When I hear the screams of the crowd, I think it’s because I must look stunning. Then I notice something is rising up around me. Smoke. From fire. Not the flickery stuff I wore last year in the chariot, but something much more real that devours my dress. I begin to panic as the smoke thickens. Charred bits of black silk swirl in the air, and pearls clatter to the stage. Somehow I’m not afraid to stop because my flesh doesn’t seem to be burning and I know Cinna must be behind whatever is happening. So I keep spinning and spinning. For a split second I’m gasping, completely engulfed in the strange flames. Then all at once, the fire is gone. I slowly come to a stop, wondering if I’m naked and why Cinna has arranged to burn away my wedding dress. But I’m not naked. I’m in a dress of the exact same design of my wedding dress, only it’s the color of coal and made of tiny feathers. Wonderingly, I lift my long, flowing sleeves into the air, and that’s when I see myself on the television screen. Clothed in black except for the white patches on my sleeves. Or should I say my wings. Because Cinna has turned me into a mockingjay.
cinna is the best part of this series
I believe Cinna knew this was his final act, because he couldn’t have believed that this would go unnoticed. And once Katniss was more finally made aware of the rebellion and where she stood as a part of it that Cinna’s sacrifice was what drove her on. He was the only ‘real’ person among all the capitol zombies and the only one who really saw Katniss for who she was and who he believed she could be. Cinna is, was, and will always be my favorite character.
It’s the expression on his face when he looks into the camera to take his bow, as it were, that you know that he knows, and that he intended this to be his great masterpiece/swan song/final act of defiance. And it was a both a political act and a final gesture of how much he believes in “the Mockingjay,” but he also always struck me as the one person who cared entirely about Katniss as a person, not a mascot. Just unconditional support and understanding, from their very first meeting. And I don’t know if he creates the Mockingjay dress because he wants to support her, or in spite of knowing this means he won’t be around to support her after this. Maybe a little bit of both, because I think the moment’s about her in a certain way and not about her in another. That’s why Cinna laying it all out right here is so powerful—it’s just this perfect storm of an artistic and emotional and political moment, how he wanted to be remembered as a person and an artist, and he went for it.
This morning my daughter, who is nearly four, saw the stretch marks on my hips and stomach. She ran her hands over them and asked what they were.
“I got them when I grew up,” I said, “and a few more when I had you.” I grinned down at her. “They’re my stripes. You’ll get stripes too when you grow up.”
She was overjoyed. “Really?”
I think she’s in her room now, pretending to be a tiger.
This is what we need to teach.
The fact that people still think girls don’t like video games and when they do it’s only to get attention, blows my fucking mind
the fact that women make up 43% of the gaming population even though it’s misogynistic, toxic, abusive and downright unwelcoming proves that women are automatically more hardcore at gaming than men
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
I am unexpectedly weepy looking at this.
This Indian actress shut down a reporter for telling her to keep quiet about women’s rights.
THE INTERNATIONAL CLAPBACK
COLLECTION OF YORUBA ORISHAS
Not to diss on European mythologies but can we seriously have some fuckin’ recognition that there are religions and mythologies that are not Greek or Norse. Why the fuck did I learn about the Greeks 6 times but we never fucking talked about Africa or even really the mythologies and beliefs of native peoples?
(Pssst from what group are these deities from?)
The Yoruba of western Africa.
Can this be a movie? I want there to be a movie for this.
There needs to be some movies. Or a TV show.
I respect every person’s decision to do what they want with their own bodies, but here’s how people who decide not to participate in immunizations kill people for real:
Science-based medicine wiped out smallpox using vaccines. Smallpox, let me remind you, used to kill 400,000 Europeans PER YEAR! That’s all American gun deaths PLUS all American car deaths TIMES FIVE. So we got rid of that motherfather. With science. No big deal.
Measles, not quite the killer that Smallpox was, but we were on our way to eliminating it. Also with science. Using vaccines. Now, measles is coming back. That’s like 400 - 500 kids a year dying and 1000 people per year becoming disabled for life because hippies don’t want to vaccinate their kids.
You and your friends are healthy? That’s wonderful. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and your friends. However, that’s not how vaccines work. You and your friends could probably all get measles and be fine a week later. No big deal. You know who it is a big deal to, though? The baby you accidentally gave measles to when you didn’t know you were contagious yet. And the old lady on the bus who was unfortunate enough to be inhaling oxygen right at the time you coughed.
They’re dead now. They’re dead forever because of your hippie parents.
Healthy people need to be vaccinated against diseases we have vaccinations for because some people are not healthy and those diseases will kill them.
Seventy-five years ago when Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 there was only one other character who also appeared and has been a consistent part of the Super-Mythos …
… Lois Lane.
That means this year is also her 75th anniversary. That Lois Lane is one of the most famous fictional female characters is a simple fact. That she is key to the Superman mythos is also a fact - she was created by the team that created Superman and she’s been in almost every single media adaption of the Superman story.
Two new books have just been released about Lois Lane in time for her anniversary. DC Comics has recently released a compendium of Lois Lane comics called Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years. And the academic publisher Scarecrow press has released an anthology Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart. I was provided with review copies of each and my thoughts follow.
you know you’re getting old when you watch the little mermaid and when ariel says “i’m 16 years old. i’m not a child anymore.” and you’re just sat there like yes you fucking are young lady stop it
Have you noticed when Zod’s helmet fucks up he cry’s and then curls up in a ball but when Faora’s fucks up she gives one of the best lines in the film and then stops a fucking missile before she is knocked unconscious.