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Anonymous: honestly curious, why does it offend you?

perfectlyerik:

i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子 EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子,TOMATO 番茄

traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 

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lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

There’s A Lake Where You Can Swim With Jellyfish That Won’t Sting You

21. July 2014

alejandrostravel:

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There is a magical lake in the Rock Islands of Palau where you can swim with the jellyfish worry-free.

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The lake became a tourist attraction and people can go swimming and snorkeling with them.

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The jellyfish lost their stingers over the years because they don’t need them to fight off predators.

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Learn more about the land of friendly, magical jellyfish.

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man how is it already 2 and I haven’t started my lectures yet 

oh well it’s just week 1 here’s hoping they’re not super long 

I have a schedule that I think works for me 

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why do all mens rights activists on reddit look like the dad from peppa pig

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lichgem:

It seems really weird to me, which parts of medieval history people choose to emphasize when they do movies and books set in medieval times.

Like… they usually emphasize the violence, and the misogyny, and the uncleanliness. To the point where we assume a lot of things that actually aren’t true.

Like, there are actually a ton of hygiene practices in medieval times most people don’t know about because we just assume that people never bathed ever.

Lots of people bathed, a lot. Bath houses were really freaking popular, to the point where the church got mad about it and told people to quit spending all day in the bath. And there were several different ways to keep your teeth clean- various mouth rinses, and tooth scrubs (typically the ashes of burned herbs that were rubbed on the teeth), wiping them with linen, etc.

Also, the violence makes it seem like that was all there was to life… and I don’t want anyone to downplay it, but, the PRESENT is full of violence too, but we still have movies that show our lives as not being characterized by that alone.

And people also assume that because of misogyny, there were NO women who did anything, ever. That all women were thoroughly suppressed to the point where they didn’t contribute ANYTHING to history. Which is in itself a misogynist viewpoint. There were women in every point of history who did things.

(Licorice roots were often chewed up and then used as toothbrushes!)

Yes, seriously, things get very distorted.  And also made more uniform, when the middle ages was actually a long time period with changes and also spread out over a large region. 

The hygiene thing is a good example.  People in most places had some sort of bathing routine and many even washed their face and hands before every meal.  Herbs helped people smell good too!  Grooming tools, especially combs are *very* common artifacts, and in some places both men and women carried a comb with them at all times for little “touch up” combings.  It wasn’t until the later middle ages (due to the catholic church putting a lot of pressure on people - they saw taking care of the physical body as a vanity and a distraction) that washing became uncommon…   well… more uncommon than it was before.

There was also a large knowledge of medical herbs (we’ve found both written records and the herbs themselves)  and monks and nuns in some more “worldly” religious communities were experimenting with combinations of herbs to decrease pain for surgery.

Similarly, some women were very oppressed and un-free.  Treated as objects and tools for making marriage alliances.  But there were also women who ordered extra crossbows so they could defend their households from bandits (We have the grocery list for that one!)  And many worked in some household trade - and those trades were valued!  Especially spinning and weaving - they were neccesary for everyday life!  And if you weren’t nobly born, marriage was usually a thing decided on by both partners after they were fully grown and ready to make their own house in the community.

Oh, and speaking of bandits… the bandits were usually the knights. >.< When you mold your whole life around wielding weapons and then don’t have a war… Chivalry was created in part to *curb* that kind of thing.   How you treated women was just a small part of it.  The TL:DR version is “don’t mis-use your power against the weak”. Many knights just gave it lip service, though.

And I’m not even getting into the peasant revolts, and strikes (including cross-dressing strikes) and petitions.

There’s so much that gets left out.

And a lot of this is because much of our popular information about the medieval era was filtered through the Victorian Era.  Victorians writing about the middle ages had own biases and were very selective about *which* stories they told.  And so for instance, they lovingly retold every medieval story about a lady being rescued by a knight, but didn’t bother translating the ballads that involved women rescuing, carrying off, or craftily eloping with men.

 It’s also important to note that a lot of our perceptions come from the writings and customs of the elite. They were the ones who were educated so we know more about them because they wrote shit down. The life the commoner isn’t as well known nor discussed all that often; they often had very different lives from the elite. Not everyone wore led paint on their face.

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