bardic_lady: (shakespeare - srs academic)
I have written three seminar papers since Sunday. I have also done all the readings for those seminar papers, which is about 300 pages. I have also gotten thoroughly frustrated by 17th century gender politics.

Gender Opinions in the 17th Century, or How Women Got Screwed By the System )

A conversation about societal views on cross-dressing in 17th century England (Warning for gratuitous wooga wooga fingers) )

Tomorrow, I will go to the library for some books for the 20 page paper I will research and write in the next two weeks. But I will also read Lord Tony's Wife by Emmuska Orczy (all [ profile] zegeekgirl's fault) and start The Last Run, the new Q&C novel. And on Friday I'm going bead shopping. SO THERE.
bardic_lady: (relic hunter - smart is sexy)
So, I finished my MA essay draft about five minutes ago. It is therefore a perfect time for me to write some more! ... ... Oh my life.

Anyway, this is fun in my brain writing, not academic writing and that makes all the difference in the world.

Important piece of info so I only sound slightly crazy, not psychologically disturbed: I RP Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in an LJ RP community. So when I say that there's a fighter jock in my head, it's not a comment on multiple personalities, it's just a pup

Today, the lovely and talented Geek Girl Diva posted a link on Twitter to a new statue of a character from Zach Snyder's upcoming film, Sucker Punch. I will confess off the top that I knew exactly 0 about the film going into this (I now know slightly more).

The blurb about the sculpt includes the information that this includes "authentic flight suit costuming". The badass Viper jock in my head fell out of her chair laughing and couldn't stop. The detail-oriented feminist (that would be me) started to catalogue the things that are wrong with this picture, from the perspective of that Viper jock.

Why in the universe would you want to wear fishnets in the cockpit for hours on end?
The chaps would just chafe in awkward places
There's nowhere to put an emergency you've-been-on-CAP-for-7-hours bathroom alternative (VERY IMPORTANT)
The laces up the sides mean that it must take ages to get into and how is that good when the alert is called and you should be out of bed and in the cockpit in 20 minutes or less?
It's not like there's a) air or b) heat in the cockpit, so having a bare midriff is the stupidest thing ever. (Even if you're an atmospheric pilot not a space pilot, there's a reason there's a flight suit, and that reason is protection. This suit? No protection. If there's a spark and something on your instrument panel catches fire, do you really want a toasted tummy?)
Corsetry? When you're stuffed into a ship for hours?
If you have to constantly switch between rudder and thrust and braking pedals, why would you wear HEELS? (Also applies to crash situations where who knows what conditions you're hiking through)
She has a gun, but she doesn't appear to have anywhere to keep it, which is just dumb. (Sidenote: If there is in fact a shoulder holster on her other side, it's still dumb because how do you handle the controls when there's a gun restricting your arm movements on your left side?)
The crossed straps in the back would be easy to tangle which is not good for speed dressing, and if they got tangled and then you were forced to lean back on them for a 5-7 hour CAP shift?
Plus, who wants something that buckles behind them?
The low zip on the top provides 0 protection against things like bullets in ground situations
Kara ejected into space and crashed on a low atmosphere desert moon. If she had been wearing this, she would be extremely dead. (Once again, even if you fly in atmo, this suit is going to offer you no protection against sharp things, hard things, being slammed around by crash forces, or anything else)
If she was being dragged along by her 'chute and caught her knee on a sharp rock (as happened to Kara and could happen to any ejecting pilot) she wouldn't've broken her knee, she would've lost everything below that knee wearing this.
Your flightsuit should be at least semi-comfortable because you shouldn't be thinking about the thing digging into your boob when you're pulling 3 or 4g's.
It has no pockets. Where are you supposed to keep your pencil and notebook and cigars and lighter and gum and first aid kit and stuff?

Now, I did look up the film after all the ranting. Jess suggested that the movie is based on a comic, which wouldn't be an excuse, but it might be an explanation at least. It isn't though, it's an original from the guy who brought you 300.
Here's an actual promo shot of the costume:

I read the plot synopsis which sort of answered some questions and brought up a whole set of new ones. Apparently a lot of the movie takes place in the imaginations of a group of girls in an asylum in the 50s. So, imagination kind of helps with the practicality issues, from a design standpoint. It's unlikely that a girl in the 50s is going to imagine her flightsuit with appropriate practical military details. On the other hand, this is what I'm supposed to believe a girl, a young girl according to the plot summary, in the 1950s imagines a pilot looks like? Seriously?

(From a feminist film analysis perspective, notice that the outfit divides her body up into convenient bits, reducing her from a whole person to a collection of girl parts.)

And before anyone jumps down my throat, I am a third-wave feminist. I absolutely believe that women have the right to dress how ever they want to. If a woman wants to wear skintight and low-cut, more power to her. But this is pure fantasy material. If nothing else, it says that the girl doing the imagining is more interested in showing skin than in being able to do the job she imagines herself doing.

@GeekGirlDiva, yeah, if you're into that look, sure it's sexy. As a "sexy pilot" Halloween costume, sure. But in a major motion picture release that's touting being a film with all female leads (Congrats, Warner Bros., do you expect a gold star for that?) it's titillating without substance. Do we really need another woman prancing around in her underwear in a movie directed by a guy who's not exactly known for his sensitivity to female characters? Do we need another female character dressed like she'd fit better in a lad mag than anywhere else?

I'm irritated.

And exhausted. I'm going to put on some Mythbusters and go to sleep.
bardic_lady: (parker - angry place)
SO. I am never eating at Edo again.

Went into downtown today, foraging for beads and wire and to replace a couple things I lost in Ashland. Ate at the Bay Centre, as I usually do in downtown. Went Edo, which is sort of a combination of Mongolian BBQ with very few choices and basic meat and noodles Japanese. My order was the first one on the line and the grill guy put in the veggies and the noodles and the meat and then starting piling up a plate for the guy behind me in line. I was ready to take it away and eat it while it was hot, but first I did as I usually do and asked for extra sauce. He looked at me and grinned and said "Men first" and finished the guy behind me's plate before putting extra sauce on mine.

I swear, my whole brain went into WTF shock. So. Angry. Never ever eating there again. EVER.
bardic_lady: (wiffle bat of justice)
Feminism, it's not just for women...

So, CBS has decided, as a cost-cutting measure, to fire AJ Cook and dramatically reduce the role of Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds. Leaving one full time female character. *HEADDESK* If you find this deeply annoying, consider signing this petition. Please.

bardic_lady: (starbuck - harfleurs)


Women Warriors Break the Mold: Kara “Starbuck” Thrace versus the Gender Binary is finished. All 26 pages of it. I am going to bed now. Tomorrow? I am going to READ FICTION. So there.
bardic_lady: (shakespeare - srs academic)

[ profile] dramaturgca: I am so tired of beating my head against this "pseudo-males" thing
[ profile] corchen: *huggles*
[ profile] dramaturgca: I don't understand. The logic breaks in my head
[ profile] dramaturgca: “These characters exhibit traits that we have decided are masculine. Ergo, they must be men. What's that you say?! They're women?! No, those traits are exclusively male, according to the rules that I just made up, therefore they cannot be real women, they must be pseudo-males!”
[ profile] corchen: #
[ profile] dramaturgca: Where in my head it goes "We decided these traits are going to be masculine. Wait, women exhibit the traits, too? Well then, THEY MUST NOT BE EXCLUSIVELY MASCULINE!"
[ profile] dramaturgca: problem solved! let's have cake!
[ profile] corchen: ahahaha
[ profile] corchen: misogynistic cake
[ profile] dramaturgca: no, my cake is not misogynistic
[ profile] dramaturgca: my cake is inclusive
[ profile] dramaturgca: their cake would be misogynistic, but they haven't solved the problem so they don't get cake
[ profile] corchen: aaaah
[ profile] dramaturgca: my cake says traits are not exclusively assigned to one gender and also that gender itself is non-binary in nature
[ profile] dramaturgca: their cake says binary binary binary live in the binary or we will kick you out of your gender which is also a binary.
[ profile] corchen: *laughs* have you had enough sleep? or, indeed, any sleep?
[ profile] dramaturgca: some
[ profile] corchen: not enough, you're very silly and you get sillier when you need sleep
[ profile] dramaturgca: soon. sleep soon
[ profile] dramaturgca: sleep in three paragraphs and a conclusion
[ profile] corchen: *nod* okay
[ profile] dramaturgca: or when I pass out. whichever happens first
bardic_lady: (shakespeare - srs academic)
I'm taking a poll, who would you say is the most famous damsel in distress in all of literature/media? The apex of needs a man to come and rescue her?

Suggested so far:
Snow White
Sleeping Beauty
Maid Marian
Peach (Mario)
Ilsa (Casablanca)
Lois Lane
Bella (Twilight :( )

(Hint: I'm looking for the antithesis of Starbuck in "You Can't Go Home Again")

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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