At the end of this burning world
You'll stand proud, face upheld
And I'll follow you, into Heaven or Hell
And I'll become, as a girl
In the desperate kingdom of love.

Happy 109th Birthday Greta Garbo!!

(September 18th, 1905 - April 15th, 1990)

"If there was less to her than met the eye, it was because so much met the eye—and because no one, least of all Greta Gustafsson, could live up to a woman whose mystery lay in the erotic consciousness of her beholders. As Kenneth Tynan marveled: ‘Nothing intrudes between her and the observer except the observer’s neuroses: She gives to each onlooker what he needs.’ Since film is the only art that provides its performers with a fountain of youth, the Garbo spell was cast year after year, decade after decade, with no additional expenditure of effort in her part. The Ineffable Movies: each time they’re screened, they disappear but never die. Because Garbo left the screen at age thirty-six, no movie camera would ever record her aging process. She achieved in life what Marilyn Monroe and James Dean got only in death: perpetual youth and regeneration."

-Barry Paris

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By Chris Sims

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is virtually a household name at this point. Her comics, including Fun Home and Dykes To Watch Out For, are deservedly critically acclaimed, and ‘The Bechdel Test’ has become an increasingly relevant shorthand for analysis of gender diversity in fiction. In other words, she’s a genius, and today, that became official.

Bechdel is one of the latest recipients of The MacArthur Foundation‘s “Genius Grant,” which honors “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” and comes with an award of $625,000 that can be spent any way the recipient sees fit.


So glad we can call Alison Bechdel an *official genius* now.

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if you don’t know your personality type, take the test here.

tagged by: spankulert (YAY THANK YOU) and I think some other person tagged me? My brain is mush.
rules: find out what characters share the same personality…

tagged by: aphrodite-mine

(I hope this isn’t boring since we’re both INTJ)

rules: find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters you find relevant below. then tag five friends and let them know you tagged them! 

type: INTJ

  • Frylock from Aqua Teen Hunger Force (This totally makes sense now.)
  • Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane) from Batman (Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow, mind you.)
  • Louise Belcher from Bob’s Burgers (This is uncomfortably true.)
  • Walter White and Gus Fring from Breaking Bad (So is this one.)
  • Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Duh, I’m a librarian.)
  • Vicious from Cowboy Bebop (Why do you think I keep my hair long?) 
  • Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing from Hellsing (Hellsing is on my Hallowe’en viewing list btw.)
  • Jareth from Labyrinth (So true, ahem.)
  • C.C. Babcock from The Nanny (One of my major crushes in college reminded me of her, hmmm.)
  • Raoul Silva from Skyfall (I loved this character so sure why not?)
  • Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (In my dreams - sigh)
  • Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie from Veronica Mars (If I had to be anyone from VM it’d have to be her.)

I can’t think of anyone else not on that list. Maybe Det. Pembleton from Homicide? The Phantom of the Opera? Scarecrow, Giles, and Maleficent are good enough.


side effects of being friends with me include gaining extensive knowledge of bands you dont listen to or care about

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Christian purity culture is less about avoiding sex, and more about disempowering women until they are in a context–complementarian, heterosexual marriage–where they are supposedly required by God to have less power than their male partner.

Purity Culture Doesn’t Want Men to Stop Getting Sex: It Wants Women to Stop Getting Power 

great post by Sarah Moon about purity culture’s fear of empowered women.

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Karen Gillan and Zoe Saldana training (x).

holy what

I am rambling again


Professional feminist media criticism is so frustrating because for one thing it seems like female critics are only invited to weigh in on things as a special expert witness on the topic of gender. You can’t just criticize a thing, you have to be there to provide the Female(tm) pov. Otherwise they’ll just have one of the hundred dudes on staff review it. So you get either feminist or anti-feminist (never lukewarm or conflicted) writers weighing in “as a woman” on the topic of gender and not really getting to extend that criticism beyond a fairly shallow assessment of the cast. I feel like criticism has devolved to this soundbyte point where real analysis is not welcome.

A pop-culture site will invite a lady critic on to play Is It Feminist? with some ridiculous piece of pop culture and it always devolves into a head count of how many women are in it and still alive at the end, which to me is a little trite. This is how you end up calling serial killer movies feminist. Media producers have figured out this game. All they have to do is genderswap a woman into their usual dreck and tick a few boxes of the Strong Female Character checklist, and then they don’t have to look any more deeply at the stories they are telling. 

Swapping in a few female characters does not magically make misogyny go away. Just look at, for example, Law and Order: SVU. A show with a lady cop as the lead character with a personal background in sexual violence, tough as nails, all that, and yet the show is a mess of victim blaming and false-accusations bullshit. If the genre itself is problematic it doesn’t matter how diverse the cast is. If it’s not actively subverting the dominant narratives of the genre it’s tacitly supporting them, no matter who they have saying the lines.

I blame media outlets for this though, because they love this kind of approach and this is how you get paid as a professional feminist writer, and this is how we end up thinking that’s what feminism is, and that’s what it becomes. What I’d like to see is critics getting to tear into the narrative and themes and tropes of the genre the thing is in, how the thing supports or subverts those tropes, how these stories are nourishing or destructive (destructive like a forest fire, clearing out room for new growth) or just status quo for our culure. I want people other than white cisdudes to define the big picture instead of everyone else being marginalized to discuss their special interest group (gender, race, sexuality) in a little sidebar. Criticism ought to go beyond “how is my group represented in this story” and on to, I don’t know, “why do we tell these stories? these particular stories?” For instance.

Photograph by Suki Dhanda.

Anna Calvi

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I bought another Cocteau Twins album today. I really love discovering new, witchy layers to their songs.

It's no longer a man's world.

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