HeroesCon - Batgirl
Finished my first Con sketch for heroesCon. starting with the joyous Barbara Gordon.
I just did this. Legit.
Clearly this is black magic at work here
been folding my shirts like this for so long that it feels weird to do it any other way
WHAT THE SHIT
I just did this for my mom and she screamed.
I totally failed at this
"She gets sexed up"
"A terrible example for young girls."
"Does being yourself mean wear swanky clothing and wear a lot of makeup?"
Yes, actually it can.
I hate when people say this about Elsa. I HATE IT.
First I would like to mention that when people say “be yourself” some people don’t really mean. What they mean is don’t try to hard, don’t put too much makeup, don’t wear clothes that are too tight or comfy, stay comfortable. And for some people, that is not themselves.
Some people like to put on a lot of makeup.
Some people like wearing revealing clothing.
Some people like to look rebellious.
You can’t hold that against them.
AND ITS THE SAME THING FOR ELSA.
All her life, she was told to be this quiet, poised, conservative girl. A girl who wears long dresses, capes. A girl who doesn’t talk back, doesn’t act up. She was trapped. She was trapped in a little box full of responsibilities.
And now she’s LETTING GO.
Did you even listen to the freaking song?
She’s becoming what she wants to be. She’s letting go of the past and heading straight into the future. And no one affects what she looks like. There is no boy she wants to impress. No townspeople. No parents.
She’s doing all of this for herself.
And I don’t know about you, but I think that this is a great example to set for little girls, afraid to be themselves.
If she was making herself look ‘sexier’ to try and impress someone or win the heart of some dude, then I could understand people complaining about it…but this is NOT what this is about
This is about Elsa being who she wants to be and looking how SHE wants to look…and that includes wearing ‘sexy’ clothes
There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting to dress/look sexy or being a sexual being and I love that this movie has a character who explicitly looks/dresses this way for HERSELF because it’s what she wants and what makes her happy
^^All of this!!!
Even in a freaking Disney animated movie, people still can’t handle a woman owning her sexuality, taking control of her life and stepping out of the constraints that society/life/family/ has placed on her. Good grief. What part of ‘Let It Go’ are they missing?
Some people just can’t stand the thought of us being sexual/sexy especially when it’s on our terms rather than someone elses…they desperately want us all to be poor, repressed little virgins terrified of our own bodies and sexuality
It’s why there’s so much slut-shaming bullshit in every form of media/fiction out there and why people can’t stand it when women (Especially heroic women) are sexual or dress in ‘sexy’ ways…because they want to continue to preach the narrative that ‘Good girls’ aren’t sexual, that only ‘dirty’ or ‘immoral’ women enjoy sex or being sexy
It’s sad, pathetic backwards misogynistic bullshit that has no place in the modern world
I just don’t think being sexual/sexy has anything to do with make up, high heels, or fashion. I also think that the very act of wanting to wear make up, to change the way you appear/look, means you are not okay with yourself as you are, not okay presenting or being yourself. For any of a host of reasons.
High heels damage your body. And are a buy in to the objectification of women. I heard a manager at work say she didn’t want anyone wearing sandals with no backs to work because of mobility issues. If we need to evacuate we need to be able to move quickly. But, yknow, 4inch heels were okay. Freaking ridiculous.
I bolded the part I want to address.
Cosmetics have been around since ancient Greece and Egypt; there’s evidence of them being used throughout ancient China and Japan. People of almost every culture that ever existed have been creating forms of makeup, skincare, and bodily treatment for millenia, either from natural or artificial sources (usually plants or soils or minerals), and the reasons have varied from religious ritual to health preservation to declaring social status to even artistic leisure. Human beings have been changing their appearance since the dawn of time. I think you can get pretty close to saying “It’s human nature”, but there’s more to it than that.
Cosmetics and makeup are something that a lot of women and men are trying to reclaim since the 1960s/1970s waves of feminism, which were an honest and understandable backlash to the role that makeup had so often played in sexualization of women’s appearances. There’s a push right now for acceptance that the reasons for a person to wear or NOT to wear makeup today should boil down to “Because they want to”, “because they like to,” “because it’s their hobby,” etc. If you factor in a sentiment or thought of “Well, if they’re wearing makeup, they must not be cool without how they look,” you imply that they have some kind of physical or emotional insecurity and that makeup is their solution. This gets dangerously close and almost parallel to a thought process that’s commonly directed towards women (and other sexes and genders, honestly) that really needs to stop: that a woman is wearing makeup to “hide her true self” or to “lie to us” or, worse, “to lie to herself.” That’s a bad road to go down. It can exacerbate more grievous insecurities the person might have and it just plain sucks to get stuck with an incorrect judgment, especially one so personal.
There’s a very positive atmosphere spread around by young make-up artists (MUA) and women and men of all varieties in communities online and offline. It’s not just “Cosmo tips to pleaze ur man!!11” anymore — these communities focus on body positivity, health and well-being, and confidence in physical and mental appearance for ALL looks and fashions (any ‘face of the day [FOTD] or ‘look of the day’ [LOTD] post on a makeup or fashion comm usually has a ton of upbeat feedback and friendly input). Again I touch on this “reclamation” that’s happening among our generation towards cosmetics and personal hygiene — a lot of people are “doing this look for me” now, and it’s a hallmark of positive inward thinking and acceptance.
A lot of men and women are completely okay with who they are, when they wash their face or “put it on” every morning, and I hope this is something you might consider in the future.
All very true and accurate I’m sure. But I see us as having 2 conversations here. None of the above that you describe, as a layperson like me sees it, has anything to do with accepting yourself as you are. Maybe it has more to do with accepting yourself living the way you want to live, has to do with BEING and DOING and screw judgements, and that’s cool. But not loving the body/self you have, presenting as your truest self minus props, whether it be fashion, make up, or performance.
Just because something has been happening for millennia doesn’t means it should keep happening. And it’s pretty funny saying that as a neo-pagan!
I think because having control of your body is just what having control of make up and clothing is - you control it, and you’re expressing things about yourself that are part of who you are. Just because my body is natural ‘and awesome’ as it is, doesn’t mean there aren’t other things I want to express. I love my body the way it is, that has nothing to do with me also wanting to be (for example) fitter, because I like to be strong, or to wear purple sparkley eye shadow. You can love yourself and express yourself, or even change yourself, the two are not mutually exclusive.
Oh Benedicte Gele, be still my beating heart. It is truly hard to find equestrian art that truly does move beyond triteness. I wish this one was available as a print
Philly Power Plant - This location was used for shooting part of a movie, anyone recognize it?
Source: Justin Wolfe (flickr)
I know a movie was shot here but never found out which one. I think this was a scene where the main characters time traveled possibly? Any info would be awesome. While inside, there were still signs directing to you the right scene/set, as well as old railings modified for camera equipment to be mounted. Quite the experience.
Reminds me of some of the Underworld underground sets, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve seen those films. Can totally imagine Kate Beckinsale kicking arse in there though.