Anonymous said: *stupid idea alert* You should try streaming the Fifty Shades movie when it is reachable through internet or something.(plus, I want to watch the movie with people, but not in a theatre) It would be fun. PS. Livestream is best streaming site.
Can i join in? I do the best rifftrax.
They were gonna drag us up to Aberdeen for it IIRC, but if th’art willing to go that far I’m 95% sure they’d welcome thee.
Make that 100%. I would love to have you there.
A lot of the time when people talk about women in LotR and they talk about Eowyn they talk about picking up on here as a point of identification because she’s a female character in a book where those are short on the ground. And I never had a problem identifying with male characters at all or really noticed their maleness because it is effective as a default. The thing about Eowyn, and the reason that I’m uncomfortable with her as much as I’m fiercely attached to her (I hate and love Eowyn as I hate and love myself…) is that she doesn’t just exist in that male-dominated context, she explicitly calls attention to its maleness and the way she is limited by being a woman - and I think reading that was the first time I was ever really clearly aware of the idea that being a woman *could* be limiting in a meaningful way (a few points here: 1. I first read LotR when I was seven 2. I had the vague idea up until then that “you can’t play with us, you’re a girl” etc. was kids being stupid and something people grew out of 3. My parents did good re. gendered stuff).
So the part of “All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it mo more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.” that hit me like a ton of bricks wasn’t
“I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.” That’s what I’d expect of most of the characters in a book like this - that’s a reasonable set of traits for her as much as it is for e.g. Boromir. What hit me like a ton of bricks as a kid was “All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your part is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it mo more.” because *I hadn’t consciously clocked that battle and honour were gendered like that
I don’t know how I hadn’t clocked it given how many books I’d read about male knights and male soldiers and so on, but I hadn’t - they were just characters, their maleness wasn’t something I’d noticed as a connecting factor (…seven.). So that passage for me wasn’t ‘look at Eowyn rebelling against restrictive gender roles’ as much as ‘hey, look, there are gender roles. and all those things you fantasize about being you probably wouldn’t be allowed to be even if you lived in those worlds’
See the thing about Eowyn is:
"What do you fear, lady?"
“A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”
which is something I can really relate to and which really makes me very attached to her,
but also the same page is what made me aware of the idea that gender could be a cage
that what you could do wasn’t limited by just *your actual capabilities* but also by gendered expectations.
and fuck that
So Eowyn for me is about challenging limits but also about the existence of limits
and I don’t think it’s coincidental that about a year (and several more LotR readthroughs) after my first reading of that is the phase when I was 8 or 9 when I got my mum to cut my hair short and decided I wanted to be a boy and demanded people call me Charlie.
That was a phase that stopped when it became very clear that noone *believed* I was a boy and all it did was call more attention to my gender because what I wanted wasn’t to be a boy, it was not to be a girl: it was to be default setting, to have all the options open. For “You are a woman, and your part is…” *not to apply*
It still really is.
Which is why I get upset when some guy on Facebook tries to tell me that gender isn’t important to talking about Eowyn or that the way she’s portrayed doesn’t say anything about women. Gender is not irrelevant to the character that taught me that *gender is relevant*. I fucking wish gender was irrelevant to Eowyn.
Then maybe it could be irrelevant to me and people could stop acting like “you are a woman, and your part is…” had to apply when I don’t want it to I don’t care what the part is. I don’t want to be given it on the basis that “you are a woman” I DON’T WANT TO BE ONE and I never chose to be one, I just got given the body that’s usually associated.
Starting on Monday, thousands of university students in Hong Kong have been gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tamar Park (outside the government offices) to protest the National People Congress (NPC) of China’s decision to restrict the right to vote for Chief Executive, the city’s highest political leader in 2017.
Article 45 of the Basic Law (Hong Kong’s own mini-constitution implemented after the handover from Britain to China in 1997) states that the Chief Executive should be chosen by universal suffrage as an eventual goal. Time and time again the Communist Party of China have dodged/shut down any democratic progress. Last month the NPC announced that they would continue using the 1200-member committee, consisting of members loyal to the Communist Party, to vote for our CE. THIS IS ILLEGAL. THIS IS SHAM DEMOCRACY AND SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.
The sit-in of university students belongs to a movement called ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ and is led by The Hong Kong Federation of Students (schedule and declaration of the strike included). This act of civil disobedience consists of absolute non-violence. It consists of free public lectures offered by university professors and writers on topics like Orwell’s ‘1984’, history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight to end injustice etc etc. I was one of the students sitting in Tamar Park on Tuesday and Thursday and it was one of the most rewarding, educational and, I must emphasise, peaceful political activities I have ever witnessed.
On Friday, high school students led by the student group Scholarism joined in the protest. They marched to Civic Square, pleading for our current CE to come out of his offices and listen to their requests, just like he promised during his ‘campaign’ in 2012. More and more citizens joined in the protest after work.
The police started cutting off access to Civic Square, which is a publicly owned area. They used shields to form a blockade against the protestors and started pushing them back. When people resisted with umbrellas, they started using clubs and pepper spray on the protestors, who started putting both of their hands up to show they are unarmed. Many students who managed to rush in Civic Square are arrested, including the leading of Scholarism. Many of them have visible injuries caused by police brutality and some of them still haven’t been released from police custody.
THE FIGHT IS STIL GOING ON. PEOPLE ARE STILL CROWDING OUTSIDE CIVIC SQUARE AND TAMAR. Resources are running thin and the police are still threatening violence. Some of my friends are at the protest and they are continuing the struggle despite the risks. It is predicted that the police will escalate their brutality with tear gas, more pepper spray and water cannons against innocent, peaceful protestors, many of them teenagers.
You can watch Occupy Central live here: x (Apple Daily livestream)
I know tumblr is a US-centric place but PLEASE PLEASE SPARE A SECOND TO REBLOG THIS POST. Hong Kong is a tiny city. We are anything but a formidable force in international politics. The only thing we can do is raise awareness among the world and force our corrupt government to answer to our protests.
PLEASE HELP US.
The huge amount of pressure on young girls to let their boyfriends get away with everything and not to stand up for themselves, lest they stop being a ‘chill girlfriend’ and instead become a horrible, controlling harpy is such bullshit.
Stop teaching young girls that demanding to be treated with respect and courtesy makes them shrill, over-emotional, or unworthy of listening to.
#i have a personfriend who knows how to set boundaries and expects me to stick to them
Wait, you do? You have a personfriend who knows how to set boundaries? Who are they and when do I get to meet them?