Posts tagged fight the oppression of the phallocentric society
Posts tagged fight the oppression of the phallocentric society
Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the Beast isn’t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get othered by society. People don’t trust the Beast because of the way he looks, which only feeds his anger issues and pushes him further away. Gaston isn’t the only one who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole town says there must be something wrong with her. And her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being just a little eccentric.
Howard Ashman, who collaborated on the film’s score and had a huge influence on the movie’s story and themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after work on the film was completed. If you watch the film with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear. Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set of characteristics, while nice people who don’t are ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes for him. He’s not angry, he’s sad. He’s tired. And he almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast asks Belle to marry him every night, and the spell is broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits for her to love him, because he cannot love himself. That’s how badly being ostracized from society and told that you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that this line of thinking is wrong. It’s so much deeper than a standard “be yourself” message, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.
Lily Myers, performing for Wesleyan University at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament.
you have been taught to grow out
I have been taught to grow in
— Lily Myers - “Shrinking Women” (CUPSI 2013)
Cordy is having exactly none of your shit, pretty-boy.
Still a stronger female representation than the Abbott cabinet.
Actually, this got me curious, so I did some math. By my count, there are nineteen people in Voldemort’s cabinet (in this photo, counting Draco, because if you’re going to make nepotism a policy, I’m going to count your nepotistic interns), and four of them are women, for a 21.05% split - not bad, but not good.
But when you look at the actual US cabinet as it currently stands, there are three women in a total of sixteen positions (the fifteen heads of departments, plus the VP). That’s only 18.75%! The United States government is worse at gender equality than the Dark Lord.
If you expand the search to include cabinet-level positions, it gets less dire. Seven women hold positions out of a potential total of 27, for a 25.93% split. But do we really want to be better than Voldemort on a technicality?
No, we do not.
Pax, have I mentioned that I love you recently?
Tumblr, 30 years ago…
Betty and Veronica #326, October 1983
How sad is it that thirty years later, we’re still having to deal with sexist, misogynistic double standard BS like the kind described here…
EVERYONE, ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS.
creeps, perverts, and rapists are not a minority among men. I’m sorry, they’re just not.
You don’t see women fucking following people home and saying perverse things, you don’t see thousands of dots on the sex offender registry belonging to females, you don’t see women pulling up their cars next to teenage boys and making kissy faces or just generally being FUCKING NUISANCES at the least, and VIOLENT RAPISTS at the worst.
It fucking sucks that to preserve the male ego we’re constantly told “not all men are like that”
then how come me and every woman I’ve ever met are constantly made to feel threatened by men almost every time we leave the house
to walk our dogs, to buy groceries, to go to our friends house.
we are slave to the patriarchy, we really are
it is “cover up and be quiet” or “bare yourself and risk violation or death”.
I remember walking home one night with my girlfriend at the time from one of her gigs, we were no more than 2 blocks from our house and there’s this fucking man standing outside of his house with his fucking pants down, stroking himself as we walk by and stumbling forward, shouting things at us while we did all we could to just be swift and drown it out with our heartbeats pounding in our ears.
If you can’t control yourself enough to keep your fucking mouth shut and leave people alone like a barking dog in heat, then you need to be caged or neutered or euthanized like an animal.
Those are my honest feelings, you do not belong among civilized people.
I want to be her friend.
it is not even “cover up and be quiet” or “bare yourself and risk violation or death,” it is fucking “exist, be quiet, and still risk violation or death.”
I don’t do quiet.
Sweetheart, you are brave and amazing, and don’t worry that you talk too fast when you’re angry. You have a right to be angry. You have a right to feel safe in the place that you live, no matter where it is. You have a right to have a drink - or not have a drink - as you choose, and a right to wear what you want and not have to fear for your life from other people.
I want to shake your hand. I want to give you a hug. And I want to light those morons on Twitter on fire. Because no human being ever ‘deserves it,’ and anyone who says or thinks otherwise has bought into the rape culture of this planet. And it breaks my heart that they’ve aimed that internalized misogyny at you.
Take a Hint- Victoria Justice & Elizabeth Gillies
YOU ASKED ME WHAT MY SIGN IS AND I TOLD YOU IT WAS STOP
So let’s take a moment to talk about how fucking badass this fucking song is.
“STOP YOUR STARING AT MY *HEY*”
WOW THIS IS GREAT ALL FAITH RESTORED INTO NICKELODEON THANK YOU OMG
i really like this
WOW GOOD JOB NICKELODEON
H/T to @laurennmcc by way of @xtop
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.
She’s written a book, you say? I shall have to read it.
I love you jennifer hale
Nothing to Prove - Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks (by thedoubleclicks)
So psyched to have been a part of this…
Watch, love, and then go buy the record!
This is great and hilarious and rather scarily accurate in places, but let’s be sure to remember that Wendy Davis did not do all this by herself. All these Texas State Senators deserve a round of applause:
Senator Leticia Van de Putte
Senator Kirk Watson
Senator Royce West
Senator John Whitmire
Senator Judith Zaffrini
Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a pro-life conference today, talking about women. (via locusimperium)
this is so terrifyingly sociopathic. he’s relishing our desperate pleas not to curtail our rights
Rick Perry - not only does he hate every woman/anyone with a uterus, he loves hearing us scream. because that’s not horrifying at all.
[Quote source.] What a disgusting man. Sociopath is right.
this is both hilariously, and horrifyingly, true.