Buildings by: zefelipe.
welcome to the homo side of the wall
I was reading posthuman theory (again. shhhh.) on silence of the lambs (…not technically applicable to my research but I’m putting it in my summer reading bibliography) and it occurred to me
how rare it is
that Clarice Starling had a dark traumatizing past that made her a brutal effective ingenious agent
a past that was built up for the entire film
a past that made her
and it wasn’t rape
and she is literally one of three female characters of that level of social prominence, and of that archetype (intj-marked antihero), that I can think of
whose portrayal as a woman of power
isn’t due to or associated with violent rape
what the fuck
We talk a lot about how women are raped so often in media; it’s easy to see. But it’s so disturbing to me that this archetype in particular has
a) so few representatives in the first place
b) a disproportionate amount of rape survivors within that subgroup (compared to other female character archetypes)
c) so few examples of other ways for women to be or become that sort of person
I think it’s so troubling because these women are powerful. Like. Ok. I’ll defer to Meyers-Briggs statistics because they mostly tell us about perceptions of people types, and because they have decent breadth of statistical coverage.
So, this archetype - the INTJ antihero - is the thing for dude stories. Every single one of those “male antihero” bullshit figures is either written as an INTJ, or written as if the writer thinks they should be an INTJ (even when they’re fucking not). Everyone’s favorite villains, everyone’s favorite conflicted superheroes, everyone’s favorite doctors, everyone’s favorite fucking detective. They’ve got the same cold intellect, the same disregard for traditional morals, the same superiority to other humans, the same empathy-less machismo.
They don’t need trauma to do it. They just are that way. And they’re everywhere.
But women? You have a handful. They rarest are almost like the men, in that they have trauma, but it’s not sexual. Clarice Starling. Katniss Everdeen. Hermione Granger, a little, because she threw Umbridge to centaurs and trapped Rita Skeeter in a glass jar. It’s, honestly, better than most dudetrauma backstories, because… who needs to hear the Rock shouting my wIIIFEEE. my CHILDREENNN!!!!!! for the thirtieth time? [/just saw Hercules] God, in shitty Hollywood films, “my wife died” is how dudes get motivated, and the equivalent for women is “someone raped me”. That is not a facetious comparison.
Then we have the others. Lisbeth Salander. Sara Sidle. Probably every protagonist in this exploitative genre of films. Every single shitty “strong woman” character who’s been raped to make a point, stood around being “strong”, and been in a best-selling film. Etc.
And there are a billllllion more male characters of this archetype than female, even though, statistically speaking, that’s not the case. IRL, INTJs are about gender-equal, and are one of the rarest types. In fictional worlds, it’s like literally every man and his grocer is an INTJ dude. Females, ratios are about 2%, pretty true to life. So the film industry involves 1) a gross exaggeration that is 2) full of violence against women in the very few female examples.
This distribution happens because of power. Most successful franchises are successful because they’re male fantasies, and male power fantasies sell. (See: filmcrithulk’s great article on James Bond for a way better analysis). And most male fantasies are about having power. Being the guy in the nice suit with the pretty woman. Or the guy who’s bruised in the name of justice. Or the guy with the lab. That’s all power. But most of the time, movies are like, “YOU CAN’T BE THAT WITHOUT BEING AN EMOTIONLESS INTJ GENIUS TURD.”
So… what, a woman can cut shit up, can have good jobs and be smarter than men… but she can’t be that type of smart (the vicious type, the cruel type, the willing-to-tear-you-to-pieces type)… aka a woman can’t be anything that resembles what men consider powerful… unless someone has raped her?
Because that’s what I’m getting out of this distribution.
Something really amazing. Okay i’m gonna try to be calm about that.
So at the beginning of April I sent Natalie a letter asking for an autograph and just thanked for everything she did to me, you know she helped me through a lot of stuff like not on purpose but at this time she was basically the light of my life so to speak, and I told her that she did a great job by portraying all these different characters and so on, like a normal letter from a fan in my opinion. But probably not in hers.
And today I got this envelope. I didn’t really expect that she would answer but she did. Not only got I two autographs no I also got a letter, a freaking 5 pages long letter in her beautiful handwriting.
She told me that she never did that before, answering a fan and she was just so sweet???? And she called me sweetheart. I’m Natalie Dormer’s sweetheart ahhhh what is happening.
So that’s something she wrote:
So yeah, that’s the reason why Natalie Dormer is a perfect human being and if you don’t agree you’re wrong. Sorry not sorry.
Ph. Magnus Magnusson
do u ever wonder if anyone else in the world is listening to the exact same song as you and on the exact same lyric as you
no.. I am already familiar with the concept of FM radio
GLAD YOU ASKED:
"I’m sorry about the blood in your mouth. I wish it was mine."
—Richard Siken from “Little Beast”
“You happened to me. You were as deep down as I’ve ever been. You were inside me like my pulse.”
—Marilyn Hacker from "Nearly a Valediction"
“I don’t want to be around you. I don’t want to drink you in. I want to walk into the heart of you and never walk back out. “
—Nico Alvarado from "Tim Riggins Speaks of Waterfalls"
“Take me to your trees. Take me to your breakfasts, your sunsets, your bad dreams, your shoes, your nouns. Take me to your fingers.”
—Margaret Atwood from "The Good Bones"
“When I don’t touch you it’s a mistake in any life, in each place and forever.”
—Bob Hicok from "Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem”
“When I haven’t been kissed in a long time, I create civil disturbances, then insult the cops who show up, till one of them grabs me by the collar and hurls me up against the squad car, so I can remember, at least for a moment, what it’s like to be touched.”
—Jeffrey McDaniel, "When a Man Hasn’t Been Kissed”
“Kiss the mouth which tells you, here, here is the world. This mouth. This laughter. These temple bones.”
—Galway Kinnell from "Little Sleep’s Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight”
“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Until I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, until I find you again.”
—Phillip Pullman from "The Amber Spyglass”
“I wanted to write ‘stay’ on your sides, surround your bed with oceans of salt. I hope he folds you into a fox, loves you like a splintered arrow, brandishes the kill of your lips. May the bouquet of your hips wither. May the wolves forget your name.”
“I love you. If you hadn’t existed I would have had to invent you.”
—Elaine Dundy from “The Dud Avocado”
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred different lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
“The first time I asked you on a date, after you hung up, I held the air between our phones against my ear and whispered, ‘You will fall in love with me. Then, just months later, you will fall out. I will pretend the entire time that I don’t know it’s coming.’”
“I will come back from the dead for you.”
—Richard Siken from “You Are Jeff”
“Do you want it? Do you want anything I have? Will you throw me to the ground like you mean it, reach inside and wrestle it out with your bare hands? If you love me, Henry, you don’t love me in a way I understand.”
—Richard Siken from "Wishbone”
“Here we are, at the place where I get to beg for it. Where I get to say ‘Please, for just one night, will you lay down next to me? We can leave our clothes on, we can stay all buttoned up?’ But we both know how it goes–– I say I want you inside me and you hold my head underwater. I say I want you inside me and you split me open with a knife.”
—Richard Siken from "Wishbone”
“Even when I’m dead, I’ll swim through the Earth like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.”