Small Town Girl

The simple pleasures and moments in Life.
Happy 1 year to me and my tattoo! “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” In memoriam for my late grandfather. #robertfrost #poetry #archivetattoo #tattoo #ink

Happy 1 year to me and my tattoo! “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” In memoriam for my late grandfather. #robertfrost #poetry #archivetattoo #tattoo #ink

When Rolling Stone magazine recently asked about the accusation that she was culturally insensitive Perry said: “Can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know. I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs and that’s it … If there was an inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people.” In its incredulity and doggedness, this was an answer that reminded me of an exchange in the First Wives Club; Goldie Hawn: “I drink because I’m a sensitive and highly strung person.” Bette Midler: “That’s why your co-stars drink.”

In a similar spirit of cultural insensitivity, Avril Lavigne, pop punk’s Benjamin Button girlwoman, released her video for Hello Kitty earlier this year. In it, we see the probably 49-year-old Lavigne surrounded by four identikit, glassy-eyed Japanese dancers as she enjoys sushi, sake and shouts random Japanese phrases (“KAWAII!”, “ARIGATO”) in an exaggerated child’s voice. Lavigne responded to accusations that it was cultural fetishisation by tweeting: “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture” – a response pulled from the same chapter in the pop star charm-school book as: “LOL!!! Some of my best friends are black, you know.”

Questions about Perry and Lavigne’s intent (or lack thereof) are less significant than the end result of using these cultural stereotypes. Admitedly, pop stars can be a confused bunch – I was once asked by a white singer if I thought it would be OK if he called his song Blackface – but the power of Brand Perry and Lavigne Inc can’t be denied. Dark Horse has had nearly 500m YouTube views, and Perry’s audience includes the very young (my five-year-old niece and nephew loved Last Friday Night (TGIF)). In not taking the minstrel-y feel of these videos and performances to task, we are somehow complicit in a reductive treatment of non-western cultures. The road of cultural insensitivity leads very quickly to the slipstream of racism, because racism isn’t just someone calling you a name in the street or in the playground; it’s a subtle, creeping thing that hangs about in words left unsaid and moments not challenged when they should be. As Maya Angelou said: “The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.” Racism is born from cultural stereotypes and the idea that “other” is a thing we don’t fully understand. This is an argument powerfully articulated by the Native American voices in last week’s article about the backlash against headdresses worn at music festivals. It’s like looking at cultures through the distorted glass of a display box in a museum. For privileged pop stars such as Perry or Lavigne, it’s hard to understand the subtleties that create a feeling of outsider-ism when you are not white.

idontfindyouthatinteresting:

idontfindyouthatinteresting:

idontfindyouthatinteresting:

idontfindyouthatinteresting:

As I have just reached 10,000 followers, I think a BIG giveaway is due! As those of you who have been around since my 2500 giveaway will know, I like giving away DVD’s.

The Rules

  • This is a giveaway for followers, so you must be following.
  • Reblog to enter, likes will not count.
  • It will close when the Season 2 DVD is released in the US
  • I will make this date very clear to everyone
  • Please if you have any questions message me, all new info will go in “10kgiveaway” tag on my blog.

Time for the business end

  • 1x DVD of Hannibal Season Two (will make sure it’s your region)
  • 1x Hannibal related goodie bag (not organs, promise)
  • 1x Framed Print from boardingtheark x

More prizes will be added when note goals are hit cos it’s fun.

GIVEAWAY ENDS 22ND OF SEPTEMBER!

1,000 NOTES, NEW PRIZES ADDED

2,000 notes, NEW PRIZES WAHOOOOOO

THE GORGEOUS WOMEN OF HANNIBAL:

Kacey Rohl
Hettienne Park
Gina Torres
Gillian Anderson
Caroline Dhavernas
Anna Chlumsky
Lara Jean Chorostecki
Katherine Isabelle

(Source: mikkelsense, via idontfindyouthatinteresting)

staythatswhatimeanttosay:

staythatswhatimeanttosay:

In case you are a fan of same sex unions, weddings in general, or are just really itching to know what I look like (or my wife, as I haven’t posted a picture of her yet [she’s the adorable one in the suspenders]) here’s the promised wedding picture spam.

Best day of my life. 

Okay, but see here’s the thing. I want all of you to understand this thing:

I posted these wedding photos because this was the most amazing day of my life. I’ve been married for about two months, and goddammit, it has been just the best, you know? Like, this woman, in these photographs? She’s incredible. She’s unreal. She’s kind and she’s thoughtful and she’s everything I never thought I deserved. She’s the woman who I get to spend the rest of my ridiculously lucky life with.

It’s so simple to me, to us.

But it’s so complicated to so much of the world. She and I can’t walk into the grocery store holding hands. I get tight-lipped when someone compliments my ring at work because I can’t determine if they are going to be “cool” with it or not. If they’ll report me for being “inappropriate” in our online survey. Again. My wife was fired from a job as a driver for a children’s occupational therapist because her boss saw us kiss at the mall— because she couldn’t have “that kind of person” around children. I walked myself down the aisle at my wedding because a church told my parents that it wasn’t possible for them to attend my wedding.

And we’ve had it so easy! Our lives have been blissfully carefree compared to so many. We have the most amazing friends and family and life is pretty fucking sweet.

But here’s the thing I wanted to tell you. This post I made, to try to just share my little square of happiness with my little square of the internet, has literally tens of thousands of notes. Tens of thousands. I’ve gained hundreds of followers and my inbox runneth over. And not a single message I’ve received, not a single reblog that I have been able to find, has had anything to say but amazing, beautiful, kind words of congratulations. No bullying. No trolling. No inappropriate offers or lewd remarks. Out of tens of thousands.

That’s not something I’m used to. It’s not something anyone in the LGBTQ community is used to.

Do you even get how amazing you are? You, the denizens of Tumblr. Do you understand that? I am so exceedingly proud of you, you wacky kids. You are all such incredible people, with such kind and open hearts, and I wish I could hug each and every one of your necks. 

So if you are having any sort of rough day, please know that there is this tiny lesbian couple in northeast America who likes you just a whole lot, okay? You’ve overwhelmed us. 

Thank you. We love you.

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The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.
 
It’s not just ironic; it’s a symbol of how disastrous the last 15 years of US Iraq policy have been, how circuitous and self-perpetuating the violence, that we are now bombing our own guns. Welcome to American grand strategy in the Middle East.

putthison:

"When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that."
- John Waters on the sorry style of today’s rebels  

putthison:

"When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you’re a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin’ down MasterCard. But there’s no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I’m mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that."

- John Waters on the sorry style of today’s rebels  

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