This is what we talk about when we talk about corrupt Greek life. Last week, Northwestern University’s school paper The Daily Northwestern published an extensive look into the history of hazing at the college, prompted by a long-term investigation of the fraternity Phi Delta Theta for events that have occurred over the past few years. Though details of the potential punishment for the frat have been sealed, Phi Delt brothers are happy enough with it that they’ve taken to social media to celebrate dodging a bullet after their history of sexist and violent behavior.
“Phi Delt’s argument that their issues were due to a few members ignores the system their fraternity is a part of, where instances of sexist, racist and intolerant behavior crop up constantly.”
CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color is in the midst of a 41 month prison sentence for defending herself against a violent, racist and transphobic attack in Minnesota which resulted in the death of one of her attackers. Actress Laverne Cox is portraying an incarcerated trans woman in Orange is the New Black. Through a powerful in prison interview, and investigative filmmaking. This film confronts the issue of transphobia and the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color.
You ain’t gon never find a movie where an old lady who wears curlers in her hair from down the block is a goddamn ass kicker in America
Everybody who is a fighter up in American movies are pretty as fuck.
Kung Fu Hustle was on some real ‘ordinary people kick ass’ type shit
YES. The Kung Fu master who is the noodle lady, or the secret Shaolin master is the tailor.
Exactly. The delivery boy was a master and so was another gentleman (I don’t remember what profession he was, but he was damn good with spears)
And it you didn’t notice at first, you just assumed that was part of the mundane lives of the people there….
And then you see those skills come out when the axe gang comes to town…..
That really spoke to me because the ordinary people were the stars. Usually folks who are the stars are Hollywood pretty, but it completely flipped the script
(Especially so for the landlady because she was actually cast on a whim by the director. She wasn’t even an actress there to audition, but give moral support for a friend, and Stephen Chow LOVED her and put her in….)
That woman stole the show.
And the thing that gets me is how it’s a community together that becomes a real threat to the axe gang, not just one person’s amazing awesomeness that everybody else needs to just fall in line behind him.
Kuai (pastry) ran a congee stall and used staffs to roll the dough for his deep-fried noms.
There was the tailor who knew the art of Iron Wrists. He was also queer (colloquial Cantonese nickname for him translates into “backside man” in reference to buggery). They’re more common than one would think in HK movies. Usually the butt of jokes tho. Yeah, an unassuming queer tailor who also secretly kicks ass at martial arts—that’s DEFINITELY not Hollywood fare.
I really liked the moment where the tailor was cowering and he looks up at the iron rings. It was generally a very well crafted movie, visually.
Also the fact that despite the landlady being mean and stingy and willing to beat up her husband, when it’s clear the Axe Gang won’t leave them alone they tell the residents to leave because they understand it’s the nature of power-hungry bullies to come back to hurt everyone around their rivals.
In Tai Chi Hero, Grandmaster Chen points out how tai chi is incorporated into daily movements. And it’s kind of a motif in a lot of martial arts; it’s a way of moving in the world, not just a method of fighting.
“…trolling used to be pretty funny and almost entirely harmless. Trolling, despite the modern usage, does not mean “the act of pissing somebody off and laughing about their anger.” It is “the act of pissing somebody off BASED ON SOMETHING COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS and laughing about their MISPLACED anger.” It isn’t considered trolling to leave a comment full of racial epithets and laugh when people “don’t get it.” It is trolling if you leave a comment insisting on the wrong information about something irrelevant – how many runes are on a Stargate, for example (everybody knows its 12) – and wait for the ONE guy that just can’t let the transgression pass. If you start a fake fight with Prof. Stargate, dragging him deeper and deeper until hopefully, finally, even he has to stop and think “wait a minute, this is ridiculous,” that is trolling. That’s the difference: No actual harm is caused, and even the victim can eventually get in on the joke. “Trolling” isn’t referring to hiding behind a fortification and trying to hurt people like the mythical creature. It’s referring to the style of fishing – you drag bait across the bottom hoping to get a rare bite. It’s not ‘bait’ if you’re earnestly spouting your misogynistic beliefs and somebody gets upset. There’s nothing funny about entirely justified anger.”—Robert Brockway, http://www.robertbrockway.net/2013/07/18/its-not-a-game-if-you-cant-lose/ (via histrionicintrovert)
Hey fandom - we know you’re busy losing your minds (lolololol) over our new promos, but take a break for a minute so we can ask for your help. We’re in the process of developing ideas for our online after shows, and we’re trying to theme each one differently. They can be anything you want - we’ll be talking with cast and crew about whatever topics you’d like to see them discuss, and it can be anything and everything (from “Latin American Werewolf Mythology” to “bacon”). So think about it and tell us - what are some themes you’d like to see?
“My favorite definition for bisexuality so far is the one popularized by (the wonderful) bisexual activist Robyn Ochs. Ochs says, “I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted—romantically and/or sexually—to people of more than one sex, and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”
This is by far the broadest and most enabling definition of bisexuality that I’ve found to date. Its strength is in the way it enables anyone who wants to identify as bisexual to do so. (In other words, it reassures people.)
In a world in which bisexuality is usually very narrowly defined, many people who experience bisexual desire, and want to identify as bi, often feel afraid to start (or keep) identifying as such, as they feel as though they “don’t qualify.” The role that an enabling definition for bisexuality can fulfill to counter these feelings of internalized biphobia is invaluable—and I feel that Ochs’s definition does just that. It reassures people that they are “allowed” to identify as bisexual if they wish to do so.”—Shiri Eisner, from her 2013 Book ”Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution” (p. 21-22)
12:00 AM – Pay or Pray it Stops 2 with Zoe Pressman, David Brown, Sam Spahn. Pay $2 to suggest a fan-fiction to be placed in a queue to be read aloud by the hosts. Pay $1 to make it stop. Pay $3 to request a silly/special voice for the reading.
The “Amen break,” a six second drum solo in The Winstons’ 1969 song “Amen, Brother” has been chopped, edited, and sampled into one of the most ubiquitous samples in modern popular music.
It may be most well known for forming the musical foundation of an entire genre (and multiple others): Jungle, which came about in 1990s London as a multi-cultural convergence of musical forms from all around the Black Atlantic Diaspora, reflecting the socioeconomic anxieties of lower class, inner city youth in the post-Thatcher United Kingdom in what Simon Reynolds calls “rhythmic psychedelia.”
“At the same time, a conservative, consumerist gay mainstream culture has moved gay pride away from its radical potential. Instead, gay pride has become a corporate capitalist spectacle. Capitalism, as Kenneth Cimino citing Bob McCubbin argues, has redirected the call for gay liberation “into safe business networks, like advertising in magazines, marketing of gay consumer products, and/or trying to make gay pride marches into innocuous celebrations.” When gay pride does incorporate a pressing political issue, like solidarity with LGBT activists in the Global South, it takes on a form that doesn’t contest the dominant narrative, but supports and perpetuates it.”—Egbert Alejandro Martina, “Wanted For Love, But Not Here: The Travelling Rights of African LGBT Activists”
i love nicki minaj and janelle monae because their aesthetics are so far removed from one another but they both actively attempt to defy traditional standards of beauty in their own completely different ways
i think nicki goes “hyper-feminine” (see: Barbie) and challenges traditional standards of beauty by being LOUD in her femininity in both her demeanor and her appearance. yes she likes pink but not only does she like pink she FUCKING LOVESPINK. furthermore, i think she enjoys appropriating male symbols of power or traditionally masculine clothes and “feminizing” them by (flawlessly) incorporating them into her own outfits. or she makes her feminine outfits threatening by wearing spikes and sharp edges
janelle’s aesthetic is more focused around blurring the lines of traditional femininity and masculinity. janelle’s occasional forays into more traditional standards of beauty for women only make it more obvious that she is saying “I am the one who chooses how I look. Today I choose to look this way for myself and tomorrow I may choose to look differently.” she does things like wear a formal white button up, but with a ribbon neck tie. or strappy heels and an all-white suit with a gorgeous necklace. or a suit-inspired dress with a lot of cleavage. she doesn’t even give a shit about gendered clothing and just wears whatever the fuck she wants
i also love love love that they defy white-centric ideas of beauty. nicki has an alter-ego named barbie… what defies white-centric ideas of beauty more than a woman from trinidad calling herself barbie when mattel refuses to release a doll with brown skin called barbie and instead making her one of “barbie’s friends”?
and janelle is constantly constantly using natural black hair and i think she is constantly paying omage to african and african american culture in her aesthetic… i would be shocked if her cover for archandroid wasnt inspired by queen nefertiti
anyways i just love how these ladies dress themselves because i see it as a big middle finger to traditional ideas of how black women should look and i think that’s just great bye
If you’re the type of person who gets all self-righteous whenever you see people talking about a celebrity’s death and start saying stuff like “25,000 people die of starvation every year, why do we care about one actor’s death???”, you are most like an asshole, no fun at parties, and bad in bed.
And if you make stupid memes about it you deserve a fucking special place in hell to rot in for eternity you shit.
wait so genderqueer has certain connotations that arent friendly to AMAB people? I thought it was open for all non-binary people???
Not so much in theory, but definitely in practice. Look at the genderqueer tag on here and see how many DMAB folks you see. See what the ratio is of transfemininity to transmasculinity. Look at the "first ever gender-queer clothing boutique" that only sells “a menswear collection for those who were born female.” Search google for anything relating to genderqueer identities, and it’s dominated by DFAB and transmasculine people.
And it’s not just limited to genderqueer and non-binary trans* identities. It’s seemingly all trans* discourse. For example, a while back I went to a workshop on transmisogyny. Half the people involved were trans guys who dominated the discussion with talk about their experiences. Ask yourself if you’ve ever been to an event like this one in which trans women are just an afterthought.
Yes, genderqueer absolutely belongs to all of us, but it seems to me that it’s the DFAB folks and the transmasculine folks who take up the most space under the genderqueer heading.