this is the best thing I have ever read.
well thanks now Im cryin
this just made me kinda emotional i has a sad now
//OKAY. THE LAST ONE IS NOT OKAY. NOT. FUCKING. OKAY!
Foster’s Home and Ed, Edd, and Eddy got me the most :’(
Snickers mocks the idea that men can respect women.
This is one of the most demoralizing ads I’ve seen in a long time. It’s an Australian ad for Snickers in which construction workers on a busy city street yell pro-feminist comments at women, like “I’d like to show you the respect you deserve” and ”You want to hear a filthy word? Gender bias” and “You know what I’d like to see? A society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender neutral interaction free from assumptions and expectations.”
The construction workers are actors, but the women on the street are (or appear to be) real and their reactions authentic. The first thing women do is get uncomfortable, revealing how a lifetime of experience makes them cringe at the prospect of a man yelling at them. But, as women realize what’s going on, they’re obviously delighted. They love the idea of getting support and respect instead of harassment from strange men.
This last woman actually places her hand on her heart and mouths “thank you” to the guys.
And then the commercial ends and it’s all yanked back in the most disgusting way. It ends by claiming that pro-feminist men are clearly unnatural. Men don’t respect women — at least, not this kind of man — they’re just so hungry they can’t think straight.
The twist ending is a genuine “fuck you” to the actual women who happened to walk by and become a part of the commercial. I wonder, when the producers approached them to get their permission to be used on film, did they tell them how the commercial would end? I suspect not. And, if not, I bet seeing the commercial would feel like a betrayal. These women were (likely) given the impression that it was about respecting women, but instead it was about making fun of the idea that women deserve respect.
What a dick move, Snickers. I hope you’re happy with your misogynist consumer base, because I don’t think I can ever buy a Snickers bar again. What else does your parent company sell? I’ll make a note.
Thanks to sociologist and pro-feminist Michael Kimmel for sending in the ad.
Ten Chick Flick Cliches
Okay, but why is tumblr not talking about this???
NO BUT THIS IS BRILLIANT
I love that at no point in these scenarios were they pretending to be women.
the sliding down the wall crying part oh my godSaving to watch later.
#do you see it?#the complete and utter happiness#right there in that one blink??#and also the way he lifts her arms#prompting her to hug him#and when she does he is so /so/ happy#he’s hardly even holding onto the sonic#because he’s holding her so tightly#this is why i adore ‘fear her’#it’s like the doctor finally realizes#the extent to which he is loved#and the extent to which he loves her back (via thebadddestwolf)
And the Waltz Goes On - Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
That was beautiful
I cried a few tears and felt better about humanity’s endeavors.
But while we’re talking about JK, let me just say: with all due respect to the author, I feel like she might have missed a lot of narrative potential. I’m going to have to side with Jason Isaacs (who plays Papa Malfoy in the movies) on this one:
"Because in many ways, to me, Draco is the hero of the whole saga. I think Harry has his destiny. There is only one choice Harry can make in every situation. Harry makes the right choice always, and he’s admirable for doing so. But Draco has a bunch of choices, and Draco has to break the bonds of the shackles of his past. He has to break the chain of this kind of abuse and hatred and selfishness and entitlement that his father has been part of, and probably his grandfather stretching back for generations."
As per the previous post, we’ve established that for Real Life Reasons, JK’s rather alarmed at over-romanticizing Draco Malfoy. My quibble with this is that this is a Real Life Reason, a Let Me Be A Role Model to Young Girls Everywhere Reason, and not a Narrative Reason.
Narratively speaking, the series has running themes of second chances, of growth and change, of acceptance and perseverance. I mean, Harry has to struggle and fight again and again—-he doesn’t just one-off Voldemort in the Philosopher’s Stone. No, that’s not the point because it’s way too easy. And Dumbledore, who for all his flaws, is still the moral compass of the books; Dumbledore is the king of second chances. Yes, you can argue that he’s not that perfect and maybe a bit calculative, but his motto and subsequently the motto of all 7 books has been: give people second chances, because it’s the choices that matter most. So second chances and the fight to reach the good and light? These are biggies.
That’s my main objection against the main Canon couples—because Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione? They are way too fucking easy. Too neat and precious and completely lacking in all the main themes of the series. They miss the point by a mile and half. Yes, you can say Ron gains a second chance after his desertion…but this doesn’t really count, because although Ron abandons his friends, it’s not as if he jumps ship and becomes a Death Eater. It’s not a second chance in that there’s not a choice at play here: Ron’s best friends are still fighting, his family are all still fighting, and he would never go dark (nor would Voldemort accept him)—thus, it’s not a redemption as much as an inevitability that he will return. And according to Ron, most of the reason he’d even stayed away was that he had no way to go back. It’s not even that he went and stayed away due to some internal reason—no, he had a horcrux-induced tantrum and couldn’t find the way back, what with all the wards and apparating they did.
Plus, face it: childhood friends, fellow Gryffindor, firmly on the side of the Order vs. childhood enemies, rival Slytherin, precariously perched between light and dark? Ron is such the safe bet. It’s so safe I find myself yawning and pining for the gold mine of missed narrative potential that is Dramione. This ship just captures the themes of the books so well: Draco is a nice, ambiguous and complex character for second chances, for fighting, for change and growth. And Hermione is his perfect foil for him because her family and friends have sealed her alliances.
So on one hand, you have the boy who has everything to lose and everything to gain, who has all the choices in the world and no clue what to do; the boy who has always relied on Father, but is now having to stand on his own for once and make a choice. On the other hand, you have the girl who’s never really had a choice, thanks to her heritage, but who would always make the right choice even if she were pureblood; the unwavering champion of justice who’s proven herself over and over. He’s so unstable, and she’s about as shakable as the castle foundation.
It’s not just that they’re opposites, but that they’re complementary.