In which anyone still arguing that men in video games are objectified just as much as women — and that therefore the problem should be ignored entirely — are reminded that Idealisation ≠ Objectification, and in which no nail was left un-hit-on-the-head.
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here is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love to physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.
And then, when the mother is pregnant, the mother teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people around her sing the child’s song to welcome it. And then, as the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child’s song. If the child falls, or hurts its knee, someone picks it up and sings its song to it. Or perhaps the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.
In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.
The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.
And it goes this way through their life. In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when this child is lying in bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his or her song, and they sing—for the last time—the song to that person.
You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.
9 Hilariously Distressing Letters From Kids
“I think a lot about what makes a strong female character. You know, movies and TV shows, these things have influence, my own website. So I think the question of “What makes a strong female character?”, often goes misinterpreted. And instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen, who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot. Like, you know, a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female, they’re completely flat and they’re basically cardboard characters.
The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy. And women happen to be people!”
-Tavi Gevinson for TEDTalks [x]
“Fairytales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” - G.K. Chesterton
The Story Danny Elfman // Jessamyn’s Reel Chris Thile // Into the Forest Elmer Bernstein // Cuckoo’s Nest Nickel Creek // Secret of the Woods Ron Block // King Eidellig of the Fairfolk Elmer Bernstein // Something Wicked This Way Comes James Horner // A Bird Without Feathers Ramin Djawadi // Fireballs Harry Gregson-Williams // Sorrow Hans Zimmer // I See Thee Nevermore Ron Block // Going Somewhere Abel Korzeniowski // Knights March Hans Zimmer // Storm’s Coming Jeff Beal // The Night Before James Horner // A Thunder Battle Howard Shore // Beyond Fire T.T.L. // Dernhelm in Battle Howard Shore // Rise a Knight (Album Edit) Harry Gregson-Williams // The Sleeping Beauty: Panorama Tchaikovsky // We Can Be Saved Jeff Beal // You Win or You Die Ramin Djawadi // Forbidden Mountain George Bruns // The Horned King (Alternate) Elmer Bernstein // The Army of the Dead Elmer Bernstein // A Swan Song Clint Mansell // Victory Does Not Make Us Conquerors Ramin Djawadi // Written in the Stars Rachel Portman // The Eleventh Reel Chris Thile // Finale (Sleeping Beauty) Chorus - Sleeping Beauty
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