Записи с темой: issues (список заголовков)

Drag Race

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It's been a hellish week and I couldn't concentrate on anything, even fandom. So I started watching RuPaul's Drag Race and ended a season in days. To be honest, it's not surprising at all. If anything, it's odd I didn't get to this sooner. I started with Season 6 though becasue I watched the first ep on Youtube. No regrets, I doubt I'll watch all of them anyway, there's 9 out now I think plus 2 All Stars.

Anyway, it's been quite a ride. I guess drag is one of the few directions I never really explored. I think the social stigma for drag queens might be even harsher than for transgenders. Since transgenders want to fit in and the drag queens want nothing but to stand out. And I always had the image of drag queens as old mamas with caked make-up, loud and dirty-mouthed. But most contestants on this show are young and everyone's styles are completely different, from shocking and obnoxious to hyper-feminine. So it was interesting to watch. The show had many challenges like singing, acting, comedy and wit but of course sewing skills and a sense of style were essential.

I feel like there's a lot to be learned from drag queens, from style and make-up tips to wisdom and self-love and shining from within. And, of course, Ru is a fucking Goddess. But in a way it also made me think of how the whole thing was a competition of femininity as a construct and it's all the more clear when men do it. It's about dresses and hair and make-up, it's about the moves and the talk and the sassyness. Not to mention the Drag Queens made throwing shade into an art form.

As for the S06, from the very first scene I was charmed by Adore and till the very end I wanted her to win. She lacked experience and sometimes confidence but she had plenty of charm and was the most relatable. In the end though, with the 3 finalists I was ok with any of them winning, they were all great in very different ways. Bianca looked like a total bitch at first but in the end I guess its that character gap when she turned out to be really kind, that made her the winner. And then there's Courtney who was perhaps too flawless to win. However, last night I went too far into the internet and found this video of a very thrashy Adore performing live in an outrageous outfit revealing her ass and midriff which were very unsightly in addition to it being vulgar so I now I have very mixed feelings about her.

While I was watching I also remembered Tegoshi joining some Italian drag Queens in 2013. Now that I look at it, he might as well be a drag performer. I mean, clearly he doesn’t want to be a woman but he has a persona that’s kind of a separate entity and he enjoys letting it take over once in a while. I’d love to see him on Drag Race. I don’t think he would make it too far simply because he doesn’t have the skills to do his own make-up and put on a wig, let alone sewing. But I’m sure he could learn the trade quickly if he was in a position to.

After watching all 14 hours of the season, including Untucked, I got a little tired of it emotionally and Ru's laugh jammed my brain. I feel like I need to take a break from the race but there's a good chance I will get back to it later.

@музыка: RuPaul - Sissy That Walk forever looped up in my head

@темы: issues


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Just a few impratant debunk articles

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Citing a federal survey, HRW noted, “Data showed that an alarming 42.8 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth respondents had seriously considered suicide in the previous year, and 29.4 percent had attempted suicide, compared with 14.8 percent of heterosexual youth who had seriously considered suicide in the previous year and 6.4 percent of heterosexual youth who had attempted suicide.”


@темы: the eternal debate, issues


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Today the most successful Pride event in this country up to date took place. I was actually contemplating going but I'm not that brave yet. The organizers are happy that many people turned up and that it passed safe but in the end it's still sad that walking a mile for what you believe in is still dangerous and requires 6k police officers. But at least I'm glad nobody got hurt and that the police was actually doing their job.

But apart from the event, I finally took time to study the present situation with LGBT in this country as a whole and it left me very upset. Not only did I see scores of hateful comments, the actual violence rates went up frantically. This country has no place in Europe or civilized world, it's filled with hate and ignorance and that is yet another reason I don't want to be its citizen.


@темы: the eternal debate, issues


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If I were an anthropologist as I wanted to be, my current thesis would be “The perceived heteronormativity in Japanese and Korean boy bands.” Or it that more gender studies stuff? Anyway, I am quite fascinated by it. I mean this isn't new to me but lately as I read MC accounts from tour reports and remember all the previous instances I am amazed by how far guys can go while still maintaining their perceived heterosexuality.

Tegoshi likes getting into showers with men and apparently enjoys some discreet touching of private parts and naked hugging. He also is used to kissing on the lips once drunk and probably clinging to supposedly familiar men. He clearly enjoys male attention rather than feeling awkward like many would. But I'm sure he would never admit to bisexuality, let alone consider a homosexual relationship.

Then there's Jaejoong who also clings to his friends while drunk, kisses them. And Junsu who likes groping other guys's butts. Of course, these are just the things that got public, I'm sure there's a lot more that we don't know about. At any rate, all of that behaviour is somehow categorized as male bonding and a part of normal heterosexuality.

@темы: musings, issues


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Brilliant video. I think she's getting even better with this.

@темы: issues


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I guess this journal really isn't home to me anymore if I didn't think to post this...

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Just gonna say: I'm happy to have lived to see this happen.

@темы: issues


22 Great Women

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Artemisia Gentileschi - Italian Baroque painter.
Ching Shih - pirate in middle Qing China.
Elsa Jane Guerin (Mountain Charley) - adventurer, gold miner, writer.
Mary Sherman Morgan - U.S. rocket fuel scientist.
Lou Xiaoying - Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies.
Fumiko Hayashi - mayor of Yokohama.
Hazel McCallion - Canadian politician and businesswoman who served as the mayor of Mississauga.
Beate Sirota Gordon - performing arts presenter and women's rights advocate. Contributed to rewriting the Japanese 1946 constitution.
Nadezhda Durova - disguised as a man, became was the first known female officer in the Russian military.
Margaret Keane - American artist.
Empress Jing - empress of the China.
Chien-Shiung Wu - Chinese American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics.
Hedy Lamarr - Actress & Scientist
Theodora - queen of Byzantine
Steve Shirley - British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist.
Clara Belle Williams - the first African-American graduate of New Mexico State University.
Irena Sendler - a Polish nurse and a member of Polish Underground helping to save approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Caroline Norton - English woman's rights activist.
Christine de Pizan - Medieval poet, writer.
Hildegard of Bingen - religious leader.
Laura Bassi - scientist, physicist, professor.
Roxolana- a slave who became a queen

Started a list last year.

Here's a good place for some biographies:

@темы: issues, i'm a geek


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It took me way too long to understand that homoeroticism is deeply connected with misogyny.

@темы: issues, musings


On colonization of Africa and Christianity

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I never really knew how Africa was colonized. I knew about the slavery but I never imagined it was nothing compared to the nightmare that began in late 19th century. Clearly Christianity also played a significant role in that process. Here's a great post about it.


@темы: issues


Women's Rights in Japan

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I have been confused with blatant sexism in Japanese society but lately I've been reading about Japan's history and I realized that women's movement had very little success there prior to American occupation. Some basic facts that I learned:

The Security Police Law of 1900 forbade women, who had no vote, from even attending political meetings, or taking political science classes. Traditional means of birth control were forbidden as Japan encouraged population growth after losses in the 1905 war with Russia. The highest achievement expected of women was to fulfill the ideal of “good wife/good mother.” Women were granted the right to vote only in 1946 and that was basically the initiative from the occupying forces of the United States. In fact before the 1946 constitution women hardly had any rights to speak of. Beate Sirota Gordon was the woman who drafted the parts of constitution devoted to human rights. She said: "Japanese women were historically treated like chattel; they were property to be bought and sold on a whim."

The Revised Civil Code of 1898 stated that a woman who commits adultery is subject to divorce and up to two years in prison. However, a woman was unable to divorce her husband if he committed adultery. A woman was divorced and sent back to her family not only for bad health or barrenness but disobedience, jealousy, and even talkativeness.

As of 2013, The Equal Employment Opportunity Law in Japan does not prohibit sexual harassment at workplace. The problem of sexism, discrimination and underrepresentation is old and very relevant. In the lower house of the Diet, women hold only 8% of seats, with 19% in the upper house. In a global survey of women in parliaments, Japan ranked 123rd out of 189 countries. In 2011, 4.5% of company division heads were female, up from 1.2% in 1989. But relative to other countries the numbers are still dismal. Of the most senior, executive-committee-level managers in Japan, 1% were women in 2011, according to a regional study by McKinsey. The equivalent figure for China was 9%, for Singapore 15%.

Although abortion laws were adopted and amended many times since 1941 the birth control pill was legalized in Japan in 1999.


@темы: issues


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Just some really good feminist articles.

Men really need to stop calling women crazy

She Has No Head! – No, It’s Not Equal


@темы: issues


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It's been an odd day. I made an effort and got up earlier than normal, which is about 1 pm. I had full determination to get that haircut so I did. It was a cheaper option and got a cheaper result, I got a simple bob but it's neat and I'm ok with it.

Then I came back and watched another episode of Civilization.The West and the Rest. It's pretty informative but also pretty random and doesn't really follow the ideas stated clearly. But I still decided to finish it. The Medicine part was mostly about the colonization of Africa and the genocide and it was so horrid to take it it made me feel a little sick. However, I coped better than I would have expected. I guess I got just a little bit thicker.

Then I tried to distract myself with pretty pictures and games and today X-23 came out, much earlier than I expected. But I haven't played with her much, instead I spent the most time at the forum than I ever did before. It was a thread about the sexiest heroines and not unexpectedly a couple of feminist ladies barged in to voice their protest. I don't really find the concept of this thread offensive and I don't think it's bad to appreciate female beauty and sexuality but I have to say some of the images look amazingly oversexualized, like they come from some erotic comic books. I like looking at sexy women but some images are kind of obscene and ridiculous. Interestingly, some guys argue that topless Gambit is the same thing but while I kind of think he looks hot I honestly find him to be distracting in game. I don't know how the guys don't get distracted to all the half-naked heroines. I guess they're just used to it. Anyway, some ladies and guys made really good points but the thing is I think pointing out sexism like this can do more harm than good. I still spent the rest of the evening following the discussion though.

Now it's 12.26 am and I still got a few hours to go. I don't feel like playing anymore. Perhaps I'll try to go and work on my story some more. It's already over 10.000 words and I'm so excited about it.

This was me just randomly needing to talk about my day.

@темы: issues


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There was a time I actually picked bands based on music... But my last 3 fandoms it's mostly "New song? Well, 'let's hope it doesn't suck too bad and I can convince myself I actually kind of like it."

In other musings, lately I keep questioning if my feminism is too strong, am I overreacting when I get pissed off at NEWS for saying things? But then I think back to my 4 years as a TVXQ fan and I don't think I ever had this problem with them. Well, maybe Changmin a few times but I never liked him enough to care much.

@темы: fandom, issues


On radio douchebaggery

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The radios are a main source of information lately since the mags come out with a big delay but they give me such mixed feelings. I mean sometimes they're really amusing and sometimes Tegoshi tends to turn into a real douchebag and says things that make me want to punch him in the face. Surely the radio makes it easy for him to get carried away but that's no excuse. I remember him once saying he doesn't like girls who wear skulls and stuff but then a girl wrote to him via a magazine saying she likes skull print and if it's that bad and he was like "Well, if you really like it... and it suits you than that's ok." I don't think he could be so mean to anyone in person but on the radio he turns into a douchebag. I already wrote about this more than once but the oppression Japanese women must feel is no joke. And an idol saying shitty things surely does not help.

Not everyone is like this, of course. The j-rockers tend to be more open-minded (the things Shou, Tora and Saga say warms my heart). But rock musicians are a bit of outsiders to begin with while idols are very much a part of the system. And yes, they are completely oriented towards Japanese women. Like when they talk about girls they don't even consider other races. This makes me so confused. I mean Gackt and Tegoshi are two of the most admirable artists I know and yet their attitudes towards women make me cringe.

@темы: Tegoshi Yuya, issues


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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One more thing that gives me life: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He's damn brilliant.

@темы: issues, video


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Sometimes I almost regret being a feminist. Today I watched Now You See Me and I couldn't help but notice how every woman who has more than 3 seconds of screen time is white, conventionally attractive and in her 20's-30's. I mean it's a decent watch and I even watched it to the end which is rare but overall I found it way too pretentious. It reminds me of Jumper - good start, lame ending.

@темы: issues, movies


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After finishing Kinpachi I got a free slot so I decided to sneakily watch something by myself. I tried the IT Crowd first but it was pretty lame so I just skipped to Orange Is the New Black. It's pretty good.

But you know what bothers me? The Good Wife, Rookie Blue and now Orange all have some lesbian action. Of course it's between young sexy women. And on top of that, one of them is bisexual. I mean not that I mind and they're all good shows but the thing is you'd never see two guys making out like that. Those films are made by men are altered to suit male audiences. How typical. And the former two are not even series I've chosen myself.

@темы: series, issues


Miss Representation

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53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by age 17.

Depression in women has doubled since 1970

Rates of depression are the same among boys and girls until puberty, but twice as many women are diagnosed as depressed post-puberty

Girls between 11 and 14 see on average 500 ads a day

The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under age 19 more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.

In 2011, only 11% of protagonists in films were female.

Between 1937 and 2005 there were only 13 female protagonists in animated films…All of them except one had the aspiration of finding romance.

1 in 4 women are abused by a partner in their lifetime

1 in 6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape

15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12

Women are about 37% of prime-time TV characters (they are 51% of the U.S. population). Women 45 and older are only 15% of prime-time TV characters.

Eighty percent of 10-year-old American girls say they have been on a diet. The number one magic wish for young girls age 11-17 is to be thinner

Source: therepresentationproject.org/resources/statisti...

I also took the pledge today.

@темы: video, issues

The Diary of a Graphomaniac