I’ve been watching Doctor Who all my life, but I didn’t notice all of these while watching (and rewatching) The Day of the Doctor. It makes my fannish heart happy to know that the people working on the show today — even down to the set designers and prop department — care so much about its long, rich legacy.
You know, Peeta’s unconventional masculinity is as relevant for traditional gender subversion in The Hunger Games as Katniss’s unconventional femininity.
It’s a bit annoying to see everyone and their mother praising Katniss for being such a unique action female hero, and then hearing those same people making fun of Peeta for being a weakling and a ‘sissy’.
Yes, Peeta paints sunsets and bakes cookies and frosts cakes. He is sometimes/usually unarmed and needs Katniss’s protection. He needs saving at several points across the story, and eventually he is captured and needs rescuing.
So what? Just as Katniss can be dextrous at archery, an assassin and a leader in combat, while retaining her kindness, humanity and selflessness, Peeta can paint, bake, and not be a traditional male action hero and still be the male lead and romantic hero of the story. He can still be sexually alluring for Katniss and capable of extremely heroic actions, while needing rescue and baking cakes.
And if you can’t see how relevant it is for this story and for a younger generation to understand that traditional and media-approved masculinity is also a social construct/imposition, as restrictive and reactionary as enforced traditional femininity can be, then the joke’s on you.
do you ever type a sentence beginning with a capital letter and then go back and change it to a lower case one like ‘woah there, gotta be casual’
I’m so glad I’m not the only one.
Never, ever, ever. I’m one of those annoying sticklers who uses proper capitalization, grammar, and punctuation in text messages.
(Well, unless the first word is supposed to be lowercase and the word processor incorrectly capitalizes it. This happened more times than I can count in the 90s when I was active in the seaQuest fandom.)
Today, I as I walked into the grocery store, some solicitor was outside trying to get signatures or money. I don’t even know what his cause was, because the first thing he said to me as I got closer was, “You dropped your smile.”
There are very few things in the world that make my blood boil like being told by a strange man to smile. But I was very restrained and ignored him. I went about buying my groceries and forgot about it. Then, as I was leaving the store, he saw me and said, “You going to talk to me this time?”
I stopped. I turned. I said this, with a smile:
"I’m going to give you a tip. All women, everywhere, all of them, hate being told to smile. It implies that we owe you something, or it’s our job to be pleasant or ornamental. We don’t owe you anything, and it’s not our f*cking job to be pleasant or ornamental. If you want to help your cause, stop telling women to smile, because it makes them want to punch you in the face. Which I won’t do."
UGH. I have been out of hot chocolate for weeks. I can’t find the kind I like. :/ I think I will break down and just order it off the interweb. Cute socks. :D
Oooh let me share my hot…
Am reblogging this because it’s excellent advice. This is pretty much what I do, but I really like the Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix because it has cocoa and ground chocolate in it. They changed the packaging and I think the formula though and I found out today when I went to their website. It appears to come in a bag that says “sweet ground baking cocoa” which made me think it was something not for drinking? IDK.
I sometimes make hot chocolate with nothing but shaved bittersweet chocolate and hot milk. And Frangelico in hot chocolate that’s on the not so sweet side is lovely. I prefer Bailey’s in coffee, but not as much as Jamesons and a little simple syrup—because Irish coffee is wonderful. Now I wish I had some. All I lack is the whiskey.
B) if you’re in the Boston area, then I really, really recommend Taza.
They have a bunch of flavors that make amazing hot chocolate with just some milk and a whisk. (I usually grate the chocolate in advance because I’m impatient and it melts faster that way, but you can just break it up by hand if you want.) The cinnamon and vanilla are pretty classic, any of the chili flavors work well if you like a little spice, and most of the others are fun to try once in a while.
The other reason I like this particular company is that their cocoa beans are sourced directly from the farmers, and they pay them fair prices. So no concerns about slavery, yay!
The fact that the factory / store is within easy bus or walking distance from my house is slightly dangerous, but they also have a lot of products that make great gifts and/or baking ingredients. I’ve won over many friends and coworkers by making brownies, cookies, etc. using Taza chocolate.