1. Wolverine vs. 11: Priorities

    feiwynne:

    Logan and 11 have very different priorities. Logan has gone off to find Rogue after she leaves the Xavier School. He clears up the misconception that Xavier was upset with her, and asks if she wants to go back. It is heavily implied from the phrasing that he is also offering to go with her wherever she chooses as her protector.

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    Compare that interaction to this scene with 11 and Clara.

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    Clara discovers that her various instantiations exist and are dieing, and the Doctor tells her that it’s ok, because she won’t care when she doesn’t remember. She states that she doesn’t want to forget, but 11 ignores that. 11 doesn’t care what Clara wants, or what Clara asks for, and is perfectly happy to strip her of agency and memories, make decisions on her behalf, and routinely put her in danger without her informed consent.

    Back with the X-Men, when the Xavier school is raided, Logan grabs one kid that was knocked out by the raiders, before going back to try to take them out. Colossus, who has been overseeing the evacuation offers to help fight the invading force.

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    When Colossus says that he can help Logan with the fight, he’s not wrong. But Logan knows most of the children evacuating are too young and inexperienced to handle themselves out in the world, and assigns the care of the children to him, turning down the offer without insulting Colossus’ abilities. Heading back to hold off the invaders alone, no one will witness or praise Logan’s accomplishments, but that’s not the point. 11’s concerns are a bit different.

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    And by different, I mean selfishly petty.

    As the Xavier School raid continues, Logan encounters the raid leader Striker, who knows him as Wolverine, and knows the answers to the questions Logan has been asking for years, (Logan is missing most of his memory). Bobby throws up an ice wall, separating Logan and Striker.

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    Logan insists that he doesn’t need Bobby’s help, and that they should leave without him, because he wants to learn about his past. Rogue points out that the reason they don’t want to leave without him has to do with their safety, not his. Logan then leaves the mysteries of his past behind to help Bobby and Rogue.

    11 has also been in a situation where a girl changed his mind, but the context and implications were very problematic. 11 has just come down from his cloud of remorseless spiteful man-feelings, when he gets Clara mortally wounded via incompetence. Clara asks the Doctor to save the planet earth, which is, in it’s entirety, being threatened by the Great Intelligence. The Doctor tells her that he will save the world if she ‘runs away with him,’ and in Moffat context that is heavily implied to be romantic in nature.  

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    So… the Doctor will condensed to save the planet if he can get Clara as a reward, and the fact that she has essentially been coerced into saying yes is just brushed under the rug.

    So in Logan, we have a man who offers himself as a protector, to go wherever his charges take him, who needs no witnesses or praise, and who values the safety and autonomy of his friends over the recovery of his own life memories. In 11, we have a man who collects people under false pretenses, lies, and coercion, declares that their only purpose is to make him feel important, and brings them into harms way without informed consent in order to solve other people’s back stories, without even letting them know about it. And maybe if you promise him a willing, or even coerced, young woman as a prize, he might just bother to save lives. ‘Good Boyfriend Doctor’ indeed.

    Link to the rest of the Wolverine vs. 11 series so far.

  2. "

    These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’

    Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.

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  3. I found a book meme!

    bluestockingcouture:

    Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

    A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
    B. Best Sequel Ever
    C. Currently Reading
    D. Drink of Choice While Reading
    E. E-Reader or Physical Books
    F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
    G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
    H. Hidden Gem Book
    I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
    J. Just Finished
    K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
    L. Longest Book You’ve Read
    M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
    N. Number of Bookcases You Own
    O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
    P. Preferred Place to Read
    Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feelings
    R. Reading Regret
    S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
    T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books
    U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
    W. Worst Bookish Habit
    V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
    X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
    Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
    Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

    I am too tired to move from the sofa this evening, so give me one or more letters and I will talk Books.

    I would totally do this! But I’m pretty sure no one would ask me…

    (via shahofblah)

  4. "To live would be an awfully big adventure."

    (Source: bellecs, via marykatewiles)

  5. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Ferguson’s public library welcomes students and teachers this week, while schools are still closed. 

    PUBLIC LIBRARIES FTW!

    (via jessehimself)

  6. "You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

    A.A. Milne

    August 21, 1920: A.A. Milne and his wife thought that their baby was going to be a girl. When he emerged a boy, the parents chose a new name for him—Christopher Robin. It would be popularized in Milne’s many Winnie-the-Pooh stories of a boy and his bear.

    via Goodreads Quote of the Day

  7. kawaiimistake:

xelethaine:

mori-girl-life:

Saying Hello to the Dragon.

That is a fucking forest spirit and nobody will make me believe otherwise.


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This is beautiful!

    kawaiimistake:

    xelethaine:

    mori-girl-life:

    Saying Hello to the Dragon.

    That is a fucking forest spirit and nobody will make me believe otherwise.

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    This is beautiful!

    (via fairypuppyponyprincess)

  8. claudiaboleyn:

    lifeofawannabehobbit:

    OK. So Children’s Place were selling Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirts for boys… and left Gamora out of the ugly-ass t-shirt design because she’s a female character and this “shirt in particular is a boy’s shirt.”

    THIS. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, PEOPLE.

    (via: http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/08/guardians-of-the-galaxy-t-shirt-leaves-off-gamora/)

    We all know that’s bull because the girls’ shirts are always covered in male characters. Apparently having a female character on merchandise would accidentally give young girls and women the false impression that they matter too. And we can’t have that, now, can we? 

    Seriously?! I’m surprised I’m even surprised anymore.

    (via feiwynne)

  9. peashooter85:

    The Great Carrot Deception of World War II.

    During the Battle of Britain, a battle in which the German Luftwaffe (air force) expected to simply sweep the RAF (Royal Air Force) out of the skies, the Germans were baffled as to how the British were able to put up such a staunch defense.  What was most confusing of all was that the British seemed to know where all their attack were coming from.  British pilots were even able to intercept and shoot down German bombers in the pitch black of night. 

    What the Germans didn’t know was that the British had an ace up their sleeve.  British radar technology had advanced to the point that British fighter pilots could find and shoot down enemy bombers directed by an onboard radar interception unit.  Knowledge of Britain’s radar technology was top secret, and the Brits certainly didn’t want the Germans to find out.  The British War Ministry quickly cooked up a cartoonish and bizarre cover story for their success.

    The Ministry single out a successful pilot named John Cunningham for a unique propaganda campaign.  John Cunningham, nicknamed “Cat Eyes” had shot down 19 German bombers at night using the new onboard radar system.  Cunningham was also a man loved to eat carrots, sometimes eating dozens at a time in one sitting. Thus the British War Ministry cooked up an ridiculous carrot of their own; the reason for the RAF’s night fighting success was because British pilots ate carrots.  Chalk full of Vitamin A, the carrots gave British pilots almost superhuman night vision.  To cement their story, a propaganda campaign was started to convince the British people that carrots were good for eyesight.  They printed posters claiming carrots gave people nightvision, necessary for survival in blackouts and bombing raids.  They advertised on the radio, they printed leaflets, they even introduced a special carrot pop for children. 

    While today scientific studies prove that carrots, at best, might improve vision a little bit, the propaganda campaign was certainly pumping out a steady stream of over-exaggerated BS.  However, the British public certainly bought it.  More importantly to some degree the Germans bought it as well.  While it is unknown if German High Command accepted the “carrot theory”, there are recorded instanced of German Luftwaffe pilots eating an excess of carrots to improve their vision.

    After the Battle of Britain the carrot campaign continued to the point that even other Allied Powers were printing their own carrot propaganda.  Today the myth is still alive and well, and millions of children around the world are forced to eat their carrots due to World War II propaganda.

    Fascinating and hilarious!

    (Source: smithsonianmag.com, via feiwynne)

  10. "Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us."
    C.S. Lewis (via bleuwrites)

    (Source: observando, via bleuwrites)

  11. actorswithactionfigures:

    ambergoesclick:

    merryweatherblue:

    I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. 

    So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

    Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. 

    So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.

    I really hope James Gunn sees this.

    Pinging @jamesgunn

    (via feiwynne)

  12. "Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine."

    Honoré de Balzac

    Even after he found literary success, Honoré de Balzac couldn’t resist a get-rich-quick scheme. The French author failed at running a printing press and a type foundry as well as speculating in slag and in lumber. He died 164 years ago today.

    via Goodreads Quote of the Day

  13. sdiaz101:

    crhodey:

    geekmelange:

    sir-sherlock-of-the-tardis:

    kismesister:

    friendlytroll:

    mamasam:

    stopthatimp:

    nani was NINETEEN and such a fucking badass who was so protective of lilo and just ROLLED with aliens being a thing towards the end of the movie. #1 Disney relative of all time.

    I have honestly been waiting AGES for the right gifset to express the wonderful perfection that is Nani. She is not only protective of Lilo, she respects the way Lilo’s imagination and quirkiness works.

    Pudge the fish got a peanut butter sandwich every Thursday. Nani does not argue the logic of feeding him, only suggests an alternative sandwich when they are out of peanut butter. Lilo was allowed to take as many photos of whatever mundane or odd subjects as she wanted and Nani would get them developed. Nani recognized what were important habits for Lilo.

    When Lilo asks for a pet lobster, Nani does not tell her that lobsters are not pets. She tells her, “We don’t have a lobster door, we have a dog door.” She makes sure the woman at the pound does not tell Lilo that “Stitch is not a real name”.

    NANI SPENDS THE ENTIRE MOVIE MAKING SURE THAT LILO NEVER FEELS LIKE HER IDEAS ARE WRONG.

    The only time we truly see Nani get angry with Lilo is when she is scared of Lilo being taken away. Nani spends the entire movie stressed out over taking care of her sister, trying to find a job, trying to make sure her sister has a friend, and yet she is always willing to put that extra effort, over and over again, to make sure that Lilo always believes that anything is possible.

    This is a great moment because she probably *remembered* that Lilo said this once. And you know what? Shes not ending this day by letting her little sister think this is her fault. She’s not having an easy time trying to be a parent, but she knows none of this is her sisters fault, and shes not going to let her think it is. 

    And half of her terror of losing Lilo isnt even just losing her family; its knowing that wherever Lilo goes, they won’t know how to do these things. They won’t understand her. 

    What a good movie. 

    Casual reminder that the reason Lilo obsessively feeds the fish is because her parents died in a rainstorm and she firmly believes Pudge controls the weather. If you pay attention to the feeding sequence you will notice that storm clouds recede and dissipate, a visual narrative that confirms this.

    It’s not just a habit. It’s a very real part of Lilo’s healing process and Nani understands that.

    Also if you pay attention to Nani’s room you’ll notice she had surfing posters and trophies. She was very much on her way to being a pro surfer but had to give it up to become the adult Lilo needed her to be.

    And not ONCE does Nani show her sister any resentment. It’s worth it to keep her family together. This is a young woman who is willing to sacrifice all of her dreams and make incredibly grown up decisions.

    What I am saying is Nani is the best disney princess of all time. Disney Queen even.

    Always reblog nani

    Nani & LIlo - doing the awesome “sisters-focused narrative” before Frozen was a thing and getting less than 1/2 the credit.

    Aaaanndd this is why it’s my favorite Disney movie (though not my favorite princess because to call either Lilo or Nani a “princess” would be to diminish what they ahve to offer).

    Awesome sisters.

    (via teenlibrariantoolbox)

  14. "As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do."

    Georgette Heyer

    Best known for her Regency romances, Georgette Heyer (born August 16, 1902) wrote scores of novels that benefited from her meticulous research into the habits, recipes, clothing, and endearments of the day.

    via Goodreads Quote of the Day

  15. "There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read, unless it be reading while you eat. Anabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over."

    E. Nesbit

    Prolific author E. Nesbit (born August 15, 1858) is best known for The Railway Children, The Story of the Treasure Seekers, and Five Children and It. She is also one of the founders of the Fabian Society, which laid the groundwork for the current Labor Party in the UK.

    via Goodreads Quote of the Day

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