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"I searched for you."
How to Pretend Life is a Damn Photoshoot - a novel by Lana Parrilla
Harry Potter Animated Series
Twenty-four years ago today, December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine murdered fourteen women and wounded ten women. He entered École Polytechnique de Montréal with a Ruger Mini-14 and a hunting knife for the purpose of “fighting feminism” by murdering the female engineering students there. He began his violence in a classroom where first he ordered the students to separate into men and women. He asked the female students in French if they knew why he had singled them out.
One student answered no, and Lépine explained, “I am fighting feminism.” Nathalie Provost attempted to defuse the situation: “Look, we are just women studying engineering, not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men, just students intent on leading a normal life.” Lépine replied, “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He opened fire and killed six women. Lépine continued through the school, committing more murders and assaults (gun and knife). Finally he killed himself. Contained in his suicide note was a hit list of nineteen more Quebec women whom he considered feminist figures.
In response to the École Polytechnique massacre, Canada designated December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day we also remember all violence against women: we call attention to partner abuse and violence against women which is especially overlooked, like the violence so many Aboriginal women face.
24 years ago today, fourteen women died because they were women.
Poor Hufflepuff. Everyone who wasn’t cunning, intelligent, or brave got sent to Hufflepuff
Ding-dong, you are wrong.
Everyone who had immense amounts of courage but, when given the choice, would decide that fighting is not as important as staying put to care for the people a war leaves in its wake ended up in Hufflepuff.
Everyone who was extremely intelligent but simply considered it a much more defining characteristic to be loyal and faithful to people they love, rather than taking pride in their intelligence*, ended up in Hufflepuff.
Everyone who wanted to do something important and had enough cunning to manipulate others and wind their way to the top, but never would because they considered it more important to be honest and earn their success fairly and through hard work ended up in Hufflepuff
Everyone who was brave, and smart, and cunning, but did not consider those traits to be the most important and defining aspects of their personality ended up in Hufflepuff.
Helga Hufflepuff made a conscious decision to accept only those students who were honest and loyal and true enough to themselves to say “No. Courage and intelligence and cunning are all valuable traits, but I will not define myself by them because I believe there are things more important than that.”
We are not your fucking leftovers.
it’s not even a manip
sarah is really ON TOP OF RACHEL
That’s right! Not a manip.*
*Except it is a little tiny TMas bit of a manip because, as you can see, we have two Tatiana Maslanies here…
…and the thing is, technically there is only one Tatiana Maslany…
…so the whole show is one giant fantastical manip.
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
50 Girlcrushes of 2013: Aliyah O’Brien
For the Gail and Holly relationship to work at all, one must believe that Holly was able to walk through all of Gail Peck’s fortified defenses like she was casually strolling on to a crime scene and do it all in under fifteen minutes of screen time. Well, I think most of you reading this right now believed it and believe it so much that you spending most of your days analyzing the dynamics of their relationship like it was your job. Wait, no, I think that is just me, so never mind. We completely understand why Gail would let Holly Stewart, a woman who can take the snark and dish it out, who doesn’t judge Gail’s antisocial tendencies, who is wonderfully weird and uses too many words, walk straight into her life with little resistance because, frankly, we all want to hang out with someone like Holly. And who wouldn’t want to hang out with someone who delivers snark in science speak (a zing delivered in a babble about DNA, what?), who flirts at you by dancing the macarena and who becomes adorably unhinged when she is worried. But as wonderful as this character is on paper, none of this would have worked if they hadn’t managed to find an actress who could embody the vibrant and warm qualities the role needed and managed to go toe-to-toe with Gail Peck’s cutting sarcasm and emerge unscathed. I think we were all helplessly charmed by this character as much as Gail was and that was all Aliyah. I keep coming back to the scene with Gail in the interrogation room where she had to hit all the right emotional notes, in essence, carry the scene so that you believe Gail would grab her face and kiss her. Of course, Gail would kiss her because she would be a fool not to. I hope Rookie Blue brings her back (and they better) because Holly is perfect for Gail. While I wait for the show to come back, I’ll just watch Aliyah kick ass, kiss the hell out of ladies and generally be awesome … for science. Of course.
Gail: Thanks so much for doing this.
Holly: Kid goes missing, it’s pretty much top of the pile.
Gail: So how long until we know if the DNA is in the system.
Holly: A couple of hours…maybe more.
Are you ready for another fun and blabbering installment of “I think too much about the nuances of a fourteen minute ship and you shouldn’t be reading this nonsense”? This ship is like a sickness and I need to work through it, okay, like waiting for the fever to break. Good thing for everyone reading this right now, there are not a lot of scenes left and this madness will be over. But, while we wait for that day to come, grab some tea, sit back and settle in to read this meta.
1. One of the things I like about this scene is what it isn’t about. This is the first scene featuring Gail and Holly after their small peck (heeee) in the coatroom and it isn’t about how weird and uncomfortable it has made their budding friendship. In fact, it seems just the opposite. In most other television show, you’d expect their next scene to be some kind of “gay panic” scene where Gail frets “what did that kiss mean?” over-analyzing it or maybe even completely rejecting Holly or being uneasy about having to spend time in Holly’s lab (what if there is lesbian weirdness?). But not so. They seem completely at ease here. Perhaps, they talked about it in a scene we didn’t see. Or, as I suspect, they both chalked it up to a “thing that happened” of no more importance than kissing each other on the cheek (oh, you guys … it was important!!). Either way, it hasn’t effect their developing friendship at all, except to spur it forward.
2. The moment we should have all known this relationship was different for Gail… she brought Holly coffee and thanked her as she delivered it. Let me repeat that while yelling it through cupped hands, GAIL PECK BROUGHT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING COFFEE AND THANKED HER FOR HELPING HER. Who are you and what have you done with Gail Peck? Of course, Gail has brought others coffee before, but that was when she wanted to suck up to her training officer and make a good impression. Well, the same can be said here, I guess, but the good impression wasn’t about Gail’s ambition or self-interest, it’s about impressing this new friend (*cough* cute girl *cough*) into liking her more.
3. My favorite moment in this scene is Holly snarking on Gail for asking if there is a way to make the DNA identification go faster. Holly snarked on Gail using science speak so dense I am not even sure I understood any of it. Holly sassed Gail with science snark and then walked away as she did it. Rather than be annoyed at Holly snarking on her brain’s ability to comprehend short tandem repeats, Gail seems oddly okay with being science sassed by Holly. It’s like some geeky mating dance and it’s adorable. Also, if you think about it, this scene is mirror scene of “Gail having to explain to Holly what a police officer does” right before they kiss.
4. Point number three also highlights just how at ease Gail is around Holly. Holly has created a safe space and their relationship has progressed to the point where Holly can make fun of Gail’s lack of science knowledge (MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE!) and it doesn’t come across as dig on Gail’s intelligence. Gail knows Holly is just using her snark to put her at ease and try to diffuse a tense situation. Gail is probably thinking of all the horrible ways Christian’s kidnapping could go, but Holly’s silly snark makes it just a bit better.
5. This scene shouldn’t be as adorable as it is because it really just serves as a perfunctory “moving the main plot forward” scene, but these two someone how much it so fun to watch. I would like more scenes like this next season. Yes, please.
6. So, just completely forget about all the things I wrote just now, the real question this scene brings up is … did Gail just hang out with Holly at the lab all day while the DNA was being sequenced? How long was she there? Did Holly continually science sass Gail? Did Gail love every moment of it? This question becomes even more pressing when you realize that after spending, probably, hours with Holly in her lab, Gail STILL wants to hang out with her some more after her shift and they go to the batting cages together. When Traci tells Gail that she deserves to be happy, I think Gail thinks about how Holly made what could have been an awful, stressful day just a bit better by just being around her. So, Gail brought Holly coffee, spend hours in the lab with her and then wanted to hang out with Holly even more after her day was done. Yeah, these two were so dating and didn’t even know it.
These people. I just can’t with them anymore.
50 Girlcrushes of 2013: Tatiana Maslany
How does one begin to explain Orphan Black? How does one explain how a show that barely got a million people to watch it during its run earlier this year on BBC America became, by awards season, the most talked about show in critical circles? Well, the answer is simple and only two words. TATIANA MASLANY. The story on Emmy Awards nomination day became not who was nominated but who was criminally snubbed. Those two words again. TATIANA MASLANY. The show used the power of social media, gaining followers and fans as the faithful, the Clone Club, spread the word over tumblr, twitter and told anyone who would listen, you have to watch this show! Why? TATIANA MASLANY. Her performances as (so far) six different clones (and one proto-clone?) - sometimes clones pretending to be other clones - is one of those things that one has to see to really believe and trying to explain it to people seems almost inadequate, like trying to describe a sunset. The word I’ve often heard to describe Maslany’s performance in this show is “mind blowing” and I would agree. One thing is for certain, I feel incredibly sorry for anyone who has to play more than one character in a TV show or film in the future because Maslany has set the bar so impossibly high, most actors will be doomed to fail. I have to constantly remind myself that Alison and Helena are played by the same actress. When watching Comic Con panels, sometimes found myself asking the question, “wait, where is the actress who played Cosima?” only to remember that she was right there. I still don’t quite know how Maslany works this sorcery that enables her to embody these different characters with the same face so completely that they genuinely look and feel like different people. They talk differently. They sit differently. They hold their bodies different. Even a small thing like how they hold a glass is something Tatiana pays attention to. HOW DO YOU DO THIS? And the one truly mind blowing thing about this for me is that I’m only attracted to Cosima and no other clone. I mean .. what? THEY HAVE THE SAME FACE. How? I don’t understand. Make me understand! So, I guess you can say Tatiana has blown my mind… just a bit.