All Female Japanese Ghostbusters

Meet Japan’s plus-size model: Naomi Watanabe. She looks like the first person you should take to a party and the one person who’d maybe cheer you up during the apocalypse. Her mission: to break Japanese stereotypes about women being slim and demure.

lipstick model

In fact, she’s done a hell of a lot. Not only is she a model but also a comedian, best known for her Beyoncé impressions (also know as the “Beyoncé of Japan”), she’s a cast member on Japan’s “SNL,” was named one of Vogue Japan’s “women of the year 2016,” and is a judge on X Factor Japan. Finally, she has the most followers on instagram in all of Japan.

But that’s not enough. No. Watanabe has her own clothing line called “Punyus,” which means “chubby” in Japanese.

I’M STILL NOT DONE. She’s also been in an official music collab with Pentatonix. Just for the record: I adore Pentatonix, holy banana peel. She cracks me up.

To top it all off, Watanabe has made a Ghostbusters music video. This lady is on fire and flaming hot.

If you’re in need of cheering up this weekend, I highly recommend checking out her instagram. She looks like so much fun and has certainly brought a smile to my evening.

Ironic Sexism Is Still Sexism

There is so much about Foz Meadows’s blog that I love and find comforting to see addressed. Her entire blog is a big stress relief for me, but I’m reblogging this particular post because it is something I struggle with constantly when around my family.

Explaining that sexist/racist jokes are STILL sexist never sits well with them. They will always tell me, in a derisive and offended tone, that I need to ‘lighten up’ or, my favourite (not), ‘get off my high horse’ and learn to ‘take a joke’ or explain to me that they’re being ‘ironic’.

I suppose they dislike it that I scowl at belittling and sexist/racist jokes because, for them, they would have to completely alter their way of thinking about humour. They would have to address that they’ve just said something that either reveals a little bit of their internalised misogyny, or that they are bigoted and not aware of it.

Changing how one thinks about humour does require effort, but only in the beginning, like all things. If they TRIED to be conscious of the ‘ironic sexism’ that they’re perpetuating, they might find it easier not to give into the mindless rhetoric that bigotry is funny. It’s easy to just laugh rather than to think, but the effect this keeps having on the way we subconsciously treat people continues to have negative results.

To quote Meadows’s opening paragraph: ‘All too often, gross remarks – be they racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise abusive and vile – are excused or condoned on the grounds of irony; that because they were meant to be humorous, they can’t possibly be offensive. And if somebody is offended, then they’re either oversensitive or incapable of laughter – either way, though, the problem is with them, not the joke-teller.

Except that, no: it’s not.’

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

All too often, gross remarks – be they racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise abusive and vile – are excused or condoned on the grounds of irony; that because they were meant to be humorous, they can’t possibly be offensive. And if somebody is offended, then they’re either oversensitive or incapable of laughter – either way, though, the problem is with them, not the joke-teller.

Except that, no: it’s not.

Generally speaking, there are two reasons why people make ironically offensive jokes: either they think we live in such a post-racist, post-sexist, post-discriminatory world that the act of mimicking historical abuses cannot possibly reinforce those abuses, on account of how they no longer really exist; or they secretly think the stereotypes which underlie offensive jokes have some basis in reality, and are therefore funny because they’re true. The former person can be anything from genuinely well-intentioned but oblivious to belligerently convinced…

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Breaking Dawn Parody by The Hillywood Show

What’s actually great about this parody, and the reason I’m sharing it with you, is that it is not offensive to fans of Twilight, the actors or the author. This is a genuinely funny and gorgeously filmed piece of entertainment that doesn’t seek to bully anyone.

That has been my discrepency with the ‘the whole Twilight thing’. It’s not that it’s a regressive story line, it’s not that it has a shit ending, it’s not even that some of the fans are quite scary; it’s the staggering amount of mistreatment towards those who dare to like it and the bullying of Kristen Stewart and Robert Patterson. It makes me furious. I’m not going to write an essay on how sickening Western culture can be in its mass media spitefullness, I just wanted to share this with you and point out its acheivement. Enjoy!

Steampunk Snobbery

Clara just wants in on the fun! Poor shunned Clara. Come join my tea-party.
There are less a-holes.

Through my travels into the world of steampunk and its not-quite-so-easy-to-grasp definition, I’ve discovered a shameful stereotype surrounding its followers. Steampunk fans are snobs. I’m embarrassed to learn that this is, for the most part, true.

I’ve never been particularly fond of forums, nor have I cared to stalk other people’s activity. I just don’t care. But I do glance through forums when I want to know what a community is thinking, sometimes I even engage in debate (this is even rarer). What I have found of the steampunk community is most upsetting. To me, anyway.

There is a notion that to be a ‘true steampunk fan’, one must understand, in complete, the nature of science – in particular its development of gases and fuel. One must adhere to a fashion of cogs and goggles, preferably on every item of clothing. One must study Victorian inventors and figure-heads, especially the obscure names forgotten by the rest of society. One must talk like one was shat from the Queen’s royal arse and restrain all displays of excitement.

You’re a steampunk snob for saying this, you toolbag.

Half of these people make me wonder if they’ve ever studied the Victorians in their life. I know it’s an exaggeration of the past at any rate, and I know it’s a lifestyle. Heck, if I could afford it I’d sure live in a steampunk house and wear gilded corsets.

But the Victorians, though divided by Class, were raunchy, curious, creative and bound by etiquette – not snobbery. That came from the egotistical types of people and the dull. If you were snobby in the Victorian age, you’d only hang out with fellow douch-bags while the rest of your ‘friends’ put up with you because etiquette demanded it until you were out of ear-shot. Then they’d have a whale of a time bitching and joking about your up-turned nose.

Speaking the Queen’s English may sound ‘posh’ but it does not mean the person is snooty. Those from both England and America seem to forget this. I do agree that snobbery can be amusing but it’s no way to seriuosly treat each other or ‘outsiders’.

Steampunk is not niche anymore. Get over it. It’s becoming popular by ‘cretins who don’t understand what it’s about’. The costumes are wonderful, the era is fascinating, the ideas people had about science are ludicrous and the objects fans conceive do not have to work.

Yes, I think steampunk is about more than the clothing – I even think it’s about more than the inventions – but why is there such hatred directed at others who don’t share the same definitions? And why are newcomers left to wade through ‘mystery’ and enigmatic answers – and if they don’t ‘get it’, shun them? The steampunk community needs a wakeup call.

The Victorians are fun. Nobody liked snobs then, and nobody likes snobs now. Roleplay all you want, but make sure others know you’re roleplaying. If they want a sincere conversation with you, why sneer and ‘continue to roleplay’?

Steampunk people, wtf?

I desperately want to like the community, because I love steampunk, but some of you really need to dismount your high horses.

This has been a rant. I’m not sorry. Have some cool pictures and a short film:

“JFGI” Needs to Die in a Hole

This post will be fairly ranty. I’m not sorry. But, as always, I will try my best not to beat you over the head with anger.

So, JFGI – it stands for Just Fucking Google It. I think this is a horrible phrase to say to people and I’m going to tell you why. Bare with me. I know most of you internet-peeps are scoffing right now, but bare with me.

There is such a thing as a stupid question. It tends to be along the lines of, ‘Was Hitler simply misunderstood?’ or ‘Is it OK to be racist?’ But even then, these questions could lead to serious debate, which could open up new modes of thinking. Although, if you think those questions lead to a serious ‘yes’, then please take your debate to someone else with the patience of a saint.

So, really, is there such a thing as a stupid question? Perhaps not. The human species is constantly in production (and by that I mean babies) and it constantly needs to be taught things that ‘us adults’ learnt or figured out ‘years ago’. Gratz, ‘adult’/’young-adult’. You can work an internet browser and spell your name, perhaps answer the Pub Quiz Trivia. So shut up, sit down and teach.

This image alone is frustrating. It implies you shouldn't ask questions in school because your teachers don't give a shit about your education - especially now that YOU CAN JUST ASK FUCKING GOOGLE.

My issue today is: when did it become a bad thing to ask questions? When did humans stop being a resource of information and Google take over out interactions? Sure, there are some questions that people really should know the answer to come the age of 13, but if they don’t, then people shouldn’t feel ashamed for not asking Google first.

I mean, if you are already on the internet and don’t know how to spell something it might be quicker (and less embarrassing) if you opened a new tab and typed in the ugly word for Google to patronisingly correct you with, ‘Did you mean discombobulation?’ This is the only time you should definitely just Google something because it’s so easy, quick and correct (most of the time).

I’m writing this primary in response to internet douchery and (mainly but not limited to) young people making stupid suppositions – throwing internet tantrums because they’ve heard of something but didn’t ask anyone or anything for an answer. I want to know why these uninformed people are being pelted with JFGI-rocks and why these ‘stupid people’ are not asking questions – Google or human.

This has been bugging me for a long time, but the recent Titanic celebrations (is that the right word?) have brought this bug of mine to boiling point.

What kind of self-righteous, shunning and nasty response is JFGI? Are you lazy, or are the ‘stupid people’ lazy? The answer is: both of you are lazy.

Thanks, Deputy Prick. Are you even a real policeman? In fact, why are you policing the internet? Was I rude and/or offensive to everyone? Hang on, I'm sorry, who are you again?

If you’re already browsing on the internet, you might as well ask Google your question because it is a good resource and could save you a lot of time. But sometimes it takes hours to find a few bits of information someone online could have summarised or helped you with, and not everyone is GOOD at surfing Wiki or Google Answers.

And sometimes, people just want to ask other people what the answer might be. Why? Because talking to people is more interesting.

Not everyone was made to watch Cameron’s fucking masterpiece at the age of six; also known as Titanic (that film TRAUMATISED me for weeks. When the ship splits in half I ran out the room and hid behind the dining room table but still peeked around the chairs, table and door-frame to see why everyone was screaming out of morbid, trembling fascination).

Questions about these things – these obvious things you should be-born-with-the-answers-to – lead to discussions and duels, developments in ideas and factual pools. If you’re 14 and still don’t know about the Titanic, fine. Let someone know and we’ll tell you all about it. We’ll explain it in graphic, emotive detail until you also run behind the dining table weeping. You could also ask Google, but I sure didn’t. It doesn’t speak to me the same way my mother does (who made me watch Titanic at six – I’ve not recovered).

When someone on YouTube asks me, “What’s the name of the song in your introduction?” I never, never reply with, “Just check the fucking description.” Why? Because a lot of people don’t realise there even is a description for YouTube videos. Again, why? Because most casual users feel like they can interact with the source – in this case: me, video maker – directly through comments.

People like vloggers because they give the impression that they’re your friend and you can chat to them. Most people don’t think of YouTube as an encyclopedia where you take a few minutes of information and then leave, they consider it a place of interaction. A place to spread messages and have discussions.

So why can’t we answer small questions that seem obvious to ‘the rest of us’? Why do we say, “Just fucking Google it?” Don’t you think it deters people – especially bratty teenagers with an attitude problem – from not only engaging with that community ever again, but from developing as a person? I’m not saying we should hand them everything on a silver platter, I’m saying we fucking interact and, oh, here’s a link to the Titanic that will tell you more about it.

Encourage people to do their own research but if they’re asking for help – or being an idiot – point them in the right direction. Nicely.

I would still rather ask my friends, my boyfriend or my Twitter followers – who are all valuable fountains of information and perfectly capable of answering the questions I pose to them – than just Googling it. If that makes me a lazy, stupid person, then fine.

I guess it’s a good thing I can fall back on my ability to discuss and debate with people and say, ‘I THINK YOU’RE WRONG ON THIS ONE’, otherwise where would I be?

This has been Willow. Hit me with all you got, JFGI Lovers. I’m pissed off enough to take it.

You may notice I have a new Blog Page, Essays & Articles, whoo! If you’re a student looking for essays on film, steampunk origins, Hollywood or articles on writing, gaming or writing, then give it a whirl. No tokens needed. It’s currently a seedling of a page and will continue to grow.

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