Oh, speaking of certain rantysad garbagefaces…
I THINK I FINALLY HAVE ENOUGH SONGS FOR MY EPONINE/GRANTAIRE MIX??
(which I am being pretentious with and trying to have, like, an arc going with the song lyrics and whatnot)
And I know what I wanna draw for cover art!
And I have a 100% free day tomorrow for the first time since early August!
- me: i don't even care. i'm not going to talk about this anymore.
- me: and you know what else? [2000 word rant]
Anyone have cool tips for dealing with tension headaches?
(because this is a tension headache and not a tumor or internal bleeding, so SHUT UP, BRAIN)
It’s worse today—not bad, but annoying—and Paranoid Brain doesn’t want me taking ibuprofen because it’ll exacerbate the imaginary blood clots.
Help a headache wimp out?
"I used to love Mulan when I was younger. Now that I’m older all I can think about is how the only reason she was able to accomplish anything was because she dressed as a man. I don’t really think that makes her a good role model, when there are so many women in history who accomplished equally as impressive things, just as women"
WARNING: MOD PIK AIN’T HAVING IT
Alright, I’m going to comment on this as a movie, not an accurate portrayal of ancient Chinese culture or gender roles.
You act as if all women are readily able to achieve the same thing, since you’re assuming that Mulan and these alleged women you’re mentioning all come from the same circumstances. Not to mention you’re ignoring many traditions that have women dress up as men to achieve a certain social status, women wanting to join in in combat,. There’s also the unfortunate implication that a woman who dresses as a man (or presents herself in a masculine fashion) is somehow un-womanly or undeserving of being a role model.
I’m smelling a little misogyny and racism here…not to mention a little transphobia
There are several women who cross-dressed in order to get ahead in many avenues since some patriarchal societies severely restricts women’s rights and autonomy. These were still great women despite their reasons to dress up as men. Are they any less role models because they had to dress as men to get somewhere in life?
Now, onto Mulan as a narrative. The point of the film is that Mulan would not have been able to accomplish anything as a woman. It’s evidenced over and over in the film that Mulan did not have many choices, she didn’t have a voice, and she didn’t have a position of influence: and all of this is all due to the fact that she is a woman. That’s just how sexist the society she lived in was (once again, not an accurate portrayal of the culture or its values).
TL;DR: Mulan dressing as a man on one occasion is hardly grounds for the disqualification as a role model (nor makes her less womanly as the OP implies). A woman having to dress as a man to gain certain advantages or even just to experiment with gender roles is something that has been done throughout history as well as opening the way for many women to do great things
watertightvines replied to your photo:I checked this out but it turns out I don’t really…Ooo! Is it about Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare/ Bollywood films that draw on Shakespeare tropes?
here are the chapters:
Introduction: Shakespeare and Bollywood: the Difference a World Makes; Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia
PART I: BOLLYWOOD’S DEBT TO THE THEATER: AESTHETIC AND CULTURAL MULTIVALENCY
1. Parsi Shakespeare: The Precursor to ‘Bollywood Shakespeare’; Vikram Singh Thakur
2. Bollywood Battles the Bard: The Evolving Relationship Between Film and Theater in Shakespeare Wallah; Parmita Kapadia
PART II: SHAKESPEARE’S LOCAL FACE: USING SHAKESPEARE TO REARTICULATE INDIAN IDENTITIES
3. The Ambiguities of Bollywood Conventions and the Reading of Transnationalism in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool; Rosa María García Periago
4. No Country For Young Women: Empowering Emilia in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara; Mike Heidenberg
5. The Global as Local / Othello as Omkara; Brinda Charry and Gitanjali Shahani
PART III: BOLLYWOOD’S CULTURAL CAPITAL: BOLLYWOOD SELLS SHAKESPEARE
6. Interrogating ‘Bollywood Shakespeare’: Reading Rituporno Ghosh’s The Last Lear; Paromita Chakravarti
7. The Sounds of India in Supple’s Twelfth Night; Kendra Preston Leonard
8. Comedies of Errors: Shakespeare, Indian Cinema, and The Poetics of Mistaken Identity; Richard Allen
Afterword: Shakespeare and Bollywood
lol i just skimmed the intro and sections on Omkara. and chapter 8, about mistaken identities, doesn’t talk about any movies i’ve seen so I don’t care
the intro was really interesting, describing Bollywood tropes by removing all place/time referents (not Parsi theater inspired, but inspired by theater that has these elements) and the more you do that, the more it can sound like Shakespeare!
AHHHHHH, I’m flailing over the fourth article because when I recommend Omkara to people, “the female characters actually get development” is one of the first things I tell them. ESPECIALLY WITH INDU VS. EMILIA, GODDAMN.
Hahaha, yeah, the Problem Plays in particular are masala as hell. DEATH AND VENGEANCE but meanwhile hilarious hijinks with some lovable rogues AND ALSO SOME LOVE STORIES and touching family drama!! All in 2.5 hours!
There are a whole bunch of comedies that I’ve love to see Bollywood adaptations of, too, since I maintain forever that Bollywood on its good days has a wayyyyy better handle on romance than Hollywood does, especially re: developing its characters as people even if they’re also tropes.
(Also I just want more people who aren’t the BBC doing Shakespeare in general.)
They’re all queer. Minako may come off as straight in the anime, but in the manga she is queer as fuck. Here’s how I see them.
Usagi- bi (I was gonna say pan, but actually I do think she finds different things attractive in men, women and inbetween) and potentially eventually polyamorous
Rei- open homoromantic asexual in the manga and PGSM and probably Crystal, closeted (but will eventually come out) lesbian in the 90s anime
Ami- biromantic ace (or maybe just bi- hard to say without more evidence)
Mako- bi- tends to favor boys, but when she crushes on a girl, she crushes hard (see: Ami and Haruka)
Haruka and Michiru- lesbian space princesses
Setsuna- bi- equal level crush on Serenity and Endymion
Chibiusa- bi like mama
Why do you think that they are ALL queer…?
How is Usagi bi? She isn’t in love with Haruka or Seiya (and even doesn’t know that Seiya is a girl until pretty late in the 90’s anime).
Rei has something close to a relationship with a man in the old anime (not saying anything about the other stuff…).
How do you get Ami’s vibes…? From where…? And how is she romnatically connected to Makoto?
Also I don’t think that admiring a woman (what you count as a “crush”) determines one sexuality (Makoto’s admiration for Haruka).
Why is Minako pansexual? (In the manga she has something for Rei, in the old anime she’s into boys - or do you consider her crush on Yaten as evidence?)
Setsuna has a crush on Endymion - that one’s true. But she just respects her queen… That doesn’t count as a crush.
Why is Hotaru a lesbian? Because she is close to Chibiusa…? Is that also the reason why you count Chibiusa as bisexual? Being close to a person also doesn’t determine your sexuality…
I don’t think that making people more queer than they are is better than making queer people heterosexual…
the better question is, why the fuck do you care about my headcanons? Do not follow my blog if you’re going to bother me with your heteronormative bullshit.
and you’re right, Usagi is so completely straight, there is no evidence she’s bi.
She completely platonically gets off on lingerie clad friends groping her breast
Minako is doing some really heteorsexual boob groping in her most heterosexual outfit too.
True, Usagi is known for going on buses specifically to check out hot girls, then getting hearts in her eyes and following them off the bus bc in her words “she’s so pretty”
How on earth could anyone read that as queer?
Note the official translation had her saying “I’ll forgive anything if it’s a pretty girl” or “I’ll do anything a pretty girl tells me to” something that people would be JUST SILLY to think is a sign Usagi is attracted to pretty girls.
And there was totally never the slightest sign she was attracted to Haruka
how heterosexually her heart pounds and she swoons slightly as she prepares for haruka to kiss her, offering no resistance.
Usagi completely heterosexually had a dream about Haruka kissing her after it happened and woke up flushed and feeling like she’d cheated on Mamoru, which I’m not sure why she’d think that. considering how straight she is.
In the anime, she was stalked Haruka for an entire episode and asked if she had a girlfriend in a heterosexual way, was head over heels about the idea of dancing with her in a heterosexual way, and the other girls swooned and were jealous of usagi for dancing with her in a heterosexual way.
And you’re right! Rei had a guy who has a crush on her in the anime! It’s true that she said outright she didn’t have any feelings for him and simply admired his devotion to her in her R episode with Koan, but we all know women aren’t allowed to decide whether they want to be in a relationship with a guy who likes him. If a guy likes them, they are OBLIGATED to return their feelings! And Rei definitely wasn’t know to have really gay moments with Usagi.
and it’s not like Usagi ever teased her about possibly being gay, or that she tried to hide an interest in attractive women.
I’m such a silly, where do I get this stuff.
And she comes off as so hetero in the manga. Definitely nothing ever implied there.
nooooope. Nothing implied with Minako either (ps i did say Minako might come off as straight in the anime- however, since her anime character wasn’t as developed, i tend to fill in gaps with her manga and pgsm characterization.)
definitely they weren’t super queer in PGSM or anything either.
(don’t think being “they type who doesn’t like boys” means Rei isn’t straight. It’s a new type of straightness we haven’t identified but we’re working hard)
And yeah, that Makoto and her platonic fascination with Ami’s butt, that she doesn’t take her eyes off for a full minute
And how could I read Chibiusa and Hotaru’s friendship as anything but platonic? I mean, Hotaru totally platonically fondling Chibiusa’s naked chest.
totally platonically gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. while naked. Foreheads touching.
this completely platonic scene
Hotaru may have never shown any interest in boys, but you’re right, i should read her as straight regardless.
how could anyone think that was gay, with that phrasing. Especially since Mamoru watches on and describes it as “giving his daughter away as a bride”. Platonically.
I’m so sorry that I, a silly, stupid queer woman, dared try to read any of these characters as queer. Everyone is straight until proven otherwise, you’re right. You’ve shown me the way with your hetero wisdom.
(guess what? Even if this wasn’t all true? It wouldn’t fucking matter. I can read characters however I want, and no one needs “evidence” they are not straight. Straight should not be the fucking default, and queer people can look for representation and read relationships as romantic or platonic. You can bet if they were het, none of these relationships would be read as platonic. And there is a much evidence for a crush on Serenity for Pluto as there is for Endymion- neither are outright confirmed in the text of the manga, just “admiration”. Naoko says Setsuna has “adulterous” feelings which could refer to BOTH OF THEM (I doubt that’s what she MEANT, but she didn’t say anything concrete, so guess what? I can interpret it as I want). So get the hell out of here with your assumptions).
(Also I read Haruka as genderqueer in the manga. I hope that makes you REALLY upset).
I want to wear this post as a cloak, the Sailor Senshi are all hella queer and I will throw down if you say otherwise
Sailor Moon is queer as hell
the best part about anxiety’s physical symptoms is that they are alarming
which causes anxiety
which causes more symptoms
so the fun never ends