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A combination of fandom nonsense, pretties, historical notes, and things that I find fascinating. I post sometimes about Homeland, Masters of Sex, Mad Men, Hannibal, and a handful of other shows. I've been in grad school for far too many years.

4.21.2014

Nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. Goes backwards and forwards. Takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the Wheel, it’s called the Carousel.
It travels the way child travels. Round and round, back home again.
To a place where we know we’re loved.

(Source: madgiffing)

never getting over this scene ✳ don x betty ✳ the wheel ✳ mad men ✳ q.it 

4.21.2014

downlookingup:

lowgarden:

Also can we talk about how Cersei’s primary weapon is her sexuality, and how she values it above anything else (short of her children and title) in her life?

And how even when Robert was raping her throughout their marriage, she never explicitly thought of it as rape? She referred to it as an “assault,” but she deliberately never used the word rape because to admit to herself that she was being raped would be admitting to herself that her sexuality was being used without her consent. So she made herself act very haughty and above it all because that was how she could reclaim control over the situation - by thinking, “Whatever, I don’t even care what Robert does to me. Sure, it hurts, but I can handle it because it’s a necessary evil.” 

To have Cersei raped in such a blatant fashion - especially by someone she sees as “her shadow, her other half” (AFFC) - completely obliterates that characterization of her. Because let’s be real: If Jaime had raped Cersei in the books, she would have straight up murdered him. Something tells me that’s not going to happen on the show, which means it’ll be something that she just moves past (and might not even be mentioned again, knowing GOT).

Basically, GOT has taken Cersei’s sexuality from her. She’s not being portrayed as the scheming seductress whose first move is to hit on any man who’s making her life difficult. That aspect of her has been almost entirely removed, and I honestly can’t imagine GOT!Cersei doing what ASOIAF!Cersei does in later books (particularly where the Kettleblacks are concerned). 

And that makes me very upset. 

game of thrones ✳ spoilers ✳ cersei lannister 

4.21.2014

So the question is not, exactly, “Why change the books?” Because the answer is clear: Many, many details must be changed, just to make the transition from book series to televised series work. The question is, instead: “Why change this?” Why make a scene from the book that depicts consensual sex into one in the show that depicts rape?

Rape of Thrones · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club

Thank god for the A.V. Club, the only media outlet that has outright called bullshit on this so far.

And another really important quote:

Rape is a tricky thing to use as character development, for either the victim or the rapist; doing it twice raises a lot of red flags. It assumes that rape between characters doesn’t fundamentally change the rest of their story—and it assumes that the difference between consent and rape is, to use the parlance, a “blurred line.”

(via downlookingup)

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THIS ✳ game of thrones spoilers ✳ got spoilers 

4.21.2014

A free public library is a revolutionary notion, and when people don’t have free access to books, then communities are like radios without batteries. You cut people off from essential sources of information — mythical, practical, linguistic, political — and you break them. You render them helpless in the face of political oppression.

— The wise and wonderful Anne Lamott, who turns 60 today, in Robert Dawson’s altogether fantastic photographic love letter to libraries.  (via explore-blog)

(via chocolateinthelibrary)

anne lamott 

4.19.2014

Lupita Nyong’o onstage at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2014

(Source: lupita-nyongo, via magnicifent)

lupita nyong'o ✳ girls girls girls ✳ girls who wear glasses ✳ q.it 

4.16.2014

gradschoolswag:

fatandbadatsports:

Let us not forget one of the most important things about the Universal Monsters era: The Creature From The Black Lagoon was created by a woman, Milicent Patrick.

Nearly unheard of at the time, ms Patrick is responsible for creating one of the single most recognizable characters, not only in Universal history but in all of film history. She was an incredible talent and she should be honored as such.

I had no idea!

(Source: wolfmansgotnards)

reblogging for e ✳ millicent patrick ✳ the creature from the black lagoon 

4.15.2014

In Southern Gothic, the most important concept is the grotesque. With the grotesque, reality is distorted into ugly and absurd shapes. “I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear,” Flannery O’Connor once said. By exaggerating reality, we are able to actually see it. The grotesque is a balance of contradictions. It creeps and crawls between repulsion and attraction, the real and the unreal, and humor and horror. The sublime floats in the mind, but the grotesque is experienced in the body—in turning stomachs, goose bumps, and sweat.

the grotesque ✳ flannery o'connor 

4.15.2014

asuperbeing:

Endless list of flawless, favorite WOC (in no particular order): 

America Ferrera - [9/x]

(via chocolateinthelibrary)

america ferrera ✳ girls girls girls ✳ angel face ✳ q.it 

4.14.2014

(Source: skylerlamberts, via magnicifent)

the fall ✳ gillian anderson ✳ perfection ✳ q.it 

4.13.2014

I think for a lot of women reading lesbian romance makes them have to confront their own anxieties and insecurities about their bodies and their sexualities as well as other women’s bodies and sexualities. […]

It is so much easier to think about male bodies and male sexualities which are constructed as natural, normal and overwhelmingly positive. Sexualized cisgender male bodies are not associated with the same kind of body policing or shaming […] that sexualized female bodies are.

interesting ✳ slash and femslash ✳ q.it