“We excuse men for acting crazy on some nebulous merit that I can’t seem to put a finger on. Great music? Hardly. Good looks? Debatable. The only conclusion I can logically draw is that we reserve a special sort of “bro-ish” judgement for men is but for the simple fact that they are men. Women in the same boat, unfortunately, are still subject to a Blanche Dubois treatment; they’re more of an ugly inconvenience. Men are allowed to be crazy because, at the end of the day, they are men. Women aren’t given the same leniency because it’s “unbecoming” or “unladylike” to behave in a certain way, and it makes us uncomfortable when women can’t maintain a level of antiquated propriety in the public sphere.”
I wrote this for Noisey: Justin Bieber Owns Zero Shirts And One Monkey
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Was just Googling low carb recipes (because that is what my life has come to) and I found this…
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First thought was: “GET OFF MY MAN, BITCH!”
Then I was like: “Oh, that’s right…”
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I am currently enraged by this ridiculous post on the Guardian.
It affirms everything that is wrong with our perception of women, because as sexist and horribly written as the article itself is, there are some inherent truths within it; that is to say that generally, these are the reasons why society, overall, likes or dislikes the women listed. And that disgusts me as much as the article, written by a woman, not challenging these perceptions disgusts me.
What I’m told by these enumerated reasons for liking or disliking certain celebrities is simple: women must be humble, tomboyish, nurturing and self-deprecating. Never should a woman be brash, self-possessed, ambitious or even vaguely manic. We would never, ever, put these expectations on men, in fact, I think we praise men with these polar personas equally: we love the embattled, arrogant Robert Downey Jnr. or George Clooney as equally as we love the down-to-earth, goofy Andrew Garfield or Ryan Gosling. Women aren’t given the same liberty within our scope of judgement.
Yet again I find myself jumping specifically to defend Anne Hathaway, as the author of this STUPID article writes: “I once sat near her in a restaurant, where she zealously introduced herself and her friends to each waiter, as if he were a cherished member of their social unit and not just some bloke paid to carry a tray. People who have worked with her have said similar: that the constant praising of movie minions with, “You did such a good job there! Well done!” can grate.”
Now that we’re hating women for being too nice, I wonder exactly what the threshold for dislike is, or if it’s simply that people, rather arbitrarily, can’t stomach a decisive, attention-grabbing woman.
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I’ve been saying Taylor Swift is the country Beyoncé for ages and “Bow Down Bitches” is a real testament to that. Both women are utterly talented and wonderfully perfectionist, but both seem to have a false idea that associates being a powerful women with being better than other women.
When I think of the kind of feminism I’d like to see in pop I think of the ’90s early ’00s, when Lil Kim and Xtina were all “Can’t Hold Us Down” or where at the end of “The Boy Is Mine” Brandy and Monica teamed up to give Mekhi Phifer what for.
Beyoncé shouldn’t be asking “bitches” to bow down. She should be showing us how to stand up.
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The Art of the Fart and Depart
“One of the most terrifying feelings you can have in an otherwise entirely mundane public scenario is instinctively knowing the fart threatening to breach your butthole has been stewing in the sulphurous bowels of hell for the past millennia, and is intent on emerging RIGHT EFFING NOW to rain locusts and vengeance upon the earth and its unsuspecting denizens.”
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The most adorable image of SXSW (by Kenny Chy) and the best movie you will see this year. Here’s my review of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.
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I asked @frankranz to take it off at SXSW and he did.
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The Portable team at SXSW.
I think after this photo was taken I started screaming “no photos” and rushing the photographer, the lovely Kenny Chy (Assistant Producer at Portable). I learned the best way to make strangers think you’re famous is to yell at someone with a semi-professional camera in the street while they try to take your picture regardless.
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