House of Fun - Madness
found this through a certain audition…anyone care to guess?
abolish the concept of ‘passing’ & start accepting that theres no specific way any gender has to look to be valid
"The thing with "passing" is it prioritizes cis people and their perception of gender over trans lives and tacitly encourages the gendering of strangers." [via]
Leaking nudes is a form of sexual assault
Accessing and spreading a woman’s private images without her consent is a form of sexual assault
do i want more amethyst antagonizing pearl action why yes i do
Listen to your transmisogynist Auntie Ru
There’s these really bullshit expectations on trans girls surrounding feminism and internalized misogyny.
Trans girls are expected to all be Feminist and Enlightened and not say anything influenced by internalized misogyny, otherwise it’s their “maleness showing” or something less direct along those lines.
Like, have you ever met the average teenage cis girl? She probably either doesn’t believe in feminism or thinks “everyone’s already equal”.
Like lol way to hyper-focus your expectations on a marginalized subset of women to dismiss them, while implying that more broadly that the moral burden of dismantling sexism is on women.
yeah… I mean, I don’t exactly blame people for coming to conclusions I don’t agree with because it’s sort of the first step to examining media, is thinking about the “why”
so I get it, I get why, for example, people reblogged the coloring book post being like “who gives a shit/ they’re just shown more because they’re the most popular princesses/ the other princesses aren’t ‘classic’.”
Like in the grand scheme of things: I agree, a coloring book isn’t a big deal. The reality is, though, that it’s a micro-aggression, and a super easy one to document and quantify at that. People will act like real evidence isn’t a big deal on the one hand, then they’ll look at big, big things, events, and deny that race is in any way still an issue in the U.S. And of course if you’ve ignored the thousand little things then yeah, it might just seem like “people arguing” rather than “sanctioned racial oppression” etc.
And the thing with the “most popular princesses” is, again, something that requires a deeper look. While I agree that Disney is usually simply looking out for what will make the most money, race isn’t somehow… removed from this equation. Like: who you think will be popular influences how you produce the merchandise (who is featured most prominently) which, in turn, influences actual, real popularity.
A lot of people commenting on marketing just assume it’s some organic force when that’s like the inherent opposite of marketing, to an extent. In marketing you get to define who becomes the “classic princess” when the entire princess line isn’t that old itself, it’s a manufactured thing. Which is why it’s not just some random thing that Mulan gets constantly ignored in spite of the lasting popularity of the movie and character. But it requires looking a little deeper than “oh well they’re just printing more of the popular characters duh!” anyway I worded this all pretty badly because it’s late
when i die please punch everyone who says “i wish i got to know them better”
So, for a while now I’ve been making scattered posts about how much I hate this movie, and when asked why I replied: well, it’s fuckin racist (and misogynistic as well we’ll talk about it).
Dropping my trademark lowercase typing for a more legible text here but we’re in for a wild ride. I’ve also been asked: how is the movie racist? Could you elaborate? So here’s the essay.
How is Lost In Translation racist?
I’m sticking to some sort of (shudders) academic but also handy and organised plan here to explain the whys and hows and what makes this movie that a lot of teens and older teens, and olderer not-teens consider deep, relatable, original, good, gorgeous, whatever, a 100 minute constantly and unapologetically racist piece of trash of a movie.
I think we’ve all figured out even by reading the synopsis to whom the aforementioned racism is directed to: it’s us, the Japanese. And yeah for once I’m gonna take the liberty to speak for all of us because let’s be real, this movie is outrageous.
3 Important Points as to How Lost In Translation is racist:
- THE WHITE CHARACTERS: the characters themselves are typically “white in a ‘foreign’ country”: entitled, ignorant, racist. I am gonna talk about our two main characters, Charlotte (portrayed by our beloved confirmed zionist Scarlett Johansson) and Bob (portrayed by our favourite wife-beating, multiple time cheating asshole Bill Murray) but also the secondary characters such as Charlotte’s boyfriend or that other girl whose name I totally forget.
- THE MOVIE ITSELF AND ITS RUNNING JOKES: something I hadn’t noticed until I rewatched the movie a few days ago for the sake of making this post, there are many, many awfully racist running jokes throughout the movie. It actually angered me a lot. Here I will talk about how the movie itself, how some visual elements and how the plot unravels reveals a lot of racism and misogyny.
- THE JAPANESE CHARACTERS: now this is where it gets tricky. truth is, no importance is accorded to any Japanese person in this movie, despite being set in Japan. Fishy huh? This point is kinda tied with the second one but I think I can elaborate on the absence of a Japanese POV, and how this extends to other movies where the setting and its inhabitants serve as a prop to the white story the white movie wants to tell.
Continuing under the cut:
Diasporic PoC, if you’re ever curious as to what I’m talking about when I’m referring to white expats, let me tell you that they’re exactly like the white characters in this film, and often times, even more entitled and racist.
"has this been asked before" tbh
like technically Belle isn’t one either because she doesn’t get married in her movie… it’s completely beside the point for that anyway, it’s not like people at Disney sit down and say, “Mulan’s a super popular character, but she’s technically not a princess, so I guess we’ll take her out of the coloring book.” Which is the only way it would actually be relevant
Like… I mean you can make a point about how it’s commodifying anyways to make everyone princesses or w/e, but there’s sort of a weird and separate racial thing going on in how quick everyone is to say “this is why these ones are excluded” when Disney as a company has said multiple times that the princess line is not about “technical princess-ery” or w/e it is people refer to