Because I find things on the internet.
And because I'm bored.
In other news I have read three books just for the hell of it in the past two weeks and oh god that feels great. I’d forgotten.
I finally read The Fault in Our Stars and I just finished it and I would like to belatedly join the “brb crying forever” chorus.
I am so tired of seeing female characters getting raped, beaten, and killed—all for titillation or to move along a male character’s arc. Call her the Manic Pixie Dead Girl.
Or ‘raped girl’, for that matter. I won’t be watching the new season of [SPOILER] because I found out that a major female character will be sexually assaulted. It’s become impossible to enjoy most quality television shows because the hurt or endangered women device is so frequently used. And if a character is pregnant, forget it—you pretty much know she’s a goner.
Yes, dead or harmed women in television is nothing new. There are entire series dedicated to the practice (I’m looking at you, SVU!). But lately, I’ve just found it too…stressful. I watch my favorite female characters with my heart in my throat, just waiting for the inevitable to happen. Women have to fear and anticipate violence and sexual assault in their everyday real life—I don’t want to fear for it in my entertainment as well. It’s bad for my soul.
Edgar Allan Poe once wrote, “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.” Too many male writers and directors buy into this narrative. But I don’t have to.
I’m gonna try to keep this as vague as possible but just in case, spoilers and whatnot.
It’s not even that I’m mad about the thing that happened. I totally get it. I could also see it coming a mile away. The fact that the characters who are supposed to live in this world and understand the character who did the thing for once didn’t stop and think “oh maybe we should tell her what’s going on so she doesn’t do something completely predictable” is what bothers me. All the other characters had to ignore their own history to facilitate the thing happening. And it was infuriating and stupid.
I guess what I’m saying is the means didn’t earn the ends.
If you want me to root for your anti-hero at least have the courtesy not to make him a complete and utter moron.
I don’t know who is stupider, Jax or Gemma.
My face hurts.
I am not even a giant Doctor Who fan and even I can recognize it in two gifs. Come on, Television Without Pity. Do better.
Carl Sagan on why sometimes it’s good to temporarily forgo your beliefs in order to respect someone else’s (via applepiesfromscratch)
Alternatively, Carl Sagan on (one of the reasons) why Richard Dawkins/many self-proclaimed atheists are assholes. (via imathers)
Sagan rules, Dawkins drools.