"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and let's the future in." - Graham Greene

 

Thank you to whoever confessed this. Are we to really believe that this baby-faced, doe-eyed, Seventeen Magazine cover model is a tough slayer of the undead? I’m so tired of the thunder this show steals from Xena when it comes to feminism on television. I grew up in the 90s and I remember when Xena: Warrior Princess was the most watched show ON THE PLANET while Buffy was just an afterthought. Today it’s the other way around and it drives this Xena fan nuts! There is Buffy merchandise everywhere while you’d be lucky to find any Xena merchandise (or you have to make your own). Thanks to Buffy, super skinny, superfeminine action women have become the norm and butch/tomboyish, plus-size action women are absent.  I also think Cracked.com made a good point about Joss Whedon and Waif-Fu, a type of martial art in which a woman can thrash untrained soldiers twice her size while having no musculature on her frame at all, in one of it’s articles:
“It’s considered empowering when Joss Whedon includes ass-kicking females in everything he writes, but when he needs a badass kung fu killing machine, he casts the pretty, wispy Summer Glau.
Joss Whedon can pretend like the ass-kicking supermodels were created as a reaction to the helpless victims, but he’s just substituting one weird male fantasy with another. It’s as if there’s nothing in between “beautiful victimized woman crying while splattered in blood” and “beautiful invincible woman kicking people while wearing skintight fetish gear.”“
 http://www.cracked.com/article_19549_5-old-timey-prejudices-that-still-show-up-in-every-movie.html

Thank you to whoever confessed this. Are we to really believe that this baby-faced, doe-eyed, Seventeen Magazine cover model is a tough slayer of the undead? I’m so tired of the thunder this show steals from Xena when it comes to feminism on television. I grew up in the 90s and I remember when Xena: Warrior Princess was the most watched show ON THE PLANET while Buffy was just an afterthought. Today it’s the other way around and it drives this Xena fan nuts! There is Buffy merchandise everywhere while you’d be lucky to find any Xena merchandise (or you have to make your own). Thanks to Buffy, super skinny, superfeminine action women have become the norm and butch/tomboyish, plus-size action women are absent.  I also think Cracked.com made a good point about Joss Whedon and Waif-Fu, a type of martial art in which a woman can thrash untrained soldiers twice her size while having no musculature on her frame at all, in one of it’s articles:

It’s considered empowering when Joss Whedon includes ass-kicking females in everything he writes, but when he needs a badass kung fu killing machine, he casts the pretty, wispy Summer Glau.

Joss Whedon can pretend like the ass-kicking supermodels were created as a reaction to the helpless victims, but he’s just substituting one weird male fantasy with another. It’s as if there’s nothing in between “beautiful victimized woman crying while splattered in blood” and “beautiful invincible woman kicking people while wearing skintight fetish gear.”“

 http://www.cracked.com/article_19549_5-old-timey-prejudices-that-still-show-up-in-every-movie.html

70sscifiart:

Gentlemen Broncos is a panned 2009 film with one redeeming element: a opening credits scene that used retro sci-fi art for book covers with titles that credited the cast and crew. Here are the covers and artists, along with the scene itself. The Sam Rockwell look-alike is particularly impressive.

The director/writers discuss the process here, and it’s fascinating.

"Oh my holy crap….film critics, I hate those.

backstoryradio:

If we think of WWI, it’s often in terms of the terrible destruction of the front lines. But the Great War left other legacies that are still with us today. It was a time of great social and technological change. The Guys reminded us WWI was the start of tenure for professors, for example. It popularized the wristwatch, the tea bag, and even gave veggie sausages and zippers their start.

What legacy – physical, technological, or social – of WWI fascinates you? Leave your answers here, on our website, or drop a line at backstory@virginia.edu. We’ll read our favorites on air.


Top row: Wikimedia Commons
Harlem Hellfighters: pbs.org
Posters: Library of Congress
Bottom Row: Creative Commons