I have been reading a collection of short stories (Trilobites and Other Stories) by Breece D’J Pancake, and they are absolutely astonishing.
i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce
Everything Beyonce does is careful and thought out. Her entire image is perfection crafted from planning ahead. She does not ‘wing it’ or throw things into her performances and public appearances ‘just because’.
What she did at this award show was amazing, especially because of how intentional and thought out it clearly was.
Feminism is a scary word for a lot of people. Many women are afraid of calling themselves feminist because they think it implies anger, hatred of men, or a rejection of traditional femininity.
Beyonce presented everyone watching with two distinct images of what many viewers viewed as two very different women. There is the strong, independent FEMINIST. She is the woman who likes being in control and being in the spotlight. Then there is the WIFE and MOTHER. She is soft, sweet, smiling at the husband and child you can tell she loves and values so much.
For every girl watching who was afraid to be a feminist, afraid to be powerful, because of what she thought she would lose, this is an incredible message. You can be all the things you want to be. You can be both. Feminists can have amazing happy, full lives full of both traditional and modern womanhood.
Feminism means gender should not be a source of persecution or a restriction of your choices. Feminism mean the type of person you should be is based on what you value, not what outside forces pressure you to value because of your gender or biological sex. Shout at the top of your lungs that you are a feminist and proud. Then go and be the exact person that you want to be.
Title: Hedda Gabler
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Plot summary: Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) returns from a five month honeymoon to a house her husband bought for her following an off-hand comment she made when they were courting. Over the course of the play, the relationship between naive Tesman and his complex, mischievous wife is explored, mainly through their interactions with others, namely: Aunt Julle (Tesman’s aunt and surrogate mother); Mrs Elvsted (an ex-lover of Tesman’s); Mr Brack (a judge and old friend of Hedda’s); Berte (the maid); and mysterious Eljert Lövborg, a lover of both Mrs Elvsted and Hedda, and friend of Tesman and Brack. The play explores the role of the past in determining the future, and examines how beauty is interpreted by different characters.
What I enjoyed: Hedda is spirited and sarcastic, a wonderful character. Ibsen has expertly crafted the play’s dialogue to both conceal and expose; Hedda is a memorable individual whose beliefs and secrets made a strong impact upon me.
What I struggled with: The play itself is not difficult to read or understand, but, due to Ibsen never fully exposing the truth of the characters, reading between the lines was challenging, coming to your own conclusions.
Last series, I really disliked Clara’s character. I thought she was complex for the sake of an extra dimension (the impossible girl story was so unnecessary, in my opinion) and there to glorify Matt Smith’s Doctor due to her unswerving admiration and love for him.
Yesterday’s episode changed that for me. Clara was funny, intelligent, self-deprecating, and considerate. This was, of course, aided by Capaldi’s brilliant portrayal of The Doctor. Somehow, he pulled together a great deal of the characteristics from previous regenerations: Eccleston’s frankness, Tennant’s exuberance and subsequent darkness, Smith’s indecisiveness. The fact that Capaldi is a life-long fan of the programme meant that he played The Doctor with respect and awe, just as Tennant did, whereas Smith always gave the impression that the role of The Doctor was a stepping-stone to fame.
In short, I’m excited about the new series. I think that Capaldi will be a poetic, sad, and honest Doctor, accompanied by a much more likeable Clara.
Title: 'The Odyssey'
Translator: Walter Shrewring
Plot summary: This is the story of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, and his journey back to his wife (Penelope), son (Telemachus), friends and country. The tale begins with Telemachus vowing to search for his father, who had been missing for twenty years following the siege of Troy. Telemachus feels the need to begin this quest in order to rid his father’s palace of the suitors who have been competing for Penelope’s hand since his father left Ithaca. The suitors embarked on a period of recklessness: drinking Odysseus’s wine, killing his swine and goats, and sleeping with his maids. Telemachus is assisted by the goddess Athene, who also advises and protects Odysseus when the narrative shifts focus from Telemachus to him, charting his escape from Calypso’s island, and his journey home.
What I enjoyed: I have always loved Greek myths, and loved the magic, the violence, the imagery and the characters. In short, I loved everything about this text, apart from perhaps the reiteration of stories, such as the story of Agamemnon, or the story of Troy, both of which are explained several times over.
What I struggled with: I didn’t really struggle with anything, per say, because Shrewring’s translation is so fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone.
Title: 'Moll Flanders'
Author: Daniel Defoe
Plot summary: Moll Flanders (not her true name) tells the story of her life from her birth in Newgate prison to being 70 years old. Throughout the course of her life, she commits many sins: she starts with adultery and prostitution, before committing incest and bigamy. She reverts to stealing items following the death of one of her many husbands, and becomes a renowned thief known as ‘Moll Flanders’. The novel takes place primarily in London, but Moll also visits Virginia, America.
What I enjoyed: Moll has an exceptionally unique voice. Defoe has created a character who is vulnerable and strong in equal measure, as well as presenting her to be entirely in control of her actions, and thus, her destiny. Considering this text was written in the late 1700s, the female characters hold the most power, demonstrated by Moll’s self-sufficiency in the latter stages of the text.
What I struggled with: To preserve the voice of an academically uneducated woman (though she is educated in what matters, arguably), Defoe writes in jaunty, often misspelled prose. Random words are capitalised, and the paragraphs are considerable in length. This makes for a challenging (yet rewarding) read.
Feather Child by Lucy Glenlendinning.
This art work is inspired by her fascination with a future society. The feathered children are questions, where the artist is asking us if we lived in a world where our genetics could be freely manipulated, will be able to resist altering our physical abilities?
The fragility of the feathers also represents the fate of Icarus in Greek mythology, where Icarus flew too close to the sun and burned to a crisp. How far can humanity progress before everything falls apart?
against our second-skins:
our braver, stranger, distant selves.
I say I am happy here
and I have never connected with anyone
Music at wrists, blood pumping,
My body is more than I thought it was.
I am blistering but you see me
We do not touch, but you move me.