The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (via mybrotherspeach)
#yuuuuup #’shadow in the east’ much? #’men of the west’ much? #the undying lands across the sea to the west much? #it’s sooooo funny how the men of the south and east are twisted mercenaries serving sauron #and the dunedain are blessed with long life #and are the ~noblest among men~ #and the men of rohan all blonde blue eyed and nordic #are the other ‘good’ group of men #funny that #and all you have to do is look at the movies #and look which cultures they drew costuming ideas from#i mean don’t get me wrong i love lotr it was and remains one of my favourite series#you’re lying to yourself if you think that they’re not racist
I just finished this book on Saturday, and lines like this totally destroyed me.
White privilege was growing up with these books and movies and never being hurt by this… or ever even noticing it.
A researcher has proved what stoners have known for a long time: alcohol is more likely to lead to hard drug use than marijuana. The idea that marijuana is a “gateway drug” is a myth that harkens back to the “Reefer Madness” era, which itself was a direct result of William Randolph Hearst’s efforts to get hemp banned to eliminate competition for his paper mills.
Last Friday I was watching Graham Norton and one of his guests, Miriam Margoyles, was commenting on the use of ‘like’ in English and ‘correcting’ Will.i.am and Adam Lambert – it was quite funny because all of them became so hyper-aware of ‘like’ that you could almost see the cogs going round when they were thinking of what to say, but they did tire of it after a while…even Miriam.
When Will.i.am picked up on her own use of ‘like’, she replied “yes, but I’m using ‘like’ as a verb.” It might be a bit too optimistic to hope that one day there will be a celebrity linguist who could then reply “yes, but I’m using ‘like’ as a quotative particle”, but I wish sometimes that people would pay just a little more attention to the language they’re criticising. The use of ‘I was like “x”…’ in English is not random and does not stem from young people’s inability to recognise ‘like’ as a verb or whatever – it’s a construction with particular functions that happens to have gained a lot of currency*.
At one point Miriam Margoyles said something along the lines of: I’m all for people expressing who they are but people have to learn how to express what they mean.
I was, like, “what?!” – the use of ‘like’ in these instances is actually very effective at expressing what people mean, it’s just different to the way Standard English does things. ‘Like’ can function as a quotative particle, i.e. it signals that what follows is a quote or, even more specifically in English, is an impersonation (either vocal or gestural). It can also function to slightly separate the subject from the literal interpretation of what follows, e.g. “it was, like, the funniest film ever!”, which can allow the speaker to exaggerate or approximate something without being taken at their exact word. And there are many more uses of ‘like’ in non-Standard English as well.
If only more people were, like, like to like ‘like’, like.
(*Incidentally, if an Old English speaker were around today they would probably think Modern English speakers strange for using ‘dogs like cats’ to mean that dogs are the ones who like cats rather than cats being the ones liking dogs – search Old English ‘lician’ or compare the German ‘gefallen’ if you’re interested).
4 for you Asami, you go Asami.
#HAHAHA YOU WANT SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN MAKO? #seriously #i was starting to understand that maybe you actually WERE conflicted #but it’s always the same huh?#your ass got mad that you got FOUND out rather than be sad that you hurt your girlfriend #and then you proceed to blame your brother #so THANK YOU ASAMI FOR GIVING HIM THAT REALITY CHECK #HE’S PLAYIN YOU BOTH #i just want korrasami 5ever #forget mako #ugh #i had hopes for you mako #I BELIEVED IN YOU #WE ALL BELIEVED IN YOU #4 for asami #you go asami #and none for mako BYE#omg and at that last gif he looks so shocked at first #like NO SHIT MAKO YOU CHEATED ON YOUR GF #SHE HAS EVERY FUCKING RIGHT TO BE MAD AT YOU#what the fuck did you expect?
finished design 3 for feminist shirts
#i’m pretty sure a good chunk of the people who hate her #just find it unappealing to see a portrait of a woman who’s nakedly ambitious #which is to say: fuck you #because you’re regurgitating an archaic trope #that women should be demure and meek and only gain power when it falls into their lap #well not cersei lannister #because she’s going to crawl over you and claw back the power she feels entitled to #and why shouldn’t she? #why wouldn’t she want to win when fools like her husband can be king? #if she makes you that uncomfortable #then maybe you should re-examine your own prejudice
Maybe we hate her because she is fucking evil…
Oh, and, she fucks her brother, has her husband killed, ignores his last request, imprisons the one person who has the kingdom’s good in mind (rather than their own lust for power), and rules the kingdom with absolute cruelty (not only allowing her son to act in such a psychotic and evil manner, but encouraging it)
The fact that she believes the only way to achieve power is through having others fear her is ludicrous.
I hate her as a person, not as a woman.
okay, the only reason that i’m responding to this is because it’s late, i’m sleep-deprived, and this is something like the fifth fucking post that you’ve reblogged from me lately with vitriolic commentary. WHY ARE YOU FOLLOWING ME? you clearly dislike everything that i like, as you’ve gone to great lengths to broadcast, sometimes with personal attacks.
as for this specific subject: no one is saying that you can’t dislike cersei. go ahead. she’s definitely flawed. but don’t back up your dislike with sexism or double standards. i don’t think that she’s a good person but she is a good character. she’s compelling, understandable, complex, and honestly, if you’re able to brush her off as “evil” without considering her layers/motivations/context, that really says far more about you than it does about her or lena headey’s flawless portrayal.
since you are obviously a wonderfully objective person who can judge people’s strengths and weaknesses without any socially constructed biases, what are your opinions on the other people that you mentioned in your evaluation of cersei?
cersei doesn’t fuck jaime, they fuck each other - how does his sexuality play into your opinion of him vs. how cersei’s sexuality plays into your opinion of her? if it’s different, take a look at that, son. do you think that tyrion is good? look at your life, look at your choices.
she has her husband killed - the same husband who was an irresponsible, brutish king who repeatedly raped and abused her for over a decade?
ned stark, is he blameless? she does what she does to protect her own, just as everyone else in this series does. as for ned having the good of the kingdom in mind, i’d argue that ned really doesn’t do what’s right in terms of what will be the most practical and beneficial but what’s right from an outdated, counterproductive, contradictory idea of “honor” (though the individuals and institutions to which he pledges his honor are not honorable at all so…). and the starks aren’t the pure protagonists. if you’re still stuck seeing them as the noble heroes in a good-and-evil world, congratulations, you’ve managed to ignore how asoiaf subverts every courtly trope and stereotype, which grrm has explicitly said is the core point of the series. anyway, the starks certainly have their baggage and their stained family history and their dark sides.
did you miss the part where she tried to stop some of joffrey’s actions and he threatened to kill her? did you miss the fear washing over her? did you miss the part where she’s still fucking powerless because she’s a woman? did you miss how her exertion of power over littlefinger was clearly her grasping at the last vestige of control she has in this deeply misogynistic society? and HMM, I WONDER FUCKING WHY she thinks that fear = power. WHERE could she have possibly learned that?
also, JOFFREY DOES NOT EXIST IN A VACUUM. he is influenced by the people around him (including his father(s), his uncle, his advisers, his enablers, his courtiers, etc.), not just cersei, and if you genuinely don’t see that he learned his patterns of abuse from robert, you are missing the whole damn point. and stop blaming cersei for “her son” because A) terrible logic and B) you know that women don’t just shit out kids, right? robert and jaime are just as accountable for their children, if you want to go the route of blaming the parents. if you don’t allocate responsibility equally in this situation, then YES, your arguments ARE rooted in sexism.
if you vilify cersei but love jaime/tyrion/everyone else who makes choices that are just as wretched as hers can be, you need to examine your reasoning.
other people have said it MUCH better than i have (i’m very sleep-deprived right now) so if you’re actually as balanced as you say that you are, go seek out some of their posts and try to educate yourself. in the meantime, stop reblogging things from me shitting all over the taggers or the gifmakers! you’ve done this often enough in the past few months for me to remember you and i don’t even know you so that must be saying something.