Posts tagged Important.
It’s important to attend funerals. It is important to view the body, they say, and to see it committed to earth or fire because unless you do that, the loved one dies for you again and again.
Technology, childhood and the future generation.
Remember when we still had to rewind video tapes. Remember when going to the video store was an exciting adventure. Remember when getting a stereo or walkman to listen to your cassette tapes was epic. Hell, remember when you got to listen your grandparents old records. I’ll be the first to admit I wanted to be able to skip to scenes and tracks in movies and albums. I’ll be the first to admit I hated having to rewind and fast forward things. I remember how excited I was when they invented CDs.
Somehow along the way we’ve lost touch with reality. Between instant contact with people via the internet and cell phones. Not writing, drawing, or reading anything on actual paper. Designs for everything have become digital. I remember in school I was the only one that refused to use the computers, and I was allowed to request paper tests. Now I can’t even walk into a store and get a paper application to apply for a job. Yet along with everyone else I’ve been forced to conform to using computers for most things out of sheer convenience.
Now computers have taken over animation entirely and Disney movies simply aren’t the same. There were no Shrek movies laced with adult humor masquerading as a children’s film. Now the only place I can turn on the television and see hand drawn animation is sadly cartoon network, on Adult Swim, which is in the poorest of taste. And for all I know styled to look like it’s hand drawn but could still be done with computers. Things like Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Lab, and Family Guy have such thick lines and no talent involved I could copy that style at age nine.
I’m not meaning to bash people, insult their personal drawing style, or today’s movies and cartoons. Well, actually the latter I am intending. The CLASSICS by Disney whether stolen from an originally dark and disturbing adult fantasy story or not, are still better. Even having read the original stories, what Disney did with them, turning them into the movies we know, and love, and grew up on. No matter what flaws you can find and point out, you know you still loved them.
I don’t care if they were done in the 1950s. I don’t care that it took an eternity to make a movie back then doing cel animation by hand, one frame at a time. Take a note from Tim Burton for crying out loud. It takes weeks to film 30 seconds of footage. Why do they take something like seven years to make a film in stop motion style? BECAUSE THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO. Artists have been known to take decades to finish a particular piece of art. I don’t understand this need for the ability to be lazy and use computers to automate everything. What used to be done with care, love, and their heart piece by piece is now programmed into a script for a machine to do.
No matter what argument you use to condone computer animation and the movies Disney is putting out these days, it’ll never make sense. Whether they are trying to be ahead of the times, look into the future, or just simply be lazy and greedy. They don’t put the same amount of effort. EVEN if you ignore the fact that I loathe computer animation, look at the stories, the plot, the life, the morals, it’s all faulty! Or just completely non-existent. ‘Meet The Robinsons’? I mean what the hell. At least ‘Finding Nemo’ tried to stay more true to Disney’s original intent.
Even the toys suck now. Children are supposed to be taught to use their imagination, to be creative, loving, sharing, giving, happy, playful, outdoorsy, even just ACTUALLY play with toys! Now, everything’s computer games, video games, handheld games, books that talk, etc. etc. etc. Every single god damned toy is electronic. What happened to coloring books and crayons? what happened to reading your children stories instead of letting them watch Family Guy before they go to bed?
I don’t pretend to know how every single person on the planet raises their child. I only know what I notice in trends, in stores, in purchases, in advertisements, in studies and research. And what I observe with other people I know, and their children. And what I see when observing others whilst shopping. The long-winded post’s point is that our next generation is going to be destroyed empty shell versions of what children used to be. Obesity and disease is now common amongst them, so is suicide. All at younger and younger ages. I weep for the next generation. I thought mine was bad. We were told we were the future, and it was a lie.
My thoughts on the present generations overall health.
Anonymous asked: in your opinion, do you believe that the present socio-cultural elements of the modern world both mainstream and underground are positive or negative on individual emotional growth and well being?
must-be-a-lesbian:the what of the what
I’m just gonna hijack your question here, ‘cause I want to answer it. :P
For the most part, I would say it’s definitely an overall positive effect. But, I digress, to answer it completely requires a dissection to address each part. Society versus cultural, mainstream versus underground, and individual versus collective. There’s also the aspect of the unmodern world when it comes to health and well-being.
- Click the jump to read the rest of my immensely detailed answer.
The Endless Debate of What is Taught in Schools.
Story time: my experience with a religious wife of the mayor / political official.
Okay, so this is part story of what actually happened and part update as to what I might say to this woman had I been prepared for a political debate. I was minding my own business buying some Thai food at the local mall — this was quite some time ago. But I think about this often as politics are getting to be a bigger issue every day. I was paying for the food with a rainbow duct tape wallet when a woman with a child approached me and bluntly asked if I was a lesbian.
I was caught so off guard by the question I actually fumbled a bit whilst grabbing my food. Upon finishing the transaction I turned to her and said: “Why yes, yes I am. Why do you ask?” As well as: “Am I that obviously gay?” To which she responded: “No actually, I just thought you were some kind of rocker chick, until I saw your wallet.” Then followed with: “I wanted to ask your opinion about something.” We took a table, and ate our food while we had a debate about what should be taught in schools.
She stated that she was the wife of the mayor, or some sort of political official, and asked if I followed politics. Her stance was that she felt no sexual education should be taught to her kids at their schools — because she wanted to be the one to teach them. I can understand this position, but in this day and age that is rather difficult to avoid unless you’re living in an Amish community. Or living in a convent, simply turning on the TV can and will teach you all about sex.
When I was about nine, I decided to ask my mother the ever popular innocent child question of where do babies come from. I did not get a ridiculous story about storks or cabbage patch kids. I got the real deal, graphic explanation of how to impregnate a woman. Complete with diagrams. This for me was quite scarring, and I don’t feel that a nine year old should have to learn that. However, that being said, how many thirteen year old children get pregnant now-a-days? Same with fifteen, and sixteen. I myself was still very much a child at fifteen, but that’s just not the case anymore.
I told her about all that, and said that in this day and age children need to learn about sex education at a much younger age to prevent unsafe exploration. This isn’t The Blue Lagoon. Playing doctor shouldn’t lead to giving birth to a child you didn’t even know was possible. So, she preceded to ask me how I felt about ‘homosexual sex education’ since her stance was she didn’t want that being taught either. And honestly, not enough parents are well-adjusted enough to teach their children about ‘alternative lifestyles’ — too many teenagers become suicidal because of this fact.
I feel that adjusted sex education should be taught throughout the grades depending on age and maturity level. There are just too many sex-crazed hormone-driven teenagers out there to NOT teach about sex education. As I’ve seen on change.org petitioning schools begging them to not teach abstinence-only sex ed. Alternatively there should be an outlet for LBGTQ sex education. It should be an optional area that questioning individuals can go to when they need help. It shouldn’t be so hush-hush that scared questioning teenagers have to resort to researching it for themselves on the internet.
That’s how I had to learn, granted it was at age seventeen-eighteen that I had the courage to question myself. But that’s just not the case with most people, they are starting to question themselves at a much younger age. As is with the religious zealots that think only teaching evolution is wrong in schools. Only teaching ‘heterosexual sex ed’ is also wrong, as well as abstinence-only. If schools can enforce those teachings despite what the child’s parents say, I don’t see why they can’t teach children about all the possibilities. And that also includes trans* education.
I think this needs to be brought up about Tegan and Sara.
I think it’s important to remember that they are humans too, and not objects to be lusted after 24/7. Just because they’ve uttered dirty words such as cocks and masturbating on stage, and happen to swear a lot — doesn’t mean they want to be objectified. I think people can clearly see that when they talk to each other. And I don’t feel that I need to go hunt down each and every time they’ve mentioned feeling uncomfortable. Any TnS fan on here has probably got them all memorized anyways.
I try my hardest not to be crude about them specifically because of that. Unlike any other actress(es) I may have commented on — they have not taken their clothes off, nor portrayed a sexual scene in a movie. Those women are of course going to be expecting that type of attention, not that I condone purely viewing them as sexual objects either.
Tegan and Sara are singers, who have worn dresses on rare occasions, and I’ve never even seen them in shorts. They look quite embarrassed and pissed off when fans yell awkward/rude things to them on stage. I swear I wanted to bitch-slap somebody because of that. The fact that they even let people read about their personal life, and that they talk about stuff on stage ought to be something to be grateful for.
I probably am not really getting this point across as intelligently and articulately as I’d like to. But I know nobody is actually going to read this or side with me on the matter. However the fact still remains that Tegan uses Twitter and Sara uses Tumblr. So obviously they use the internet enough that they can stumble upon things that could offend or hurt them. I realize they are in their thirties now (still shocked about that) and don’t need to be defended. But I am personally offended and pissed off by a lot of comments I’m seeing now.
I originally started following TnS blogs because I lost all the shit I had saved before. And my copy of their CDs too… son of a bitch. I LOST THE DEMO. Anyways. Certain comments made by certain random people I don’t know offended me personally. Because I found out I had been listening to TnS for years, never saw them until The Con came out. And then embarrassingly enough took me like two minutes into the video to realize it was two people.
I then decided to listen to their other albums, and of course fell in love with their music. Honestly if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have came out successfully. The only reason I even voiced my questioning out loud was because of one friend that simply wouldn’t let me go on living a lie. And coming out nearly killed me. I thought electrocuting myself straight or jumping off a bridge were both more viable options.
But all that’s besides the point. I’ve never once heard either one of them be flattered by that kind of attention. And until I hear otherwise, would like to discourage people from objectifying them. It’s a form of misogyny that certainly shouldn’t be welcomed in the queer community. Especially amongst anyone that considers themselves a feminist. It’d be a different story if we were talking about Jiz Lee for instance, she’s using her sexuality towards positive things.
In conclusion: think to yourself what would jesus do? (lol didn’t quite know how to end this)
Now onto the topic of racism. Bare in mind I grew up in L.A. as a confused and closeted lesbian. So if you’re a gay man or a straight woman you can picture a dude up there if ya like. But upon googling Avatar I came up with a lot of results of people dressed up as Navi at conventions and whatnot. Even a hilarious motivational poster. After having first watched the movie I admittedly did think to myself “I’d probably tap that” — don’t judge as I’m pretty convinced most of the earth’s population would in fact have sex with a Navi. Though knowing Zoe Saldana is under all that makeup sure doesn’t hurt. Which immediately brought to mind the fact that there is still so much racism all over the world. I’m a lover of women, all women, being deliciously dark chocolaty just makes it all the better.
I’ve struggled with grappling my mind around the idea of racism for my entire life. I delved into “black culture” at a later age gathering further research. But as a innocent child especially having been taught to love thy neighbor and all that jazz I couldn’t (still can’t) comprehend how a human being can hate another human based on their skin color alone. Or their creed/religion/etc. etc. It’s all either genetic makeup or what they were brought up with as a kid. I mean what was the ’60s all about people?! Social revolution and loving everyone. Make love, not war. All that good stuff. Whether you’re a loving hippy or one of those good religious folks you should have been taught better with how to regard diversity. It is after all what keeps us from being boring robots.
But here we are in the year 2011 — when some thought we’d have hovercrafts and meals in pills. And we are considering the idea of screwing an alien. Yet still cannot conceive the idea that sleeping with and/or dating a person of color will not kill you. They have tails for crying out loud! Unless of course you’re into that … Anyways. I am now on the east coast, and in North Carolina at that. Of course I had preconceived notions of the south — no help from movies/television or research as to how adept to the times they are over here. Though my first thought about what it would be like was a bit of a nightmare. Hillbillies strumming a banjo on their porch with no teeth, shotgun in hand screaming about black people on their lawn.
So I decided to browse through the personal ads on craigslist out of curiosity. And I was shocked and appalled as to how segregated things are over here. All white and all black schools. Specific areas blacks and whites hang out, shop, and whatnot. And more disgustingly white superiority complexes amongst people. Even in the LBGTQ community — where accepting people should be easiest. Here is an example of what people post. When you’re looking for love (in all the wrong places) I don’t think you should put stipulations on what particular kind of love is acceptable. Types and preferences aside. I myself have a weakness for blue eyes, does that mean green affects me any less? No, quite the opposite I have difficulty settling on any preferences really. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all. Now to every racist individual I’ve known or will meet I’m willing to bet I can cite at least ten hot-ass-black-ladies you would probably do.