This is a place for my thoughts, dreams, confessions, and other ramblings that end up stuck in my head.
I just reblogged a post about Gaston being the most terrifying Disney villain,and everyone had some very good ideas as to why. It makes perfect sense, when you look at it. Though, while all of it makes sense, and I can see how he can be terrifying to some people, he isn’t the most terrifying to me.
Mother Gothel from Tangled scared the crap out of me. Everyone talks about society, how it shapes the way we think about things, and in the end it can reject you because you don’t subscribe to societies views. Though, people don’t talk about how the most influential people in our lives are the people that raise us.
Mother Gothel, despite not being Rapunzel’s real mother, was her mother figure. Everyday, that girl suffered through mental abuse from this woman, and she just took it because, as far as Rapunzel was concerned, Gothel was her mother.
For example, take a look at the song that Mother Gothel sings, Mother knows best. Not only did she instill fear into Rapunzel about how the world works so that she’ll stay in the tower (men with pointy teeth, the plague, etc..), but she calls her vague, naive, not strong enough, and “getting kind of chubby (which suggests that the world is going to reject her because she isn’t skinny)”.
When I saw the movie in the theater, that song just made me sick to my stomach. I made one of those audible tsks sounds that ask the question,” What the hell?” The sad thing was, so many children, teenagers, and adults go through this kind of abuse all the time from their parents or loved ones, and NO ONE says anything about it even though they probably show signs of mental abuse.
Anyway, I just thought I would give my two cents on the matter.
Reblogged from wildjillruckus
Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the Beast isn’t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get bothered by society. People don’t trust the Beast because of the way he looks, which only feeds his anger issues and pushes him further away. Gaston isn’t’ the only one who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole town says there must be something wrong with her. And her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being just a little eccentric.
Howard Ashman, who collaborated on the film’s score and had a huge influence on the movie’s story and themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after work on the film was completed. If you watch the film with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear. Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set of characteristics, while nice people who don’t are ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes for him. He’s not angry, he’s sad. He’s tired. And he almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast asks Belle to marry him every night, and the spell is broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits for her to love him, because he cannot love himself. That’s how badly being ostracized from society and told that you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that this line of thinking is wrong. It’s so much deeper than a standard “be yourself” message, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.
“People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get bothered by society."
“The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both."
Reblogged from wilwheaton
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
Reblogged from wilwheaton
Surreal Photos of A Frozen Venice
Art director Robert Jahns has created a series of surrealistic photos of Venice by combining photos of Italy by Luis Manuel Osorio Fernando with photos of frozen lakes in Russia by Daniel Kordan. Robert Jahns wanted to show how the Venice Canal would look like if it was frozen by the winter.
I love the fact that I’m the go to photographer for this band. I get to listen to great music, and I get to practice photography (which I know is getting better).
The first time I photographed this band, I ended up taking over 700 shots. I only managed to give them a little over 40 images though. This time around, I took a little over 600 shots, and they are getting around 60 shots.
Anyway, this is the band Silver Century!
Spring is in full force here in Washington. It is driving me absolutely crazy, what with my allergies and all. Though, there are a couple of shots of the flowers in bloom.