What Really Makes Katniss of Hunger Games Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend is a really interesting look at a male character we don’t often see in mainstream movies, and how that changes the main female protagonist. Far from a negative, it’s pretty refreshing to see. No big spoilers, especially if you’ve read the books.
Many of us are not really aware of what goes on in running a household, raising a family. It sounds tired, old and cliché, but with more women in the workforce and burning out doing double duty, we are waking up fast. Especially when we are faced with the reality of hiring and paying someone to do all that work we took for granted. Advice from the top: Marry a stay-at-home spouse or buy the equivalent by Penelope Trunk. This advice of course is geared towards the executive-class but it should provide context for all of us.
A little about the other elements that attract us to other people. Mark Grist performs “Girls Who Read”.
There is a great tumbler post talking about the recent research showing that many cave drawings and some early scultures were done by women. The concept that these sculptures are accurate from the perspective of a person looking down (taking a selfie) is particularly awesome. NSFW for nudity, but click through for more info!
Lily Myers’s slam poem “Shrinking Women”. The simple differences in gendered cultural upbringing have never been so plainly exposed. via Upworthy
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide, Sex trade
This is really irrelevant of if you agree that sex workers deserve better working conditions, protection under the law, and that there is nothing shameful about it. Those are all good things in my books.
I’m really not sure on my interpretation of the video, since I don’t speak the language. But in any case, this is what it ended up meaning to me when I watched it. If someone wants to clear it up in the comments, do post! Maybe it could also have to do with the Russian bride trade?
This very powerful video touches on another aspect which is that we think everyone is for sale, especially women. Not just those that have made an informed, researched and accepted choice. It also speaks to how non-trivial such a decision can be, that you should not take it lightly. It doesn’t mean everyone would regret it, but it does speak directly to something that is so engrained in both genders in our society especially when it comes to our relationships. Money for sex. And the eventual question, “What are you worth?”
In the “isn’t this fun and hilarious” camp we have this clothing swap where men and women swapped clothes after a picture was taken for a pretty big double-take done by Hana Pesut. Click through for more pictures.
JJ Levine poses the same model in pictures as both a man and a woman. Some of these are especially well done, and they go far beyond a simple clothing swap as they are meant to be believable. Click through for the pictures, my favourite is likely the pregnancy one! via GillianW
Quotas are ugly things, and nobody should have to deal with them. via upworthy
Sometimes you see backlash about female quotas from men, and I think it’s important to realize that quotas are the wrong way to approach things. It’s not about putting a body in there, it’s about finding qualified individuals in a non-narrow selective way. Nowhere is this more true than in the Technical Conference circuit, where the culture, mindset and approval just won’t find or hire qualified women speakers. This is starting to change, and thankfully the conversation is now shifting from “we need x women on the panels” to “how can we make this an environment women won’t hate to be in and will actually attend or want to speak at”.
Trigger warning: Rape
This is a topic that comes up fairly often, and I find it sad that we have to bring out the extreme examples to make the point to someone. Who someone sleeps with, for whatever reasons, is just none of your business, and you have no business commenting or judging them for it. It’s a personal choice between two consenting adults.
The video obviously touches on situations where that isn’t so, and where society still treats you like shit. It also talks about something we do so little in today’s society, which is step in. So yeah, look out for one another, for strangers even, and do the right thing.