A gunman confronts 60 engineering students during their class at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989. He separates the men from the women and tells the men to leave the classroom, threatening them with his .22-calibre rifle. The enraged man begins a shooting rampage that spreads to three floors and several classrooms, jumping from desk to desk while female students cower below. He roams the corridors yelling, “I want women.”
Before opening fire in the engineering class, he calls the women “une gang de féministes” and says “J’haïs les féministes [I hate feminists].” One person pleads that they are not feminists, just students taking engineering. But the gunman doesn’t listen. He shoots the women and then kills himself. Parents of the Polytechnique students wait outside the school crying and wonder if their daughters are among the 14 dead tonight. - CBC News
22 years since the Montreal Massacre, we remember them. Whether male or female, if you believe in economic, moral, societal, and sexual equality and liberation, you are a feminist. Even if the women Ecole Polytechnique pleaded, “We are not feminists”, it speaks to the stigma surrounding the word, and the ignorance of the assailant. Do not let it be seen as a negative, damning word. Accept it. Embrace it. Love it. Remember them.
Remembering them 24 years later.
That sounds about right.
The fact that you can always count on there being unnecessarily rude people in the world does not mean it is socially acceptable to be unnecessarily rude to people.
"How the Media Failed Women in 2013," courtesy of Miss Representation. This is mind-boggling and you must watch it right now.
Pippi Longstocking concept art for Hayao Miyazaki film which never reached production.
We’ll be having a double themed week!
So as requested by majestical-behavoir:
20th Century Fox’s: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
(This movie doesn’t go with the last one in any way, but it is next on the Coming Soon list so here it is!)
Feel free to send in Praise and anything dealing with this movie!
Wow. I’ve never seen that cover for FernGully before. It almost makes the characters unrecognizable.
Me: You know, I really don't like [things].
Friend: LOOK AT ALL THE [things] YOU DON'T LIKE *shares it repeatedly*
Since my family doesn’t do seasonal gift giving anymore, decided to treat myself this week to a few things. This book set now completes my Last Airbender comic series (I think?) The Search, to go along with The Promise.
This also now allows me to study how exactly Raven’s high heels work. I’m guessing magic.
Window shopping for dragon things, because dragons.
"Derp" has spread like wildfire as a replacement for "retarded." It, like the pejorative sense of "retarded," has underlying ableist assumptions, hierarchical structures, and normative values embedded within it. You don’t believe me? Look at some of those pictures on Know Your Meme … they all either have "derp" directly in the image, or use what I’m calling "derpspeak," the incredibly offensive and ableist dialect meant to simulate cognitive or learning disability; some use actual disabled persons, others have modified the faces to make the person in the image look more "derp-like," as in look more like stereotypical imagery of mentally disabled individuals … These memes are all attempts at humor, and the punchline is disability. That’s exploitative and entirely oppressive of persons with disabilities.
I don’t like the word “Derp” and refrain from using or endorsing its usage as I personally felt that the word is derogatory. From a brief internet search I discovered that American Dramedy had summed up my feelings (and more) in their own blog post.
However, other discussions now echo the Oxford Dictionary (and question if people are “too sensitive” regarding it):
Origin: 1990s: probably an alteration of dur or duh
- used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action
- foolishness or stupidity
The definition I take with a grain of salt given how I was introduced to the phrase through images of disabled people.
I would personally throw the phrase into the same bin as "rule of thumb" (some relate the phrase to an old law which allowed men to beat their wife with a stick which was less than the width of a thumb). There may not agreement on the origin of said phrases, but for etiquette purposes it should be refrained from use.
The Tale of Legacy Day - Ever After High
Let it snow.