Okay, so this isn’t perfect, but it’s a start. Some issues are mentioned, some others are regrettably completely disregarded. I guess it’s because the whole question of whether aesthetic ideals are good or bad doesn’t exactly have an accepted answer as of yet.

I still personally think that the way this documentary appears to be directed makes it look as plastic as any advert on television… but at least the message is good.

PS: The kid talking at 5:05 is more well-spoken than a lot of “adults” I know and talk to in my everyday life. I want him to be my friend. Hahahaha

This movie relates to a lot of topics I particularly care about. If you have a social conscience or would like to develop it, watch it. This comedy is a direct representation of how much negative ramifications the idea of the “american dream” can have on real people. It’s brilliant, and it’s a very refreshing production when considering most of what’s on the big screens nowadays. (Despite being released in 2006)

This movie relates to a lot of topics I particularly care about. If you have a social conscience or would like to develop it, watch it. This comedy is a direct representation of how much negative ramifications the idea of the “american dream” can have on real people. It’s brilliant, and it’s a very refreshing production when considering most of what’s on the big screens nowadays. (Despite being released in 2006)

Letter to “Axe”

"Hello,
I would simply like to let you know that I have never approved of any of your advertising campaigns and the last one you have released on xbox live is especially horribly wrong. You guys are selling men hygiene products and should definitely not be using women’s bodies as advert tools. Your campaign is extremely degrading for women and implies that “today’s” women are hotter because they’re covered in plastic and exposing their skin, because they’re basically “shallow” and willing to have sex with whoever buys your products.

Women have fought for generations to have equal rights to men and you’re still exposing them as sexual toys, and using their bodies for your own benefits, all the while lowering the average woman’s self-esteem since they will inevitably compare themselves to the plastic & modified “hot” and “ideal” women you are idolizing.

I’m certain that a lot of people, including myself, would very much appreciate if you could change your marketing techniques. You are selling deodorants. Please consider women’s self-esteem & quality of life when brainstorming on marketing ideas.

It was extremely hard not to add “You can all go to hell & get ass-raped by huge burning dildos on top of the devil’s trident” or something. Heh. If I had a religion, that’s what I’d write in my bible. No discrimination, or you get the trident.

Related to the “felicia day” war going on here

Yo. Whoever’s hating me because they think I’m a woman hating sexy women is really stupid and didn’t care to read everything I wrote on here.

I’m a straight dude in a straight relationship with a sexy woman myself. My point is that I love my girlfriend when she wakes up in the morning and looks tired as hell. My point is that the media women should not always have to look “their best”, and “their best” should definitely not involve make-up and photoshop.

All of you feminists who’re angry at me because you think I’m a jealous woman… I think you should reconsider your position. You try to be all-righteous saying “All women should support all women” and yet there you are dissing girls who can’t manage to love themselves because of the society’s ridiculous standards… well actually you’ve been dissing a guy who’s trying to help women, but that just proves my point: you didn’t actually read my points, and ended up complaining for nothing. You really aren’t helping yourselves, you know.

So, basically, you self-proclaimed feminists are saying it’s okay that the industry & the medias use women as bodies, physical objects, to attract attention & make money; that it’s okay for photoshop magicians to modify your flawed faces so you look better on a screen than in your actual real life. (Note I’m using “flawed” here, being perfectly aware that nobody’s perfect and we should accept if not embrace the way we are instead of concealing it)

You’re saying it’s okay that most if not all men out there think and say to you:
"Why, you look very good with your face covered like that."
and “I like you, but every star is so much hotter than you.”
and “Women need big breasts & round hips to be important”…

Well my friends, that’s what the all-american medias say to you. And if you can’t see that, well you’re very, very weak feminists.

*yawn* and I just woke up, too… my poor brain can barely form accurate sentences right now… Damn you, tumblr addiction. 

meadowlakest:

vashyron:

Why hello there, miss low-self-esteem “loser” gamer desperately trying to live her life the best she can with what she’s got. I see you found what exactly you need to use in order to be successful there.
I’ve just watched the first episode of dragon age redemption by machinima, and it will be my last. This all-american typical action series is exactly what I expected it to be. Felicia Day, well known for writing, directing & starring in her own webseries The Guild, used to have my respect because she became famous by incarnating a somewhat realistic young woman with lots of issues that could be caused by the media industry; such as low self-esteem, seclusion, no social capabilities whatsoever, etc. Although The Guild is intended to be funny, and it is, it still deserves praise for exposing how people can be insecure for many reasons in today’s society. I liked it because I could relate to it.
Miss Day, however, doesn’t appear to understand her own series the same way I did since she has now sold herself (and her breasts apparently) to a hollywood-style production depicting “perfect” people with “perfect” faces and bodies fighting & winning against ugly asses, all the while stating clever quotes at inadequate moments & bending down to expose cleavages at every given opportunity. Well, you’ve done it, Felicia. Now you’re on the other side. You’ll be the cause of some real women in their real lives who don’t have the means to look photoshopped and have enough self-respect not to expose their breasts when they desperately try to be loved ending up being tossed aside for whoever looks the most like a fantasy “babe”.
It may seem like I’m exaggerating, and I certainly would be if I said that she is the one and only reason why women have low self esteem. But that’s not the point. The point is that she is now one of the billion reasons why, and I feel like it’s about goddamn time something is done about it. Jesus fuck. If I passed by some okay-looking & slightly round female-genie who’d offer me one wish, I think I’d ask her to put an end to the industry’s plague on mankind’s perception of both physical and psychological beauty.
Hey, hey Felicia. Hey, please hear me out…You don’t NEED make-up & boobs to beat up some bandits on the road.

For a feminist, you have no problem cutting down other women with a machete. I understand your sentiment, but you have over simplified a terribly complicated discussion. And honestly? You are doing a disservice to the fight, and nothing terribly productive. Female empowerment, does not mean isolating and punishing sexuality. And even this “sexuality” you are assuming she has given into, doesn’t mean she has thrown everything away to the jaws of consumerism. So Felicia isn’t a little chunky, and she has a pretty face. I’m not 100lbs with flawless skin, but I still believe I related immensely with her. Felicia is a strong female role model, who is not afraid to be who she is. She isn’t afraid to show herself, even if a little of it is contradictory because that is what makes human beings. I’m proud of the job she is doing, and the way she is going about it. Felicia is a trailblazer and helping women feel more comfortable with themselves. Throwing on leather and putting a little blush on, for an acting role hardly qualifies her as a harlot and traitor. The script has made Tallis a strong character, with depth even if the complaints of Mary Sue are flying around. We have this frustrating Virgin or Whore black vortex that goes on in which women cannot be both at the same time… when real life, real choice, real feminism lay in the chasm between. Taking back a woman’s sexuality and owning it, is an empowerment of it’s own. But honestly? I don’t even think that applies to the situation, because I don’t see what the hubbub about a woman playing an acting role in a fantasy realm is about.
But as a gamer, as a girl gamer and as a feminist — I cannot stomach the  umpteenth post that complains about her physical appearance. Whether  you dog her for being too good looking that it alienates her from female  gamers, or the people who actually think she’s a dog. I always find it  disgusting, when girls hate other girls on their looks. We are divided  enough as it is in society, so why are we doing that within our own  guilds? It’s upsetting and disheartening to watch people negate a  person’s whole career on the crap that gets written.
This whole thing isn’t new. We’ve had the same dogged inner squablings about Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem and sadly it will always be this way? One of the biggest things holding women back…. Other women. Read up on some of the great feminist writers, read up on the rights of women, all women. I think you’d really be surprised at how big and complicated the issue is, and you might be more eager to learn about it! :) Let’s rally about Women doing it for themselves, lets love women who are trailblazing, let’s love all our kind and be supportive. If we don’t love ourselves as a gender, how are we going to be expected to stand united against the society that is content at keeping us second class.
sb! I have a degree in Women & Gender Studies.

Please read what followed. http://vashyron.tumblr.com/post/11988504002/hayleyalice-firstly-i-respect-your-opinion-for
Please don’t support your arguments with .gif images.
Please understand and re-read if necessary that my grudge is NOT against thin girls, and especially NOT against Felicia Day herself; it’s against the idea that MAIN CHARACTERS from most if not all TV shows, movies, video games, and pictures on advertisements, magazines, anything related to the medias use photoshopped and often half-naked versions of “perfect” women, thus directly affecting people’s perception of beauty.
If there was some sort of balance, and if we stopped modifying our natural appearances for the sake of marketing, everything would be fine. Don’t assume I hate every “good” looking women, don’t assume I want everyone to be prude; I just don’t want these things to be mandatory in the medias; or in real life per say.
Now, good for you you have a degree on women & gender studies. Good for you if you had no problem growing up as part of a fake plastic system. That doesn’t mean nobody else has problems with it.

meadowlakest:

vashyron:

Why hello there, miss low-self-esteem “loser” gamer desperately trying to live her life the best she can with what she’s got. I see you found what exactly you need to use in order to be successful there.

I’ve just watched the first episode of dragon age redemption by machinima, and it will be my last. This all-american typical action series is exactly what I expected it to be. Felicia Day, well known for writing, directing & starring in her own webseries The Guild, used to have my respect because she became famous by incarnating a somewhat realistic young woman with lots of issues that could be caused by the media industry; such as low self-esteem, seclusion, no social capabilities whatsoever, etc. Although The Guild is intended to be funny, and it is, it still deserves praise for exposing how people can be insecure for many reasons in today’s society. I liked it because I could relate to it.

Miss Day, however, doesn’t appear to understand her own series the same way I did since she has now sold herself (and her breasts apparently) to a hollywood-style production depicting “perfect” people with “perfect” faces and bodies fighting & winning against ugly asses, all the while stating clever quotes at inadequate moments & bending down to expose cleavages at every given opportunity. Well, you’ve done it, Felicia. Now you’re on the other side. You’ll be the cause of some real women in their real lives who don’t have the means to look photoshopped and have enough self-respect not to expose their breasts when they desperately try to be loved ending up being tossed aside for whoever looks the most like a fantasy “babe”.

It may seem like I’m exaggerating, and I certainly would be if I said that she is the one and only reason why women have low self esteem. But that’s not the point. The point is that she is now one of the billion reasons why, and I feel like it’s about goddamn time something is done about it. Jesus fuck. If I passed by some okay-looking & slightly round female-genie who’d offer me one wish, I think I’d ask her to put an end to the industry’s plague on mankind’s perception of both physical and psychological beauty.

Hey, hey Felicia. Hey, please hear me out…
You don’t NEED make-up & boobs to beat up some bandits on the road.

For a feminist, you have no problem cutting down other women with a machete. I understand your sentiment, but you have over simplified a terribly complicated discussion. And honestly? You are doing a disservice to the fight, and nothing terribly productive. Female empowerment, does not mean isolating and punishing sexuality. And even this “sexuality” you are assuming she has given into, doesn’t mean she has thrown everything away to the jaws of consumerism. So Felicia isn’t a little chunky, and she has a pretty face. I’m not 100lbs with flawless skin, but I still believe I related immensely with her. Felicia is a strong female role model, who is not afraid to be who she is. She isn’t afraid to show herself, even if a little of it is contradictory because that is what makes human beings. I’m proud of the job she is doing, and the way she is going about it. Felicia is a trailblazer and helping women feel more comfortable with themselves. Throwing on leather and putting a little blush on, for an acting role hardly qualifies her as a harlot and traitor. The script has made Tallis a strong character, with depth even if the complaints of Mary Sue are flying around. We have this frustrating Virgin or Whore black vortex that goes on in which women cannot be both at the same time… when real life, real choice, real feminism lay in the chasm between. Taking back a woman’s sexuality and owning it, is an empowerment of it’s own. But honestly? I don’t even think that applies to the situation, because I don’t see what the hubbub about a woman playing an acting role in a fantasy realm is about.

But as a gamer, as a girl gamer and as a feminist — I cannot stomach the umpteenth post that complains about her physical appearance. Whether you dog her for being too good looking that it alienates her from female gamers, or the people who actually think she’s a dog. I always find it disgusting, when girls hate other girls on their looks. We are divided enough as it is in society, so why are we doing that within our own guilds? It’s upsetting and disheartening to watch people negate a person’s whole career on the crap that gets written.

This whole thing isn’t new. We’ve had the same dogged inner squablings about Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem and sadly it will always be this way? One of the biggest things holding women back…. Other women. Read up on some of the great feminist writers, read up on the rights of women, all women. I think you’d really be surprised at how big and complicated the issue is, and you might be more eager to learn about it! :) Let’s rally about Women doing it for themselves, lets love women who are trailblazing, let’s love all our kind and be supportive. If we don’t love ourselves as a gender, how are we going to be expected to stand united against the society that is content at keeping us second class.

sb! I have a degree in Women & Gender Studies.

Please read what followed. http://vashyron.tumblr.com/post/11988504002/hayleyalice-firstly-i-respect-your-opinion-for

Please don’t support your arguments with .gif images.

Please understand and re-read if necessary that my grudge is NOT against thin girls, and especially NOT against Felicia Day herself; it’s against the idea that MAIN CHARACTERS from most if not all TV shows, movies, video games, and pictures on advertisements, magazines, anything related to the medias use photoshopped and often half-naked versions of “perfect” women, thus directly affecting people’s perception of beauty.

If there was some sort of balance, and if we stopped modifying our natural appearances for the sake of marketing, everything would be fine. Don’t assume I hate every “good” looking women, don’t assume I want everyone to be prude; I just don’t want these things to be mandatory in the medias; or in real life per say.

Now, good for you you have a degree on women & gender studies. Good for you if you had no problem growing up as part of a fake plastic system. That doesn’t mean nobody else has problems with it.

Beauty and the Breast

Okay, so, I’m an angry angry person for many many reasons, and I know it’s not everybody’s thing to read a long post about shitty stuff, but I feel like complaining so I will complain.

I recently went to see a play; for whoever lives in Montreal, it’s called “La Belle et la Bête”, yes, “Beauty and the Beast”. Everybody knows of the Disney version; I was expecting something else since I got the tickets for my birthday from my mom saying something like: “I saw some previews, it’s fucked up just like what you usually like”… so I thought, maybe, it could have been something else; something new. Anyway, turns out it’s your good ol’ typical ‘impossible love story’ between a pretty chick and an ugly old man (who ain’t a lion).

Basically, they meet randomly when said-chick has to deliver something to said-monsterman, they fall in “love” because the girl likes to paint ugly things and the man is a man. Afterwards, for about 15 minutes, the man says good ol’ cheesy lines like “None of the magic of this world is worth my love for you, not even the moon could take us apart”, you know, the type of thing anybody in early high school can come up with. Then, with that more-powerful-than-anything love, the good old man drugs the lady, and abuses her passed-out body; hence showing her nipples to the crowd* (which by the way had a 5th grade class among them). The next morning, the girl finds out that old-man abused several girls before her, so she’s pissed and leaves. Afterwards, the old man is very sad and “dies from a broken heart”, but afterwards the girl comes back because love is stronger than hate, tells the old man she loves him, kisses him, and he’s brought back to life. End of story. Curtains fall, standing ovation. Wow.

So yeah, I am skipping some details; like how the dialogues are Shakespearean-wannabe, and how a secondary character is jealous and wants to kill the chick in horrible manners, like feeding her genitalia to dogs, or something.

Let me sum this up:
A 18, 20 years old girl falls in love with a 50, 60 years old disfigured dude
The old man uses cheesy lines to charm her
Abuses her unconscious body
She leaves after finding out he hired prostitutes before
He dies ‘cause he’s in love with the body he abused
It’s totally okay that she was ‘raped’ so she goes back to him
Love brings back the dead.
Oh, and spice things up with “Jealousy and murderous ideas are hilariously funny” (Yes, the crowd was laughing about it)

Results: Standing ovation.

So what is art? What is brilliant theatre? Ephebophilia? Cheesy love stories we’ve heard since we’re kids? Drugs? Rape? Horrible murderous intents for stupid jealousy reasons?

I really, really wish someone could explain to me why ANY of this piece of crap was good, especially why it deserved a goddamn standing ovation. The way I see it, whoever made up this play is:

1 - Unable to come up with original ideas so uses “Beauty and the Beast” as a reference
2 - A mislead guy who believes the ideas of grandeur à la Shakespear are still original hundreds of years after it was invented (comparing things to the moon, the stars, the magic of the entire world, etc… we’ve heard them all, there are other ways to be romantic for christ’s sake)
3 - Either pretentious or perverted and believes sex and nudity are an important part of contemporary theatre. Sure, you need courage to be naked on stage; but how does that make you any talented? Everybody has a body, everybody’s able to be naked. I hate how everything needs sexual content these days.

*Breathes*
There, I’m done. I may be wrong; if you’ve seen the play and want to explain why it’s good, go on ahead; I’m open to different points of view. I have to admit 2 out of 3 actors were good, and the stage’s visual aspects were interesting… but that gives it what, 3 out of 10 at the most.

*This is where I stopped hoping the play might actually have been any good.
There was no “Rated: M” on my ticket. What’s up with that?