It’s back up! The SEF’s report on the controversy is definitely worth a read - it’s not long, and the language is easy to understand. The articles in the New York Times and Christianity Today that came from this report deal more with the legal controversy associated with the question of public funding for private schools; this report simply details cases of anti-gay discrimination by private schools. It also contains more detailed information on the nature of the SSO tax credits used to divert funds to private schools.
It’s pretty chilling, but worth a read.
seriously let me tell you something about teenagers (particularly teenage girls)
there is a fucking television program entitled “i hate my teenage daughter”
and you fucking sit there and judge these young people going through hormonal and social and mental hell
while you make tv shows and parenting blogs about how fucking awful they are?
do you know what teenage girls REALLY are?
they’re fucking WORLDS of potential bursting out at the seams
in all their taylor swift worshipping, converse wearing, dollar store lip gloss glory
they are our fucking precious future and they barely even get a voice
because…they listen to pop music and read for fun and laugh loudly all the time in public, how very dare they
so fucking excuse me if i think it’s counter-productive to shame people for liking one direction or gossip girl or whatever the fuck
they are teetering on the precipice of adulthood and they experience an epiphany every minute
teenage girls are allowed to like things
they are allowed to figure their shit out and make mistakes and shame on you and all of us for forgetting that they could teach us a thing or two about enthusiasm and horror and disgust and delight
ashton kutcher cheated on his wife of seven years and continued to be the star of a sitcom and had virtually no repercussions towards his career whatsoever
sean penn abused his wife and went on to win an academy award and a golden globe (he also said people who called hugo chávez a dictator should be arrested but idek what he was on when he said that so)
charlie sheen hired numerous prostitutes, shot his fiancee, verbally threatened his second wife, and in the same year that his children were taken away from him announced that he was going on a nationwide tour which sold out within 18 minutes
kristen stewart cheated on her boyfriend and was ridiculed for six straight months and labelled a slut/whore/bitch/home wrecker by the general public even after releasing a statement and apologizing for her actions and was forced to drop out of multiple projects
When Anita Sarkeesian announced plans to do a video series exploring the portrayal of women in video games, she became the victim of a massive online attack choreographed by members of the gaming community who cast her as the “villain” in their online “game” to ruin her life. It did not go well for them. But for Anita, things ended up going very well indeed.
You definitely want to watch the whole thing, but here are some highlights: at 1:00 she talks about why she loves video games, at 2:02 just try to imagine yourself in her shoes, at 3:45 she sticks the people attacking her under a microscope, and at 8:15 she doesn’t just win the game, she absolutely destroys it.
I am incredibly proud to present a project that I worked very hard on that has finally premiered on the internet! Over a year ago, back when I still worked at Hero4Hire Animation as the art director/lead design, I was given the reigns to direct a big project for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Its a wonderful foundation that fights for the interest of one of the things very closest to my heart; that being the portrayal of girls and women in animated media, as well as for equality of roles for women working within animation. Things are slowly changing (Rebecca Sugar being the first women to get her own show on CN!!!), but animation is still largely dominated by men, especially in roles of power like direction and creators. This is often reflected in the female characters that arise from this disparity, that can often be cookie cut outs, token in nature, or at worst just there for the pure reason of sassy eye candy. That’s not to say there aren’t great female characters in media, but the numbers are actually quite staggering. Even being really in tune with the issue myself I was blown clear away by the actual numbers when I attended the institutes conference in NYC last year. I’d recommend taking a look at the research found here, as it’s really eye opening.
So I got to meet Geena Davis. I’d never met a celebrity before, let alone sat down with one over tea to show her my drawings and pitch book for the short I had made for her foundation. It was a little nerve wracking as I sat there in the small NYC cafe waiting for her arrival, only made more so when she walked in and was the tallest person ever. Let me describe to you the inner monologue of someone who has a stunningly beautiful, 20 foot tall movie star walking at them:
“AAAAaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAA AA AAAAA”
Needless to say Geena is a rad lady and super nice. Also I managed to not make any “There’s no crying in baseball” jokes despite how my terrible brain kept a constant feed of them supplied to me throughout our ensuing conversation.
The project went through a few stages before the finished product. Initially it was drafted to be a more story based short. I’d written a 14 page script which even still I think is pretty funny/informative, about traveling through the various animated stereotypes of girls (and boys too!). Maybe someday that will see the light of day, but it ended up a studio decision in interest of time/funds to go with a more infographic style short piece instead. Which is fine, because flat art is my bread and butter baby. Aw yiss gimmie dat illustrator program.
Anyway before I get too far off and write a novel, I am super proud to present this piece for the foundation and SeeJane.org. It was a joy to work on, and a privledge to be given a writing, directing, and design position on it given the content. I am flattered that Hero4Hire and Geena put that much salt in me.
This project, of course, would be nothing without the others who made it possible. Adrian Garcia, whom I worked with on storyboards, also made the animatics and did most of the effects animation you see here that makes everything look so 3-D and beautiful. He’s such a pro. Dan Flynn and Mike Nordstrom who did all the beautiful character animation. Evan Sussman who did all the post work that really made this thing look special. And Mari Kidder! My super sweet intern turned junior design assistant who is going to graduate college this year! She came in for a week long whirlwind and saved our butts for which I will be forever grateful, haha. Oh man we would have died without her help aaa aaaa.
But I digress, This project was my baby. I would be honored if everyone took a peek at our little film, and even more honored if it helped people think a little harder about the issues it brings to the spotlight.
Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending
Pardon my French, but this Pastor is a badass mothafucka.
The entire speech is further enhanced by the insight provided in this YouTube comment:
Watch till the end. Trust me.
#25S in Madrid… Hard to describe how I feel right now.
All the information we have from what was going on in Madrid had to be followed on Twitter. RTVE (our National - and PUBLIC- TV) didn’t say ANYTHING but football, and talked about the bad image we are showing to the world… This is a complete dictatorship, media is controlled by the fascists of the government.
It’s important to have strong images of women out there, women who aren’t afraid of expressing themselves, women who aren’t afraid of taking chances, women who aren’t afraid of their own power. Unfortunately, being a woman in society means that sometimes you have to sort of quell what is instinctually broad and magnificent and magical about you.
— Gina Torres
I really love this woman.
Please, STOP SCROLLING for a second, JUST STOP. I am in dire need of help.
>What’s the deal?
First things first. I’m a closeted queer woman of color (Chinese) living in a conservative Muslim majority country, called Malaysia. More specifically, I live in East Malaysia. I am currently in a relationship with my wonderful girlfriend, who is living in the US but I will keep her identity secret for now since I don’t want to out her against her will (those of you who do know who she is, keep quiet for now as well, please).
As you probably already have guessed, Malaysia is a dangerous place for people who identify as queer. There is a sodomy law which is still in place to this day; LGBT Muslims face especially harsh penalties, which the government wants to worsen; there has been a gay cure camp; a MP has called for the government to open a “gay rehab” centre; funding for reparative therapy has started… all this is just the tip of the iceberg.