theatre, college, feminism, my thoughts on life, literature, and linguistics, amongst other things; fandoms include Doctor Who, Harry Potter, all iterations of Sherlock Holmes, Cabin Pressure, Supernatural, and Teen Wolf, with guest appearances from any number of others. I love film and writing; those will be here as well. Also srs business. Every once in a while. Cis asexual (?)romantic lady. <3
I'm a Ravenclaw--my pottermore username is SpellScarlet25, if you want to add me.
If you have complaints, feel free to write them down, put them in an envelope, tear it in half, throw it away, and shut your face.
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and let’s not pretend the lack of respect so many people have for musicals and how large the female and queer fanbase for musicals are is merely a coincidence
An asexual and pansexual become room-mates and have wacky adventures
The show is called ‘All or Nothing’
Plot twist: the asexual is really super outgoing and is a huge flirt while the pansexual is extremely socially awkward and has trouble ordering coffee let alone getting a date.
my hand slipped
if you don't mind my asking, which book/series do you think is the most important one for children to read?
All the books and series.
You think I’m joking, but the most important thing isn’t that you read a specific series over another—for me, my childhood was Harry Potter and historical fiction and every series about unicorns I could get my hands on; for others it was the paperback Star Wars series, or Animorphs, or Golden Compass, or Percy Jackson, or Babysitters, or Narnia or Artemis Fowl, or Tortall, or or or—
I think kids should read everything. Bad books, good books, trash books, every genre, of many lengths. There’s no one series that’s guaranteed to hit every child where they live—kids have reading preferences too!—so have them read what they want. Let them tear through a hundred thousand different versions of “Teen girl discovers only she can save the world (and make out with Angsty Boy)!” or “historical boy must navigate the Revolutionary War/Old West/World War II/etc.” Encourage them to go to the library and check out whole stacks and only read three. Recommend things you loved as a kid. Recommend best sellers. Let them read those—or not. The important part is the reading.
The minute we treat reading like it’s eating vegetables or brushing your teeth, like it’s something that has to be done for vaguely moralistic reasons, you have ruined reading. That’s why so many adults have a stack of “Classic Literature” that they never get to, because reading isn’t about making your way down some list of What You Ought To Put In Your Eyeballs To Be A Person Who Reads. Only reading makes you a person who reads, and only reading what you enjoy makes you someone who loves reading.
So I think it’s important for children to read all the books, and especially ones that speak to them. Reading is about tearing through paperbacks at lunch and hiding under your covers with a flashlight (though I suppose kids these days could use their smartphone) on a school night, and reading whatever tickles your fancy, no matter how inane, no matter how wish-fulfillment, no matter how seemingly banal. It’s not the book that matters, it’s the reader.
Or, you know. Something equally cliche~
think its pretty important that cis women and DFAB trans folk acknowledge the privilege they hold in the body hair positivity parade
specifically the privilege we hold in our ability to grow and expose our pit hair, leg hair, facial hair, and have it seen as ‘gross’ at worst, and ‘cute’ or ‘quirky’.
and DMAB trans folk, trans women are considered threatening, dangerous, and worthy of assault for their failure of meeting the strict and conflicting concept of passing.
On top of this - white women and DFAB trans folk need to acknowledge the privilege they hold over PoC (women and trans/ nonbinary folk) for being able to grow out and accessorize their body hair without being considered animalistic, primitive, dirty etc.
It’s good to be proud of parts of your body that society would tell you to be ashamed of, and while being proud we need to be aware that our experiences with body hair is very different to others around us.
let’s hear it for captain america
#sebstan’s acting choices keep me awake at night#he made bucky so fond of steve but so bitter of the world did to him#it’s almost as if bucky believes the world corrupted steve#it took away his vulnerability#made him into the hero he shouldnt be#it’s almost selfish of bucky#fuck me im done (via punkrickgrimes)
"You turned my gentle friend into a weapon and I am less than thrilled about it"
from the Jews News facebook page:
“Please share this remarkable story of courage…
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.
Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.
Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.”
An amazing lady - but I just wanted to correct some of this information:
"She was not a plumbing specialist - she was a social worker.
Most of the children saved were not babies.
She used a tool box several times at most.
Her legs were fractured; her arms were not broken.
The dog was only used a few times.
The Nobel Peace Prize is given for achievement dying the past several years; Irena knew this and asked not to be nominated. The Nobel Committee encouraged her nomination to give her more recognition.
She was a big fan of Al Gore. (He was the man who won the prize that year.)”
This Dress Is So Important: Cecilia’s green dress, Atonement (2007)
"She felt sleekly impregnable, slippery and secure; it was a mermaid who rose to meet her in her own full-length mirror." -Atonement (Ian McEwan)
“Joe said the dress had to be green, we really didn’t know why.” -Jacqueline Durran (costume designer)
A complex amalgamation of silk, organza, and chiffon in various greens, Cecilia’s dress was meticulously designed by Jacqueline Durran with considerable input from director Joe Wright. The striking color was achieved by layering several fabrics as Durran could not find an existing hue to suit her purposes. This method of construction also served to allow the gown to shift shades between scenes and reflect Cecilia’s emotional state, from anxiety about Robbie’s arrival (a brighter green) to lustful ardor during the library sex scene (a darker jungle green.) Other notable design techniques included incorporating a ‘30s-style knot to represent Cecilia’s virginity, and cutting slits in the dress so that Cecilia would disturbingly resemble a pinned grasshopper while engaging in her passionate rendezvous.
Durran had full knowledge that the dress would not be a faithful representation of the era’s fashion trends, working under Wright’s instructions to avoid a stuffy, dated look. Instead she focused on the inconsistencies of the character’s childhood memories, which allowed her to create a less historically accurate and more fluid look that emerged as a combination of ‘20s and ‘30s designs.
In order to make actress Keira Knightley appear nearly naked whilst wearing the gown, the fabric was kept as fine as possible–so fine, in fact, that it tore several times while filming. Four of the widely-hemmed, flowing skirts and ten of the bodices were kept on hand for reparations.