At the beginning of A Game of Thrones, Sansa is a young, lovelorn girl fawning over Prince Joffrey. She believes in the social contract. Moreover, she wants to be a princess. As the narrative progresses, she finds her dreams dashed by increasingly horrifying circumstance and becomes trapped in a system she must learn to manipulate quickly in order to survive.
However, despite Sansa starting from a place of such naiveté and immaturity giving her room to grow into one of the more interesting characters in the series, she more often is shit on, because teenage girls with teenage girl-emotions are for shitting on. God forbid young girl characters start from a place of immaturity (in this case, falling in love with the first guy she sees) and then growing from there. Oh, no, they must spring forth from the thigh of Zeus, fully formed Strong Independent Women, guns blazing and kung fu fighting!
Lindsay Ellis, “The problem with “The problem with False Feminism” – a Strongly Worded Rebuttal” (via returntothestars)
i’m sure i’ve reblogged this already, but have it again
please consider: rihanna as crowley and lupita as aziraphale
this brought to you by the committee for the healthy perpetuation of good omens fancasts that don’t involve a) benedict cumberbatch and martin freeman, b) benedict cumberbatch and matt smith, c) martin freeman and matt smith, or d) all the above + arthur darvill
Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia (via erkings)
Fun fact: Canada launched the “Don’t Be That Guy” rape prevention campaign targeted at potential rapists rather than potential victims was launched… and the number of reported sexual assaults fell by 10 per cent. within that year. Rape prevention NEEDS to start with education and focus on the perpetrators, not just policing the behavior of potential victims.
I was reading some comments section earlier and the general consensus seemed to be that society can’t do much to prevent rape because if someone is evil enough to rape a poor woman then he’s beyond redemption. But the violent rape by a stranger, the dark alleyway scenario, is only a small percentage of all rapes. Realistically, rape such as date rape happens when one person (not just men) have a different definition than their potential partner of what is appropriate, permissible, or “owed”. A lot of the time, one person doesn’t consider what they are about to do rape, because of rationalizations such as “(s)he got me aroused so (s)he should finish it.” Saying “don’t rape” won’t prevent these instances. Saying “don’t be that guy” is much closer to the mark. Teach people what is appropriate behavior and what is “that guy” behavior, and, well, the statistic above speaks for itself.