The one thing I want Sailor Moon Crystal to steer very clear of is the Shitennou/Senshi pairings (which I’m sure it will). This is a show for girls and about girls, and I think trying to push the romance aspect would undermine the Moon Pride theme of “We’re not helpless girls who need men’s protection”
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No, no, no! Guys!!!! That’s missing the whole point. The Senshi/Shitennou love story isn’t at all about dudes coming in and rescuing damsels in distress! If anything it’s the EXACT opposite. It’s the GUYS that need to be rescued. They’re the good guys under Beryl’s control, stolen from Mamoru to be his enemies. The girls will have to be ones to do the saving, because adorable, dear Mamoru couldn’t do that alone. He would need the help of the Senshi, so the stereotypical roles would be completely reversed and it’s the girls who would be riding in on white steeds to save the day.
Let’s also not forget that in the Silver Millennium, the Shitennou were defeated (albeit at a cost of everyone else). How interesting would it have been to have seen the girls fall in love with these guys, then choose to become their enemies when they realised they were going down different paths? What must the Senshi have gone through knowing they would have had to turn away their lovers for duty, honour and doing what was right? The angst they must have felt knowing that their princess came first, and that in the end, they failed not only to save her, but the men they loved from the clutches of evil? AND to make matters worse, they won the battle (kind of, because they all, you know, died). How could that undermine the theme of girl power?
While what we know about the Silver Millennium is hazy at best - after all, we don’t *really* know if the Shitennou were brainwashed at first, or if they chose Beryl willingly. We also don’t know if the Senshi and those in the Silver Millennium could have done more to stop the war which destroyed their system - but I think it’s fairly safe to say that between the Senshi and the Shitennou, the Shitennou were likely more at fault. I say this only to point out that between the two groups, it was the Senshi, not the Shitennou, who could probably claim the moral high ground - MOON PRIDE, hell yeah!!!! Not only were the girls physically superior to their lovers (I choose to think the girls kicked the asses of the guys, but even if that wasn’t the case, at worst, it was an equal fight…) but they were morally better, too.
Also, I’m sure everyone will agree that Sailor Moon isn’t just about girl power (which is, of course a key theme!!). It’s also about love and, very importantly, redemption. How horrible is it that characters who fight so hard for love and justice never receive any for themselves? It goes against everything Usagi stands for, and *is* as a person, to have the Senshi denied the love and support of the Shitennou - the very same love and support she receives from Mamoru and promises/wishes/reassures that they will have. Why are other characters given chances to redeem themselves over and over again, but not the Shitennou, arguably the most worthy characters of forgiveness and love?
Usagi and Mamoru aren’t just lovers, they’re star-crossed, fated, destined etc. etc. they were created for each other, and that’s not a bad thing. It certainly doesn’t impose on Usagi’s ability to be the ultimate hero who does all the saving, so why doesn’t this apply to the Senshi/Shitennou as well? What sounds more fated than the guardians of the greatest couple also falling in love?
And tbh, just because there was a romance in the Silver Millennium, doesn’t mean that there has to be one now, but is SHOULD be acknowledged because it’s HUGE. Rei has sworn off of men, think of all the complexities involved in that! Would she give bend her principles for him? Would she change as a person if they got together? Would he help her trust in men once more? Or would they stay apart? Would they at least be friends who respected each other? Could they forgive each other? Whatever path she would take, it would help her grow. The possibilities are endless!
The Senshi/Shitennou romance would only be made into guys rescuing girls if it was done REALLY, AWFULLY, TERRIBLY badly. And it wouldn’t fit with the characters anyway, in that situation, the Senshi wouldn’t be the Senshi we all know and love. Just because guys would be involved in their lives doesn’t mean they would be less close as friends, it doesn’t mean that the show couldn’t focus just as much as it does already on the importance of friendship, believing in yourself and female empowerment. The animators have been doing such a brilliant job so far, it would have to be a royal c*ck it up to allow the romance to take over the other important themes.
I say HIT US WITH THAT SENSHI/SHITENNOU ROMANCE STICK!
charlie is on tumblr!!!! And writing about Senshi/Shitennou feels!!!!
Everything above. Just everything. All that with a magical bow.
Oh my God.
Oooooooohhhhh my God.
The Mars/Jade I expected, but NOT the Jupiter/Neph.
Please tell me I am not getting my hopes up.
Please tell me this is happening.
PLEASE tell me the Shitennou are REMEMBERING the Senshi.
I’m gonna die. My heart is gonna explode and I am just gonna die.
Reblogging this because this is exactly how I feel.
This accurately portrays me.
Anonymous said: out of curiosity, do you happen to know any good distancing spells?
Sorry for the delay Anon. There was a retreat to plan and go on and such and such. Hopefully this will still be of some help.
Now, distancing spells seems kinda vague to me. My brain instantly wants to ask is this a “I need some space from this relationship.” thing or is this a “I feel like I need perspective and distance from my life right now” thing. Because you can take it in different directions depending.
For a relationship that suddenly seems too clingy or you just need some space from I would start with a candle spell that would look a little something like this:
Now like I said that spell is all about outlining your specific wants and needs while lighting and separating the candles. How long is it going to last? Do you want it to go back to the same after? These are all questions you should ask yourself and know before going in.
For just distancing yourself from life in general, I like a simple salt spell. Now I personally love a good effigy, so I would probably make myself a little clay effigy to use for this. But you could use a picture of yourself, or a candle with your name on it just as easily.
Hope either of those was even a little bit helpful. If not and you have something else entirely in mind, let me know lol.
- The protests are being held in order to achieve universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Although democracy had been promised for 2017 in 2008, China announced this August that Hong Kong people would only be able to vote from a pool of 2-3 specially selected candidates (all of whom would definitely have pro-China sentiments)
- University students held a week-long boycott of classes to protest for true democracy in Hong Kong
- Today riot police were deployed against peaceful protesters. Equipped in full riot gear the police used pepper spray to deter the protesters, mainly students and youths but also some elderly people have reported being sprayed point blank
- It is estimated that over 50,000 people have joined the protest and this number continues to grow
- This is the largest political protest in Hong Kong since our independence from the UK in 1997
- Although the protests remain peaceful, police have now started to use tear gas and have brought out long guns loaded with rubber bullets (there hasn’t yet been a report of any bullets being shot)
- Over 80 arrests have been made including students as young as 16 for taking part in these protests
- They are cutting cell phone receptions in the protest area so that people can’t share any information
- Violence is increasing as police continue to instigate protesters
- All this comes right before the October 1st celebration of the 65th anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China
- There are rumours that the PLA (the Chinese army) are going to be brought into the city tonight
More facts about Hong Kong:
- We run under a one country, two systems policy with China meaning that we are part of China but have our own government and laws.
- Protests for universal suffrage have been held throughout the summer but these are the biggest yet
- Anti-China and anti-government sentiments are at their highest levels yet. Survey results showed that 1 in 5 people are thinking of emigrating from the city.
- In June, China issued a white paper essentially telling Hong Kong to remember their place and re-asserting their authority over the city
The scenes from the protest look awful. In my 17 years in Hong Kong I’ve never seen anything like it. The world needs to know about this and say something before we get a recurrence of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
I hope everyone stays safe. Hong Kong stay strong.
More importantly than staying safe is STAY FREE, HONG KONG!!!
Unrest at Injustice and corrupt systems around the world. Let there be change.
Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”
Just a reminder that the man that shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old has still not been arrested. And that the police force that continues to terrorize this town has ignored two orders from the Department of Justice by officers not wearing their name and badge numbers.
Sir Morien, Black Knight of the Round Table
The tale of Sir Morien, written into Celtic Arthurian canon in the 1200s and contemporaneous with the tales of Sir Galahad, begins thus:
Herein doth the adventure tell of a knight who was named Morien. And of a Moorish princess was he begotten at that time when Agloval sought far and wide for Lancelot, who was lost, as ye have read here afore.
I ween that he who made the tale of Lancelot and set it in rhyme forgat, and was heedless of, the fair adventure of Morien. I marvel much that they who were skilled in verse and the making of rhymes did not bring the story to its rightful ending.
Some quick paraphrasing from ElodieUnderGlass's blog:
He decides to visit England alone in the hopes of finding his father, via the quirky but unproductive method of beating up every knight he comes across until they told him where his father was/were actually his father all along. As a teenager, he held his own against the disguised Sir Lancelot in hand-to-hand combat for so long that Sir Gawain begged them to stop fighting, as he couldn’t bear to see such good knights kill each other for stupid reasons.
Meanwhile, characters in these stories aren’t really visually described unless they have superlative characteristics, such as mysterious all-black armor or remarkably long golden hair. Many knights were described as dark in hair and features. Instead of placing a large flashing sign in the middle of a saga going “THIS PERSON IS TOTALLY A PERSON OF COLOR YOU GUYS, WE REALLY HOPE YOU WILL TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT IN FUTURE ADAPTATIONS” the narrative might well have said “Sir Bors, who was dark” and moved on, assuming that readers or listeners would interpret it the way the narrator meant. Sir Morien is described as wearing North African armor, though most images of him are in European gear, possibly because the artists found Moorish armor too hard to draw.
Interestingly, this narrative makes a large point of describing his skin color, possibly because it was thought to be unusual and dramatic, especially as he seems to match his own shield and armor.
Here are some quotes from the translated saga of Morien:
He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…
Had they not heard him call upon God no man had dared face him, deeming that he was the devil or one of his fellows out of hell, for that his steed was so great, and he was taller even than Sir Lancelot, and black withal, as I said afore…
When the Moor heard these words he laughed with heart and mouth (his teeth were white as chalk, otherwise was he altogether black)…
Related to the topic of Tolkien’s characters being much more than just white, I thought I’d recommend this blog: Medieval People of Color in European Art History.
It’s a great project dedicated to removing the historical whitewashing and exclusion of the staggering amount of people of color in European history.
“The ubiquity in modern media to display a fictitiously all-white Europe is often thoughtlessly and inaccurately justified by claims of “historical accuracy”; this blog is here to emphasize the modern racism that retroactively erases gigantic swaths of truth and beauty.”
It’s a great resource for creators dealing with fantasy settings connected with Europe in particular, but really, everyone should give it a look.
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.
Everything about this just speaks deeply to me.
Laverne: Nicole, does your belief system now change, in which you now know you don’t need him to be there?
Nicole: No. I think what happens is it turns into less a conversation about my blackness and more about relating to humanity, because that’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re just realizing that people are capable of doing it. We’re underestimating people because people said we weren’t viable. [x]
You know what? It is a really good time for awesome fantasy comics about warrior women. Here are some of the ones I’m loving:
- Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
- The Legend of Bold Riley, by Leia Weathington, Marco Aidala, Konstantin Pogorelov, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, and Jason Thompson
- Red Sonja, by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
- Princeless, by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin
- Princess Ugg, by Ted Naifeh
Do you have others you’re liking?
I recommend every single one of these!