timepiececlock: (How Many Stars - Young Spock/Uhura)
If you move past the fact that the only female character with speaking lines disappears 15 minutes into a 97 minute movie (and that includes the short that opened it) and that it creates a world entirely devoid of women or girls except as backdrops or objects of loss (not even the frelling dogs)--and I'm sure we'll all move past that because it's a familiar hurdle with Pixar--then I can report that this is a beautiful, moving film.

It's a little darker than WALL-E, and a little sadder. I cried at two separate points; not a lot, but my eyes were significantly wet and I had to wipe them. It's still an uplifting film, still full of wonder and adventure and grace, but there's no denying that the emotion of loss permeates this story.

There's something reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki's work when you watch it: gorgeous vistas, brilliant colors, and sky. So much sky! Balloons, dirigibles, airplanes! And old person and a young person on an adventure together, experiencing the wonder of flight. It's not quite as funny or cute as WALL-E, but I'm not sure it's supposed to be.

There's no doubt that the Pixar studio has some of the finest writers and storytellers in the film industry today. Now they only need to live up to that potential, and open their magical world to the rest of us. It looks, as always, like a beautiful place to play.

timepiececlock: (Rashaka is my name)
Hi flist. I rarely ask this of you, but this is one of the times when I'm coming to you for help. I'm really, truly concerned about the budget crisis in California right now, and the governor's intention to cut funding for family planning is a devastating stroke for relatively little saving (and in th long time, serious loss) of budget funds. The letter I posted below gives greater detail. But for every 1 dollar the state invests in family planning, it saves $5.33 down the line in health costs.

Here is the sample letter I used. If you live in California, or care about California's budget, I highly encourage you to send this email out to the legislators in your county area. Not just your personal legislator, but the five or ten Assembly Members and Senators that cover your region.

Assembly Members: Contact Directory
Assembly: District Map
State Senators: Email List
State Senate: District Map

Dear (name of legislator),

I'm e-mailing today because I'm concerned that to solve the state's budget crisis, Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting women's health care by singling out one Medi-Cal program- family planning. This program provides health care to millions of women including cancer screenings, reproductive and basic health care.

90% of family planning is funded by the federal government. California puts up one dollar and the federal government gives us $9 more. So we'd actually be increasing our deficit by cutting this program.

AND 90% of the people served by state family planning programs are women, [80% of whom are women of color].

Surely the women of California are worth 10 cents of state money for a dollar of critical health services.

The Governor has targeted women and we need you to just say no. We're asking you to reject the Governor's proposed cut to family planning! Don't hurt the women of California.

(Your name)
(Your address if you choose)

Here's the list of state legislators for the Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino County areas. )

If you do send out emails because you read this, please comment below and let me know which Senator you emailed, so I can keep track of the numbers I'm encouraging, thanks.
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I remember reading reactions from the comics fans on my flist when the cover for Marvel's new potential series Divas was leaked. It seemed pretty offensive, but I was prepared to dismiss it as used-to-it-whatever stuff from media entertainment, but today I saw a quote that prompted me to make login accounts with a bunch of different websites just so I could shout back at the stupidity. And I'm not even a comics reader! But the sad thing is, I'm so close to being one. I even considered it after watching the Wolverine movie. And yet, every time I almost jump in, something sends me running in the opposite direction. Like this.

"If you're [a] Marvel reader and truly feel we're sexist, then why are you reading our books? Now, perhaps you're not a Marvel reader, then if that's the case, I'm not quite sure what you're criticizing if you don't read our books?" - Joe Quesada

I could go on about Quesada’s dispiritingly poor use of hypothetical "logic" to make his point, or I could talk about the sexism *in* the argument he advocates. Or wait, I could do both! Read more... )

Yeah, nothing sexist there. ^eyeroll^ You can read the full statement here, scroll down near the bottom. It actually gets worse with context.

The thing is, here, I am the perfect candidate for Marvel to build their female audience up. I'm a nerd girl with long fangirl history. I love geek stuff. I watch the movies. I read the books. I watch anime and read manga. I go to conventions. I talk and talk and talk about the geeky media that I love. I harp on continuity and I applaud characterization. I will spend money. I'll by junk just because it has a character's face on it. I'm a freaking dream to these companies. Why aren't they courting me? Courting us?

I was discussing with [livejournal.com profile] irrel why both of us like manga (well, I like anime, and I sort of like manga in conjunction with that) but neither of us can really get into American comics or comic-based cartoons. And what we both agreed on was that we just don't feel welcome. Just looking at the art, it screams "FOR BOYS FOR BOYS FOR BOYS." At least with manga, even with all the sexism I complain about, I still can tell that manga exists for both male and female audiences. It has both male and female creators. It sells, and sells well, to male and female readers. There's gender divisions in the material, but there's still manga writers and artists who cross those divisions. Women who write shonen series like FMA and Ranma. Even if the communication is rough, I feel that at least they know female readers exist.

I have had a limited amount of exposure to American comics. It's all what seeps in through pop culture and shows like I Love The 80s. I know the big characters, the ones on t-shirts or in the movies, and the ones from occasional viewings of tv cartoons. That's where I come from when I say that I look at Marvel and DC comics in the bookstores and all I see is "Not for you! Not for you!"

So instead, I watch anime, and sometimes, if I buy anything in a drawn format, I buy manga. There's a few titles I'm very loyal to. Some of them are overtly for girls (Furuba) and some of them aren't (Blade of the Immortal), but both types invite me in rather than pushing me out.

This is just a question, but... are the American comics industry even bothering to ask themselves why girls and women are latching onto Asian comics, cartoons, and fetishist stuff? Is that discussion happening?

Because I can see the reality of it in comic stores and book stores. And I can promise you that it's not the submissive-clumsy female leads or the influence of a sexist culture that's attracting me, because I can find that in American entertainment media just as easily. It's something more. And if the comics industry in America could convince me that I'd find that something in American comics, and if the art wasn't quite so off-putting with the asses and the boobs, I'd probably try picking up a comic book. But I'm not feeling the love from Marvel and DC, not really. And that's their loss.

ETA: I have read one Western comic series--I read several volumes of Elfquest in middle school because my local library had it on the shelf. Loved it. Whatever the "something" was, they had it.
timepiececlock: (Rashaka is my name)
I was thinking about how badly I want the Obama administration to appoint two women to the Supreme Court over the next 4-8 years, and how disappointed I will be if that number doesn't at least get to 3/9. Or even better, 4/9! But I'm being realistic, so I'm hoping for 3/9, which is one better than the 2/9 we had before Justice O'Connor retired.

I was chatting with another female fan who said "More women are always good," and I replied with this thought, which struck me as sincere enough to me and important enough to me that I wanted to post it here.

Sometimes when I feel bad about wanting more stuff for women, like I'm thinking about it too much, like it's sexist or one-sided to look for the women or the feminine aspect in a lot of things, I step back and remind myself that when we have 51% of everything--maybe even 50.5%--then I will TOTALLY hold my hands up and chill out and explore new options.

Until then, I resolve not to apologize or feel guilty.
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
[livejournal.com profile] autoschismatic wrote a thoughtful and thorough analysis of why so many fans think that the Naruto manga marginalizes and sidelines its female characters, and why that is a problem that should be discussed, not ignored. Many people have replied, including myself, and there's an active debate going on about the issues discussed.

I only occasionally make my feelings on these topics known in my LJ, because I mostly squee about fandom and shipping, and politics are, at best, a distant third. I'm more likely to discuss those issues in reply to someone else's post than my own. But, just for full disclosure, I'd like to make a general reply to the people on that thread and to fans of manga and anime in general--and fictional in general, on both sides of the Pacific---about why I feel these issues matter as talking points in fandom and IRL.

For the ones who say that padding extra development into the lone female character is overdoing it just to make her PC for the feminists:

I don't think that feminism requires people to change their stories to make female characters more PC by "stretching" them to the detriment of the plot around them. I want stories written from the start by an author who recognizes that women are people too, and live in that world, and matter to that world. It shouldn't have to BE a stretch at all. Women aren't added to anything--we're already here.

Let me say that again:

We are already here.

For the ones who are content with shonen manga as is, or Hollywood movies as is, or comics or TV as is, feel it's already good enough, and by including a few women are doing all they really need to do:

I think it's great that you love how Naruto handles gender in the workplace, and that you love the series as it is. I love this series, too, and I don't want to take away someone else's love. But I can't be as satisfied as you are. Because--I'm not satisfied. Almost isn't enough. And yeah, my voice here won't change the story, won't make anything better. But we've got to "complain", we've got to scream it from the mountaintops or the messageboards every. single. time.

Or nothing will change. Because:




And I will never, ever, stop complaining until I get what I want. You can't shame me into silence, because I am not ashamed to call out the problem when and where I see it. This, dear world, dear internet, is what I demand. Me: one person. And us: oh, so many more.

We are here.
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
Watched Dollhouse 1x03. Was entertained for unexpected reasons and bored for the expected reasons. Still feeling amicable toward the show, still squicked in general, haven't made up my mind yet on the whole thing.

In which I go into extreme ranty detail about sexism on the series, the LJ criticisms I've read about its sexism, sexism in comparable movies, my own reactions to various elements, and why I'm still watching. NO EXPLICIT SPOILERS BEYOND EPISODE 01 and THE VERY FIRST PROMO TRAILER. )

E. Or, instead, let's talk about the lack of real funny. THAT IS THE WORST. Sexism? Not new for Joss. Lack of funny? NEW AND SO DISAPPOINTING.

...All that being said, I am oddly looking forward to next week. Messed up, I know. And I did giggle once in episode 3, though for the life of me I can't remember what scene it was.

ETA: this series *does* hit my conspiracy kink. Anyone could be a doll! Trust no one. Hot FBI agent. The truth is out there.
timepiececlock: (Rashaka is my name)

The definition of feminism does not ask for two forms of photo ID. It does not care what you look like. It does not care what color skin you have, or whether that skin is clear, or how much you weigh, or what you do with your hair. You can bite your nails, or you can get them done once a week. You can spend two hours on your makeup, or five minutes, or the time it takes to find a Chapstick without any lint sticking to it. You can rock a cord mini, or khakis, or a sari, and you can layer all three. The definition of feminism does not include a mandatory leg-hair check; wax on, wax off, whatever you want. If you believe in, support, look fondly on, hope for, and/or work towards equality of the sexes, you are a feminist.

Yes, you are.

... It is about saying that you are a feminist and just letting the statement sit there, instead of feeling a compulsion to modify it immediately with "but not, you know, that kind of feminist" because you don't want to come off all Angry Girl. It is about understanding that liking Oprah and Chanel doesn't make you a "bad" feminist — that only "liking" the wage gap makes you a "bad" feminist, because "bad" does not enter into the definition of feminism. It is about knowing that, if folks can't grab a dictionary and see for themselves that the entry for "feminism" doesn't say anything about hating men or chick flicks or any of that crap, it's their problem.

It is about knowing that a woman is the equal of a man in art, at work, and under the law, whether you say it out loud or not — but for God's sake start saying it out loud already. You are a feminist.

I am a feminist too. Look it up.
timepiececlock: (Rashaka is my name)
I had a dream last night and this morning that was pretty weird. I went to a night club and in one of the back rooms there was less music and more people, and my best friend's husband was there (for some reason, the proud new owner of a 10" tall pet mermaid), and he was the only person I knew. But as I was floating around the room, I started talking to this guy who, it turns out, was Keith Olbermann of MSNBC News! And there were all other news and tv production people there, though I don't remember other names or faces

A group of us watched a commercial (or read the script for a commercial, I'm not sure) that Keith Olbermann was producing. Some generic product. For some reason my friend, who IRL is an engineer for a water management company, was fed the commercial job by Olbermann and was in charge of it as head of Art Direction. This is funny because he's an engineer. But when I saw the commercial there was a bit in it that was sexist and insulting to women. I was naturally upset about this, so I started telling my woes to the guy standing next to me--who mid-way into my rant told me he was Keith Olbermann and was producing the commercial. Mind you, he only sort of looked like Olbermann. He looked more like Olbermann at age 30, and I wasn't entirely convinced it was him. I actually pulled over my friend and point-blank asked "Can you identify the person standing beside me?"

My friend said, "Yeah, that's Keith Olbermann," and I was convinced enough for the dream. So I rambled on to him about my problems with his still-in-production commercial, and he wanted me to list them (he was very sincere), but we didn't have any paper. So he handed me his phone: a sort of hybrid that looked like an iPhone but had a keyboard like a Blackberry. He told me to type my review/thoughts onto that. I was having trouble concentrating, almost like I was drunk except I wasn't, so he left the phone with me at the table and went back to wandering around the room socializing.

I spent a while typing my opinion of the exact errors structurally and in terms of script and why the whole thing offended me, which took a while because, as I said, my head was pretty fuzzy. But eventually I was done, and I realized I had lost Keith Olbermann.

Then I realized, aloud, "I have Keith Olbermann's phone."

I had Keith Olbermann's phone! He trusted me with his actual cellphone, the sweet man. And he wanted my opinion on his commercial so it wouldn't alienate female viewers.

I didn't know what to do with the thing. I felt like I was the poor couple in The Pearl who didn't know how to profit from the treasure they had, because it was too big for them to deal with. I knew that a more exciting person, like Veronica Mars, would be snooping around in it, looking up phone numbers of famous people and matching call dates to deduce secret information. Not being a teen sleuth or espionage master, I just stood in the room full of people, in a full body freeze panic, while a voice in my head screamed, I have Keith Olbermann's phone! I HAVE KEITH OLBERMANN'S PHONE!

Such power at my fingertips! But my biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to find him and give it back; I suppose this means my parents raised me to have better morals than Veronica Mars. Eventually I located him in the crowd and handed him the iPhone. He thanked me graciously, promised to read my comments, and went back to his conversation, while I tried to find my friend so we could go home.

I wasn't emotionally equipped to deal with overly-trusting famous people. I don't remember what happened after that.
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Has there ever been a Pixar film with a female protagonist?

Edit 1: This article breaks down the film list and cites one of my problems with WALL-E, which aside from the WTF gender bullshit was an entertaining and sweet film:

"Hey, guys, we have this robot with no inherent gender identity. We want to give it an arbitrary gender. Maybe we could make it female. Yeah, no, that would just just be ridiculous."

Daughter of Edit: This Peter Segal article about Horton Hears A Who is also good reading. (not Pixar, but still.)

We got into the car outside the cineplex and I was quite in lather, let me tell you. "How come one of the GIRLs didn't get to save Whoville?" I cried.
"Yeah!" said my daughters.
"And while we're at it, how come a girl doesn't get to blow up the Death Star! Or send ET home? Or defeat Captain Hook! Or Destroy the Ring of Power!"
"That's rotten!" cried my daughters.
"How come Trinity can't be the One who defeats the Matrix!" I yelled.
"What are you talking about?" they said.
"You'll find out later," I said.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
I kind of want to make an LJ community for fans of the book Soon I Will Be Invincible, which I read on Sunday evening in a motel room on my way to Denver and adored. I have a long, babbling, review that will be posted as soon as I can figure how to not have it be 7 paragraphs long, positive AND negative criticism.

Would anyone be interested?

I only know that I want to read fanfiction, or something, or possibly doodle the characters, and I want to talk to others about how awesome the female superheroes and other female characters are, even the character who resembles Penny from Dr. Horrible. Or, rather, the kind of character that I wish Joss Whedon'd had the foresight or cleverness to let Penny become instead of refrigerating her right off the bat. I also want to talk to people about the really strange timeline inconsistancies that I can't figure out are deliberate mockery of comic book canon discontinuity, or just sloppy inattentiveness that an editor let slide through. I want to babble about shipping, because I finished the book with two possible OTPs, a couple entertaining not-quite-OTPs, and at least one "unconventional" pairing that I actually thought the book was going to commit to at one point in my reading.

If you're not interested, or don't know the source material: go read Soon I Will Be Invincible, and THEN come back and tell me if you're interested. The book is a pretty swift 300 pages that you can read in a few hours. Except you might want to read it again.*

DONE! [livejournal.com profile] be_invincible! ....

*I hate that there's not ten sequels out there already, waiting for me to purchase.
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This afternoon I read an interesting and thoughtful literary criticism essay analyzing the Lancre witches of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series from a feminist angle. On the linked page you can scroll down a little and it's available in PDF format:

Terry Pratchett, writer of humorous, satirical fantasy, is very popular in Britain. His Discworld series, which encompasses over 30 novels, has witches as protagonists in one of the major sub-series, currently covering eight novels. His first “witch” novel, Equal Rites, in which he pits organized, misogynist wizards against disorganized witches, led him to being accused of feminist writing. This work investigates this claim by first outlining the development of the historical witch stereotype or discourse and how that relates to the modern, feminist views of witches. Then Pratchett’s treatment of his major witch characters is examined and analyzed in terms of feminist and poststructuralist literary theory. It appears that, while giving the impression of supporting feminism and the feminist views of witches, Pratchett’s witches actually reinforce the patriarchal view of women.

The essay was written in 2006 and therefore encompasses most of the Discworld canon, though it focuses only on the Lancre witches, with no word for characters in the other series, such as Susan, Angua, Cheery, Polly/Oliver, or Sybil. It's significantly spoilery for most of the witch books, but in a general way "things end well, naturally" sort of way that I don't think would particularly ruin the books for you. Nevertheless, you might want to skim the parts for the books you haven't read yet, if you feel strongly about it. I had to skim past the stuff for A Hatful of Sky because that's the only witch novel I haven't read yet.

My thoughts and reactions, longish, no major spoilers )

The consistent and deliberate attention Pratchett gives to the dream or concept of sexual and racial equality in a professional world is worth acknowledging, even if his methods are not purity and rightness beyond all criticism. Having put out more than 30 novels set in the same "world", he's going to make missteps, and having now read everything up to Going Postal (33/35), I can see how his characters and writing have developed and matured. Ironically, Equal Rites (3/35), a novel more overtly about sexism than any other except Monstrous Regiment, is one of his weakest books, and includes concepts about women, men, and magic that he rewrites, ignores, or retcons in later canon.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] discworld. I would love to hear others' thoughts about this. Please, if you do comment, keep an open mind and respectful tone.
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I've been playing in this mudpool for about an hour and a half. Damn my "girly" need to talk back and to point out irrationalities and to defend a logical argument against unwarranted dismissal!

Mr. Hanson, I think your bias is showing. Do try to zip up before TOO many people notice, hmm?

P.S. [livejournal.com profile] mswyrr, I love you and your "wishlist" that wasn't so terribly wishy.
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
I wrote an essay about power, gender, and relationships for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

I had too many thoughts, and I wanted to get them out--and if you guys are game--discuss them. The anime plays with power roles fairly creatively and I find the possibilities of the show fascinating. Who loves whom, what form their love takes, and what powers the characters exert over themselves, each other, and the situation at large have all sorts of neat little facets that I just have to talk about, especially with a feminist bent. I would love it if you joined me.

Power, Worship, and Love: Haruhi, Kyon, and the SOS Brigade

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It really bugs me that the only female in this cast is an insane Bratz doll come to life. Where are all the women? This whole show is so... male. I usually don't pay attention, but it's incredibly obvious here. Everything about this is masculine, from the simple things like an all-male cast or the lone female as a negative stereotype, to the subtler things, like the way L and Kira think, and the way the author explains things. I don't believe that certain things are strictly masculine or feminine, but the show certainly fits the comon stereotypes of those labels. This show may be daring in its anti-protagonist and anti-antagonist choices and in its casual treatment of murder, but it's not nearly as subvertive as it could be. It's boys playing a boy game against boys, where the only girl gets used as a tool for the male characters' plot advancement.

I know that the cast is cops+Kira and the majority of cops are men, but female police officers do exist and they could do with having a few on this task force. If nothing else, at least to provide a different perspective in analysis. It seems a very basic distinction to make, but it's an important one if you want to have a full view of any situation. They should find themselves a female mathematician or logician, and a female psychologist too. For that matter, this whole team should have more intellectual fields represented than just criminal justice aherents.

I have another thought, too: if L were really as smart as he supposedly is, he'd have an entirely separate investigation team acting and reporting to him, completely unconnected to the police task force. He's too vulnerable and the information/scope too limited with just these people. Plus, he looks like the type to have a control group, like in any social experiment. In some ways he's using Light as a control when it comes to comparing the task force's theories, but that's a double-edged sword considering how suspect he is.

Nobody can build a mega sky-scraper in a few months. Pipe dream, and not a very good one. I hope we're supposed to believe that he bought and refitted it, not built it from the ground up. Even when you're rushing materials and financed by the best, shit like that takes 2 or more years to finish from cement slab to indoor networked security system.
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Heads Up!

[livejournal.com profile] rasielle and I are having a fantastic, spoilerific discussion about gender/sexual roles in fiction and about romantic tropes all centered around the awesomely feminist Princess Tutu! Join us. The part I really like to discuss is in the lower comments, but this is the link to the whole thread so far.

spoilers abound: http://rashaka.livejournal.com/1275650.html
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From the Equality Now: 2006 Annual Report (.pdf):

On 1 November 2006, a Georgia court found an Ethiopian man accused of subjecting
his 2-year-old daughter to FGM guilty of cruelty to children and aggravated battery
in the first FGM trial in the United States. Khalid Adem received a 15-year sentence,
10 years in confinement and 5 years of probation. In 2003, when news of the case first
surfaced, Equality Now organized a meeting in Atlanta for African anti-FGM activists,
grantees of its Fund for Grassroots Activism to End FGM, with local organizers in
African immigrant communities in Georgia to strategize collectively for outreach to
end the underground practice in the US. Subsequent to the meeting and follow-up
advocacy, Georgia passed a law prohibiting FGM in 2005.
timepiececlock: (Ed is super!)
It was...



It was....hhmmm.

It was... it was... hot? dramatic? hard-core? hot? a little slower than most James Bond films, but in a good way.

All my relatives hated it. It wrecked the fantasy, it wasn't gadgety enough,it was too violent, it wasn't the same kind of sexy, etc etc etc. Pretty much everything about it they didn't like was all the stuff that I did like.

I'm ambivalent about some of the overall Bond character stuff, but in all honesty.....


I easily enjoyed the viewing experience more than any other Bond film I've seen. The violence was better utilized, with a focus on intensity instead of flashiness. It reminded me of the violence in The Bourne Supremacy at times. The plot overall was simpler than most Bond films, but the dialogue and subtleties carried within it were far more interesting, and more focused on character development. Some of the scenes were disturbing, some were funny, and some were sad enough to make me almost feel like nearly crying. Of course it pretty much requires Braveheart or a dying puppy to make me actually cry for a movie, but even something that comes close to considering crying is pretty emotionally affecting, even if its not entirely surprising.

I'm enjoying the sexual objectification of James Bond. The reviews were right--- they really did decide to just run with it and objectify him as much as all the women. More than some of the women, actually. It's not just visual, either-- it's in the freaking dialogue. I do kind of believe that you can't stop society from objectifying people so you might as well go for equality and objectify both genders equally. This film certainly lives up to that. I blushed more than once in the film, which is a bit odd considering there was very little nudity* or actual sex on screen. Just the actors staring at each other made me blush, I suppose.

The first chase scene, with the parkour/free-running jumps, was just amazing. My parents didn't believe people could really do that. My brother asked me if James Bond was more hardcore in this like the critics said, and I told him, "The basic theme of this film is that James Bond is always more hardcore than you."

I can't really give this film a grade because I don't know how I'd rank it in terms of overall film quality. I'm sure it must have its high points and low points, but honestly I don't care. It was good enough that I could watch it a couple more times, and more importantly I enjoyed it. I actually completely enjoyed a Bond movie.

I'm tempted to go into a page-long analysis about the portrayal of women in this movie compared to the previous movies (in a future timeline), because there's a lot there to discuss and not all of it nice. But that's a conversation for another day.

To summarize: go see this movie. You will have something to talk about afterward, whether you love it or hate it.

[livejournal.com profile] mswyrr: It's sort of like a canon AU fic in the way it takes the same characters and puts them in a different universe, and the way it fleshed out Bond also kind of reminded me of those fics where fans try to work out a believable psychology.

[livejournal.com profile] rashaka: Yes! It was a lot like that. Like some fan got a hold of the James Bond world and said: "Okay peoples, here's what we're going to do. We're going to take James Bond and we're going to make him REAL. He's going to really kill people and he's going to really fall in love and he's going to really have to take responsibility for all the shit he participates in. It's going to be dark and psychological and sexy and funny and have one quarter of the cheese factor. This is hardcore James Bond."

*there's actually a scene with quite a bit of nudity but I'd forgotten because it wasn't a sexy scene
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*NOTE: follow the link because there are guys in the GW.org discussions, too, and it's interesting to read their thoughts on self-identifying as feminists.

From Girl-Wonder.org to [livejournal.com profile] kphoebe to [livejournal.com profile] voleuse, my response to the question how I became a feminist:

It's remarkably similar to the response linked above, actually. It's not so much realizing that I was, it was realizing that other people weren't.

I was raised by two open-minded people who believed that women and men deserved equality, and that I could be anything I wanted to be in life.

When I grew up enough to realize that the world was a lot more sexist than the home that sheltered me, I intrinsically knew no one had the right to make me feel like I was less or worse because I was female. I don't remember any particular moment when that happened, because it feels like I've always known that.

My parents weren't perfect, and in little ways the sexism of their parents still influenced them, particularly in how jobs are divided within the domestic sphere. And there's a bit of the nature vs. nurture argument that's always in question, as I think my dad honestly believes that girls by nature are less inclined to certain activities. Not that they don't have every right to do them, but just that he expects they won't want to. We've had debates about this, and about how much is institionalized by society's messages to kids growing up, and how much really is biological.

Out of this you got a kid who was a feminist before she knew what the word meant, or even before she knew it wasn't a belief everyone else in the world held too. And when she realized that the rest of the world didn't necessarily believe that women were absolutely entitled to everything men were entitled to and that it's so stupid to imply otherwise that it shouldn't even be a question in a reasonable and logical society, well... she was pretty annoyed and somewhat disappointed in her fellow humans. Because she was a logical, pragmantic kid and anything less than equality just didn't make any sense. No sense at all.

You'll notice that in this matter, I haven't changed much in 22 years.
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Opponents of Gay Marriage in America, some interesting facts:

Bob Dole- divorced the mother of his child, who had nursed him through the long recovery from his war wounds.
Newt Gingrich - divorced his wife who was dying of cancer.
Dick Armey - House Majority Leader - divorced
Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas - divorced
Gov. John Engler of Michigan - divorced
Gov. Pete Wilson of California - divorced
George Will - divorced
Sen. Lauch Faircloth - divorced
Sen. John McCain of Arizonia - divorced
Rush Limbaugh - Rush and his current wife Marta have six marriages and four divorces between them.
Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia - Barr, not yet 50 years old, has been married three times. Authored and pushed the "Defense of Marriage Act."
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York - divorced
Sen. John Warner of Virginia - divorced (once married to Liz Taylor.)
Gov. George Allen of Virginia - divorced
Ronald Reagan - divorced the mother of two of his children to marry Nancy Reagan, who bore him a daughter only 7 months after the marriage.
Henry Kissinger - divorced
(former) Rep. Helen Chenoweth of Idaho - divorced
Rep. John Kasich of Ohio - divorced
Rep. Susan Molinari of New York - Republican National Convention Keynote Speaker - divorced


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