I’d fallen in love with her in My Fair Lady on Broadway, so I’d had a crush for forever, working with her like being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card every day but when we did meet on The Sound of Music she had just had a child, so I had to stay arm’s length—what am I talking about?—full length away from her, but it was sort of like an awful tease. I couln’t do anything. (x)
We should have ended up together… We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, which was most inconvenient, I thought. (x)
Christopher Plummer on Julie Andrews
Day: July 1, 2017
you know, instead of the whole ‘get-married-and-raise-kids’ thing, I think it’d be super cool to be this single professor making more money than I myself need, having a home that’s cozy but with extra space, and using the excess to sponsor young women to come study or work. Like, those young women who need a leg up to get out of their circumstances and just need a home where they can feel safe and cared-for without an overbearing parent or s.o. monitoring them at every step. So they can live their lives and not have to struggle for the basics. Because I know so many people where I’m like “I wish I could adopt you but I barely have enough to take care of myself and also I’m only a few years older than you.” But in the future, when I’ve got my own life worked out? I’d like to be that for someone else.
Just dreaming out loud.
so what was your favourite part of wonder woman? Mine was No Mans Land and when they danced in the snow!!!!!!!
I have five favorite parts of WW.
1) No Man’s Land. It was everything.
2) The parallell of Antiope screaming “Shield!” on the beach with the amazons and Steve screaming “Shield!” to Diana on that square is important to me. For several reasons. Steve watched and learned on that beach, he learned of the amazon’s fighting style and just how powerful and skilled the amazons actually are. He also recognized the moment on that square as a moment where he and his fellow men can’t do anything, that the woman amongst them is more important. That they should lift her up and help her achieve her goal – so the men in the scene literally do just that. They let her use them, step on them, so she can be great. I can go into more detail about this but I just… THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME. I am going to need all the gifsets to show this parallell.
3) Every single scene where Diana smiles: on the boat when she is curious about why mankind marries, when she sees the real baby on the street, when she meets Etta, when she tastes ice cream, when she sees snowfall, when she tells Charlie “But then who would sing for us?” and he starts singing right then and there. I love all of these moments because they remind us how kind and loving and curious she is, this movie takes time to show us how soft Diana can be too. And I am so grateful to the writers and to Patty and to Gal for that.
4) The entire beach scene with the amazons. Seriously. As soon as this movie is out I am going to be re-watching this scene to eternity. ESPECIALLY THE TWO AMAZONS WHERE ONE OF THEM COMES RIDING AND TAKES THE OTHER ONE’S HAND WHO IS STANDING ON THE BEACH AND SWINGS HER UP INTO THE AIR WHERE SHE THROWS TWO KINVES AT TWO SOLDIERS. Like. Damn.
5) The moment Steve’s plane explodes and Diana is on the ground screaming NO! It is the first time Diana experiences loss and that kind of pain, she is compassionate and felt for everyone before, but she could never feel what all of the people in the Great War felt – having someone you love die. I know his death was important for other reasons and it helped her make the decision she did but I mostly loved for the emotion and Gal Gadot’s acting.
ALL OF THIS, KAYA
Yes, you put it into words or perfectly. And that scene with “SHIELD!” is my favorite thing too for the same reasons!!! It said so much more about Steve’s character and how he viewed and respected Diana. Actions speak so much louder than words. I can’t wait to own this movie!
Just want to throw a a huge thank you for always having such a positive and welcoming blog. Whenever I see you post something it puts me in a better mood. 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛
Awwww thank you so much!!! This is what I strive for, and I really needed a note like this today (it’s been a rough few days). I’m so happy to hear my blog makes you smile and I hope that keeps going! ❤ ❤ ❤
Hello Sarah, do you have a personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? The Son of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
I do, actually! I don’t make a secret of it, either. I have a ‘christianity’ tag! Thanks for the Scripture, though.
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Thank you, I needed this.
Body Positivity Is for White Women?
March 13, 2017 LaSha Celebrating Blackness, For Colored Girls, Race, Racism, Rants 0
Years ago — so many that I can’t remember how many — I watched a special on MTV where a group of famous men counted down videos with “hot” women. One of the men was Dave Chapelle. The others were all white men I don’t care to remember. As expected, they paraded blonde white woman after blonde white woman on the screen as they drooled over how gorgeous these women were.
Well, during the 90s and early 00s, no mention of beautiful women — at least in white spaces — was complete without exalting Pamela Anderson as the GOAT. So as these white men tried to suppress erections while they fawned over how gorgeous Anderson was, Chapelle admitted that she didn’t do anything for him. His co-hosts were outraged. One called her the classic beauty that everybody knows is hot. Chapelle responded, “I’m a Black man. I like ass.”
I remember that shit like it was yesterday. Watching white men appalled that the white woman they held as irreproachably irresistible was just “meh” to a Black man brought me nearly orgasmic satisfaction. It was no revelation for me, though. Where I’m from, slim white women with huge breasts ain’t never been what’s hot. It did confirm what I always knew, however: Body standards are created and shifted to affirm white bodies.
That’s why the trendy body positivity movement is lost on me. Conversations about allowing people to exist in their bodies, however those bodies are formed, are most often centered around white women. It’s not really about respecting people and treating them with dignity regardless of whether their body shapes or sizes fit into your margin of attractiveness. It’s about ensuring that any body cased in white skin is protected and upheld.
Let’s take for example plus-sized model Ashley’s Graham recent stint as a judge on America’s Next Top Model (Yes, I still watch that show. Judge not lest ye be judged). Those who watched the show from the beginning, will probably remember how Janice Dickinson berated two plus-sized Black models: Robin from cycle 1 and Tocarra from cycle two. Now both of these women were very curvy. In the Black community we’d call them thick. Yet, throughout the season they were reminded that they wouldn’t make it in high fashion. There’s a scene during one deliberation where Janice Dickinson blurts out that if Tocarra, a woman who came on the show weighing 180 lbs. could just “slim down 150 pounds” she’d be perfect. And famed designer Marc Bouwer echoes Dickinson’s sentiment saying it’s “ludicrous” to believe that a woman Tocarra’s size would ever be a supermodel.
Fast forward a few seasons, and ANTM crowned its first plus-sized model, a white woman named Whitney, who they constantly referred to as curvy and complimented on her beauty (That sound you heard was my eyes rolling out of my head). And now they’ve evolved so much that they’re calling Ashley Graham a “supermodel” and having her walk around a set in her underwear. Ashley’s size is rarely mentioned and when it is, it’s done to herald her work in the industry despite being a size 18. Maybe this is fluke, though. Surely there can’t be many more examples of white bodies which fall outside of beauty standards being redeemed while Black women of similar size and body type are ridiculed, only to be defended by other Black women, right?
Wrong. Let’s look at how Gabby Sidibe has been publicly disrespected time and again over her appearence since breaking onto the acting scene in Precious. Repulsive shock jock Howard Stern, who is in no position to ever criticize anyone’s looks, called Sidibe called sidibe “the most enormous fat Black chick” he’s ever seen and ignorantly predicted she’d never receive another acting gig after Precious (meanwhile Gabby’s resume says, “Bitch, you thought!). A month before Stern’s disgusting ass made those comments, some supposed fitness company posted an open letter to Sidibe under the guise of caring about her health, because as we all know the one to contact a celebrity about any business opportunity is to attempt to publicly shame them by telling them the only way to win an Oscar “is by being active, fit, and most of all, healthy. And famed “fitness guru” Susan Powter, who’s apparently a psychic doctor as well, took to You Tube to inform Sidibe that her “heart is under a burden.”
Enter Tess Holliday, the white woman who has been on countless magazine covers and is billed as “the size 22 supermodel who is changing the world.” Now, I’m not taking anything from Tess because achieving any kind of success in the modeling industry at her size, which is often also listed as 26, is remarkable even for a white woman, but I want to note that she and Gabby are (or were since Gabby has slimmed down significantly) the same size. Yet, Holliday is the more appropriate canvas to change the world’s perception of fat women. A dark-skinned Black woman who oozes confidence in the face of constant online bullying isn’t.
We can also look at how one writer at Jezebel nearly lost her shit at the thought that “evenKate Upton’s body can still be subjected to this nastiest and most personal of public critiques.” Upton, she wrote, ” is basically the epitome of curvy, blonde beauty as it’s valued in the U.S. today,” responding to a blogger who thought Upton was anything but the bee’s knees. Certainly, Upton shouldn’t be subjected to body shaming, but let’s be absolutely clear: Upton’s body is not the U.S. standard. It’s the white standard. What Black people consider curvy and beautiful is usually completely different from what white people consider curvy and beautiful. So the outrage that a woman like Kate Upton isn’t perfection to everyone is purely a product of white supremacist conditioning. Can you imagine Jezebel writing the same words about Danielle Brooks’ chocolate, voluptuous beauty Danielle Brooks? Would they be outraged that some people don’t find her attractive?
And while we’re speaking of dark skin, let me note the deafening silence of white feminists when Leslie Jones was body shamed on Twitter last summer. Even Jones’ three whiteGhostbusters costars, one of whom has had her own battle with body shaming, didn’t come to her defense, as Twitter trolls ridiculed her dark skin and statuesque frame. This Black woman was fair fodder for all, as per usual, the only people stepping to her defense were Black women who believe that we have the right to be in our bodies however they may appear without being attacked, harassed and humiliated.
The truth is, body positivity is for white women. White female bodies being safe is paramount to maintaining white supremacy. We were taught early on how Helen of Troy’s beauty launched a thousand ships, and white people ain’t about to let the delusion that white women are the standard of beauty go. Accordingly, white women, feminists who claim to be here for all women, play favorites with whose bodies they cover and uplift, and whose body-shaming is worth memorializing and destroying (show me one Black face on that list).
White people who banged out 800-word think pieces on why it was not alright to fat shame a man who has spent decades fat-shaming women — not to mention his disgusting racist, xenophobic, elitist, misogynist bullshit — couldn’t be bothered with so much as a 140-character tweet condemning the same when the victim is a fat, dark-skinned Black woman. Body positivity, like most move
ments white women have made themselves the champions of, was never intended to include Black women. If a few rogue white feminists decide to defend Black female bodies, that’s fine, but we all know body positivity is for white women.
Black women of all shapes and sizes will stick to what we’ve always done: Affirming and holding space for ourselves.
This is so cute, I’m so happy
FUCKING PARENTING GOALS
Sorry if it seems like I’m spamming you right now, but do you have any advice on getting started with writing? Bc I’ve had this one idea for a novel stuck in my head for months and I just can’t bring myself to actually get started on writing it, even though I already did all of my worldbuilding
It’s okay! I’ve been in that spot, too. My general approach when that happens is to just write any scene I want to. I don’t worry about starting from the beginning, because sometimes the beginning of a story isn’t super clear when we start out. Do you have two characters that you want to interact? Write them together! Do you have a setting you want to explore? Write about it! Some of it will be useful, other bits won’t, but the important thing is just to write and see where it takes you.