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"Coda" is a beautiful short film about a lost soul and Death. 

The story, of course, is familiar to me.  People die and think they're not done yet so they wander off and/or drag their feet, then somebody has to trundle along behind to find them.

So I noticed a lot of other lovely little details.  The crowd scenes have women and people of color.  Yay!  The delicate use of light and shadow.  Outlines of leaves.  The exquisite control of Death's cloak.  <3
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This article explores what happens when two emotions mix.  A key benefit of the movie Inside Out is that it encourage people to think and talk about feelings!  So. Much. Win.
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Enjoy some dolls with disabilities.  My favorites include the birthmark girl and the ASL Deaf girl.  :D  Dolls are available in a wide range of features including not just the disabilities but also skin tone, hair color/style, etc.
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Apparently the misogynist fucks at Hasbro decided to genderswap all the dinosaurs from Jurassic World

Maybe we should swap them back.  You know, paint a tiny cloaca on each figure to emphasize their true sex as advertised in the movie.  Or put little pink bikini tops on them.  Bows on their heads.  Indomitus Rex clearly needs her own pair of ass-kicking, fuck-me-red high heels.

I can only conclude they're afraid of female anything  with that much teeth.
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I'm really looking forward to the movie Inside Out.  This article talks briefly about how the core emotions were chosen.  Not mentioned is the fact that those five (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust) appear on most of the major lists of universal emotions.  They're well chosen.

Look at the trailer in the article.  All of the mother's headvoices are female and wear the same style of glasses as her outside body, even though the inside bodies are very different in shape and personality.  So too, the father's emotions are all male and have the same mustache.  Conversely, Riley's emotions are different.  Fear and Anger are male; Joy, Sadness, and Disgust are female.  Only Sadness wears glasses.  Anger is certainly thought of as a masculine trait.  Sadness and Disgust are more typically thought of as feminine.  The glasses probably relate to overlapping concepts of fat-nerdy-miserable.  Anyhow, the inside of Riley's head is more diverse than either of her parents, in multiple ways.  That's interesting.
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Why Mad Max: Fury Road is a feminist movie, in a bunch of awesomely captioned images.  Also if you are writing feminist plots yourself, many of these are good things to include.
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This sounds promising.  Sacagawea will be played by an actual Native woman.  They also hired a bunch of consultants to cover all the tribes that will be featured, in pursuit of accuracy and respect.  This is how you do a good job of cultural representation.  Even if it doesn't turn out perfect I think it'll be really good, and they are certainly making concrete efforts.  If nothing else, it's making jobs for a lot of Native people.
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[personal profile] the_vulture thoughtfully funded our trip to see Mad Max: Fury Road, and there was enough left over for ice cream afterwards. Many thanks!  :D We really enjoyed the movie. Some of my thoughts ...

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Black Dolls

Jun. 4th, 2015 09:54 pm
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Check out the hair on these black dolls.  Aside from my lighter coloring, that's basically my hair in terms of texture and volume.
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Compare and contrast Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road.  Tomorrowland actually gives us a rare glimpse of the WHOLE spectrum: utopia (too good to be true: the commercial), eutopia (not perfect but still awesome: what they're trying to create), pseudotopia (purporting to be a good place while actually sucking: Governor Nix's society), and dystopia (awful: the end of the world).  Fury Road is, of course, postapocalyptic dystopia.

At this stage, I'd classify America as a pseudotopia, falsely claiming to be #1 while in fact it's only #1 in prison population and quite far down the list for things like maternal health, vacation time, food security, academic achievment, etc.

I work toward a positive future.  However, I am aware that the people with most influence do not share my concerns or desires.  They are driving the world in destructive directions.  Even if we were to stop all that right  now, the damage already done will continue to cause problems for many years into the future.  The chance of people making those changes is very small.  Without that commitment, things will get a LOT worse.  

We are already seeing increased trends in many areas such as biosphere damage and climate change.  Here's a chart of boundaries of survival, which I frankly think is over-optimistic given that even the green zones are already showing measurable symptoms of distress such as the fact that California's snowcap just hit 0% which I think is a flaming red flag that they are living beyond their water budget.

So I concentrate on three things now: 1) Trying to make my little corner of the world a nicer place.  2) Preparing for disaster.  3) Establishing my right to stand in the foyer-ever-after and say, "I fucking TOLD YOU SO."

Believe that all things are possible.  Understand that some are more likely than others.  Trust that you can learn to tell the difference.
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Here's an interesting essay about disability in Mad Max.

EDIT 5/29/15: LJ user Arielstarshadow found another good essay by a woman with a similar disability to Imperator Furiosa.
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So everyone is talking about Mad Max: Fury Road and I am starting to contemplate actually watching this movie. I'm not as much a fan of postapocalyptic stuff as I used to be, but daaaamn the buzz is strong with this one.  Thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman for the link.

“Patriarchy, it turns out, is prettiest when it’s on fire.”
-- Laurie Penny, Buzzfeed

What she said.  :D
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Recently we watched Avengers: Age of Ultron, which turned out a lot better than I expected. However, there were certain things that bugged the crap out of me, and one of them was Black Widow's outfit. It distracted me through the entire movie, it was so illogical. Therefore I decided to deal with this by explaining how that could actually make sense. It doesn't belong to any of my ongoing series, just a stand-alone fixit because stupid things irritate me.

Mild spoilers for AoU. Direct references back to Iron Man 2.  Maladaptive coping skills. Tony expresses his emotions by making things for people. Natasha has boundary issues. And Clint is just adorable.

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Check out these 3D-printed dolls with disabilities.

I am loving the one with the strawberry mark on her face.  I've just always had a fondness for that style of birthmark -- there used to be a bank teller around here who had one.  I have no idea why some people find skin variations so off-putting.  I love freckles too.  We like appaloosa ponies, why not people?  Sure, it's nice to have a doll that looks like you, but I would've gone for this just for the diversity factor.


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