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maria. 22. grad student. microbiologist in training. fencer. unabashed nerd.
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Journals, articles, books & texts, on folklore, mythology, occult, and related -to- general anthropology, history, archaeology

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Jul 24th · 2958 · © · tagged: references mythology yes!
Jul 23rd · 5250 · © · tagged: pacific rim
best of world cup 2014 । part 3
Jul 23rd · 5962 · ©


Badass women from history

  1. Leather clad English rocker girl
  2. Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
  3. Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
  4. Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle
Jul 23rd · 72189 · ©

American Ballet Theatre corps Kaho Ogawa 10 pirouettes


American Ballet Theatre corps Kaho Ogawa 10 pirouettes






Satisfying things

being a human is so weird

I audibly sighed in contentment.


this post looks so damn right!

The pancakes aren’t perfectly stacked :( aghhhhhhh

Jul 22nd · 737624 · ©

one of these days i’ll remember to stretch before fencing for two hours

in other news, more fencing! our REU student really likes it and people are slowly coming back so there’s more people to fence with/be stabbed by

ugh changing tempo is hard

also wrist touches


youre gonna look so godamn cool

Jul 22nd · 184265 · ©

Garlic Edamame


Garlic Edamame

Agh i can’t watch the women’s saber team finals so tense so fast what

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:


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. 

Jul 21st · 32594 · © · tagged: Lucy problematic media racism
Jul 17th · 38728 · © · tagged: les mis enjolras though
a list of my favorite places in iowa city

i really love this city





area 51 is just the american wizarding school

aliens is a perfect cover story


 (via thestarlesswanderer)


Jul 17th · 66432 · © · tagged: fantastic! American wizarding hp