“Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.”—
OTPs are so incredibly awkward because you want them to be your children but also be your parents but also you want to see them fuck but then you’re usually attracted to one or both of the people involved so ultimately what the fuck kind of complex is that WHAT HAS FANDOM DONE TO ME
“How can we expect them to connect Hemingway, vectors, pottery, cells, and ancient Greece every day? It’s a disjointed nightmare—to which you might say, “deal with it, that’s school.” But what I see in my students is that “dealing with it” results in a lot of material crammed for a test and then forgotten. Here’s the worst part: All of that planning teachers do to create beautifully succinct lessons is exactly where the deep thinking is happening. Students need to be a part of that. They need to see that you can’t always get the right answers from the back of a book. How many times were you allowed to mess up a chemistry lab in high school? Most likely you were graded on how well you reproduced a set of instructions the first time you tried it. That’s not how anyone really learns. Students need to know that things go wrong, and they need to be comfortable—dare I say happy—with failing and retrying.”—Why It’s Time to Eliminate Class Schedules - Education - GOOD (via infoneer-pulse)
You know, I understand that GOT is an adaptation and that HBO has to make changes because books are obviously absorbed differently than [an audio-visual medium like] television. I’m sure other people understand this as well.
I love when certain changes enrich the narrative. I have no problem…
It’s a Moroccan recipe (the article I reblogged had a Mexican recipe which I may try, but this I can GUARANTEE is AMAZING)…I have a Moroccan restaurant I love to go to, and instead of getting a main dish, I usually get a side of this stuff, and a side of zaalouk. OM NOM NOM. Even my super picky…
Birds aren’t even mammals. They are cold, indifferent creatures. They are hatched, not born. They are like tiny raptors, eerily reptilian and unfeeling. Look into the eyes of a bird and see if there is anything you remotely recognize in yourself.
What does it say about myself that I can’t relate at all to themammalian description, but completely recognize myself in most bird descriptions, not to mention eyes? I guess that I need to grow up. Or at least pick a different personality, something other than my own, that people call “grown up.” Or maybe I’m reptilian, cold and unfeeling. WHOOPS!
Go bother a parrot one day and then talk about “credible threats on the food chain.” (Or, you know, don’t go bother a parrot, if you value your lack of really bad wounds.)
You know what birds do? They eat like goddamn crazy till their body is fifty percent fat and their organs have to wither to make room for more muscle, and then they take off on some of the longest journeys known to man. The bar-tailed godwit —that’s not a particularly tough-looking bird, is it?— makes the longest nonstop journey of any animal. Its 16,000-mile migration includes a 7,000-mile stretch during which it flies for eight days straight. Eight days straight. What canyoudo for eight days straight? Nothing, that’s what. Even ordinary sparrows, the very birds Natasha Vargas-Cooper here calls out for being “frail” and “petite” and “dumb,” fly for several hours at a time during their migrations. A human being has to train pretty hard to run for a few hours — even the fastest finishers in the New York City Marathon take two or three hours to run the whole thing — and very few of us choose to do it. But every single sparrow will attempt a marathon in its lifetime, with nothing more than instinct to prepare it.
You know what else birds do? Birds, normal birds, like the dumb sparrow and the frail robin and the petite hummingbird — hummingbirds, by the way, beat their wings up to eighty times a second, so fast they buzz like a motorized machine — they build nests out of nothing, out of twigs and leaves we crunch under our feet, bits of fluff that fall from our clothing. Nothing! Twigs and fluff and nothing! They build nests strong enough to hold eggs secure, to keep chicks safe, to remain intact after the winds have blown the branches bare and the birds themselves are gone.
And birds fly. Which is another form of making something out nothing, isn’t it, learning to spread your wings and ride onair, nothing but air beneath you. Those fragile feathers harnessing and directing the force of the wind over a wing. And they fly not for the beauty of it, not for the symbolism, but because it’s fast and because it’s something the rest of us can’t do. Because it keeps them safe, because it leaves the mammals — the mammals that can “tear other creatures to shreds,” Natasha Vargas-Cooper says, the mammals that “fuck with hip thrusts,” how powerful — it leaves the mammalsin the dust.
And birds are not cold and reptilian — anyone who mistakes a bird for a cold-blooded creature and believes it doesn’t bleed, as Natasha Vargas-Cooper does, has obviously never touched one, or seen one smashed on pavement. Or attended a freshman biology class. Birds are warm-blooded, and they bleed like mammals bleed.
So what better talisman for a woman — for the “frailer sex,” as Natasha Vargas-Cooper puts it, easily overpowered by teenage boys, and “not allowed to operate weapons in combat” but at battle with nature, “at nature’s mercy” as “tits and womb engorge” every month — than a warm, bloody creature that makes its tiny body into a muscular machine for flight and survival, that builds homes out of nothing and then leaves them behind, that turns nothing into the power to move and does it simply because everyone else can’t, that is alert and fast and out of your reach, flying across oceans you can’t even dream of the middle of, doing it for hours, days, weeks at a time? A creature that is at nature’s mercy too, so small and so frail, but outsmarts it, takes the power of nature and rides it for its own benefit? A creature that is consistently underestimated because of its size, its shape, its softness and skittish movements, every one of those things mistaken for weakness when really they are the secrets to its survival? What better talisman?
The funny thing is, I don’t have any special affinity for birds. Canines and horses, those heavy hot animals, panting and sweating in the summertime, fur and teeth and hair and hooves, skin-smelling, dirty and earthbound — those are my animals. I don’t have any special affinity for birds, but I do have an affinity for science.
You say we’re “existing in the twilight of an empire,” Natasha Vargas-Cooper, “the long standing edifices of authority are disintegrating” and we’re listening to “the din of this collapse.”
Maybe this empire is crumbling, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, because our children don’t know birds are warm-blooded. Because we don’t know what birdsdo.
Man, this is really awesome commentary. I have never felt much of an attachment to birds (in the same way that I have to p. much any mammal) and am admittedly a bit exhausted by the bird motif in pop culture right now, and while the original post makes some points worth considering, this response is a really compelling argument for birds being fucking awesome.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Great American Novel if your name is George R. R. Martin or Suzanne Collins. You guys are doing great; somebody give them genius grants. I had never before read a 1,000-page book, and now I’ve read like 5 of them. If Westeros had subways things would move along much faster, George. Think about it. (Unless it was a weekend! Then they’d have shuttle buses between King’s Landing and Riverrun like only once every few hours. Ugh!) And obviously Katniss Everdeen should have dated both those dudes in the book rather than suffer the guilt and sorrow of having to choose just one. Let’s stop living in the 20th Century, with all its bullshit morality and monogamy. Hot people can do whatever the hell they want. Those two whatstheirnames would be like, “Aw, Katniss, but I love you so much.” And she’d be like, “If you truly loved me you’d make out with each other.” And then they would and then everything would be awesome. But overall, Martin and Collins get a billion gold stars. The rest of you novelists, who knows what you’re thinking.”—Jim Behrle, “How To Write The Great American Novel” (via itsinthetrees)
Because everyone is waiting on pins and needles for my opinion.
Really, I think HBO just does not understand the Robb and Cat storyline. They’re playing Robb As Hero completely straight. I think part of that is a by-product of aging up the character. It’s kind of hard to sell Richard Madden as a Boy King. So in the books when Robb pulls the Grey Wind stunt with Cleos Frey, it’s immature posturing. But in the show when he does it with Jaime, I think we’re supposed to read it as him being bad ass which completely misses the point of his character (the point being a deconstruction of the idea of a boy king).
But the way Cat was handled was even worse. There were four big mistakes with the way Cat was written in tonight’s episode.
1. In the books, it is CATELYN who suggests to Robb that they go to Renly and get the Baratheon brothers to work together to take down the Lannisters. I love that it is Catelyn who has the political mind to see this solution. The fact that in the show they gave that idea to Robb does away with the idea we see in the books that while Robb is a capable general on the battlefield, he needs help ruling. It also de-emphasizes Catelyn’s perceptiveness and cleverness.
2. I didn’t really like the fact that the only reason Cat gave for not sending Theon to Balon to treat was because Balon was untrustworthy. I mean, that is true, but in the books she relents and says that if Robb has to treat with Balon send someone else other than Theon. I think that in order for later events to be most impactful, it’s important that she tell Robb specifically NOT to send Theon. Her opposition to sending Theon also shows her wisdom. Theon is a HOSTAGE. He is their leverage over Balon. WHY WOULD YOU GIVE UP YOUR LEVERAGE, ROBB? Robb was letting his emotions and his affection for Theon make his decisions for him.
3. I was annoyed that Cat didn’t get her line about girls not being worth it. Catelyn knows how the world works and she knows that in Robb’s eyes his sisters aren’t worth giving up his prize hostage of Jaime Lannister. I mean, I believe Robb loves his sisters, but he also doesn’t want to risk angering his bannermen and they would be mad if he traded Jaime for Arya and Sansa. But with the line about girls not being worth it, it becomes explicit that Cat understands how the politics of it all is very gendered and how girls aren’t worth much in this game of thrones.
4. And finally and most aggravatingly, I raged at her line about it being time for her to go home. WAS THIS EPISODE WRITTEN BY DUDEBROS FROM WESTEROS.ORG? I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. I mean in the book she does want to see Bran and Rickon, but she knows that her duty right now is with Robb. So her wish to see Bran and Rickon in the books is more of a “I wish we were all safe in Winterfell” or a “I wish I could be in multiple places at once” type thing. In the book she makes a conscious choice to be with Robb because she knows that he needs her more at that moment in time. But Robb is a typical teenager about it being all “MOOOOOM. STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DOOOOO” and he tries to send her away to various places. And I feel like by changing things to have Catelyn want to leave Robb and be with Bran and Rickon, it’s like the showrunners are validating all the dudebros on westeros.org who complain about what a terrible mother she is for abandoning Bran and Rickon. I am actually really angry that Catelyn said “it’s time for me to go home”. It’s just like the show is pandering to all of the Cat Haters who criticize her for not being with Bran and Rickon and UGH. NOPE. STOP IT.
Now does this ruin the show for me? Nope. I enjoyed plenty of other aspects of tonight’s episode. But, it does bother me that the showrunners don’t understand my favorite character at all.