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kurgy:

"pan is not a real sexuality"

stop

"pan is a newer term, you’re really just bi"

stop

"aren’t pan and bi the same thing?"

stop

"pan is bi erasure"

s TOP

"special snowflake-"

S T O P

edgebug:

thesarahsaurusrex:

edgebug:

video game: *autosaves at a weird/out of place/oddly random time*
me: uh oh

video game: *conveniently gives you lots of health kits and ammo*

me: fuck

video game: *suddenly goes uncharacteristically silent*
me: shit

I’ll marry a person who knows how I take my
tea, coffee, and alcohol
And knows when to make which.
(via suchvodka) ←

rcah:

where can i get this case?

earlgreymartini:

strelok-the-marked-one:

hokuto-ju-no-ken:

tits-in-a-toboggan:

I wasn’t aware that strong, sexually empowered women are in fact a demeaning social trope.

If you had ever played the games, or even mildly researched them, you’d know that Bayonetta is both highly sexualized for the benefit of the viewer AS WELL as being sexually empowered for herself. If you want to hate the former, you have to hate the latter, and that’s rather misogynistic, don’t you think?

Also, just gonna toss this out there: Bayonetta’s designer, Mari Shimazaki, has said that she designed Bayonetta as a power fantasy for herself and that Bayonetta’s personality and attitude is “what she aspires to be more like” because she wants to feel sexy for her own sake, not society’s and also she’s tired of women being both expected to and being shamed for trying to look beautiful. She simply wants to feel powerful, but also beautiful.

See thing is this shit is actually pretty complicated.

In the same way that we have to be mindful that games are designed by people (someone designed, scripted and coded all those scenes shown in Tropes Vs Women, whether you think they’re ‘cherry picked’ or not); we must also remember that multiple people work on a single title, and the politics of a game can come from many sources.

I LOVE Shimazaki’s work. You can tell that she works in a lot of love for high fashion as well as her own preferences of what it means to look cool, sexy and dangerous.

There are some very convincing readings of Bayonetta 1 that represent Bayonetta the character and the game’s plot as something feminist and empowering (you are, after all taking on a patriarchal cult using the very tools that were used to oppress you and your kind); but that reading requires death of the author to work.

Because (unfortunately, IMO), Hideki Kamiya is a thing. For all that Mari Shimazaki says, for all of the empowering academic readings you can find, Hideki Kamiya has pretty much never talked about Bayonetta as a character without mentioning how much of a sex object she is. That’s sex object, not like, sexual force of nature or anything.

Any designs or opinions Shimazaki has are filtered through Kamiya to appear in the end project. His opinions are almost literally final.

If you’ve looked through the Bayonetta 1 art book (It’s called The Eyes of Bayonetta, it has like, 50 pages of Shimazaki costume design and SMH if you’re a fan of this game and don’t have it), there is a notable discord between Shimazaki talking about her design decisions, and Kamiya talking about why he asked for certain design decisions.

There’s a particularly gross part where he talks about how he insisted that there be an alternate costume for Bayo that’s Japanese school gym clothes (y’know, those super anime short-shorts that real JP schools no longer have students wear because it’s too pedo), and roped the 3D modeller to make a whole bunch of renders of it for Kanmiya to wear on t-shirts.

The funny side of this being the 3D modeller also states in the book that he had to break model’s rigging to get Bayo into the poses Kamiya wanted. Escher Girls was right, yo.

Then there’s that whole thing where Kamiya in an interview said that the Vs Joy scene in Bayo 1 was there because he thought that women, even strangers, were inherently competitive against each other. Oh boy.

I REALLY like Bayonetta. It’s one of my favourite games ever. I wish I also had those glasses and gun heels. But it would be a bald-faced fucking lie to think that aesthetic design decisions aren’t heavily grounded in what gives straight dudes (or at least what gives Kamiya) a chubby.

1. faking confidence is the first step to real confidence
2. not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay
3. your friends will like you a lot more if you’re honest and upfront
4. you don’t have to get out of bed every day
5. it’s okay to cry
6. ask yourself what’ve you got to lose when you can’t make a decision
7. some people are just bad people, don’t try to change them
8. 99% of problems can be fixed if you speak to the person you have a problem with
9. if you love someone, tell them
10. the first few people you think of when you say “no one cares” are the people who care the most
things I wish I knew sooner  (via internetexplorers) ←

gonnagetcaged:

"what can you do with an art history degree???"

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wolfwum:

lunar-tick:

shoujo-addict:

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Lost it at Maid Marion.

This person also did another Pocahontas after people told her the first wasn’t very accurate:

isabubbles:

Socks, Bill Clinton’s cat, being hounded by the paparazzi