“…I found that the boy characters could say what I wanted to say so easily. They were standing in for me. It went very smoothly. It was so easy to make Poe. But once I had done that, I found that when I created a female character, I would put myself into her, and I was told that I was imposing my own notions of what a woman is on the character. I thought, “Ouch!” I was surprised at myself. [Laughter.] It made me realize that I am still bound by stereotypes.”
Moto Hagio, from her interview with Matt Thorn
Hagio-sensei has expressed succinctly something I have felt for a long time—if you, as a female writer, create a male character who is cool and iconoclastic, then it is cool writing, and a cool character. But if that character is a female, you are self-aggrandizing, self-inserting, self-this, self-that, essentially, in that state of cardinal sin society finds most repellent in a female artist—a narcissist.
I think this sentiment is the reason many female writers make the iconoclastic, sarcastic, cool, etc, character male, even if they want it to be female—they might be accused of self-inserting and self-aggrandizing, or creating a Mary Sue—note, again, a feminine name in a society that defaults to masculine modifiers unless specified otherwise.
(Source: trenchkamen, via cloverinblue)
12:01 pm • 24 April 2014 • 457 notes
I look like an extremely professional fashionable woman in an Abaya. It probably took me AGES to look this professional right?
WRONG. I’m actually wearing my onesie underneath it and you will NEVER KNOW MWAHAHAHA
Wanna know another secret? Even though i LOOK like I’m paying attention to whatever nonsense you are saying…..
I AM ACTUALLY WEARING HEADPHONES AND LISTENING TO MUSIC
THIS IS TO MUCH POWER FOR ONE PERSON TO HAVE
11:46 pm • 23 April 2014 • 73,840 notes
As part of a tour put on by an organization called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India recently visited the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas. They were there for a weeklong residency during which they constructed this magnificent Tantric Buddhist mandala sandpainting.
The monks will spend up to eight hours a day working together on one of their sandpaintings. The process starts with an opening ceremony and the consecration of work site.
Each work begins as a drawing, the outline of the mandala. Then, colored sand is poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.
Once the sandpainting has been completed it is ceremoniously destroyed using a ritual vajra.
"The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing."
Click here to learn more about The Mystical Arts of Tibet
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Monks from the Gaden Shartse monastery visited my school and did the same thing. It’s a very interesting process.
2:45 pm • 23 April 2014 • 2,363 notes
Daley Plaza, Chicago, 1969, Chicago. Pol Bury
2:42 pm • 23 April 2014 • 60 notes
Map of European leaders.
this is highly disturbing
I like this trend. I hereby decree that all maps be replaced with this highly intuitive system.
6:29 pm • 22 April 2014 • 146,995 notes
I kinda wish her tiara looked like this, its so adorable!
that’s really cute but I can understand how it needed to be streamlined for animation.
9:42 pm • 16 April 2014 • 1,376 notes