Sokath, his eyes opened!

leigherskine:

amandapalmer:

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justwidle:

valkiriaofterokkar:

Finally someone said it.

I use this debate every time that I’d hear people complain about Barbie and her body shape and it’s effects on girl. I never understood why people made a big deal out of it, it was just a doll - why would we blame a doll for unreal body expectations who could be any thing she wanted. A doll is a doll, not reality. I’d blame media and their UNREALISTIC expectations for us, before I’d blame a doll.

Stop Barbie Shaming.

I think this is a very interesting way to look at Barbie. I still think Barbie should be representative of more body types but looking at her positives are good as well. 

maximaliste!!!!

Barbie was the reason at age 7 I KNEW I was never going to be beautiful. At 8 I started doing exercises like leg lifts when I was supposed to be sleeping in hopes I wouldn’t get fat.

Yes, there were actresses at that time that added to this but I thought that Barbie was made to look like those actresses for a reason. Barbie looked like the girls in my dad’s magazines and calendars in the garage.

That’s probably why I cut her hair off and eventually filled her with gasoline and burned her. I just remember hating my body and feeling absolute certainty I wasn’t going to be loved by a man because I didn’t fit her mold.

It may not be realistic to represent every body type in a doll but Barbie was meant to represent women in a specific way. They did not make her vague like some dolls nor did they make her cartoon-ish.

I’m confident part of her powerful draw was her looking “realistic” like a starlet (and then a supermodel)….especially in comparison to other toys at the time.

I don’t think Barbie needs to change. I think there simply need to be options for a few body types (not necessarily made by the same company) so that girls see that and can choose… because the visual recognition of physical diversity matters.. and of course better dialog surrounding our bodies. I picked up the ideas I had from somewhere and it wasn’t the Barbie Doll. She just reinforced it because she fit the pattern of the bodies I saw in the media around me.

Put me in the category of girls who didn’t have a problem with Barbie’s body type and considered her physical form as “just a doll.” Even if I complain about my appearance or weight now, I never attribute the problems to Barbie, because she was always just a tool to me to act out my idle fantasies and role play and yadda yadda yadda…

I can’t speak for everyone, as we all come from different backgrounds and upbringings. I spent a lot of childhood being told I was “beautiful,” with people complimenting my blonde hair often (which to be fair, is unusual for a family of Hispanics that are almost all brunettes, with the occasional redhead). It got said often enough that it really became part of the background noise, and I quickly realized it was just something relatives said about pretty much everyone’s children in my family. Not sure if I believed it when I was little, but I certainly didn’t believe it as I entered puberty. I think I got it more often, though, not just because I was a girl, but because I was only one of two girls in my family at the time. I was a rare specimen. Now that my cousins have grown up and have kids of their own, I see those kids — girls and boys — get called beautiful. It’s just something people do. I think it’s something people say to parents to make them feel good about themselves, because they’re expected to say something nice to be polite, but they don’t have enough data to say anything about the child’s interests or personality. 

Now that I’m an adult (and my hair is no longer blonde), I don’t get called beautiful as often. When I do, it’s always by relatives I hardly ever see, and it’s usually when my mother is around…

I have an uncle who I was never particularly close to, but now I like him a lot after that time he asked me “how is work?” and I was all “HOLY SHIT he’s asking me about me as a person and not commenting about my appearance or my relationship status!” 

If I were to tie my experiences with Barbie into who I am today, I would say that the “we girls can do everything” mantra had a big influence on me. I define myself by my job and my hobbies — just like Barbie! Granted, Barbie still wears high heels and makeup while doing it, two things I generally abhor, but I don’t hold that against her. 

Now, I have a unique perspective on Barbie because when I was a kid my mother bought me a book called “The Life and Times of Barbie,” which was most definitely not a kids’ book. Oh, it had a lot of really nice full color pictures in it and I loved looking at them, but when I first got it I read the entire thing cover-to-cover (do not think that’s what my mother intended, but reading things is what I do). Which is how, at the tender age of seven, I knew a lot more about mid-to-late 20th Century history and entertainment, the civil rights movement, and women’s lib than the vast majority of my contemporaries. I knew that Barbie was based on an “adult” German doll named Bild Lilli, and I knew that Barbie’s initial incarnation was based on Brigitte Bardot. I knew who Brigitte Bardot was! I also knew who Twiggy was, which is kind of an important thing to know if you’re going to talk about media images of women. 

(Next time you see this…

… just answer, “Twiggy.” She was doing the waifishly thin thing before it was cool, and it was perfectly natural on her part.)

So, you could say I have a very strong academic interest in Barbie, and maybe it influenced how I play, and it certainly explains why I’m still interested in her now (though more as a cultural object rather than as something I actively collect or play with… though the temptation to do both is occasionally there). 

Now, I do think Barbie’s frame could be more realistic than it is now, and note that they have made Barbie dolls with thicker waists, wider hips, a smaller bust line, and flatter feet. I like these Barbie dolls and find them much prettier to look at naked than the standard Barbie models. I don’t know why they haven’t made the changeover, considering that the old clothes would still fit (and besides, if enough years go by it doesn’t matter). Other toy brands have reinvented themselves (e.g. Fisher Price’s Little People), why not Barbie?

In the wake of this inertia other people have proposed, either seriously or as just criticism, making their own dolls with “realistic” body types. These seem to never take off. Why? Because honestly, they’re usually not very good toys. While it is just a parody, look at that Body Shop ad above. People might laud it for presenting a realistic body image, but I look at that and think “man, that doll must be really hard to dress.” Plastic is not as forgiving as flesh.

This is the Lammily doll, which is supposedly using “standard human body proportions” and “realistic beauty standards.” She seems nice enough, but I noticed looking at the images on the website that none of them are wearing pants (only shorts) or long sleeved shirts (the above image is 3/4). Which makes me suspicious that Lammily’s articulation makes her hard to dress. And hard to dress is not fun.

Earlier this year a Mattel designer came under fire for saying that Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions were “designed for girls to easily dress and undress.And he’s right, somewhat. Barbie is easy to dress! The tube-like legs that start off small and increase gradually in width are pretty easy to put a pair of pants on (the biggest detriment is the rubber texture, which creates a lot of friction). Though, truth be told, I can’t say the same about her bust — strapless dresses are a crapshoot; the extra width keeps the dress on, but sometimes it just pops off. However, what kills me is that the more realistic Barbie body type I mentioned above is also pretty easy to dress…

Maybe I’ve gotten a bit off track here, and I apologize. However, it’s a tricky balance between ethics/ideals and playability, and I feel the latter often gets lost when trying to make toys to promote the former. (Goldieblox is a great example, but I really don’t want to get into it now. However, its worth reading the reviews on Amazon posted before the Beastie Boys kerfuffle — everyone loved the idea of a toy to promote STEM for girls, but a lot of those girls just didn’t like or lost interest in their sets).

Personally, if I were to make a change in Barbie right now, what I’d want is better outfits! And by “better outfits,” I mean outfits that aren’t just high fashion or occupational uniforms for doctors and lawyers and computer programmers (which are fine professions for a woman to have), but also more military uniforms and superheroes and spies. Why can’t my Barbie be an international super spy?

You will not believe how badly I want this doll just for her outfit. (Though god dammit, articulated wrists. Ugh.)

cuterpillar:

brakesforbothans:

comicsatthemovies:

Final Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Trying so hard to look at this as a totally different story, and not be abso-effing-lutely FURIOUS that they effed around with the arc so hard.

If I had just seen that trailer in isolation, without knowing what it was for, I probably never would have made the connection. About the only thing DoFP about that trailer was the throwaway line about the sentinels killing everyone? For such a classic story, they didn’t even use any of the instantly-recognizable imagery (I would have had the trailer open with a pan over the wanted posters stuck to a wall but worn and aged, with the corners and tears being blown by a passing sentinel’s downdraft. Or maybe that was in another trailer? I really haven’t paid attention because I stopped watching the movies when they became all about LoJackman (they’re faithful to the comics in that respect, at least)).

Mind you, it’ll probably be just as faithful as X2 was to its source material. And considering that was a damn good film, I’m okay with that.

(Let us not speak of the travesty that was X3 and its tenuous connection to its source material… or the travesty that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And was the second, much better Wolverine movie supposed to be based on the Frank Miller series? Not much in common there except maybe Japan and Mariko. But I enjoyed it, anyway.)

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simsgonewrong:

Parenting 101

What really makes this is the sim in the window.

simsgonewrong:

Parenting 101

What really makes this is the sim in the window.

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There may be six degrees between anyone on the planet and Kevin Bacon, but if you’re under 30 and living in Southern California, you’re never more than two degrees from James Franco. In this case, Dick to facialist. Facialist to Franco’s assistant. Then something to get that assistant’s attention.

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mayhw:

superhero-flamenco:

"batfam, pacific rim AU" by 陌桑

Oh god. ♥

I know that’s the speedsters in the background, but nothing is more hilarious than the thought of Wally carrying four coffees with a bagel in his mouth

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myfriendsaremarried:

and I’m like…

Swap out “married friend” for “older cousins” and you’ve pretty much described my life.

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modhero:

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven" poster by Mike Del Mundo.

This might be the first Agents of SHIELD… anything I’ve genuinely liked.

modhero:

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven" poster by Mike Del Mundo.

This might be the first Agents of SHIELD… anything I’ve genuinely liked.

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tinycartridge:

Not sure what the Nooks did to piss off Isabelle ⊟

But whatever it was, it must have been serious! Maybe Lloid can set up a campaign to fund a new Nookling Junction.

This scene was made possible by Bandai’s Impact Action accessories — check out all the hilarious and awesome setups people made with them here (NSFW ads). Via Muhplastic.

BUY Animal Crossing: New Leaf ($29.84 right now!), upcoming games

Don’t we all have this dream?

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babycastles:

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been very active in the past week. We’ve made some pretty amazing announcements, but in case you missed it I wanted to catch you up.
ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ From April 8th-13th we will be collaborating with NYC hip-hop trio RATKING to bring you a special curation in celebration of their new album So It Goes. ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ
At times other than the parties, this curation will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from April 8th through April 13th at 12pm - 8pm. We’ll be showcasing Hey Baby, Treachery in Beatdown City, Third Rail, Shivah, Race Warriors, and Crime Zone. We’ve created a facebook event with all this information for reference and any updates. 
We are planning on hosting three events in our brand new BABYCASTLES GALLERY, with the opening on April 8th featuring a special performance from RATKING themselves. 
Then on Saturday, April 12th we are very excited to be collaborating with our friends at Different Games by hosting their after party! You will have to be registered as a Different Games attendee in order to gain admission to the party, which we strongly recommend you do. On a personal note, Different Games was one of my favourite events of last year and I (EMi) strongly recommend you attend both Different Games and our after party that follows.
There will be one more event on Friday April 11th, with details TBA. Admission for this night will be extremely limited and RSVP will be required, so we’ve prepared a special part of our website where you can do that (fish!!!)
This is going to be really fun. We look forward to seeing you!!
-EMi

cuterpillar you want to go?

babycastles:

If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been very active in the past week. We’ve made some pretty amazing announcements, but in case you missed it I wanted to catch you up.

ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ From April 8th-13th we will be collaborating with NYC hip-hop trio RATKING to bring you a special curation in celebration of their new album So It Goes. ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ

At times other than the parties, this curation will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from April 8th through April 13th at 12pm - 8pm. We’ll be showcasing Hey Baby, Treachery in Beatdown City, Third Rail, Shivah, Race Warriors, and Crime Zone. We’ve created a facebook event with all this information for reference and any updates

We are planning on hosting three events in our brand new BABYCASTLES GALLERY, with the opening on April 8th featuring a special performance from RATKING themselves. 

Then on Saturday, April 12th we are very excited to be collaborating with our friends at Different Games by hosting their after party! You will have to be registered as a Different Games attendee in order to gain admission to the party, which we strongly recommend you do. On a personal note, Different Games was one of my favourite events of last year and I (EMi) strongly recommend you attend both Different Games and our after party that follows.

There will be one more event on Friday April 11th, with details TBA. Admission for this night will be extremely limited and RSVP will be required, so we’ve prepared a special part of our website where you can do that (fish!!!)

This is going to be really fun. We look forward to seeing you!!

-EMi

cuterpillar you want to go?

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kingofwesteros:

Publicity done right in an anti-rape campaign: double-page spread, pages glued to one another. After the reader forcefully separates them, the image above is revealed with the caption “if you have to use force, it’s rape”.

THIS IS BRILLIANT

feedmyaddictionnow:

kingofwesteros:

Publicity done right in an anti-rape campaign: double-page spread, pages glued to one another. After the reader forcefully separates them, the image above is revealed with the caption “if you have to use force, it’s rape”.

THIS IS BRILLIANT

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Oh good, I wanted to read this. If you actually purchased this, I would like to borrow.

Oh good, I wanted to read this. If you actually purchased this, I would like to borrow.

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guardian-sleuth:

"so whos ur crush?!"

i pull out my phone. I begin to show hundreds of pictures of Connor Kenway. I scroll for about 10 minutes before the girls kick me out. I am never invited to a sleepover again. 

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avianawareness:

THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER

avianawareness:

THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER

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izzymar:

Disney Fine Art: “Ohana means family" by Heather Theurer:)
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izzymar:

Disney Fine Art: “Ohana means family" by Heather Theurer:)

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