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geekandmisandry:

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geekandmisandry:

People make fun of Taylor Swift’s music, I’ve heard criticisms about her being a ‘perpetual teenager’ and ‘just writing songs for teenage girls’ and it’s taken me a while to figure out why it bugs me. 

Because I could have used someone like her when I was a teenager, telling me that those ‘little’ things you worry about DO matter and that they are real, but the assurance that the pain will pass. Instead I had adults who told me my problems were not even real problems because I didn’t pay taxes on them. As though my feelings were less valid because I wasn’t paying rent. 

Taxes and rent are real problems, they suck. But so often we invalidate the experiences of teenagers. Maybe because it’s easy to look back and trivialise something you have already survived and been through.

Maybe Taylor writes these songs because she recognises that teenage girls are not a joke, they are people with genuine concerns and emotions. 

The themes within her music are not so different from many others but her target audience gets her criticism. She writes about love, the pain of unrequited love, heartbreak, loss and sometimes the painful shattering of illusions.

So did Shakespeare.

Now you might be thinking, “wait, did she just compare Taylor Swift to Shakespeare???”

And before you get upset …yes, I did. Because why not? 

I love me some Shakespeare, but not as much as I love sitting and listening to a slow Taylor Swift ballad or driving and badly singing along to Shake It Off.

Because I’m a 26 year old woman and I still enjoy/relate to the music that Taylor Swift makes. 

Oh well!

TL;dr version: Taylor Swift>Shakespeare

There’s also some inherent misogyny in it. The problems of teenage girls rank quite low on societies “worth caring about” ladder. 

Plus, Shakespeare was a populist who wrote dirty jokes and appealed to the low socioeconomic classes. It was kind of his thing. So, incredibly valid comparison. 

Oh definitely a level of misogyny. Teenage girls are seen as somehow more inherently frivolous and less valuable, even when comparing them to teenage boys. 

Plus I feel some of Shakespeare’s work is kind of overrated, though I do love some of his crass comedies. 

There is something I have to drill in to the minds of the first year students at my university: teenage girls define culture. Whenever I say this, they laugh, but they do. Jane Austen, the Gothic… our era may be known for the rise of paranormal or dark romance as the prevalent genre. Teenage girls are also thrown under the bus first. The easiest way to demean or belittle something is to tie it to teenage girls. It happens with literature, movies, even music.

Taylor Swift has said some things that I haven’t liked over the years. But she was younger, and everyone does at that age. Younger me would hate to call herself a feminist, but here I am. She’s grown up, and I like what she’s grown in to. I like her a lot.

I Knew You Were Trouble is my jam.

As for Shakespeare, I’m afraid I love him too. He has some duds, more than people are willing to admit, but his comedies are always flawless. And his Jacobean tragedies are incredible to me. But I’m biased. Literature students all love the Bard.

Your comparison works. Keep it up.


Anonymous asked: "kellisina kellisina kellysinaaaaaaaaaa i think u two are cute k? like when u flirt and joke online and i ship u. ur drift compatible af."

kellisina:

madchenmarchen:

We get this a lot. We’re not flirting though. We’re just naturally adorable.

The best way to describe us is…

She’s the James and I’m the Sirius. And we’re besties. Brothers in arms and sisters in mischief. Marauders til the end and pretty much soulmates.

But she’s heteromantic and I think of her as a sister. Besides, she needs to meet someone awesome so they can birth The Chosen One. And maybe they could not die this time.

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Dibs on being Queery Godmother.

Damn right we’re cute~

Also, my name is now kellysinaaaaaaaaa. Trufax.

Totes.

I like it~ It’s very you.


dimittas asked: "Anita Sarkeesian (female) sent many death threats to herself. But she isnt a video gamer, so your point still might be a valid."

rainaftersnowplease:

dimittas:

rainaftersnowplease:

You are literally too stupid to insult.

Translation: I can’t disprove that so you’re stupid.

I can’t disprove that unicorns are real, but that doesn’t make them exist. I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but hell, I’ve got a bit of time to kill.

Gamergate is a hate movement that started with a jilted ex of a game dev accusing her of sleeping with a journalist for a good review, when said journalist never reviewed the game in question at all.

Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu have been driven from their homes by death threats and harassment. #Gamergate as a whole has been revealed as a concentrated, concerted effort to harass Zoe Quinn by the aforementioned jilted ex.

And over what? Feminism in video game journalism? Less than half a percent of articles written about video games contain explicit references to sexism, misogyny, or feminism. Every major art form is analyzed in sociopolitical lights. Every major everything is analyzed that way. It’s what criticism is. Feminist criticism is an accepted academic method of analyzing media that has been in use since the late 1700s.

Even if it wasn’t, these people are essentially getting angry about discussions about women having more egalitarian portrayals in games. That’s literally it. Their biggest rallying cry is that men who play games are being shoved into the margins despite being gaming’s core target demographic. Except they fail to notice that adult women are the largest demographic in gaming, and even if they weren’t, it’s not oppressive to be asked to maybe not use women as sex objects in games. It’s not oppressive for some things not to be about men and their entertainment.

The threats made against Sarkeesian are credible, and the FBI agrees with me on that one. She isn’t the only one to receive credible death and rape threats recently (or in the past) and she won’t be the last.

I suspect you’re not the type who actually cares about facts, however. I suspect you’re one of the people who urge us to “look at both sides” of the issue, but honestly? When one side sends death, rape, and bomb threats, and the other wants women not to be treated as shitty by the gaming industry as they are, that’s not a debate I’m willing to have.

By the way, humanism is the belief that people have the ability to act ethically without the assistance of theism or supernatural belief. If you want a belief system that’s about ensuring men and women have equal rights and opportunities, that’s feminism.


Anonymous asked: "kellisina kellisina kellysinaaaaaaaaaa i think u two are cute k? like when u flirt and joke online and i ship u. ur drift compatible af."

We get this a lot. We’re not flirting though. We’re just naturally adorable.

The best way to describe us is…

She’s the James and I’m the Sirius. And we’re besties. Brothers in arms and sisters in mischief. Marauders til the end and pretty much soulmates.

But she’s heteromantic and I think of her as a sister. Besides, she needs to meet someone awesome so they can birth The Chosen One. And maybe they could not die this time.

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Dibs on being Queery Godmother.


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Raise Your Hand If At Any Point In Your Life…

gailsimone:

…you were a little bit in love with Nightcrawler.

For years my little brother made fun of me because my favourite X-Men is a German smurf. Well. Jokes on him. I was in love with a German smurf. And pretty much all of the mutants in X-Men: Evolution.

Except Cyclops.

Fuck that guy.


kellisina:

I’m lovely D:

Nah.


kellisina:

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*tolerate

You secretly love puns. And stop being mean to me D:


kellisina:

You suck and you know it.

You know you love it.


whitestuffknowslimits:

abrightmoon:

hippopotamus-hi-tops:

things your friends will say if you’ve made a good pun:

  • get out
  • fuck you
  • shut the fuck up
  • oh my god why
  • you need to stop
  • you’re not funny
  • that was terrible
  • are you proud of that

*fake exasperated laugh accompanied with an exaggerated eye-roll*

Excuse me, kellisina! My puns are comedy gold. You’re damn right I’m proud.


donwenowourspacepajamas:

mysticorset:

spatscolombo:

I just learned that Nichelle Nichols ad-libbed “sorry, neither” in rehearsals and they were only able to sneak it by the censors because it wasn’t in the script and—excuse me I’m overcome with happiness because my favorite Uhura line of all time was actually written by Uhura.

I will never not reblog this.


whogivesmestrength:

chantelbrenna:

squidsqueen:

What makes me so happy about this is that she isn’t telling you you must love your body or that you are obligated to. She saying you have permission to. And that’s important, because there are a lot of reasons why people have trouble with self-love.  But the idea that you aren’t supposed to love your body, that you aren’t allowed to for whatever reason, needs to be crushed. If you can’t love your body right now, if your body causes you pain or disphoria or distress, you aren’t required to love it. But you are ALLOWED to. You are entitled to the chance to make peace with your body, if you ever reach a point where you are ready to. No one else should be trying to stop you.

Sometimes I see or read things, and I didn’t realize that I needed them until they are two GIFs of Nicki Minaj and some amazing commentary that come across my dash and I instantly burst in to tears and feel a weight lifted off my chest.

This is so important


Track Title: Jessie's Girl

Artist: Mary Lambert

Album: Heart On My Sleeve (Deluxe Edition)

theladymonsters:

in which a gay cover of one of america’s most quintessential modern american love songs is a thing that exists


You don’t like the goatee?


extraordinarycomics:

Young Justice at it’s finest.