For me, being able to be vulnerable is difficult, but it’s just something that I feel comfortable doing. I need to fully understand why, the thought-process behind the character and I have to believe it. That comes from a lot of preparation.
*walks out of exam*
well i was successfully able to bullshit every answer on the test so i think i did okay
“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 can’t even hear what this dude’s saying but look at how ineffectually angry this bird is.
I’ve had days where I’ve wanted ti shriek like this at people too.
As a side note, I love that barn owls are used to often in art, and considered the most beautiful species, yet they make a noise like Satan’s chalkboard.
So much for owls saying hoot :U
"Are we ready, little one?"
*SCREECH OF MURDEROUS RAGE*
I’ve got nothing but love for folks who call angry, screeching predators ‘little one’.
I feel a great kinship to this owl.
and He says “let me go or I’ll eat your face.”
rick would probably make Percy the main character of the upcoming Norse series if he could get away with it, tbh
Join Percy Jackson as he delves into his family history and discovers that not only is he the son of Poseidon, but also a descendant of Ran - the Norse Goddess of the Sea! Percy Jackson and the Norse Gods is set to be released in 2015, follow for more updates ! You don’t want to miss this one.
- oNE NIGHT STAND BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR NEW JOB AND OOPS THAT WAS YOUR NEW BOSS YOU WERE SLEEPING WITH AU
- DETECTIVE PARTNERS AU
- U N D E R C O V E R A U
- PARENTS ARE CEO’S OF RIVALING COMPANIES AU
- PARENTS ARE HEADS OF RIVALING MOB FAMILIES AU
- REINCARNATION AU
- CHILDHOOD FRIENDS WITH ADJOINING HOUSES/ROOMS AU
- THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD AND WE’RE ALL WE’VE GOT AU
im really fucking sarcastic for someone who’s about to start crying most of the time
This is the post that explains my life
I heard it was pjofandomfaces again and I only have an old selfie from dirty finals to offer
BIG FAT DOMESTICITY QUESTIONS MEME (ETA: I ADDED SOME MORE)
Do we all agree that thinking about your ship being domestic is hnnnnnng? Ok. And I want to do an askbox meme. But I don’t like all the questions from the two usual domesticity memes. SO I compiled both, reorganized the questions, took away repeats, tweaked some of them, and added more questions that I thought of, and you should feel free to reblog or message me with more questions to add to the list, and then also ask me ships with a question’s number and we can all drown in domestic feelings.
Because domesticity, is why.
- how did they first kiss?
- who flirts more?
- how did the relationship start?
- how did they start living together? do they move? how do they choose the place?
- do they have roommates?
- do they get married (or equivalent)?
- do they have kids?
- do they have pets?
- do they act different in public and at home?
- big spoon/little spoon?
- sleeping habits?
- favorite non-sexual activity?
- favorite sexual activity?
- how often do they have sex?
- what habits of the other drives them crazy?
- how often do they fight?
- most trivial thing they fight over?
- who uses all the hot water?
- who does most of the cleaning?
- what do they watch on tv and do they fight for the remote?
- who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working?
- who answers the phone?
- who steals the blankets?
- who remembers things?
- who does the groceries?
- who cooks normally?
- who leaves their stuff lying everywhere?
- what kind of stuff can be found around their place?
- what do their cupboards or shelves look like?
- what does their closet(s) look like?
- what do they do when they’re away from each other?
- do they have nicknames or pet names for each other?
- how do they refer to the other in public? how do other people refer to the other? (i.e. “my partner”, “ask your father”, ”dad and papa”, ”how’s your wife?”, etc)
- who is more likely to pay for dinner?
- how often do they go on dates?
- typical date night? out or at home?
- do they celebrate birthdays, valentine’s day, anniversaries?
- what would they get each other for gifts?
- how do they spend christmas and new year’s (or equivalent family gatherings)?
- who cusses more?
- what would they do if the other one was hurt?
- what are little gestures they do for each other?
- do they know how the other takes their coffee/tea?
- do they feel they see each other enough, or do they have activities that take too much of their time?
- do they friend/follow each other on facebook/tumblr/livejournal/skype/etc?
- (added) morning routine?
- how do they make up after a fight?
- finds the other persons wallet on the street and goes on a quest to give it back au
- the only two people at a bar rooting for the same football team au
- dentist waiting room au (seriously that shit takes so long)
- waiting for a flight that gets delayed au
- street magician au
- take the same bus every morning au
- "stop talking during the movie i am trying to watch dick bag" au
- having each other’s names on coke bottles and discovering it in the line to pay au