It’s finals week but I still love it here so much. The snow today was beautiful, and my floor made mini gingerbread houses, and our house had a holiday party, and a guy in my house just sent us all an email with a poem adapted from “Twas the Night Before Christmas” into a UChicago finals version, and it mentions the Reg and the Midway and lightsabers and Socrates and Plato and advice and it’s all just wonderful.
The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. —madlori
Modeled on this post. This quote needed a gifset that featured a more diverse group of women. Because my takeaway from Lori’s marvelous answer (seriously, go read all of it) is that representation fucking matters and that great female characters do not—and should not—fit into the same cookie cutter mold. Because actual women are not one size fits all. And the irony of having that message cross my dash repeatedly with exclusively young, white, straight, cis women who match a prescriptive definition of beauty was getting to me.
New video! “Maybe I’m not confused.”
Margaret talks about 1. Thinking that you don’t know what you want to do with your life only to discover that actually you want to do more than one thing with your life, and 2. the realization that some of the jobs you want to have may not yet exist, and so you are going to have to figure out how to create them.
Good stuff as always.
so this is how I feel right now
please can this spread like wildfire?
"EVERYBODY KNOWS I’M A MUTHAFUCKIN MONSTERRR"
fucking unbelievable. I am blown away.
last night at midnight my little sister sent me this video and said “i wanna be them when i grow up” and i honestly can’t really remember being more pleased by anything ever????? this is huge.
This is beautiful and important.
"If I want to be a motherfucking monster, then let it be MY choice."
Find out what app I use to keep track of classes, assignments, and due dates!