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Miyazaki: A Beautiful Mind: 千と千尋の神隠し (Spirited Away)

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I always wondered why the symbol “ゆ” (said “yu”) was on the door to the bath house. I asked my Japanese teacher, and he wasn’t sure so I did a little research.

The symbol is used on the entrance to 温泉 (onsen) and 銭湯 (sento), or Japanese bath houses. The word “yu” is translated to “hot…

Sure gives a whole new meaning to an already great film.

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“Hold my hand, Doctor. Try to see what I see. We’re so lucky we’re still alive to see this beautiful world. Look at the sky. It’s not dark and black and without character. The black is in fact deep blue. And over there! Lighter blue. And blowing through the blueness and the blackness, the winds swirling through the air. And there shining, burning, bursting through, the stars! Can you see how they roll their light? Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”

Doctor Who Meme → Two Quotes [1/2]

↳ Vincent and the Doctor

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Presenting the “When Is Doctor Who Series 7 Premiering In My Country This Weekend” Click-and-Drag Game!

For those of you who may have missed our post about this weekend’s season premiere of Doctor Who Series 7, we’ve constructed this handy dandy click-and-drag game to tell you where you should watch “Asylum of the Daleks” and when.

Click on each gif and drag it in order to find out when you’ll be watching this weekend’s premiere, who you will watch it with, what character you will cosplay as, and what you will post to Tumblr about it.

Of course, this game is not valid in all territories and if it determines that you should travel three continents just to see the premiere, we suggest taking it less as a directive and more as a modest suggestion.

Of course, if you want all of the Doctor Who Series 7 premiere info now, you could just click through to the Series 7 Premiere Date Superpost instead.

Cheers.

Fan mail for the writer of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Dear E.L. James,

I’m aware that your recent fortune has made you all but immune to criticism, but I just want you to know that it doesn’t matter how much money your ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy makes. Terrible prose is still terrible prose, regardless of how much you think you can get away with it since the main selling point of your work is its (limited) shock value. It’s telling when barely one chapter into your best-selling adapted Twilight fan fiction, you’ve already completely violated the Oxford Guide to Style in fifty ways Stephanie Meyer could never have imagined. And it sure isn’t for lack of trying on her part.

Of course, rampant grammatical errors only comprise the surface of the problem. Let me further assert that nothing that takes place in the first ten chapters (all I could will myself to read so far) makes any logical sense whatsoever outside the realm of fantasy. The impossibly wealthy and handsome alpha male CEO speaks like an automaton transposed from another dimension, addressing your ridiculously insecure, moé-infused Mary Sue character by name in every other sentence, and, of course, coming on to her for absolutely no particular reason. Congratulations on creating a character whose most memorable quality is that his very existence is impossible. No self-made, twenty-something CEO would ever have half as much time to devote to Ana as he does, and while I am not a woman, I can say with almost absolute certainty that no high-GPA, literature-obsessed twenty-one year-old would ever abuse the word “Jeez” so much in her internal monologues. If I made a drinking game out of every time Ana says or thinks “jeez”, I would be dead by now. And I have only begun to scratch at the surface of FSoG’s problems. Another major complaint: the constant British colloquial expressions in a story about two American characters is not just distracting, it renders the flow of the dialogue completely false.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m open to well-written erotica, something that’s more than intense sex scenes originally intended for lemony fan fiction. I would be happy if your novel was worth reading. But I’ve read Pokémon fanfics written by middle-schoolers that were better penned than your derivative drivel. Yeah, I’m sure it gets better. In fact, I bet that the relationship between the two leads improves, only to degenerate as poor Ana learns more about what Christian really wants to do to her, leading to doubts and dark times, but in the end, she discovers that ending up with him is inevitable because… there are two more of these godforsaken books.

Surely you don’t care much for this non-fan letter as it is demeaning to you and your work. But I want to challenge you. Before you write your next book, you might want to take a few classes. Read some actual literature. Try to come up with something interesting.

Sincerely,
Joseph Who Is Sick Of Predictable Best-Sellers With Boring Characters Written From A First-Person Perspective

“Empowered” and “sexy” are not universally synonymous. That a woman is not a sex kitten does not mean that she’s any less comfortable or empowered or any of that stuff. See above, re: not a homogenous demographic. Stop making sexiness a universal demand. Let some characters be unsexy. And for f*ck’s sake, please, please stop drawing women who are injured, or dead, or being tortured, or punching bad guys, in sex-kitten pin-up poses. That is bad visual storytelling, and it is INCREDIBLY creepy. Let women be heroes for the sake of heroism. Women don’t have to be damaged or traumatized to be strong, or to want to make a difference. Corollary: Dropping rape into a backstory is not a panacea for making a female character complex and gritty.

Imagine you have a daughter. Imagine the kind of women you’d like her to want to grow up to be. Write them. Write women you’d want to be friends — really good friends — with. Write women you’d get in arguments with. Write women you’d be legitimately scared of. Write women like your mom, like your aunts, like your wife, like your friends, like your nieces and nephews and daughters and bosses and friends. We are not aliens… This, too, goes back to “doing things.” A lot of the time, male characters act, and female characters are acted upon. Let female characters make difficult choices — and sometimes choose wrong — and have struggles and the same real victories. Because without those things, they’re not characters; they’re just window dressing.

Rachel Edidin talks about portraying female superhero characters at Comic Alliance (via georgethecat)

My biggest problem with characters like Morgana from Merlin.

(via thehumblearticulatefeminist)

reblogging over here specifically for the mention of conflation of violence with sex. Seriously, drawing injured, dead, tortured, and abused women in “sexy” poses absolutely portrays violence as sexy, absolutely conflates sex and violence with each other to the point where they’re so intertwined it’s impossible to separate them.  That’s utterly fucked up and actively contributes to rape culture by helping to create people who think that the abuse the met out is sexy and is therefore not rape when in reality it’s rape, it’s abuse, it’s assault, it’s just violence and nothing more.

(via rapeculturerealities)

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