|what she says:||i'm fine|
|what she means:||please marathon the lord of the rings trilogy with me|
robin thicke is a train wreck
lets all come together and make the world a terrifying place for men who abuse women
i’ve been thinking about all those posts about “we need female heroes who do girly things”/”why is the female hero always such a tomboy” and then the response posts that are like “uhhh actually we don’t really have any really masculine female heroes either” so i was trying to figure it out—what do we have, exactly?
and really what we get is women who eschew “girly” things while still managing to look like society’s ideal woman. they would never touch eyeliner (they’re too busy with Important Things), but their eyeliner is immaculate. they have a huge, varied wardrobe, but wouldn’t be caught dead actually shopping for clothes. and it reminds me of the expectation that women must be effortlessly beautiful. don’t wear makeup or you’ll seem self-absorbed—but god forbid you look like you’re not wearing makeup. it’s interesting to me, that the impossibilities imposed on female characters are the same ones imposed on real women.
yeeeeees this reminds me of a post i wrote like several months ago about how female superheroes almost always have powers that do not require them to be other than conventionally beautiful like even the female hulks are…… sliiiiightly larger and more muscular? men have a huge array of powers that conceal or ‘deform’ them but women must remain within the narrow category described above which is of course also marked by race class and heteronormativity i’ve actually been thinking about this in re: kamala khanbecause i’ve heard a lot of people remark on the ‘grossness’ of her powers (she often makes her fist gigantic while her body stays tiny) and it’s like… that’s NOT gross by comic book standards it’s just a girl making her body into a powerful instrument without worrying what it looks like and you NEVER see that
That awkward moment in a writer’s life when you have the urge to email a tiny country store in Vermont to ask whether or not they sell paprika
I’m gonna do it I’m gonna email them
I did the thing
THEY DON’T SELL PAPRIKA
GOD BLESS AUTHORS WHO CARE THIS MUCH ABOUT ACCURACY