“Men celebrated our sexual liberation — our willingness to freely give and enjoy blow jobs and group sex, our willingness to experiment with anal penetration — but ultimately many males revolted when we stated that our bodies were territories that they could not occupy at will. Men who were ready for female sexual liberation if it meant free pussy, no strings attached, were rarely ready for feminist female sexual agency. This agency gave us the right to say yes to sex, but it also empowered us to say no.”—bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love (via a-golden-lasso-of-my-own)
Book one:a life-affirming story about pretentious teens with superiority complexes who have experiences and give nauseatingly quotable musings on philosophy and what it means to be alive, which often involves their enjoyment of books and tea and their condescending view of the popular kids as sheep
Book two:the same exact story, except this time it's being narrated by the teacher who has to deal with these asshole kids on a daily basis but is legally barred from saying "are you fucking kidding me" when they say some pretentious bullshit about how they prefer the smell of old books to the taste of alcohol. The teacher is re-telling the story to her friend at the bar, and her friend refuses to accept that these children could POSSIBLY be as pretentious as she makes them sound
I was going to write a well-argued essay about why the Buzzfeed “reasons why librarians are cool” article is really problematic, but I’m tired, what with fighting institutionalized bullshit every fucking day at my job. Instead, I’ll just point out that if you need to first vilify older women and mock the necessity for quiet, safety, and behavioral intervention in library spaces before talking about why [pick all that apply: young, male, hipster, lazy, flashy] librarians are “cool,” than you are not only an ignorant piece of shit, but you suffer from a stunning lack of creativity. If you share such articles uncritically, especially in a work context, you are part of the fucking problem.
Ellen Hutter (played by Greta Schroeder) in 1922’s “Nosferatu” is one of my all-time favorite female characters, and definitely my favorite female lead in a horror film. She gets often overlooked by fans of the film, who are (obviously) more prone to focus on Orlock than the strong beauty of Ellen.
It’s rare to find a horror film where a woman is the hero. While the focus is primarily on her husband, Ellen is the one who sacrifices herself to save the entire community from being killed by Orlock. She lays down her life for countless others that she doesn’t know. That’s pretty damn awesome if you ask me. This movie was made before women even had the right to vote, and here was Ellen, saving the day through sacrifice, the noblest form of death, in my opinion.
I love complex, realistic, interesting female characters, and it seems that there’s a sad lack of them, especially in the horror genre. It’s sad that a movie almost 100 years old gets that women are capable when filmmakers now can’t seem to grasp that.
How glad am I to see a post about this, no less from you! Nosferatu's approach to her character is not very typical of other films during this time, either. A lot of female characters were either the pure, virginal type who affected the decisions of men around her (who wanted her), or the devious tramp type, who also affected their decisions. Metropolis shows a good example, with Brigitte Helm's “doubles”. Ellen is a great example of a woman drastically affecting the plot and making her own choices while the man cowers and is relatively useless. I love Hutter and find his cowering kind of cute, but still.
On the other hand, I have also read analyses that mention how significant it is that a character like hers, who is walking the border between worlds and is very atypical, has to die in the end. The ambiguity about whether or not she is attracted to the vampire, which lead to cut scenes so that it was not so scandalous, was certainly not unintentional. There is an implication that both the vampire and women like her must be cross-eliminated in order for the rest of society to flourish.
Also, I have to say this!: his name is spelled Orlok.
Hey everyone, this is just a quick reminder that I hope not just service dog peeps reblog, because it’s especially important to those who don’t have service dogs. Please please do not distract service dogs. I know it’s sometimes cool to see, and a lot of us are dog…
Normally before a battle the men would make themselves up to look as beautiful and amazing as possible. Then they’d go out and hack each other to pieces. That’s not my bag, of course. But based on that you can hardly call make-up unmasculine.
And look at all the old kings and dandies.
And if you look to the animal world, so often the male is more beautiful then the female - look at peacocks and lions.
Really make-up and beautiful clothes are fundamental to me. It’s just that we live in such a strange society.