FETISHIZING THE ▲LTHENTIC
Marina Molares

Today was my last day of work and I feel… well, honestly I’m not really feeling much about it. I spent so, so much of my time feeling so utterly depressed (for many reasons, not all of them related specifically to the job). And now I just have this other big stressful life event (moving, new job) to divert any feelings of relief that I might otherwise feel.

But there was one moment that was really heartwarming to me that I feel like sharing for no real reason. Like, it’s certainly not representative of my time at that job, but it does make me feel really special. About a month or so ago my manager asked me what my ultimate career/life goals were. I told her that I’d really like to go back to graduate school, and that whatever work I end up doing I want it to be work devoted to helping the disenfranchised. Whether that be activism, or teaching the next generation of scholars and activists, whatever.

She then told me that she felt she didn’t really have any career aspirations, and that her one dream is to be a great mom. A few weeks after we shared this moment, she found out she was pregnant with her first child, and then a day or two later I found out that I got this job with the Public Defender.

It’s a minor moment, but it’s special to me.

im scared to move!
pakao:

wow

I’ve been really excited about moving back to New Orleans this Saturday, but starting last night I became gripped with a powerful terror at the thought of leaving the familiar. I’ve settled into a routine— no matter how maladaptive it is, no matter how depressed it makes me— and the comfort of the familiar is hard to give up. Excited to rebuild my life, scared of leaping with little-to-no-safety.

Distinguishing characters through fashion: how Sailor Moon does it right.

crowbara:

palaceofposey:

bluedelliquanti:

OKAY, so I was wondering whether I could find some place that posted Sailor Moon screencaps or turnaround sheets so I could write about how it handles fashion, and it turns out there’s a website for exactly that. Tagged by character and everything. Perfect.

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So let’s continue our discussion about fashion as character design! Here’s a narrative that has to balance a large, female-heavy cast and make sure they are identifiable at all times, especially since they aren’t in their trademark color-coded uniforms most of the time. How does Sailor Moon tackle fashion and make it work in service of their characters?

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What’s particularly impressive is that the superheroes’ civilian clothes aren’t limited to a single color, the way you might see in, say, Power Rangers. (Could you imagine wearing yellow outfits every day for the rest of your life just because you’re the Yellow Ranger? Blugh.) Instead, Sailor Scouts are recognizable in their civilian clothes because each one has a distinct silhouette, style, and palette.

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Sailor Moon’s civilian wear, for example, is overly childish and girly. She wears ribbons, bows, and overalls. Her clothes have cartoon mascots on them, particularly bunnies (a pun on her Japanese name, Usagi, which means “rabbit.”)They match her ditzy, immature personality.

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Mercury’s modest skirts and pastel cardigans match her quiet, straight-laced character, while Mars wears shorter, sleeker, more ladylike outfits that reflects her more sassy (and bossy) personality. Venus is all about bright colors and loose, sporty dresses ‘cause she’s got such a peppy, can-do attitude.

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Jupiter is easy to distinguish from the others just by being taller and more physically imposing. I love the way they handle Jupiter’s style because she’s portrayed as a gentle, feminine girl who is still undeniably “the muscle” of the group. Her clothes are girly (frills! pencil skirts!) but they’re cut to accentuate her fuller figure and keep her looking large and powerful. I love that.

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A lot of the characters’ fashions work well in pairs to contrast and work off of each other. Mini-Moon’s pink, blue, and candy-stripe-red palette doesn’t pop quite so much until she’s juxtaposed with her friend Hotaru, who dresses in black and dull monochromes. What’s more, as their friendship grows, you can see Hotaru start accenting her dark outfits with a single bright color.

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And, of course, Uranus and Neptune’s amazing butch/femme combo.

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Look at those classy broads.

(Sailor Moon Screencaps)

 

Always looking out, bless you.

fUCK YEAH

this is very erotic to me.

(via increasedentropy)

my depressive symptoms have VERY SLOWLY been lifting, and, much like my old therapist predicted, some symptoms are lifting faster than others. The bad news is, my libido has been WAY more active than usual and the number one way for me to start feeling sad again is to be horny. Porn just makes me so fucking depressed. I can’t watch the same thing ad nauseam: two white hairless (or nearly hairless, or perfectly manicured) masculine and muscular dudes fuck each other. the end. that narcisisstic model— where in order to be attracted to someone they must look just like you— is so ALIENATING, especially when I look nothing like those people (and, objectively, i’m just a few steps away. can you imagine what it must be like for other people?). I just can’t wrap my head around mindlessly consuming that without feeling isolated by it. and yet I see so many people who are capable of doing that. what a puzzler.

at night i lie awake in terror at how few people seem discomfited by the narcissistic model of gay male desire circulated by pornography.

and i want to post and talk about this frequently but i know so many gay males who can’t hear criticism without taking it super personally.

I contain multitudes and am capable of liking someone and also thinking some things they do are shitty.

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