 October 2014 • 32,591 notes