marc chagall
I can be hurt, she said, only by people I respect.
by Mary Balogh (via quotes-shape-us)

Portrait of adele bloch bauer i 3
Artist: Klimt, painting reproductions

It’s quite a contradiction here, because in every ad on TV, every ad in a magazine there is something sexual. Even if it’s a fucking shoe ad, there’s something sexual being portrayed all the time. I don’t wanna give a percentage, but in a large amount of the commercial work in America it’s sexualised. I think it’s silly that it’s okay to do that, it’s okay to sell shoes with sex, it’s okay to sell makeup with sex, it’s okay to sell clothes with sex or cars for that matter. But it’s not okay to sell sex itself, which is ridiculous.

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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

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Art: The Garland Of Flowers, c.1858.
       Henry Peach Robinson

A Mexican witch is captured in this photo under the partial effects of a Fading Charm, yet another uniquely Mexican spell. The spells almost entirely specific to Mexican witches, like Fading Charms and umbrafracture, are known to scholars world-wide for their beautiful subtly.