PETITION FOR THE HILARIOUS JESSICA WILLIAMS TO GET HER OWN SHOW!
YES YES YES YES YES
Simultaneously the worst and best movie ever made
Actually one of my teachers watched every single version of Romeo and Juliet with the original text in front of him to prove that this was the worst version, but to his great dismay its the most accurate film adaptation of it, with the lines closest to the original text and most similar stage direction and relayed emotions.
He proceeded to show it to us in class.
There has only been five female characters comfirmed playable compared to fifteen male characters.
I’m amazed at those exact numbers because 33% is the point where men will start thinking there’s a majority of women in a group.
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My answer to this is going to get messy and inflammatory really quickly, but here we go. I am a huge and very aggressive fan of Lyanna Stark (she’s actually one of my favorite characters in asoiaf!) - and I think one of the reasons why I’m so quick to defend her is that so many people seem to have a problem with her, and there is just no legitimate reason why. You can not like a character for whatever reason you want to, but flat out hating her? Why???? Here is a sum total of the things that we know about Lyanna:
- She was a bit of a tomboy, and similar to Arya. She also had an interest in fighting and riding horses, and she didn’t fit into the typical westerosi understanding of a woman.
- Two men fought a war over her.
- We have NO IDEA how she felt about EITHER OF THESE MEN.
- She died horribly - probably in childbirth, while she was probably giving birth to the bastard son of Rhaegar (and we have no idea if he raped her or not in order to get her pregnant!!!!). Her last thoughts, even through her horrible death, was most likely a request for Ned to take care of her son.
The ONLY descriptions of Lyanna that we get throughout the series are through the male gaze. Even when Ned - probably the only man who actually knew her well - talks about Lyanna, we do not get a hint at what she was really feeling. It is always through the male bias that we see her, and even sometimes through the POV of the kingdom itself - as people comment on how she wasn’t beautiful enough for Rhaegar, that he wasted his rule on her, how it is somehow HER FUCKING FAULT that so many people died in the war. As far as we know, she didn’t want to be with Robert or Rhaegar. The only information that we have about how she felt is a comment that she thought Robert might cheat on her after their marriage - and then absolute silence about Rhaegar. People seem to want to make it out to be this wild forbidden love, where he carries her off into the sunset like a knight while she wears blue roses in her hair, but where is the evidence of this??? That’s an extremely disturbing assumption to make, I think. We’re told that Rhaegar loved her, and people jump to romance - but what about how Lyanna felt? She could have simply been a young girl, torn from her family and everything that she loved in Winterfell, in order to be raped by Rhaegar, while the kindom burned down around her in her name.
So why do people hate Lyanna??? It remains a mystery to me. It’s possible that they blame her for the war (which is just wrong) or that they’re reacting via internalized misogyny unknowingly and actually internalizing the things that all these men say about her (which requires some serious self examination). The worst possible option is that people hate her because she “took” Rhaegar from Elia, or because she somehow “enchanted” him into loving her in some Boleyn esque move - which is JUST MISOGYNY. THERE IS NO OTHER REASON TO THINK THIS. There is no evidence to support that claim. Now I can understand being indifferent to her - it’s not like she’s in the books very much, and I don’t expect everyone to feel so strongly about her as I do - but this hatred is unfounded. There is just no scenario in which Lyanna made this war happen on purpose or even knowingly. So yeah, I’m willing to fight to the death for this poor northern girl who died way too early in childbirth, while a war was waged around her which she in no way could have wanted.
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on GoT) is amazing, ladies and gentlemen. She’s like what, 16?
The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars - it hurts their ‘quality of life’
April 16, 2014
Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.
This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month – and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.
To be sure, people living in cars cannot be the best neighbors. Some people are able to acquire old and ugly – but still functioning – recreational vehicles with bathrooms; others do the best they can. These same cities have resisted efforts to provide more public toilet facilities, often on the grounds that this will make their city a “magnet” for homeless people from other cities. As a result, anti-homeless ordinances often spread to adjacent cities, leaving entire regions without public facilities of any kind.
Their hope, of course, is that homeless people will go elsewhere, despite the fact that the great majority of homeless people are trying to survive in the same communities in which they were last housed – and where they still maintain connections. Americans sleeping in their own cars literally have nowhere to go.
Indeed, nearly all homelessness in the US begins with a loss of income and an eviction for nonpayment of rent – a rent set entirely by market forces. The waiting lists are years long for the tiny fraction of housing with government subsidies. And rents have risen dramatically in the past two years, in part because long-time tenants must now compete with the millions of former homeowners who lost their homes in the Great Recession.
The paths from eviction to homelessness follow familiar patterns. For the completely destitute without family or friends able to help, that path leads more or less directly to the streets. For those slightly better off, unemployment and the exhaustion of meager savings – along with the good graces of family and friends – eventually leaves people with only two alternatives: a shelter cot or their old automobile.
However, in places like Los Angeles, the shelters are pretty much always full. Between 2011 and 2013, the number of unsheltered homeless people increased by 67%. In Palo Alto last year, there were 12 shelter beds for 157 homeless individuals. Homeless people in these cities do have choices: they can choose to sleep in a doorway, on a sidewalk, in a park, under a bridge or overpass, or – if they are relatively lucky – in a car. But these cities have ordinances that make all of those choices a criminal offense. The car is the best of bad options, now common enough that local bureaucrats have devised a new, if oxymoronic, term – the “vehicularly housed”.
People sleeping in cars try to find legal, nighttime parking places, where they will be less apparent and arouse the least hostility. But cities like Palo Alto and Los Angeles often forbid parking between 2am and 5am in commercial areas, where police write expensive tickets and arrest and impound the vehicles of repeat offenders. That leaves residential areas, where overnight street parking cannot, as a practical matter, be prohibited.
One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. These places are ruled by majorities of “liberals” who decry, with increasing fervor, the rapid rise in economic inequality. Nationally, 90% of Democrats (and 45% of Republicans) believe the government should act to reduce the rich-poor gap.
It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police. The word from the car: if you’re not going to do anything to help, please don’t make things worse.
Broaching the topic of “White Privilege” is not synonymous with “All white people are evil and, I hate them all.” Chill out.
Want to watch a white person rush away from a dinner party? Just bust out phrases like “institutionalized racism,” “white supremacy,” and the oldie but goodie “residual effects of slavery that are still with us today,” and watch a room of white people clear itself out, or, at least, have them stammer out the names of all the black people they are friends with, and then offer another unsolicited list off all the good they’ve done for people of color.
When I talk about systemic racism and historical racial inequalities as it ties into white privilege and modern-day racism, I think I must sound like this to white people: “Hey Whitey! I am going to kill you.” I know this is a lot to ask of white people, but could you please STOP FLIPPING OUT when the topic of white privilege comes up? I’m talking about being defensive, blabbing about how there is no such thing as race (just one human race, which is actually made up of different races), and how you are so gifted as a white person that you “don’t see race.” Ooh, that last one, ouch.
That’s why we need to have this conversation — because the inability to “see” racism and privilege is exactly what white privilege is. Talking about race is not a trap. It’s not a game of “Gotcha with your Klan Hood Down.” Talking about white privilege is not about asking white people to leave their race. Nor is it about declaring genocide on the white race. (Besides, looks like we’re already going to outnumber you by 2050, so you might as well sit back, relax and enjoy being Wong-splained.)
Talking about white privilege is not even about trying to make you feel like shit for being white. Surprising, I know. But the conversation on white privilege concerns you and yet is not about YOU. And when you make it about how you feel personally attacked, we really don’t progress further into talking about how we’re going to fix racism. Really.
If you are a white person who gets nervous when white privilege gets brought up, imagine having to navigating racism in every day life as a person of color who must live with it. Imagine systemically being locked out of better education or healthcare, job opportunities or the mainstream American narrative.
There are moments as an Asian American when I’ve been regarded as an “honorary white.” (There are also many other moments when I am reminded that I will always be a perpetual foreigner despite the fact that my family has been in the United States for three generations.) But rather than take whatever privilege I can and run with it, I’m interested in talking with people who benefit from white privilege -– how and if they can recognize it and use their positions of privilege to dismantle the systems that oppress other people.
Believe it or not, I’d love for the world to be more equitable for EVERYONE. And when I ask you to recognize your white privilege, it’s not because I’m trying to place blame. It’s about asking white people to consider the moments where they are able to “pass” in certain situations. Where they are afforded privileges that they never earned. It’s about finding ways to cede privilege, space, and comfort to allow others to live in a more equitable world.
So white people, the conversation about race can’t happen without you. We can’t get things better if we aren’t all talking. If racism were an easy problem to fix, we would have fixed it already. Ending racism starts with recognizing privilege, systemic control over society at large, and when you are dismissing issues of racism then you have the privilege of being oblivious to.
Don’t get me wrong there are people of color who proclaim to drink the tears of white people. There are anti-racism activists who will never organize with the most “down” of white people. I don’t want to drink your white tears, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t enjoy watching you squirm a little.
Come on, you got to give me that.
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I Can’t Believe I Now Have to Convince White People I Like Them by Kristina Wong (via fascinasians)
that’s how the scene went, right?