— Abraham-Hicks, Getting Into the Vortex (via scared-tobreathe)
I realize I’ve been reblogging things like a maniac, but I’m gonna switch it up and actually post something about my life.
Everything has been going really well. It’s been a wonderful combination of having a blessed life and pursuing happiness at every opportunity.
I’ve been juggling two jobs since March, and it’s been keeping me really busy. I find time to dedicate to my social life a couple of times a month or so, but for the most part I work 7 days a week, usually with one day at both jobs. It’s exhausting but pay day is delicious, and it’s all going toward future travels and/or grad school plans.
The ball is slowly rolling on my pursuit of a master’s degree. Currently debating whether I should retake the GRE or just be happy with my score. I did better the second time I took the SAT, so maybe that could happen with this round of standardized testing bullshit. All I can think of is that a year from now, I could be in a different state living on my own in a new environment once again. It’s scary in my favorite kind of way.
The theme of a lot of things I’ve been reblogging have revolved around the toxicity of relationships and learning when to let go. With the passing of time, I have distinguished between the friends that are meant to stay and the ones who don’t make my life better or make me happier. “Life favors the selfish” they say, and it’s true. You get one shot at it, and I’ll be damned if anyone ruins it for me. Meanwhile, my birthday passed a few weeks ago, and I have never felt so special. I think a lot about if I’ve impacted anyone’s life and what type of legacy I will leave behind and this is about to get real morbid so I’m just going to say that I am so thankful for everyone that I love. I joke about hating people and being dead inside. But. Truthfully, you all make my heart so big.
Anonymous said: honestly curious, why does it offend you?
i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，
CHAIR 椅子EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
Daniell Koepke (via princest-leia)
this is so important. so so important
bell hooks describing a “heart connection” in All About Love
Quote 1 of 2: I decided to split the quotes because both are important on their own just as they are important together.