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o.O

MENSTRUATION IS A SUPER POWER

During the insurgency of 1764 in Shandong, Wang Lun's forces used an array of magical techniques, including strange incantations and women soldiers waving white fans...An old soldier came to t he rescue with this advice: "Let a prostitute go up on the wall and take off her underclothing . . . we will use yin power to counter their spells." Thegovernment side adopted additional measures of a like sort, including, as later recounted by Wang Lun himself, "women wearing red clothing but naked from the waste down, bleeding and urinating in order to destroy our power."


Also:

The story was also circulated and widely believed by the populace that a naked woman straddled each of the many cannon mounted in the foreign buildings in Zizhulin, making it impossible for the gunfire-repelling magic (bipao zhi fa) of the Boxers to work properly.


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I found some stupid essays about the Firefly 'Verse. So I'm ranting.

River Tam is also a deeply problematic character. She shares a lot of similarities with the Actives in Dollhouse, of course, which would suggest that Joss may be working through some unresolved issues of his own. She’s the idealized woman in many ways: graceful, fragile, classically Hollywood beautiful. But she’s also unpredictable and extremely dangerous, a metaphor for the violent mood swings women are supposedly subject to, and she feels almost like an object in many of the episodes, not a person.


"She feels almost like an object in many of the episodes." Yup. She does; that's the fundamental conflict (weapon or girl?) that has to be worked out. The government views her as an object, treats her as an object, and has an official policy designating her as an object to be sold back to them. She also doesn't talk much, has been written off as Resident Crazy Girl, and she behaves in an exaggeratedly passive way most of the time (I think she's doing this deliberately, to protect Simon). Even she's not sure what, not who, she is. That's not about sexually objectifying women, that's about (if big themes must be brought in) the government objectifying its subjects.

She's "unpredictable and extremely dangerous" because a fascistic government fucked up her brain, not because she's a girl. Schizophrenia is not a metaphor for PMSing. And you're really dumb. NEXT?!

in which having a courtesan as a respectable character is close-minded, Zoe is too subservient, Kaylee is too unfeminine, River is too sexy, Saffron is a spunky feminist, and I wish I were making this up )

Twu Wuv

Feb. 24th, 2009 06:10 pm
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X: Ooo, look, a clock.
X: I love this clock. It is so shiny and ticky and marvelous in all its ways!
X: ...I want to see it working.
X: This clock won't open.
X: BUT I WANT TO SEE HOW THE CLOCK WORKS *SMASH SMASH SMASH*
Clock: *sproing*

Calculus

Dec. 7th, 2007 03:22 pm
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Some series: *converge*
Other series: *diverge*
Me: I understand this! Yay!
Calculus grade: 90%!
Me: Hell yes!
Taylor Series: *come along*
Me: ?
Taylor Series: *eat homework grade*
Me: HEY!
Taylor Series: Neener!
Me: Well, you're only 15% of the material! If I concentrate on the rest and get an elementary familiarity with you, I should be able to get an 80 on the test anyway...
Taylor series: *are 60% of test*
Me: ...Fail.
Taylor series: You took the words right out of my mouth!
Me: Sob.

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