April 23, 2014
So, Avril Lavigne made a thing.


And just fucking terrible, to boot.

The only redeeming feature of the “Hello Kitty” music video is that her backup dancers, every one of them, look like they are planning Avril’s murder. I saw some people say the dancers were “creepily expressionless” but no. That is the look of women who straight up want to destroy someone.

April 23, 2014
It’s an Icona Pop kind of day.

April 22, 2014
"Here’s something else to imagine: the idea that there are stories to tell about the sources of a woman’s anger, her ambition and fear, her brokenness and resolve, that don’t involve pinning her under some man’s heaving chest."

Hey TV: Stop Raping Women | PopWatch | EW.com

April 22, 2014

Don’t use rape purely for shock value. Don’t use rape as a simple explanation for why a character is strong, sorrowful, or anything in between. And don’t forget that if a rape does happen, it has to continue to be a part of the larger story.

It’s not that rape can’t ever be used to advance plot. But rape should never be used just to advance plot. Rape informs every part of a survivor’s life, but it also isn’t the only thing that informs their life. Rape should never be easy. It should never be a show’s quick fix for the writers’ bigger story problems. Rape should be treated with the same severity, thoughtfulness, and urgency on television that we’ve just started to treat it with in real life.


TV’s rape problem is bigger than ‘Game of Thrones’

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April 22, 2014


and my personal favorites

(via ennui-the-viii)

April 22, 2014
xkcd: Free Speech

xkcd: Free Speech

April 22, 2014


If your protagonists are consistently compared to Holden Caulfield, you’re doing something very wrong.

April 22, 2014


Fuck off Kirsten Dunst 2K14

(via sunny-burn)

April 22, 2014
"Similarly, Jaime is a figure of chivalric love in the books—despite his arrogance and ruthlessness, his devotion and sense of duty to Cersei, the only woman he has ever loved, is so fervent as to border on adoration. Admittedly, the show can’t rely on his point-of-view chapters, as the book does, to communicate that love. But given what we have seen Cersei Lannister capable of—her ex-husband is hardly the only man she’s had killed—is it even conceivable that she would stand for it? Jaime raping Cersei is a major anomaly for these two characters—even based purely on what we’ve seen in the show. It’s just not something that either character would do."

Rape of Thrones · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club

I’m really enjoying this A.V. Club piece, but I have to disagree with this wholeheartedly. So many romantic ideas of chivalry are fundamentally rooted in misogynistic ideals of women as weak and needing protection. The idea of a good knight championing a virtuous woman depends on the woman being virtuous, and even in the books we see that the deterioration of Jaime and Cersei’s relationship comes as a result of Jaime’s progressive loss of belief in Cersei’s virtue (even as Cersei’s rejection of Jaime is because he’s no longer physically capable of fulfilling his prescribed role in that knight/lady narrative).

In “Breaker of Chains” we see Jaime rape Cersei after calling her “hateful,” and it feels explicitly punitive. She no longer represents the ideal woman to him, and he considers this to be a betrayal of the spirit of their relationship. Also wrapped up in this moment is the idea that Cersei is at her most disempowered point right now and Jaime is also feeling powerless—but he still has the power to rape her. To me, this doesn’t seem shocking or even particularly out of character.

As far as whether Cersei retaliates, that remains to be seen on the show.

April 22, 2014
Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 3 “Breaker of Chains”


"Breaker of Chains" has some scenes that are certainly among my favorite scenes ever written for the show, some interesting departures from the source material, two different brothel scenes, and one of the most fucked up and infuriating scenes I’ve ever been subjected to by this series. Seriously, I’m fucking furious about it—not to mention appalled and confused and just blown away that this is a choice that the writers and directors made.

On to the recap, though. As always, spoilers below the cut for both the episode and possibly books three through five of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Trigger warning, as well, for discussion of rape.

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